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Appeals For Calm After UK Riots
Posted on 2001/5/26 23:49:02 ( 771 reads )


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OLDHAM, U.K., May 26, 2001: Community leaders have appealed for calm after hundreds of Asian youths clashed with police during a night of rioting in Oldham. At least 20 officers were injured and 17 people arrested after weeks of racial tension between white and Asian youths erupted into violence. Greater Manchester Police described the running battles as "sheer carnage." The riots are understood to have begun after a gang of white youths attacked Asian homes in the Glodwick area of the town earlier on Saturday evening. Youth worker Ashid Ali, chairman of the Oldham Bangladeshi Youth Association, said far-right organizations had been trying to provoke violence for weeks. "Unfortunately the whole of the UK will look at this as being a riot between the police and Asian youths, when it was clearly sparked by white youths." Asian youths have blamed police for failing to react to attacks from white racists on their communities over recent weeks. Daoob Akram, who has lived in Glodwick for 35 years, said that "the police and the local authorities need to make sure they protect the Asian community." The report does not specify what is meant by "Asian," which in the UK lumps together both Hindus and Muslims from India. In this case, the only named "Asians" were Muslims. In an earlier racial incident in another city, Muslim and poor white youth were involved in altercations with better-off white and Hindu youth.




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Jain Prayer At U.S. House Of Representatives
Posted on 2001/5/26 23:48:02 ( 766 reads )


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Washington D.C., May 23, 2001: Nearly 200 Jains from across the United States were on hand to hear Gurudev Shree Chitrabhanuji, a Jain priest from New York, deliver the opening prayer to the US House of Representatives. Chitrabhanuji spent 28 years as a Jain monk. During his years in India, he founded the Divine Knowledge Society and other social welfare organizations. Dr. Mahendra Pandya, national president of the Jain Associations in North America said, "We should be proud about this event that the Jain religion, the Jain culture and the philosophy is also being recognized, not only in India, but now also throught out the world through this national prayer in the US Congress." The prayer was organized by Representative Frank Pallone, a New Jersey Democrat.




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Voters Give Overwhelming 'Yes' To New City
Posted on 2001/5/26 23:47:02 ( 663 reads )


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FAIRFIELD, IOWA, May 23, 2001: Located north of Fairfield, Vedic City will become Iowa's 950th city, its first since 1982 and the first city in the United States to be developed according to the architectural principles of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda. Residents of the area, mostly adherents of Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation, voted 64-1 in favor.Vedic City petitioners estimated about 125 people live there, not all of whom voted. Developers of the new city plan to bring in additional territory through voluntary annexation procedures before the state City Development Board.




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U.S. Congressional Pressure on Bush to Go After Taliban
Posted on 2001/5/25 23:49:02 ( 658 reads )


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WASHINGTON, U.S.A., May 25, 2001: Congressional pressure on the Bush administration to go after Afghanistan's Taliban regime for a plethora of human rights violations and its sponsorship of international terrorism has mounted. Sam Brownback, Republican, who chairs the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on South Asia, and Barbara Boxer, Democrat who is a ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, as well as House of Representatives' Eliot Engel, and Minority Leader Richard Gephart, both Democrats, introduced resolutions condemning the Taliban for "their discriminatory policies," requiring Hindus to wear identity labels. Both the Senate and the House resolutions come close on the heels of a letter written to President George W. Bush by over 100 lawmakers urging him to pressure the Taliban to lift the edict imposed against the Hindus in Afghanistan, which is reminiscent of tactics used against Jews in Nazi Germany.




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Polish Bishops Plan Apology for Harming Jews
Posted on 2001/5/25 23:48:02 ( 681 reads )


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WARSAW, POLAND, May 25, 2001: In an unprecedented ceremony, Polish bishops plan prayers Sunday to apologize for a 1941 massacre of Jews in northeastern Poland and the suffering by other Jews at the hands of Roman Catholics during World War II in the hope for reconciliation with Jewish groups who accuse them of being too tolerant of anti-Semitism. Cardinal Jozef Glemp is seizing the opportunity to make a much wider apology. "We know it has to be expanded, because Poles contributed to the extermination of Jews also in other places," Glemp said. He went on to "apologize to God for all Polish citizens who harmed the citizens of the Jewish religion." The apology was not extended to the Hindus for more distant atrocities, such as killing of Hindus in Goa, or destruction of temples in Sri Lanka by Catholics.... or for the ongoing crime of religion conversion.




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Spirituality Focus at Keralite Hindu Convention
Posted on 2001/5/25 23:47:02 ( 633 reads )


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DALLAS, TEXAS, May 25, 2001: A convention of 700 Keralite Hindus was held at the Thrimurti Nagar in Dallas, Texas, to facilitate a spiritual reawakening among the Malayalee-speaking Hindu community in North America. It was the first of its kind in North America, and was addressed by religious leaders from India and the United States, said K.G. Manmadhan Nair, organizing committee chairman. The future conventions will create a forum for children to share their common concerns and help them to continue the Hindu way of living, both socially and spiritually, strengthening the roots of Hindu culture among the younger generation, he said. Jagadguru Swami Sathyananda Saraswathi, head of the Ramadasa Ashram in Chengottukonam in Kerala, inaugurated the event. He suggested that a world parliament be formed for Hindus. Cultural programs included a concert and a Carnatic music recital.




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With an Asian Influx, a Suburb Finds Itself Transformed
Posted on 2001/5/25 23:46:02 ( 619 reads )


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FREMONT, CALIFORNIA, May 26, 2001: The change in Fremont was subtle. One day, Hillside Drive was renamed Gurdwara Road, for the Gurdwara Sahib Temple, which Sikh residents built there. There is little doubt that over the last ten years, a blue-collar, somewhat anonymous, community has essentially disappeared. In its place has arisen something dazzlingly different: a magnet for Asian immigrants, including many Hindus, forsaking urban enclaves to move to the suburbs in such numbers that they transform them. The new Fremonters include Silicon Valley engineers, entrepreneurs of every persuasion -- from Hindus owning convenience stores to Chinese chief executives living in Mediterranean palazzos -- as well as Fijian Indians, Filipinos and one of the country's largest concentrations of Afghan refugees. The latest census figures disclose that the Asian population doubled since 1990 in this city of 206,000 people, to 37 percent from 19 percent. Nationally, Asians now account for 4 percent of the population. Among cities of more than 100,000 people, Fremont is one of five with the highest percentage of Asian residents.




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Hindus May Lose Nepal Kingdom
Posted on 2001/5/24 23:49:02 ( 689 reads )


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KATHMANDU, NEPAL, May 24, 2001: Nepal may no longer be a Hindu kingdom if a bid by minority communities not to register themselves as Hindus succeeds in this year's census. After three centuries of being under the Hindu umbrella, the janajatis, or minority communities and tribespersons, are demanding the right to propagate their independent culture -- a move encourage by Christian missionaries as a way to divide the Hindus. Nepal has 20.3 million people and its minorities comprise roughly 60 per cent. If the janajatis succeed in their bid, and the ratio of Hindus to other religions becomes say 50-50 or even 60-40, a constitutional crisis may emerge, experts feel. According to a high-ranking official at Janajati Mahasangh (the umbrella organization of minorities), 49 percent of the Limbus, 65 percent of the Rais, 57 percent of the Thakalis and 96.5 percent of the Sunuwars registered themselves as Hindu in 1991.




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Malaysia Venue for World Renowned Tamil Poets and Writers
Posted on 2001/5/24 23:48:02 ( 837 reads )


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KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, May 24, 2001: Some of the world's greatest Tamil poets and writers will converge here on Saturday for the fourth annual Tamil Writers Day where they will be honored for their literary works. The event, organized by the Bharathidasan Association of Malaysia, will be held at the Putra World Trade Centre. Bharathidasan was one of the greatest Tamil poets of the 20th century and a brave freedom fighter in India. Association president Datin Seri Indrani Samy Vellu said a number of poets and speakers from Tamil Nadu, South India and selected Malaysian Tamil writers would be honored at the function for their contributions to the Tamil literary world. "We have some worldclass poets and writers in the making and we aim to provide them the recognition and acknowledgement they deserve," she said. She said the association was aiming to create more "Bharathidasans among Malaysians."




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MacDonalds Tries to Make Amends
Posted on 2001/5/24 23:47:02 ( 683 reads )


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NEW YORK, May 24, 2001: The words "we apologize" and "we regret" are to be noted in a public apology MacDonalds posted on the company's U.S. web site. After a recent lawsuit by Hindu lawyer Harish Bharti, the fast-food chain has attempted to make amends. Vegetarian Hindus around the world were offended to find out that the so-called natural flavoring listed as an ingredient was indeed a beef flavoring added to the French fries at the MacDonald's potato processing plants. To add to the deception, the company advertised extensively that their French fries were cooked in vegetable oil. It would be natural to assume that the fries contained no animal products. In their own defense, the company stated it is not required by the U.S. FDA to reveal the use of beef flavoring.




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Lawyer Rejects McDonald's Apology
Posted on 2001/5/24 23:46:02 ( 866 reads )


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SEATTLE, U.S.A., May 25, 2001: An apology by McDonald's Corp. for any confusion about the beef flavoring in its U.S. french fries won't affect three lawsuits, the lawyer who filed the cases says. Harish Bharti would continue to pursue the cases he has brought in King County Superior Court and in British Columbia and California. He took issue with the language of the apology. "From my point of view, 'confusion' is not the appropriate term," Bharti said. "They launched a media campaign of deception."




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US Lawmakers Urge Intervention Against Taliban
Posted on 2001/5/23 23:49:02 ( 646 reads )


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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 24, 2001: More than 100 US lawmakers have written to President George W. Bush urging him to intervene against Afghanistan's ruling Taliban militia's edict that Hindus in the country identify themselves by wearing labels on their clothing, according to this report by India Abroad. Dozens of other news stories have appeared on this edict because of the similarity of the move to the Nazi's treatment of the Jews. In fact, the story has been several times the lead story of the AP wire service, and once the second to top story on the New York Times. In all cases, the stories are completely sympathetic to the Hindus. The lawmakers wrote to President Bush, "We are writing to you today because we are extremely concerned after hearing news reports which indicate that the Taliban leadership in Afghanistan plans to force Afghan Hindus to wear labels on their clothing to differentiate them from Muslims. We urge you to immediately take steps that will convince the Taliban to withdraw this proposal. History has shown over and over that segregation of this kind can lead to genocide. This action alone is enough to raise that specter."




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Dalai Lama Attends U.S. Conference on Meditation Research
Posted on 2001/5/23 23:48:02 ( 698 reads )


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MADISON,WISCONSIN, May 20, 2001: Collaborating with the Mind & Life Conference consisting of Western philosophers and scientists, the Dalai Lama will attend the University of Wisconsin on May 22 and May 23 to observe a research session on emotions and the brain. The highlight of this session will be research conducted on the brain of Buddhist monk and French biologist, Matthieu Ricard, a dedicated meditator. High-tech equipment at the University's $10-million-dollar laboratory is able to track biochemicals in the brain and observe how the brain responds to different emotions. A huge 16-ton magnet in what is called a MRI scanner can track the brain as it processes information and emotions while PET uses radioactive tracers to measure chemical activity.




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400,000 Australians Fast
Posted on 2001/5/23 23:47:02 ( 724 reads )


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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, MAY 21, 2001: More than 400,000 Australians took part in a nationwide fast lasting 40 hours. World Vision, an Australia-based Christian body, organized the "40-Hour Famine," to raise funds for bonded child workers in India and other deprived people the world over. According to World Vision, the objective of the fast was to "help to secure the right to adequate levels of food for populations facing starvation and help them guard against future tragedies." The organization is particularly concerned with the children in India who are in bonded labor and often work under harsh conditions from early morning to late evening. Part of the estimated Australian $6 million raised from the fast will be used to buy the freedom of many bonded children. Funds will also be used to clear land mines in Cambodia and provide food and healthcare for deprived children in many parts of the world.




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Atlanta Temple Gets Good Press
Posted on 2001/5/23 23:46:02 ( 722 reads )


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ATLANTA, GEORGIA, May 19, 2001: The Atlanta Journal Constitution, one of America's leading newspaper, has provided a respectful report on one of the many places in metro Atlanta where people regularly gather to pray and seek spiritual fulfillment, the Hindu Temple of Riverdale, Atlanta. The article describes the temple as one modeled on the 5000-year-old Tirupathi of South India, and goes on to give a history primer on Hinduism mentioning that the goal of human life being to realize the divine essence within ourselves and ultimately to become one with God. There are 40,000 Hindus in metro Atlanta and 1.3 million in the United States. The temple worship protocol is described, such as the removal of shoes, with worshippers sitting on the floor. The story is well researched, with people from the community interviewed. Symbolism of the deities are detailed, and the philosophy of karma, whereby every action having a consequence, is described in context.




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