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Pakistani Hindus Flee
Posted on 2001/9/19 23:48:02 ( 728 reads )


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ATTARI, PUNJAB, INDIA, September 19, 2001: The only land route between India and Pakistan, the Attari-Wagah border check-point, has become a place of frenzied activity. The train and the bus plying between Delhi and Lahore, about 20 kilometers away from here, are the only means of surface transport between the two countries and pass through Attar-Wagah check-point. With sensitive developments unfolding across the border in the wake of terrorist strikes in the US, the minority communities, particularly the Hindus in Pakistan are increasingly becoming panicky. Five Hindu families arrived here last evening and said they did not intend to go back. One of them, Dula Ram said they had been intimidated into leaving Pakistan as the message was clear from the Taliban supporters in Pakistan -- "Either adopt Islam or leave the country." Hindus who had gone to Pakistan to visit relatives are returning in droves; the buses into Pakistan are nearly empty, those returning are packed.




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Advice for American Hindus
Posted on 2001/9/19 23:47:02 ( 786 reads )


Source: Hinduism Today





USA, September 20, 2001: Hindus who are harassed in America as a result of the recent terrorist attacks should immediately report the incident to the local police by dialing 911. They should also call the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights hotline for reports of hate crimes following the hijacking attacks on September 11, at 1-800-552-6843.




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International Youth Camp in Bangalore
Posted on 2001/9/19 23:46:02 ( 744 reads )


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BANGALORE, INDIA, Sept. 18, 2001: Nineteen-year-old Vinod Shastry, a second-generation Indian American, on his second visit to India, at the Jana Seva Vidya Kendra, a residential boys school 20 kilometers from Bangalore, is reciting from Tulsidas's epic "Ram Charitra Manas." Sixteen-year-old Mihir Pitodia, a Kenyan citizen of Indian origin on his first visit here, is attempting a yoga asana. Shastry and Pitodia are among over 90 foreigners of Indian origin who flew into India nearly a month ago to attend a 21-day Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) camp that aims to put them in touch with the Hindu in them -- something they can't really do in their own countries. "We are giving them grounding in Hinduism, imparting very basic knowledge about their country and culture. They should build upon it," says V. Nagaraj, one of the organizers of the camp who also facilitates the "intellectual" component at the camp.




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Yoga -- Everybody's Doing It!
Posted on 2001/9/19 23:45:02 ( 760 reads )

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Indian Malaysians Worried About Low Birth Rate
Posted on 2001/9/18 23:49:02 ( 742 reads )


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KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, September 17, 2001: Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, the chief of Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC), says he was worried about the declining Indian population as it could directly reduce the political voice of the community. He said the community's population of 10.3 per cent of all Malaysians has now been cut to 9.4 per cent of the 23 million people. While acknowledging the socio-economic reasons for small families, he said fewer Indians meant lower political bargaining power for them. Datuk Seri Samy Vellu said that while it advocates bigger families, the MIC also wants Indian families to equip their children with better education. His concerns reflected those of Chinese community leaders who are just as worried about declining birth rates in their community. The Chinese today form 24.6 per cent of the population, compared to 37 per cent prior to the country's independence in 1957. The MIC is the biggest Indian political group, with seven representatives in the 193-strong parliament within the ruling, 13-party Barisan Nasional coalition.




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Crafts Mela to Coincide with Brahmotsavam
Posted on 2001/9/18 23:48:02 ( 804 reads )


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TIRUPATI, INDIA, September 16, 2001: Coinciding with the annual Brahmotsavam of Lord Venkateswara, the All-India Crafts Mela will be held at Tirupati from September 19 to October 3. The venue of the mela is the Urban Haat site, jointly promoted by the Central Government's Ministry of Textiles and State's Tourism Department at a cost of US$342,500 on Tiruchanur road here to give a boost to local arts and crafts. Around 100 artisans, craftsmen and weavers from various parts of the country will take part in the mela. The tourism director, Mr. G. Kishan Rao, said that Tirupati being a major pilgrim centre, there was lesser need for his department to go in search of market and the department's only job was to provide sufficient infrastructure to streamline the process of linking artisans and customers directly avoiding middlemen.




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Manavi Announces Legal Clinics For Battered Women
Posted on 2001/9/18 23:47:02 ( 638 reads )


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NEW BURNSWICK, NEW JERSEY, September 17, 2001: Manavi, a South Asian organization dedicated to empowering women from the subcontinent who live in the US, has announced a legal clinic for women who have experienced violence in their lives in two new locations. Manavi's legal clinics provide women with the option of meeting with an immigration and family lawyers free of charge. The legal clinics, which began in 1997, were previously held in Manavi's former office in Union, New Jersey. Hours for any of the legal clinics are by appointments only and one can reach Manavi at phone: 732-435-1414 or e-mail: Manavi@worldnet.att.net




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Samudri, Sruti to Honor Three Senior Dancers in NY
Posted on 2001/9/18 23:46:02 ( 747 reads )

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Astrology of Terrorist Attack
Posted on 2001/9/18 23:45:02 ( 981 reads )


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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, September 19, 2001: Chakrapani Ullal, the foremost exponent of Hindu astrology in the United States, offers his analysis of the September 11 terrorist attack on America at "source" above.




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VHP Makes Statement on Attacks
Posted on 2001/9/17 23:49:02 ( 723 reads )


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UBLI, INDIA, September 16, 2001: The president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Ashok Singhal, has declared that he is against the direct involvement of India in the predicted "war." He said the Indian land should never become a battlefield when "Christians and Muslims are fighting it out". Acknowledging that the fight between Christians and Muslims was continuing since ages, Singhal said "Hindus are nowhere in the picture of this war, and that position should be maintained." However, he maintained that the country should support America in its war against terrorism in principle.




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University Building Dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi
Posted on 2001/9/17 23:48:02 ( 694 reads )


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ALISO VIEJO, CALIFORNIA, Sept. 16, 2001: When the brand new campus of Soka University of America opened its doors here for admissions for this fall, it decided to dedicate one of its classroom buildings to the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi, naming it "Gandhi Hall." Gandhi's grandson, Dr. Arun Gandhi, who had flown here from Memphis, Tenn., especially for the occasion, performed the formal ceremony of dedication August 23. The building houses distance learning classrooms, multi-media and interactive classrooms, as well as faculty offices. On a stage lined with the flags of dozens of nations, signifying the university's international outlook, Gandhi took to the podium amid thunderous applause. "Non-violence is about how we behave with one another. It is not about going to places like the Middle East where the violence is already rampant," he told the audience.




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Pesticide Kills 15 Wild Elephants
Posted on 2001/9/17 23:47:02 ( 689 reads )


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GAUHATI, INDIA, September 15, 2001: A banned pesticide used by villagers in remote northeastern India was blamed Saturday for the death last month of 15 wild elephants. Investigator Kushal Konwar Sharma said forensic tests revealed the presence of the pesticide Dimecron in the elephants' carcasses, which were discovered in and around Nameri National Park in Assam state. Wildlife authorities have ordered a probe to find out how the villagers procured the pesticide, which is banned in India but used by some farmers to control disease-spreading insects. It was unclear whether villagers angered by the trampling of paddy fields and the destruction of homes intentionally poisoned the animals, Sharma said. The elephants may have grazed in fields where farmers spread Dimecron, he said. Assam is home to more than half of India's 10,000 elephants. Their forest habitat is rapidly disappearing.




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Children's Rights Advocates Want Century-Old Law to be Abolished
Posted on 2001/9/17 23:46:02 ( 711 reads )


Source: Canadian Press





OTTAWA, CANADA, September 10, 2001: Canada may soon be coerced into joining the ranks with eleven other nations of the world where spanking of children is considered to be a criminal act. In the Ontario Court of Appeal, Paul Schabas, a lawyer representing the Canadian Foundation for Children, Youth and the Law, has advocated that Section 43 of the criminal code be abolished. Quoting the article this section, "grants parents, teachers and guardians permission to physically discipline children in the name of correcting behavior." Over a year ago in July of 2000, Justice David McComb's decision to uphold this 100-year-old law sparked controversy among children's rights advocates. Citing examples where parents who abused their children were not punished because of this law, Schabas appealed to the three-panel judge to carefully weigh the evidence before making a decision. However, at this point in time, the Ontario government is upholding the original decision made by David McCombs and is arguing that, "allowing limited corporal punishment doesn't hurt children and balances the societal interest in sustaining the family unit with the charter right of the child."




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McDonalds to Circulate More Information
Posted on 2001/9/17 23:45:02 ( 721 reads )


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NEW YORK, NEW YORK, September 1, 2001: Following a series of lawsuits, McDonald's Corporation has announced it is giving more information about ingredients used in the items on its menu. The fast food giant is using www.mcdonalds.com to mention whether a "natural flavor comes from a dairy, vegetable or meat source." Fliers containing the ingredient information will be available at the company's 13,000 US outlets. McDonald's had so far followed state and federal guidelines for labeling, a method that doesn't specifically describe a "natural flavor." In spring vegetarians, many of them Hindus, filed lawsuits accusing McDonald's of using beef flavoring in fries despite pledges that it would use only vegetable oil. Company spokesman Mike Gordon declined to comment on the lawsuits, but said the questions from the clients "heightened the company's awareness."




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Canadian Hindu Temple Destroyed by Fire, Arson Suspected
Posted on 2001/9/14 23:49:02 ( 839 reads )

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