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Daughter Continues Iyengar Yoga Dynasty
Posted on 2001/6/16 23:45:02 ( 628 reads )


Source: Los Angeles Times





LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, June 10, 2001: Devotees watch and listen intently to this middle-aged woman from India. Geeta S. Iyengar, the world's leading female yoga teacher, challenges them to drop their lingering doubts and tap their inner strength to achieve proper alignment of various yoga postures developed by her father, BKS Iyengar. At the age of nine she suffered a kidney disease that left her breathless and occasionally unconscious. Her father admonished her to embrace yoga and within months she began to feel better. Yogini Iyengar is pleased by the growing recognition that greets both yoga and her own teaching. After four decades as a student and assistant to her father, she has increasingly moved into the forefront as the director of the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute established by her father a quarter of a century ago in Pune.




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Taking a Big Breath, N.F.L. Tackles Yoga
Posted on 2001/6/16 23:44:02 ( 611 reads )


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NEW YORK, NEW YORK, June 3, 2001: The New Age mind-body connection that is normally associated with actresses, supermodels and Buddhist monks is now the exercise du jour with some of the hulks in the National Football League. The Giants and Denver Broncos have worked with a yoga instructor to incorporate yoga as part of the team's diversity training. The seed was planted by fullback Greg Comella and wide receiver Amani Toomer, both students of Sarah Margolis and Marilyn Barnett, who run the Yoga Connection TriBeCa. "Coach Jim Fassel wanted to continue the theme of providing new and different activities rather than just the traditional running and lifting," said Dunn, noting that last year the team offered martial arts as part of its training regimen. "Yoga gave us that. Obviously, the flexibility that comes with yoga is important."




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Reusing Cooking Oil for Frying Food Raises Cancer Risk
Posted on 2001/6/16 23:43:02 ( 792 reads )


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BANGKOK, THAILAND, June 16, 2001: According to the director of the Institute for Scientific and Technological Research, Mr Phirasak Worasuntharosot, food prepared from cooking oil that has been used repeatedly is likely to be contaminated by cancer-causing dioxins. Laboratory tests indicated that cooking oil used more than a few times released carcinogenic free radicals or dioxins. He said hospitals were swamped with cancer cases and attributed the high number to the consumption of food cooked in lard or vegetable oil that had been used more than once.




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Nepal Honors Late King in an Ancient Ritual
Posted on 2001/6/15 23:49:02 ( 549 reads )


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KATHMANDU, NEPAL, June 11, 2001: Dressing up to resemble the late King Birendra, a priest was banished from Kathmandu in a "katto" ceremony dating back to Nepal's ancient times. This ceremony, a rare Hindu rite performed on the eleventh day after the death of the King, is meant to cleanse the soul of the late King Birendra who was killed by his son, Prince Dipendra. The priest ritually leaves Kathmandu valley on an elephant, and this is symbolic of the dead King's spirit being freed from the area, and a means to mitigate the inauspicious aspects of his death. As part of the ritual, the brahmin priest is served a dish with some meat in it, the first time in his life he would have eaten meat.




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Pakistani Hindus Vow Not to Go Back
Posted on 2001/6/15 23:48:02 ( 609 reads )


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NEW DELHI, INDIA, June 13, 2001: "We will never go back to Pakistan," asserts Chander Pal, one of several Pakistani Hindus living here quietly since fleeing their country to escape persecution by Islamic zealots. "Here we feel at home. In Pakistan each day was like hell, but we suffered indignities silently as we had no choice," he said. Pal, 32, is one of some 150 Pakistanis who live in Sanjay Colony near the Bhatti mines in the Indian capital's southern fringes. Like the others he is determined to stay on in India. The Pakistanis follow their own customs and practices. They don't mingle with the Indians. Sanjay Colony has no regular supply of water and electricity, but there is a school, a small hospital and a police post. But despite the pathetic conditions, the Pakistanis say they feel safe and secure. These Pakistanis began trickling into India about 12 years ago. The men and women spoke up about their past in Pakistan. "Dogs and Hindus are treated alike there," said Dilip, who also came here in 1998. Pal said he envied Indian Muslims. "They enjoy so much respect in this country. Even if something happens to them, there are protests. No one ever cared for us in Pakistan."




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Man Shot While Performing Worship
Posted on 2001/6/15 23:47:02 ( 590 reads )


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NEW DELHI, INDIA June 11, 2001: A decade-old dispute over possession of an unauthorized Shiva-Hanuman temple on the railway land, close to Bhairon Marg, took an ugly turn on Sunday with a man belonging to one faction firing at a rival who was performing puja. The attack, police said, was an attempt at taking control of the temple.




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Texas Storm Ruins Music Books
Posted on 2001/6/15 23:46:02 ( 624 reads )


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HOUSTON, TEXAS, June 11, 2001: For over twenty years, Houston-based internationally acclaimed musical duo Chandrakantha and David Courtney have charmed audiences with their performances of Hindustani classical music and bhajanas. Like thousands of others all over the Houston, they too experienced the wrath of Tropical Storm Allison last week. In the aftermath of the floods that all but devastated their quaint little home in the West University area, the couple are asking the community to help them salvage treasured music notes ravaged by water. They earnestly request volunteers who know how to read and write the Hindi and Telugu languages come forward to assist them in transcribing priceless music manuscripts.




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Roadside Shrines Disturb Traffic
Posted on 2001/6/15 23:45:02 ( 711 reads )


Source: Deccan Herald





BANGALORE, INDIA, JUNE 9, 2001: According to a rough estimate prepared by the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) there are at least 1,000 unauthorized roadside Hindu shrines in Bangalore. Shrines erected on footpaths, parks, and public thoroughfares are mushrooming all over the city. Roadside shrines, a strange phenomenon, endemic to Bangalore, are supported by the generosity of the public. Not only are they patronized, but these temples, within a year of consecration, draw a huge number of devotees. A shrine often begins as a tin shed, upgrades to an asbestos roof, and in no time has a concrete roof. The BMP is trying to limit these shrines, and has even demolished a few, but faces strong public resistance.




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HSC Camp 2001
Posted on 2001/6/15 23:44:02 ( 611 reads )


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VIRGINIA, USA, JUNE 5, 2001: Over 70 individuals attended the 11th annual Hindu Student Council National Camp over Memorial Day weekend. The camp was held at the High Road campsite in Virginia. Students came from universities all over America. Along with sports and nature hikes, the day's activities included yoga and meditation exercises. Interactive discussions gave campers the opportunity to voice their opinion about topics that are relevant to Hindus in our society today. Presenters led discussion on topics ranging from Hindu views on cloning and Vedic mathematics to explaining the Hindu concept of dharma to a non-Hindu and "Is it acceptable to date/marry outside of the Hindu religion?" Evening activities included pujas, bhajanas, interactive skits and a campfire. A cultural show and a garba dance concluded the final evening's program.




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India's Flag Rules Challenged
Posted on 2001/6/15 23:43:02 ( 540 reads )


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NEW DELHI, INDIA, June 14, 2001: It is an oddity of Indian law that only VIPs, government offices and public sector undertakings are allowed the honor of displaying the country's flag on their premises. Now a 31-year-old businessman, Naveen Jindal, having been cited for flying the flag on his factory, has challenged the law in court. The Supreme Court is expected to deliver a final judgment on the matter in July.




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US House of Representatives Condemns Taliban on Hindus
Posted on 2001/6/14 23:49:02 ( 541 reads )


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WASHINGTON, D.C., June 14, 2001: Several influential US lawmakers wore a yellow badge with the inscription "I am a Hindu" in solidarity with Hindus in Afghanistan as the US House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution condemning the Taliban's anti-Hindu edict. The bipartisan "Sense of the Congress", non-binding resolution, originally authored by Democrat Rep. Eliot L. Engel and having nearly 100 co-sponsors, was approved by a vote of 420-0 Wednesday. According to this report in India Abroad, the lawmakers slammed the Taliban for its decree and said it was analogous to the Nazi persecution of the Jews, who were forced to wear a yellow Star of David to identify themselves prior to the holocaust.




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Goddess' Blessing Next for King Gyanendra
Posted on 2001/6/14 23:48:02 ( 567 reads )


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KATHMANDU, NEPAL, June 12, 2001: In early autumn this year, the new king of Nepal, Gyanendra, will go before Goddess Taleju Bhawani, the living goddess of Nepal, in Her incarnation as a young girl. The Kumari, or virgin, as she is called, is selected periodically and reigns until puberty. The king can only be crowned following her blessings. The tradition of the living goddess was brought to Nepal from south India's Vijaynagar empire, when that kingdom wielded considerable influence in Nepal.




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As Biotech Crops Multiply, Consumers Get Little Choice
Posted on 2001/6/14 23:47:02 ( 622 reads )


Source: New York Times





CHICAGO, USA June 9, 2001: Despite persistent concerns, genetically modified crops are spreading so rapidly that it has become almost impossible for consumers to avoid them. Wind-blown pollen, commingled seeds and black-market plantings have extended these products of biotechnology into the far corners of the global food supply -- perhaps irreversibly. Some agriculture experts say that cross-pollination of biotech corn and seed corn, as well as poor and imperfect grain-handling practices, have thoroughly scrambled crops in a global food chain that for decades shipped bulk supplies of largely undifferentiated products. Most food makers in the United States continue to use biotech crops, insisting they are safe and far too pervasive to avoid; meanwhile, relatively few American consumers seem to care. "If your standard is 100 percent pure," said one Purdue University agriculture professor, "you better stop eating right now." Thus the various seed companies appear to have been successful in their scheme to introduce this genetically modified food without having to prove is safety.




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Tabla Wizard at Six
Posted on 2001/6/14 23:46:02 ( 591 reads )


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NAGPUR, INDIA, MAY 29, 2001: Six year-old Shantanu Khardenvis is the youngest tabla player in the world. In a recent performance at the Nagpur Doordarshan he performed with the efficiency of a fifteen-year-old. Shantanu, who started learning tabla at the age of two, practices four hours daily. "I gave my first performance when I was in nursery," said the young player who has made it to the "Guinness Book of World Records" with his talent.




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Yuba City's Sikh Immigrants Success Story
Posted on 2001/6/14 23:45:02 ( 588 reads )


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YUBA CITY, CALIFORNIA, June 11, 2001: Early Sikh immigrants from India planted their seeds of success in the rich agricultural community in this American city located in Sutter County. Of Yuba City's 36,758 residents, 2,360 are Indians. Sutter County boasts of the highest percentage of Indians in any US county. Nearly nine percent of its 79,000 residents are Indian-Americans. Families of many of its Indians date their presence to a century ago when their ancestors arrived from Punjab to work on the railroads and then stayed on to farm the land. The Hindus among them married into the Mexican Catholic community and disappeared from history. The Sikhs maintained their religion.




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