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  • Scorsese to Direct Documentary on Harrison's Life
    Famous film director Martin Scorsese has committed to direct an untitled documentary about the life of George Harrison. Scorsese claims that the film will focus closely on the Eastern spiritual pursuits that were central to Harrison's life.
  • US Congress Seeks Recognition for Festival of Lights

    United States Congress adopted resolutions requesting the President to declare the Holy Hindu Festival ‘Deepavali’, or festival of lights, to give due and national recognition.

  • Mobifusion Launches Bhagavad-Gita For Mobile Phone

    Vodafone-Essar mobile users in India now have access to the entire Holy Bhagavad Gita thanks to a partnership with Mobifusion, one of the world's leading mobile content providers.

  • Swedish Dads Can't Walk Daughters Down the Aisle

    STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Brides in Stockholm who want their fathers to walk them down the aisle are likely to be told it can't be done, as some pastors are refusing to allow the practice they say is sexist, a pastor said on Friday.

  • Young Fliers See the Film, Be It PG or R
    A husband shoots his wife in the face, then drags her body from the pool of blood. A 12-year-old boy is crushed against a fence by a car. These are images from movies shown to passengers recently on overhead screens in airlines, and they are sources of a new and vigorous outcry from parents, flight attendants and children’s advocacy groups who say that in-flight entertainment has become anything but family-friendly.
  • North Korean Army Trys To Eradicate Religion

    Seoul (AsiaNews) – Religion “is spreading like a cancer inside North Korea’s armed forces;” for this reason it “must be eradicated without delay since it comes from our enemies from around the world,” this according to a booklet prepared by the North Korean Army titled 'Saving Our Soldiers from the Threat of Religion'.

  • Starchy Diet 'May Damage Liver'

    A diet rich in potatoes, white bread and white rice may be contributing to a "silent epidemic" of a dangerous liver condition. "High-glycaemic" foods - rapidly digested by the body - could be causing "fatty liver", increasing the risk of serious illness.

  • God Bless America (Until We Sue Him)
    LINCOLN, Nebraska (AP) -- A legislator who filed a lawsuit against God has gotten something he might not have expected: a response.
  • Jesus Sandals Ditched by Danes
    A supermarket chain in Denmark has withdrawn from sale sandals with the images of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary on them after criticism from religious groups.
  • Radhastami Celebrated With Joy In Varsana
    The birthday of Radha, Lord Krishna's beloved, was celebrated Thursday with great fervour at Varsana, her native village.
  • Young Egyptian Couples Tie Temporary Knot

    Millions of Egyptians – usually college students – are entering into secret marraige pacts, with many couples hoping it's a step toward a traditional marriage. The growing frequency of such informal "marriages" – unheard of 20 years ago – has alarmed both government and religious officials, spawning campaigns to warn of its dangers particularly to women, who will carry the brunt of any social fallout.

  • US Senator Sues God
    US senator Ernie Chambers is suing God for causing untold death and horror and threatening to cause more. He can be sued in Douglas County, Nebraska, the legislator claims, because He’s everywhere.
  • Religious Groups Adopt 'Green Rule'
    Solar panels are joining the crosses that adorn Christian churches, as well as a Hindu temple's parking lot lights and possibly a Calgary synagogue and Toronto mosque as faith groups across Canada act on the so-called Green Rule: "Do unto the Earth as you would have it do unto you."
  • Government Bows Before God
    New Delhi, Sept. 13: The government will rewrite its affidavit on Lord Ram in a bid to avert a political Delhidahan, the fate that befell Lanka for crossing his path. Prodded by Sonia Gandhi, the Centre and the Congress today declared that Ram was a historical figure and not a mythological “character” as the affidavit recently suggested in the Supreme Court.
  • Ten 'Most Polluted Places' Named

    A list of the world's most polluted places has been published by a US-based independent environmental group.

  • Report on Lord Rama Withdrawn
    The Indian government has withdrawn a controversial report submitted in court earlier this week which questioned the existence of Lord Ramacandra and His monkey army.
  • Judge's Statement on Gita Sparks Debate
    New Delhi: " It is the duty of every citizen of India under Article 51-A of the Constitution of India, irrespective of caste, creed or religion, to follow dharma as propounded by the Bhagvad Gita".

    This is not a chorus by any Saffron brigade, but the pronouncement of a judge of the Allahabad High Court.
  • Bhagavad-gita To Be Taught in Nevada Community College
    Reno (Nevada, USA): Bhagavad-Gita, the best known Hindu scripture worldwide, will be taught in the prestigious institution of Nevada, Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC), in November next.
  • Limits Proposed on Fast-food Restaurants
    Amid worries of an obesity epidemic and its related illnesses, including high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease, Los Angeles officials, among others around the country, are proposing to limit new fast-food restaurants -- a tactic that could be called health zoning.
  • Book Review: God's Army Marches Onto Campus

    They're the "Joshua Generation," the youthful Evangelicals who hope to "shape the culture and take back the nation." Whether these kids terrify or delight you has everything to do with your political and religious views but, one way or the other, they are people that you should probably start getting to know. God's Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to Save America by Hanna Rosin offers an intriguing introduction.

  • Mahabharata Video Game in Production
    Canadian-based studio Syncere Arts is working on an action-adventure game based on the Mahabharata, an epic tale in Indian mythology. Mahabharata: The Dawn of Kaliyuga aims to let players feel as powerful as the ancient warriors while still providing a good challenge.
  • Linking Ancient and Modern, A Worldwide Web of Worship
    TIRUCHIRAPALLI, India -- Balaji, a Hindu priest, stood before the reclining god and offered a plate of coconut and bananas. His chest bare and his face adorned with red and yellow sacred paste, he set the food at the foot of a deity that Hindus regard as an embodiment of the powerful god Vishnu.
  • US Prisons Purging Books on Faith From Libraries
    Behind the walls of federal prisons nationwide, chaplains have been quietly carrying out a systematic purge of religious books and materials that were once available to prisoners in chapel libraries.
  • Village Boy Suddenly Acquires American Accent
    LUCKNOW: A 14-year-old Dalit boy, born and brought up in a remote village of western Uttar Pradesh, has suddenly turned angrez [English]. Rajesh, without any evident help, has started speaking fluently in English and does so with a proper American drawl. And that’s not all: He seems to have forgotten how to speak Hindi.
  • Shukratal: Where Sukadeva Goswami Explained the Srimad Bhagavatam
    More devotees should know about the holy town of Shukratal. Shukratal is the place where Sukadeva Goswami spoke the sacred Srimad-Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana) to Maharaja Pariksit 5000 years ago.