Ashwin Purnima, Vik. Samvat 2073. Yugabda 5118: October 16, 2016


Ashwin Purnima, Vik. Samvat 2073. Yugabda 5118: 16 October 2016

1. FESTIVALS: Datta Jayanti,













1. FESTIVALS: Datta Jayanti, also known as Dattatreya Jayanti commemorates the birth day celebration of Bhagwan Dattatreya (Datta), a combined form of the divine trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. It is celebrated on Margashirsha Purnima, December 13 this year.

Dattatreya was the son of the sage Atri and his wife Anasuya who did severe Tapas to beget a son equal in merits as Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.

On Datta Jayanti, people take bath early in the morning in holy rivers or streams, and observe fast. A puja is performed with flowers, incense, lamps and camphor. Devotees meditate on his image and pray to Dattatreya with a vow to follow in his footsteps. They remember Dattatreya's work and read the sacred books Avadhuta Gita and Jivanmukta Gita, which contain the god's discourse. Some temples like Manik Prabhu Temple, Manik Nagar host an annual 7-day festival in honour of the deity in this period. -goTop


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2. PARAM PUJANEEYA SARSANGHCHALAKJI'S VIJAYA DASHAMI UDABODHAN: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh celebrated its 91st  ststapana diwas on Vijayadashami, October 11 at Reshim Bagh, Nagpur. The celebration was preceded by a 3 kilometre path sanchalan by Swayamsevaks in brown pants. This was the first Vijayadashami celebration after the brown full pants replaced khaki shorts. Retired Indian Economic Services officer Shri Satya Prakash Rai was the Chief Guest of the program. Other dignitaries present included Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, representatives of and Mahesh Yogi Mission. The gist of speech by PP Sarsanghachalak Dr Mohan Bhagwat follows.

Centenary celebrations of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, started last year, are going to continue this year also. This is the millennium year of Acharya Abhinavagupta's life. He was the foremost among the proponents of Shaiva Darsana. The theoretical analysis he presented on "sound" is not only a treatise that speaks on the efficacy of "sound" to lead one to God-realization, but also a subject for deep study for modern computer scientists. But, of all achievements, the greatest achievement of his lifelong penance was that he could resuscitate from the soil of Kashmir the salient feature of the Sanatana culture that helps one to see unity in diversity. This is also the millennium year of the birth of the renowned saint from the south, great Ramanujacharya, the author of "Sreebhashya." Establishing social equality and practicing Dharma in its pristine form in his life, he was able to invigorate the sense of equality and fraternity throughout the nation. This year, we are also celebrating the 350th birthday of the tenth Guru of the Sikh Panth, Sree Guru Govind Singh, who had donned the dual-mantle of a statesman and a preceptor ( Meeri and Peeri) to protect the nation, society and Dharma, as also to uphold our self-respect and annihilate wickedness. This year also marks the birth centenary of Prajnachakshu Sree Gulabrao Maharaj. He, who called himself the "daughter" of Sant Sree Jnaneshwar, had made painstaking study of our own as well as foreign works on spirituality and empirical sciences. If we carefully study the situation that we have been facing for the last one year, we will certainly be convinced of the need for us to follow the teachings of these four illustrious great masters.           

The policies adopted by the government have resulted in dispelling away the sense of disappointment previously discernible all over the country, and had built some measure of confidence, therefore the nation, it appears, is moving forward. However, the political parties in opposition are busy formulating strategies for their political gains, to focus on the shortcomings and inadequacies of the government and the administration. The picture we have been seeing in the past one year, giving us a clear vision of the dirty tricks being played, is a matter of grave concern. The fundamentalist, extremist, divisive, and selfish forces in the world, for whom an efficient, united and self-confident Bharat with an able government is an eyesore, are busy spreading their tentacles all over the country. There is an urgent need to take necessary protective steps to guard against walking into the trap of their deceit and subterfuges, aimed at creating an atmosphere of division and antagonism in the society.

Sangh Swayamsevaks have stepped up their efforts in this direction to prepare people's minds to find a solution to this problem through the Sangha Shakhas in various villages and locations. Based on a detailed survey of 9000 villages in the Prant called Madhya Bharat by the Sangh, it has come to our knowledge that presently, in 40% villages discrimination prevails on the issue of temple entry; in 30% villages discrimination prevails in the matter of sources of water; and in 35% villages discrimination prevails on the use of crematorium. Efforts are being made to find solution to these problems. Individuals and associations who stand for social good should also become more active in the matter.

Protection, enrichment and growth of indigenous varieties of cows that form a significant part of our cattle wealth, is one of the mottos spelt out in the Directive Principles of our Constitution. Sangh Swayamsevaks, many saints and other people throughout the country are carrying forward this work as a sacred mission. In many of our states, cow-slaughter and cruelty to animals are prohibited by law. But sometimes in some places in these states, the Go-sevaks have to do active campaigns to ensure proper implementation of such laws. But they cannot be compared with those undesirable elements, who raking up the issue of cow-slaughter or spreading unfounded rumours about cow-slaughter, are busy serving their narrow personal or political ends. In the event of such incidents, politicians, while taking sides with an eye on political gains, should also see to it that their thoughts, words and deeds are helpful in lessening the feeling of hatred and ill-will and this is what society expects of them.

The present conditions in the whole of Jammu & Kashmir make our concern all the more confounded. Major areas of the Kashmir valley, Jammu and Ladakh are less disturbed and the situation in these areas is well under control. There should not be any compromise whatsoever on the principle that the whole of Kashmir, including Mirpur, Muzzafarabad, Gilgit and Baltistan, is an inseparable and integral part of Bharat. There is an urgent need to rehabilitate with honor and security and ensuring all-round welfare, our Hindu brethren, who had migrated from those areas, and the Pandits, who were forced out of the Kashmir valley. The discriminatory approach of the state administration towards Jammu and Ladakh also should be ended immediately.

The terrorist attack on our Army camp at Uri has underscored the need for continuous preparedness on the part of our combat forces, and the level of perpetual coordination and cooperation needed among the Army, Defense Forces and Intelligence Agencies, I heartily congratulate our Government and our valorous soldiers and all the wings of our Armed Forces, who, through an efficient and expert move, have given a firm and befitting reply to this wanton attack.

The purpose of education is to improve efficiency, developing the sense of responsibility, and cultivating national and social consciousness in an individual. Along with acquiring knowledge and learning, the individual should have a sense of responsibility, congenial attitude as a citizen, and be a good person leading a life based on values. Education should be such as to meet these demands and the curriculum should be suitable to satisfy these needs.

Our experience shows that when children develop proper behaviour, aim and good tendencies at home, then only they work hard to pursue studies and show the discretion to put it to proper use. It is necessary that dialogues between elders and children in families should start and continue. Many saints, men and organizations are engaged in promoting such dialogues. In Sangh also, "Kutumbaprabhodan" is one such activity, in which our Swayamsevaks are very active. Rather than waiting for someone from outside to take the initiative, we have to start the process in our families on our own.

Different programmes, festivals, campaigns, etc., being organised at the social level, are intended to impart social education and culture. In Maharashtra, groups organizing Sarvajanic (Public) Ganeshotsavas at many places have conducted many good experiments. Some new initiatives have been made at the governmental and non-governmental level, and it is for social activists and our Swayamsevaks to motivate more and more people to take part in such activities. The innate organised state of society is the root cause that ensures perfect order, integrity, peace and progress of a nation and the world, and it is on the basis of this truth, the Rashrtiya Swayamsevak Sangh has been working continuously for the last 90 years, and moving ahead.

The government should move in this direction with firmness, and the administration should implement the government policies in this direction with efficiency and enthusiasm, and both should perpetually ensure that, to the last man in the last row, everyone is happy, fine and safe and enjoys a life of contentment. On the other hand, the people also, remaining harmonious, organized and alert should help the government and the administration and, if needed, should exercise their control, which is necessary for the progression of our national life. If all these three entities move in tandem in the same direction with perfect planning and mutual understanding, then only we will be able to ensure our victory, defeating the evil designs, subterfuges and treachery of the demoniac forces and overcoming the difficulties and adversities we have been facing.

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is the organization that is working for only this mission of infusing the Samaj with such divine qualities creating a helpful atmosphere by providing living examples. To organize every individual through selfless and unadulterated love and equip him to identify himself with the aim of taking this sacred Hindu Nation to the pinnacle of glory in the world, to make Shakha Sadhana that helps one to cultivate physical, mental and intellectual faculties through common and simple programmes, and to depute such "Sadhaks" according to their efficiency, as and when necessary, in different spheres of our national life to do the required work with a spirit of service, is the programme taken up the  RSS.(Visit for full summary of speech) -goTop


3. DHARMA ALONE WILL HELP BHARAT ACCOMPLISH ITS GLOBAL MISSION: DR. BHAGWAT: RSS Sarsanghchalak Dr. Mohanrao Bhagwat has said that so long Dharma and culture are in vogue in Bharat no power on the earth can cause any harm to our country. Dharma protects everyone, he added.  Addressing a seminar on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of the late Hanuman Prasad Poddar, founder of Geeta Press, at Gorakhpur he said that in absence of Dharma and Sanskriti, no one could save our country.

Hanuman Prasad Dixit, Director General of 'School of Good Governance and Policy Analysis' and Editor of Geeta Press Radhye Shyam Khemka also spoke on this occasion. -goTop


4. DUSSERA-MILAN IN JAPAN: "Dussera-Milan" was organized by HSS Japan on 9th October at Community Hall, Ojima Koto-Ku Tokyo, to utilize the auspicious occasion of "Vijaya-Dashmi" for connecting various Bharatiya organizations which are actively working in Japan for quite some years including some senior Japanese personalities who are having close relation with Bharat. This includes representatives from Odissa community, Maratha Mandal, Telgu Sangham, Kannada group, Principals of Bharatiya schools in Tokyo & Kawasaki and others. Honorable Ambassador of Bharat, Shri Sujan Ji Chinoy was the Chief Guest who delivered very inspirational speech stressing the need of "Bal-Gokulams" to connect next generation with Bharatiya culture. 

All the community leaders were invited to give a short introduction about the various activities which their respective groups have been doing. This was followed by the formal introduction of various activities being executed by HSS Japan in last two years. 

Another highlight of the event was the release of two books, written by Shri Ravikumar 1) Yoga - Bharat's Invaluable Gift to the World, & 2) Indian Heroism in Israle in Japan by Honorable Ambassador. Shri Ravikumar also delivered inspirational Baudhik for Dussera-Milan.

Dussera-Milan has been graced by the presence of many Japanese friends including Japanese followers of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Secretary General Japan-India Association, Mr Yutaka Miyahara, Mr Enomoto, representative of Nippon Kaigi (Japan Conference), Japan's biggest Nationalist group. -goTop


5. PM MODI RELEASES FULL VOLUMES OF PANDIT DEENDAYAL UPADHYAYA'S WORKS: Prime Minister Narendra Modi  released full volumes of works of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya at New Delhi on 9th October. Addressing an event and recalling Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya, the Prime Minister said that first thing we remember about Deendayal ji was his simplicity.|

"In a short span of time, one party completed the journey from 'Vipaksh' to 'Vikalp' and this was due to foundations laid by Deendayal Ji. Organisation based political parties; this is a contribution of Deendayal Ji. This was the identity of the Jan Sangh and the BJP", the PM remarked.

RSS Sarkaryavaha Shri Bhaiyyaji Joshi, BJP President Shri Amit Shah and other dignitaries were present at the occasion. The 15 volume set on Deendayal ji named 'Deendaya Samagra' has been compiled under the guidance of Mahesh Chandra Sharma and several other scholars. -goTop


6. SEEING DIVINITY IN ALL OF HUMANITY IS THE CORE TENET OF HINDUTVA:  BHAGAIAH: "Seeing divinity in all of humanity is the core tenet of Hindutva" said Shri Bhagaiah, Joint General Secretary of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Shri Bhagaiah who is on a tour to the United States of America was speaking at Vijaya Dashami celebrations at San Francisco Bay Area. The celebrations were held at the Ohlone College in Fremont on the 8th of October.

Attended by over a thousand volunteers of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh USA (HSS), from all age groups, there were various demonstrations of synchronised physical and cultural activities including martial arts, Hindu folk dances, musical band, Yogasanas and Bhagavad Gita chanting. The occasion was rendered colorful by the synchronized Lejim dance (folk dance from Maharashtra) formations by a team of over hundred and fifty women.

Rohit Rathish, Deputy Consulate General of Bharat at San Francisco who was present as a Chief Guest at the celebrations talked about the significance of the festival and also talked of the initiatives taken up by the Bharatiya Government for the welfare of diaspora. Shri Ajay Shingal, the founder of Center of Dharma Studies at Graduate Theological Union (GTU) at Berkeley, who was also a guest at the occasion spoke of the importance of building scholars who are adept in Dharmic worldview. The function was also attended by leaders of the community and representative of different social, spiritual and linguistic organizations who interacted with Shri Bhagaiah in the informal question and answer session after the celebrations. -goTop  


7. DIWALI FOREVER STAMP RELEASED BY US POSTAL SERVICE: A Diwali stamp was launched at Washington by the US postal service, capping seven-year-long efforts by Bharatiya Americans and influential American lawmakers to commemorate the festival of lights.

The stamp was unveiled at the Bharatiya Consulate at an elaborate "first-day-of-issue" dedication ceremony on 5th October. .

The ceremony was attended by Consul General Ambassador Riva Ganguly Das, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Diwali Stamp Project Chair Ranju Batra, USPS Vice President for Mail Entry and Payment Technology Pritha Mehra, Bharat's former Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri and eminent Bharatiya -American attorney Ravi Batra.

"It has taken many years of hard work and advocacy but light has finally triumphed. Diwali has received its long awaited commemorative stamp and rightfully joins the ranks of other major religious and cultural holidays such as Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Eid," Maloney said.

Consul General Das said she was "honoured" to be part of history as the USPS releases the Diwali Forever stamp.

"Now for the first time there is a stamp that celebrates Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists as Americans forever. The Diwali stamp will be a matter of pride for generations to come," Ranju Batra said. -goTop


8. SYSTEMS BIOLOGY RESEARCH STUDY REVEALS BENEFITS OF MEDITATION: Scientists from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the University of California, San Francisco, and Harvard Medical School used a rigorous study design to assess the biological impact of meditation compared to vacation. They examined the effect of meditation on gene expression patterns in both novice and regular meditators. The researchers found that a resort vacation provides a strong and immediate impact on molecular networks associated with stress and immune pathways, in addition to short- term improvements in well-being, as measured by feelings of vitality and distress. A meditation retreat, for those who already used meditation regularly, was associated with molecular networks that are characterized by antiviral activity. The molecular signature of long-term meditators was distinct from the non-meditating vacationers. The study was published in Springer Nature's journal Translational Psychiatry.

The meditation program included training in mantra meditation, yoga, and self reflection exercises. "Based on our results, the benefit we experience from meditation isn't strictly psychological; there is a clear and quantifiable change in how our bodies function," said Rudolph Tanzi, PhD, Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. "Meditation is one of the ways to engage in restorative activities that may provide relief for our immune systems, easing the day-to-day stress of a body constantly trying to protect itself. -goTop


9. SAMITI VIJAYADASHAMI UTSAV: Each Sevika is inspired with the mission of the Samiti and uses the training she receives through her association with the organisation to play her role in the life, said Dr Uma Vaidya, Vice-Chancellor of Kavikulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek while addressing the annual 'Vijayadashami Utsav' of Rashtra Sevika Samiti at Maharshi Vyasa Sabhagriha in Reshambag premises on October 2.

The Pramukh Sanchalika took a brief review of social, political and economic situation in Bharat after independence. Women in their role as mothers shape the families and when they become awakened they play an important role in protecting the motherland. Such women are required and the Sevikas should dedicate their lives to save the mothers and motherland, she appealed.

Earlier, the Sevikas demonstrated different physical drills, combating techniques, yogasana, etc. Prominent among those who were present on the occasion were former Pramukh Sanchalika Pramilatai Medhe, former Nagpur mayor Dr Kalpana Pandey, Nagpur karyavahika Karuna Sathe and others. -goTop


10. A SAGA OF NATIONAL UNITY: It was a great day of celebrating Bharat's military power and striking capabilities by instituting greatest naval Emperor Rajendra Chola's portrait at Mazgon Docks Shipbuilders, the Bharatiya Navy's power centre in Mumbai, by Governor of Maharashtra & Tamil Nadu Dr Vidyasagar Rao and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on September 30.

The function began with former Member of Parliament Shri Tarun Vijay who conceptualized the program, narating about celebratins of 1000th year of the coronation of Chola emperor.

Governor Dr Vidyasagar Rao appreciated the campaign to bring Tamil glorious icon to the other parts of the nation and said it is time to strengthen Bharat's naval power taking inspiration from Rajendra Chola's great naval power one thousand years ago. -goTop


11. HSS UK SWAYAMSEVAKS IN UK KABADDI TEAM: The English Kabaddi team for the world cup recently held at Karnavati - Ahmedabad interestingly had 6 swayamsevaks of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh HSS UK playing for the UK team. The contributions of HSS UK (Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh) and National Hindu Students' Forum (UK) in helping to first popularise the game of kabaddi through shkhas and annual khel comprtition by NHSF and then form a powerful Kabbadi team have been mentioned in the media. -goTop


12. RENEWED INDIA-UAE TIES:Crown Prince's 'yes' to R-Day event, big boost

The coming of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, as chief guest at India's Republic Day function in 2017, brings home a strong political message. At a time when the India-Pakistan relationship has been seriously rocked, his acceptance of the invitation shows a paradigm shift, as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been a traditional ally of Pakistan. Though the decision to invite him was taken much before the current India-Pakistan stand-off, drawing the influential powers of the Gulf closer to India will help us fight cross-border terror.

Narendra Modi, who became the first Indian Prime Minister in 34 years to visit the UAE, in August last year, raised the bilateral ties to a new high. Since the creation of the UAE Federation in 1971, the relationship between the two countries flourished, with increasing trade playing a major role. During 2015-16, India's exports to the Gulf-Cooperation Council (GCC) countries increased considerably and trade with the UAE was recorded at around $96 billion. Over the last few months, the relationship has grown beyond trade, as the UAE has become one of the vocal nations in the region to support India in its war against terrorism. During Prime Minister Modi's visit, the joint statement issued by both countries repeatedly expressed concern over the terror threats coming from the neighbourhood. But it needs to be seen how the UAE will deal with critical issues like terror-financing.

Modi's constant foreign outreach has paid dividend. His visit to the UAE received a positive response, as the Emirates promised to invest around $75 billion in the country's infrastructure sector in the long term. The UAE's help to modernise India's infrastructure will play a critical role in generating employment in the country. Unlike other Gulf nations, the UAE is not much affected by the current economic slowdown. Hence, deepening ties with the UAE may bring not only economic prosperity back home, but also help India play a larger role among the GCC countries. Given the fact that India is emerging as among the fastest growing economies of the world, the UAE is also scaling its efforts to come closer to the former. India's reliance on the UAE for its oil imports will grow in the coming years with the ever-rising domestic demand. In terms of imports, India is the third largest partner of the UAE. Thus, both nations are mutually dependent.

India's ambition to play a global role needs support from the Gulf nations, which have remained strong players in boosting our economy for long. Apart from this, the millions of Indians who are working in the Gulf nations also contribute significantly to the growth of our economy. Thus, re-energising ties with the UAE will be significant for India, both politically and economically. It is an opportunity for New Delhi to turn the traditional business ties into a strong, long-term strategic partnership.

(Editorial, Daily Pioneer 06 October 2016) -goTop


13. ABU DHABI'S TEMPLE TO BE READY IN LESS THAN A YEAR: The first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi will come up on 20,000 square metres of land at Al Wathba. "Al Wathba is just 30 minutes from Abu Dhabi City. It will be close to the highway on Abu Dhabi-Al Ain road," said BR Shetty -chief executive officer of NMC Healthcare and UAE Exchange, the businessman who heads the temple coordination committee.

Elaborating on the size of the land, he said: "The temple will come up on 4.95 acres of compact and beautiful land. It will be the largest." At present, there are two Hindu temples and one Sikh gurudwara in Dubai.

Specifying the time frame, Shetty said: "It shouldn't take a year. It should be ready in eight to nine months." Inside the temple, the idols will be of "deities Krishna, Maheshwara, Ayyappa and more." The temples in Dubai are dedicated to Shiva and Krishna. The architectural plan has been finalised and a consultant appointed. -goTop


14. SANATANA DHARMA OFFERS SOLUTIONS TO ECONOMIC PROBLEMS: VIGYANANANDA: Vedic Sanatana Dharma has the key for global peace, wealth, and prosperity. It is now the time to the roots of Sanatana Dharma and put them to use in our day-to-day life in pursuit of solutions to the current problems confronted by the world economy, said Swami Vigyanananda, founder and global chairman of World Hindu Economic Forum (WHEF) here on Monday.

He was delivering the keynote address on "Making Society Prosperous" at a program organised by the Laghu Udyog Bharati, Gujarat Unit. On this occasion, Hitendra Joshi, President and Prakash Patel, Secretary, Laghu Udyog Bharati briefed about the activities carried out by LUB, Gujarat. The membership directory was launched on this occasion by LUB. -goTop


15. BHARATIYA DIASPORAS SHOULD BE LOOKED IN TERMS OF ITS STRENGTH, NOT NUMBERS SAYS PM MODI: Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra was inaugurated by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on 2nd October in New Delhi. He said, "The Indian Diasporas should be looked at, not just in terms of its numbers, but also in terms of its strength. For years the term 'brain drain' has been in vogue. But if we look at the Diaspora as our strength we can convert it this to 'brain gain'."

On the occasion, the Prime Minister also visited the exhibition on "Gandhi - Ek Pravasi." He launched a booklet on Yoga Protocol for Diabetes control, and distributed prizes to winners of the 'Know India' Quiz. -goTop


16. STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA ON NAVRATRI: The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement in recognition of Navratri on 1st October.

Today, we join the Hindu community in Canada - and around the world - to celebrate the beginning of Navratri. "Navratri is a celebration of the triumph of good over evil. This year, it takes place at the beginning of October, around harvest time. "To mark this occasion, families and loved ones gather over nine nights to worship, dance, and celebrate, culminating in the tenth night of festivities ... On behalf of our family, Sophie and I invite all Canadians to reflect on the important contributions of Canada's Hindu community to our national fabric, and extend our warmest regards to everyone celebrating Navratri.".-goTop


17. RSS CONGRATULATES ARMY FOR SUCCESSFUL SURGICAL STRIKES IN POK: Showering all praises for the Bharatiya Army for destroying terrorists’ training camps in PoK through successful 'surgical strikes', RSS Sarsanghchalak Dr Mohanrao Bhagwat said that the army accomplished the task the country has been waiting for all these years.

Bhagwat was addressing a gathering of elites at a book release function here held to commemorate the 1000th birth anniversary of philosopher and Sanskrit scholar Abhinav Gupta, from Kashmir.

At the same function, he released the book on Acharya Abhinav Gupt titled "Sampurna Sancharvid: Acharya Abhinav Gupt".

Sri Sri Ravishankar of Art of Living who also attended this book release function also congratulated the brave Bharatiya soldiers for their valour and accomplishment.

An official RSS statement while praising the action said , "By conducting successful strikes on terrorists launching pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), the Indian Army has proved its capability. Congratulations Indian Army".  -goTop


18. UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH PACIFIC CELEBRATES 'HINDI': On the day of the popular 'Hindi Diwas', that is celebrated to honor and promote both the Hindi-speaking community of the world and the national language of Bharat - Hindi; an amazing program was held at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. The program included a Hindi essay competition on the topic- 'Girmit History' as reported by Vishvas Sapkal, the high commissioner of Bharat to Fiji. This followed an award ceremony and Ms. Ranjini Raj won a trip to Bharat of 25 days long.

Apart from that, a movie based on Girmit history by Dr. Mohit Prasad was also screened on the program. The movie is named 'A for Apple' and it received huge applause. -goTop


19. DHANTERAS TO BE OBSERVED AS NATIONAL AYURVEDA DAY:  The ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) has announced its decision to observe Dhanvantari Jayanti, popularly known as Dhanteras, as National Ayurveda Day every year. The first National Ayurveda Day would be observed on October 28. The theme for this year is 'Ayurveda for Prevention and Control of Diabetes'. -goTop


20. ISRO'S COMMUNICATION SATELLITE GSAT-18 SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED:  Bharat's communication satellite GSAT-18 was launched successfully by the European Ariane 5 VA-231 launch Vehicle in the early morning hours on 6th October.The 3404 kg GSAT-18 carries 48 communication transponders in C-band, upper extended C-band and Ku-band for providing various services to the country.-goTop


21. SHRI VISHWA NIKETAN: Pravas: Shri Ravikumar, sah samyojak Vishwa Vibhag returned from his tour to HongKong, Singapore and Japan.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: If one undertakes retrospection of the day's events, one must do it regularly at the appointed hour, not fitfully, not doing it today, neglecting to do it tomorrow and the day after and then taking it up again on the fourth day. Such irregular practice is not conducive to the confirmation of the habit of retrospection. - Bhagwan Mahavir -goTop