1. FESTIVALS: Paryushana is one of the two most important festivals for the Jains, the other being Diwali. Paryushana means "abiding, coming together". The duration of Paryusana is for eight or ten days. For this minimum duration, Paryushana must be initiated by panchami of the shukla paksha of Bhadrapada (August 30 this year). The last day is called Samvatsari, short for Samvatsari Pratikramana.
2. LET'S BUILD A NEW BHARAT, PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI SAYS IN I-DAY ADDRESS: In his maiden Independence Day address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to work for a new and clean Bharat by shedding the "poison" of communalism and making the country the world's manufacturing hub.
3. CULTURAL IDENTITY OF ALL BHARATIYAS IS HINDUTVA – DR. MOHAN BHAGWAT: If inhabitants of England are English, Germany are Germans and USA are Americans then why all inhabitants of Hindustan are not known as Hindus, came a poser from RSS chief Dr. Mohan Bhagwat.
4. BHARATIYA ORIGIN PROFESSOR WINS ‘NOBEL’ OF MATHEMATICS: A Bharatiya origin professor of mathematics at the reputed Princeton University has bagged the coveted Fields Medal, widely regarded as the ‘Nobel’ Prize for mathematics.
5. BOB BLACKMAN PRAISES HSS ACTIVITIES: Bob Blackman, MP for Harrow East praised the Youth Leadership, training and character building activities of HSS UK while addressing over 800 packed audience at the concluding function of the Sangh Shiksha Varg (SSV), a 9 Day residential youth leadership training course on Sunday 3 August 2014 at the Roundwood Park School in Harpenden, Hertfordshire.
6. SWAYAMSEVAKS RUSH IN FOR RESCUE OPERATION AT PUNE LANDSLIDE: On July 30, a massive landslide occurred in Malin Village of Ambegaon tehsil in Pune. Turning the whole village into debris, 44 houses and around 200 locals residing in them were hit by the landslide caused by a burst of heavy rainfall. A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) of 80 people reached the spot but with continued heavy rains relief operations were still difficult. Before the official operation could start, Shri Ganesh Khandeshi, a swayamsevak of Dibhe and Amegaon Taluka Karyavah of RSS reached there. He instantly informed the swayamsevaks nearby and a team of around 60 swayamsevaks reached there. Swayamsevaks along with the NDRF volunteers started the work around 3pm and rescued a woman and a child at around 5 pm.
7. RSS CELEBRATES INDEPENDENCE DAY: Rashtreeya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) celebrated 68th Independence Day across the nation, swayamsevaks saluted the national flag wherever they attended the Independence Day ceremony.
8. RAM SETU WILL NOT BE BROKEN: GADKARI: The government on Aug 14th said it remained firm on its decision to protect the ‘Ram Setu,’ but it would offer a suggestion to the Supreme Court on the proposed Sethusamudram shipping canal project which would be “acceptable to all.”
9. INAUGURATION OF BAPS TEMPLE IN NEW JERSEY: The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir was inaugurated in Robbinsville, NJ by Pramukh Swami Maharaj and senior Sadguru Swamis of BAPS, on 10thAugust.
10. FRANCIS PONAMAN HONOURED GUADELOUPE FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION: The Ganesh D'Or (Golden Ganesh) prize was awarded to Gilbert Francis Ponaman at the Guadeloupe Council for Indian Languages (CGPLI) 12th anniversary celebration on June 27, 2014. The prize, given annually, was created to honor those who have done something significant in the promotion of Bharatiya heritage, culture, religion or language.
11. MUKUND VARADARAJAN GETS ASHOK CHAKRA: Highest peacetime gallantry medal Ashok Chakra was posthumously conferred on Major Mukund Varadarajan, an officer of Rajput Regiment who attained martyrdom in an encounter with a group of terrorists in village Qazipathri in Shopian district on April 25. A jawan Vikram accompanying him also died in the fight when he tried to save the officer. Vikram was awarded Shaurya Chakra.
12. MARS ORBITER HAS TO TRAVEL ONLY 88 MILLION KM FOR TRYST WITH RED PLANET: Bharat's Mars orbiter spacecraft has to travel only 88 million km as part of its total journey of 680 million km for its rendezvous with the red planet scheduled for September 24.
13. BHARAT GIFTS NEPAL $1 BN EASY LOAN: Assuring Nepal that Bharat did not want to interfere in its internal affairs, Narendra Modi, the first Bharatiya Premier to visit the Himalayan nation in 17 years on 3rd August, emphasized that their border should be a “bridge” and not a barrier even as he announced USD 1 billion (NRs 10,000 crore) Line of Credit to this country.
14. INS KOLKATA INDUCTED INTO THE NAVY: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 16th August inducted Bharat's largest indigenously built warship INS Kolkata in Mumbai. Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan were also present at the ceremony.
15. INTRODUCE GITA, MAHABHARATA IN CLASS 1: SC JUDGE: Lauding the ancient system of imparting education, Supreme Court justice A R Dave said on 2nd August that given a choice, he would like to introduce the Gita and the Mahabharata for study from class 1 in schools.
16. HISTORY MADE AT RUKMINI TEMPLE: In a historic departure from the well-established tradition of patriarchy and casteism, a low-caste non-Brahmin woman priest performed puja at the nine century-old Vitthal-Rukmini temple at Pandharpur in Solapur district of western Maharashtra on 1st August.
17. SHRI VISHWA NIKETAN: Pravas : Shri Saumitra Gokhale, samyojak Vishwa Vibhag returned to US after touring Caribbean countries, Dr. Ram Vaidya sah samyojak is on tour to Canada and USA, Ravikumar sah samyojak is on pravas to South Korea and Hong Kong. Visitors: Ma Dr. Sukhdeo Soni, USA, -Top
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Always speak the truth; Control over oneself is very important; There is no point accumulating loads of wealth that you can’t even spend; Be honest to all; Follow the path of non violence; Be compassionate towards living beings. – Bhagwan Mahavira -Top
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