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Indian Civilization May be 9,000 years old

Posted on 2002/1/18 8:49:02 ( 991 reads )


NEW DELHI, INDIA, January 16, 2002: Indian scientists have made an archaeological find dating back to 7500 bce suggesting the world's oldest cities came up about 4,000 years earlier than is currently believed. The revelation comes about 8 months after acoustic images from the sea-bed suggested the presence of built-up structures resembling the ancient Harappan civilization, which dates back around 4,000 years. The scientists found pieces of wood, remains of pots, fossil bones and what appeared like construction material just off the coast of Surat, Science and Technology Minister Murli Manohar Joshi told a news conference. Although Paleolithic sites dating back around 20,000 years have been found on the coast of India's western state of Gujarat before, this is the first time there are indications of man-made structures as old as 9,500 years found deep beneath the sea surface.

Vatican to Hold Peace Meeting in Assisi

Posted on 2002/1/18 8:48:02 ( 1178 reads )


VATICAN CITY, January 18, 2002: According to the website at "source," the Pope has called for a meeting of several religions, including Hindus, at Assisi January 24 to pray and fast for world peace. According to the website, Shri Krishnarajav Vanavarayar, Mrs. Karuna Vanavarayar, Mrs. Dhanashree Srinivas Talwalkar, Swami Agnivesh, Prof. Raj Krishan Srivastava, all of India, are to represent Hinduism.

Kids Under Stress

Posted on 2002/1/18 8:47:02 ( 1027 reads )

Source: Hindustan Times

NEW DELHI, INDIA, JANUARY 16, 2002: The suicide of an eight-year-old boy in Delhi on Sunday brings to light the rising levels of stress and depression among young children in urban India. Huge parental expectations, rising levels of competition, examination pressure and a break down of traditional family structures, are some of the contributing factors affecting children as young as 7 or 8. Sushma Mehrotra, a reader in clinical psychology at Mumbai's SNDT University and a practicing psychotherapist blames the parents. "You will not believe the pressures some kids are subjected to. They're shunted from one class to another," she says. In other cases, parental conflicts bring on their own set of problems and pressure on young children. "Parents don't get along and then compete with each other by either giving too much attention or too much money," says Mehrotra. Her advise is to not give your child too many gifts. Spend more time with your child. Get to know their friends and their parents. Instill good values, particularly in the formative years.

Genius Boy Became a Vegetarian

Posted on 2002/1/18 8:46:02 ( 986 reads )


ASHLAND, VIRGINIA, JANUARY 8, 2002: Boy genius Gregory Smith finished high school in two years with an A+ average. He was 10 years old. His IQ is "off the chart." According to parents Bob and Janet Smith, Greg began speaking simple words at three months old and full sentences quickly followed. He could recite memorized books before his first birthday and read on his own shortly after. He solved arithmetic problems at 14 months and at two he was reading about dinosaurs and chatting knowledgeably about the Cretaceous Period. He observed that people had flat teeth, like plant-eating dinosaurs, and concluded that human beings must be herbivores, not carnivores. He persuaded his family to become vegetarians. Greg, now 12, is a college senior at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland Virginia. In addition to his vegetarianism, Greg has a rigid moral code: He walks out of a movie at the third curse word because he considers profanity verbal violence; when a film in class contains nudity or sex, he puts his hands over his eyes or leaves the room; when his family rents movies, Greg vetoes anything rated PG-13 because he is only 12. He abhors the thought of animals in pain. Greg's strong feelings on non-violence and human rights for children has mushroomed into a philanthropic foundation called International Youth Advocates.

Swami Pragyanand Tours America and Europe

Posted on 2002/1/18 8:45:02 ( 2194 reads )


DELHI, INDIA, January 18, 2002: Param Poojya Gurudeo Pragyapeethadheeshwar Jagadguru Dharmasamrat, His Holiness Swami Pragyanandji Maharaj, the founder patron of Vishwamata Gayatri Trust, Pragya Sailok Kalayan Nyas, Pragya Mission International, Sai Pragya Dham, Saket New Delhi and President, Delhi Sant Maha Mandal. Swamiji will be presiding over Sai Surya Gayatri Mahayagyas, Gyan Yagas and traveling to Hawaii for condolences on the pass of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. In this spiritual pilgrimage he will be visiting UK, Spain, Holland, Belgium, USA South America Suriname and Canada, from January 7 February 7, 2002. For more details about yagnas and spiritual discourses please contact: Dr .B.l Vasishta (H) 020 7624-2666 (H) 020 7328-1709, (020)-8830-1200; Dr. Shashi Kant 001-201-913-4886, Kailash Sharma 001-718-379-6449 (H) 001-718-595-5190 (H); Rakesh Kumar 001-650-738-2821, 001-650-738-1031; Ram Kumar Singh 001-305-599-1176 (H) 001-305-591-3911 (0). Swamiji will visit Dallas, Miami, Suriname, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, Tenerife (Spain), Belgium, and Holland during the remainder of his trip. For information contact the people above or go so "source" for details at each destination.

Furor Over Ministerial Appointment in Trinidad

Posted on 2002/1/17 8:49:02 ( 951 reads )

Source: Hinduism Today, Anil Mahabir, Trinidad Correspondent

TRINIDAD, January 17, 2002: The non-Christian community in Trinidad, including the nation's Hindus and Muslims, have come out strongly against the appointment of a "Minister of Ecclesiastical Affairs" by the predominantly Afro-Christian government of new Prime Minister, Patrick Manning. But Manning, a publicly declared "born-again Christian," who was hugged and rated highly by the controversial American evangelist Benny Hinn during his visit to the island in 2000, has defended the appointment and criticized those who have seen it as exclusively Christian in orientation. The appointment has become a contentious issue over the word "ecclesiastical" with almost all the Hindu groups issuing strongly worded press releases and letters to the newspapers which have been critical of the new ministry. The word "ecclesiastical," they say, has total and exclusive Christian connotations. In fact, the dictionary actually defines the word "ecclesiastical" as "of the Christian church." The Hindu groups are contending that the ministry headed by a Christian is an insult to Hindus and other non-Christians and asked, "How would Christians feel if the former prime minister, a Hindu, had appointed a minister of "Dharmic" Affairs?" They contend that the prime minister would have been better advised to to appoint a minister whose name had universal connotations such as a "Minister of Religious Affairs." Hindus constitute the second largest group in the country after the various Christian groups, accounting for over 300,000 of the population.

Singapore Hindus Celebrate Pongal

Posted on 2002/1/17 8:48:02 ( 945 reads )


SINGAPORE, Jan 16, 2002: Singapore Hindus of South Indian origin started celebrating the Pongal harvest festival on Monday, thanking the Sun god, Surya, for a good harvest. Celebrations here usually last for four days. On the first day, Pongal rice, a sweet dish of rice boiled with milk, ghee and raw cane sugar, is prepared. Letting it boil over toward the east signifies prosperity, success and happiness. As the milk bubbled over the earthen pots, the devotees cried: 'Pongal, O Pongal!' Pongal also begins the Hindu calendar's auspicious month of Thai.

The Asian Corner Store Numbers are Dropping in the U.K.

Posted on 2002/1/17 8:47:02 ( 921 reads )


UNITED KINGDOM, January 5, 2002: After 20 years of running a family Asian corner store in the U.K., Gurdip Sumal is selling the business. In the last ten years the number of corner shops has declined by 25%, greatly impacting a common and family-oriented way of making a living for Hindus here. Competition from 24-hour supermarkets, market diversification of petrol shops that sell snacks and cigarettes, as well as better educated offspring who have sought greener pastures, are all contributing factors of the decline. However, overall self-employment by Asians has increased as they seek other business ventures such as restaurant owners and taxi drivers.

Badri-Kedar Temple's Chief Priest Suspended

Posted on 2002/1/17 8:46:02 ( 1064 reads )

Source: Sandhya Times (Hindi)

BADRINATH, HIMALAYAS, INDIA, January 16, 2002: Badri Kedar Nath Temple's chief priest, Vishnu Nambutri, has been suspended. This information has been provided by the president of the committees of these temples Sri Vinod Prasad Nautiyal. Sri Nautiyal said that Rawal [chief priest] Nambutri was doing his own will for the last many years and that he was even ignoring the suggestions of the temple committee. He was also not forwarding the offerings made by the devotees to the managing committee, Nautiyal alleged. Sri Nautiyal said that a four-member body has been constituted.

Judge Rules Chaplains' Suits May Continue

Posted on 2002/1/17 8:45:02 ( 950 reads )

Source: Religion New Service

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 16, 2002: A U.S. District Court judge has determined that two suits by chaplains alleging religious discrimination in the U.S. Navy should continue. Judge Ricardo M. Urbina has denied in part the Navy's motion to dismiss the cases, which accuse the military service of discriminating against evangelical Christian groups. The chaplains allege second-class treatment by the Navy, which they say has "illegal religious quotas" for chaplain promotions and a tendency for bias against nonliturgical Christian Navy chaplains. HPI adds: A "nonliturgical" chaplain is an evangelical Christian who performs no rituals as do, for example, Catholic or Episcopalian ministers. What they do instead, and this is the issue for the Navy, is to preach, appealing to their listeners to adopt their particular form of Christianity. But because one chaplain often ministers to a mixed group and not to just followers of his own denomination, such preaching amounts to a conversion campaign within the ranks. The Navy and other armed forces believe such conversion efforts to be potentially destabilizing and a threat to morale. It is compounded by the fact the ministers are officers and their charges are enlisted personnel. For decades, the military chaplain corps has enforced a ban on conversion attempts, and as a result been been exemplars of religious tolerance and harmony. Should this suit succeed, all the unfortunate consequences of conversion activities that Hindus are familiar with may occur within the US military, and Hindu servicemen and women may find themselves targets of evangelists.

City Older Than Mohenjodaro Unearthed

Posted on 2002/1/16 8:49:02 ( 994 reads )


NEW DELHI, INDIA, January 16, 2002: Indian scientists have made an archaeological find dating back to 7500 bce suggesting the world's oldest cities came up about 4,000 years earlier than is currently believed, a top government official said on Wednesday. The scientists found pieces of wood, remains of pots, fossil bones and what appeared like construction material just off the coast of Surat, Science and Technology Minister Murli Manohar Joshi told a news conference. "Some of these artifacts recovered by the National Institute of Ocean Technology from the site, such as the log of wood date back to 7500 bce, which is indicative of a very ancient culture in the present Gulf of Cambay, that got submerged subsequently," Joshi said. Current belief is that the first cities appeared around 3500 bce in the valley of Sumer, where Iraq now stands, a statement issued by the government said. "We can safely say from the antiquities and the acoustic images of the geometric structures that there was human activity in the region more than 9,500 years ago (7500 BC)," S.N. Rajguru, an independent archaeologist, said. It is not clear from the article why the scientists considered the findings evidence of a "city."

Dalai Lama Recovering, Say Doctors

Posted on 2002/1/16 8:48:02 ( 951 reads )


PATNA, INDIA, January 16, 2002: Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, who was taken ill on Tuesday due to gastro-enteritis and low blood pressure, is feeling better and his condition is stable, doctors attending on him said on Wednesday. The Dalai Lama is feeling much better on Wednesday and his condition improving fast, Patna civil surgeon Dr A K Mishra heading the team of doctors which examined him in the morning said. The 67-year-old Dalai Lama, also suffering from hypertension, has also been advised to stop taking blood pressure lowering medicines.

Professor Deems Holland's Bhojpuri a Distinct Language

Posted on 2002/1/16 8:47:02 ( 1192 reads )

Source: Times of India

ALLAHABAD, INDIA, January 14, 2002: According to Professor Theo Damsteegt of Leiden University in the Netherlands, the dialect of Bhojpuri spoken by the country's immigrants from Suriname should be considered a distinct language, "Sarnami." The immigrants from Suriname originally came from the "Bhojpuri Belt" in Eastern Uttar Pradesh and Western Bihar in India. Bhojpuri is a regional dialect of Hindi. Sarnami, explains the professor, has many features in common with Bhojpuri but also contains many words from Dutch. It has now stabilized into a distinct language with its own literature. Many Indians came to the Netherlands from Suriname when the latter was granted independence in 1975.

Shekhar Brings Indian Heritage to Uganda

Posted on 2002/1/16 8:46:02 ( 937 reads )


UGANDA, AFRICA, January 15, 2002: The music of India is one of the oldest unbroken musical traditions in the world with origins in the Vedas, the ancient scripts of the Hindus. Shekhar Chakravarty, General Manager Crane Microfinance, who plays the Indian instrument sitar, says that his major interest is to ensure that second and third Indian generations living in Uganda and Ugandans who have an interest in Indian classical music become familiar with this Indian music. "There are many Indian families here who for generations are settled in Uganda. That group has never known or been exposed to our traditional Indian music." Chakravarty says. He adds that there is need for the Indian High Commissioner and other Indian associations to come together and start affordable, convenient classes for Indian music for interested Indians and Ugandans.

Sabarimala to Offer Free Food to Devotees

Posted on 2002/1/15 8:49:02 ( 926 reads )


SABARIMALA, KERALA, INDIA, January 14, 2002: The Travancore Devaswom Board, which administers the hill shrine of Ayyappa at Sabarimala, will offer food free of cost to all devotees arriving for darshan from the next Mandalam-Makaravilakku season onwards, board president N. Babu said here on Monday. He said an estimated 21,700,000 devotees, mostly from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, besides Kerala, had darshan (worship before the Deity) at the temple during the two-month pilgrim season this year.

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