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1971 war hero Sqn. Ldr. Parvez Jamasji passes away

He was awarded the Vir Chakra for gallantry during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war

Sqn Ldr Parvez Jamasji (retd), who was awarded the Vir Chakra for gallantry during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war, has died, family sources said. He was 77.

Jamasji, who used a walking stick due to the injuries he sustained as a helicopter pilot while conducting heli-borne operations during the war, is survived by wife, two sons and a daughter.

The former Air Force officer, a resident of the Parsi Colony in Dadar here, died on Thursday night after a brief illness.

His Vir Chakra citation read, “During the operations against Pakistan in December, 1971, Flight Lieutenant Parvez Rustom Jamasji was serving with a helicopter unit. His Helicopter flown by him was attacked twice by machine gun and twice by mortars. He showed great presence of mind and brought back his aircraft to the base.

“On one occasion his helicopter had engine failure over enemy position, but he brought it safely to a post within our territory. Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Parvez Rustom Jamasji displayed gallantry, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.”

The former pilot was commissioned in 1965 and retired in 1985.

Jamsheed Kanga passes away


Jamsheed Kanga passed away this morning.
He was ex BPP trustee and Former BMC Commissioner.

Former BPP Trustee as also former Bombay Municipal Commissioner, Jamsheed G Kanga has also passed away.

His professional excellence was matched by his friendly disposition towards all. He was always humble, caring and loving.

He was an upright and dynamic IAS officer with an unblemished track record of service to both the country and the community.

Noshir H Dadrawala

Zarir M Bhathena passes away

Sad news.

Our sitting BPP Trustee Mr.Zarir Bhatena passed away

Zarir Bhathena was a man of few words, but when he would speak, everyone would listen to whatever he had to say. And, whatever he had to say would always be concise, correct and candid. He never minced words and while he was kind, generous and friendly towards all, the few who wrongly tried to cross swords with him found in him a formidable warrior who fought with tenacity of a Trojan.

I first came in touch with him about 35 years ago when I was appointed Assistant Secretary at the Parsi General Hospital and he too had been recently appointed on the Managing Committee of the Hospital. While I moved on, he remained connected with the Hospital till his last breath at the very hospital he so loved and served with diligence.

As a Chartered Accountant he had a knack of analysing financial statements and had a sharp eye for detail.

As a builder he was professional and known for putting his stamp of quality in his projects.

He was generous and gave of his time and wealth generously, yet silently.

He had an abiding interest in the welfare of the community and was disciplined enough to give time to his professional and community interest without compromising on time spent with his family. He was a family man and took relationships be they personal or professional, very seriously.

What do I remember most about him?
I would think his habit of constantly digging into his pocket and generously tipping drivers, watchmen, liftmen and almost anyone who he thought needed or deserved help. I will remember him as a man who was frugal with his words but generous with his actions.

He always wore a charming and disarming smile, even from his sick bed.

The community has lost a wonderful human being. One who spoke little but gave with both his hand and again without ever speaking about it.

Good bye Zarir, we will miss you and your smile.

Noshir H Dadrawala

Freddy Vachha was announced as the new leader of UKIP today.

UKIP now largest party in UK with an ethnic minority leader


UKIP took the surprise position as the largest party in the UK with an ethnic minority leader today after Freddy Vachha was installed as successor to Richard Braine today.

Vaccha was born in Mumbai to an English mother and a Parsi father. He came second to Braine in the last election in August last year.

Congratulations – Arzan SAM Wadia – President FEZANA – 2020








BaNaMeh Ahura Mazda With TunDorosti And MunDorosti To All

My Dear Global Zarathushti Leaders And Community Members:

With immense joy, I would like to invite you all to welcome and congratulate our newly elected FEZANA President, Arzan Sam Wadia with the soulful blessings of your heart and spirit. Arzan takes over as FEZANA’s 9th and youngest President to date.

With Vision 2020, Arzan has dedicated the last 10 plus years towards serving our North American and Global Zarathushti community with incredible gusto and enthusiasm.

Arzan served as our immediate FEZANA Vice President and was the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Global Zarathushti Professional Award. He has been extensively involved with the Zoroastrian Return To Roots Program since its inception and is its current Program Director.

Arzan has been a featured speaker at various North American and World Zoroastrian Congresses, and has served with utmost dedication on the Board of the Zoroastrian Association Of Greater New York for four terms.

Arzan is the founding editor of Parsi Khabar ( ) – The World’s Oldest And Largest internet news aggregator website about Parsis and Zoroastrians worldwide. This website disseminates news, opinion and analysis of culture, society, religion and trends within our Zarathushti community worldwide.

Arzan also served as the Program Chair for the 2019 7th World Zoroastrian Youth Congress in Los Angeles as well as on the core committee of the 2012 12th North American Zoroastrian Congress in New York.

In 2018,  Arzan was featured in the FEZANA Journal Special Issue on Empowering Next Generation as one of the 40 inspiring young Zoroastrians. He was also instrumental in empowering our Global Zoroastrian Youth as one of the 20 participants at the inaugural World Zoroastrian Youth Leadership Forum in 2018 at the ASHA Center in the United Kingdom.

Arzan has designed and maintained over 40 websites for design and commercial clients including the websites of FEZANA, NAMC, ZAGNY, ZAMWI, Zoroastrian Return To Roots and the 7WZYC2019.  He is also the webmaster of  The Iranshah Intitiative Project that is dedicated to showcase the bounty of our sacred Iranshah.

Arzan is an architect and urban designer based in New York City. Having worked in Graz, Austria and New York, he has been part of design teams for projects in Austria, Switzerland, Cambodia as well as USA . With a Masters in Urban Design and Architecture from the Pratt Institute, and an entrepreneurial spirit, Arzan currently practices as an architect and runs a technology business. He has earned numerous professional awards in his field of endeavor and has built a reputation of being a team player with other Global Zarathushti leaders.

May Ahura Mazda Guide our Arzan, as he now takes on this awesome responsibility; to lead FEZANA with your blessings of Good Thoughts, Good Words and Good Deeds.



With that sentiment…

Please join me in wishing him the very best with all our

Love and Light

Meher Amalsad

Westminster, California, USA





Lord (Karan) Bilimoria CBE has been elected as the new CBI President at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) held earlier today (Tuesday 16 June 2020). John Allan CBE, the outgoing CBI President, becomes the organisation’s Vice-President.

Indian-born Lord Bilimoria was elected by an overwhelming majority of CBI members who participated in the ballot, becoming the first President in the organisation’s history from a (BAME) Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background.

He is one of the country’s leading entrepreneurs. He founded Cobra Beer in 1989 – and remains its Chairman to this day – and was also founding Chairman on the UK-India Business Council.  A former Chancellor of Thames Valley University (now the University of West London); he was the youngest University Chancellor in the UK when appointed.. In 2014, he was appointed as the 7th Chancellor of the University of Birmingham. He is also Chair of the University of Cambridge Judge Business School Advisory Board. Lord Bilimoria has been an Independent Crossbench Peer in the UK House of Lords for 14 years.

Further details of Lord Bilimoria’s career in business and politics can be found here.

Lord Bilimoria, CBI President, said:

“I am honoured to be President of the CBI during this hugely important time for UK business.  As the four nations of our country embark upon an ambitious economic recovery plan, I will do all I can to help ensure we build back better through inclusive and sustainable growth.

“Ensuring the CBI is seen as a home for entrepreneurs and SMEs is first among my top four priorities during my time as President. Secondly, establishing the UK as a trading powerhouse, which is vital for our future prosperity. Thirdly, I will use my background in higher education to champion the UK’s unique soft power offer. And last but by no means least is the importance of acting to increase inclusive workplaces. Diversity drives better decisions. And it will be my aim to get better Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) representation in boardrooms across the country.”

On Lord Bilimoria’s election as President, Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director-General, said:

“We’re delighted Lord Bilimoria has been elected as CBI President. His experience, global outlook and tenacity will prove invaluable to the CBI and the UK business community.”

On the conclusion of John Allan’s term of office as President, Dame Carolyn Fairbairn said:

“The CBI has benefitted greatly from John’s many years of experience and understanding across many sectors of our economy. And we are lucky he is remaining as Vice-President so we can continue to draw upon his wise counsel given the scale of the task facing businesses rebuilding after COVID-19.”

16 June 2020

Notes to Editors:

The CBI wrote to the Prime Minister last week outlining priorities for a jobs-rich recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. Read the letter in full here.

Historically, at the AGM, the current CBI Vice-President has proceeded to stand for election to the role of CBI President and the outgoing President has stood for a final one-year term as Vice-President. It is a practice replicated across the UK within the CBI’s Regional and National Council structure to ensure good governance and continuity. The CBI President usually stands for a total of two, one-year terms (elected at each year’s AGM) with a third term being possible.

All CBI members are invited to attend the AGM and vote on the resolutions presented. This year’s AGM was held virtually. 103 members voted on the resolutions, with Lord Bilimoria gaining 98% in favour to become CBI President.

About the CBI:

Across the UK, the CBI speaks on behalf of 190,000 businesses of all sizes and sectors. The CBI’s corporate members together employ nearly 7 million people, about one third of private sector-employees. With offices in the UK as well as representation in Brussels, Washington, Beijing and Delhi, the CBI communicates the British business voice around the world.

Media Contact:

The CBI Press Office is available 24 hours a day on 0207 395 8239, or email: Follow the CBI (@CBItweets) and CBI Economics (@CBI_Economics).


The First complete Zoroastrian-Parsi Mitochondria Reference Genome: Implications of mitochondrial signatures in an endogamous, non-smoking population






Press Release 15 June 2020



Avesthagen releases “The First complete Zoroastrian-Parsi Mitochondria Reference Genome: Implications of mitochondrial signatures in an endogamous, non-smoking population” The study unravels mitochondrial signatures linked to persian origin, longevity and associated health con-ditions



Avesthagen Limited, with support from the Foundation for a Smoke Free World, New York, USA is developing a systems biology-based approach for the early predictive diagnosis of tobacco related cancers such as lung, head and neck, esophagus, stomach, colon, prostate and bladder cancers to achieve cessation of smoking.


Since 2008, The Avestagenome Project® has been collecting a biobank of Zoroastrian Parsi blood samples and extensive patient data from over 4,500 members of this community.


Recognizing the importance of the Parsi cohort and the unique system’s approach to research, the US-based, ‘Foundation for a Smoke-Free World’, whose mission is to end smoking within this gen-eration, awarded Avesthagen “Cancer risk in smoking subjects assessed by next generation se-quencing profile of circulating free DNA and RNA” to prioritize research into lung and tobacco-related cancers.


In order to gain a clearer understanding of the historically recorded migration of the Zoroastrian-Parsis, decipher their phylogenetic relationships and understand disease association to their indi-vidual mitochondrial genomes, Avesthagen generated the first complete de novo Zoroastrian-Parsi Mitochondrial Reference Genome, AGENOME-ZPMS-HV2a-1. Phylogenetic analysis of additional 100 Parsi mitochondrial genome sequences, showed their distribution into 7 major haplogroups and25 sub-haplogroupsandalargelyPersianorigin fortheZoroastrian-Parsicommunity.Individual reference genomes for each major haplogroup were used to assemble the Zoroastrian-Parsi Mito-chondrial Consensus Genome (AGENOME-ZPMCG V1.0) for the first time in the world.


The study identified 420 mitochondrial variants in the Zoroastrian-Parsi genomes. Bioinformatic analysis of these variants showed a presence of longevity as a trait and associated conditions like cancers such as colon, prostate, neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinsons, rare diseases like Lebers Hereditary Optic Neuropathy and asthenozoospermia, a fertility disorder. Furthermore, the study uncovered 12 unique variants, previously unreported for other populations which are under further investigation.


The research, in specific found a lack of association with Lung cancers and low frequency of DNA mutational signatures associated with Tobacco smoking carcinogen induced cancers in the Parsi community, attesting to unique non-smoking social practices practiced in the community, whose origins go back a millennia.


The research work now released on bioRxiv converges, ancient history, human migration, endoga-mous population genetics, social behavior and customs that express in genetic signatures of well-ness and health.


Dr.Villoo Morawala-Patell, Founder and CMD, Avesthagen Limited and The Avestagenome Project® says “We believe in bringing science to life by drawing it out of the confines of the laboratory and settingitfree toworkinthereal,everydayworld”.Both,AvesthagenLimitedandTheAvestagenome Project® was built on the bedrock of understanding and extrapolating diversity, from environment to humancommunities; The Parsi-Zoroastriancommunityrenownedforitsphilanthropywill becon-tributing through The Avestagenome Project® to global health through a deeper understanding of genetics, disease and environment.

Remembering Prof. Rumy Mistry

Prof Rumy Mistry was a Senior Member of Baroda University. One of the first supporters of Parzor, his work for his country and community remains remarkable. As a long-standing Trustee of the Baroda Parsi Anjuman, he was the force behind the creation of BUZY – the Baroda Youth League. His work with the Federation Of Zoroastrian Anjumans Of India gave direction to this core group of community leaders. He constantly encouraged young people and BUZY has in its own way created a new generation of leaders in Baroda and across the country.
Sociologist, scientist, demographer, and above all a remarkable Human Being he has helped us at Parzor from its inception. He co-authored the Parzor Oral Traditions Publication with Dr. Shernaz Cama and helped with the Presentation at the NCPA during the UNESCO Celebrations of the 3000th Anniversary Of Zoroastrian Culture.

Rumy fought a brave battle till the end. He leaves behind his wife Sociologist and teacher Prof Veena Mistry and two Sons .

We grieve with them and the Baroda Anjuman and Thank God for giving us the guidance and good humor of Rumy. May his soul now find peace in Garothman Behest. Amen ??



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A Unique webinar on design with Mr. Ratan Tata, Mr. Jimmy Mistry and Mr. Peter Rich

A rare and unique opportunity listening to the legendary Mr. Ratan Tata (Chairman Emeritus – Tata Sons) discussing architecture and design alongside Mr. Jimmy Mistry (MD, Della Group) and Ar. Peter Rich (Peter Rich Architects, South Africa) stressing on the key focus areas for designers to rise to in addressing the challenges posed by COVID – 19.

Watch the complete session as the panel talks about opting for a people-centric approach, the role of the government in the systematic shift, brainstorming ideas about slum rehabilitation, community living & urban fabric development.

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