Friday, May 02, 2008

Panjab's poisoned harvests

Tirupati Temple To Augment Accommodation


TIRUMALA, INDIA, April 28, 2008: The governing board of the famed Tirupati temple has sanctioned over US$78 million for the construction of guest houses and massive pilgrim amenities complexes atop the temple town. Briefing the media persons, board chairman B. Karunakar Reddy said that the board which met on Sunday has decided to take up the construction immediately following the ever increasing pilgrim flow to the temple. Once completed, the would be able to provide accommodation for over 12,000 devotees additionally.

Another major decision taken at the meeting is to construct a massive Nitya Annadanam complex with sophisticated kitchen equipments so as to enable the management feed over 10,000 devotees in a single sitting. Even though the temple management is able to cater over 25,000 devotees everyday at its existing complex the devotees are forced to wait for several long hours before they have their meal.

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Punjab’s Poisoned Harvests


PUNJAB, INDIA, May 1, 2008: The governments of many poor nations are alarmed at the rise in food prices. There are even problems in the Indian region of Punjab, where science once seemed to have found answers for a hungry world and perhaps India’s immense population. The new strains of seed and chemical pesticides and fertilizers certainly brought high yields. They called it the Green Revolution of India.

But the problem is that the benefit of high yields from new seed types was not long-lasting, and the pests kept ahead of the pesticides. They also have boosted cancer cases.

The cause of cancer is always a contentious issue, but a new study from the Punjabi University at Patiala ruled out other potential factors, concluding that the way the sprays are used is increasingly causing cancer. The local farmers said that they wanted the same agricultural scientists who had given them the high yields of the 1970s to come up with something else. They say that what they are doing now is unsustainable, because they are getting lower yields despite using more spray and paying more for fertilizer due to high oil prices.

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How to Order Upanishad Book

NEW DELHI, INDIA, May 1, 2008: The book “Aum Purnamada” authored by Acharya Yaad Kumar Verma (Shri Ramdasanudas) and mentioned in HPI on April 27 may be ordered by e-mailing

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Daily Inspiration

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