American Fast Food Establishments Adapt to Indian Tastes

Source: Inter Press Service, October 30, 2000 NEW DELHI, INDIA: Whether you ordered in New York, London, Rome, Tokyo or Mexico City, it was “Big Mac with fries” at McDonalds. No more, as the fast food chain adapted to local palettes with teriyaki burgers in Japan and kosher meat in Israel. Now they’ve introduced the vegetarian McAloo Tikki Burger to…

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Chinmaya Mission Encounters Opposition to Temple

Source: The Record, Northern New Jersey, October 30, 2000 CRANBURY, NEW JERSEY: Local farmers oppose construction of a Chinmaya Mission center in this rural community. The Mission wants to build on a seven-acre tract in an area of permanently preserved farmland. The temple would be in a barn-like structure designed to fit in the area, and attract 100 people on…

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Communist Politician Wants VHP Denied UN Consultative Status

GO TO SOURCE NEW DELHI, INDIA: K. Suresh Kurup, a Marxist Member of the Indian Parliament, has urged Prime Minister A. B.. Vajpayee to instruct the Indian representative in the UN to object to the entry of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) into the UN Economic and Social Council. He also appealed to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan that VHP should…

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Trinidad Temple Helps Fund Emergency Surgery for Muslim Girl

Source: Hinduism Today, Pundit Ramesh Tiwari EDINBURGH, TRINIDAD: A recent newscast on state-owned television in Trinidad showed a 15-year-old Muslim girl with a spinal deformity, together with her parents, making a desperate appeal for financial assistance to have surgery done in Canada to allow their daughter Saadia to live a normal life. The Edinburgh Hindu Temple of Trinidad, being an…

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French in a Panic Over Mad Cow Disease

GO TO SOURCE PARIS, FRANCE: A sharp increase in the number of cases of “Mad Cow Disease” in French herds has led to a national outcry over the safety of the nation’s supply of beef. Some meat from these herds had reached supermarkets. Many schools have taken beef off the menu, and the government is considering restrictions on the sale…

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“Poor Christian Liberation Movement” Agrees with RSS on “Swadeshi Church”

Source: Pioneer, November 8, 2000 NEW DELHI, INDIA: The audacious request by the RSS nationalist Hindu organization that Christians in India form their own “Swadeshi Churches,” i.e., churches based in India and run by Indians, has received support from an unexpected quarter. The President of the Poor Christian Liberation Movement, R.L. Francis, complained that Christian leaders discriminated against backward Christians…

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Lord Siva Series Bought by Advertiser

Source: Hindustan Times, November 8, 2000 MUMBAI, INDIA: Rights for the popular 208-episode TV series on the stories of Lord Siva has been bought for US$2.2 million for one time telecast by Hindustan Lever company, India’s largest supplier of consumer goods. According to a spokesperson, the series cuts across urban and rural markets and is of perennial interest to target…

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Thailand Elephants Form Band, Release First Tune

GO TO SOURCE LAMPANG, THAILAND: An elephant sanctuary in Thailand has trained a group of five elephants to play percussion instruments, xylophones and an elephant-sized harmonica. They’ve released their first tune, “Chang, Chang, Chang,” which means “Elephant, Elephant, Elephant,” and is a child’s song in Thai. Each elephant holds an instrument and plays it when prodded by its mahut. The…

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Bahrain Hindus Celebrate a Grand Divali

Source: Bahrain Tribune, October 27, 2000 SITRA, BAHRAIN: The Indian ambassador, Surinder Singh Gill, was guest of honor at a grand Diwali celebration at the Al Bander Hotel and Resort in the Muslim country. Five hundred Hindus attended. A temporary temple was built at the hotel, and the resort’s lagoon was filled with candles set afloat by the children. “The…

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Kumbha Mela Arrangements Proceed on “War Footing”

Source: Punjab Kesari, November 6, 2000 ALLAHABAD, INDIA: Massive preparations continue here for the world’s largest gathering of human beings. Officials released their estimate of the expected crowds for the main days: January 9 (Paush Purnima), 5 million; January 14 (Makar Sankranti), 10 million, January 24 (Mauni Amavasya), 30 million; January 29 (Basant Panchami), 17.5 million; February 8 (Maghi Purnima),…

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