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Book Release
Posted on 2001/2/23 22:46:02 ( 1138 reads )


Source: email: fgautier@satyam.net.in





NEW DELHI, INDIA, February 24, 2001: Francois Gautier is releasing his new book, "A Foreign Journalist on India", on March 2, 6:30pm, at the Park Hotel, in the presence of Dr Murli Manohar Joshi and L.K. Advani.




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Muslims Prefer Relief From Hindus
Posted on 2001/2/20 22:49:02 ( 868 reads )


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NEW DELHI, INDIA, February 19, 2001: In some of the remote parts of Gujarat's Kutch district, Muslims affected by the January 26 earthquake are refusing relief from an Islamic sect and turning to Hindu organizations instead. Muslim clergymen in Kutch have reportedly called for a boycott of a group of Ahmadiyas who are trying to propagate their brand of Islam while distributing relief. The Ahmadiyas are not recognized as Muslims by the rest of the Islamic community. Kutch Muslims are instead accepting relief from volunteers of Hindu organizations like the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal, as they are not pushing any religious propaganda. The Ahmadiya sect has a substantial following in Pakistan, where it was banned during the tenure of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. The sect is also banned in several other Islamic nations.




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Making Money While Staying at Home
Posted on 2001/2/20 22:48:02 ( 836 reads )


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SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, February 19, 2001: It is no surprise that the state of Utah, where 70% of the population is Mormon, also bolsters the highest percent of women nation-wide who have home-based businesses. From crafts to stamps and more, the enterprising women are finding creative outlets and independence while supporting the Mormon value system of large families and stay-at-home mothering. With the built-in network already in place, marketing of home-based products is done with ease. Supported by their peers and the community at large many Mormon women are earning respectable incomes. Stampin Up, a Utah company selling rubber stamps and stationery, was started by two sisters and in 1999 produced a whopping US$100 million in gross revenues.




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Humor Promotes Healing
Posted on 2001/2/20 22:47:02 ( 874 reads )


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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, February 13, 2001: If it tickles your funny bone then chances are it will reduce the stress in your life and leave your immune system to do its part. This premise has been supported by both the field of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences. A recent publication with research data appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Skin welt sizes were compared in patients suffering from severe allergies after one group watched a video featuring Charlie Chaplin and the other group listened to a documentary on weather. Needless to say, the Japanese study confirmed a reduction in skin welt size in the group watching the famed comedian.




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New York Times Insults Lord Krishna?
Posted on 2001/2/19 22:49:02 ( 860 reads )


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NEW YORK, NEW YORK, February 20, 2001: This article which appeared in today's New York Times may bring a protest response from Hindus. The article is on the proposal by President Bush to channel money through faith-based organizations for social service work. The article points out that this has already been going on for years and cites one example. "For almost 20 years, Hare Krishna devotees in Philadelphia have received millions of dollars in government contracts to run a network of services, including a shelter for homeless veterans, transitional homes for recovering addicts and this halfway house for parolees. The unusual collaboration between government agencies and a religious group that depicts God as a baby-faced boy with blue skin offers a glimpse of the challenges ahead for President Bush's initiative to expand government support for social service programs run by religious organizations." The disrespectful phrase "depicts God as a baby-faced boy with blue skin offers a glimpse of the challenges..." is likely to be found objectionable by many Hindu who venerate this form of Lord Krishna.




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India's Violent Homes
Posted on 2001/2/19 22:48:02 ( 810 reads )


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INDIA, February 19, 2001: Every six hours somewhere in India a young married women is burnt alive, beaten to death, or driven to commit suicide. Lawyer and social activist, Indira Jaisingh, who heads the Women's Legal Aid Center in Delhi, has been campaigning for a new law to deal with violence in the home. At least 20 percent of married women between the ages of 15 and 49 experience domestic violence, many of them on a continual basis. Activists say a major source of concern in India is that society has failed to bring about strong social sanctions against violent men. A recent survey by the International Institute for Population Studies, showed that 56 percent of Indian women believed wife beating to be justified in certain circumstances. Currently, there is no law in India dealing specifically with domestic violence.




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Idol-smuggling Racket Busted
Posted on 2001/2/19 22:47:02 ( 927 reads )


Source: Kaumudi





TRIVANDRUM, INDIA, February 20, 2001: Museum police held a three-member gang specializing in smuggling out rare idols to foreign countries. Top sources said that the gang comprising Syed, 50, a fake homeopathic doctor, Mohanan, 43, and Mohanachandran, 35, had smuggled out ten idols so far. They were caught while negotiating an audacious deal to smuggle out the panchaloha idol of Navneetakrishnan near the Hanuman temple here. Two Cochin-based agents of the gang were being traced, police said.




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A Reflection On Maha Sivaratri
Posted on 2001/2/18 22:49:02 ( 1024 reads )


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MONTGOMERYVILLE, PHILADELPHIA, February 18, 2001: As America has become a more multicultural nation, the youth today are free to express their religious and cultural roots without the fear of being misunderstood or ridiculed. So expounds the author of this essay while recalling the most auspicious festival of her religion, Maha Sivaratri. As a teen she expresses her fascination with the night dedicated to Lord Siva and the intensity of the celebrations that left a deep impression on her youthful mind. The bathing of the Siva Lingam, the chanting of Sri Rudram by the priests and the fasting proceeding the annual event filled and thrilled the young Hindu. These traditions have been passed on to her own daughter who openly brings a friend along to the temple to partake in the celebration.




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California College of Ayurveda Inaugural Conference
Posted on 2001/2/18 22:48:02 ( 898 reads )


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SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA, February 19, 2001: The California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine will host its Inaugural Conference for Ayurvedic Practitioners, Educators and Students at U.C. Berkeley in Northern California on April 20, 21 and 22, 2001. We expect nationwide attendance. We would like to know if you would join us in supporting this great profession by letting your community know about our event on your website and placing some flyers and brochures about the conference on your premises. Sponsorship privileges, booth spaces and advertisement spaces are available. California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine, P.O.Box 744 Sacramento, California 95812, Ph. 800.292.4882.




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Writer Seeks Hindu Input on The Simpsons
Posted on 2001/2/18 22:47:02 ( 1091 reads )


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ORLANDO, FLORIDA, February 19, 2001: Mark Pinsky, religion writer for the Sentinel newspaper here is publishing a book, "The Gospel According to The Simpsons: The Spiritual Life of America's Most Animated Family." His thesis is that despite its reputation (and beneath the jokes and sarcasm), "The Simpsons" television show treats God, faith and spirituality in a supportive, favorable fashion. He's included a chapter on the treatment of Hinduism, through the recurring character Apu. Informed that some Hindus have taken strong exception to the program, he is soliciting the opinion of Hindus on "The Simpsons" and the treatment of Hinduism, specifically if we feel the show treats Hinduism in a "supportive, favorable fashion," as he contends it does for Christianity. Write to him at "Source" above.




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Stress Questionnaire
Posted on 2001/2/18 22:46:02 ( 869 reads )


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February 15, 2001: The research team at the Department of Psychology at the Catholic University of America is interested in examining the ways in which people turn to religion in times of stress. They are looking for response from a wide variety of religious denominations, as well as people who are not currently affiliated with a religious denomination. Participation is voluntary and all responses are strictly anonymous. The website, which contains a series of questions, is located at http://research.cua.edu/psy.




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India Refuses Visas For Afghan Hindus In Germany
Posted on 2001/2/17 22:49:02 ( 950 reads )


Source: The Navhind Times, Panaji, Goa





GOA, INDIA, February 12, 2001: Some 8,000 Hindu refugees fleeing religious fanaticism and the civil war in Afghanistan have found shelter in Germany, but they have extreme difficulties in securing visas to India as red-tape prevents their visiting holy places or from immersing the ashes of their dead in the Ganges, as prescribed by the Hindu faith. Mr. Kewal Nagpal, who works as an administrator of a Hindu temple in Cologne run by an Afghan association called the Afghanische Hindu Gemeinde, lost his mother four and a half months back. Her ashes which should have been immersed within 10 days of cremation are in a funeral home. "I get terrible dreams in which she appears and seems to tell me her soul is not at peace," Mr. Nagpal said. But the Indian government refused to grant him a visa because of "security reasons," he was told by the Indian embassy in Bonn. Afghan Hindus are denied visas, as India, driven by security concerns has its security specialists screen applications which can take between six weeks to a year. Many Afghan Hindu refugees hold stateless identity cards issued by the German government which the Indian embassy does not recognize. Approximately 50,000 Hindus lived in Afghanistan prior to the civil war; hardly a handful is left.




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Nepal to Select New Goddess
Posted on 2001/2/17 22:48:02 ( 983 reads )


Source: Religion News Service





KATHMANDU, NEPAL, February 15, 2001: Honored by both Hindus and Buddhists alike, a new Goddess is being sought to serve in an ancient temple in Kathmandu. Selected from the Buddhist Shakya family, the new young Kumari would be assigned duties including several daily appearances to bless devotees. Many parents are avoiding the process as they want to educate their daughters for the work force, the life of the young Goddess is very isolated, and many Kumaris remain unmarried when their service ends. Tradition dictates retirement after puberty and until recently the money received was meagre. Retired Kumaris now receive about $40 a month from the government.




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Indian Firm Offers Deep Discount On AIDS Drugs
Posted on 2001/2/17 22:47:02 ( 829 reads )


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SAN LEANDRO, CALIFORNIA, February 17, 2001: A Mumbai-based drug giant Cipla Limited has attracted worldwide headlines by offering accessibility of a cocktail of generic life-saving AIDS drugs to voluntary organizations and governments at a whopping 95 percent discount or more compared to American retail prices. Company chairman Yusuf K. Hamied says he has a reason for doing this. The AIDS epidemic, he said, "is a tragedy. By making this humanitarian offer, we are telling the world, 'Please wake up.' Otherwise we are in for another holocaust." Cipla, India's third-largest drug company by sales, is offering the life-saving AIDS cocktail, which comprises three drugs -- stavudine, lamivudine and nevirapine. Cipla offers three-tier pricing: $1,200 to wholesalers for a year's supply for a single patient, $600 for governments, and $350 to Medecins Sans Frontiere (Doctors Without Borders). MSF is the Nobel Prize-winning voluntary organization of doctors that gives medical care to the underserved. They get the drugs on the condition that they distribute them free of charge. The offer to MSF is below the cost of manufacture. Bought from drug companies licensed to produce these drugs, a year's supply of these same drugs can cost anything from $10,000 to $15,000 in the U.S.




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Dalai Lama Gives Advice to Journalists
Posted on 2001/2/16 22:49:02 ( 844 reads )


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NEW DELHI, INDIA, February 14, 2001: Journalists from around the world were honored at the International Press Institute World Congress in January with the Dalai Lama's presence. Charming the audience with his wit and humor, the revered religious leader of the Tibetan people gave his input on the Freedom of the Press. He alluded to the analogy of comparing journalists to elephants whereby they should sniff all around and investigate everything and everyone with sincere motivation. Encouraging the people of the press to practice nonviolence and compassion and to find peace in the midst of adversity, the 14th Tibetan Pontiff won the hearts of those in the audience. Many members of the press at the conference asked for clarification on the Dalai Lama's view of conversion. Reiterating his original comments, the humble Tibetan leader expressed that it is better to keep the religion you are born into because it influences your thinking. If conversion is forced, the individual never becomes a sincere convert but, if after deep self-reflection and philosophical study, the person commits to the premises of their new faith, then conversion is true, he explained.




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