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  • Men Happiest with Pay Rises if Others Get Less
    Gore Vidal once said that to succeed is not enough – others must also be seen to fail. Now scientists have demonstrated the innate truth behind this maxim. A study of the brain's "reward centre" has shown that men get the biggest buzz from a monetary prize when they know that it is a bigger award than that received by someone else.
  • Even Monkeys Go Ga-Ga over Babies
    Nothing makes a person sound more idiotic than the presence of a new baby. We start to babble senseless, often embarrassing, phrases. Sometimes even the baby shakes its head in disgust. But something about a baby turns us unto clowns. And it looks like we aren’t the only creatures to make such fools of ourselves over small members of our species.
  • The Calves of Simhachalam
    In an almost inexplicable irony, cows and calves are cruelly sent to their deaths via the famous Simhacalam temple of Narasimhadeva in Andhra Pradesh, India. Normally these animals are protected from such cruel treatment, yet due to strange political maneuvering, the current staff at this ancient temple auction them off regularly to local slaughtermen.
  • Visitor to Krishna Gathering Arrested for Sex Crime

    Boulder, Colorado – Hare Krishna devotees who host a weekly gathering for those interested in Krishna consciousness were horrified to learn that a semi-regular visitor to the gatherings is alleged to have sexually abused an 8-year-old girl. Joseph S. Cardillo, a 47-year-old resident of the nearby town of Niwot, was arrested in his home at the end of October on suspicion of sexual assault on a child by a person in position of trust.

  • Hindu Temple Brought Down in Malaysia
    KUALA LUMPUR: A top Malaysian minister has urged local authorities in this Muslim-majority country to immediately cease demolition of Hindu temples after a 100-year-old shrine was pulled down early this week.
  • Priests Fail to Coax Out Suicide Cult
    MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) -- Priests have tried unsuccessfully to persuade members of a doomsday cult to leave a cave in southern Russia where they remain barricaded inside despite the intervention of their leader.
  • Indian Ghee Contaminated with Animal Fat
    Laboratory tests reveal that many brands of ghee manufactured in India are adulterated with the body fat of animals. The lab report says the only way to guarantee the purity of your ghee is to make it yourself.
  • Kazakh Court Reverses Land Decision ... Again

    On November 8, 2007, the Supervisory Panel of the Almaty Provincial Court cancelled its decision on the transfer of 116-acre Krishna Society farm to Mr. E. Abdykalykov. The court ruled that the land be again returned to the Kazakhstan Government.

  • Priests at Jagannatha Puri Temple Detain ISKCON Devotees

    Nov 7, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA — Three Indonesia-based ISKCON devotees, including two women, on Wednesday, November 7 were driven out of the Jagannath Temple by a group of priests who alleged that the three were non-Hindus.

  • Karma Capitalism
    Times have changed since Gordon Gekko quoted Sun Tzu in the 1987 movie Wall Street. Has the Bhagavad Gita replaced The Art of War as the hip new ancient Eastern management text?
  • Bishop and Tibetan Monk Bless Dogs in Washington, USA
    WASHINGTON, D.C.-—Episcopal Bishop John Bryson Chane of Washington National Cathedral and The Venerable Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa will bless dogs and cats waiting for homes at a D.C. shelter Saturday, November 3, on the eve of National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week (November 4-10).
  • Kazakhstani ISKCON Members Forced to Leave Homes

    On November 4, 2007, the practitioners of the Society for Krishna Consciousness were informed by Mr. Ermek Abdykalykov, previous owner of the property, that they have one week to vacate their farm.

  • Vedic Recitations in a Christian Church on Thanksgiving

    Recitations from ancient Sanskrit scriptures will reverberate in a Christian church in Nevada on the occasion of coming Thanksgiving eve service.

  • Organic, and Tastier: The Rat’s Nose Knows
    In any controversy it can be helpful to consider the views of disinterested parties. So, on the subject of agricultural policy and practice, it’s worth noting that an unimpeachably neutral group has joined the ranks of those who prefer organic foods over foods produced with the help of synthetic chemicals. That group is 40 Swiss rats.
  • Indians Develop New Iron Using Ancient Technology
    Indian metallurgists have developed a type of corrosion-resistant iron that construction engineers would love. And vital clues for it came for Delhi's famous Iron Pillar that has been standing tall for over 1,600 years.
  • Education Entrepreneur Takes Interest in Vedic Math
    Even with a math degree, Chris Kuttenkuler had never seen anything like Vedic math before. Now he cannot stop thinking about it. Vedic (Vay-dik) math refers to an ancient Indian system of mathematics rooted in 16 principles. Calculations can be completed mentally and solved without traditional math methods.
  • What Kind of Diet is Best for the Environment?

    As a longtime vegetarian, I've always been confident that my diet is better for the planet than that of your typical carnivore. But a vegan pal of mine says I could be doing a lot more, by rejecting all animal products—no eggs, no milk, not even the occasional bowl of mac 'n cheese. Is veganism really that much better for the environment?

  • British Government Asked to Intervene in Kazakh Crisis

    The British government is being urged to speak to the Kazakhstan President to stop the harassment and human rights abuse against minority Hindu communities in that country. British MP's this week said they would pressure the Foreign Secretary to act after attending an event organized by the Hindu Forum of Europe at the House of Commons.

  • Seeds of Suicide
    Suicide by pesticide: It's an epidemic in India, where farmers try to keep up with the latest pest-resistant seeds only to find themselves trapped in a vicious cycle of pesticides that don't work, drought and debt. Since 1997, more than 25,000 farmers have committed suicide, many drinking the chemical that was supposed to make their crops more, not less, productive.
  • Sweden Wants to Curb Religion In Private Schools
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden: Sweden wants to curb the influence of religion in private confessional schools in a move to prevent the spread of fundamentalism, government officials said Monday. The new rules being drafted by the center-right government would ban religious elements in subjects other than religion, such as biology, Education Minister Jan Bjorklund told Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.
  • Scientists Play 'The Weather God'
    So-called hurricane modifiers aim to steer dangerous weather patterns off course and to weaken hurricanes in the hope of preventing disasters like Hurricane Katrina. Scientists have devised a plan to reduce hurricane wind speeds by having a plane drop soot into near-freezing clouds at the top of a hurricane, causing it to warm.
  • Obesity 'Epidemic' Turns Global
    People are getting fatter in all parts of the world, with the possible exception of south and east Asia, a one-day global snapshot shows.
  • Indian-American Wins Vote to Be Louisiana’s Governor

    NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 20 — Bobby Jindal, a conservative Republican congressman from the New Orleans suburbs and the son of immigrants from India, was elected Louisiana’s governor Saturday, inheriting a state that was suffering well before Hurricane Katrina left lingering scars two years ago.

  • Hindus Demand Ban on Offensive Bollywood Film
    The Vishva Hindu Parisad (VHP) has demanded a ban on the film Bhool Bhulaiyaa for its offensive and objectionable song on Sri Ram.
  • Airline Fined for Serving Beef to a Hindu Man

    Hindustan Times has reported that Japan Airlines was forced to pay a fine of 50,000 rupees for serving beef to a Hindu man on a flight from Dehli to San Francisco.