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Professor Deems Holland's Bhojpuri a Distinct Language
Posted on 2002/1/15 22:47:02 ( 798 reads )


Source: Times of India





ALLAHABAD, INDIA, January 14, 2002: According to Professor Theo Damsteegt of Leiden University in the Netherlands, the dialect of Bhojpuri spoken by the country's immigrants from Suriname should be considered a distinct language, "Sarnami." The immigrants from Suriname originally came from the "Bhojpuri Belt" in Eastern Uttar Pradesh and Western Bihar in India. Bhojpuri is a regional dialect of Hindi. Sarnami, explains the professor, has many features in common with Bhojpuri but also contains many words from Dutch. It has now stabilized into a distinct language with its own literature. Many Indians came to the Netherlands from Suriname when the latter was granted independence in 1975.




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Shekhar Brings Indian Heritage to Uganda
Posted on 2002/1/15 22:46:02 ( 645 reads )


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UGANDA, AFRICA, January 15, 2002: The music of India is one of the oldest unbroken musical traditions in the world with origins in the Vedas, the ancient scripts of the Hindus. Shekhar Chakravarty, General Manager Crane Microfinance, who plays the Indian instrument sitar, says that his major interest is to ensure that second and third Indian generations living in Uganda and Ugandans who have an interest in Indian classical music become familiar with this Indian music. "There are many Indian families here who for generations are settled in Uganda. That group has never known or been exposed to our traditional Indian music." Chakravarty says. He adds that there is need for the Indian High Commissioner and other Indian associations to come together and start affordable, convenient classes for Indian music for interested Indians and Ugandans.




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Sabarimala to Offer Free Food to Devotees
Posted on 2002/1/14 22:49:02 ( 671 reads )


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SABARIMALA, KERALA, INDIA, January 14, 2002: The Travancore Devaswom Board, which administers the hill shrine of Ayyappa at Sabarimala, will offer food free of cost to all devotees arriving for darshan from the next Mandalam-Makaravilakku season onwards, board president N. Babu said here on Monday. He said an estimated 21,700,000 devotees, mostly from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, besides Kerala, had darshan (worship before the Deity) at the temple during the two-month pilgrim season this year.




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Afghanistan Said to be Site of Many Mahabharatha Events.
Posted on 2002/1/14 22:48:02 ( 748 reads )


Source: The Hindu





HYDERABAD, INDIA, January 12, 2002: As Afghanistan continues to be in spotlight, an eminent scholar of ancient Indian astronomy, B. G. Sidharth, Director-General of the B. M. Birla Planetarium and Science Centre, has contended that there is sufficient astronomical and other evidence to suggest that the battle and many of the events of the Mahabharata took place in the regions around that beleaguered country, around 1350 bce. Delivering a lecture on "Dating the Vedas and later literature with the help of astronomy," he said there were a number of astronomical symbols to strengthen this proposition and added that this view of history from "archeao-astronomy scenario" appears very different from the textbooks.




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Pilgrims Flock to Holy Cave Shrine Despite Falling Temperatures
Posted on 2002/1/14 22:47:02 ( 689 reads )


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JAMMU, INDIA, January 2, 2002: Despite falling temperatures at the holy cave shrine, over 123,000 lakh pilgrims from the Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and other parts of India visited the abode dedicated to Mata Vaishno Devi during the last week of December 2001. On December 31 alone, around 33,000 pilgrims paid their respects to the Goddess. Facilities for devotees at the base camp of Katra have vastly improved since the formation of a shrine board. Pilgrims now have access to accommodations, transportation, banking and medical aid. Launching a detailed campaign, the department of tourism in Katra has organized several programs during the year. In 2001, 5,556,000 pilgrims visited the cave shrine.




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Endowment Bill has Tamil Brahmins in the State Protesting
Posted on 2002/1/14 22:46:02 ( 627 reads )


Source: The Hindu





KERALA, INDIA, January 2, 2002: Tamil minority Brahmins in the state recently organized a march and protest against the State Government's Malabar Hindu Religions and Charitable Institutions and Endowments Bill, 2001. Hundreds of women and even the elderly who normally do not leave their homes, walked down the main streets of Palakkad town. Belonging primarily to an organization called the Brahmin Sabha, the protesters feel that the bill has targeted over 96 temples and settlements run by its members. Apparently, endowments and trusts have already been set up to run these temples. The new bill will provide for a meagre government annuity and take over of the temples and their endowments. Mr. N.N. Ramachandram, the action committee chairman said, "the Kerala High Court order was meant for ensuring wages and welfare measures for the temple employees of Malabar." However, the government has used the provisions of the bill to take over temples already run by various Hindu religious groups. Currently the Charitable Societies and Trusts Act provides for the welfare measures of its temple employees. Any breach of this act would result in action against the institution failing to dispense its duties.




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High-Tech Bangalore Leads in Suicides
Posted on 2002/1/14 22:45:02 ( 662 reads )


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BANGALORE, INDIA, Jan 11, 2002: Bangalore, India's high-tech capital and one of the world's leading technology hubs, tops the nation in the number of suicides. A team of researchers headed by Dr. G. Gururaj and Dr. Mohan Isaac from the Bangalore-based National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences found that the city's suicide rate is 35 per 100,000, compared to the national average of 11 per 100,000. Their study, Epidemiology of Suicides In Bangalore, also found that the cases of attempted suicides were 10 times that of actual suicides. The five major causes of suicide in Bangalore are chronic physical illness, conflicts and disturbances within the family, alcohol-related problems, financial problems and unemployment. Underlying all these causes, Dr Gururaj points out, is the phenomenal change that the city has undergone in the past ten years. Just a little over a decade back, Bangalore, with a population of less than four million, had a laid-back lifestyle. But today, it is one of the world's most dynamic technology hubs with a population of over six million. Indeed, it is the only city in India to have undergone such a tremendous transformation during the last decade. This change, says Dr. Gururaj, has been accompanied by a high degree of migration, resulting in cultural alienation and a lack of social support network. There have also been tremendous changes in lifestyle and values. These have led to conflicts within people that are manifested in different ways such as illness, alcoholism and financial problems. The availability of alcohol is a significant contributory factor to the high suicide rate. Also known as the Pub City, Bangalore is estimated to have 3,500 outlets selling alcohol. Dr Gururaj says that 27 per cent of suicide attempts are made under the influence of alcohol. According to a recent report from the World Health Organization, the suicide rate in the US is 19.3 per hundred thousand, 11 per hundred thousand in the UK and 8.2 per hundred thousand in Israel.




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50,000 Pilgrims Arrive for Ganga Sagar Festival
Posted on 2002/1/11 22:49:02 ( 681 reads )


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GANGA SAGAR, INDIA, January 13, 2002: Security precautions are unprecedented here where the Ganga River enters the Bay of Bengal during the annual Ganga Sagar festival. Already 50,000 pilgrims have arrived and hundreds of thousands more are expected for the main bathing day on the January 14. The state government has requested help from the nation's Coast Guard in light of the December 13 attack on India's Parliament. The Shankaracharya of Puri also arrived on Saturday evening and went round the mela. Residents of this island venue have complained about getting charged pilgrim's rate for the ferry service -- US$1.50 compared to the normal nine cents.




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500-year-old Icon of Lord Mahavir Recovered in Uttaranchal
Posted on 2002/1/11 22:48:02 ( 799 reads )


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UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA, January 12, 2001: The Uttaranchal police on Tuesday claimed to have busted an international smuggling racket by arresting two persons and recovering a 500-year-old icon of the Jain saint, Lord Mahavir, from them. The duo, members of a gang, were arrested with the 2.75 kg icon, made of ashta dhatu (an alloy of eight metals) and worth US$128,000 in the international market, from Khatima area in Udhamsingh Nagar on Monday, police said.




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Sand Art Commemorates Pentagon Crash
Posted on 2002/1/11 22:47:02 ( 702 reads )


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WASHINGTON, USA, January 12, 2001: Four Buddhist monks, exiled from Tibet by Chinese rule, belonging to a 20-man team from a branch in Atlanta of their monastery, began to lay out a seven-foot work of symbolic art in 20 colors of sand a "healing mandala" for the pain of the attack on the Pentagon. "For at least 13 centuries," said Lobsang Tenzin, leader of the monks' group, "the Tibetans relied highly on spiritual practices, spiritual rituals as a way to bring a certain resolution to conflicts and it is our legacy that in these difficult times we can offer to America." The artists will work in relays through January 27, depositing the sand from little funnels and holding ceremonial chants twice daily. The mandala symbolizes the whole universe, and also a palace where deities live.




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UK Yoga Purists Worried by American Imports
Posted on 2002/1/10 22:49:02 ( 634 reads )


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LONDON, ENGLAND, January 12, 2002: London yogis, according to this report, are concerned that nontraditional forms of yoga developed in America may be harmful to some people. Jill Boag-Munroe of the UK's governing body of yoga, the British Wheel, has studied and taught yoga for 20 years. "I've heard and read of American variations, which use machines to push the body into position, but we would not recommend it," she told this paper. "Powerflow" yoga, which is popular with Thurman and Turlington, is of particular concern. Experienced London yoga teachers have already gone on record to describe the physical injuries they sustained during the vigorous "taster" workouts recently provided by two of American yogis. Boag-Munroe insists yoga has to outlive its status as a Western fad to return to Patanjali's exhortation that it must still the vibrations of the mind.




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Hindu Accused in Missionary Death May Seek Political Office
Posted on 2002/1/10 22:48:02 ( 665 reads )


Source: Religion News Service





UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA, January 9, 2002: A Hindu militant accused of killing an Australian missionary and his two young sons said today he might be a candidate for the Indian parliament from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Dara Singh is one of 17 men accused of setting fire to a jeep in which missionary Graham Staines was sleeping with his two sons, Philip, 10, and Timothy, 8. Staines, who ran a leper colony and lived in India for 30 years, died with his sons in the 1999 attack, according to Reuters news agency. Under Indian law, Singh could seek the office while on trial, but would have to resign if convicted.




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India to Allow Dual Citizenship
Posted on 2002/1/10 22:47:02 ( 602 reads )


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NEW DELHI, INDIA, January 10, 2002: After years of debate and petitions from Indians living overseas, the government is to allow dual citizenship. The move is intended to maintain links with the Indian diaspora. The government has been seeking ways to create synergy between the Indian diaspora and its rapid economic reform and globalization agenda. Critics say it may weaken the loyalty of Indians to their adopted countries. Government officials estimate the Indian diaspora numbers 20 million worldwide. Ten countries have more than half a million people of Indian origin, and the diaspora covers 53 countries. Some estimates say the Indian diaspora, comprising a mix of professionals and businessmen, has an annual income of US$300 billion, comparable to India's gross domestic product. It will also apply to people of Indian origin who have already become foreign citizens. The new rule will initially apply only to Indians who are residents of Europe, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.




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RSS Plans Temples for Tribals in Madhya Pradesh
Posted on 2002/1/9 22:49:02 ( 630 reads )


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BHOPAL, INDIA, JANUARY 6, 2002: The tribal belt of Jhabua and Dhar districts in Madhya Pradesh near here has become a major headache for Digvijay Singh's government as the RSS plans to build devalayas (Hindu places of worship) in 350,000 tribal homes in these two districts. The RSS chief of Indore region, Anila Daga, claims that such devalayas have already been set up in 60 per cent of the homes. "Our activists have stepped up their propaganda war to expose the real nature of Christian missionaries," he asserts. The RSS has been circulating pamphlets explaining how "foreign missionaries coming from thousands of miles away are converting people through fraud". It has also started a quiz program for school children. The purpose, according to Daga, is to "test their awareness about the threats to Hindu society".




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Dalai Lama Will Not Reincarnate in Chinese-Ruled Area
Posted on 2002/1/9 22:48:02 ( 756 reads )


Source: United News Agency





SARNATH, INDIA, January 8, 2001: The Dalai Lama, the exile Tibetan spiritual leader, said Tuesday he will not reincarnate in Tibet or any other territory under Chinese rule. If Tibet was not free when he dies, his reincarnation would be born in some free country elsewhere, the Dalai Lama, 66, said in Sarnath, northern India. Observers saw Dalai Lama's statement as politically significant in view of the Chinese detention six years ago of a boy whom he had confirmed as the reincarnation of the Panchen Lama, Tibet's second-ranking religious figure. China has recognized another boy. Observers said the Dalai Lama's statement now made it practically impossible for the Chinese to have a hand one day in deciding who the next Dalai Lama may be, or for an eventual candidate of theirs to have popular support among Tibetans.




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