Machel: No disrespect to Hindu community

So­ca su­per­star Machel Mon­tano last night said his chant­i­ng of Hin­du de­vo­tion­al songs dur­ing a re­cent per­for­mance was not meant as a dis­re­spect to any­one and apol­o­gised to any­one who was of­fend­ed by it.

Af­ter video footage of Mon­tano singing the Hin­du chants at a re­cent per­for­mance at Wood­ford Cafe sur­faced on so­cial me­dia, Pun­dit Satyanad Ma­haraj yes­ter­day is­sued a let­ter say­ing "many de­vout Hin­dus are in­censed that the pop­u­lar artiste should des­e­crate Hin­duism by singing Hin­du de­vo­tion­al songs at such a li­cen­tious event."

Archbishop to politicians: Bring peace in 2019

Echo­ing Pope Fran­cis’ call for good pol­i­tics in 2019, Arch­bish­op of Port-of-Spain Ja­son Gor­don is call­ing on lo­cal politi­cians to be ad­vo­cates of peace.

De­liv­er­ing his homi­ly at the Our La­dy of Per­pet­u­al Help RC Church, San Fer­nan­do, on Mon­day night, Gor­don said the vo­ca­tion of the politi­cian was to be a source of uni­ty for all of so­ci­ety and a seek­er af­ter the com­mon good and not just the par­ti­san good. He al­so ap­pealed to cit­i­zens to con­sid­er non-vi­o­lence in 2019, say­ing that it was the way to nur­ture a cul­ture of peace.

Evangelical churches against sex education being taught in schools

The Trinidad and Tobago Council of Evangelical Churches says it strongly disapproves of the statement by the Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Shamfa Cudjoe, that sex education should be taught in schools.

"It is of the opinion, that because of the sensitive nature of the issue, it should be left in the hands of parents," the council said in a statement today.

Spiritual leader of Sanatan Dhar­ma Ma­ha Sab­ha passes

Dhar­ma­charya of the Sanatan Dhar­ma Ma­ha Sab­ha, Pun­dit Ut­tam Ma­haraj has passed away.

Pundit Maharaj, of Rousillac Village, was initiated as Dharmachaya - Hindu spiritual leader - by India’s Swami Divyananda Teerth at the Maha Sabha headquarters in St Augustine in 2005.

The 70-year-old spiritual head passed away this morning.

Secretary General of the Maha Sabha Sat Maharaj confirmed the passing to CNC3.

Maharaj described his spiritual leader as a pious and committed man. 

Maharaj said he and the rest of the Maha Saba are in shock over the news.

PM: Divali, much more than lighting deyas

"Di­vali en­cour­ages pu­ri­ty, not just in the clean­ing of our homes, but in the pu­rifi­ca­tion of our hearts and our minds," ac­cord­ing to Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley.

In a mes­sage to Hin­dus who will cel­e­brate the Fes­ti­val of Lights to­mor­row, the Prime Min­is­ter, in a state­ment said: "Such pu­ri­ty ex­tends to the way in which we in­ter­act with our nat­ur­al and phys­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment, the strate­gies we em­ploy to con­serve our most vi­tal re­sources and the life changes we em­brace to­wards achiev­ing per­son­al goals."