\SAMVAD  श्री विश्व निकेतन SHRI VISHWA NIKETAN
Bhadrapad Krishna 6, Vik.Samvat 2075 Yugabda 5120: 1 September 2018

Shraddheya Atal Behari Vajpayee
“We all are deeply saddened on the demise of Shraddheya Atal Behari Vajpayeeji. Even in imagination his departure from this mortal life is unbearable. Along with the ideological commitment, he will always be remembered as an ideal dedicated life who achieved an unfading niche in the political and social fields through his hard work and efficiency. Atalji was the name of a poet with the sensitive heart, a visionary with a clear sense of future and a great personality adored by the masses. True to his name, he was ‘Atal’ throughout his life. Our last respect to Atal Behari Vajpayee, the giant politician with exceptional oratory skills and a dedicated Swayamsevak, who ruled over the hearts of countless Bharatiyas. Your memories will always continue to inspire us. Heartfelt Tribute!”
Mohan Bhagwat, Sarsanghachalak & Suresh (Bhaiyyaji) Joshi, Sarkaryavah, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

Narendra Modi
In times of turbulence and disruption, a nation is blessed to have a leader who rises to become its moral compass and guiding spirit, providing vision, cohesion and direction to his people. And, in such a moment at the turn of the century, India found one in Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who was gifted in spirit, heart and mind.
For those of us who knew him, he was, first, the rarest of human beings, who touched and inspired everyone he met. He was compassionate to the core, generous in spirit, warm beyond measure and kind to a fault. He was deeply respectful of others and gifted with a rare sense of humour that he often turned upon himself.
Orator without parallel, he could switch from disarming humour to a lofty vision with ease, with a rare ability to connect with people naturally, to stir them to self-belief and to a higher cause. Sharply perceptive, he could summarize the most complex issues and discussions in a single sentence or question.
Born into a family of modest means and high ideals, he hailed from a small town in Madhya Pradesh. His youth was defined by academic excellence and quest for public service during the gathering momentum of freedom struggle. Starting as an ordinary Karyakarta in the Jana Sangh, he organized the only truly national-level party to be formed in independent India – the BJP – and helmed its organization work after the passing away of Shri Syama Prasad Mookerjee and Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.
Through the four decades of leadership in Parliament, the struggle against Emergency (who can forget that memorable rally in Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan when his speech became the roar of the nation), the clarity to represent his party with passion but always speak for the nation, he defined the spirit of democracy in India.  Firm in his political beliefs, but always accommodating and respectful of other points of view, he set the standards of debate in Parliament. In his simplicity and integrity, in his dignity and empathy, and a sense of personal non-attachment to the office, he became an inspiration for a nation of youth.
He rescued the economy from the morass of the mid-1990s, when political instability at home and an uncertain global environment had threatened to derail a still incipient economic reforms process. He sowed the seeds of much of the economic success that we have experienced over the past two decades. For him, growth was a means to empower the weakest and mainstream the marginalized. It’s that vision that continues to drive our government’s policy.
It was Atal Ji who prepared the foundations of an India that is ready to take on the mantle of global leadership in the 21st century. The futuristic economic policies and reforms of his Government ensured prosperity for several Indians. His thrust on next-generation infrastructure particularly roads and telecom contributed to our country’s economic as well as social empowerment.
Atal Ji irreversibly changed India’s place in the world. He overcame the hesitation of our nation, the resistance of the world and threat of isolation to make India a nuclear weapons power. It was not a decision he took lightly, but one he knew was of paramount importance in the face of mounting challenges to India’s security. No longer would India’s security be vulnerable. At that moment of surge in national pride, his was a voice of restraint and responsibility. And, the world listened to the wisdom of the man of peace. Equally important, he then brought to bear his extraordinary understanding of world affairs and formidable diplomatic skills to gain global acceptance of new realities. Indeed, it is the combination of his legacies of creating strategic capabilities, promoting stronger economic growth, undertaking multi-directional diplomacy and harnessing of diaspora energies that is today the basis for the respect we command across the world.
He transformed five decades of estrangement with USA into an enduring strategic partnership in the course of five years.
He also steered India to deep friendship with a new post-Soviet Russia through a strategic partnership in 2000. I had the privilege of accompanying him on a visit to Russia in November 2001 when we concluded a sister province agreement between Gujarat and Astrakhan.
With China, he made the boldest move for peace in an effort to overcome the burdens of a difficult past by establishing the mechanism of Special Representatives for boundary talks. Atal Ji’s conviction that these two ancient civilisations - which are rising powers - can work together to shape the global future continues to guide my thinking.
A person of grassroots, our neighbours were his priority.  In many ways, he was the inspiration for, and even pioneer of, our Neighbourhood First policy. He was unwavering in his support as an opposition leader towards Bangladesh’s liberation. He went to Lahore in search of peace.  With persistence and optimism that was his nature, he continued to search for peace and heal the wounds in Jammu and Kashmir. But, he was resolute in winning the Kargil War. And, when our Parliament was struck, he made the world recognize the true nature and source of cross-border terrorism against India.
Personally, Atal Ji was an ideal, a Guru, and role model who inspired me deeply. It was he who entrusted me with responsibilities both in Gujarat as well as at the national level. It was he who called me one evening in October 2001, and told me to go to Gujarat as the Chief Minister. When I told him that I had always worked in the organization, he said he was confident I would fulfill the people’s expectations. The faith he had in me was humbling.
Today, we are a self-assured nation, brimming with the energy of our youth and resolve of our people, eager for change and confident of achieving it, striving for clean and responsive governance, building future of inclusion and opportunity for all Indians. We engage the world as equals and in peace, and we speak for principles and support the aspirations of others. We are on the path that Atal Ji wanted us to take. He was ahead of the times, because he had a deep sense of history, and he could peer into the soul of India from his grasp of our civilizational ethos.
A life is to be judged not just by the extent of grief that follows when its light goes out. It is also to be measured by the lasting impact on the lives of people and the course of time. For that reason, Atal Ji was a true Ratna of Bharat. His spirit will continue to guide us as we build the New India of his dreams. (The writer is Prdhan Mantri of Bharat) — The Pioneer 17 August 2018.

 A LEADER FOR THE AGES AHEAD OF HIS TIMES - A tribute to Pradhan Mantri of Bharat By Pradhan Mantri of Bharat.
1.  Atal Bihari Vajpayee An Exemplary Statesman - UN Chief Antonio Guterres 2.  Gaganyaan Mission: Three astronauts will spend 5-7 days in space
3.  RASHTRAPATIJIinaugurates sixth edition of International Buddhist Conclave 2018 4.  Buddhism BHARAT's greatest gift to Bhutan - Bhutan's Queen Mother
5.  BHARATIYAS ABROAD CELEBRATE I-DAY WITH TRADITIONAL FERVOUR 6. BHARAT gifts 30 ambulances, 6 buses to Nepal on Independence Day
7. Late Nana Palkar dedicated his life for welfare of society: Bhagwat 8. 11th World Hindi Conference held in Mauritius
13. ISRO’s Chandrayaan-I proves water ice at the surface of the Moon – NASA 14. SCOTLAND YARD RETURNS 12TH CENTURY STOLEN BUDDHA STATUE TO BHARAT
15. bharatiya American Prof. Balaji Rajagopalan Named Fellow of American Geophysical Union for Scientific Excellence 16. BHARAT TO HELP CAMBODIA RENOVATE LORD SHIVA TEMPLE
17. WHC 2018 registrations CLOSED 18. Thousands Gather at Golden Gate Park for ISKCON’s 52nd Annual Festival of Chariots
19.  Bharat-based Engineering Firm AXISCADES Bringing Jobs to Arizona 20. UK lake passes Hindus' ashes test for immersion

1. Atal Bihari Vajpayee An Exemplary Statesman - UN Chief Antonio Guterres: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has described former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as an "exemplary statesman" during his visit to the Bharat's permanent mission to the UN to offer his condolences to the late BJP leader.
Mr Guterres, during his visit to the Permanent Mission of Bharat recently, extended his heartfelt condolences to the family of the former prime minister, recalling that he had met Atal Bihari Vajpayee during the first Bharat-EU summit. The UN chief added that he would always be remembered as an "exemplary statesman and leader who worked selflessly for peace and development in India and the world." -GoTop
2. Gaganyaan Mission: Three astronauts will spend 5-7 days in space: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will be ready to send the country’s first astronauts to space in forty months time; the launch will take 16 minutes and three astronauts will spend 5-7 days in space before re-entry. Detailing the space agency’s plans after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the Gaganyaan Mission on August 15, ISRO Chairman K Sivan August 28 said that he was confident of meeting the Prime Minister’s target of sending humans to space.
“The estimated cost is less than Rs10,000 crore, and totally indigenous, very cost-effective even by Bharatiya standards. From international standards, it is unbelievable,” said Minister of State in-charge of Department of Science, Jitendra Singh. Sivan explained that the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mk-III, which has the necessary payload capability for this mission will be used to launch ‘Gaganyaan.’-GoTop
3. RASHTRAPATIJIinaugurates sixth edition of International Buddhist Conclave 2018: Addressing the event, Rashtrapati ji said that the Buddhist Circuit in Bharat is an important and revered set of destinations for the approximately 500 million-strong community of Buddhists that lives across Asia and other parts of the world.Emphasising on the role of Japan in the conclave, he said, “I would like to acknowledge the participation of Japan as a partner country in this Conclave. Bharat and Japan have much in common, but there are a few links we treasure as much as our shared Buddhist heritage.” The Conclave was organized by the Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with the State Governments of Maharashtra, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh from August, 23rd to 26th, 2018 at New Delhi and Ajanta (Maharashtra), followed by site visits to Rajgir, Nalanda and Bodhgaya (Bihar) and Sarnath (Uttar Pradesh). The first International Buddhist Conclave took place in 2004 in New Delhi and Bodhgaya. -GoTop
4. Buddhism BHARAT's greatest gift to Bhutan - Bhutan's Queen Mother: Describing Buddhism as one of Bharat's greatest gifts to Bhutan, the Himalayan nation's queen mother said on August 13 that the ancient religion is the "unchanging constant" in the deep bond between the two neighbours. "It is a matter of immense satisfaction and happiness for the people of Bhutan and Bharat that our two countries enjoy excellent and exemplary friendship - a friendship that is anchored in unwavering trust, goodwill, understanding, and mutually beneficial cooperation," Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk said. She was delivering the opening address at the ninth edition of the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival that is celebrating 50 years of the establishment of formal diplomatic ties between the two countries. "Following the arrival of Buddhism, great Buddhist masters from Bharat, most notably Guru Padmasambhava, travelled to Bhutan. The teachings of Lord Buddha and Guru Padmasambhava continue to influence the lives of every Bhutanese", she said. -GoTop
5. BHARATIYAS ABROAD CELEBRATE I-DAY WITH TRADITIONAL FERVOUR: Thousands of Bharatiyas across the world proudly celebrated Bharat’s 72nd Independence Day with the tricolour fluttering high and the national anthem reverberating at Bharatiya missions abroad. Bharatiyas in the US, China, Pakistan, Australia, Singapore and many other countries marked the day with hoisting of the national flag and singing of patriotic songs. In Canada, Toronto's downtown turned into a celebration square on Sunday, the 19th August for Bharat's 72nd Independence Day as Panorama India, with the support of the Consulate General of Bharat, Toronto, hosted the 19th India Day Grand Parade at Nathan Phillips Square. Visitors belonging to other ethnicity too participated wholeheartedly in the event. This year the event drew between 75,000 and 80,000 people as compared to last year's 60,000. The all-day programme included performances by more than 300 local dancers and Panorama Idol singers, besides a line-up of some delectable Bharatiya cuisines. -GoTop
6. BHARAT gifts 30 ambulances, 6 buses to Nepal on Independence Day: Bharat on 15th August gifted 30 ambulances and six buses to Nepalese hospitals, charitable organisations and educational institutions on the occasion of its 72ndIndependence Day. Bharatiya Rajdoot to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri handed over keys of the vehicles to the representatives of the respective organisations at a function in the premises of the Bharatiya Dootavaas in Kathmandu. A function was organised in Kathmandu to mark the Bharatiya Independence Day. Hundreds of people, including members of the diplomatic community, Bharatiya community in Nepal, friends of Bharat, media persons and students attended the celebration. -GoTop
7. Late Nana Palkar dedicated his life for welfare of society: Bhagwat: “Dharma is the collective behaviour that constantly reminds you of your responsibility towards the society, to look at the world with fraternity and to do things that will take the society forward”, said RSS Sarsanghchalak Dr Mohanrao Bhagwat  in Mumbai on August 24. He was speaking at the concluding function of Nana Palkar Birth Centenary celebrations and Golden Jubilee of Nana Palkar Smruti Samiti at Yashwant Natya Mandir. Famous industrialist, former Chairman of Tata Sons Ratan Tata presided over the function as special guest. Nana Palkar was the senior RSS pracharak who devoted all his life to the mission of Hindu consolidation as envisioned by the RSS. He was a prolific writer, poet and an ace organiser.
Paying rich tributes to Palkar, Bhagwat said that he was the epitome of social activities and remains an inspiration for those who want to take up social activities. Late Palkar worked in such an era when there were paucity of materials, money and men but he plunged him in his mission and accomplished it. Dedicating ourselves to uplift of the all communities would be the best tribute to that great soul, he added. -GoTop
8. 11th World Hindi Conference held in Mauritius: 11th World Hindi Conference was inaugurated by Mauritian Prime Minister Praveen Kumar Jagannath in capital city Port Louis on August 18.Videsh Mantri Minister Sushma Swaraj, Rajyapal of Goa Mridula Sinha and West Bengal Rajyapal Keshri Nath Tripathi are attending the conference. Speaking in the inaugural session Ms Swaraj said that today there is a need to preserve, spread and maintain the purity of Hindi language. Addressing the concluding session of the conference, acting President of Mauritius Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory said, the present state of Hindi is very encouraging and it will find its rightful place in the United Nations as 7th recognised language.
On last day of the conference recommendations upon deliberations held on “Hindi World and Bharatiya Culture” and eight subtopics, were read out. A committee under Videsh Mantri Sushma Swaraj will examine these recommendations. Eminent Scholars, academicians, teachers and institutions working for Hindi in Bharat and across the world were also felicitated. More than 2000 delegates across the world attended the three-day conference. The World Hindi Conference was started in 1975 to propagate and spread Hindi language around the world. -GoTop
9. VISHWA-HINDI-SAMMAN FOR DR. RATNAKAR NARALE: Hindi, Sanskrit and Music scholar Dr. Ratnakar Narale was conferred with the prestigious "Vishva-Hindi-Samman" by the Bharatiya Videsh Mantralaya at the 11th World Hindi Conference held at the Mahatma Gandhi Centre, Mauritius on August 20, 2018.The award was given by Videsh Mantri Sushma Swaraj at the 3-day grand celebration. This World Hindi Conference and the Vishva Hindi Samman are celebrated every fourth year in various countries of the world. It is prestigious like Hindi Nobel Prize. Dr Narale a scholar of IIT Kharagpur, a non-Hindi person, living in Canada for last 50 years could achieve this glorious award was a matter of pride and a history making event for Bharat and Canada. The award was given as a result of Dr. Narale’s 50 years of educational services in Canada and his Hindi musical epic publications.
At this glorious event, Prof. Narale’s most unique 2-volume Music Epic “Shree-Krishna-Ramayana”, was released by Sushma Swaraj. This world’s first Opera-musical Style epic mega poem of Sangit-Shri-Kriṣhṇa-Ramayaṇ is written in 20% Sanskrit, 80% Hindi and 100% music, composed in Chhandas and Raagas.
As the Principal of Hindu Institute, Dr. Ratnakar Narale, received the prestigious title of “Hindu-Ratna” at the celebration of 150th Anniversary of Canada, held in the month of November 2017, in the city of Machakham, by Mayor Scarpitti. Dr. Narale’s is immortalized in Golden Letters in the cultural history of Canada and Bharat. The progressive Markham is considered as the Silicon Valley of Canada. Ratnakar Narale, a native of Nagpur, has proficiency in Hindi, Marathi, Sanskrit, Music and Poetry.  -GoTop
10. HINDU SWAYAMSEVAK SANGH CELEBRATES RAKSHA BANDHAN WITH FIREFIGHTERS IN CERRITOS, CALIFORNIA: The Cerritos, Calif., Abhimanyu Shakha, or branch of the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, celebrated the festival of Raksha Bandhan with firefighters from Cerritos Station #30.They began the event by explaining the meaning of Raksha Bandhan. After introducing the organization, Dr. Amit Desai, the karyavaha of Abhimanyu Shakha, explained the significance of the festival. The tying of rakhi, he said, signifies that they be blessed with good health, and that they achieve success in their life. Desai also explained that Raksha Bandhan symbolizes the spirit of brotherhood and harmony amongst all sections of the society, irrespective of their race, religion, or color. “On this auspicious occasion, we inspire ourselves with the true spirit of service and sacrifice for the welfare of the society and find therein the highest spiritual fulfillment of human life,” he said. The firefighters also gave the volunteers a tour of the station. -GoTop
11. Sewa For Kerala: Heavy monsoon rains in Kerala led to unprecedented flood damage bringing the entire state under water. Sewa International announced an immediate grant of Rs.7 lakhs towards flood relief.  Over 5,000 volunteers  of Sewa fanned out distributing food packets and cooking kits, and opened free kitchens and medical camps to help the flood affected.Sewa International, a Bharatiya non-profit organisation in America, raised over $10,000 for the flood relief operations in the deluge-hit Kerala.
Nearly 400 people have lost their lives in Kerala since August 8 due to floods caused by rains and landslides, while over 3.14 lakh people have been moved to relief camps.Over 62,000 Keralites, in Houston cancelled the Onam celebration and attended the Bharat Culture Centre's Independence Day celebration to raise money for flood victims back home. 
After the rains stopped Sewa volunteers in Kerala despite having no prior experience of such a calamity of such scale shows exemplary courage and determination in reaching out to the last possible man, woman and child to rescue them.
Three Bharatiya Americans Arun Nellamattom, Ajomon Poothurail, and Abin Kulathilkarottu – all natives of the flood-ravaged Kerala – created a Facebook fundraising page Aug. 15, Kerala Flood Relief Fund from USA: https://bit.ly/2BCqAeJ. Within five days, they were able to transfer one crore of rupees to the Mukhya Mantri’s Disaster Relief Fund.The trio shut down the page Aug. 20, but then were asked by Kerala Mukhya Mantri Pinarayi Vijayan’s office to relaunch the fundraising effort.As of Aug. 23, the site had raised $1.5 million, from 30,000 donations, ranging in amounts from $20 to over $250. All donations are being channeled through the Care and Share Foundation, a 501 (c) 3-approved charity, which allows donors to receive a tax credit. -GoTop
12. ‘BHARAT SET EXAMPLE FOR WORLD BY SUPPORTING DEMOCRACY, DIVERSITY’:Bharat has set an example for South Asia and the world by supporting democracy, diversity and the rule of law, the US said on August 15 while greeting the country on its Independence Day. In his message on behalf of the United States of America on the occasion ofBharat’s 72st Independence Day, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo lauded the contribution of the vibrant Bharatiya-American diaspora and young students in strengthening ties between America and Bharat.“On this Bharatiya Independence Day, we congratulate Bharat — a unique civilization, fellow democracy, and a friend — on taking its rightful place as a leading global power and continuing our shared efforts to sustain the rules-based order,” he said. -GoTop
13. ISRO’s Chandrayaan-I proves water ice at the surface of the Moon – NASA: Chandrayaan-I has frozen water deposits in the darkest and coldest parts of the Moon's Polar Regions. According to the study published in the journal PNAS, the ice deposits are patchily distributed and could possibly be ancient.
Using data from the spacecraft that was launched by Bharat 10 years ago NASA on August 21said that scientists used data from NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) instrument aboard the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, launched in 2008 by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), to identify three specific signatures that definitively prove there is water ice at the surface of the Moon.
The study said with enough ice sitting at the surface within the top few millimeters water would possibly be accessible as a resource for future expeditions to explore and even stay on the Moon. -GoTop
14. SCOTLAND YARD RETURNS 12TH CENTURY STOLEN BUDDHA STATUE TO BHARAT: A 12th century Buddha statue stolen from a museum at Nalanda in Bihar nearly 60 years ago was returned to Bharat on August 15 by the UK’s Metropolitan Police as part of a ceremony inLondon mark Bharat’s Independence Day.The bronze statue with silver inlay is one of the 14 statues stolen in 1961 from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) site museum in Nalanda and changed several hands over the years before surfacing at a London auction. Once the dealer and the owner were made aware the sculpture was the same one that had been stolen from Bharat, the Metropolitan Police said they cooperated with the Met’s Art and Antiques Unit and agreed for the piece to be returned to Bharat.
Scotland Yard returned the stolen statue to the Bharatiya High Commissioner to the UK, YK Sinha, as part of the ceremony to mark Independence Day at India House in London. -GoTop
15. bharatiya American Prof. Balaji Rajagopalan Named Fellow of American Geophysical Union for Scientific Excellence: AGU announced the Fellows Aug. 10, a list announced annually since 1962, electing individuals whose visionary leadership and scientific excellence have fundamentally advanced research in their respective fields, AGU said in a news release.This year, 62 members will make up the 2018 class of Fellows, an honor, according to AGU, bestowed on only 0.1 percent of AGU membership in any given year. AGU Fellows are recognized for their scientific eminence in the earth and space sciences. Their breadth of interests and the scope of their contributions are remarkable and often groundbreaking, it said. Rajagopalan is a professor of hydrology, water resources and environmental fluid mechanics, civil systems and environmental engineering at the University of Colorado’s Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering.The Bharatiya American educator earned a bachelor’s degree from the National Institute of Technology in Kurukshetra, a master’s from the Indian Statistical Institute and a doctorate from Utah State University. -GoTop
16. BHARAT TO HELP CAMBODIA RENOVATE LORD SHIVA TEMPLE: Bharat on August 29 signed an MoU with Cambodia to help the South East Asian nation on restoration and preservation of an ancient Lord Shiva Temple, a world heritage site. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed after External Affairs Minister Sushama Swaaraj held wide-ranging talks with her Cambodian counterpart Park Sokhonn. The Temple in remote Preach Vihear, which is also known as the “Temple of Preah Vihear”, dates back to the first half of the 11th century AD. Situated on the edge of a plateau that dominates the plain of Cambodia, it is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
According to the UNESCO, the temple is composed of a series of sanctuaries linked by a system of pavements and staircases over an 800 metre long axis.Its complex history can be traced to the 9th century, when the hermitage was founded.
This site is particularly well preserved, mainly due to its remote location and is exceptional for the quality of its architecture, which is adapted to the natural environment and the religious function of the temple, as well as for the exceptional quality of its carved stone ornamentation.The temple is described as an outstanding masterpiece of Khmer architecture, in terms of plan, decoration and relationship to the spectacular landscape environment. -GoTop
17. WHC 2018 registrations CLOSED: Over 2000 Hindus from across the globe and 250 thought leaders are expected to fly in Chicago, USA to attend the World Hindu Congress (WHC). They include heads of countries with a sizable Hindu population, top tier corporate heads from both India and the US, dynamic Hindu leaders and media personalities. Registration coordinator Amitabh Mittal stated that registration has been closed two months prior to the event due to the tremendous response. A few spots for co-sponsors are all that’s left and some spots have been reserved, on a case by case basis, for delegates from countries outside or North America. -GoTop
18. Thousands Gather at Golden Gate Park for ISKCON’s 52nd Annual Festival of Chariots: Colorfully-dressed men and women, dancing and chanting to the beat of dhol drums while pulling equally-festive chariots bearing replicas of Hindu deities down John F. Kennedy Drive, pierced through the gloom of a fog-shrouded morning Aug. 19 at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
Thousands of men and women of all faiths, including a sizeable contingent of Bharatiya Americans, joined the 52nd annual Rath Yatra – Festival of Chariots – to spread the ideal of a peaceful, more joyous world, achieved through faith. The event was organized by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, founded by the late Srila Prabhupada. -GoTop
19.  Bharat-based Engineering Firm AXISCADES Bringing Jobs to Arizona: Executives with AXISCADES, an engineering firm based in Bharat, say they plan to create 320 jobs in Tucson over the next five years. The company specializes in providing engineering solutions to customers in numerous industries — from mining and aerospace to energy and health care. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey Aug. 24 called the announcement a big win for Tucson. Company officials say they chose the southern Arizona city to be closer to Caterpillar, one of their key customers, and other clients in the mining industry. -GoTop'
20. UK lake passes Hindus' ashes test for immersion: Hindus in northern England, especially followers of the Swaminarayan sect, have found an unlikely place for dispersing ashes in a holy water body denoting end of the man's final journey – Windermere Lake, one of the biggest lakes of English isles which is nestled in scenic Lake District National Park.The lake witnesses about 10 immersions of ashes after last rites in a month. Acharya Purushottampriyadas Swami of Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan, Maninagar was in the UK recently where he performed the last rites of Devji Bhojani, a NRG in UK, at the lake.“For us this lake is as holy as any river in Bharat and we believe that it would have the same impact for my father’s final journey as we travelling to Bharat and performing the rites there,” Khushal Bhojani, Devji Bhojani’s grandson said. -GoTop
21. INDIA COMMUNITY CENTER’S 10TH ANNUAL SEVATHON TO BENEFIT INDIAN AMERICAN AND OTHER NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS: The 10th annual event, held at Arena Green East in San Jose on 19th August, was attended by more than 3,500 guests, with more than $350,000 generated in sponsorships and registrations and another $250,000 raised by the roughly 85 nonprofits participating, many of them Indian American groups. 
From the Sanskrit word 'Seva' meaning service, Sevathon was born as an India Community Center initiative. It welcomes any and all nonprofits with good standing to participate in the platform for marketing, fundraising, support and more.
Walkers, runners, yogis and entertainers come together to fundraise and strengthen their causes and community through walking, running and doing yoga. The event included a half marathon, 10K, 5K, Yogathon and a family-fun festival, with participants choosing a nonprofit to support.
Among the causes supported through the Sevathon event include poverty, homelessness, education, healthcare, women empowerment, environment immigration, domestic abuse and several others.
Among the guests were several dignitaries and leaders from Indian American community viz California Assembly member Ash Kalra, San Jose Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco and others. -GoTop
22. SHRI VISHWA NIKETAN: Pravas: RSS Sarsanghachalak Dr Mohan Bhagwat, Sah Sarkaryavaha Dattatreya Hosabale will travel to USA for World Hindu Conference 2018. Sahsarkaryavaha Bhagaiah ji will also travel to USA for WHC 2018 and pravas to Caribbean countries of Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad. Dr Ram Vaidya sah samyojak Vishwa Vibhag will travel to USA for WHC. Visitors: Vijay Gupta - UK, Satyanarayan Kothari - Indonesia
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: People want government to deliver – here and now. – Atal Bihari Vajpayee. -GoTop

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