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"Amrita", drink of immortality, appears in oldest Hinduism scripture Rig-Veda and in Hinduism's "churning of the ocean"

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There is “Amrita Island” in the Barnstable County of Massachusetts state of USA.

Thomas Baxendale (who made fortune in shoe business with his invention box-toe shoe) and his wife Esther Minerva reportedly purchased this island (in Squeteague Harbor in the village of Cataumet in the town of Bourne) in 1893, renowned for its ties to advocacy of animal welfare.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Chicago today, admiring the fascination of the West with Hindu names, urged it also to explore the rich philosophical thought which Hinduism offered.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that some formations in world famous Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona, USA) were named as Shiva Temple, Krishna Shrine, Vishnu Temple, Rama Shrine, Brahma Temple (7851 feet), and Hindu Amphitheater.

Moreover, Rajan Zed indicated that there was “Hindu Canyon” in the Hualapai Indian Reservation in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in the southwestern Grand Canyon corridor, which is reportedly a sequence of beautiful chutes, cascades, unusual-scenic narrows and pools; and was said to be almost completely unspoilt.

Amrita Island Map, Wikimedia Commons
Amrita Island Map, Wikimedia Commons

There were “Narada Falls”, highly popular horsetail type waterfall in Mount Rainier National Park in Lewis County in the Washington state of USA named by Arthur F. Knight in 1893, where waterfall dropped 188 feet and it flew year around, Zed added.

“Amrita”, drink of immortality, appears in oldest Hinduism scripture Rig-Veda and in Hinduism’s “churning of the ocean”.

Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. There are about three million Hindus in USA. The major concentration is in cities like New York, New Jersey area, Los Angeles, Chicago, etc.

Talking about Hinduism specifically in Chicago, According to a recent published article on NewsGram titled ‘Understanding Hinduism in United States:  “In Chicago, Hinduism was established by Swami Vivekanand (a disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa) in 1883. Since then nearly 80,000 have settled in the Chicago. A major chunk of this immigrated population comprises of Indian doctors, professors and engineers. Most of them are concentrated in western and northern suburb regions.”

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2019 Chicago Auto Show: Huge Demand of Trucks and SUVs, Sedans Take Back Seat

“We’re not abandoning the car market completely,” Majuros assured. “We’re right-sizing our portfolio".

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Sedans Take Backseat to SUV's, Trucks at 2019 Chicago Auto Show. VOA

It’s billed as North America’s largest and longest-running auto show, now in its 111th year. The 2019 Chicago Auto Show offers a lineup of nearly 1,000 vehicles occupying nearly 1 million-square-feet of space at the McCormick Place Convention Center.

A special preview for members of the media at the annual show is a chance for manufacturers to show off their latest and greatest products about to enter the market.

What is notable about this year’s event is what some manufacturers aren’t showing off — new sedans.

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Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of global operations of the Americas for Ford Motor Company, speaks during the media preview of the Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place, Feb. 7, 2019, in Chicago. VOA

Customers want trucks, SUVs

“Over 10 years, there has been a consistent movement of customers in the United States and around the world, but even more so in the United States, moving away from sedans and more traditional passenger sedans into more utility vehicles,” said Joe Hinrichs, president of Ford Motor Co.’s Global Operations.

“Nearly 7 out of 10 vehicles sold today are trucks or SUVs in the U.S. market. They like the ride high, the seating height, the utility of the vehicle. And now, we can give them the fuel efficiency that they used to get out of sedans. So, that’s where customers are going.”

All reasons Ford is going the extra mile and planning to invest $1 billion to upgrade its Chicago manufacturing facility, which produces the popular Explorer Sport Utility Vehicle, or SUV — also used as a law enforcement vehicle — and the new Lincoln Mariner luxury SUV.

But while Ford is offering new options for consumers, it is also discontinuing models of the Focus, Fiesta and Fusion cars, ending production later this year.

“We’ve been planning our business to incorporate the expectation that some of those cars will go away,” Hinrichs said. “Then bring in new products to enter the market to supplement some of that volume that was lost so that we can keep our plants full.”

The new family car

“We have the debate a lot about is the compact SUV the new family sedan, and in many instances, you can say yes,” said Steve Majuros, marketing director for cars and crossovers for the General Motors Chevrolet brand. He introduced two new trucks in Chevy’s popular Silverado lineup to media at the auto show.

The prominence, and choices, of SUVs, crossovers and trucks in GM’s current lineup promoted at the auto show stands in contrast to its perennial attraction in recent years, the Chevrolet Volt. Even though it is the top-selling electric plug-in vehicle of all time, sagging sales have led GM to cease production in March.

“Volt was a great product for us,” said Majuros. “(It) had a great run — two generations. But what has happened is as the ability to produce pure electric and the kind of cost configuration and range of what people are looking for, Volt had its time, but was a great stepping stone for us to lead us to the future, which was pure electrification.”

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A long row of unsold 2019 Cruze sedans sits at a Chevrolet dealership in Littleton, Colo., Feb. 3, 2019. VOA

Joining the Volt on the chopping block is the Cruze, a compact car manufactured at GM’s Lordstown Assembly plant in Ohio. Chevrolet does plan to keep making the Malibu midsize sedan and the Bolt all-electric vehicle, among a few other options.

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“We’re not abandoning the car market completely,” Majuros assured. “We’re right-sizing our portfolio. We’re reacting to what the consumers are looking for.”

What they are looking for are trucks and SUVs, which made up about 70 percent of the 17 million vehicles sold in the U.S. in 2018, a trend expected to continue this year. (VOA)