Ashadha Amavasya, Vik. Samvat 2072.Yugabda 5117


Ashadha Amavasya, Vik. Samvat 2072.Yugabda 5117: July 16, 2015




1. FESTIVALS: NASHIK KUMBH MELA KICKS OFF WITH FLAG HOISTING:  Simhastha Kumbh Mela, one of the largest congregation  kicked off on 7th July with the traditional ceremony of flags hoisting and thousands of people taking a holy dip in Kushawart and Ramkund in Godavari river in the two towns of Nasik and Trimbakeshwar.

Nashik-Trimbakeshwar hosts Kumbh Mela when the Sun and Jupiter come together in Leo ('Simha') zodiac sign in the month of Magha as per the Hindu calendar after every 12 years.

The flags of the event were hoisted in the morning in presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis in Nashik while Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was the chief guest for flag-hoisting in Trimbakeshwar.

The high-point of the gathering, 'Shahi Snan' (royal bath) has been scheduled for 'Parvani' days of August 29, September 13 and September 18 in Nashik. In Trimbakeshwar, the royal procession and bath would take place on August 29, September 13 and September 25.--goTop


2. SINDHU DARSHAN IS A FESTIVAL TO UNITE THE PEOPLE: INDRESH KUMAR: With the message of Save 'Girl Child, Save Tomorrow', the 19th Sindhu Darshan Yatra completed on 26th June in Leh. About 1,000 people from different parts of the country participated in the event.

A function was organized at the premises of Saraswati Vidya Niketan and Sindhu Bhavan in Leh to welcome the pilgrims on June 23. 

Addressing the gathering, patron of Sindhu Darshan Yatra Samiti and senior Sangh Pracharak Shri Indresh Kumar appealed to the people to save girl child and respect the women. He said the Yatra is a medium of uniting the people.

Sindhu Darshan festival began on June 24 by performing Sindhu Puja. The function was presided over by Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju. Shri Tokdan Rinphche, former president of All Ladakh Gompa Association was the chief guest. --goTop


3. SHYAMA PRASAD MOOKERJEE WAS A STATESMAN: Rich tributes were paid to Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee on his birth anniversary on 6th July with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan leading the commemorations. "I bow to the great Shyama Prasad Mookerjee on his birth anniversary. He is remembered as a great leader with an invaluable contribution to the nation.", Modi said on twitter.

The Lok Sabha Speaker also paid floral tributes to Mookerjee at a ceremony in the Parliament's Central Hall. Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Veteran BJP leaders LK Advani and other dignitaries also attended the function. BJP President Amit Shah paid tributes to Mookerjee at a function at the party headquarters attended by a number of other party leaders. The Jammu and Kasmir state unit of BJP organized an impressive function at Trikuta Nagar - Jammu, wherein statue of this great ideologue was unveiled by State President & MP Jugal Kishore Sharma, Dy. Chief Minister Dr. Nirmal Singh and other senior leaders. --goTop


4. ANNUAL HINDU SPORTS DAY BY HSS HONGKONG:  Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh HongKong organized its annual sports day on 19th April. A total of 228 people attended the program. HSS HK is the only organization that has since the 1980s been conducting an annual sports day for Hindus. The event began with the individual events - the long jump and the 100 meters.

Games played included kabbadi, kho-kho, ring-o-stick, various lathi relays, mandal games, and various other Sangh games. A quiz on sports and our culture was conducted. The winners, both the kids and the parents, were handed the gold, silver and bronze medals. --goTop


5. DR. APJ ABDUL KALAM'S BOOK ON HH PRAMUKH SWAMI MAHARAJ RELEASED: A grand celebration and book release of Dr. Kalam's book "Transcendence" was held at Pramukh Sabhagruh, Akshardham Swaminarayan Mandir , New Delhi on 3rd July in the presence of over 500 dignitaries, well wishers and devotees. The event was graced by the Pujya Tridandi Srimannarayana Ramanuja Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji of Vijaywada, Hon. Shri L.K. Advani and Dr. S.S. Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus, Sankara Nethralaya.

"Transcendence," beautifully describes Dr. Kalam's spiritual experiences with Pramukh Swami Maharaj. The book also includes the social and moral contributions of BAPS to society, the co-relation of science and spirituality and creative leadership. It contains the essence of the Upanishads, Gita and Puranas and other principles propagated by Bhagwan Swaminarayan.

Pujya Brahmavihari Swami in his speech gave glimpses of the mutual interactions between Dr. Kalam and Pramukh Swami Maharaj during their 14 year association 2001-2014.  --goTop


6. BARRED FROM CIVIL SERVICES EARLIER OVER 'DISABILITY', IRA SINGHAL TOPS UPSC: Delhi's Ira Singhal became the first differently abled woman to top the civil services examination in which women took the top four positions.

With 62 per cent locomotor disability, 30-year-old Ira had cleared the examination in 2010 too and was allotted the Indian Revenue Service but she was stopped from joining because authorities cited her "inability to push, pull and lift". She moved the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) which ruled in her favour and she was inducted as Assistant Commissioner in the Customs and Central Excise Service.

 "I am thrilled, excited and very, very happy. It is a dream come true," Ira said. "I want to become an IAS officer and work in the field of women and child welfare, development and empowerment. I want to contribute to the uplift of the differently abled, and make their lives easier. Differently abled people struggle, face difficulties everyday and have to go the extra mile to do anything on their own." --goTop


7. AMARNATH YATRA BEGINS AMID TIGHT SECURITY: The annual Amarnath pilgrimage began in Kashmir Valley on 2nd July morning amid tight security as 6,300 pilgrims began trekking to the holy cave ensconced in mountains of South Kashmir at a height of 12,800 feet above sea level. The yatra began from both treacherous but shorter Baltal route and longest traditional Pahalgam route. It takes around seven hours to reach the cave through Baltal while the traditional route through Pahalgam Valley takes two days for a pilgrim to reach the cave for a glimpse of the ice stalagmite, believed to be the incarnation of Lord Shiva.

On the seventh day of the ongoing yatra 9,911 pilgrims offered prayers at the cave shrine. A total of 1, 04,918 pilgrims had darshan of the ice-Lingam in the first week of the yatra.  --goTop


8. ISRO SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES PSLV-C28 WITH 5 UK SATELLITES: Indian Space Research Organization's commercial launch capability reached a new high when it successfully launched 5 satellites for UK on 10th July.

Less than 20 minutes after the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C28) lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, the rocket placed in the designated orbits three identical DMC3 optical earth observation satellites, an auxiliary earth observation micro satellite (CBNT-1) and one technology demonstrator nanosatellite (De-OrbitSail), built by SSTL.

It was PSLV's 30th flight and 29th consecutive successful one. For the ninth time, ISRO used an XL version of the rocket with an additional strap-on. The heaviest commercial mission undertaken by the space agency underlines ISRO not only as a major player for space industries globally but also as a leading foreign exchange earner for the country.

This is the second launch by Isro in 2015 with the previous one being launch navigation satellite - IRNSS-1D in March. --goTop


9. PM MODI GIFTS KAZAKH PRESIDENT BOOKS RELATING TO RELIGIONS BORN IN BHARAT:  On 8th July , Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifted Kazakhastan President Nursultan Nazarbayev a set of books relating to religions born in Bharat.

The Prime Minister shared the information via a series of tweets. "My gift to President Nazarbayev is a set of books relating to the religions born in India". "The set includes an English translation of Guru Granth Sahib, Bhadrabahu's Kalpasutra in Prakrit, Ashtasahasrika Prajnaparamita in Sanskrit." "A Persian translation of Valmiki's Ramayana in nastaliq script is also a part of the set."

"I must add- President Nazarbayev has held the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions every three years in Astana since 2003."

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Akorda Presidential Palace. The Prime Minister was on a tour to Central Asian countries of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakastan and Russia.  --goTop


10.  WIPRO'S AZIM PREMJI GIVES 18% OF HIS STAKE IN COMPANY FOR CHARITY: This billionaire founder's latest share transfer will bring an additional Rs 530 crore into the Azim Premji Foundation's corpus this year.

"Over these years, I have irrevocably transferred a significant part of the shareholding in Wipro, amounting to 39% of the shares of Wipro, to a trust," said Premji in a letter to the shareholders.

The foundation will receive 18% of all dividend paid as funds. In 2014-15, the company paid a total dividend of Rs 2,962.2 crore, according to BSE data.

Premji who set up the Azim Premji Foundation in 2001 to focus on philanthropy and improve the country's school system, signed a giving pledge in 2013 along with philanthropists such as Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates among others.

The foundation works in eight states which together have more than 350,000 schools. --goTop


11. INDIGENOUSLY-BUILT AAKASH MISSILE INDUCTED IN INDIAN AIR FORCE:  The indigenously-developed supersonic surface-to-air missile "Aakash" was formally inducted in the Indian Air Force (IAF) in Gwalior on 10th July.

The missile, having a speed three times faster than that of sound, can hit eight targets at a time. In a function held at the Maharajpur Air Force Station Gwalior, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar handed over "Aakash" to IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha.

Aakash, which was already with the Bharatiya Army, has now been inducted in the Air Force. --goTop


12. WOMEN HAVE TREMENDOUS POWER TO LOOK AFTER THE ECONOMY: SHANTAKKA: "Women have tremendous power to look after the economy. They do it because they are imparted that kind of sanskar right from childhood. They have the habit of saving money and never support borrowing money for luxury items. They also know how to live with whatever money they have," said Rashtra Sevika Samiti Pramukh Sanchalika Shantakka, while addressing a seminar on 'Role of Women in Economy of the Nation' in Delhi on the eve of 110th birth anniversary of Samiti's founder Mausiji Kelkar. About 225 women from Delhi attended the workshop, organized by Medhavani Mandal.

Union Minister of State for Commerce Smt Nirmala Seetaraman spoke about the growing involvement of women in all sectors and Smt Asha Sharma, Akhil Bharatiya Sah Karyavahika of the Samiti, spoke about the multi dimensional personality of Vandaniya Mausiji Kelkar.  --goTop


13. ISRO'S GAGAN SATELLITE-BASED NAVIGATION SYSTEM:  Bharat launched its satellite-based air navigation services on 13th July , thereby joining a select league comprising the US, Europe Union (EU) and Japan which have similar systems.

The system - known as Gagan or global positioning system (GPS) aided geo-augmented navigation system - is intended to provide accurate navigation services over the Bay of Bengal, South East Asia, Bharatiya Ocean, Middle East, and African regions.

It is intended to serve as a low-cost substitute for instrument landing system (ILS) and provide very accurate route guidance for the aircraft to save time and fuel. --goTop


14. EVERYONE SHOULD JOIN SEWA ACTIVITY: SURESH CHANDRA: RSS Akhil Bharatiya Pracharak Pramukh Shri Suresh Chandra called upon the people to join any of the sewa activity in their vicinity. He was speaking at a function organised in Jodhpur on 27th June to dedicate three mobile sewa vehicles. Among the three vehicles dedicated on the occasion included one for Gou Sewa, especially to use as ambulance for transporting the injured cows. The second is for cremation of dead bodies and the third is for selling cow based products. Kshetra Pracharak Shri Durgadas, Prant Pracharak Shri Murlidhar and senior Pracharak Shri Hari Om were also present on the occasion. --goTop


15. CLEAN TECH INITIATIVE BY SEWA INTERNATIONAL: Sewa International started Clean Tech Initiative in 2012. It is a forum of volunteers having special interest in promoting and implementing clean tech energy solutions in remote and inaccessible areas where still the electricity through conventional modes has not reached. Under the initiative, the organization has done two most remarkable projects in Bharat whose success stories have motivated and given the surrounding population and other institutes the much needed confidence to adopt renewable energy. One is Rooftop Power Plant Krishna Devi Vanvasi Awasiya Vidyalaya  in Chitrakoot and the other is Solar Power at RIWATCH -  a community based research organization,  working at Roing in Lower Dibang Valley District of Arunachal Pradesh. Another project is the Solar Mini-Grid Project in Darmi and Nawadih Villages in Rehala region of Jharkhand with 114 households in a population of 600 mostly depending on farming. --goTop


16. PRESIDENT OFFERS PRAYERS AT TIRUMALA TEMPLE: President Pranab Mukherjee has said that he has sought the blessings of Lord Venkateswara for the welfare of all human beings. "In fact, I feel energised every time I visit the holy place of Tirumala," he said after offering prayers at the Srivari Temple in Tirumala on 1st July. --goTop


17. GUJARAT'S AKODARA BECOMES BHARAT'S FIRST 'DIGITAL VILLAGE': Akodara, a small hamlet in North Gujarat, around 100 km from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's hometown Vadnagar, has emerged as Bharat's first 'Digital Village'.

The villagers have RuPay debit card, which they use for various transactions in the village. For purchasing groceries, villagers don't need to carry cash with them. They can make payment through mobile banking. The mobile banking platform uses Gujarati as the medium of communication, which is user-friendly for the villagers.

The village, having WiFi connectivity, is situated at a distance of 90 km from Ahmedabad and comprises around 200 households with a total population of 1,100. Everyone above 18 years of age has a bank account. A digital display has been installed at a crossroads in which real-time prices of agro commodities of all major Gujarat mandies (agriculture produce markets) are displayed. Before selling their products, farmers of this tiny village make it a point to confirm prices of various mandies. The village has also its website - --goTop


18. BHARAT OVERTAKES USA AS 3RD LARGEST STEEL PRODUCER: Bharat has overtaken the US to become the world's third largest steel producer and is working towards achieving 300 million tonnes (MT) target in the next 10 years. Bharatiya steel industry is growing at a reasonably good pace and last year the growth in crude steel production in Bharat was more than 8 per cent. --goTop


19. TWENTY FIRST CENTURY COULD BE BHARAT'S CENTURY: IBM CHIEF: Ginni Rometty, president and chief executive of American technology giant IBM said the 21st century could be India's, given many "positive signposts" such as a strong gross domestic product growth, fourth-largest base of start-ups, and the country's current focus on digitization. Rometty was speaking at the IBM Think Forum, a flagship event of the company held in Bharat for the first time on 14th July.

"I am optimistic about the tomorrow and this is fact-based," she said, adding that the company would be proud to play a role in India's transformation. --goTop


20. HOMAGE TO A 'YODDHA PRACHARAK': As the news of passing away of Sohan Singhji spread, workers from Delhi, Rajasthan and Haryana rushed to Keshav Kunj early in the morning to have his last darshan. He had breathed his last at 11.40 pm at Keshav Kunj on July 4. The last rites were performed by his nephew Dharmadev Yadav at Nigam Bodh Ghat.

RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat and Sarkaryavah Shri Bhaiyaji Joshi paid their tribute to Sohan Singhji. In a statement they said Sohan Singhji through his hard work and affectionate style inspired innumerable workers in Delhi and Rajasthan to take up Sangh work as their life mission. "His devoted life will act as a lighthouse for all the workers," they said.

Prominent among those who paid tribute at Keshav Kunj included Sardar Chiranjiv Singh from Rashtriya Sikh Sangat, Rashtra Sevika Samiti Pramukh Sanchalika Shantakka and others.  Prominent among those who paid tribute at Nigam Bodh Ghat were Sahsarkaryavah Shri Suresh Soni, VHP patron Shri Ashok Singhal, Union Minister Dr Harshvardhan, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal and others.

Born at Harchana village of Bulandshahar in 1923, he became a Sangh Pracharak in 1943. He was prant pracharak for Rajasthan, Delhi and Haryana and was also kshetra pracharak for Rajasthan and Akhil Bharatiya Dharma Jagaran Pramukh.  Since 2004 he was staying at Keshav Kunj.  --goTop


21. SHRI VISHWA NIKETAN: Pravas: Shri Ravikumar ji will reach Bharat after his tour to East European countries, USA, Thailand and HongKong. Visitors: Shridhar Damle, Ajay Joshi, Sanjeev Gupta - USA; Harish Babu - Germany. --goTop


FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The most important principle of environment is that you are not the only element. - Bhagwan Mahavira --goTop




Murali Balaji

One of the great joys of visiting India as an adult is how such visits make me appreciate my trips to the country when I was much younger.

I spent the summer of 1993 in India with my family, missing my friends in the Philadelphia area and feeling tortured by the constant bites of mosquitoes in monsoon-racked Mumbai and heat-soaked Trichy in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. I was also such a germaphobe that I constantly walked on my toes and washed my feet every 10 minutes (though walking on my toes might have helped me reach my 6-foot-2 height).

Despite my general discomfort with being in India, I enjoyed time with relatives my parents left behind decades earlier (and before I was born) and hearing from elders the oral histories of my family and the Tamil Smarta Hindu tradition in which we were raised. It helped me appreciate - at least a little bit - what sacrifices my folks, especially my father, made in leaving India.

My father's family, particularly my paternal grandfather, were devotees of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham, one of the mutts that claims lineage from the great Hindu saint and reformer Adi Shankara. I accompanied my parents and several of my dad's relatives to Kanchipuram, about two hours drive from Chennai, Tamil Nadu's biggest city.

It was there, amidst the throngs of people trying to catch a glimpse of the beloved sage of Kanchi, Chandrashekarendra Saraswati, affectionately known as the Kanchi Periyava, we came in close proximity to a realized soul. The sage of Kanchi's followers were people from all walks of life, and within the space of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham, beggars and financially comfortable NRI's (non-resident Indians) were equals. This blur of humanity simply wanted to catch a glimpse of the sage of Kanchi, who was nearing 100 years of age.

I watched as people, including my family members, were overcome with emotion upon receiving the sage's blessings, and - even if I didn't completely comprehend what was happening - I felt like I was in a divine setting. To this day, my experience being in the presence of the Kanchi Maha Periyava is one of the few times I can remember feeling like I was being blessed by a divine soul.

The Kanchi Maha Periyava died less than a year later. Only recently have I fully grasped his legacy. The sage of Kanchi was one of the most proactive Hindu leaders of his time, becoming a unifying force across social and economic classes and embracing the role of being a social reformer - much like Adi Shankara did more than 1,000 years earlier. He was also active in the Indian independence movement and provided moral counsel to both Indian independence leaders, and later, to Indian soldiers during the Sino-Indian war. In some ways, the Kanchi seer was a religious social and political activist long before Pope Francis.

The sage of Kanchi connected people across generations and throughout the world, and yet his life remains largely unknown to non-Hindus (and even non-Tamil Hindus). Still, without the international following of contemporaries such as Paramahansa Yogananda, he showed how Hinduism could be a force for positive social change, and his message helped counter the advance of Christian missionary educators, particularly in southern India.

What makes me recall the Kanchi Periyava now is how he emphasized the idea that Hindus must live according to dharma - righteously and advancing their spiritual growth - while remaining humble. My father, a devotee of the Kanchi Periyava, reads the sage's daily inspiration, reflecting the aspirations of his followers to be better in their own lives.

As I bake in the heat of the Indian summer, remembering the sage of Kanchi's life brings back a different kind of warmth. Belatedly, I am indebted to him for the impact he's had on my family, and the spiritual knowledge he left the world. (Murali Balaji is Director of Education and Curriculum Reform, Hindu American Foundation 13/07/2015 --goTop



KG Suresh

The 16th World Sanskrit Conference, held in Bangkok and supported by the Union Government, was yet another feather in India's soft diplomacy cap, following the grand success of last month's International Yoga Day

Following the grand success of the International Yoga Day on June 21, another feather in India's soft diplomacy cap was the 16th World Sanskrit Conference held in Bangkok from June 28th to July 2. Supported by the Government of India, the conference witnessed participation of over 600 delegates from 60 countries. The five day meet was inaugurated by the Thai princess, a scholar and patron of Sanskrit language, Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and India's Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj.

Addressing the distinguished delegates, including scholars, teachers, Indologists and lovers of the ancient language in chaste Sanskrit, Ms Swaraj, emphasised that Sanskrit is not a mere language but a "world view." In fact, the motto of the international meet itself was "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam" (the universe is a family).

The hosting of the conference in Suvarnabhumi, Thailand, and the presence of a large number of scholars from across the world including a big chunk of westerners highlighted the significance of the Sanskrit language in understanding ancient India and its contributions as also its relevance in the present times.

It also indirectly served to reject attempts by some "secular" sections to project the language as 'dead' and a symbol of Hindutva as against its vibrancy and universality.

As Ms Swaraj aptly put it, "the language of Vedanta is Sanskrit. The language of Yoga is Sanskrit. The language of Ayurveda is Sanskrit. The language of Indian mathematics is Sanskrit. The language of Indian dramaturgy (natyashastra) is Sanskrit. The language of the Bhagavad Gita is Sanskrit. The language of ancient Indian architecture, sculpture, agriculture, chemistry, astronomy, veterinary sciences, economics, political science, and other fields of knowledge is Sanskrit."

Spread over 31 sessions, including 24 main sessions and seven auxiliary sessions, the conference delved deep into Sanskrit lore including 18 seats of knowledge, 64 arts, four Vedas, over 100 Upanishads, six ancillary Vedas (upavedas), six adjuncts of Vedas (vedangas), 18 epics, the 10 systems of philosophy, history (itihas), literature and dramaturgy.

Staging of the popular Thai Ramayana, a play in Sanskrit, the Sanskrit kavi sammelan (poetry session) and shastrarth (debate) were among the other highlights of the event. Interestingly, one heard the 'dead language' being spoken extempore by several foreign scholars.

Ironically, in many graduate and post graduate courses in India itself, Sanskrit is not taught through Sanskrit, and candidates often write their examinations in languages other than Sanskrit. Similarly, it has been observed that Sanskrit scholars pay more attention to the subjects in Sanskrit rather than the language.

Sanskrit can prosper only if it is made the medium for teaching and learning the language. Sanskrit and Sanskrit alone should be the language of communication in Sanskrit educational institutions and Sanskrit departments as also Sanskrit conferences. In schools, Sanskrit is seen as a subject which fetches maximum marks as it can be learnt by rot. It is important that the teaching of Sanskrit be made much more attractive for prospective students.

Apart from the Union and State Governments and NGOs such as Samskrita Bharati, which are doing a yeoman's service to the language, promotion of Sanskrit should be taken up by corporates as part of their CSR activities. Linking Sanskrit with modern subjects, developing literature on contemporary issues, conducting a scientific study of the available texts and carrying out more functional research in Sanskrit are among the measures that can be taken up on a priority basis to get the language its due place under the sun. These philanthropists can also contribute to the health and well being of crumbling ved pathshalas imparting the centuries old oral and written traditions, particularly in States such as Kerala.

The country's national news channels  Doordarshan News has recently introduced Vaartavali, a 30-minute-long weekly news magazine, which has become very popular with its viewers. Apart from news, the programme includes interviews with celebrities, teaching of Sanskrit words, coverage of cultural events and even snippets from Bollywood movies. Doordarshan has been running Vaarta an early morning news bulletin for five minutes for some time now and the same is expected to be extended by another five minutes. One only hopes that the public broadcaster introduces a bulletin of the same duration later in the evening, encapsulating the developments of the day.

Apart from growing interest in the language and its text the world over, the spread of Yoga, Ayurveda and Indian classical dances have also contributed to the global enthusiasm towards Sanskrit. Recent decisions by the Narendra Modi Government to grant a $20,000 International Sanskrit Award to any scholar making significant contribution to the language, the institution of fellowships for foreign scholars for conducting research in India in Sanskrit language or literature and the provision of opportunities for new learners to pursue graduate or postgraduate courses or research in India are all expected to give a major boost to the promotion of the language internationally. Reflecting the National Democratic Alliance regime's commitment to the promotion of the language, Ms Swaraj at the conference also announced creation of a post of Joint Secretary in the External Affairs Ministry exclusively to further Sanskrit.

The modern character of the ancient language can be gauged from the fact that it has been found highly effective in developing software for language recognition, translations, cyber security and other aspects of artificial intelligence. As the repository of ancient knowledge, Sanskrit has the potential to provide solutions to many of the contemporary problems.

It would be most appropriate if scholars from organisations representing modern science and technology such as Indian Council for Medical Research, Indian Institutes of Science and Indian Institutes of Technology work together with their Sanskrit counterparts to carry out inter-disciplinary research and come out with the panacea for the manifold problems confronting mankind.

In sharp contrast to the controversies back home, in Buddhist Thailand, one was pleasantly delighted to find Hindu deities such as Vishnu (Wsnu), Ganesh and Brahma being worshipped with equal reverence. At yoga sessions across Thailand, people chant aum, perform the surya namaskar and Ramayana, study Indian classical dances and savour Indian cuisines without any civilisational conflicts whatsoever.

One of the most prominent tableaux at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport is that of the saagar manthan or churning of the ocean from Hindu mythology. Guru Buddhhacharan, a Chinese born Thai scholar of Vedas is planning to open a 100 Vedic schools in the South East Asian country and the nation's Princess Maha Chakri herself developed interest in Sanskrit studies since she was very young. She obtained her Master of Arts degree in oriental epigraphy from Silpakorn University and Master of Arts in Pali and Sanskrit from Chulalongkorn University. The Princess has supported further education in Sanskrit by granting scholarships for university students to study the language abroad, many of whom have become lecturers at Silpakorn University, whose Sanskrit Study Centre jointly organised the World Conference. As the world increasingly looks at India as the vishwa guru, learning valuable lessons from its rich past, it is high time we, Indians, close our ranks and reflect our collective identity and unity overcoming petty partisan politics. As our ancestors exhorted, "Sanghacchadhvam, samvadadhvam, Samvomanamsi janatam" (Let us move together, speak in one voice, think alike and understand one another). -- (The author is a senior journalist based in New Delhi, The Pioneer 13 July 2015)  --goTop

Ashadha (Adhik) Shukla 14, Vik. Samvat 2072.Yugabda 5117: July 1, 2015



Ashadha (Adhik) Shukla 14, Vik. Samvat 2072.Yugabda 5117: July 1, 2015

1. FESTIVALS: Guru Poornima 2. Yoga has amazing powers for well-being: Rashtrapati
3. Millions worldwide join first International Day of Yoga 4. Sanskrit should be propagated to purify minds: sushma Swaraj at 16th WSC in Thailand
5.  HSS Celebrates International Day of Yoga in 40 countries 6. RAMAYANA IS REAL, SAY EXPERTS
7. Yes, we worship Cows - Pakistani Hindu lawmaker 8.   bharat's Mars mission may last 'many years
9.  Kailash pilgrims march into history at Nathu La 10.  DON’T LEAVE EVERYTHING AT THE WILL OF GOD: MOHAN BHAGWAT
11.   RSS IS A 'POWERHOUSE': RAM NAIK 12. 350th foundation day of Anandpur Sahib
13.  Bhagavad Gita Now in China 14. Exhibition on Bharatiya Buddhist Art opens in Singapore
15. Hippos, giraffes roamed Punjab 2.6 million yrs ago 16. 1st Bharatiya In NBA
17.  Sabar Souchagar: Nadia gets Un award 18.  Kenya to Cambridge: Amazing journey of Sir Harry Bhadeshia
19. Bharat-born nikesh arora ex-Google executive appointed SoftBank president 20. Bharat pledges $1 bn aid to quake-ravaged Nepal
21. "Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation" Commits Rs. 2 Crores For Nepal Victims 22. NRI-rich 3 Guj villages have 9,000-crore bank deposits

1. FESTIVALS: This year's Guru Poornima (Ashadh Poornima) on July 31 has a special significance as it falls after a Purushottam Aashaadha. The festival is marked by ritualistic respect to the guru. Etymologically, a guru is one who removes the darkness of our ignorance. The day is also celebrated in the name of Sage Vyasa (and also known as Vyasa Poornima ) to as he is seen as the greatest guru in the  tradition of Guru - Shishya. Although no disciple can pay the debt of the Guru, yet traditionally, disciples offer whatever best they can offer to their Guru on this day. As any human may be vitiated by time, Sangh has adorned saffron flag on the highest pedestal of Guru. Swyamsevaks offer their humble best at the feet of the flag on this day. -goTop


2. Yoga has amazing powers for well-being: Rashtrapati: "Yoga is both an art as well as a science. It has amazing curative as well as preventive powers for the well-being of humanity and for the management of many modern lifestyle related disorders," said Rashtrapati Pranab Mukherjee on International Yoga Day on June 21. The Rashtrapati  inaugurated a mass yoga event at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Conveying his best wishes on the occasion, Rashtrapatiji said Bharat was the home of yoga where it was practiced over centuries. -goTop


3. Millions worldwide join first International Day of Yoga: They bent and twisted their bodies to perform various yogic postures - asanas - to achieve a balance with their body and mind. Pradhan Mantri Narednra Modi surprised everybody by quietly joining the 40000-odd people on the Rajpath-turned Yogapath on June 21 and performed the 15 postures along with them. It was Narendra Modi whose proposal of International Day of Yoga was accepted by the United Nations with the support of 177 countries in December last year. "We are not only celebrating a day, but we are training the human mind to begin a new era of peace and harmony," Modi told participants. "This is a program for the benefit of mankind, for a tension-free world and to spread the message of harmony." The yoga day was celebrated with great pomp and show in the state capitals and major cities also.

Two world records for the largest yoga class, with 35,985 people, and the other for most nationalities participating in a single yoga event - 84 were created on the occasion. Marco Frigatti, Senior Vice-President of Guinness World Record, who made the announcement at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, said it was "an astounding achievement and a very rare one". -goTop


4. Sanskrit should be propagated to purify minds: sushma Swaraj at 16th WSC in Thailand: The ancient language Sanskrit should not be treated as language only but should be propagated to purify the minds of the people and thus sanctify the world, said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at  five day 16th World Sanskrit Conference in Thailand which is a five day conference and started on June 28. Speaking entirely in Sanskrit in a house of Sanskrit scholars from 60 countries, Swaraj said, "Sanskrit should be propagated so that it purifies the minds of the people and thus sanctifies the whole world. You Sanskritists do bathe in the sacred Sanskrit Ganga and are blessed," she told the gathering.

Addressing the inaugural session of 16th World Sanskrit Conference in Bangkok on June 28 as the Chief Guest, Swaraj also announced that a post of Joint Secretary for Sanskrit has been created in the Ministry of External Affairs. -goTop


5.  HSS Celebrates International Day of Yoga in 40 countries: June 21st witnessed the rising sunrays carrying the images of asanas and the chants of om across the globe from Tokyo to San Francisco and Sydney to Oslo when millions joined the celebrations of the First International Day of Yoga. Several organizations like Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS), Art of Living and other local organizations took lead to organize huge events for the Yoga day.

One of the biggest event organized by Bharatiya embassy UAE in association with organizations like Friends of India, Raja Yoga Center witnessed over 16,000 people performing Yoga at Al Wasl sports Club, Jaddaf, Dubai. Attending the event were boxing champion Mary Kom from Bharat, Bharatiya Consul General Anurag Bhushan and Major General Nasser Al Razooqi, UAE Karate and Taekwondo Federation president.

''Today, we celebrate Yoga and we celebrate how it is a wonderful support to the mind, soul and peace,'' said Major General Al Razooqi.

In a huge gathering of about 6,000 at The University of Nairobi - Convocation Grounds, people practiced asanas and surya namaskar and a meditation session. Some other demonstrations performed were flute calming music, Yoga for kids, a Yoga dance, Yoga acrobats show and a Kenyan cultural dance. Dr. Hassan Wario, Cabinet Secretary for Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts of Kenya, said that ''Yoga is the science of activation of our inner energies in such a way that our body, mind and emotions function at their highest peak. Kenya is proud to be part of the 175 countries observing the Yoga Day and I am sure this is the largest Yogathon happening in Africa today. Let us not limit to observing the day only on 21st June but also practice it in our daily life to see the real results'' He ended his speech by performing the Halaasana. Dr. Evans Kidero, Governor of Nairobi County; Yogeshwar Verma, High Commissioner of Bharat; Prof M. F. Mbithi, Vice Chancellor, University of Nairobi; Prof. Miriam Kamadi Were – Chancellor, Moi University; and Roberto Paioni – Italian Consulate also participated in the event. Other cities in Kenya like Mombasa, Eldoret, Nyeri, Lamu, Nakuru and Kisumu also organized successful Yoga day events.

At the national Stadium, Lagos, Nigerians joined the Bharatiya community in yoga celebrations where a 2,000 strong gathering performed various yoga postures braving early morning showers. The event ''Yoga for Happiness,'' was organized by Sewa International, The Art of Living Foundation and the National Olympic Committee jointly. Several notable sportsmen including the president of Sports For All, Henry Amike, Secretary General of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Tunde Popoola and Professor Pat Utomi were present at the event. Speaking on the importance of physical exercise to Nigerians, Utomi said, ''It is essential for each and every one of us to incorporate Yoga into our daily lives to progress faster as individuals and as a country.''

In a program organized by HSS at Tokyo - Japan, a pictorial exhibition - Yoga gallery was inaugurated by Edogawa Mayor Hideyuki Masu. Over 400 participants, majority of them being of Japanese origin were guided by 10 instructors out of which 6 were Japanese.

More than 100 centers of HSS USA organized yoga festivals in 30 cities, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Bay Area, Milwaukee, Houston, Bloomington, Tampa, and Phoenix to mark this day. The events attracted thousands of participants around the country. Activities included guided yoga poses, meditation techniques, and scientific presentations on the benefits of yoga, live music, and demonstrations by expert yoga practitioners. In several states, including Massachusetts, Ohio, and Illinois, governors and mayors recognized June 21 as ''Yoga Day'' within their jurisdictions. A book, Yoga - Bharat's invaluable Gift to the World, written by HSS International Joint Coordinator V Ravikumar explaining the reach and influence of Yoga in every nook and corner of the world was released at the hands of visiting External Affairs Minister Smt Sushama Swaraj at a function in Ganesh temple at Flushing New Jersey. At San Francisco Bay area event Finance Minister of Bharat Arun Jaitely was the chief guest.

Sydney, the yoga capital of Australia witnessed its tryst with spirituality at the iconic Bondi Beach and the multicultural hub Parramatta. Participants at the Bondi Beach started their eventful day with the sun salutation or Surya Namaskar and also took part in the popular Hatha Yoga, laughter yoga and meditation. Lord Mayor Parramatta Scott Lloyd, Julie Ovens, the Federal Member of Parliament of Parramatta, Alex Hawke, Federal Member of Parliament of Mitchell and other dignitaries also marked their presence to encourage the audience. Yoga events registering an overwhelming response were also organized in many other cities of Australia including Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

Scores showed up at the Everest Cricket ground on Carifesta Avenue, on Sunday morning as Guyana on Caribbean coast joined others in celebrating International Yoga Day. Members of the HSS spearheaded the celebration as part of their ''I love Guyana'' project in association with Cove and John Hindu College, Akshardham Ashram and many others. The event featured many different yoga exercises showcased by a variety of specialists. Participants exclaimed that the event was an inspiration to their lives. Many quipped that they are now ready to incorporate what they have learnt into their daily routines.

At Bangkok, as a part of the International Yoga Day celebrations, the International Center for Cultural Studies - Thailand, together with the world famous Mahidol University, organized a one-day yoga work shop for physical education teachers from schools all over Thailand. Harsh Vardhan Shingla, Bharatiya Ambassador to Thailand, inaugurated the workshop. The Vice Chancellor of Mahidol University, Prof. Preecha Soontranan and the venerable monk Buddhacharan, head of Siam Thep Ashram, Chaingmai were the chief guests. A total of 168 teachers from different schools participated in the workshop.

Similar events were organized at places like Paramaribo - Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Canada, Munich, and Chemnitz in Germany, Italy, Copenhagen - Denmark, Cyprus, Zurich – Switzerland, UK, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Botswana, Yangon, Batu Caves and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong etc.

It was gratifying to see several organizations like HSS, Sewa International, Art of Living, Chinmay Mission, Brahma Kumaris, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Gayatri Parivar, Patanjali Yog Peeth come together to organize such mega events in association with local communities, temples, Bharatiya embassies and others.  -goTop


6. RAMAYANA IS REAL, SAY EXPERTS: New research carried out by anthropological scientists from the Estonian Biocentre and the University of Delhi claims that events of the mythological epic Ramayana occurred in reality thousands of years ago. Scientists say that results of their genetic studies, with existing data, show genetic signatures of tribal groups featured in the Ramayana such as the Gonds, Kols and Bhils. Gonds are  a prominent group in Adilabad district of Telangana.

Researchers claimed that populations in the Bharatiya subcontinent can trace their ancestors to more than 60,000 years back. Scientists say that this is proof of the authenticity and actual occurrence of the events described in Ramayana, which would have occurred more than 12,000 years ago. The Gonds, Kols and Bhils are believed to be the ancient tribal groups of the region and have found mention in the Ramayana.

Dr Vadlamudi Raghavendra Rao, professor of anthropology, University of Delhi, and one of the authors of the study, said, "Definitely, the events described in Ramayana occurred in real. Our research has showed close genetic affinity of these tribes to other ethnic groups. We have shown that there is continuity in the populations groups living here.  Other researchers are working to prove other angles of this."

The study was carried out by Estonian Biocentre researcher Gyaneshwar Chaubey, Institute of Scientific Research on Vedas, Dr Saroj Bala and Dr Raghavendra Rao. The Bhil, Kol and Gond are three major Bharatiya tribes that have been widely acknowledged in the epic Ramayana, particularly in the chapters Ayodhyakanda, Aranyakanda and Kishkindhakanda. Gonds are prominently found in Adilabad district and other states and number about 40 lakh. -goTop


7. Yes, we worship Cows - Pakistani Hindu lawmaker: Voicing the rising concerns of Hindus in Pakistan in an unprecedented and bold yet rational manner, Pakistani Hindu lawmaker Lal Malhi on June 20 advised his colleagues in the National Assembly not to target the Hindu faith while criticising  Bharat. In the lower house of Pakistan Parliament during the ongoing budget session, fully confident Malhi in the most audacious way said: "In ko galiyan deni hoti hai Bharat ko, ye galiya de dete hai Hindu ko; kya kasoor hai hamara yaha pe?" (They want to target Bharat and they target Hindus in Pakistan, what is our fault?) On 22 June, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf MNA Lal Chand Malhi pointed out to his colleagues that Hindus are also Pakistani citizens. Malhi's speech went live on television. -goTop


8.   bharat's Mars mission may last 'many years: Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) had launched the spacecraft on its nine-month-long odyssey on a homegrown PSLV rocket from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on November 5, 2013 and it had escaped the earth's gravitational field on December 1, 2013. ISRO chairman Kiran Kumar said on the sidelines of Indian Institute of Science Alumni Global Conference 2015 ‘Science for Society’, "there was no untoward incidents, no failures; ....even when you launch you have to give some margin for launch error that also was not there. So we were able to save fuel right from beginning till insertion." ''Now we have saved, almost 45 kg is there. It will last for many years," he added. Asked to specify the time frame, he said "we will go one step at a time. We had told the longest duration of gap of communication was this one (June 8-22). Now this we have survived. Next similar event will be two-and-half years later." -goTop


9.  Kailash pilgrims march into history at Nathu La:  A group of 38 Bharatiya pilgrims crossed over to China for the final leg of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra at the Nathu La pass in Sikkim on June 22 with the land route reopened after over 50 years following the 1962 Sino-Bharat war. The new track is much easier and safer for pilgrims, who had to trek in tough terrain through the treacherous Lipulekh Pass in Uttarakhand until now. The group comprised both first-timers and veterans of the Yatra, one of the most important pilgrimages for Hindus. They were accompanied by a foreign ministry liaison official and five support staff.

Hyderabad-based physiotherapist Nancy Naik said she was excited to step inside China for the final leg of her journey. "My parents had done it. So I want to do it too," the 27-year-old said, her tired but bright eyes barely visible under a thick, woollen cap. Many were above 60 and it was icy cold and overcast at Nai Dui La, located at around 14,000 feet. But their enthusiasm and fervour seemed to drown their fatigue. -goTop


10.  DON'T LEAVE EVERYTHING AT THE WILL OF GOD -- MOHAN BHAGWAT: RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat questioned the double standards that most of the people follow in daily life. He said even if the schools impart quality education, it will not work if the students do not get equally healthy atmosphere at home. "People send their wards to Vidya Bharati schools for receiving good samskars, but at home they print the wedding cards in English. This will not work. Society has to contribute actively if we want to impart quality education to the children," he said while speaking at a function in Mathura on June 14 after inaugurating an auditorium at Shrijee Baba Saraswati Vidya Mandir.

Shri Bhagwat said earlier the people used to leave everything on the God, but now they leave everything on the government. Instead of following this mentality we need to come forward to resolve our problems ourselves.  -goTop


11.   RSS IS A 'POWERHOUSE' -- RAM NAIK: A brief interaction with the then RSS Sarsanghachalak Prof Rajendra Singh in 1998 changed the life mission of international shooter Dr Rajpal Singh, who till then coached shooting to VVIPs including Rajiv Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, Jayant Chaudhary, Navin Jindal, etc. Rajju Bhaiya, as Prof Rajendra Singh was popularly known, asked Dr Singh as to "what he has done for the people of his own village". The answer was naturally negative. But these words exhorted him so much that the same day he pledged to impart coaching only to villagers.

Next day, he created a temporary shooting range in his village Johri, about 70 km from Delhi, under Baghpat District and started hunt for rural talent with the help of the pistols that he collected from his erstwhile VIP shooters. His 17 years sadhana has now given 41 international (including eight girls, which is a record), over 300 national and about 1,000 other shooters to the nation. Not only this, about 300 youth of the villages, both boys and girls, have secured respectable jobs in Air India, Indian Railways, ONGC, Indian Army, Delhi Police, Uttar Pradesh Police, etc due to shooting. The official coaches of about a dozen universities in the country are from Johri's makeshift shooting range. About 70 per cent of the shooters in the country today have been produced by this shooting range. It is a successful experiment of connecting sports with career. Impressed with the extraordinary results, the then BJP Rajya Sabha MP Bhartendu Pratap Singhal visited the village in 2001 and offered Rs 25 lakh from his MP development fund to build an indoor shooting range so that the shooters can practice in perfect atmosphere. In order to recognize his contribution, the newly built shooting range has now been dedicated to him. This BP Singhal Indoor Shooting Range was inaugurated by Uttar Pradesh Rajyapal Shri Ram Naik on June 13. Referring to the motivation granted by Rajju Bhaiya, Shri Naik described the RSS as "a powerhouse, which provides energy to the entire society". Others present were VHP patron Ashok Singhal who is also elder brother of the late BP Singhal, MP from Baghpat Dr Satyapal Singh etc.  -goTop


12. 350th foundation day of Anandpur Sahib: Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) celebrated the 350th foundation day of Shri Anandpur Sahib from June 17 to 19 at Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib located in Punjab. The holy city was founded by the 9th Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Tegh Bahadur in 1665. Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib situated amid Shivalik hills on the bank of River Satluj is the birthplace of the Khalsa. It is the place that commemorates the miracle of 'celebrating the scum of humanity' and a wonder of the divine and transcendent guru-disciple matrix. Guru Teg Bahadar was father of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, who was the 10th Guru of Sikhs. Later, Guru Gobind Singh in 1699 created Khalsa Panth. -goTop


13.  Bhagavad Gita Now in China: Bhagavad Gita, a sacred ancient Bharatiya scripture, has made its debut in China after its Chinese version was released during an international yoga conference being held in the Communist nation.

Translated by professor Wang Zhu Cheng and Ling Hai of Zhejiang University in Shanghai and published by Sichuan People's Publications, the book was launched at a function attended by eminent yoga teachers from Bharat who had converged at Dujiangyan in southwestern Sichuan province to attend the Yoga Festival.

The book was released by Bharatiya Ambassador to China Ashok K Kantha on 17th June. The foreword for the book was written by K Nagaraj Naidu who was till recently the consulate general at the Bharatiya Consulate in Guangzhou.

Ancient Buddhist scriptures are well known in China as they made their way from the times of Huen Tsang journey to Bharat  in the 7th century.

This is perhaps the first time a well known Hindu ancient religious text has been published in China.

Last year, scholars from Bharat and China published an Encyclopaedia on the age-old cultural contacts between the two countries, tracing back their history to over 2000 years. -goTop


14. Exhibition on Bharatiya Buddhist Art opens in Singapore: More than 80 pieces of rare Buddhist art from the Bharatiya subcontinent are on display at the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore. The exhibition, which features artworks from Asia's oldest museum in Kolkata, chronicles the evolution of Buddhist art from the 2nd century BC. Titled "Treasures from Asia's Oldest Museum: Buddhist Art from the Indian Museum, Kolkata", the exhibition was opened on June 18 by Singapore's Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong and Bharat's Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) Dr Mahesh Sharma. On display are dramatic sculptures and paintings tracing scenes from the life of Buddha, and symbols used to represent Buddhist concepts. Highlights include a 1.2 metre tall sandstone standing Buddha dating to the 5th century; and a 10th century carving of Queen Maya giving birth to Buddha. The exhibition takes place in the 50th year of Singapore's independence, and celebrates the 50th year of diplomatic relations between Bharat and Singapore. It is the result of a collaboration with the Kolkata museum and is sponsored by the Bharatiya government. -goTop


15. Hippos, giraffes roamed Punjab 2.6 million yrs ago: An international team of experts studying pre-history are excited about a 50-hectare site in a village in Punjab as it could well be the oldest in terms of discovery of pre-historic fauna. Believe it or not, ancient ancestors of hippos were residents of this site in Mohali's Masol village 2.6 million years ago. The study is being conducted jointly by scientists from France and Bharat

In fact, more than 2,000 fossils of different herbivores, including Stegodon, an ancient elephant with tusks up to four metres, and Sivatherium, a giant giraffe, were dug up from Masol which is surrounded by Shivalik hills.

The study adds that before this find, the oldest sites were in the Rift Valley of Ethiopia dating back to 2.58 million years.  -goTop


16. 1st Bharatiya In NBA: Satnam Singh, 19-year-old seven-foot-two-inch tall basketball player from the remote Punjab village of Balloke near Ludhiana, becomes the first Bharatiya to be drafted into the star-studded National Basketball League (NBA) in the US. Satnam took a giant leap into sporting history when 2011 NBA champions Dallas Mavericks picked him up in the second round of the NBA draft in New York. Satnam was the 52nd pick among a pool of 60 in the draft. The Punjabi-speaking Satnam has been training at the IMG Academy in Florida for the past five years and has no previous experience of basketball at this level. -goTop


17.  Sabar Souchagar: Nadia gets Un award: District Magistrate of Nadia along with Sabhapati of Nadia Zilla Parishad in West Bengal was conferred with United Nations Public Services Award 2015 for eliminating open defecation in the district. Nadia district of South Bengal had half of its population defecating in open till October 2013. The district administration under a programme called Sabar Souchagar built 3,56,000 toilets in the district and by April 2015 the number of people continuing with the practice dropped to 0.2 per cent only. "The award was presented by acting Secretary General of the UN Lenni Montiel along with Head UN Women Stefani Senese, on conclusion of United Nations Day Celebrations 2015, on June 26 at Medellin, Republic of Columbia." The UN has described Sabar Shouchagar (Toilets for All) as a "unique model developed to generate awareness, improve access to sanitary toilets, and bring substantial health improvement through improved sanitation".

The UN has also added that the scheme has mobilised all stake holders "especially women and school children and involvement of faith based organisation" and "if replicated, it has the potential to eliminate open defecation from across the world".  -goTop


18.  Kenya to Cambridge: Amazing journey of Sir Harry Bhadeshia: From leaving Kenya for Britain amidst a political turmoil in the 1970, it has been an unlikely journey for Harshad Kumar Dharamshi Bhadeshia, a renowned metallurgist whose career and inventions have now been recognised with a knighthood. Bhadeshia, better known as Harry Bhadeshia, is the Tata Steel professor of metallurgy at the University of Cambridge, and has developed new steels that are now used on railway lines on the Channel Tunnel, the Swiss rail network and the France tram system.

Bhadeshia's parents were born in Rajkot and emigrated to Kenya, where all their children were born. They all emigrated to the UK when they had to leave Kenya due to political circumstances, in 1970.

An award-winning authority in the field, Bhadeshia is the latest Bharatiya-origin scientist to be knighted in recent years for contributions to Science and Technology after Tejinder Virdee (2014), Venkatraman Ramakrishnan (2011) and Nilesh Jayantilal Samani (2015).

Bhadeshia's inventions include super bainite, now available as armour, a new welding alloy, and a steel tailor-made for pipes going down oil wells.  -goTop


19. Bharat-born nikesh arora ex-Google executive appointed SoftBank president: Arora joined the Japanese company just last September. He was previously chief business officer of Google Inc., which he entered in 2004 as a telecom industry analyst before being recruited by Son. Hailed by Son as a "rising star", Arora received 16.556 billion yen (nearly USD 135 million) for the period through March, 2015. Unlike elsewhere in the world, there are few business executives in Japan who are paid several billions of yen a year and rare for a Japanese company to pay more than 16 billion yen annually to an executive. -goTop


20. Bharat pledges $1 bn aid to quake-ravaged Nepal: Bharat pledged an assistance of $1 billion to the quake-ravaged Nepal for its massive re-construction programme.  The announcement was made by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during the International Donors' Conference in Kathmandu on June 22.

Led by Bharat and China, global donors pledged over $3.5 billion as aid to Nepal, meeting half of the $6.7 billion needed to rebuild the nation, as Nepalese Prime Minister vowed "full transparency'' and ''zero-tolerance'' to corruption in disbursing the relief money to the victims. Pledging the aid, Swaraj asserted Bharat would strongly stand behind the Nepalese Government, which is seeking to "wipe the tears" of every Nepalese citizen. -goTop


21. "Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation" Commits Rs. 2 Crores For Nepal Victims:  Shyamji Gupta, Founder-Chairman of "Ekal-India" happened to be in Nepal when the earthquake struck and so he personally initiated the relief efforts after witnessing the tragedy first-hand that unfolded. As of April'2015, Ekal had 1,500 schools operating in Nepal's rural areas. Ekal, was not only familiar with its people, its culture and life's necessities, but also, had well-established rapport with the local governments. As the news of destruction hit the world, 'Ekal Organization' under the leadership of Ravidev ji Gupta sprang into action to start coordinating rescue, relief, and rehabilitation efforts with its selfless volunteering force of 1,600 Nepali regulars. Within days, Ekal's own survey indicated that 626 Ekal-Villages were affected, 365 Ekal teacher's housings were destroyed and over 250 Ekal schools were badly damaged. In earthquake ravaged regions, Ekal extended help irrespective of caste, region and creed etc. Essential food items and medicines, 9743 tarpaulin, and 11,500 blankets were distributed which benefitted approximately 5,000 families in 400 villages. The team of Doctors treated 500 patients in 'Sindupalchowk' district and 400 patients in 'Lalitpur' district for wounds, gastric problems, psychiatric interventions and orthopedic injuries. According to Subhashji Gupta, past President and current Advisor to Ekal-USA, total commitment of Ekal in Nepal is likely to exceed Rs. 2 Crores. -goTop


22. NRI-rich 3 Guj villages have 9,000-crore bank deposits: Eight full fledged branches of nationalized banks cater to just 1,292 households in the tiny hamlet Baladia, some 15km from Bhuj. The NRI-rich village boasts of bank deposits worth Rs 2,000 crore. Baladia is one of over a dozen wealthy Patel villages around Bhuj. With 7,630 households, bank deposits in Madhapar stand at Rs 5,000 crore. Kera village, home to 1,863 families, too has deposits of Rs 2,000 crore. Almost half is NRI money. No wonder bank hoardings flashing interest rates for NRI deposits (up to 10%) is a common sight in these villages. The district has NRI deposits of around Rs 9,181 crore, the second highest in the state after Ahmedabad. -goTop


23.  TN TURNS TO YOGA THERAPY FOR DIABETES-FREE BHARAT: More than 8,000 diabetic patients in Tamil Nadu took part in a week-long Diabetes-Free Bharat camp held at 250 venues across the State. "This is the first attempt of its kind in the country to regulate diabetes with yoga therapy. Though we know from our own experience that yoga is a one-stop-solution for all diseases, it has not reached the masses. We have medical evidence to prove that yoga plays a major role in regulating and controlling diabetes without any medicine," said R Nagaratna, a MRCP doctor who heads the yoga initiative of Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, a deemed university in Bangalore.

Nagaratna disclosed that the participants would continue with the yoga on a regular basis. "We will collect their blood test reports at the end of the first month followed by the third, sixth, and 12th month to find out the variations. This will definitely furnish valuable clues about diabetes management through yoga," she said.  -goTop


24. JAGANNATH RAO JOSHI SMARAK BHAVAN INAUGURAL AT GADAG: Karnataka Governor VR Vala, BJP President Amit Shah, RSS AKhil Bharatiya Vyavastha Pramukh Mangesh Bhende attended inaugural ceremony of Jagannath Rao Joshi Smarak Bhavan in Naragunda of Gadaga district in Karnataka on 23rd June. The new building was named after Jagannath Rao Joshi, an RSS Pracharak famous for his oratorical skills, who later took responsibility in the erstwhile Jan Sangh. He had taken part in many agitations and movements including Goa Liberation movement and was jailed for the same.      -goTop


25. SHRI VISHWA NIKETAN: Pravaas: Shri Ravikumar , sahsamyojak Vishwa Vibhag is on a tour to Thailand and HongKong. Dr.Sadanand Sapre, sahsamyojak will visit Mauritius.   -goTop


FOOD FOR THOUGHT: India was Swamiji's greatest passion … India throbbed in his breast, India beat in his pulses, India was his day dream, India was his nightmare. Not only that, he himself became India. He was the embodiment of India in flesh and blood. He was India; He was Bharat -- the very symbol of her spirituality, her purity, her wisdom, her power, her vision and her destiny.     --  Sister Nivedita.  -goTop