Rashtra Sevika Samiti workers in Bengaluru on August 29 celebrated Rakshabandhan by tying Rakhis to the wrists of local police officers, doctors, fire fighters and other civic servants. The workers visited Banashankari women Police Station, Bana-shankari Hospital, Police Station and Fire Station to recognise the services of these people. The police officers welcomed them whole heartedly and mutually greeted each other. It was a very touching experience for both the Sevikas and the civic servants.
Swayamsevaks join rescue operation after bus accident in Vallor
A private tourist bus carrying 37 passengers from Ernakulam to Tirupati met with an accident near Ambur in Vellore District on August 29 morning. Immediately after getting the news, the swayamsevaks rushed to the spot and coordinated the relatives of the victims, medical treatment and other services. A small boy died in the accident. Around 15 persons were admitted at Ambur General Hospital. A total of 21 injured were admitted in Vellore General Hospital. Nearly 50 swayamsevaks joined the relief work at Ambur and Vellore hospitals. Vibhag Pracharak Shri Raman coordinated the relief work. Kshetra Karyavah Shri Rajendran, Sah Zilla Sanghachalak Shri Jagadeesan and many other leaders from Sangh associated organisations also met the injured persons and rendered every possible support. (VSK Chennai)
BMS stays away from Sept 2 strike
Even if some central trade unions went on strike on September 2, the country’s largest labour union the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) stayed away from it saying the government should be given some time to amend the laws to implement the assurances that it has given to the trade unions. Apart from BMS, the NFITU and INTUC also stayed away from the strike. Following demands of the central trade unions the Prime Minister had appointed an inter-ministerial committee comprising of Arun Jaitley, Bandaru Dattatreya, Dharmendra Pradhan, Piyush Goyal and Jitendra Singh to discuss the issues raised by the trade unions. The Committee had three rounds of meetings with the trade unions. Prime Minister also called the trade union representatives and listened to their views in July. The government has finally agreed to act in positive manner on certain issues. However, dialogue on other issues will continue. “The Government has agreed to increase the minimum wage and the minimum wage will be calculated on the formula suggested by Indian Labour Conference, Second Labour Commission and the Supreme Court of India. The minimum wage fixed by the Centre will also compulsorily be implemented in all states and the industries. There is also agreement on calculating the bonus at Rs 10,000 to 21,000 slabs and not at the existed Rs 3500-6000. A decision has also been taken to bring all Anganwadi workers under social security net (EPF and ESI). The government agreed to consult the trade unions before amending labour laws. The issues, which have been agreed upon require amendment in concerned laws. Therefore, it is necessary to give some time to the government to complete the procedure so that these can be implemented effectively,” said BMS zonal organising secretary Shri Pawan Kumar.
Empower small industries to counter the threat from China: Dr Bajranglal Gupt
National convention of Laghu Udyog Bharati was held in Nagpur from August 22 to 23. Shri Omprakash Mittal from Jaipur was elected new president, while Shri Jitendra Gupta from Bhopal was elected general secretary. About 700 delegates from various parts of the country attended the convention. Union Surface Transport Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Micro Small and Medium Kalraj Mishra and Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Devendra Fadanvis were also present. Addressing the workers RSS Uttar Kshetra Sanghachalak Dr Bajranglal Gupt said the country cannot counter the threat from China without promoting small and medium industries. Shri Gadkari spoke about how the government is creating infrastructure all over the country and what is the role of small industries in that development. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadanvis declared to grant special rebate to the small industries in the state. Shri Kalraj Mishra said his ministry is committed to promote THE SSI.
Need to train every student to be a better citizen
RSS Sahsarkaryavah Shri Dattatreya Hosabale said mere brick and mortar (though most important) would not fulfill the mission of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). We should re-dedicate ourselves to the cause of making Bharat a Vishwa Guru by training every student to become a better citizen. The ‘Students Development Centre’ will prove to be highly useful in achieving this goal. Shri Hosabale was speaking at the inaugural function of Students Development Centre developed in Chennai on August 28.
Swami Brahmayoganandha of Yogashanthi Gurukulam while inaugurating the building highlighted how ABVP focuses in instilling dharma in the society and is fighting against the social evils. He emphasised the need to work internally to cultivate, enhance and attain the character that the Vedas prescribe to everyone.
ABVP national organising secretary Shri Sunil Ambekar pointed out that ABVP membership has grown in lakhs (now 32 lakh plus) and is growing. ABVP national president Shri Nagesh Thakur presided over the function. Shri Suriyanarayana Rao, Dr. Subbiah, Shri Lakshmanan and Shri Senthil were also present on the occasion.
India is united due to
Sanskrit only —Dr Mahesh Sharma
Union Minister of State for Culture Dr Mahesh Sharma said despite having about 1200 languages if India is united it is mainly due to Sanskrit language. He said the Sanskrit is said to be the mother of all languages, but questions are frequently raised over its usefulness. Dr Sharma was speaking at the beginning of Sanskrit Week in Delhi on August 26. Three eminent Sanskrit Scholars who have however not been directly associated with the Sanskrit, were felicitated with Sanskrit Sewavrati Samman for their outstanding contribution to the propagation of Sanskrit. These scholars included Dr Ambakulkarni from Hyderabad, Shri K Lakshminar-simhan from Tamil Nadu and Dr Jayantkumar Deegharngi from the US. The Samman consists of a cheque of Rs one lakh, a shawl and memento to each. Dr Ambakulkarni contributed in promotion of Sanskrit in computer, while Shri K Lakshminarsimhan proved the significance of Sanskrit in Engineering. Dr Jayantkumar Deegharngi, a medico, contributed hugely in propagation of Sanskrit. Noted Sanskrit scholar Shri Chamu Krishna Shastri stressed the need to spread Sanskrit all over the world so that all people can avail its benefits. Prof Sahasrabuddhe and Prof Parameshwar Narayan Shastri also spoke on the occasion.
Rakshabandan celebration in East Khasi Hills
Sewa Bharati Meghalaya orga-nised Raksha-bandhan Utsav on August 29 at Pinarsula block of East Khasi Hills. Youth from 28 villages and also leaders from Seng Khasi community participated in the function. In the beginning, youth from Panter village presented a song in Khasi language, which stressed on how to move collectively. Shri B Molin introduced the guests and Shri B Marbiniyang shared his views. Then Shilong Vibhag Karyavah Shri B Makachang highlighted the importance for Rakshabandhan in the context of Khasi society. He said it is because of the lack of unity in the Seng Khasi society their population is decreasing. He said the message of Rakshabandhan can restore peace in the entire world. Prant Sewa Pramukh Shri Surendra Talkherkar stressed the need to protect not only the environment, but also the language, dress, values, etc. He appealed to the people not to use plastic items at home. Director of Sikkim Manipal University Shri Gagan Jain was the chief guest on the occasion. He stressed on environment protection.