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Gandhi Jayanti: India Gears up to Celebrate 147th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

The Gandhi Jayanti week celebrations in Kerala will be focused on tree-planting, sanitation, and anti-drug campaigns

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File Photo of Gandhi Ji Spinning on a Wheel during the Peace Movement. Wikipedia

October 2, 2016: To pay tribute to the father of the Nation, October 2 in India is celebrated with zeal and fervour among Indians as Gandhi Jayanti. This day holds immense significance as it marks Gandhi Jayanti or the birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The political leader and social worker of India not only left a huge impact on the nation’s revolts for freedom; but with his ideology, philosophy, philanthropic acts and great teachings- India remains indebted to this legendary man, respected and adored as “Bapu”, for forever!

The political leader and social worker of India in the true sense of the term, not only left a huge impact on the nation’s revolts for freedom; but with his ideology, philosophy, philanthropic acts and great teachings- India remains indebted to this legendary man, respected and adored as “Bapu”, for forever!

The “Father of the Nation”, Gandhi Ji was born in 1869 in Gujarat to Karamchand Gandhi and Putlibai. 2nd October of 2017 marks his 148th birth anniversary or ‘Gandhi Jayanti’, and as per tradition, tributes, prayer services are offered and celebrations are held at Raj Ghat, New Delhi to pay homage to one of India’s greatest men.

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The man, who had millions of follower worldwide and promoted peace and non-violence, enlightened the globe with his greatest sayings.

His most famous teachings include-

  • “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
  • “Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.”
  • “Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever.”
  • “It is health that is the real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”
  • “Where there is love there is life.”
  • “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
  • “Non-violence is the first article of my faith; it is also the last article of my creed.”
  • “A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes.”
  • “The weak can never forgive; forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
  • “My life is my message.”

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Gandhi Statue in Indian Embassy, Washington DC. Wikimedia

Events and Celebrations For Gandhi Jayanti-

On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, a special long walk is to be organized across the whole city of New Delhi, as reported by the PTI. The organizer of the event is Delhi Tourism and the event, named ‘Gandhi Walks: Discover Gandhi’s Delhi and Feel Inspired’, is partnered by city-based ‘Delhi Walks’. The foremost agenda of this event is to offer a prime ‘insight’ into the times and life of the legendary Mahatma Gandhi.

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President Pranab Mukherjee greeted the whole nation on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti, stating that his views on morality, ethics and truth remain immanent to the national consciousness of India. His message reminded India of Gandhiji’s ideals of peace, non-violence, freedom, religious tolerance and equality hold immense value eternally.

The Gandhi Jayanti week celebrations in Kerala will be focused on tree-planting, sanitation, and anti-drug campaigns; reported The Hindu. A ceremony at the Gandhi Memorial will launch the program and multiple functions are to be organized.

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Gandhi Ji is revered and followed all over the world and on Gandhi Jayanti of 2017 the nation is to rise up once again to reminisce and respect the life and teachings of the great Mahatma Gandhi.

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC

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Prince Charles Arrives in New Delhi for two day Visit to Meet PM Narendra Modi

Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, accompanied by his wife arrived New Delhi for a two-day visit to India to complete their 10-day four-nation tour

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Prince Charles visits India with his wife for two days. Wikimedia.

New Delhi, Nov 9: Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, accompanied by his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker-Bowles, arrived New Delhi on Wednesday on a two-day visit to India at the final leg of their 10-day four-nation tour that also took them to Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei.

“Their Royal Highnesses Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive,” the British High Commission in India tweeted.

Prince Charles is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday evening and discuss a wide range of issues, including that of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which will take place in April 2018 in the UK.

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Prince Charles arrives in India with his wife. IANS.

Ahead of the royal couple’s arrival, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said climate change, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), economic cooperation, and other bilateral issues would also come up for discussion.

Bilateral trade between India and Britain stands at $12.19 billion. India is the third largest investor in Britain and the second largest international job creator in that country.

Britain is the third largest inward investor in India, with a cumulative equity investment of $24.37 billion for the period April 2000-June 2017

The Indian diaspora in UK is one of the largest ethnic minority communities in the country, with the 2011 census recording approximately 1.5 million people of Indian origin equating to almost 1.8 percent of the population and contributing 6 per cent of the country’s GDP.

This will be Prince Charles ‘s ninth visit to India. He had earlier visited India in 1975, 1980, 1991, 1992, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2013. (IANS)

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India will soon ask Malaysia to extradite Preacher Zakir Naik

India will soon approach Malaysia with a request to extradite hardline Islamic preacher Zakir Naik.

India will Request Malayasia to extradite Zakir Naik
India will Request Malayasia to extradite Zakir Naik. wikimedia commons
  • India will seek the Malaysian government’s help in extraditing televangelist Zakir Naik who faces charges of money laundering and inciting hatred through his sermons broadcast on Peace TV, the foreign ministry said Friday.

Zakir Naik obtained permanent residency in Malaysia 

Officials will approach their Malaysian counterparts with the extradition request sometime within the next two weeks, Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar told a weekly news briefing in New Delhi.

“Any formal request seeking the assistance of a foreign government in cases of extradition requires a completion of the internal legal process involving consultation with other ministries involved in the case,” Kumar said.

“At this stage, we are nearing the completion of this process and as soon as this process is complete we will be making an official request to the Malaysian government in this matter,” Kumar said. “It could be a couple of days or a couple of weeks. But it would be soon and the nature of our request would also be clear.”

Naik fled India a month before terrorist carried out a massacre at a café in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in July 2016. This week, Malaysia’s deputy prime minister said the Islamic preacher legally obtained permanent residency in the country, and that Malaysian authorities would arrest him only if he broke local laws or was found to be involved in terrorist activities.

Naik’s speeches allegedly inspired some of the militants who carried out the siege at the Holey Artisan Bakery café in Dhaka, where 29 people, including 20 hostages and five gunmen, were killed.

In November 2016, the Indian government banned Naik’s Mumbai-based NGO Islamic Research Foundation, which partly funded the Peace TV channel that is banned in India, Bangladesh and several other countries.

Kumar said because the Indian government had knowledge of Naik’s whereabouts, the legal procedures would be tailored to requirements between the two countries in their extradition treaty.

Advocate challenges charges

“Naik is being hounded because he hails from a minority community. The charges that the investigating agencies are trying to frame are all stale and are hardly incriminating,” advocate S. Hariharan told BenarNews in a phone interview from Delhi.

“The charges lack veracity and would not stand scrutiny in the court of law. We will be challenging the extradition and deportation.”

Last week, the Indian government filed a 61-page charge sheet against Naik alleging he was involved in a criminal conspiracy by lauding terrorist organizations. In April, a non-bailable warrant was issued against him in an alleged case of money laundering through his NGO and a shell company.

In Malaysia meanwhile, the opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) has urged the government to ignore any request from India to extradite Zakir Naik, Reuters reported.

“For Muslim individuals, even when they won by using arguments and not weapons, like Dr. Zakir Naik, they are considered terrorists because their arguments cannot be countered,” PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang wrote last week in an opinion piece published in Harakah Daily.(BenarNews)

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Diwali Puja 2017: Everything You Need To Know About Timings, Muhurat

Ganesh-Lakshmi are worshipped
Ganesh-Lakshmi are worshipped by devotees on the day of Diwali. Pixabay

New Delhi, October 18, 2017: Diwali is around the corner and everyone is busy with the preparations. On the eve of Diwali, the most important ritual is to perform Ganesh-Lakshmi Puja during the right muhurat (time) and with the right rituals(vidhi).

Here are some of the things you must take care of:

Ganesh-Lakshmi Puja Rituals

It is important that on the day of Diwali, you wake up early in the morning and pay homage to your ancestors and worship gods of your family. It is advised to observe a day-long-fast until the Ganesh-Lakshmi puja is performed in the evening.

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Ganesh-Lakshmi Puja kalash. Wikimedia

Preparations For Ganesh-Lakshmi Puja

Families can embellish their home and office with Asoka and Marigold flowers, banana and mango leave on the day of the puja. Mangal Kalash covered with unpeeled coconut should be placed at both side of the main entrance of your house.

For puja preparation, place at the right hand side a red cloth on a hoisted platform and put in idols of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesh on it after gracing them with jewellery and clothes. Once this is done, Navgraha gods must be placed on the left hand side on a hoisted platform under white cloth. Prepare carefully nine slots of Akshata (unbroken rice) for placing Navgraha on white cloth and sixteen slots of wheat must prepared for the red cloth. You should perform puja with all the important rituals.

Idols of Ganesh-lakshmi are being worshipped on the eve of Diwali. Wikimedia

Timings (Muhurat) for Lakshmi Puja

Pradosh Kaal muhurat is the time during which puja needs to be performed. It starts after sunset and lasts for about 2 hours and 24 minutes. Goddess Lakshmi will stay in your home if you perform Lakshmi puja in the Pradosh Kaal when it is Sthir Lagna time. Sthir refers to ‘immovable.’  Before you do the puja, make sure you find out Pradosh Kaal (time) for your city or area. It is important that you know the right time to perform the puja.

– prepared by Siddheshwar Sharma. Twitter: @MancSiddheshwar