Friday, March 4, 2011


Vishwa Samvad Kendra, Chennai


Pancha is five in Samskritam, Amritam is nectar

Amavaasya/ Kali Yugaabda 5112 / Vikruti Maasi 20 (March 4, 2011)


In an unusual step, the Railways asked an old sweeper and a gateman to inaugurate express trains at the Howrah station (West Bengal, Bharat) on Saturday, February 19,  2011. Bala Devi, a sweeper at the Santraganchi railway station, and Nimai Chandra Bera, a gateman at the Goraghanta station, inaugurated two weekly superfast express trains - Howrah to Prasanthi Nilayam and Howrah to Shirdi. "The duo will retire on the 28th of this month. So we decided to pay them a small tribute by requesting them to launch the trains. Though they are workers at the lower-level, yet they are very important to the organisation," CPRO Soumitro Majumdar said., February 19, 2011.


Hindu Gods adorn a new series of lottery tickets in Mexico. Not surprisingly, the top prize went to a ticket featuring Lakshmi, Goddess of Wealth. The National Lottery jackpot awarded a $4 million pesos (US$ 330,000) prize for ticket number 5825, whose notes were illustrated with the figure of Goddess Lakshmi, during a recent draw. The Goddess of Beauty and good luck, also brought fortune to tickets holders in Puebla, Puebla and Coatzacoalcos, and Veracruz. , MEXICO, February 2011


Maintaining that there was no constitutional right to convert a person from one religion to another, justice P Sathasivan of the Supreme Court of India said the right to propagate one's religion was not an unrestricted right. Delivering the third Dr LM Singhvi Memorial Lecture on "Secularism and Rule of Law in India," justice Sathasivam said the state has a right to pass laws restricting conversions if such activities created public disorder.  Quoting from the SC's 1977 verdict in Stainislaus vs State of Madhya Pradesh & Orissa, he said: "The right to propagate means the right to 'transmit and spread one's religion by an exposition of its tenets'. But there is no constitutional right to convert a person from one religion to another, because this would impinge on the 'freedom of conscience' guaranteed to all the citizens of the country alike."

From a report by Shri Satya Prakash in  HINDUSTAN TIMES,  February 27, 2011.


Even as  the trauma of the survivors with aftershocks continuing to rock Christchurch, Newzealand, the members and volunteers of the Hindu community have joined the nation in offering prayers to give strength to the families and friends of earthquake victims. Hindu Council of New Zealand Media and Public Relations Officer Dr Rajiv Chaturvedi said specialised search and rescue teams were doing an admirable job under difficult circumstances. "In this hour of national emergency, a number of Hindu organisations, temples and associations have come forward to provide relief to earthquake victims," Dr Chaturvedi said. The Hindu Organisations, Temples and Associations (HOTA) Forum, in coordination with Sewa International, have launched an appeal to contribute to the ongoing aid and relief work in Christchurch, and to residents who have been displaced to various New Zealand cities. To assist with Sewa International relief work, contact or Kishor Mistry on 09 537 2766. You can make monetary donations to Sewa International through the ASB account number: 12-3055-0216216-00., February, 27, 2011.


Bakkiashri (Bhagyashree) is not like other kids who read comics or watch television. This eight-year-old is heavily into tomes of medical journals and can name the most complex medicines for over 1,000 ailments without stumbling for a second. The child prodigy reproduced on March 2, 2011 the names of medicines for over 207 diseases in the presence of Madras University Vice-Chancellor G Thiruvasagam and a panel of doctors. Thiruvasagam said that the university would adopt the child as a research scholar and provide her all assistance. Bakkiashri, a class IV student of Velammal Matriculation School, Chennai (Tamilnadu, Bharat) developed the interest after reading books belonging to her aunt who is a staff nurse at the Government General Hospital in Puducherry. Her father, M Bhaskar said that he had spent over a lakh on buying her these journals. "She used to spend most of her time on those medical journals and had memorized all the medicine names and can even reproduce them," he said. The school has honoured this Class IV student with the citation Yuva Sadhaka, or Young Achiever, for her exemplary talent in recounting pharmacoligical names of medicines to treat over a thousand diseases.

From THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS, March 2, 2011