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US Government Grants for Hindu Artists
Posted on 2001/5/3 23:48:02 ( 837 reads )


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WASHINGTON, D.C, Friday, May 4, 2001: The US Government-funded National Endowment for the Arts announced that it will provide nearly $54 million to arts organizations across the country in its second and final round of grants for the fiscal year 2001. They include the Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose (US$5,000), bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer Parijat Desai (sharing a $10,000 grant), the Natya Dance Theatre ($5,000) and the RASIKA India Arts and Culture Council ($5,000). The Abhinaya company will use it to expand their program of instruction in dance for youth. Desai will use her grant in collaboration with other artists of the "Grand Performances" of Los Angeles for free programs. The Natya theatre will work on a project in collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. RASIKA will use its grant to support the Prodigies of India Classical Music Project.




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Vegetarians Have a Beef With McDonald's
Posted on 2001/5/3 23:47:02 ( 848 reads )


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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, May 4, 2001: McDonald's french fries have slipped from the frying pan into the fire with the company's admission that the one billion pounds of fries served yearly in the USA are flavored with beef. Several articles have appeared today on the issue, including the one at "source." Hindus and vegetarians here in Seattle have filed a class action lawsuit against the company. McDonalds announced in 1990 that it was switching from using beef tallow to fry the fries to vegetable oil. Vegetarians assumed this meant the fries were safe for consumption. But now comes the revelation from their US head office that small amounts of beef are used in the fries, in order to replicate the flavor previously achieved by frying in beef tallow. The India branches of McDonalds have been inundated with inquiries, and the Mumbai branch trashed by Hindu activists. However, McDonalds in India maintains no beef is used to flavor their fries, although the prepackage fries cartons say, "Made in New Zealand."




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India bans radical Muslim group
Posted on 2001/5/3 23:46:02 ( 769 reads )


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NEW DELHI, INDIA, May, 4, 2001: The Indian Government has banned a radical Muslim group it blames for a series of bomb attacks on Christian churches in southern India last year. A government statement said the group, Deendar Anjuman, had the potential to disturb communal harmony and disrupt the secular fabric of the nation. Members of Deendar Anjuman accused the government of trying to divert attention from domestic political problems. The Muslim group has denied any involvement in the attacks on churches, in which more than 20 people were injured. Evidence linked them to the attacks, however.




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U.S. Commission Again Criticizes Religious Freedom in India
Posted on 2001/5/2 23:49:02 ( 688 reads )


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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 30, 2001: The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom said that India, while generally respecting religious freedom, may not be doing all that it could to prevent violence against minority religions. The commission singled out China for its most severe criticism, but, in addition to India, criticized Indonesia, Russia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Iran, Sudan, Vietnam and North Korea of either directly violating religious freedoms, permitting local or regional governments to restrict freedoms or ignoring intercommunity violence. This article doesn't mention it, but the commission has mainly voiced concern about the freedom of Christians in other countries, especially where Christians are restricted in their proselytization efforts. It is considered by some Americans as contrary to the Constitution's intention of separation of church and state.




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Christians Jointly Repent for Two Millennia of Anti-Semitism
Posted on 2001/5/2 23:48:02 ( 829 reads )


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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL, April 20, 2000: With heads bowed, more than 1,100 Christians stood in Jerusalem to confess and repent two millennia of anti-Semitism in the name of Christianity. The two-hour service, held April 20, included Bible readings, hymns, talks, historical narratives, music and a 256-word confessional that moved many Christians and Jews to tears. The biblical passages in the narratives were read by eight clergy from different faiths, including Lutheran, Dutch Reformed and Anglican churches, from several countries including Canada, Estonia, Australia, South Africa, the Netherlands and Germany. The repentance service was part of a three-day conference as a "time to reflect, to repent, to get right with God and our elder brother, Israel," according to The Jerusalem Post. There was no mention in this article of plans for Christians to apologize to the American Indians, Hawaiians, ancient Pagan religions of Europe, or any other the other cultures or faiths persecuted or wiped out in the name of "proselytization."




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Atlanta Church Upholds Corporal Punishment for Children
Posted on 2001/5/2 23:47:02 ( 846 reads )


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ATLANTA, GEORGIA, April 30, 2001: While many parents across the nation are finding nonviolent and effective ways of disciplining their children, there are those who still believe in "Spare the rod, Spoil the child." One such institution called the House of Prayer church in Atlanta has attracted the attention of police, social workers and the media when it was discovered that two young boys of their congregation displayed welts and wounds to their teachers at school. After investigation, ten members of the House of Prayer were charged with child abuse and 41 children were removed from these abusive homes and placed in foster care. By taking parenting classes and abiding by conditions laid out by the court, the parents could get their children back. Sadly enough, parents have refused to relinquish the teachings of the House of Prayer. The church pastor advocates a literal interpretation of Proverbs 23.13 which states, " Withhold not correction from the child, for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die." As a result of this case, debate has been kindled as to when corporal punishment becomes child abuse and the rights of parents to beat their children.




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Ranganatha Temple Maha Samprokshanam in May
Posted on 2001/5/1 23:49:02 ( 868 reads )


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NEW YORK, April 28, 2001: The newly-built Sri Ranganatha temple in Pomona, New York, will have its Maha Samprokshanam, dedication, on May 27, 2001. After 14 years of persistent effort, the $2 million temple opened its doors in February for worship. Hundreds of Hindus, neighbors and local dignitaries attended the open house held on March 10th. The 6,000-sq. ft. main temple which is patterned after the famous Sayana Perumul Sri Ranganatha of Srirangam is situated on a 5-acre parcel. The Maha Samprokshanam will be held the last week in May 2001.




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Efforts to Deport Illegal Bangaleshi From Delhi
Posted on 2001/5/1 23:48:02 ( 837 reads )


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NEW DELHI, INDIA, April 27, 2001 : At the current rate, it would take no less than 300 years to clear the New Delhi of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants. There is a provision which says that the cops have to keep a constant tab on the population of Bangladeshi nationals. However, the police hardly ever take this task seriously and the "nil" report is forwarded to Ministry of Home Affairs. With the current population of around 16 lakh Bangladeshis, it will need a super-human effort from all the concerned agencies to clear the Capital of foreigners. "There are so many legal wrangles and procedures involved in deporting a foreigner from the Indian soil. It will take more than 300 years," a senior police official said.




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Heart Attack Strikes VHP Chief Ashok Singhal
Posted on 2001/5/1 23:47:02 ( 820 reads )


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COIMBATORE, INDIA, May 1, 2001: Vishwa Hindu Parishad international working president Ashok Singhal suffered a massive heart attack on Tuesday and was admitted to a private hospital in Coimbatore. His condition is now stable but he will be under close observation for another 48 hours, Dr G Bhaktavatsalam, chairman of K G Hospital, said. Singhal was given thrombolysis and other blood-clot dissolving measures by a panel of heart specialists, he said. The VHP leader had suffered a earlier heart attack in 1992 while on a visit to Holland.




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Sri Lanka Bans Genetically Modified Food
Posted on 2001/5/1 23:46:02 ( 808 reads )


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COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, May 1, 2001: Joining a growing list of nations, including all in Europe, the Health Ministry of Sri Lanka banned all imports of raw and processed food which have been genetically modified. Importers are complaining that they will not be able to meet the requirements for scientific testing to find such genes as those associated with the Starlink corn, which has been found in other corn seed in America.




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New Siva Temple at Malibu
Posted on 2001/4/28 23:49:02 ( 842 reads )


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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, April 27,2001: Nestled between the San Fernanda Valley and Malibu in the Santa Monica Mountains, lies a Hindu Temple where more than 3,000 people gather each weekend to worship. Originally built in 1984 and dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the site was chosen because the terrain is similar to the seven hills temple, Venkateswara Tirupati Temple, in India's Eastern Ghat. New activity and an expansion project has brought 14 artisans from India to create a new temple on the same location in honor of Lord Siva. Built in the traditional South Indian style, the new temple's construction is overseen by Indian temple designer, Muthiah Sthapathy. With careful consideration, the rules of vastu, the Indian art of placement, have been followed in the construction of both temples so that the energy stays uplifting. The Malibu Temple is a popular place of pilgrimage for East Indians travelling to the Los Angeles area.




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Temple Control Escalates to Violence
Posted on 2001/4/28 23:48:02 ( 742 reads )


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KATHUA, INDIA, April 28, 2001: Two rival groups, the Shiv Sena and Mandi Sher Singh, who have been fighting over the control of old Ashapurni Mandir, have been debarred from the religious place by police. The situation escalated to violence on April 28 where 8 people were injured after a clash of swords and rods. Meanwhile, the local people have appealed to authorities to set up a trust to run the affairs of the temple so that it can be re-opened for worship. They also advocated that the two rival groups not be allowed on the premises or allowed to dictate the affairs of the temple in any capacity.




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Pregnant Women and Curry
Posted on 2001/4/28 23:47:02 ( 799 reads )


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LONDON, ENGLAND, April 24, 2001: Pregnancy is notorious for bringing out food cravings in women, especially around the fourth month. In Britain, after completing a survey on 500 mothers-to-be, a British supermarket chain has concluded that the food of choice for 75% of these women was none other than the nutritious and delicious East Indian curry.




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ISKCON Devotees and Monks Held After Clash
Posted on 2001/4/27 23:49:02 ( 815 reads )


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KOLKATA, INDIA, April 29, 2001: The police arrested 72 devotees and monks of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) who went on the rampage and clashed inside its Kolkata temple office on Saturday, according to this report from Times of India. An assistant commissioner of police and four constables were injured while trying to separate the warring sadhus. Some monks and devotees were also injured and furniture was damaged in the clash over "an old dispute," police said. About 150 devotees and monks of ISKCON's Mayapur temple in Nadia district arrived here on Friday night and tried to "evict the outsiders" in the ISKCON's Albert Road temple office. This led to heated exchanges and scuffles, police said. Though the nature of the "dispute" was not known to the police, but was likely over the "ritvik" issue in the organization which has to do with the succession of leaders since the founder's death and with who is authorized to initiate devotees. Police said tension had been brewing in the premises since Friday night. The arrested were lodged in the city police lock-up. A strong police contingent has been posted in front of the ISKCON temple office as a precautionary measure. The ISKCON organization denies any connection with Hindu religion.




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New Jersey Jain Sangh Celebrates Mahavir Jayanti
Posted on 2001/4/27 23:48:02 ( 849 reads )


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NEW YORK, NEW YORK, April 27, 2001: The international Jain Sangh, based in New Jersey, observed the 2,600th birth anniversary of Lord Mahivir, the 24th and last Thirthankar in the Jain religion. More than 700 people attended the April 8 celebration held at Knights of Columbus hall in South River, N.J. The program included prayers, pujas, a group pledge of tolerance and nonviolence, discourses and a cultural program. Among those who attended the fete was United States Representative Frank Pallone, Jr.




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