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Clan Unites En Masse
Posted on 2000/12/26 22:48:02 ( 902 reads )


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IPOH, MALAYSIA, December 25, 2000: The descendants of Marimuthu Ammal created history by holding the largest Indian family gathering, with some 480 relatives from peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, Singapore and New Zealand turning up. They comprised a third of about 1,200 descendants of the matriarch, who first came to Malaysia in the 19th century. The oldest in the group was third-generation descendant Sundari Kandasammy Ammal, 87, of Kuala Lumpur, who said, "I am so glad that this gathering has materialized. I hope everyone will stay united.'' Marimuthu Ammal, a contractor, and her husband Muthu Ramalingam Pillai arrived in Taiping from Karaikal in South India and were said to have built a fortune through railways, roads and sanitary contracts.




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New Bill Allows Care Facility to Coincide with Patient's Faith
Posted on 2000/12/26 22:47:02 ( 876 reads )


Source: Religion News Service





WASHINGTON, DC, December 22, 2000: The "Return to Home" legislation was passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton on Thursday, December 21. A coalition of religious groups collaborated so that Medicare patients suffering from severe illnesses could be treated at care facilities close to home or those affiliated with their faith. Previously, loved ones were forced to stay at facilities outlined specifically by their health-maintenance organizations even if they were far from home or in an environment not suited to their religious culture. The bill is widely supported by those who believe spiritual practices and the support of family and friends are essential for healing. The bill should apply to Hindu homes for the elderly in the USA.




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Living Goddesses To Receive Pay
Posted on 2000/12/26 22:46:02 ( 899 reads )


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KATHMANDU, NEPAL, December 24, 2000: Nepal, the world's only Hindu Kingdom, will begin paying a monthly maintenance allowance to its "living Goddesses," chosen girls worshipped by Hindus and Buddhists. The living Goddesses, all referred to as "Sri Kumari," are revered by thousands in Nepal. In accordance with Nepali tradition, a young girl is carefully chosen to serve as a living Goddess. She then moves away from home and resides in a special home, of which each major area of the city has one. She serves until the onset of puberty. Narendra Man Shrestha, a finance ministry official, announced the government would begin paying a monthly maintenance allowance of US$81.00 to the serving living Goddess and a $40.50 rupee monthly pension after retirement. The benefits are seen as a means to uphold the cultural and religious traditions of Nepal, as well as to compensate for the difficulty some of these girls have in getting married.




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Catholic Leaders Protest Yoga in Slovak Schools
Posted on 2000/12/25 22:49:02 ( 821 reads )


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BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA, October 25, 2000: Yoga was recently introduced at both the primary and high school level as part of the gym curriculum in Slovakia. Swami Maheswarananda's "Yoga in Daily Life" organization worked for years to implement the program, which was welcomed by school officials and students alike. However, Catholic leaders have objected to this form of physical exercise protesting that it is affiliated with Eastern religions.




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Clan Unites En Masse
Posted on 2000/12/25 22:48:02 ( 955 reads )


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IPOH, MALAYSIA, December 25, 2000: The descendants of Marimuthu Ammal created history by holding the largest Indian family gathering, with some 480 relatives from peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, Singapore and New Zealand turning up. They comprised a third of about 1,200 descendants of the matriarch, who first came to Malaysia in the 19th century. The oldest in the group was third-generation descendant Sundari Kandasammy Ammal, 87, of Kuala Lumpur, who said, "I am so glad that this gathering has materialized. I hope everyone will stay united.'' Marimuthu Ammal, a contractor, and her husband Muthu Ramalingam Pillai arrived in Taiping from Karaikal in South India and were said to have built a fortune through railways, roads and sanitary contracts.




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New Bill Allows Care Facility to Coincide with Patient's Faith
Posted on 2000/12/25 22:47:02 ( 898 reads )


Source: Religion News Service





WASHINGTON, DC, December 22, 2000: The "Return to Home" legislation was passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton on Thursday, December 21. A coalition of religious groups collaborated so that Medicare patients suffering from severe illnesses could be treated at care facilities close to home or those affiliated with their faith. Previously, loved ones were forced to stay at facilities outlined specifically by their health-maintenance organizations even if they were far from home or in an environment not suited to their religious culture. The bill is widely supported by those who believe spiritual practices and the support of family and friends are essential for healing. The bill should apply to Hindu homes for the elderly in the USA.




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Living Goddesses To Receive Pay
Posted on 2000/12/25 22:46:02 ( 854 reads )


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KATHMANDU, NEPAL, December 24, 2000: Nepal, the world's only Hindu Kingdom, will begin paying a monthly maintenance allowance to its "living Goddesses," chosen girls worshipped by Hindus and Buddhists. The living Goddesses, all referred to as "Sri Kumari," are revered by thousands in Nepal. In accordance with Nepali tradition, a young girl is carefully chosen to serve as a living Goddess. She then moves away from home and resides in a special home, of which each major area of the city has one. She serves until the onset of puberty. Narendra Man Shrestha, a finance ministry official, announced the government would begin paying a monthly maintenance allowance of US$81.00 to the serving living Goddess and a $40.50 rupee monthly pension after retirement. The benefits are seen as a means to uphold the cultural and religious traditions of Nepal, as well as to compensate for the difficulty some of these girls have in getting married.




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Contention Between Hindu Christian Groups in Gujarat
Posted on 2000/12/22 22:49:02 ( 872 reads )


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GANDHINAGAR, INDIA, December 21, 2000: Christian religious conversions by enticement or force has segmented the tribal communities in Gujarat. As a result, the State Reserve Police has been called upon to restrain any violence that may be targeted against the Christian community during Christmas celebrations. Meetings between Hindu and Christian groups have attempted to curb the violence, but unrest between the two groups has been prevalent in the state since 1998.
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No Hometown Reception for India's Miss World
Posted on 2000/12/22 22:48:02 ( 820 reads )


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LUCKNOW, INDIA, December 20, 2000: In a colorful ceremony, Priyanka Chopra,18, was crowned Miss World in London, England, in November of this year. However, upon arrival in her home state of Uttar Pradesh, no reception was given. Chief minister Rajnath Singh, supported by both Hindu and Muslim conservative, banned beauty contests in the state last week, declaring them to be a violation of traditional culture.




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Animal Group Urges Boycott Of Indian Abattoir
Posted on 2000/12/22 22:47:02 ( 1031 reads )


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MUMBAI, INDIA, December 21, 2000: An international animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), said it planned to urge some Middle Eastern countries to boycott meat from an Indian abattoir (slaughter house) because of its unhygienic and inhumane conditions. They will present a video of the conditions in the Deonar abattoir in the city of Bombay as evidence. Jason Baker, PETA's India head, said he would meet government officials in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar. Members of PETA are demanding that the government-owned slaughterhouse be closed until animal protection laws were met. "I will investigate the matter, and if it is true, then I will stop these practices," Hareshwar Patil, mayor of Mumbai, told Reuters. PETA estimates around 13 million cows are slaughtered in India every year for beef and hide despite their sacred status in Hinduism.




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Christian Priest Reported Killed in Andamans
Posted on 2000/12/22 22:46:02 ( 938 reads )


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ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA: December 21, 2000: The Catholic news service Zenit out of Rome reported that Hindu radicals in India murdered a Catholic priest. A group of men raided the residence of Port Blair priest John Peter December 15 and killed him with knives and clubs, and left behind materials denouncing the priest's activities in converting Hindus, Zenit reported. Port Blair is the capital city of the Andaman Islands, located in the Bay of Bengal. Catholic officials urged the New Delhi government to find those responsible and guarantee the safety of Christians in the islands. No news of this event was reported in Delhi papers.




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Godly Stories Popular on Indian Television
Posted on 2000/12/21 22:49:02 ( 897 reads )


Source: Indian Express





NEW DELHI, INDIA, December 21, 2000: India's Public broadcaster, Doordarshan, leads the way in capturing Indian mythologicals for telecasting on its various channels. Serials like "Ramayana" and "Sri Krishna" have been overwhelmingly successful. As a result, DD plans to expand its present mythologicals from five to eight. Producer Ramanand Sagar commented, "Serials based on religion instill values and a sense of duty among viewers."




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Hindus May be Free to Worship in Pakistan
Posted on 2000/12/21 22:48:02 ( 885 reads )


Source: The Tribune





AMRITSAR, INDIA, December 21, 2000: Hindu devotees may resume pilgrimages to Pakistan. The president of the All-India Hindu Shiv Sena has prompted Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, Prime Minister, to resume talks with Pakistani leaders to ensure the safety of Hindu pilgrims in that country. A recent pilgrimage by Sindhi Hindus was abruptly ended when they were ridiculed by Pakistani officials. However, thousands of Pakistani Muslims peacefully visit their holy places in India each year.




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American Hindus Want a Divali Stamp
Posted on 2000/12/21 22:47:02 ( 952 reads )


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WASHINGTON, D.C., December 21, 2000: Since President Clinton recognized the value of Hindu's contributions by way of a Divali message from the White House, American Hindus have started to promote the idea of a Divali stamp to be issued by the US Postal Service next year. Aside from Christmas stamps which are issued by the hundreds of millions, the Jewish holiday of Hannukah was commemorated by the U.S.P.S. by way of a postage stamp in past years. They have also announced that a stamp in celebration of the Islamic religious holiday, Eid Mubarak, is being designed for the year 2001. Hindu's are requested to send e-mail to pmgceo@usps.gov.




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National Organic Standards Released
Posted on 2000/12/21 22:46:02 ( 826 reads )


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WASHINGTON, D.C., December 20, 2000: The government released the first national standards for growing and processing organic foods. Foods that meet the new federal standards will bear a seal "USDA Organic" and replace dozens of local standards. The new regulations will ban the use of biotechnology or irradiation in organic products, which are grown without the use of synthetic pesticides. It will also ban the use of antibiotics in organic meat and require dairy cattle to have access to pasture. Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman called the rules "the strictest, most comprehensive organic standards in the world." Farmers and handlers will have 18 months to comply with the standards to earn the USDA seal.




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