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Astrological Calendar Released for Trinidad

Posted on 2002/10/11 8:45:02 ( 1137 reads )


PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINIDAD, October 11, 2002: Dr. Bhoendradatt Tewarie, Campus Principal & Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies St. Augustine Campus, has endorsed the ninth edition of the Kashi Ka Patra for year 2003-2004. The Patra is a listing of all astrological information necessary for the year for calculating auspicious days, festivals, etc. Many in Trinidad had been using the listings for India, which are not accurate for Trinidad. In 1995 the Trinidad and Tobago version of the Patra was launched by Pundit Narendra Ragoonanan and his wife Ashwinee. For further information contact source above.

Mata Amritanandamayi Devi Receives Gandhi-King Award

Posted on 2002/10/10 8:49:02 ( 1030 reads )


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, October 7, 2002: The Gandhi-King Award for Nonviolence was presented to Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma) at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in Geneva in recognition of Her lifelong work in furthering the principles of nonviolence. Previous award winners include Nobel Prize honorees Kofi Annan (Secretary-General of the United Nations) in 1999 and Nelson Mandela (the former President of South Africa) in 2000. Jane Goodall, the British primatologist who won the Gandhi-King Award in 2001, presented the award to Amma in recognition of Her commendable work of spreading the message of love and peace throughout the world, and uplifting the poor and needy through the vast network of charitable institutions she has established. The ceremony took place in connection with the Global Peace Initiative for Women Religious and Spiritual Leaders, which has assembled over 1,000 delegates to the United Nations in Geneva. In her acceptance speech, Amma praised the work of both Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "This award is in the name of two great beings who fearlessly devoted their lives towards the cause of peace, harmony and equality. Amma accepts this award on behalf of all those who pray and work for peace the world over. May this be an inspiration for people everywhere to redouble their efforts in bringing peace to our planet."

Lord Ganesha Joins Ireland's Delhi Embassy

Posted on 2002/10/10 8:48:02 ( 1120 reads )


NEW DELHI, INDIA, October 7, 2002: Lord Ganesha has attracted new devotees in the capital and surprisingly in the embassy of Ireland, a predominantly Christian country. "Let Ganesha, considered to be a symbol of luck and prosperity instill confidence and shower blessings on hundreds of visa seekers who frequent the embassy," said the Ireland Minister of Trade and Commerce, Michael Adhern, unveiling the 3 x 4 foot black granite statue at the green embassy lawns today. The Minister who is on a trade visit said the installation of Ganesha will not only prove auspicious for the Irish embassy, but also link the cultures of India and Ireland. The Ambassador of Ireland, Philip Mc Donagh, who was instrumental in bringing the deity to the consulate, said during a visit to Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu, he was fascinated by the Ganesha statues made by Bhaskaran, a sculptor and ordered one for the embassy.

Refresher Course for Durga Puja Priests

Posted on 2002/10/10 8:47:02 ( 982 reads )


KOLKATA, INDIA, October 8, 2002: Bangiyo Purohit Sabha, an organization of priests, has organized refresher courses, Pourahitya Prashikshan Sibir, training for performing pujas (ritual worship), at Sobhabazar Rajbari to assist priests in performing the rituals of Durga Puja in a ''perfect and professional way.'' According to Sabha Secretary Ram Gopal Shastri, who also runs a Sanskrit academy at Thakurpukur, priest work has ceased to be an attractive profession for the younger generation. ''There is a serious need to train priests to perform the worship correctly,'' Shastri said, lamenting that most of the present-day priests lacked adequate knowledge in Sanskrit. ''Respect for the priests can be regained only when they perform the rituals with perfection and for that purpose, the refresher courses can be of great importance,'' he added.

Temple Burnt, Idols Destroyed In Bangladesh

Posted on 2002/10/10 8:46:02 ( 979 reads )


KISHOREGANJ, BANGLADESH, October 8, 2002: In the northern area of Kishoreganj, a temple was set ablaze and badly damaged Saturday. A leaflet left behind called for an end to "idol worship" and for a mosque to be built in the temple's place, the Sangbad newspaper reported. One day later, a group destroyed statues of deities, made ahead of the major Hindu festival of Durga Puja on Thursday, in Narayanganj near the capital Dhaka. Opposition leaders have alleged persecution of Bangladeshi Hindus since Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's Islamist-allied coalition swept into power last October. The government has denied any campaign against Hindus, who form about 12 percent of Bangladesh's 130 million-strong population, and has assured full security for the festival Thursday. The US State Department's 2002 International Religious Freedom Report said Bangladeshis "generally are free to practice the religion of their choice," but said police are often slow to assist minorities who are victims of crimes.

Amnesty International Concerned about Attacks on Bangladesh Hindus

Posted on 2002/10/10 8:45:02 ( 1053 reads )


DHAKA, BANGLADESH, October 10, 2002: The Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has criticized Bangladesh, alleging large scale attack on the country's minority community, particularly Hindus. Expressing concern over human rights situation in Bangladesh, Amnesty said the attack against Hindus by Prime Minister Khaleda Zia-led Bangladesh Nationalist Party supporters increased after the October general elections for their perceived support to the Awami League.

Skipping Stones Magazine Celebrates Gandhi

Posted on 2002/10/10 8:44:02 ( 937 reads )


EUGENE, OREGON, October 4, 2002: Skipping Stones, an international, multicultural magazine based in Oregon, celebrated the life of Mahatma Gandhi and his contributions to the world with a multicultural concert on October 2. The theme of the two-hour evening program was: Cultural Diversity, Nonviolence, Gandhi. Peace stories and dances for all ages, and multi-ethnic music that included Hindi and Punjabi spiritual songs, heart-touching Andean music, a classical Indian Raga on Spanish Guitar, and a peace song in Hebrew and English, brought an atmosphere of bliss and peace to a capacity crowd at the First Christian Church in the heart of the city. One of Mahatma Gandhi's favorite bhajanas, Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram, which was heard countless times during his prayer services in India, was led by Bidyut Das during the program. A two-voice narrative highlighted the life and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, and how his spirit continues to guide countless social activists as well as alternative publications such as Skipping Stones, which was conceived at a Gandhian Ashram in Gujarat, India, in 1986. During the last 14 years, the magazine has served the children and youth around the world by giving an expression for their creativity and by offering them an international forum for communication. The interfaith tribute to Gandhi was organized by Arun Toke (e-mail at "source" above), founder and executive editor of Skipping Stones. A native of India, Mr. Toke, stressed the relevance of Gandhi's simplicity, truthfulness, and nonviolent ways in today's world.

Hindu Student Conference Scheduled for January

Posted on 2002/10/10 8:43:02 ( 1023 reads )


OHIO, USA, October 10, 2002: The Hindu Student Council of the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM) is inviting all interested college and graduate students to a conference over Martin Luther King Day Weekend, January 18 and 19, 2003, in Columbus, Ohio. The subject areas and speakers are from a wide variety of disciplines ranging from Vedanta, Temple art, and puja (worship) to bioethics and Indian politics. The deadline for early registration and accommodations is December 1st; the deadline for late registration is January 5th. For more information, click "source" above.

Molestation Charges at Catholic School in India

Posted on 2002/10/10 8:42:02 ( 1029 reads )

Christians, Muslims Upset Over Tamil Nadu Conversion Decree

Posted on 2002/10/10 8:41:02 ( 1181 reads )


NEW DELHI, INDIA, October 7, 2002: Christian and Muslim organizations on Monday sharply reacted to the Tamil Nadu Government's Ordinance banning use of force or inducement in religious conversions in the state. The All India Christian Council (AICC) has threatened to challenge the measure in court. "Forcible or induced conversion is an oxymoron. It is not possible, and is rejected by the Church. Conversion is the exercise of free choice by an individual in fulfillment of his or her own spiritual needs. This is a basic human right and is guaranteed in the Indian Constitution and by the United Nations," AICC said in a statement. Terming the Tamil Nadu ordinance a serious infringement of the Freedom of Religion, All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat said the constitution grants anyone not only the right to freely profess and practice a religion of one's choice but also to propagate it. A similar, long-standing law regulating religion conversion in Orissa has been upheld by India's Supreme Court.

Akshardham Temple Reopens After Terrorist Attack

Posted on 2002/10/9 8:49:02 ( 1232 reads )


GANDHINAGAR, INDIA, October 7, 2002: On Monday, the Akshardham temple complex at Gandhinagar was a picture of serenity. Throughout the day, people kept filtering in through the main gate and almost all visited the main temple and exhibition halls. Had the metal detectors and armed security personnel been absent, one would not have guessed that this was the site of a bloody militant attack. Opening as it did to the public after a fortnight, Akshardham was full of activity on Monday. The temple had been shut since September 24, when militants entered the complex and shot dead 30 civilians and three security personnel. It was re-opened to public under heavy security today. ''The temple has once again got an air of serenity and peace. Despite people knowing the temple is closed on Mondays, over 2,000 people visited since morning,'' said Jayesh Mankanda, a volunteer.

Delhi Children Honor Gandhi's Birthday

Posted on 2002/10/9 8:48:02 ( 973 reads )

Source: Rajiv Malik

DELHI, INDIA, October 3, 2002: A program entitled Peace and Harmony, a Festival of Songs was presented jointly yesterday by the Sarvodaya International Trust, New Delhi Chapter, and India International Centre. Children groups of New Delhi's eleven prestigious public schools presented songs dedicated to the memory of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. The songs were beautifully presented and the choreography was just breathtaking. Gandhiji's favorite song "Vaishnav Jan To Taine Kahiye Je Peer Parai Jane Re," "The really good human beings are those who feel the pain of others," was repeatedly sung at the function. The function was held at a open park and several hundred people saw the performance of the children in pindrop silence. The highlight of the program was that almost all the children were wearing very well designed colorful Hindu outfits. The outfits included saris and churidar suits for the girls and kurta pajamas for the boys. The color choice and the color combinations of the outfits were just superb and it was a virtual feast for the eyes.

Balinese Dance Troupe Commences American Tour

Posted on 2002/10/9 8:47:02 ( 1217 reads )


WASHINGTON, D.C., October 1, 2002: Seven of Bali's top Hindu dancers arrived in the United States recently to commence a five-week national tour beginning October 1 near Washington, D. C. Heading the troupe is one of Bali's oldest, best known and highly respected dancers, Ni Ketuk Cenik. The Master Dancers of Bali - an exposition of the traditional dances of Bali is was organized by Gary Lindsey Artist Services of the United States. From October 8 to November 3 their tour continues through Schenectady, New York City, Amherst, Sheyboygan, Bozeman, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Santa Fe and Scottsdale. Click "source" above for tour dates and venues.

American Students Do Not Want to Dissect Animals

Posted on 2002/10/9 8:46:02 ( 1121 reads )

Source: New York Times

NEW YORK, U.S.A., October 1, 2002: When 16-year-old Jennifer Watson of Baltimore was removed from her high school honors anatomy class because she refused to dissect a cat, the Humane Society stepped in and requested that dissection alternatives be offered at Kenwood High School. School officials relented when 20 protesters picketed outside Jennifer's high school. She was allowed back in her class and could perform computer simulated dissections. Jennifer said, "I've loved animals my whole life. I was standing up for what I believe in." Around the nation, increasing numbers of students are choosing to learn anatomy from computer simulations. The article says, "According to the Humane Society of the United States, eight states have approved opt-out policies - California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. However, the National Association of Biology Teachers says, 'No alternatives can substitute the actual experience of dissection.' Wendell Mohling, a former biology teacher and associate executor of the National Science Teachers Association says, 'There were few suitable alternatives when I taught, but now there are some extremely sophisticated virtual technologies.' Lesley King, the Humane Society's director for education and animal welfare says, 'The Humane Society accepts the need for dissections in veterinary education, but urges schools to use only animals that have been euthanized because of illness or old age.' "

"Get Connected" Youth Event in London, October 26 and 27

Posted on 2002/10/9 8:45:02 ( 1040 reads )


LONDON, ENGLAND, October 9, 2002: The year's second "Get Connected Youth Event organized by Hinduyouthuk is scheduled for October 26 and 27 at Alexandra Palace, Wood Green, London N22. Admission is free to the Interactive Zones: Kids, Careers, Culture, Spirituality, Chill-Out, Chat, Health & Vitality and for the Stage acts: Fashion, Dance, Music, Drama. There is a food court as well. Click "source" above for more information.

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