New Temple Shines in the Land of the Rising Sun
Tokyo, Japan: Japan’s new ISKCON temple opened in Funabori this summer. The temple, dubbed “ISKCON New Gaya,” opened its doors to the public with a two-day festival as did a new pure vegetarian Govinda’s restaurant and a Vedic Culture Center. Around 1,500 people from cities across Japan attended.
Bhagavad-gita given to Prison Inmates
Coimbatore, TN: As many as 500 inmates of the Coimbatore Central Prison were presented with copies of the Bhagavad Gita with the help of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). Bhaktivinoda Swami, Zonal Secretary of Western Tamil Nadu, stressed the need for educating people, especially the youth, in order to build a morally and ethically sound society.
Bhagavad-gita Commentary Wins an Award
Exploring the Bhagavad Gita, a book by ISKCON devotee içvara Kåñëa Dasa (Dr. Ithamar Theodor), has been selected as a 2011 Choice Outstanding Academic Title by Choice Magazine. More than 7000 works were reviewed during this year’s selection. The list of books that were selected reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic library community. 
Dr. Theodor is also serving as a member of the ISKCON Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Gita Gifted to the President of India
New Delhi: Vrajendrananda Dasa, director of ISKCON Communications, and Süra Dasa presented a copy of the Bhagavad-gita to Çrimati Pratibha Patil, Honorable President of India. The President also received an invitation from Süra Dasa for the opening of the new Glory of Maharashtra Project that is coming up in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai. 
Contributed by Madhava Smullens, Vrajendra Nandana Dasa and S. P. Saravanan.