Helping poor a better deed for Thaipusam

THE Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) has urged Hindus to make vows to help the poor during the Thaipusam festival this weekend instead of breaking coconuts.

Tamil Nesan quoted its education officer N.V. Subbarow as saying that breaking coconuts was just a waste of food as it would end up in the dustbin.

A CAP survey showed that most coconuts broken were old and had gone bad, he said, adding that this alone defeats the purpose of the person taking the vow.

“Instead of breaking hundreds of coconuts, it is more meaningful for a person to take a vow of feeding the poor or helping someone financially,” he said.

> Makkal Osai said India’s music maestro A.R. Rahman, who rose to international fame after winning two Academy Awards, and veteran Ilayaraja were conferred the Padma Bhushan award during this year’s Republic Day in New Delhi on Monday.

Bollywood star Aamir Khan, whose 3 Idiots has become an all-time top grossing Indian movie, also received the award.

Among those receiving the Padma Shri award were Bollywood veteran actress Rekha and actor Saif Ali Khan.

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009 winner Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, who is a US citizen, was awarded the Padma Vibushan.

Other News & Views is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a sub-heading, it denotes a separate news item.

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