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Padma Shri awardee Rabindra Narain Singh elected as VHP president

The Vishva Hindu Parishad has elected Rabindra Narain Singh, an orthopaedic surgeon and a Padma Shri awardee, as its new president on Saturday. Singh replaced 82-year-old Vishnu Sadashiv Kokje, who has been in the post since April 2018.

“Kokje ji is now 82 years old. He wanted to be relieved of his responsibilities as the VHP president. The election has been conducted as per his wishes and our constitution,” VHP’s joint general secretary Surendra Jain said at a press conference.

Rabindra Narain Singh was the vice president of VHP. In 2010, he received Padma Shri for his contribution to the field of medical sciences. Elections were also held for the post of the general secretary and Milind Parande, the outfit’s current general secretary, was unanimously re-elected.

During the meeting, the outfit discussed the “condition of Hindus” in Haryana’s Mewat and issued a statement demanding that the state government must ensure “protection of Hindus” in the Muslim-dominated region.

Jain said Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, after visiting Mewat last year, had announced that his government would bring a law against forced religious conversion, effectively implement the law against cow slaughter, constitute a Dharmada Board to look after the religious estate of Hindu-minority areas and set up a camp of paramilitary forces in Mewat district.

“It has been a year since his announcement, but nothing has yet been done so far,” the VHP leader said while appealing to the Haryana chief minister to act on his promises “to establish rule of law” in Mewat.


Lucknow University to get new faculty on Shaivism

The Academic Council of Lucknow University has approved setting up of a new faculty by upgrading the status of Abhinavagupt Institute of Aesthetics and Shaiva Philosophy.

The council also approved new courses from next session. 

The Abhinavagupt Institute of Aesthetics and Shaiva Philosophy, named after the philosopher, mystic and aesthetician from Kashmir, was constituted in LU for research in Shaivism. 

Till now, it was an autonomous institute, but now it will have faculty status. The institute will have more power and resources for teaching and research. It will run a full-fledged paper on Shaiva Philosophy and Aesthetics in MA (Sanskrit) course and  conduct doctoral studies. 

This is LU’s eleventh faculty. Other faculties include arts, science, commerce, law, education, fine arts, engineering, Unani, ayurveda and yoga and alternative medicine. 


748 acres deleted from records of Simhachalam Temple says the Inquiry team

The three-member inquiry committee constituted by the Special Commissioner of Endowments to probe irregularities in Simhachalam temple and MANSAS lands in Andhra Pradesh, has gathered evidence to prove that 748 acres belonging to Simhachalam temple were deleted from 22A of the records in 2016. The committee completed its inquiry into the temple lands  on Tuesday. It went to Vizianagaram on Wednesday to probe the issue of MANSAS lands.

The committee comprising Deputy Commissioner E Pushpavardhan,and two more members , visited Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple in the morning and verified the land records.
Pushpavardhan told TNIE that there was a prima facie case even before they began inquiry into the temple lands. 

“We have gathered all the evidence with regard to irregularities in the land records. The deletion of lands from Section 22A, which prohibits sale and fresh registration, was done in 2016. Though the temple executive officer was not empowered to delete the lands from 22A, the then EO had done it,” Pushpavardhan said. 

“No constructions have been taken up in the said land and the entire land in question is located in Visakhapatnam district,’’ he said, adding that the inquiry went on smoothly as the land records of both Simhachalam temple and MANSAS were digitised.


Drop one-child norm from draft population policy, VHP tells UP govt

Raising concern over the draft Uttar Pradesh population control bill released by the state law commission Friday, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has asked the panel to delete the one-child norm from the draft.

In a letter to the UP Law Commission, Alok Kumar, working president of the VHP, said they have read the draft of the UP Population (Control, Stabilization and Welfare) Bill, 2021 inviting suggestions for modification.

 “The preamble of the Bill states that this is a Bill (6) inter alia to stabilize the population and (ii) promotion of two child norm. The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) agrees with both objects.” the letter says.

However, the VHP has raised objections to Sections of the bill that “incentivise public servants and others to have only one child in the family go well beyond the said objectives”.

The Uttar Pradesh government released the first draft of the proposed ‘UP Population (Control, Stabilization, and Welfare) Bill, 2021’ Friday and has invited suggestions from the public by 19 July.

The proposed law offers multiple incentives to families that follow the two-child norm. This includes two additional increments during service for government employees, subsidised purchase of plot or house, and 3 per cent increase in EPF.

There is more on offer for those who have just one child, including two additional increments and free healthcare for the child till he/she attains the age of 20 years. A single child will also be given preference for admission in all education institutions.

Special incentives for parents who have only two children, and restrictions from availing of government schemes for those who have three or more — these are among the provisions of the draft Uttar Pradesh population control bill released by the state law commission Friday.  

The draft bill proposes some stringent measures to restrict couples from having more than two children, and promises cheaper home loans and free education for voluntary sterilisation.

Those who follow the proposed two-child norm would be offered incentives like tax rebates. 


Uttar Pradesh govt cancels Kanwar Yatra

Kanwar yatra is an annual pilgrimage of Shiva devotees, known as Kanwariyas, to Haridwar, Gaumukh and Gangotri in Uttarakhand to fetch Ganga waters to anoint lord Shiva lingams at Shiva Temples at their respective places.

On Friday, the Supreme court gave the state government time till Monday to reconsider its decision of going ahead with allowing the pilgrimage.

While asking the UP government to reconsider allowing even a symbolic physical yatra this year, the apex court on Friday had underlined that “the health of the citizenry of India and their right to ‘life’ are paramount”.

Meanwhile, the Centre, in reply to the court notice, said that the states, instead of allowing the Yatra, must make arrangements to supply Gangajal to devotees at designated locations.

The Uttarakhand government on Tuesday too suspended the Kanwar Yatra amid threats of a possible third wave of Covid-19.



On the occasion of Anivara Asthanam, Pushpa Pallaki Seva took place with utmost religious fervour in Tirumala on Friday evening along the four Mada streets  .

Decorated with dazzling jewels, colourful silk vastrams, flanked by Sridevi and Bhudevi, Sri Malayappa Swamy took out a celestial ride to bless the devotees on this finely decked floral palanquin.

Varieties of flowers weighing about one ton are used to create this colourful palanquin by 15 florists for three days. The palanquin carried the images of Sri Rama, Sri Krishna and anjaneya Swamy which stood as a special attraction. 


9,329 people had Tonsures

Hundi collection on that day was  Rs.1.40 Cr


Bonalu festivities in Telangana

The annual Ashada Bonalu festivities commenced at the Goddess Jagadamba Temple atop the Golconda Fort in Hyderabad on Sunday with the offering of Bonam in a decorated brass pot to the deity. Ministers A Indrakaran Reddy and Talasani Srinivas Yadav, and Hyderabad Deputy Mayor Srilatha Reddy presented silk robes to the Goddess on behalf of the Telangana State government

As part of the festival, a colourful procession was taken out from Langer Houz to the Golconda Fort.  Women in colourful robes carried the ‘bonam’ on their heads to the temple. 

Sri Ujjaini Mahankali Bonalu on July 25

The famous Sri Ujjaini Mahankali Bonalu celebrations at Secunderabad will be held on July 25 and in Hyderabad including Old City on August 1. The Telangana government gave the status of ‘State festival’ to Bonalu after the formation of the new State in June 2014.

Bonalu is celebrated to ward off diseases and usher in good health, peace and prosperity.





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