Friday, January 1, 2010

PANCHAAMRITAM 177

Vishwa Samvad Kendra (Media Centre), Chennai (vskch.2009@gmail.com)

PANCHAAMRITAM 177

Pancha is five in Samskritam, Amritam is nectar

Poornima, Kali Yugaabda 5111, VIRODHI Margazhi 16 (December 31, 2009)

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Recently, 167 students out of 400 students voluntarily obtained Transfer Certificate in R C Nadunilai Palli (i.e. RC Middle School), a Christian institution in Nathampatti village, Srivilliputhur Taluk, Virudhunagar district (Tamilnadu, Bharat). The reason: The school management had started teaching Bible during classes; teachers pressurized Hindu students not to display Hindu religious symbols.  Agitated Hindu parents opposed this brainwashing attempt on their children.  They stood together, obtained Transfer Certificate from the school and admitted their wards to other schools.

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In Tamilnadu, Rashtra Sevika Samiti's members have been campaigning among Hindu girls not to wear T-shirts, jeans etc. They are dissuading girls from taking to weird hairstyles. This was disclosed by Samiti's state general secretary Smt. Gomathi Naveen in a press meet at Erode in connection with the centenary of Samiti's former president Saraswati Tai Apte. Gomati insisted that Samiti will not indulge in any agitation to achieve this end. The press meet was held on December 27, the last day of the three day state level sammelan of the Samiti in which 720 Sevikas from all over the State participated. The punctuality and discipline with which the Samiti route march was held, prompted a woman police official on duty to exclaim how great it would be if they (women police) too could receive wholesome training in this fashion.

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Due to the recent heavy showers in the District of Nilgiris, (Tamilnadu, Bharat) many parts of the district have been affected by land-slides that left 43 dead and thousands homeless.  RSS and Seva Bharathi volunteers from various parts of the District swung into the action. Their rescue and relief operations started as early as 10th November 2009 at Gandhinagar, Lovedale. Since then, this team has without any break and reluctance is still working with a motto of serving the affected people. It was the dedicated service of this team to carry all the relief materials by walking around 17 kms from Coonoor to Kurumbarpadi – due to non-availability of motorable road to reach the affected area. Women workers of Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India provided counseling to the affected families. Impressed by the disciplined and dedicated display of service to the needy people, on 15th, the teams were asked by authorities to take care of another camp at Old Ooty.  Swayamsevaks took up the task and did the work to full satisfaction.

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An Indian doctor working in 600 B.C. might have been the world's first plastic surgeon, according to a new exhibition that challenges Western domination of the history of science and technology. The Science and Technology Heritage Exhibition opened last week at New Delhi's National Science Centre, showcasing the advances and discoveries with which the country says it should be credited. The plastic surgery claim relates to Susruta, who lived 150 years before Greece's "father of medicine," Hippocrates, and who lends his name to a number of modern Indian clinics. The surgeon pioneered nose reconstruction in northern India, which entailed removing skin from the forehead of a person to re-build the facial feature. Criminals were often punished by having their noses cut off during his time. He is credited with authoring the Susruta Samhita, a medical text which details 650 types of drugs, 300 operations, 42 surgical procedures and 121 types of instruments, according to available records. The earliest documentation of Indian medicine is found in holy Hindu scripts of the Vedas compiled between 3,000 and 1,000 BC. The organisers linked the new permanent show to the Commonwealth Games next year when 100,000 spectators are expected in New Delhi. Sensing a sunrise market in the heritage sector, New Delhi now plans to dig deeper into its past and go beyond the well-chronicled Indus Valley Civilisation of 2,500 BC.

October 29, 2009. AFP

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Sahitya Academy, Madhya Pradesh (Bharat) and Sanskriti Parishad in co-ordination with Seva Bharati have organised for the first time a two-day training workshop for the women writers of slums. Panchayat Raj Commissioner Mrs Veena Ghanekar inaugurated the workshop by lighting the traditional lamp. Commending efforts of the Parishad, Mrs Ghanekar said that the thinking of women living in slums would help create a good family and society in future. Sahitya Academy director Dr Devendra Deepak said that the writing done from air-conditioned bungalows and Coffee House about life in slums is far away from truth. Sahitya Academy is trying to reach the deprived of people. Women Writers' Association chairman Rajashree Rawat said that the writings show that children would be cultured. Academy had given four subjects to the participants - 'My Locality, My People'; 'My Mother'; 'My Ideal Woman'; and 'My Interest'. In spite of difficulties faced in life the write ups expressed hope for the future. 35 participants read their creations before subject specialists.

Based on a report in CENTRAL CHRONICLE, Bhopal, December 20, 2009.

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