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Vedic Astrology Takes Root in Los Angeles
Posted on 2014/4/19 18:51:40 ( 173 reads )

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LOS ANGELES, April 03,2014 (by Grace Lim, SCPR): Aerospace engineer Dileep Bhat doesn't consider the science of his day job and his study of astrology as mutually exclusive. Growing up in India, Bhat learned about the ancient practice of Vedic astrology from his grandfather and uncle. The older men taught him to read and interpret astrological charts through the teachings in the Vedas, 6,000-year-old Sanskrit texts. Later, when Bhat moved to the U.S., some of his engineering colleagues questioned how he could work in science and believe in something so unscientific. "There are certain things in science, like gravity; ... you can't see it, but we all experience it. Astrology has the same kind of principle," Bhat said.

Vedic astrology, also known as Jyotish, has been part of Indian culture for thousands of years, but its followers have grown in the last few decades. As Western interest in zodiac astrology increased, so did interest in other types of astrology and fortune telling. Of course, not everyone buys into astrology's claims, Vedic or otherwise. But those who believe in Vedic astrology see an alternative to traditional Western, so-called zodiacal astrology.

A typical zodiac horoscope reading is based solely on the date of birth. But with Vedic astrology, three different factors -- the place and time of birth as well as the date are needed for a reading. Bhat uses computer software to turn the three factors into an astrological chart that is interpreted for an individual's personality traits, physical condition and life events.

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KFC Creates a Veggie Menu for India
Posted on 2014/4/19 18:51:34 ( 195 reads )

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NEW DELHI, INDIA, April 10, 2014 (Business Insider): KFC, the Kentucky-based fast-food chain known for its "finger-lickin' good" range of chicken fillets and burgers, has finally given in to India's penchant for vegetarianism. In what appears to be a first across all KFC franchises globally, KFC India has unveiled a segregated vegetarian menu along with a strong message about its newfound bias for vegetarian offerings.

Paneer Zinger and Veg Twister, in addition to the hot-selling Potato Krisper Burger, Veg Strips, Veg Rockin' Burger and Veg Rice Bowl will now vie for consumer mind space along with their popular non-veg counterparts. The company has not only introduced new products under its veg range, it has also tweaked its global tagline "So good" to "So veg, so good" to show its commitment towards the category.

Executives at the company say the new menu will help them satiate high local demand for vegetarian options. "We recognized an opportunity to deliver a significant vegetarian range for the Indian consumer, and to reach out to a broader target audience," says Dhruv Kaul, director of marketing at KFC India.

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Tourists flock To "Nang Dan" Parade in Nakhon Si Thammarat
Posted on 2014/4/19 18:51:28 ( 125 reads )

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NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, THAILAND, April 15, 2014 (Thai News): Thousands of Thai and foreign tourists have participated in the Nang Dan Parade during the Songkran Festival in southern Nakhon Si Thammarat province. The Nang Dan Parade is influenced by Hindu religious rituals, which are a part of the Hindu Swinging Ceremony or Tri Yampawai.

The intention of the ceremony is to engage three of the Hindu subordinate Gods to greet Shiva (Phra Isuan) when he pays a visit to the Earth in the second month of every year, in order to bless the town. The Nang Dan (Dan or Kradan means a plank) is made from three planks, the first one crafted as the Sun and the Moon, the second as the Vasudhara (Phra Mae Thorani), and the last one as the Ganga (Phra Mae Kongka). The parade is designed to welcome Shiva.

Chaowas Sanepong, Mayor of Nakhon City Municipality, presided over the Shiva worshiping ceremony at the PraSayom Base--the oldest Hindu construction that remains in the city.

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Canada Town to Allow Diwali Fireworks
Posted on 2014/4/19 18:51:22 ( 175 reads )

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MILTON, CANADA, March 17, 2014 (Weekly Voice): This small city west of Mississauga is the latest to approve Diwali fireworks as its council unanimously voted to amend a town fireworks bylaw, granting the fall celebration equal status with Victoria Day and Canada Day. The five-day festival, scheduled for October 23 this year, is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists and other South Asian religions. Also known as the festival of lights, Diwali holds spiritual significance in the lighting of lamps, candles and fireworks.

Under the previous bylaw, a $47 permit was required for those wanting to discharge family fireworks. That fee is waived for Victoria Day, Canada Day, and now Diwali. The by-law will stipulate that Diwali celebrant still have to go through a permit process and clear safety concerns.

Niraj Thakkar of non-profit group Halton Gujarati Samaj told the council "without the fireworks, Diwali is not complete." Thakkar says that the Halton Gujarati Samaj members worked tirelessly to approve the above amendment of bylaw by constantly calling each councilor and flooding the town hall on the day voting for amendment was to happen.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/4/19 18:51:15 ( 128 reads )

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To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man's injustice to woman. If by strength is meant brute strength, then, indeed, is woman less brute than man. If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man's superior. Has she not greater intuition, is she not more self-sacrificing, has she not greater powers of endurance, has she not greater courage? Without her, man could not be. If nonviolence is the law of our being, the future is with woman. Who can make a more effective appeal to the heart than woman?
-- Mahatma Gandhi in Young India, 10/4/1930

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