16-11-20 WORLD HINDU NEWS ROUNDUP IN ENGLISH (Post No.8942-a)

COMPILED BY LONDON SWAMINATHAN (NEWS EDITOR, GNANAMAYAM)

Post No. 8942-A

Date uploaded in London – –17 NOVEMBER 2020   

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This is a weekly ‘HINDU NEWS ROUND UP’ from around the world.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Longewala post at Rajasthan border on Saturday morning to celebrate Diwali with soldiers. Prime Minister Modi has been spending the day with soldiers since 2014, the year he first came to power.

Earlier in the day, PM Modi tweeted his greeting to the nation and wished for the festival to bring ‘brightness and happiness’ in the lives of people.

On Friday, the PM shared a clipping from his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat, delivered last on October 25, in which he urged every citizen to light a diya / lamp as a as a salute to soldiers who “fearlessly protect our nation”.

Diwali was celebrated across the country on Saturday.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Union Home Minister Amit Shah also extended their greetings on Diwali.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday extended greetings on Diwali, appealing to the people to buy local products to encourage artisans.

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Greetings from Britain

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prince Charles used the analogy of victory of light over darkness as reflective of overcoming the coronavirus pandemic crisis as part of their annual messages to mark the festival of Diwali on Saturday.

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HERE IS ANOTHER DEEPAVALI GREETING FROM AUSTRALIA

Extending Diwali greetings to Indians across the globe and in Australia, Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison  said

This year, Diwali’s message has a special significance,”

Morrison said in a video message released recently,

Australia is the most successful multicultural nation on earth and “at this Diwali, I pay tribute to all those who have brought this tradition to our shores”.

“Yes, we have seen darkness this year, but the light is overcoming that darkness. There is light ahead, and there is hope. Warmest greetings to everyone celebrating Diwali, the festival of lights. It’s a special moment for people of many faiths,” Morrison said in his message.

Australia is home to over 7,00,000 Indian-origin people. Over 28,000 Indian nationals became Australian citizens last year.

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Here is some interesting news from America……….

The iconic New York city destination Empire State Building was lit up in orange to commemorate Diwali — the festival of lights.

The Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, the leading umbrella diaspora organisation in the US, partnering with the Empire State Building, marked the festival of lights by illuminating the iconic Manhattan building in orange on Friday.

FIA said it also served 10,000 hot meals in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut under the initiative ‘Diwali Soup & Kitchen’.

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BUT THE BRIGHTEST NEWS REPORT CAME FROM UTTARPRADESH IN INDIA

Ayodhya celebrated the fourth Deepotsav on Friday as the administration planned to set a new Guinness World record of lighting 551,000 earthen lamps at 28 ghats in the temple town.

Last year, a Guinness World Record was also made when 410,000 earthen lamps were lit up on the banks of the Sarayu river. A bulk of lamps were lit up at the renovated Ram Ki Paidi ghats, where chief minister Yogi Adityanath and governor Anandi ben Patel presided over the event.

Eight thousand students from Ram Manohar Lohia Awadh University and colleges in Ayodhya have been trained to create the Guinness World record.

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NEWS FROM DELHI J.N.U.

JNU Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar on Thursday said Swami Vivekananda’s message and teachings provide motivation to people to not being self-centric and serve the society.

“When we look at the statue of Vivekananda, it motivates us to come out of our self-centeredness and serve society. We should nurture and respect diversity. We must live together in a harmonious way,” he said at a function to mark the unveiling of a statue of the spiritual leader in Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi.

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GOOD NEWS FOR HINDUS FROM MAHARASHTRA

Religious places across Maharashtra reopened TODAY on Monday the 16TH NOVEMBER  after nearly eight months of closure due to the lockdown imposed in a bid to control the coronavirus disease .

The prominent religious places in the state include Sai Baba temple in Shirdi,  Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai and the GANAPATI TEMPLE KNOWN AS Dagdusheth Halwai Temple in Pune.

The gates of the places of worship were opened after midnight for the management officials to clean and sanitise the premises ahead of its reopening for devotees to offer early morning prayers.

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SOME DISAPPOINTING NEWS FROM WEST BENGAL AND TAMIL NADU

Calcutta high court banned Chhath Puja processions across West Bengal

The Calcutta high court on Tuesday banned Chhath Puja processions across West Bengal while allowing only two persons per family to enter a water body to offer the puja.

Also, devotees have been barred from entering two of the largest lakes within the city, Rabindra Sarobar and Subhas SaroVar. Earlier, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had banned Chhath Puja at Rabindra SaroVar.

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TIRUVANNAMALAI FESTIVAL

A NEWS REPORT FROM TIRUVANNAMALAI SAYS ALL THE FESTIVITIES CONNECTED WITH THE KARTHIKAI  FESTIVAL ARE CANCELLED.

DISTRUICT COLLECTOR HAS ISSUED AN ORDER PROHIBITING THE CHARIOT FESTIVAL, GIRI VALAM AND GOING TOP OF THE HILL. DURING KARTIK PURNIMA HUGE LAMP IS LIT ON TOP OF TIRUVANNAMALAI HILL AND TWO MILLION PEOPLE VISIT THE TOWN DURING THE KARTIK PURNIMA. THEY GO ROUND THE HILL CHANTING THE HOLY NAME OF LORD SHIVA. DEVOTEES ARE GOING TO MISS IT THIS YEAR DUE TO THE VIRUS SCARE.

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NEWS FROM KERALA

The Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala in Kerala opened for the two-month-long annual pilgrimage season on Sunday evening.

There are many restrictions in place for pilgrims in view of Covid-19. Only 1000 pilgrims will be allowed to trek to the shrine in a day and they will have to carry a Covid-19-free certificate, obtained not more than 24 hours before reaching the base camp at Pamba.

The health department has opened many kiosks for carrying out antigen tests on the way to Pamba, said the Travancore Devaswom Board which manages the temple.

Pilgrims ARE NOT allowed to stay at the hilltop and bath in holy river Pamba, said the officials.

Masks are NOT mandatory for trekking

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AND LET ME CONCLUDE WITH SOME GOOD NEWS

LORD SKANDA KARTIKEYA IS WORSHIPED AS THE GOD OF THE TAMIL COMMUNITY. THE FAMOUS SKANDA SHASTI FASTING HAS BEGUN YESTERDAY. ALL THE FAMOUS SKANDA TEMPLES IN TAMIL NADU  BEGAN THE FESTIVAL YESTERDAY. BUT NUMBER OF PILGRIMS IS RESTICTED FOR DAILY VISIT. THE FESTIVAL COMES TO AN END ON THE 20TH OF NOVEMBER WITH SUURA SAMHAARAM. MILIIONS OF PEOPLE VISIT TIRUCHENDUR DURING THIS SEASON EVERY YEAR .

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HINDUS CELEBRATE SKANDA SHASTI ON FRIDAY the 20TH NOVEMBER THIS YEAR.

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