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Concerted Effort Needed To Develop Guruvayur
Posted on 2001/12/23 22:47:02 ( 712 reads )


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GURUVAYUR, KERALA, December 23, 2001: A concerted effort by the state government, the Guruvayur municipality and the Guruvayur Devaswom is needed to develop the temple township and to make it clean, especially during the Sabarimala season when a heavy rush is experienced at the temple. The township lacks even basic facilities like sanitation, drinking water and parking space. The former chairman of the Guruvayur Devaswom, Prof. P.N. Narayanan, said, "It is the State Government that has to take the initiative to set up these facilities." The temple also made requests to be promoted more by the government.




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International Flights Planned for Bali
Posted on 2001/12/23 22:46:02 ( 659 reads )


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JAKARTA, INDONESIA, November 19, 2001: In a bid to sway tourists to come to Indonesia, national carrier Garuda Indonesia said it plans to turn Bali into its next hub for international flights. Bali is the country's most popular beach resort, and the only Hindu majority state in this Muslim-majority country. Garuda director of operations Rudy A. Hardono said the plan to make the shift to Denpasar, Bali, is of absolute necessity, noting that tourists are reluctant to disembark in Jakarta due to security concerns. Tourist arrivals to Indonesia have been down since the start of the regional economic crisis in 1997. But a recent wave of anti-American protests in Indonesia in the wake of the U.S.-led offensive against Afghanistan, have further damaged the country's tourism industry. An estimated 1.2 million international tourists have reportedly canceled their planned trips to the archipelago. From Denpasar, Garuda will eventually service 21 international routes to Japan, Australia and Europe, Hardono added.




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Schools Echo Malaysia's Ethnic Politics
Posted on 2001/12/20 22:49:02 ( 687 reads )


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KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, December 15, 2001: Recently, complaints that Malaysian schools are practicing a form of racial segregation have been brought to the attention of the public, according to this article in Singapore's Straits Times. The Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) Youth Wing and the National Union of Teaching Profession (NUTP) alleged that schools tended to segregate students along ethnic lines, rather than according to merit, and that this practice is detrimental to the minority Chinese and Indian students and exacerbates the country's racial and ethnic segregation. Education Minister Tan Sri Musa Mohamed responded by saying segregation was illegal and that his ministry would punish those responsible. He urged those affected to lodge formal complaints so that the matter could be investigated thoroughly. Lack of facilities, states the article, for the pursuance of mother-tongue education in the national stream of education, the practice of racial discrimination and the polarized nature of schools have contributed to a situation where divisions between the various ethnic groups have increased.




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Now, Waterbeds For Cows
Posted on 2001/12/20 22:48:02 ( 648 reads )


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NEW YORK, USA: December 19, 2001: Cows across America are receiving the latest in cattle comfort with a special bovine waterbed, a filled rubber mattress which can be used both in the field and in the stall, according to this BBC article. Sometimes they'll stand there waiting for a cow to leave so they can get in on the waterbed. The bed, which contains some 65 liters of water, moulds to the shape of the cow's body when it lies down and appears to provide the beast with a more comfortable rest. "We're real interested in making our cows more comfortable," said John Marshman, a farmer from New York State who has provided most of his herd with a bed each. "Everybody is trying to pamper their cows these days because anything that makes a cow more comfortable increases her happiness and productivity." Mr. Marshman said that the cows were "initially shocked" by their new beds during a trial run. "But once they got used to them they seemed to prefer them. They let us know that they liked them, so we went and got more." At Fisher Farms in Lenox, cows apparently now wait for a cowbed to be vacated and quickly move in. The beds, which the manufacturer -- Relative Products -- says can last up to 20 years, cost nearly $200 each.




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Is This the World's Funniest Joke?
Posted on 2001/12/20 22:47:02 ( 586 reads )


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LONDON, ENGLAND, December 20, 2001: After months of serious study and much merriment, 100,000 people have voted on the world's funniest joke. In an experiment named Laughlab, a joke about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson emerged a clear winner Thursday from 10,000 entries. The joke: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson go camping, and pitch their tent under the stars. During the night, Holmes wakes his companion and says: "Watson, look up at the stars, and tell me what you deduce." Watson says: "I see millions of stars, and even if a few of those have planets, it's quite likely there are some planets like Earth, and if there are a few planets like Earth out there, there might also be life." Holmes replies: "Watson, you idiot. Somebody stole our tent." Laughlab, organized in conjunction with the British Association for the Advancement of Science, claimed it was the largest experiment of its kind ever conducted. Volunteers were asked to log on to an Internet site where they could rate jokes and add their own. The joke voted the world's second-funniest was submitted from the United States, Wiseman said. It reads as follows: Two hunters from New Jersey are out in the woods when one of them falls to the ground. He doesn't seem to be breathing. The other whips out his mobile phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps out to the operator: "My friend is dead. What can I do?" The operator in a calm soothing voice says "Just take it easy. First let's make sure he's dead." There is a silence, then a shot is heard. The guy's voice comes back on the line. He says: "OK, now what?" HPI tried to search the site, http://www.laughlab.co.uk/home.html, for Hindu jokes, but their server isn't functioning.




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Tamil Conference for South Africa
Posted on 2001/12/19 22:49:02 ( 388 reads )


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DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA, December 16, 2001: The eighth International Conference on Tamil Culture, held for the first time in South Africa, ends in Durban today. Topics at the two-day conference at the Coastlands Conference Centre include the history of Tamils in South Africa and the world, the role of women in Tamil society, the view of the youth of the Tamil language, and the morals practiced by Tamil society. "Our aim is to get the youth to become aware and be able to appreciate what is theirs as a culture, language and heritage, and therefore what gives them their unique identity," said Nagalingam Moodley, CEO of the conference. "We are also saying our children and our community, as Tamils, must never be ashamed of who they are within this country because we should not be looking at ourselves as a minority but rather as part and parcel of the entire majority, because we too have played a significant role in getting this country to where it is as a democracy." Among the aims of the conference is to have Tamil reintroduced into the school syllabus.




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Tomb Raider Scenes Offend Hindus
Posted on 2001/12/19 22:48:02 ( 672 reads )


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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, December 8, 2001: Some American Hindus are upset with the portrayal of Hindu Gods in the film "Lara Croft - Tomb Raider," based on a popular video game. The offending images of the film, parts of which were shot on location at the famous Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, shows statues of the Hindu monkey God Hanuman becoming demons that spring to life and attack the heroine. Lara Croft, played by top actress Angelina Jolie, blows the sacred monkey warriors to pieces with her guns in the picture that was released in June and has grossed more than US$120 million at the box office since its release.




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Malaysians Honors Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
Posted on 2001/12/19 22:47:02 ( 625 reads )


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KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, December 20, 2001: The Malaysia Hindu Sangam, in collaboration with several other Hindu organizations, will conduct a memorial service for the late Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami of the Saiva Siddhanta Church of Hawaii today at 7:30 pm at the Kalamandapam, Jalan Scott, Kuala Lumpur. He was publisher of Hinduism Today and Hindu Press International.




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Sample of Latest Hinduism Today Available On-Line
Posted on 2001/12/19 22:46:02 ( 682 reads )


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KAUAI, HAWAII, December 20, 2001: Sample pages of lead article on Kashmir in the January/February/March, 2001 issue of Hinduism Today are available at "source" above in PDF format. Support the Hindu Renaissance, subscribe to the print edition today and bring a world class beautiful magazine into your home!




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British Clergymen Turn to Taekwondo
Posted on 2001/12/19 22:45:02 ( 642 reads )


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LONDON, ENGLAND, December 18, 2001: Vicars and priests usually turn the other cheek and forgive wrongdoers. But so many members of the clergy are being attacked in Britain that they are now being taught taekwondo to defend themselves. Taekwondo is a Korean martial arts system. The term literally means "the art of kicking and punching." Britain's priests and vicars, including women, are being offered time off from religious duties to take special lessons in taekwondo. Even bishops can join the self-defense classes if they want to. They will be taught how to physically disable attackers, even those armed with knives. Surveys have shown that church ministers are more likely to be attacked than prison guards, probation officers, social workers, doctors or teachers. Seven out of 10 clergy members have experienced some sort of violence, the University of London's Royal Holloway College has found. Many of the assailants have been beggars, homeless people, drug users and people suffering from psychiatric problems. But some have been supposedly respectable parishioners who have been refused a preferred wedding date or who angrily disagreed with a clergyman's sermon.




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India to Get Super Highway
Posted on 2001/12/19 22:44:02 ( 646 reads )


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DELHI, INDIA, December 19, 2001: India could see huge economic benefits from upgrades to the highway linking four of its biggest cities, the World Bank forecasts. Improving the 3,600-mile-long "Golden Quadrilateral," which links Delhi, Chennai, Calcutta and Bombay, will cost the Indian government some US$6 billion. The World Bank estimates the improvement will generate more than a quarter of that total every year after completion. Most of the highway, plied by cars, buses, trucks and ox-carts alike, is currently a two-lane road. Under the scheme, it is expected to be widened to a four lane highway, including service roads, express way sections and town bypasses.




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Malayasian Hindu Sangam Wants Religion Classes in Schools
Posted on 2001/12/18 22:49:02 ( 621 reads )


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KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, December 16, 2001: The Malaysian Hindu Sangam (MHS) urged the government yesterday to review the policy of not having religious classes for non-Muslims in schools and enforce the ban on the sale of drugs, liquor and illicit samsu [a local alcoholic drink] in provision shops and stalls. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Hindu youth leadership camp, MHS president A. Vaithilingam said the lack of religious and spiritual background in the Malaysian education system for non-Muslims could lead to an undisciplined, selfish, materialistic and immoral community. There is religious study for Muslims in Malaysian schools, but no religious study for non-Muslims. "The youths have been groping for guidance. With this in mind, the Sangam has drawn up a plan to train and mobilize Hindu youth leaders to campaign and motivate youths to be more positive in their approach to life. The two-day camp in Kuala Selangor, the first in a series, is aimed at instilling a "spiritual base with human values." "We are training the youths on spiritual-based leadership. It (the camp) is completely Malaysian-oriented, the speakers are all local," he said, adding that some of the speakers were religious teachers and others were motivational youth speakers. Vaithilingan said similar camps would be conducted in other regions.




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London Swami Calls for "Om Day"
Posted on 2001/12/18 22:48:02 ( 708 reads )


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LONDON, ENGLAND, December 19, 2001: Swami Nirliptananda announced today that his London Sevashram Sangha is calling for an "Om Day" for global unity and peace on January 6, 2002. He writes, "I take this opportunity once again to invite your temple/organization to celebrate the Om Day for global unity and peace by performing the Om Gayatri Yajna. Both Om and Gayatri are common to our heritage. This is the third year since this global awareness for unity has started. Your support to the unity process will help to safeguard our cultural and traditional values that sustained us for thousands of years and make our world a safer place to live in. The Om Day is has now spread to Bali in Indonesia and to Nepal. The suggested observance for Om Day is available at "source" above.




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Now, Organic Cashew Nuts from Kerala
Posted on 2001/12/18 22:47:02 ( 751 reads )


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THRISSUR, KERALA, INDIA, December 15, 2001: Adopting strict organic farming methods can be a reliable way out from the crisis that the cashew farmers are facing now in the wake of the falling prices of their produce and the extreme competitive atmosphere caused by the World Trade Organization regime, according to a study. The study was prepared by Dr. M. Abdul Salam, the Head of the Cashew Research Station of the Kerala Agricultural University (KAU), Madakkathra, near here. Emphasizing that there is a great demand for organically produced food stuffs like cashew and spices, especially from the Western countries, Dr. Salam says these changes have made organic cashew nut production, processing and marketing immensely potential areas for exploitation. Organic cashews can well fetch a premium price. An encouraging aspect of cashew farming in India is that a large portion of it -- almost 90 per cent -- is already being done without the involvement of chemicals and pesticides, which means that the country's cashews are by and large organic. But the absence of the approved certifying agencies is hindering the prospects in effectively exploiting this potential of India as the producer of large quantity of organic cashew. However, regulatory procedures are now being evolved by the government to certify production, processing and marketing of organic cashew.




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California Hindus Concerned About Bangladesh
Posted on 2001/12/17 22:49:02 ( 761 reads )


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SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA, December 18, 2001: While the world's eyes are focused on Afghanistan, Hindus are being brutally repressed in Bangladesh, the most democratic Muslim-dominated country in the region, according to this report in San Jose's newspaper. Since the electoral victory of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia on October 1, thousands of Hindus have fled Bangladesh to avoid being killed or raped, said representatives of Hindu groups and the human rights group Amnesty International at a Hindu Solidarity Day attended by about 150 people at a Sunnyvale temple. "Without notice during the past two months, Hindus have been the victims of ethnic cleansing," said Venkatesh Murthy of San Ramon, West Coast secretary for Hindu Swayam Sevak Sangh. The Bangladeshi government has denied that Hindus were attacked following the October election. But in late November, the country's highest court ordered the government to explain its failure to take steps to protect the Hindu minority.




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