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Soccer Fans Enjoy Diwali Fireworks
Posted on 2001/12/12 22:46:02 ( 643 reads )


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REPUBLIC OF SEYCHELLES, November 27, 2001: The festival of Diwali was celebrated by Hindus on November 24 with fireworks, prize presentations to children recognized for their knowledge of the Hindu religion, and historical religious plays. Soccer fans from the nearby stadium were luckily able to participate in the fireworks display as they were homeward bound, adding sparkle to their victory celebration.




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URL Correction on Ultrasound Story
Posted on 2001/12/12 22:45:02 ( 774 reads )


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The above "source" will take readers to the BBC report on the impact of ultrasound on fetuses.




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Website Details Attacks on Bangladeshi Hindus
Posted on 2001/12/11 22:49:02 ( 639 reads )


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DHAKA, BANGLADESH, December 11, 2001: This website publishes a series of reports listing instances of attacks against Hindus in Bangladesh. For example, it reports that on September 20, at the Rajbari Uttar Sahapara village of Pangsha subdistrict of Rajbari District, a group of armed men entered into two Hindu worship halls and demolished the deities there. In many cases, it is stated that the local police did not respond to calls for help, or refused to investigate or arrest the perpetrators.




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Jammu Temple Management Demands Changes
Posted on 2001/12/11 22:48:02 ( 648 reads )


Source: Kashmir Times





JAMMU, INDIA, December 8, 2001: An emergency meeting of Bua Datti Temple committee was held at the temple complex after the conclusion of the annual festival. According to a report from the meeting, surprise was expressed at the behavior of government administrative personnel deployed at the gate of secretariat who unnecessarily harassed the management and devotees entering the temple complex. Sat Pal Saini, president of the management committee of Bua Datti temple, complained to the general council about the negative attitudes of the Jammu and Kashmir government towards the problem faced by the temple committee in performing their day-to-day functions. The temple management committee demanded a separate entrance to the temple and the removal of toilets on the roof of the temple. They also requested the temple canteen be handed over to them and that the preparation of meat in the canteen stop immediately. Sat Pal Saini also informed the devotees that land belonging to the temple is being illegally occupied by the government.




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Ultrasound Scans May Cause Brain Changes
Posted on 2001/12/11 22:47:02 ( 704 reads )


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SWEDEN, December 9, 2001: Scientists in Sweden have found evidence ultrasound scans may cause brain damage in unborn babies after they found men whose mothers had tests were more likely to be left-handed. They have concluded some male babies' central nervous systems might have been affected by the process, and the increase in left-handedness indicated some kind of compensation for this damage. The study suggested scanning produced an extra 3 left-handed babies per 100 births. The biggest difference was found among those born after 1975 when doctors introduced a second scan later in pregnancy. Such men were 32% more likely to be left-handed than those in the control group. Apart from the increase in left-handedness, the research found no evidence of other changes in the babies' physiology. Prof. Juni Palmgren, of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, told the Sunday Telegraph: "I would urge people not to refuse ultrasound scanning as the risk of brain damage is only a possibility, but this is an interesting finding and needs to be taken seriously." The implications of the study are important to India where ultrasound is regularly used to determine the sex of the unborn child.




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The Plight of the Working Child in India
Posted on 2001/12/10 22:49:02 ( 629 reads )


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NEW DELHI, INDIA, November 16, 2001: In this article Sue Lloyd-Roberts reveals a stark reality about the working children in India. Domestic girl workers in Bangalore, age 12-14 years of age, rise at 3:00 am to haul water home to their families and by 9:00 am have started a six-hour shift at another job. Child rag pickers, 12-15 years of age sort rubbish into piles of salvageable paper, plastic and metal, which sells for a few rupees. In an attempt to make their plight understood by others, girls in Bangalore have formed a collective called Hasiru Sangha. Together they try to better their life by complaining about the water supply to the local water board and encouraging other slum children to attend government schools. Boys have also joined together to discuss issues of health care and police harassment. They produce a monthly newsletter on their situation.




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Book on Indian Migration in the Pipeline
Posted on 2001/12/10 22:48:02 ( 707 reads )


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SINGAPORE, December 8, 2001: Work is underway on a book that charts the history of migration from India, and the impact that Indians living overseas have on their host nations. The brainchild of Singaporean Indians, the book will chart the social, economic and cultural impact of overseas Indians. International experts on the Indian diaspora have spent the past two days in Singapore discussing the best ways of collating and presenting this information. Several Indian Singaporean businessmen were inspired by The Encyclopedia of the Chinese Overseas, which was published here in 1998, and which describes past and present Chinese communities around the world. The South Asian studies program of the National University of Singapore organized the workshops, which started on Thursday. They were supported by the Singapore chapter of the Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin. Program coordinator Peter Reeves says it will take at least three years to collect all the research and information the team needs from contributors around the world. He expects the book to take five years to produce. For more information, e-mail lordsiva@cyberway.com.sg.




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Temple Reclassification in Andhra Pradesh
Posted on 2001/12/10 22:47:02 ( 1125 reads )


Source: The Hindu





HYDERABAD, INDIA, December 5, 2001: After meeting with Mr. Ajeya Kallam, Endowments Commissioner working for the government in the state of Andhra Pradesh, priest leaders have been assured that temple wage schedules in the state are going to be revamped to account for inflation. They have also been assured that by January 15 an Archaka (Priest) Welfare Fund will be activated, retirement age will remain at 65 years, instead of being lowered. A pension plan is promised. Taking into consideration these benefits plus others listed in this article, the priest delegation has decided to wait for the government to fulfill its promises before mounting further protests.




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Study of British Racial Riots Released
Posted on 2001/12/10 22:46:02 ( 688 reads )


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LONDON, U. K. December 11, 2001: Twenty-first century Britain is composed "shockingly divided communities," Tony Blair's government has said. The Cantle report, commissioned by the Home Office, warned there would be no quick fixes. It makes 67 recommendations covering areas such as housing, political leadership, education, youth and leisure facilities and regeneration. It called for a change in the way regeneration schemes are managed, which force groups to "compete against each other" and lead to resentment. Home Secretary David Blunkett welcomed the reports and called for a debate on citizenship. The summer's disturbances were some of the worst seen in the UK, with the Bradford violence alone causing damage estimated at US$16 million, and injuring 300 police officers. In a startling indictment of "the growing disaffection of Pakistani Muslims and youths of Pakistani origin," the British government released a new plan to prevent a repeat of the riots in mainly Pakistani and Bangladeshi-populated north-west English towns. Sikh-dominant Southall and Gujarati-dominant Leicester are singled out for praise, "In Southall and Leicester in particular, it was clear to us there was a pride in their community... it was also notable that diversity was seen as a positive thing," the government said. The report praised these communities ability to fit in to society and peacefully resolve problems that occurred.




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Immigrants Should Try "Feeling British"
Posted on 2001/12/9 22:49:02 ( 734 reads )


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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, December 9, 2001: UK Home Secretary David Blunkett has urged people from ethnic minorities to develop what he calls a "sense of belonging" in Britain. In a newspaper interview, he says racism is often deep-seated and must be confronted, but immigrants who settle here must do their bit to ensure that future generations grow up "feeling British." But Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy said there was a danger the home secretary's remarks could be misinterpreted to mean immigrants should abandon their culture in favor of that of Britain.




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Non-Vegetarian Products Require Mandatory Labeling
Posted on 2001/12/9 22:48:02 ( 723 reads )


Source: The Hindu





NEW DELHI, INDIA, December 3, 2001: India's Health Ministry ordered companies October 4 to label their food products with a mandatory brown dot if they contain nonvegetarian ingredients. However, after two months, the food industry has yet to comply. Some companies say they are confused. Many are in the process of changing their packaging while others would like to see the labeling consistent across global markets. Others such as MNC Companies, only export vegetarian lines into India. For example, their cheese going to India is made with plant rennet. Extra labeling for them means extra costs passed onto the consumer. Rather than be stumped by the guidelines which do not categorize dietary supplements, the Murugappa group has decided to label their products with a complete ingredient list. Even with all these obstacles, the Health Ministry is forging ahead to enforce the brown dot.




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India: 23 People Per Minute Infected With Aids
Posted on 2001/12/9 22:47:02 ( 663 reads )


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NEW DELHI, INDIA, December 9, 2001: Aids campaigners in India say that as many as 23 people a minute are being infected with the HIV virus. They say that the battle against AIDS in the country is still being inhibited by a lack of unity among the various charities and non-governmental organizations that have been set up to fight the spread of AIDS. The latest figures released by the National Aids Control Organization show that four million people are infected. Campaigners such as Karuna Roy say that there is still a great deal of fear and ignorance surrounding the virus, plus a lack of co-ordination among the various groups set up to fight the spread of AIDS. The spread of AIDS is advanced by low awareness and literacy levels, combined with large migrations of labor.




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Guruvayur Temples Deluged with Elephantine Gifts
Posted on 2001/12/8 22:49:02 ( 670 reads )


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GURUVAYUR, KERALA, December 9, 2001: After Jayalalitha, former chief minister of Tamil Nadu, donated an elephant to her favorite deity here four months ago, there is a big rush to make the jumbo offering. The media glitz over Jaya's offering spurred four more devotees, including a Malayalam actor, to offer elephants to Lord Krishna, taking the temple's collection to 56. The temple already has perhaps the world's largest private collection of elephants. Its officials are worried whether they will have enough money to look after any more. The food bill for all the elephants is totalling US$520 a day. Besides their staple diet of palm leaves and green grass, the temple feeds the pachyderms the special temple offering, Ana Ootu consisting of rice, green dal and jaggery.




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George Harrison Made Eastern Spirituality Cool
Posted on 2001/12/8 22:48:02 ( 785 reads )


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NEW YORK, NEW YORK, December 9, 2001: This detailed article explores the influence of the Beatles and particularly George Harrison on the American spiritual landscape. "The evidence can be seen in every health club in America that offers yoga, every athlete who meditates before the game, everyone who shops at a holistic health food store, and every rock star who gives a benefit concert. It was George Harrison and the Beatles who popularized Eastern spirituality and later crafted a different role for the American rock star. He took Indian religious practices from being counter-culture weird to pop-culture cool." 'It would not have happened' without Harrison, says Deepak Chopra, the Indian doctor who himself popularized so many Eastern concepts. 'Overnight they made the world aware of Indian spirituality.' 'The Beatles opened the door for yoga to be accepted in a worldwide way,' says Lilias Folan, an internationally known yoga teacher and author."




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A Claim to Help Choose Baby's Sex Sets Off Furor in India
Posted on 2001/12/8 22:47:02 ( 757 reads )


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NEW DELHI, INDIA, December 9, 2001: The advertisement in The Times of India offering a product from the United States, a kit that claims to improve the odds of picking your baby's sex, seems sinister to women's groups and government agencies here that are fighting discrimination against girls in a society with a powerful preference for sons. A. R. Nanda, a senior civil servant in the health ministry, said today that the advertisement clearly violates a 1994 law against prenatal sex determination tests. Two lawyers have filed a complaint against The Times for printing the ad and Vibha Parthasarathi, the head of the National Commission for Women, an independent body established by Parliament, denounced the product as unethical. The Times replied to its critics today in an unsigned editorial entitled "Sophie's Choice" contends that Indian laws do not prohibit sex selection techniques used before conception.




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