The 41 workers who were trapped inside the Silkyara tunnel in Uttarakhand for 17 days were finally rescued late on Tuesday evening, November 28. The workers got trapped when a section of the tunnel caved in on Diwali, November 12. The debris fell in a 60-meter stretch of the Silkyara side of the under-construction tunnel.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul on Tuesday signed a historic legislation making Diwali a school holiday in public schools. The legislation requires that all public schools in New York City (NYC) be closed on the “15th day of the eighth month of the Indian calendar in each year, which is known as Diwali”.
Celebrating the festival of lights, Diwali, President Joe Biden, along with his wife Jill Biden, lit a diya and said that it symbolizes the message of seeking the light of wisdom, love, and unity over the darkness of hate and division. On social media platform X, the United States President posted a video in which he can be seen lighting a lamp alongside Jill Biden.
The iconic Empire State Building was lit up in orange hues as New York City celebrated Diwali on Sunday. New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Deputy Commissioner of International Affairs Dilip Chauhan celebrated the ‘festival of lights’ with people of the Hindu community at the Bhakti Center, the oldest Hindu temple in Manhattan.
Canada Post, the primary postal operator in the country, has issued a new stamp celebrating the arrival of Diwali, the festival of lights observed by Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, and other communities across the world.
Justice Markandey Katju writes: The Hindu festival of Diwali will be celebrated this year on November 12. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diwali On this occasion I appeal on behalf of Ibaadatkhana, a global organization promoting interfaith harmony, of which I am the patron, to all non-Hindus worldwide to celebrate Diwali.
Indo-Canadian poet Rupi Kaur has declined an invitation for a Diwali event on Wednesday from US President Joe Biden’s administration over its response to the situation in Gaza. “I decline any invitation from an institution that supports the collective punishment of a trapped civilian population—50 per cent of whom are children,” Kaur, 31, wrote in a statement posted on X (formerly Twitter) on Monday.
The Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce (SVCCC) will be hosting a diverse multicultural community-focused Diwali, the ‘Festival of Lights’ on Sunday, October 29, at the India Community Center (ICC) in Milpitas, California.
India’s ban on the export of non-Basmati rice on July 20 has sent shockwaves among the rice-consuming community in the US. The sudden prohibition has led to a price rise and several stores across the country have begun limiting the number of rice bags one buys. The USA Rice Federation — the nation’s apex trade body on the foodgrain — believes the ban could impact as much as 80 percent of India’s rice exports and affect global food security. indica spoke to Mani Krishnan of Shastha Foods…
New York City Mayor Eric Adams has officially declared Diwali as a school holiday aimed at honoring the city’s South Asian, Indo-Caribbean, Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist communities. On Monday, Mayor Adams made the announcement at City Hall while being flanked by Assemblymember Jenifer Rajkumar, the first Hindu American and first South Asian American woman elected to state office.
Three legislators, including an Indian-American, in the Michigan State House have introduced a set of bills to establish festivals like Diwali and Eid as official state-recognised holidays.
Pennsylvania has declared the Hindu festival of Diwali as an official state holiday, Senator Nikil Saval tweeted on Wednesday.
Lawmakers at the Utah Senate unanimously passed a bill that will make Diwali a state commemorative period, and allow discharge of fireworks during the Indian festival of lights.
By Justice Markandey Katju- (Justice Markandey Katju is a former Judge, Supreme Court of India, and former Chairman, Press Council of India. The views expressed are his own.) I have read Junaid Jahangir’s article ‘Pakistanis need to think more critically about ‘United India’ in the leading Pakistani portal thefridaytimes.com and wish to respond. I have consistently been […]
Brampton City in Canada has banned fireworks following more than 1000 complaints after the festival of Diwali in October. The motion brought forward by Councillor Denis Keenan and seconded by fellow Councillor Gurpreet Singh Toor at a Council committee meeting, was passed unanimously in favour of the ban.
With October being celebrated as Hindu Heritage Month, community leaders, as well as policymakers, including US President Joe Biden, lighting lamps and immersing themselves in the festival of lights, Diwali celebrations at BAPS Swaminarayan temples across North America glittered with varied hues, lights, and delicious food that heightened the joy of traditional festivities.
Nearly 70% of respondents or their family members are facing breathing difficulty due to poor air quality in Delhi and the surrounding areas, says a survey.
Diwali festivities were extra special this year for residents of North Carolina as a new 87-foot tower was inaugurated by Governor Roy Cooper in the presence of hundreds of devotees at the Sri Venkateswara Temple in Cary.