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Australian Hindus Aghast at McDonald's Beefy French Fries
Posted on 2001/12/17 22:48:02 ( 757 reads )


Source: Hinduism Today





HOMEBUSH, AUSTRALIA, December 18, 2001: The Hindu Council of Australia has confirmed that McDonald's fast food restaurants in Australia have been cooking their french fries in a frying mix of 92% beef tallow and 8% cottonseed oil for the last twenty years. This is the same practice abandoned about 15 years ago by McDonald's in the USA, who then started using vegetable oil for the fries. Just this year, however, the USA McDonald's revealed they still put a small amount of beef flavoring in their fries, resulting in a lawsuit by Hindus. McDonald's in Australia wrote to the Hindu Council that they have always published lists of their ingredients and "have not promoted or published any of the products [including the french fries, hash browns and apple pies] outlined in your letter as being vegetarian." The address for the Hindu Council of Australia is 17 The Cresent, Homebush, NSW 2140, Australia.




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Sato's Ramayana Released on Video
Posted on 2001/12/17 22:47:02 ( 680 reads )


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December 17, 2001: Yuko Sato's animated version of the Ramayana is now being sold online at "source" above. Sato's US$12 million film, originally released in the mid-1990s, won recognition at the Santa Clarita International Film Festival 2000, the Lucca Animation Film Festival in Italy 2000, the Toronto Film Festival and the Cardiff Animation Film Festival in the UK. The movie is described as "a 170-minute action packed, feature film that explores the animation style called "fusion" which consists of three different schools of animation: Manga from Japan, Disney from the USA and Ravi Varma from India. It is based on the Valmiki version of the Ramayana. It features narration by James Earl Jones and music by Academy Award winner Alan Howarth and Vanraj Bhatia.




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Kanchi Peetam Ceremonies on Web Broadcast
Posted on 2001/12/17 22:46:02 ( 664 reads )


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KANCHI, INDIA, December 18, 2001: An Ati Rudra Sahita Sahasra Chandi Yegnam is being performed in Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, for world peace and prosperity. Find necessary information and day-to-day reports/photos at "source" above. The live webcast is of events on December 19, from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm (Indian time) and on the 20th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.




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Child Suicides Called a Crisis In South African
Posted on 2001/12/16 22:49:02 ( 837 reads )


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DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA, December 09, 2001: Welfare organizations have launched a campaign to stop what has been described as a "crisis" in the Indian community of Pietermaritzburg after the suicide of 15 children in the past seven months. In addition to the fatalities, between 100 and 150 children in the predominantly Indian areas of Northdale and Raisethorpe attempted suicide, according to clinical psychologist Rani Moodley. Most of the children who died were from middle-class families, attended secondary schools, and were younger than 15. Ten of the suicides were males. The Famcare Therapy Center, Community Chest, sports groups, and teachers in the city have launched a campaign called "Love to Live -- War on Suicide," aimed at educating families. Aroo Naidoo, a Community Chest counselor in Pietermaritzburg, said Indian children resorted to suicide more easily because of "subtle" pressures that become too much to bear. "There is communication, but the Indian community sets high standards for itself in terms of education and home ownership," said Naidoo.




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Northern Himalayan Town Forced to Relocate Due to Dam Construction
Posted on 2001/12/16 22:48:02 ( 649 reads )


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TEHRI, INDIA, December 8, 2001: Despite protests from Indian scientists and environmentalists, the government has forged ahead on building a dam whose construction will result in the total submergence of the 200-year-old northern Himalayan town of Tehri by November of 2002. Scientists are concerned that the dam is too close to the "edge of the central Himalayan seismic gap, around 45 kms. from the epicenter of a 1991 earthquake." Over 10,000 townspeople will be forced to relocate. As part of the construction process, two water tunnels controlling the flow of the Bhagirathi river were closed recently, the river flow reversed, and the alteration created a reservoir that has submerged part of the town, including some ancient temples. The local people feel intimidated by this recent development and insecure that the bridge linking the old part of the town with the new part may become submerged. However, authorities such as the district magistrate, Radha Ratudi told the BBC, "that her administration was working to ensure normal food supplies and transport services," for the townspeople during their transition.




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Bengal To Ban Smoking In Public Places
Posted on 2001/12/16 22:47:02 ( 694 reads )


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KOLKATA, INDIA, December 12, 2001: The West Bengal government today passed a bill prohibiting smoking, spitting or consumption of tobacco in public places. The bill, which now awaits the president's approval, will prohibit smoking and spitting in public auditoriums, hospitals, health institutions, amusement centers, public offices, court buildings, educational institutions, libraries, places of worship, public conveyances and "such places notified by the state government." The bill recommends fines of US$22 to $109 and up to three months imprisonment. It will also prohibit the selling of tobacco and cigarettes to people below 18 years of age.




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What to Do When You See Someone Spanking Their Child
Posted on 2001/12/16 22:46:02 ( 652 reads )


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November, 2001: This article by Debra Stang gives some concrete suggestions about what to do if you see someone hitting their child. Debra encourages everyone to take a stand against the culturally accepted practice of spanking and advices, "Use your voice -- silence is consent." Eleven suggestions are given including direct confrontation (works most effectively if you know the hitter), asking the manager of a business establishment to speak to the offender, maintaining eye contact at a safe distance from the hitter (makes them feel uncomfortable), stepping in to resolve the situation if you feel it has escalated (works if you know the parent) and many others. One can also call the police, though depending on the states, they may consider the issue, "just a spanking." Many states, however, limit the definition of "spanking" to hitting on the buttocks, and consider it a crime to slap a child on the head or in the face, or twist their ear -- which can easily cause deafness.




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Changing Views on Female Infanticide
Posted on 2001/12/12 22:49:02 ( 805 reads )


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TAMIL NADU, INDIA, December 11, 2001: Officials in the Salem district of India's Tamil Nadu state say there is a new awareness among the villagers against the notorious practice of female infanticide after two village couples handed over their newborn baby girls, in front a huge crowd, to Salem's District Collector. With so many baby girls killed in the poorer districts the state government has offered to adopt abandoned babies as an incentive against killing them. However, non-governmental organizations (NGO's) working in the poor districts say many baby girls are still being killed there soon after birth. This is despite the efforts of the government and social organizations to educate the people against this practice. They say the birth of a daughter is unwelcome to a poor family as they cannot afford the traditional dowry and other marriage expenses which follow when the girl grows up. A Tamil Nadu Government launched initiative, called the Cradle scheme, was revived after the new government, headed by Ms. Jayalalitha took over in May. If a mother does not want a baby, she can leave the child in a cradle kept outside the Social Welfare Department and the government will then help raise the child.




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Do Single-Faith Schools Promote Racism in UK?
Posted on 2001/12/12 22:48:02 ( 691 reads )


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UNITED KINGDOM, December 13, 2001: Liberal Democrat David Ward education spokesman in Bradford, one of the towns affected by racial riots earlier this year, has said he would support the abolition of single faith schools. "I believe that prejudice is created when people are kept apart," he said. The idea of having a quota system for minority pupils proposed in one of the official reports on the summer's disturbances was impractical because it would involve "massive bussing" of children across Bradford. He said most Muslim parents did not want separate schools for their children and that those who advocated them tended towards extremism. Director of the London School of Islamics educational trust, Iftikhar Ahmad, argues that "the silent majority" of Muslim parents do want separate schools because multi-culturalism has failed their children. There is one Hindu school in UK.




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Hindu Council of Seychelles Forges Ahead to Promote Culture
Posted on 2001/12/12 22:47:02 ( 934 reads )


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REPUBLIC OF SEYCHELLES, November 27, 2001: Hindus in Seychelles, a republic consisting of 115 islands located in the southwest of the Indian Ocean, are actively promoting their culture and contributing to the community at large. From coordinating a huge Diwali celebration to stocking a library with Hindu literature, plus affiliating itself with a Council in Africa and building a public crematorium, the Hindu Council of Seychelles is forging ahead. The Diwali festival itself ran for ten days in November and culminated with a grand fireworks display on November 24. Through negotiations with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, the Hindu Council is acquiring land to build a gas or electric crematorium for use by any community.




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Soccer Fans Enjoy Diwali Fireworks
Posted on 2001/12/12 22:46:02 ( 663 reads )


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REPUBLIC OF SEYCHELLES, November 27, 2001: The festival of Diwali was celebrated by Hindus on November 24 with fireworks, prize presentations to children recognized for their knowledge of the Hindu religion, and historical religious plays. Soccer fans from the nearby stadium were luckily able to participate in the fireworks display as they were homeward bound, adding sparkle to their victory celebration.




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URL Correction on Ultrasound Story
Posted on 2001/12/12 22:45:02 ( 796 reads )


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The above "source" will take readers to the BBC report on the impact of ultrasound on fetuses.




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Website Details Attacks on Bangladeshi Hindus
Posted on 2001/12/11 22:49:02 ( 661 reads )


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DHAKA, BANGLADESH, December 11, 2001: This website publishes a series of reports listing instances of attacks against Hindus in Bangladesh. For example, it reports that on September 20, at the Rajbari Uttar Sahapara village of Pangsha subdistrict of Rajbari District, a group of armed men entered into two Hindu worship halls and demolished the deities there. In many cases, it is stated that the local police did not respond to calls for help, or refused to investigate or arrest the perpetrators.




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Jammu Temple Management Demands Changes
Posted on 2001/12/11 22:48:02 ( 669 reads )


Source: Kashmir Times





JAMMU, INDIA, December 8, 2001: An emergency meeting of Bua Datti Temple committee was held at the temple complex after the conclusion of the annual festival. According to a report from the meeting, surprise was expressed at the behavior of government administrative personnel deployed at the gate of secretariat who unnecessarily harassed the management and devotees entering the temple complex. Sat Pal Saini, president of the management committee of Bua Datti temple, complained to the general council about the negative attitudes of the Jammu and Kashmir government towards the problem faced by the temple committee in performing their day-to-day functions. The temple management committee demanded a separate entrance to the temple and the removal of toilets on the roof of the temple. They also requested the temple canteen be handed over to them and that the preparation of meat in the canteen stop immediately. Sat Pal Saini also informed the devotees that land belonging to the temple is being illegally occupied by the government.




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Ultrasound Scans May Cause Brain Changes
Posted on 2001/12/11 22:47:02 ( 721 reads )


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SWEDEN, December 9, 2001: Scientists in Sweden have found evidence ultrasound scans may cause brain damage in unborn babies after they found men whose mothers had tests were more likely to be left-handed. They have concluded some male babies' central nervous systems might have been affected by the process, and the increase in left-handedness indicated some kind of compensation for this damage. The study suggested scanning produced an extra 3 left-handed babies per 100 births. The biggest difference was found among those born after 1975 when doctors introduced a second scan later in pregnancy. Such men were 32% more likely to be left-handed than those in the control group. Apart from the increase in left-handedness, the research found no evidence of other changes in the babies' physiology. Prof. Juni Palmgren, of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, told the Sunday Telegraph: "I would urge people not to refuse ultrasound scanning as the risk of brain damage is only a possibility, but this is an interesting finding and needs to be taken seriously." The implications of the study are important to India where ultrasound is regularly used to determine the sex of the unborn child.




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