Kartik Shukla 2 (Bhai Dooj), Vik. Samvat 2073. Yugabda 5118: November 1, 2016

1. FESTIVALS: Diwali celebrated globally 2. River Saraswati Did Exist, Finds A Govt Panel
3. Canada's Ontario declares October as Hindu Heritage Month 4. 'Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav-2016'
5. ABKM MEET: Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal meeting resolved two resolutions. 6. 'Stree' signifies the strength, sacrifice and power of a woman
9. Bhagawa Dhwaj at Island Peak Summit 10. Sewa Day: Bharatiya Americans Celebrate International Day of Volunteering
11. Bharatiya priests perform 9-day yagna for Tokyo's clean environment 12. Not Relooking 1995 'Hindutva Is A way Of Life' Verdict
13. SOHAN SINGHJI'S LIFE WAS DEDICATED TO THE SANGH 14. Communist Ideology is Against Humanity
15. Solar Power Plant At Shankracharya Kanya Ashram 16. RAMAYANA ON MANAGEMENT
17. KANCHENJUNGA ON ECO-TOURISM MAP 18. US wants ayurveda cures for cancer documented
19. Rajeev Misra to lead $100bn SoftBank-Saudi fund 20. THE RICHEST PEOPLE IN BHARAT
21. 41 Bharatiyas are Cambridge School's global toppers 22. SHRI VISHWA NIKETAN & FOOD FOR THOUGHT

1. FESTIVALS: Diwali celebrated globally: UNITED NATIONS' imposing headquarters in New York was for the first time specially lit up on the occasion of the Bharatiya festival of lights.The facade of the UN headquarters was lit in bright hues and the words 'Happy Diwali', along with the image of a traditional 'diya', projected onto the building. General Assembly President Peter Thomson tweeted "Light over darkness, hope over despair, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil - the UN lights up. Happy Diwali!"

Pradhan Mantri Narendra Modi on October 30, the Diwali day, visited Sumdo near the Bharat-China border, in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, to celebrate Diwali with the jawans. He interacted with jawans from the ITBP and the Bharatiya Army and offered sweets to them. Addressing the jawans, he said he had been visiting armed forces personnel every year on Diwali since 2001 and mentioned the tremendous response of the #Sandesh2Soldiers campaign. The Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Dalbir Singh, was present on the occasion.

AMERICAN PRESIDENT BARRACK Obama celebrated Diwali in the White House by lighting the traditional Bharatiya lamps. He wrote on the Face Book page of White House, "I am honoured to light the first lamp of Diwali in the Oval Office. This lamp is the symbol of victory of light over the darkness. I hope that the future Presidents would also continue this tradition".

Britain's PRIME MINISTER Theresa May lit a traditional lamp on her first Diwali event at 10, Downing street. She said," I want us to be proud of what Diwali means to our nation,  after all, it was here in Downing street that Prime Minister Modi chose to start the last Hindu New year."

AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER MALCOLM TURNBULL on October 25 in Melbourne wished happy 'Deepavali' to the Bharatiya community saying the festival is a powerful reminder that our society is greatly enriched by its diversity. Several iconic buildings across the country were lit up to mark the celebrations, including the iconic Sydney Opera House which turned golden between 8 pm (local time) to midnight on October 21.

Trinidad was lit up on the night of October 29 as the Hindu community celebrated Diwali across the country. For the past several days, there were celebrations at government offices including the official residence of Prime Minister Keith Rowley. In an address, President Anthony Carmona noted that Diwali was another opportunity to bring about unity. Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar called on the people to drive away darkness with light.

AT JAGANNATH MANDIR IN PURI thousands of people gathered on October 30 to pay obeisance to their ancestors through the unique ritual known as "Badabadua Daka". The ritual is held on occasion of Diwali in the morning and continues till late evening at 'Bada Danda' (the grand road). The ritual is also performed at the villages by the members of the family. Holding bunches of jute sticks (Kaunria) in hand, the people set fire to the sticks to invoke their ancestors to descend from their heavenly abode and visit the Earth to bless them.

SWARN MANDIR (Golden Temple), the Sikh shrine, 'Harmandar Sahib' was illuminated on 30th October and fireworks display took place to mark the 'Bandi Chhor Diwas' and Diwali.With millions of lights around, the whole complex presented an attractive look.-goTop


2. River Saraswati Did Exist, Finds A Govt Panel: The Saraswati, a river mentioned in the Rigveda and Hindu mythology and so far considered a mythical river, did exist, a government-constituted experts' committee has found. The expert committee comprised of geologists, archaeologists and hydrologists.''The Saraswati originated in the Himalayas and passed through Haryana, Rajasthan and North Gujarat,'' eminent geologist Prof KS Valdiya, who led the panel, said. The report commissioned by the Water Resources Ministry was made public on October 15. The panel concluded that evidence from palaeochannels - remnants of defunct rivers - suggested that the Sarsuti-Markanda rivulets in Haryana were the water courses of the "eastern branch of a Himalayan river" and the Ghaggar-Patiali channels were the western branches.These branches met in Shatrana, 25 kilometres south of Patiala and "flowed as a large river" emptying out into the sea that is now the Rann of Kutch.

Valdiya said the Saraswati passed through Pakistan before meeting the western sea through the Rann of Kutch and was 4,000 km in length. One-third of the river stretch fell in the present-day Pakistan. The longer, two-third stretch (around 3,000 km) was in India, he claimed. -goTop


3. Canada's Ontario declares October as Hindu Heritage Month: A bill to proclaim October as Hindu Heritage Month annually in Canada's Ontario province has been introduced in the provincial assembly in Toronto. Ontario is home to more than 700,000 Indo-Canadians. Introducing the bill in the Ontario assembly, Joe Dickson, who is a Member of the Provincial Parliament (MPP), said: 'Each year, three important festivals that members of the Hindu community celebrate occur in and around October. These festivals include Navratri and Durga Puja, and Diwali, the festival of lights.''

April has already been proclaimed as Sikh Heritage Month in Ontario and January as Tamil Heritage Month across Canada. -goTop


4. 'Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav-2016', the festival oraganised by the Ministry of Culture was celebrated from 15th October and ended on 25th Ocotber with Rashtrapati Pranab Mukherjee gracing the closing ceremony as the Chief Guest. The festival brought together more than 1200 performers to perform over 400 acts, different dance forms including folk and tribal, accompanied with glorious aerial acts. This was a beautiful amalgam of culture, tradition and creativity which also showcased handicrafts created by more than 250 master craftsmen from all over Bharat and diverse cuisines prepared by tradition chefs from the 35 states under one- roof. -goTop


5. ABKM MEET: Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal meeting of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh held at Bhagyanagar, Telangana, from 23rd to 25th October, passed the following resolutions:

RSS Sarakaryavah Suresh Bhaiyya Joshi addressed a Press Conference on 25th October, the concluding day of the national meet Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal (ABKM) at Annojiguda, Hyderabad.

He expressed concern and condemned the recent spate of brutal communal violence by radical jihadi elements and the inaction of the ruling establishment in states like West Bengal, Tamilnadu, and Karnataka. The attack is not limited on Hindutva activists but Hindu society at large is also targeted by Jihadi elements. He urged the concerned state governments to punish the culprits.

Sangh now has presence in 44,000 villages across the nation and have 70,000 working units. It expects the numbers to surge to 75,000 by March 2017. He called up on society to end caste based discrimination and make society safer for women and create an environment in which women feel empowered to create their own destiny. He also urged society at large to respond to Prime Minister's call for Swachh Bharath and make our nation clean and healthy.

Shri Bhayya ji also responded to several queries of the journalists including those on Ram Mandir, Triple Talaq and uniform civil code, boycott on Chinese goods etc. Two resolutions were passed in the meet which are given below.

Resolution 1 - Unchecked Communist violence in Kerala: The ABKM of RSS strongly condemns the continuing violence of CPI(M) against RSS and other opponents in Kerala. Ever since the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh started its work in Kerala way back in 1942, the Leftists, and afterwards particularly the CPI(M), unnerved by the RSS mission of inculcating patriotic feeling and the spirit of unity and oneness among the people of the state, as also its ever growing popularity and influence among the people, have been busily engaged in a vain attempt to finish off the RSS by organising unprovoked and wanton attacks against Sangh Shakhas and workers. Marxism as an ideology, by its very nature, is not only intolerant but also totalitarian. And over the last seven decades, more than 250 young, energetic and promising Sangh workers were murdered and scores of men & women incapacitated due to serious injuries in the most dreaded manner by the blood-thirsty CPI(M) cadres all over the state with the silent connivance and approval of the leadership. The maximum number of these victimised RSS workers, are from Kannur district, supposed to be the CPI(M) citadel. What irks the CPI(M) the most is the unending flow of their cadres towards the Sangh fold, attracted by its nationalistic philosophy, clean image and its work, based on pure love and affection.

As is its wont, the Sangh, with the motto,"friendship with all and malice to none", has been engaged in the task of achieving amity, cohesion and unity among different sections of the people. Irrespective of all the differences, Sangh has always done sincere efforts to achieve a peaceful atmosphere in the state. But unfortunately the CPI(M) in its wisdom has been continuing with its most reprehensible acts of senseless violence.

Recently, C.K. Ramachandran, a BMS worker, was gruesomely murdered in his home on July 11, 2016, in front of his wife, paying no heed to her repeated pleas to show mercy to him. Once again they hacked to death K. Ramith in broad daylight on October 12, 2016, in front of his house, while he was rushing out of his house to buy medicine for his pregnant sister. Ramith, the sole bread earner of his family was the only son of his father, Uthaman, a bus driver, who was also murdered 14 years ago by the CPI(M) goons, while on duty, in his bus. These are but the latest examples of the CPI(M)’s violent and barbaric intolerance. The violence CPI(M) indulges in is not only against Sangh workers active in different fields, but also others, including the CPI, their parent organisation and present alliance partners like RSP, Janata Dal etc. in Kerala. Why, they even do not spare their own cadres who leave the organisation, as is evident from the dastardly killing of T.P. Chandrashekhan, on May 4, 2012.It is a sheer irony that victims of the Marxist violence are mainly from the poor, backward, dalit and minority community of whom they claim to be saviours. They have not even spared women and children.

Whenever the CPI(M) led LDF comes to power in Kerala, the party invariably handles the Home portfolio and make the police force their handmaid which gives a free hand to the Party cadres to violently attack the Sangh Shakhas and workers with impunity. The modus operandi of the CPI(M) is not only annihilation of Sangh workers, but also to cripple them financially and to terrorize them by the destruction of the agricultural crops, houses, household articles, school buildings, motor vehicles, etc. The intolerant and undemocratic style of CPI(M) should be checked forthwith.It is unfortunate that those who are otherwise very vociferous in expressing their opinion even on trivial matters, have been silent on these issues.

But, in spite of all these atrocities and cold-blooded murders, it is a matter of pride that the spirit of our workers is very high and they are determined to carry forward the message of the Sangh with added vigour. And also, the Sangh activities in different fields are growing very fast and people are coming forward in a big way to support and cooperate with these activities.

The ABKM calls upon the Government of Kerala as well as the Union Government to take appropriate action urgently against the perpetrators of violence and necessary measures to ensure rule of law in Kerala. The ABKM also appeals to the people at large including media to create public opinion against the violent tactics of CPI(M) by raising their voice in various fora.

Resolution 2 - Integral Humanism: The Solution for Present Global Crisis: The Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal is of the considered opinion that the solution for current challenges, emerging before the world lies in pursuing the philosophy of Integral Humanism based on the eternal Bharatiya vision as propounded by Pandit Deendayal Ji Upadhyay. The basis for this philosophy is to nurture the world with an integral vision, inspired by the sense of universal wellbeing of the living and non-living entities of the world.

Today, the growing economic disparities in the world, environmental imbalance and terrorism have been posing severe challenge to the humanity. The problems of unemployment, poverty, mal-nutrition, along with the growing economic crises in various countries and the hold of multinational companies of few countries over more than two thirds of the global output etc. are grievously worrisome today across the world, due to pursuing unrestrained capitalism and communist ideology of class struggle. Disintegration of families and psychosomatic diseases are increasing at an alarming rate, due to focusing the outlook of life solely on materialistic needs. On account of indiscriminate exploitation of nature the emerging challenges of natural calamities due to rising temperature, continuous rise in sea level, growing air-water-soil pollution, water crisis, degradation of fertile soil and extinction of living species are all worsening. Today, the terrorism inspired by religious fanaticism and extremist political ideologies has taken monstrous proportions. Consequently brutal killings of children, elderly and women are increasing relentlessly. The ABKM expresses grave concern towards all these. All these can be eradicated by pursuing the philosophy of Integral Humanism through mutual coordination inter se, from individual to the entire living world and its ecology, pursuant to the eternal integral thought. Sustained development with peaceful co-existence can only be ensured by eliminating undue competition and conflicts inter se the individuals, communities and nations by having a holistic relationship among the individual, family, society, world, entire living universe and the cosmos.

At the Earth Summit of 1992, organised at Rio De Janeiro by the United Nations Organization, 172 nations had committed themselves to the goals of world peace, sustainable development and environment protection. Unfortunately, the world has been continuously drifting away from these ideals. Once again in the Paris Summit of 2015 most of the countries of the world have committed themselves for achieving the goals of controlling rising global temperature. To fulfill the aforesaid ideals, all the nations, as an integral part of the world, need to strive for collective development with restraining consumption, and all the citizens have to behave with an approach of holistic relationship among the family, society and nature, then only sustainable harmony in the world can be ensured without struggle and conflict.

This is the centenary year of Pandit Deendayal Ji Upadhyay and is also the 51st year of his propounding the philosophy of Integral Humanism in light of eternal Bharatiya vision, relevant to present times. Considering this as the most appropriate opportunity for its implementation, the ABKM calls upon all the citizens including Swayamsevaks, the Union and various State Governments, and the thought leaders of the world to put in all possible efforts to ensure coordination among the constituents of the world order, including the nature.  For this purpose, appropriate experiments shall have to be conducted along with development of an appropriate model. This would facilitate fulfilment of the aim of blissful life of all living beings across the globe and universal wellbeing. -goTop


6. 'Stree' signifies the strength, sacrifice and power of a woman - Meenakshi Ji: 1080 Sevikas in Ganvesh participated in the Route March held by Rashtra Sevika Samiti, Bengaluru on October 23. More than 1600 people participated in the Vijayadashami Utsav. Meenakshi Ji from Puttur, Public Relations Incharge for Karnataka Dakshin while addressing the Sevikas, cited Rani Laxmi Bai of Jhansi and Bhuvaneshwari Devi, the mother of Narendra who as Vivekanand spread Hindutva and Universal Humanity to the whole world. She regretted that the Universities like JNU are facilitating activities that are against our Nation. The Route march is an awakening call to the evil forces of the society. We are the embodiment of 'Shakti' the power in awakening the society". The Chief Guest was Dr. Rajalakshmi, Gynaecologist, and Founder of 'Srishti life'.-goTop


7. DEVELOPED PAKISTAN GOOD FOR BHARAT: RAVI KUMAR: "The development and progress of Pakistan would be in Bharat's interest" said Ravi Kumar Iyer, joint coordinator of HSS on October 19 in Guwahati and hoped that the neighbouring country would be governed by 'responsible' leaders. He said that the two events that had helped the country change its image are the nuclear test in Pokhran in 1998 and the other, the September 29 surgical strikes, he explained.

"Before May 11, 1998, the world's perception of Bharat was negative. After the Pokhran test, countries changed their opinion of Bharat. The surgical strikes, too, helped bolster the country's position in the international community," Iyer said. "That Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a statesman is beyond doubt, especially in view of the reception he got from leaders as well as common people in the countries he visited. Even in the Gulf countries, he got a warm reception".-goTop


8. 5 BHARATIYAS AMONG 400 RICHEST AMERICANS: Bill Gates of Microsoft with $81 billion of wealth tops the Forbes 400 richest people in America list. Amazon's Jeff Bezos, $67 billion, is number 2, Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway with $65.5 billion number 3 and Mark Zucherberg of Facebook, 55.5 billion, is at no. 4.

The list includes five Bharatiya-Americans. Romesh Wadhwani attended IIT Bombay and in 1969 went to America to pursue a Ph D at Carnegie Mellon. He never left, founding Aspect Developpment, a software company, and Symphony Technology Group, a tech-focused private equity firm, on his way to a $3 billion fortune. Bharat Desai and his wife Neerja Sethi founded IT consulting and outsourcing company Syntel in 1980. Desai was born in Kenya, raised in Bharat and went to the US in 1978. He earned his MBA from the University of Michigan. Sethi was born and raised in Bharat and moved to the states in 1978; she got her MBA from the University of Delhi and master in computer science from Oakland University. The airline veteran Rakesh Gangwal debuts after the November 2015 IPO of InterGlobe Aviation, the parent company of his budget airline Indigo, Bharat's largest by market share. John Kapoor went to the US to get his Ph D in medicinal chemistry. Today he is chairman of 2 drug outfits: AKOM, which specializes in "difficult-to-manufacture" prescription drugs, and Insys Therapeutics, which produces an opioid for cancer patients.  The early Google backer, Kavitark R Shriram has sold or given away most of his stock but remains on the board of parent company Alphabet. For 16 years Shriram has been investing in young technology startups through his Sherpalo Ventures. -goTop


9. Bhagawa Dhwaj at Island Peak Summit: Rajesh Asher, an RSS swayamsevak from Mumbai and a mountaineer by hobby, unfurled the saffron flag at the popular Island Peak Summit of Himalayan Mountain series at Eastern Nepal. He successfully reached the Peak on October 12. He also recited the Sangh prarthana-Namaste Sada Vatsale Matrubhoome - at the Island Peak Summit at a height of 20,305 feet from sea level. He had also unfurled Bhagawa Dhwaj at South Pole three years ago. Island Peak is a mountain in Sagarmatha National Park of the Himalayas of eastern Nepal. The Peak is actuallyan extension of the ridge coming down off the South End of Lhotse Shar.-goTop


10. Sewa Day: Bharatiya Americans Celebrate International Day of Volunteering: Cryptonite FRC Team 624 and Sewa International volunteers celebrated Sewa Day by teaching robotics to ASPIRE students at the Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM in Katy, Texas. Volunteers in Colorado prepared and served lunch for about 350 people on Oct. 8.

Sewa Day, a day of selfless service, was celebrated by the Bharatiya-American community for the sixth consecutive year with community service projects at 32 locations across the U.S. Hundreds of volunteers across different age groups and backgrounds, including youth and children from Sewa International and partner organizations, came together between Sept. 11 and Oct. 16 to make a difference in their communities.

The international day of volunteering is supported worldwide by three guiding principles: 1. Serve humanity to relieve hardship, 2. Bring a little joy to others, and 3. Help to sustain the environment. This year saw participation from new states and cities, a 60 percent increase in the number of nationwide events, and an increase in the diversity of projects from feeding the homeless and tree planting to free immigration service sessions.

On Sewa Day, thousands of volunteers from around the world come together to perform sewa and experience the joy of giving in its truest sense. Sewa International has 40 chapters in the U.S. and is active in 20 countries, including Canada, Bharat and the UK.For more information about Sewa International, please visit: -goTop


11. Bharatiya priests perform 9-day yagna for Tokyo’s clean environment: A number of Hindu priests from Bharat and across the world began chanting Vedic hymns for a nine-day yagna performed for the environmental and other issues prevalent in Tokyo during the Navaratri festival. Over 100 priests from Bharat had made it to Tokyo to perform the holy ritual. The ritual aims to bring down natural disasters, suicide cases and psychiatric disorders.-goTop


12. Not Relooking 1995 'Hindutva Is A way Of Life' Verdict: SC - "We will not re-consider the 1995 judgement and also not examine Hindutva or religion at this stage. At this stage, we will confine ourselves to the issue raised before us in the reference. In the reference, there is no mention of the word 'Hindutva'. If anybody will show that there is a reference to the word 'Hindutva', we will hear him. We will not go into Hindutva at this stage,'' the seven judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court headed by chief justice T S Thakur which is hearing a slew of petitions relating to decisions and questions on electoral malpractices arising out of its earlier judgments said on October 25 for now it will not touch on its 1995 definition of "Hindutva is a way of life and not a religion" and also not ban its use during elections. The clarification came while the bench rejected a plea filed by activist Teesta Setalvad who asked the bench to redefine Hindutva and also sought a ban on the use of the term in elections. However, the apex court said it won't reconsider the 1995 judgment.-goTop


13. SOHAN SINGHJI'S LIFE WAS DEDICATED TO THE SANGH: "Generally people remain committed to their values in the conditions of neglect or opposition, but it is difficult to do so in favourable condition. Sohan Singhji was exception to this. He remained the same in all conditions, as his life was dedicated to the Sangh," said RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat. He was speaking at one of its kind programme organised by the RSS Delhi Prant to release the book Mahavrati: Karmayogi Pracharak Sohan Singh, dedicated to the life and contribution of senior RSS Pracharak who took his last breath a year ago.

As Sohan Singhji would not have liked a public function in his name, so perhaps RSS Delhi Prant thought of releasing the book in a Shakha, said the Sarsanghachalak. RSS Kshetra Sanghachalak Dr Bajranglal Gupt, Delhi Sah Prant Sanghachalak Alok Kumar, editor Gopal Sharma and publisher Prabhat Kumar were present on the stage.-goTop


14. Communist Ideology is Against Humanity: "The amount of violence happened in Kerala proves that the basic ideology of Marxist Party is anti-human. The violence is politically motivated, it should end," said RSS Akhil Bharatiya Sah Prachar Pramukh J Nandakumar on October 16 in Bengaluru. He was addressinga jam packed auditorium of RV Teacher's College in a seminar on 'Urge to End Communist Violence  and Hate Politics' organised by manthana, an RSS inspired Intellectual Forum of Bengaluru. Aahuti, a book on RSS martyrs during Communist violence since 1960 was also released on the occasion. MPs Rajeev Chandrashekhar and Smt Meenakshi Lekhi, social activist Sadanandan Master also spoke.-goTop


15. Solar Power Plant At Shankracharya Kanya Ashram: Shankaracharya Kanya Ashram, Jaleshpata, Kandhamal, Odisha is a Girls' school cum hostel facility, housing 190 students. The school was facing the problem of severe power cuts. Due to that, after sunset all the activities would sieze. The students were not able to study, more than two hours after the sunset, and this restricted their personal study hours. Sewa International has decided to support the school, and install a hybrid solar power plant in the school. After its installation, students can have longer study hours, students could be provided with electric fans, computers and it would improve the security conditions as well. It will also power the water and water purifier which will provide the students with clean and uninterrupted drinking water supply. -goTop


16. RAMAYANA ON MANAGEMENT: A world conference was organised on Ramayana at the South Pacific island state of Fiji in October. Its basic theme was scientific value and relevance of the book. The ancient civilisations like the Bharatiya, Egyptian, and Chinese all bear testimony to the fact that the practices that were adopted during those days for managing the affairs of society were quite akin the modern day elements of management function. Ramayana succinctly offers lessons on management which are clear and easy to understand and the beauty lies in their universality. -goTop


17. KANCHENJUNGA ON ECO-TOURISM MAP: Bharat's highest mountain peak Mt Kanchenjunga (located at 28,169 feet), is home to major mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls and unique flora and fauna.The world's third highest peak is the guardian deity of Sikkim and is considered sacred by the Sikkimese. The Sikkim Government has prepared a mega plan for a 15-day long trekking trails starting from Kanchenjunga National Park (KNP) with an aim to give an opportunity to peep into temples, flora and fauna and snow-clad picturesque peaks which assume different colours during different hours of the day. Regarded as the Switzerland of the East, the KNP was recently declared as a world heritage site. The 15-minute helicopter service starting from capital Gangtok offers breath-taking views of Mount Kanchenjunga and is in huge demand.

About 15 places in the State have identified to help tourists catch glimpse of various peaks.  Construction of viewing decks and other allied facilities are also planned to be developed to promote these venues. -goTop


18. US wants ayurveda cures for cancer documented: In a major fillip to Bharat's efforts to globalise Ayurveda and other traditional medicines, the US department of health and human services' premier National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) have expressed interest in documenting Ayurveda's success stories in treating cancer. Dr G Gangadharan, director, MS Ramaiah Indic Center for Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, Bengaluru, who was part of a Bharat-US joint delegation working on traditional medicine, said: "Some time in June, the US institutes expressed interest in documenting the success of Ayurvedic treatment for cancer." The office of Director, Center for Global Health, NCI confirmed the development. -goTop


19. Rajeev Misra to lead $100bn SoftBank-Saudi fund: Japanese telecom and internet giant SoftBank's founder Masayoshi Son announced a massive $100-billion global technology fund on October 14 which will be led by Rajeev Misra, 54, who is currently head of strategic finance at the Japanese group, which has been launched in partnership with Saudi Arabia's public investment fund to find companies that will become influential in the future. -goTop


20. THE RICHEST PEOPLE IN BHARAT: Most of the great wealth in Bharat is held by established industrialists, so it's rare for young up-and-comers like brothers Divyank (34) and Bhavin Turakhia (36) to earn spots on our ranking of Bharat's richest. The near-billionaires have built their fortunes by being "fast followers" in a number of web-related industries.


"We've never been the first at anything, and it makes no difference to us," declares Divyank Turakhia. "But show me an industry where there's $1 billion plus to be made and I'll do a better job than everyone else." He and his brother Bhavin, have taken that attitude and spun it into a shared $1.3 billion fortune (No. 95 on our list of Bharat's wealthiest).

Since their early years as boy programmers and teenage tech consultants, they've created numerous tech companies: a web-hosting concern, a digital payment processor and many more. Divyank sold his own biggest success, an internet advertising firm called, to a consortium of Chinese investors in August for $900 million; he'll stay on as CEO. Bhavin, meanwhile is concentrating on three more start-ups. The brothers are bachelors: "We'are too busy building businesses," Divyank says.  - Leaderboard Billionaires, Forbes, November 8, 2016. -goTop


21. 41 Bharatiyas are Cambridge School's global toppers: Forty-one Bharatiya students, including nine from Delhi, are among the global toppers in examinations conducted by the Cambridge International School.

"It's a pleasure to see learners across Bharat successfully exhibit their passion to succeed. Their outstanding results in the Cambridge Examinations are a proof of the dedication and commitment of their teachers and the constant support from their family and friends," said Ruchira Ghosh, Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)'s South Asia regional director.-goTop


22. SHRI VISHWA NIKETAN: Pravas: Shri Ravikumar sah samyojak Vishwa Vibhag will visit Nepal and Thailand in this month. Shri Shyam Parande, Secretary Sewa International will visit Bali - Indonesia and Myanmar.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Asceticism does not lie in ascetic robes or in walking staff nor in the ashes. Asceticism does not lie in the earring nor in the shaven head nor blowing a conch. Asceticism lies in remaining pure amidst impurities. - Guru Nanak  -goTop