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High-Tech Bangalore Leads in Suicides

Posted on 2002/1/15 8:45:02 ( 939 reads )


BANGALORE, INDIA, Jan 11, 2002: Bangalore, India's high-tech capital and one of the world's leading technology hubs, tops the nation in the number of suicides. A team of researchers headed by Dr. G. Gururaj and Dr. Mohan Isaac from the Bangalore-based National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences found that the city's suicide rate is 35 per 100,000, compared to the national average of 11 per 100,000. Their study, Epidemiology of Suicides In Bangalore, also found that the cases of attempted suicides were 10 times that of actual suicides. The five major causes of suicide in Bangalore are chronic physical illness, conflicts and disturbances within the family, alcohol-related problems, financial problems and unemployment. Underlying all these causes, Dr Gururaj points out, is the phenomenal change that the city has undergone in the past ten years. Just a little over a decade back, Bangalore, with a population of less than four million, had a laid-back lifestyle. But today, it is one of the world's most dynamic technology hubs with a population of over six million. Indeed, it is the only city in India to have undergone such a tremendous transformation during the last decade. This change, says Dr. Gururaj, has been accompanied by a high degree of migration, resulting in cultural alienation and a lack of social support network. There have also been tremendous changes in lifestyle and values. These have led to conflicts within people that are manifested in different ways such as illness, alcoholism and financial problems. The availability of alcohol is a significant contributory factor to the high suicide rate. Also known as the Pub City, Bangalore is estimated to have 3,500 outlets selling alcohol. Dr Gururaj says that 27 per cent of suicide attempts are made under the influence of alcohol. According to a recent report from the World Health Organization, the suicide rate in the US is 19.3 per hundred thousand, 11 per hundred thousand in the UK and 8.2 per hundred thousand in Israel.

50,000 Pilgrims Arrive for Ganga Sagar Festival

Posted on 2002/1/12 8:49:02 ( 958 reads )


GANGA SAGAR, INDIA, January 13, 2002: Security precautions are unprecedented here where the Ganga River enters the Bay of Bengal during the annual Ganga Sagar festival. Already 50,000 pilgrims have arrived and hundreds of thousands more are expected for the main bathing day on the January 14. The state government has requested help from the nation's Coast Guard in light of the December 13 attack on India's Parliament. The Shankaracharya of Puri also arrived on Saturday evening and went round the mela. Residents of this island venue have complained about getting charged pilgrim's rate for the ferry service -- US$1.50 compared to the normal nine cents.

500-year-old Icon of Lord Mahavir Recovered in Uttaranchal

Posted on 2002/1/12 8:48:02 ( 1151 reads )


UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA, January 12, 2001: The Uttaranchal police on Tuesday claimed to have busted an international smuggling racket by arresting two persons and recovering a 500-year-old icon of the Jain saint, Lord Mahavir, from them. The duo, members of a gang, were arrested with the 2.75 kg icon, made of ashta dhatu (an alloy of eight metals) and worth US$128,000 in the international market, from Khatima area in Udhamsingh Nagar on Monday, police said.

Sand Art Commemorates Pentagon Crash

Posted on 2002/1/12 8:47:02 ( 992 reads )


WASHINGTON, USA, January 12, 2001: Four Buddhist monks, exiled from Tibet by Chinese rule, belonging to a 20-man team from a branch in Atlanta of their monastery, began to lay out a seven-foot work of symbolic art in 20 colors of sand a "healing mandala" for the pain of the attack on the Pentagon. "For at least 13 centuries," said Lobsang Tenzin, leader of the monks' group, "the Tibetans relied highly on spiritual practices, spiritual rituals as a way to bring a certain resolution to conflicts and it is our legacy that in these difficult times we can offer to America." The artists will work in relays through January 27, depositing the sand from little funnels and holding ceremonial chants twice daily. The mandala symbolizes the whole universe, and also a palace where deities live.

UK Yoga Purists Worried by American Imports

Posted on 2002/1/11 8:49:02 ( 938 reads )


LONDON, ENGLAND, January 12, 2002: London yogis, according to this report, are concerned that nontraditional forms of yoga developed in America may be harmful to some people. Jill Boag-Munroe of the UK's governing body of yoga, the British Wheel, has studied and taught yoga for 20 years. "I've heard and read of American variations, which use machines to push the body into position, but we would not recommend it," she told this paper. "Powerflow" yoga, which is popular with Thurman and Turlington, is of particular concern. Experienced London yoga teachers have already gone on record to describe the physical injuries they sustained during the vigorous "taster" workouts recently provided by two of American yogis. Boag-Munroe insists yoga has to outlive its status as a Western fad to return to Patanjali's exhortation that it must still the vibrations of the mind.

Hindu Accused in Missionary Death May Seek Political Office

Posted on 2002/1/11 8:48:02 ( 976 reads )

Source: Religion News Service

UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA, January 9, 2002: A Hindu militant accused of killing an Australian missionary and his two young sons said today he might be a candidate for the Indian parliament from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Dara Singh is one of 17 men accused of setting fire to a jeep in which missionary Graham Staines was sleeping with his two sons, Philip, 10, and Timothy, 8. Staines, who ran a leper colony and lived in India for 30 years, died with his sons in the 1999 attack, according to Reuters news agency. Under Indian law, Singh could seek the office while on trial, but would have to resign if convicted.

India to Allow Dual Citizenship

Posted on 2002/1/11 8:47:02 ( 847 reads )


NEW DELHI, INDIA, January 10, 2002: After years of debate and petitions from Indians living overseas, the government is to allow dual citizenship. The move is intended to maintain links with the Indian diaspora. The government has been seeking ways to create synergy between the Indian diaspora and its rapid economic reform and globalization agenda. Critics say it may weaken the loyalty of Indians to their adopted countries. Government officials estimate the Indian diaspora numbers 20 million worldwide. Ten countries have more than half a million people of Indian origin, and the diaspora covers 53 countries. Some estimates say the Indian diaspora, comprising a mix of professionals and businessmen, has an annual income of US$300 billion, comparable to India's gross domestic product. It will also apply to people of Indian origin who have already become foreign citizens. The new rule will initially apply only to Indians who are residents of Europe, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

RSS Plans Temples for Tribals in Madhya Pradesh

Posted on 2002/1/10 8:49:02 ( 927 reads )


BHOPAL, INDIA, JANUARY 6, 2002: The tribal belt of Jhabua and Dhar districts in Madhya Pradesh near here has become a major headache for Digvijay Singh's government as the RSS plans to build devalayas (Hindu places of worship) in 350,000 tribal homes in these two districts. The RSS chief of Indore region, Anila Daga, claims that such devalayas have already been set up in 60 per cent of the homes. "Our activists have stepped up their propaganda war to expose the real nature of Christian missionaries," he asserts. The RSS has been circulating pamphlets explaining how "foreign missionaries coming from thousands of miles away are converting people through fraud". It has also started a quiz program for school children. The purpose, according to Daga, is to "test their awareness about the threats to Hindu society".

Dalai Lama Will Not Reincarnate in Chinese-Ruled Area

Posted on 2002/1/10 8:48:02 ( 1137 reads )

Source: United News Agency

SARNATH, INDIA, January 8, 2001: The Dalai Lama, the exile Tibetan spiritual leader, said Tuesday he will not reincarnate in Tibet or any other territory under Chinese rule. If Tibet was not free when he dies, his reincarnation would be born in some free country elsewhere, the Dalai Lama, 66, said in Sarnath, northern India. Observers saw Dalai Lama's statement as politically significant in view of the Chinese detention six years ago of a boy whom he had confirmed as the reincarnation of the Panchen Lama, Tibet's second-ranking religious figure. China has recognized another boy. Observers said the Dalai Lama's statement now made it practically impossible for the Chinese to have a hand one day in deciding who the next Dalai Lama may be, or for an eventual candidate of theirs to have popular support among Tibetans.

Udupi Hosts International Meeting on Ayurvedic Concepts

Posted on 2002/1/10 8:47:02 ( 896 reads )


UDUPI, INDIA, January 7, 2002: The Department of Kayachikitsa of SDM College of Ayurveda and Hospital in Udupi is hosting an International Congress on Ayurvedic Concepts and Treatment of Neurological Disorders on January 10, 11, and 12, 2002 in Bhava Prakasha and Dhanvantary Auditorium of the college. The conference aims to update knowledge of vatavyadhis in relation to neurological disorders. This includes the papers on concepts, diagnostic methods, specific vatavyadhis of females and children, old age mental disorders, general treatment procedures and specific treatment like pancha karma etc. Delegates from several countries will attend the conference. The chief guest will be Director of Indian System of Medicine and Homeopathy of Karnataka, Dr. B. Guruswamy.

Website for Indian's World Records

Posted on 2002/1/10 8:46:02 ( 872 reads )


January 10, 2002: In case you ever wondered just how many different world records Indians hold, check this web site at "source." This sometimes very strange collection of records includes the largest banana sculpture, 21,111 bananas used to make a a Ganesha, and the largest coconut sculpture, 5,000, also to make a Ganesha, both by Vijay Mataykar in 1991. Then there is flight purser Devinder Kumar Mehta, who holds the world's record for being hijacked the most times -- three, on Indian Airlines flights, first in 1982. Consider too the world's largest incense stick, 14 feet, 9 inches and six inches thick, made in Ahmedabad, which took 60 hours to burn.

Karnataka State Mandates Boards for Every Temple

Posted on 2002/1/9 8:49:02 ( 1290 reads )


MADIKERI, KARNATAKA, INDIA, January 6, 2002: "The state government has decided to constitute a nine-member committee for each of the 43,000 temples coming under the Muzarai Department, responsible for public temples in the state, following the presidential assent to the Karnataka Religions Institutions and Endowment Act," said Suma Vasanth, Mujarai Minister. Suma told reporters that selection of members to the committees would be made on the basis of social justice. She said each panel would consist of two women, one from backward community, a priest and five locals chosen from those who applied. "I will hold meetings with officials in all the districts to discuss ways and means to implement the Act effectively," she said. Following the enactment of the new legislation, seven legislations which were in force have become null and void. Those legislations are the Kodagu Temples Fund Management Act (1956), the Bombay Public Trust Act (1950), the Madras Hindu Religions and Endowment Act (1951), the Kodagu Temples Fund Maintenance Rules, the Mysore Religions and Endowment Act (1927), the Hyderabad Endowment Act and the Renuka Yellamma Temple Act.

Mind Over Matter on a Planetary Scale

Posted on 2002/1/9 8:48:02 ( 976 reads )


PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY, January 2, 2002: Intriguing research suggests that the collective horror across the globe on September 11, 2001, was so great it was recorded by machines. Evidence from a worldwide experiment that has been running since 1998 has lent credence to the belief that electrical energy generated by the human brain is powerful enough to exert an influence on objects -- in essence, that mind can move matter. The experiment, based at Princeton University, New Jersey, is known as the Global Consciousness Project (GCP). The research involves computers at 40 places across the world, producing a steady stream of random bits -- the digital equivalent of flipping a coin 200 times a second at each site. Normally the outcome will be about 50:50. But, field research in situations where large groups of people become integrated, such a concerts, shows a reduced randomness of the bits. Significant events in the last two years, such as the 2000 US presidential election, the NATO bombing in Yugoslavia and the Sydney Olympics opening ceremony have created blips on the data collection system large enough to hint that the combined focus of large numbers of people on the event produces an effect detectable on appropriate instruments. But these incidents were dwarfed by the extraordinary findings of September 11, when instruments recorded a marked aberration from the usual random data. Across the world, the project's machines remained less than random for three days. GCP director Roger Nelson said, " We do not know how the correlations that arise between electronic random event generators and human concerns come to be, and yet the results of our analysis over the past three years repeatedly indicate such correlations".

Genetically Modified Corn Discovered in Mexican Farm Fields

Posted on 2002/1/9 8:47:02 ( 953 reads )


MEXICO CITY, MEXICO December 29, 2001: Looking for a control sample for a project to produce natural, organic corn, a variety over 4,000 years old, Oaxaca's Uzachi agricultural researchers sought out the Zapotec Indian village of Calpulalpan in November, 2000. After analyzing the sample, they were surprised to find that it contained a gene common in genetically modified plants. Thinking that their equipment was not working properly, the researchers went back to the mountains for further samples. Only after venturing more than three hours from the state capital of Oaxaca were they able to find two fields out of six that did not contain engineered plants. Researcher Francisco Chapela published his findings in Nature science magazine in December of 2001. Mexicans were outraged by the findings mainly because of their belief that the Gods created man from an ear of corn. Scientists are concerned that the genetically modified corn, apparently coming from farmers who plant GM corn imported only for consumption, will contaminate Mexico's gene pool of at least 60 corn varieties that provide diversification to staple crops worldwide. Over 80 scientists from twelve countries have appealed to the Mexican government to stop the genetic contamination. On the flip side, advocates of GM corn claim they are not alarmed by the findings. They say the environment will benefit by planting these crops as they need less pesticide or soil cultivation. But the inability to control introduction of GM plants into the environment, with subsequent unknown consequences, has been one main objections to the rapid release of GM crops.

MCC Blasts Religious Institution in Bihar

Posted on 2002/1/8 8:49:02 ( 983 reads )


GAYA, INDIA, January 7, 2002: Naxalites of the banned Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) blew up a mutt (religious institution) at Khajbati village, about 15 km from Gaya. Police said the ultras attacked the mutt late on Sunday night and demolished part of it with dynamite. Later, they set fire to a jeep belonging to the institution. The head of the institution Mahanth Laxmanand Giri, who was severely beaten up, was admitted to a government hospital in Gaya in a serious condition. Police said the desperadoes also decamped with the cash chest of the mutt. No arrest has so far been made in connection with the incident. The Naxalites are communists who often engage in violent encounters with the police in a region of India across Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and parts of Tamil Nadu. Its members are called Naxalites after the eastern Indian town of Naxalbari, where their movement originated in 1967.

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