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Varsity told to take up Indus studies
28 February 2015 - Noted epigraphist and Dravidologist Iravatham Mahadevan has suggested that Dravidian University take up inter-disciplinary studies on Indus valley civilization. He also referred to the recent breakthrough in the interpretation of the Indus script, which partially confirmed it was an early form of Dravidian scripts. He pointed out that his painstaking research, spanning a period of five decades, had indicated that the Indus script stood for 'unity in diversity'. (more)

Migrant and refugee youths use soccer tournament to send message of unity in wake of Sydney siege
27 February 2015 - More than 100 young migrants and refugees have taken part in a soccer tournament at Fairfield in Sydney's west to send a message of unity in the wake of the Sydney siege. The sporting contest was one of a dozen social events and activities held as part of a day of action across western Sydney. Ten migrant resource centres across the state joined Settlement Services International to bring together socially isolated youth through sport and social activities. (more)

New Yorkers return stolen church paintings to Bolivia
26 February 2015 - The discovery that two paintings held by a New York couple had been stolen from a Bolivian church in 2002 has ignited a search for 10 other colonial-era paintings that were taken in the theft, one the largest such crimes in the country's history. Richard and Roberta Huber contacted Bolivian officials after learning from a New York museum that the two large works had been reported stolen. The Hubers had purchased the paintings legally from an art gallery in Sao Paulo and restored them. (more)

UK: Queen Elizabeth marks 800th anniversary of Magna Carta (Reuters video)
26 February 2015 - Queen Elizabeth inspected a copy of the Magna Carta at a reception marking the document's 800th anniversary. Though it's centuries old -- the legal principles outlined in the document helped inspire the British and US Constitutions and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The four surviving original copies were displayed together for the first time at London's British Museum earlier this month. To watch video see: (more)

Few UK Muslims have sympathy for Paris attack motives, most oppose violence - poll
25 February 2015 - One in four British Muslims say they have some sympathy with the motives behind the attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo but the vast majority think attacks on those who publish images of the Prophet Mohammad are wrong, a poll has found. Seventy-eight per cent felt it was 'deeply offensive' personally when images of Mohammad were published. However, 68 per cent said acts of violence against those who printed images of Mohammad were never justified, and 85 per cent said organisations which published such images did not deserve to be attacked. (more)

Norway's Muslims form protective human ring around synagogue
23 February 2015 - More than 1000 Muslims formed a human shield around Oslo's synagogue on Saturday, offering symbolic protection for the city's Jewish community and condemning an attack on a synagogue in neighboring Denmark last weekend. (more)

Population 7,500, Guingamp, France takes on the world's best
23 February 2015 - With one of the puniest budgets in France's top division, Guingamp can't splash the cash like some of the mammoths. Out here in one of the most unlikely backwaters of top-class football, in a Brittany town of 7,300 inhabitants, euros and cents are counted in before being counted out. Guingamp defies the usual logic of modern football. The only French team among 32 still in the competition travels to Kiev this week, carrying a 2-1 lead. 'We like being the never-ending miracle, the little village of Gauls who resist,' said Fabrice Colleau, a Guingamp coach and former teammate of Drogba and Malouda. (more)

India's scriptures mention gravity 1500 years before Isaac Newton, says former ISRO Chief
22 February 2015 - One of the India's leading scientists and former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman, G Madhavan Nair, on Saturday propounded the theory that some shlokas in the Vedas mention the presence of water on the moon, and that astronomy experts like Aryabhatta knew about gravitational force much before Issac Newton. The 71-year-old Padma Vibhushan awardee said the Indian Vedas and ancient scriptures also had information on metallurgy, algebra, astronomy, maths, architecture, and astrology way before the western world knew about them. (more)

Enter the Year of the Goat - Reuters video
19 February 2015 - As the Year of Goat dawns in Beijing the city's ancient bell is struck 108 times for good luck. Outside in the street another traditional Lunar New Year activity is underway. By day thousands flock to the temple to pray for good fortune. But there has been no shortage of Lunar New Year celebrations beyond China's borders. To watch video see: (more)

Myanmar: Yangon celebrates Chinese New Year with dragon dance parade - Reuters video
19 February 2015 - The famous dragon dance weaves through the streets in Myanmar, as a gesture to pay respect to Chinese temples in the area. The celebrations come on the eve of the Lunar New Year which falls on Thursday. For residents of Chinese descent in Myanmar it is a welcome sight. To watch Reuters video click: (more)


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Interview: Former professional football player Ruben Sanchez on the benefits of Transcendental Meditation
27 February 2015 - Ruben Sanchez is a former professional football (soccer) player from Spain who now dedicates his time to bringing Transcendental Meditation to athletes around the world. In a recent interview he discussed the value of TM in sports and in his life. One week after he learned TM, he says, 'The coach moved me into a forward position. I started scoring and giving passes. In a forward position, you need creativity. To have creativity, you cannot run aimlessly around . . . . You have to be grounded, able to compute everything--active but grounded. Those were the things TM gave me. I was more composed. I could perform better and be creative, not just destructive.' (more)

Actress Laura Dern: 'Transcendental Meditation is very practical!'
21 February 2015 - Celebrated Actress Laura Dern, winner of four Golden Globe Awards, recently described the role the Transcendental Meditation technique has played in her success. 'I feel incredibly blessed to have it in my life, just as a practical application. . . . If you're an actor, a painter, or a mother--there's no greater daily practice for learning how to turn your focus just to this moment. TM serves me beautifully in so many areas. I feel really lucky to have it!' (more)

Actress Cameron Diaz feels 'empowered' by Transcendental Meditation
10 February 2015 - Actress Cameron Diaz finds Transcendental Meditation 'not just something you go outside of yourself to obtain. . . . TM is helping you to tap into something that's already inside of you--that's you, in essence. That was super-empowering for me once I grasped that.' In a recent interview she said, 'The thing that blew me away the most about it was that it was the easiest thing I've ever done--not the easiest meditation, but the easiest thing I have ever learned.' Ms Diaz is enthusiastic about many benefits from better relationships to enhanced quality of work on the movie set. 'To be able to go inside and recharge my battery . . . . It's so awesome.' (more)

Music moves the immovable
27 January 2015 - On 23 July 1972 at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi gave a talk on music and the creative process. The Excellence in Action page of Global Good News is featuring an excerpt from this talk given after a piano performance by Ron Altbach. Maharishi uses the term Being in his address, which is pure consciousness, the source of thought, which we experience during Transcendental Meditation as the quietest level of our mind. Maharishi offers insight into how, in the creative process, the silence of Being as pure, unmanifest creative intelligence, is warmed up and becomes aware of itself -- growing in the fullness of the rise and fall of musical progression, like waves in the ocean. (more)

David Lynch on meditation, success, and happiness
20 January 2015 - Filmmaker David Lynch discusses his life and success in an interview with Bob Roth, Executive Director of the David Lynch Foundation and host of a weekly radio show, Success Without Stress with Bob Roth. 'What I liked about Transcendental Meditation was you don't have to join anything,' Lynch said. 'It's your technique. Once you learn, it's yours for the rest of your life. And what happens is you become more you. You get more ideas, more energy to fulfill them.' (more)

From utopia to Hollywood and back
17 January 2015 - Norman Zierold's life story is rich with stories of multiple college degrees (including a bachelor's degree from Harvard University), the publication of several books, television appearances, and Hollywood associations. In engaging excerpts from his conversational autobiography, That Reminds Me, Mr Zierold tells how he started the Transcendental Meditation technique, and how it changed his life. (more)

Martin Scorsese and Ray Dalio talk creativity, meditation and success
16 January 2015 - At a recent private fund-raising dinner for the David Lynch Foundation, director Martin Scorsese and global hedge fund leader Ray Dalio gave personal accounts of how the Transcendental Meditation technique opens up new levels of their creativity and promotes health and success in their lives. 'There's only one thing you can do. Meditate, calm it down, and then, afterwards, deal with the realities,' said Mr Scorcese. According to Mr Dalio, the benefits from Transcendental Meditation accrue over time. 'The thing to convey is how it compounds. It keeps getting better for however long you're meditating. Next year will be better and the year after that will be better,' he said. Both Mr Dalio and Mr Scorsese spoke highly of the work of the David Lynch Foundation to bring TM to at-risk populations who can benefit most from its stress-reducing effects. (more)

Finding the courage to take the leap from ballet to Broadway
9 January 2015 - Morgan Fairchild credits Transcendental Meditation with helping her to make the leap from her career in the New York City Ballet corps to star performances on Broadway. She said, 'I think it helps you be a little more fearless. ... I am enjoying my own performance more and taking every step and every movement to its fullest.' (more)

Vogue highlights Transcendental Meditation in 'The New Resolution: Making Time for Yourself'
7 January 2015 - Transcendental Meditation 'is profoundly restful--the next eight to ten hours of my day, my energy levels will be clear, focused, and coherent,' says Bob Roth, executive director of the David Lynch Foundation. 'If I don't have the energy to put ideas into place, what do I have?' Mr Roth was quoted at length in a recent article by Vogue magazine's Beauty Editor Mackenzie Wagoner, in which she reacts to the pervading culture of 'so busy' with a new resolution 'to slow down, learn when to say no, and make time for myself'. (more)

New book features experiences of enlightenment throughout history, and how to culture them today
4 January 2015 - A new book, The Supreme Awakening: Experiences of Enlightenment Throughout Time--and How You Can Cultivate Them, by Craig Pearson, PhD, features a wide range of sublime, exalted, transcendent experiences reported by great saints, sages, poets, scientists, political leaders, athletes, and others representing the world's cultures through history. The Supreme Awakening shows that what they described are experiences of advanced stages of human development, higher states of consciousness--experiences of enlightenment. Drawing on the work of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the book explains the origins of these experiences and categorizes them according to Maharishi's model of seven states of consciousness. Dr Pearson explains that ordinary men and women today are enjoying these same kinds of sublime experiences--how they can be cultivated systematically, naturally, and effortlessly through the regular practice of Transcendental Meditation. (more)


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New IS video shows militants smashing ancient Iraq artifacts
26 February 2015 - The Islamic State group released a video on Thursday showing militants using sledgehammers to smash ancient artifacts in Iraq's northern city of Mosul, describing the relics as idols that must be removed. The destructions are part of a campaign by the IS extremists who have destroyed a number of shrines -- including Muslim holy sites -- in order to eliminate what they view as heresy. They are also believed to have sold ancient artifacts on the black market in order to finance their bloody campaign across the region. (more)

Number of Syrian Christians abducted by IS rises to 220
26 February 2015 - The number of Christians abducted by the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria has risen to 220 in the past three days, as militants round up more hostages from a chain of villages along a strategic river, activists said Thursday. This week's abductions of the Christian Assyrians in northeastern Syria is one of the largest hostage-takings by the Islamic State since their blitz last year that captured large swaths of both Syria and Iraq last year. The fate of the captives was not known. The mass abduction added to fears among religious minorities in both Syria and Iraq, who have been repeatedly targeted by the Islamic State group. The Assyrians are indigenous Christian people who trace their roots back to some of the ancient Mesopotamians -- the ancient Assyrians whose artifacts the Islamic State is now destroying in Iraq. (more)

Abducted Syrian Christians moved to militant stronghold
25 February 2015 - Islamic State militants have moved a large group of Christians they abducted to one of their strongholds as fighting raged on Wednesday between the extremists and Kurdish and Christian militiamen for control of a chain of villages along a strategic river in northeastern Syria, activists and state-run media said. The Khabur River in Hassakeh province, which borders Turkey and Iraq, has become the latest battleground in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria. It is predominantly Kurdish but also has populations of Arabs and predominantly Christian Assyrians and Armenians. (more)

Islamic State militants find a foothold in chaotic Libya
18 February 2015 - Libya, virtually a failed state in recent years, has succeeded in one way: It's providing a perfect opportunity for the Islamic State group to expand from Syria and Iraq to establish a strategic foothold closer to European shores. Extremists loyal to the group have taken control of two Libyan cities on the Mediterranean coast, have moved toward oil facilities and are slowly infiltrating the capital, Tripoli, and the second-largest city, Benghazi. They have siphoned off young recruits from rival militant groups linked to al-Qaida and in some places taken over those groups' training camps, mosques, and media networks. (more)

Agonizing, lonely search for missing kids in China
27 December 2014 - In the grainy video, Zhang Xiuhong can see her daughter ride her bike down a country road on her way to school one spring afternoon six years ago. In the next shot, Yao Li rides down a driveway a few moments after her classmates walk by. Then, the pictures stop: The 15-year-old disappeared just minutes after that surveillance footage was taken, leaving only a shoe as a clue in a nearby ditch. Zhang and her husband have since searched all over China for Yao Li, hoping to rescue her from a child trafficking industry that swallows up thousands of boys and girls every year. Along the way, the couple have also been harassed, arrested, and jailed repeatedly by police who accuse them of stirring up trouble by joining with other parents and taking their search to the streets. (more)

North Korea uses racial slur against President Obama over hack
27 December 2014 - North Korea blamed its recent Internet outage on the United States on Saturday and hurled racially charged insults at President Barack Obama over the hacking row involving the movie 'The Interview'. North Korea has denied involvement in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures but has expressed fury over the comedy. Sony Pictures initially called off the release citing threats of terror attacks against US movie theaters. Obama criticized Sony's decision, and the movie opened this past week. It wasn't the first time North Korea has used crude insults against Obama and other top US and South Korean officials. Earlier this year, the North called US Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a 'hideous' lantern jaw and South Korean President Park Geun-hye a prostitute. In May, the North's news agency published a dispatch saying Obama has the 'shape of a monkey'. (more)

ISIS: Western journalist embedded with ISIS says West vastly underestimating the group's strengths
23 December 2014 - He's the first Western journalist to gain unfettered access to ISIS. Jurgen Todenhofer spent 10 days with inside Syria and Iraq alongside ISIS fighters, and from that experience he says the West is vastly underestimating the group's strengths. 'They are extremely brutal. Not just head-cutting. I'm talking about the strategy of religious cleansing. That's their official philosophy. They are talking about 500 million people who have to die,' Mr Todenhofer said. 'The IS is a child or the invasion of Iraq in 2003,' he said. (more)

Extremists in Nigeria lining up elderly and shooting them
20 December 2014 - Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria are turning their guns on elderly people, killing more than 50 this week in a new tactic that has instilled more fear in areas the militants call an Islamic caliphate. Residents from five villages say people too elderly to flee Gwoza local government area are being rounded up and taken to two schools where the militants open fire on them. In separate attacks Friday, witnesses said Boko Haram struck at Damagum and Mamudo towns in Yobe state, bombing government buildings, the police station, and military barracks. (more)

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnap 172 women, children in Nigeria
18 December 2014 - Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped 172 women and children and killed 35 other people on Sunday during a raid on the northeast Nigerian village of Gumsuri, residents said on Thursday. Although no one has claimed responsibility, the attack bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram, which abducted more than 200 women in April from a secondary school in Chibok, only 24 km (15 miles) from this latest attack. The abductions have increased in frequency this year. (more)

Australia: Sydney siege ends; 3 dead, including gunman
15 December 2014 - The deadly siege began in the most incongruous of ways, on a sunny Monday morning inside a cheerful cafe in the heart of Australia's largest city. An Iranian-born gunman burst in, took 17 workers and customers hostage, and forced some to hold a flag with an Islamic declaration of faith above the shop window's festive inscription of 'Merry Christmas'. It ended after midnight with a barrage of gunfire that left two hostages and the gunman dead, four others wounded, and a nation that has long prided itself on its peace rocked to its core. (more)

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