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Mumbai Hindus Have a New Year's Parade
Posted on 2001/3/27 22:43:02 ( 751 reads )


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MUMBAI, INDIA, March 26, 2001: For the first time a long march was organized to mark the beginning of Hindu New Year in Dombiwali, a fast growing northeast suburb of Mumbai area. About 40,000 men and women joined in. Normally, the first day of new year is marked with raising the flag at the top of home and prayers within home. Hindus have objected to January 1 New Year's parades in Mumbai, because January 1 is not the new year on any Hindu calendar.




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Curry Firm Creates 1000 Jobs
Posted on 2001/3/27 22:42:02 ( 812 reads )


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STAFFORDSHIRE, U.K, March 27, 2001: Perween Warsi's S&A Foods curry firm, which began in its owner's kitchen, now employs 1,000 people. S&A Foods will open a new factory in Staffordshire with the aid of a government grant. The company sells US$112 million chilled and frozen ready-meals through the supermarket chains Safeway, Morrisons and Waitrose. Curry is fast becoming one of the favorite foods of the English.




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Children Of Other Faiths In Catholic Schools
Posted on 2001/3/26 22:49:02 ( 733 reads )


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BOSTON, MASSACHUCETTS, March 25, 2001: Twenty-six first-graders from St. Catherine of Genoa School in Somerville file into the basement chapel of the Roman Catholic church. But Hriday Chawla isn't thinking about Jesus Christ. He's speaking to Ganesh, the Hindu God. Classmate Rupinder Kaur, a girl with long dark hair, worships the Sikh Waheguru. Roughly 25 percent of the 195 children in the pre-kindergarten-through-grade 8 school are non-Catholics, said Principal Theresa Demsey. Nationally, 13.6 percent of Catholic school students are non-Catholic, a number that's risen steadily from 2.7 percent 30 years ago. All students are required to take courses in Catholic religion and to attend services. The religion classes are sure to confuse and confound the religious beliefs they are taught at home. Yet parents ignore this devasting impact upon the child's mind in the hope of getting a "better education." Even the Church is questioning why it teaches non-Catholics, especially for those Catholic schools where there are no Catholic children at all.




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Sri Lanka to Build Replica of Afganistan Buddhas
Posted on 2001/3/26 22:48:02 ( 670 reads )


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COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, March 26, 2001: Sri Lankan Buddhists say they will build replicas of two ancient Buddha statues destroyed earlier this month by Afghanistan's Taleban rulers. The private Maha Bodhi Society said it was hoping to receive public donations to create the replicas of the giant statues carved from a cliff face in central Bamiyan. The organisation said it would initially build a scaled down version of the larger statue, which was 51 metres (170 feet) tall, so that succeeding generations would know what it looked like. Sri Lanka, where Buddhism is the major religion, had earlier offered to finance an international operation to save the statues, which were more than 1,500 years old. After they were destroyed, the Sri Lankan government offered to buy the rubble and any remains.




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Elephants Posing Problem to Villagers
Posted on 2001/3/26 22:47:02 ( 759 reads )


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JHARKLAND, INDIA, March 22, 2001: Villagers in the state have appealed to the government to help them in controlling the threat wild elephants are imposing on their lives. Terrified of the pachyderms, most villages now offer prayers to Lord Ganesh and keep night-time vigils. Apparently the problem escalates when baby elephants wander into the villages and their parents instinctively react to protect them. After killing and injuring several people, the elephants are forcing people away from village life and farm work. No action has been taken by the administration in the region to find a solution -- it is illegal in India to kill an elephant -- and the villagers feel helpless.




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Sixteen Killed As Sectarian Rumor Sparks Riots
Posted on 2001/3/25 22:49:02 ( 744 reads )


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LUCKNOW, INDIA, March 23, 2001: The sectarian riots and violence in Uttar Pradesh's largest industrial town in Kanpur, sparked off by the alleged burning of pages of the Koran in Delhi by Hindu activists, claimed 16 lives last week. The police opened fire to control the rioters and some persons in the mob retaliated by firing AK47 rifles. The authorities have imposed a curfew in all sensitive areas of the city, located about 42 miles from the state capital of Lucknow. Reports on March 19 said the situation had been brought largely under control. The Kanpur riots, and violence in towns of Maharashtra, were apparently in reaction to a photograph put out by a Web site showing people burning pages of a text, claimed to be the Koran, during a demonstration in New Delhi on March 5 to protest the demolition of the Bamiyan Buddhas by the Taliban in Afghanistan.




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Aussie Hindus Call Off March Against Temple Desecration
Posted on 2001/3/25 22:48:02 ( 772 reads )


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The Hindu Council of Australia called off its protest march against an Australian labor union accused of desecrating the famous Sri Venkateswara Temple. The Council withdrew its call following an apology by the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU). A CFMEU team visited the temple and removed eight stonemasons, alleging gross underpayment and unsafe living conditions. Temple management said the union desecrated the premises. The media liaison had earlier admitted union members entered accommodations wearing shoes, but removed them after it was pointed out that shoes were not allowed. The episode was followed by wide media coverage of allegations of a US$49/week wage and forced on-site accommodations.




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Indian Companies Provide Back-Office Services for American Companies
Posted on 2001/3/25 22:47:02 ( 762 reads )


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BANGALORE, INDIA, March 15, 2001: India has become the back office for many American companies. So expounds this article that illustrates that Indian Companies such as Customer Asset groom their employees to familiarize them with American culture and give them a fictitious identity. Providing services to companies such as General Electric and British Airways, they then field customer service calls from America and UK for these companies. Indian college graduates are competing for these jobs as the income supercedes other careers available in the country. They practice their accents with the "Ally McBeal" TV show, and have learned that the phrase "No way, Jose," doesn't have anything to do with a person named Jose.




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Scientific Proof - Smoking Promotes Wrinkles
Posted on 2001/3/25 22:46:02 ( 912 reads )


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LONDON, ENGLAND, March 23, 2001: Have you always thought that by simply looking at a person's face you could tell whether he or she is a smoker? Now there is scientific proof to back up your guess. A study conducted by Professor Antony Young at Guys, Kings and St. Thomas' School of Medicine has shown that the skin of smokers contains high concentrations of a gene called MMP-1. Apparently this gene is responsible for the breakdown of collagen, a component of skin tissue that helps the organ retain its elasticity. Smoking activates this enzyme and skin turns wrinkly and grey.




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Don't Blame Coconut Oil
Posted on 2001/3/25 22:45:02 ( 725 reads )


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COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, March 21, 2001: Mediterranean cuisine is redolent with olive oil and no Chinese chef will stir fry without sesame oil, but in Sri Lanka, coconut oil is at the heart of a heated controversy, according to this report in India Abroad. Statistics show 521 per 100,000 Sri Lankans die of coronary disease, and healthcare personnel have long advised reducing coconut use to cut the risk of cholesterol-clogged arteries. Cardiologists and researchers have, however, recently been singing a different tune. Quoting studies here and abroad, they have begun praising the nut, causing consternation. Specialists put the rise in heart ailments to other factors like smoking, hypertension and stress. In the provinces, the rate of heart disease is seven percent, compared to 14 percent in the cities. These statistics which would tend to exonerate coconut oil, which is widely used in the provinces.




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South African Women Study to Become Priests
Posted on 2001/3/24 22:49:02 ( 746 reads )


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DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA, March 20, 2001: Indian women in South Africa have found a new niche to promote and protect their religion. Twenty-four diligent participants, all of them female, have graduated from the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha Academy. Started in 1954, the institution teaches interested persons a weekly class for three years. Under the tutelage of trained priests, students become well versed in religious rites and ceremonies. After completing both oral and theoretical examinations, four women were recently inducted as female priests, while the remaining twenty are able to perform basic rituals for weddings, funerals and the birth of children.




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Fiji To Restore Democracy
Posted on 2001/3/24 22:48:02 ( 684 reads )


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FIJI, March 23, 2001: Last May's coup toppled the democratically-elected government, but Fiji's caretaker Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase announced a two-week period for the elections starting August 25 to enable citizens in remote islands to vote. He said the country's president, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, had set the date for polls for the 71-seat parliament. Qarase took charge last year in an interim government appointed by the military under a deal with nationalist rebels, who had demanded the multi-ethnic constitution be scrapped and ethnic Indians barred from power. The new government -- made up of indigenous Fijians -- was declared illegal by the Court of Appeal this month, but was later reinstated by Mr Iloilo. The elections will be seen as a key test of the former British colony's determination to return to democratic government. Ethnic Indians make up 44% of Fiji's 800,000-strong population.




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Moyers Documents Chemicals' Effect
Posted on 2001/3/24 22:47:02 ( 694 reads )


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NEW YORK, NEW YORK, March 25, 2001: Bill Moyers believes so strongly in "Trade Secrets," his documentary about the chemical industry, that he sheds blood for it. The veteran journalist rolls up his sleeve and offers an arm at New York's Mount Sinai School of Medicine to Dr. Michael McCally, who is conducting a study on the amount of man-made chemicals that have infiltrated the human body. The results are stunning. Of 150 different chemicals tested, traces of 84 are found in Moyers' blood. Only one of those -- lead -- would have been found if his blood were examined 60 years ago, McCally said. There were 31 different kinds of PCBs in Moyers' blood, 13 different dioxins and the pesticide DDT. At 66, Moyers figures the chemicals probably won't do much harm. But what if he were younger? What would all the chemicals do in combination with each other? How much is too much? Neither Moyers nor McCally know the answers to those questions. Neither, they suspect, do the companies that invented and produced the chemicals. The blood test brings the findings of his hard-hitting documentary chillingly close to home. Moyers' 90-minute report, followed by a half-hour discussion, premieres on PBS stations Monday, March 26, at 9 p.m. EST.




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Swami Shuddhananda Tours USA, England, Germany
Posted on 2001/3/24 22:46:02 ( 842 reads )


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KOLKATA, INDIA, March 15, 2001: Swami Shuddhananda will begin his summer tour April 27 in London, and continue on through the USA from May 1 -19, then to Germany from May 20 - 26. For details, email "source" above. The forward-looking swami is especially popular among young people.




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Fiji Temple Desecrated
Posted on 2001/3/21 22:49:02 ( 875 reads )


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SUVA, FIJI, March 20, 2001: A small Hindu community in Lautoka in western Fiji has asked for police protection after thugs broke into their temple and desecrated it. Davinesh Reddy, the caretaker of the Gangamman Kovil temple in Velovelo, Wairebatia, said that gold ornaments were stolen from the temple and the Deity statues stripped of their attire. The thieves also made off with about $300 and caused $200 worth of damage.




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