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US lawmakers want Diwali holiday in New York schools

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Washington, Feb 21 -- Noting that Diwali has been gaining increasing recognition in the US, six US lawmakers have urged New York City's education department to include the Indian festival of lights among new public school holidays.

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02/21/14
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Shhh!! the gods are meditating here!

Goshal (Himachal Pradesh), Jan 14 -- Shhh!! don't make noise as the gods are meditating.

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01/14/14
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Makar Sankranti celebrations in Andhra begin

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Hyderabad, Jan 13 -- Makar Sankranti, the harvest festival, began Monday across Andhra Pradesh as people celebrated Bhogi - first day of the three-day festivity - with gaiety and religious fervour.

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01/13/14
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Furore over images of Hindu deities on beer bottles

Sydney --  An Australian brewery has come under severe criticism from Hindu groups for depicting religious deities on the labels of its alcoholic ginger beer bottles.

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11/19/13
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Obama greets Sikhs on Guru Nanak birthday

Washington, Nov 16 -- President Barack Obama has greeted "Sikh friends" around the world on the birth anniversary of Sikhism's founder Guru Nanak saying Sikh values of pluralism were also "central to who we are as Americans."

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11/16/13
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Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to settle Sikh identity issues abroad

Chandigarh, Nov 8 -- Having incorporated itself in the US, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) will work towards resolving Sikh identity issues in that country and in other western nations, SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar said Friday.

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11/08/13
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Bihar’s Chhath festival draws the migrants back home

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Patna -- Airports, railway stations and bus terminuses have been packed with milling crowds as hundreds of thousands of migrants from Bihar, who work all over the country and abroad, have returned to their homes in Bihar to celebrate and infuse "new life" to the four-day Chhath festival, the state's biggest community celebration.

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11/08/13
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Punjab frowns on Canada move to ban religious symbols

Chandigarh -- The Punjab assembly passed on Nov 1 a resolution criticising a move by the government of Quebec province in Canada to ban religious symbols.

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11/08/13
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Obama wishes Indians ‘Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak’

Washington, Nov 2 -- President Barack Obama has wished Indians "a Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak" saying the festival reminded Americans that the US "is home to many faiths and traditions, and that our diversity makes us stronger."

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11/02/13
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Dhanteras gold demand falls at least 20 percent this year

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New Delhi/Chennai/Mumbai -- Come Dhanteras and Indians are ready to shell out that extra bit to purchase gold on the auspicious day. But demand has fallen by at least 20 percent this time as most people have made the bulk of their purchases earlier in the year when prices were much lower, say market cognoscenti on the occasion of the festival Friday.
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11/01/13
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