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Showing posts from December 12, 2006

Sunita Williams at International Space Station

STS-116 and Expedition 14 crew members take a moment for a group picture shortly after the hatches opened between Space Shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station.
Image Credit: NASA TVFrom NASA WebsiteSTS-116 Mission Specialist Sunita Williams will replace Expedition 14 Flight Engineer Thomas Reiter, who will return to Earth with STS-116. The crew transfer becomes official when Williams’ custom-made seatliner is installed into the Russian Soyuz spacecraft docked to the station.

Dalits to Enter Chawanda Mata Temple as a Mark of Defiance

Zee News ReportsAbout 5,000 Dalits and activists plan to enter a temple in Rajasthan's Bhilwara district today as a mark of defiance against the alleged restriction on the community to worship there. Dalit Adivasi Adhikar Abhiyaan (DAAA) and Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan are spearheading the movement.

The 5000-strong group, which will enter the Chawanda Mata temple in Sulia village, will include Hajari Bhopa, a Dalit who was allegedly stopped from worshipping there and manhandled by members of Gurjar community on October 1, Bhanwar Meghvanshi, regional coordinator of DAAA, said.More forcible temple entries like this will soon kick start a nationwide debate. Educated Hindus should come forward and support the dalit movement. Worship places should be thrown open to all practicing Hindus.

Lyric Hammersmith Adapts Ramayana

West London’s Lyric Hammersmith theatre will be showcasing the Indian epic ‘Ramayana’ from 9 February to 10 March 2007. It is adapted and directed by Lyric artistic director David Farr. From Lyric’s web siteThe Lyric's trademark combination of thrilling storytelling and theatrical exuberance journeys to India in David Farr's new version of one of the greatest love stories of all time.Set to a hauntingly beautiful soundtrack by leading light of the UK Asian music scene, Shri (of Badmarsh & Shri), Ramayana takes you on a heady and moving journey through forests and fire.