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Wisdom in Action: New Jersey lecture series by eminent Indian philosopher

Learn how ancient wisdom can help make your life stress free, productive and purposeful. A free lecture series at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Sunanda Leelaram, or Sunandaji as she is affectionately called, a Vedanta scholar and daughter of renowned philosopher A. Parthasarathy. (Photo courtesy Vedanta Cultural Foundation USA) A fascinating lecture series on the theme of ancient wisdom and its role in everyday life is being held from September 27-29 in New Brunswick, NJ.  Our speaker is the eminent philosopher from India Sunandaji,  the daughter-disciple of world- renowned Guru and Author Swami Parthasarathy. The topic is “Wisdom in Action”, and you will learn how to make your life more dynamic, focused and productive, while remaining mentally peaceful and stress-free. This knowledge is derived from the ancient philosophy of Vedanta (derived from Veda: Wisdom and Anta: Ultimate). In her personal style that is described as being profound, yet practical and…

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Celebrated philosopher A. Parthasarathy to speak on “Law of Karma” in NYC

NEW YORK — In a rare public appearance, 92-year-old Swami A. Parthasarathy will speak on the Law of Karma at The Town Hall, Sept. 26. 92 year-old Swami A. Parthasarathy. (Photo courtesy VedantaUSA.org) A celebrated Indian philosopher who shares insights from Vedanta, an ancient philosophy that empowers people to achieve true success and happiness, Parthasarathy has devoted his life to teaching people how to find happiness in their lives and success in their work by adhering to simple philosophies. The talk is open to the public and admission is free!  Reserved and VIP seating is also available. “You are the architect of your fortune…or misfortune,” Parthasarathy says. The talk will share principles behind success, stress, and destiny, and teach how to take control of their lives. The event comes as Parthasarathy’s latest book, a compilation called Citations Tributes Quotes, is released. He is the author of 11 books and has…

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Kamala Harris In, Tulsi Gabbard Out in 3rd Debate Lineup

Many of the 10 candidates who didn’t make the cut for the third Democratic presidential debate, now face a big decision — drop out or keep running at the end of the pack. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens to comments by Christine Blasey Ford at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in September. (Photo: Melina Mara, The Washington Post) Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, candidate for U.S. President in the 2020 race. (Photo: profile photo Facebook) Losing a spot on the stage means more than just being deprived of a powerful platform. It’s a signal to donors, supporters and primary-state voters that an already-struggling candidate has failed to break out. So what’s that candidate to do? “Drop out,” said Rebecca Katz, a Democratic strategist and founder of New Deal Strategies. “These candidates have had months, and in many cases two separate debates, to make their case to the American people.” On Thursday…

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Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri to head Princeton’s Creative Writing Program

Jhumpa Lahiri, an award-winning Indian-American author, was appointed the new director of Princeton University’s Program in Creative Writing. Jhumpa Lahiri, director of the Creative Writers Program at Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts. (Photo by Marco Delogu, at Princeton.edu — https://arts.princeton.edu/people/profiles/jl35/) Lahiri, a Pulitzer Prize winner, has been a Professor of Creative Writing in Princeton since 2015.  She now succeeds 2017-19 U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, who has led the program since 2015 and on July 1 became Chair of the Lewis Center, the University announced Aug. 27. “Jhumpa Lahiri, one of the great writers of our time, is a truly galvanizing and empowering presence in the classroom,” Smith is quoted saying in the press release. “Our community is enriched by her commitments to the development of student writers, the practice of translation, and the wealth of literature being written in languages other than English. Jhumpa has also engaged…

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Shrewd Diplomacy: Modi displayed India’s clout in first foreign trip after stripping Kashmir of special status

U.S. President Donald Trump meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bilateral talks during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 26, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria The saying that “a picture is worth a thousand words” couldn’t have rung more true than when President Donald Trump and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a spontaneous high-five moment Aug. 26, with hand-slapping and guffaws captured and transmitted around the world from Biarritz, France on the sidelines of the G 7 meetings. It was the culmination of a successful three-country visit of the Indian leader ostensibly pre-planned, but extremely opportune, to portray international support for India despite the turmoil in Kashmir resulting from the Modi government revoking Jammu & Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 and 35 A, and creating two Union Territories out of Jammu-Kashmir, and Ladakh. The loud protests and hand-wringing, accompanied by bombastic threats, military and nuclear, emanating from Islamabad,…

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Rotary Foundation grants $150,000 toward career development project in India

Ravishankar Bhooplapur (Photo courtesy Xavier University) The Gold Coast Lake Success Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of New Delhi in Partnership with The NIT Foundation announced a $150,000 grant towards the development of a skill and career development center for vocational training for the youth of India. This project was initiated by past District Governor Ravishankar Bhooplapur, an Indian-American who is credited with finding new and innovative ways to help communities and is currently president of the Xavier University School of Medicine, Aruba. The NIT Foundation, (NF), is a not-for-profit organization that sets up CDCs within urban slums and villages. They have been working with underserved youth for the past decade, with the goal of imparting employable skills to youth so that they can be absorbed in the formal industry, a press release from Xavier University said. Over the course of his travels Bhooplapur found that skill development centers…

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India’s top ports on alert for attacks from ‘Pakistan-trained commandos’

A worker walks past a container ship at Mundra Port in Gujarat April 1, 2014. REUTERS/Amit Dave/File Photo NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s two main ports said on Thursday (Aug. 29, 2019) they had been warned by the coastguard and intelligence officials that Pakistan-trained commandos have entered Indian waters to carry out underwater attacks on port facilities. The Mundra Port, run by Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd, and the state-owned Kandla Port had asked their employees and ship operators to be vigilant, port officials and the ports said in advisories seen by Reuters. Tensions between India and Pakistan have escalated since India revoked the special status of its portion of the Himalayan region of Kashmir on Aug. 5 and moved to quell objections by shutting down communications and clamping down on local leaders. Pakistan reacted with fury to India’s decision, cutting trade and transport ties and expelling India’s…

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Cricket: ‘Frustrated’ Khawaja to lead Australia in tour match

Cricket – Australia Nets – Edgbaston, Birmingham, Britain – July 29, 2019 Australia’s Usman Khawaja during nets Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers/Files (Reuters) – Under-pressure Australia batsman Usman Khawaja is “frustrated” after failing to convert a number of starts in the Ashes series but insists his batting is in a good place as he looks for form in the tour match against Derbyshire. Khawaja, who will captain Australia in the three-day match while regular skipper Tim Paine takes a break, has failed to score a half-century in the three tests and is averaging 20 in a lean series to date. The Australia number three is hardly alone in his struggles, with only Steve Smith (126.00), Marnus Labuschagne (71.00) and Travis Head (32.00) averaging above 30. “I actually feel really good batting,” Khawaja told reporters. “I just haven’t made any big runs lately, which is obviously frustrating for me and when…

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India eases foreign investment rules for several sectors to boost growth

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s cabinet on Wednesday (Aug. 28, 2019) approved further liberalizing of foreign direct investment (FDI) rules in four sectors, in an effort to get economic growth back on track. A worker carries coal in a basket in a industrial area in Mumbai, May 31, 2017. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade/File Photo The government approved foreign investment in digital media up to stakes of 26%, allowed 100% foreign investment for coal mining, associated infrastructure and sales of fuel. Till now, foreign investment was only allowed in coal mines allotted for captive use, meaning for use by the companies themselves. The new mining investment policy will to open up investment avenues for companies like PeaBody, Glencore and BHP Group Ltd. New Delhi also allowed 100% foreign direct investment in contract manufacturing and eased sourcing norms for single-brand retailers. The government said single-brand retail firms would be permitted to open online stores…

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President Trump announces slew of judicial nominees including an Indian-American

Shireen Matthews (Photo: LinkedIn) In her practice at Jones Day, Mathews says she “helps companies conduct internal investigations and build, enhance, and maintain effective corporate compliance programs.” She regularly defends clients before a range of government agencies including the Department of Justice, Health and Human Services-OIG, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Defense. clients in a wide variety of white-collar criminal cases involving allegations of bribery of public officials, defense contractor fraud, false claims, and health care fraud. At the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mathews served as the Criminal Health Care Fraud Coordinator prosecuting violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute, criminal false claims, and aggravated identity theft. Her success stories include uncovering a multimillion dollar fraud involving stolen medical equipment from Camp Pendleton, a health care fraud investigation of a hospital CEO, prosecution of wide-ranging contract fraud by a San Diego-based biotech firm, and obtaining one of the largest individual restitution…