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The Plight of Hindus in Afghanistan
Posted on 2001/6/8 23:48:02 ( 747 reads )


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NEW DELHI, INDIA, May 21, 2001: Once wealthy merchant families numbering around 50,000 who lived an honorable life contributing to their society for thousands of years, the plight of Hindus has been reduced to a slum-like existence in Afghanistan. After the Taliban hard-liner regime took over power in the country, they imposed a fundamentalist approach in their interpretation of the Koran upon their Muslim citizens. Now, they have targeted the minority Hindu population by threatening prosecution upon households where Hindus and Muslims might live together and forcing the Hindus of the home to leave within three days. To add insult upon insult, Hindus are not allowed to build any new temples, Hindu men cannot wear turbans, Hindu women must cover their body with a yellow chadder (Muslim women wear this garment) with two small holes for the eyes, and Hindu women are being forced to wear an iron necklace when shopping in the marketplace. This helpless minority has watched while their homes, businesses, and temples have been destroyed. Escaping to India, the U.S. and Germany at the beginning of this reign of terror, these Hindus were the fortunate ones. Those remaining can now only make a difficult escape via Pakistan.




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Singapore EDB and Indian Firm to Make Film on Buddha
Posted on 2001/6/8 23:47:02 ( 679 reads )


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SINGAPORE, June 7, 2001: The Economic Development Board (EDB) has joined forces with an Indian multimedia company to make an animated film about Buddha. The US$5.5 million production entitled "Buddha," due to be finished next year, will be the first full-length animated film to be co-produced here. The 90-minute story about Prince Siddharta's journey towards enlightenment will combine the best of traditional cartoon drawing and high-tech computer animation. The film should be released internationally by the end of next year.




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Asians Lead in Australian Population Growth
Posted on 2001/6/8 23:46:02 ( 700 reads )


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CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA, June 9, 2001: The Australian Social Trends 2001, compiled by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, shows that the Asian-born proportion of the population is the most rapidly growing. The Australian-born caucasian is being replaced by predominantly Asian immigrants and their offspring. Based on last year's figures compiled by the annual study, 4.5 million people or a quarter of the population were born overseas, 1.1 million of them in Asia. The Asian-born component of the population is expected to continue to be the fastest-growing as Asian immigration grows and Asians already in Australia have children. The Asian population is concentrated in the 20-44 year age group. About 91 per cent live in capital cities. Asian women outnumber Asian men, particularly among Filipino immigrants where males are outnumbered by two to one. The largest source country is Vietnam, at 3.9 per cent or 174,000 of the Asian-born population. This is due to the influx of boat people who started arriving in the late 70s. Other studies have shown that the greatest rate of increase in inter-marriages is between Anglo men and Asian women.




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Yadagirigutta Temple Burgled, Watchman Killed
Posted on 2001/6/8 23:45:02 ( 718 reads )


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HYDERABAD, JUNE 6. The Laxmi Narasimha Temple at Yadagirigutta was burgled and one of its watchmen, Ram Bahadur, was stabbed to death. Bahadur would remain inside the temple after the main doors were locked every evening at 10 p.m. The victim's body was found in a pool of blood by priests arriving at 4 a.m. for the morning worship and immediately the police were alerted. Unidentified culprits managed to break open the lock of the main hundi (collection box) but had to escape empty-handed as they could not reach collections at the bottom of the 8-foot-deep hundi.




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Chinmaya Mission's Golden Jubilee Fete
Posted on 2001/6/8 23:44:02 ( 705 reads )


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NEW YORK, NEW YORK, June 9, 2001 : Swami Tejomayananda, chairman, Chinmaya Mission, worldwide will hold discourses in Hindi on Srimad Bhagavatam at the Raritan Center from July 8-14 as a part of Chinmaya Mission Golden Jubilee celebrations in New Jersey. The Chinmaya Mission tristate center has planned concerts by Indian maestros Pandit Jasraj, Ustad Vilayat Khan and Lalita Sivakumar, dance dramas by the Chinmaya Dance Theater choreographed by Sangeet Natak Academy Award winner Shanmugam Sridhar and Layapriya by Jonathan Hollander and the Battery Dance Company. Sant Shri Rameshbhai Oza and Swami Chidananda Muniji will inaugurate the event July 8th. For details call 1-866-742-6844 or visit the web site: www.chinmayakedar.org.




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Eyewitness Describes Nepal Royal Family Shooting
Posted on 2001/6/7 23:49:02 ( 844 reads )

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Astrologers Predicted Dynasty's End
Posted on 2001/6/7 23:48:02 ( 724 reads )


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KATHMANDU, NEPAL, June 4, 2001 : While the reason behind the tragic shooting of senior members of Nepal's royal family remains somewhat elusive, some astrological predictions have emerged. D. Raghunandan of the Delhi Science Forum First's reports show that if the Crown Prince married or had children before he was 35, his father King Birendra would die. Another prophecy apparently states that the king would not live beyond 55 -- the age he had reached in December. According to legend, a sage predicted that the dynasty would fall after 10 generations - and King Birendra was the 11th generation.




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East Indian Seniors in America
Posted on 2001/6/7 23:47:02 ( 698 reads )


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SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA, June 2, 2001: Imagine moving halfway around the world to a country where the culture is much different from your own, and your initial lifeline in this move is a son or daughter whom you may not have seen for several years. With a heartful of mixed feelings, many East Indian seniors are making the move to the U.S. in the Autumn of their lives. After the first joyful encounters with offspring and grandchildren, the sometimes hard reality of American life sets in. Expecting that they will be treated with dignity and respect and their needs catered to because their Indian culture dictates that this is the way it should be, some seniors are given the honor they deserve while others are treated distastefully by their grown-up children. Even with the best of intentions, many families do not realize how terribly lonely and frightened their senior parents are in America. As a result according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Asian Americans have the highest suicide rate among women 65 or older." If the family is inharmonious and the elderly are mistreated, the incidences of clinical depression escalate even further. Caring children of seniors retiring in the U.S. have recognized the problem and are trying to do something about it by establishing centers where the elderly can meet with their counterparts. For example Matra Majmundan set up the first Indian American Senior Citizens program in the San Francisco Bay Area about twelve years ago. New York-based Sakhi and New Jersey-based Manair have set up counselling services for seniors.




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Oldham Riots Ignited by Racial Tension
Posted on 2001/6/7 23:46:02 ( 698 reads )


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OLDHAM, ENGLAND, May 30, 2001: There is community consensus that the riots began with an argument between two teenage boys -- one white, one a Briton of Pakistani origin -- but the underlying reasons are more complex. Racism among whites, increasing lawlessness among South Asian youths, and high unemployment in this economically-depressed mill town are some of the factors that combined to culminate in the worst UK race riots in 15 years. As many as 500 nonwhite youths battled police officers in riot gear, and 25 people were injured. Sporadic violence continued on Sunday and Monday nights, with more damage to property. Each ethnic group feels that the other was ultimately responsible for the rioting, oversimplifying the area's complex socioeconomic environment.




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Rioting in Britain Gives Voice to Silent Minorities
Posted on 2001/6/7 23:45:02 ( 705 reads )


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LONDON, ENGLAND, May 28, 2001: Weekend rioting between whites and Asians in Oldham in the English have exposed volatile tensions in what is outwardly one of Europe's most stable multi-ethnic cultures. The authorities today blamed members of the white supremacist National Front for the two nights of rioting in which 30 people were injured. Many of the rampaging 15-25 year olds are the children of textile workers who immigrated in the 1960's. Unemployment and tensions are high. The Conservative's candidate for the upcoming Prime Minister election has made comments alluding to the loss of England to "bogus asylum seekers" in an attempt to turn whites from the Labor Party's more inclusive tack. Though the country's minorities make up 5.5 percent of the population, they account for less than 3 percent of the electorate and just 1.5 percent of the membership of Parliament.




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Herbal Garden in Lucknow
Posted on 2001/6/7 23:44:02 ( 743 reads )


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LUCKNOW, INDIA, June 2, 2001: A "health garden" which provides herbal cures for a variety of ailments has been developed in the Uttar Pradesh capital by the Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (Cimap), to encourage the commercial cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants. The garden was inaugurated by Uttaranchal Governor Surjit Singh Barnala. "Extracts available from the 50 herb varieties being grown in this garden could be used for producing expectorants, bronchial remedies, anti-spasmodic drugs, purgatives and many other medicines," said Cimap director S.P.S. Khanuja, who developed the garden. "There are herbs with tremendous capabilities to heal inflammations, burns, viral infections, hypertension, even certain types of cancer," he pointed out. The institute has decided to offer technical know-how and scientific support to anyone who wants to take up the cultivation of medicinal or aromatic plants on a commercial scale. "The whole idea was not only to revive and develop herbal cures for various ailments, as is available in our ancient books, but to also make people aware of the fantastic potential of these herbs," Khanuja said.




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New Zealand's Maori Tribes Challenge Lego
Posted on 2001/6/7 23:43:02 ( 744 reads )


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WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND, JUNE 1, 2001: Protesting the use of Maori words and Polynesian culture in a new computer game, three New Zealand Maori tribes are considering taking legal action against Danish toy company Lego. New Zealand barrister, Solomon Maui, has asked Lego to suspend sales of the game, saying it infringed the Polynesian people's intellectual property rights to their language and culture. The game, Bionicle, features characters with common Polynesian names fighting for the liberation of a tropical island called Mata Nui. According to Maui, the game's story line bears a strong resemblance to traditional stories told by Polynesian people of Rapa Nui, or Easter Island. A Lego spokesman denied interfering with the cultural heritage of Polynesian people and said the company would not be withdrawing the game. The use of Maori cultural symbols is increasingly being challenged internationally and in New Zealand. In 1993, the Maori tribes issued the Mataatua Declaration, designed to protect the intellectual and cultural property rights of indigenous peoples.




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Dipendra Dies of Wounds, Gyanendra Crowned King
Posted on 2001/6/3 23:49:02 ( 697 reads )


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KATHMANDU, NEPAL, June 4, 2001: King Dipendra died early Monday of a wound received in the massacre after being in a coma all weekend. Officials clamped a curfew on Kathmandu to quell growing rage over what many in Nepal saw as a failure to explain the massacre that claimed most of the royal family. Pressure grew on authorities Monday to provide a credible explanation of the massacre. The new king Gyanendra, who missed the fatal Friday night dinner at which his brother King Birendra and six other royals were shot to death, has pledged a full investigation into the palace bloodbath and to announce the findings. This report from Reuters says that Nepalese are asking questions such as: Where were the palace guards who would have heard the sounds of the firing? How had he managed to kill so many people without being stopped? And why was only his immediate family slain when the room was reported to be full of servants? And how, when the rampage was over, was he able to walk unhindered to the temple? The Asian Age and other newspapers said there were reports Dipendra had bullet wounds in the back.




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Earlier Report: Dipendra In Coma But Anointed King
Posted on 2001/6/3 23:48:02 ( 727 reads )


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KATHMANDU, NEPAL, June 01, 2001: King Birendra of Nepal was cremated here along with his wife, Queen Aishwarya, and six other members of his family about 20 hours after they were all shot and killed by Birendra's eldest son crown prince Dipendra at the Royal Palace on Friday night. In a bizarre - -but perfectly constitutional -- twist to the tragedy, the Raj Parishad Sthayi Samithi, or Privy Council -- a statutory, widely representative body created in 1990 and comprising the prime minister, leader of opposition and all parties -- declared the crown prince the king of Nepal even as he lies in deep coma. The council also announced that since Dipendra was ill, Birendra's brother, Gyanendra, would serve as regent. Tension between Dipendra and his parents had been building for several months over their opposition to his romantic attachment to Devyani, the daughter of Pashupati Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana, a palace loyalist. Rana is married to Usha Raje Scindia of the Gwalior royal family. It is not clear why Aishwarya opposed Devyani. Following a family squabble, the prince shot his family with an M-16 rifle -- by some accounts, at least 19 people. In New Delhi, speculation is rife the Queen was interested in Dipendra marrying a girl from her sister's family.




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Anti-Muslim Groups Unite Through Internet
Posted on 2001/6/3 23:47:02 ( 733 reads )


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NEW YORK, U.S.A., June 2, 2001: A web site run by militant Hindus in Queens and Long Island was recently shut down by its service provider because of complaints that it advocated hatred and violence toward Muslims. But a few days later, the site was back on the Internet. The unlikely rescuers were some radical Jews in Brooklyn who are under investigation for possible ties to anti-Arab terrorist organizations in Israel. The unusual alliance brings together two extreme religious philosophies from different parts of the world, states this report. Living elbow-to-elbow in the ethnic mix of New York, the small groups of Hindus and Jews have discovered friendship. "We are fighting the same war," said Rohit Vyasmaan, who helps run the Hindu Web site, HinduUnity.org, from his home in Flushing, Queens. "Whether you call them Palestinians, Afghans or Pakistanis, the root of the problem for Hindus and Jews is Islam."




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