Tuesday, August 24, 2010


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Poornima / Kali Yugaabda 5112 / Vikruti Aavani 8 (August 24, 2010)


Hundreds of people killed and thousands are missing and numerous injured in worst ever cloud burst and flash floods in Leh which caused unprecedented destruction in the entire district in general and Leh town (Jammu-Kashmir, Bharat) in particular. In adverse conditions, Volunteers of Sewa Bharati and RSS have started all-out rescue and relief operations. In Jammu, `Sewa Bharati Jammu and Kashmir' organised an emergency meeting in which social workers of many organizations attended the meeting to chalk out the strategy to provide immediate relief to the victims of Natural Disaster in Leh. A trust under the Name Ladhak Aapdha Sahayata Samiti (LASS) has been formed to assist the victims and affected families in Leh. Brig. (Retd.) Suchet Singh has been elected President of this trust. Dr. Kuldeep Gupta will work as secretary and Sh. Abay Pargal will be the treasure of this trust. As an immediate measure, some cash donations were immediately transferred from Jammu to the group of Swayamsevaks working in Leh. They have purchased whatever relief material they can get from nearby local markets and started distributing them. According to latest report, a relief package of 2000 blankets, a set of utensils for 500 families, 2000 clothes and 500 shoes is on the way (as on August 12, 2010). LASS has opened an account in Punjab National Bank for this purpose having A/c No. 1948000101057923. LASS requests people to donate liberally for the flood Victims of Leh.          From www.rss.org


Six-year-old Radhika ``completely paralysed in an accident while playing has managed to come out of coma in less than two months, thanks to a steady dose of enchanting music. ``I couldn't believe it,'' exclaims Dr Girija Mohan, who heads the paediatrics department at Government Medical College Hospital, Alappuzha (Kerala, Bharat). "Besides the medicines, we played melodious songs set in Carnatic music style including her favourite song on Krishna from a Malayalam film — over a headphone throughout the day for a week. Miraculously, she started responding to it and then we shifted to an external speaker by her bedside in the ICU. The kid now can move with the help of a walker and responds to queries,'' said Dr Mohan. The kid's mother Manju is overjoyed. ``I had no hope but she now tries to recite those songs which she was made to listen to,'' she said fighting to hold back tears. Her father Raju, a fish monger, who was finding it hard to foot the bills is now hopeful. From a report by Shri Ananthakrishnan G, THE TIMES OF INDIA, August 1, 2010.


On September 23, 2009, P. Manimaran was on his way to Tiruvannamalai in a bus. Sitting next to a window, the 24-year-old, who deals with knitwear surplus and rejects, was a witness to the humiliation meted out to a thirsty, elderly woman with leprosy. The bus had then stopped at Uthangarai. "People refused to give water," he recalls. "The woman, left with no option, dragged herself to the nearby drainage to quench her thirst."  Manimaran rushed out of the bus, pushed her hand away before she could sip the sewage. He provided her with water bottles, food packets and Rs. 150. The event happened a month after he had registered `World People Service Centre' as a trust to formalise his social service activities. Two days later, on his return trip, the class IX drop out would search Uthangarai and its neighbourhood for three hours for the woman to handover eatables, water, sari and bed sheet and then take her to the Government Hospital, Tiruvannamalai, for treatment. The sexagenarian would be the first of his beneficiaries. He now cares for around 40 persons with leprosy by providing medicines, clothes, rice and other essential items. "Every fortnight I ensure my presence in Tiruvannamalai to take care of the 40-odd people, says Manimaran, who has been working since he was 12. He does not make much but around 80 per cent of what he earns goes for the needy. He hails from Thalayampallam village, Tiruvannamalai district, and has two siblings. He can be reached at 99656-56274. K. Ramalingam, Deputy Director of Medical Services, Tiruvannamalai, says Manimaran often visits persons with leprosy at the GH and takes care of most of their material needs.

From a report in THE HINDU, July 22, 2010.


As `Very Very Special' walked to the crease with India tottering at 62 for four on the last day of the third Test and still needing close to 200 runs for a win, very few Sri Lankan cricketers would have guessed what was in store for them. Post-lunch it was VVS Laxman all the way after Sachin returned to the pavilion (He scored 103 and faced 149 balls). Humble as always, he said post-match that it was more satisfying to him that his knock helped India win the Test and square the series. After all, Laxman, the most underrated of the great Indian quartet of Sac­hin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and VVS himself, has always lived up to the challenge when India needed him the most. But what makes La­xman come good when confronted with a crisis? From childhood, he has been reading Bhagavad Gita and the Sai Charita, apart from listening to spiritual music. "It helps me a lot particularly while playing under pressure," he said. From a report by Shri N. Jagannath Das in THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS,  August 8, 2010


Western India's first daily Sanskrit newspaper 'Sanskrit Vartaman Patram' was launched by Gujarat Assembly Speaker Shri Ashok Bhatt on July 25, 2010 amidst a huge gathering of dignitaries and Sanskrit students from M S University and Somnath Sanskrit University. Speaking on the occasion, Bhatt lauded the efforts of the editorial board and said their objective should be to cater to everyone in the society including scholars who desire to read newspaper in the language they love. The newspaper, which has already hit the stands, caters to Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, and Union Territory of Diu, Daman and Dadra Nagar Haveli. Priced at Rs 1.50, the four-page daily will be published from Vadodara  and cover local, national and international news and the annual subscription is Rs 500, Editor Praful Purohit said. When the team got a good response to the pilot copy of this newspaper, they decided to launch it. For enabling its readers to understand the language, the paper will include glossary of Sanskrit words translated in Gujarati, Hindi, English and other languages. Chief Minister Narendra Modi in a message said such efforts should be made to revive the glory of the world's oldest language and further it.                            PTI / ibnlive.in.com July 26, 2010