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11 Get Sick, Die at Religious Ceremony

They were celebrating a new temple in India

(Newser) - Police on Saturday arrested three people after at least 11 died of suspected food poisoning following a ceremony to celebrate the construction of a new Hindu temple in southern India, the AP reports. Police officer Musharraf says that more than 130 sick people were recovering from poisoning in various hospitals... More »

Lacking 'Quality' Tourists, Bali Mulls New Restrictions

Too many people are disrespecting temples

(Newser) - Tourists. They don't make them like they used to. At least that's what officials in Bali think. "The quality of tourists is now different from before," Bali's deputy governor, Cok Ace, said this week during a regional council meeting, per the Guardian . And by different,... More »

Menstruating Teen Sent to Outdoor Hut. She Didn't Survive

Nepal tradition of 'chaupadi' banishes menstruating females from their homes

(Newser) - A 15-year-old girl in Nepal who had been banished to a tiny, outdoor hut because she was having her period was found dead in the morning, and now police are investigating, reports the BBC . It was cold, and she'd lit a small fire, but "there wasn't any... More »

Indians Scratching Heads Over Trump's Ad in Hindi

Trump uses a Narendra Modi slogan, with his name swapped in, in 30-second spot

(Newser) - Less than a fortnight remains before Election Day, and Donald Trump is attempting an 11th-hour outreach to an entirely new demographic: Indian-Americans, reports the Washington Post . And so he's released a TV ad in which he attempts to speak Hindi (with a New York accent, the Post notes),... More »

Oxford English Dictionary Quietly Adds Tamil Slang 'Aiyo'

'The OED has admitted a rare word of power into its pages'

(Newser) - In the latest quarterly update of the Oxford English Dictionary, there was great rejoicing when, in honor of the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl's birth, words such as "splendiferous" and "human bean" joined the great heap of our language's modern lexicon. More quietly, the Tamil slang... More »

Yoga Class Nixed for Being 'Offensive'

University of Ottawa student group cites 'cultural appropriation'

(Newser) - For the past seven years, Jennifer Scharf has been teaching a yoga class for disabled students at the University of Ottawa, and she was all set to start it up again in September, the CBC reports. But an email from the school's Center for Students With Disabilities, part of... More »

3rd Muslim Man Killed Over Beef

This time, an 18-year-old burned to death

(Newser) - For the third time in less than a month, a Muslim man has been killed over beef. In the most recent incident, an 18-year-old truck driver was burned in the cab of his truck in an Indian-controlled part of Kashmir Oct. 9 because he was suspected of transporting beef; he... More »

In Rare Execution, India Hangs Man Tied to Mumbai Bombings

Yakub Memon was executed on 53rd birthday despite public pleas for a stay

(Newser) - The accountant who served as the "middleman" in the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed more than 250 people and injured more than 700 was hanged this morning—his 53rd birthday—at a prison in India, the New York Times reports. Yakub Memon, who raised funds for the attack, made... More »

Congress Gets 1st Bisexual, Hindu Members

Open bisexual Kyrsten Sinema wins tight Az. race

(Newser) - Tammy Baldwin's victory in Wisconsin last week made her the first openly gay US senator, but she isn't the only "first" in the newly elected Congress.
  • Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has been declared the winner in a tight US House race in Arizona, making her the first openly
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Hindu Rite Turns Political in Kentucky Race

Democratic governor blasted for taking part in ceremony

(Newser) - When you're down 25 points in the polls, might as well swing for the fences: After Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear took part in a Hindu blessing ceremony to celebrate the arrival of an India-based employer, his GOP opponent let loose, notes the Lexington Herald-Leader : "He's sitting down... More »

Two Monkeys Tie the Knot in India

Owner defy authorities, perform arranged marriage

(Newser) - It’s a tale of forbidden love in a tiny Indian village—the marriage of Raju and Chinki happened in a secret location deep in the woods, for fear authorities would break up the illegal union. See, the bride and groom are monkeys, and their owners are technically forbidden from... More »

Muslim Moms Kill Daughters for Marrying Hindus

'They brought shame to our community,' says killer mother

(Newser) - The lives of two more daughters have ended in honor killings—but this time at the hands of their mothers, not fathers. Two Muslim women in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh helped each other use ropes to choke the life from their daughters after the two young women returned... More »

Court Tells Hindus, Muslims to Split Holy Site

Both sides plan to appeal decision at volatile Indian locale

(Newser) - For 150 years, Hindus and Muslims both claimed a site that is sacred to their religions, positions that triggered some of the worst rioting in India's history. Today, a court came up with a compromise: Split it. Both sides said they would appeal. But the muted reaction to the potentially... More »

Julia: Why I Refuse to Get Botox

How else will kids know she's angry?

(Newser) - Julia Roberts wants her kids “to know when I’m pissed, when I’m happy, and when I’m confounded,” she says—and that’s why she’ll never get plastic surgery. “Your face tells a story and it shouldn't be a story about your drive to... More »

Tea Party Head Apologizes for 'Monkey God' Comment...

...To Hindus who do worship a monkey god

(Newser) - Tea Party Express leader Mark Williams today apologized profusely for saying that Muslims worship a “ monkey god .” But not to Muslims. “I owe an apology,” he wrote on his blog , “to millions of Hindus who worship Lord Hanuman, an actual Monkey God. Hanuman is worshiped... More »

Muslims, Hindus Make Beautiful Punk Music Together

'Taqwacore' bands seize their moment in the spotlight

(Newser) - From the basement of a middle-class home west of Boston, the Kominas have helped launch an unlikely trend. A son of Indian immigrants, trained in classical violin and raised on traditional Punjab music, the 25-year-old electric guitarist Arjun Ray is getting his three Pakistani-American bandmates in sync, with the goal... More »

Julia Roberts Flick Bars Indian Worshippers From Temple

Villagers none too happy with actress, who was previously considered 'Hindu-friendly'

(Newser) - She may be America’s sweetheart, but villagers in India are not feeling the love for Julia Roberts after the actress caused them to be barred from their temple—at the beginning of a religious celebration, no less, the Telegraph reports. Ironically, Roberts—and her 350-member security team, derided in... More »

Burger King Sorry for 'Whopper Goddess'

(Newser) - Hold the sauce—and the beef. Burger King has apologized to Hindus following a firestorm of controversy over the chain's use of the multi-limbed goddess Lakshmi in a Whopper ad, reports the Telegraph. Burger King immediately yanked the ads from outlets in Spain after Hindus complained that it denigrated their... More »

Krishnas Offer Sacred Cows for Adoption

US bovine sanctuary promises moo-ving photos, updates

(Newser) - America's first bovine Krishna sanctuary is trying out a new strategy for lean times: adoption. For just $51 a month, supporters of West Virginia's New Vrindaban will get photos and regular updates about their cow, the Wall Street Journal reports. Built by the Hare Krishnas in 1968, the small village... More »

Indian Women Fight Extremism With Underwear

Journalist wages campaign in response to group that beats women

(Newser) - A group of Indian women is fighting back against Hindu fundamentalism with an unlikely weapon: pink underwear, the Times of London reports. The “Consortium of Pub-going, Loose and Forward Women,” a protest group, has encouraged women to send their pink underwear to the leader of the Sri Ram... More »

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