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The songs sung at the curtain raiser event were thematic and used 8 languages, in accordance with the values of the Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair

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  • Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair curtain raiser event was officially dedicated to the late Carnatic vocalist, M S Subbalakshmi to mark and celebrate her centennial birthday
  • The event was completely voluntary and was a celebration of culture and revising the traditions
  • 25 rathas (chariots) also started their journey around the area simultaneously from Kabeleeshwarar Temple to extend the core messages and values of the event

More than 11,000 female students came together to sing on the July 23, from 5 to 6 pm at the A.M. Jain College Grounds, Chennai for the second curtain raiser of the 8th Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair that will be celebrated from August 2-8, this year, in 2016.

The songs sung at the curtain raiser event were thematic and used 8 languages, in accordance with the values of the Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair. The 6 themes included Sustainable Environment, Inculcate Family and Human Values, Preserve Ecology, Foster Women’s Honor, Instil Patriotism, and Conserve Forest and Protect wildlife. These themes are in tune with the core concepts of the Sanathana Dharma, and the event was aimed at audiences to create awareness, mentioned the hssf.in Website.

Juhi Chawla at Inauguration of the Hindu Spirituality and Service Fair, Feb 2016. Image source: India Glamour
Juhi Chawla at Inauguration of the Hindu Spirituality and Service Fair, Feb 2016. Image source: India Glamour

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25 rathas (chariots) also started their journey around the area simultaneously from Kabeleeshwarar Temple to extend the core messages and values of the Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair. The chariots went around to school children in Chennai, Kancheepuram, and Thiruvallur mentioned the hssf.in Website.

The ‘ganathon’ and the rath yatra (chariot-journey) were jointly initiated by Moral and Cultural Training Foundation (IMCTF) and the Hindu Spiritual and Service Foundation (HSSF). The event was planned to encourage unity and peace.

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The event was completely voluntary and was mentioned by S Gurumurthy, a columnist, and commentator, as “a celebration of culture and revising the traditions”. “Hindu ethos and culture is a way of life in India and it is not the narrowing religion,” he added.

Rajalakshmi, Managing Trustee of the Moral and Cultural Training Foundation, said, “A month-long preparation was being made for the ganathon,” the songs were also recorded, and the CDs were distributed to schools and colleges. This was done about a month ago and was spread over institutions across the city, he said.

The event was a curtain raiser for the Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair due to begin on the August 2. It was officially dedicated to the late Carnatic vocalist, M S Subbalakshmi to mark and celebrate her centennial birthday.

The fair has been planned to last 6 days and is meant to illustrate the Hindu lifestyle and divinity based on religious principles.

– prepared by Varsha Gupta of NewsGram. Twitter: @VarshaGupta94

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India Continues Engaging With USA Over H-1B Passport Issue

India is closely engaged with the US administration as well as the US Congress on this matter.

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India is continuing to engage with the US over the H-1B visa, largely availed of by Indian IT companies, after the Trump administration proposed changes to the programme, a senior official said on Thursday.

“It is a very important topic for us and that is the reason why we have time and again at various levels, we have taken up this matter with the US side,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in response to queries by journalists here.

Kumar said that most recently, the issue was raised during the first ever India-US 2+2 Ministerial Meeting held here last month that was attended by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis.

On Wednesday, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said that the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plans to come out with its new proposal by January 2019.

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The DHS said it was also proposing to remove from its regulations certain H-4 spouses of H-1B non-immigrants as a class of aliens eligible for employment authorisation.

The move to end the rule could have an impact on more than 70,000 H-4 visa holders, who have work permits.

The H-4 visas are issued by the USCIS to immediate family members (spouse and children under 21 years of age) of the holders of H-1B visa.

The DHS said it will propose to revise the definition of speciality occupation to increase focus on obtaining the best and the brightest foreign nationals via the H-1B programme.

It will also “revise the definition” of employment and employer-employee relationship to “better protect” US workers and wages, the DHS said.

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In his remarks on Thursday, Kumar said that India is closely engaged with the US administration as well as the US Congress on this matter.

Stating that there are certain bills which have been introduced, he, however, said that “it is important to note that none of these bills have been passed so far”.

“When we have engaged with the US, we have emphasised that our partnership which we have in the digital sphere have been mutually beneficial,” the spokesperson said.

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“We have highlighted the role which has been played by the highly skilled Indian professionals who have actually contributed to the growth and development of the US economy,” he stated.

“And also they have helped the US to maintain a competitive edge in the world towards innovation and science and technology.” (IANS)