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NRI Corner 2
<b>Here is link to transcripts and Video -sex sting operation </b>
<b>Police Release Petaluma Suspects Names</b>

Petaluma police Thursday released the names of the men arrested in a six-month investigation of online sex crimes against children. Bail for each person was set at $30,000.

<b>Jaswinder Cheema </b>: 30-year-old, San Jose, a sales manager for Bose Corp.electronics company.
<b>Anurag Tiwari:</b>, 29-year-old , Sunnyvale, Sun Microsystems engineer
<b>Chandrashekhar Nonna</b>,31-year-old, Oakland, a computer engineer, Strategic Staffing Solutions engineer.
<b>Pulkit Mathur</b> :25-year-old year, Sunnyvale, executive
<i>He’s charged with attempted lewd behavior with a minor, and bail is set at $30,000. Later we find out Pulkit failed to show up for court and is wanted on a $50,000 arrest warrant.</i>

<b>Kanishk Lakhanpal</b> -<i> <b>I’m very loyal to my wife</b>. <b>It’s my love marriage</b>. </i> <!--emo&Big Grin--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin.gif' /><!--endemo-->
<b>Gopichand Pai: </b> 25 years old, Sunnyvale, works in Apple. software engineer (TCS software engineer)
<b> Vaikunth Sundarajan: </b> Sunnyvale, 26-year-old, Info Systems programmer
<b>Aminder Singh </b>, 24 years old, San Jose, Zoom Delivery driver.

Not Indian but check his profile
Maurice Wolin is 48 years old, married and a prominent San Francisco physician. It’s hard to believe that someone of his stature would show up to meet a girl who said she was 13 and then follow her into the backyard where she invites him to go in her hot tub.
<!--QuoteBegin-k.ram+Oct 20 2006, 05:40 AM-->QUOTE(k.ram @ Oct 20 2006, 05:40 AM)<!--QuoteEBegin--><!--QuoteBegin--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Most false visa papers from city </b>
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<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>India and the World - A Talk by Jaswant Singh</b>
<b>Location: ICC Milpitas
555 Los Coches Street
Milpitas, CA 95035

Ex-defense, foreign and finance minister and opposition party leader Jaswant Singh will speak about India and the World at ICC Milpitas, Saturday October 28, 11 a.m. His talk will be hosted by Pradeep Chhibber, Chair of the Department of Political Science, at UC Berkeley.

Singh will address Indo-U.S. relations, nuclear non-proliferation, India and China and terrorism and India. He will accept questions after his talk.

Singh is one of the rarest kind of politicians who has held three of the most coveted ministries. He started in the government of Atul Behari Vajpayee as the External Affairs Minister and later on switched his ministry to Finance with Yashwant Sinha. He moved on to the Defence Ministry when George Fernandes was forced to resign.

Jaswant Singh is among the most respected names in the country's public life, and in the world of diplomacy. He is deservedly given credit for dexterously steering India out of the turbulent diplomatic seas encountered in the aftermath of the nuclear tests of May 1998. He is Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of India's Parliament.

Singh is visiting Professor at Oxford University, an Honorary Professor at Warwick University, and a Senior Fellow at the Harvard University.

Singh's new book, A Call to Honour: In Service of Emergent India is an evocative account about a crucial period in India's history and provides an in-depth look at several vital events that changed the way the world perceived India.

The event is free for all.
<b>Sat, Oct 28
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM</b>
Free Member
Free Non-Member
<b>Indians building Millionaires' Row in UK </b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->London, October 29: All roads for Britain's new class of super-rich Indians lead to Northwood, a quiet west London suburb that is being transformed into the country's first "Millionaires' Row" for a single ethnic minority -- Indians.

Homes worth more than one million pounds on Astons Road are being snapped up and then demolished to make way for mansions worth up to five million pounds, complete with indoor pools, sweeping marble staircases and extravagant landscaped gardens, the Sunday Times reported.

The popularity of "The Astons" is such that the mention of the road's name is thought to be enough to impress both potential business partners and brides-to-be.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Indo-Canadian charged for murdering wife
Indo-Asian News Service
Toronto, November 1, 2006
  An Indo-Canadian man in British Columbia province has been arrested for allegedly murdering his wife.

Jatinder  Waraich appeared in court in Surrey after he was arrested on Sunday. His wife Navreet Waraich, 27, was found badly injured in their apartment and died later in hospital.

"Everybody is shocked. She was honest and very innocent. And she was just a lovely person," Mandip Sandhu, a relative of Navreet, told the Vancouver Sun newspaper.

Navreet and Jatinder got married three years ago but the deceased came to Canada with her husband five months later. According to her relatives, trouble between the two started soon after.

Back in India, Navreet's parents are pleading for help to enable them to fly to Canada.

Navreet's father, Dilbag Singh Gill, said he wanted to come to Canada for his daughter's funeral and look after her infant son.

"Every night she was being beaten there," Gill told the newspaper from Amritsar, Punjab.

He said his daughter did not go to the police out of fear that she would cause trouble for her in-laws.

Navreet was working with a local firm and Jatinder is a cab driver.

This is the third such incident in less than two weeks of South Asian women being murdered or brutally attacked in Surrey.

Manjit Panghali, 30, had disappeared nearly two weeks ago. Later, the badly burnt body of Panghali, who was four-months pregnant, was found at the Roberts Bank port facility.

So far, there have been no arrests in the case.

On Oct 19, Gurjeet Kaur Ghuman, 40, was shot in the head by her husband, who then shot himself. Ghuman is still in hospital in a very critical condition.

These frequent attacks have prompted a call for more social services for the Indo-Canadian community in Surrey.

Charan Gill, who heads the Progressive Intercultural Community Services, has demanded that local as well as federal governments step up bilingual counselling services for women.

Surrey is the second largest city in British Columbia. According to 2004 figures, South Asians constitute 21.89 percent of the total population of over 400,000.
<span style='color:red'>US poll results: NRIs expand their presence in US state senates.</span>
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Two Goyals created history in US polls by winning to the state assemblies in Ohio and Kansas, taking Indian-American representation to the heartland of America.

With their victory, Indians have got representation in six state legislatures (New Jersey, Maryland, Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas and Ohio) in addition to the US Congress through Representative Bobby Jindal.

26-year old Jay Goyal, Democrat, defeated Phillip Holloway in the 73rd District in Ohio with 22,695 votes (63.29 per cent) against 13,164 (36.71 per cent) votes.

The seat was held by Representative Sherrod Brown, a friend of India, who won to the US Senate. 

In the 87th district in Kansas, Democrat Raj Goyle, 31, beat three-term Representative Bonnie Huy.

Goyle had 56.36 per cent of the votes (3216 votes) while Huy got 43.64 per cent (2490).

"This is a great day. I am humbled by the trust of the voters in me," Goyle told rediff.com after the victory.

Minnesota State Senator Satveer Chaudhary, a Democrat who represents Fridley, has retained his seat in District 50, earning 64 per cent of the votes in the US polls.

Chaudhary's constituency includes about 70,000 people in majority of Columbia Heights, Fridley, Hilltop, St Anthony, New Brighton, Arden Hills and Shoreview.

Though fellow Republicans are facing rout in several states in the US, Congressman Bobby Jindal won the race to Congress from the 1st District in Louisiana, leaving only a few votes to the opponents. He got 87.9 percent of the votes. (71,493). His three opponents together got only less than 11,000 votes.

Iowa State Representative Swati Dandekar, 53, won for the third time to the Iowa State Assembly from the 36 District in Marion. She defeated her Republican opponent Nick Wagner with a margin of more than 10 per cent of the votes polled.

Maryland became the first state to send two south Asians to the state legislature when it elected State House Majority Leader Kumar Barve from the 17th District and Saqib Ali from the 39th District. Both are Democrats.

Endorsing Barve, the Washington Post said, "Democratic incumbents Kumar P Barve and Luiz Simmons are top-flight legislators who know how to press for progressive programs. Barve is especially valuable as the deft House majority leader who has been chairman of the county delegation."

Ali is a Pakistani-American, who was also endorsed by Washington Post. He got 14,922 votes (21 per cent). Endorsing him the Post said, "Political newcomer Saqib Ali has shown good command of issues and would bring new vigor to this district's delegation."

31-year-old Ali is a software engineer with Mitre Corp. "'I have been a vocal antiwar activist for years. I will bring energetic, effective leadership to Annapolis. New ideas and faces are good for democracies," he said earlier.

A third candidate Dilip Paliath, a Republican lost in the 42nd District. Paliath's mentor, Governor Robert Ehrlich also lost the election.

In a statement Goyle said, "Tomorrow morning I will wake up and get to work to make Wichita the best city in the nation. You deserve better representation in Topeka. That's why I ran to represent east Wichita in the Kansas House of Representatives."

"My entire life has been dedicated to public service and I will work tirelessly to bring Wichitans together -- not drive them apart -- and make Wichita the best city in the nation.

"The State House desperately needs a new generation of leadership willing to solve problems, not create them. With your help, we will build a stronger community for all Wichitans," he said.

He spent more than $50,000 for the campaign.

Republicans sent out flyers highlighting the names of several of Goyle's contributors who live in Washington, DC.

The ads link the donors to groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for American Progress, both viewed as liberal organisations.

The aim was to show the voters that outside interests are involved. But that strategy did not succeed.

Goyle said that more than 70 per cent of Huy's money comes from lobbyists. Goyle went door-to-door canvassing for the polls.

His parents operate a medical clinic that has created over 50 jobs and provides top quality care for the community.

He is a Harvard Law School graduate and has worked as an attorney.

Hiis wife Monica is also an fellow attorney born and raised in New York. They married in July 2004. Currently, he teaches in a college.

Jay Goyal is the vice president of Goyal Industries and a industrial engineer educated at Northwestern.

Goyal was endorsed by the Mansfield News Journal. The opponent carried out a negative campaign claiming Goyal would tax school lunches and prescription drugs. The newspaper blasted the opponent for this.

Endorsing Goyal the paper noted, "Goyal worked hard to win the Democratic primary in May and has, he said, "knocked on 10,000 doors" to meet voters.

"Holloway, 59, has amassed a wealth of experience during 24 years as an aide to US Rep. Michael Oxley, R-Findlay, and previously as a Mansfield City Council member. Two good men with a sincere desire to serve. That said, we endorse Goyal to succeed state Rep. Bill Hartnett. The legislature needs new ideas and fresh approaches to solving problems and we believe Goyal will contribute to them."

Goyal is a member of the American Railroad Engineering and Maintenance Association and belongs to the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers Committee on Railroad Electrification where he is a working group chair.

Goyal is chairman of the Richland County Democrat Party's Membership Enhancement Committee, co-founder of the Ohio Heartland Young Democrats, and served as the county director for the Kerry for presidential campaign.

Additionally, he was named the Richland County 2004 Democrat of the Year.

Goyal has also passed the United States State Department's Foreign Service written examination.

Goyal was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio, and graduated from Lexington High School where he was elected class president for four years.

His father Prakash is the founder and president of Goyal Industries. His mother Kiran is an investment advisor with KeyBank and McDonald's Investments.

His sister, Anjali lives in New York and works for a non-profit organisation that promotes Asian-American literature.

When he was elected to the state House of Representatives, Chaudhary became the first Asian-American to be elected to the Minnesota Legislature, and four year later, his election to the state Senate, made him the state's first Asian-American Senator.

His re-election marks his 10th anniversary as a legislator and this is first victory breaking 60 per cent, even as he represents increasingly conservative precincts.

Chaudhary, 37, an attorney and small businessman, in watching the election returns and an overwhelming victory, declared, "It is an honour and a privilege to be re-elected by the people I've worked so hard to serve. Our state stands on on a threshold. The next several years will determine the legacy we leave to our children and the quality of life we provide for our parents and grandparents."

"I return to the Capitol with the greatest sense of humility and commitment to our community," he added.

"It is really satisfying. The fight was tough as the Republicans spent lot of money for the campaign," Dandekar said after the victory. "They used negative tactics. But we ran our campaign on a positive platform. Many people appreciated our approach. I thank all my friends and the community who stood behind me in the campaign," Dandekar said.

Nothing much has changed in 36 District in Marion with more than 20,000 voters, most of whom are whites, in recent years.

The district has more registered Republicans. Her opponent, Wagner, a 32 year old controls engineer is a Marion City Council -- At Large member. Last time it was a 21 year old political novice who learned a lesson from the voters.

When she contested the election for the first time, her opponent focused on her Indian origin. It became a controversy forcing the Republican Party to dissociate itself with their own candidate.

She earlier said she has several achievements to her credit as a lawmaker. "I was part of many decisions that made the quality of education to go up. We expect better results in ACT examinations soon."

"The salary of the teachers was increased. The teachers were getting one of the lowest salaries in the nation. As a former teacher I know their plight," she said.

Dandekar was part of several decisions that have resulted in a better economy. "I was the lead sponsor of a law for keeping a sex offender registry," she said.

Life has not changed much in the last four years as a lawmaker, she said. "My two sons are grown up. My husband Arvind has given his full support for my work. So I love the work as a lawmaker and helping people."

She is quite thankful for the support from the Indian community. She named several Indian-Americans who came forward to help her campaign financially.

Unlike many others, incumbency has given more legitimacy to her and people look at her with admiration, and not with suspicion as when she approached the voters for the first time.

She was recently awarded the Passport to Prosperity at a colorful event at the State Historical Building by Iowa Council for International Understanding.

She recounted her experience and said she dreamed of becoming a scientist or a CEO of a company. "I never imagined I would in Iowa or in politics," Dandekar said.

She said she came to the United States in February of 1973 as a newlywed. "When we left Nagpur, it was 98 degrees out, and it was 10 below in Cedar Rapids," she said, adding she had walked off the plane in sandals.

Dandekar who got her high school diploma from the J N Tata Parsi School, Nagpur, earned a Postgraduate diploma in Dietetics from Bombay University in 1972.

But Peter Raj Bhakta, another Republican conesting to Congress from the 13th district of Pennsylvania is far behind getting only around 35 percent of the votes counted so far.

In Virginia's 10th Dirstict, Neeraj Nigam, a computer systems analyst working in Washington, DC, failed to get many votes. He ran for Congress as an independent.

Republican incumbent Frank Wolf won the election. Nigam got a few hundred votes only.

In New Jersey, Senator Bob Memndez, Democrat, a favorite of the Indian community, retained the US Senate seat defeating Thomas Kean, son of former governor and the chairman of the 9/11 commission.

In Connecticut, Senator Joe Lieberman won as an independent defeating Ned Lamont, who trounced him in the Democratic primary a few weeks back. Most of the Republicans voted for Lieberman, who supports the Iraq war and many policies of President George Bush.

In Delaware, in a rematch of the 2002 election, Democratic House candidate Prameela D Kaza lost to Republican incumbent Nancy Wagner in the Dover-area 31st District again. Wagner is a state representative since 1992.

In Louisiana, Jindal got more than 40,000 votes while his three opponents together got less than 6,000 votes. The counting is still going on.

Jindal spent more than $2.3 million, more than any other candidate.

He bought advertising time in Baton Rouge triggering allegations by opponents that it was a sign of his intentions to pursue a gubernatorial bid next year. But Jindal spokesman Trey Williams denied it.

His Democratic opponents, Stacey Tallitsch spent about $33,000 till the end of October and David Gereighty spent about $20,000 only.

The 1st District includes all of St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes, portions of Orleans, St. Charles and West Jefferson and most of East Jefferson.

Endorsing Jindal, the Times Picayune said that Jindal "brings an impressive level of intelligence and energy to everything he does, and that has been true during his first term in Congress. Although he was a newcomer to elected office, he quickly established himself as a leader in Washington.

"Post-Katrina he has distinguished himself by stepping up the push to get Louisiana a share of offshore oil revenues. The effort has been ongoing for years, but thanks to Rep. Jindal and other members of Louisiana's congressional delegation, Congress seems to be moving closer to an agreement on revenue sharing. Rep. Jindal's ambitious proposal has given the state a shot at getting a more substantial share of revenes, and he deserves credit for aiming high.

"Rep. Jindal serves on the Homeland Security and the Education and the Workforce committees, which has put him in a good position post-Katrina. His extensive background in health-care policy also is a plus. He has put his talents and energy to good use in his first two years in Congress, and he deserves another term," the paper said.

In Delaware,  Kaza contested on the theme of change, but voters preferred an old hand.

In 2002. she got 40 percent (2,000) votes as against 60 percent (2,500) to Wagner. This time she got 45.5 percent votes (2361.) Wagner got 54.5 percent (2829)

In the 31st District, which is in Kent County, the number of voters was around 10,000. There are 4,500 registered Democrats, while registered Republicans are only 3200.

Kaza, who came to the US in 1986 from Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh, has a background of working with several community organizations

The lackluster performance of Bhakta was not surprising as the incumbent US Senator Rick Santorum himself lost to the Democratic wave on the state.

Bhakta, who became a celebrity after the Donald Trump television show The Apprentice, created lot of noise in the political arena with his campaign style and was also attacked for his Indian background.

Representative Allyson Schwartz, who was running for re-election for the first time won.

Bhakta shocked pundits when he was endorsed by the Republican Party overlooking a wealthy lawyer and a seasoned politician.

"I'm not your typical Republican," he claimed earlier. He vowed to term limit himself to three terms if elected. "Frankly I believe, whether you are a Republican or Democrat, when one serves too much time in public office, you become part of the very system you are supposed to check for corruption."

Schwartz is one of the most liberal members of the Congress. Before being elected to the Congress, two years ago, she served in various capacities in state offices for almost two decades.

His father, Bharat Bhakta is in hotel and real estate business and mother Mary, a native of Ireland is a homemaker. Bhakta says he loves India and had been to India several times. His grandmother runs two schools in Gujarat.

In New York, Democrat Ellen Young, a Taiwanese-American won from District 22 in Flushing for the New York State Assembly.

The district has a large number of Indian-Americans and a sizeable number has rallied behind Young, a businesswoman.
With 53 per cent Asian voters, District 22 is one of the two districts where Asians are a majority in the state.

The other being Jackson Heights, in Queens. Both were carved out from other districts to give a majority to the Asian voters.

Though Asians are 10 per cent of New York City's population, only one Asian-American -- John Liu from Flushing --could become a city council member so far.

Two years ago Jimmy Meng, also a Taiwanese became assemblyman from Flushing, making him the first Asian there.

He did not contest this time due to health reasons. Young is a protege of Liu. She was endorsed by New York Times and several unions.

"I am most grateful to the voters of the Flushing. Today they gave me the awesome responsibility of serving them in the State Capitol. Their faith is humbling, and I will not let them down in the Assembly.  When I make the trip to Albany every week, my constituents will never be far from my thoughts," Young said after the victory.

Howmany of these are converts? What are theri ideologies reg India/Hinduism/California Text Book issue/Indian-American issues? What was Bobby Jindals stand on CA text book issue if any?
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->What was Bobby Jindals stand on CA text book issue if any?<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
No stand.

Not a convert
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Published: July 25, 2004
Monica Kumari Arora, the daughter of Raj and Om Arora of Middletown, N.Y., was married yesterday to Rajeev Kumar Goyle, a son of Dr. Vimal Goyle and Dr. Krishan Goyle of Wichita, Kan. Pandit Madhu P. Godsay, a Hindu priest, officiated at the Tarrytown House hotel in Tarrytown, N.Y.

<!--QuoteBegin-Bodhi+Nov 8 2006, 11:59 AM-->QUOTE(Bodhi @ Nov 8 2006, 11:59 AM)<!--QuoteEBegin--><span style='color:red'>US poll results: NRIs expand their presence in US state senates.</span>

Let's not forget the most important Indian in this Race: <b>S R Sidharth</b> from Fairfax county, VA. He's a straight A student, intern on Captiol Hill, active in local Hindu temple. His video of Sen Allen using the slur of Maccaca has bascially put an end to Allen's Presidental dreams. With the vote tally as it stands in VA Senate race, who's the maccaca now <!--emo&Tongue--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='tongue.gif' /><!--endemo-->
Now Biden should be shown door
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.,) another senator with White House fever  caused many to shake their heads in astonishment when he said after shaking hands with an Indian-American: “I've had a great relationship. In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian-Americans moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking.” <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Biden was not on ballot so nothing will happen. Even Hillary had something silly about Gandhi few months ago and didn't matter.

Timing is everything - as Sen Allen found out.
Biden will try for Presidential race.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->US makes visa cheaper, quicker for Indians

NEW DELHI: Indians intending to travel to the US can now get visa appointments within a week and will have to shell out 30 per cent lesser amount for visa fee.

"From today, the visa fee for Indians is 30 per cent lesser," US Ambassador David C Mulford told reporters here.

He said the visa issuance fee of USD 50 has been waived off as part of restructuring of the system.

On waiting period for visa appointments, Mulford said the backlog had been cleared. "One can now get visa appointment at the Embassy or Consulates within a week, he said.

The waiting period earlier was up to six months and the Embassy had deployed more manpower to tackle the backlog.

Mulford expressed confidence that the waiting period will now be under check.
<!--QuoteBegin-Mudy+Nov 8 2006, 02:13 PM-->QUOTE(Mudy @ Nov 8 2006, 02:13 PM)<!--QuoteEBegin-->Biden will try for Presidential race.
Apparently he's now in race! Plagirist won't go anywhere.

Meanwhile Sidhart's still toast of the town for making a macaca pile of that pompous a$$
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Last spring, Bruce Andrews, of QGA, got a phone call from a friend needing a favor. A young University of Virginia student named S.R. Sidarth wanted an internship in Democratic politics.

“Yes, of course,” Andrews said. “Have the kid send me his résumé.”

Andrews called the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on the student’s behalf to see if they had any internships left, but the “D-Trip” was full.

Then he had a conversation with Sidarth to see what the kid was looking to do. “I’d really like to work on one of the Senate campaigns,” Andrews recalled him saying.

So Andrews advised the kid: “One rule in politics: Bet on the winner. Jim Webb’s going to win the primary in Virginia.” Andrews made a couple of calls, got a contact at the Webb campaign for Sidarth and sent the lad on his way.

That was the last he heard of Sidarth, until he opened the paper one morning in August when he returned home from a trip and saw the news splashed across the front page. At a campaign rally Allen had pointed at Sidarth, who had become the traveling “mole” for Democrat Webb’s campaign, and called him a “macaca,” saying, “Welcome to America, welcome to Virginia.”

Oh dear. “I turned to my wife and said, ‘Holy s---! You’re not going to believe this! Remember that kid I was trying to help? He is Macaca!’”

And that is Andrews’ footnote in history: helping S.R. Sidarth get an internship with the Webb campaign and a future in Democratic politics.

“Thank God the DCCC was all full up,” Andrews joked on the phone Friday, giddy over the Democratic tidal wave in last week’s mid-term elections. “<b>History could have been different had S.R. Sidarth ended up at the DCCC.</b>”
Fairfax Native Says Allen's Words Stung

FOSA upset with:
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->an active member of the Hindu temple his parents helped establish in Maryland.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Concession E-Mail To Hindu Sen.: 'Know Jesus' </b>
-Mary Tan
<b>Sen. Satveer Chaudhary, a practicing Hindu, was re-elected in District 50 last week on the Democratic ticket,</b> netting 63 percent of the vote. But rather than placing a call to concede the race, his Republican opponent Rae Hart Anderson instead offered him an e-mail concession that he said read like an attempt to convert his religious beliefs.

"To get a sermon is definitely a surprise," said Chaudhary.

<b>In her e-mail, Anderson congratulated the senator first, but then went on to add, "It is my sincere wish that you'll get to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior."

The message continued, "God waits to be gracious to each person that knows they need to be forgiven. Do you? I think you do. "</b>

<b>"When I read it I just shook my head," said Chaudhary. "This just sums up the type of campaign voters were rejecting."</b>

Anderson's car was still filled with her campaign signs. WCCO-TV tried to contact Anderson Thursday, even coming out to her Shoreview, Minn. home, but she never returned our calls. Later in the afternoon, <b>Anderson's former campaign manager, Barbara Black, told us Anderson wrote the e-mail because "Chaudhary is not Christian, and he needs to find his soul."</b>  <!--emo&Big Grin--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin.gif' /><!--endemo-->  <!--emo&Big Grin--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin.gif' /><!--endemo-->

Despite her e-mail, the Senator said he has faith in his constituents, and the tenor of Anderson's e-mail only confirms his belief in their will.
"I know I'm going to be attacked. If that's all they got, my ethnicity, I must be doing OK for the voters,"</b> he said. <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<!--emo&Smile--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='smile.gif' /><!--endemo--> copy and paste:
The Vedas, some of the oldest writings of man, are beginning to be understood, not as poetic symbolism, but as the instruction manual of the human nervous system and how to actualize its full potential through Sidhis, or special abilities. Currently a large group of Sidhis practioners in Iowa are working to hasten human evolution.
Youtube video
<b>Indo-Canadian Spousal Violence Intro </b>

<b>Anwar Shaikh, the distinguished writer, great Vedic scholar and true son of Bharatmata had expressed his wish that a handful of his ashes be consigned to sacred River Ganges in Bharat</b>.

<b>His earthly body will be cremated at 1.30 p.m. on Friday, 1st of December 2006, at- </b>

Thornhill Crematorium, Thornhill Road, Llanishen, Cardiff, CF14 9UA, Great Britain. (On entering the main gate follow the sign for WENALLT CHAPEL.
Telephone No. of Crematorium Office:  029 2062 3294
Fax: 029 2069 2904.  E-mail address: thornhillreception@cardiff.gov.uk


All are requested to kindly make every effort to be present at the historic occasion and send your prayers to the departed soul and convey your good wishes to his widow in person.

I am surprised no voice against cremation from Mullah crowd in UK.
Check the latest Discovery crew scheduled for Dec 7th launch:
<img src='http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/148408main_jsc2005e02663.jpg' border='0' alt='user posted image' />
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Sunita L. Williams</b> (Commander, USN)
NASA Astronaut
Born September 19, 1965 in Euclid, Ohio, but considers Needham, Massachusetts to be her hometown. Married to Michael J. Williams. ..Her parents, <b>Dr. Deepak and Mrs. Bonnie Pandya</b>, reside in Falmouth, Massachusetts.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Sunita shuttles in space with Ganesha, Gita </b>
S Rajagopalan | Washington
<span style='color:red'>With a copy of Bhagawad Gita, a Ganesh statuette and a small consignment of samosas in tow, Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams has blasted off into space on board US shuttle Discovery, along with six other crew members.</span>

The International Space Station, some 220 miles above the earth, will be her home for the next six months. She will be joining two other astronauts already there, while the rest of the Discovery crew return home after their 12-day mission.   

The Saturday night launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida was perfect - the first night-time launch in four years. Initial reports indicated the shuttle was in great shape, NASA said.

"If this is any indication, it's a great start to a great mission," commander Mark Polansky radioed back from space. "I think we have five people (all rookies, including Williams) who just haven't stopped smiling yet."

Said Williams, the daughter of Deepak and Bonnie Pandya, in a pre-flight interview released by NASA: "I just can't wait to get to my new home." <span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>She is also carrying a letter in Hindi written by her father, whom she regards as her role model.</span>

"What you've seen today is the successful accomplishment of the most challenging, demanding, technically state of the art difficult thing that this nation or any nation can do," NASA chief Michael Griffin said.

Besides Polansky and Williams, the crew consists of pilot William Oefelein, mission specialists Joan Higginbotham and Nicholas Patrick, lead space walker Bob Curbeam and the European Space Agency's Christer Fuglesang.

The Discovery crew was slated to spend Sunday in orbit inspecting the shuttle for any heat shield damage before it docks with the space station on Monday.

The main task for the crew, which will deliver a $ 11 million truss to the space lab, is to rewire the space station and help the transition from a temporary power grid over the last six years to a permanent power source of power generation by a solar array that was delivered by the last shuttle in September.

It is reckoned to be an arduous job, involving three complicated space walks.

Williams herself will join space station commander Mike Lopez-Alegria on three other space walks early next year. When that happens, she will be only the sixth woman spacewalker from among 157 astronauts deployed by NASA since 1965.

At the space station, Williams will be replacing German astronaut Thomas Reiter, who has been at the station since July and will return home with the rest of the Discovery crew.
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