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Baba Ramdev inaugrates the 8th edition of the Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair

The Chairman of TVS Capital Funds, Gopal Srinivasan claimed that 40 percent of the Indian houses contributed money for the cause regardless of their financial status

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  • During the six-day fair, more than 400 spiritual organisations will display their work, elucidate services provided by them
  • The fair is mutually organised by the Initiative for Moral and Cultural Training Foundation (IMCTF) and Hindu Spiritual and Service Foundation (HSSF)
  • The Chairman of TVS Capital Funds, Gopal Srinivasan claimed that 40 percent of the Indian houses contributed money for the cause regardless of their financial status

CHENNAI: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev inaugurated the eighth edition of the Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair in the presence of Sikh and Buddhist scholars, on AM Jain college ground on August 1. The fair is opened for public from Wednesday, August 3.

During the six-day fair, more than 400 spiritual organisations will display their work, elucidate services provided by them and will spread the message on the importance of preserving ecology, conserving forest, protecting wildlife, establishing a sustainable environment, promoting family and human values, fostering women’s honour and inculcating patriotism. The fair is mutually organised by the Initiative for Moral and Cultural Training Foundation (IMCTF) and Hindu Spiritual and Service Foundation (HSSF).

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According to Indian Express, Baba Ramdev said: “Since service is in our blood , we do not need to learn from it from anyone else.”

The Chairman of TVS Capital Funds, Gopal Srinivasan claimed that 40 percent of the Indian houses contributed money for the cause regardless of their financial status.

Bounded by Giani Igbal Singh, a Sikh scholar, Ghese Nawag Samten, a Buddhist scholar, and Veerendra Heggade, a philanthropist, Ramdev stated that there is no is discrimination in our society. He further stated that human body was based on Varnasama dharma, he compared it to the society, saying no matter where the wound was inflicted, it hurt the entire body.”

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Ramdev also said the Hinduism was all about co-existence and we respect every everyone, no matter to which religion they belong.

“Hinduism is not a narrow religion. The ethos, tenets, and culture of Hinduism are the way of life in India,” he said. And further added the advantages of Yoga saying that “Yoga helps one to live a stress-free, drug-free and violence-free life.”

–  prepared by Akanksha Sharma of NewsGram. Twitter: Akanksha4117

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  • Maria Wirth

    Since I saw his speech on Astha TV, just two correction which IE may have consciously overlooked. Baba Ramdev said that people say we should learn charity from Christianity. But Hindus don’t need to learn from anyone, rather others should learn from us… because Hindus don’t change the religions of those to whom they give charity…
    He further said that Hindus don’t give apmaan to other religions, but we are proud of our most ancient parampara.

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  • Maria Wirth

    Since I saw his speech on Astha TV, just two correction which IE may have consciously overlooked. Baba Ramdev said that people say we should learn charity from Christianity. But Hindus don’t need to learn from anyone, rather others should learn from us… because Hindus don’t change the religions of those to whom they give charity…
    He further said that Hindus don’t give apmaan to other religions, but we are proud of our most ancient parampara.

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Once Water-Starved, Chennai’s Cantonment Area Now Boast of 13 Brimful Water Bodies

A senior Indian Defence Estates Service (IDES) officer said that additional storage space for two-crore-litre water was created

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Water, Chennai, Cantonment Area
Water bodies -- 13 in all-- are revived and a water recycling mechanism was put in place. Pixabay

Once water-starved, Chennai’s Cantonment area and military station now boast of 13 brimful water bodies and recycling plants, and also generate their own electricity. Inspired by the innovation, the Ministry of Defence has directed its Estate Wing to implement the development work across all defence establishments.

The ministry has suggested Directorate General, Defence Estates (DGDE), an inter-services organisation of the ministry which directly controls the cantonment administration, to replicate the Chennai Cantonment area development model.

Water bodies — 13 in all– are revived and a water recycling mechanism was put in place at both Cantonment Board St. Thomas Mount cum Pallavaram and Military Station, where there was an acute shortage of water in 2018.

A senior Indian Defence Estates Service (IDES) officer said that additional storage space for two-crore-litre water was created. “Further, because of recycling plant, 2 lakh liters of treated water is used in these areas per day,” the officer said.

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The ministry has suggested Directorate General, Defence Estates (DGDE), an inter-services organisation of the ministry which directly controls the cantonment administration. Pixabay

The board also created a waste management system where door-to-door collection of garbage is being carried out and then segregated into bio degradable and non-biodegradable. It is then treated in a bio-compost pit. Thereafter, biodegradable waste is put in centralised processing wind row system and then manure is created and made available for sale.

The board revived a green zone with around 2,000 plantations, set up solar power plants and a sewage treatment plant.

The solar power infrastructure set up in a year had generated electricity worth Rs 1 crore which is distributed within the cantonment areas.

Interestingly, the board has created a separate dumping zone for plastic bags. The board came up with an innovative idea of retrieval of ration milk and meat poly packets from consumers. It formalised collection and disposal, prevented littering and reaped financial benefits.

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A senior Indian Army officer said the innovative idea was of Lieutenant General S.T. Upasani, who was the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Dakshin Bharat Area. Lt Gen Upasani recently took charge as Director General of Information System, the crucial post in Indian Army which was lying vacant for the last two months.

Further, the board carried out campaign to revive green zone and planted 2,022 trees with 98 per cent survivability.

This development model is set to be replicated at 61 cantonments areas across the country that had been notified under the Cantonments Act, 1924, which was succeeded by the Cantonments Act, 2006. There are 62 cantonment areas. The overall municipal administration is managed by the cantonment boards, which are democratic bodies.

The ex officio president of the board is the station commander and the Chief Executive Officer, who is also the Member-Secretary of the Board, is an officer of the IDES or Directorate General, Defence Estates (DGDE). (IANS)