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Major Relief work undertaken by BAPS saints and volunteers
Posted on 2001/1/26 22:48:02 ( 745 reads )


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AHMEDABAD, INDIA, January 26, 2001: Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, BAPS, has its international headquarters in Ahmedabad. It has established massive earthquake relief work using scores of other BAPS centers in Gujarat, BAPS has outstanding experience in disaster relief, and is recommended by HPI as an excellent channel for donations to the relief effort, especially considering their huge presence in this area. USA: "BAPS Earthquake Relief Fund," P.O. Box 891449, Dallas, TX 75389-1449. India: "BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha" Swaminarayan Mandir, A/C Department Shahibaug Ahmedabad, 380004 Gujarat, INDIA. UK: "The SHM-Gujarat Earthquake Relief A/c" Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, 105 -119 Brentfield Road, Neasden, London NW10 8JP. Money can also be reliably contributed through the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund. USA: Embassy of India Attn: Head of Chancery, 2107 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20008. India: Prime Minister's National Relief Fund, Prime Minister's Office South Block, New Delhi 110011 India. Hindus should be aware that Christians regard such disasters as opportunities for getting new converts. This message just arrived from "Gospel of Asia," a Christian missionary-sending organization based in Texas: "Please do remember our leaders and native missionaries as they seek to meet the physical and spiritual needs of these earthquake victims. We are particularly asking the Lord to use this tragedy for His glory, to soften hearts and open doors for the Gospel." See http://www.gfa.org/




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Kumbha Mela's Brutal Side -- Hundreds Of Old Women Abandoned
Posted on 2001/1/26 22:47:02 ( 1080 reads )


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ALLAHABAD, INDIA, January 25, 2001: Here, amid noisy crowds and cold winds laden with the sand of the Ganges, you can hear the sound of weeping from a cowshed-like structure. These are the unheeded cries of elderly women, abandoned by their families. This is the uglier side of the Maha kumbha Mela, where millions go to wash their sins, some to abandon their elderly mothers and female relatives. "This happens at every Kumbh festival. For families, Kumbha is a convenient way of getting rid of their old women who require care and attention," says Ramesh Mishra, in charge of the shelter for "lost women and children." The shelter in Kumbhnagar has been jointly set up by the Ranjit Pandit Shiksha Samiti and Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna Smriti Samiti. "We have nearly 10,000 women in our shelter, all of them over 50. About 3,000 of them, who are genuinely separated from their families, will return home. It is just lack of love and sensitivity for women who have lived past their utility." It is clear from the vast difference in retrieval rate for children and for the old people that old people are being deliberately abandoned.




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Jharkhandstate.com Demonstrates New Font Technology
Posted on 2001/1/26 22:46:02 ( 782 reads )


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INTERNET, EARTH, January 23, 2001: Jharkhandstate.com has started a Hindi section. It is totally based on the Dynamic Font Mechanism that eliminates the need to download a font. Those interested in creating their own webpage are invited to go to the address given above where a set of complete tools, backgrounds, lines, icons are available. The mother institution KITS has just finished its dynamic font technology project that provides a 100% display of desired fonts in any website, in IE4+ and NN4+. This will aid regional languages Hindi, Bangla, Oriya as well as South Indian languages in virtually any language or script/font. They are planning to provide free solutions to dynamic fonts to non-profit regional websites.




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Request for Funds
Posted on 2001/1/26 22:45:02 ( 901 reads )


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EAST JAVA, BALI, INDONESIA, January 22, 2001: An organization in East Java called the Santana Dharm Trama Foundation is appealing for funds to start a priest training program. They say training for suitable candidates is needed in the country and the community feels that trained priests are vital to uphold the tradition. HPI recommends that contributors research the foundation before sending funds.




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$ 1.8 Million Needed for Maryland Temple
Posted on 2001/1/26 22:44:02 ( 925 reads )


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WASHINGTON, MARYLAND, January 24, 2001: Temple construction may come to a standstill unless an additional US$1.8 million is collected. The North Indian style complex in Metropolitan Washington will include a 25,000 square foot temple, library, multipurpose hall, classrooms, and kitchens. Temple trustee, Shusheal Gupta, is confident that the affluent Hindu community will proceed as they have already raised one million dollars.




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Millions Gather for Hindu Festival
Posted on 2001/1/25 22:49:02 ( 813 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 ( 846 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 ( 887 reads )


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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 ( 843 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 ( 939 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 ( 833 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 ( 805 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 ( 788 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 ( 812 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 ( 829 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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