Faith

  • VHP demands withdrawal of the controversial book on Amma February 24, 2014

    The Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Monday demanded withdrawal of the controversial book written by a former disciple of spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi. Australian born Gail Tredwell in her book 'Holy hell-- a memoir of faith, devotion and pure madness' claimed she had lived in the mutt for many years and had...
  • Indians hungry for good documentaries: Filmmaker Pan Nalin December 20, 2013

    Chennai: Indian audiences are 'hungry for good documentaries' and an increasing number of filmmakers here are showing a keen interest towards the genre. But a cohesive network to produce and promote documentaries is missing in the country, says filmmaker Pan Nalin. "Indian filmmakers are waking up to documentary filmmaking, but we...
  • Excerpt: 'In Good Faith' by Saba Naqvi December 6, 2012

    In an age when the idea of religious community is determined by stereotypes and old fault lines, Saba Naqvi takes a journey across the country in search of her own identity among people, communities and shrines that challenge our predetermined notions of what makes a Muslim or a Hindu. Along...
  • Delhi: Street kids get a lesson in music, story telling November 19, 2012

    New Delhi: Faith Gonsalves, 24, is spreading joy and happiness through music among the children who live on the streets of Delhi. Faith started Music Basti three years ago and with her team teaches 350 children who spend their life on the streets. Today the children are ready to face...
  • US: Sikh beaten up, arrested for keeping Kirpan August 24, 2012

    Washington: An elderly Sikh man, in his early 70s, was allegedly beaten up by his neighbour in New Jersey following an altercation and was later arrested by the police because of keeping 'Kirpan', a Sikh article of faith. The incident happened on July 26, nearly 10 days before the shooting at...
  • US gurudwara shooting: 2 heroic kids save lives August 10, 2012

    Two children have emerged as heroes after warning others of a gunman on a recent shootout at Wisconsin gurudwara. ...
  • US gurudwara shooting: 'Have spoken to White House' August 6, 2012

    A deadly shooting in a gurudwara in Oak Creek in the state of Wisconsin has left six people dead. ...
  • Interfaith groups condemn US Gurudwara shooting August 6, 2012

    New York: Interfaith groups have condemned the Wisconsin Gurudwara shooting incident, describing it as a "senseless" act of violence on religious freedom and urging the Obama administration to take steps to ensure prevention of hate crimes against religious minorities in the country. Washingtonbased Council on AmericanIslamic Relations (CAIR) expressed solidarity with...
  • NonHindus to sign faith form to enter Tirupati July 27, 2012

    Tirumala: From now on, nonHindus will not be allowed into the Tirumala temple without furnishing a declaration affirming their faith in Lord Venkateswara. The declaration register, which was earlier kept in the Vaikuntam queue complex, will now be made available in other places like the JEO camp office, Peshkar Office...
  • Review: 'Qasam Se Qasam Se' lacks originality June 16, 2012

    Cast: Azim Rizvi, Faith Mehra, Rakhi Sawant, Ashwin Kaushal and Satish Kaushik Director: Ashfaque Makrani Rating: 1 out of 5. It's not every day that you get to see a film which is a collage of yesteryear's films, and that too, a horrible mishmash. 'Qasam Se Qasam Se' lacks originality from the...
  • Faith accompli: it's no longer good vs evil May 27, 2011

    We live in the only religionless culture in the world. And this is not an accident; it has been consciously designed this way. God was never the highest goal in this country, nor was heaven. The supreme goal was always liberation mukti. And the spiritual practitioner was always a...
  • Pope takes biggest step to revive Christianity October 12, 2010

    Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday outlined his most tangible initiative yet to try to revive Christianity, creating a Vatican office for reevangelising Europe and other traditionally Christian regions where faith is falling by the wayside. In an official decree, Benedict said the new office would work with bishops to...
  • HarperCollins reveals cover for Palin's book July 30, 2010

    New York: The cover photo for Sarah Palin's new book is a portrait in red, white, blue and gray. The Alaska exgovernor and former Republican vice presidential candidate is photographed in closeup, wearing a gray sweater and American flag pin, which matches her flag bracelet. Her book, "America by Heart: Reflections...
  • Left, Catholic bishops on collision course October 7, 2010

    Thiruvananthapuram: The ruling CPI(M) and powerful Catholic Church in Kerala are headed for a collision course once again with the apex body of bishops issuing a pastoral letter urging the Christian community to choose only "Godfearing" and "selfless" candidates in polls. The Kerala Catholic Bishops Council (KCBC) circular, read out in...
  • Bill to check superstition hits roadblock March 21, 2010

    New Delhi: As godmen and superstitious rituals abound in Maharashtra, an antisuperstition bill that criminalises these acts in the state, is gathering dust. But after a shocking incident in which a childless couple sacrificed 5 kids on the behest of a tantrik the Maharashtra Government now plans to...
  • Parents bury kids neckdeep in soil on eclipse day July 23, 2009

    Gulbarga: An incident of children being buried upto their neck in a pit of soil has come to light in Gulbarga district of Karnataka. Some parents buried their children, many of them upto their necks, in a pit for the duration of the eclipse. The burying act was a part...
  • Huge donations to places of worship, a waste or not June 13, 2009

    A Karnataka minister donated a crown worth Rs 42 crore to the Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam. CNNIBN's India At 9 debates whether this a show of faith or just showing off. The Editor of Lankesh Patrike, Gauri Lankesh and Member, Central Dharmic Advisory Council, Daivagna Sharma join in on the discussion. ...
  • Indiaborn pujari joins Obamas faith council April 7, 2009

    Washington: President Barack Obama has appointed Indian American management consultant Anju Bhargava, who is also an ordained 'pujari' (priest), as the member of a faithbased advisory council of the White House. The council is part of the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighbourhood Partnerships and includes religious and secular...
  • JK parties rope in 'faith healers' to woo voters November 23, 2008

    Rajouri: The hill district of Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir is doing the last minute campaigning in the name of god. Its secondphase polling starts on Sunday. Muzaffar Hussain Shah or Baji Sahib as he is known, is the People's Democratic Party's (PDP) trump card in Rajouri. He is...
  • After trousers, Malay Muslim body targets yoga October 29, 2008

    Kuala Lumpur: Not content with banning women from wearing trousers, Malaysia's top Islamic council now wants a ban on yoga, according to a report on state news agency, Bernama. The National Fatwa Council's Deputy DirectorGeneral, Othman Mustapha told reporters after a seminar on Islamic jurisprudence on Thursday that the announcement...
  • UK opens first statefunded Hindu school September 16, 2008

    London: Britain's first statefunded Hindu school opened its doors to its first batch of 23 students on Monday. The school will be ready in September 2009. On Monday, the first batch of students aged four to five years started their term in a temporary building. For the one...
  • Indian scientists mix faith & reason, say God exists June 15, 2008

    New Delhi: One in four Indian scientists believe in God and many more accept existence of a "higher power", says a survey conducted across the country. A survey of 1,100 scientists across 130 universities and research institutes across the country threw up interesting results as 29 per cent believed in the...
  • Keeping the faith: A month after Jaipur serial blasts June 14, 2008

    The victims of the blast on 13th May were both Muslim and Hindu. The cycle bombs showed no mercy on either community. ...
  • Coy teacher at day, wicked girl at night May 5, 2008

    London: A British primary school teacher, who gives lessons in the three Rs to classes of five to 11yearolds in the day, turns into a sexy dominatrix during night, it has emerged. When school ends, Faith Hamilton lays into her customers in a secret torture dungeon at her semidetached home. She gets...
  • Why Ramayan is still the ultimate drama for Indians January 23, 2008

    Gods thrashing demons, good defeating evil, brothers making sacrifices for each other: Ramayan, Indias greatest epic, came to TV two decades ago. The show was on Doordarshan, and it was a massive hit. Streets turned empty during its telecast and many people actually started praying actors who played Ram and Sita. Ramayan...
  • Who is a Hindu? UK school lists out the 'qualities' November 21, 2007

    London: Britain's first statefunded Hindu school has come up with a unique definition of 'practising Hindus' as part of its admissions policy those who pray daily, do voluntary work at temples, follow a vegetarian diet and abstain from intoxication. The school, named KrishnaAvanti Primary School, is located in the London...
  • God's Warriors: People want their God in the power seat September 9, 2007

    New Delhi: Jerusalem is an ancient city filled with sacred meanings for three great religions Judaism, Christanity and Islam. Over the last 30 years, each faith has exploded into a powerful political force with an army of followers that share a deep dissatisfaction with modern, secular society. These followers...
  • Why are Muslims caught in the terror web? July 15, 2007

    It has been a year since seven bomb blasts tore apart Mumbai, killing 180 and injuring more than 800 people. A similar calamity was avoided last week in England, when in the eleventh hour, the London police foiled terror attempts in Glasgow, Scotland and a failed car bomb in the...
  • Debate: Is reincarnation just another superstition? July 14, 2007

    Rajesh Kumar, a 14yearold boy in Rampur in Uttar Pradesh suddenly starts talking in a US accent. He explains what according to him are scientific concepts. He studies in class 9 and has received education only in Hindi till date. Rajesh neither traveled abroad nor studied English in school. People...
  • Kalam for a World Space Vision 2050 June 5, 2007

    New Delhi: After his Vision 2020 programme for India, President APJ Abdul Kalam Tuesday called upon the global space community to devise a space vision that will enable mankind to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. "Time has arrived now for the world space community to evolve a space vision....