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Scientists Trash University Grant's Commission Astrology Plan
Posted on 2001/3/29 22:46:02 ( 641 reads )


Source: The Hindu





BANGALORE, INDIA, MARCH 27, 2001: The Government's University Grants Commission's decision to "rejuvenate the science of Vedic Astrology in India" by starting departments of Vedic Astrology in Indian universities has infuriated the scientific community. The guidelines said that it would add to a new dimension for research in the fields of Hindu-Mathematics, Vastushastra, Meteorological Studies, Agricultural Science, Space Science. The rationalist and Marxist-leaning scientists are complaining they should have been consulted before the addition of subjects "cloaked in the garb of pseudo-science."




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Lord Murugan Website Popular
Posted on 2001/3/29 22:45:02 ( 817 reads )


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HAWAII, March 29, 2001: A. S. Maniyam reports today that his website (source above) is expanding to include devotional songs and more material for children. He's also providing a translation of the complete Thiruppugazh, the famed songs in priase of Lord Murugan.




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Smoking Biggest Killer in Developing World
Posted on 2001/3/28 22:49:02 ( 799 reads )


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SUSSEX, U.K., March 26, 2001: Smoking will become the biggest killer in developing world countries within the next 20 years, surpassing those deaths caused by the Aids epidemic according to the Institute of Development Studies in Sussex, UK's government- based study. The report forecasts that within two decades 8.5 million people a year will be dying in developing countries because of smoking. A billion people around the world are currently smokers, and tobacco-related illness currently kills 3.5 million a year. At the moment it is mainly a rich country disease, but the report says this is changing fast. The report says the increasing process of globalization will be partly to blame as developing countries are forced to drop tariff barriers against highly successful international brands and that many governments are seduced by the inward investment this brings, but have not realized the long-term cost in human lives.




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UK Project to Record Experiences of Hindus in Britain
Posted on 2001/3/28 22:48:02 ( 646 reads )


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LONDON, ENGLAND, March 28, 2001: A study center here has launched a project that will record the impressions and experiences of Hindus in Britain, especially older generations. "The project, Life of Hindus in Britain will mark the beginning of an important process of documenting that which makes pluralistic United Kingdom a multi-ethnic and multi- cultural democracy," Indian High Commissioner in Britain Nareshwar Dayal said at the launch at India House Tuesday. "The experiences of the people who came here to find a home away from their homes are an integral part of the achievements and aspirations, destiny and development of the contemporary British society," Dayal said. The project aims to capture stories of first generation Hindus in Britain and record them for posterity. It involves interviewing leaders and elders from the Hindu Britons. A major portion of the project is being funded by a grant of US$120,000 from the heritage lottery fund.




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Knighthood for Ravi Shankar
Posted on 2001/3/28 22:47:02 ( 761 reads )


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NEW DELHI, INDIA, March 27, 2001: Maestro Ravi Shankar was bestowed with an honorary knighthood in recognition of his services to music. "My heart is full. If only I could express the deep emotion and gratitude that I feel," said the overwhelmed sitarist, sharing the moment with wife Sukanya and daughter Anoushka. While conferring the award, England's High Commissioner, Rob Young, commended Shankar's versatility and desire to spread the knowledge and understanding of Indian music.




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South Africa likely to Commemorate Gandhi's Contributions
Posted on 2001/3/28 22:46:02 ( 670 reads )


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DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA, March 27, 2001: The name of Mahatma Gandhi, whose campaign of passive resistance was born in South Africa, is expected to be one of 20 to be immortalized in marble here. Special marble tiles, each engraved with the still closely guarded names, and in some cases, the palm prints of those to be honored, will be unveiled in a park outside the City Hall here Saturday as a prelude to the annual African Renaissance Festival.




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Technology-Sector Slump Threatens Foreign Workers
Posted on 2001/3/28 22:45:02 ( 649 reads )


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USA, March 28, 2001: Thousands of foreign workers in America's slumping high technology sector are set to lose their jobs and their right to stay in the US. In the past few years, the US government has given hundreds of thousands of foreigners with high-tech skills H1-B temporary work permits. If they are laid off, they are not allowed to remain in the US or begin another job unless they have another visa application pending. The collapse of many Internet start-ups and recent layoffs in Silicon Valley mean that tens of thousands of workers, mainly from India, China and Western Europe, could be forced to return home.




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Paying Homage to a Hindu Holy Man
Posted on 2001/3/28 22:44:02 ( 667 reads )


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DALLAS, USA, March 24, 2001: According to Hindu tradition, the saint Shri Dnyaneshwar -- while still a child, in response to a challenge -- made a buffalo recite the Vedas, proving that all creatures are united by the soul. Later he wrote Dnyaneshwari, a religious work still popular today. Maharashtrians here are staging a play on his life, "Om Namoji Aadhya," written by Deepak Karanjikar of Dallas. Mr. Karanjikar said he decided to focus on the saint as he noticed similarities between the value systems prevalent in the late 13th and early 21st centuries. "During that time (1200 ce), the values of life had gone down. People were just fighting for their own lives, their own family," Mr. Karanjikar said. "History is completing a cycle here."




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Open House as Sikhs Read Scriptures at Home
Posted on 2001/3/28 22:43:02 ( 606 reads )


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DALLAS, USA, March 03, 2001: Participants in the Sikh ceremony called the Akhand Path, a continuous reading of the 1,430 pages of the Sikh sacred book, the Sri Guru Granth, can drop in at any time day or night. There's a religious requirement that the kitchen always be open. The ceremony, done for reasons such as a birthday or anniversary or the death of a loved one, was born in India two centuries ago as a reaction to persecution, and has become a mark of the faith's identity in 21st-century America. Recently, the Suri family consecrated a new home in Plano with the religious reading. Shortly after 8 a.m. on a recent Thursday, the Suris and friends prepared for the prayers. "Anything good in the religion starts in the morning," Mrs. Suri said.




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Educator Calls for Warning Stickers on "Harry Potter" Books
Posted on 2001/3/28 22:42:02 ( 675 reads )


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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, March 27, 2001: The Rev. Robert Frisken of Christian Community Schools Ltd. here does not want the stories about Harry Potter, the trainee wizard, banned, but suggests the books should carry warning stickers before they are placed in school libraries. "The ordinary person is typified as being bad because they have no magic powers, and heroes are the people who are using the occult. Good finds itself in the occult, which is an inversion of morality for many Christian people." Frisken will, this month, send letters to parents in each of the 90 independent member schools across Australia asking them to consider the issues raised in the stories and discuss them with their children. The books have become a controversial addition to classrooms in America -- figures show they were the most challenged books of 1999. Efforts to restrict their use, or remove them from classrooms and school libraries were reported in 19 states.




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Yoga's the Rave in London
Posted on 2001/3/27 22:49:02 ( 635 reads )


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LONDON, ENGLAND, March 24, 2001: Everybody is doing it, or everybody wants to do it. From ashtanga to hatha, yoga classes are popping up to accommodate modern successful people. In the past 18 months, the yoga craze has evolved and melted into the life of a Londoner. Quoting Cat de Rham who teaches Iyengar-based classes in Chelsea, "People take up yoga thinking of it as a work-out and find something else is being answered."




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ITC Bans Offensive Advertisement
Posted on 2001/3/27 22:48:02 ( 692 reads )


Source: The Guardian





UNITED KINGDOM, March 7, 2001: Ruling that the advertisement caused a personal offense to their culture and religion, the Independent Television Commission has banned a recent advertsements promoting Chicken Tonight. It showed a Hindu woman meditating and chanting in front of a chicken. She became upset with the chicken for not joining her. Hindus were offended by the odd commercial, and ITC guidelines clearly reject advertsements that denigrate religion.




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England's Multicultural Leicester
Posted on 2001/3/27 22:47:02 ( 693 reads )


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LEICESTER, U.K., March 18, 2001: The focal point of the Leicester's Asian community is Belgrave Road known as the Golden Mile because more gold jewellery is sold here than anywhere else in Europe. The road's display of 6,000 lights during Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights is said to be the biggest outside India. The city's major Asian event is the annual Mela, a huge cultural festival that attracts crowds of 100,000.




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The Fabulous Heritage Of Cambodia
Posted on 2001/3/27 22:46:02 ( 763 reads )


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CAMBODIA, JANUARY 13 2001: In the jungled retreat of Kobal Spien, former Khmer Rouge guerrillas act as tourist guides to point out intricate Hindu and Buddhist carvings such as the River of 1,000 Lingas; the riverbed is dotted with sculpted stone carvings, including Siva Lingas, stone frogs, Buddhas and the many-headed Naga snake, all of which are believed to strengthen and purify the water. Until two years ago the area was an impregnable Khmer stronghold. Now, slowly, after three decades of bitter warfare, the treasures and history of the area are finally being revealed. The now-defeated Khmer Rouge did not destroy the temples. They were often used as military bases or field hospitals. But peace could be disastrous for what remains, because of the smuggling of artifacts and the depredations of tourism.




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Hindus Attack Mosque, Burn Muslim holy books
Posted on 2001/3/27 22:45:02 ( 768 reads )


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AMRITSAR, INDIA, March 23, 2001: Police commandos were posted in a northern Indian city to prevent religious clashes March 22 after Hindu nationalists desecrated a mosque and burned copies of the Koran. Members of the All-India Hindu Protection Committee entered the 200-year-old Kheruddin Mosque in Amritsar late Wednesday, burned copies of the Islamic holy book, and threw pork, a meat forbidden to Muslims, into the main compound, mosque manager Mohammad Anwar said. The Hindu group said the attack was in retaliation for the slaughter of cows in Afghanistan by the Taliban regime, which said it needed to atone for the delay in destroying ancient statues of Buddha that were deemed idolatrous.




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