Friday, July 17, 2015


(pancha is five in samskritam; amritam is nectar)
Amaavaasya / Kali Yugabda 5117 / Manmatha Aani 30 (July 15, 2015)



A young woman was behind the wheel today (June 30, 2015) when the Chennai Metro rolled out for the first time on a signal from Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa. The Chief Minister, who was connected through video conference from her office, pressed a button and on cue, 28-year-old Preethi drove the train out of the Alandur station. A year and a half of training has built up to this moment. She drives at a speed of 80 km and drives "safe."  Preethi, who has a diploma in engineering, quit her first job and applied to the Chennai Metro. "She was the first woman to get selected," said her father. From the Alandur metro station, Preethi drove the train to Koyambedu, covering the 10 km stretch in 18 minutes. Officials said with four coaches, the train will have a capacity of 1,276 passengers (Based on a report by Sam Daniel in NDTV, June 30, 2015).



Service rendered to the community by a Dalit girl has brought laurels to her and Isayankulam. Sushri P. Thayammal (28) of Isayankulam, a village in Srivaikuntam taluk in Thuthukudi district (Tamilnadu, Bharat), was presented with the Woman Exemplar Programme - 2015 Award of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) which carries Rs. 3 lakh and a medal by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi on April 6, 2015. Thayammal, a fatherless woman who hails from a poor family, is involved in providing free coaching for rural students to ensure better academic performance. She is one of the seven children of the family and the first to have earned a Master’s degree in Commerce. She developed a skill for teaching after overcoming hurdles as a slow learner. Her father, a farm labourer, was struck dead by lightning while at work on October 21 last year. She began coaching children at an anganwadi centre opposite her house. Now she coaches 30 students from class six to eight in the evening. . She has persuaded 35 children, identified as school dropouts in 2007-08, to continue their education. She also offers free coaching to those appearing for competitive examinations besides helping villagers fill up applications for government assistance. Her brothers are working in stone quarries. (Based on a report by Shri Praveen Paul Joseph in THE HINDU, April 14, 2015).


Whenever 67 - year old Shri Katnam Bala Gangadhara Tilak, ventures out in his car, he is on the lookout for tar mixed gravel dumped on roadsides. Tilak's mission is to collect the unclaimed tar and gravel and fill potholes elsewhere. Tilak is a resident of Hydershakote near Rajendranagar, Hyderabad (Telengana, Bharat). Starting his day at nine in the morning, he travels along different routes and scouts for potholes. (His score: 1,125 potholes!) The moment, he spots one, he immediately stops his car and puts up two red flags to alert road users. Using a crowbar, spade, broomsticks and tar mixed gravel, he then takes up the task of filling the pothole, even as passersby watch him puzzled. After retiring as a senior section engineer from South Central Railway (SCR), Vijayawada, he got a designer engineer's job at Infotech Company, Manikonda. While going to office, he was a witness to few road accidents. Several youngsters were crushed to death under the wheels of heavy vehicles after their motorcycles skidded off the road due to a crater. Such situations do not allow him to concentrate on his job. He spends over Rs.500 towards fuel expenses every day. Impressed with Tilak's initiative, GHMC Commissioner M.T. Krishna Babu lauded him for contributing for the society's development. He directed officials concerned to arrange a vehicle with required material to assist Tilak to take up patch up works effectively (Based on a report in THE HINDU, June 9, 2012).


On January 8,  2013, Hemraj, 38, a Jawan of the Rajputana Rifles, Indian Army, was killed by terrorists while on duty at Sunevali in Rajauri sector of Poonch district in Kashmir and his head was severed by the killers.  Hemraj hails from village Shernagar in Kosikalan Police Station area of Mathura (Uttar Pradeh, Bharat). Another Jawan from Madhya Pradesh also attained martyredom in the same incident. The Army was on the lookout for the perpetrators. On July 14, 2015 the news broke out that Mohamed Ansari, one of the terrorists involved in severing the head of Hemraj, was gunned down in an encounter by the Army. Village Shernagar celebrated it by bursting firecrackers and distributing sweets. But  Dharmavati, wife of  Hemraj, expressed her desire that the head of the terrorist who severed her husband’s head should be brought to her. She also wanted the Army to sanction promotion for those brave Armymen who neutralised the terrorist. (Based on a report in AMAR UJALA, Hindi Daily on July 15, 2015).


It is quite easy to locate Dr. K.Ramaswamy’s small clinic tucked away in an old building along the Kulasekaranathar Kovil Street of Thenkasi, a municipality in Thirunelveli District (Tamilnadu, Bharat). A mere mention of “ten rupee doctor” will do. For the last 33 years he treats ailments of the people of the town and several villages around by charging just Rs 10 as consultation fee. Early during the period, it was just Re 1. The hike is for paying the salaries of his assistants, the kind hearted doctor informs. This MBBS doctor, a skin specialist, had settled down in this town after serving in government hospitals in many towns. He married off his only daughter and having few needs, Ramaswamy and his wife Bhagavathi have chosen to lead a frugal life serving the needy. His contact number: 04633-224922. (From FACEBOOK).
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