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Researchers Warn on New Sex-Determination Test
Posted on 2002/2/1 22:47:02 ( 656 reads )


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JERUSALEM, JANUARY 31, 2002: Israeli researchers said on Thursday they had made progress towards developing what could be a test to detect the gender of a fetus only 16 days after conception. Currently the gender of a fetus can only be determined by ultrasound about 14 weeks after conception, or at 16 weeks by amniocentesis. A team at Tel Aviv's Ichilov Hospital found the level of maternal serum HCG -- the hormone used to test whether a woman is pregnant -- was 20 percent higher in mothers who carried female fetuses than in those who were carrying males. The blood test for HCG, given just over two weeks after conception, carries no particular dangers for the pregnant mother, but Doctor Yuval Yaron, head of the medical team conceded that such early sex diagnosis could carry some risks. "Certainly, some paces like India practice fetal sex selection which I find unacceptable. I would not like to see the results of our test misused in this way." It is estimated two to five million female fetuses are killed each year in India, where male offspring have traditionally been favored over females.




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Hindi Dictionary On-Line
Posted on 2002/2/1 22:46:02 ( 501 reads )


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February 2, 2002: Readers requiring a Hindi dictionary may click on "source" above. The site has links to a number of dictionaries, including ones for Punjabi, Bengali, Marathi, Nepalese and Sanskrit, to name a few.




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URL: Scientist Cross Pigs With Spinach
Posted on 2002/2/1 22:45:02 ( 700 reads )


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For those who had difficulty with the URL for this story yesterday, clicking on "source" above should get you to the BBC report.




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Thaipoosam In Seychelles
Posted on 2002/1/31 22:49:02 ( 727 reads )


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SEYCHELLES, January 30, 2002: A flamboyant religious procession by the Hindu community was staged through the streets of Victoria in commemoration of the birthday of Lord Murugan. Popularly known as Thaipoosam Kavadi, the procession started at the Navasakthi Vinayagar temple where the devotees walked through the streets and back to the temple. The procession was made up of a group of 30 devotees called the Algo Kavadi who carried the semi-circular metal structures (the Kavadis) on their shoulders, some 15 others (the Patkavadi) who carried some wooden structures and a third group of some 20 women called Paalkudam carrying milk pots on their heads. The onlookers were attracted to the procession by the lure of traditional Hindu beats that echoed through the streets.




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Arya Orphanages Teach Religious
Posted on 2002/1/31 22:48:02 ( 712 reads )


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NEW DELHI, INDIA, January 21, 2002: Orphanages usually give only physical sustenance to abandoned or orphaned children who have lost one or more parents. Not so with the Arya orphanages started over 30 years ago by Swami Shraddhanand and donated to Des Raj Chaudhury. Today, in addition to taking care of the physical needs of 1,100 children, the institution educates and instills morals and values in their wards. Assuming the mothering role, teachers at the six orphanages are also responsible for religious instruction. Six-year-olds perform six o'clock pujas and recite Gayatri mantras and other slokas. As they mature, students are well prepared to enter society. Many return to serve at the orphanage. Operating expenses average about $US38.00 per month for each child, most of which comes from grants and donations.




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Bangalore Hosts Huge RSS Meeting
Posted on 2002/1/31 22:47:02 ( 701 reads )


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BANGALORE, INDIA, January 27, 2002: The IT capital of the country is the venue three-day harmony meeting of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) which began on Friday. Over 36,000 RSS cadres from 16 districts of southern Karnataka are taking part in the event, being held at Manyatha Nagar on the outskirts of the city after a gap of two decades. In the 270-acre camp site, located on the outer Ring Road, off Hebbal tank, 16 separate townships have sprung up, each having a capacity to accommodate 3,000 delegates. The highlight of the three-day event is the route march on Saturday afternoon in six different directions, each procession having 6,000 RSS cadres. Some of the top Muslim leaders, including former Union Minister C K Jaffer Shareif, have already visited the venue of the camp and the RSS leadership has assured the minority community members that there was no cause for concern as the processions would be peaceful.




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Norway Group Tackles Forced Marriages
Posted on 2002/1/31 22:46:02 ( 648 reads )


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OSLO, NORWAY, January 24, 2002: A self-help group in Norway is helping immigrants and refugees who have been coerced into forced marriages. Gerd Fleischer, leader of the group said, "Arranged marriages have nothing to do with religion." Her organization has helped young people from the Norwegian state church, Greek Orthodox, Catholic, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist faiths. Last year twenty-three registered arranged marriages were identified as being under threat of death. The group helps its victims facing death threats to establish a new home and a new identity.




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Scientist Cross Pigs With Spinach
Posted on 2002/1/31 22:45:02 ( 732 reads )


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OSAKA, JAPAN, JANUARY 24, 2002: Scientist in Japan say they have successfully implanted vegetable genes in a living animal for the first time. Researchers at Kinki University, near Osaka, inserted genetic material from spinach into a pig, which they say will produce healthier pork. The experiment has yielded 2 generations of pigs with the spinach gene known as FAD2. Research team leader, Akira Iritani, said the pigs with the spinach gene had produced less fat then normal. The experiment involved inserting the spinach gene into a fertilized pig egg, which was then implanted in a female pig's womb to produce genetically modified piglets. The FAD2 gene was found to convert about a fifth of the piglet's saturated fatty acids into healthier linoleic acids. Professor Iritani said he hoped to prove the genetically modified pork was safe to eat, though the article doesn't mention who he is going to test it on.




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Fiji Christians Protest Evangelical TV Station
Posted on 2002/1/31 22:44:02 ( 691 reads )


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SUVA, FIJI, February 1, 2002: Christian churches here say the government breached protocol by not consulting them on the establishment of a new Christian TV station, Trinity Fiji. They object to the evangelical leanings of the new station. "If it was a TV station that preached a mature and radical message of Jesus according to the scriptures, and according to Christina tradition, fine. But the example of American Christianity that is come through the Pacific these days doesn't tend to be that. It tends to be fundamentalist," stated a Catholic social worker. The station transmits programs from the Texas-based Trinity Broadcasting Network. Mainstream Christians in Fiji have for years complained about the incursion of evangelical movements who have targeted not the Hindus, the usual objects of evangelism here, but fellow Christians, especially the Catholics.




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Thai Pusam Celebrated in Singapore
Posted on 2002/1/30 22:49:02 ( 620 reads )


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SINGAPORE, Jan 29, 2002: To mark Thai Pusam this year, 20,000 kavadi-bearers, milk-pot carriers and their supporters took part in the annual procession yesterday. This is a third more than the 15,000 who took part last year. The devotees made their way along a 4-km route from the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple in Serangoon Road to the Sri Thendayuthapani Temple in Tank Road. The procession, which ended at midnight last night, was a glorious blaze of colour. Racial groups other than Indians also participated in the event.




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Hindus and Sikhs Pray Together in Afghanistan
Posted on 2002/1/30 22:48:02 ( 582 reads )


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KABUL, AFGHANISTAN, January 20, 2002: Sikhs and Hindus worship and pray together at five ruined houses in the city of Kabul. In the early part of 1990, 50,000 Sikhs and Hindus lived in Afghanistan. Today less than 2,000 are in the country and according to this article, "In Kabul there are exactly 520 Sikhs and Hindus, in 40 Sikh and 10 Hindu families." Even though the two religions are distinct, they have chosen to pray together partly because of few numbers and also because they speak the same language and have the same origins. Once prosperous merchants, bankers, moneylenders or currency exchangers, they were uprooted from their homes and occupations in late 1992, early 1993, when Muslims in the country retaliated because of the attack on the Babri Masjid mosque in northern India. The mujahedeen government of this period did little to stop the looting. When the Taliban came into power in 1996, the Hindu and Sikh community kept secretly praying. However they were further segregated when the Taliban tried to force them to wear a distinguishing yellow cloth. Some lost property under this regime, and they could not live in the same house as Muslims. With the downfall of the Taliban, the community is leery about the future as part of the mujahedeen government is now in power again. However in December of 2001, the government met with Sikhs and Hindus to assure them that they are part of Afghanistan. Those who fled the country over a decade ago are watching in hopes of returning someday.




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Indians Mark Earthquake Anniversary
Posted on 2002/1/30 22:47:02 ( 674 reads )


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BHUJ, INDIA, January 27, 2001: Hindu priests in thousands of temples led community prayers Saturday as people in the western Indian state of Gujarat grieved on the anniversary of a devastating 7.9-magnitude earthquake a year ago. Men, women and children crowded colorful tents that sprang up overnight at street corners and outside temples to accommodate the masses mourning the more than 13,000 victims. The temblor, rated the worst natural disaster of 2001 by the U.S. Geological Survey, destroyed 1.2 million homes and caused an estimated $4.5 billion in damage. The prayers reached a crescendo at 8:46 a.m., the moment the earthquake struck. Temple bells rang out and devotees banged tiny cymbals, blew on conch shells and sang in unison. Priests chanted prayers and read from sacred texts. Women in saris lit hundreds of small oil lamps in memory of the dead.




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Lata Mangeshkar: God I
Posted on 2002/1/30 22:46:02 ( 656 reads )


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MUMBAI, INDIA, January 27, 2002: The following are excerpts from an interview with India's nightingale of song, Lata Mangeshkar, on her thoughts of God. "Nothing in this world can happen without God's mercy, that's my firm belief. I was raised in a very religious family and follow the precepts of Hinduism. Though I love my religion, I respect all religions as much. I visit and derive tremendous peace from all places of worship. I pray every night before sleeping and I have my own puja (shrine) room at home. Besides reciting formal prayers, I keep having informal conversations with God, more of telling than asking. If somebody has hurt me, been rude to me or wronged me, I confide in God as I would to a friend or my mother. But I never wish that any harm should befall that person because I believe in karma. If somebody wrongs me, I take it in my stride thinking I must have wronged that person in my past life...." The interview can be read in its entirety at source above.
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University Grants Commission Planning Courses in All Faiths
Posted on 2002/1/26 22:49:02 ( 613 reads )


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NEW DELHI, INDIA, JANUARY 25, 2002: After the decision to introduce Paurohitya (vedic priestly rituals) and Jyotirvigyan (vedic astrology) in Indian universities, the University Grants Commission (UGC) is now considering opening departments in other religions as well. Although the UGC has not made a final decision, the proposal is to open departments in Christian priesthood, Sikhism and Deeniyat (training of Muslim clergy). Before proceeding with the opening of the department of Paurohitya, it was felt that it would be appropriate if the UGC also opened departments for other religions as well to maintain regional balance. UGC officials said the measure was being considered after the commission received letters from different religious groups requesting specialized courses and training programs in their particular belief. The commission has received proposals from 42 universities for the Paurohitya program of priest training.




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Doctors: Dalai Lama's Condition "Not Serious"
Posted on 2002/1/26 22:48:02 ( 641 reads )


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MUMBAI, INDIA, January 27, 2002: Ailing Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, was flown in here on Sunday from Patna and admitted to Leelavati Hospital for treatment even as preliminary tests ruled out any "lump" in his stomach. "According to initial tests, there is no trace of any lump as was suggested in Patna," hospital sources told PTI, adding detail reports would be available on Monday. The Dalai Lama, who suffered a bout of gastroenteritis a fortnight ago, was brought to the metropolis for extensive investigation after doctors attending on him in Bihar diagnosed a "lump" in his stomach. "It is not serious. There is nothing to be worried about," they said giving a sense of assurance to the Tibetan leader's followers gathered at the hospital. The Dalai Lama's illness and security concerns both contributed to the cancellation of the ten-day Kalchakra festival in Bodh Gaya on January 24. The meeting had been threatened by Naxalites, Maoist type communist rebels who have formed a Peoples' War Group in Andhra Pradesh. According to HPI's correspondent in Delhi, "They have no specific score to settle with Dalai Lama but would try to attack any leader of any religious organization."




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