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Thought for the week …
Supreme Lord, let there be peace in the sky and in the atmosphere. Let there be peace in the plant world and in the forests. Let the cosmic powers be peaceful. Let the Brahman, the true essence and source of life, be peaceful. Let there be undiluted and fulfilling peace everywhere"
– Prayer from the Atharva Veda, one of Hinduism’s most sacred texts.
SOW THE SEEDS
The rains have come. Nature is in its element of beauty. Procreation has begun its process. The seed is sown and life will be in plenty. Seed can be sown by nature in its natural cycle or seeds can be sown by human beings as co-creators with God. But sowing of seed is necessary. Ask any farmer what he would do when the rains come. He will sow the seed with him properly, in proper soil, at the appropriate time. He would never hold on to his seeds, even though there is no guarantee that the seeds would sprout, to give yield many times the sown seed.
God has given every one of us seeds in the form of talents or resources and He expects us to sow them, so that society is benefited by the crop which yields manifolds. The parable of the sower sowing seed is explicitly given in Luke Chapter 8 verses 5 to 8. This passage when read in tandem with Luke Chapter 19 verses 12 to 26 would give a clear meaning of sowing our talents for the glory of God. Along with these passages if we read Luke Chapter 12 verses 16 to 21 it will enlighten us on the futility of hoarding the talents for ourselves.
We see around us different types of people, some who are generous with their time and resources. They give freely without counting and we see the joy in their lives. Others give grudgingly, with conditions and God will use the same measure when He distributes His grace. Then there are those who are tight fisted and always want, but never give. Not because they are poor but by nature they always want others, church or society to do something for them, without they accepting any responsibility in return. Such people miss out the opportunity, to give in the vineyard of the Lord. They live poor and die rich, unable to do anything with the wealth, except create conflict among the heirs. Finally we have the poor who also gives and are blessed for it. This aspect is exemplified in Luke Chapter 21 verses 1 to 4. Their rewards will be great on earth and in heaven.
Unless the seeds fall into the ground and dies it shall not bear fruit. Hence we must give till it hurts. The seeds in our hand are useful to do the good work, till we live on this earth. The moment our time expires, those seed will be of no use to us and we will be judged by the Master as to how we used those seeds, when it was given to us. Will we be the co-creators who will use the seed by sowing it, or will we be the hoarders? Only time will tell.
Palayam George Varghese
(courtesy: Panvel Pulse Parish bulletin)
Here is an example of a person who has given till his death (for an environmental cause)
Dehradun: Swami Nigamananda’s Fast, Death, Fade as Ramdev Hogs Limelight
Daijiworld Media Network – Dehradun (SP)
Dehradun, Jun 15: Even as Baba Ramdev’s fast that stretched to nine days, undertaken to press his demand for bringing back black money stashed away in foreign banks, and to step up
war against corruption, got national attention, the death of an ascetic who valiantly fought against the stone quarries and pollution of River Ganga, by observing a fast for 114 days, went unnoticed. This unsung hero is Swami Nigamanananda. Ironically, he died at Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences here, where Baba Ramdev was being treated. For two days, he had shared the intensive care unit of the hospital with Baba Ramdev, and died within hours after Baba was discharged. The people are angry that Uttarakhand government, which convened repeated press conferences to pledge its support for Baba Ramdev’s efforts, failed to even express regret at the sad demise of Swami Nigamananda. The Swami had slipped to coma about a month before his death. He began his fast on February 19, slipped to coma on May 2, and did not recover since then. Haridwar district magistrate, R Meenakshisundaram, has said that post mortem was ordered on the mortal remains of the ascetic, as there are allegations that his fellow Sanyasis in the Ashram had fed him poison. Swami Shivananda, founder chief of Matru Sadan had alleged, in a complaint to Kotwali police station on May 11 that poison was given to the Swami through a nurse on April 30. He said that this was responsible for the comatose condition of the Swami since May 2, and has blamed chief medical officer of the hospital, Dr P K Bhatnagar, and Jnanesh Kumar, owner of Himalayan Stone Crusher, for the episode. He said that a chemical compound named organophosphate was used by the nurse. Swami Nigamananda from Matru Sadan Ashram in Haridwar, had been on fast since the last nearly four months, demanding shifting of stone crushers being operated at the spot where Kumbhamela is held, alleging that the powdered stone has been polluting River Ganga, considered to be holy by Hindus. The >
government neglected to look into his demands, and he breathed his last at the hospital on Monday June 13. Nigamananda (36) had fought a lone battle against the state government’s apathy relating to environmental damage inflicted by the stone crushing units, and had been trying to attract the attention of the national media towards the natural calamities suffered by the people of the state.
The death of the Sadhu away from media glare because of the utter neglect of the state government has given rise to a number of questions about the sincerity of the government and the media towards causes backed by social concern. While eminent leaders from various fields including political, rushed to ask Ramdev to end his fast, no one batted an eyelid as Nigamananda continued to lie on his deathbed for causes that were dear to his heart, and in the interests of his homeland.
Congress leaders from Uttarakhand including Tehri MLA, Kishore Upadhyaya, have blamed the state government for the death of Swami Nigamananda. The leaders have been blaming the Chief Minister, who had visited Baba Ramdev regularly to press for early ending of his fast, of not caring to meet Swami Nigamananda. Swami Nigamananda’s noble motives got dashed because of stays obtained by owners of stone crushers from the High Court, and lack of support from the local people who did not rally behind him. In the coming days, Congress is likely to use this incident as a weapon to take on BJP. All India Congress Committee general secretary, Janardan Dwivedi, said that the BJP, which had steadfastly supported Baba Ramdev, could have saved Swami Nigamananda, if it had paid heed to his plea for saving River Ganga from pollution.
2 comments chosen from the daijiworld Readers’ comments section on the death of Swami
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Swami Nigamananda’s Fasted for a cause and died unheard.. We can not compare the issue of black money and pollution of holy Ganga, both are equally important.. I blame media for this.. In Manipur also Irom Sharmila is been fasting since last 10 yrs, she is fighting against AFSPA in NE.. But media is not giving enough coverage to her cause.. Is it because its not a national concern or she does not have 1000 crore empire & this does not earn good money for media..
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
We lost a great soul who fought for great cause "For clean environment". May Shri Swami Nigamananda Swami's soul rest in Peace. We have to blame the corrupt system practiced by corrupt politicians voted by ignorant & illiteterate voters and cheap commercial practice by present media.
CAN WE ALL JOIN TOGETHER and fast for a day on the 12th day of Swamijii Nigamananda death to mark respect and in memory of great departed soul. This will also highlight the issue to national level.
Blank pages turn into 1.5 lakh books for poor
2,500 college students collect unused pages to make new notebooks
Santosh Andhale Mumbai
What began as an award-winning idea during an inter-collegiate contest will end up benefiting more than 1,50,000 underprivileged children. Around 2,500 students from various colleges have made over 1,50,000 notebooks by removing unused pages from books used in institutes as part of the eco-binding project. The Mumbai University will now distribute them to underprivileged students in Maharashtra. The eco-binding initiative was a winning idea proposed by the Sydenham Institute of Management Studies and Research and Entrepreneurship Education (SIMSREE). Students
were encouraged to find ways to reduce the felling of trees and wastage of paper as part of the contest.
America's first lady Michelle Obama too had complimented Mumbai University students on their presentation on eco-binding during her visit to Mumbai last November. Michelle had advised the students to take their idea to the global level.
"The assumption was that many pages from a student's notebook go waste every semester. The proposal was to donate these blank pages to a centralised group and make notebooks," a Mumbai University official said."We had involved 250 colleges (110 from city, the others from rural areas, including Kalyan and Konkan region) in the project; around 15-20 students from each college took part. We now have over 1,50,000 notebooks ready," Atul Salunkhe, co-ordinator of MU's National Service Scheme cell, told DNA. "We have told the colleges to adopt a school where notebooks are needed and distribute them after it reopens," he added. Kiran Mangoankar, principal of Vile Parle's Mithibai College, complimented the students' effort. "The students, including those from my college, feel proud that they are doing some social work. Such projects must be given to all college students since they create awareness about the importance of paper and saving trees."
"This is a unique concept and of great help to the underprivileged students. It also sends a social message among the students," said Suhas Pednekar, principal of Matunga's Ruia college.
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No need to stock up on overpriced organic vegetables any more. Preeti Patil of Urban Leaves India shows you how to grow your very own kitchen garden Reema.Gehi@timesgroup.com
Pictures: Capsicum and tomato plants in her balcony and Preeti Patil in her kitchen garden .
With Mumbai’s space constraints, cultivating a garden for pesticide-free vegetables and fruit may seem like a far-fetched idea. But growing and owning an organic kitchen garden is actually utterly achievable.Preeti Patil of Urban Leaves India an NGO that promotes city farming says it can be surprisingly simple. The process is cost-effective, and low-maintenance. The only requirements are a lot of patience and perseverance, she says. Most people would think the terrace is their only option and too only if the housing society is forgiving. Try this for an idea. Use your windowsill to grow some vegetables. One of the biggest requirements to grow fruits and veggies is sunlight, something the city is amply blessed with. Patil has also cultivated a full-fledged kitchen garden at her home in Dockyard. she adds. At least, you are certain that they are not growing along the railway tracks. Being able to smell fresh fruit and vegetables is an added incentive. It’s a rarity in cities these days. Not to mention the asset home grown vegetables provide. We won’t face dearth of vegetables like we do today if each home takes the onus of growing their own veggies to a partial extent.
RECYCLE AND REUSE
At the outset, you don’t need to invest in fancy or earthen pots.You can even make use of plastic bottles, buckets and bathtubs to grow vegetables. Take a medium sized bathtub; fill it with soil and home compost to grow cabbages, cauliflowers, capsicums, radish and onions.
MAKE YOUR OWN SOIL
The most important step in kitchen gardening is to make Amrut Mitti (nutrient-rich soil), which has abundant and diverse microbial life that support healthy plant growth. It is simple to prepare and the results are extremely effective. Start with what you have. There’s no need to buy earthworms or any other stuff. Simply convert your kitchen waste into resource, says Patil. Keep sprinkling some red earth in the pots from time to time.>>>>>
ALWAYS MULCH YOUR SOIL
Keep it covered with a layer of dry crushed leaves or sugarcane baggase. If the waste becomes too wet, add newspaper, dry leaves and soil to cover it. This helps in reducing loss of water due to evaporation. It insulates microbes and organisms in the soil from direct heat and also provides food for them.
ADD A DOSE OF AMRUT JAL
Add a dose of Amrut Jal every 15 days, after you have sown the seed. Amrut Jal is essentially a liquid solution comprising cow urine, fresh cow dung (available outside temples), organic black jaggery and water. If organic black jaggery is unavailable, replace it with six ripe bananas/jackfruits, or two glasses of plain sugarcane juice. Mix together ten literes of water, one litre of cow urine, one kg of fresh cow dung and fifty grams of organic black jaggery. Keep this solution for three days. Stir this solution twice or thrice a day, stir it twelve times clock wise and anti-clock wise. On the fourth day, the concentrated solution is ready. Mix one part of this concentrated solution with ten parts of water and Amrut Jal is ready. Add a fistful of wood ash every three months to your soil.
One can source the seeds for as cheap as Rs 10 from any of the nurseries in the city, she says. Always go for open pollinated seeds, not hybrid. You can start by growing basic vegetables like basil (tulsi), mint leaves (pudina), kadi pata, chillies, lemon grass and different varieties of spinach. They are one of the simplest to grow. Since they don’t require too much sunlight the plant can be kept in a living room or placed near the window, she says. For fruits, you’ll need a grafted sapling. You can grow guava, pomegranate and pineapple, preferably on your terrace garden since it requires a lot of space. You can also grow turmeric (amba or raw haldi) easily. Once you are well-versed with simple plants, graduate to growing cabbage, cauliflower, capsicum, radish, onions and tomatoes. Bear in mind, tomatoes need a trellis or will fall. Patil says, Experience and explore the process, kitchen gardening is therapeutic.
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God goes green: Tirupati prasad in bio-degradable bags .... DNA 19 May pg 5 DNA Correspondent
India's one of the richest temple trusts, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam Trust (TTDT), is all set to go green.
From now onwards, the devotees coming to the temple will get 'Prasadam' in bio-degradable bags. TTDT has signed a deal with Greendiamz Biotech Ltd to supply such bio-degradable bags. As per the deal the company will be supplying 25 lakh bags, every month to the holy place. The deal comes after TTDT, decided to ban the use of plastic bags in the temple premises in order to show its solidarity towards making the place environmentally sustainable. "It gives us immense honour and pleasure to be working with Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam Trust. Our company is blessed to be working with the temple trust. This would be our service to all devotees who come for the darshan and contribute in a small way to keep it environment friendly,"said Dipack Sangghvi, director, Greendiamz Biotech Ltd.
"We would also like to thank the temple authorities for believing in us and the product," he added. These bags which will be made of 30-micron thick material and it will not get affected by ghee, oil or moisture. It gets decomposed in 180 days after coming in contact with soil. The products have been tested and certified by various organisations such as European Standard EN 13432 and other organisations like CIPET (Chennai), Indian Institute of packaging (Mumbai) and BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards). "More than 50,000 devotees visit the Tirupati Balaji temple daily and on weekends the number crosses a lakh. The usage of these bags will make a huge impact to reduce the use of plastic bags," said Sangghvi.
Churches in Mumbai join green campaign
Clara Lewis | TNN
We have to care for this one until God gives us another, reads a poster with a picture of earth on it. The poster has been prominently put up outside St Joseph’s Church, Goregaon (East). The sale of cloth bags, medicinal plants and vermicompost, and the gifting of saplings are now common in 106 parishes across Mumbai. In the last one year, St Joseph’s has run a campaign called ‘Care for Creation’, teaching the faithful small ways in which the environment can be protected and the city made a better place to live in. At every mass, the emphasis is on saving earth and cutting down on consumption. Save electricity, save water, use cloth and paper bags, put pots in your window, cut down on junk food the list is endless. The simple things one can do is repeated over and over again in our
church, said Celine D’Souza, a member of St Ignatius Church, Byculla.
At Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Orlem, Malad, which has one of the biggest Christian conglomerations in the city, the nine days prior to the parish feast were entirely devoted to ways of leading a more environment friendly life.
Fr Allwyn D’Silva, chairperson, Justice and Peace Commission, and head, Care for Creation, said the aim was to create awareness among the community. A large number of churches have gone in for water harvesting and terrace gardening. The awareness has resulted in parents providing nutritive food in school dabbas rather than junk food.
At the Don Bosco Shelters, the school has set up a unit to segregate matter that can be recycled. "We have completely done away with plastic bags," said Fr Joaquim Fernandes. At its annual day function, the school gifted every parent a sapling, with the school children raising Rs 6 lakh for the education of tribal children in Kawanth, Gujarat.
Sale Of Energy-Saving Devices From 2009 to 2010 Helps Avoid Setting Up Of 1,363 MW Plant
Chittaranjan Tembhekar | TNN
A small drop in the ocean, but a huge dividend for life on Earth! Though demand is increasing by the day, an initiative by people to go in for energy-efficient appliances has helped the country inch ahead in saving power, thus its generation, and natural resources required for its generation. This little step towards climate change—the global agenda set for reducing carbon emissions affecting the ozone layer—has helped the country avoid the setting up of a 2,868 MW power plant over the last three years and the use of over 20 million tones of crude oil. However, a recent survey doesn’t talk about the saving of coal in the process.
A review of a bureau of energy efficiency (BEE) survey by the national productivity council (NPC) reveals that mainly the sale of energy-saving devices (which are replacing conventional gadgets) from 2009 to 2010 has helped the country avoid the setting up of a 1,363 MW power plant. This is up from 881 MW in 2008-09. In 2007-08, the first year in which the review of the sale of energy-efficient appliances was done, the country had saved 623 MW. Of the total 2,868 MW, the amount saved only due to the sale of star-rated appliances was 2,179 MW. As per BEE’s original survey, the amount of power generation savings over the last three years (2007-10) stands at 3,730 MW, against NPC estimates of 2,868 MW. The survey, analyzed in September 2010 and released early this year, claims that the country avoided the use of 22.51 million tones of crude oil for power generation. Top among gadgets which largely helped save power generation are air-conditioners—the most energy-guzzling device. Many people’s switch to star-rated ACs helped save 1455.89 MW of the total 2179 MW saved only through the sale of star-rated appliances.
The survey is based on data on the sale of star-rated (or energy efficient) appliances like refrigerators, ceiling fans, storage water-heaters, agricultural pump sets, colour televisions and tube lights collected from across the country. Surveyors interacted with stakeholders like generation and distribution companies, residential and commercial consumers and industrial giants. The other device that has helped the country save on power generation is the refrigerator—481 MW was saved as people bought new star-rated energy efficient versions. While the replacement of direct-cool refrigerators has helped save 317.51 MW, new frost-free refrigerators save 163.22 MW. The replacement of incandescent bulbs with fluorescent tube lights has helped the country avoid the generation of 160 MW power, followed by 42.25 MW by the agricultural pumps’ energy-efficient models. New colour televisions have avoided the generation of around 26.96 MW as
people phased out old sets.The contribution of ceiling fans, water-heaters and distribution transformers stands at 1.69 MW, 4.75 MW and 6.69 MW. Power experts said BEE has a lot to work on replacing water-heaters, ceiling fans and TV sets with energy-efficient versions, as savings on them have not increased much. “Promoting these gadgets, including irons and microwaves, in energy-efficient avatars should be the next campaign now,” the experts said. METHODOLOGY
The savings were calculated based on data of the sale of star-rated (or energy efficient) appliances. There was interaction with various stakeholders like generation/distribution firms, residential/ commercial consumers and industrial giants. Energy-saving by star-rated office buildings was considered.
Windmill helps plan your power requirements
Satellite city is finding it difficult to cater to the needs of power requirement by the residents and frequent power cuts is a cause of worry. Even though the real estate prices are skyrocketing, people going for flats in these areas have two minds whether to remain in Mumbai, where there is continuous power supply or move through greener pastures so that they can enjoy spacious flats at a cheaper price. Electricity is the cause of worry which can be solved by installing windmill for the common area power and for the residential requirement as per individual consumption.
Considering current energy scenario, there is tremendous amount of crisis in urban as well as rural areas. The major reason for the vast difference in energy supply and demand is due to the fossil fuels depleting at very high rate besides very high and luxurious living standards. There is a need to harness a renewable energy sources to meet the demands. Resources like solar (PV as well thermal) wind, bio-gas etc are being used to convert it to
electrical and other form of energy. Even though there are already large winds farms placed in and around the world which are being used to provide electrical energy to grid, good, economical, robust, highly reliable smaller wind turbines will play a major role in conservation of energy. This standalone system will reduce a load on state electricity board. Wind, a clean energy source will also contribute in carbon emission reduction. The SUP micro-wind turbine consists of the blade, permanent magnet generator, tail vane mechanism, tower structure along with wire rope, battery charging system along with inverter battery bank etc. The free flowing wind energy is captured by wind rotor composed of FRP blades. This mechanical energy is given to Axial based PM generator which gives the 3 phase electrical output. The generator is direct driven and eliminates the gear boxes.
—Jayanthy Subramaniam, Sanpada
College students help vendors to go green
Ishani Chatterji TNN
PAPER TIGERS: A student hands a paper bag to a vendor at Vile Parle (E) market
Mumbai: College students in Vile Parle (E) have taken it upon themselves to help one of the first green initiatives to take root in Mumbai’s marketplaces. Over 100 vegetable and fruit vendors in the area have switched to paper bags after the government laid down rules to restrict the use of plastic bags. In an effort to support this eco-friendly initiative, around 65-70 students from the BMS department of Sathaye College have started making paper bags to distribute to the vendors. “These bags can hold up to two kilos and are completely environment friendly,” said Shubhankar Jadhav, a student who is part of the ‘Go Green’ drive. College principal Kavita Rege, coordinator Tejashree Datey and assistant coordinator Shashank Pai are supporting the students in their efforts. A student, Snehal Adhav, said, “Our staff has been very supportive. They have provided us with all the material needed to make the bags. From our logos to the ropes, everything has been provided by the college.”
The vendors in the market are more than happy to use the bags. A vegetable vendor, Ram Kishore, said “These bags are much better than the plastic ones. We will definitely prefer to use these.” Parleshwar Vadapav Samrat, famous for their vada pav, are also using the bags that the students made. The owner, Vasant Name said, “It is great for these students to take initiative. We are more than happy to use these paper bags.”
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Corporates make the most of wastage
Aarti Kini. Goregaon
A green way to waste management, corporates are taking to an Organic Waste Converter, a composting machine
Picture courtesy Internet
Several corporate companies in the suburbs are now turning to a new form of green health management — an Organic Waste Converter (OWC). Tired of the foul smelling, eyesore that their waste generated used to be, more and more corporates have now found the ideal way to make the best out of the waste. Composting machines, hitherto used on a large scale only by farmers, is the corporate sector's answer to tackling with waste issues. Meant to convert the organic or wet waste into soil-like manure, bacteria free brown earth like output in 15 minutes, the OWC is a recent introduction by Developmental and Eco Friendly Enterprises (DECENT). The OWC converts organic waste into bacteria free brown earth like output, in 15 minutes plain. This output can be then used for gardening and retaining the soil. "The Organic Waste Converter (OWC) is our in-house installation. We install these machines in different organisations, where waste is created in bulk, and we plan to install it at the community level. Also, our machine are better in the rains as the crates that we use are covered and are already under shelter so no extra cost is needed to be incurred to cover them," says Harshad Gandhi, spokesperson, of the Goregaon-based NGO DECENT, dealing with issues
related to urban waste.
Elaborating on the OWC, Gandhi informs, "Our method of waste collection is decentralized. In this method, waste is treated at the source. Then, the waste is converted into bacteria free output. This output is further processed and then can be used for landscaping, gardening and retaining quality of soil."
An issue that DECENT, Gandhi informs, is campaigning for is a reduction in Value Added Tax (VAT) from the current 12.5 to 4 per cent. Explaining the co-relation between the OWC and this campaign, Gandhi says that this reduction is very essential if OWCs have to be taken to the community level.
Gandhi elaborates, "A high rate of VAT has led to a low demand for composting machines. A reduction in VAT along with other recessions will enable us to provide the composting machines at 15 percent lesser the cost. As a result, our composting machines, which are currently starting at Rs 3, 50, 000 will be then available for Rs 2,40,000", claims Gandhi. "The larger aim", Gandhi says, "is to make more such big generators of waste use this eco-friendly equipment, so that at least organic waste can be dealt with in a environmentally friendly way."
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RUN FOR A CLOTH BAG
Juhu locals go on green path, ban use of plastic
Mumbai: Residents of Juhu have vowed to make their area 'plastic free' in just a couple of months. Members of the Juhu Citizens' Welfare Group joined hands with around
500 St Xavier's students of Malhar's Chaka Chak squad and picked up more than 672 kg of plastic from Juhu beach on Tuesday to start the home-grown 'Go Green' campaign. As a first step, the drive is about calling a self-imposed ban on plastic bags and replacing them with more eco-friendly cloth bags. "We are not asking for a blanket ban on plastic immediately. It's not possible to put an end to the use of plastic at once but this is a step in the right direction,'' said film-maker Ashoke Pandit, who inaugurated the campaign with actor Shabana Azmi. Hansel D'souza, a management professor, spearheaded the campaign and made a presentation before more than 60 residents to highlight the need for reducing the use of non-biodegradable plastic. Residents of the area made cloth bags with handpainted eco-friendly messages and sold them for Rs 10. "We clean the Juhu beach and the area by picking up plastic bags every year,'' said D'souza. The residents now plan to make a film to spread awareness. "We will approach mayor Shubha Raul and Uddhav Thackeray to mobilise support for the cause,'' said Pandit. TNN
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INDIA’S LOSS DUE TO CORRUPTION IS 16 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR!
Himani Kumar in Chicago
India loses a whopping $16 billion a year due to corruption, IPS officer-turned social activist Kiran Bedi has said. Speaking at an event organised in Chicago by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, she said: "Out of every Rs. 100 meant for infrastructure development, only Rs. 16 is used and Rs. 84 is lost." She said that if India became free of corruption, it could become the most developed country in the world and all its debt would go away.
I would like to see Indians in America collectively raising a voice
because it is our future," said Bedi, who is associated with social activist Anna Hazare's anti-corruption campaign. Speaking about the Lokpal Bill, Bedi said corruption has increased because there was no system to check it and there was no system in place to handle the negative aspects of positive growth. "It is only in the last two months thanks to the Supreme Court that key players and politicians went to jail for the first time and have not been bailed out till now," Bedi said. She also spoke at the India Against Corruption event held at the Gayatri Shaktipeeth. "Scams have increased over the years and the number of recorded scams have also increased," she said, adding that records show that there are no commensurate punishment for such scams. Bedi said that she needed the support of Non-Resident Indians to give the movement an additional momentum. "We can also try to weed out corruption if we allocate even 0.5 per cent of budget for anti-corruption," Bedi added.
Govt seeks public views online on black money issue
The government on Wednesday created an email id for public to send their ideas and inputs to tackle issues arising out of black money.
The email -- email@example.com -- has been created on the server of the National Informatics Centre and the public can send their responses on the subject with immediate effect, a senior Finance Ministry officer said on Wednesday.
"General public can send in their responses and inputs like imposing penalties and making penal provisions to tackle with the issue," the officer said.
The government has already constituted a committee headed by Central Board of Direct Taxes Chairman Prakash Chandra to devise new strategies to deal with the issue.
The committee is expected to submit its recommendations in the next six months.
The email account will be continuously monitored by Finance Ministry officials and they would place the messages before the committee headed by the CBDT Chairman. (DD-15.6).
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Bishop to serve on green award jury
Bishop Mathew Arackal of Kanjirapally
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has nominated Bishop Mathew Arackal of Kanjirapally in Kerala, to sit on the jury that selects the national award winners for environmental protection. This would mark the first time a prelate has served on the seven-member jury – headed by the vice-president of India – for the Indira Gandhi environmental award. The award is named after former prime minister Indira Gandhi, who was assassinated in 1984.
Introduced by the federal environment ministry, the award is given to two organizations and three individuals who the jury considers to have carried out outstanding work in environmental protection or promoting eco-friendly living. Bishop Arackal says the nomination is recognition for the Church in India. “Protecting the environment is a major challenge for all, cutting across religions. Our diocese and Church have introduced several initiatives to educate people about the need for eco-friendly living and organic farming,” the prelate said yesterday.
BEST example of dedication: conductor works on dad's funeral day
A conductor with Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) Undertaking has set an example about the city's spirit, where people put their duties ahead of their personal lives. The conductor heard about his father's demise when he was about to start the bus but he chose to finish his duty hours before leaving for the funeral. Prakash Baburao Chavan, 46, has been serving as a BEST conductor at Dharavi depot since last 21 years. On December 31st, he was appointed on route Number 52, which plies between Dharavi to Kalachowki. Chavan got a call from his nephew at 9 am informing about his father's demise, who used to live at his brother's place in Badlapur.
Chavan said, "I had just taken charge of the bus and was about to start my trip. The news of my father's death sent shivers though my body and I could not understand what to do. I shared the news with my driver colleague, who consoled me and offered me to leave the bus if needed. However, I decided that I will complete the route and then attend the funeral." Chavan kept his calm and started giving out tickets to commuters getting on to the bus. "I kept informing my relatives whenever I got time. My mind was filled with all the childhood memories with my father, but then I forced myself to concentrate on my job. As the distraction could have led to some mishap with the commuters." The bus returned to depot at 11 am and Chavan quickly started his journey to Badlapur. However, the train derailment at Vikroli added to his vows and he finally managed to reach his brother's home at 2 pm. Chavan's will be felicitated for his sincerity on August 7.
Dear Fr. Felix,
Thanks for all the messages that you keep sending me along with the attachments. May God bless you for the service that you do through internet. Unfortunately I am too very busy and hardly get time to reply to all the mails I get. Life here in Cameroon as a missionary keeps me very busy. We are earnestly desiring to build a Divine Mercy Centre here for the people since it is a need of the hour for our people oppressed with all kinds of evil here due to the sects and evil powers. They are seeking to be counseled and
helped through prayer. We have laid the foundation to this centre but at the moment we have stopped the work due to the shortage of funds. Do you know of any generous person who is ready to donate for this cause? I hear that in India there are many NGOs who are ready to help for sacred causes. In case you know of any please let me know.
Thanking you in anticipation. If you need I will be able to send you all the details of this project of ours.
If you want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.
BLESSED Mother Teresa
Choreography : Mamta Bannerjee
Action : Advani, Uma Bharati
Music : Neera Radia
Keep forwarding... Till this reaches to all Indians and like Egypt, public will throw all these shameless people out...
E-Forward by Vincent Peris
THE PASTOR'S CAT
This particular story just made me laugh. Every time I think about it, the vision of that poor cat just amuses me to no end. Hope the story leaves a bright spot in your day. Whoever said the Creator doesn't have a sense of humor?
Dwight Nelson recently told a true story about the pastor of his church. He had a kitten that climbed up a tree in his backyard and then was afraid to come down. The pastor coaxed, offered warm milk, etc. The kitty would not come down. The tree was not sturdy enough to climb, so the pastor decided that if he tied a rope to his car and pulled it until the tree bent down, he could then reach up and get the kitten. That's what he did, all the while checking his progress in the car. He then figured if he went just a little bit farther, the tree would be bent sufficiently for him to reach the kitten. But as he moved the car a little farther forward, the rope broke. The tree went 'boing!' and the kitten instantly sailed through the air - out of sight. The pastor felt terrible. He walked all over the neighborhood asking people if they'd seen a little kitten. No, nobody had seen a stray kitten. So he prayed, 'Lord, I just commit this kitten to your keeping,' and went on about his business.
A few days later he was at the grocery store, and met one of his church members. He happened to look into her shopping cart and was amazed to see cat food. This woman was a cat hater and everyone knew it, so he asked her, 'Why are you buying cat food when you hate cats so much?' She replied, 'You won't believe this', and then told him how her little girl had been begging her for a cat, but she kept refusing. Then a few days before, the child had begged
again, so the Mom finally told her little girl, 'Well, if God gives you a cat, I'll let you keep it.' She told the pastor, 'I watched my child go out in the yard, get on her knees, and ask God for a cat. And really, Pastor, you won't believe this, but I saw it with my own eyes. A kitten suddenly came flying out of the blue sky, with its paws outspread, and landed right in front of her.'
Never underestimate the Power of God and His unique sense of humor. Anyone can count the seeds in an apple; but only God can count the apples in a seed .
GIVE ME A SENSE OF HUMOR, LORDGIVE ME THE GRACE TO SEE A JOKE TO GET SOME HUMOR OUT OF LIFE AND PASS IT ON TO OTHER FOLKS AMEN !
E-Forward by Freeda D’Silva
Published by St Xavier’s Community Centre, Panvel,