WORLD HINDU NEWS ROUNDUP IN ENGLISH 28-2-2021 (Post No.9324)

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Post No. 9324

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28-2-2021 WORLD HINDU NEWS ROUNDUP IN ENGLISH

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 Sankaradeva cultural complex works begin

Union Home Minister Amit Shah ceremonially started the construction work of the Rs 188-crore Sankaradeva cultural complex at Batadrava, the birthplace of the great Assamese Vaishnavite saint Srimanta Sankaradeva, with traditional rituals on February 25.

Addressing a huge public rally at the site of the proposed project, Shah said Sri Sankaradeva was a versatile genius who tied traditions, art, culture and literature of the entire region with the Indian mainstream. “With a greater sense of Indian nationalism, Sri Sankaradeva also tried to bring all communities of the region under a single umbrella of Vaishnavite traditions more than 500 years ago,” he added.

Referring to the State government’s recent initiative of offering ex gratia of Rs 2.5 lakh each to around 8,000 namghars for renovations work, Shah urged the authorities to increase the number of beneficiary namghars to 25,000 in the days to come.

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Devotee from Tamil Nadu offers ornaments worth Rs 2 crore to Lord Balaji

A devotee hailing from Tamil Nadu on Wednesday donated gold ornaments worth Rs 2 crore to the Lord Venkateswara temple at Tirumala,  a temple official said.

After offering worship, the devotee Thangadurai belonging to Theni in Tamil Nadu handed over the gold shanku (conch) and chakram (discuss), weighing 3.5 kg, to the temple authorities, the official said.

The main deity of the ancient shrine would be adorned with the donated ornaments, the official told pressmen.

The devotee made the offering as a fulfilment of a vow – he recovered from a serious illness during the COVID-19 lockdown, the official quoted the devotee as saying.

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Attukal Pongala held on Saturday

 The iconic Attukal Pongala festival, which sees millions of women arrive at the capital city  THIRUVANANTHAPURAM annually to prepare a feast for the goddess, was a low-key affair this year in view of the rise in Covid-19 cases in the state. 

For the first time in its recent history, the festival was held at the Attukal Bhagavathy Temple  in THIRUVANANTHAPURAM without the enormous crowd it is usually associated with, after the Kerala state government and the temple trust decided to conduct the ritual in strict compliance with the Covid protocol.

The main ritual began at 11am on Saturday when the head priest of the temple lit up the ‘pandara aduppu’ (main hearth) near the temple, following which devotees offered the pongala at their households, as per the instructions of the authorities and the temple trust.  

Holiday
On account of Attukal Pongala festival the district collector Navjot Singh Khosa has declared holiday in Thiruvananthapuram for all educational institutions, public/government sector institutions on Saturday.

According to the traders who have set up shop in the vicinity, the bidding on pop-up stalls did not see much participation while permit for the same was carried out on a case-to-case basis by the committee. “The business was dull due to the pandemic.

Business down by 70-80 per cent


According to a Kerala Vyapari Vyavasayi Ekopana Samithi (KVVES) official, the pongala business in the city has come down by 70-80 per cent as compared to the previous year. “Around 20 lakh people used to attend the festival every year. Restricting the pongala offering and cancelling of cultural programmes have affected every trader. It is a huge blow to people who run hotels, light and sound business, decoration and stage business, and many artists. The traders were hopeful of reviving their business this year, but things have worsened,” he said. 
 

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Will stop conversion of Hindu girls with a strict law  says Gujarat Chief Minister

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Thursday said at an election rally that his government will bring in a law against “love jihad” to stop the “kidnapping” and conversion of Hindu girls.

Speaking at Godhra in Panchmahal district, Rupani reiterated the government’s intention to table the legislation in the coming budget session of the state Assembly.

BJP governments in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh have enacted laws to penalize `fraudulent conversions’ to stop what party leaders term as “love Jihad” or an alleged conspiracy to convert Hindu women through marriage.

“Assembly session is starting from March 1 and my government is willing to bring in a strict law against love jihad. We will not tolerate this act of kidnapping of Hindu girls,” Rupani said.

“Women are being lured and converted. This new law is aimed at stopping such activities,” he said.

BJP MLA Shailesh Mehta and the party’s Vadodara MP Ranjanben Bhatt had earlier called for a law on the lines of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

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Madurai City Commissioner of Police summoned for disobeying order 

The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court, on Thursday, directed the City Commissioner of Police to appear before the court on Monday.

Justice R Hemalatha gave the direction while hearing a contempt petition filed by Sri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust over non-compliance of an order passed by the court last week, in which the court had directed the commissioner to consider allowing the trust to conduct Ram Ratha Yatra in Madurai with reasonable restrictions.

Despite specific directions to the Commissioner to consider the petitioner’s representation, the Deputy Commissioner had rejected the representation by asking certain queries which are unrelated to the procession, the judge observed. Also noting that the vehicle involved in the yatra was once again restrained by the authorities, the judge instructed the Commissioner to ensure release of the vehicle forthwith. The matter was adjourned to Monday (March 1) for the Commissioner’s appearance.

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Devotees celebrate Magh Purnima

Devotees across Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand celebrated Magh Purnima on Friday by taking a holy dip at Triveni Sangam, also known as Sangam Ghat.

Triveni Sangam is the place where three rivers, Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati meet. Prayagraj District Administration showered flower petals on devotees at Triveni Sangam.

Devotees observe this holy occasion by offering diyas in the water in Prayagraj and Haridwar. Lord Vishnu is worshipped on this day.

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Donation For Ram Temple By DMK Leader Creates Ruffle Among Alliance Parties

In a major embarrassment to the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), party’s minorities wing secretary K S Masthan who is also the Gingee constituency representative in the State Assembly has, last week, donated Rs 11,000 for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya. This has created a ruffle among the alliance parties of DMK. While some welcome the act, some have distanced themselves.

The Viduthalai Siruthaigal Katchi leader and the Member of Parliament from Villupuram constituency, D Ravikumar, calls it a symbolic act of religious harmony. “It should be viewed as a symbolic act of religious harmony though I wouldn’t make such a contribution myself. For that matter, I will not contribute to Babri Masjid construction either, he said.

The state secretary of Communist party of India (Marxist), K Balakrishnan, says this is not right.

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Hindu dharma for Akhand Bharat says RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday said Hindu Dharma will establish Akhand Bharat and advised people to not have doubts about the same. Bhagwat was speaking after launching ‘Viswabharatam’, a book in Sanskrit authored by Dr Madugula Nagaphani Sarma in Hyderabad.

“Till six months prior to Partition, no one thought it would happen. When Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was asked about the creation of Pakistan, he had said it was a dream of the fools. Lord Wavell had said in British Parliament that ‘God has made India one, who is going to divide it?’ But it happened,” Bhagwat said. “More than the need for Khandit Bharat (partition of India), there is a need for Akhand Bharat for those countries which were part of India earlier,” he added. 

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A chance to win yoga championship

Tamil Nadu Youth Yogasana Sports Association, in affiliation with the National Yogasana Sports Federation (recognised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India), is organising the first ever online Yogasana Sports Championship.

Online Google Applications are invited for Online State Open & Invitational Individual Yogasana Sports Championship. The last date for registering is March 2. The eligibility round of the championship will be held on March 5, 6 and 7; the quarter final round on March 10 and 11; the semi final on March 13; and the final on March 14.

There are six age groups: Sub Junior Girls Junior Girls, Senior Girls, Sub Junior Boys, Junior Boys  and Senior Boys .

Invitational category is for those who have won gold, silver or bronze medals in the past three years in championships conducted by government- recognised bodies. These persons can directly take part in the quarter final round. Enthusiasts who don’t have any medals are welcome to join under the Open Category.

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