Happy New Year WordPress Bloggers :)

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A Happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year for all and may all the jobless get jobs…:)

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Please don’t drink and drive on New Year’s Night or for that matter any other night or day.

(I took this pic of a flying fox that would hang around a warung in Tabanan Regency, Bali, because it was hooked on Coke, which was generously offered by tourists).

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om

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Top ten cities that dominate search sex online in 2011!

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Indians obsessed with sex – Google Search Online reports !

Here is a news report that probably depicts Indians as sexually repressed. Hence, the neanderthal attitude towards women in this (India) country.

Indian cities dominate ‘sex’ search online; 7 Indian cities in top 10 international listing!
  1. Colombo
  2. Lucknow
  3. Kolkata
  4. Lahore
  5. Pune
  6. New Delhi
  7. Bangalore
  8. Chennai
  9. Mumbai
  10. Hanoi
AND the country that topped the world ranking is Pakistan.

Breaking News : Russian court refuses to ban translation of Bhagavad Gita!

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Moscow:  A court in Russia has turned down a petition that asked for a ban on a translated version of Bhagavad Gita. India had described the application as “patently absurd.”

The petition was originally filed in June in a court in Tomsk in Siberia and had created a diplomatic stress point for India and Russia.

India’s External Affairs Minister SM Krishna met the Russian Ambassador Alexander Kadakin earlier this week to discuss the matter. Today, Mr Krishna  welcomed the judgement and thanked the Russian government for its support.

Prosecutors in the Siberian city of Tomsk had  argued that the Russian translation of “Bhagavad Gita As It Is” promotes “social discord” and hatred toward non-believers. The text is a combination of the Bhagavad Gita, one of Hinduism’s holiest scriptures, and commentary by A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) that is often called the Hare Krishna movement.

The prosecutors had asked  the court to include the book on the Federal List of Extremist  Materials, which bans more than 1,000 texts including Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.”

The 2012 Prophecy in Live Encounters Magazine January 2012

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CPJ – 30th Anniversary – Protecting Journalists Worldwide!

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Defending Press Freedom for 30 Years

Dear Mark:

This year CPJ celebrated 30 years of fighting for press freedom. We have never been more active, more needed — or more effective.

Please take a few minutes to watch an excerpt from this inspiring documentary about CPJ’s history of impact. (If you’ve got more than a few minutes, click here to watch the full-length version).

You’ll see that while the world of journalism has changed tremendously, our core mission has remained remarkably constant. CPJ began with the idea that journalists around the world should come together to defend the rights of our colleagues working in repressive and dangerous environments.

In 2011, Al-Jazeera journalists covering the revolution in Egypt tweeted at CPJ to alert us that police were at their door. We used all media – old, new, and social — to mobilize a global response. The police backed down.

I hope you’ll consider a year-end gift to support CPJ as we celebrate 30 years of fighting for press freedom. Your support has allowed us to adapt to new challenges and expand our work to keep journalists safe. However, we will need all your help to meet the growing threats to media freedom, both online and off.

Please use this secure link to give as generously as you can. Your tax-deductible donation will help support brave journalists who risk their lives to pursue stories that matter.

Thank you and all the best for the holidays.

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330 7th Avenue, 11th Floor, New York, New York, 10001, United States 

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Bhagavad Gita faces ‘extremist’ branding, ban in Russia

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MOSCOW: Bhagavad Gita, one of the holiest Hindu scriptures, is facing a legal ban and the prospect of being branded as “an extremist” literature across Russia. A court in Siberia’s Tomsk city is set to deliver its final verdict Monday in a case filed by state prosecutors.

In the Nov 1 letter addressed to Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Pulok Chatterji, ISKCON’s New Delhi branch Governing Body Commissioner Gopal Krishna Goswami, said the prosecutor’s affidavit claims Lord Krishna “is evil and not conforming to Christian religious view”. 

– It also wants the Hindu religious text banned in Russia and declared as a literature spreading “social discord”, its distribution on Russian soil rendered illegal.

-The court, which took up the case filed by the state prosecutors, had referred the book to the Tomsk State University for “an expert” examination Oct 25.

– But Hindu groups in Russia, particularly followers of ISKCON, say the university was not qualified as it lacked Indologists who study the history and cultures, languages, and literature of the Indian subcontinent.

– The Hindus pleaded with the court that the case was inspired by religious bias and intolerance from a “majority religious group in Russia”, and have sought that their rights to practice their religious beliefs be upheld.

The prosecutor’s case also seeks to ban the preachings of Prabhupada and ISKCON’s religious beliefs, claiming these were “extremist” in nature and preached “hatred” of other religious beliefs.

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