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VHP initiative to donate solar lights in Fiji

VHP banner for the victims of TC winston


The recent cyclones in Fiji have caused severe destruction in the land. Many families lost their homes and are even deprived of any assistance being huge in numbers. However, a VHP initiative seems to lighten up the world of these families.

The Vishva Hindu Parishad has announced of donating a thousand solar rechargeable lights to some families of Ba, Tavua and Rakiraki. Each light which costs 30 dollars, can earn 30,000 dollars for the organisation.

These lights are to be bought from China and will be available in two weeks’ time being delivered by the air freight. This lightening up will give a great relief to all the children who for the previous days have seen darkness overshadowing their educational future. In absence of lights, they were unable to catch up their studies.

These solar lights are also amazing news for the mobile users as it comes with a mobile chargeable option. It will help them to build up the lost connectivity that they felt.

This task of evacuating and rehabilitating the affected has been described by the organisation’s president, Jay Dayal, in these words: “We have provided evacuation (shelters) right on the day of cyclone, and provided in excess of 2500 food packs, bottled water, clothes, tarpaulins, solar lights, cash, timber and tins to the victims.”

VHP helpers giving materials to a victim at the TC winston.

The TC Winston shadowed the lives of these people. The president also claims that they are doing a selfless job by being at the forefront and undergoing hard labour to confirm the reliefs on their behalf. He further adds: “We are currently in discussion with our overseas affiliates in USA to come to Fiji to provide psychological and mental support to the victims.”

The organisation has successfully provided the promised services to about 2800 families and they are working for more. This solar light donation seems to be an icing on the cake on their part, as with basic necessities they are bringing light to the darkened world of these victims.

(Megha is a student at the University of Delhi. She is pursuing her masters in English and has also done her studies in German Language.) GMAIL-


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Jessika Edwards, who worked with Kelley at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010 to 2012, said Kelley told her that he was "using the dogs as target practice".

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Markers are seen at the front f the building as law enforcement officials continue to investigate the scene of a shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. A man opened fire inside the church in the small South Texas community on Sunday, killing and wounding many. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) (VOA)

Washington, November 10, 2017 : Devin Kelley, the gunman who killed 26 persons inside a church in Texas, had claimed that he bought animals for target practice, according to a former Air Force colleague.

Jessika Edwards, who worked with Kelley at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010 to 2012, said Kelley told her that he was “using the dogs as target practice”.

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The morbid admission came in Facebook messages starting in 2014, Edwards told CNN.

Though Edwards was not sure if the Texas gunman was telling the truth, the odd behavior was enough for her to stop communicating with him.

Kelley was accused in 2014 of punching a dog in Colorado. He initially pleaded guilty to animal cruelty, but the case was dismissed after he paid fines.

Edwards said the Texas gunman also displayed a fascination with mass murders while he was enlisted in the Air Force.

“He would make jokes about
wanting to kill somebody…
And we would say,
‘wait, that’s not funny’.”

The obsession was so pronounced, Edwards said, that when Kelley was disciplined for poor performance she told her bosses to “back off or he would shoot the place up”.

“He was always getting into trouble… It was problem after problem,” Edwards said.

A law enforcement source confirmed to CNN that FBI agents interviewed Edwards about her interactions with the gunman.

In 2012, Kelley was court-martialed and convicted for assaulting his wife and stepson.

Edwards said those domestic problems boiled over in the job and Kelley would come in depressed and unfocused.

After the shooting massacre on November 5, the Air Force has been criticised for failing to notify federal law enforcement officials of Kelley’s conviction.

Kelley was dressed in black and wearing a bullet-proof vest when he attacked the church in Sutherland Springs, a quiet town some 45 km southeast of San Antonio.

The victims ranged from under two-years-old to 77. (IANS)