STATE OF THE UNION: THE BUCK STOPS HERE

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Matches may be made in heaven, but weddings are crafted from money – and Verve’s Junior Writer, Tina Dastur fully intends on collecting her own pennies for her nuptials ‘Money for something because weddings aren’t free!’ That’s my take on the Dire Straits classic. For as long as I can remember, I’ve dreamed of the […]

Wings 2017

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The Wings Committee in association with the SNWMP invites you to our finalé event at WINGS ’17, BAWA’S GOT TALENT. Come witness some of the finest talent in the community face off in a battle, for the title of “Most talented Parsi”, and the grand prize of ₹20,000. This October, a plethora of singers, dancers, […]

Hong Kong’s first land sale featured some unusual, but familiar, names

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Hong Kong’s very earliest days were dominated – surprise – by the question of land. Traders had begun putting up mat-shed structures and company jetties in 1841, even before the Treaty of Nanking of 1842 which formalised the ceding of the Island of Hong Kong to the British in perpetuity. The 1841 Land Auction was, […]

Parsis move HC fearing Mumbai metro project will affect fire temples

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The two notable fire temples of the Parsi community are feared to be disturbed by this tunneling work. Mumbai: Members of Parsi community are mulling to move the High Court demanding the realignment of Mumbai’s Metro III project fearing damage to their religious shrines. Several Parsis also staged protests outside their Fire Temple Bhika Behram […]

Parsis protest Metro line alignment, cutting through an ancient Fire Temple

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MUMBAI: Contractors of the underground Metro III rail project on Thursday morning arrived to inspect the 187-year-old Wadia fire temple (Atash Behram) at Princess Street in south Mumbai. However, they were met by a group of protesting Parsis, who did not allow them to take any measurements. On Monday, TOI had reported the alignment map […]

Iranians observe Mehregan aiming to renew friendship

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“Delivering speeches by several Zoroastrian religious figures and officials on the importance of the feast and conveying its message to new generations are among core elements of the Mehregan celebration at Markar cultural complex,” the complex’s secretary of the festivity told the Tehran Times on Monday. “Timeline of the event also includes contests for Shahnameh […]

Demo blues: Zoroastrian Co-op Bank racks a tiny profit

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“Demonetization of high value currency notes had posed a challenge yet Zoroastrian Cooperative Bank (ZCBL) could manage to rack a tiny profit of 1.02 percent up”, said Homai A.Daruwalla, Chairperson, while addressing the 90th Annual General Meeting recently in Mumbai. The net profit remained more or less at the same level, i. e. Rs.10.87 crore […]

After residents plaints Army & administration resolve Parsi library issue

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Mhow: Residents, who were fighting for restoration of Parsi library and to save land adjoining it from going into the hands of businessman, have heaved a sigh of relief since both administration and Army have extended their support to them. The residents had formed a group to run a signature campaign and stage protests for […]

SC refers to Constitution Bench plea over conversion of Parsi woman

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A bench said that it will have to consider whether the five-judge bench judgement in the triple talaq matter can also have some bearing in the present case. The Supreme Court on Monday referred to a Constitution Bench the question whether a Parsi woman can keep her religious identity intact after getting married to someone […]

Parsis question plan for Metro under fire temple

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MUMBAI: Sections of the Zoroastrian community have raised concerns about the alignment of the Metro III underground line (Colaba-Seepz) which will pass under the 187-yearold Wadia Parsi fire temple (Atash Behram) at Princess Street junction in south Mumbai. The Wadia fire temple is one of eight such Atash Behrams (where a consecrated fire burns) in […]

Dahanu’s Irani chikoo growers want to leave farming after 117yrs

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There was a time when the humble chikoo with its grainy sweetness was as exotic as the bristly rambutan. Far from being native to India, the sapodilla or chico zapote–as it’s known in Spanish–hails from Southern Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.According to a 1995 Parsiana article, it was imported to India in the 1890s […]

‘REDUCE NO-FLY ZONE OVER TOWER OF SILENCE’

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Airport development body’s proposal to reduce the prohibited zone around the Tower from 1nautical mile to 500 metres does not fly with Bombay Parsi Panchayat. The Bombay Parsi Panchayat (BPP) is in a flutter over a request to revise flying restrictions near the Tower of Silence at Doongerwadi in Malabar Hill. The Maharashtra Airport Development […]

Remembering Shirin Vajifdar – Pioneer in All Schools of Dance

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Shirin Vajifdar, who died on September 29, 2017, exhibited an unusual love for classical dancing from childhood and defied taboos to train in multiple classical dance forms. In the early 1930s, it was inconceivable that a young girl from the Parsi community would take up classical dancing. But that is what exactly Shirin Vajifdar did. […]

Iran: Zoroastrian Yazd City Council member suspended from further activities

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On September 4, the 45th Branch of the Court of Administrative Justice issued a decree to suspend and prevent the activities of Sepenta Niknam, the Zoroastrian member of the Yazd City Council, stating that the interim order was definitive, according to the state-run IRNA news agency report on September 21, 2017. “The Yazd Governorate, because […]