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Google Brings over 2,000 Indian Artworks Online, Opens 70 Virtual Exhibits
Posted on 2015/8/31 19:42:25 ( 11 reads )


UNITED STATES, August 28, 2015 ( The Google Cultural Institute is increasingly helping the Indian culture flourish on a global platform, bringing the best of Indian art and culture online. Google announced that it has added ten new partner institutions to digitize and share their content via its platform. The U.S.-based tech giant is surely doing much to promote Indian culture, and its museums, which are nothing more than tourist attractions having barely any footfalls these days. The Google Cultural Institute, which was launched in 2012 in India with the National Museum and the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi as initial partners has now announced to having added 2,000 new images and 70 virtual exhibits to Google's platform.

"The mission of the Cultural Institute is to make the world's heritage accessible for global audiences and to preserve it digitally for generations to come. By bringing India's rich heritage online, we hope to introduce people across the globe to the fascinating world of Indian culture, history, and art. We have expanded the scope of our technology so that anybody with a mobile phone can now explore Indian culture through unique partner apps. Partners can also embed content on their website, helping making Indian culture easily accessible to all," Amit Sood, director of the Google Cultural Institute said.

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Yoga in Palestine: The Search for Inner Peace Amid Ongoing Conflict
Posted on 2015/8/31 19:42:14 ( 9 reads )


PALESTINE, August 27, 2015 (The Guardian): A lack of yoga teachers, and a social stigma from the belief that the practice had something to do with a foreign religion, meant that until recently not many Palestinians had had exposure to yoga or meditation. But in 2010 Farashe opened a volunteer-based nonprofit community yoga centre in Ramallah that focuses on outreach.

In 2012 and 2013, Farashe was boosted when Washington DC-based nonprofit Anahata International ran teacher training for Palestinian women to take the self-care techniques into their communities on the West Bank. With training from Farashe and others, over the last three years, about 80 men and women have become yoga teachers.

Today, yoga-based practices are integrated into community centres and gyms, not only among the elite of cosmopolitan Ramallah, but also in the small villages. It's used in health clinics in crowded refugee camps, and in classes at small private studios led by new teachers trained by international volunteers.

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UN Population Fund Chief Says 'New Mantra' is to Keep Girls in School until Age 18
Posted on 2015/8/31 19:42:04 ( 11 reads )


MADABA, JORDAN, August 22, 2015 (US News): The "new mantra" of the U.N. Population Fund is to keep girls in school until age 18 "in every nook and cranny of the world" to protect their rights and slow population growth, the head of the agency said. Last month, the U.N. said it expects the world's population to reach 8.5 billion by 2030, 9.7 billion by 2050 and more than 11 billion by 2100.

Babatunde Osotimehin, the executive director of the population fund, said it is important to enable women to control their fertility. "Our preoccupation is how do we ensure that women have the information, the education and ... access to services so they can decide the number (of children) they want," he said. He said women tend to have fewer children if their first one is born after they've turned 18.

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Hinduism Today App Now on Both Apple and Google Play
Posted on 2015/8/28 17:57:49 ( 761 reads )


KAUAI, HAWAII, August 28, 2015 (HPI): The Hinduism Today app, rolled out August 12 for the iPhone, is now available for all Android smart phones. You can get it on Google Play: Click here and install!

Apple iOS users: go here:
Google Play: ... com.yudu.ReaderAIR6213949

For many months now the monks have been working among themselves and with experts to create an internet application worthy of Hinduism's flagship magazine. Around the globe there are millions who have no access to the Internet, and whose go-to device is an iPhone or Android phone. A recent poll claims that 70% of India's digitally-connected population have only a mobile device, without a computer at home.

This app is designed to give access to our rich resources for students in Fiji, housewives in Mauritius, yogis in Rishikesh, seekers in Kuala Lumpur and Indophiles everywhere and provide them with a mobile-friendly reading experience of the magazine's one-of-a-kind stories and elegant graphics each quarter.

We hope you will not only download and test-drive it, but share the link with family and friends to enrich their lives and bring the Hindu community even closer. Be sure to register so we can tell you when the next issue is available for downloading.

At "source" above is a short visual tutorial on its use. Follow the slideshow and captions for a quick introduction and overview.

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Kumbh Mela Shravan Shudha - First Snan: Thousands of Devotees Take Dip on the Banks of Godavari River
Posted on 2015/8/28 17:57:38 ( 599 reads )


NASHIK, INDIA, August 26, 2015 (Indian Express): Today marked the first day of bathing for those attending this year's Kumbh Mela festival on the banks of the Godavari River in Maharashtra state. For colorful photos see source above.

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