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Washington DC Gurdwara may be auctioned
Report dated 07/08/2011 @ 6:41 PM
The National Gurdwara situated near the White House in Washinton DC may go under the hammer if its management does not pay up a loan of some $2 million.
In order to bail out the Gurdwara from its financial situation, the management had earlier offered the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to take over the gurdwara upon payment of the loan, but the Committee has not been able to come up with the funds.
A representative of the SGPC said the Gurdwara that was inaugurated in 2005 was built for around $8 million, but the low turnout of devotees meant the income of the Gurdwara was insufficient and so the management offered it to the SGPC.
The National Gurdwara has sought help on their website to keep it running. The SGPC representative said their accountant had resorted to the Reserve Bank of India but that has yet not been implemented.
He said it would be a disgrace for Sikhs if the Gurdwara is auctioned. It is possible the SGPC could consider handing over the Gurdwara to another Sikh religious body rather than let it be auctioned.
People could be happiest at 7 pm on 6/8/2011
Report dated 07/08/2011 @ 1:36 AM
According to a study by Nectar loyalty cards, gleaned from a survey of 10,000 people, 7 pm on August 6th could be the happiest day of people's lives.
The magical combination of 6-7-8 has been hailed by psychologists as the happiest time of the year as Saturday is generally the happiest day of the week and August is the most favoured month because of the heat and holidays.
Manchester University's Professor Geoff Beattie said 7pm on a Saturday in August represents the life we all aspire to - leisure time, good weather and the company of friends and family.
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Indian student visa applications for Australia drop by 63%
Report dated 05/08/2011 @ 0:31 AM
According to the Immigration Department's quarterly report on the student visa programme, there has been a drop of 63 percent in offshore international student visa applications from India in the last financial year.
The figures also show an overall drop of 20 percent in offshore international student visa applications, including China, Australia's largest source country for international students.
A Melbourne University expert said the steep drop was largely due to federal government changes to the visa criteria and skilled migration list.
103 Indians attacked in Australia in 2010
Report dated 05/08/2011 @ 0:24 AM
According to a government report, 103 Indians either lost their lives or were injured in attacks in Australia in 2010.
Overseas Indian Affairs minister Vyalar Ravi stated that the matter has been discussed with the Australian government and the attacks on Indians there has subsided in recent months.
Indian scientist says US not ideal for a good education
Report dated 05/08/2011 @ 0:21 AM
C N R Rao, chairman of the scientific advisory council to the Prime Minister delivered a speech in Chennai, during which he said "America is not at all good for education".
Rao continued, saying everything in the US is no good. Just because one goes abroad doesn't translate into getting a good education and some Indian students are attending second rate institutions whereas India now has some excellent institutions.
Rao believes parents sending their children to schools in America are wasting their money as India has good schools. If anything parents should send their children to America for specialisation in university or college.
Saying the focus on teaching and teachers is a national emergency in relation to which he had a meeting with PM Singh, Rao aims to make education a national mission.