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Narottambhai K. Visaman Pattni,
Jai Swaminarayan from Sadhu Yogvivekdas
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An interview with the project manager Ashwinbhai Soni
So far, delays have cost the funding organization, the Gurjar Hindu
Their most pressing headache is the absence of a team of specialist stonemasons needed to carve the pink marble which will form the building’s exterior. They were due to arrive from
Mr. Soni said all this “has had a major, major impact on GHU and its funding,” but insisted the union has no problems financing the US$6.6 million temple. “There isn’t a temple anywhere in the
Between August 15 and 28, 2,500 people are expected to pack the unfinished site to attend a series of prayer recitals featuring Rameshbhai Oza, a famous religious singer. This event was planned as part of the opening ceremony of the temple.
American Visa – New Rules from January 12, 2009
LONDON, England (CNN) -- From today, travelers visiting the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) risk being detained at airports and sent home if they don't comply with new U.S. immigration rules.
The introduction of the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) means visitors from 27 VWP countries -- including most of
ESTA -- which came into effect today -- replaces the written green I-94 form and allows travelers under the VWP to enter the
The measure is designed to tighten security and make it harder for terrorists who are citizens of the participating countries to easily obtain entry to the
Critics fear the new rule will be an inconvenience for business travelers and the British Foreign Office is concerned that travelers who have not heard about the new rules may be caught out.
A British Foreign Office report on travel trends for 2009 predicted that 13 percent of British travelers are more likely to visit the States now Barack Obama has been elected. "The consequences of not registering through ESTA could therefore be far reaching," says the Foreign Office.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has assured travelers that the system can handle last-minute and emergency requests.
ESTA has been operating on a voluntary basis since 1 August 2008 and is compulsory from 12 January 2009.
Applications can be made at any time, even if travelers have no specific travel plans. If itineraries change, information can be easily updated on the ESTA Web site.
Once travelers are authorized, they can travel for up to two years or until their passport expires, whichever comes first.
Passengers must submit the same information that is currently required in the I-94 immigration form. This includes biographical data, travel information as well as questions regarding communicable diseases, arrests and convictions.
Registration is possible through the
Applicants who receive an "Authorization Pending" response will need to check the Web site for updates. Applicants whose ESTA applications are denied will be referred to Travel.State.Gov for information on how to apply for a visa.
ESTA does not change the rules for citizens from countries that require visas.
Travelers are advised that ESTA does not guarantee entry into the