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Indian Science of Architecture Workshop in Maryland
Posted on 2001/5/11 23:47:02 ( 588 reads )


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LANHAM, MARYLAND, May 12, 2001: The Sri Siva Vishnu Temple is conducting a three-day workshop on Vaastu Shastra, the ancient, traditional, Indian building architectural science, at the temple premises (6905 Cipriano Road, Lanham, Maryland) from June 15 to 17, 2001. This workshop will be conducted by the leading world authority on Vaastu Sastra, Dr. Ganapati Sthapati, former principal of the only college of temple architecture in the world. Contact "source" for more information.




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Ramakrishna Mission Swamis Assemble for US Conference
Posted on 2001/5/11 23:46:02 ( 632 reads )


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GANGES, MICHIGAN, May 9, 2001: The public is invited to attend a conference, "Vedanta in the Third Millennium," in western Michigan from June 22-24, 2001. Twelve senior swamis of the Ramakrishna Order will assemble at the Vivekananda Monastery and Retreat, in Ganges, Michigan, about a two-hour drive from Chicago. According to Dr. Shyam Bhatia, professor at the University of Chicago, the conference is intended primarily to "explain how the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda movement can be a part of that urge for a new spiritual age that is being felt in the West." The three-day program includes meditation, devotional bhajans, worship, Indian cultural events and a youth essay competition based on the ideals of Swami Vivekananda.




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Tagore Centers in Bangladesh Under Attack
Posted on 2001/5/10 23:49:02 ( 545 reads )


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BANGLADESH, May 8, 2001: Bangladesh police have increased security at cultural centers connected with Rabindranath Tagore, the revered author and poet. Authorities fear the centers may be subjected to bomb attacks. Tuesday is the 140th anniversary of the birth of Tagore, whose largely secular legacy of poems and song stir great emotion in Bangladesh. The government accuses hardline Islamic groups of demonstrating their intolerance against Bengali culture by instigating a series of bomb attacks over the the last two years at cultural festivals. The recent attacks have fueled the debate about the country's future, whether Bangladesh will assume a more overtly Islamic character or whether it will continue to take pride in secular Bengali culture and tradition.




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Hindus Killed in Kashmir
Posted on 2001/5/10 23:48:02 ( 590 reads )


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JAMMU, INDIA, May 10, 2001: Suspected Islamic guerrillas beheaded eight Hindu villagers and seriously injured three others Thursday after abducting them from a forest in Kashmir state, police said. Police said the militants came to the mountainous area as the 11 villagers were grazing cattle near the village of Sajan in the Doda district, about 150 miles northeast of Jammu, winter capital of Jammu-Kashmir state.




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Yoga To The Rescue Of Diabetics
Posted on 2001/5/10 23:47:02 ( 557 reads )


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PANAJI, INDIA, April 17, 2001: It is estimated that, by the year 2025, India will have the largest number of diabetics in the world. Unable to afford the insulin used in the allopathic treatment of diabetes, Indians are turning toward yoga practices and related changes of lifestyle, according to this article, and achieving some success in the control of the disease.




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Detailed Report on Kolkota ISKCON Battle
Posted on 2001/5/10 23:46:02 ( 619 reads )


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KOLKOTA, INDIA, May 3, 2001: A more complete, though not necessarily unbiased, report on the attack and subsequent arrest of dozens of people at the ISKCON temple in Kolkota (Calcutta) is posted at "source" above. The report reads in part, "The high drama began on Friday afternoon as 100 'devotees' from Mayapur burst into the Calcutta temple. The so-called 'devotees' also contained many professional 'heavies' who had been hired especially for the event. They immediately demanded to take possession of the temple, and began to occupy the ashram and other parts of the building. Devotees from the temple who got in their way were beaten and sustained injuries."




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Chinmaya Mission Jubilee Celebration Announced
Posted on 2001/5/10 23:45:02 ( 657 reads )


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NEW JERSEY, USA, May 11, 2001: On May 19, 2001, the Chinmaya Mission will be holding a gathering of all Indian and Hindu organizations in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania to announce the grand spiritual and cultural extravaganza planned for July 8-14, 2001. The year 2001 marks the Golden Jubilee of the Chinmaya Mission, founded by H.H. Swami Chinmayananda. For details, click on "source" above.




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Correction: Historian Seeks Help on Sindhi Diaspora
Posted on 2001/5/10 23:44:02 ( 770 reads )


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MUMBAI, INDIA, May 7, 2001: Hiro Shroff's project, "Sindhi Jottings," covers the worldwide migration of Sindhis from Pakistan following the partition of India in 1947. He would appreciate input from HPI readers for his project. Contact him at "source" above. This email address has been corrected from yesterday's HPI.




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India To Enforce Ban on Prenatal Sex Tests
Posted on 2001/5/9 23:49:02 ( 592 reads )


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NEW DELHI, INDIA, MAY 5, 2001: With the population count showing a dramatic drop in the male-female ratio among children in many parts of the country, India's Supreme Court has directed the government to enforce the ban on procedures to determine the sex of unborn children. Such procedures have led to abortions of female fetuses and an increasing imbalance in the ratio of males to females in the population. The Times of India reported that, "The court has asked state governments to furnish quarterly reports on the enforcement of laws banning sex-selective abortions in the country and to begin a campaign against female infanticide and prenatal determination of sex."




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Extremists Burn Buddhist Temple in Tripura
Posted on 2001/5/9 23:48:02 ( 697 reads )


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AGARTALA, INDIA, April 10, 2001: A Buddhist temple and several huts of the Chakma community were ransacked and torched by All Tripura Tiger Force insurgents in Dhalai district of Tripura, police said on April 10. A group of ATTF insurgents raided Taichakma village on Sunday night and ransacked and set ablaze a thatched Buddhist temple, police said quoting delayed reports. Villagers who tried to extinguish the flames were severely beaten by the extremists, who then set ablaze 13 huts belonging to five chakma families. Earlier, insurgents of National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT), which had served a notice in the hill areas last year warning of stern action against villagers who practice any other religion except Christianity, had on December fifth ransacked a Buddhist temple and taken away scriptures and the idol in Almara village of south Tripura district.




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Dalit Women Suffer Abuse at the Hands of Upper Class
Posted on 2001/5/9 23:47:02 ( 617 reads )


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NEW DELHI, INDIA, May 9, 2001: This heart-wrenching article exposing the injustices against Dalit ("untouchable") women in the feudal states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, is based on a study done by Amnesty International. Reportedly women from the untouchable class are routinely raped and harassed by upper caste villagers and landlords. To make matters worse, if rape victims report the attack to the police they could be assaulted, their families threatened, or their statement ignored and dismissed as false. Police have also been known to participate in the rape assaults. As a result, less than five percent of cases make it to court. Besides sexual assaults, the whole untouchable class have been treated poorly for years. Dalits riding a bicycle, wearing shoes in front of a upper-caste person or drawing water from a designated upper-class well could be harassed or beaten. Spokeswoman for Amnesty International, Emma Blower, is quoted as saying, "There is a hideous amount of violence against women in rural areas."




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US Official Criticizes Lanka Ban On GM Food Imports
Posted on 2001/5/9 23:46:02 ( 586 reads )


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COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, May 10, 2001: A senior US official has criticized Sri Lanka's sweeping ban on genetically modified (GM) food imports, according to this report in India Abroad, describing it as "totally unwarranted" and without any "credible scientific evidence" to support it. Weyland Beeghly, the agricultural counselor at the US mission in New Delhi, said Thursday that Sri Lanka's ban, which came into effect May 1, was the first anywhere in the world. It is somewhat difficult to understand this claim, as both Europe and Japan prohibit the sale of GM foods out of safety concerns. In a related development, the New York Times reported that more than one quarter of the America's seed suppliers have found corn seed contaminated with traces of a biotech variety wasn't approved for human consumption. The biotech seed, named StarLink, was approved only for animal consumption because of unanswered questions about whether a special protein, called Cry9C, in the corn can cause allergic reactions in people.




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Historian Seeks Help on Sindhi Diaspora
Posted on 2001/5/9 23:45:02 ( 718 reads )


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MUMBAI, INDIA, May 7, 2001: Hiro Shroff's project, "Sindhi Jottings," covers the worldwide migration of Sindhis from Pakistan following the partition of India in 1947. He would appreciate input from HPI readers for his project. Contact him at "source" above.




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Malaysia Muslim Leader Would Destroy Temples
Posted on 2001/5/8 23:49:02 ( 582 reads )


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PENANG, MALAYSIA, May 7, 2001: The Malaysia Hindu Sangam has demanded an apology of Idris Omar, a member of PAS, the Pan-Malaysia Islamic political party. This report in The Star newspaper states, "The Malaysia Hindu Sangam demanded a public apology from Idris for his statement that PAS would destroy all statues in non-Muslim places of worship if it came into power. 'We condemn him if he had made such remarks and call on him to apologize and retract the statement immediately,' said its president, A. Vaithilingam. He said the organization was shocked to find out about the statement, and had passed a resolution against Idris. Democratic Action Party national deputy chairman Karpal Singh said he believed Omar could be charged with sedition.




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China To Build World's Largest Buddha
Posted on 2001/5/8 23:48:02 ( 612 reads )


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CHINA, May 6, 2001: China has announced plans to build the world's largest statue, a 509-ft Buddha. The statue of Bodhisattva is to be built at Jiuhua Mountain, one of the four major Buddhist shrines in China. It is will be the largest statue of Bodhisattva, the Buddha of Compassion, in the world. When completed, the statue will consist of 1,100 pieces of copper and weigh over 1,000 tons. Construction will begin in September and is scheduled for completion in 2004. The entire project is estimated to cost around $55 million. Meanwhile, Indian and British planners, connected with the Maitreya project, may be dismayed at the announcement. A 500-ft Buddha, currently underway in the northern Indian province of Bihar, was in the running for the title of the world's largest statue. The Chinese appear to be planning to outdo their Indian competitors at the finish line also, with a projected finish date of 2005. The Indian Buddha will be completed a year after the Chinese project.




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