Community | GG2.Net Community | GG2.Net 2017-05-29 en // Garavi Gujarat <![CDATA[ "People Called Ahmedabad" has taken more than a year of research]]>
Mahatma Gandhi International School has arranged a special book reading event on Friday, 7th April 2017. The book - "People Called Ahmedabad" has taken more than a year of research. A team of 17 authors have shifted through the diverse layers of the city to create this anthology of 55 stories of Amdavad & Amdavadis. The book makes the city come to the life through the narratives of people who inhabit it. Two stories featured in the book are about: Anju Musafir & Dr. Pasc]]>
<![CDATA[Soon, your heartbeat may be password to health records ]]>
A patient's own heartbeat may be soon used as the password to access electronic health records, say scientists who developed a low-cost technique to protect personal data. "The cost and complexity of traditional encryption solutions prevent them being directly applied to telemedicine  or mobile healthcare," said Zhanpeng Jin, assistant professor at Binghamton University in the US.       "Those systems are gradually replacing clinic-centered healthcar]]>
<![CDATA[Nobel Hygiene & Lions Clubs to help more than 50,000 Elderly Population every year]]>
      Nobel Hygiene, a market leader in adult diapers, in association with Lions Clubs International (India), the world’s leading humanitarian organisation, have signed a MoU to supply adult diapers to elderly people in old age homes across the country, at a 50% concessional rate, every year.This initiative is focussed on the frequent problem of adult incontinence or the involuntary release of urine, commonly faced by the elderly population. Through a network ]]>
<![CDATA[6 bleeding-heart non-resident Gujaratis feted in Ahmedabad ]]>
  An Ahmedabad-based organization felicitated six non-resident Gujaratis (NRGs) for their yeoman's service  at a ceremony in the city on Thursday (December 22). The six--four from the US and one each from Bahrain and Mozambique--received Salute India 2016 awards from Gujarat education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama for 'their sustained social work and its impact.' Dr Pradeep Kansagara (US) runs a kidney hospital in Rajkot that provides treatment at nomina]]>
<![CDATA[Nipun Mehta--unsung hero of compassion]]>
A leading social reformer, Nipun Mehta from California, was in London earlier this month for a brief stop on his international tour. He is the founder of a global movement called Service Space ( which inspires people to value friendships and relationships, avoid greed, and practise silence and reflection. He is an advisor to US President Barack Obama, has given TEDx talks, won international awards, including the Dalai Lama’s 'Unsung Hero of Compassio]]>
<![CDATA[Parents told to vaccinate kids against flu]]>
  A government-backed health body is urging Asian parents to vaccinate their children against the flu, as a new campaign to raise awareness among families and high-risk groups gets under way. Public Health England (PHE)–which is a Department of Health initiative–is calling on parents to immunise their children this winter, amid the launch of the largest-ever child vaccination programme. This year, children in year three will be offered the jab alongside tw]]>
<![CDATA[Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji meets Pope at Vatican]]>
Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, president of Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh and co-founder/co-Chair of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, on Friday (Nov 4)  met with Pope Francis at the Vatican in Rome.   Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, secretary-general of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) and president of Divine Shakti Foundation, was with Pujya Swamiji during the meeting. The meeting came during a two-day International Symposium on Interreligi]]>
<![CDATA[Killer leopard burnt alive in Gujarat]]>
A leopard that had killed an 8-year-old girl in a village in Surat district in the western Indian state of Gujarat, was allegedly burnt alive by the angry villagers after it was captured by forest officials. The Gujarat Forest Department has set up an inquiry panel to probe the gruesome incident that occurred on November 3 (Thursday) at Vadi village in Umarpada tehsil. The leopard was captured in a trap set by the forest officials late on Wednesday night. The villagers set the]]>
<![CDATA[Indian baby boy dies as van hits stroller]]>
  In an extremely tragic incident, an eight-month-old Indian-origin boy was killed when the stroller he was in was hit by a van as it backed out of a driveway in Queens, New York on Friday (Oct 28).   Navraj Raju was being pushed in the stroller by his 35-year-old mom, who hailed from India, when he was hit by the van driven by 44-year-old Armondo Rodriguez.   Rodriguez was backing the van out of a driveway in the morning when he hit the stroller, knocking Raju ]]>
<![CDATA[Delhi man kills in-laws, injures wife, daughter]]>
A 28-year-old man killed his parents-in-laws and injured his wife, minor daughter and brother-in-law in Malviya Nagar area of south Delhi on Friday evening in a fit of rage. Chintu himself also sustained severe injuries as he was held and thrashed by neighbours who managed to catch hold of him, said a senior police officer. The accused had strained relations with his wife Renu who had left him and was staying at her parents' home and had even filed for divorce from him. C]]>
<![CDATA[Zambian female student hangs self ]]>
  A 20-year-old Zambian girl studying in St Xavier's College in Ahmedabad has ended her life by hanging herself in her room where she stayed as a paying guest. Mulaiya Zuka Syakavuba (20), a third-year Bachelor of Arts student, was found hanging from the ceiling of her room on Sunday (Oct 23) night. The police did not find any suicide note but her mobile records showed she was constantly in touch with a boy. On Wednesday, her body was lying in a cold storage of ]]>
<![CDATA[Woman knifed to death at Metro station in Gurgaon]]>
    A 22-year-old woman was allegedly stabbed by a man at the M G Road station of Delhi Metro network in Gurgaon on Monday (Oct 24). Officials, quoting preliminary reports, said the incident occurred around 9:30 AM in the gallery area of the station. They sai]]>
<![CDATA[Kasturba made Gandhi Mahatma says new book by Adhar]]>
Mahatma Gandhi would not have become 'Mahatma' without the support of his wife Kasturba, the author of a new book on Kasturba's life with the Indian independence movement's preeminent leader has said.         Neelima Dalmia Adhar latest book "The Secret Diary of Kasturba" is a fictionalised account of Kasturba's life with Gandhi.         The book was unveiled at the third annual IAAC ]]>
<![CDATA[Debut novel makes Man Booker Prize shortlist]]>
  A psychological crime thriller set in the Scottish Highlands and the tale of a disturbed young woman in 1960s Massachusetts are on the shortlist for the prestigious Man Booker prize which was unveiled Tuesday (Sept 13). Nobel-winner J.M. Coetzee failed to make the six-name list for the world's leading English-language fiction award, which featured only one previous nominee, South African-born British author Deborah Levy. Her "Hot Milk" is a story of an intense]]>
<![CDATA[India gets possession of stolen 12th-century Brahma sculpture ]]>
India on Friday (Sept 30) formally regained the possession of a 12th-century sculpture of Brahma and his consort Brahmani from the UK, 15 years after it was stolen. Indian High Commissioner to the UK, Navtej Sarna, took possession of the marble sculpture, which was stolen from the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Rani-ki-Vav in Gujarat's Patan in November 2001, from UK's Art Loss Register (ALR). The artefact was recovered by London-based ALR, which specialises in the recovery and ret]]>
<![CDATA[Shakespeare remembered on 400th Death Anniversary]]>
  It’s been 400 years since the demise of legendary and revered author William Shakespeare. His death anniversary was commemorated at the Ismaili Centre, London on Friday (Sept 16). The Ismaili Centre in London is has arranged a number of activities over the weekend of 16th – 18th September for the purpose. Lord Gowrie, former Minister of the Arts and distinguished poet, will be the guest of honour on Saturda]]>
<![CDATA[Navy Seal who wrote book on Osama settles account with authorities]]>
A former Navy SEAL, who wrote the  best-selling book detailing the secretive raid that killed Osama bin Laden, has agreed to forfeit over $ 7 million, including all sale proceeds from the work, as part of a deal to avoid prosecution for not seeking pre-publication approval.         Matthew Bissonnette, the former Navy SEAL, agreed to pay the US government all past and future proceeds from his bestselling book as part of a settlement with the]]>
<![CDATA[Registered Darshan soon at Lord Sai Baba’s Shirdi shrine]]>
All the devotees of Lord Sai Baba will now heave a sigh of relief with the administrative authority at the Lord Sai Baba’s Shirdi temple’s decision to start the registration of devotees for darshan at the Shridi shrine in Maharashtra, India. This move taken to avoid long queues at the shrine by the Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust (SSST) is on the lines of the famous Tirupati temple in South India. The registration will start in three months         ]]>
<![CDATA[Communities Minister Lord Bourne visits eight places of worship, meets religious leaders ]]>
Communities Minister Lord Bourne met religious leaders at eight places of worship across London on Thursday (August 5). The series of visits highlighted  the capital’s welcoming attitude to faith communities and celebrate the rich contribution they make to neighbourhoods. The visits included the Acton Town Mosque, the Shree Ram Mandir in Southall and the Zoroastrian Centre in Harrow, the only Zoroastrian place of worship in Europe. At the Acton Masjid Lord Bo]]>
<![CDATA[ World will flourish when all cultures are respected: Bhagwat ]]>
The world will flourish when all cultures in their diversity are respected, said Mohan Bhagwat, chief of India's Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS is India's right wing Hindu nationalist group) as he called Hinduism as a religion which is 'more inclusive and not exclusive'.         Bhagwat described Hinduism as a way of life as he addressed on Sunday's (July 31) concluding session of the three-day  'Sanskriti MahaShibir&#]]>
<![CDATA[Farewell to Harry Potter after 'Cursed Child' ]]>
Harry Potter has cast his last spell, his creator J.K. Rowling said at the gala opening of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" in London's West End theatre district on Saturday (July 30).  Asked whether the stage production, and the publication of its script, which is being billed as the eighth in the Harry Potter series, heralds a new phase of stories, Rowling said, 'No. No. He goes on a very big journey during these two plays and then, yeah, I think we're done]]>
<![CDATA[Freida joins Michelle Obama for girls education programme]]>
Actress Freida Pinto will join US First Lady Michelle Obama to promote a global girls' education initiative in Liberia, Morocco and Spain. Pinto, the First Lady, her daughters Sasha and Malia, their grandmother Marian Robinson will travel to Liberia, Morocco and Spain from June 27-July 1 as part of the "Let Girls Learn" initiative. The initiative is aimed at helping girls obtain quality education. In Liberia, Pinto, 31, and Obama will take part in a discussion, wh]]>
<![CDATA[Gold Award for school based at BAPS temple]]>
A school in north London has been awarded a gold award from the National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education (NRCSE) for its 'high standards of service in providing supplementary education to the community'.  It is the second time that the BAPS Children's Forum, based at the based at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden, has won the accolade. It previously received the award in 2012.   Assessors from the NRCSE observed 'fully engaged and eager stude]]>
<![CDATA[Indian-American author bags top Irish award for his novel Family Life]]>
Indian-American author Akhil Sharma today won the prestigious International Dublin Literary Award, the worlds richest award for a single novel, for his second novel Family Life. Sharma,44, is a Delhi-born New Yorker who has already bagged the 2015 Folio Prize worth 40,000 pounds for his autobiographical novel that tells the tale of how a family moves from Delhi to New York. The novel narrates how older brother has an accident that leaves him brain-damaged and in need of 24-hour care. ]]>
<![CDATA[Han Kang bags Man Booker Prize 2016 for 'The Vegetarian' ]]>
The prestigious Man Booker International Prize has been bestowed on South Korean author Han Kang for her novel 'The Vegetarian' that deals with a woman's rejection to human brutality who later gives up on consuming meat.   Some of the eminent writes that Kang won over include Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk and international bestseller Elena Ferrante. She has won the 50,000-pound award last night which she shared with her the novel's translator Deborah Smith.  ]]>
<![CDATA[Pujya Shri Rambapa's birthday celebrated]]>
Ram dhun (continous chanting of Lord Ram's name) marked the 96th birthday celebrations of revered Indian Saint Pujya Shri Rambapa that was held on May 26 at Dhamecha Lohana Centre, South Harrow. The Ram dhun continued from 9 am to 7 pm and the celebration witnessed attendance of a huge number of his followers as well as some of his near and dear ones. Followers and members of Shri Jignasu Satsang Mandal ensured that all attendants received prasad. The entire hall reverberated with the nam]]>
<![CDATA[Wealth drain causes concern in India]]>
INDIA, a country with enormous private and hidden wealth is losing thousands of millionaires every year, a private data said. This causes a massive wealth drain in India. About 4000 wealthy Indian citizens left India and settled in other countries in the year 2015 alone, a report said. In 2014, it was counted that Mumbai has more billionaires than Tokyo; but going by the rate of wealth drain, very soon we will lose this pride. Interestingly, this new report on exodus of the rich p]]>
<![CDATA[Sandipan Shree Harimandir 'Patotsav' celebrated]]>
SANDIPANI Shree Harimandir at Porbandar in Gujarat is celebrating its 10th “Patotsav” from February 10 to February 14. Various religious, cultural and charity activities as well as social service campaigns are planned as part of the patotsav.   A dental camp was inaugurated by Rev. Shri Ramesh Oza, the founder of the institution. Four more such health check-ups and treatment camps will be held on the 'Patotsav' days to help the community at large in the nearby]]>
<![CDATA[Prayer for Paris and Pledge for World Peace]]>
SAINTS, pilgrims, devotees and yogis from all across India and across the world joined together on the banks of Mother Ganga in Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh) on Wednesday (November 18) to pray and pledge for world peace and for all of humanity, in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, the violence in Beirut and the refugee crisis across Europe.   Led by HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh) and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, Pr]]>
<![CDATA[Saints pledge to conserve water]]>
FAITH leaders from all around the world gathered at the ‘Parliament of the World’s Religions’ in a bid to save the World’s Dwindling Water Resources.   Around 10,000 spiritual leaders from 50 religious traditions and 80 nations were present at the historic event which took place last Thursday (October 15) to Sunday (October 19) at the Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, US.   It was the world’s sixth Parliament of the World&rs]]>
<![CDATA[United Nations, World Bank, Faith leaders to end poverty]]>
LEADERS of the world’s foremost faith organizations gathered on Friday (September 25) to send a loud and unique signal of solidarity in order to end global poverty as a unified force. From India, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan Ashram and Co-Founder, Global Interfaith WASH Alliance and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Secretary-General, Global Interfaith WASH Alliance were invited and requested to speak on the auspicious occasion.   The gathering]]>
<![CDATA[HH Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswatiji attains Mahasamadhi]]>
HH Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswatiji, one of the most renowned and beloved saints of India attained Mahasamadi on Thursday (September 24) at his ashram in Rishikesh.   Said HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh and Co-Founder of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, “Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswatiji was a great inspiration for this world. Through his timeless wisdom, humour and compassionate approach, he brought the holy teachings of]]>
<![CDATA[Saints, seers join forces at Kumbh Mela for a clean India]]>
  Urge the Masses for Clean Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for a Swachh Bharat   Nashik-  INDIA'S foremost dharm gurus came together at the Kumbha Mela for a two day Swachh Kumbha event, which concluded on Thursday (September 3) with a large function at the Shri Jagannath Camp, Nasik.    The event took place at the Shri Guru Karshni Camp, Trimbakeshwar. The highest mahamandaleshwars of the akharas, Ramanandacharyas, Ramanujacharyas and other]]>
<![CDATA[Swaminarayan temple marks 20 years]]>
LONDON’S iconic Wembley Stadium arch was lit up in orange as a tribute to the Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden which marked its 20th anniversary over the weekend.   The 133-metre tall steel landmark was illuminated in the colours of the robes worn by saints of the Swaminarayan faith as the temple celebrated with tens of hundreds of worshipers in north London.   Visiting saints from India - Sadguru Pujya Mahant Swami (Keshavjivan Swami), Sadguru Pujya Ishwarcharan]]>
<![CDATA[HH Pujya Swamiji meets World Bank president to discuss role of faith in ending poverty]]>
INDIAN spiritual leader His Holiness (HH) Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati (HH Pujya Swamiji) and World Bank president Dr Jim Yong Kim discussed the role of faith in ending poverty during a summit on religion and sustainable development in Washington DC last week. HH Pujya Swamiji also praised the World Bank's commitment and support for the Indian government's Clean Ganga Mission, an initiative launched by prime minister Narendra Modi last year. International delegates gathered]]>
<![CDATA[Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji visits Nepal and organizes earth quake relief work]]>
IN APRIL, 2015, a 7.8 earthquake struck parts of Nepal, leaving entire communities in ruins. Project Hope, an initiative founded, inspired and led by HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji immediately arranged relief materials to the quake-affected people. Hope rushed three huge trucks of supplies as well as volunteers from Nepal and India to aid thousands of people.   Pujya Swamiji also visited Nepal, soon after the disaster, met with Project Hope volunteers, assessed the relief e]]>
<![CDATA[Summit stresses "one family, one world"]]>
INTERFAITH leaders gathered at an annual summit in India last week to discuss how to help people embrace sustainable lives. His Holiness (HH) Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati (HH Pujya Muniji), the co-founder of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance and president of the Parmarth Niketan in Rishikesh, India, was joined by Nobel Prize winner Dr RK Pachauri, who is also the director general of The Energy Research Institute (TERI), and other community leaders at the 15th Annual Delhi Sustainabl]]>
<![CDATA[Cameron visits Warwickshire Gurdwara]]>
PRIME Minister David Cameron has praised the "amazing" contributions of British Indians after a visit to one of the largest gurdwaras in the country. Accompanied by Conservative MP for Wolverhampton South West, Paul Uppal, and community leaders, the prime minister was given a tour of the Gurdwara Sahib Leamington and Warwick in Warwickshire last Friday (February 6).    He said: “We should celebrate that our country is a successful  multi-faith, m]]>
<![CDATA[Jains honour Prince Charles]]>
Prince Charles visited the UK’s largest Jain temple to mark the silver jubilee of the Institute of Jainology last week.   The prince was honoured with an Ahimsa Anniversary award which recognises those who show compassion and tolerance towards humanity, animals and the environment.   Prince Charles was presented the award for his work in encouraging inter-faith dialogue at the Jain Derasar temple in Hertfordshire. A plaque was unveiled by the prince to commemor]]>
<![CDATA[British MPs table motion on Kashmiri Pandits in parliament]]>
A MOTION to mark the displacement of Kashmiri Pandits from Jammu and Kashmir 25 years ago was tabled in the House of Commons last week.   Conservative MP Bob Blackman, who supported by four MPs, tabled the Early Day Motion (EDM) on behalf of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) of British Hindus.   The EDM reads: "That this House commemorates with deep sadness the 25th anniversary of the attack in January 1990 by cross-border Islamic militants on the populat]]>
<![CDATA[West London temple expansion plan approved]]>
THE rebuilding of a popular temple in west London has been approved by the local council. Ealing Council’s Planning Committee gave the green light to knock down the current Shree Jalaram Mandir in Greenford for the redevelopment of a new temple which will be able to accommodate up to 400 worshippers. The new temple will be built on the same footprint as the existing building, which was developed from its previous use as a synagogue. It will comprise a two-storey temple with ]]>
<![CDATA[University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust welcomes new Chair]]>
THE NHS Trust Development Authority (NHS TDA) on August 13 confirmed the appointment of  Karamjit Singh CBE as Chair of the University Hospitals of Leicester  with effect from October 1, 2014. Karamjit lives in Coventry and has considerable knowledge of the area served by the University Hospitals of Leicester and awareness of local issues. He has worked with Leicester Community Relations Council and Leicestershire County Council, and has an extensive background in diverse ro]]>
<![CDATA[Tower Hamlets festival celebrates "Bangla drama"]]>
CLASSIC plays from Tagore and Shakespeare will be given a fresh makeover as part of the Season of Bangla Drama festival. The month long event will see 15 adaptations brought to audiences across Tower Hamlets, including Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of being Ernest. The arts festival which is now in its 11th year, will also include a panel discussion celebrating Bengali poet and painter Rabindranath Tagore. Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman said: “A Season of Bang]]>
<![CDATA[BAPS inaugurates traditional stone mandir in Robbinsville, NJ]]>
DEVOTEES and well-wishers from around the world joined His Holiness (HH) Param Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj and senior saints at the inauguration of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Robbinsville, New Jersey, on Sunday (August 10). Among prominent guests attending the opening ceremony were Senator from New Jersey, Cory Booker and US Representatives Steny Hoyer (Maryland); Mike Fitzpatrick (Pennsylvania); Frank Pallone (New Jersey), Attorney General of the State of New Jersey, John Jay ]]>
<![CDATA[Thames ‘blessed’ in faith ceremony]]>
TWO of India’s most revered saints – His Holiness Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji (HH Pujya Muniji) and His Holiness Pujya Shastri Madhavpriyadas Swamiji – joined more than 300 guests at the House of Commons last week at a unique ceremony to “bless” the Thames and raise awareness about water preservation. HH Pujya Muniji, president of the Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, north India, and HH Pujya Shastri Madhavpriyadas Swamiji, head of the Gurukul P]]>
<![CDATA[Swaminarayan Saints meet PM Narendra Modi]]>
Top priests from a Swaminarayan group bless Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. ]]>
<![CDATA[Indian spiritual leader on how to find inner peace ]]>
ONE of India’s leading spiritual leaders has spoken about the need to feed the human intellect and of being content in the moment,  in an address to followers at an event last week. Swami Parthasarathy, who is affectionately known as Swamiji, has spent more than 60 years researching the ancient Vedanta philosophy and has penned 10 books, including three bestsellers, earning worldwide acclaim. Speaking to an audience of millionaires and successful business people at a ga]]>
<![CDATA[Morari Bapu to recite Ramkatha in Rome]]>
THOUSANDS of followers of a renowned Indian spiritual leader are expected to gather in Rome to listen to his religious discourse at the end of this month.   Pujya Morari Bapu will hold his Ram Katha from June 28-July 6 in the vicinity of Vatican City.   Organisers said they expect up to a thousand tourists daily throughout the nine-day recital as followers from all over the world will travel to the holy city.   This will be Pujya Morari Bapu's fir]]>
<![CDATA[London Mayor amazed at Swaminarayan sports facility]]>
LONDON mayor Boris Johnson said he was “amazed” and “impressed” during his visit to Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury, northwest London, last Wednesday (May 28) when he inaugurated a state-of-the-art community and sports facility.   Johnson was the guest of honour of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj, the spiritual leader of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan, a centre for spiritual, cultural and social welfare and parent organisation of the Shree Swami]]>
<![CDATA[Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji meets Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam]]>
HE WAS described as a missile man, but former Indian president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam had more down to earth things in mind when he met HH Pujya Chidanand Swamiji (HH Pujya Muniji) in north India last month.   Kalam masterminded India’s nuclear programme before he became the country’s president in July 2002.   When he met HH Pujya Muniji, the head of Parmarth Niketan in Rishikesh, at the foot of the Himalayas, both leaders discussed the work being done by the]]>