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Statistics Show Rise In Indian Student Enrollment In US


Posted on 2000/11/16 0:45:02 ( 2232 reads )


Source: The Hindustan Times, November 15, 2000





NEW DELHI, INDIA: There has been a sharp twelve percent rise in the number of Indian students, mostly Hindus, in American colleges and universities during the academic year 1999-2000. The Indian presence went up from 30,641 in 1996-1997, to 33,818 in 1997-1998, to 37,482 in 1998-1999 -- and now jumped to 42,337 in 1999-2000. A just released report from the Institute of International Education titled "Open Doors 2000" cites a five percent increase of all international students in the US, putting the total enrollment at 514,723, with Asian students accounting for 54 percent. Popular subjects pursued are business and management, engineering, mathematics and computer science. While international students are only three percent of America's total higher education population, they contribute more than $12 billion to the US economy by way of money spent on tuition, and related costs.






India's Leading Religious Book Publisher Announces New Series


Posted on 2000/11/16 0:44:02 ( 1964 reads )


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NEW DELHI, INDIA: Motilal Banarsidass is launching a new series of books, "India's Scientific Heritage." Dr. L.M. Singhvi is the general editor for the series, which is expected to run at least 25 volumes and include Vedic and Jain mathematics and other sciences. They are looking for qualified contributors to the series. Contact: R P Jain, Motilal Banarsidass Publishers, 41, U.A. Bungalow Road, Jawahar Nagar, Delhi-110007, India. Email: mlbd@vsnl.com.






Deforestation is a major concern to the religious leaders


Posted on 2000/11/15 0:49:02 ( 2291 reads )


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BHAKTAPUR, NEPAL: Representatives of 11 major faiths of the world have jointly pledged to work for the protection of global environment. They made the pledge at a colorful ceremony during a three-day conference being held in an ancient Nepalese town, Bhaktapur, near the capital, Kathmandu. The conference has been organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and is being attended by over 500 delegates from 56 countries. The religious leaders - who represent Islam, Hinduism and Christianity among other religions - have also pledged to take actions "dedicated to the planet." Hinduism Today's reporter and photographer were in attendance, and a longer report on this meeting will follow.






Don't Call It Yoga, But Relaxation Techniques Work For School Kids


Posted on 2000/11/15 0:48:02 ( 2007 reads )


Source: The Boston Globe, November 9, 2000





BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS: Schools faced with stressed-out children are introducing relaxation breaks using positive mental imagery (best for girls), or deep breathing or muscle relaxing (works on boys). Other methods include repeating a line from a favorite song, carrying a good-luck charm, have a buddy to turn to in times of stress. "It used to be," one educator told the Globe, "that the worst emergency teachers faced was the lights going out. Now many schools have a police presence, and all teachers are under pressure for students to perform on standardized tests. Kids are coming to school with more baggage than I've seen in 30 years of teaching." Books on stress-reduction methods are available from http://www.mindbody.harvard.edu.






Natives Of "New World" Protest At Vatican


Posted on 2000/11/15 0:47:02 ( 2108 reads )


Source: Catholic World News, October 13, 2000





VATICAN: A group of Hawaiians and natives of Caribbean islands held an orderly demonstration in St. Peter's Square on Thursday, asking Pope John Paul II to repudiate a 500-year-old papal bull that encouraged Christian nations to enter the New World to convert pagans. The small group of about a dozen presented a copy of the 1493 edict "Inter Caetera" to the Swiss Guard, asking them to take it to the Pope. "Take this back. We have no use of it. We never did," Steve Newcomb, director of the Eugene, Oregon-based Indigenous Law Institute, said, recounting his words to the guards. "And I told them to make sure it gets to the Pope," he added. The document issued by Pope Alexander VI authorized Christian countries to occupy and convert non-Christian areas of the New World. "We hold the Church entirely responsible for the loss of land, lives, and culture we have suffered," said Newcomb, who sent an open letter to the Pope raising the issue in 1992. "The bull perfectly symbolizes the violence that continues to afflict the world." Newcomb noted that as the Pope has used the Jubilee Year to offer apologies on behalf of the Church for injustices committed in her name over the past two thousand years, he would do well to formally repudiate the 1493 bull. "It's easy. He should just say 'I'm sorry,' " said Kamealoha Hanohano, a professor of linguistics at the Hawaii University in Honolulu. "It'd be good enough."






Hindus Hopping Mad Over Toilet Seat


Posted on 2000/11/15 0:46:02 ( 2327 reads )


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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON: We're not sure what inspired this company to put Hindu deities on toilet seats. But they are surely in for some serious protests from the Hindu community, who will consider this an outrageous sacrilege. The company sells two seats, one with Lord Ganesha and one with Goddess Kali on the bottom side of the lid for $130 each. The Anti-Hindu Defamation site (hindunet.org/anti_defamation/) is looking into the situation.






Guru Nanak's Birth Anniversary Celebrated By Sikhs


Posted on 2000/11/14 0:49:02 ( 1951 reads )


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LAHORE, PAKISTAN: Thousands of Sikhs from around the world congregated in the city of Nankana Sahib, about 80 km from Lahore, Pakistan, to celebrate the birth anniversary of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak. The religious leader was born in 1469. The city, usually quiet, teemed with pilgrims eager to take back souvenirs from the holy city. They shopped in-between visits to the seven gurdwaras, each symbolical of various events in Guru Nanak's life. Pakistani President, Rafiq Tarar, formally inaugurated a newly constructed residential block on the gurdwara (Sikh temple) premises. In turn, he was presented with a ceremonial sword by leaders of the Sikh community. The celebrations concluded with a procession in which the Sikh holy book, the Granth Sahib, was carried on a flower-laden silver platform into the gurdwara. Initially the pilgrimage was slightly marred by a delay of about 12 hours at the Indian border railway station of Attari which led to protests by the Sikh community.






Disco Yoga - Fad Or Fact?


Posted on 2000/11/14 0:48:02 ( 2240 reads )


Source: The Independent (London), November 12, 2000





LONDON, ENGLAND: The latest exercise fad, Disco Yoga, originates in America at Gold's Fitness Center on Lafayette Street, where the "Thursday Night Fever" Disco Yoga class is packed with New Yorkers in pursuit of the perfect body. For a high-energy 60 minutes, instructor Trixie takes the class on a "disco trip with dynamic flowing yoga poses," using mainly soul and funk music. You might expect yoga purists to react with horror, but they can see the benefits of a combined discipline. "As long as the teacher is experienced in yoga practice," says Simon Low, of London's Triyoga yoga centre. "with beginners understanding the basic principles of yoga before trying Disco Yoga, to prevent long term damage."






Norwegian Arrested for Proselytization in Nepal


Posted on 2000/11/14 0:47:02 ( 2110 reads )


Source: BBC World Broadcasts, November 13, 2000





KATHMANDU, NEPAL: Police arrested Trond Berg and three Nepalis after Lokendra Kuma Jha complained to police that the four tried to allure him to convert on an enticement of Nepal Rs. 40,000. The four were arrested several weeks ago at a local inn in Rajbiraj while preaching. Christian organizations around the world have targeted Nepal for conversion, taking advantage of poverty and ignorance to entice Nepalese to change their faith. To prevent the resulting destruction of Nepalese tradition, the country has long outlawed conversion but allows complete freedom of worship.






Proselytizing As a Human Rights Issue


Posted on 2000/11/14 0:46:02 ( 2102 reads )


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ITHACA, NEW YORK: Rajiv Malhotra challenged attendees at a November 8 conference on "Human Rights and Religion." He said in part, "We have heard numerous talks at this event about the human rights problems related to white supremacy groups, but do we have the courage to examine the possibility that there might be Christian supremacy groups as well, often camouflaged as proselytizers? We have heard numerous condemnations of hate speech, but do we exempt hate speech when it is done in the name of God or religion, even quoted from a sacred book? Let me start by listing the following phrases that are commonly used by proselytizers in describing their non-Christian target prospects: 'sinners', 'condemned', 'damned', 'heathen', pagan, etc. If it were not done in the name of religion, would this have been declared as hate speech? Does such talk, even if disguised or deferred until a later stage of a proselytizing campaign, build communal tension? Is this responsible for negative eruptions in India between Hindus and Christians who co-existed peacefully for centuries before the arrival of the proselytizers? Given that America is a tapestry of pluralistic faiths, and that therefore Hindus are also amongst one's classmates, neighbors, and colleagues at work, would this language lead to social problems in the future as opposed to the kind of harmonious society we all seek? Does it violate the UN Human Rights provision that guarantees 'dignity' to all people as a basic human right?"






Yoga Research Foundation Buys New Headquarters


Posted on 2000/11/14 0:45:02 ( 1994 reads )


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SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA: Dr. George Feuerstein announced the acquisition of an 11,000 square-foot office building in Santa Rosa to serve as the Yoga Research and Education Center as its headquarters and teaching center. The purchase of the building costing $1.8 million was made possible by a donation from two of YREC's board members. The building will allow YREC, a nonprofit organization established three years ago, to begin classes and seminars on a wide range of subjects from traditional Yoga and also to offer training programs for Yoga teachers and Yoga therapists.






QuarkXpress Adds Support for Indian Languages


Posted on 2000/11/14 0:44:02 ( 2335 reads )


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NEW DELHI, INDIA: Quark India Pvt. Ltd. announced the release of QuarkXPress Mudra, the Indian-language version of QuarkXPress, the world's leading publishing software. Mudra supports critical typographic and publishing features like the spell checker, kerning and tracking, finding and replacing, multiple keyboard layouts, and true outline for Indian languages--including Sanskrit. Quark India said, "It provides powerful Indian-language publishing capabilities previously available only for Roman languages."






Southern Baptists Do It Again


Posted on 2000/11/13 0:49:02 ( 2213 reads )


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RICHMOND, VIRGINIA: Last year, the Southern Baptists offended in turn Muslims, Jews and Hindus with their prayer booklets designed for each religion. Next, former president Jimmy Carter, a member since childhood, quit the huge Christian church because he no longer agreed with their increasingly fundamentalist stance. Then the Southern Baptists of Texas cut off US$5 million in funding to the national organization for the same reasons Carter quit. Now the Southern Baptists have insulted the world's Blacks. They've come up with a poster advertising their overseas missionary program (the world's largest) "using symbolism some members, including African Americans, are calling racially insensitive," according to the Washington Post. The poster shows an African man, his bare chest draped in beads, sitting in a dark room. His unshaven face concentrates on a piece of paper; his hands hold a pen and a book. A beam of light shines down on him. Above him large letters read "Dispel the Darkness." "Given the Southern Baptist Convention's history on race, the image just seems loaded, grossly insensitive," Robert M. Parham of the Baptist Center for Ethics, a progressive Southern Baptist group, told the Post. "Why couldn't they use a blond Scandinavian, to avoid sending this cultural message?"






RSS targets Delhi residents


Posted on 2000/11/13 0:48:02 ( 2080 reads )


Source: Agence France Presse, November 12, 2000





NEW DELHI, INDIA: "Some 30,000 RSS activists will establish contact with 2.5 million families in New Delhi" in the month-long drive, said Satyanarayan Bansal, chief of the RSS Delhi chapter. "We will tell the minorities (Muslims and Christians) that we are not enemies. We are friends. We want to live together. We are not aggressive Hindus. We are only assertive Hindus," he said. The campaign is part of events surrounding the 75th anniversary of the RSS or National Volunteer Corps, India's largest religious organization with several million members.






Dharma Gets Trademarked


Posted on 2000/11/13 0:47:02 ( 2219 reads )


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BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON: Hindus and Buddhists may have to find a new word for the concept of "dharma," now that Interactive Objects, Inc., has trademarked the term for a "hardware platform for digital audio appliances." The company explains that "In Hindu [sic] the word Dharma stands for a principle that orders the universe. Dharma also speaks to the notion of digital harmony. For iObjects, Dharma is the inspiration behind a new platform that integrates the most common digital audio applications and hardware subsystems into a single design."




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