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Millions Gather for Hindu Festival
Posted on 2001/1/25 22:49:02 ( 770 reads )


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ALLAHABAD, INDIA, January 24, 2001: The pilgrims had come to share in the spiritual experience of a lifetime: a mass ritual bath on the peak holy day of perhaps the largest religious gathering in history -- the Maha Kumbh Mela, a 41-day festival. This one is considered the most sacred in 144 years because of a unique planetary alignment. More than 25 million Hindu devotees were reported to have gathered here today, and by the time the festival ends on Feb. 21, a total of 70 million pilgrims - of the 850 million or so Hindus in India are expected to have taken the plunge, which they believe cleanses their souls of sin. "What I feel right now is just bliss," said Vivek Ananda Shastri, 28, a teacher from Bombay, as he emerged from the frigid waters. "Daily life tires the soul as well as the body. This one bath is like a new birth for my soul." The festival has been a major logistical feat for police and civilian authorities. More than 25,000 police have been stationed here to control the crowds with security tightened to avoid any untoward incident. See also www.deccanherald.com/ deccanherald/jan25/ mel.htm




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Secrecy Of Makara Jyoti
Posted on 2001/1/25 22:48:02 ( 785 reads )


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KERALA, INDIA, January 14, 2001: A division bench of the Kerala High Court declined to order an inquiry into the secrecy of makara jyoti (celestial light) appearing at Ponnambalamedu on the makara sankranti day during the Sabarimal pilgrimage. The bench stated, "To find out whether makaravilakku is natural or artificial is not the duty of this court to enquire. These are all matters of faith and belief from time immemorial. The court is not empowered to go into the correctness of such a belief." Two petitions were filed after a stampede claimed 52 lives while watching the light on January 14, 1999. The petitioners maintained that the light was nothing but the lighting of camphor by employees of the state electricity board under instruction from the management of the Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala.




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Hindu Conference in Trinidad
Posted on 2001/1/25 22:47:02 ( 832 reads )


Source: Hinduism Today, Paras Ramoutar





TRINIDAD, January 26, 2001: Members of the Satya Kabir Nidhi Organization hosted the 6th Centenary International Conference at the Rudranath Capildeo Learning Resource Centre, Couva in January 2001. The conference lasted for three days. Countries represented at this annual event included India, USA, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Czech Republic, Belgium, Suriname and Romania. The Satya Kabir Nidhi Organization which was founded in 1988 has been instrumental in the propagation of the teachings of the India born saint, Sadguru Kabir Saheb (1398-1518).




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7 Roads To Relaxation
Posted on 2001/1/25 22:46:02 ( 795 reads )


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LONDON, ENGLAND, January 15, 2001: Natural therapies are hugely popular in Britain and an estimated 20 million people use them every year. An increasing body of evidence shows these therapies can help the battle against stress. A 15-minute massage session can reduce tension and improve mood and relaxation while yoga breathing techniques (pranayama) can affect a wide range of bodily responses, from cardiovascular activity to hormone balances and shifts in the nervous system, all of which influence our ability to deal with stress. The above site offers a look at seven effective ways of beating stress; meditation, aromatherapy, yoga and pranayama, head massage, shiatsu, sound therapy and floating. Each method carries a brief explanation and often a simple technique you can follow.




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High-Resolution Satellite Image of Mela Released by American Company
Posted on 2001/1/24 22:49:02 ( 881 reads )


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DENVER, COLORADO, January 24, 2001: Space Imaging's IKONOS satellite has taken a detailed, one-meter resolution color photograph of the largest human gathering in the history of the world, the Maha Kumbh Mela. The IKONOS image, which was collected the day before the most sacred and busiest bathing day on Jan. 24, is available for free to the media. However, anyone can visit the above web site and download the 2.5 MB jpeg files of before and after images. While they didn't capture the main day, the shot on the 23rd is spectacular! The Indian satellite IRS-ID has also taken a photo, but at five meter resolution.




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After Injuries Journalists Refuse to Cover Kumbh Mela
Posted on 2001/1/24 22:48:02 ( 771 reads )


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KUMBH NAGAR, INDIA, January, 2001: Protesting the availability of passes given out by the police to cover the Kumba Mela, journalists called a meeting at the national media centre. After a no-show by Mela officials orchestrating the event who were invited to discuss the police badgering, the journalists blocked traffic outside the center. With a show of force, the police assaulted the members of the media. Last report has it that 12 persons were injured, six of them seriously. Attempting to receive justice, journalists locally and in Varanasi have refused to cover the sacred event. See also www.kashmirtimes.com




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VHP to start building temple next year
Posted on 2001/1/24 22:47:02 ( 748 reads )


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ALLAHABAD, INDIA, January 20, 2001: Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) today gave an ultimatum to all parties involved in the Ram Janmabhumi-Babri Masjid dispute and the Vajpayee government to clear all obstacles to the construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya by March 12, 2002, for VHP to move in to start temple construction on any given day after that. The Sansad today was presided over by Swami Jayendra Saraswati of Kanchi Kamkoti and attended by around 300 Hindu religious leaders.




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Masjid panel threatens to storm Ayodhya
Posted on 2001/1/24 22:46:02 ( 738 reads )


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LUCKNOW, INDIA, January 20, 2001: Reacting strongly to VHP Dharma Sansad's decision to start construction of the Ram temple at Ayodhya after one year, All-India Babri Masjid Action, Committee has threatened to storm Ayodhya on that day. The BMAC Convener Zafaryab Jilani said they would mobilize Muslims from all over the country to converge in Ayodhya in March 2002 to stop the construction of temple.




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Source of the River Ganga is Threatened
Posted on 2001/1/24 22:45:02 ( 751 reads )


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ALLAHABAD, INDIA, January 21, 2001: Environmentalists are monitoring the Ganga's source, the Gangotri glacier. Receding at a rate of 6 to 12 meters every year and thinning in depth, the glacier is the primary source of water feeding the Ganga River. Information for a UN-sponsored study on snow and ice collected by satellite imagery predicts that, "If the present scenario does not change, most of the Himalayan glaciers will disappear by 2035." The reduction of the glaciers has been attributed to global warming, increased pilgrim and tourist traffic, use of generators in towns located on the river, deforestation and the release of green house gases such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and fluro carbons.




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McDonald's Fries Use Beef Flavoring and Other Revelations
Posted on 2001/1/24 22:44:02 ( 770 reads )


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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, January 25, 2001: This website maintained by the Vegetarian Resource Group is an amazing summary of ingredients in many fast food restaurants, which are aggressively researched by the group. For example, in 1997, McDonalds confirmed to the group that the natural flavor in their french fries came "from an animal source." This information comes after the company stopped frying the fries in animal fat, leading many vegetarians to think the fries were now vegie. There are more revelations too, such as the beef base in Pizza Hut pizza sauce. But despair not, at least the Taco Bell bean burrito is pure vegie.




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An English-Tamil e-dictionary now
Posted on 2001/1/24 22:43:02 ( 1027 reads )


Source: The Hindu





MADURAI, INDIA, January 20, 2001: A digital version of an English-Tamil dictionary is making waves in the fast expanding sphere of Tamil computing. With meaning and related information for 22,000 main words and 35,000 derived words, the Pals e-Dictionary CD-Rom packs all that's available in a conventional version 1,160 page dictionary.




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Kumbh Mela Photo Ban
Posted on 2001/1/21 22:49:02 ( 815 reads )


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ALLAHABAD, INDIA, January 19, 2001: The Allahabad High Court has directed the Kumbha Mela authorities to strictly follow the United Province Mela Rules which specifically state that no one can take photographs of the bathing ghats of the mela. The ruling was in response to a public interest petition seeking ban on photos and telecasts of the bathing area after several Indian and foreign TV channels were freely telecasting shots of nude women and naga sadhus taking holy dip in the Sangam. Festival official Journalists and amateur photographers rushed in when a horde of naked, ash-smeared holy men charged into the Ganges on Sunday. While some pilgrims enjoyed the attention, others complained. Photographers will now have to stay at least 500 meters from the waters edge. See also www.hindustantimes.com/ nonfram/ 200101/ detNAT01.asp




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Legal battle over names of Hindu Gods
Posted on 2001/1/21 22:48:02 ( 768 reads )


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INDRAPRASTH, INDIA, January 21, 2001: Can anyone have exclusive right to use the name of a Hindu God as trade mark? The issue has been brought before the Delhi High Court in a writ by a software company challenging Maruti Udyog Ltd's (MUL) claim over the trade mark "Maruti", another name of God "Hanuman." Maruti Software Pvt Ltd (MSPL) has challenged a recent decision of Switzerland-based international arbitrator World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) quashing the registration of domain name "marutionline.com" by it with US Network Solution Inc on the grounds that "Maruti" is a trade mark of MUL. WIPO had ruled that the domain "marutionline.Com" was identical or similar to the service mark of the automobile company.




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Hindus Build Monuments To Their Faith
Posted on 2001/1/21 22:47:02 ( 749 reads )


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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, January 19, 2001: Fueled by a growing and increasingly affluent Indian population, construction at Chicago area Hindu temples is booming, with two established temples expanding and new structures in the works. The Hindu temple in Lemont is building a $4.5 million community center, in Aurora workers have renovated the towers atop the Balaji Temple, and Bartlett recently finished a 100,000 square-foot Indian community center, the first phase of a plan to build one of the largest Hindu facilities in the country. The structures, elaborate and expensive, are the most visible sign of the Indian-Americans' growing influence in the Chicago area. According to recent census figures, the number of Indians living in the area has increased from 58,000 in 1990 to 150,000. All of the projects are funded by contributions from area Hindus, a combination of established families and newcomers often lured to the area by high-paying jobs in information technology. A fundraiser has been scheduled for construction of another Hindu temple in DuPage county and as many as six other groups are looking for funding.




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Buddhist Monks Oppose Peace Talks in Sri Lanka
Posted on 2001/1/20 22:49:02 ( 830 reads )


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COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, January 18, 2001: After 18 years of civil war, Norwegian diplomats have attempted to bring peace to the island nation of 19 million by initiating talks between the Sri Lankan government and the separatist Liberation Tigers of the Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Unlikely adversaries to stopping the conflict, Buddhist conservative monks are vocally promoting the war. Fearful of loosing their place as the most "Prominent country in the world for Orthodox Buddhism," they view the war as necessary to protect their 2,300-year-old faith historically and culturally. Rather than granting the Hindu Tamils autonomy over affairs in their northern homeland, the monks are pushing for a complete military victory.




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