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Amavaasya / Kali Yugaabda 5112 / Vikruti Ayppasi 19 (November 5, 2010)

On the sacred occasion of Deepavali, this issue focuses on

the noble quality of giving – Moderator



Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal unveiled a tall Hanuman statue on November 4, 2010. He says that with the unveiling of the world's tallest statue of Lord Hanuman, Jakhu hills off Shimla (Himachal Pradesh, Bharat) has come on to the map of the world tourism. He said that this statue was constructed at the cost of Rs 1.5 crore by HC Nanda Trust who were die-hard devotees of Hanuman. He said that 108 feet tall statue built on famous Jakhu Hills at an altitude of 7500 feet which makes this statue the tallest statue of the world. Now the tourists as well as the locals coming to Shimla would be able to see the statue of Lord Hanuman from a distance of 20 kilometers. Dhumal said that State Government is all out to promote pilgrimage tourism in the State of Himachal Pradesh known as Dev Bhoomi or the land of gods. Bollywood actors Parikshit Sawhney and Abhishek Bachhan were allso present at the occasion.

Based on a report by Shri Anil Kimta in THE PIONEER on November 5, 2010.


Tamil film actor Vijay gifted 108 milch cows to poor families in Udumalpet near Coimbatore (Tamilnadu, Bharat). The 36-year-old actor's under-production film 'Velayudham' is being shot in the Kollywood's famous coconut-lined locale of Udumalpet. Bellowing cows lined up at a glitzy function in Udumalpet town as Vijay personally handed over the bovines to villagers. In Hindu tradition, donating cows is considered to be a sacred gift to appease the Gods. The actor, the production crew of 'Velayudham' and his fan clubs pooled in funds to gift the cows. At the function held a day before Deepavali (November 4, 2010), Vijay tried to strike an emotional chord with the poor of Tamil Nadu. ''Many TN families are unable to buy fireworks for their kids because of poverty. But these milch cows will provide a livelihood for the poor people,'' he said.

From THE TIMES OF INDIA, November 5, 2010


Smt. S. Bhavani, a Dalit woman auto driver, was surprised to receive a cheque for $1,000 (Rs.44,000) from a philanthropist. The benevolent action came from Shri Ram Ramanujam, a resident of California State in the United States. Ramanujam, after reading the plight of Bhavani (in The Hindu newspaper's online edition dated October 20, 2010) sent the cheque along with a covering letter to The Editor stating "everyone should appreciate Bhavani's inner strength and determination and we need more Bhavanis in the world to make a difference." Bhavani (28) of Kallakurikki village, nearly 7 km from Krishnagiri town (Tamilndu, Bharat), is the only woman who has a Light Motor Vehicle licence for auto in the district. The cheque was handed over to her by District Collector Shri.  V. Arun Roy at the Collectorate on November 4, 2010. He promised the woman every possible help she needed from the district administration to buy an autorickshaw . (After her husband's death in 2006, Bhavani has been working as a daily wage labourer to eke out a living besides educating her two sons and a daughter. She had hired an auto and was driving it for over a month. Following resistance from her father-in-law Chennaiyan, a village assistant, she stopped driving. "After much persuasion from my neighbours and well-wishers, my father-in-law has allowed me to drive an auto", Bhavani was reported to have said.).

Based on a report in THE HINDU, November 5, 2010


It was a special and unique occasion for inmates of the Home for Psychosocial Rehabilitation of Mentally Ill Persons at Tirupattur (Vellore district, Tamilnadu, Bharat) as they celebrated  Deepavali as `Anandha Deepavali' – with District Collector C. Rajendran and a number of invitees drawn from various walks of life on November 3, 2010. The Collector took the initiative of gifting new clothes, fire crackers and also hosted a lunch for the inmates of the home from his own pocket. "The home was established four-and-a-half-years ago. This year, it was indeed a special Deepavali for all here," said C. Ramesh, President of Udhavum Ullangal-Tirupattur, which runs the home.  Rajendran presented new clothes and fire crackers to the 36 men and five women inmates of the home, and also to the staff of the home. In fact, this celebration has inspired a number of persons who have come forward to support us with donation. This has encouraged our work too. While one donor presented Rs. 10,000, another has come forward to donate Rs. 25,000," Ramesh said.          From a report in THE HINDU, November 5, 2010



India's Tata Group has given a whopping 50 million US Dollars (Rs 220 Crore) to the prestigious Harvard Business School (USA) to fund a new academic and residential building on its campus, the largest gift received by the institute from an international donor in its 102-year-old history. The gift comes from Tata Companies, the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and the Tata Education and Development Trust, the philanthropic entities of the Group. It comes days after Anand Mahindra, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Mahindra and Mahindra Group, gave 10 million US Dollars (Rs 44 Crore) to the Humanities Centre at Harvard in honour of his mother Indira Mahindra.                         From INDIAN EXPRESS,  October 15, 2010.