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  • Why Another News Site?
    I would like to know who is the intended audience of this site. What is its focus or style?
    - Kaunteya Dasa
    ISKCON Congregational Development
    Mayapura, West Bengal, India
  • "One Love"

    I grew up in the United States in the 1960s and 70s. As with many other young Americans of my generation, my world view was significantly influenced by the music of Bob Marley. His songs about revolution, social change, world peace, and racial equality inspired me.

  • Environmental Destruction in Vrindavana
    Their hearts full of devotion, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims will stream into Braj Bhoomi [India] around Tuesday for Janmashtami - the birthday of Lord Krishna. But most will turn a blind eye to the poor condition of the sacred area.
  • Hindus Beg Government to Spare Lord Rama's Bridge
    USA - Prominent Hindu organisations here have exhorted the Indian government to prevent destruction of the Ram Setu, a bridge sacred to Hindus that is threatened by a proposed navigable waterway in the narrow sea between India and Sri Lanka.
  • When Death Comes Calling, So Does Oscar the Cat

    PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) -- Oscar the cat seems to have an uncanny knack for predicting when nursing home patients are going to die, by curling up next to them during their final hours.

  • Cellphones Can Trigger Tumours

    Just 10 minutes of chatting on cellular phones is enough to trigger chemical changes in the brain that can increase the risk of cancer, warn scientists.

  • Book Release: Sri Krishna-lila-stava
    This month, the BBT released Sri Krishna-lila-stava. Of all Srila Sanatana Goswami’s (circa 1488–1558) books, it’s his shortest and simplest. An offering of praise in 432 verses, it gives a personal meditation on Krishna’s Vrindavana pastimes as told by Sukadeva in Srimad-Bhagavatam.
  • Meat Consumption: Environment's No.1 Enemy?
    EVER since “An Inconvenient Truth,” Al Gore has been the darling of environmentalists, but that movie hardly endeared him to the animal rights folks. According to them, the most inconvenient truth of all is that raising animals for meat contributes more to global warming than all the sport utility vehicles combined.
  • Kasakhstan Persecution Increases

    The Kazakh authorities have increased controls on religious communities in recent years, especially by banning unregistered religious activity and increasing punishments for it. Among recent victims have been Council of Churches Baptists, who refuse on principle to seek state registration, and Jehovah's Witnesses.

  • Lord Balarama's Appearance Day 2007
    The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, is the fountainhead of all incarnations. Lord Balarama (Douji) is His second body. They are both one and the same identity. They differ only in form. Balarama is the first bodily expansion of Krishna, and He assists in Lord Krishna's transcendental pastimes. He is the source of the entire spiritual world and is the adi-guru, the original spiritual master.
  • Largest Janmastami Festival Outside India Goes Green
    The forthcoming Janmastami Festival [birth celebration of Lord Krishna] at the Bhaktivedanta Manor near Watford [UK] is the largest of its kind outside India and is set to not only be one of the most colourful but the primary colour this year is green.

    This year the organisers want to highlight to festival goers the need to be aware of their responsibility to mother earth.
  • New Vrindaban's Patron-Leader 'Weekend of Bhakti'
    Between June 22 to 24 at New Vrindaban ISKCON leaders and supporters gathered from around North America for a weekend of kirtan, association, prasadam, and festivities at the inaugural Patron-Leader 'Weekend of Bhakti'.
  • Anti-Freeze in Neem

    Canadian health officials are recalling the Indian-made 'Neem' brand toothpaste found to contain high levels of diethylene glycol (DEG), a poisonous chemical used in antifreeze.

    Consumers are cautioned to stop using the toothpaste, made by the Calcutta Chemical Co. Ltd., and return it to where it was sold.

  • Vatican OKs Nuclear Energy

    The Vatican criticised countries such as Italy which have abandoned nuclear power, saying atomic energy is only evil when used to make weapons.

  • Top Scientist Advocates Genocide for 90% of World Population

    Famous professor and ecological researcher Eric R. Pianka championed the notion that the Earth can only be saved if ninety percent of the human beings alive today are purged from the planet via an airborne Ebola virus. Astonishingly, after advocating for a future in which more than 5,000,000,000 persons would die a slow and agonizing death, many influential members of the audience stood to their feet and applauded.

  • ISKCON Studies Institute Launches Conference

    The ISKCON Studies Institute held its first annual ISKCON Studies Conference at Prabhupadadesh, in northern Italy, on 27-30 July. The Conference, which brought together some of ISKCON's best thinkers, led to the ISKCON Studies Institute becoming one of the few initiatives to be recognised and approved by ISKCON's Ministry of Educational Development.

  • Poll: More Muslims Reject Bombings
    WASHINGTON -- Muslims around the world increasingly reject suicide bombings and other violence against civilians in defense of Islam, according to a new international poll dealing with how the world's population judges their lives, countries and national institutions.
  • Cow-talk
    They have one word in their vocabulary and it's a single syllable at that.

    But farmers claim cows appear to 'moo' in regional accents, despite their limited conversational skills.
  • On the Internet, Everyone May Find You're a Dog
    On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog, as a famous New Yorker cartoon once said. Nobody knows when you're the CEO of a big company, either, or a popular doctor, or a columnist posting comments on his or her own writings if you're writing under an assumed name. And while anonymity can be an attractive feature of the Internet, how and when you use it raises some interesting ethical questions.
  • A Healthy sugar-replacement?
    Do you like to glug away at cans of sugar-free fizzy drinks but simultaneously worry that the artificial sweeteners might not be that much better than sugar itself? So the news of a plant-derived sweetener with claimed health-promoting effects would be good news.
  • Beef Worse Than Cars' Emissions, Study Shows

    Producing 2.2lb of beef generates as much greenhouse gas as driving a car non-stop for three hours.

    Japanese scientists used a range of data to calculate the environmental impact of a single purchase of beef.

  • Book Review - God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
    God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens (published in the United Kingdom as God is Not Great: The Case Against Religion) is the latest in a rash of athiestic manifestos attempting to portray religion as a malignant force in the world. Currently the book has been on the New York Times best seller list for 14 weeks and has sold over 58,000 copies. This review by Stephen Prothero from The Washington Post casts an interesting light on the methods Hitchens uses to communicate his frustration with theistic thinking and the influence it has on society.
  • Fundamentalists Interrupt US Senate's First Hindu Opening Prayer
    U.S. Hindu organizations are urging presidential candidates to denounce the protesters who disrupted the Senate as the first-ever Hindu opening prayer was being delivered last month.

    The three protesters -- identified in the Christian media as a couple and their daughter -- were removed from the Senate floor and arrested by Capitol Police on July 12 after they began shouting, "This is an abomination," and asking for forgiveness from God.
  • What Price for Friendship? For Some Pet Owners, There’s No Limit

    In the USA, spending on veterinary care is expected to reach US$9.8 billion in 2007, up from US$7.2 billion five years ago, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association.

  • Jagannath Temple in Puri has India's Biggest Kitchen
    Puri (Orissa): The famed Jagannath Temple in Puri, Orissa, boasts of having one of the biggest kitchens in the country.

    Around 500 cooks and 300 helping hands prepare 56 different offerings known as 'Mahaprasad' or 'Abhada' for Lord Jagannath, which are served to the deity six times a day.

    The kitchen has 32 rooms, 752 stoves and nine earthen pots.

    The meals include seven different types of rice, four types of pulses, nine types of vegetables and different items of sweet dishes.