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Sikhs take out parade in Californian city of Yuba

Sikhs take out parade in Californian city of YubaYuba City (California), Nov.3 - Thousands of devotees across the U.S. turned out for the Nagar Kirtan (35th Sikh Parade) to mark the anniversary of the coronation of Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture of Sikhs at Yuba City in California on Sunday.

Led by the Punj Pyaras or the five Sikh clerics, the religious parade was taken out about 125 miles from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Yuba City has developed into a trading and service centre. The city is known for having a sizeable Sikh community.


Now, chai and Indian spices available in Dupont

Now, chai and Indian spices available in DupontWashington, Nov 2 - Traditional chai, Indian spices, snacks and sweets will now be easily available in Dupont Circle, Washington D. C., US.

Rano Singh has opened her Dupont Circle shop known as Pansaari which will act as a chai bar for the people, the Washington Post reported.

Singh said that to reduce waste, the chai bar won't sell tea to go unless one brought their own cup and nor does it offer that other coffeehouse staple, WiFi and the main goal was to get people to talk to each other.

Singh's food consists of small plates of protein-rich snacks, an Indian cottage cheese.


U.S. M113 armored carriers being used as IEDs against Iraqi army by ISIS militants

U.S. M113 armored carriers being used as IEDs against Iraqi army by ISIS militantsWashington, Nov 01 : The militants with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have released photos that reveal that they have loaded U. S. M113 armored personnel carriers and are using them as vehicle born IEDs against Iraqi Security Forces.

U. S. forces rarely drove the M113s brought to Iraq outside the wire because the vehicles were so susceptible to buried improvised explosive devices.

The U. S. officials, instead of shipping the aging armored personnel carriers, left many M113s with the Iraqis after their troops returned home, Military. com reported.


Iran defends human rights record at U.N. six days after executing attempted rape victim

Iran defends human rights record at U.N. six days after executing attempted rape victimWashington, Nov 01 : Six days after the execution of a woman who killed her attempted rapist, Iran has lashed out at critics of its appalling human rights record at a U. N. hearing on Friday, blaming the West for Saturday's execution.

The Islamic Republic's rebuttal of a derogatory report from the U. N. special rapporteur on human rights in Iran came during a three-hour review in Geneva of the U. N. Human Rights Council of Tehran's record.


United States to assist Sri Lanka in landslide rescue and relief efforts

United States to assist Sri Lanka in landslide rescue and relief effortsWashington, Oct 31 : The U. S. State Department has confirmed that it has received an official request from the Government of Sri Lanka for assistance in rescue and relief efforts at the site of a major landslide that has devastated the village of Koslanda- Meeriya Bedda in northern Badulla District.

U. S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Michele Sison, has requested the assistance from Washington, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said at the media briefing on Thursday.


Sri Lanka seeks assistance from US after the deadly landslide

Jen PsakiWashington : Sri Lanka has sought assistance from the US on the recent massive landslide in the country that killed 10 people with nearly 160 others feared to have been buried alive.

"The United States has received an official request for assistance from the Government of Sri Lanka. The US extends its deepest condolences to the Government and the people of Sri Lanka and the families affected by the recent landslides," said State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki.

Admiring the efforts of the Sri Lankan government for its "rapid response" to the tragedy, Psaki said the State Department was working to try and to respond quickly.


Hillary Clinton praises Modi's focus on sanitation

Hillary ClintonWashington : Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his focus on sanitation and cleanliness and called for more women participation for the world economy to recover quickly.

"I recently met with my husband with the new prime minister of India, Prime Minister Modi. He is very focused on basics like sanitation. Girls, as they get older, cannot go to school if there is no sanitation. Women can't get very far from home because there is no toilet," Hillary said yesterday.

She referred to a recent study about people working in markets in Indonesia where 90 per cent of them are women.


Bangladesh, US agree to cooperate to stop terror financing

Bangladesh, US agree to cooperate to stop terror financingWashington, Oct 30 : Bangladesh and the United States have agreed to work together to stop all conduits for terror financing.

A joint statement was issued to this effect after third two-day-long US-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue concluded here on Wednesday.

The Bangladesh delegation at the talks was led by Foreign Secretary Mohammad Shahidul Haque, while the American delegation was led by US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman. Bangladesh's envoy to the US Mohammad Ziauddin was also present during the deliberations.


US says Lanka has not sought its help for landslide tragedy

US says Lanka has not sought its help for landslide tragedyWashington, Oct. 30 - The United States has said that the Government of Sri Lanka has not made any specific requests for assistance in search and rescue operations in the aftermath of Wednesday's landslide in an upcountry plantation area, which is believed to have buried about 300 people.

Responding to a media query whether the U. S. Embassy in Colombo been in touch with the local authorities, Jen Psaki, Spokesperson of the State Department, was quoted by the Colombo Page, as saying that she is not aware of any specific requests that have been issued.

Psaki said she is not aware of any American citizens involved in the disaster.


'US-led international coalition will destroy Islamic State'

'US-led international coalition will destroy Islamic State'Washington - The US-led international coalition of more than 60 countries against the Islamic State will degrade and ultimately destroy the terror group, a top Obama Administration official has said.

"I do believe we will degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL with our coalition of over 60 countries," National Security Advisor Susan Rice said in an interview at the Washington Ideas Forum.


George Washington was a devout 'beer' lover

George Washington was a devout 'beer' loverWashington, Oct 29 - President George Washington was a devout beer lover , it has been revealed.

Mark Will-Weber, author of 'Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt: The Complete History of Presidential Drinking,' said that America's first president loved a particular Philadelphia-based beverage called "Porter Beer," Fox News reported.

Will-Weber added that Washington used to mix molasses with it, which may explain why Washington's teeth were not that great, but it was just enough sweetness and thickness to add to the authentic porter which they used to get from Britain before the war and then they learned to brew their own. (ANI)


India and US discuss military ties and global security issues

Prime Minister Narendra ModiWashington - The US and India will continue to work together to further strengthen their military-to-military relations as the top defence officials of the two countries have discussed a range of bilateral security issues.

Top defence officials from India and the US yesterday discussed bilateral military-to-military relationship, strategic ties and global security issues, the Pentagon said.

"During the dialogue, they discussed US-India common security interests, continuing to further strengthen the military-to-military relations, their commitment to the strategic partnership and future areas of security cooperation," a defence department official told PTI.


Retired U.S. general urges countries to fight IS militants' 'horrendous online propaganda'

John AllenNew York, Oct 28 : The retired United States general in charge of coordinating the American-led coalition's battle against Islamic State (IS) is urging allies to also fight the militants on the internet by targeting their extremist online propaganda.

Marine Gen. John Allen said on Monday during a meeting of Western and Arab partners in Kuwait that IS militants are promoting its "horrendous brand of warfare" on the internet and recruiting innocent people.

According to the New York Post, Allen said that IS can only be defeated after contesting their online presence.


How tea tastes different every season

How tea tastes different every seasonWashington, Oct 27 : A new study has revealed that shifting patterns of precipitation affect key chemicals responsible for the flavor and health properties of tea.

The findings showed shows that major antioxidant compounds that determine tea health properties and flavor, including epigallocatechin, epigallocatechin gallate, epicatechin gallate, gallocatechin gallate, catechin and gallic acid, fell up to 50 percent in an area of southwest China during an extreme monsoon, while other compounds increased.

Household income from the sales of tea grown during the extreme monsoon also dropped by up to 50 percent, Ahmed said.


US used at least 1000 Nazi spies in Cold War: Report

US used at least 1000 Nazi spies in Cold War: ReportWashington, Oct 27 - Newly disclosed records and interviews have revealed that in the decades after World War II, the C.I.A. and other United States agencies employed at least a thousand Nazis as Cold War spies and informants and, some of them are still living in America.


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