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Death of Zimbabwean dollar: 175 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars will be exchanged for $5

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zimbabwe-162465_640By 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.

 

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Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has been named the new Goodwill Ambassador by WHO

New WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised Zimbabwe for its commitment to public health

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President of Zimbabwe and Chairman of the African Union Robert Mugabe. Wikimedia

United Nations, October 21, 2017 : The World Health Organization (WHO) has appointed Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador to help tackle non-communicable diseases.

New WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised Zimbabwe for its commitment to public health, BBC reported on Saturday.

But critics say Zimbabwe’s health care system has collapsed, with the president and many of his senior ministers going abroad for treatment.

They say that staff are often unpaid and medicines are in short supply.

Tedros, who is Ethiopian, is the first African to lead the WHO and replaced Margaret Chan, who stepped down from her 10-year post in June.

He was elected with a mandate to tackle perceived politicisation in the organisation.

The WHO head praised Zimbabwe as “a country that places universal health coverage and health promotion at the centre of its policies to provide health care to all”.

But US-based campaign group Human Rights Watch said it was an embarrassment to give the ambassador role to Mugabe given his record on human rights.

“If you look at Zimbabwe, Mugabe’s corruption, his utter mismanagement of the economy has devastated health services there,” said executive director Kenneth Roth.

“Indeed, you know, Mugabe himself travels abroad for his health care. He’s been to Singapore three times this year already. His senior officials go to South Africa for their health care.

“When you go to Zimbabwean hospitals, they lack the most basic necessities.”

The idea of hailing Mr Robert Mugabe “as any kind of example of positive contribution to health care is absolutely absurd”, he added.

President Robert Mugabe heard about the award while attending a conference held by the WHO, a UN agency, on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Montevideo.

He told delegates how his country had adopted several strategies to combat the challenges presented by NCDs, which the WHO says kill about 40 million people a year and include cancers, respiratory diseases and diabetes.

“Zimbabwe has developed a national NCD policy, a palliative care policy, and has engaged United Nations agencies working in the country, to assist in the development of a cervical cancer prevention and control strategy,” Mugabe was reported by the state-run Zimbabwe Herald newspaper as saying.

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But the President admitted that Zimbabwe was similar to other developing countries in that it was “hamstrung by a lack of adequate resources for executing programmes aimed at reducing NCDs and other health conditions afflicting the people”.

Zimbabwe’s main MDC opposition party also strongly criticised the WHO move.

“The Zimbabwe health delivery system is in a shambolic state, it is an insult,” said spokesman Obert Gutu.

“Robert Mugabe trashed our health delivery system. He and his family go outside of the country for treatment in Singapore after he allowed our public hospitals to collapse.” (IANS)

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Hindus Prefer Birth Anniversaries Over Death Anniversaries

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Hindus. Pixabay

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.

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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.

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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).

-By Staff Writer at Newsgram

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People are scared to go to this Hindu temple, here is why!

This temple in Himachal Pradesh is the only temple in the world people are scared to go to

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A temple with no devotees (representative); Source: Pixabay

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.

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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.

A temple with no devotees (representative); Source: Pixabay

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.

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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.

-Prepared by Nikita Saraf, Twitter: @niki_saraf