Monthly Archives: June 2012

North American Zoroastrian Religion Tele-Class on 10 June 2012

Hello all Interested Tele Class friends:
To all: if you know others who might be interested in these classes, please let them know and let me know about them so I can put them on our distribution lists.
Our next all NA/Florida Zoroastrian Religious Tele-Class is scheduled as follows:
Date and Time:
Sunday June 10th 2012, 11 AM (SST – Soli’s Standard Time – EDST)
Hope this will be a good date for many of you to attend.
It will last one hour!
So far, I have been tele-conferencing from my home, Hira Villa. You can be in your home just calling a number to participate.
This time, at the kind invitation of our friends in Orlando, I will be tele-conferencing from our own Dinyar Mehta’s Wingate By Wyndham Hotel at 5750 Hazeltine National Drive Orlando, FL 32822.
This will give a great opportunity to all our Orlando friends to come to one place and just view the whole tele-class on a large screen without calling or having their computer with my PowerPoint Presentation. If this goes well, we may also do the same thing from Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area in the future at their kind invitation.
A PowerPoint Presentation on the topic(s) selected in PDF format.
The material sent out for the last April 29th tele-class will again be used since we only covered half of this Presentation at the last class due to time constraint.
I will be sending you all the correct material for this tele-class (after removing the portion from the last tele-class material that was already covered) sometime next week before June 10th.
Many of you sent me questions covering quite a number of topics for which I am very grateful.
I have already sent you all a compiled list of all these questions in a WORD file with the names of the submitters in the last tele-class.
The complete questions and answers Presentation for the last Tele Class were covered in 107 slides (please do not fall over!) and were sent to you all for the April 29th tele-class.
Ithe short 1 hour time limit of our Tele Class, I was not able to cover all questions and answers and so, we decided to continue them in the next Tele Class which was OK with all of you who attended this tele-class.
Hence, in the last tele-class, we covered slides 1 to 56. In this June 10th tele-class, we will cover the rest of the slides from 57 – 107.
I will send you all the updated slides 57 – 107 in a PDF file format of my PowerPoint Presentation as well as associated files for this tele-class sometime next week before June 10th tele-class.
I hope you all will participate in this tele-class broadcast from the Orlando Wingate Hotel.
May the Flame of Fellowship, Love, Charity and Tolerance burn ever eternal in our hearts so we can do HIS work with  humility, tolerance, diligence and eternal enthusiasm!
Atha Jamyaat, Yatha Aafrinaami! (May it be so as I wish!)
Love and Tandoorasti, Soli
 Soli P. Dastur,

Of garas and patrani machhi

Every year, in March, the Parsis, who are probably Delhi’s smallest community, celebrate Navroze, their New Year, at the 62-year-old Parsi Dharamshala on Bahadurshah Zafar Marg, next to Delhi Gate. There is music and dancing as a jolly bunch of Parsis wish each other saal mubarak and feast on delicious salli murghi and patrani macchi.

Unlike Mumbai, Delhi does not have a strong Parsi connection and Feroze Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi’s paternal grandfather, seems to have been one of the few Parsis to have become prominent in the capital early on. Unsurprising considering the first record of the presence of 30 Parsis in the city was made in 1913. In 1925, when numbers grew to 40, the Delhi Parsi Anjuman was formed. Today, there are 734 Parsis in the National Capital Region.

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NGOs to obtain consultative status with ECOSOC

NGOs to obtain consultative status with ECOSOC

The 2012 Resumed Session of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) took place from 21 to 30 May 2012 in New York.
The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations is a standing committee of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), established by the Council in 1946. It reports directly to ECOSOC, and the two reports of its annual regular session (usually at the end of January) and resumed session (in May) include draft resolutions or decisions on matters calling for action by the Council.
The main tasks of the Committee are:
  • The consideration of applications for consultative status and requests for reclassification submitted by NGOs;
  • The consideration of quadrennial reports submitted by NGOs in General and Special categories;
  • The implementation of the provisions of Council resolution 1996/31 and the monitoring of the consultative relationship;
  • Any other issues which the ECOSOC may request the Committee to consider.
This session aimed to consider new applications for status by NGOs and applications deferred from earlier sessions. It also reviewed quadrennial reports of NGOs in general or special consultative status. The Committee is expected to meet again on 8 June 2012 to adopt its report of the session. This session’s recommendations will be sent to the Economic and Social Council for its approval in July 2012.
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