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Sadhus Rescue Haridwar's Women Students
Posted on 2001/12/23 22:49:02 ( 655 reads )


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HARIDWAR, INDIA, December 23: "Eve-teasing," the harassment of young women by men, became such a problem for girls attending local colleges here that their parents appealed to the naga sadhus for help. According to reports, these sadhus, who go about unclothed in all seasons, accosted suspected or observed "eve-teasers" and chased them from the area. The naga sadhus are a militant order of Hindu monks formed, in part, to protect pilgrims to this holy city.




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Carnatic Music for the Masses
Posted on 2001/12/23 22:48:02 ( 747 reads )


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CHENNAI, INDIA, December 20, 2001: Carnatic music in its pristine form should reach the masses, Mr. M. Karpagavinayagam, judge, Madras High Court told The Hindu newspaper. Lighting the traditional lamp to mark the inaugural of the Rasika Ranjani Sabha's annual music festival 2001- 2002, he said flawless music gained prominence only when it reached the common man. He called upon music organizations to motivate and draw the younger generation into their fold by propagating the joy of carnatic music. Mr. A. R. Santhanakrishnan, sabha president, said efforts were on to revive the sabha's sastriya sangeetha school of music. The auditorium renovation would be carried out with the assistance of sponsors, rasikas, and well wishers.




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Concerted Effort Needed To Develop Guruvayur
Posted on 2001/12/23 22:47:02 ( 731 reads )


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GURUVAYUR, KERALA, December 23, 2001: A concerted effort by the state government, the Guruvayur municipality and the Guruvayur Devaswom is needed to develop the temple township and to make it clean, especially during the Sabarimala season when a heavy rush is experienced at the temple. The township lacks even basic facilities like sanitation, drinking water and parking space. The former chairman of the Guruvayur Devaswom, Prof. P.N. Narayanan, said, "It is the State Government that has to take the initiative to set up these facilities." The temple also made requests to be promoted more by the government.




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International Flights Planned for Bali
Posted on 2001/12/23 22:46:02 ( 678 reads )


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JAKARTA, INDONESIA, November 19, 2001: In a bid to sway tourists to come to Indonesia, national carrier Garuda Indonesia said it plans to turn Bali into its next hub for international flights. Bali is the country's most popular beach resort, and the only Hindu majority state in this Muslim-majority country. Garuda director of operations Rudy A. Hardono said the plan to make the shift to Denpasar, Bali, is of absolute necessity, noting that tourists are reluctant to disembark in Jakarta due to security concerns. Tourist arrivals to Indonesia have been down since the start of the regional economic crisis in 1997. But a recent wave of anti-American protests in Indonesia in the wake of the U.S.-led offensive against Afghanistan, have further damaged the country's tourism industry. An estimated 1.2 million international tourists have reportedly canceled their planned trips to the archipelago. From Denpasar, Garuda will eventually service 21 international routes to Japan, Australia and Europe, Hardono added.




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Schools Echo Malaysia's Ethnic Politics
Posted on 2001/12/20 22:49:02 ( 705 reads )


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KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, December 15, 2001: Recently, complaints that Malaysian schools are practicing a form of racial segregation have been brought to the attention of the public, according to this article in Singapore's Straits Times. The Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) Youth Wing and the National Union of Teaching Profession (NUTP) alleged that schools tended to segregate students along ethnic lines, rather than according to merit, and that this practice is detrimental to the minority Chinese and Indian students and exacerbates the country's racial and ethnic segregation. Education Minister Tan Sri Musa Mohamed responded by saying segregation was illegal and that his ministry would punish those responsible. He urged those affected to lodge formal complaints so that the matter could be investigated thoroughly. Lack of facilities, states the article, for the pursuance of mother-tongue education in the national stream of education, the practice of racial discrimination and the polarized nature of schools have contributed to a situation where divisions between the various ethnic groups have increased.




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Now, Waterbeds For Cows
Posted on 2001/12/20 22:48:02 ( 665 reads )


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NEW YORK, USA: December 19, 2001: Cows across America are receiving the latest in cattle comfort with a special bovine waterbed, a filled rubber mattress which can be used both in the field and in the stall, according to this BBC article. Sometimes they'll stand there waiting for a cow to leave so they can get in on the waterbed. The bed, which contains some 65 liters of water, moulds to the shape of the cow's body when it lies down and appears to provide the beast with a more comfortable rest. "We're real interested in making our cows more comfortable," said John Marshman, a farmer from New York State who has provided most of his herd with a bed each. "Everybody is trying to pamper their cows these days because anything that makes a cow more comfortable increases her happiness and productivity." Mr. Marshman said that the cows were "initially shocked" by their new beds during a trial run. "But once they got used to them they seemed to prefer them. They let us know that they liked them, so we went and got more." At Fisher Farms in Lenox, cows apparently now wait for a cowbed to be vacated and quickly move in. The beds, which the manufacturer -- Relative Products -- says can last up to 20 years, cost nearly $200 each.




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Is This the World's Funniest Joke?
Posted on 2001/12/20 22:47:02 ( 602 reads )


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LONDON, ENGLAND, December 20, 2001: After months of serious study and much merriment, 100,000 people have voted on the world's funniest joke. In an experiment named Laughlab, a joke about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson emerged a clear winner Thursday from 10,000 entries. The joke: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson go camping, and pitch their tent under the stars. During the night, Holmes wakes his companion and says: "Watson, look up at the stars, and tell me what you deduce." Watson says: "I see millions of stars, and even if a few of those have planets, it's quite likely there are some planets like Earth, and if there are a few planets like Earth out there, there might also be life." Holmes replies: "Watson, you idiot. Somebody stole our tent." Laughlab, organized in conjunction with the British Association for the Advancement of Science, claimed it was the largest experiment of its kind ever conducted. Volunteers were asked to log on to an Internet site where they could rate jokes and add their own. The joke voted the world's second-funniest was submitted from the United States, Wiseman said. It reads as follows: Two hunters from New Jersey are out in the woods when one of them falls to the ground. He doesn't seem to be breathing. The other whips out his mobile phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps out to the operator: "My friend is dead. What can I do?" The operator in a calm soothing voice says "Just take it easy. First let's make sure he's dead." There is a silence, then a shot is heard. The guy's voice comes back on the line. He says: "OK, now what?" HPI tried to search the site, http://www.laughlab.co.uk/home.html, for Hindu jokes, but their server isn't functioning.




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Tamil Conference for South Africa
Posted on 2001/12/19 22:49:02 ( 388 reads )


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DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA, December 16, 2001: The eighth International Conference on Tamil Culture, held for the first time in South Africa, ends in Durban today. Topics at the two-day conference at the Coastlands Conference Centre include the history of Tamils in South Africa and the world, the role of women in Tamil society, the view of the youth of the Tamil language, and the morals practiced by Tamil society. "Our aim is to get the youth to become aware and be able to appreciate what is theirs as a culture, language and heritage, and therefore what gives them their unique identity," said Nagalingam Moodley, CEO of the conference. "We are also saying our children and our community, as Tamils, must never be ashamed of who they are within this country because we should not be looking at ourselves as a minority but rather as part and parcel of the entire majority, because we too have played a significant role in getting this country to where it is as a democracy." Among the aims of the conference is to have Tamil reintroduced into the school syllabus.




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Tomb Raider Scenes Offend Hindus
Posted on 2001/12/19 22:48:02 ( 692 reads )


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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, December 8, 2001: Some American Hindus are upset with the portrayal of Hindu Gods in the film "Lara Croft - Tomb Raider," based on a popular video game. The offending images of the film, parts of which were shot on location at the famous Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, shows statues of the Hindu monkey God Hanuman becoming demons that spring to life and attack the heroine. Lara Croft, played by top actress Angelina Jolie, blows the sacred monkey warriors to pieces with her guns in the picture that was released in June and has grossed more than US$120 million at the box office since its release.




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Malaysians Honors Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
Posted on 2001/12/19 22:47:02 ( 642 reads )


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KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, December 20, 2001: The Malaysia Hindu Sangam, in collaboration with several other Hindu organizations, will conduct a memorial service for the late Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami of the Saiva Siddhanta Church of Hawaii today at 7:30 pm at the Kalamandapam, Jalan Scott, Kuala Lumpur. He was publisher of Hinduism Today and Hindu Press International.




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Sample of Latest Hinduism Today Available On-Line
Posted on 2001/12/19 22:46:02 ( 697 reads )


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KAUAI, HAWAII, December 20, 2001: Sample pages of lead article on Kashmir in the January/February/March, 2001 issue of Hinduism Today are available at "source" above in PDF format. Support the Hindu Renaissance, subscribe to the print edition today and bring a world class beautiful magazine into your home!




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British Clergymen Turn to Taekwondo
Posted on 2001/12/19 22:45:02 ( 663 reads )


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LONDON, ENGLAND, December 18, 2001: Vicars and priests usually turn the other cheek and forgive wrongdoers. But so many members of the clergy are being attacked in Britain that they are now being taught taekwondo to defend themselves. Taekwondo is a Korean martial arts system. The term literally means "the art of kicking and punching." Britain's priests and vicars, including women, are being offered time off from religious duties to take special lessons in taekwondo. Even bishops can join the self-defense classes if they want to. They will be taught how to physically disable attackers, even those armed with knives. Surveys have shown that church ministers are more likely to be attacked than prison guards, probation officers, social workers, doctors or teachers. Seven out of 10 clergy members have experienced some sort of violence, the University of London's Royal Holloway College has found. Many of the assailants have been beggars, homeless people, drug users and people suffering from psychiatric problems. But some have been supposedly respectable parishioners who have been refused a preferred wedding date or who angrily disagreed with a clergyman's sermon.




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India to Get Super Highway
Posted on 2001/12/19 22:44:02 ( 662 reads )


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DELHI, INDIA, December 19, 2001: India could see huge economic benefits from upgrades to the highway linking four of its biggest cities, the World Bank forecasts. Improving the 3,600-mile-long "Golden Quadrilateral," which links Delhi, Chennai, Calcutta and Bombay, will cost the Indian government some US$6 billion. The World Bank estimates the improvement will generate more than a quarter of that total every year after completion. Most of the highway, plied by cars, buses, trucks and ox-carts alike, is currently a two-lane road. Under the scheme, it is expected to be widened to a four lane highway, including service roads, express way sections and town bypasses.




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Malayasian Hindu Sangam Wants Religion Classes in Schools
Posted on 2001/12/18 22:49:02 ( 636 reads )


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KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, December 16, 2001: The Malaysian Hindu Sangam (MHS) urged the government yesterday to review the policy of not having religious classes for non-Muslims in schools and enforce the ban on the sale of drugs, liquor and illicit samsu [a local alcoholic drink] in provision shops and stalls. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Hindu youth leadership camp, MHS president A. Vaithilingam said the lack of religious and spiritual background in the Malaysian education system for non-Muslims could lead to an undisciplined, selfish, materialistic and immoral community. There is religious study for Muslims in Malaysian schools, but no religious study for non-Muslims. "The youths have been groping for guidance. With this in mind, the Sangam has drawn up a plan to train and mobilize Hindu youth leaders to campaign and motivate youths to be more positive in their approach to life. The two-day camp in Kuala Selangor, the first in a series, is aimed at instilling a "spiritual base with human values." "We are training the youths on spiritual-based leadership. It (the camp) is completely Malaysian-oriented, the speakers are all local," he said, adding that some of the speakers were religious teachers and others were motivational youth speakers. Vaithilingan said similar camps would be conducted in other regions.




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London Swami Calls for "Om Day"
Posted on 2001/12/18 22:48:02 ( 725 reads )


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LONDON, ENGLAND, December 19, 2001: Swami Nirliptananda announced today that his London Sevashram Sangha is calling for an "Om Day" for global unity and peace on January 6, 2002. He writes, "I take this opportunity once again to invite your temple/organization to celebrate the Om Day for global unity and peace by performing the Om Gayatri Yajna. Both Om and Gayatri are common to our heritage. This is the third year since this global awareness for unity has started. Your support to the unity process will help to safeguard our cultural and traditional values that sustained us for thousands of years and make our world a safer place to live in. The Om Day is has now spread to Bali in Indonesia and to Nepal. The suggested observance for Om Day is available at "source" above.




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