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Explosive Detectors for Tirumala Temple
Posted on 2001/10/12 22:47:02 ( 725 reads )


Source: The Hindu





TIRUPATI, INDIA, October 10, 2001: In the wake of the US-Afghanistan conflict, the State Government today deputed the Inspector General for Intelligence to convene a meeting with the TTD and the District Police top-brass to review the existing security arrangements in and around the Tirumala temple complex and prepare a blue-print to step up security and prevent any possible act of sabotage. Just a few days ago the temple requested the state to make the area around it a "no-fly zone." Today they decided to install x-ray scanners at the major entry points to the temple, including those for supplies to the kitchen. Each scanner is expected to cost US$63,829 a senior official said. Another major decision taken was to install explosive detectors, one each at the Vaikuntam Queue complex and one at Alipiri, at the foot of the hills. While the former is the entry point into hill station, the abode of the Lord Venkateswara, the other is the bee-hive through which thousands of devotees throng the hills daily from far and near. A door-frame-metal-detector would be installed at some point half-way up the foot-path and all trekkers would be frisked and their bags would be thoroughly checked by security personnel for any possible deadly materials. In order to monitor the movement of suspicious characters, the meeting has decided to install closed circuit TVs at the toll-gate for a round-the-clock surveillance.




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Kolkata Bars Open for Festival
Posted on 2001/10/12 22:46:02 ( 776 reads )


Source: Telegraph India





KOLKATA, INDIA, October 10, 2001: According to a government directive, retail shops selling liquor will be allowed to do business until 11:00 pm, and all bars in Kolkata will have permission to remain open till an hour after midnight during the coming festivals. All this to ensure that neither Kolkatans nor tourists are left high and dry. The ruling communists are also considering a proposal from the tourism department and the hoteliers' lobby for a waiver of the ban on sale of liquor on Ashtami and Dashami. The Left Front government, which once considered consumption of liquor a symbol of "decadence," did not issue a single liquor license for 13 years. But of late, it has started showing a flexible attitude in consideration of the considerable tax revenue generated by liquor sales.




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100,000 Attend Anti-Tobacco Rallies
Posted on 2001/10/12 22:45:02 ( 769 reads )


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CHENNAI, INDIA, October 7, 2001: Nearly 100,000 National Cadet Core members in Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Andaman and Nicobar Islands, on Sunday took out a rally with an aim to create awareness in society on the ill-effects of smoking. About 1,500 cadets participated in the rally here and carried placards in protest against the use of tobacco. The NCC is an official Indian government paramilitary organization which trains youth at both the high school and college level. It is similar to the reserve officer's training corps in the USA.




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Correction: Mata Amritananda European Tour Includes Zurich
Posted on 2001/10/12 22:44:02 ( 778 reads )


Source: Press Release





AMRITAPURI, INDIA, October 13, 2001: Mata Amritananda has canceled her coming European programs only for Finland, not Zurich, as stated in HPI yesterday.




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Hindus Attacked in Bangladesh
Posted on 2001/10/11 22:49:02 ( 731 reads )


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DHAKA, BANGLADESH, October 11, 2001: Some 50,000 people have virtually remained stranded in their homes as attacks on Awami League (AL) leaders and workers and the minority community continued in Jessore, Bangladesh for the past 10 days, according to this report and direct information e-mailed to Hinduism Today. Locals alleged that armed cadres of ousted BNP leader Maulana Shakhawat Hossain Bakul ransacked the houses of AL leaders, workers and Hindu families, and looted their valuables in 70 villages of the upazila, leaving 30 people injured since the election. Hindus living in those areas for generations were being asked to abandon their houses and leave the country threatened with dire consequences if they didn't leave the areas soon. Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia took the oath of office amidst rising anti-American protests and sporadic reports of violence. Other reports of this and some anti-American protests are at http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/worl ... newsid_1591000/1591794tsm and at http://www.indian-express.com/ie20011009/nat9.html




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Plea for Tirumala Temple Area as ''No-Fly Zone''
Posted on 2001/10/11 22:48:02 ( 719 reads )


Source: Press Reports





TIRUPATI, INDIA, October 8, 2001: The Andhra Pradesh Government is said to have decided to ask India's central government to declare the air space over the Tirumala hills, the abode of Lord Venkateswara as "no-fly zone." Information reaching here said the need for such a move was highlighted at a high-level meeting of senior civil and police officials held at Hyderabad to review the security arrangements in and around the famed Tirumala temple complex in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks in the U.S, and in view of threats of atacks on landmark and heritage installations in India and elsewhere in the world.




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Oriental Institute Receives Ancient Manuscripts
Posted on 2001/10/11 22:47:02 ( 671 reads )


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ADODARA, INDIA, October 6, 2001: Gifting the Oriental Institute of Baroda with a rare collection of scriptures more than 300 years old, descendants of the famous miracle-performing teacher Siddheswar Maharaja (1733 CE) wanted the gems to be preserved. Professor M. L. Wadekar, director of the institute, says that the ancient, beautifully written manuscripts cover diverse topics such as the Vedas, Puranas, Tantra, Mantra, Vedantas, and Ayurveda.




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Suva Mariamman Temple Rededicated
Posted on 2001/10/11 22:46:02 ( 1189 reads )


Source: Hinduism Today





SUVA, FIJI, October 12, 2001: The Mariamman Temple of Suva operated by the Then India Ikya Sangam reopened last month after improvements and installation of new deities. The ceremonies were performed by Pundit Tirthadeva Peruman with the assistance of six priests from other Fiji temples. Devi Raja Maha Mariamman is the presiding Deity of the temple, with side shrines for Lord Vinayaka (Ganesha) and Lord Muruga. The temple's annual fire-walking ceremony occurred during the 48-day rededication program. Thirty-five devotees, one only seven-years old, walked over the 45 tons of hot coals. No one was burnt, and 5,000 devotees witnessed the ritual.




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Mata Amritananda Adjusts European Tour
Posted on 2001/10/11 22:45:02 ( 754 reads )


Source: Press Release





AMRITAPURI, INDIA, October 9, 2001: At the request of the European organizers in light of the tense world situation, Mata Amritananda has canceled her coming programs in Finland and Zurich. Amma leaves here on October 13 for the tour, which will now include Germany, Holland, England, France, Spain and Italy. She will return here in December after also visiting the USA.




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"Natya Kalaratna" For Maya Rao
Posted on 2001/10/11 22:44:02 ( 915 reads )


Source: The Hindu





BANGALORE, INDIA, October 7, 2001: The Bangalore Gayan Samaj has plans of starting a institute of advanced studies and research in music, Mr. H. Kamalanath, President of the Samaj, announced. "We hope to inaugurate the institute in three years, coinciding with the Gayan Samaj's centenary celebrations," Mr. Kamalanath said. The Samaj recently honored Ms. Maya Rao, Kathak dancer and choreographer, with the title of "Natya Kalaratna," and Dr. H. Narasimhaiah, veteran freedom fighter and educationist, with a "Vishesha Puraskara." The Chief Minister, Mr. S M Krishan, said that the government would support the creation of the institute of advanced studies, and participate in the centenary celebrations of the Gayan Samaj.




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Ayurvedic Hospital Inaugurated at Prashant Vihar
Posted on 2001/10/11 22:43:02 ( 1068 reads )


Source: Press Reports





DELHI, INDIA, October 6, 2001: Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) Commissioner S P Aggarwal inaugurated the eight-bed Madhav Sadashiv Rao Golvalkar Panchkarma Ayurvedic Hospital at Prashant Vihar in northwest Delhi. The new hospital will cater to the needs of the people from the lower-middle class of the society. Diseases that will be treated at the hospital include paralysis, jaundice, polio, dysentery, skin diseases, heart disorders and many other ailments. In addition to the treatment of these diseases, the hospital will also have yoga and naturopathy facilities. He said the corporation plans to open many more such hospitals in other parts of the city as well. "A herbal garden has also been developed on a 1.5-acre piece of land, where 3,310 species of medicinal saplings have been planted," Mr. Aggarwal said.




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East Indians Struggle to Maintain American Identity
Posted on 2001/10/10 22:49:02 ( 766 reads )


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TROY, MICHIGAN, October 4, 2001: When the Michigan Association of Physicians of Indian Origin met in Troy after the September 11th terrorist attacks, the focus of conversation was on how south Asians will fare in America. Concerned that their community will be mistakenly identified with the Middle Eastern terrorists, many are reluctant to appear different looking. Dr. Kirit Tolia, a physician and professor of medicine at Wayne State University, said, "Some Indian-American women no longer feel comfortable wearing the traditional sari in public, and men are reluctant to don the Salwer-Kameez." The Detroit area has at least 100,000 south Asian people and about one-half are of Indian descent.




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Small Shrines Mushrooming in NY After September
Posted on 2001/10/10 22:48:02 ( 699 reads )


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NEW YORK, USA, October 8, 2001: Since shortly after the terrorist attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center, New Yorkers have been creating impromptu shrines, memorializing the victims. People have placed photographs of the dead and missing, together with flowers and American flags, in many places, including the walls in Grand Central Terminal, Pennsylvania Station and the 42nd Street subway stop, some of the city's most heavily traveled junctions. In the opinion of Stephen P. Huyler, a cultural anthropologist who specializes in India, these shrines mean that small portions of ordinary public space have become set apart, and sanctified, by what people have placed there. Such "sacred spaces," he said, "bring healing, allowing us to bridge our grief or find a form of solace, to be quiet at a time of turmoil." He is guest curator of an exhibition on Hinduism "Meeting God: Elements of Hindu Devotion" at the American Museum of Natural History. The exhibition, which he said is meant to introduce people to the intimacy of devotion as it is experienced in India, includes 11 small shrines like those commonly found in that country. In India, the variety of these shrines shows that there is no single, "right" way to approach the divine, that it is an individual matter, he said.




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Government to Strengthen Unani, Ayurvedic Medical Colleges
Posted on 2001/10/10 22:47:02 ( 778 reads )


Source: Times of India





GRAKHPUR, INDIA, October 7, 2001: The state government has regularized the service of 719 medical officers of Ayurvedic and Unani systems, both traditional medicines of India. UP Minister for Medical Education, NKS Gaur said that US$1.46 million had been released under the Prime Minister Rozgar Yojna to purchase ayurvedic and Unani medicines. The state cabinet has decided to introduce physiology, anatomy and drvya chikistha courses in the Ayurvedic College, Lucknow, he said adding that the government has approved $823,000 for strengthening the infrastructure of state ayurvedic and Unani medical colleges. According to Dr. Gaur the government has also decided to appoint 38 district homeopath medical officers in the state. The PG course would be started at Lucknow and Allahabad state homeopathic colleges soon.




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Afghan Food Airdrops Are Vegetarian
Posted on 2001/10/10 22:46:02 ( 980 reads )


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RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, GERMANY, October 8, 2001: The tens of thousands of food packets being dropped over Afghanistan are all vegetarian "Meals Ready to Eat" or MRE. The packets contained a day's ration of red beans, rice, fruit bars, peanut butter and strawberry jam, providing at least 2,200 calories. When the meals were developed for this relief purpose, researchers discovered that only food which contained no animal products would not violate any prohibition of any of the world's religions. Muslims, for example, do not eat pork. The United States has a stockpile of about 2 million of the food packets.




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