Friday, January 29, 2016

High Court trashes plea of Iskcon Mumbai against ex-CA

Bengaluru, Jan 29, 2016, DHNSThe High Court on Thursday dismissed a petition filed by religious organisation, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon), Mumbai, seeking quashing of a letter by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India exonerating V L Varadarajan, a former chartered accountant of Iskcon Bangalore, from the charge of misusing funds. 

Dayaram Das, the legal head of Iskcon, Mumbai, had also challenged the disciplinary committee’s report against Varadarajan. The letter was written on January 12, 2013. Justice Anand Byrareddy dismissed the petition stating that nothing was brought on record to show that Varadarajan had acted in connivance with Iskcon Bangalore, and accordingly, the ICAI had not found him guilty. 

The bench said that it was a trite law that this court should not interfere with the findings of a professional body such as the ICAI when the procedure as per law had been followed. It dismissed the petition citing lack of merit. 

‘Merge complaints’ 

The High Court of Karnataka on Thursday directed the Lokayukta to merge two separate complaints on manipulation of answer sheets for appointment of 197 public prosecutors. 
The petitioners, H T Ravi and N Udayasimha, have claimed manipulation of nearly 60 answer sheets and that 22 candidates were appointed munsif. Justice A V Chandrashekhear ordered the Lokayukta to merge the complaints and conduct a joint enquiry. 
Padma Shri Shriman Madhu Pandit Dasa & ISKCON Bangalore Team with V L Varadarajan
Padma Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa & ISKCON Bangalore Team with V L Varadarajan

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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Padma Shri Award to Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa

ISKCON Bangalore: Padma Awards, one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The Awards are given in various disciplines / fields of activities, viz.- art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc. ‘Padma Vibhushan’ is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service; ‘Padma Bhushan’ for distinguished service of high order and ‘Padma Shri’ for distinguished service in any field. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year.
These awards are conferred by the President of India at ceremonial functions which are held at Rashtrapati Bhawan usually around March / April every year. This year the President of India has approved conferment of Padma Awards to 112 persons as per the list below. The list comprises of 10 Padma Vibhushan, 19 Padma Bhushan and 83 Padma Shri Awardees.  19 of the awardees are women and the list also includes 10 persons from the category of foreigners, NRIs, PIOs (include one posthumous) and 4 Posthumous awardees.
Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman of The Akshaya Patra Foundation and President of ISKCON Bangalore has been awarded the prestigious Padma Shri. The award has been conferred in recognition of the distinguished service rendered by Akshaya Patra for the children of India.  Akshaya Patra Foundation is feeding mid-day meal to more than 15 lakh children every day in 10 states across the nation.
Thanking the Government for this recognition, Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa said “I dedicate this award to Srila Prabhupada, a true visionary who wanted to see a hunger free world. This award will give immense encouragement to the Akshaya Patra team to reach greater heights in its service.”
Srila Prabhupada the founder of ISKCON desired that no one should go hungry in this country. This award is a recognition of the humble service by the Akshaya Patra Foundation in leading the cause of education among the government school children.
Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa further added, “It is an inspiration for me and the entire team at Akshaya Patra to reach out the work of our foundation to many more hungry children of this country. Quality food for these children is a need for quality education that will in turn create citizens of great character. Our children are the real asset of our nation.”

Friday, January 22, 2016

ISKCON’s proposed Jagannath Temple at Puri lands in controversy

Prameyanews7: Bhubaneswar: ISKCON’s proposed Jagannath Temple at Puri  has not only landed in a major controversy in Odisha but has also drawn protest from politicians and public  alleging that construction of another temple is  against Jagannath culture and tradition.
ISKCON has proposed to construct a Jagannath Temple over 18acres of  land at Sipasirubuli, on the Southwestern side of Puri at an estimated cost of Rs 100 crores.
Apart from a replica of Jagannath temple ISKCON Puri Project,  is proposed to built a  Grand Radha Krishna Temple, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Museum,  Lord Jagannath Lila Museum,  Library,  Amphitheater and auditorium,  Amusement park for children,  Govinda’s restaurant,  International Guest house,  Ayurvedic Clinic and Yoga center,  Inmate ashram & prasadam hall, Convention hall,   Bhakta nivas (residence for devotees),  Vedic school, Dharmashala (low cost residence for pilgrims) and a  Vaishnav market area.
Opposing the proposed project, Senior BJP leader Bijay Mohapatra Monday revealed sought clarification from ruling BJD and alleged that the temple is against the culture of Odisha.
“ISKCON’s proposed temple at Puri is against Jagannath culture and tradition. It is a conspiracy to destry the culture. The state government should give a clarification on the proposed project.” Said  Senior BJP leader Bijay Mohapatra.
Even, ruling BJD has opposed the proposed project.
“I personally oppose the project and the government would also oppose  the project,” said BJD Spokesperson Sameer Das to media persons here.
Notably, ISKCON had  inaugurated the beginning of a grand project at Jagannath Puri by performing the bhumi puja and installation of Ananta Shesha on the 18 acre ISKCON project land in a grand ceremony in an annual three day Puri Parikrama (circumambulation of Jagannath Puri) organized by Bhakti Purushottam Swami, ISKCON’s Governing Body Commissioner for much of Eastern India on November, 2015.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Union home minister Rajnath Singh praised the Akshaya Patra Foundation for serving mid-day meal

Union home minister Rajnath Singh praised the Akshaya Patra Foundation for providing food to children in Lucknow, besides in 10 other states as well as promoting Government of India's skill India programme.

"Since the foundation is also providing scholarship to class X pass outs, it is contributing to the prime minister's skill development mission," said Singh, attending a function to mark completion of the foundation's one-year of operations in Lucknow, on Sunday.
The Akshaya Patra implements the mid-day meal programme in UP in partnership with the state government.

Chairman of the foundation Madhu Pandit Dasa said, "A survey has reported that dropout rate of students in schools has gone down where meals are provided."

Earlier, the home minister also inspected the kitchen and even served food to students. Mayor Dinesh Sharma and BJP MP from Mohanlalganj Kaushal Kishore were also present.

The kitchen in Lucknow prepares 60,000 rotis, 10,000 litres milk and 7 tonnes of cooked rice in two hours. It serves 74,000 school children in 758 schools. The foundation plans to increase its capacity to 1 lakh children in the near future.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Iskcon temple attacked in Bangladesh, 2 injured

Iskcon temple Bangladesh attacked

INDIA TODAY: Unidentified gunmen on Thursday night hurled a crude bomb inside International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) temple in Kaharol's Bahuchi village and opened fire at its entrance, reports said.

At least two Hindu devotees were injured on Thursday as miscreants opened fire during a religious conference at a temple in Dinajpur's Kaharole area in Bangladesh.

Unidentified gunmen on Thursday night hurled a crude bomb inside International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) temple in Kaharol's Bahuchi village and opened fire at its entrance, reports said.

Five men on two motorbikes went to Bahuchi and hurled the bomb, which did not explode but triggered a hue and cry, the police said

People those who were injured are - Mithun Chandra Roy, 27, and Ronojit Chandra Roy, 45. They were admitted to Dinajpur Medical College Hospital with injuries to the chest and leg.

But locals caught one of the attackers - Safayet Hossain - in possession of a crude bomb. And later the police arrested Safayet.

The incident triggered panic among the Hindus in the area as it was just five days after the bomb attack at Kantaji temple in the same upazila.

On November 30, Iskcon temple priest Birendranath Roy, was shot at Ranibandar village of Chirirbandar sub-district in Dinajpur. On November 18, criminals also shot an Italian doctor and a priest in Mirzapur area of Dinajpur town.

At least 10 people were injured as three crude bombs went off at jatra (open air drama) pandal on the premises of Kantaji Temple in Kaharol sub-district of Dinajpur on November 5.

Friday, November 20, 2015

President cites Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to talk about tolerance in India

Times Of India: Agra/Mathura: President Pranab Mukherjee, clearly at pains to reiterate his anxieties on rising intolerance in the country, especially after Dadri, on Wednesday spoke about Chaitanya's arrival in Vrindavan some 500 years ago and wondered if tolerance and "acceptance of dissent" are on the wane in India, a country, he said, has "amazed" the world in the past with its unity in diversity. "People should learn from Chaitanya," he said.

Addressing a gathering of more than a thousand people, including ascetics, scholars and Krishna devotees, at a function organized to celebrate the 500th year of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's advent in Vrindavan's Parmeshwari Devi Dhanuka Saraswati Vidya Mandir, Mukherjee said there are seven major religions being practiced in India, more than 100 languages are spoken here and over 1,600 dialects are used in the country — an excellent example of unity in diversity.

"Living with diversity, finding unity in diversity has been practiced in India for centuries. This has amazed people across the globe — how India, in one system of administration, in one Constitution, in one way of legal jurisprudence and functioning, has managed to remain united," he said.

The President laid emphasis on civilizational values as the reason for the country living together with 128 crore people, the second largest population in the world, representing almost all major religions of the world.

"All three major ethnic groups, Dravidians, Caucasians and Mongoloids, live in one piece of land. In the whole of north-eastern India, you will find concentration of Mongoloid people. The whole of south India, you will find Dravidian people and in north and north-west, (there are) people belonging to Caucasians group. All these major ethnic groups live in one state. It has been possible because of our cultural values, civilizational values, which have been taught to us over centuries and which has descended on us and we have nurtured it, which is a part of life and therefore it is no cliche to us," the President added.

Ever since the Dadri lynching and subsequent events, Mukherjee has been repeatedly appealing for tolerance and pluralism.

Citing teachings of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, a revered monk and a reformer in medieval India, he said that people should learn the lesson of love, service, humanity and communal harmony from the saint who devoted his life to society. The event was also attended by UP governor Ram Naik, Mathura MP Hema Malini, leader of UP Congress legislative party Pradeep Mathur.

Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, who was also expected to attend the programme, left Vrindavan soon after welcoming the President at the helipad. A souvenir highlighting Radha Tattva, a Vedic concept defined by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, was also released on the occasion.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Akshaya Patra With UNICEF’s ‘World’s largest Lesson'

Under this campaign, specifically created lesson materials including an animated film by author and education expert Ken Robinson will be provided to the children. These materials will acquaint kids with the Global Sustainability Goals. A downloadable comic book created by Karl Kesel, Grace Allison and Josh Elder would also be a part of the study material ensemble.
“The World’s Largest Lesson is a fantastic opportunity to tell all children, everywhere what the Global Goals are and how they can play their part to make sure they are achieved,” said Richard Curtis, founder of the campaign.
Anthony Lake, executive director for UNICEF said, “The campaign will do more than teach children about the global goals. It will engage them in the effort to achieve those goals- educating them about the challenges that are shaping their futures and encouraging them to drive change in their own communities.”
Supporting this drive is Akshaya Patra Foundation, which provides midday meal to 1.4 million children every day. Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman, Akshaya Patra Foundation said, “ We are proud to be associated with this drive started by UNICEF. Children are the future of the global civilization. By imparting them knowledge about sustainability goals, we are in a way making our future better.”
Bollywood Superstar Hrithik Roshan has been roped in to be India’s brand ambassador for ‘ The world’s largest lesson’. This puts him in the league of other global brand ambassadors for the drive including Nobel peace prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, footballer Neymar Jr, Freida Pinto , Kolo Toure, Dani Alves, UNICEF ambassadors Nancy Ajram, Serena Williams and eminent advocate for UNICEF, Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan.

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