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Fiji Temple Desecrated
Posted on 2001/3/21 22:49:02 ( 825 reads )


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SUVA, FIJI, March 20, 2001: A small Hindu community in Lautoka in western Fiji has asked for police protection after thugs broke into their temple and desecrated it. Davinesh Reddy, the caretaker of the Gangamman Kovil temple in Velovelo, Wairebatia, said that gold ornaments were stolen from the temple and the Deity statues stripped of their attire. The thieves also made off with about $300 and caused $200 worth of damage.




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Exploiting Religion For Land
Posted on 2001/3/21 22:48:02 ( 747 reads )


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LUCKNOW, INDIA, March 20, 2001: Building temples has become one way to grab land in some parts of India. An unauthorized temple often begins with the installation of the Deity and then grows into a full-fledged temple over time. In Lucknow's Gomti Nagar township, large green stretches of land and parks were planned for the new residential area. As people began moving into newly-built apartments, someone quietly placed a few rocks and a Siva Linga in the corner of one such park. The corner began to draw attention and soon a brick wall was erected. Today the site has become a full-fledged Siva temple and the grounds cover more than 100 square meters of parkland. In another case, a person started a temple on a corner facing a busy traffic intersection. He then transformed the building into a restaurant. Now no one can uproot this encroachment now that the person running the restaurant has managed to get an injunction against a court-ordered demolition. Building temples has become one of the easiest and most convenient means of grabbing land because the culprits are aware of the immunity they enjoy. The encroachment may end up being a traffic hazard or inconvenience to the public but everyone falls in line because mosques and temples are too sacred to be touched by anyone.




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VHP Supports Political Party Advocating Change in Temple Management
Posted on 2001/3/20 22:49:02 ( 635 reads )


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COIMBATORE, INDIA, March 19, 2001: Extending its support to Tamil Nadu parties that advocate that an autonomous board be set up to oversee Hindu Temples, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad wants the state government to hand over the management of temples. Churches and mosques are already governed by autonomous bodies and the VHP wants the same treatment for Hindu Temples. As they extend their influence even further in the political arena, the VHP may impose blanket bans on conversions.




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"Om A Little Teapot..."
Posted on 2001/3/20 22:48:02 ( 723 reads )


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NEW YORK, NEW YORK, February 19, 2001: In a Saturday-morning class of mothers and toddlers at New York City's Next Generation Yoga Studio, students become sleeping doggies, lions and snakes before the 45-minute session is over. Baby boomers are introducing their children to yoga, believing that balanced lives begin with balanced children. YogaKids, an organization in Michigan City, Indiana, that certifies adults to teach yoga to children, has produced a video tutorial which has sold 80,000 copies since 1996. Enthusiasts believe that yoga and its meditational tools can be helpful to children with learning or behavioral difficulties such as attention-deficit disorder. The asanas have been used by some instructors to strengthen the muscles of children with Down's syndrome. Yoga has also proven to help with the self-esteem of severely disabled children at a Chicago public school.




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Documents Allege Abuse of Nuns by Priests
Posted on 2001/3/20 22:47:02 ( 811 reads )

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Malays Attacking Hindus
Posted on 2001/3/20 22:46:02 ( 691 reads )


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KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, March 20, 2001: Beneath the normally tranquil surface of Malaysian society, dangerous tensions and the potential for violence still lurk. Sixteen-year-old Indran Rajasinga was on his way home when he was attacked by a gang of Malay youths. "I have no idea how I got away." A wound to his head required stitches and an injury to his leg are the only scars he bears. But the fear is still there. He has not left home in days. "Now I only need to see a Malay and I feel angry," Indran said. "If they attack the Indians again, we will fight back." Four days of vicious street battles between Indians and Malays in the squalid townships brought Malaysia its closest brush with serious ethnic strife in over 30 years. Hundreds of riot police and paramilitary troops managed to restore order, but six people were confirmed dead, and dozens of others were injured.




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US Rejects Taliban Explanation On Buddhas
Posted on 2001/3/19 22:49:02 ( 733 reads )


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WASHINGTON, U.S.A, March 20, 2001: The US has dismissed as "inaccurate and self-serving" the Taliban militia's explanation that it blew up two giant Buddha statues in Afghanistan in a fit of pique after a foreign delegation offered money to help preserve these ancient artifacts. "We definitely don't buy this explanation," State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said after US officials had a "working-level" meeting with Taliban representative Sayed Rahmatullah Hashimi. Earlier, Hashimi who expressed no remorse over the demolitions, told The New York Times that the Taliban made its decision in a rage after the delegation including a representative of Unesco offered money for the statues while a million Afghans faced starvation. "When your children are dying, you don't care about a piece of art," he added.




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Indian Vets Give Tips On Elephant Care In Sri Lanka
Posted on 2001/3/19 22:48:02 ( 725 reads )


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COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, March 16, 2001: Two leading Indian veterinarians, Dr. V. Krishamurty and Dr. J. Cheeran of the Bangalore-based Asian Elephant Conservation Center, made house calls on over 60 domesticated elephants around Sri Lanka, treating them and giving their mahouts tips on pachyderm care. Largely appreciative of the care lavished on the elephants kept as family pets and status symbols, the Indian doctors were less satisfied about the effects commercial exploitation had on the animals, said Jayantha Jayewardene of the Biodiversity and Elephant Conservation Trust, a non-governmental organization (NGO) which brought the experts to the country. Apart from giving medical treatment to the captive elephants, they also held lectures and demonstrations for local vets and veterinary science students at the world's first elephant orphanage at Pinnawela. There was a serious shortage of local vets specializing in caring for large animals and vets practicing traditional medicine, Jayewardene said.




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Padayatra To Retrace Footsteps Of Adi Shankara
Posted on 2001/3/19 22:47:02 ( 752 reads )


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BANGALORE, INDIA, March 19, 2001: Fifty-seven-year old Colonel S.S. Rajan set on a "padayatra" or foot journey, to cover a distance of 16,000 km in order to spread the message of peace, and to retrace the hallowed footsteps of Adi Shankara, as part of the spiritual renaissance. "Walking has its own challenges," says the retired additional chief engineer of the Army. "This is my tapasya (spiritual austerity)," he said. In a span of two-and-a-half years he will be visiting 180 places including sites in Pakistan and Bangladesh. "The aim is to promote unity in every corner of the sub-continent," he said.




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A New Home for Delhi's Monkeys
Posted on 2001/3/19 22:46:02 ( 725 reads )


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NEW DELHI, INDIA, March 18, 2001: An estimated 5,000 monkeys are roaming freely in the capital and in some cases creating havoc among the populace. In an attempt to rescue some of these monkeys and return them to their natural habitat, a non-governmental organization has formed a rescue center in the state of Haryana. Expecting cooperation to catch the monkeys from civic bodies such as the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, a spokesman from this group states they have been given no instructions to work with the NGO. Primatologist Iqbal Malik expresses his concern over the situation, "They have just enough space for 100 monkeys. But Delhi has some 5,000." Suggesting that in order to successfully relocate the monkeys a plan must be orchestrated; Malik advocates that a forest be allocated in the country, that the forest department be moved to the Central list so monkeys can be transferred to other states, and that a quarantine center be set up. Then and only then does Malik feel that is would be appropriate to have civic agencies begin trapping the animals.




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People For Animals Group Charged With Desecrating Ashram
Posted on 2001/3/18 22:49:02 ( 746 reads )


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LUDHIANA, INDIA, March 18, 2001: Resentment prevails among hundreds of devotees of Baba Kirti Giri against People For Animals (PFA, which is not the same organization as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, PETA) for entering the ashram with shoes on and later taking away a couple of cheetah skins, including one used by the Baba for meditation, with the help of the police. Following intervention by local leaders, the skins, which the Baba said had been given to him by a devotee 32 years ago, have been returned to the ashram, but the devotees feel the PFA exceeded its limits in entering a religious place in search of animal skins. Sandeep Jain, president of PFA, could not be reached in spite of several attempts to do so. Meanwhile, PFA refuted the communal charges levelled against them by Kirthi Giri. Ajay Jain, general secretary, PFA, said that the officials had gone bare foot and visited the shrine just to seize the tiger skin which Kirti Giri had been using as a cushion.




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Taliban Kills Cows to Atone for 'Delay' on Statues
Posted on 2001/3/18 22:48:02 ( 719 reads )


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ISLAMABAD, AFGHANISTAN, March 15, 2001: The Taliban movement's Voice of Shariat radio said its supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar had ordered the slaughter of 12 cows in the capital Kabul and at least three each in 29 other Taliban-held provincial capitals to atone for its "delay" in destroying Afghanistan's historic statues of the Buddha. The radical Islamic movement which seized power in 1996 issued a decree on February 27 for the destruction of all Afghanistan's mainly Buddhist statues on the grounds that they were heathen idols, and carried out the task despite international protests. Taliban Foreign Minister Wakil Ahmad Muttawakil told reporters in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday that statues worshiped by the country's small Hindu minority had been spared.




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Cycle of Motherhood - A Sign of the Times
Posted on 2001/3/18 22:47:02 ( 780 reads )


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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, March 18, 2001: Your children have rights too. So expounds this article that delves into the role of woman in the West and how this has affected child-rearing. One hundred fifty years ago, women were expected to marry and bear children. Their primary responsibility was nurturing family members on all levels, as well as keeping everyone centered morally and culturally. Today's so-called modern woman has more choices, a career, marriage, and children. But to what avail? Thinking that they can do it all, women have found that their children are suffering the most. Children are faced with the same problems today as in the past, but with one big difference; they have no refuge, no place where they can be accepted no matter what. Mom is stretched so thin that she is seldom home and when she is home, she is exhausted. On a final note the writer of the article proposes a new social ethos, "Do not choose to have children unless you plan to stay home and take care of them," and "We can't recognize the clues of a troubled soul if we aren't around to see them."




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Hindus and Sikhs Protected from Taliban's Campaign of Icon Destruction
Posted on 2001/3/17 22:49:02 ( 695 reads )


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AFGHANISTAN, March 14, 2001: Despite international condemnation, the Taliban ruler in Afghanistan has continued with destroying Buddhist statues in its countryside. The Taliban said they would allow journalists to the site in a few days. Fortunately for the minority population of Hindus and Sikhs who actively worship deities, the Taliban foreign minister offered reassuring words, "Their statues will not be smashed as they are worshipping them as part of their religious rituals." With Taliban armed troops carrying out the campaign of destruction, some Hindus and Sikhs have erected walls around their temple icons, just in case.




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Oil Massage for Infants
Posted on 2001/3/17 22:48:02 ( 735 reads )


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DELHI, INDIA, March 1, 2001: Every new mother lovingly wants their infant to sleep well and grow to their potential physically. Dr. K. N. Agarwal recently published an article in the Indian Journal of Medical Research that advocates oil massage to advance these two goals for your child. The oil massage is an ancient practice in India, and detailed in the Ayurveda texts. In a study conducted at the University College of Medical Sciences in Delhi, four groups of infants receiving a 10-minute massage on a daily basis were compared to a control group that did not receive the massage. After four weeks the groups who received oil massages had gained weight, height and increased head, arm and leg circumference. The increases compared to the control group were significant and measurable. With the added boon of contented sleep, babies receiving massage had increased blood flow and levels of growth hormones in their systems.




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