1. FESTIVALS: Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights: Nariman House lights up, dispels 26/11 darkness. “It's always been a place of hospitality," said preschool teacher Menuhah Peters as she took a bite of the sufganiyah. "But after the attacks six years ago, it's also become a place where we come to pay our respects and remember that light always dispels darkness. What better time than Hanukkah for that?"
2. BHARAT RATNA FOR VAJPAYEE, MALAVIYA: Former Pradhan Mantri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a charismatic personality who crafted consensual politics that found acceptability across the political spectrum, has been chosen for the country’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna along with educationist and freedom fighter Pt Madan Mohan Malviya ( posthumously ), a press communiqué from Rashtrapati Bhavan on 24th December said. .
3. BHARAT IS HINDU RASHTRA: MOHAN BHAGWAT: Describing Bharat as a Hindu rashtra and making a strong pitch for Hindu awakening, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Sarasanghachalak Mohan Bhagwat on December 20 said, “There is no need to fear. A Hindu will not leave his land. What we have lost in the past, we will try to bring it back. No one should be afraid of Hindus rising.”
4. VANVASI RAKSHA
PARIWAR KUMBHA 2014 was
held in Delhi on December 21 in which 40,000 people including leading
saints, NGO representatives, tribals and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and RSS
karyakartas participated. An exhibition held on the occasion showcased the
unique heritage, ethnic diversity, rich natural resources, socio-cultural
traditions of the tribals. Tribal Artists form West Bengal presented
Mahishasur Mardani while the children of
5. ‘OUR TIME HAS COME’: Towns and villages in Punjab along the border with Pakistan — from Bhikhiwind to Khemkaran to Pahuwind – have been waking up every morning to the sights and sounds of RSS shakhas in parks and grounds. College student Sunil Kumar, shakha in-charge at Bhikhiwind, ensures that 40 boys gather every morning at a school ground. “School and college students, mostly from the weaker sections, come here. Others have begun taking interest after we organised a big function on Dussehra,” he said.
6. CHANGE IN POWER HAS INCREASED EXPECTATIONS FROM BHARAT: BHAGWAT: "This is the right time for the country. The expectations of the world from the country are growing. We feel that the country has now started working towards making everyone capable of fulfilling these expectations," Bhagwat told a gathering in Panaji at the inauguration of 40th convention of social service organisation Giants International on December 19.This change in the country is happening "because there is a change in power," he said during his 50-minute speech."The ultimate change is possible only when people see examples and imitate them. People believe in what they see," he said. - goTop
8. ISRO BLASTS BHARAT’S BIGGEST ROCKET INTO SPACE: Bharat successfully launched its biggest ever rocket on December 18 carrying an unmanned capsule that could one day send astronauts into space, as the country ramps up its ambitious space programme. The Bharat-made capsule is designed to carry up to three astronauts into space. The rocket, designed to carry heavier communication and other satellites into higher orbit, blasted off from Sriharikota in a test mission costing nearly $25m (£16m).
9. 500 YEAR OLD WATER STRUCTURE IN RAMESHWARAM REDISCOVERED: The word ‘Theertham’ literally means ‘water’ but in Hindu tradition, it is usually the physical holy water body associated with a temple or deity. Rameshwaram has 64 such theerthams. 22 of these are believed to be sacred and are within the premises of the Sri Ramanathaswamy temple.
10. DRDO CHIEF INVOKES VEDAS TO EXPLAIN INTEL IMPORTANCE: The country’s scientist and Defence Research Development Organisation chief Avinash Chander on December 23 invoked mythology to explain the importance of intelligence network. Chander, the man behind the Agni series missiles, while addressing the Intelligence Bureau sleuths said “information gathering and intelligence have been emphasised even in Vedas and Puranas”, and invoked “Rig Veda and Atharva Veda” to send across his point that intelligence gathering had to be abreast with technology.NSA Ajit Doval, new IB chief Dineshwar Sharma and outgoing IB chief Syed Asif Ibrahim were present.
11. FIRST HINDU
4,000-YEAR-OLD HOUSE AT BAGHPAT OFFERS RARE CLUE TO HARAPPAN HABITATION: The
Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), in excavations carried out at Chandyan
village in Baghpat, has found remnants of a house that corresponds to the
late Harappan period. The discovery is important since, according to
archaeologists, this is the first time evidence of habitation pertaining to
that period has been found in the Upper Doab region between
13. DR. VIVEK
MURTHY IS FIRST PIO SURGEON GENERAL OF
14. ISRO's RADHAKRISHNAN IN NATURE JOURNAL'S TOP TEN LIST: Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, Chairman of the ISRO is one of the 2014 top ten scientists chosen by the prestigious journal Nature. This is the first time in the recent past that the journal has chosen a Bharatiya working in Bharat. He is listed along with other people like Andrea Accomazzo, the Rosetta flight operations director, European Space Agency. - goTop
15. BUDDHIST SCULPTURES, KUSHAN-ERA COINS FOUND AT PAKISTAN SITE: Archaeologists have discovered Buddhist sculptures and coins dating back to the 2nd to 5th centuries during ongoing excavation at the site of an ancient Buddhist Stupa in northwest Pakistan. Director of Archaeology and Museums, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Abdul Samad said that sculptures and heads dating from 2nd to 5th centuries have been discovered during excavation, initiated at the Bhamala Buddhist complex. During excavation, precious coins of Kushan period were also unearthed around the Stupa. Bhamala archaeological site has ruins of the Buddhist Stupa dating back to 4th century C.E. and is declared as a National and World Heritage Site. - goTop
VASAN SRINIVASAN INDUCTED IN
17. BHARATIYA-ORIGIN RESEARCHERS: NEW ‘THINKING’ ROBOTIC SEA TURTLE DEVELOPED: Bharatiya-origin researchers have developed a next-generation ‘thinking’ robotic sea turtle capable of performing complicated tasks such as surveillance and energy harvesting. In the underwater robotic world, turtle robots are among the most manoeuvrable, researchers said. The National University of Singapore (NUS) team’s turtle robot can also go about determinedly performing what it is set out to do, while being able to react to exigencies and obstacles. The team led by Associate Professor S K Panda is putting the final touches to a robotic sea turtle which could move about underwater, including diving to deeper depths vertically, like a real turtle, by just using its front and hind limb gait movements. - goTop
GIFTS BANGLA PREZ AIR RECORDS OF LIBERATION SAGA:
MANSAROVAR: A PILGRIM’S ODYSSEY: Chinese
edition of "An Odyssey in
PRIPYAVADAN MEHTA CONFIRMED AS A FEDERAL JUDGE: Bharatiya-American
Amit Priyavadan Mehta has been confirmed by the US Senate as a Federal judge
21. 15 MUSLIM PRISONERS OF SABARMATI JAIL LEARN SANSKRIT: At least 15 Muslim prisoners and a few Christian inmates at Sabarmati Central Jail have voluntarily opted for a short-term course to learn Sanskrit as a language. Besides top cops D G Vanzara and P P Pandey who are lodged in the jail, 250 prisoners — including Muslim and Christian inmates — attended a 10-day crash course in Sanskrit organized by Sanskrit Bharati, a city-based NGO.
22. SANSKRITI SANGAM – V: 5th conference of people of ancient traditions and cultures will be held at Ganapati Sacchidananda Math, Mysuru – Karnataka during January 31st to February 5th. People from about 50 traditions across the globe are expected to participate in the conference. For more info please see www.iccsglobal.org - goTop
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: “There is but one God. True is His Name, creative His personality and immortal His form. He is without fear sans enmity, unborn and self-illumined. By the Guru's grace He is obtained.” – Guru Nanak - goTop