MALAYSIA, November 20, 2014 (Yahoo News):A decade-long battle for a Hindu temple in Kajang to obtain a piece of land has ended on a happy note through an out-of-court settlement. The Sri Maha Mariamman Ladang Baemar (Saujana Impian) temple was given 0.44 ha of land, about 300m from its current location by land owner Bandar Subang Sdn Bhd.Besides the land, the company also contributed US$178,000 to the temple for the relocation exercise as part of the settlement. The terms and condition of the settlement also stated that the company would provide another alternative site if the authorities were unable to gazette the current proposed plot as a place of worship for Hindus.
Temple committee legal adviser Alagendra Ramani said there was now certainty for 500 devotees who worshipped at the temple. "We are glad that the matter has come to an amicable solution without having to fight it in court," he told The Malaysian Insider. The committee and the company have spent nearly 10 years negotiating on an alternative site to locate the temple, which is believed to have been established 100 years ago. In April this year, the company ordered the temple management committee to surrender the land. Met with their refusal, the company went to court.
Today, the consent judgment was recorded before judicial commissioner Choo Kah Sing in the Shah Alam High Court.
NADI, FIJI, November 28, 2014 (Fiji Times): The lack of spiritual learning in schools prompted the Ramakrishna Mission to build a US$1 million universal meditation center in Nadi as part of its long-established center there. The centre was inaugurated by leaders of the Hindu, Christian, and Muslim faiths yesterday and will serve as a meditation spot for people of all faiths.
Ramakrishna Mission secretary Swami Tadananda Maharaj said the planning started in 2010 and the building was designed by 2011. "Construction started in August 2012 and it has taken about two years and three months to complete the project."
Mr. Maharaj said 95 per cent of high schools in Fiji were run by NGOs who looked after the building and maintenance of schools. "However, the NGOs are not having that impact that we want to contribute to the education," he said.
-- Chinese proverb
The way to freedom is a way of silence--of silent resolve and silent service.
-- Sadhu Vaswani, (1879-1966) founder the Sadhu Vaswani Mission
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 24, 2014 (Press Release): In a landmark moment for the Hindu American community, the Texas State Board of Education voted late last week to adopt new textbooks that dramatically improve the way Hinduism is depicted. The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) was involved in the adoption process from the beginning, working with scholars and historians to ensure a constructive and accurate understanding of Hinduism. As a result of the changes made by publishers in response to HAF's reviews, the textbooks now present a picture of Hinduism that emphasizes the religion's core philosophies with accurate explanations of key concepts.
"This is a game-changing moment for our community," said Houston-based HAF Board Member Rishi Bhutada. "This is the first time that this type of textbook reform has ever been accomplished on a statewide level anywhere in the US, and to do it in Texas, one of the two biggest textbook markets in the country, is amazing." Educators, several publishers, and other advocacy groups worked closely with HAF to make sure the representations of Hinduism were not steeped in the archaic and inaccurate "caste, cows, and karma" approach that has dominated textbook content for years. "This is transformational for the Hindu American community," Dr. Balaji said.
The textbook vote is final, and the textbook changes will reflect in materials next year. The Hindu American Foundation's evidence-based efforts in education reform have been acknowledged in Texas and across the country, including prominent social studies and history organizations such as the National Council for Social Studies.
TOBAGO, November 26, 2014 (Newsday): HPI Note: Tobago is the latter part of Trinidad and Tobago. It is 120 square miles, 6% of the country's total land area and holds 4% of its population. We can't find a statistic for how many Hindus live there, but the entire country has a population of 1,328,019 of which 18.2% are Hindus, or 241,699, of which 4%, in theory, live in Tobago or nearly 10,000--but that is just a guess.
The Tobago Hindu Society (THS) received a deed for four lots of land in Signal Hill from Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Chief Secretary Orville London on Tuesday. In a statement, the THA said this land, located opposite the Scarborough General Hospital, will be used for the construction of a Hindu temple. Previously, members of the THS had been worshipping at a private home.
"It is the first step in securing a Hindu mandir in Tobago. It is the first that is going to be built here and we hope it will benefit all the people of Trinidad and Tobago," said Deosaran Sinanan, THS public relations officer.