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Vol.5 No. 12 July 7-13, 2012 60 CentsFollow us onTheSouthAsianTimes.info
US celebrates 236th birthday withspectacle and sentiments
From New York to Nevada and fromAlaska to Hawaii, Americans celebrated the 236thanniversary of the Declaration of Independence fromthe British with parades, concerts and cookouts lead-ing up to nighttime fireworks, led by Macy’s spectacu-lar show on the Hudson.On Fourth of July, millions of Americans, both fromsmall towns and megapolises, took part in family gath-erings and picnics, public events such as hotdog eatingcompetitions and enjoyed fireworks shows, some bursting firecrackers themselves. This time, someSouth Asian groups also held events in New York and New Jersey celebrating America’s Independence Day.US President Barack Obama celebrated I day withmilitary personnel with barbecue, games and a concert by the presidential Marine Band. For the Obamas,July 4 has extra significance, as it is the birthday of Malia, their elder daughter.In the nation’s capital, fireworks began shortly after 9pm on the West Lawn of the Captiol. Entertainmentwas provided by Matthew Broderick, who performedtwo songs from the Broadway musical Nice Work If You Can Get It with Tony-nominated actress KeliO’Hara.Academy award winner Jennifer Hudson performedin Boston. Fireworks however had to be canceled dueto inclement weather conditions in some places.
See our Special Section ‘Celebrating America’s Independence Day’ pages 15-27.
Manhattan silhouetted against the Macy’s fireworks extravaganza on Hudson river.
Key to cosmic riddle, ‘Godparticle’, or Higgs boson found
Scientists at the EuropeanOrganization for Nuclear Research(also known as Cern) announcedthis week that they think they havefinally found a Higgs boson, or the"God particle." The subatomic par-ticle could answer some basicquestions about the universe andthe creation of planets and life.It was a breakthrough that took almost half a century of deepthought, 30 years of painstakingexperimentation and a massive£2.6bn machine, Cern’s LargeHadron Collider.Discovering the Higgs bosonwould be one of the greatestachievements in science, rivalingthe discovery of the structure of DNA and the Apollo Moon land-ings. It can explain why some par-ticles have mass, but others, suchas photons, do not.A Higgs boson particle is essen-tial to the so-called StandardModel of physics – the generallyaccepted theory about how theUniverse works. Knowing defini-tively that it exists would show sci-ence is heading in the right
The discovery has put the spotlight on Indian physicist S.N. Bose (1894-1974) from whosename the word boson is derived. He is seen here with Einstein withwhom he had worked.
Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj conductsMeditation Marathon in Chicago
A week after returningfrom his European tour, H.H. SantRajinder Singh Ji Maharaj held anintensive meditation program here.Seekers from the world over cameto spend time with the spiritualmaster at the June 30-July 2 sum-mer holiday program held atMichigan Avenue Hilton in down-town Chicago.The last day of the program fea-tured a Meditation Marathon: fiveconsecutive meditation sittings, ahalf hour each. This proved that youcan find longer time to meditate if you divide your time into smaller segments. Sant Rajinder Singh JiMaharaj said it is devotion and astrong commitment to our goal thathelps us progress on the spiritual path. Many distractions lure our attention away – it is important thatwe tune into the “channel of God”regularly, through meditation.The weekend included a publictalk, “Journey through Spiritual
India Inc welcomes PM'spromised action to fuel growth
India Inc Friday wel-comed Prime Minister ManmohanSingh's promised action on severalfronts to restore investor confidence,including clarity on tax matters."This is an opportune time toundertake financial sector reformsaimed at intermediating householdsavings to financial instruments thatcould be used for productive invest-ments," said Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Director-General Chandrajit Banerjee.Manmohan Singh in an interviewto an Indian daily Friday listed fiveareas as his priority in the short runto keep the India story going.Another industry lobby, FICCIalso welcomed the Prime Minister'sassertions that the government isfocusing on reining in the fiscaldeficit and attracting investments."Prime Minister's statement oncutting down infructuous proce-dures and reducing the time taken by the government to respond to business proposals will surely go along way in erasing the impressionthat there is policy paralysis," saidR.V. Kanoria, president, FICCI.ASSOCHAM suggested that thePrime Minister's Office (PMO)should be entrusted with the respon-sibility of monitoring the implemen-tation of projects within a timeframe.
Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj and (right) initiating devotees inChicago. He is to hold spiritual programs in New York in September.Continued on page 6 Continued on page 6