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A Curry Pill May Prevent Cancer
Posted on 2001/1/11 22:47:02 ( 997 reads )


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LONDON, ENGLAND, January 8, 2001: East Indian Amma's will be delighted to hear that a company in London has produced a curry pill whose main constituent is the beloved herb Turmeric.This pill, known as P54 by the company researching its benefits, has been tested on patients with colon cancer. Proven to help prevent bowel cancer, it will be on sale later this year as a food supplement. Or you can just buy the spice.




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Yoga for Healthy Body and Mind
Posted on 2001/1/11 22:46:02 ( 867 reads )


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TAMPA, FLORIDA: The tenth annual conference of "Yoga of Positive Health" was enthusiastically attended by doctors, scholars and practitioners in December, 2000. Collaborating to orchestrate the exchange of knowledge and philosophy were the University of South Florida, the College of Public Health's Center for Positive Health and Swami Vivekananda's Yoga Research Foundation. Highlights included such topics as the "Future of Yoga Therapy," the "Relationship of Yoga to Ayurveda," "Yoga for Cardiac Patients" and the "Gods Within."




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Helping Sindhi Research
Posted on 2001/1/11 22:45:02 ( 989 reads )


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After the partition of India in 1947, Sindhis from Pakistan immigrated to many countries of the world. If you have any information about this migration first or second-hand, it may be used for a new book called "Sindhi Jottings" or as reference material in the archives of India. Contact: hiroshroff@hotmail.com




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Shree Maa Ji On Tour To Spread Gospel Of Effective Prayer.
Posted on 2001/1/11 22:44:02 ( 807 reads )


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Inspiring devotees and instilling in them, the ideology that every home is a temple, along with the meaning of and method of effective prayer has been the basis of the teachings of Shree Maa Ji of the Devi Mandir located in California. Along with Swami Satyananda Saraswati, she will be will be on a joint lecture tour of Europe and the United States this summer of 2001. Her itinerary is at http://www.shreemaa.org.




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British Hindus Slam Coverage of Kumbh Mela
Posted on 2001/1/10 22:49:02 ( 870 reads )


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LONDON, ENGLAND, January 11, 2001: Hindus in the United Kingdom slammed a London television channel's reportage of the Maha Kumbh as distorted and inappropriate. Footage included shots of naked ascetics performing acts of penance on the banks of the Ganges in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh. The National Council of Hindu Temples (NCHT), which represents 600,000 Hindus and more than 140 temples in Britain, has reacted to last weekend's one-hour documentary of the Mela. A letter was being sent by NCHT to Channel 4 protesting the focus on bizarre practices which were not representative of the principles and tenets of mainstream Hinduism. "It's like depicting Christianity through the Inquisition," the NCHT declared. "That's not Christianity and what they're showing is not Hinduism." The NCHT says it does not deny the practices depicted in the television footage, but repeats this is not mainstream Hinduism, which has not been covered and deserves a proper hearing. "No explanation was given about what the Kumbh Mela is all about." A spokeswoman for Channel 4 said the footage broadcast was not representative of the overall coverage that would continue until the end of January. "What has been seen is a small part of what we are broadcasting," she told IANS. "All that people have seen is 58 minutes out of an entire month's programming. It's difficult to represent the Kumbh in that period of time."




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Maha Kumbh Militant Threat
Posted on 2001/1/10 22:48:02 ( 913 reads )


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ALLAHABAD, INDIA, January 11, 2001: Over 2,500,000 devotees and reports of a possible militant strike kept the police and mela authorities on their toes on the first day of the Maha Kumbh. The paush purnima snan (bath at full moon) at the Sangam attracted a record gathering of devotees, giving the police cause to worry over the scope of arrangements to be made for the two biggest bathing days yet to come. Tuesday's crowds were almost double the official estimates before the Mela began. Intelligence sources said they had received information about a possible subversive strike during the Kumbh. The Uttar Pradesh police officially denied any new threat, but stepped up their security to face any eventuality. A report from Lucknow said Pakistan-based militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, responsible for a recent Army camp strike, had planned similar attacks at the Maha Kumbh. Allahabad has increased the number of police covering the event from 15,000 to 20,000 in the last two days. The force will be backed by 150 river patrol officers, 20 specially trained commandos and 10 Army teams specializing in anti-mine operations. Bomb disposal squads are also stationed at the mela complex.




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Tampin Strongman Sets New Record
Posted on 2001/1/10 22:47:02 ( 937 reads )


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KLANG, MALAYSIA: January 8, 2001: Tampin born V. Rathakrishnan, noted by the Malaysia Book of Records as the man with the strongest teeth, successfully set another record yesterday. He used his teeth to pull a 37.35 ton train coach for a distance of 8.37m at the Klang railway station, surpassing his first effort in 1995 where he pulled a 10.8 ton bus a distance of 5.12m. When Rathakrishnan started his attempt, the coach refused to budge. After several starts and stops and attempts to focus, he finally succeeded and the coach inched forward. With encouragement from the crowd, he reached just past the 8m mark in about 4 minutes then collapsed, exhausted, on the track. Later, Rathakrishnan revealed to the press he had been suffering from a cold and a slight fever. Officers from the Malaysia Book of Records confirmed his accomplishment.




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Millions Flock to Hindu Festival
Posted on 2001/1/6 22:49:02 ( 825 reads )


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ALLAHABAD, INDIA, January 7, 2001: Pilgrims have begun arriving in the northern Indian town of Allahabad for Hinduism's most important spiritual gathering, which is expected to attract at least 70 million people over the next 42 days. The Kumbh Mela takes place every 12 years and sees millions of devotees bathe in the Ganga to purify their sins. The numbers in Allahabad are steadily growing as Tuesday approaches, itself an auspicious bathing day. For many, the bathing has already started, as they immerse themselves in the river, despite the bitter cold. Police posts have been set up and security measures have been drawn up to ensure the safety of the pilgrims.




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Saints Protest Land Allotments at Mela
Posted on 2001/1/6 22:48:02 ( 947 reads )


Source: Free Press Journal, Mumbai





ALLAHABAD, INDIA, December 15, 2000: Saints of various religious orders are upset with the mela administrators, alleging discrimination in allotment of land. They say fake saint committees have been given land, and object to the construction of 5-star facilities for foreigners and VIPS, which they said was against the religious sentiments linked with the Mela. For example, one camp is charging foreigners US$100 per day per person.




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Immigrants Bring Religious Devotion to Canada
Posted on 2001/1/6 22:47:02 ( 948 reads )


Source: Religious New Service





VANCOUVER, CANADA, December 30, 2000: With a multitude of multicultural flavors, Asian immigrants, 50% of whom attend regular religious services, have rescued three of Canada's largest cities. Previous to the wave of immigration, Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto were considered places where there was an indifference to, or even of, rejection of religion. Now Buddhist, Sikh, Hindu, Muslim and Christian institutions are flourishing with devotees.




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Attempted Burglary at Badrinath Temple
Posted on 2001/1/6 22:46:02 ( 922 reads )


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DEHRADUN, INDIA, January 5, 2001: ISI agent Ankur Sharma was apprehended by security guards on January 4 after attempting to steal a cherished statue from the sacred shrine of Badrinath. After some resistance, the culprit was handed over to the local authorities.




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Uttar Pradesh Government Offers Insurance to Pilgrims
Posted on 2001/1/6 22:45:02 ( 973 reads )


Source: India Abroad News Service





ALLAHABAD, INDIA, January 2, 2001: Taking precautionary measures for the estimated 70 million devotees who are expected to pilgrimage to the holy "Sangam" at Allahabad, the Uttar Pradesh government is providing insurance coverage. Allahabad commissioner Sada Kant, who has orchestrated the huge event, is reported as saying, "Each of the visitors in the 20- to 60-year age group would be insured for US$ 2,174. Others will get an insurance coverage of US$1,087." Insurance will be paid to the pilgrim's surviving family. The cause of death must be other than natural and occur during the festivities. Sacred dips in the river at Allahabad will start January 9th and end on Maha Sivaratri, February 21st.




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Fatwas Ruled Illegal in Bangladesh
Posted on 2001/1/6 22:44:02 ( 908 reads )


Source: Amnesty International Press Release





January 5, 2001: The Bangladesh High Court made a landmark ruling that fatwas -- religious edicts issued by the Muslim clergy --are illegal. The court also ruled that such edicts, mainly issued against women, must be made punishable by an act of parliament. Usually imposed against women who assert themselves in village family life, dozens of fatwas are issued each year by the rural clergy, who justify their deed in the name of religion. The clergy impose flogging and stoning, and other humiliating punishments, and they are often involved in directly inflicting the punishment. In many cases there is a financial motive involved as fatwas can be a source of income for the local clergy.




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Indian History Congress Underway
Posted on 2001/1/6 22:43:02 ( 809 reads )


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CALCUTTA, INDIA, January 2, 2001: The 61st annual congress of Indian historians has begun in the city of Calcutta. At the opening ceremony the Nobel Laureate and economist, Amartya Sen, said that current "fundamentalist trends" in India threatened its secular traditions. He said that Hindu epics such as Ramayana should not be treated as part of Indian history. A BBC correspondent in the region says Mr. Sen's comments are likely to provoke angry reactions from various Hindu groups.




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Vishwa Sangh Shibir Successful Completion in Mumbai
Posted on 2001/1/6 22:42:02 ( 942 reads )


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MUMBAI, INDIA, January 4, 2001: "All-round progress can be achieved only through adoption of a plan based on Hindu philosophy," said Shri K. S. Sudarshan, Sarasanghchalak (head) of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). The occasion was the valedictory function of a 5-day long Vishwa Sangh Shibir attended by total of 571 delegates coming from 39 countries. Issues addressed were the liberation and renovation of three temples of significance to the Hindus, and an appeal to NRI-Hindus to work for the people in distress.




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