Friday, July 1, 2011


Vishwa Samvad Kendra, Chennai


Pancha is five in Samskritam, AmritaJulm is nectar

Amavaasya/ Kali Yugaabda 5113 / Kara Aani 16 (July 1, 2011)


Money is what drives the world so say people, but Babanrao Mhaske aged around 58 doesn't believe in the dictum. The villager hasn't touched currency for over 20 years as he thinks it is the root of all evils. A farm labourer from Aadas village of Kaij tehsil in Beed district (Maharashtra, Bharat), Mhaske took the oath 22 years back, something that he continues to follow till date. Mhaske had witnessed a dispute over money which resulted in the death of a few persons 22 years back. It was then that he made a resolution not to touch money, as he thought that money is the root of all the trouble.  He said: "I avoid having tea and meals outside my house, as it would compel me to breach my commitment". Mhaske stays with his wife and two sons in the village. Whenever he goes outside the village, Mhaske takes his son or an acquaintance along with him, so that he does not need to touch money during the travel. Interestingly, Mhaske's landlord hands over his monthly salary straight to his family. However, this is not all. Mhaske had been offered a house in his village under a government housing scheme about 5 years back. But he squarely refused to accept a new house as he said that he already possessed one and it was enough for him. PTI / , June 20, 2011. (Idea: Smt Vasantha)


Panchakoshi Primary School of Odare, Chitre-1, Parbat (Nepal) has become a model school in the district ensuring effective management and a good academic environment. The school has a well-maintained garden. The students clean the classrooms and school premises before they line up for prayer every day. The toilets are also always clean. The teachers, including head teacher Shushila Gurung, join the students in cleaning the classrooms. Unlike other schools, this school in the remote village has a clean environment, punctual teachers and students, well-managed classrooms. The school has become a shining example of how a government school can be an excellent academic centre if there is collaboration among teachers, students and guardians. "I have realised that many things can be changed if we think about the school all the time," said teacher Madhusudan Adhikari. THE HIMALAYAN TIMES (Nepal), May 8, 2011.


Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Jayanagar unit, in Bangaluru (Karnataka, Bharat) arranged a free eye check up and surgery camp on June 26, 2011 at Gottigere, a semi rural neighbourhood. The camp was attended by 607 villagers who could not afford expensive hospitals for their eye check up & vision related ailments. Apart from eye checkups to diagnose the specific cause and health status of eyes, the villagers were advised about the mineral-nutrient requirements for maintaining health of eyes. In this camp, 44 villagers in all were operated upon to remove cataract. In addition, free spectacles were distributed to 274 patients.  The camp was organised with the help of medical staff of Narayana Nethralaya, Bangalore. From Vishwa Samvad Kendra, Bengaluru at,  June 28, 2011.


Smt Panjamirtham, wife of Manikandan of Sangolikuppam in Cuddalore district (Tamilnadu, Bharat) went to a grove of Cashew trees accompanied by her 11 year old son Madankumar and another woman of the village on June 25, 2011. A swarm of `Kathandu' bees attacked the boy. The bite of these bees is generally dangerous. So, Panjamirtham quickly covered her son with her saree to protect him from the bees. Now, the bees started attacking the mother. Both mother and son fell unconscious. Help came when the woman accompanying them raised an alarm. Panjamirtham and her son were admitted to the government hospital in Cuddalore and later shifted to Puducherry. But Panjamirtham succumbed to the poisonous bite, while her son is in the intensive care unit. DINAMALAR, June 27, 2011.


A woman from Mhow (Madhya Pradesh, Bharat) Smt  Santosh Agrawal, collects old newspapers and magazines from the houses of her friends; she sends them to Mahaveer International, Indore. The company sells these papers to those units which recycle the scrap. The company purchases kits for newborn babies out of the money.  The kit consists of clothes for the newborn baby, mosquito net, towels, diapers, 3 kg Dalia (broken wheat) rich in protein and medicines for the mother. Santosh Agrawal who is also one of the directors of PATH, a road construction company, takes time out from her busy schedule on every Wednesday to visit the Government Hospital in Mhow and gives away these baby kit to the mothers. She distributes 15 kits every Wednesday to mothers in the hospital. Agrawal is doing this noble work since two years. The recycling of newspapers help the environment as well, says Santosh. Other members of Mahaveer International in Indore collect newspapers and distribute Kits in four government hospitals of Indore. From a report by Shri Vikas Tyagi in DAILY PIONEER, May 21, 2011.