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Hindus rated “fairly warmly” in USA, survey reveals

Most religious groups in USA rate Hindus fairly warmly, according to “polling and analysis” posted by Washington DC headquartered Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan fact tank, on February 15.

Asked to rate a variety of groups on a “feeling thermometer” ranging from 0 to 100, Americans’ feelings toward Hindus have shifted from relatively neutral place of 50 in 2014 on the thermometer to somewhat warmer rating of 58.

Americans aged 18-29 put the Hindus at 64 on the thermometer, which is higher than Jews, Atheists, Evangelical Christians, Mainline Protestants, Muslims and Mormons. Jews gave Hindus a thermometer rating of 70, which is highest given to Hindus by any religious group.

Hindus were rated at 70 by those who had personal connections with someone in the Hindu community, as compared to 54 given by those who had no such connection.

But only 22% of Americans say they personally know a Hindu.

These were among the findings of a new Pew Research Center survey of 4,248 adults conducted between January nine to 23 on the Center’s nationally representative American Trends Panel.

Meanwhile Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, congratulating the American Hindu community on climbing higher on the warmth scale; urged them to continue with the traditional values of hard work, higher morals, stress on education, sanctity of marriage, etc.; amidst so many distractions.

Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, advised Hindus to focus on inner search, stay pure, explore the vast wisdom of scriptures, make spirituality more attractive to youth and children, stay away from the greed, and always keep God in the life.

There are about three million Hindus in USA.

FTC Resolves Privacy Issue at Facebook

Blaming Facebook for its alleged role in carrying out “unfair and deceptive” practices, the Federal Government declared a broad agreement that needs Facebook to maintain high reverence for the privacy requirements and hopes of its users. As a result, the company will be subjected it regular privacy audits for the next two decades.

The order, which was declared on Tuesday in Washington by the Federal Trade Commission, is apparently influenced by modifications made by Facebook in the manner in which it governs the personal information of its users. The changes were made by Facebook earlier in December 2009. The commission argued that Facebook, without offering its users any sort of notification or soliciting their consent in this regard, enforced public information that the Facebook users wished to remain private on their personal pages.

The order also claimed that the social networking giant, having in excess of 800 million users all over the world, in majority of circumstances permitted its advertisers to garner personally identifiable data when users clicked on any of the advertisements displayed at their Facebook pages. Since long, the company claimed that it is not sharing any sort of personal information of its users with the advertisers whose ads are displayed on the personal webpage of a user on Facebook.

The order further claimed that Facebook had in fact, contracting to its policies as mentioned to its users while they sign up on the website, shared user data with advertisers and also with outside, third-party, application developers.

Making the allegations even stricter, the FTC committed deemed that even after a user deletes his or her account on Facebook, the company is still permitting an access to videos and photos.

While expressing his opinion in a long blog post, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg admitted that the company had committed “a bunch of mistakes”, but he claimed that it had already solved various issues highlighted by the FTC

Nifty Below 5500; Sensex Declines 202 Pts

Decline in manufacturing figures in US, Europe and China hit investor opinion all over the world.

The benchmark Sensex lost 200 points with rate sensitive stock such as banking, real estate and capital goods taking a beating.

The 50-share NSE Nifty was ruling at 5,455 after slipping 62 points whereas the 30-share index BSE Sensex declined 202 points to trade at 18,112 late morning trade.

As per portfolio manager PN Vijay, worldwide events would be the vital factor for market by the next six months.

“There may be a slightly negative backdrop but substantially the action has to come within India.”

Technology scrips saw selling pressure as retardation will absolutely have impact on exports of these firms.

Infosys, TCS and Wipro shed between 1% & 2%.

Heavyweight stocks like Bharti Airtel, ITC, L&T, SBI, ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank dropped between 1% & 2%. Reliance Industries shed more than 0.5%.

But, Sun Pharma, NTPC, HUL, Cipla, Ranbaxy and GAIL topped the gainers’ charts on Nifty.

On the worldwide front, Asian bourses broadened losses – Kospi was the key loser, declining 2.4%.

Shanghai, Nikkei, Straits Times and Taiwan remained down by 1-1.7%. Hang Seng lost 0.7%.

Richard Ross, global technical analyst at Auerbach Grayson said that the genuine financial scene in US is dull, irrespective of what comes out of Washington.