Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Difficult Judgment

In a small town in India, a person decided to open up a bar, which was right opposite to a temple. The temple and its congregation started a campaign to block the bar from opening with petitions and prayed daily against his business.
Work progressed.....However, when it was almost complete and was about to open a few days later, a strong ligtning struck the bar and it was burnt to the ground. The temple folks were rather smug in their outlook after that, till the bar owner sued the temple authorities on the grounds that the temple through its congregation and prayers was ultimately responsible for the ill fate of his dream project, either through direct or indirect action or means.
In its reply to the Court, the temple vehemently denied all responsibility or any connection that their prayers were reasons to the bar's burning down. As the case made its way into the Court, the judge looked over the paperwork at the hearing and commented; "I don't know how I'm going to decide this case, but it appears from the paperwork, we have a bar owner who believes in the power of prayer and we have an entire temple and its devotees that doesn't.


Saturday, October 30, 2010

Vigyan Gram

A Vigyan Gram, or a science village, is to come up on the outskirts of Tripura's capital, complete with a museum, library, planetarium, botanical garden, bird sanctuary and other attractions to popularize science among the masses.
The Vigyan Gram, to be modelled on the lines of science cities in various cities in India, would be set up at a cost of Rs 35 crore in western Tripura's Badharghat, a village on the outskirts of Agartala. Already 9.20 acres of land has been earmarked for the science village, which is scheduled to be open in the next 33 months, when the first phase gets completed. The entire Vigyan Gram would be completed would by four years.
The science village project seeks to develop awareness among people, raise the literacy and outlook of young students and people, specifically with respect to science. It will help people to learn about science and scientific works through recreational activities and promote research works. The project will also contribute towards generating employment opportunities and promote eco- tourism.
The Vigyan Gram would also offer excellent non-formal educational facility to supplement the formal science education imparted in educational institutions.
The main objectives of setting up of the Vigyan Gram includes, to grow, nurture and stimulate a culture of science and develop a scientific temper among the people in the northeastern region and to promote innovative and experimental activities through a hands-on learning process.
The Vigyan Gram would also help to promote and exhibit interaction of science, technology, energy and environment with human life and to enhance scientific awareness among the people at large and to showcase the latest scientific and techonological breakthroughs.

Yojana-November 2010


Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sia - My lOv3

My love, leave yourself behind
Beat inside me, leave you blind
My love, you have found peace
You were searching for release

You gave it all, into the call
You took a chance and
You took a fall for us

You came thoughtfully, loved me faithfully
You taught me honor, you did it for me

Tonight you will sleep for good (?)
You will wait for me my love

Now I am strong (Now I am strong)
You gave me all anekatips
You gave all you had and now I am home (?)

My love, leave yourself behind
Beat inside me, leave you blind
My love, look what you can do
I am mending,
I'll be with you

You took my hand added a plan
You gave me your heart
I asked you to dance with me

You loved honestly
Did what you could release
Aaaahhh oooh

I know in peace you go
I hope relief is yours

Now I am strong (Now I am strong)
You gave me all
You gave all you had and now I am home

My love, leave yourself behind
Beat inside me, I'll be with you
oooooohh ooooh
Du du du ooooooh


Friday, January 8, 2010

Saving of National Honour

While it is not uncommon to show excessive exuberance, excitement and rowdiness in celebrating festivals, sporting events and other events of gaiety in India, we sometimes in this over excitement and happiness forget our duties and do many acts which attracts media attention and may also land us in trouble.
In celebrating National festivals like Independence Day and Republic Day and also while celebrating Indian cricket team's major wins in this cricket crazy nation, use the Indian National Flag to express our happiness. But on such occasions of joy we sometimes intentionally and on other times out of ignorance bring disrepute to the Indian National Flag which is a national honour.
Every now and then we read in the newspapers and see on the television about common man and the celebrities alike insulting the Indian National Flag.
Showing disrespect and contempt towards the Indian National Flag and the Indian Constitution is an offence under 'The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971' punishable with imprisonment of upto three years or fine.
I would like to apprise the readers as to what constitutes insult to the National Flag:
As per the provisions of the aforementioned act-The disrespect to the Indian National Flag means and includes-

1. a gross affront or indignity offered to the Indian National Flag; or

2. dipping the Indian National Flag in salute to any person or thing; or

3. flying the Indian National Flag at half-mast except on occasions on which the flag is flown at half-mast on public buildings in accordance with the instructions issued by the Government; or

4. using the Indian National Flag as a drapery in any form whatsoever except in state funerals or armed forces or other para-military forces funerals; or

5. using the Indian National Flag:-
(i) as a portion of costume, uniform or accessory of any description which is worn below the waist of any person; or
(ii) by embroidering or printing it on cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, undergarments or any other dress material; or

6. putting any kind of inscription upon the Indian National Flag; or

7. using the Indian National Flag as a receptacle for receiving, delivering or carrying anything except flower petals before the Indian National Flag is unfurled as part of celebrations on special occasions includng the Republic Day or the Independence Day; or

8. using the Indian National Flag as covering for a statue or a monument or a speaker's desk or a speaker's platform; or

9. allowing the Indian National Flag to touch the ground or the floor or trail in water intentionally; or

10. draping the Indian National Flag over the hood, top, and sides or back or on a vehicle, train, boat or an aircraft or any other similar object; or

11. using the Indian National Flag as a covering for a building; or

12. intentionally displaying the Indian National Flag with the "saffron" down.

So the next time when you hold the Indian National Flag in your hand keep in mind these points. Give due respect to the Nationa Honour and show that you are a true Indian.



India's Sporting Spirit

The game of Snakes and Ladders was created in India by the 13th century poet saint Gyandev. It was originally called 'Mokshapat'. The ladders in the game represented virtues and the snakes indicated vices. The game was played with cowrie shells and dices. In time the game underwent several modifications, but its meaning remained the same, i.e. good deeds take people to heaven and evil to a cycle of re-births.


Taken from Yojana, January 2010 issue


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