The Crowning Glory of Lord Venkateswara in Hamilton

Venkat Raman Auckland, May 5, 2018 When our Hindu Religious Columnist Ragavan Rengachariar sent us the Gold and Gems-Studded ‘Kritam,’ (Ornamental Headdress) that adorns Lord Venkateswara, the Main Deity at the Balaji Temple in Hamilton, the Divine Implication was that we would write about the Crowning Glory of one of the most Opulent Hindu Gods in the world. The picture…

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All said and done, Modi’s popularity remains intact

Anoop Sadanandan  The Wire (India) New Delhi, May 5, 2018 Poor economic growth and job-creation, deepening agrarian distress, rising caste and religious violence and numerous corporate scandals seem not to have dented Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity among Indians. Recent surveys suggest that two-thirds of them approve of his leadership, the same as his approval rating four years ago. What accounts for this popular support? What explains the Modi…

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Jacinda Ardern addresses ‘The elephant in the room’

Thomas Coughlan Wellington, May 5, 2018 Businesses should feel better about the economy and align their perceptions with the positive reality Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said. Delivering the now traditional pre-Budget speech to the Business New Zealand audience, Ardern said business confidence was “The elephant in the room.” Business confidence has been low since the Government took office.” Growing…

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Five footballers who broke down racial barriers

Martyn Dean Cooke Manchester (UK), May 5, 2018 Netflix has commissioned Julian Fellowes, the creator of the award-winning historical period drama Downton Abbey, to write a new TV series exploring the early development of modern football and how its creation “reached across the class divide” as Etonians and factory workers came together to create the world’s most popular sport. Prestigious…

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