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<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->‘<b>Tharoor disrespected national anthem’</b>

New Delhi, Jan 12: Former UN under-secretary general Mr Shashi Tharoor showed disrespect to India's national anthem by interrupting when it was being sung at an event in Kerala last month, a rights group alleged today and said it would move court against him.
“Tharoor insulted our national anthem in the presence of the district collector and some senior civil service officials at a function at a star hotel in Kochi 16 December,” said Mr Joy Kaitharam, general secretary of the State Human Rights Protection Centre.
"We are going to file a case against Tharoor for interrupting the national anthem for 10 seconds when it was being sung and urging about 2,000-odd audience to stand in 'the US style',” Mr Kaitharam told IANS by telephone from Kochi.
“After interrupting the national anthem, <b>Tharoor urged the audience not to stand in attention like the traditional Indian style as it is an imitation of the British style and asked them to place their hand on chest and look upward the way Americans do when they sing the Star Spangled Banner,” Mr Kaitharam said. </b>
Mr Tharoor could not be contacted for his comments.
He deserve Bharat Ratna now.
<b>Non-violence cannot tackle terrorism: Dalai Lama</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->New Delhi The Dalai Lama, a lifelong champion of non-violence candidly stated that terrorism cannot be tackled by applying the principle of ahimsa because the minds of terrorists are closed.
"It is difficult to deal with terrorism through non-violence," the Tibetan spiritual leader said delivering the Madhavrao Scindia Memorial Lecture here.
ofcourse, that is how they destroyed Vedic Dharma with voilence around 100 BC and created a coward population with lecture on ahimsa.
Burglary reported at Sri Shankara temple

Kalady, Saturday, March 28, 2009: The emerald Shivalinga and some silver utensils for pooja purposes were found stolen from a shrine under Kalady Sri Sringeri Mutt today morning. The theft came to light when today morning the sanctum sanctorum was opened for routine pooja.

According to temple authorities the emerald Shivalinga dates long back, which makes its cost estimation difficult, experts said the idol was gifted by Nepal king to Mysore king and in 1910 the Mysore king gave away the idol to Sringeri Mutt. Police investigations are on to recover the lost items.
<b>Sexual-Harassment Cases Plague U.N.</b> <!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Diplomatic immunity also factored in a more recent case at Unicef in India. In October 2006, <b>Archana Pandey, an assistant communications officer in New Delhi, accused Cecilio Adorna, then Unicef's top officer in India, of sexual harassment. She alleged he threatened not to renew her contract, which was due to expire at year end</b>, if she didn't grant him sexual favors, according to U.N. records and Ms. Pandey, in an interview. She said she suffered an emotional breakdown and had to take sick leave. Mr. Adorna denied all the allegations. That December, Ms. Pandey's Unicef contract wasn't renewed.

Unicef investigated. On Jan. 16, 2007, the agency's top personnel officer sent her a letter stating that its probe failed to find "clear and convincing evidence" to support her claims. The letter, which was reviewed by the Journal, accused her of misrepresentation, and said "if you were still a staff member, Unicef could consider taking disciplinary actions against you."

U.N. records also show that the same Unicef personnel officer sent Mr. Adorna a written reprimand that same day. That letter, which was also reviewed by the Journal, stated that while nearly all the allegations couldn't be supported, the inquiry found that he "at times touched female staff in a manner they considered inappropriate" and had a tendency to tell jokes or make comments with sexual connotations.
<b>"The Investigation Committee itself witnessed one of such comments during your interview when you stated that you would not have invited anybody for romantic drinks in your hotel room, because you 'can't do sex without food first,' " the letter said. "Such a comment is highly inappropriate, particularly in light of the fact that you were being interviewed on sexual harassment allegations</b>." The letter threatened Mr. Adorna with disciplinary action for "any further misconduct."

In a written statement to the Journal, Mr. Adorna said Unicef later wrote to him stating that it couldn't find "clear and convincing evidence" to support Ms. Pandey's allegations. He said the <b>Unicef letter also said: "Insufficient evidence does not necessarily mean that the allegations were found to be false." </b>He accused Unicef of "negligence" for failing to defend him.

<b>In 2007, Ms. Pandey, who is Indian, filed a criminal complaint with the New Delhi police that accused Mr. Adorna, a Filipino, of attempted rape, among other allegations, according to Indian court filings. The police declined to take action because U.N. employees have diplomatic immunity. She has continued to press her case in Indian courts. She also filed an appeal within the U.N. system</b>.

<b>In December 2008, the U.N. appeals board, while not addressing the sexual-harassment allegations, found that Unicef had "let go" Ms. Pandey "wrongfully" and "illegally" while she was on sick leave. It recommended that the secretary-general award her two years' pay, plus interest, or $76,800. In March, Secretary-General Ban accepted the recommendation</b>.

Mr. Adorna retired from Unicef last month. He has filed an appeal with the U.N. seeking, among other things, a public statement of exoneration and monetary damages. He accuses Unicef of making him "its sacrificial lamb" and urging him to resign.

Unicef declined to comment on Mr. Adorna's appeal or his allegations.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Not sure if there was a thread for the khalistani bombing of Air India.

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Wednesday, May 13, 2009
<b>Canadian Govt Covered Up Kanishka Facts</b>
Information has come out showing the Canadian govt covered up facts in the Air India bombing, in order to limit its own liability in the case.
Posted by san at 5/13/2009 09:02:00 PM
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<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Mulroney adviser tried to hide Air India bombing facts, memos suggest</b>
Last Updated: Friday, May 8, 2009 | 11:16 PM ET
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Adviser and longtime friend Fred Doucet, right, speaks with Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in this 1986 photo in Montreal.
(Canadian Press)

Documents released late Friday suggest a senior adviser in the Mulroney government wanted to keep key facts about the 1985 Air India bombing hidden.

All 329 people on board Air India Flight 182 died when the plane crashed near Ireland on June 23, 1985.

The inquiry into the bombing wrapped up more than a year ago and retired Supreme Court justice John Major is still writing his report. It is expected by next fall.

The federal Department of Justice produced documents for the inquiry that suggest the Prime Minister's Office, in 1985 and 1986, tried to conceal from the Indian government the fact that the bombing was plotted entirely in Canada.

At the time, the RCMP had already concluded the bombing was planned and orchestrated entirely in Canada. That conclusion was reflected in a report the Aviation Safety Board prepared for India's Kirpal Commission, which was investigating the bombing.

But the ministerial briefing notes released Friday show the PMO — specifically, Brian Mulroney's senior adviser Fred Doucet — thought that report didn't show Canada in the "best light."

The notes called the ASB report "potentially damaging" and suggest it should therefore not be given to the Indian government. There are even accusations of a conflict of interest.

At the time, one of the memos reads, the safety board may have perceived "itself as being in a position of possible conflict," because its interests in aviation safety and determining the cause of the accident were "possibly at odds" with the government's interest in portraying Canada in the best light possible.

Lawyers for the victims' families have accused the Mulroney government of covering up information to limit financial liability.

"The two documents provide further indication that in the aftermath of the bombing … there was a coverup to limit the release of information and, in so doing, it ultimately served to limit the amount of financial compensation families of the victims would receive," says a submission to the inquiry from Air India Victims' Families Association lawyer Jacques Shore.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
(moved here from islamic terrorists thread).

Update: ISKCON site has now clarified the attackers were thugs not terrorists -

2. http://news.iskcon.com/node/2048
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>ISKCON Bangladesh Attackers Local Thugs, Not Terrorists</b>
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By ISKCON News Weekly Staff on 31 May 2009

Last week, ISKCON News reported on a letter we had received from Chinmoydham Dasa of Chittagong in Bangladesh, detailing a May 14 attack on the ISKCON temple there.

Readers and other websites immediately jumped on the word “terrorists” used in the report, assuming that the attackers were Islamic Jihadists. However, ISKCON News never stated this, and only included the word because no others were used to reference the attackers in Chinmoydham’s letter.

We have since confirmed the truth with local ISKCON authorities: <b>“In Bangladesh, the word terrorist is often used to refer to thugs,” says GBC Prabhavishnu Swami. “They were not Islamic Jihadists.”</b>

Further investigation revealed that the attackers were goondas, or hired thugs, brought on as the result of a long-running local dispute.

According to ISKCON Bangladesh’s Joint-Secretary Jagatguru Gauranga Dasa, the dispute has now been resolved, and devotees hospitalized in the attack have since been discharged.

Jagatguru Gauranga has also allayed fears created by the initial report that attackers had targeted the deities at the Nandankanan Sri Sri Gour Nitai Ashram. “The thugs destroyed the kitchens and devotee accommodation, but not the Gaura Nitai deities,” he told ISKCON News on Friday May 29.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

1. http://haindavakeralam.com/HKPage.aspx?P...743&SKIN=W
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Terrorists Attack ISKCON Temple in Chittagong, Bangladesh</b>
31/05/2009 02:03:43  BY: ISKCON NEWS WEEKLY

May 23, CHITTAGONG, BANGLADESH (INW) — On May 18, ISKCON News Weekly received a distraught message from an obviously emotional monk at ISKCON’s Nandankanan Sri Sri Gour Nitai Ashram in Chittagong, the main seaport of Bangladesh.

<b>On May 14 at 3pm, the devotee said, he and his peers were busy preparing for a weekend festival when fifty to sixty terrorists burst into the temple, brandishing knives and iron bars. They first destroyed the kitchens, devotee accommodation, and Gaura Nitai deities. Then, as the devotees ran into the temple courtyard in a panic, the attackers poured boiling water on them from the balcony, badly burning many.</b>

The terrorists also stole ten to twelve thousand taka (Bangladesh’s monetary unit) from the temple donation box, as well as a further ten thousand from individual residents. Devotees phoned the nearby police station again and again, but to no avail.

“Their negligence of duty came at a terrible cost,” Chinmoydham Dasa said in his message to ISKCON News. “Many devotees were injured and had to be brought to the hospital’s emergency room.”

By the time the police finally arrived, the terrorists had caused 80,000 taka worth of damage. Neither did they seem remotely intimidated by the presence of law enforcement. And it was soon clear why. When the terrorists threatened the devotees, “You must all leave now and hand the temple over to us!” the police remained silent, not voicing any defense.

“For this crime of the police, thousands of devotees took to the streets to protest,” Chinmoydham said. He explains that after this, the police eventually took out a case against the attackers.

Chinmoydham’s report was in broken English, and it is unsure what group the terrorists belonged to, or what exactly happened when the police arrived, although it appears that the temple remains unsafe for the devotees. More detailed news on the attack and current situation will be reported as it comes in.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
New Delhi: Voicing concern over the attacks on Indians in Australia, Leader of Opposition L K Advani on Friday asked the government to send a parliamentary delegation to assess the situation there.

<!--QuoteBegin-Capt M Kumar+Jun 5 2009, 01:52 PM-->QUOTE(Capt M Kumar @ Jun 5 2009, 01:52 PM)<!--QuoteEBegin-->New Delhi: Voicing concern over the attacks on Indians in Australia, Leader of Opposition L K Advani on Friday asked the government to send a parliamentary delegation to assess the situation there.


There is precedent for this. During colonial rule Indian politicians used to go on commission of inquiry to other Commonwealth countries. However after Independence, it was the MEA responsibility and it has failed as it has neither carrots nor sticks.
<b>UN General Assembly condemns coup in Honduras</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. General Assembly is condemning the military coup in Honduras and demanding President Manuel Zelaya's immediate return to power.
The world body adopted a resolution by acclamation Tuesday calling on all 192 U.N. member states not to recognize any government in Honduras other than Zelaya's.

Zelaya was forced into exile in Costa Rica after soldiers stormed his palace early Sunday morning.

He was in the assembly chamber for the vote, which was greeted by sustained applause from diplomats in the hall.

Zelaya thanked the assembly for the "historic" resolution that expresses "the indignation" of people worldwide at the coup.

US is supporting Marxist dictator. American Missionaries inside Honduras are calling radios and are very angry with US stand on this issue.
Headlines on Honduras-
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->New Honduran President Warns Former Leader of Arrest...

<b>World Bank 'pauses' lending to country</b>...

UN General Assembly condemns 'coup'...

US warns citizens to avoid travel...

Clashes flare in capital, some injured...

Journalists briefly detained by troops ...

Ousted leader announces bid to return...<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Violence in China's restive western region of Xinjiang has left at least 156 people dead and more than 800 people injured, state media say
<b>Negotiators slam India's climate flip at Italy forum</b>

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->NEW DELHI: India's endorsement of the climate declaration at the Major Economies Forum in Italy has split its top climate negotiators. In a strong dissent, one of the negotiators called <b>Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's signing on to the statement a "body blow to everything that we (the Indian officials) have fought for"</b>.

In his letter to the government, the negotiator, a senior government official, said "India's poor will pay the price for this political declaration".

He added, "Irrespective of the positive spin we might give, the honest truth is that the document boxes India in an extremely weak corner. I feel broken and let down. I hope I am wrong and I am afraid to be proven right." The communication lays it bare that the statement had taken the negotiators by surprise and can potentially set off the stage for huge uproar.

The clause in the MEF statement that rise in global temperatures be capped at 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels has been interpreted as indirectly foisting emission caps on India ^ something that the country doggedly refused to do on the ground that it would hinder its development.

Now the fear has been endorsed by at least one of the negotiators on government records.
<b>Megrahi Release 'Linked To Trade Deal</b>'<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->The release of Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al Megrahi was linked to trade deals with Britain, the son of Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi has said.
Speaking on Libyan television, Seif al Islam claimed Britain's then prime minister, Tony Blair, raised Megrahi's case each time he visited Libya.
<b>"In all commercial contracts, for oil and gas with Britain, (Megrahi) was always on the negotiating table,"</b> Islam told channel Al Mutawassit.
<b>He also branded the 57-year-old's liberation a "victory" for all Libyans.</b>
But a spokesperson for the Foreign Office has insisted: "There is no deal.
"All decisions relating to Megrahi's case have been made exclusively by the Scottish Ministers, The Crown office in Scotland, and the Scottish Judicial Authorities.
<b>"No deal has been made between the UK Government and Libya in relation to Megrahi and any commercial interests in the country</b>."<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<b>Gaddafi embraces Lockerbie bomber and thanks his 'courageous friend' Gordon Brown for releasing him</b>
enjoy pictures.

Cow Urine, Herbal Remedies Gain as India Swine Flu Deaths Climb</b>
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By Saikat Chatterjee and Arush Chopra

Sept. 4 (Bloomberg) -- The rising death toll from swine flu in India is driving some people to buy remedies made of cow- urine extract, clarified butter and herbal potions to ward off the disease, as the government restricts Tamiflu and other drugs.

Since India reported its first swine flu death in the western city of Pune on Aug. 3, more than 100 people have died from the virus. The government is controlling access to Roche AG’s Tamiflu antiviral to ensure hospital supplies in case of an epidemic. Residents have switched to traditional Ayurvedic healing, used for hundreds of years to boost immunity, as well as unproven remedies being sold to take advantage of the outbreak, doctors say.

“Everybody wants to make money,” said Dr. Kalyan Banerjee, president of the Maharashtra Association for the Cultivation of Science and former director of the National Institute of Virology. “The problem is basically of regulation. There is no system. Everybody can say what they want.”

The emergence of unproven treatments underscores the difficulty authorities face in controlling the new H1N1 virus in a country where health-care spending ranks among the bottom 50 worldwide. Sales of traditional medicine in the nation are about $1.6 billion annually and growing at as much as 12 percent a year, according to a study by the health ministry’s National Medicinal Plants Board.

The health ministry department that deals with traditional medicines on Aug. 21 advised citizens with severe flu-like symptoms to visit designated hospitals for testing and treatment with drugs such as Tamiflu. The department said people with mild or no symptoms can take traditional medicines to boost their immunity.

Mind and Body

Annual flu epidemics result in about 3 million to 5 million cases of severe illness, and about 250,000 to 500,000 deaths, according to the World Health Organization.

Ayurveda, or science of life, is a holistic treatment that seeks to align a person’s body, mind and emotions with the aim of preventing illness. Fliers and e-mails promoting herbs and other traditional remedies have circulated since the swine flu deaths prompted authorities in the hardest hit cities of Pune and Mumbai to shut schools, cinemas and malls.

“Ayurveda is effective against many diseases,” said Mohan Rao, professor at the Center of social Medicine and Community Health at the New Delhi-based Jawaharlal Nehru University. “At times of crisis, some people will try to do whatever they can to make quick money.”

Go-Vigyan Anusandhan Kendra, a Nagpur, western India-based not-for-profit organization that calls itself a researcher of medicine based on cow products, said potions containing extracts of cow urine can ward off the flu.

Dung Drug

“Our medicines are effective against chronic illnesses such as tuberculosis and blood pressure and will strengthen the immunity of a person,” said Gopal Vohra, a vaidya, or Ayurvedic doctor, at Go-Vigyan Kendra. He said Panchyagavvya Ghrut, a mixture that includes cow urine, dung, curd, milk and ghee are among treatments by the group that can prevent the flu.

Other groups such as the New Delhi-based Dhyan Foundation, which teaches yoga, is asking people to snort warm cow ghee, or clarified butter, and massage their feet with mustard oil to develop immunity against the flu strain.

“I have nothing against traditional medicine but I think before anything can be prescribed to a patient, there should be an adequate evidence to prove the claim,” Rahul Nagpal, head of the pediatrics department at Max Healthcare hospital in Saket, New Delhi, said by phone. Max Healthcare, a unit of Max India Ltd., runs a chain of eight hospitals and clinics in New Delhi and its suburbs.

State health ministers asked the federal government on Aug. 21 to ensure that unverified drugs aren’t sold.

Kerala Clinic

The number of patients seeking precautionary medicines has increased 15 percent to 20 percent within the past two to three weeks, said K. Anilkumar, an executive director at Kerala Ayurveda Ltd., which processes herbal medicines and operates Ayurvedic clinics. Sales at its stores have risen as much as 10 percent in the period, he said last month.

“Proper immunity has to be kept so that you do not catch the disease,” Mandip Kaur, a lecturer at Gujarat Ayurved University’s Institute for Post-Graduate teaching and research in Ayurveda, said by telephone. “In Ayurveda, we have many drugs which make your system strong.”

Before swine flu claimed its first victim in India, the nation’s Central Drug Standard Control Organization asked officials to ensure Tamiflu and its generic versions are only imported by the government.

Tamiflu Resistance

The drug was being sold at “very high” prices according to media reports, it said. Indiscriminate use of the antiviral may result in the virus developing resistance, making the fight against the disease tougher.

Common herbs such as tulsi, or holy basil, worshipped by Hindus and commonly grown in many homes, have been used in Ayurvedic treatments to fight ailments such as fever, cough and the common cold.

“I’m drinking tulsi juice since I heard a neighbor was suspected of getting swine flu,” said Manoj Gupta, a Delhi resident. “It’s natural to be a bit worried with all the media reports that are coming in about the flu. Hopefully, this will be able to protect me.”

<b>Keanu Reeves plays Rama in Hollywood movie "Hanuman".</b>

The Matrix star Keanu Reeves will play Rama in an upcoming movie titled Hanuman,

Gary Oldman (Nil by Mouth) will reportedly play Ravana, while Aamir Khan (Lagaan) has supposedly been approached to play lead Hanuman.

Search is still on to find an international face to play Sita in this movie reportedly being directed by Chuck Russell (The Mask) and produced by Uru Patel (Cyborg 2).

Shooting is reportedly expected to start towards the end of this year in Rajasthan (India), while the rest will be made in Hollywood studios.

However, the film reports have let Hindus in a fix.

Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA), said that if makers of proposed movie “Hanuman” intended to base the storyline on epic Ramayana, make references to it, or portray Hindu gods/goddesses in the movie, they would urge the makers to stay true to the story and the spirit of the timeless epic and other Hindu scriptures.

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said that Ramayana was a highly revered scripture of Hinduism. Hollywood was welcome to make a movie about Ramayana but the final product should be the true depiction of it and not a fantasized or a re-imagined version to fit the Hollywood machine, which was likely to hurt the Hindu sentiments. Moreover, as Hinduism was largely misunderstood outside India, the distortion would add to the confusion. Hinduism was the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought and it should not be taken lightly.

Zed further said that Ramayana was an integral part of Hinduism and was held in such reverence that Hindus believed that simply reading/hearing of it showered blessings upon the reader/listener. Rama, the hero of Ramayana, was incarnation of Lord Vishnu, and was worshipped by Hindus.

No portable toilets were set up along the highway, leaving only two apparent options -- hike to a service area or into the fields.

But there were no reports of violent road rage, and the main complaint heard from drivers was about villagers on bicycles making a killing selling boxed lunches, bottled water to drink and heated water for noodles. http://news.in.msn.com/international/art...921&page=5
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People in India are struggling to emerge from the backward condition in which they find themselves. The Indian government is trying to build a hydroelectric dam on the Narmada river to provide clean water and the electricity which is vital for industrial progress. It will submerge 350 square kilometres of land and provide enough electricity to supply almost 5,000 villages in north-west India. It will provide clean drinking water for 30 million people and it will be an enormous boost for economic and industrial growth.

Gregg Easterbrook emphasises the hypocrisy of attitudes in the West: "It's still possible in affluent circles in the United States or Europe to see people sitting in an air-conditioned room eating free-range chicken and sipping Chablis, talking amongst themselves about how farmers in Africa shouldn't have tractors, because it might disrupt the soil, or how peasants in India shouldn't be allowed to have hydroelectric power, because it's not appropriate to their culture.... What would really be immoral is if we insisted on keeping material affluence for ourselves and try to deny it to the billions of others in the world who want and deserve exactly the same thing."

Our attitude to the Third World, as Frank Furedi puts it, is that "... your societies are doomed to be poor-houses for the rest of the world. It purports to be ever so radical and ever so sensitive, but what it does is it sets a Western agenda on the rest of the world. It's as intrusive today as imperialism was in the 19th century. "




These folks are going around claiming India has slaves.....they consider "bonded laborers" as slaves. Guess what, they bucket "Dalits" who are "bonded laborers" into the Slaves category.

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