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23-Jun-2017 Vatican City

Must be meek to hear God's voice : Pope Francis

It is the "small" people, not the powerful ones who God calls and who are able to hear his voice, Pope Francis said on Friday, urging Catholics to "make yourself little"."The Lord loves us for our littleness and that is why he choses us. He choses the small...

21-Jun-2017 Ahmedabad

Amit Shah joins Ramdev's yoga event aimed at world records

BJP chief Amit Shah joined thousands of people here on Wednesday doing pranayam, yoga and meditation at a mass demonstration led by yoga guru Baba Ramdev, who was eyeing world records on the International Yoga Day.However, rain played a spoilsport and prevented...

21-Jun-2017 Ahmedabad

Ramdev guides through massive yoga event in Ahmedabad

Thousands of people performed yoga at the sprawling Gujarat University grounds here early on Wednesday despite light showers in what was claimed to be the world's biggest congregation exercising together.Led by yoga guru Baba Ramdev, BJP President Amit Shah, Gujarat...

05-Jun-2017 Vatican City

Pope Francis urges protection of the environment

Days after US President Donald Trump said he was withdrawing from the landmark 2015 Paris climate pact, Pope Francis on Monday said that the entire world must safeguard the environment."We must never forget that the natural environment is a collective good,...

23-May-2017 Bengaluru

Religion does not divide society on caste basis : Dalai Lama

True religion never divided a society on caste basis but denying social justice to the deprived was due to the feudal system, said Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Tuesday."A religion does not divide society into upper and lower castes. Religion has...

21-May-2017 Vatican City

5 new Cardinals to be named in June : Pope Francis

Pope Francis announced on Sunday that a consistory would be held at the end of June to name five new cardinals, including the Archbishop of Barcelona, Juan Jose Omella.The College of Cardinals is to meet on June 28, and the following day, when the feast of...

21-May-2017 New Delhi

Ex-bonded worker heads centre for freed bonded children

A rehabilitation centre managed by Noble Laureate Kailash Satyarthi's NGO for children rescued from slavery is run, believe it or not, by a former bonded labourer."The head teacher of our Bal Ashram was once a bonded labourer," Satyarthi told a group of...

21-May-2017 New Delhi

Child slavery down in India but child abuse up : Kailash Satyarthi

The number of child workers in India has fallen considerably but incidents of sexual violence against children has gone up, Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi has said.Satyarthi also being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 had greatly helped him in his...

18-May-2017 New Delhi

Kailash Satyarthi rescues nine bonded children

Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi on Thursday rescued nine children from an illegal factory here where they were slaving away after being trafficked from Bihar.Satyarthi and his NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) raided the premises in Old Delhi's Daryaganj area...

17-May-2017 Mumbai

Baba Ramdev shoots for 'Nach Baliye 8'

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev will be seen giving yoga lessons on popular dance reality show "Nach Baliye 8".Ramdev, whose brand Patanjali is the sponsor of "Nach Baliye 8", appeared on the show on Tuesday and he came with a lot of security.The makers of the show...

17-May-2017 Mumbai

Baba Ramdev pays 'courtesy call' on Raj Thackeray

Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev called on Maharashtra Navnirman Sena President Raj Thackeray at his Shivaji Park residence here on Wednesday morning.However, scotching all speculation, a MNS official claimed that it was a mere 'courtesy visit' as Ramdev was in Mumbai.The...

10-May-2017 Dharamshala

Tibet, China will move beyond mistrust : Dalai Lama

Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama on Wednesday said he hoped that relations with China would move beyond mistrust as he reiterated his commitment to resolving the issue of Tibet through dialogue."My sincere hope is that the future of Tibet and China will...

09-May-2017 Mumbai

Baba Ramdev biopic series to air on Discovery's Hindi channel

A 65-episode scripted biopic series on Baba Ramdev will be aired on Discovery's upcoming Hindi general entertainment channel in India.Discovery Communications on Tuesday announced its plan to roll out Discovery JEET, a new entertainment channel across...

09-May-2017 Bengaluru

Being blamed for good deeds : Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Tuesday said his organisation was facing criticism over holding the World Culture fest along the Yamuna in Delhi when its aim was to bring the river pollution into limelight."Our objective was to attract people's...

04-May-2017 New Delhi

Patanjali looks at doubling production in a year

Baba Ramdev-promoted Patanjali Group will double its production capacity from Rs 30,000 crore now to Rs 60,000 crore in a year."Currently Patanjali is manufacturing goods worth Rs 30,000 crore, which will be increased to more than Rs 60,000 crore next year,"...

04-May-2017 New Delhi

Baba Ramdev calls for '100 heads' for each Indian soldier's death

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Thursday said India should "not shy away from beheading 100, if they cut off the head of even one of our soldiers" - on the killing and mutilation of two Indian soldiers on the Line of Control.Addressing an annual press conference...

03-May-2017 Haridwar

Cleanliness way to disease free India : Narendra Modi

Stressing the importance of preventive healthcare, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday called upon people to embrace cleanliness.Inaugurating a research centre of the Ramdev-promoted Patanjali Ayurved here, Modi also found fault over what he said was the...

27-Apr-2017 Sharjah

Sharjah Ruler inaugurates mobile clinic for elderly

Sharjah's Ruler Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi inaugurated a mobile clinic for the elderly at the University of Sharjah in United Arab Emirates.Sheikh Sultan was briefed during the inaugural ceremony on Wednesday by Qutaiba Hamid Al Khaili, Dean of the Faculty...

23-Apr-2017 Kolkata

Kailash Satyarthi given P.C. Chandra award

Nobel laureate and social activist Kailash Satyarthi was on Sunday presented the P.C. Chandra Purashkar (award) for his global crusade against child slavery and exploitative child labour.The 63-year-old Satyarthi was handed over a citation, a trophy and a...

12-Apr-2017

Dalai Lama episode : A not-so-subtle signal to China

India has to do no more than let the Dalai Lama be the Dalai Lama in order to rile China from time to time.As diplomatic provocation goes, the Dalai Lama's just-concluded visit to Arunachal Pradesh was quite like the six previous ones, the last one being in...

10-Apr-2017 Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh)

Dalai Lama thanks Arunachal Pradesh government for memorable visit

Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama on Monday delivered his last sermon to thronging devotees here and thanked the Arunachal Pradesh government, especially Chief Minister Pema Khandu, for the invitation and facilitating his visit, which has drawn much flak...

08-Apr-2017 Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh)

People to decide about Dalai Lama's institution

Tibetan Spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Saturday said it was up to his people to decide whether the institution of the Dalai Lama should continue or not.A monastery official said the 14th Dalai Lama would hold discussions with senior Lamas the issue of reincarnation...

07-Apr-2017 Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh)

Dalai Lama reaches Tawang after seven-hour journey

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama arrived here in Arunachal Pradesh on Friday, the high point of a visit which has angered China.Buddhist monks and scores of devotees at the Tawang monastery, the biggest in India and second only to the world's largest,...

06-Apr-2017 Dirang (Arunachal Pradesh)

Dalai Lama consecrates Buddhist monastery in Arunachal

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Thursday consecrated a Buddhist monastery in Arunachal Pradesh's West Kameng district even as China said his state tour will fuel bilateral tensions.Hundreds of people from across India and neighbouring Bhutan gathered...

06-Apr-2017 Beijing

Dalai Lama visit has fuelled tensions : China

China on Thursday said it has lodged protest with India over the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, and reiterated that by inviting the Tibetan spiritual leader to the "disputed area", New Delhi has "harmed" bilateral ties and fuelled tensions.Chinese...

05-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Dalai Lama's Arunachal visit apolitical, reiterates India

Even as China lodged a protest with India on the Dalai Lama's ongoing visit to Arunachal Pradesh, India on Wednesday reiterated that no political colour should be attributed to the Tibetan spiritual leader's trip to the northeastern state.Asked for a response...

05-Apr-2017 Bomdila (Arunachal Pradesh)

India has never used me against China : Dalai Lama

Amid Beijing's strident protests, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Wednesday said that India has never used him against China and urged that country to give Tibet meaningful "self-rule" and "autonomy".Reacting to Beijing's objection against his...

04-Apr-2017 Guwahati

Dalai Lama flags off Arunachal mountaineer

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Tuesday flagged off Arunachal Pradesh mountaineer Anshu Jamsenpa on her Mount Everest expedition.Jamsenpa had a special audience with the Dalai Lama at the Radisson Blue hotel here on Tuesday. The spiritual leader blessed...

02-Apr-2017 Guwahati

People should have freedom to choose religion : Dalai Lama

Opposing religious conversion, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Sunday said forcible conversion is not good but people should have the freedom to change their religion voluntarily."Basically, whether you accept a religion or not is up to that particular...

01-Apr-2017 Guwahati

Dalai Lama arrives in Assam, stresses emotional attachment to state

Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who arrived in Assam on Saturday, recalled his first arrival there way back in 1959 and expressed his emotional attachment with the state's people and other parts of the region.The spiritual leader arrived in Assam on...

29-Mar-2017 Vatican City

Pope Francis urges safeguarding of Iraqi civilians

Pope Francis on Wednesday appealed for a concerted effort to protect civilians Iraq caught in the ongoing bloody war in their nation and offered special prayers for those trapped in the embattled city of Mosul.Voicing deep pain for the victims of the deadly...

29-Mar-2017 Lucknow

Surya Namaskar, Namaz have similarities : Adityanath Yogi

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath Yogi on Wednesday drew parallels between the postures used while performing Surya Namaskar and offering Namaz.He made this statement at "Yoga Mahotsav" being organised at the Indira Gandhi Pratishthan in Lucknow. Yoga...

17-Mar-2017 Patna

Inauguration of 3 Day International Buddhist Conference at Rajgir

The three days“International Buddhist Conference” organized by Ministry of Culture and Nava NalandaMahaviahra,Deemed University was inaugurated by His Holiness TheDalai Lama andDr.Mahesh Sharma,Minister of Culture and Tourism today at Rajgir International...

01-Mar-2017 Vatican City

Don't treat homeless like stray dogs : Pope Francis

Catholics should show down-and-outs "great humanity" and not treat them like "stray dogs", Pope Francis has said."Homeless people have great dignity. We need to speak to them with great humanity and not treat them as if they owe us something or like stray dogs,"...

23-Feb-2017 Vatican City

Personal conduct more powerful than social media : Pope Francis

Our behaviour has more impact than social media posts, re-posts and "likes", Pope Francis said on Thursday."Do not underestimate the value of example," Francis tweeted."It is more powerful than a thousand words, a thousand 'likes', retweets or YouTube videos,"...

12-Feb-2017 Hyderabad

Dalai Lama lays foundation stone for South Asia hub

Tibet's spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Sunday laid the foundation stone for a South Asia hub of the Dalai Lama Centre For Ethics and Transformative Values here.Telangana Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan, Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali and Industry Minister...

11-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Pained by theft of Nobel citation : Kailash Satyarthi

Child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi, whose Nobel Prize citation was stolen among other things, said on Saturday that he was deeply pained by the "unfortunate incident" and added that the theft has strengthened his resolve to continue working for the cause...

10-Feb-2017 Vatican City

Satan lurks behind corruption: Pope Francis

Corruption can begin with little things and to stay on the right track we need to know how to reject life's temptations - from greed to pride and vanity, Pope Francis said on Friday."Many corrupt people, many of the big fish who we read about in the papers, may...

10-Feb-2017 Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh)

Women have key role in ensuring global peace : Dalai Lama

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Friday said women have an important role in making the 21st century a century of peace as biologically they are more compassionate than men.Addressing the National Women's Parliament here, he said women should play...

09-Feb-2017 Rome

Vatican corrupt, paedophilia 'an illness': Pope Francis

The Holy See is corrupt and the Catholic Church must weed out "ill" priests who sexually abuse children, Pope Francis said in an interview, excerpts of which were published Thursday by Italian daily Corriere della Sera."There is corruption in the Vatican....

09-Feb-2017 Vijayawada

Fortunate to again visit Amaravati : Dalai Lama

Buddhist spiritual leader The Dalai Lama has said he was fortunate to be once again visiting Amaravati, a sacred place for Buddhists.He reached here on Thursday on a three-day visit to Andhra Pradesh.State legislative assembly speaker K. Sivaprasad Rao, ministers...

07-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Kailash Satyarthi's Nobel citation, medal replica stolen

Thieves broke into the house of child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi here and took away his Nobel Peace Prize citation and replica of the medal.According to police, the burglars broke into Satyarthi's house located in DDA Flats colony, Kalkaji, late on Monday...

04-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Religious leaders play major role in promoting harmony : Dalai Lama

Religious leaders in India, especially the Muslims, have a major role in promoting religious harmony, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said on Saturday."The Indian religious leaders, especially the leaders of Muslim community, have a major role in promoting...

02-Feb-2017 New Delhi

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar pitches for proper toilets, sanitation

Spiritual leader and Art of Living Founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Thursday urged people to focus on proper toilets and sanitation to make society disease-free."People need to focus on toilets for the sake of living a healthy life and ward off diseases," said...

01-Feb-2017 Vatican City

We're all afraid of death : Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Wednesday urged Christians to stand by their faith and believe in resurrection and eternal life, admitting that we all fear death."We are all a bit afraid of dying," Francis told pilgrims gathered at the Vatican for his weekly general audience."...

24-Jan-2017 Vatican City

End obsession with 'bad news', Pope tells media

Pope Francis on Tuesday called on the world's media to offer people more "good news" and quell anxiety, growing fear and pessimism fuelled by an obsession with "bad news"."Let us offer the men and women of our time stories marked by the logic of 'good news',"...

23-Jan-2017 Bengaluru

Ravi Shankar tells Jallikattu supporters to stay calm

Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Monday urged the people of Tamil Nadu to maintain peace after a police crackdown on Jallikattu protests triggered violence."I appeal to the people of Tamil Nadu to keep calm and not let anti-social elements hijack the peaceful...

21-Jan-2017 New Delhi

Circumstances create terrorists : Dalai Lama

Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Saturday said circumstances force one to become a terrorist and sometimes it is the believers who create trouble."Circumstances create terrorists. They are normal people. An act of violence leads to counter-violence...

19-Jan-2017 New Delhi

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar backs Jallikattu protests

Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Thursday backed the revoking of the ban on Tamil Nadu's controversial bull-taming sport -- Jallikattu -- describing it as "a game for which both the bull and the people are prepared well".The Supreme Court ban on Jallikattu...

02-Jan-2017 Patna

Dalai Lama initiates Kalchakra puja in Bihar

The 34th Kalchakra puja was initiated on Monday by Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama in Bihar amid tight security arrangements, officials said."The 10-day-long Kalchakra puja began with a sermon by the Dalai Lama in Bodh Gaya," a district official said.After...

02-Jan-2017 McLeodganj (Himachal Pradesh)

Dalai Lama's abode turning into concrete jungle

This once-peaceful abode of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, with the Dhauladhar ranges in the backdrop, is rapidly turning into a concrete jungle with massive constructions underway to cash in on the tourism boom.Experts fear a high-intensity quake can...

29-Dec-2016 Patna (Bihar)

Dalai Lama prays at Bodh Gaya ahead of Kalachakra puja

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama offered prayers at the Buddhist holy shrine of Bodh Gaya on Thursday, a day after he arrived there to attend the Kalachakra puja in early January, officials said."The Dalai Lama offered prayers at the 1,500-year-old Mahabodhi...

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