Monthly Archives: February 2013

Broadcast of UN DAY CONCERT – 23 February 2013

Dear NGO Colleagues,

The 2012 United Nations Day concert, featuring United Nations Messenger of Peace Stevie Wonder and guests, will be broadcast on the Centric television channel in the United States tomorrow, Saturday, 23 February 2013, at 9:00 p.m. ET. The concert will also be aired on Black Entertainment Television (BET) on Sunday, 3 March, at 11:00 a.m. ET

Featuring performances by Sting, Janelle Monáe, Wyclef Jean and more, the star-studded concert took place in the General Assembly Hall on Wednesday, 24 October 2012, in observance of the 67th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations. 

Centric can be found on the following channels:

AT&T U-Verse: channel 515 
Cablevision: channel 185 
Charter: channel 120 
Comcast: channel 147 
Grand View: channel 356
RCN: channel 103 
Time Warner: channels 27, 111, 893 
Verizon FIOS promotion code: channel 220 

Yours Sincerely,

NGO Relations, DPI
United Nations

The Tashkent Zoroastrians

I met Rustam Abdukamilov this morning. He claims to be a Zoroastrian, a scholar of the Avesta book and language, and a teacher of Zoroastrian history in public schools around Tashkent.

Rustam claims there are 33 fire temples in and around Tashkent, most dating back to the 2nd century BC. We visited two: Ming Urik and Aktepa Yunus-Abad. Both mounds and dips of earth which some archeologists believe to be the sites of ancient Zoroastrian temples. During the journey to these sights, Rustam spoke at length about Ahura Mazda. The Avestan meanings, wisdom, creation, the universe, good versus evil, what it means to be a mazdayasni…. I asked him what he thought about Parsis not permitting conversions. He quoted from the Gathas of Zarathustra: Yasnas 30.2 and 45.1. I won’t paraphrase it here but it’s enough to say that in those passages (translated by C. Bartholomae), Zarathustra invites all people, men and women (narém, narem), from near and far, to come to him. Rustam put this question to me: Wasn’t King Vistasp a convert too? Didn’t the Zoroastrians of the ancient world belong to some other religion or cult before they became Zoroastrian?

Whether we consider them Zoroastrian or not is of no concern to them. What matters is that they feel wholly accepted by Ahura Mazda, the highest wisdom. Who cares what we think?

Click Here for this interesting account

Courtesy : Rusi Sorabji

Interview with Dr. Soroosh Sorooshian

Destiny is important but more important is to do what you love, how you learn from your juniors, Urban Water Research, Working with NASA (which bestowed him the highest civilian award to scientists) and much more…….

A great interview with Dr. Soroosh Sorooshian, Director, Center for Hydrometereology & Remote Sensing