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Manmohan singh starting a war??
Like almost anywhere else it is not the premier minister who makes decisions but instead the elite of global tycoons and international bankers. Financial Times now reports, that foreign investors are getting the red carpet in India to buy everything what looks like a cash cow.
India slashes rates to shore up growth
By James Fontanella-Khan in Mumbai
Published: December 6 2008 08:38 | Last updated: December 6 2008 14:23
India’s central bank announced a series of emergency measures on Saturday to stimulate growth and boost business confidence, which has been hit further after terrorists launched one of the worst attacks in India’s history last week.
The Reserve Bank of India cut the repo rate by 100 basis points, pushing the key short-term interest rate to its lowest level in two-and-a-half years, and it cut the reverse repo rate, used to absorb cash from the market, by 1 percentage point to 5 per cent.
The cumulative amount of primary liquidity made available by the central bank to the financial system since mid-September this year is worth more than Rs3,000bn ($60bn, £41bn, €48bn). Since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the RBI has cut the repo rate by 250 basis points, in a series of moves aimed at keeping Asia’s third-largest economy growth expanding.
“The reduction in repo and reverse repo rate should result in a reduction in marginal cost of funds to banks and enable them to improve the flow of credit to productive sectors of the economy on viable terms,” said Duvvuri Subbarao, India’s central bank governor.
“The aim of these measures was to augment domestic and forex liquidity and to enable banks to continue to lend for productive purpose while maintaining credit quality so as to sustain the growth momentum,” Mr Subbarao added.
Among the other measures the central bank governor also announced that the RBI will allow companies to buy back their foreign currency convertible bonds. The decision will help companies to unwind the bonds in an orderly fashion, with most of them coming due in the next few years.
“The recent RBI moves are extremely positive,” Keki Mistry, managing director at Housing Development Finance, told an Indian television channel.“Though a repo rate cut doesn’t lower the cost of funds, we, as end users, will stand to benefit as we expect the banks to reduce their lending rates.”
The rate cuts also aim to restore investors confidence, which has been seriously damaged following the recent terrors attacks in Mumbai, as many executives have cancelled trips and conferences in India’s financial capital.
“The downside risks to growth have increased after the terror attacks,” said N.R. Bhanumurthy, an economist at the Institute of Economic Growth in New Delhi. “We expect the central bank to loosen monetary policy further.”
Mr Subbarao said that economic growth was likely to slowdown for the year ending in March 2009 more than they had previously expected, which is between 7.5 and 8 per cent, but he also pointed out that inflation would fall below 7 per cent, which is the rate they originally forecasted.
“The outlook for India going forward is mixed ... There is evidence of economic activity slowing down,” said Mr Subbarao. “Industrial activity, particularly in the manufacturing and infrastructure sectors, is decelerating. The services sector too, which has been our prime growth engine for the last five years, is slowing.”
On Saturday the market was also expecting the government to announce a fiscal stimulus package, but it was delayed. Some media reports said that the new fiscal package could be presented on Sunday.
“For the economy to rev up, we now need fiscal measures to focus on sector specific issues,” Shubhada Rao, chief economist at Yes Bank, told Reuters.
Kamal Nath, India’s trade minister, on Friday said: “We are looking at creating greater domestic demand, creating stimulus in the construction, infrastructure sector and in exports.”
India’s exports, which have been hammered by a sharp fall in demand and liquidity, have declined 12.1 per cent in October from a year earlier to $12.8bn, the first drop in absolute terms in seven years, according to the RBI.
In spite of the growing worries that the financial crisis might hit the real economy, the central bank governor reassured the nation that the “fundamentals of our economy continue to be strong.”
dear devotees these moments in time that are unraveling , who has eyes to see ears to hear , we are all wrapped up in this great drama , the demons are banging on the door of god ,along with all the suffering , there need for compassion is ever increasing , this age of kali speeding up ever faster , all in time to be consumed , if you desire to be a devotee, now is your chance to prove your love of god ,this great work will only be given to the sincere and fearless, according to ability , it is far better to clean the toilet with devotion and love , than to assume some other duty without love or capacity , each and every sincere person must now pray for clarity as to how they are best placed to serve , dedicate your minds to this service , so that this mind is fixed and unwavering , we do not need to speculate , prabhupada explained everything so nicely , so why do we constantly rattle around the track of verse, get of this mental platform , perform your duty as prabhupada ,no hasitation ,this is true devotee life , chaitanyas message set free, if you lie stop , if you cheat stop , surrender now ,do not waste this beutiful oppertunity to serve prabhupada , take off your masks and reveal your souls , to fake is to die , why die when this mellow of love awaits ,do the work and success is garanteed , do and see taste and hear prabhupadas mercy
What really happend?
Chant and be happy.
Good point, don't talk, better stick to krishna-katha.
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Well you could have a Sanskrit Font based website and sister site with no sanskrit like vedabase.net. Though if I put vedabase into Google in show Sanskrit diacritic marks, I have Balarama Fonts installed on my Laptop.
I think some sites need to put them robots in pages some google can't see them, just the pages with sanskrit. I think I noticed this long time ago, you'd think Sanskirt fonts would be supported somehow in Google. Maybe somebody should email Google (if you can find their email address, try googling it)
Seems like when there is for example Sanskrit/text/Sanskrit, the text in between the Sanskrit words is not read by search engines, they just skip it.
When entering for example "Caitanya" you only get to the headlines of CC at vedabase.net, never to the inside. Or take, Bhagavad-gītā As It Is, google only goes to the main page but never displays a result within the book. Lets say someone enters reincarnation. Normaly search engines would show all the results of so many Bhagavatam verses which contain "reincarnation".
This doesn't happen, google only goes so far, http://www.vedabase.com/index.php?main=contact&content=links where there're no Sanskrit fonts.
I hardly think John Lennon is rolling around in his grave right now because someone got rid of 'Hare Krishna' in a few of his songs. I don't see why it's that big a deal to you guys.
Sorry but this wasn't my quote, I said the opposite, John Lennon is for sure rolling around in his grave. He couldn't perform any other spiritual activity except include Hare Krsna in his songs and this is being destroyed by a bunch of atheists. It is intolerable and should be battled against by all means.
I hardly think John Lennon is rolling around in his grave right now because someone got rid of 'Hare Krishna' in a few of his songs. I don't see why it's that big a deal to you guys.
If you're an atheist this might be right from your honoured point of view.
Since John included Hare Krsna in a couple of his songs he surely wasn't an atheist. For him it is therefore rather a tragedy how they garbled, mangled his songs.
No, they can't. For search engines Sanskrit fonts are encrypted signs they cant process. A soon you enter into google a sanskrit font it immediately turns it into a normal font. However, when you try to find something what contains sanskrit fonts, the search engines won't show you any result.
In other words, all those huge Prabhupada encyclopedias are cut off, are not processed by any search engine.
There're lately huge efforts being made by putting Prabhupada's books, lectures, letters and conversations online. Indeed this must have taken years to type all those thousands of lectures and letters and make them readable hopefully for millions of people with internet access.
Now, meanwhile every child has understood that without search engines like Google, , Lycos, Infoseek, WebCrawler, Live Search, Guruji, AltaVista, etc. the internet is dead and you can't find anything. The question that arises with all this present knowledge how search engines actually work and that they have no Sanskrit fonts installed, one might ask this question, why people are so preoccupied to introduce Sanskrit fonts on the internet?
Try enter any Sanskrit font at google - it immediatedly changes it into a non-Sanskrit letter and shows the result as having entered a word without Sanskrit fonts. Seems like at Prabhupada's letter encyclopedia they didn't use Sanskrit because the server configuration doesn't allow Sanskrit fonts to be installed, but everywhere else you only find Sanskrit fonts, even at dandavats.com.
Ok, let's get precise, vedabase.net, http://vanisource.org/wiki/SB_<wbr>6.7, causelessmery.com, prabhupadabooks.com - they all are de facto encrypted webpages, no search engine can read. In other words, whenever you enter a term like jnana or siksa, be sure, no search engine will direct you to Prabhupada's online encyclopedia but only to people who use those terms in their own writings.
Additionally, people have to install Sanskrit fonts on their pc machines, but even this doesn't work for example in case of GBC papers written in PDF. As soon you copy let's say "Srila Prabhupada" and paste it into wordpad it reads like "Crela Prabhup_da" although you have all Sanskrit fonts installed. In other words - chosing the approach of presumption of innocence - without knowing, accidently, by chance - they encrypted the complete teachings of Srila Prabhupada in the world wide internet.
Making it unreadable for billions of people and any search engine and people who might enter "Krsna" with even three dots below r,s and n - they will surely never surf to an original text of Prabhupada or Sastra, because search engines immediately change it into non Sanskrit fonts as having entered a non-Sanskrit term.
When trying to copy and paste let's say a Srimad-Bhagavatam purport and use it in a letter to back up a point you have to change all these Sanskrit fonts and replace them with normal fonts so that you are sure that the receiver is able to see text and not just boxes.
Somehow it seems that a few people considered at one point to make this decision, should we introduce Sanskrit fonts in the internet and they all came to this conclusion, yes, it is important to have it all in Sanskrit. Wise decision.
Ancient Mariner did you read things along the lines of this following quote? I pulled it from a conspiracy news site.
If the Indian government goes against Pakistan it should be clear that the Indian government itself is part of the conspiracy. Pakistan's president Asif Ali Zardari clearly says, these are terrorists which have to eliminated. Manmohan Singh, India's president says, no, this is an attack originating from Pakistan's government. In other words, like Bush, he uses terrorism to start a war.
That could easily go down as the dumbest quote of the year. Blame America, of course !
Just like the blame Bush crowd, who are these losers going to blame when America is no longer a world power.
Someone wants Pakistan and India at each others throats for the purpose of subduing Pakistan and India after that. Someone wants to energize the right wing in India and turn the mind of the Indian people to thoughts of a greater police presence in the hope of a more uniform security. It’s more complex than this and, of course, the money and power thing is always there.
Really? Is this true? She would have the legal rights to do it I guess.
Reminds me of that movie Siddhartha. The original ended with a Kirtan being chanted through a spindly forest, like Vrndaban, by six or seven skinny men with sikhs and big smiles wandering amongst the trees.
Later versions had that scene deleted.
This is the BBT. Fighting at court against devotees who are kicked out of ISKCON when they use pics of Prabhupada's books on their websites or have a Bhagavad-gita for download.
John Lennon was not a Vaishnava, right, but his gesture to include the Holy Name in some of his songs was his service, his start in spiritual life. When some rascals manipulate his songs and delete Hare Krishna what are the BBT lawyers doing - right, keep quiet.
This is clearly a case of cheating, something like book change. Since the BBT has obviously adopted this practice of book change, they might feel not the right people to protest when Hare Krishna is removed from Lennon's songs?
Same with Lennon's, "Give Peace A Chance", Hare Krishna has been deleted on most versions at youtube. Thanks Yoko.
Could be that the Dalai lama isn't informed about the difference of licit and illicit sexual relation?
Sexual intercourse spells trouble, says Dalai Lama
Sexual intercourse provides but fleeting satisfaction, while chastity offers a better life and "more freedom", the Dalai Lama has said.
Last Updated: 5:18PM GMT 29 Nov 2008
The Dalai Lama believes a life of celibacy offers more peace of mind Photo: REUTERS
Conjugal life causes too many "ups and downs", the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader told reporters in a Lagos hotel.
"Sexual pressure, sexual desire, actually, I think is short-period satisfaction and, often, that leads to more complication," he said.
"Naturally as a human being...some kind of desire for sex comes, but then you use human intelligence to make comprehension that those relationships are always full of trouble."
Problems arising from conjugal life could even lead to suicide or murder, the Dalai Lama warned.
Moreover, he added, the "consolation" in choosing a life of celibacy is that, although "something" is missing, one can have a life with "more independence, more freedom".
Considered a Buddhist Master exempt from the religion's wheel of death and reincarnation, the Dalai Lama waxed eloquent on the Buddhist credo of non-attachment.
"Too much attachment towards your children, towards your partner," was "one of the obstacles or hindrances of peace of mind," he said.
The Dalai Lama arrived in Nigeria on Wednesday for a three-day visit to attend a conference. He has made no political speeches in the west African country.
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Thursday, November 27, 2008
Deepak Chopra believes "Washington" was responsible for the attacks in Mumbai.Chopra: What we have seen in Mumbai has been brewing for a long time, andthe war on terrorism and the attack on Iraq compounded the situation.What we call "collateral damage" andgoing after the wrong peopleactually turns moderates into extremists, and that inflammation then gets organized and appears as this disaster in Bombay. Now the worst thing that could happen is there's a backlash on the Muslims from the fundamental Hindus in India, which then will perpetuate the problem. Inflammation will create more inflammation.CNN: Let me jump in on that because you're presuming something very important, which is that it's Muslims who have carried out these attacks and, in some cases, with Washington in their sights.Chopra: Ultimately the message is always toward Washington because it's also the perception that Washington, in their way, directly or indirectly funds both sides of the war on terror. They fund our side, then our petrol dollars going to Saudi Arabia through Pakistan and ultimately these terrorist groups, which are very organized. You know Jonathan, it takes a lot of money to do this. It takes a lot of organization to do this. Where's the money coming from, you know? The money is coming from the vested interests. I'm not talking about conspiracy theories, but what happens is, our policies, our foreign policies, actually perpetuate this problem. Because, you know, 25% of the world's population is Muslim and they're the fastest growing segment of the population of the world. The more we alienate the Muslim population, the more the moderates are likely to become extremists.
It makes you wonder who he thinks "the right people" are.
America has been going after Al-Qaeda and the nations that harbor and fund terrorists for 7 years now.
To blame the attacks in Mumbai on American policy in Iraq or Afghanistan or wherever is just wrong.
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Sophistated Attacks But By Whom?
Alan Cowell, Souad Mekhennet – New York Times November 27, 2008
A day after the terror attacks in Mumbai that killed over 100 people, one question remained as impenetrable as the smoke that still billowed from two of the city’s landmark hotels: who carried out the attacks?
The Indian authorities say they captured some of the attackers, so some answers may emerge soon. But for now, their identities remain a mystery. Surviving witnesses recalled the gunmen as masked young men in unremarkable T-shirts and jeans, some heavily armed, wearing backpacks filled with weapons. The only claim of responsibility came from a group that may not even exist.
The assaults represented a marked departure in scope and ambition from other recent terrorist attacks in India, which have singled out local people rather than foreigners and hit single rather than multiple targets.
The Mumbai assault, by contrast, was seemed directed at foreigners, involved hostage taking and was aimed at multiple and highly symbolic targets.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India said the attacks probably had “external linkages,” reflecting calculations among Indian officials that the level of planning, preparation and coordination could not have been achieved without help from experienced terrorists. But some security experts insisted the style of the attacks and the targets in Mumbai suggested the militants were likely to be Indian Muslims, with a domestic agenda.
The e-mail message taking responsibility that was sent to Indian media outlets on Wednesday night said the attackers were from a group called Deccan Mujahedeen. Deccan is a neighborhood of the Indian city of Hyderabad. The word also describes the middle and south of India, which is dominated by the Deccan Plateau. Mujahedeen is the commonly used Arabic word for holy fighters.
But security experts drew a blank on any such organization. Sajjan Gohel, a security expert in London, called it a “front name” and said the group was “nonexistent.”
An Indian security official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to be identified said the name suggested ties to a group called Indian Mujahedeen, which has been implicated in a string of bombing attacks in India killing about 200 people this year alone.
On Sept. 15, an e-mail message published in Indian newspapers and said to have been sent by representatives of Indian Mujahedeen threatened potential “deadly attacks” in Mumbai. The message warned counterterrorism officials in the city that “you are already on our hit-list and this time very, very seriously.”
Several high-ranking law enforcement officials, including the chief of the antiterrorism squad and a commissioner of police, were, indeed, reported killed in the attacks in Mumbai.
With relations long strained between India and Pakistan, particularly over the disputed territory of Kashmir, suspicions turned toward Al Qauda, or Pakistani militant backing. The Indian security official said the attackers likely had ties to Lashkar-e-Taiba, a guerrilla group run by Pakistani intelligence in the conflict with India in the disputed territory of Kashmir. On Thursday, the group denied involved in the Mumbai attacks. India also blamed Lashkar-e-Taiba for a suicide assault on its Parliament by gunmen in December 2001 that led to a perilous military standoff with Pakistan.
The Indian official also suggested the foot-soldiers in the attack might have emerged from an outlawed militant group of Islamic students. Photographs from security cameras showed some youthful attackers carrying assault rifles and smiling as they began the operation.
Christine Fair, senior political scientist and a South Asia expert at the RAND Corporation, was careful to say that the identity of the terrorists could not yet be known. But she pointed to India’s domestic problems, and long tensions between Hindus, who make up about 80 percent of India’s population of 1.13 billion, and Muslims, who make up 13.4 percent.
“There are a lot of very, very angry Muslims in India,” Ms. Fair said. “The economic disparities are startling and India has been very slow to publicly embrace its rising Muslim problem. You cannot put lipstick on this pig. This is a major domestic political challenge for India.
“The public political face of India says, ‘Our Muslims have not been radicalized,’ she said. “But the Indian intelligence apparatus knows that’s not true. India’s Muslim communities are being sucked into the global landscape of Islamist jihad.”
“Indians will have a strong incentive to link this to Al Qaeda,” she said. “But this is a domestic issue. This is not India’s 9/11.”
Alan Cowell reported from Paris, and Souad Mekhennet from Frankfurt. Mark McDonald contributed reporting from Hong Kong, and Salman Masood from Islamabad, Pakistan.
With the current focus on Akshaya Patra and its functioning, some news
to consider. President-elect Barack Obama's recently wrote a letter
appreciating Akshaya Patra.
Arnaud de Borchgrave – November 21, 2008 via Ziopedia.org
Although political forecasting and economic prognostication have long made astrology look respectable, there is still a latter-day Nostradamus who has defied the odds. "If Nostradamus were alive today," said the New York Post, "he'd have a hard time keeping up with Gerald Celente" -- the man who tracks the world's social, economic and business trends for corporate clients.
Celente's accurate forecasts include the 1987 stock market crash, the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the 1997 Asian currency crash, the 2007 subprime mortgage scandal that he said would soon engulf the world at a time when Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, a macroeconomist and expert on the Great Depression, told us, "The worst is behind us." In November 2007, Celente also told UPI that a massive devaluation of the dollar was coming and that some Wall Street giants were headed for total collapse. He called it "The Panic of 2008."
"Worse than the Great Depression," Celente opined -- beginning with a sharp drop in standards of living, and continuing with an angry urban underclass that threatens a social order that allowed the mega-rich to continue living behind gated communities with summer escapades to luxurious homes on the French and Italian Rivieras or to bigger and better and more expensive boats from year to year.
This time, Celente's Trends Research Institute, which the Los Angeles Times described as the Standard and Poor's of popular culture, can see a tax rebellion in America by 2012, food riots, squatter rebellions, job marches and a culture that puts a higher premium on food on the table than gifts under the Christmas tree.
Celente says, "There will be a revolution in this country," though not until 2012, and it will take the form of a bloodless coup and the meteoric rise of a third party. While all this sounds like claptrap to sophisticated observers inside the Beltway, one can't ignore the high marks his forecasting gets from such prestigious global publications as The Economist: "A network of 25 experts whose range of specialties would rival many university faculties."
The George Washington's Blog listed all the kudos that Celente received from a wide variety of newspapers, magazines and television shows. He has a solid track record. The catastrophe that is about to hit our nation, he says, has its origin in wars we were told would be "off budget" and would not affect more tax cuts. This is the school that says there's nothing wrong with a little deficit funding.
One of the cornerstones of America's giant economy is the ability to borrow from other countries -- primarily China and Japan -- from $2 billion to $3 billion a day in order to maintain the world's highest standard of living, which is based on conspicuous consumption, at a time of growing world shortages. That was bound to change. But Celente does not believe we can switch to a thrifty society without a gigantic upheaval from which a new paradigm will emerge.
On a global scale, scarce resources, including energy and water, will, at the very least, touch off regional resource conflicts. Celente is not that far removed from what the 100,000-strong, 16-agency intelligence community has been doing with its almost $50 billion Intel budget. A report released by the National Intelligence Council this week, titled "Global Trends 2025," points to global mayhem, but not as soon as 2012, or in three years time, as Celente predicts.
The Middle East and nuclear proliferation, says NIC's report, will continue to be the CIA's principal concern inside the "great arc of instability stretching from sub-Sahara Africa through North Africa and the Middle East, the Balkans, the Caucasus, South and Central Asia and parts of Southeast Asia."
NIC's most immediate alarm is "the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran spawning a nuclear arms race in the greater Middle East will bring new security challenges to an already conflict-prone region, particularly in conjunction with the proliferation of long-range missile systems."
By 2025, NIC also says the United States will have to face the prospect of a relative decline of its economic and military power. In the interim, new superpowers will have emerged in China and India. And China is "poised to have more impact on the world over the next 20 years than any other country."
Iraq, following a U.S. withdrawal at the end of 2011, will have to face many conflicting tribal and ethnic groups that could easily explode and spill over into neighboring states. The perennial Middle East conflict over the creation of a state for Palestinians will certainly not be settled by the time President Bush leaves office. And it will retain its lethal potential for sudden eruptions of violence and wider conflict.
Behind the scenes, Palestinians are muttering darkly about a "one-state solution displacing the two-state approach." The secret Palestinian weapon is quite simply demographics. Since the creation of the state of Israel in 1947, Arabs have gone from 87 million to 310 million. They expect to be half a billion by 2025.
Assuming that President Obama can revive the long-playing peace process and come up with a new roadmap to peace, it will be a non-starter if it doesn't include Arab East Jerusalem as the site of the Palestinian capital. For Israel, Jerusalem is a red line, a capital that cannot be shared.
Often we get the impression that when a Vaishnava becomes advanced in spiritual realization he's also having an advanced material situation - a life-style like a millionaire.
Srila Prahlada Maharaja - one of the twelve Mahajanas and a maha-bhagavat was put into quite precarious condition and people might ask this question - how come that such an exalted Vaishnava had to undergo so much pain that finally God had to incarnate in His original form of unlimited wrath?"Prahlada Maharaja was put into so many trials when he was only a child, still he never forgot Krsna. That is the sign of maha-bhagavata. In any circumstances.It does not mean that because one is maha-bhagavata he should not be put into trials. He can be put into trials, because the material world is like that. The western country, they, Lord Jesus Christ, he was put into trials but he never forgot Krsna. This is sign of maha- bhagavata, nitya-siddha.
gaurāṅgera sangi-gane nitya-siddha kori ’mane se jay brajenda-nandana pas
If one can understand nitya-siddha bhagavata, then he immediately becomes eligible to go back to home, to back to godhead. This is the privilege of associating with maha-bhagavata. One may argue, arbhakaḥ means foolish child, who has no knowledge, he is called arbhakaḥ. How we can say maha-bhagavata? Arbhakaḥ, he has no knowledge. No. It is possible. Ahaituky apratihata. Bhakti does not depend on age, or on advanced knowledge, or richness, or so many other things. Janmaisvarya-sruta-sri. To take birth in high family, aristocracy, and to become rich, to become beautiful, to become very learned scholar. These things are material assets, but spiritual life does not depend on these things. One can become spiritually very advanced even though he is poor, he is born in a low, low- grade family.
Srila Prahlada Maharaja tortured in prison
Just like Haridasa Ṭhakura. He was born in Muhammadan family, but maha-bhagavata. There are so many examples. Not that because he was born in a Muhammadan family therefore he cannot. Ahaituky apratihata. Bhakti is so purifying that any condition, any circumstances, one can become devotee."
by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Mayapur, February 11, 1976
Can someone tell me what is going to happen?
It is all about to to relocate things, the show moved on. The super rich decided to leave Europe and United States and start a new live at their newly installed world headquarter, United Arab Emirates. In order to not miss anything they also relocated the cash flow to the Emirat, telling us, sorry folks, depression, your banks are broke, inflation, stock market crash etc.
November 22, 2008
Hairspray linked to boys’ birth defect
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London Women exposed to hairspray during the early stages of pregnancy are more than twice as likely to give birth to a son with a serious genital defect, researchers say. A study by Imperial College London found that if expectant mothers come into contact with the spray during their first trimester they are more likely to have a son with hypospadias, a condition where the urinary opening is on the underside of the penis. Researchers suggest that hairspray and hypospadias may be linked because of chemicals in the aerosol known as phthalates.
Malaysia clerics issue yoga fatwa
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<!-- E IBYL --> <!-- S IIMA --> <table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="226"> <tbody><tr><td> Many people see yoga as a way to maintain their health
</td></tr> </tbody></table> <!-- E IIMA --> <!-- S SF -->Millions of people in Malaysia have been banned from doing yoga because of fears it could corrupt Muslims.
The Islamic authorities have issued a ruling, known as a fatwa, instructing the country's Muslims to avoid yoga because of its Hindu roots.
To most people yoga is simply a sport - a stress-busting start to the day.
Malaysia's National Fatwa Council said it goes further than that and that elements of the Indian religion are inherent in yoga. <!-- E SF -->
Announcing the decision, the council chairman Abdul Shukor Husin said practices like chanting and what he called worshipping were inappropriate and they could "destroy the faith of a Muslim".
The ruling is not legally binding but many of Malaysia's Muslims abide by fatwas.
Yoga classes here are filled with mostly non-Muslim Malaysians of Chinese or Indian descent, but in the major cities it is not uncommon to see several Muslim women at classes.
Prayers and gym
For Muslims across Malaysia the day starts at 5.30 in the morning, as the call to prayer goes out.
A handful of the most devout arrive at a mosque in the western outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.
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Each is carrying a yoga mat, slung over their shoulder.
Adam Junid is a Muslim Malaysian who does both - prayers and gym, specifically yoga.
An engineer in his 30s, he goes to a weekly class for about 30 people.
"I don't think it interferes with the religion at all," he says.
"In fact it helps you, makes you healthy and more aligned and it helps you become self aware," he adds.
Adam is a rarity because it is mostly women and not many Muslims who do this.
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Professor Osman Bakar
</td> </tr> </tbody></table> <!-- E IBOX --> "The yoga masters repeat that it actually can be quite compatible with religion," he said. "It makes you a better person."
Yoga comes in many forms. For some it is a stress-busting sport. For others a serious bit of soul searching.
What Adam does once a week is the serious stuff. The class I sat in on was two hours long.
It included breathing exercises, with the help of the tick-tock of a metronome.
There was meditation, then half an hour of darkness for intense relaxation.
Before that some of the class managed a very stable headstand. Others could touch the back of their head with their foot.
"It can go with any religion," instructor Mani Sekaran told me.
"Or it can go with those who don't believe in any religion, because it's purely sports," he added.
He is also founder of the Malaysian Yoga Society. A bald and very fit man, he once did martial arts.
"If I want to train for an Olympic gold medal... whether I believe in a religion or not doesn't matter. I just keep on training."
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During the class I sat in on, yoga's Hindu roots were mentioned, albeit briefly. A spiritual experience was on offer for those who wanted it.
This is the point where some Muslims in Malaysia worry about yoga. They think it is encroaching on their way of life.
One Muslim student told me that she combined yoga techniques with prayers. That concerns some Islamic experts.
"If people want to practice yoga, the physical exercise, I think that is no problem," Professor Osman Bakar, from Malaysia's Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies, told me.
"Many Muslims would say fine. But they would object to the mixing of the two things."
"Islam is a complete way of life. Islam is able to cater to the needs of Muslims; spiritual needs, intellectual needs and other needs, material needs. So there is no need to bring in elements from outside," he added.
Adam's yoga class ended with a quick discussion about self-awareness, concentration and why people do yoga. I was not sure if this was a weekly occurrence or for my benefit.
He told me that yoga has made him a better person. He has no plans to stop.
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is a very special incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead - in fact He is not only delivering the fallen souls of this age but He also distributes what no other incarnation of Krishna is distributing - love of God.
Lord Caitanya freely distributes love God without asking for anything, only that we accept it. When Lord Caitanya left this world 1533 in Jagannath Puri, Nostradamus was exactly 30 years old.
Did Nostradamus ever mention that God Himself appeared on this planet and performed wonderful pastimes? If he could see so many things happening, why he couldnt see that God Himself, the most important thing ever, incarnated on this planet?
This means that Nostradamus is a materialistic prognosticator without access to spiritual matters. On the other hand 1998 Harikes' empire crashed to pieces - for many Vaishnavas this was worse than any war.
In any case, I once read a post here explaining that there are "shadow" planets which are rock, etc. If anything was walked on, it was that, not the heavenly planet known as the moon.
This is surely right, our Moon is an earthly Moon which affects only our planet, growth of vegetables, cooling effect, full Moon phenomenon etc.
However, since there're millions of planets in this Universe which need Moon light to enable vegetables to grow there must be either a Moon like ours at each planet, or, b) a huge Moon somewhere in the center who does its job for many planets.
Since the Vedas teach that the real Moon is a heavenly planet the real Moon must be among the 7 higher planetary systems.
When Krishna says He spoke the Bhagavad-gita to the Sun god, he surely didn't refer to the Moon of our Earth. In other words, He spoke about that Moon which affects the Sun.
O son of Kunti [Arjuna], I am the taste of water, the light of the sun and the moon, the syllable om in the Vedic mantras; I am the sound in ether and ability in man.
Yet another case to illustrate how the soul is amazing.
Teen lives 4 months with no heart, leaves hospital
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<!-- end .related-media --> MIAMI – D'Zhana Simmons says she felt like a "fake person" for 118 days when she had no heart beating in her chest. "But I know that I really was here," the 14-year-old said, "and I did live without a heart."
As she was being released Wednesday from a Miami hospital, the shy teen seemed in awe of what she's endured. Since July, she's had two heart transplants and survived with artificial heart pumps — but no heart — for four months between the transplants.
Last spring D'Zhana and her parents learned she had an enlarged heart that was too weak to sufficiently pump blood. They traveled from their home in Clinton, S.C. to Holtz Children's Hospital in Miami for a heart transplant.
But her new heart didn't work properly and could have ruptured so surgeons removed it two days later.
And they did something unusual, especially for a young patient: They replaced the heart with a pair of artificial pumping devices that kept blood flowing through her body until she could have a second transplant.
Dr. Peter Wearden, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh who works with the kind of pumps used in this case, said what the Miami medical team managed to do "is a big deal."
"For (more than) 100 days, there was no heart in this girl's body? That is pretty amazing," Wearden said.
The pumps, ventricular assist devices, are typically used with a heart still in place to help the chambers circulate blood. With D'Zhana's heart removed, doctors at Holtz Children's Hospital crafted substitute heart chambers using a fabric and connected these to the two pumps.
Although artificial hearts have been approved for adults, none has been federally approved for use in children. In general, there are fewer options for pediatric patients. That's because it's rarer for them to have these life-threatening conditions, so companies don't invest as much into technology that could help them, said Dr. Marco Ricci, director of pediatric cardiac surgery at the University of Miami.
He said this case demonstrates that doctors now have one more option.
"In the past, this situation could have been lethal," Ricci said.
And it nearly was. During the almost four months between her two transplants, D'Zhana wasn't able to breathe on her own half the time. She also had kidney and liver failure and gastrointestinal bleeding.
Taking a short stroll — when she felt up for it — required the help of four people, at least one of whom would steer the photocopier-sized machine that was the external part of the pumping devices.
When D'Zhana was stable enough for another operation, doctors did the second transplant on Oct. 29.
"I truly believe it's a miracle," said her mother, Twolla Anderson.
D'Zhana said now she's grateful for small things: She'll see her five siblings soon, and she can spend time outdoors.
"I'm glad I can walk without the machine," she said, her turquoise princess top covering most of the scars on her chest. After thanking the surgeons for helping her, D'Zhana began weeping.
Doctors say she'll be able to do most things that teens do, like attending school and going out with friends. She will be on lifelong medication to keep her body from rejecting the donated heart, and there's a 50-50 chance she'll need another transplant before she turns 30.
For now, though, D'Zhana is looking forward to celebrating another milestone. On Saturday, she turns 15 and plans to spend the day riding in a boat off Miami's coast.
Medvedev in nuclear deal
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Whenever it comes to nuclear deals there seems to be no difference between Russia, USA. The Indian government is uniting all nations.
Medvedev in nuclear deal
Saturday, 6 December 2008
The Russia President, Dmitry Medvedev, has signed agreements to develop nuclear plants in India as the countries sought to deepen ties beyond their historic defence and weapon sales relationship.
<!--proximic_content_off--> <!--proximic_content_on--> The deal will allow Russia to build more reactors at the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu and plants elsewhere, the Indian government said. This year, India also signed a nuclear pact with the United States, giving Delhi access to civilian nuclear fuel and technology on the international market for the first time in three decades. Overturning a US ban on nuclear trade instituted after India first tested an atomic device in 1974, the pact provides India with access to nuclear fuel, reactors and technology to generate power for its1.1 billion-plus people. "The signing of the agreement on civil nuclearco-operation with Russia marks a new milestone in the history of our co-operation with Russia in the field of nuclear energy," Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said at a news conference with Mr Medvedev. Russia is competing with the US for influence in India, a Cold War ally of Moscow which the Kremlin sees as a growing partner in Asia. "Theco-operation in the energy sector remains a priority for us," Mr Medvedev said. Both countries have signed a contract for India to buy 80 Mi-17 transport helicopters , worth more than $1bn (£690m). India is rearming, but has been unhappy with holdups on Russian arms contracts, including a delay to an aircraft carrier modernisation. reuters