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Company Town Keeps Indians at Home

Posted on 2002/3/20 8:47:02 ( 1117 reads )


HYDERABAD, INDIA, March 18, 2002: In late January the Indian subsidiary of an American company, Catalytic Software, moved into New Oroville, Catalytic's township of dome-shaped dwellings an hour's drive south of the technology city of Hyderabad in southern India. Ashok Kumar Madugula, a software developer who is one of the township's first residents, has quickly adapted to the New Oroville lifestyle. He does not need to cook because he eats his meals in the company's makeshift cafeteria. And he no longer needs to commute in the traffic in Hyderabad, a city of 4.2 million. Madugula, 25, graduated two years ago from Nagarjuna University in nearby Guntur. In an earlier era, like thousands of bright Indian developers before him, he would probably have migrated to the United States in search of a bank balance, Western work culture and material comfort, perhaps never to return. But Catalytic, in an effort to keep Indian talent at home or lure it back from abroad, has created New Oroville, offering many comforts of the West. Its proximity to Hyderabad is no accident. The city is famous for exporting thousands of programmers to the United States and is now an up-and-coming technology hub in its own right.

Rice: 250 Patents Have Been Granted

Posted on 2002/3/20 8:46:02 ( 996 reads )


UNITED KINGDOM, March 19, 2002: A row has broken out over public access to the complete DNA sequence of the rice plant. Scientists fear there will be restrictions over who can use the data when it is published in an academic journal. Leading geneticists, including two British Nobel Prize winners, have written to the journal Science to complain. They claim the multinational company Swiss-based agrochemicals giant, Syngenta, will have control over the most important food crop in the developing world if an alleged publication deal goes ahead. Dr. Michael Ashburner of Cambridge University, UK, is among 20 scientists who have signed the letter saying DNA information on rice should be freely available to all researchers. Alex Wijeratna, a campaigner for the development agency ActionAid, said the charity supported the scientists' calls. Syngenta announced last year that it had decoded the rice genome. It said it would make the information freely available to all scientists. According to ActionAid, 250 patents in rice have been granted so far. Eleven of these belong to Syngenta.

Fresh Violence in Gujarat Towns, Four Dead

Posted on 2002/3/19 8:49:02 ( 1021 reads )


AHMEDABAD, INDIA, March 19, 2002: In a fresh outbreak of violence in Bharuch and Modasa towns of Gujarat, four persons were killed and five injured on Tuesday when police opened fire to disperse a rioting mob. Trouble began when a mob gathered at Dandia Bazar and other old city area and indulged in rioting at around1.30 pm. Police had to open fire to quell the mob. "Four persons have been killed and five are injured. Curfew has been imposed in A-Division police station area," Bharuch Collector Anju Sharma said. Bharuch B-Division police station area is already under curfew. In Gandhinagar, the state Home Minister Gordhan Zadaphia said he was sending reinforcements to Bharuch and Modasda in view of the fresh violence. Rioting and subsequent police firing in A-Division police station area of Bharuch left two dead and five injured in Bharuch on Tuesday. Meanwhile, on Monday evening an 18-year-old school student was killed near Shaktinath Mahadev area while he was returning home after appearing for the school board exams. Miscreants pulled out the boy from the autorickshaw and hit him on the head. The boy died of serious head injuries. In Modasa town of Sabarkantha district, widespread arson and looting was reported on Tuesday morning. The superintendent of police of Sabarkantha, Nitiraj Solanki said several shops had been burnt in the violence. "Two persons have been killed in police firing," Solanki said. Violence also broke our in Dhobhidal area of Gandhiwada area of Modasa where a monetary dispute between two groups flared up and resulted in widespread violence. One state transport bus was stoned and several shops set on fire by the rampaging mobs, sources said. The mobs also fired at each other with private weapons in which, according to unconfirmed reports, several persons had been injured.

Hindus Also Displaced After Riots

Posted on 2002/3/19 8:48:02 ( 1007 reads )


AHMEDABAD, INDIA, March 17, 2002: Recent riots in Ahmedabad have affected Hindus as well as Muslims. It is estimated that more then 10,000 people in the Hindu community have also become homeless. "There seems to be some confusion about the people affected in recent riots. You will not find them in government rolls because they never registered with the district collectorate," says Narendra Patel, a local relief worker revealing that most of them have taken refuge at various community-sponsored camps. He added that rather than approaching the state government-aided camps the riot-affected Hindu families received shelter and support from their own community members and relatives. Most of the affected families were living as micro-minority in some of the Muslim-dominated areas around the city. "Hindus who have been blamed more often for actively supporting hooliganism and triggering post-Godhra riots have actually found themselves at the receiving end," says Kalpesh Jha, a relief worker at Hiralal Ni Chali in Jamalpur.

Hindu Literature in Latvia

Posted on 2002/3/19 8:47:02 ( 1199 reads )

Source: The Hindu

LATVIA, March 8, 2002: Hindu literature has found an unlikely niche in the Northern European country of Latvia. As far back as the middle of the 19th century, scholars of Latvia discovered that their native language and Sanskrit had commonalities, and that their traditional folklore was similar to Indian mythology. A special interest was cultivated in the works of Rabindranath Tagore. In a fourteen-year span between 1925 and 1939, nine of Tagore's works were translated and then published into Latvia. To this day Professor Viktors Ivbulis still writes articles about Tagore and has been doing so for over thirty years. Quoting the article, "In 1986, Tagore's 125th birth anniversary was celebrated with great fanfare by writers and artists of Latvia. Elza Radzian, a famous stage actress recited on stage Tagore's lines (from 'The Gardener') and hold your breath, she was wearing saris during her recitations." Ivbulis's love for Indian literature has continued and he is now translating the works of R.K. Narayan and Arundhati Roy into Latvian. Besides translating and writing, Ivbulis also teaches Literary Theory and heads the chair of Oriental Studies at the University of Latvia. Fluent in Russian, he has written a prize winning work called 'The Creative Writings of Rabindranath Tagore'. Having a deep attachment to the Indian culture, Ivbulis frequently travels to India so that he can mingle with the people of the land on trains and buses."

E-auction of Tiger Skin Protested

Posted on 2002/3/19 8:46:02 ( 986 reads )


NEW DELHI, INDIA, March 19, 2002: For Bazee.com, it was probably just another item. But a tiger skin under the hammer at this e-auction website signalled a chain reaction which has made the site modify its terms and conditions to specifically exclude any trading in animal skins. The issue blew up when the Wildlife Trust of India, a group of conservationists, noticed a tiger skin, touted as the world's largest at 11 ft 7 inches, up for $1 million on this site. Union animal welfare minister Maneka Gandhi promptly shot off a letter to the site managers. Eventually, it turned out that the Meerut-based owner of the skin was not doing anything illegal by putting up the item for sale. Many others do, however, sell skins without legally valid certificates. So, Bazee.com has now decided to add items covered by the Wildlife Protection Act to its list of items forbidden for sale on the site, irrespective of the legal position. "We scan the site daily for such things," says Bazee.com's Avinash Bajaj. "Nothing of this sort will be allowed." It is, therefore, modifying its terms of use, agreed upon by anyone using the site, to specifically exclude trading in animal skins. Bajaj says they also plan to meet officials of Mumbai police's cyber crime cell to see if they can help with action against possible offenders.

Living with Siva, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami's Final Book, Now Available

Posted on 2002/3/19 8:45:02 ( 1320 reads )


KAUAI, HAWAII, March 18, 2002: The inspired works of contemporary Hindu swamis is often regarded as sacred texts by millions of Hindus around the world. Among the newest of such books is "Living with Siva, Hinduism's Contemporary Culture" by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (who's known to his devotees as Gurudeva.) The final book of a trilogy, Living with Siva was completed just before his passing in November 2001. Living with Siva contains an in-depth look at the ethics and cultural refinements of the ancient Hindu tradition that are necessary to cultivate in modern life in order to establish a firm foundation for successful spiritual life, meditation and eventual deep realization. In 365 daily lessons, Gurudeva addresses frankly the problematic areas of modern living and offers sound, proven advice based on his 50 years of ministry. The power in Gurudeva's words strikes a chord in the heart allowing the reader to realize that "yes, I know that too!" The special spiritual quality which permeates Living with Siva has been recognized by the American press. "The lessons are elegantly simple, well-stated, and cross-culturally appealing." wrote Napra Review. Publishers Weekly, America's premier publication about newly published literature, said that they found the book "Useful and practical ... Readers may not agree with all of his forthright and opinionated reflections ... but they will appreciate his unswerving emphasis on infusing daily life with Hindu spirituality." At the command of Sage Yogaswami of Sri Lanka, Gurudeva worked his entire life to build a bridge between the East and the West. His noble presence, enlightened bearing and down to earth practicality earned the admiration of all who met him. Order a copy of Living with Siva at Barnes and Noble, Borders or your favorite metaphysical bookstore. Living with Siva, 2nd edition, hardcover, ISBN: 0-945497-98-9, US$59.95. To order online click "source" above.

Temple Attacked in Fiji

Posted on 2002/3/18 8:49:02 ( 962 reads )

Source: Fiji Times

LABASA, FIJI, March 18, 2002: A group of youth has been blamed for an attack on Hindu temples here March 14. One temple said six statues of Deities worth US$1,300 were stolen by thugs who also dismantled prayer items. The temple manager said the priests went to the temple and found it a mess with the statues missing. A group of Christian youths who had been attending a mission training session nearby are suspected. "We are doing our mission and it is better for our youth leader, who is in town, to comment on the dismantling of the prayer items," one said. Several Christian organizations condemned the attack. An Assemblies of God spokesperson said, "We should not impose our Christian religion on anyone, the only thing we should do is pray for our Indian friends to know God. We should not condone violence because it cannot change anyone."

Malaysia Hindu Sangam Urged to Include Social Service Work

Posted on 2002/3/18 8:48:02 ( 1101 reads )


MENTAKAB, MALAYSIA, March 17, 2002: The Malaysia Hindu Sangam should not restrict itself to religious activities alone but also be involved in social oriented work, Pahang MIC vice-chairman M.Davendran said Sunday. He said the association could for instance raise funds from Hindus to help the poor, victims of natural disasters and children from broken families. Opening a two-day seminar on Hindu leadership organized by the Malaysia Hindu Sangam's youth wing here, he said the association could also conduct marriage counselling sessions for those getting married. Davendran said this was important as the divorce rate among Hindus was on the rise. Meanwhile, Malaysia Hindu Sangam president A. Vaithilingam said the association's national council had opened a state office in Mentakab to cater to Hindus in Pahang. He said the association would pay the office rental and the salary of a full time staff.

Japan's Indian Community

Posted on 2002/3/18 8:47:02 ( 1255 reads )


KOBE, JAPAN, March 17, 2002: The port city of Kobe, with the largest concentration of Americans and Europeans in the Kansai region, a few of whom have lived in Japan since the Taisho Era (1912-1926), has long been known as one of Japan's most Westernized cities. But what is little known is that it is also home to a large, perhaps the largest, population of Indians in Japan. A stroll through the streets of Kobe's Sannomiya or Kitano districts reveals a host of Indian restaurants and Indian-run businesses, from textiles to jewelry. The history of the Indian community in Japan began with the first textile merchants, who followed the British traders in the late 1800s. Most landed at Yokohama, which became the center of the Indian community in the early years of foreign settlement. A few moved to Kobe, where the Indian Club was formed in 1904 by a small community of about 100 businessmen drawn from all over India. Today, Kobe's Indian community thrives in the import and export of textiles and electronics; the sale of Japanese used cars to the Middle East and Africa; and, more recently, becoming involved in Osaka real estate.

Ohio Odissi Dance Performance Captures Audience

Posted on 2002/3/18 8:46:02 ( 1056 reads )

Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, OHIO, March 11, 2002: The city of Cleveland and the Cleveland Museum of Art were graced with a stunning performance by six women of the Odissi classical dance form, one of India's oldest art forms. Expressing themes from India's rich legacy, the dance that is now performed on stage was once performed in temples to honor the Gods and Goddesses. With an eloquent blending of East and West, the program was choreographed by Surupa Sen with music by Ganesh Kumaresh. The dancers are known as the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble of India.

Trinidad Maha Sabha Launches Hindu University

Posted on 2002/3/18 8:45:02 ( 1747 reads )

Source: Anil Mahabir, Trinidad Correspondent

TRINIDAD, March 18, 2002: Secretary General of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha of Trinidad and Tobago, Shri Satnarine Maharaj, said tertiary education for Hindu citizens of T&T will soon be available "at a fraction of the cost when the Hindu University is set up." Maharaj was speaking at a news conference at the Lakshmi Girls' High School, the headquarters of the Maha Sabha, last week Wednesday at the launch of the project. He said the Maha Sabha, Trinidad's largest Hindu organization, will use its 160 temples and 60 schools throughout the country to set up bases for study. People can also study at their homes. Maharaj said these bases will be set up with computers so students can access information from Florida's Lynn University. Four representatives from Lynn University were present at the launch and said countries from all over the world are receiving data from them through the Internet. "The home is the most important teaching institution in the Hindu home and indeed the country at large," Maharaj said. "Why is it that we can only send six percent of our children to university here in Trinidad, while other developed countries have an average enrollment of about 60 percent?" he asked. "Do we have talent to waste, or do we simply do not care? Sure, it is good to learn about the greatness of Indian culture and the devotional aspects of Hinduism, such as puja, but we have also got to educate our children about Hindu philosophy, such as the Vedas and the Mahabharata and give them a feel of academics as well. The education has to be all around for the Hindu," he said. Maharaj asked the audience, which included many Christians and Muslims, not to draw any conclusions about a Hindu University, since there is already a Christian university in existence. He said that non-Hindus will be allowed to attend classes at the temples and Hindu schools. "No one will be discriminated against," he said. The president of computer company DTRONICS, Richard Guide, said his company will be donating as many as 25 computer-ready bases for the university. These will provide easy access for those who cannot afford computers. Maharaj gave June 6, 2002, as the tentative date for the official launch of the university, that is, when classes will begin in full stream.

Shiv Sena Blamed for Rampage In Haryana Town, Shrines Burnt

Posted on 2002/3/18 8:44:02 ( 987 reads )


CHANDIGARGH, INDIA, March 17, 2002: Tension hung over Bhiwani in Haryana today after a mob of more than 300 alleged Shiv Sena activists torched two places of worship and shops in Luharu town in the district, angered by rumors that a family had killed a cow. A spokesman said more than 300 Shiv Sena activists torched one holy place near Luharu railway station and another in the Purana Bazaar locality. Later, another mob assembled outside the heritage palace of the Nawab of Luharu, situated on the outskirts of that town, and raised slogans, but the police reached there on time to prevent any damage to the landmark monument. This is the second such incident in a month in Haryana: on March one, tension gripped Kaithal after three places of worship were attacked, damaged and torched.

Out-of-Print Book on Indian Medicine Sought

Posted on 2002/3/18 8:43:02 ( 1026 reads )


KAUAI, HAWAII, March 18, 2002: Hinduism Today is searching for a copy of "Ancient Indian Medicine," published about 1947 by Orient Longman Publications, Madras, and written by Prof. Kutumbiah. The book is needed for an article on Indian medical ethics. Any suggestions on where to locate a copy may be e-mailed to "source" above.

Fresh Violence Flares in India

Posted on 2002/3/17 8:49:02 ( 1017 reads )


GUJARAT, INDIA, March 16, 2002: There has been fresh religious violence in the Indian state of Gujarat, with three people killed during disturbances in the main city, Ahmedabad, and another shot dead by police in Boroda. The latest unrest followed a controversial ceremony staged by Hindus in Ayodhya. Later in Ahmedabad, crowds of Hindus and Muslims took to the streets. Two Muslim men were killed as police fired shots to disperse mobs confronting each other in the Ahmedabad neighborhoods of Dudeshwar and Daryapur. Several Muslim shops and properties were set on fire. Curfews were imposed in Ahmedabad and Boroda.

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