1. FESTIVALS: Datta Jayanti, also known as Dattatreya Jayanti, falls on Margshirsha Poornima corresponding to December 6 this year. Dattatreya, the son of the sage Atri and his wife Anasuya, is considered a form of the triad of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. The festival is mainly celebrated in Maharashtra. Devotees worship Dattatreya with flowers, incense, lamps and camphor. They also meditate on his image, read and recite ‘gurucharitra’ and pray to Dattatreya with a vow to follow in his footsteps. -- goTop
2. PM TELLS YOUTH TO MAKE LIFE 'SARTHAK': Prime Minister Narendra Modi invoked the life and struggle of RSS ideologue Eknath Ranade to urge the youth to make their life meaningful rather than be just successful.
3. TUMKURU SANT SAMMELAN PLEDGES TO END UNTOUCHABILITY AND CASTEISM: With a clear message to stop religious conversion and pledge to end social evils like untouchability and casteism within Hindu Society, the 2-day historic Sant Sammelan on November 11-12, organized by Vishwa Hindu Parishad as a part of its golden jubilee celebrations, concluded in Tumakuru Karnataka. The sammelan was ianugurated by Sri Dr Shivakumar Swamiji of Siddaganga Matha along with RSS Sarasanghachalak Dr. Mohan Bhagwat.
4. KALAM FOR BHARAT-CHINA JOINT SPACE COLLABORATION: 83-year-old APJ Abdul Kalam, former Rashtrapati, became a rare Bharatiya leader to take up teaching assignment in a Chinese university after he was formally conferred the title of Honorary Professor by the Peking University, one of the oldest Chinese universities. Kalam delivered three lectures in the University. Firstly he spoke on "Sustained development system and creative leadership" on November 5 to a group of students drawn from different disciplines. Two other lectures of Dr. Kalam were on ‘Terrestrial Solar Power’ and ‘Sustainable Development System and Creative Leadership’ on November 6 and 7 respectively.
5. SHAKHA ADDS VALUES IN A CITIZEN’S LIFE: RSS Sarsanghachalak Mohan Bhagwat called upon the youth to join Sangh shakha if they want to understand the Sangh and its work. “There is no other organisation similar to the Sangh in the world. There is a certain perspective and inquisitiveness required to understand the Sangh which is working towards organising the Hindu society,” said Shri Bhagwat interacting with the youth at Yuva Sankalp Shivir in Agra on November 3.
6. BHARAT'S UN RESOLUTION ON YOGA GETS RECORD BACKING OF 130 COUNTRIES: In an overwhelming response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for commemorating an International Day of Yoga, about 130 countries have joined as co-sponsors to a Bharat-led UN General Assembly resolution recognising yoga's benefits.
7. SRILANKA GOVT APPRECIATES HSS RELIEF WORK: Kosalandha Meeriapeththa, an estate village in Uva province of Sri Lanka was badly affected by landslide on October 29. About 1,055 men and women including 162 children were displaced to a relief camp in Poonagala School after the landslide. At present, the camp is managed by Ministry of disaster management with the help of Army.
8. LOST JAIN TEXT ON BHARATIYA PHILOSPHY RECONSTRUCTED: Dwadasharnayachakra - a fifth century AD Jain treatise on comparative Bharatiya philosophy reported lost some 1,300 years ago has been painstakingly 'resurrected' by experts with the help of commentaries and critiques of that era. It took 30 years for the team led by Muni Jambuvijaya in Ahmedabad to recreate the Sanskrit scripture for the students of Darshan Shastra, the study of Bharatiya and comparative religious philosophies dating back to 4th and 5th centuries AD.
9. 6TH WORLD AYURVEDA CONGRESS AT DELHI: “Ayurveda can acquire global recognition, like yoga, if it is presented in the right spirit and recognized as a way of life,” stressed Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 6th World Ayurveda Congress (WAC) and Arogya Expo organized in New Delhi by the AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) department under the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry, in collaboration with the World Ayurveda Foundation (WAF) and the Delhi government on 6-10 November.
10. CUBA AIMING TO INTRODUCE AYURVEDA IN MEDICAL CARE, CURRICULUM: Natalia Marzoa Silva, a biologist at the state-owned Finlay Institute in Havana and representing Cuba at the 6th World Ayurveda Congress in New Delhi said: "In Cuba, we have all the tools for treating diseases, but we have to improve the preventive system further."
11. AGNI-II TEST-FIRED FOR FULL 2,000-KM STRIKE RANGE: Bharat test-fired the nuclear weapon-capable Agni-II ballistic missile for its full strike range of 2,000 km from Wheeler Island off the Odisha Coast on 9th November. The 20-metre-tall Agni-II zoomed to an altitude of 600 km and began its descent before splashing near its pre-designated impact point in the Bay of Bengal with “two-digit accuracy.”
12. YOUNG SCIENTIST PRIZE TO SAHIL DOSHI: Sahil Doshi, 14 year-old boy from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US has won the award for his innovative eco-friendly battery design. He was awarded $25,000 and named young America's 'top young scientist'. He also won an adventure trip to Costa Rica. Doshi, a pupil from Upper St. Clair School District’s Upper St. Clair High School, competed with nine other finalists on Nov 3 to win the coveted prize. Determined to help 1.2 billion people worldwide who lack access to electricity and the rising levels of toxic air pollution, Doshi created an energy storage device named 'PolluCell'. 'PolluCell' converts carbon dioxide into electricity and lowers harmful greenhouse gases while offering power for household use.The competition gave the finalists an opportunity to work directly with 3M scientists. -- goTop
13. FOUR BHARATIYA-AMERICAN WOMEN WIN ELECTIONS: The four Bharatiya American women who vied for the US House of Representatives, won their polls comfortably to make the community proud. South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki Haley trounced her Democrat challenger Vincent Sheheen by a mammoth margin, to get another four years in office. In California, Kamala Harris, 50, was re-elected as Attorney General. In Washington State, the Democrat Pramila Jayapal was elected to the State Senate seat from the 37th Legislative District in her debut bid; becoming the first Bharatiya- American to be elected to the state legislature.The Democrat Aruna Miller retained her District 15 legislative seat for the second time in Maryland. -- goTop
14. HINDU ENCYCLOPAEDIA IS ‘GREAT CONTRIBUTION TO HUMANITY’: British Prime Minister David Cameron termed the Encyclopaedia of Hinduism as a ‘great contribution to humanity’, adding that he is going to make use of this compilation. “This encyclopaedia is a great contribution to humanity. I love the saying, ‘Let all noble thoughts come from all directions’. I am going to use this. This is beautiful,” said Prime Minister Cameron, while launching the 11 volume encyclopaedia , produced by the India Heritage Research Foundation, in UK at a Diwali party on October 28.The event took place at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster. -- goTop
15. BHARATIYA-ORIGIN POLITICIAN KEITH VAZ NAMED AS 'LABOUR MP OF THE YEAR':Bharatiya-origin British politician Keith Vaz has been named as the Labour MP of the year 2014 for his valuable work for under-represented, deprived and minority sections of the country."I am honoured to have been chosen for this award. In my constituency of Leicester East, I work with individuals and groups of all backgrounds, faiths and races. For all groups to be better represented in Parliament, and the wider political process, is a positive and necessary aim in our multicultural society," Vaz said
16. 5TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AND GATHERING OF ELDERS will be held at Mysuru – Karnataka from 31st January – 5th February 2015. The theme of the conference will beUniversal Wellbeing – Sustaining Nature, Culture and Communities.
17. CONCESSIONS FOR REFUGEES FROM PAKISTAN, AFGHANISTAN: Bharatiya Government on 13th November announced a number of concessions for Hindu and Sikh refugees from Pakistan and Afghanistan as part of which it also introduced relaxations in the procedure for granting them Bharatiya citizenship. Home minister Rajnath Singh approved a proposal for manual acceptance of applications for granting of Bharatiya citizenship to those who entered Bharat prior to 31 December, 2009. The children of such refugees, who entered Bharat on the basis of their parents’ passport, can apply without passport for the grant of Bharatiya citizenship after the regularisation of their stay in Bharat. In case of children of such persons born in Bharat, they can also apply without passport for grant of citizenship after regularisation of their stay in the country. There are about 400 Pakistani Hindu refugee settlements in cities like Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Jaipur. Many Sikh refugees live in Punjab, Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. There are about one lakh minority community refugees from Pakistan and Afghanistan living in Bharat. -- goTop
18. K SURYANARAYANA RAO TURNS 90: Veteran RSS Pracharak Kru Suryanarayana Rao, popularly known as ‘Suruji’ turned 90 this year. RSS Karnataka greeted this legendary icon of Sangh work in a simple function held at Sri Shankar Matha premises, Shankarapuram, Bengaluru on 5th November. In a function held later in the evening, Pejawar Matha’s Vishwesha Theertha swamiji met and greeted Suruji on his 90th Birthday, and called Suruji as ‘Bheeshmacharya’ in his address.
19. HINDUS IN BANGLADESH SPEAK OUT AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS: Human rights organizations in Bangladesh have forcefully demanded an independent and neutral investigation into incidents of repression on the minorities. Seeking justice for the victims, the organizations demanded that the attackers be brought to book.
20. OLDEST PAINTINGS OF BHARATIYA FACES FOUND IN AJANTA: In March earlier this year, historian and writer William Dalrymple, the author of White Mughals, The Last Mughal, and City of Djinns, visited the famed Ajanta caves with his wife. They wandered into two lesser-known caves in the 31-cave complex — numbers 9 and 10.
21. SHRI VISHWA NIKETAN: Pravas: Shri Suresh ji Soni, sahsarkaryavaha will tour countries in South East Asia including Thailand in December. Shri Saumitar Gokhale, samyojak Vishwa Vibhag, Dr.Ram Vaidya sah samyojak arrived in Bharat to attend World Hindu Congress. Shri Ravikumar, sah samyojak returned from his tour to Australia. Visitors: Amrit Mittal – USA -- goTop