Sunday, February 12, 2017


pancha amritam 1
(pancha is five in samskritam; amritam is nectar)
poornima / Kali Yugabda 5118 / Durmukhi Thay 28 (February 10, 2017)



In the parched village of Kundapur taluk in Udupi (Karnataka, Bharat), Laxmi Poojarthi, along with four other women, dug up a 52-foot deep well recently. She took up the initiative in Viveknagar Colony of Amparu gram panchayat. At least 10 households now depend on the well. The nearest source of potable water is atleast two to three kilometres away. It took almost three and a half months for the women to dig the well which is six-feet in width. The gram panchayat has a provision of providing wells under the NREGA Act and of the wages paid, Rs 82,000 was used for installing rings inside the well. But, since the cost of installing the rings was Rs 1.18 lakh, Laxmi used her savings of Rs 40,000, including part of wages from the NREGA work to meet the cost. The 60-year-old woman's determination thus helped a whole village to quench its thirst. "There's none that I can call my family and it does not bother me. I get my pension and if this small effort helps others, it's worthwhile," Laxmi, who has been abandoned by her relatives after the death of her parents, said., July 4, 2016.



A young couple from Amravati (Maharashtra, Bharat), Abhay Deware and Preeti Kumbhare, decided to change the trend of marriages in India, a country where 1 Lakh crore is being spent on marriage on every year. Particularly after being moved by the plight of farmers who were committing suicide .They tied the nuptial knot at Abhiyanta Bhavan in Amravati They used the money they saved by their simple marriage for the purpose of: 1. Donation of Rs 20,000 each to 10 farmers’ families where their sole bread earners committed suicide due to mounting debts and successive crop failures. 2. Books of competitive examinations worth Rs 52,000 to five libraries in Amravati. 3. They had inspirational and informative speeches given by notable personalities and activists. INDIA TODAY, July 11, 2016.



A new health sub-centre after a martyred soldier Suraj Bhagwan Budania, native of Deenwa Ladkhani, a village in Fatehpur area of Sikar district (Rajasthan, Bharat). It has brought cheer in his family. The population of the village is over 4,000 and it has produced nine martyrs. In this village of martyrs, all government schools are named after martyrs. Budania was martyred on August 18, 2010, in an ambush of a United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in South Africa. "We have named two government schools after the names of Mukhram Budania and Dharamveer Shekhawat, who sacrificed their life for the country," said Kanhaiya Lal, sarpanch of the village. THE TIMES OF INDIA, July 4, 2016.



In 2006, Anita Devi of Singhaul village in Begusarai (Bihar, Bharat) had taken a loan of Rs 21,000 from the State Bank of India to run a business, but her husband, Sunil Mochi, showed no interest in running it. Two years later, Sudhir Kumar was born to the couple. Kumar’s mother Devi died in a road accident in 2012, and his father ran away days later, leaving him behind. Kumar is now under the care of his relatives. Recently, the boy received a notice from the SBI, asking him to repay the loan that was taken by his mother, 10 years ago. The boy sought help from his villagers after he received the notice. They quickly came to Kumar’s aid and raised Rs 5,000 to pay the first instalment. The 8 year old orphan boy turned up at the Lok Adalat to pay the next instalment. The district judge-cum-chairman of the Lok Adalat, Gangotri Ram Tripathi, in a heart-warming gesture, after considering Kumar’s age, financial situation and lack of family support, summoned bank officials and ordered the waiver of the loan against the Rs 5,000 deposited earlier. The judge also issued a receipt of settlement of the loan. GULF NEWS and INDIAN EXPRESS, August 16, 2016.



On October 17, 2016, Smt Jayakodi (22), wife of Shri Sudharsanan of Kizhvelur-Vandalur in Nagapattinam district (Tamilnadu, Bharat), was travelling by Karaikkal-Tiruchy passenger train. She was 9 months into pregnancy and was on her way to her father’s place after her ‘valaikappu’ ceremony. At 8.30 in the morning, members of a political party stopped the train midway as part of their rail roko agitation after the train went past Kulikkarai station. By 11 AM Jayakodi complained of sudden illness. Fellow passengers rushed to the guard and driver of the train and asked them to move the train back to Kulikkarai station, as there was neither medical help nor proper transport at the spot where the rail roko occurred. In spite of rules against such a move, the railway employees agreed to take train back to Kulikkarai station two kilometres away, where there was a ‘108’ ambulance kept ready for the lady. After 3 hours of treatment at the government primary health centre at Kulikkarai, she was taken to her house. DINAMANI, October 19, 2016.