Temple to Undergo $1.8M Upgrade

November 2, 2006

Author: Tony LaRussa

Source: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


One of the most visible religious sites in Pittsburgh's eastern suburbs is about to undergo a major expansion and renovation.

The Sri Venkateswara Temple along McCully Drive in Penn Hills is earmarked for $1.8 million in new construction and renovations, which will include a 6,700-square-foot...

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Hindus Celebrate New Year

October 30, 2006

Author: Judy Wang

Source: Yale Daily News


In celebration of the Indian New Year, the Bharatiya Prarthna Society collaborated with the Yale Chaplain's Office to host the second-annual Diwali Pooja celebration Saturday evening.

The Hindu "festival of light" lit up the Davenport Common Room with dozens of candles and attracted nearly one hundred Hindu and non-Hindu Yale community...

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UK Hindus Work to Correct Poor Portrayal of Hinduism

October 27, 2006

Source: Hindu Press International


LONDON, ENGLAND, October 27, 2006: The following report was sent by Jay Lakhani of the Hindu Council UK:

"We participated at the Foreign Press Association meeting where faith members from Sikhism, Islam and Hinduism debated the issue of so-called "honor killing" (usually, the murder of a female for supposed sexual or marital offenses -- see here) with Dr. Gill a lecturer...

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A Year After Katrina, Hindu Temple's Doors Remain Closed in Louisiana

October 27, 2006

Author: Ketaki Gokhale

Source: India West/New American Media


Over a year has passed since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, but an area Hindu temple still struggles to repair its damage. The 40-year-old Hindu Temple of Greater New Orleans, once a vibrant meeting point for the area's nearly 2,000...

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Canadian Parliament Celebrates Diwali

October 25, 2006

Source: The Hindu


Canada's top political leaders including the Prime Minister converged on Parliament Hill, which houses the country's top legislative body, to celebrate the festival of lights amid much fanfare but without any of the loud fireworks Diwali is associated with in India.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and members of his cabinet, leaders of political parties, senators, and other dignitaries...

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Hindus Celebrate Important Holiday, Reflect on Growing Community

October 21, 2006

Author: Sheila B. Lalwani

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


A congregation is more than a place of worship for a young immigrant community. It's the center for religious life, community and social gatherings.

Just ask area physician Charul Munshi.

He remembers when there were just a handful of tight-knit Hindus in metro Milwaukee, and the idea of a temple...

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Holy Hindu Pond to Make Way for Mall in Lahore

October 20, 2006

Source: The Times of India


The Evacuee Property Trust Board (EPTB), the government body maintaining properties of minorities, especially Hindus, in Pakistan, reportedly plans to convert a pond which had been used by Hindus since Partition as a sacred place to bathe, into a commercial plaza.

In another controversial case a couple of months ago, the land mafia in Lahore had tried to encroach upon the...

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BJP Fumes over Iftar on Banks of Ganga

October 20, 2006

Source: The Times of India


Has Mulayam Singh Yadav stirred a controversy on the banks of the swirling Ganga in Hardwar by organising an Iftar party in a bid to project himself as a champion of minorities?

The Iftar party at Hari-Ki-Pauri on October 14, organised with an eye to garnering Muslim votes for the forthcoming UP and Uttaranchal assembly polls, has given the BJP and the Congress ammunition...

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Dalits in Conversion Ceremony

October 20, 2006

Source: BBC News


Thousands of people have been attending mass ceremonies in India at which hundreds of Hindu Dalits converted to Buddhism and Christianity. The events in the central city of Nagpur are part of a protest against the injustices of India's caste system, activists say. The Dalits - once known as Untouchables - hope to escape the prejudice and discrimination they often face. Laws designed to protect Dalit rights are...

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Cambridge Closes Door on Sanskrit, Hindi

October 20, 2006

Author: Rashmee Roshan Lall

Source: The Times of India


"I was able to put the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune's critical edition of the Mahabharat on the web in 1999," said Smith, "but all this may soon stop".

To many, the Cambridge decision is an incontrovertible sign of the times and an acknowledgement that most...

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Companies Spot a Niche for Diwali Merchandise

October 20, 2006

Author: Ansley Roan

Source: Beliefnet


Vasudha Narayanan was browsing in a Walgreens in Gainesville, Fla., last year when she saw something she'd never seen before in an American drugstore -- greeting cards for the holiday Diwali.

"I was so happy," said Narayanan, who was born in India. "It was like a piece of home almost. It was a real symbol of being part of the American fabric."...

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