Wednesday, June 3, 2015


(pancha is five in samskritam; amritam is nectar)
Poornima / Kali Yugabda 5117 / Manmatha Vaikasi 18 (June 2, 2015)


Shri Dhananjay Chakraborty (40), a taxi driver in Kolkata (West Bengal, Bharat), has created a rooftop garden on his cab and has a mini green cavern in the trunk of his car with potted plants. He calls it the ‘subuj rath’ or the green chariot. The car has metal containers on the rooftop whose bottom is laid with soil, white sand and stone chips and the original green grass grows up there. It weighs about 65 kgs and it cost Dhananjay about Rs. 22,000 to build. It continues to cost him with the increased fuel consumption because of the added weight. However, Dhananjay said he does not mind it. In fact, he has planted flowers at the taxi stand too. His Taxi, an Ambassador, apart from having a green grass-bed on the roof, has eight potted plants in the trunk and has a green interior completely to promote the message that trees and plants should be planted and taken care of. Dhananjay’s project began three years ago when he spotted a money plant in a beautiful glass bottle that a passenger had left behind in the back seat. He took care of it and nurtured it, while keeping it in the taxi. The bigger idea of a green garden taxi, came from one of his friends who found something similar on Internet (

A Sikh student from New Zealand who broke strict religious protocol by taking off his turban to help save the life of a child hit by a car has been heralded as a hero. Harman Singh, 22, studying to get a business degree, removed his turban to cradle the bleeding head of a five-year-old boy who had been struck on his way to school in Takanini, South Auckland. Harman Singh heard the accident take place outside his home, before running outside to investigate, according to the NZ Herald.  'I saw a child down on the ground and a lady was holding him. His head was bleeding, so I unveiled my turban and put it under his head,' he said. The five-year-old was reportedly walking to school with his older sister when he was hit. He was thought to have suffered life-threatening head injuries, but last night was in a stable condition in hospital. Sikhism is the only religion in the world which requires its followers to tie a turban. Sikh men and women do not cut their hair and cover their heads at all times as an expression of respect to their Gurus. The Sikh turban symbolizes discipline, integrity, humility and spirituality. Since the incident occurred, Harnam, who hails from Punjab (Bharat), has received thousands of messages and comments on his Facebook page. (Based on a report by Shri Liam Quinn in DAILY MAIL, Australia,  May 17, 2015).

About 2.8 lakh consumers in the country have given up the subsidy for cooking gas and about Rs.100 crore has been saved, according to the Central government. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged more people to come forward and buy gas at the market price to ensure such benefits reach only the poor. Coimbatore district (Tamilnadu, Bharat) has about 9.87 lakh cooking gas consumers. About 15 customers have registered to give up the subsidy under each of the 77 distributors in the district. “We expect the number to increase,” said an official. (Based on a report in THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS, April 3, 2015) (In Chennai, 21,300 consumers have given up gas cylinder subsidy as on May 28, 2015, reports DINAMALAR).

In our country many brothers and sisters of our society are living below the poverty line. Lakhs of people are working in tea gardens in Assam, Tripura and Bengal. Many youths have dream to get married but due to poverty they could not afford such ceremonial rituals. So, many of them prefer to use short cut of Gandharva Vivah. But society does not give social status to such couples. Kalyan Ashram came forward to help such couples through Samuhik Vivah (Group Marriage). From last one decade Kalyan Ashram has been conducting such marriages in Bengal and Assam, which give social status to the newly wed couples. Urban units of organization afford all the expenses and offer gifts to the couples. On 25th of May, 2014, Samuhik Vivah (Group Marriage) was conducted at Salibari near Siliguri of North Bengal where 101 couples got married. All the couples came along with their relatives and villagers with great enthusiasm. They wore traditional dresses. All the rituals were conducted with complete sanctity. After rituals couples visited temple and had blessings. All these couples got social status and honour. Everybody was happy and enjoyed delicious dinner. Such a programme was also organised at Guwahati, (Assam, Bharat) where 19 couples got married (NEWS BHARATI).

A resident of Mantola area in Agra (UP, Bharat), Tyeba, daughter of Mohd Khalid and a student at the Anwari Nilofar School, had a defective valve in her heart and was living a difficult life, often having to be hospitalised or treated for the ailment.  When Tyeba's condition became critical, Khalid took Tyeba to Agra-based Dr SK Kalra, who had just returned from Nepal where he was volunteering as a part of the government's relief crew. Considering the financial condition of Khalid, Dr Kalra suggested that Tyeba should write to PM Modi, also the father of government's 'Beti bachao, Beti padhao' campaign. Inspired by Dr Kalra's words, Tyeba wrote a touching letter to Modi. Touched by the 8-year-old's appeal, the Prime Minister's Office immediately responded to the letter and arranged for her treatment at New Delhi's GB Pant Hospital, where all the expenses incurred in her treatment will be borne by the government. Khalid also received another letter from the Health Ministry, asking him to report to the hospital as soon as possible so that Tyeba's treatment could begin. Talking to India Today, Khalid said it was all a dream for him. Writing a letter to Modi was the last-ditch attempt for him. To find that Modi actually took cognizance of the letter and arranged for his daughter's treatment was beyond his belief. He said that he wants his daughter to grow healthy and strong soon, so that she can continue her studies and serve other sick people by becoming a doctor herself. (Based on a report by Shri Siraj Qureshi in INDIA TODAY, May 20, 2015).

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