By NewGram Staff Writer: Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor, John Mangudya announced that customers having Zimbabwean dollar accounts prior to March 2009 can approach the banks to convert their Zimbabwean dollar balance into dollars.
This statement came after President Robert Mugabe’s government discarded the virtually worthless national currency. Zimbabwe started using foreign currencies like the US dollar and South African rand after the Zimbabwean dollar was ruined by hyper-inflation in 2009.
As reported by media outlets bank accounts with balances of up to 175 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars will be paid $5. The bank accounts with balances above 175 quadrillion dollars will be paid at an exchange rate of $1 to 35 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars. Customers in possession of stashes of old Zimbabwean dollar notes can walk into any bank and get $1 for every 250 trillion they hold.
Reportedly the highest and last bank note to be printed by the RBZ in 2008 was 100 trillion Zimbabwean dollars. This process will legally end the local currency.
July 23, 2017: Hindus celebrate birth anniversaries more than death anniversaries. We can easily observe people celebrating the birth of various Gods like Ram’s birth, Krishna’s birth, Hanuman’s birth, Garuda’s birth extra. They like to celebrate death anniversaries but they celebrate the death of demons like Mahisha, Ravana, and Naraka. Both these celebrations about birth anniversaries (Jayanti) and death anniversaries (Punya Tithi) stimulate positivity.
Ramayana and Mahabharata are the very prominent example of this phenomenon. In the Hindu world, birth is fortunate and death is unfortunate. The reason for this is that birth is seen as auspicious and death as inauspicious in the Hindu world. Ramayana is more sacred than Mahabharata, because Ramayana describes the birth of Ram, while Mahabharata does not describe the birth of Krishna. Bhagavata Purana is considered more relevant as compared to Mahabharata as it describes the birth of Krishna.
However, Christians and Shia Muslims are more involved in mourning deaths. Christian people mourn the death of Jesus Christ and commemorate the martyrdom of saints and the Shia Muslim also mourn the death of the Prophet’s son-in-law’s family in the event called Muharram.
Tombs and graves are considered to be great monuments as death holds a great value in Islam and Christianity. Hindus treat all the things related to death as polluting and inauspicious.
Hinduism has a belief that death blocks progress, wisdom, and liberation. Death and fear of death are seen as a trap by Hindu people. Death is considered as highly pessimistic and mental modifications created by fear of death can be controlled by practicing yoga. If we observe Hindu religion funeral, one does not turn back and look back at the crematorium as the past has to be forgotten. Hindus are seen as placing greater value on mythological narratives than historical narratives as compared to other religions.
If you view this from the political point of view, remembering past in the name of justice is very powerful. It helps to bring and bind people together. For instance, Jewish People has achieved superiority and political mileage by referring to Holocaust repeatedly. Similarly, Sikhs persistently recall Jallianwala Baug incident to humiliate British government, and Operation Blue star to bring shame to Indian Government. And now, the Hindutva lobby repeatedly talks about 1,000 years of enslavement” to rally Hindus against Muslims. So clearly, the memory of the past of death, is used to shape the present.
Birth, rebirth, even double birth all are seen as positive. The traditional Hindu has the outlook to forget the past and focus on the future. The Past is associated with and death is perceived as bondage that opposes liberation (Mukti).
Himachal Pradesh, Mar 15, 2017: In a culturally diverse country like India, many different ethnic communities co-exist and follow their distinct religious and social belief. Visiting temples in as integral part of practising one’s beliefs in India, more so in the Hindu community where more than 330 deities are worshipped. The third largest and oldest religion of the world, Hinduism lays emphasis on idol worship. With more than a billion followers, there are innumerable Hindu temples in India.
Going to temples to pray and seek blessings or on festive occasions for rejoicing etc. has become synonymous with the Indian way of life. To put it simply, people cutting across religions in our country love visiting temples and places of worship.
However, as pointed out by an article in Merinews, there is one Hindu temple located in India people are scared to visit. This is the only temple on the planet dedicated to Yamaraja: the Indian God of Death. Located at Bharmour, in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh.
This temple resembles a home rather than a religious place of worship. Most people are afraid to enter this house of the Death Lord and prefer to leave from the threshold itself, offering prayers from the outside. The reason for this is that it is believed that Yamaraja resides in this abode, being the only temple in the whole world dedicated to him.
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Chitragupta, Yamraj’s secretary cum accountant, who keeps a record of all good deeds and sins of all the mortal beings, has been dedicated a room in this temple. It is said that after death, each soul is first brought to this place before continuing on its journey further.
As per common belief, the temple has four invisible doors made out of gold, silver, bronze and iron. It is Yamraj who decides which soul should pass through which door. The same mythological reference can also be found in the religious text Garud Puran.
The legend goes that the soul is first produced before Chitragupta, who reads out the accounts of the person’s good and bad deeds and karma. Based on this, it is decided which gate the soul should pass through. Lord Brahma’s son, Lord Shravan assists Chitragupta in this task. It is believed that Shravan knows everything about Earth, heaven and hell and also has the power to clearly see and hear the people living on the planet.
Los Angeles, December 29, 2016: A day after her famous daughter Carrie Fisher died, screen legend Debbie Reynolds took her last breath. The Hollywood fraternity is in a state of shock that one of the “last Hollywood royalty” is gone.
Reynolds died on Wednesday afternoon after she suffered a stroke. She was rushed to the hospital.
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The 84-year-old, who became a rising star after featuring as Helen Kane in 1950’s “Three Little Words” and was feted with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 2015, was remembered by her family members and some of the popular faces of Hollywood on social media, reports usatoday.com.
Here’s what they said:
William Shatner: Debbie Reynolds was one of the last of Hollywood Royalty. It breaks my heart that she is gone. I’d hoped that my grieving was done for 2016.
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Mark Hamill: “#CruelCruelYear,” and a photo of a man kicking the number 6 of ‘2016’ off of a cliff. How shocked we were to learn that Debbie Reynolds passed away just a day after her daughter Carrie.
Albert Brooks: Debbie Reynolds, a legend and my movie mom. I can’t believe this happened one day after Carrie. My heart goes out to Billie.
Ellen DeGeneres: I can’t imagine what Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds’ family are going through this week. I send all of my love.
Josh Gad: Thoughts and prayers with #DebbieReynolds and the entire family right now. Devastatingly sad. There are no words left. RIP.
Debra Messing: So heartsick. Debbie went to be with Carrie. It’s such a devastating 1,2 punch. She was my “mom” for years and I loved her dearly. A legend.
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Grant Gustin: Debbie Reynolds helped light my passion for performing ‘Singin in The Rain’. She will always be an icon. Rest with Carrie, Debbie.”
Christina Applegate: I can’t take this. To the whole family. I am so gutted. I am so sorry.
Dane Cook: Damn. RIP Debbie Reynolds. Legendary entertainer. I’m sure broken hearted by the loss of her daughter.
Al Roker: My daughter asked if it’s possible to die from a broken heart. Reynolds knew her daughter needed her.
Sean Hayes: Dear Debbie Reynolds, I totally get it.
Miley Cyrus: News makes me wanna hug my mama and never let go.
Zoe Saldana: Today is officially a sad day. As a mother my heart goes out to Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher.
Constance Zimmer: The most incredible love is when one can’t live without the other.