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UK Pupils Breath-tested For Smoking
Posted on 2001/5/20 23:45:02 ( 716 reads )


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LONDON, May 21, 2001: Schools across Britain have begun to breath-test students in an effort to weed out those who are smoking. Teachers and nurses are using a new portable device, called the Smokerlyzer, to detect even minute traces of cigarette smoke. Children blow into a mouthpiece attached to a plastic box which has lights. The device analyzes carbon monoxide in the breath and indicates if the user smokes. A green light flashes on the device for a non-smoker, a yellow light reveals a moderate smoker and if a red light is triggered, it means the user is a heavy smoker. At present, parents will not be told if their children are found to be smoking, but this policy maybe reviewed. Instead, a "softly-softly" approach is being adopted by headmasters. Children found to be smokers will be lectured on the danger of cigarettes and classes that are found to be "smoker-free" will be rewarded with free passes to leisure clubs and even to cinemas. Teachers said that the shame of being identified as a smoker had led to many of the youngsters giving up cigarettes.




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US Census Counts 1.7 Million Asian Indians
Posted on 2001/5/19 23:49:02 ( 803 reads )


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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 15, 2001: Indian-Americans now comprise a whopping 1.7 million of the total U.S. population of 281, 421, 906. This statistic is part of the U.S. Census 2000 results recently completed. Equivalent to the number of inhabitants in the state of Nebraska, Indian-Americans rank as the third largest Asian-American group next to the Chinese and Filipinos. From 1990 to the year 2000, the Indian Community increased by 106 percent. The growth can be attributed at least in part by the influx of H-1B visa holders and their families. In the year 2000 alone, 55,047 H-1B visas were issued to those from India. The 1.7 million Indians includes all religions, and as the religious division here follows that of India itself, there should be about 1.4 million Hindus among them. However, one doesn't know how the hundreds of thousands of Hindus from the Caribbean would have identified themselves. As well, minorities are normally undercounted in the census, especially those whose immigration status is less than clear.




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Traces of Ancient Civilization Found
Posted on 2001/5/19 23:48:02 ( 702 reads )


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NEW DELHI, INDIA, May 19, 2001: The Bhuj quake rekindled the theory that an earthquake was responsible for the disappearance of the Indus Valley civilization. Now the discovery of artifacts in the Gulf of Cambay in Gujarat dating to 4000 to 6000 bce has given a new dimension to archaeologists in understanding the Harappan civilization. Underwater images of several geometric (and therefore likely manmade) objects in the Gulf, have been taken by a team of scientists from the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT). Union Minister for Ocean Development and Science and Technology, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, said an area spanning 9 km west of Hazira in Gujarat was found a metropolis-like image, partially covered by sand ripples at a depth of 30 to 40 meters. The possible existence of proper drainage system in the area, as well as a great bath measuring 41m x 25m with steps visible indicated the similarity of this new discovery to the great bath found at Mohanjadaro and Harappa. Among the findings was also a 44m x 19m structure with semblance to a temple, Dr Joshi said.




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Sanskrit Theatre on UNESCO Heritage List
Posted on 2001/5/19 23:47:02 ( 730 reads )


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NEW YORK, NEW YORK, May 18, 2001: A list of cultural traditions named "masterpieces of intangible heritage" by UNESCO, has included India's Kuttiyattam Sanskrit theater. The theater shares the honors along with a diverse, internationally chosen group such as the Kunqu Opera of China and the Garifuna language, dance and music of Belize.




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New York Gets Replica of Tamil Nadu's Sri Ranganatha Temple
Posted on 2001/5/19 23:46:02 ( 762 reads )


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NEW YORK, U.S.A., May 10, 2001: A US$2 million Hindu temple modeled after the famous Sri Ranganatha Temple of Srirangam in Tamil Nadu has come up in Pomona, New York, built by the Sri Ranganatha Seva Samiti. From May 23 until May 27, the temple will be formally consecrated. The complex, that stands on a five-acre plot, has a 6,000- square-foot temple, 5000-square-foot hall for religious, social and cultural functions and children's classes and library, and parking for 200 cars. The sanctum sanctorum features Lord Ranganatha or Lord Narayana, the form of Lord Vishnu in a state of repose on a bed of the five-headed serpent, Adisesha, the form found in Sriranagam temple.




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Cow Slaughter at Christian School
Posted on 2001/5/19 23:45:02 ( 778 reads )


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BREA, CALIFORNIA, May 18, 2001: Students of Carbon Canyon Christian school, located in a rural area in Southern California, witnessed the slaughter of a 1,000 pound steer they had raised at the school as part of a demonstration to teach them where meat comes from. Students as young as 5-years-old watched as the butcher used a stun gun to immobilize the 2-year-old steer named T-Bone. The animal was then cut apart with a knife, and skinned. The organs were removed, giving the students a close-up look at the heart, the tendons and other parts of the carcass. Most of the students were fascinated and school teachers regarded it as a valuable educational experience. Teen-age protesters from outside the school tried to stop the slaughter by forming a human chain to prevent the butcher from entering the school. Among the many animal rights groups shocked by the incident was Los Angeles-based Last Chance for Animals. A spokesperson for the group cautioned that the lesson may have a lasting effect on children and stated that, "Studies have shown that when children view violence against animals, it desensitizes them to animal cruelty and makes them more aggressive.




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RK Mission's Former General Secretary Passes On
Posted on 2001/5/19 23:44:02 ( 749 reads )


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KOLKATA, INDIA, May 19, 2001: Swami Hiranmayanandaji Maharaj, former general secretary of Ramakrishna Mission, died at the Mission headquarters at Belur Math on Friday night. He was 91. He was suffering from stomach cancer, besides various other ailments. He was cremated at Belur Math. Initiated in 1929 by Srimat Swami Shivanandaji Maharaj, a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna, he joined the order at Belur Math in 1933. He was elected a trustee of the Ramakrishna Math and a member of the governing body of Ramakrishna Mission in 1973. He served as the general secretary of the Order between April 1985 and February 1989.




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No More Dissections in India's CBSE Course.
Posted on 2001/5/18 23:49:02 ( 682 reads )


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NEW DELHI, INDIA, May 17, 2001: From this year, India's Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is scrapping dissections of animals completely, coinciding with the 2,600th anniversary of the Mahavir the founder of Jainism who preached non-violence. "The idea is to develop a steady hand, and one can learn how to make a fine incision on a pumpkin as well, so why kill an animal?" CBSE chairman Ashok Ganguly reasons. "The reason for dissections was to help develop skills necessary for students pursuing a career in medicine. Over the past few years, animal activists have targeted the use of animals for biology experiments in schools. Two years ago, the Supreme court made it optional.




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Hindu Temple Attacked in Tripura
Posted on 2001/5/18 23:48:02 ( 878 reads )


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KOLKOTA, INDIA, May 17, 2001: At least 14 people were injured, eight of them seriously, in an attack by separatist militants in Tripura on Thursday evening. D. Goutam, Superintendent of Police (Operations) said 15 militants of the National Liberation Front of Tripura stormed the Bholagiri Ashram, a Hindu religious place in the outskirts of Agartala at around 6 pm and fired indiscriminately from automatic weapons. A massive search has been launched to track down the assailants.




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Hindus in New Zealand Celebrate Mother's Day Indian Style
Posted on 2001/5/18 23:47:02 ( 726 reads )


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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, MAY 15, 2001: About 50 Hindu children washed their mother's feet in traditional Hindu manner to express their appreciation on Mother's Day. The Matru Puja (mother worship) began with an invocation to Ganesha followed by Sanskrit hymns sung in praise of mothers. The children prostrated to their mothers and washed their feet. They also put turmeric, kumkum and sandalwood on their mother's feet and forehead. The Auckland event was organized to illustrate the mothers' importance to their children and to show the way it is done back in India where Hindu mothers represent god and Mother's Day occurs 365 days a year.




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Kids Who Witness Violence at Home
Posted on 2001/5/18 23:46:02 ( 725 reads )


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SINGAPORE, May 13, 2001: Children who experience abuse in the family often bear emotional scars. A US study shows they sometimes grow up to be abusive parents themselves. At a symposium held in Singapore, Professor Jeffrey Edleson, director of the Minnesota Centre Against Violence and Abuse, said that a study of 500 American families which experienced domestic violence found that 17 per cent had seen violent behavior at home as children. Thirty to 60 per cent of wife-battery cases investigated in the United States included abuse of children in the family. And one out of three among the three million abused children in America grow up to be abusive parents. In Singapore, although there are no parallel statistics on children who have witnessed domestic violence, a service center specializing in dealing with family violence said that in the 568 cases it handled, 827 children had seen their parents, usually their mothers, suffer violence at home.




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Governor Joins Utah Hindu Temple Fundraiser
Posted on 2001/5/18 23:45:02 ( 793 reads )


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SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, May 15, 2001: Five hundred Hindu families have joined forces to raise money to build a cultural centre next door to the proposed Ganesha Temple in South Jordon, Utah. Governor Mike Leavitt was on hand at a recent fund-raising for the centre. Promoting Indian dance, music, and dinner, the attraction raised $110,000. The Indian community was commended by the Governor for its contribution to Utah's economy and its cultural diversity. Spokesman for the Indian community, Dinesh Patel, expects the construction for the temple and cultural centre to begin in two or three years, as the Indian population is small in Utah.




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Canada Church School Correction
Posted on 2001/5/18 23:44:02 ( 842 reads )


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A reader clarifies that in the article (source above), "Anglican Bishops in Canada Confront Government over Lawsuits," the word "Indians" refers to the Aboriginals and Native tribesmen of North America who migrated from Asia more than 10,000 years ago and not "Indians" from South Asia.




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Rabindranath Tagore's 140th Birth Anniversary Celebrated in Moscow
Posted on 2001/5/17 23:49:02 ( 809 reads )


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MOSCOW, RUSSIA, May 09, 2001: The Indian community and Russians alike gathered around a massive monument of noble laureate Rabindranath Tagore, the largest in Europe, here to celebrate the 140th birthday of one of India's greatest literateurs of the 20th century. "Rabindranath Tagore is not only the best read and most revered Indian literary figure in Russia, he is among the most widely read foreign poet in this country," said Professor Alexander Danilchuk, who has authored a number of books on the life, philosophy and works of Tagore (1861-1721). The state-run TV channel "Kultura" screened a documentary on Tagore to honor the great poet on his birth anniversary Tuesday. Tagore's humanistic philosophy was compared to that of Russian writer Leo Tolstoy. When Russian Prime Minister Putin, addressed the Indian Parliament, he said, "Tolstoy and Tagore have made immense contributions to enriching the spiritual friendship between our two peoples."




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Vajpayee Visit Throws Light on Indian Diaspora in Malaysia
Posted on 2001/5/17 23:48:02 ( 688 reads )


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KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, May 15, 20011: The recent communal clashes outside the Malaysian capital involving ethnic Indians and indigenous Malays have thrown light on a neglected segment of the India diaspora that has possibly the largest Indian origin community outside the Indian subcontinent. In April, about a dozen people, most of them Indians, were killed in clashes. Although the incidents were local, it caused alarm in a nation of 20 million that is otherwise known for communal harmony. Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, on an official visit to Malaysia, raised the issue with his host, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Mahathir explained that the situation has been brought under control and his government was seeking to integrate the community more by giving them more political empowerment. There are approximately two million people of Indian origin in Malaysia. The Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) representing the interests of the Indians, claimed that Indian youth held only 0.7 percent of administrative posts in the corporate sector, down from 0.9 percent five years ago.




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