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  • Romney Finds Deep Pockets in Heart of Mormon Country

    One out of every six dollars raised last year by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney came from the predominantly Mormon state of Utah, highlighting the relationship between the former Massachusetts governor and the Mormon church.

  • Thousands Gather for Utah Krishnas Annual Holi Festival

    Three thousand people descended on rural Spanish Fork on Saturday afternoon for belly dancing, a vegetarian buffet, bonfire and ritual witch burning capped with a colored powder fight, chanting, singing and moshing.

  • FOOD: Vegetarian menus root in beefy Buenos Aires
    The term "cocina vegetariana," or vegetarian cuisine, tends to draw blank stares or outright pity from Argentines on the streets of this city, considered by many the red meat capital of the world. But vegetarians need not write Buenos Aires off as a travel destination. Krishna Veggie Lunch is a lively two-room restaurant that serves vegetarian food all day. It is adorned with icons, shrines, paintings, and murals depicting all faiths. It also has a disco ball hanging from the ceiling and a soundtrack that ranges from OutKast to Bob Dylan to Indian dub.
  • SCIENCE: Stem Cell Scientist Denies Faking Research

    AP WIRE STORY: MUST BE REWRITTEN



    Reprinted from NewsMax.com



    Disgraced Scientist: I Didn't Fake Stem Cell Research



        NewsMax.com Wires

        Tuesday, March 20, 2007



    SEOUL, South Korea -- Disgraced South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk testified Tuesday that he did not order the falsification of stem cell research, and one of his former collaborators said he also had been unaware of the fake data.

  • SCIENCE: Debate on Interspecies Cloning Reignites

    By PAUL ELIAS



    SAN FRANCISCO - It was nearly a decade ago that Jose Cibelli plugged his own DNA into a cow's egg in a novel cloning attempt that was condemned as unethical by President Clinton and landed the Michigan State University researcher in a mess of controversy.



    Even though Cibelli and his colleagues patented the so-called interspecies cloning technique, they soon abandoned the research as a failure and the uproar subsided. Now the tempest is brewing all over again.

  • Can You Be An Environmentalist and Still Eat Meat?

    There has never been a better time for environmentalists to become vegetarians. Evidence of the environmental impacts of a meat-based diet is piling up at the same time its health effects are becoming better known. Meanwhile, full-scale industrialized factory farming-which allows diseases to spread quickly as animals are raised in close confinement-has given rise to recent, highly publicized epidemics of meat-borne illnesses. At presstime, the first discovery of mad cow disease in a Tokyo suburb caused beef prices to plummet in Japan and many people to stop eating meat.

  • INDIA: Lankan Children Find Refuge in Bangalore


    By Smriti Daniel/Sundaytimes.lk

     


    December 10, 2006

  • ISKCON: Mangalore Celebrates Ratha Yatra Festival

    By Team Mangalorean/Mangalorean.com

    Photographs by RK Bhat


     


    MANGALORE: The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) held its fourth annual Jagannatha Rathayatra in Mangalore on March 23.

  • ISKCON Gaura Purnima 2007

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  • Six Killed En Route To Mayapur

    Five members of a family and a driver were killed when their car collided with a mini-truck at Ranaghat area of Nadia district on March 3.

  • Summer pudding

    This is a traditional English recipe, but one that is timeless in its appeal. The summer fruit pudding is cool and refreshing on those hot summer days. Rasperry is good alone but blackberrys, red currants, black currants and all berry fruits can be combined according to preference.

  • BOOK EXCERPT: 'My Revered Spiritual Master'

    I was born in Orissa in a Vaishnava family. From childhood, we knew hare krsna-kirtana, Bhagavata, and Radha-Krishna deities. We knew many Vaishnavas, even disciples of Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati, in Orissa. Now many have passed away, but there are still a few that are very old. I know them. At the time of my leaving home I had everything - family, wife, seven children, property, and a job. I was a government high school teacher earning a thousand rupees per month. But I gave up everything in search of a real spiritual master.

  • Delicious Sundal Recipe

    Sundal is a quick and nutritious addition to the dietary repertoire. Whether served warm or cold, it is equally delicious alone or with a crisp salad on hot days. The measurements given are approximations; feel free to vary the amounts according to your own taste.

  • ISKCON: Serbia 'Stalls' Granting Legal Status to ISKCON, Other Religions

    Only three religious communities - the Seventh-day Adventist and United Methodist churches and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) - appear to have been given legal status under Serbia's controversial Religion Law, Forum 18 News Service has found.

  • Books: The Dawkins Confusion: Naturalism ad absurdum

    Richard Dawkins is not pleased with God:The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all of fiction. Jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic-cleanser; a misogynistic homophobic racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal....

  • WORLD: Indian Finance Minister Asks for Billions to Help Poor
  • HEALTH: Garlic 'Stinks' at Lowering Cholesterol, New Study Shows

    When it comes to lowering cholesterol levels, garlic stinks, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine.

  • Anti-Conversion Law comes into force in Himachal


    SHIMLA: An Anti-Conversion Law has come into force in Himachal Pradesh with Governor V S Kokje giving his assent to it.

     


    It has become the first Congress-ruled state to adopt legislation banning illegal religious conversions. The Governor signed the legislation passed by the state assembly in its winter session in December, Raj Bhawan sources said today.
    During the session at Dharamsala, the BJP had obtained a commitment from Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh for a law to stop conversions in the state.

  • Companies See Increased Interest in Spiritual Tours

    They plan to take a lot of photos and record the experience when they go on a faith-based trip to Italy and Bosnia in May. The Grand Rapids couple will visit the Vatican, as well as religious sites in Monte Ste. Angelo, Loreto and Lanciano. In Bosnia, the city of Medjugorje holds a place where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to children every day since 1981.

  • Catholic Priests Move Against Child Marriages in India


    By Achal Narayanan





    CHENNAI, India (RNS) Roman Catholic priests in some districts of West Bengal, India, have punished Christians who were found to be forcing minors into marriage.

     


    Catholics who allowed children to be married have even been excommunicated, according to a BBC News report from Kolkata. Their children have been denied baptism and the "guilty" families have been barred from attending church functions.

  • Deaths : K.C. Gupta, Leader of Hindu University of America

    Professor Kuldip C. Gupta, a founding member and president of Hindu University of America in Orlando, died Feb. 7 of a heart attack while traveling in Bombay, India. He was 66 years old.

  • A Man, An Ox, Caught Up in An 'Evil System'

    A 20-year-old ox on the farm, named Bala, was nearing the end of his natural life span and had become incapacitated. The usual procedure in such situations, which happen regularly on ISKCON farms all over the world, is to make the animal as comfortable as possible by supplying food, water, shelter, and pain medication when necessary, until death occurs of its own accord. IKSCON community members, including children and others who are well-known to the cow or ox, attend to the dying creature, chanting and praying and stroking it lovingly, until it draws its last breath. This practice is rooted in their theology, which honors the sanctity of all life, even that of an individual ox.

  • Man and Ox, Caught Up in An 'Evil System'

    "My job is not an easy one" said the veterinarian regretfully. His unwilling witness, Smita Krishna Swami, leader of Sweden's  ISKCON Almvik farm, was forced to take part in an act that, for him, was unthinkable. 

    The vet had just given a fatal injection to  a 20-year-old _______ox who was nearing the end of his natural life span and had become incapacitated. Such euthanizing of animals is forbidden in Vaishnavism   

  • Leading Questions

    Last week police questioned British Prime Minister Tony Blair for the second time in relation to the "cash for honours" allegations surrounding the government. He has already seen two of his close aides arrested in this connection and bookmaker William Hill shortened the odds of the same fate befalling him to just 7-1.

  • ENGLAND: Thousands of churches face closure in ten years

    by Ruth Gledhill, Religion CorrespondentThe London Times, February 10, 2007Thousands of churches face closure, demolition or conversion in the next decade, leading to the demise of some branches of Christianity in Europe, according to experts.