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Indian American named for key Appeals Court post

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Indian American Neomi Rao, 45, has been appointed to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals to fill the vacancy created by Brett Kavanaugh’s elevation to the U.S. Supreme Court. President Donald Trump made an unscheduled announcement regarding Ms. Rao’s nomination at the White House’s diya (lamp) lighting ceremony on Tuesday afternoon, as part of the administration’s Deepavali […]

Jiyo Parsi scheme gains ground in Gujarat

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The dwindling population of Parsi community nationwide has long been a cause of concern and was the primary motivation for the Jiyo Parsi scheme. Funded by the Ministry of Minority Affairs, and conceived and promoted by Parzor Foundation of the Bombay Parsi Punchayet, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and the federation of Zoroastrian Anjumans […]

Mumbai Food: How Parsi Is Mr Daaruwala?

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Mid-day’s lone resident Parsi books a table at the city’s newest community eatery and comes away convinced that Daaruwala is a counterfeit bawa The difference between Rustom Sodawaterbottleopenerwala, and Mr Daaruwala, is more than a face profile. Rustom, the imaginary owner of AD Singh’s chain of Bombay Irani cafés, prefers the side profile as is […]

Ratan Tata to lay foundations for a 300 bed cancer hospital

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RANCHI: Tata Trusts will build a a 300-bed cancer hospital cum research center in Ranchi. Ratan Tata, the chairman emeritus of Tata Sons and the chairman of Tata Trusts, will lay the foundations for a the hospital cum research center on Saturday. The hospital will come up on 23 acres of land donated by the […]

Parsis, Jews join hands for Masina Hospital restoration

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Spread across eight acres, the cost of restoring the facade, internal structure and roof of the premises is estimated at ₹22 crore The restoration plans of 116-year-old Masina Hospital in Byculla will witness the collaboration of the country’s two eminent communities, the Parsis and the Jews. Once the residence of wealthy Jewish businessman David Sassoon, […]

ETERNAL FLAME: HOW AZERBAIJAN BECAME THE ‘LAND OF FIRE’

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“This fire has burned 4,000 years and never stopped,” says Aliyeva Rahila. “Even the rain coming here, snow, wind — it never stops burning.” Ahead, tall flames dance restlessly across a 10-meter stretch of hillside, making a hot day even hotter. This is Yanar Dag — meaning “burning mountainside” — on Azerbaijan’s Absheron Peninsula, where Rahila […]

Home blaze kills senior citizen who stayed alone

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MUMBAI: A 65-year-old woman was charred to death after a fire broke out in her third-floor flat at Nirmal Niwas building at Gowalia Tank early on Wednesday. Other residents came out safely after alerting each other. Nargis Kanga was an unmarried lawyer who stayed alone, said police. “No one came forward to claim her body. […]

Textile Artist Areez Katki Retraces His Family’s Odyssey

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From Auckland to Mumbai to Tehran, textile artist and aesthete Areez Katki is retracing his family’s great odyssey, for inspiration for his next collection A Parsi house is a living museum. It is a space so well-preserved in time that every household object is an objet d’art. Ceramics, wall cabinets, diwans, curios, photo frames, barnis: […]