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  • India to build new "Suez" despite ecological storm

    07/02/2005 3:13:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies · 909+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jul 1, 2005 | Y.P. Rajesh
    DHANUSHKODI, India (Reuters) - For India, it is an almost 150-year dream about to come true -- its "Suez" carving a new channel between the south coast and Sri Lanka, dramatically shortening the sea route for freight and slashing costs. But for environmentalists and fishermen, it is a nightmare in the making, one that it will haunt South Asia for decades. The $560 million Sethusamudram Ship Channel has roused strong emotions among supporters and opponents alike. And the tussle is likely to worsen as digging begins on Saturday. One of India's showcase projects to upgrade its infrastructure to cope with...
  • Ramayana bridge

    10/21/2002 12:58:08 PM PDT · by bala · 30 replies · 414+ views
    ANCIENT RAMAYANA BRIDGE - A REALISTIC POSSIBILITY
  • Report on Hindu god Ram withdrawn

    09/14/2007 11:45:44 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 24 replies · 784+ views
    BBC ^ | 14 September 2007
    The Indian government has withdrawn a controversial report submitted in court earlier this week which questioned the existence of the Hindu god Ram. The report was withdrawn after huge protests by opposition parties. The report was presented to the Supreme Court on Wednesday in connection with a case against a proposed shipping canal project between India and Sri Lanka. Hindu hardliners say the project will destroy what they say is a bridge built by Ram and his army of monkeys. Scientists and archaeologists say the Ram Setu (Lord Ram's bridge) - or Adam's Bridge as it is sometimes called -...
  • History stands still in seabed off Sri Lanka

    07/08/2007 11:01:39 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies · 485+ views
    Asian Tribune ^ | Sunday, July 8, 2007 | Janaka Perera
    The popularization of scuba diving after World War II had its impact on Sri Lanka, when Sir Arthur Clarke and Mike Wilson (later Swami Siva Kalki) came here after their successful expedition on the Great Barrier Reef. They came here to write on the 'Reefs of Taprobane' (Sri Lanka ). Here they were joined by Jonklass. Although spear-fishing and coral reef exploration were the scuba divers' primary aims, searching for wrecks soon became their past time in a sea strewn with ship wrecks. It was Sir Arthur Clarke's book which first carried colour photographs of off-shore shipwrecks and the ruins...
  • US heritage body wants Ram Setu preserved

    06/09/2007 1:32:11 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 12 replies · 787+ views
    The Pioneer ^ | Saturday, June 09, 2007 | The Pioneer
    World Monuments Fund favours garnering public support on this ancient bridge Government can make it a tourist attraction, say experts World Monuments Fund, an international preservation organisation that brings out World Monuments Watch List of endangered sites, has said that the Government of India should be made to realise that it's more valuable to preserve Ram Setu or Adam's Bridge than demolishing it. Marilyn Perry, chairman of the fund, said in an interview on the sidelines of the function to release the list of endangered sites of the world in its New York Madison Avenue office that the Federal Government...
  • Ram Sethu: Scientific Evidence Of Ancient Human Activity (Ramas Bridge)

    04/23/2007 3:35:24 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 895+ views
    Organizer ^ | 4-29-2007 | S. Kalyanaraman
    Ram Sethu: Scientific evidence of ancient human activity By S. Kalyanaraman Scientific evidences point to human activity in ancient times on both sides of Ram Sethu as found by Dept. of Earth Sciences and ocean technologists of Bharatam. This area should be declared a protected monument under the Protection of Monuments Act and declared as a World Heritage site by the Government of India and advised to UNESCO. The Geological and geophysical survey of the Sethu-samudram Project clearly reveal that Rama’s bridge appears to be a major Geological feature. The surveys reveal that to the north of Ram Sethu on...
  • Can the monkey god save Rama?s underwater bridge?

    03/27/2007 6:43:20 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 21 replies · 2,389+ views
    Times Online ^ | March 27, 2007 | Ruth Gledhill and Jeremy Page
    Hindu groups are launching an international campaign today to halt India?s plans to create a shipping channel by dredging the sea between India and Sri Lanka. They say that the project will destroy an ancient chain of shoals known as Adam?s Bridge, which Hindus believe was built by an army of monkeys to allow Lord Rama to cross to Lanka to rescue his abducted wife. They are also protesting on environmental grounds, arguing that the 30-mile string of limestone shoals, also known as Ram Sethu, protected large parts of India from the 2004 tsunami. ?The bridge is as holy to...
  • No archaeological studies to support existence of Ram Sethu

    03/07/2007 9:16:43 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies · 518+ views
    Zee News ^ | Wednesday, March 7, 2007 | Bureau Report
    Government on Tuesday said there are no archaeological studies that reveal the existence of a Ram Sethu bridge between India and Sri Lanka. However, a NASA satellite picture has shown the existence of a stretch of land bridge in the Palk Strait between the countries, Minister of Tourism and Culture Ambika Soni said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha today. She informed the house that as there are no archaeological studies to confirm the fact, the government was not planning to take any preservation initiative in this direction.
  • India plans to dredge sea canal

    04/21/2005 2:04:23 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 7 replies · 488+ views
    Financial Times ^ | April 21 2005 01:38 | Ray Marcelo
    A scheme to make the shallow strait between India and Sri Lanka navigable has upset environmentalists and the port of Colombo. To its supporters, it is a dream project, no less than the “Suez of the east”; to its opponents it is an environmental catastrophe. Either way, plans to dredge a channel in the seabed between India and Sri Lanka will be controversial, and could alter maritime and military operations in the Indian Ocean. The $400m project, called the Sethusamudram Ship Canal, involves digging a 152km, 300m-wide channel through the Palk Strait, a shallow stretch of sea separating the south...
  • Hanuman bridge is myth: Experts

    10/19/2002 4:25:58 PM PDT · by jimtorr · 15 replies · 4,312+ views
    THE TIMES OF INDIA ^ | SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2002 | No Author listed
    NEW DELHI: After Nasa, it's the turn of Indian experts to declare that there is no evidence linking the mythical Lanka bridge built by Hanuman to the chain of sandbanks captured by the US space agency's cameras across the Palk Strait. Eminent astrophysicist J V Narlikar, when contacted in Pune, said he had seen reports claiming about the mythical bridge, but there was no evidence to suggest that what had been located had links with the bridge mentioned in the Ramayana. "There is no archaeological or literary evidence to support this claim," eminent historian R S Sharma told The Times...
  • NASA digital images discover ancient "Ramayana" bridge between India, Lanka

    10/09/2002 8:35:38 AM PDT · by vannrox · 36 replies · 7,047+ views
    PTI ^ | Washington, October 09 2002 | Editorial Staff
    NASA digital images discover ancient "Ramayana" bridge between India, Lanka PTI Washington, October 09 2002 The NASA Shuttle has imaged a mysterious ancient bridge between India and Sri Lanka, as mentioned in the Ramayana. The evidence, say experts matter-of-factly, is in the Digital Image Collection. The recently discovered bridge, currently named as Adam's Bridge and made of a chain of shoals, 30 km long, in the Palk Straits between India and Sri Lanka, reveals a mystery behind it. The bridge's unique curvature and composition by age reveals that it is man-made. Legend as well as Archeological studies reveal that...
  • Child sacrifice cases stun India

    11/25/2010 4:38:38 AM PST · by markomalley · 29 replies · 2+ views
    New Delhi - Police in India's central state of Chhattisgarh have arrested seven people for allegedly sacrificing two children to gain 'supernatural powers,' officials said Thursday. Witch-doctor Ishwari Yadav, his wife Kiranbai and five of their disciples were arrested after police found the bodies of a 2-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl at their home in Durg district Wednesday. 'The boy was killed on Tuesday and the girl was murdered some six months ago,' district police chief Amit Kumar said in a telephone interview. '(The suspects) were arrested for holding human sacrifices and have confessed their crimes.' 'During questioning the...
  • India monkey god idol for Obama

    06/24/2008 10:11:15 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 36 replies · 57+ views
    BBC ^ | 09:32 GMT, Monday, 23 June 2008 | staff
    A group of Indians are planning to present a statue of the revered Indian monkey God, Hanuman, to Barack Obama. The group decided to order the idol after they read a magazine report saying that Mr Obama carried a good luck 'monkey king' charm in his pocket. So he is a devotee of Hanuman. Hindus revere monkeys which they believe are descendents of the monkey God Hanuman. The two-foot tall, 15kg gold-polished, brass idol has been made for Mr Obama because "he will be good for India if he becomes the next president," according to Brij Mohan Bhama, leader of...
  • Obama's Luck Token Charms Indians (Hanuman - Hindu Monkey God)

    06/29/2008 6:49:24 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 38 replies · 1,757+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8:13 AM CDT, June 29, 2008 | Laurie Goering
    Obama's luck token charms Indians —Laurie Goering 8:13 AM CDT, June 29, 2008 NEW DELHI — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, already running ahead of his Republican rival John McCain in international popularity, has won a host of new fans in India since a photo published earlier this month revealed that he carries a tiny brass monkey king among his handful of good-luck charms. In India the charm is presumed to be an image of Hanuman, Hinduism's popular monkey god. So on Tuesday, a delighted Brij Mohan Bhama, a politician associated with India's ruling party and a devotee of Hanuman,...
  • James Dobson Terrified by President Obama

    06/25/2008 6:04:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 325+ views
    Newsmax ^ | June 25, 2008 | Staff
    In a one-two punch, Focus on the Family’s Dr. James Dobson ripped into Barack Obama, saying that Obama terrifies him, while on Tuesday night’s "Hannity & Colmes" show, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee warned that the Illinois senator’s views on such issues as partial birth abortion takes away the equality of unborn children, and that Obama makes him uncomfortable. Dobson appeared on Sean Hannity’s radio show Tuesday. During the show, Hannity commented that he found Obama to be dishonest overall, noting that “I think he was dishonest to the American people” when speaking of his former pastor and spiritual adviser...
  • Obama's Religion?

    06/25/2008 1:58:19 PM PDT · by LtKerst · 16 replies · 373+ views
    drudge report | 06-25-2008 | Lt Kerst
    A gold plated idol of Lord Hanuman will be presented to Obama NEW DELHI: With Democrat senator Barack Obama busy in the run-up to the US presidential polls, a group of well-wishers in the capital have decided to send him a symbol of his lucky charm, Lord Hanuman, to help him emerge victorious. The idol is being presented to Obama as he is reported to be a Lord Hanuman devotee and carries with him a locket of the monkey god along with other good luck charms.
  • 11-day prayer for Obama’s success

    06/25/2008 1:10:53 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 10 replies · 91+ views
    NEW DELHI: Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama can now expect help from an unexpected quarter — Lord Hanuman. All-India Congress Committee member Brij Mohan Bhama has organised a 11-day religious ceremony at Karol Bagh here for his success in the U.S. elections. The idea of sending an idol of Hanuman dawned on him after friends in the United States mentioned a “prominent American politician who carried a miniature Hanuman idol in his pocket for luck,” Mr. Bhama said speaking on the first day of the ceremony on Tuesday. “After hearing that, I decided to gift Mr. Obama a larger, gold-plated...
  • Obama to get Hanuman idol

    06/25/2008 10:25:38 AM PDT · by Sopater · 58 replies · 2,275+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 24 Jun 2008
    NEW DELHI: With Democrat senator Barack Obama busy in the run-up to the US presidential polls, a group of well-wishers in the capital have decided to send him a symbol of his lucky charm, Lord Hanuman, to help him emerge victorious. Obama's representative Carolyn Sauvage-Mar on Tuesday received a gold-plated two-feet-high idol which she will pass it on to the Obama after it is sanctified. The idol is being presented to Obama as he is reported to be a Lord Hanuman devotee and carries with him a locket of the monkey god along with other good luck charms. An hour-long...
  • Monkeys Kill Delhi Deputy Mayor

    10/21/2007 2:50:20 PM PDT · by blam · 81 replies · 230+ views
    BBC ^ | 10-21-2007
    Monkeys kill Delhi deputy mayor Delhi has long struggled to cope with the marauding monkeys The deputy mayor of the Indian capital Delhi died on Sunday after being attacked by a horde of wild monkeys. SS Bajwa suffered serious head injuries when he fell from the first-floor terrace of his home on Saturday morning trying to fight off the monkeys. The city has long struggled to counter its plague of monkeys, which invade government complexes and temples, snatch food and scare passers-by. The High Court demanded the city find an answer to the problem last year. Solution elusiveOne approach has...
  • Court Reprimands New Delhi Over Monkeys

    12/08/2006 7:51:48 PM PST · by A. Pole · 6 replies · 314+ views
    Red Orbit ^ | Thursday, 7 December 2006
    NEW DELHI - A top court reprimanded authorities in the Indian capital for failing to stop hundreds of monkeys from terrifying residents, news reports said Thursday. As forest cover around New Delhi has shrunk, the city has struggled with a growing simian population. Government buildings, temples and many residential neighborhoods are overrun by hundreds of Rhesus macaques. The animals will occasionally snatch food from unsuspecting passers-by and even bite them. "If you can't control the monkeys, what can you do?" the Delhi High Court acerbically asked representatives of the various municipal authorities in a ruling responding to a petition filed...
  • India braces for Monkeys vs Langurs (Huh?)

    08/02/2006 4:43:48 PM PDT · by voletti · 26 replies · 569+ views
    NEW DELHI: It’s primate versus primate in New Delhi’s metro system. In an effort to keep monkeys out of the Indian capital’s subways, authorities have called in one of the few animals known to scare the creatures, a fierce-looking primate called the langur, the Hindustan Times newspaper reported on Wednesday. The decision to hire a ‘langurwallah’ came after a monkey got into a metro car in June, the newspaper reported. The langur handler is being paid a retainer of India rupees Rs 6,900 (US$160) a month and “he will be called whenever there is a monkey problem,” Anuj Dayal, the...
  • Tailing a monkey man in search of healing powers - an incarnation of the Hindu monkey god Hanuman?

    06/20/2006 11:32:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 202+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/20/06 | Reuters
    KOLKATA (Reuters) - Thousands of people are flocking to an impoverished Indian village in eastern West Bengal state to worship a man they believe possesses divine powers because he climbs up trees in seconds, gobbles up bananas and has a "tail." Devotees say 27-year-old villager Chandre Oraon is an incarnation of the Hindu monkey god Hanuman -- worshipped by millions as a symbol of physical strength, perseverance and devotion. "He climbs up trees, behaves like a monkey and is a strict vegetarian, but he is no god and his condition is just a congenital defect," says Bhushan Chakraborty, the local...