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‘Headscarf instils positive body image in women’

‘Headscarf instils positive body image in women’

British Muslim women who wear a hijab (headscarf) generally have a more positive body image, are less reliant on media messages about beauty ideals and place less importance on appearance than those who do not wear a hijab, says an Indian-origin researcher. These effects appear to be driven by use of a hijab specifically, rather

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Melbourne celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi

The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi was celebrated with much pomp and fervour throughout Melbourne. Ganesh Chaturthi which marks the birth of Lord Ganesha has united the Indians for more than a century. Different parts of India have different rituals but the core of the festival is the belief that Ganesh is the destroyer of all

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Few Melburnians Make Short Film on Dowry

The 20-minute long film is about how dowry affects women even before they get married as parents face the stress of arranging it. The film will be screened in ACMI on August 31. Gurmeet Sran, an IT professional from Punjab migrated to New Zealand about 10 years back. But he always carried with him his

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Ramadan: The month for rebuilding spiritual strength

Ramadan: A month of fasting, feasting and shopping by India’s Muslims India’s 140 million Muslims, who constitute the world’s third-largest Muslim population, observe Ramadan with devotion and fervour. The holy month Ramadan, which began in India Monday, is a month of fasting, compassion and charity as Muslims try to move closer to Allah through sacrifice,

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The Story of Australia’s First Female Guru

She is not your quintessential guru in a saffron robe leading an austere lifestyle. On the contrary, Guru Shakti Durga is every bit the ‘modern’ guru with a zest for life. Catch a glimpse of her Shanti Mission centre at Abbotsford – the place is alive with music through the satsangs, the sweet smell of

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Australia Blessed With Two More BAPS Mandirs

Inspired by His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the current spiritual head of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, the newly reconstructed BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Rosehill, Sydney was officially inaugurated with Vedic rituals by Sadguru Sant Pujya Ishwarcharan Swami, a senior BAPS sadhu, and the State Premier of New South Wales, the Honourable Barry O’Farrell, on Sunday

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India’s women ‘sadhus’ form all-female group

LUCKNOW: Female “sadhus”, or holy Hindu women, have broken away from tradition and formed a new all-female group in India that they hope will end male domination of spiritual practices. In the northern city of Allahabad a group of women sadhus formally established their group or “akhada”, holding ceremonies on the banks of the River

Durga idols hit international markets online; target NRIs

Kolkata: With the internet expanding exponentially, can Kolkata’s traditional idol makers stay behind? Plans to launch a community website for Kumartuli, the colony of the city’s traditional idol makers, so that they could reach potential overseas buyers of Durga idols failed to take off two years ago. However, more and more artisans are now embracing

SGPGC’s Sri Guru Granth Sahib university launched

Fatehgarh Sahib (Punjab): The Sri Guru Granth Sahib University (SGGSU) was launched in this Sikh holy city with the first academic session being inaugurated by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. The university, set up by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the mini-parliament of Sikh religion, will focus on disseminating philosophy and ideology of the

98 kg gold, Rs.12 crore cash found in Sathya Sai Baba’s chamber

Hyderabad: Around Rs.12 crore in cash and nearly 100 kg of gold were found from Yajur Mandir, the personal chamber of late spiritual guru Sathya Sai Baba, at Prashanti Nilayam in Puttaparthi of Anantapur district, a trust official said. A day after the Sathya Sai Central Trust opened the locks of Yajur Mandir, trust member

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