Edinburgh Iranian Festival

February 2013 at the Arts Complex, St. Margaret’s House, 151 London Road,Edinburgh, EH7 6AE
Contact:  e-mail  info@ediranfest.co.uk

Upakar Foundation Scholarships – invitation for open house on 17 November 2012

Upakar Foundation Scholarships
Upakar Foundation gives up to 20 four-year renewable scholarships (totaling $40,000) to high-achieving  Indian-American students to help them realize their college dreams.
Since 1997 Upakar, a registered 501©3. non-governmental organization, has provided 165 scholarships for students from 28 states across the U.S. during the last 12 years.

Open House on Saturday, November 17, 2012, from 2:00 – 5:00.

Wisconsin Place Community Recreation Center

                                      5311 Friendship Blvd, Chevy Chase, MD, USA

                                      Tel: 240-777-8088

Date/Time:                   Saturday, Nov 17, 2012, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Program:   2:00 – 2:45 Meet/mingle/snacks/refreshments

                   2:45 – 3:30 Meena’s Dream (One Act Play by Anu Yadav)

          3:30 – 4:00 Upakar Report re: Accomplishments, future goals, Q&A

                   4:00 – 5:00 Social Hour/View South Asian Art displays

Courtesy : Behram Pastakia

Important trains to stop at Sanjan station on November 17

Sanjan day celebrations: Important trains to stop at Sanjan station on November 17

In order to facilitate members of Parsi community to attend the celebration of the historic annual Sanjan Day, Western Railway will provide stoppage at Sanjan railway station.

The Mumbai Central – Ahmedabad Gujarat Express and Mumbai Central – Surat Flying Ranee Express will halt at Sanjan railway station on November 17.

The decision was taken to facilitate the people coming for the celebration.

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Admissions to Avabai Petit

The Bai Avabai Framji Petit Parsi Girls’ High School is a blessing for Parsi / Irani Zoroastrian children particularly those who come from the interiors of Gujarat seeking education, training and a disciplined upbringing at the Institute, set in idyllic surrounding on Pali Hill, Bandra.

Parents whose children are 4 years plus only should apply. Please note that admission for the next academic year 2013-2014 is from Nursery onwards (ICSE STREAM). Please be informed that the ADMISSION INTERVIEW for the next year will be held in the month of January & the next ACADEMIC YEAR begins in the month of March. Hence late admission will not be accepted, thereafter. Parents / Guardians who wish to enroll their children in the Boarding Section should collect the admission forms from:

Ms. Yasmin N. Charna, Boarding Head, C/o Bai A.F. Petit Girls High School 14, Pali Hill, Next to Union Park, Bandra (W), Mumbai – 400 050. For more details and information please call 022-26483018 (M) 09833931599
14, Pali Hill, Bandra (West), Mumbai – 400 050.

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Fresh bids for Parsi Lying-in hospital revamp next month

The tussle between the managing committee and the Bombay Parsi Punchayat (BPP) over the future of the Parsi Lying-in Hospital at Fort notwithstanding, the Punchayat has again decided to invite bids for the hospital’s revamp.

In September 2011, the managing committee of the hospital had decided to hand over the project to a private firm which would be responsible for refurbishing and maintaining the infrastructure of the hospital for the next 30 years. However, BPP, which owns the two-storeyed hospital building, was vehemently opposed to the idea.

Starting next month, the Punchayat will start the bidding process. “The hospital is in a prime location and we shouldn’t end up cutting a cheap deal. Various major companies had offered to buy the hospital, but we have decided to restore it instead. It is an important mark of our community,” said BPP chairman, Dinshaw Mehta.

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Guidelines for use of material from the United Nations

Guidelines for use of material from the United Nations (in print, electronic or on website)

Use of NGO Relations’ Content

The following guidelines are for the external use of NGO Relations content:

•No material produced by NGO Relations is to be sold, used for outside advertising or promotional purposes of any kind.
•All content taken from the NGO Relations website/social media platforms and republished must be clearly credited or sourced to UN DPI/NGO Relations.
•Photos, videos and articles may be released under the legally recognized terms of “Fair Use” to members of the press, academia, non-profits and the general public.
•No material is to be used in programs, articles or online publications of any kind that defame the UN, its member states, or the NGO Relation Section.
•Material is provided, free of charge, for use in objective and balanced content, even if at times the end products may be critical of the UN.
•NGO Relations reserves the right to request the removal of UN Copyrighted material from any externally created content.
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Vote for Jehangir Mehta as Master Chef US


Here’s a small request to vote for Jehangir Mehta as Master Chef US. He is a young deserving Chef & your vote will go a long way in supporting him.

He is currently fourth in the ranking. Your vote can make him No 1. Pl vote & forward to all your friends & family.

Just follow the following steps:

Thanks  Homi


Go to:  http://www.foodnetwork.com/next-iron-chef-fan-vote/package/index.html

Do not select Asia. He is competing from US.

His name appears in the 3rd row of contestants.

You can vote 10 times every day.

Zarathushtis Step up to Help the Homeless

Zarathushtis Step up to Help the Homeless

The children of ZAMWI’s Avesta class and their parents are spearheading a drive to help the homeless in the nation’s capital with a walk scheduled for 4th November 2012. Zarathushtis  are invited to join in this drive by becoming virtual walkers. For registration  of $35/- per virtual walker, Fannie Mae will provide a matching gift for “Bethesda Cares”.

Zoroastrians are known for their generosity and understand the importance of helping the less fortunate.  I know that we all give to organizations like the Cancer Society, because we can relate to this illness.  We all know someone or know of someone who has to fight this disease, but Homelessness is not something we can see or to which we can relate.  We at Bethesda Cares, not only work to help the homeless, but in the last few years have helped people from becoming homeless.  Single parents who cannot pay the rent as they have to pay medical bills for a child, families that cannot pay their utilities, all these people are assisted so as not to make them homeless.

Please open your hearts and give to this great cause and help us reach our goal. Click on the link below to register before November 4th.

Thank you,

Behnaz Mistry