Hindu devotees are going to celebrate Ramanavami festival with utmost respect. What is Ram Navami? Hindus celebrate Ram Navami as the day of Lord Rama, Lord Vishnu's seventh human incarnation on earth. Born to King Dasarath and his wife Kaushalya on the 'navami' or the 'ninth day' of Chaitra month, Ram Navami is celebrated as the auspicious day. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Rama came on earth invested with the divine qualities of Lord Vishnu, associated with purity of soul, beneficence and humility. From the mythological perspective, Lord Rama is seen as eternally blissful and in his earthly form came to exemplify the perfect man, referred to as 'Maryada Purushottam'. It is this aspect that is recalled during the Ram Navami festival. Lord Rama's dutifulness, integrity and magnanimity are detailed out through the various episodes of the epic 'Ramayana'. Ramayana is a very instructive tale and Lord Rama along with brother Lakshman, wife Sita and devotee Hanuman represent various divine aspects in their earthly journey of life. The situations in their life have echoes in today's life as well where man is accosted with unforeseen events that test his ego and moral sense of duty and humaneness. Thus, recitations and discourses from the Ramayana help us to take cues from Lord Rama's demonstration of integrity and courage in order to triumph over evil motives and selfish desires. Thus, Ram Navami festival is for all those who want to imbibe these qualities in thought and action. It is with this spirit that Ram Navami is celebrated in all parts of the country, with instances of full nine-day celebration and fasting rituals to seek Lord Rama's grace throughout the crest and troughs of life. On Ram Navami, people follow rituals include recitations from 'Ramayana' or Tulsidas's 'Ramacharitmanas', long renditions of bhajans and kirtans and awe-inspiring puja and arti. The bhajans are very uplifting as they eulogize the virtues of Lord Rama, Lakshman, Sita, and Hanuman. Hanuman is known for is his devotion to Rama, and a lot of devotees recite 'Sunderkand' that strengthen qualities of courage and dedication. In Rishikesh, which is an important seat of Ram worship, special payers dedicated to Lord Rama, japas and constant chantings invoking Lord Rama's name is a common practice. Mantras like 'Om Sri Ram', 'Jai Sri Ram' raise the higher energies around the place. One can opt to fast from sunrise till sunset on the Ram Navami day itself. On the final day of the Ram Navami festival, Lord Rama is adorned beautifully as well as temples are bedecked majestically with lights. Devotees listen to discourses which are supplemented by ample leaflets, booklets and books on Lord Rama's life and teachings. Ram Navami celebrations Ayodhya, Lord Rama's holy birth place witnesses a huge congregation of devotees who come to take a holy dip in river Saryu on the pious occasion of Ram Navami. People pray wholeheartedly to earn Lord Rama's blessings. A most awaited event is Ayodhya is the two-day fair that includes 'rath yatras', a ceremonial procession that involves carrying the deities of Ram, brother Lakshman, wife Sita, and Mahavir Hanuman in chariots. The gaudiest aspect of the Ram Navami celebration is the Ram Navami procession. Donning a pageantry look, four persons attired suitably pose as Rama, Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman and do the rounds of the city in a 'rath' - a ritual which devotees look forward to every year.
Newly formed NITI Aayog which has replaced the planning commission will set up a working group to prepare a draft report on how to make implementation of Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) more effectively by taking into account suggestions made at the first meeting of the sub-group of Chief Ministers. "We have decided to set up a working group under NITI Aayog CEO Sindhushree Khullar to prepare a draft report on the suggestions made by various Chief Ministers in the meeting," said Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, convener of the sub-group comprising 11 Chief Ministers. The culmination of sub-group will facilitate smooth functioning of NITI Aayog. The sub-group will discuss the draft report at its meeting next month and then move towards making recommendations said Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. He will be meeting officials of central departments running various schemes on April 16 to know their experience and suggestions. The sub-group has been constituted to deliberate on funding pattern on CSS as the states' share in central taxes has been increased to 42% from 32%, as per the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission. Among others, the meeting was attended by Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayed Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das. Over 30 CSS have been identified to be transferred to states because expenditure on them has already been taken into account as state expenditure. By Premji
Indian National Security Advisor National Security Advisor said that increasing radicalisation in Pakistan is a major concern. “The threat is real and the threat is imminent. There is change in Pakistan and Afghanistan, particularly in Pakistan. The radicalisation of Pakistan’s society is a matter of added concern,” Doval said. We are skeptical about the abilities or the competence and the will and desire of the Pakistan government to take on and control the situation, though we would like them very much to do so,” he said. “We want to deal with Pakistan in a way which is fair, correct, transparent,” he said, adding that India would not bend to “pressure tactics or blackmailing, or the thinking that the nuclear threshold will leave India with no option but to accept the covert war as a reality to which they don’t have any response.” “I don’t say there is an imminent threat from China or Pakistan. When I say we should be prepared, I am not talking about any immediate war. Preparedness does not mean war, it is a deterrent,” he said. Pakistan known for its proximity towards terrorism is always in a proxy war with India. The country does not have a perfect law to govern the country. Mostly the laws are written and implemented by the terror outfit which are having the backing of Pakistan Army and ISI. By Premji
Two American lawmakers have introduced a resolution in the US Senate calling on the US Postal Service to issue a postal stamp to commemorate the Hindu festival of Diwali. "This commemorative stamp is an important recognition of the significance of Diwali to more than three million Indian-Americans and one billion Indians worldwide," said Senator Mark Warner, Co-Chair of Senate Indian Caucus, who introduced the legislation along with Senator John Cornyn. A stamp commemorating Diwali is a significant and meaningful way to honor the importance of the festival of lights to so many Indian-Americans, both in Texas and across the country," Cornyn said. The US Postal Service has issued similar stamps in the past for other popular religious celebrations in the US such as Christmas, Eid, Kwanzaa and Hannukah. This will be a goodwill gesture to the Hindus who celebrate this festival as the symbol of prosperity. By Premji
Senior Congress leader, and former Union minister and former governor of Karnataka, Hans Raj Bhardwaj made a direct attack on party president Sonia Gandhi, alleging that she "shared no responsibility". "Does Sonia Gandhi not understand what happened, why it happened and who did it? Everything is known. That is the style. Sharing no responsibility and yet do everything," Mr Bhardwaj told. “Sonia threw me out of Congress. Those around her threw me out as a minister because I wouldn’t toe their line in the 2G case,” Bhardwaj said. “Congress has gone down because of these leaders who were involved in scams.” “It is a matter of great sorrow that our leaders are getting summons from the court. Those at the top level including at the level of the Prime Minister,” he added. The 77-year-old, once known to be a Gandhi family loyalist, alleged that Mrs Gandhi is "in the grip of couple of sycophants and corrupt people". Bhardwaj said: "People are not ready to listen any more. Congress won't rise again. Congress is responsible. "Aur main us bechari (Sonia Gandhi) ko koi dosh nahin deta (And I don't blame that helpless lady)," he said. "The new forces are very strong. There are three to four leaders, they only decide what is right and what is wrong," Bhardwaj said. "And Congress took the senior experienced leaders by the ear and took them out. Imagine the amount of foul play when a man like (former prime minister) Manmohan Singh is summoned by a court," Bhardwaj said. The opinion said by the once royal to Gandhi family, Shri Bharadwaj is the reflection of the people of this country. The wrongdoing by the party has alienated it from the common people. Modi’s Congress mukt Bharath has aggravated the fall of the old party. By Premji
The French prosecutors identified the co-pilot of the Germanwings flight as the major suspect in the crash. The plane A 9525 went aground two days back with 150 passengers on board. A voice recorder that was found in the debris suggested Andrews as the black sheep. The voice recorder has last 30 minutes of the communication in the flight and The 27 year old Andrews Lubitz grew up in Montabaur, a Rhineland town of some 15,000 people, a neat, pretty place of timber and brick homes in western Germany. As investigators continued to pore over the clues, and search crews scoured the rough French terrain for more, relatives of the victims began arriving Thursday near the site of the crash, where a makeshift chapel has been set up, and where psychologists are providing support. Lufthansa was to operate two special flights for family members from Barcelona and from Dusseldorf. A charter flight with 62 relatives and friends of victims landed in Marseille on Thursday after leaving Barcelona shortly after 10 am, Spanish television reported. Other relatives traveled overnight from Barcelona, by bus. Online, Lubitz appeared to be a keen runner, including at Lufthansa's Frankfurt sports club, and had completed several half-marathons and other medium-distance races, including an annual New Year's run in Montabaur in 2014. A Facebook page with a few tidbits of his possible "likes" was visible Wednesday but had been removed by late morning on Thursday. It showed a photograph of a young man near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, though there were no clues to when the image was taken or any other details.
indian President Pranab Kumar Mukherjee will be presenting the Bharat Ratna award to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today at his residence in New Delhi. In a departure from tradition, President Pranab Mukherjee will confer the Bharat Ratna on Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the residence of the former Prime Minister, today. Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee is the right person to be honoured with the highest award of the country. He is been admired and accepted by one and all irrespective of cast, creed and political affiliations. His contribution to the country is immeasurable. Vajpayee was elected to the Lok Sabha nine times and twice to the Rajya Sabha. He was also the Minister of External Affairs in the cabinet of Morarji Desai. Vajpayee was one amongst the founder members of erstwhile Bharatiya Jana Sangh, When Janata government collapsed, Vajpayee restarted the Jana Sangh as the Bharatiya Janata Party in 1980. 25 December 1924 Gwalior-born Vajpayee, was prime minister for the first time in 1996 and then again from 1998 to 2004. His tenure was a golden saga for the country. Vajpayee will be the seventh prime minister to receive the award, after Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Morarji Desai, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Gulzarilal Nanda. He has been credited with taking bold initiatives, notable among them being the historic bus journey to Lahore in 1999 when he signed the landmark Lahore Declaration. Vajpayee's detractors called him the "mask" of RSS but still always had good words for him. Vajpayee was a staunch swayam sevak of Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh from 1939 and became a "full-time worker" in 1947, technically a pracharak. His association with RSS has paved the way in mentoring him as the best politician to fight for the integraty of the country. He has been detained by the congress government led by Smt Indira Gandh during the black days of Emergency. By Premji
Kalimullah, a Padma Shri awardee, famous for growing scores of mango varieties has come out with a new variety of mango and named it "Modi mango". Kalimullah, a Class VII drop-out, has earned recognition far and wide for his innovations. Kalimullah said unlike others who develop it through grafting process, he crosses flowers and sows their seeds as every seed is different from the other. Nevertheless this is a very arduous process and the success rate is low but the ones that succeed are worth spending time and energy as they grow into rare samples, he said. "I had kept the first fruits of the Modi mango variety solely for the Prime Minister but I do not have a medium to send them to him," Kalimullah said. "It is my wish that I can offer him the king of fruits myself and I am confident that he will love it," he said. "All those who have tasted it, be it officials or the connoisseur of the fruit, have found it very delicious and delectable," he added. Kalimullah, who has earned recognition far and wide for his innovations, said he finds it surprising that dignitaries coming to Lucknow find time to visit his orchards. "Foreign delegates coming to the SGPGI here for some conference came over to me recently and were delighted to see the different varieties," he said. Kalimullah, had earlier named his mango varieties after Aishwaryia Rai and Sachin Tendulkar. Shri Kalimullah is known as a university for invention of new variety of mangoes. By Premji
Rose Valley Group of Companies Chairman Gautam Kundu was arrested on Wednesday by Enforcement Directorate (ED), the federal agency that probes foreign exchange violations. ED interrogated Gautam for several hours in Ponzi scheme. The group-said to be the biggest deposit-taking enterprise in eastern India managed to stay afloat even as others ran aground. A key ED official said the agency decided to take Kundu into custody because he wasn’t cooperating with the investigation. The group has been resisting attachment of its properties by filing cases in several high courts. Though its legal challenge has been dismissed by at least nine high courts, one remains pending at the Calcutta high court, according to the official cited above. Last November, the ED had seized around Rs.300 crore from the Rose Valley group’s bank accounts, the agency’s biggest ever cash haul. It is, however, small change when compared with the amount that the Rose Valley group is estimated to have collected—at least Rs.10,281 crore, according to a statement made in the Rajya Sabha by junior finance minister Jayant Sinha. After the ED froze its bank accounts, the group was operating entirely on cash. The Rose Valley group said it collected money under a so-called time-share scheme. The group claims it owns and operates properties across India, and that it is committed to redeeming deposits in the form of accommodation at its hotels. Earlier this month, The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted raids at 27 locations in West Bengal, seven in Tripura and one each in Odisha, Assam, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Tamil Nadu. Rose Valley collected most of its deposits, though, in the eastern states. Less than a year ago, Kundu had claimed it wasn’t easy to kill the Rose Valley group, which hadn’t collapsed even as other deposit-taking firms shut shop after the Saradha Group went bust in March-April 2013. Last April, Kundu had organized a convention of some 150,000 agents in Kolkata, in a show of strength. Kundu, who famously drove a Rolls Royce Phantom, had diversified into several unrelated businesses. Apart from running hotels, the Rose Valley group produced films, published newspapers, ran TV channels, and had lately entered the jewellery business. For over a decade, the Securities and Exchange Board of India has been trying to nail the group, which first tried to raise money through collective investment schemes.
Partymen' attempts in vain to reuinte two teams of AAP The attempts by Partymen to reunite two divided groups of Aam Aadmi Party have shown no signs of rapprochement, as the two inner parties don’t want to lose their stands. Earlier on Wednesday, a National Council member from Punjab demanded that Kejriwal launch an inquiry into a parallel meeting called by a section a day prior to the body's crucial meet on 28 March. In a letter to Kejriwal, Ashok Talwar, an NC member from Amritsar, said the meeting has been called on the "pretext" of having discussion on Swaraj and internal democracy and alleged that some "deep conspiracy for vested interests" was on to destabilise the party. The two sides are stuck over "theory" and "practicality" of the probable solutions to the contentious issues. However, the sources also indicated that both groups were making last-ditch efforts to salvage the talks. Even efforts of Party leaders like Ramdas to bring the both teams together were in vain. (With inputs from PTI)
On 25 March 2015, six agreements were signed to increase commercial and economic exchanges between India and Qatar. Agreements were inked in New Delhi in presence of Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Expressing interest in Modi's 'Made in India' initiative, the 34-year-old Sandhurst-trained Emir, said, "I know that the new government is taking a number of initiatives, especially in business and investment, which is very interesting and encouraging from our point of view. We trust the Indian economy. So we will invest in India." Qatar is the largest source of India’s LNG imports at 86%. Bilateral trade stands at $16 billion. The six agreements signed by both countries are: Agreement on Transfer of Sentenced Persons Cooperation in the field of Information and Communication Technology MoU between Ministry of Earth sciences and Qatar Meteorological Department for Scientific and Technical cooperation MoU between Diplomatic Institute of MOFA, Qatar and Foreign Service Institute, MEA Co-operation in the field of Radio and Television Agreement for Mutual Cooperation and Exchange of News By Premji
Sticking to its oath made in the last Parliament elections to the people of Varanasi, Prime Minister led BJP government is chairing its fifth meet on the ambitious Namame Ganga Project The Chief Ministers of Ganga Basin which includes Akhilesh Yadav (Uttar Pradesh), Mamata Banerjee (West Bengal), Nitish Kumar (Bihar), Raghubar Das (Jharkhand), and Harish Rawat (Uttarkhand) will also take part in the meeting. The last meeting on Clean Ganga was held on October 27 last year, which was chaired by Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti. The ministry of water resources recently submitted the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) consortium report on Ganga River Basin Management Plant in Supreme Court. "The IIT report and the ministry's reports that have identified sources of pollution and the lacunae will be crucial points of discussion. The IIT report has laid down a comprehensive action plan and cleaning of the river will hinge on it," an official said. Ministry sources also informed that the Clean Ganga Fund, established for rejuvenation activities such as setting up waste treatment facilities, cleaning of pollution from agricultural run-off, has collected Rs18 crores by way of donations from citizens, public-sector units and through corporate social responsibility contributions.