Hindus seek Diwali holiday in all Pennsylvania schools after Spring-Ford proposal

Welcoming Spring-Ford Area School District (SFASD) in Pennsylvania for reportedly proposing holiday on Diwali in its 2022-23 calendar; Hindus are urging all public school districts and private-charter-independent schools in Pennsylvania to close on their most popular festival Diwali. SFASD Board will consider this proposed calendar on January 24. “Diwali is being added to the calendar proposal”, SFASD Superintendent Robert W. Rizzo wrote in an email to distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed. Calendars are annually approved and Diwali will reportedly appear as part of future proposals for the Board to consider.…

US, Russia promise to work to ease Ukraine tensions

GENEVA  – Washington and Moscow s top diplomats on Friday agreed to keep working to ease tensions over Ukraine, with the United States promising a written response to Russian security requirements next week and not ruling out a presidential meeting. As fears grew that Russia could invade its pro-Western neighbour, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken renewed warnings of severe Western reprisals as he met for 90 minutes with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva. The Russian foreign ministry said later that, in his talks with Blinken, Lavrov had warned…

Air strike on Yemen prison leaves at least 70 dead

SAADA  – At least 70 people were killed in an air strike on a prison and at least three children died in a separate bombardment as Yemen s long-running conflict suffered a dramatic escalation of violence on Friday. The Huthi rebels released gruesome video footage showing bodies in the rubble and mangled corpses from the prison attack, which levelled buildings at the jail in their northern heartland of Saada. Further south in the port city of Hodeida, the children died when air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition hit a telecommunications…

Taliban to meet Western officials in Norway for aid talks

OSLO – The Taliban will hold talks with Western officials in Oslo next week on human rights and humanitarian aid in their first official visit to the West since returning to power, the Norwegian and Taliban governments said Friday. The visit from Sunday to Tuesday will see meetings with “Norwegian authorities and officials from a number of allied countries”, including Britain, the European Union, France, Germany, Italy and the United States, it said. “We are extremely concerned about the grave situation in Afghanistan, where millions of people are facing a…

US, Russia hold last-ditch talks on Ukraine war fears

GENEVA  – Washington and Moscow s top diplomats meet Friday in Geneva in a last-ditch bid for a solution over Ukraine, with the United States increasingly fearing that Russia will invade despite warnings of severe reprisals. The talks between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov come just 11 days after their deputies met in Geneva and agreed to preserve dialogue amid Russia s build-up of tens of thousands of troops on Ukraine s border. Unlike the January 10 session, which lasted for nearly eight hours, Blinken and Lavrov…

The Community Chest Accepting Applications for Fifth High School Young Women’s Leadership Awards

(Eastern Bergen County, New Jersey; January 19, 2022) — The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County is accepting applications for its fifth annual High School Young Women’s Leadership Awards.  This year, seven awards will be given to outstanding students identifying as female, enrolled in their junior or senior years, and residing and/or attending a public or private a high school in eastern Bergen County, New Jersey. Applicants living in and/or attending a school in any of these towns may apply: Alpine, Bergenfield, Closter, Cresskill, Demarest, Dumont, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Harrington…

Union Coop: Mass Sterilization of Facilities, Branches and Commercial Centers

Dubai, UAE: Union Coop, the largest consumer cooperative in the UAE, confirmed that the cooperative’s Admin Affairs department is continuing its sterilization operations to maintain the highest standards of public health and safety in all its facilities, branches and commercial centers located in different areas of Dubai. In detail, Mr. MOHAMMED BERREGAD ALFALASI, Admin Affairs Department Director, Union Coop said that the cooperative is continuing the sterilization process in all facilities and branches to preserve the safety of its shoppers, suppliers and employees. He pointed out that the cooperative is…

All Set for ASEI 34th National Convention

(Fremont, California), American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin (ASEI) is hosting the 34th Annual National Convention with a theme, Sustainable Technology Innovations (STI-2022). This virtual convention will be held on January 15th and 16th, 2022. The objective of this convention is to provide a forum to promote and share advancements related to latest cutting-edge innovations and technologies across various engineering disciplines focusing on the theme. The convention is expected to be virtually attended by over 1000 professionals including scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and corporate leaders across the USA and globally. This event will…

Northern NJ Community Foundation Awards Grant to Armenian Relief Society of Eastern USA, Inc.

(Hackensack, New Jersey; January 13, 2022) — The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF) announces the Andrea Tilbian Halejian Memorial Fund awarded a grant of $5,000 to Armenian Relief Society of Eastern USA, Inc. (ARS) in Watertown, Massachusetts.  The grant will support the organization’s Artsakh Relief project.  The NNJCF, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Hackensack, New Jersey, concentrates on the focus areas of the arts, civic engagement, education, the environment, public health, and philanthropy. The Fund remembers Wyckoff, New Jersey resident Andrea Tilbian Halejian and contributes to qualified charitable…

WFP director for Afghanistan warns of ‘tsunami of hunger’

BRUSSELS — Afghanistan is facing a “tsunami of hunger” because of a shortage of funds that’s needed to keep the supply of food intact as country teeters on the edge of economic run with more than half of the population struggling to eat this winter, a senior official with the United Nations World Food Program said on Thursday. In an interview with The Associated Press, WFP leader in Afghanistan Mary-Ellen McGroarty urged the international community to put humanitarian necessity above political discussions and avoid disaster by making sure that billions…