21 June 2011 Last updated at 05:50 ET
India: Bangalore stops Google Street View
Google has stopped collecting images for its Street View service in the southern Indian city of Bangalore after objections from police.
Police in Bangalore said they had security concerns and that Bangalore was a “highly sensitive” area.
Google launched its project to collect high definition images to give Google users 360 degree views of streets only last month in Bangalore.
Google data collection has caused concern in numerous countries.
Cameras mounted on cars and tricycles had been taking pictures in streets across Bangalore. continue reading at bbc
From the Times of India
Every stray dog is his pet
Lawrence Milton, TNN | Apr 29, 2011, 10.54pm IST
MYSORE: For many, love for dogs ends at their homes— having it as a pet, feeding varieties of food, giving a royal treatment, teaching their language, etc. All because it is their dog.But businessman Shivakumar, 50, aka Shiva Swami is a dog lover with a difference. A dozen stray dogs are his pets. Every day, he feeds them with bread and biscuits. He has been vaccinating over 100 stray dogs every year for the past five years. Of course, he owns two pugs, an English Mastiff, Labrador and a mastiff puppy.Calling for tolerance among people for stray dogs, he says a dog bites only when it is provoked. “Dogs are scared of people. I feel bad when people throw stones at them on streets. Once you show your love for dog, it remembers it all its life. Such is its love towards humans. That makes it man’s best friend,” he avers. Shivakumar wants people to take the initiative to immunize stray dogs in their neighborhood at veterinary hospitals where it is done for free.
Shivakumar’s love for dogs became deep rooted with his pet Moon, a Great Dane. But his happiness was short lived as Moon died due to an illness when it was 30 months old. Unable to recuperate form the loss, Shivakumar went into depression. He brought another Great Dane and named it New Moon. Though the Dane was a solace for him, he too died young.
Shivakumar’s dogs have participated in many pet shows and won prizes. Shivakumar, who also practices yoga, said he turned to saffron robes 15 years ago for peace of mind.
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BBC 2 November 2010 Last updated at 17:42 GMT
Indian Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has blamed fans of boy wizard Harry Potter for their role in the dwindling number of wild owls.
He said that Harry Potter books and films featuring his feathered friend Hedwig are popular in India and had contributed towards the demise of owls.
Mr Ramesh said there had been an increase in people wanting to buy them from illegal bird traders.
He was speaking to mark the launch of a report on India’s owl population.
Written by the leading conservation group, Traffic, the report calls for tougher measures to protect owls ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, which is being celebrated on Friday.
It says that thousands of owls are traditionally sacrificed on “auspicious” occasions. Keep reading at BBC
Anyone seen it? Website with trailer
Chöd drum, Dehradun
WHAT moves young, educated people to give up their lives in material security for a spiritual quest that is characterized by uncertainty?
Through the Eastern Gate is a documentary film about the aspirations, practices and ways of life of three young Westerners who follow three different eastern spiritual traditions.
Hatha yoga, South India
In the idyllic rural setting of South India we get to know Ronela – a Finn who dedicated her life to traditional Tantric yoga. In Dehradun, in the North Indian foothills of the Himalayas, we meet Sister Yeshe – a young Australian nun who practices Tibetan Buddhism. And in Turkey we finally follow Aziz – a Californian Sufi dervish…
whirling Aziz, Istanbul
The KPJAYI website has a new look, updates, and new online registration. Check it out!
While you’re at it, Sharath’s 2011 Euro Tour has been announced and students made into the Mysore news.
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Prostitutes of god
Journalist Sarah Harris has made a documentary about temple prostitutes in south India -Devadasi girls are dedicated to a Hindu deity and spend their lives selling sex.
Interview by Matilda Battersby
Monday, 20 September 2010
Former Independent journalist Sarah Harris has made a documentary about India’s temple prostitutes – Devadasi are young girls who are dedicated to a Hindu deity at a young age and support their families as sex workers.
The first instalment of the four-part exclusively online documentary ‘Prostitutes of God’ goes live today on VBS.tv.
I first went to India after I left The Independent three years ago. I wanted to run away and do something really different, so I went to volunteer with a charity in southern India which rescues victims of sex trafficking.
On my very first day there I stumbled into a meeting of Devadasi prostitutes. I was told that they were temple prostitutes, but didn’t have any understanding of what that meant.
I began to research it and in February 2008 was invited to northern Karnataka, which is the centre of the tradition in India. I interviewed a few of the women and wrote an article about it for Vice magazine. But visiting them stayed with me, and I wanted to find out more. continue reading full article at The Independent.
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