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IACA - CollegeCGI reading the President of India's Message

By Ravi R Ponangi

Atlanta, GA: 70th Independence Day celebrations were started a week prior in Atlanta. Independence Day celebrations were held in two parts. Indian American Cultural Association (IACA) and Indian Friends of Atlanta (IFA) organized mega events marking the 70th Independence Day in two different locations on Saturday, August 6. The second part of 70th Independence Day celebration was held on Monday, August 15 in Consulate General of India in Atlanta. I Day celebration at consulate included unfurling of tricolor, singing of national Anthem and reading out the president of India’s message by the Consul General of India in Atlanta, Nagesh Singh in the presence of well attended gathering of community leaders with their families. A documentary “India @ 70” was shown. As India celebrates its 70th year of Independence, Atlanta community soaked in patriotic fervor with Festival of India put up by IACA and Freedom Mela put up by IFA.

World leaders greeted India on the occasion of its 70th year of independence. United States of America reaffirmed its pledge on Monday, August 15 to working towards ensuring freedom and justice for all within two democracies. A variety of Indian Independence Day festivals in different cities across America is really making impact in diverse communities of America.

Jam Packed Hall at FOIFestival of India by IACA: Several thousands of people thronged the Infinite Energy Center (Gwinnett Civic Center), Duluth for the 20th Festival of India on August 6. The annual event was organized by the Indian American Cultural Association (IACA). People could be seen shopping or browsing through the various booths. Big rush is seen for the food court to taste mouthwatering Indian dishes. The daylong event also included health fair, several seminars, 50 plus spectacular cultural events, chess competition, Art competition, Debate competition, Rangoli competitions, yoga and 100 plus vendor booths and tables.

Preity Zinta addressing the jam packed venue2016 Festival of India turned into a huge event and unparalleled to all previous years attracting thousands of visitors because of the presence of Priety Zinta, Bollywood Actress looking pretty as she nailed her desi avatar in a bright yellow Anarkali teamed with red dupatta, jhumkis and a bindi. Looking beautiful as ever.Ravi with Priety Zinta Large number of visitors at FOI participated 300 feet flag walk around Gwinnett Civic Center with enthusiasm. Rangoli by world renowned Wikipedia fame Vijay Mohan from Singapore made a biggest Rangoli. Pet Zoo attracted kids in big number. Community seen the IACA president Rina Gupta along with past president Kaushal Tripathi working tirelessly for the all-round success of FOI.

Guests of honor with officials of IACACongressman Rob Woodall (7th district of Georgia), Senator David Shaffer (Georgia state), Bert Guy, Judge Camden County, Tim Echols, Commissioner of Georgia Public Service Commission and Nagesh Singh, Consul General of India in Atlanta, Nagesh Singh were guests of honor at FOI.

Senator David Shaffer (Georgia state) spoke how two cultures, India and America shook the bonds of British colonialism. Both America and India achieved their independence from British empire. He said America achieved independence waging a war against British where India accomplished independence through peaceful protest, nonviolence. Few years ago Indians showed the world how political change could be accomplished. Observing the violent turmoil world over, he said we have not fully absorbed the lessons that India taught the world seven decades ago. Extensively quoting Rudyard Kipling poem “OH, East is East, and West is West, and never that twain shall meet, Shaffer said when you read opening and closing stanzas of that poem different meaning emerges. Here in Georgia east and west, we stand here face to face. He said you embraced your heritage as much as you embraced the culture of America.   Indian community is a vibrant one. You have contributed in a diverse variety of professions as a community and you made Georgia proud.

Rob Woodall, Congressman addressing the mometh gatheringCongressman Rob Woodall (7th district of Georgia) commended Indian community for their contributions to the development of America. He told the gathering how Indians rocked where we are today. He said political change is hard. Social change is harder. Praising Indians, he said this room is full of folks who do not complain about the problems and who commit themselves to solutions. Talking about Satyagraha, he said that Satyagraha means insistence to truth, Congressman exhorted audience to lead American community not only Indian American community to get a change. Woodall said there is a need to recommit again to Satyagraha today. I do not know what the future holds for me, but I know the future of community. Austerity, celebration of culture, celebration of kindness is a kind of community I want my children and your children grow up in this country.

Consul General looking at a performanceCGI in Atlanta Nagesh Singh commended IACA for the services they are rendering all these years since 1984. He said festival of India is not only an occasion of social gathering. It is a kind of messaging to a larger society in America. Festival of India show case what we stand for, how rich is our culture and heritage, how diverse and beautiful we are as people. He said FOI is looking like that I am somewhere in the corner of Delhi.

IACA and other Indian Community Organizations in Atlanta had started Festival of India in 1997 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of India’s Independence. Since then every year Festival of India is being held in August to celebrate India’s independence. Festival of India draws more and more visitors’ year after year and brings a colorful panorama and festivity of India to the Atlantans.

Colorful parade by various state of IndiaFreedom Mela by Indian Friends of Atlanta: The Indian Friends of Atlanta (IFA) organized a spectacular Freedom Mela 2016, at Gwinnett Braves Stadium on August 6 to celebrate the 70th Independence Day with gaiety and patriotic fervor. Thousands of Indian community members and Americans gathered at the venue to enjoy the celebrations. The venue was decorated in such a way to showcase the burgeoning India-US partnership, by lining the sidewalks leading to the entrance of the venue, with both India and the U.S. flags. The stadium amphitheater was adorned with large portraits of brave Indian freedom fighters, leaders and historic landmark events of the freedom struggle. More than 70 vendors offered ethnic clothes wear; jewelry; mehndi designs, education and business services and delectable Indian cuisines. 40 non-stop dazzling cultural performances were featured by over 700 participants for five hours with participants from diverse associations and professional dance academies and entertainment groups. Special treats were provided by AATMA Preforming Arts from New York, Mickey Singh, and an illusion show by Mystique. Cherry on the cake was the magical fireworks with evergreen Indian patriotic songs including Vande Mataram.

Charlotte Nash, Chariwoman of Gwinnett County board of commissioners in conversation with Nagesh Singh Consul GaneralGuests of honor Charlotte Nash, chairwoman of Gwinnett County board of commissioners and Consul General of India in Atlanta Nagesh Singh hoisted the U.S. and India flags respectively and conveyed their greetings. This was followed by colorful and passionate parade by various States of India to the accompaniment of live music from musicians. More than 600 people who hail from the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamilnadu, Rajasthan, Punjab, Odisha and various non-profit groups participated in the parade. It exemplified the rich and diverse culture, the uniqueness, the spirit and the unity of Indian States. IFA Colorful March (3)This year added extra flavor to the celebrations by giving floats to various associations to decorate for the parade. The decorated floats showcased the unique cultural heritage of different States. Kids enjoyed Camel rides, pony rides, exciting bungee jumps, cotton candy, snow cones, popcorn, stilt walking, face painting and more. This year there was a special attraction: helicopter rides!

IFA was formed in early 2014, IFA’s Mission and goal is to demonstrate true strength of Indian Community living in US by closely working with several Indian-origin Community Organizations.

Ravi R Ponangi speaking to CGI nagesh SinghEntire world should celebrate India’s Independence: Consul General of India in Atlanta, Nagesh Singh told India Tribune, let us celebrate India’s unity in diversity and the progress that we managed to achieve in this seventy years since independence. There is still a lot of work to be done. We all know that all challenges that we have back home in India. All of us together with the support of community whether in United States or in India, I am confident that we can overcome all our hurdles. I think Indian democracy, Indian nation which is multi ethnic, multi religious and plural society, democratic society, it is something that entire world should celebrate. Because we showed an example to the rest of the world how we are lived together in diversity peacefully.

Thousands from diverse cultures attended FOITalking about the multiple I day celebrations being held in Atlanta, Nagesh Singh said everyone is free. I as Government of India representative here I have no authority over any individual except representing my country and passing my message. If fifty people wanted to celebrate it in 50 ways in their houses or outside, the country is theirs, the affection is theirs. I have no control over these aspects, I think the more the merrier. Let people celebrate, whatever get them happier, I joined them in their happiness.


Pranab Mukherjee, President of IndiaINDIA CELEBRATES 70TH INDEPENDENCE DAY AUG. 15, 2016

The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee has said that attacks on weaker sections need to be dealt with firmly. In his address to the nation on the eve of country’s 70th Independence Day, Mr. Mukherjee said forces of divisiveness and intolerance are trying to raise their ugly heads in the country. Expressing concern, he said attacks on weaker sections are against the country’s national ethos. Mukherjee, however, said such forces will remain marginalized and India’s remarkable growth story will continue uninterrupted.

Giving a clarion call to the world to fight terror activities unconditionally and in one voice, the President said the world has witnessed a spate of terror activities having their roots in religious radicalization. He said these forces now pose a danger to the entire comity of nations. Mukherjee said India has repeatedly conveyed the message of peace and harmony to the trouble-torn world through its unique civilizational contribution.

The President said the passage of the Constitution Amendment Bill for the introduction of Goods and Services Tax amidst nonpartisan and quality Parliamentary deliberations is reason enough to celebrate the democratic maturity.

Mukherjee underlined that the strong edifice of democracy built on the four pillars of justice, liberty, equality and fraternity has withstood several threats from both within and without and has grown from strength to strength.

He said Constitution has clearly defined duties and responsibilities of every organ of the state and this ethos of Maryada (respect) should be upheld by the functionaries in the discharge of their duties.

The President said the safety and security of women and children determines the well-being of the state and society. Mukherjee said society can only be developed by harmonizing religion with modern science. He said the hurt and the alienated people have to be brought into the mainstream for all round development of the country.

He said in a technological era when machines are being pitted against men, the only way to survive is to acquire knowledge and skills and learn to innovate. The President said the Start Up Movement and innovative spirit of young entrepreneurs have attracted international attention.

He said the recent initiatives in foreign policy have enhanced energy security, promoted food security and created international partnership to take India’s flagship development programs forward.

Mukherjee conveyed his special greetings and gratitude to the members of Armed Forces, paramilitary and internal security forces who are at the forefront of guarding and preserving the unity, integrity and security of the motherland.


Fellow citizens:

Pranb MukherjeeOn the eve of sixty-ninth anniversary of our Independence, I extend warm greetings to all my brothers and sisters in the country and abroad. As we celebrate our seventieth Independence Day, I respectfully bow to the heroes of our independence struggle – known and unknown – who fought, suffered and sacrificed their lives to win freedom for us. Mahatma Gandhi’s luminous leadership finally made the British Quit India in 1947. When we gained independence in 1947, nobody believed that India will survive as a democracy. Yet, seven decades later, one and a quarter billion Indians with all their diversity have proved those forecasts wrong. The strong edifice of democracy built by our founding fathers on the four pillars of justice, liberty, equality and fraternity has withstood several threats from both within and without and has grown from strength to strength.

Fellow citizens:

This is for the fifth time that I speak to you on the eve of Independence Day. In the past four years, I have seen with some satisfaction a stable and progressive democracy in full play with peaceful transfer of power from one party to another, from one government to another, and from one generation to another. Notwithstanding the different hues of political thought, I have seen the ruling party and the opposition coming together in pursuit of national agenda of development, unity, integrity and security of the nation. In the just concluded session of Parliament, the passage of the Constitution Amendment Bill for the introduction of GST amidst non-partisan and quality parliamentary deliberations is reason enough to celebrate our democratic maturity. In these four years, I also saw with, some disquiet, forces of divisiveness and intolerance trying to raise their ugly head. Attacks on weaker sections that militate against our national ethos are aberrations that need to be dealt with firmly. The collective wisdom of our society and our polity gives me the confidence that such forces will remain marginalized and India’s remarkable growth story will continue uninterrupted. The safety and security that we provide to our women and children determines the well-being of the state and society. Every incident of violence against a woman or a child inflicts a wound on the soul of the civilization. We cannot call ourselves a civilized society if we fail in this duty.

Fellow citizens:

Democracy is more than a periodic exercise of choices to elect the government. The great tree of liberty requires constant nourishment through the institutions of democracy. Disruptions, obstructionism and un-mindful pursuit of a divisive political agenda by groups and individuals lead to nothing but institutional travesty and Constitutional subversion. Polarizing debates only deepen the fault lines in public discourse. Our Constitution is not only a political or legal document but also an emotional, cultural and social contract. My distinguished predecessor Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan had said on the eve of Independence Day fifty years ago and I quote: “We have adopted a democratic Constitution. It helps us to maintain our individuality in the face of mounting pressures for standardized thinking and acting……. Democratic Assemblies serve as safety valves for social tensions and prevent dangerous explosions. In an effective democracy, its members should be willing to accept law and lawful authority. No man, no group can be his or its own law giver” (unquote). The Constitution has clearly defined the duties and responsibilities of every organ of the state. It has established the ancient Indian ethos of “Maryada” as far as Authorities and Institutions of State power are concerned. The spirit of the Constitution has to be upheld by adherence to this “Maryada” by the functionaries in the discharge of their duties.

Fellow citizens:

One unique feature that has held India together is our respect for each other’s cultures, values and beliefs. The very essence of plurality lies in cherishing our heterogeneity and valuing our diversity. In the networked environment of today, a caring society can only be developed by harmonizing religion with modern science. Swami Vivekananda had once observed and I quote: “What is needed is a fellow-feeling between the different types of religion, seeing that they all stand or fall together, a fellow-feeling which springs from mutual respect, and not the condescending, patronizing, niggardly expression of goodwill” (unquote). It is true, as was pointed out in a famous speech made on this very day 69 years ago by Pandit Nehru that in a nation’s history, moments come when we step out from the old to the new, when the soul of a nation finds utterance. But it is also important to realize that such moments are not strokes of luck that come upon us by surprise. A nation can and must strive to create such a moment. We must take destiny in our own hands to build the India of our dreams. Backed by strong political will, we have to create a future which will economically empower six hundred million youth, build a digital India, a start-up India, and a skilled India. As we build an India of hundreds of smart cities, towns and villages, we must ensure that they are humane, hitech and happy places leading to the creation of a technology-driven but compassionate society. We should promote and reinforce a scientific temper by questioning our beliefs which are not compatible with scientific way of thinking. We must learn to challenge the status quo and refuse to accept inefficiency and slipshod work. In a competitive environment, a sense of immediacy and some impatience is a necessary virtue.

Fellow citizens:

India will grow, only when all of India grows. The excluded ones have to be included in the development process. The hurt and the alienated have to be brought back into the mainstream. In this age of technological advance, machines are being pitted against men. The only way to survive this is to acquire knowledge and skills, and learn to innovate. Inclusive innovations linked to the aspirations of our people can benefit a wide spectrum of society as well as preserve our diversity. We as a nation must nurture creativity, science and technology. Here, our schools and institutions of higher learning have a special responsibility. We often celebrate the achievements of our ancient past but it would be wrong to rest on our laurels. It is much more important to look to the future. It is time to join hands to cooperate, innovate and advance. India has had remarkable growth in recent times, often growing above eight percent per annum over the last decade. International agencies have acknowledged India’s status as the fastest growing major economy in the world and recognized major improvements in indices of ease of doing business and logistics performance. The start-up movement and the innovative spirit of our young entrepreneurs have also attracted international attention. We must build on our strengths so that, this lead can be sustained and furthered. A normal monsoon this year gives us reason to cheer, unlike the past two years when below normal rains created agrarian distress. The fact that despite two consecutive drought years, inflation has remained below 6 percent and agricultural output has been stable, is a testimony to our nation’s resilience, and to how far we have progressed since Independence.

Fellow citizens:

Our foreign policy has shown considerable dynamism in recent times. We have reinvigorated our historic bonds of friendship with traditional partners of Africa and Asia Pacific. We are in the process of forging new relationships based on shared values and mutual benefit with all countries, especially our immediate and extended neighbourhood. There will be no stepping back on our “neighbourhood first policy”. Close bonds of history, culture, civilization and geography provide the people of South Asia with an extraordinary opportunity to carve out a common destiny and to march together towards prosperity. This opportunity must be seized without delay. India’s focus in foreign policy will remain on peaceful co-existence and harnessing technology and resources for its economic development. Recent initiatives have enhanced energy security, promoted food security, and created international partnerships to take our flagship development programmes forward. The world has witnessed a spate of terror activities having their roots in radicalization of people on the basis of religion. These forces apart from killing innocent people in the name of religion also threaten to disturb geopolitical divides, which could prove disastrous for world peace. The inhuman, mindless and barbaric modus operandi of such groups have been visible in France, Belgium, United States, Nigeria, Kenya and closer home in Afghanistan and Bangladesh recently. These forces now pose a danger to the entire comity of nations. The world will have to fight them unconditionally and in one voice.

Fellow citizens:

For all the challenges that we see in front of ourselves I have a great belief in our innate and inherent capacity as an ancient country whose soul and jijivisha- the will to live and excel can never be suppressed. Various forces external as well as internal have tried to smother this soul of India over millennia but every time this soul has emerged more powerful and more glorious having neutralized, assimilated and incorporated every challenge that it faced. India through its unique civilizational contribution has repeatedly conveyed the message of peace and harmony to the trouble-torn world. In 1970, historian Arnold Toynbee had the following to say about India’s role in contemporary history. I quote: “Today, we are still living in this transitional chapter of the world’s history, but it is already becoming clear that a chapter which had a Western beginning, will have to have an Indian ending, if it is not to end in the self-destruction of the human race” (unquote). Toynbee further went on to say that at the cross roads of human history, the only way of salvation of mankind is the Indian way.

Fellow citizens:

On this occasion, I convey my special greetings and gratitude to the members of our armed forces, paramilitary and internal security forces who are at the forefront of guarding and preserving the Unity, Integrity and Security of our motherland. In the end, I would once again invoke the Upanishads as I had invoked in my first address on the eve of Independence Day four years ago. For this invocation shall live forever, as will Mother India:

“May God Protect us;

May God Nourish us;

May we Work Together with Vigor and Energy;

May our Studies Be Brilliant;

May there be no Hostility amongst us;

May there be Peace Peace Peace.”

Jai Hind.


By Ravi Ponangi

Atlanta:Pramukh Swamiji Pramukh Swami, spiritual head and President of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, inspirer of countless and a great servant of society, passed away on August 13, at 6 PM (India) at the pilgrimage place of Sarangpur in Gujarat state of India. He was 95 years old. Pramukh Swami Maharaj was the current guru and president of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha worldwide. The world-famous Akshardham temples of India and abroad have been built under his directions by the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. Pramukh Swamiji’s efforts in field of education, health and other social services are remarkable. Dignitaries and several world leaders have condoled the death of Pramukh Swami Maharaj.

Pramukh Swami in conversation with Atlanta kids

Swami in conversation with Atlanta kids


On completing his Sanskrit studies, he was appointed as the Kothari of the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Sarangpur in 1946 at the age of 25. Then in 1950, at the age of 28, Shastriji Maharaj selected him as the President (Pramukh) of BAPS in his place. Since then, he had been fondly known as ‘Pramukh Swami’. Shastriji Maharaj passed away in 1951, declaring Yogiji Maharaj as his spiritual successor. Thereafter, Pramukh Swami served under the guidance and blessings of Yogiji Maharaj. In 1971, after the departure of guru Yogiji Maharaj, Pramukh Swami Maharaj succeeded him as the fifth spiritual guru of BAPS. Over the next 45 years, his unremitting satsang travels, selfless services to society, saintly virtues and profound devotion to God earned him the respect and reverence of countless worldwide. His untiring efforts in uplifting lives, liberating thousands from vices and addictions, providing relief and rehabilitation to innumerable people in times of calamity and catastrophe, and inspiring character and faith in hundreds of thousands of children and youths were some of his many outstanding services to society. He also created and consecrated over 1,100 Mandirs worldwide and grand cultural complexes like Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi and Gandhinagar to portray the cultural and spiritual heritage of India. Renowned spiritual masters and heads of state have been deeply touched by his humility, saintliness and noble works.

Pramukh Swamiji in one of his Atlanta visit

Swamiji in one of his Atlanta visit

Dr. Swami, Pujya Swayamprakashdas Swami, a senior sadhu of the BAPS, made an official statement that His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj has been revered by countless people throughout the world. To cater to the large influx of people, arrangements for his final darshan at Sarangpur have been made from 7:00m onwards, Sunday, 14 August 2016 to 11:00am Wednesday, 17 August 2016. During this period, darshan will continue for 24 hours. The cremation rites will be performed on Wednesday, 17 August 2016 at 3:00pm in the precincts of the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir complex in Sarangpur. The final cremation rites will be broadcast live on at 3:00pm, Wednesday, 17 August 2016.


Mahant Swami Maharaj Sadhu Keshavjivandas

Mahant Swami Maharaj Sadhu Keshavjivandas

BAPS has in a statement declared Mahant Swami Maharaj Sadhu Keshavjivandas as successor of Pramukh Swami. An official statement quoting Pujya Doctor Swami Sadhu Swayamprakashdas reads: Four years ago, on 20 July 2012, His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj had declared in a letter that His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj Sadhu Keshavjivandas would succeed him as the guru of BAPS. Thus, His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj is now the president of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, as the sixth spiritual head in the gunatit guru parampara tradition of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. Henceforth, he will steer BAPS and further the great teachings and works of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj.

Pujya Mahant Swami completed his B.Sc. (agriculture) in 1956 and took initiation as a sadhu at the hands of Brahma Swarup Yogiji Maharaj in 1957. He is one of the senior sadhus of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, having served both Yogiji Maharaj and Pramukh Swami Maharaj.

Ravi R Ponangi with Pramukh Swamiji

Ravi R Ponangi with Pramukh Swamiji

2016 AUG 06 News in Telugu from Hyderabad

ఈ రోజు (06-08-2016) శనివారం … నేను సేకరించి … మీ కోసం కూర్చిన … వార్తావిశేషాలు …

….. ప్రధాన మంత్రి నరేంద్ర మోదీ – రేపు తొలి సారిగా – తెలంగాణా లో పర్యటించనున్నారు. రేపు మధ్యాహ్నం మెదక్ జిల్లా గజ్వెల్ సమీపం లోని – కొమటిబండ వద్ద – మిషన్ భగీరథ తొలి దశ పనులను – ప్రధానమంత్రి- లాంచనంగా ప్రారంభిస్తారు. ఈ సందర్భంగా – కరీంనగర్, వరంగల్, అదిలాబాదు జిల్లాల్లో పలు ప్రాజెక్టులకు ప్రారంభోత్సవాలు, శంఖుస్థాపన లను గజ్వేల్ నుండే ప్రధాని రిమోట్ ద్వారా ప్రారంభిస్తారు. సాయంత్రం LB స్టేడియం లో – BJP ఆధ్వర్యం లో జరిగే బహిరంగ సభలో పాల్గొంటారు – అనంతరం ప్రధాని తిరిగి డిల్లీ బయలుదేరి వెళతారు.

….. తెలంగాణ రాష్ట్రంలో – ప్రధానమంత్రి నరేంద్ర మోదీ – ఆదివారం మధ్యాహ్నం 2 గంటల 20 నిముషాలకు – ప్రత్యేక విమానంలో – ప్రధానమంత్రి – బేగంపేట విమానాశ్రయానికి చేరుకుంటారు. మెదక్‌ జిల్లా గజ్వేల్‌లో జరిగే పలు ప్రభుత్వ కార్యక్రమాల్లో ఆయన పాల్గొంటారు. సాయంత్రం ఎల్బీ స్టేడియంలో జరిగే – పార్టీ కార్యకర్తల మహా సమ్మేళన్‌ బహిరంగ సభలో – మోదీ ప్రసంగిస్తారు.

….. ప్రధాని పర్యటన సందర్భంగా – రేపు – హైదరాబాద్‌లో భారీ బందోబస్తు ఏర్పాట్లు చేశారు. బేగంపేట విమానాశ్రయం నుంచి ఎల్బీ స్టేడియం వరకు – 5వేల మందితో బందోబస్తు నిర్వహించారు. విమానాశ్రయం నుంచి – ఎల్బీస్టేడియం వరకు – సీసీ కెమెరాలతో – నిఘా ఏర్పాటుచేశారు. ఎల్బీ స్టేడియం చుట్టూ కూడా – సీసీ కెమెరాలు ఏర్పాటుచేశారు. బేగంపేట – ఎల్బీస్టేడియం పరిసర ప్రాంతాల్లో – 2 కి.మీ. వరకు – నిషేధాజ్ఞలు విధించారు.

….. ప్రజాస్వామ్యంలో ప్రజా సమస్యల పరిష్కారమే కీలకమనీ – ప్రజలు సమస్యలతో ముందుకు వచ్చినప్పుడు – వాటికి తక్షణమే పరిష్కారం చూపాల్సిన బాధ్యత – ప్రభుత్వ వ్యవస్థలపై ఉన్నదనీ – ప్రధానమంత్రి నరేంద్ర మోదీ – పేర్కొన్నారు. ‘మై గవ్‌.ఇన్‌’ వెబ్‌సైట్‌ – రెండేళ్లు పూర్తిచేసుకున్న సందర్భంగా – ఆయన మాట్లాడుతూ – గ్రామస్థాయి నుంచి రాష్ట్రస్థాయి వరకు ప్రతి చోటా బాధ్యతాయుతమైన పరిపాలన సాగినప్పుడే సుపరిపాలన సాధ్యమవుతుందని – అన్నారు.

….. ప్రజాస్వామ్యంలో ఐదేళ్లపాటు నిష్క్రియగా ఉండి – నచ్చకపోతే మరొకరికి ఓటువేయడం మంచి పరిణామం కాదని – ప్రధానమంత్రి నరేంద్ర మోదీ – అన్నారు. ‘మై గవ్‌.ఇన్‌’ వెబ్‌సైట్‌ – రెండేళ్లు పూర్తిచేసుకున్న సందర్భంగా – ఏర్పాటుచేసిన ప్రజావేదిక కార్యక్రమంలో – ఆయన కీలక ప్రసంగం చేస్తూ – ప్రజాస్వామ్యమంటే – ప్రజలను భాగస్వాముల్ని చేయడమేనన్నారు. స్వచ్ఛభారత్‌ కోసం దేశంలో వచ్చిన స్పందనే – ప్రజల భాగస్వామ్యానికి – చక్కటి ఉదాహరణగా నిలుస్తుందన్నారు

….. డ్రైవర్లు, హోంగార్డులు, జర్నలిస్టులకు ప్రమాద బీమా ప్రీమియాన్ని తెలంగాణ ప్రభుత్వం విడుదల చేసింది. 9 లక్షల 68 వేల మంది డ్రైవర్లు – 21 వేలా 289 మంది హోంగార్డులు – 10వేల మందికి పైగా జర్నలిస్టులకు – ఈ బీమా – వర్తించనుంది.

….. స్వచ్ఛ సర్వేక్షణ్‌ పేరిట – విధివిధానాలను కేంద్రమంత్రి వెంకయ్యనాయుడు – ఈ రోజు – దిల్లీలో విడుదల చేశారు. ఎంపిక చేసిన 500 మున్సిపాలిటీల్లో – స్వచ్ఛ సర్వేక్షణ్‌ కార్యక్రమం చేపట్టనున్నట్లు – ఆయన – తెలిపారు. స్వచ్ఛ భారత్‌ మొబైల్‌ ఆప్‌ను – విడుదల చేశారు. ఈ సందర్భంగా స్వచ్ఛభారత్‌ సేవలందించిన వారిని కేంద్రమంత్రి సత్కరించారు. నగరాలకు ర్యాంకింగ్‌ లనూ, అవార్డులనూ అందజేశారు. హైదరాబాద్‌కు చెందిన – G.H.M.C. కార్మికుడు వెంకటయ్య – కేంద్రమంత్రి చేతుల మీదుగా ఉత్తమ పారిశుద్ధ్య కార్మికుడు అవార్డు – అందుకున్నారు.

….. తెలంగాణా ఎంసెట్ – 3 షెడ్యూల్ ను ఈ రోజు ప్రకటించారు. సెప్టెంబర్ 11 వ తేదీన పరీక్ష నిర్వహిస్తారు. ఎంసెట్ – 2 పరీక్ష రాసిన విద్యార్థులకు మాత్రమే – ఈ పరీక్ష రాసేందుకు అనుమతిస్తారు. సెప్టెంబర్ 3వ తేదీ నుంచి హాల్ టికెట్లు డౌన్ లోడ్ చేసుకోవచ్చునని అధికారులు తెలిపారు. ఎల్లుండి షెడ్యూల్ ను విడుదల చేయనున్నట్లు – ఎంసెట్ కన్వీనర్ యాదయ్య – తెలిపారు.

….. ఆంద్ర ప్రదేశ్ కు ప్రత్యేక హోదా పై – త్వరలో స్పష్టత వస్తుందని – కేంద్ర మంత్రి వెంకయ్య నాయుడు చెప్పారు. ప్రత్యేక హోదా పై – కాంగ్రెస్ – ద్వంద ప్రమాణాలు పాటిస్తోందని – ఆయన విమర్శించారు.

….. తెలంగాణా లోని చెరువులు, జలాశయాల్లో – నీటి నిల్వల సమాచారాన్ని – ఉపగ్రహాల సహాయంతో ఎప్పటికప్పుడు తెలుసుకునేందుకు – రాష్ట్ర ప్రభుత్వం, ఇస్రో తో – ఒక ఒప్పందం కుదుర్చుకుంది.

….. అనంతపురం జిల్లాలోని – బుక్కరాయసముద్రంలో – ఆదర్శగ్రామ పంచాయతీ భవనాన్ని – ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ్ ముఖ్యమంత్రి చంద్రబాబునాయుడు – ఈ రోజు – ప్రారంభించారు. ఈ సందర్భంగా – ఆయన మాట్లాడుతూ – రైతులకు రుణమాఫీ చేసిన ఏకైక ప్రభుత్వం తమదేననీ – చేనేత కార్మికులకు – 110 కోట్ల రూపాయల రుణాలను మాఫీ చేసిన ఘనత కూడా – తమ ప్రభుత్వానిదేనని – అన్నారు.

….. పంజాగుట్ట వద్ద రోడ్డు ప్రమాదం లో – రమ్య మృతి చెందిన కేసు లో నిందితుడు – శ్రావేల్ బెయిల్ పిటీషన్ ను – న్యాయస్థానం మరో సారి తిరస్కరించింది.

….. నిఘా వర్గాల హెచ్చరికల దృష్ట్యా – శంషాబాదు విమానాశ్రయం లో – హై అలెర్ట్ ప్రకటించారు. ఈ నెల 25వ తేదీ వరకు సందర్శకులకు పాసులను నిలిపి వేసారు.

….. ఆంద్ర ప్రదేశ్ లో ఖాళీ గా వున్న – వెయ్యి వ్యవసాయ విస్తరణ అధికారుల పోస్టులను – వెంటనే భర్తీ చేయాలని – ముఖ్యమంత్రి చంద్రబాబునాయుడు – అధికారులను ఆదేశించారు.

….. కాంగ్రెస్‌ ఉపాధ్యక్షుడు రాహుల్‌ గాంధీకి – అసోంలోని కోర్టు – సమన్లు జారీ చేసింది. R.S.S. పై – రాహుల్‌ చేసిన వ్యాఖ్యలపై దాఖలైన పరువునష్టం దావా కేసులో – సెప్టెంబరులో కోర్టు ముందు హాజరుకావాలని – కామ్‌రూప్‌లోని దిగువ కోర్టు – ఆదేశించింది.

….. విమర్శకుడు, బహు గ్రంధకర్త K V రాఘవాచార్యులు మృతి పట్ల – CPIM – తీవ్ర సంతాపం తెలియచేసింది.

….. బులియన్ మార్కెట్ లో బంగారం, వెండి ధరలు – ఈ రోజు స్వల్పం గా తగ్గాయి. 10 గ్రాముల బంగారం ధర 170 రూపాయలు – కిలో వెండి ధర 900 రూపాయలు – తగ్గింది.

….. రాజ్య సభ ఆమోదం పొందిన GST బిల్లు – ఎల్లుండి – లోక్ సభ ముందుకు రానుంది.

….. ఎల్లుండి లోక్ సభలో GST బిల్లు ను ప్రవేశపెడుతున్న సందర్భంగా – 8,9, 10 తేదీలలో సభలో వుండాలని ఆదేశిస్తూ – తెలుగు దేశం పార్టీ – తమ పార్లమెంటు సభ్యులకు – విప్ జారీ చేసింది.

….. కేంద్ర ప్రభుత్వానికి చెందిన – సిటిజన్ ఎంగేజ్ మెంట్ పోర్టల్ – వెబ్ సైట్ ఏర్పాటయి – రెండు ఏళ్ళు పూర్తయిన సందర్భంగా – ప్రధానమంత్రి నరేంద్ర మోదీ – ఈ సాయంత్రం ఢిల్లీ లో – తొలి సారిగా టౌన్ హాల్ సమావేశం లో – పాల్గొంటారు.

….. రంగారెడ్డి జిల్లా శామీర్‌పేటలోని – నల్సార్‌ విశ్వవిద్యాలయం స్నాతకోత్సవ కార్యక్రమాన్ని – తెలుగు రాష్ట్రాల ఉమ్మడి హైకోర్టు ప్రధాన న్యాయమూర్తి రమేశ్‌ రంగనాథన్‌ ప్రారంభించారు. విశ్వవిద్యాలయం 14వ స్నాతకోత్సవంలో – సుప్రీం కోర్టు ప్రధాన న్యాయమూర్తి – T.S. ఠాకూర్‌ పాల్గొన్నారు.

….. గుజరాత్ నూతన ముఖ్యమంత్రి గా – విజయ్ రూపాని – రేపు ప్రమాణ స్వీకారం చేయనున్నారు

….. జమ్మూ కాశ్మీర్ లోని వైష్ణవ దేవి వద్ద – వర్షాల వల్ల కొండ చరియలు విరిగి పడి – నలుగురు మృతి చెందారు.

….. తెలంగాణా ఉద్యమ స్పూర్తి దాత – ప్రొఫెసర్ జయ శంకర్ జయంతి సందర్భంగా – రాష్ట్ర వ్యాప్తంగా ప్రజలు – ఆయనకు – ఈ రోజు – ఘనంగా నివాళి అర్పిస్తున్నారు.

….. భారత్‌లో ఇస్లామిక్‌ స్టేట్‌ ఉగ్రవాద సంస్థ సానుభూతిపరులకు నిధులు ఇస్తూ సహకరిస్తున్న – కువైట్‌ వ్యక్తిని – అధికారులు – కువైట్‌లో అరెస్ట్‌ చేశారు. జాతీయ దర్యాప్తు సంస్థ – N.I.A కు అందిన సమాచారం మేరకు – అతడిని – అరెస్ట్‌ చేశారు.

….. కృష్ణా పుష్కరాలకు వచ్చే యాత్రికులకు ఎలాంటి అసౌకర్యం తలెత్తకుండా – దాదాపు మూడు వేల కు పైగా – R.T.C. బస్సులు ఏర్పాటు చేసినట్లు – ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ్ రవాణాశాఖ మంత్రి శిద్దా రాఘవరావు తెలిపారు.

….. హైదరాబాద్ – చందానగర్‌లోని గంగారం వద్ద – పాదరక్షల దుకాణంలో – విద్యుత్‌ షార్ట్‌ సర్క్యూట్‌ కారణంగా – భారీ అగ్నిప్రమాదం సంభవించింది. 3 అగ్నిమాపక యంత్రాలు, ఓ భారీ క్రేన్‌ సాయంతో మంటలను అదుపు చేసేందుకు ప్రయత్నిస్తున్నారు.

….. భారత్ – వెస్ట్ ఇండీస్ జట్ల మధ్య – మూడవ టెస్ట్ మ్యాచ్ – ఈ నెల 9 వ తేదీ న – ప్రారంభమవుతుంది.

….. రియో ఒలంపిక్స్ ప్రారంభోత్సవ వేడుకలు – భారత కాలమాన ప్రకారం – ఈ తెల్లవారుజామున – అంగరంగ వైభవంగా జరిగాయి.

….. వర్షాల కారణంగా – ఎగువ పరివాహక ప్రాంతాలైన – ఆల్మట్టి, నారాయణపూర్‌, జూరాల జలాశయాల్లో నీటిమట్టాలు గురిష్ఠస్థాయికి చేరుతుండటంతో – నీటిని దిగువ శ్రీశైలానికి విడుదల చేస్తున్నారు. శ్రీశైలం జలాశయంలో – కృష్ణా నది నీటిమట్టం – గంటగంటకు పెరుగుతుండడంతో – జలవనరులశాఖ అధికారులు – అప్రమత్తమయ్యారు.

….. రియో ఒలింపిక్స్‌లో – భారత మహిళా షూటర్స్‌ అపూర్వి చండేలా – అయోనికా పాల్‌ – 10మీటర్ల ఎయిర్‌ రైఫిల్‌ విభాగంలో – క్వాలిఫయింగ్‌ రౌండ్‌లోనే వెనుదిరిగారు.

ధన్యవాదములు ….. పోణంగి బాల భాస్కర్ …..


Venkaiah NaiduVenkaiah Naidu Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation has said that in order to integrate the celebration/joy of independence with the spirit of a vibrant and young India, the Government proposed to organize a 15 Day event commencing from 9-23 August based on the theme “Aazadi 70 Yaad Karo Qurbani”. The two-week event would showcase the plurality and diversity of India through various modes and platforms incorporating the voices and sentiments of the people. The celebrations would also infuse patriotic fervor in the hearts and minds of the youth and children of the country. The Minister stated this while addressing a press conference on the “70 Years of Independence” here today.

Elaborating on the different activities to be undertaken, Naidu said, Central Ministers and important leaders would visit birth places of national icons and places of historical importance related to India’s independence movement such as Jallianwala Bagh, Chauri Chaura, Cellular Jail, Sabarmati Ashram, Dandi etc. Around 150 such places had been identified such that each state would be visited by at least two Central Ministers. In addition, women Ministers would be visiting border areas and tie Rakhi to soldiers on Raksha Bandhan Day i.e., 18 August. Kith and kin of martyrs, freedom fighters, INA heroes and ex-soldiers who had been conferred with gallantry/bravery awards shall also be felicitated. Important historic events like Quit India Day (9 August) Hyderabad Liberation Day (17 September), Goa Liberation Day (19 December) would be revisited during the celebrations.

The Minister also mentioned the vast array of activities which would be undertaken in an attempt to capture the festive spirit of the occasion. All-important monuments in the country to be illuminated in the tricolor. The use of Khadi to be promoted in a big way during the 15-day celebratory campaign. In order to enhance the outreach, the colors of Independence would be used for organizing Independence Day Melas and Exhibitions where local artisans would display their products from the handloom and the Khadi sector. Shri Naidu also mentioned that the participation of sport icons and celebrities was being solicited to capture the popular sentiment of the country. As part of the campaign, cultural programs depicting life histories of icons and stories of freedom struggle would be organized all over the country.

Naidu also mentioned that during the visit by Cabinet Ministers across the country, the major pro-poor initiatives in the last two years of the Government would also be highlighted and the opportunities being created for the youth would be disseminated amongst the people.

The Minister also highlighted specific initiatives proposed to be taken up by certain Ministries during the course of the two-week period. The Ministry of Textiles would launch the Colors of Independence and from Quit India to Make in India campaign. The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports would be organizing a candle light Freedom March involving the Nehru Yuva Kendras at all major centers on the eve of Independence Day. Naidu mentioned that in order to invite the participation of State Governments, in municipal headquarters and in rural areas, senior citizens who were born in the year 1947 be invited with their grandchildren and a ‘Grandparent – Grandson/daughter Run’ be organized.

Regarding the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Naidu said special programming would be mounted by AIR and DD based on patriotic songs, video and audio clips of National Icons. Social Media would be used extensively to promote the spirit of participation and position interactive campaigns.



….. రాజ్యసభలో సుదీర్ఘ కాలంగా పెండింగు లో ఉన్న వస్తుసేవల పన్ను బిల్లు రేపు – చర్చకు రానున్న దృష్ట్యా – ఈ బిల్లు లో – అధికారికంగా చేసిన సవరణలను – కేంద్రప్రభుత్వం – ఈ రోజు – పార్లమెంటు సభ్యులకు – అందజేసింది. వీటి కింద ఒక శాతం అదనపు పన్ను ను రద్దు చేయడంతో పాటు – మొదటి ఐదేళ్లలో రాష్ట్రాలకు వచ్చే రాబడి లోటు పూరించేందుకు బిల్లులో స్పష్టమైన నిబంధన పొందుపరిచారు.

….. రాజ్యసభలో ప్రధాన రాజకీయ పక్షాలైన B.J.P. కాంగ్రెస్‌ పార్టీలు – ఆపార్టీ సభ్యులకు – విప్‌ జారీ చేశాయి. రేపు – రాజ్యసభ ముందకు – వస్తుసేవల పన్ను బిల్లు రానున్న నేపథ్యంలో – 3 రోజుల పాటు వరుసగా – సభకు హాజరుకావాలని – విప్‌ జారీ చేశాయి.

….. MBBS – BDS కోర్సుల్లో ప్రవేశానికి – గత నెల 9వ తేదీన నిర్వహించిన ” ఎమ్ సెట్ -2 ” పరీక్షను రద్దు చేసినట్టు – తెలంగాణా ప్రభుత్వం ఈ రోజు – అధికారికంగా ప్రకటించింది. ” ఎమ్ సెట్ -3 ” పరీక్షను – వచ్చేనెల 11వ తేదీన నిర్వహిస్తారు.

….. ప్రశ్నా పత్రాలు లీక్ అయిన నేపధ్యం లో – మరో గత్యంతరం లేని పరిస్థితుల్లో – తిరిగి ఎంసెట్ పరీక్ష నిర్వహించనున్నట్లు – ముఖ్యమంత్రి చెప్పారు.

….. ఎంసెట్ -2 రాసిన విద్యార్ధులు తిరిగి దరఖాస్తు చేసుకోవలసిన అవఅవసరం లేకుండా – మళ్లీ ఫీజు చెల్లించాల్సిన అవసరం లేకుండా – పాత హాల్ టికెట్ తోనే – ” ఎమ్ సెట్ -3 ” పరీక్షకు అనుమతించాలని – ముఖ్యమంత్రి – అధికారులను ఆదేశించారు.

….. ఎంసెట్ లీకేజి వ్యవహారం లో 34 మంది మధ్యవర్తులు వున్నట్లు – CID దర్యాప్తు లో తేలినట్లు – ముఖ్యమంత్రి కార్యాలయం – ఒక ప్రకటనలో పేర్కొంది.

….. కేంద్రం – ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ్ కు ప్రత్యేక హోదా నిరాకరించడాన్ని నిరసిస్తూ – Y.S.R. కాంగ్రెస్ పార్టీ – ఈ రోజు నిర్వహించిన – ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ్ రాష్ట్ర బంద్ కు మిశ్రమ స్పందన లభించింది. రాష్ట్ర వ్యాప్తంగా పలు చోట్ల విద్యా, వాణిజ్య సంస్థలు, ప్రభుత్వ ప్రైవేటు కార్యాలయాలు మూసి వున్నాయి. RTC బస్సులు తిరగడం లేదు.

….. ప్రత్యేక హోదా పై TDP నాయకుడు ధూళిపాళ్ళ నరేంద్ర కుమార్ – ఈ రోజు గుంటూరు జిల్లా పొన్నూరు లో ఒక రోజు దీక్ష చేపట్టారు.

….. ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ్ కు ప్రత్యేక హోదాతో పాటు – ఎన్నికల ముందు ఇచ్చిన హామీలన్నింటినీ నెరవేర్చాలని – రాష్ట్ర మానవ వనరుల అభివృద్ధి శాఖ మంత్రి గంటా శ్రీనివాసరావు – కేంద్రప్రభుత్వాన్ని – డిమాండ్ చేశారు.

….. ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ్‌కు ఆర్థికసాయంపై – విభజన చట్టంలో ఎక్కడా పేర్కొనలేదని – కేంద్రమంత్రి అర్జున్‌రామ్‌ మేఘ్వాల్‌ – ఈ రోజు – రాజ్యసభలో స్పష్టం చేశారు. ఈ విషయమై – తెలుగుదేశం పార్టీ సభ్యుడు T.G. వెంకటేశ్‌ అడిగిన ప్రశ్నకు – కేంద్రమంత్రి లిఖితపూర్వక సమాధానం ఇస్తూ – 2015-16 ఆర్థిక సంవత్సరంలో – ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ్‌కు – ప్రత్యేక సాయం కింద – 500 కోట్ల రూపాయలు విడుదల చేసినట్లు తెలిపారు.

….. కేంద్రమంత్రి అరుణ్‌జైట్లీ – ఈరోజు – లోక్ సభలో ఒక ప్రకటన చేస్తూ – ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ్ కు తప్పకుండా సాయం చేస్తామని హామీ ఇచ్చారు. దీంతో – ప్రత్యేక హోదా కోరుతూ – లోక్‌సభలో – గత రెండు రోజులుగా ఆందోళన చేస్తున్న తెలుగుదేశం పార్టీ సభ్యులు – ఈ రోజు – తమ ఆందోళన విరమించారు.

….. తెలంగాణ రాష్ట్ర R.T.C. ని లాభాల బాట పట్టించేందుకు ప్రణాళికలు సిద్ధం చేస్తున్నట్లు – ఆ సంస్థ ఛైర్మన్‌ సోమారపు సత్యనారాయణ తెలిపారు. R.T.C. లో – ఈ ఏడాది – 5వేల కోట్ల రూపాయల ఆదాయాన్ని లక్ష్యంగా పెట్టుకున్నట్లు – ఆయన – తెలిపారు. కొత్తగా 1575 బస్సులు – 200 మినీ బస్సులు – కొనుగోలు చేయనున్నట్లు – ఆయన – వెల్లడించారు. పల్లెవెలుగు, సిటీ ఆర్డినరీ బస్సులను తగ్గించే యోచన లేదని – ఆయన – స్పష్టం చేశారు.

….. ఆంద్ర ప్రదేశ్ కు ప్రత్యేక హోదా పై – TDP, YSR కాంగ్రెస్ పార్టీలు – ఈ ఉదయం – పార్లమెంటు ప్రాంగణం లో – గాంధీ విగ్రహం వద్ద – ధర్నా నిర్వహించారు. అనంతరం – పార్లమెంటు ఉభయ సభల్లో – ప్రత్యేక హోదా ను ప్రస్తావించి – వారు తమ నిరసన తెలియచేసారు. TDP, YSR కాంగ్రెస్ సభ్యుల నిరసనల మధ్యే – లోక్ సభ స్పీకర్ సుమిత్ర మహాజన్ – సభలో – ఇతర కార్యకలాపాలను చేపట్టారు.

….. తెలంగాణలో – జాతీయ గ్రామీణ ఉపాధి హామీ పధకం కింద పనిచేస్తున్న ఉద్యోగుల వేతనాలు పెంచాలని – ముఖ్యమంత్రి చంద్రశేఖరరావు – నిర్ణయించారు.

….. భారతీయ జనతా పార్టీ – పార్లమెంటరీ పార్టీ సమావేశం రేపు జరగనుంది. గుజరాత్‌ నూతన ముఖ్యమంత్రిపై – ఈ సమావేశంలో – నిర్ణయం తీసుకోనున్నారు.

….. ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ్ లో – కృష్ణా పుష్కరాలకు సంబంధించి పనులు – తుది దశకు చేరుకున్నాయని – సంబంధిత అధికారులు – ముఖ్యమంత్రి చంద్రబాబునాయుడుకి – వివరించారు.

….. తెలంగాణా వ్యాప్తంగా ఉన్న 4,500 ఈ-సేవా, మీ-సేవా కేంద్రాల ద్వారా – ఈ రోజు నుంచి – కొత్తగా 59 సేవలు – ఆన్ లైన్ లో అందుబాటులోకి వచ్చాయి.

….. రాజేంద్ర నగర్ పారిశుద్ధ్య కార్మికుడు T వెంకటయ్య – ఉత్తమ కార్మికునిగా – స్వచ్చ సర్వేక్షణ్ పురస్కారానికి – ఎంపికయ్యారు. కేంద్ర పట్టణాభివృద్ధి శాఖ ఏర్పాటు చేసిన – స్వచ్చ భారత్ పురస్కారాలను – ప్రధానమంత్రి – ఈనెల 6 వ తేదీన – ప్రదానం చేస్తారు.

….. బొంబాయి స్టాక్ ఎక్సేంజ్ సెన్సెక్స్‌ సూచీ – ఈ రోజు 21 పాయింట్లు నష్టపోయి – 27 వేల 981 పాయింట్ల వద్ద స్థిరపడింది. జాతీయ స్టాక్ ఎక్సేంజ్ సెన్సెక్స్ సూచీ – నిఫ్టీ – 14 పాయింట్ల నష్టంతో – 8 వేలా 622 పాయింట్ల వద్ద ముగిసింది. డాలర్‌తో రూపాయి మారకం విలువ – ఈ రోజు – 66 రూపాయల 74 పైసల వద్ద కొనసాగుతోంది.

….. పది గ్రాముల బంగారం ధర – ఈ రోజు – 50 రూపాయలు పెరిగి – 31 వేల 30 రూపాయలకు చేరింది. అయితే కిలోగ్రాము వెండి ధర – ఈ రోజు – 50 రూపాయలు తగ్గి – 47 వేల 350 రూపాయలుగా ఉంది.

….. ప్రభుత్వ రంగ బ్యాంకు అయిన ఇండియన్‌ బ్యాంకు – జూన్‌తో ముగిసిన త్రైమాసికంలో – 42.77శాతం వృద్ధితో – 307 కోట్ల 36 లక్షల రూపాయల మేర – నికర లాభం ఆర్జించింది.

….. గంగానది వెంబడి 400 కోట్ల రూపాయల ఖర్చుతో చేపట్టే – ఘాట్ లు, స్మశాన వాటికలు నిర్మాణానికి సంబంధించిన – పలు ప్రాజెక్టు లకు – ఆమోదం లభించింది.

….. హైదరాబాదు లోని మైత్రీ వనం ప్రాంతంలో – అనుమతి లేకుండా పోస్టర్లను అంటించినందుకు – GHMC అధికారులు – 10 వేల రూపాయల జరిమానా విధించారు.

….. హైదరాబాద్ – కూకట్ పల్లి వద్ద వసంతనగర్ లో నిర్మాణంలో ఉన్న కమాన్ కూలి పడిపోవడంతో – ముగ్గురు కార్మికులు మృతి చెందారు. మరో ఐదుగురు గాయపడ్డారు.

….. సున్నితమైన కశ్మీర్‌ అంశాన్ని – ఐక్యరాజ్య సమితి పరిశీలిస్తోందని – ఐక్యరాజ్య సమితి సెక్రటరీ జనరల్‌ బాన్‌కీ మూన్‌ కార్యాలయం తెలిపింది. భారత్‌ పాక్‌ దేశాలు – ఈ సమస్య పరిష్కారానికి నిర్మాణాత్మకంగా వ్యవహరించాలని – ఆయన – సూచించారు. ప్రతి అంశంపై – ఇరు దేశాలు కలిసి పనిచేయాల్సిన అవసరం ఉందని – ఆయన – అన్నారు.

….. డోపింగ్‌ కేసు నుంచి బయటపడ్డ రెజ్లర్‌ నర్సింగ్‌ యాదవ్‌ – ఈ రోజు – ప్రధాన మంత్రి నరేంద్ర మోదీని కలిసి – క్లిష్ట పరిస్థితుల్గో – తనకు సహాయపడ్డందుకు – కృతజ్ఞతలు తెలిపారు. ఈ సందర్భంగా మోదీ మాట్లాడుతూ – ఎలాంటి ఒత్తిడి లేకుండా – పోటీల్లో పాల్గొనాలనీ – దేశానికి పతకాన్ని గెలుచుకు రావాలనీ – నర్సింగ్ యాదవ్ ను – కోరారు.

….. ఉస్మానియా విశ్వవిద్యాలయం ఇంజనీరింగ్ కళాశాల ప్రిన్సిపాల్ గా ప్రొఫెసర్ షమీమ్ ఫాతిమా – ఈ రోజు -బాధ్యతలు స్వీకరించారు. ఉస్మానియా విశ్వవిద్యాలయ 99 ఏళ్ల చరిత్రలో – ప్రిన్సిపాల్ గా బాధ్యతలు తీసుకున్న తొలి మహిళ ఈమే కావడం గమనార్హం.

….. నగరంలో పాత భవనాలు – వరుసగా కూలిపోతున్న ఘటనలపై – G.H.M.C. దృష్టి సారించింది. ఉప్పల్‌ మున్సిపల్‌ సర్కిల్‌ పరిధిలోని పాత రామాంతపూర్‌, పాత ఉప్పల్‌లోని 12 పాత భవనాలను అధికారులు గుర్తించారు. వీటిలో నాలుగు ఇళ్లను – ఈ రోజు – J.C.B. సాయంతో – కూల్చివేశారు.

….. ఎఫ్ ఎం రెయిన్ బో – రేపు ఉదయం 9 గంటలకు నిర్వహించే ” నగరం గుండె చప్పుడు ” ప్రత్యక్ష ఫోన్ ఇన్ కార్యక్రమంలో – హైదరాబాద్ జిల్లా కలెక్టర్ రాహుల్ బొజ్జా పాల్గొని – విద్య,ఆరోగ్యం, భూ సమస్యలపై – శ్రోతలు అడిగే ప్రశ్నలకు – సమాధానాలు చెబుతారు. ఫోన్ నెంబర్లు : 040-23 23 48 21 మరో నెంబరు 040-23 23 48 22 ఇంకో నెంబరు 040- 23 23 20 80 .

….. ఆగష్టు, సెప్టెంబర్ మాసాల్లో కూడా మంచి వర్షాలు కురుస్తాయని – భారత వాతావరణ శాఖ – తెలిపింది. గత నెలలో దేశoలో 7 శాతం అధిక వర్షపాతం నమోదయింది.

….. రెండు తెలుగు రాష్ట్రాల్లోనూ – నైరుతీ ఋతుపవనాలు చురుగ్గా ఉండటంతో – రానున్న మూడు రోజుల్లో – ఇరుప్రాంతాల్లోనూ – భారీ నుంచి అతి భారీ వర్షాలు కురిసే అవకాశం ఉంది.

ధన్యవాదములు ….. పోణంగి బాల భాస్కర్

News Reader (Telugu), All India Radio, Hyderabad

News Reader (Telugu), All India Radio, Hyderabad


PM Narendra Modi in Man ki bath

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s

“Mann ki Baat – 22”, dated July 31

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said, research and innovation are technology’s soul and the government has taken many steps promoting innovation. Addressing 22nd edition of his Mann Ki Baat on All India Radio, Narendra Modi exhorted youth for innovation, experiment and entrepreneurship. He said, NITI Ayog is trying to promote Atal Innovation Mission in a big way. The Prime Minister said, Government has taken initiative of Atal Tinkering Labs for next generation innovators. Modi said, schools which set up tinkering labs, will be given 10 lakh rupees each and another additional 10 lakhs for maintenance.

Saying incubation center is directly related to innovation, Prime minister laid emphasis on setting up new incubation centers. Prime Minister Modi said, government has thought of providing 10 crore rupees to Atal Incubation Centers. He said, people should start finding out technological solution to different problems. He urged the new generation to contribute more in research and innovation to build modern India which will be great tribute to late President APJ Abdul Kalam. Speaking on health issues, the Prime Minister asked people to prevent spread of dengue in this rainy season. He advised people not to take antibiotics without consulting doctors. Modi said, to reduce maternal mortality rate, government has launched a new campaign Pradhanmantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan.

He said state governments and centre are working closely to help the flood affected people. Prime minister said, the CAMPA law passed by Parliament will provide 40 thousand crore rupees for the purpose of afforestation.

Commending the efforts of states like Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat for their missions for afforestation, Prime Minister urged people to make plantation a movement.

Saying, the whole world is facing the problem of global warming and climate change, Modi said, Indian epics like Bhagwat Gita and Mahabharat also mentions about the importance of plantation. Mentioning about Khandu Maruti Mahatre, a farmer from Pune, Prime Minister Modi said, Mahatre distributed plants to his relatives and friends during his daughter’s marriage. He reiterated that farmers should plant timbers near their plaughing fields.

Speaking about his visit to South Africa and meeting the colleagues of Nelson Mandela, Modi said, equality and equal opportunity is the biggest mantra for any society and Government. Making a reference to fraud and cheating through email and SMS, the Prime Minister said, cheating through technology is increasing all over the world and people should be aware of the digital fraud. He said, people must stay alert and make others aware on the issue.

Modi also urged people to gift Prime Minister Suraksha Bhima Yojana or Jivan Jyoti Bhima Yojana to mothers and sisters on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. He also asked people to gift these insurance schemes to poor women like maid servants and cooks.                                  Saying that he has spent some moments with the youth of Delhi, Prime minister said, whole of country has lots of expectations from the players who will participate in Rio. PM has asked all to send their good wishes to country’s sports-persons through the Narendra Modi App. In ‘Mann Ki Baat’ program Prime Minister also invited people to send their thoughts, ideas, suggestions and advice for the upcoming Independence Day speech on and Narendra Modi App.


Atlanta, GA: Chinmaya Mission Atlanta organized a triple colorful celebration commemorating the birth centenary of three stalwarts of India, viz., Swami Chinmayanandaji (1916-1993), founder Chinmaya Mission, M.S. Subbulakshmi (1916-2004), legendary musician and Swami Chidanandaji (1916-2008), successor of Swami Sivananda, founder of Divine Life Society. The birth centenary celebrations of trio were held on Sunday, July 3 in Chinmaya Niketan, Norcross in the holy presence of Swami Adhyatmanandaji, President of Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad. Swamiji was in Atlanta for two days as part of Sri Chidananda Birth Centenary Celebrations Tour to USA, Canada and UK. Other dignitaries present on the occasion are Acharya Dr. G.V. Raghu, Acharya Gita Raghu both are Acharyas of Chinmaya Mission, Prof. Ram Sriram, President of Carnatic Music Association of Georgia and Swami Yatidharmanandaji of Chidananda Sevashram, India.
The celebration started with invocation by Ms. Hema Nagendra. In his welcome, Subash Razdan, emcee of the celebrations said that this event today is perfect occasion to go back and enriched. Then he introduced all dignitaries and invited them on to dais.

            Devout and mellifluous singing by Hema Nagendra accompanied by Anjaneya Sastry

Acharya G.V. Raghu explained his experiences with Swami Chinmayananda that started in 1989. Recalling Swamiji’s teachings, Acharya Raghu said what impresses more, even in those days before his Mahasamadhi, Swamiji continued to teach early morning meditation. Gurudev worked all through the years until Mahasamadhi. There was a spiritual thread in him since his childhood. Swamiji used to write 50 to 100 letters every day even when he was extremely busy. Swamiji was full of humor, teaching answer to the point, encouragement, inspiring, consoling and even drawing cartoons for children full of humor and love. He was a renowned teacher of Gita and Upanishads. In one of his instructions, he said never give up prayers. Be the best student in school. Play games, hiking, mountaineering etc., You must be an all-rounder. You must be alert and dynamic mentally always. But at the same time he wrote to another youth, I heard all about your sports. They are side dishes; the meal is scholastic progress. What is the use of your sports and medals when you are not scoring in your studies? Swamiji’s very famous statement about youth is youth is not useless, they are used less. They are not careless; they are cared less. To another student he wrote get out of the place, breath fresh air, see a few pictures, eat ice cream cones, chew some chocolates and scream in dance, sing, laugh and start work. He always identified with youth, that’s why youth loved him so much.
Gurudev’s ready wit and sense of humor are very well known. He could manipulate the language so well. When somebody asked him to describe his work, he said 500 years down the line see what Chinmaya work is. Describing Swami Chinmayanandaji, Raghu said he was a great disciple of graceful gurus Swami Sivanandaji and Tapovan Maharaj. Swamiji was a child among children, a great friend and mentor of youth, guiding light of all house holders. In all circumstances he had a great healing touch of humor. He is a great leader, architect, master manager, connoisseur of arts and culture, spiritual guide, great man of knowledge, great man action, great disciplinarian, great man of tenderly love, man of perfection, man of realization of Upanishadic touch.
Many became admirers of Swamiji and greatly influenced by his teachings, completely different what they were. Like Swami Vivekananda, Swamiji always wanted Hindus better Hindus, Christians better Christians and Muslims better Muslims.
The next speaker, Acharya Gita recalling Swami Chinmayanandaji’s contributions to world, she shared some of the YouTube snippets of Swamiji teaching children explaining rituals like Namaste, teaching Bhagavad-Gita to elders explaining why we have likes and dislikes and how to develop equanimity of mind along with her presentation. Acharya Gita said Swami Chinmayananda was not only a saint of modern times, not only a guru but a great visionary whose work perched not only in India but the whole world. We are fortunate being under direct guidance of the Gurudev Swami Chinmayanandaji, a great Jnani, a model karma yogi, those who met him never forget the glow of Chinmayananda. I listen to Sri Gurudev. He is so energetic, lively, make you laugh and make you forget your tiredness. Swamiji has given utmost importance to children and he saw them as builders of future. For these he organized Bala Vihars where they teach children about the principles of Hindu religion and culture. Many of them have grown up and successful now and highly cultured members in the society. Gita informed that Swamiji said story telling is an art and is to be cultivated by all conscious parents. It is unavoidable must. In fact, a girl who does not know how to tell a story does not really deserve to be a complete mother. Swamiji taught not only to children but to all age groups. He taught spiritual knowledge in everyday life. He explained ancient philosophy with logic of science at the same time dynamism and humor. His charming smile cheered hearts. Bhagavad-Gita was very dear to him. He conducted 576 Gita jnana yagnas until the last day of his life. Swami used to say when I rest, I rust. So he never stops.
Dr. Ram Sriram who is well known mridangist and founder president of Carnatic music association of Georgia spoke about Bharat Ratna M.S. Subbulakshmi. He briefly explained who she was and how M.S. Subbulakshmi became great. Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi born and raised in Madurai. Her mother was a great Veena player and her grandmother was a great violinist. So pretty much grown up in the family of musicians.
Dr. Ram said before dwelling into more about M.S. Subbulakshmi, I wanted to tell about the three, Swami Chinmayananda, Swami Chidananda and M.S. Subbulakshmi whose birth centenary we are celebrating today. In essence there is a common thread, in these three individuals. Swami Chinmayananda, Swami Chidananda and M.S. Subbulakshmi, their life is their message. They communicated something to all of us for our own benefit, for our own living.
At the age of eleven Subbulakshmi had given performance in Vinayak temple, Trichy. It was not a wonder as lot of people given performances at the age of eleven. But she was accompanied by legends at that time none other than Mysore Chowdaiah on violin and on mridangam by Pudukkottai Dakshinamurthy Pillai. These two legends of that period sitting with eleven old, it shows how great MS Subbulakshmi was even at that little age eleven. Two years later at thirteen, Music academy gives her prime time slot to perform. That is her greatness. She had some spark with in her. She had no formal training. She came to Madras (now Chennai) a few years later and got married to late Sadasivam and got formal learning until then she had no formal training.
She received Bharata Ratna. She was the first woman to get Bharata Ratna that too in music category. She was the first one to perform in Carnegie Hall, she was the first to perform Carnatic music in UN Assembly. Besides the quality of her music, her commitment, dedication, discipline and her devotion to art made her great. She literally took the music and followed Nadopasana. Her reputation did not touch her. Money did not touch her, the whole world standing when she performed did not touch her. She has done her job because that was her way of karma yoga, her bhakti, her dedication. To substantiate Dr. Ram quoted Tyagaraja’s prayer to Lord Rama to grant him bhakti and bhakti alone, nothing else. The name and fame did not touch her which made M.S. Subbulakshmi great.
Clippings from the lives of Swami Chinmayanandaji, M.S. Subbulakshmi and Swami Chidanandaji were shown. Swami Yatidharmanandaji of Chidananda Sevashram, India in his brief message explained how he began his monastic life as a disciple of Swami Chidanandaji in Divine Life Society in Rishikesh. Recalling his interactions with Swami Chidanandaji, he said that Swamiji explains in small things. They appear to be small but have great impact on the lives of listeners.
Then Swami Adhyatmanandaji released a booklet “Divinity–Chidananda Thy Name” commemorating the birth centenary of Pujya Swami Chidanandaji. Chidananda Sevashram brought out this booklet which displays the life and teachings of Swamiji in pictures and words.
Recalling his meetings and interactions with all three stalwarts, Swami Adhyatmanandaji said that being with Swami Chinmayanandaji, M.S. Subbulakshmi and Swami Chidanandaji, each moment is an education. M.S. Subbulakshmi’s simplicity, the humbleness, generosity, commitment, dedication and devotion to music was unparalleled. She was so simple.
Talking about Swami Chinmayanandaji, Swami Adhyatmanandaji said Swami Chinmayanandaji’s commitment, dedication and devotion was all to binding India. Swami Vivekananda said so give me a hundred of youth, I will change the face of India whereas Swami Chinmayananda has created hundreds of youth to change and bring cultural heritage and vedantic lore to that very core of India. Swami Chinmayanandaji has inspired, inducted and created gems of monks around the globe doing wonderful things.
Reflecting on the life of Swami Chidanandaji, Swamiji said all these stalwarts did so much tapas, so much of renunciation, so much of sadhana. Because of that we are here enjoying this glory. The root is sadhana. They did tapasya for the welfare of humanity and how they conducted themselves without trace of personal ego. Their absolute dedication to the services of others and with ultimate humility.
In his vote of thanks, Acharya Dr. G.V. Raghu, president of Chinmaya Mission Atlanta said we are grateful to the whole afternoon remembering the great luminaries so that we all get inspired, especially we are happy and blessed with the presence of Swami Adhyatmanandaji. This is a unique day of sharing stories about three great stalwarts and their legacies. Speakers at centenary celebration reflected on Swami Chinmayananda, M.S. Subbulakshmi and Swami Chidanandaji and their enormous contributions to their own traditions.
Celebrations concluded with the devout and mellifluous singing by Hema Nagendra accompanied by Anjaneya Sastry on Tabla of M.S. Subbulakshmi songs delighted the hearts of one and all present.


By Ravi R ponangi

Dr. Indran Krishnan receiving the award (2)Atlanta, GA: Dr. Indran Krishnan and Sudhir Agarwal were two Indian awardees among 2016, “25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia.” Georgia Asian Times honored 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia with awards on July 12 at a banquet at Sonesta Gwinnett Place. Every year in conjunction with Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration, Georgia Asian Times documents changing of power and the continual shifting of influence of Asian Americans in the Asian American communities.

Consul General of India in Atlanta, Nagesh Singh in coversation with dignitaries

Consul General of India in Atlanta, Nagesh Singh in coversation with dignitaries

Sudhir Agarwal receiving the award (2)Georgia Asian Times hosted its annual 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia Awards dinner. Over 200 guests including Honorable Takashi Shinozuka, Consul General of Japan, Honorable Nagesh Singh, Consul General of India, Honorable Steven Tai, Director General of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Georgia Representative Pedro Marin (D-96), and Hon. Charlotte Nash, Chair, Gwinnett Board of Commissioners were present at the awards banquet.

Each of the honorees received a specially hand crafted crystal award for their contributions. Among the awardees from Indian origin, Dr. Indran Krishnan is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine and has his private practice in Lawrenceville, GA. He is the past president of GAPI- Georgia Association of Physicians of Indian heritage. He is a past president and currently in the board of directors of Georgia Gastroenterological and Endoscopic Society. He has served and has been serving on numerous committees of American College of Physicians, the American College of Gastroenterology and the Medical Association of Georgia. Dr. Indran Krishnan has a passion for educating the public on colorectal cancers. Governor Nathan Deal signed proclamations declaring March month as the colorectal cancer awareness month in Georgia for the last 3 years – the last one being March 2016 – at Dr. Indran Krishnan’s request. He helps the Atlanta VA Hospital and its deserved veterans by performing cancer screening colonoscopies on Saturday mornings.

Dr. Indran Krishnan is in the board of directors of Meals by Grace, a nonprofit organization by Grace Chapel church in Cumming, Forsyth County which provides food for poor hungry children and their families identified by school counselors and dept. of community health of Georgia. In addition, he is in the advisory board of Third eye dancers, a Georgia based not for profit organization which communicates social issues affecting children, through dance and prompting action while raising funds for the same through cultural events. He is in the leadership council of American India Foundation, a NPO helping rural communities with educational & job opportunities.

The second awardee, Sudhir Agarwal received the award in the presence of his family, friends, IPN team and dedicated his award to Dr. Narsi, his mentor and the founder of Indian Professionals Network (IPN). Sudhir Agarwal is one of the three leaders of Indian Professionals Network (IPN) that meets on a monthly basis. He represents the Indian community on the Board of Asian/Pacific-American Council of Georgia. He is a key leader of Rajasthani Association of Georgia (RAJA) that organizes events in Rajasthani language for people from that NW state in India, Rajasthan. He also played a crucial role in organizing the International Day of Yoga in Atlanta. More importantly, he is a team player that works tirelessly and readily contributes to the benefit of the community. His enthusiasm, smile and positive spirit is commendable.

Sudhir Agarwal completed his bachelors in Computer Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Varanasi, India and MBA in Finance and Strategy from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Lucknow, India. He is currently working as Principal Business Consultant with Hewlett Packard Enterprise and providing strategy solutions to Fortune 100 companies like Walmart, FedEx, GM, Disney, CVS Caremark. He also serves on various advisory board of startup companies in US and India.

Group photo of honories

Georgia Asian Times introduced two more awards “Asian American Spirit Awards” this year recognizing institutional contribution to the Asian American community. American Korean Friendship Society and National Association of Chinese Americans (NACA) were the recipients of the awards. Mr. Sunny Park, President of AKFS and Mr. Greg Hubler, President of NACA, along with Ms. Lani Wong accepted the awards on behalf of respective organizations. “Asian American Spirit Award” bestowed upon two organizations who demonstrated extraordinary dedication to the principle that strengthen Americas communities.

Li Wong, publisher of Georgia Asian Times with Ravi Ponangi, member of selection committee from ethnic media

Li Wong, publisher of Georgia Asian Times with Ravi Ponangi, member of selection committee from ethnic media

In his opening remarks, Li Wong, Publisher of Georgia Asian Times said we are here to celebrate the achievements of hard working 25 honorees’ who tirelessly worked on daily basis making a difference in the community. Our selection committee has received 200 on line nominations. A selection committee comprising of civic leaders, ethnic media, and Board of Editors from Georgia Asian Times narrowed the selection to the final 25 honorees. Selection criteria are based on individual’s contribution to community or their professional impact on the community. They have chosen a wide variety of individuals ranging from a school teacher, social activist, educator, businessman and a restaurant cook.

Remembering Dr. Narsi LS Narasimhan, Li Wong said past May, Asian American community lost one of their biggest stars, dearest and closest friend Dr. Narsi LS Narasimhan. Dr. Narsi is someone whom I admire for his leadership, generosity, wisdom, sense of humor and intelligence. He has done so much to Indian community in Georgia and Asian community as a whole. Li Wong asked everybody in the gathering to stand up and observe ten seconds of silence in honor of Dr. Narsi. Kindly click the link below to know more about Dr. Narsi LS Narasimhan.


Dr. Daniel Kaufman, CEO & President of Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, delivered the keynote address for the evening. He detailed the Gwinnett Chamber’s new 5-year Strategic Plan and growth initiatives. He urged the Asian American community to avail opportunities available in Gwinnett county.

Mr. Vince Bailey and Ms. Kimberley Liemkeo were two emcees of the evening.

Every award recipient delivered an acceptance speech detailing their determination, hard work, and their early struggle as an immigrant background.


By Ravi R Ponangi

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Atlanta, GA: The Gandhi Foundation of USA (GFUSA) celebrated the 240th Independence Day of United States of America with patriotic fervor in front of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site here on July4.

Chief guest Swami Adhyatmanandaji, President of the Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad kicked off the celebration by rendering Bapuji’s favorite song “Vaishnava Janato”. Then dignitaries present, Mr. D.V. Sing from the consulate General of India in Atlanta, Greg Pridgeon, former public official of city of Atlanta, Pujya Swami Adhyatmanandaji and Pujya Swami Yatidharmanandaji from India paid rich tributes, reverence and homage to Mahatma Gandhi at his statue, and forefathers of America, who have given up their lives for the freedom of the country.

Swami Adhyatmananda and Swami Yatidharmananda garlanding the Mahatma Gandhi statue along with Consul D.V. Singh and Greg Pridgeon. Other seen are Subash Razdan and Antony Thaliath of GFUSA

Addressing an impressive gathering at Mahatma Gandhi statue, Pujya Swami Adhyatmanandaji in his brief message said: As we are celebrating the July 4th today, we must look back to 1776, when in Philadelphia, Ferguson drafted a letter to the king of the Britain seeking independence to the country. He was aware of fact that it was difficult. But now you are enjoying the fruits of that effort; You have fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions and colorful cloths, but don’t forget our ancestors , who had sacrificed their lives for our freedom. We must salute them. Here we are standing at the feet of Pujya Bapu Mahatma Gandhi and at the door step of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. historical site. These great leaders stood for nonviolence, purity, character, unity. While we rejoice the fruits of freedom, we should not forget the sacrifices of these leaders.

Swami Yatidharmanandaji, Mr. D.V. Singh from Consulate General of India in Atlanta, Greg Pridgeon, former public official of Atlanta, Prof. Uma Mujumdar, a researcher on Mahatma Gandhi addressed the gathering.  Dignitaries and attendees participated in a peace walk from the Mahatma Gandhi statue to King crypts and paid homage there.In a peace walk from the Mahatma Gandhi statue to King crypts

Earlier, Antony Thaliath, executive director of GFUSA welcomed the gathering. Sub ash Razdan, chairman of GFUSA proposed a vote of thanks. The event ended with rendering of both American and Indian National Anthems.

American Independence Day is annually celebrated on July 4 and is often known as “the Fourth of July”. It is the anniversary of the publication of the declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776. Patriotic displays and family events are organized throughout the United States. Most cities in the USA celebrate July 4th with parades, carnivals, fairs and concerts ending with spectacular firework displays. Many people display the American flag outside their homes or buildings. Many communities arrange fireworks that are often Dignitaries and organizers of July 4 celebrations at Gandhi statueby patriotic music.