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Teaching The Visually Challenged to Live Independently In India

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By Vidya Bhushan Arora
Deputy Director (Media and Communication)

New Delhi, Jab 3, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB-India) Bhola Nath, after graduating from the National Institute of Visually Handicapped (NIVH) at Dehradun, started working as Inspector of Braille Appliances, at the Institute’s workshop, manufacturing Braille appliances. To anyone, this visually impaired young man seems to be very proud of his work and his Institute. After all, this Institute has been his home for years now. To a group of visiting official media people he gave a demonstration of use of ‘Braille Slate’ by writing with a Stylus and educated them about the various nuances of the assistive devices being produced here. Apart from a wide-range of  educational assistive devices like Braille Slate, Geometry Kit, Tactile Diagram Set etc, the appliances produced here range from Folding Walking Stick to Needle Threader and recreational items such as Chess Board, Puzzles and even Playing Cards. Bhola Nath explains with pride that these devices are very helpful for persons with visual impairments and helps them in working independently. “Yes, I sing old Hindi film songs”, he coyly informs us when we ask him about his hobbies.

Growing Need for Skilled Workers In Canada Discussed By Canadian Immigration Lawyers

Toronto, Jan 1, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / Malebits) The growth in Canada's immigration needs is evident in the numbers. Canada took in more than 500,000 permanent and temporary residents in 2009, maintaining a historical high of immigration rate to support its economy, according to the preliminary data released by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on Thursday.

Actress Julia Roberts is among top "Religion Stories" of 2010

Nevada, Dec 31, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Oscar winner Hollywood star Julia Roberts’ (Pretty Woman) conversion to Hinduism is among the top-20 “2010 Religion Stories of the Year” list created by Religion Newswriters Association (RNA).

In this list, Roberts (only Hollywood person to make the list) is in the company of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Reverend Franklin Graham (son of Billy Graham), etc. RNA release on the subject says: “Hinduism gains more of the spotlight through the…word of star Julia Roberts’ conversion to it”.

Dream weddings for Indians On The Exotic Beaches Of Thailand

Calcutta, Dec 29, 2010 (Washinton Bangla Radio / PRLog) Affairs are made in heaven but the finer details have to be sorted out on earth.

Imagine a dream wedding in Thailand on the beaches of Pattaya, Phuket, Hua Hin, Krabi and Koh Samui where the sun, the wind, the sea and fish are the guests at the occasion. The romance of the moment and the vows taken are the lifetime treasure for the couple.

Crazy Kiya Re to rock Delhi's New Year Party

New Delhi, Dec 29, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRLog ) Partying has got a new dimension in Delhi : Party all night hard and get spoilt with the comforts of a 5- star overnight stay coupled with a luxuriously spread out breakfast. How many times have we felt sick of driving back after a night of rocking party, or just felt that the party continues longer into the night? Well all those concerns are put to rest with ‘Crazy Kiya Re’ - Delhi’s Biggest New Year Bash.

Free yoga to unemployed in USA

Nevada, Dec 29, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Due to current high unemployment rates across USA, some yoga studios have reportedly started offering free or discounted yoga classes to the unemployed.

When the national unemployment rate is around 10 percent, it is believed that yoga will help reduce stress, bring calmness, improve concentration and make the unemployed feel good about themselves. Many such people had stopped going to yoga studios thinking it as a “luxury” in tougher times.

Kartikeya - Son Of Hindu God Shiva known as The Celibate Warrior

By Prof P. C. Jain and Dr. Daljeet

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Dec 18, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / ExoticIndiaArt) Karttikeya, Shiva's elder son and the Commander-in-Chief of the army of Gods, born for eliminating Demon Taraka, is one of the strangest personalities of Indian myths. The day he was born he had the maturity of ages. When only seven days old, he led the army of gods against the mightiest of demons Taraka and killed him. He is known for observing complete celibacy so much so that the popular tradition in some parts of the country barred women from visiting his shrines for the same is believed to work desertion and destroy matrimonial life. Born of Shiva's seed fallen on the earth and hence named Skanda - fall, he was the son of many, the Earth's, on whose bosom the Shiva's seed fell, Agni's, who held it for some time, Ganga's, who bore it on her waters, Shara's, where Ganga deposited it and where it matured into a child, and Krittakasas', who found him first and fed from their breasts. Crying with hunger and for hands that took his charge the benevolent newborn was not without a sense of justice. He created six faces on his head - one face for one breast, for enabling all six Krittikasas to feed him simultaneously as they all strove to feed him first, and thus letting none be the second to any. Karttikeya is lauded for destroying all sins and all that is inauspicious and evil, redeeming from detriments and from every bondage, and for being highly auspicious, protective and goods-delivering, though with his images radiating with such energies that even the most ardent of his devotees can not look straight into his eyes he is also a deity who does not allow easy access.

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His benevolence is immense but these are rare austerities that alone lead to it. In north and central India most of his 'pithas' - the holy shrines dedicated to him, open for common masses just once a year mostly on the Karttika Purnima - the day of the full moon-night of Karttika, the eighth month of the Indian calendar and the month of Karttikeya's birth. It seems that the popular tradition has alternated Karttika Amavasya, the day of his birth, with Purnima, perhaps in consideration of the inauspicious nature of darkness and the auspicious nature of light for the birth of the Shiva's son could have only illumined the world and its entire darkness with its glow. Karttikeya is the only Indian divinity the month of whose birth, which is also the month of his exploits, has been named after him.

Wall Hanging Plate of Goddess Durga with Ganesha, Lakshmi, Saraswati and Karttikeya
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Not in natural course but by gods' manipulation Karttikeya was born for eliminating Tarakasura, a mighty demon with a boon of invincibility against all except one not older than seven days. Born of Varangi by Vajaranga, the son of Prajapati Kashyapa by his wife Danu, Tarakasura was in the line of Brahma. Kashyapa, Brahma's grandson, had twenty-one wives. All gods, called Adityas, were born of his first wife Aditi; and all demons, called Daityas, were born of his second wife Diti. Versions in texts widely vary in regard to his third wife Danu. The Mahabharata designates her as the demons' mother, while many texts, as that of the divine beings. This duality of textual sources suggests that Danu's sons comprised both aspects - being partly demon-like and partly like gods.

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Vajaranga, one of Danu's sons, also had evil aspect but wished to give it up. With a determined mind he undertook long penance aiming at appeasing Brahma and shedding off this evil aspect by his boon. Though he successfully accomplished his penance, the course of events forced him to continue with his evil mind as before. When out of his penance, he found Varangi, his wife, missing. He ultimately found her but only miserably weeping and upset. She disclosed how Brahma had harassed her and Indra tried to frighten her first as monkey by throwing away her ritual vessels, second time, as lion, and third time, by biting her on her leg as snake. Infuriated by Indra's mischievous treatment of his wife Vajaranga, determined to avenge Indra for his mischief, re-entered into more rigorous penance, and when Brahma appeared, he won from him the boon for a son who surpassed all gods, even Indra, in prowess. Exactly after twelve months his wife Varangi bore a son they named Taraka.

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When merely seven days old, Taraka began practising penance. Pleased with it, Brahma appeared and granted him the boon that he would not be killed by anyone exceeding the age of seven days, the same as Tarakasura had when he entered into penance. The boon made Tarakasura atrocious and arrogant. He soon invaded all three worlds and conquered them. Under the effect of a curse by Parvati gods could not breed children. Hence gods could not give birth to a child that defeated Tarakasura. Besides, Tarakasura killed wherever a child was born. For appeasing him village folk began worshipping him, a tradition still followed in rural India's many parts. In the month of Karttika village girls make cow-dung images of Tarakasura, decorate them with shells, cowries and beads, and worship them for nine days with songs, offerings and lights.

NO problem in Provogues showroom in Mumbai mall

[image: Anil Kapoor, Akshay Khanna, Rajet Rawail]Mumbai, Dec 11, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRLog) “No problem” promotions are on high as the movie is set to release tomorrow. Anil kapoor is publicizing the movie in every way. Today we saw the cast of NO problem in Provogues showroom in Mumbai’s mall.

The Best Item Song of 2010 - Munni Badnam Hui against Shila Ki Jawani

Calcutta, Dec 11, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / prlog) It's the time again for item songs this New Year. Well! Bollywood has started with its own countdowns from best and worst films, the best and worst events, the best and worst dressed celebrities and not to forget mentioning, the best and worst Bollywood songs of 2010. ‘Munni Badnam Hui’ Salman Khan’s Dabang songs were choreographed by Raju Khan, Shabina Khan, and Farah Khan while Farah Khan choreographed the item number Bollywood latest hot Item song ‘Sheila Ki Jawani’ for the movie Tess Mar Khan.

Akshay Kumar-Katrina Kaif in Ahmedabad For Tees Mar Khan Promotion - Gujarat is lucky place for Katrina

Calcutta, Dec 12, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRLog) Bollywood actors Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif promoted ‘Tees Maar Khan’ in Ahmedabad. Director Farah Khan was also present on the occasion. Akshay Kumar said he has a connection of heart with the people of Gujarat.

“I have come to Gujarat and I come here four times in a year. I want to tell you that all my movies, which were released, have been successful in Gujarat. My first movie, ‘Saugandh’ was only a hit in Gujarat,” said Kumar.

“I have a connection of heart with the people of Gujarat. Whenever any of my film is released, I always come to Gujarat with the producer,” he added.

Katrina Kaif said Gujarat has been a lucky place for her as every time she has come to this state to promote her film, that film has been a big success and she hopes the same this time.

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