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Does the Microsoft Wingding Font Do the Om Wrong?

Posted on 2001/12/26 8:47:02 ( 1243 reads )


December 26, 2001: Bala N. Aiyer ("source" above) writes to HPI, "The Microsoft Windows fonts under wingdings has Om on it under \ but the Om they have shown is wrong as the second circle after the "3" is in reverse." He said his appeals to Microsoft have gone unnoticed and that a lot of publications are using this incorrect character. He'd like more people to bring this to the attention of the company.

Trinidad's Hindu Prime Minister Out

Posted on 2001/12/26 8:46:02 ( 931 reads )

Source: News Reports

December 26, 2001: President A.N.R. Robinson has appointed the leader of the PNM party, Mr. Patrick Manning, as the new Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. For many it was a sad moment, as Mr. Basdeo Panday, the country's first Hindu prime minister was expected to be reappointed. However, the December 11th elections resulted in an 18/18 tie in parliament. The two parties could not work out a power sharing agreement, but they did say they would abide by the decision of the president, who is obliged to appoint the prime minister.

Ornaments Stolen from Temple in Orissa

Posted on 2001/12/25 8:49:02 ( 905 reads )


BHUBANESWAR, ORISSA, INDIA, December 26, 2001: Gold and silver ornaments worth about US$851 have been stolen from the Jhadeswari temple, police sources said. Gold jewelry of Goddess Jhadeswari, silver ornaments of Goddess Laxmi, a silver crown and a silver canopy were stolen on Sunday night, they said. Police are yet to find a clue about the miscreants who had entered the temple premises after scaling the boundary wall and then breaking open the lock of the back door of the temple. This is the fourth such incident involving theft of gold and silver ornaments from temples in the state during the past two months.

India's a Light Place?

Posted on 2001/12/25 8:48:02 ( 980 reads )


NOVEMBER 21, 2001: A new gravity map of the Earth shows that the pull of gravity is less in India. If you were in India you would be slightly less than 1% lighter than elsewhere on the planet. The gravity map has been prepared to help scientists plan the forthcoming Grace (Gravity Recovery And Climatic Experiment) satellites, to be launched in a few weeks. Earth is lumpy and so is its gravitational field. The low gravity off the coast of India is thought to be due to the remains of some old tectonic feature, which was left over from the collision of the Indian sub-continent into the Eurasian tectonic plate that gave rise to the Himalayas. Hinduism Today's staff once encountered in the 1980s some scientists at Chidambaram Temple in South India who said the temple location had an unusually strong gravitational field. It's not known how or if that research corresponds with this present study.

Kerala Promotes Ayurveda

Posted on 2001/12/25 8:47:02 ( 915 reads )

Source: The Hindu

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, KERALA, INDIA, December 20, 2001: At this state's third national conference focusing on Ayurveda, Health Minister. P. Sankaran said, "The preservation of the ancient science of Ayurveda and promotion of development and research in the traditional branch of medicine will be among the prime agendas of the government." The state government has already established the Central Ayurveda University at Kottakkal and plans are in the works to start a medicinal plant board that would index an inventory on medicinal plants and ensure that patents to prepare medicines stay in the state. Among other things, Mr. Sankaran would like to ensure quality treatment for tourists and a holistic approach to patient care by accepting all systems of medicine.

Ayurvedic Self Healing Workshop in California

Posted on 2001/12/25 8:46:02 ( 1024 reads )


CALIFORNIA, USA, December 24, 2001: The Ganesha Institute for Ayurveda and Vedic Studies is holding it's annual Ayurvedic Self Healing Workshop on January 19 and 20, 2002. The workshop will be conducted and taught by Pratichi Mathur, renowned Ayurvedic practitioner and owner/founder Ganesha Institute. Among the topics will be one on ayurvedic self message, in which an ancient system of strokes for pacifying the five vatas will be demonstrated. For information about this event, write "source" above.

Hinduism Symposium For Undergraduates in Malaysia

Posted on 2001/12/25 8:45:02 ( 1070 reads )

Source: Press Release

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, December 21, 2001: The Malaysia Hindu Sangam will organize a symposium to create awareness among Hindu graduates on their responsibilities towards developing the nation. The symposium on Hinduism For University and College Graduates will be held on December 30, at the Kalamandapam Auditorium, Sri Kathaswami Temple, Lorong Scott, off Jalan Brickfields. "We want to motivate Hindu students to do services for the community, based on the philosophy that service to mankind is also service to God, regardless of ethnic groups or religion," said A. Vaithilingam, president of the Sangam. Those interested can contact Annuradha 012-3653111, Ragunath 012-3642257 or Sri Kumar 012-6559516.

Sadhus Rescue Haridwar's Women Students

Posted on 2001/12/24 8:49:02 ( 943 reads )


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.

Carnatic Music for the Masses

Posted on 2001/12/24 8:48:02 ( 1122 reads )


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.

Concerted Effort Needed To Develop Guruvayur

Posted on 2001/12/24 8:47:02 ( 1088 reads )

Source: The Hindu

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.

International Flights Planned for Bali

Posted on 2001/12/24 8:46:02 ( 1003 reads )


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.

Schools Echo Malaysia's Ethnic Politics

Posted on 2001/12/21 8:49:02 ( 1018 reads )


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.

Now, Waterbeds For Cows

Posted on 2001/12/21 8:48:02 ( 985 reads )


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.

Is This the World's Funniest Joke?

Posted on 2001/12/21 8:47:02 ( 893 reads )


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.

Tamil Conference for South Africa

Posted on 2001/12/20 8:49:02 ( 388 reads )


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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