1. FESTIVALS: Varsh Pratipada, also known as Gudi Padwa falls on Chaitra Shukla Pratipada (31 March this year) and considered as first day of Hindu New Year. In the celestial measurements, Hindu scriptures consider it to be the origin of the universe. Year is known by the term Yugabda. A sankalpa taken on this day reads ‘Atha Shri Brahmane Dwitiys Parardhe Shwetavaraha kalpe Vaivaswat Manwantare Ashtavimshati tame kali pratham charne Yugabde’ which links the present time to the start of the universe. The year starting on March 31st will be Yuagbda 5116.
2. ‘COUNTRY HAS A HINDU IDENTITY WHICH IS OUR NATIONAL IDENTITY’: MOHAN BHAGWAT: RSS Sarasanghachalak Dr. Mohan Bhagwat has said ’Country has a Hindu Identity which is our National Identity’, at Bhopal in a recent RSS gathering.
3. ‘INDIA HEALTH LINE’ LAUNCHED: A much needed social service in socio-medical field launched now. ‘INDIA HEALTH LINE’ national launch took place in Hyderabad in presence of eminent specialist doctors & representatives of medical fraternity on February 16. ‘INDIA HEALTH LINE’ is to have a National Call Center to attend to patients’ calls who, after seeing the neighbouring General Practitioner doctor, want to consult specialist doctors for further advice & necessary treatment.
4. NHSF CELEBRATES 21ST BIRTHDAY AT LONDON PARLIAMENT: National Hindu Students’ Forum (UK) celebrated its official 21 years of achievements on February 3rd 2014 in the Palace of Westminster London at a reception hosted by MP Seema Malhotra. The organisation has 5,000 members and it aims to encourage and celebrate Hindu Dharma through practice, preserving, promoting and protecting Hindu Dharma through a variety of sporting, spiritual and social events for their members.
5. IS YOGA THE SECRET TO OLYMPIC GOLD?: Instead of going to Disney World after winning gold in the women's snowboarding slopestyle event, Jamie Anderson said she'll be headed to Wanderlust -- a yoga retreat on the North Shore of Oahu -- to celebrate.
6. AMMA REJECTS CHARGES, SAYS MUTT IS OPEN BOOK: Spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi, fondly referred to as Amma by her disciples, has rejected the allegations leveled against her and her Ashram, the Mata Amritanandamayi Mutt at Amritapuri, in Kerala’s Kollam district, by one of her former disciples by saying, “My Mutt is an open book.”
7. BEYOND THE GHETTO: Supreme court ruling on minorities adopting kids via secular law is welcome - The Supreme Court’s ruling, stating personal law can’t prohibit Muslims and other minority faith members from adopting children under the secular Jevenile Justice Act, is a positive move forward. Like the Special Marriage Act, this ruling emphasizes the growing flexibility of secular legal recourses communities administered by religious laws can have. This is a judicious step towards a uniform civil code enjoined by directive principles in India’s Constitution, whereby all citizens enjoy the same rights. And this makes individual lives richer, permitting these to be fuller with possibilities of joy – not starker by orthodox limitations on the same.
8. SEWA MELBOURNE FUNDRAISING: In response to the appeal made by Sewa International (Bharat) for fundraising towards a computer center in Uttarakhand, Sewa (Melbourne) arranged a fund raising event on Sunday, the 23rd February at Annual Street Festival of Clayton. Funds were raised through two activities i.e., hand painting (Hena) with the help of lady Sewa volunteers and sale of cold drinks with the help of male Sewa volunteers.
9. BHARAT’S $1.3MN HELP TO DISASTER-HIT ISLANDS: Bharat has contributed over US $ one million to St Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, and Commonwealth of Dominica towards disaster relief assistance in the aftermath of flash floods that struck these islands in December last year.
10. NO FORCE IN THE WORLD CAN TAKE ARUNACHAL FROM US: MODI: BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on February 22 countered China's frequent claims over Arunachal Pradesh, saying no force in the world could take the state from Bharat.
11. COURSES FROM 3 IITS, IISC ARE IN GLOBAL TOP 50: Four Bharatiya universities, including the IITs at Delhi and Mumbai, are among the global top 50 in at least one of the 30 disciplines covered under the QS World University Rankings by Subject.
13. PIO DEVELOPS CHEAP PAPER TEST TO DETECT CANCER: A Bharatiya -American scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has developed a cheap, simple, paper test that can detect cancer, circumventing expensive approaches such as mammograms and colonoscopy.
14. RASHTRA SEVIKA SAMITI CALLS FOR A STRONG CENTRE: Rashtra Sevika Samiti calls upon sevikas to beware of self-proclaimed ‘anarchists’ as well as naxalites. Both of them are wreckers of the system, the Samiti points out. The Samiti, therefore, feels that a strong Central authority should emerge in the country—this was the idea of a resolution passed by Rashtra Sevika Samiti at its Akhila Bharitya Karyakarini and Pratinidhi Sabha Mandal Bitak held at Coimbatore from February 7 to February 9. The Samiti also took a dig at Government of Bharat for opposing a Supreme Court order upholding Section 377 which declares that unnatural sexual relationships are an offence. The Coimbatore meet was attended by Pramuk Sanchalika Shantha Akka and Pramukh Karyavahika Seetha Akka. -GO TOP
15. DESIGN OF WORLD'S FIRST THORIUM BASED NUCLEAR REACTOR IS READY: The design of World's first Thorium based nuclear reactor is ready. It is the latest Bharatiya design for a next-generation nuclear reactor that will burn thorium as its fuel ore.
16. SWAMINARAYAN TEMPLE REPLACES QUEEN’S PROPERTY: The Maninagar-based Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan is all set to redevelop McNicholas House, a heritage property, into a modern temple in the Kingsbury borough of London by August this year.
17. ISRO TAKES ANOTHER STEP TOWARDS HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT: Bharat's hopes of sending humans on a spaceflight to demonstrate its technological advancement is moving in the right direction with ISRO starting the instrumentation process in a crew module structure.
18. BHAGAT SINGH’S HOUSE IN PAKISTAN TO GET RS 80 MN FOR RESTORATION: Legendary Bharatiya freedom fighter Bhagat Singh’s ancestral house, school and his village in Punjab Province in Pakistan will be restored for Rs 80 million. “We have allocated Rs 80 million for restoration of the house and school of Bharatiya Independence war hero Bhagat Singh. The amount will also be spent for the upliftment of Singh’s village, where clean drinking water is not available and drainage system is in a bad shape,” Faisalabad District Coordination Officer Noorul Amin Mengal told PTI.
20. SIKH AWARDED FOR VOLUNTEER SERVICE IN SINGAPORE: An 82-year-old Sikh Sujan Singh has been honoured for his outstanding volunteer service in Singapore. On February 22, he received the Ministry of Social and Family Development Volunteers Awards for helping some 60 boys, mostly involved in petty crimes such as theft.
22. BLOOD DONATION CAMP ON SRI GURUJI JAYANTI AND BIRTH CENTENARY OF YADAVA RAO JOSHI: Rashtreeya Svayamsevak Sangh’s Govidaraja Nagar unit in Bangalore, in association with of Rashtrotthana Blood bank, Yadava Seva Samiti Sheshadripuram and Nachiketa Manovikasa Kendra Vijayanagar, organized the blood donation camp on the occasion of RSS’s second Sarasanghachalak Golwalkar Guruji’s 108th birthday (25th February) and birth centenary year of Shri Yadava Rao Joshi.
24. SHRI VISHWA NIKETAN: Pravas: Dr. Ram Vaidya sahsamyojak Vishwa Vibhag arrived in Bharat for ABPS baithak. Visitors: Brahma Rattan Agarawal, Abhinav Dwiwedi – USA, Keshav Agnihotri – Canada -GO TOP
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