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Allahabad High Court: Conversion to Islam solely for Marriage not Valid
Posted on 2014/12/22 18:51:44 ( 43 reads )


ALLAHABAD, INDIA, December 20, 2014 (Daily Pioneer): In a significant judgement, the Allahabad High Court has ruled that the religious conversion of girls "without their faith and belief in Islam" and "solely for the purpose of marriage" to Muslim boys could not be held valid.

Justice Surya Prakash Kesarwani passed the order while dismissing a batch of petitions filed by five couples, hailing from different districts of Uttar Pradesh, who had sought "protection as married couple." In each case, the boys were Muslim while the girls were Hindu who got converted to Islam for solemnizing nikah.

In his order earlier this week, justice Kesarwani quoted a Supreme Court order of 2000 wherein it was laid down that "conversion of religion of a non-Muslim without any real change of belief in Islam and only for the purpose of marriage is void."

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Corporate Heads Take to Yoga
Posted on 2014/12/22 18:51:38 ( 40 reads )


CHENNAI, INDIA, December 13, 2014 (Deccan Chronicle): A group of 11 people, all corporate heads above 45 years, are exposed to yoga for the first time at a workshop. Almost all complain of pain in the neck, back and the knee while performing asanas and while sitting on the floor for minutes together. Dr. Krishna Raman, consultant physician, internal medicine, offers tips and changes in sitting position.

When we sit properly, it gives energy to the mind," Dr. Raman, the medical specialist who combines internal medicine and yoga, explains at the workshop. While sitting, shoulders have to drop down and if so, the neck is also relieved.Yoga is most often perceived as something for flexibility, breathing and spirituality and we do not appreciate it, says Dr. Farzana Siraj, consultant therapeutic yoga, adding that hot and power yoga are a corruption of yoga. We have to sit and stand in a proper posture. Leaning forward is ageing and leaning backward is anti-aging, says Dr. Siraj.

Yoga instructors in the city say that awareness about yoga and its benefits has been increasing and many young people now prefer attending classes. Given the demand for yoga and naturopathy, the government yoga and naturopathy medical college in the city has increased the seats from 20 to 50 from this academic year.

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Hindu Calendar Now Available
Posted on 2014/12/22 18:51:32 ( 44 reads )


KAUAI, HAWAII, December 21, 2014: The Hindu calendar, or panchangam, for 285 cities are now available in both pdf and iCalendar formats. iCalendar panchangams may be imported into iCal, BusyCal and Google calendars. The 2015-2016 calendar begins on May 5, 2015 and ends on April 22, 2016. These detailed calendars provide all lunar information as well as nakshatras and other details used in daily puja during the sankalpam.

Many calendar users have requested that we provide the panchangams for free. The Panchangam Endowment Fund with Hindu Heritage Endowment ( was created for this purpose and has reached its goal of $45,000. Now the calendars are free.

Download free panchangams at

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/12/22 18:51:26 ( 48 reads )


If you have not seen your own Self, if you have not pierced the knots of your Heart and washed away the filth of your mind, then what does it matter if you are a human being?
-- Kabir

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Applications Now Being Taken for HAF Congressional and Advocacy Internship, Summer 2015
Posted on 2014/12/21 12:10:00 ( 258 reads )


WASHINGTON DC, December 19, 2014(HAF Press Release): Are you interested in public policy? Are you passionate about being an advocate for the Hindu American community? If so, HAF's 2015 summer internship is for you! Learn more about the program and download the application by clicking here. Applications are due by Tuesday, January 6, 2015.

The Hindu American Congressional & Advocacy Internship is a unique opportunity for select undergraduate and graduate students to spend eight exciting weeks over the summer in our nation's capital. HAF is offering two tracks for the internship: Congressional Intern Track and Advocacy Intern Track. Each track has three (3) intern spots, for a total of six (6) interns.

The HAF Congressional Intern Track is geared towards applicants who are primarily interested in representing the Hindu American community by working in a Congressional office. Selected applicants will work with HAF to secure an internship spot in a Congressional office and will intern full-time in the Congressional office for the eight weeks. This track is open to all majors although government, public policy, and international/foreign relations majors are highly encouraged to apply. Rising juniors and seniors will be given preference.

The HAF Advocacy Intern Track is geared towards applicants who are interested immersion in the full scope of Hindu American advocacy. Interns will spend their summer working alongside HAF staff members on any number of ongoing initiatives from public policy to fundraising and development to marketing to accounting to human rights. This track is open to all majors although religion, accounting, and marketing majors and graduate students in South Asian Studies are highly encouraged to apply. Applicants experienced with graphic design and proficiency in Photoshop and InDesign are also encouraged to apply.

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