10:02 pm A group of 10 Parliamentarians from Finland led by Chairman of the Parliamentary Finance Committee Johannes Koskinen met Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai on Thursday (27th Feb). Explaining the purpose of the visit, Chairman Koskinen discussed the similarities in parliamentary practices between India and Finland. He said many Indian companies including Mahindra, TCS and Wipro are operating from Finland and that the Indian Diaspora in the country is growing. Stating that Maharashtra is a front-runner State in economic and industrial development, he called for further strengthening cooperation between Maharashtra and Finland. Members of the Finnish delegation told the Governor that Finland is home to snow-capped Lapland region which is similar to the Himalayas. The delegation said Bollywood would find Finland an attractive destination for shooting films. Welcoming the Finnish delegation to Maharashtra, Governor Koshyari said that while strengthening cooperation in business, economy, clean energy and tourism, there is a need to promote cultural and educational exchanges between India and Finland. Ambassador of Finland to India Ritva Koukku – Ronde and Honorary Consul of Finland in Mumbai Shreyas Doshi were present.
08:02 pm New Delhi: police and security forces assign camera drones for surveillance over the violence hit areas of East Delhi. Following the violence, the area is under control of security forces and the residents were also approached by the security forces to get assistance controlling the tensed situation around here. Sources said that residents are coming forward to help the security personnel present in and around Maujpur. With the help of these people, police and paramilitary forces are trying to gather information about the miscreants. Tension, however, still persists in Maujpur despite the presence of security forces and de-escalation of the violence. All markets remained shut on Thursday and essential services such as schools, hospitals, banks, nursing homes, etc. remained affected. Public transport was not easily available as well. Though the metro stations in and around Maujpur have now been opened for the convenience of the people, the locals, who are apprehensive about their safety, are still not stepping out of their homes.
08:02 pm Kalady Sree Narayana Dharmashram head priest Srimad Saigan Swamy said that the works of Sree Narayana Guru are the steps to Advaita thought, the realization of the thought that man is one and that one race is a human race will only lead to good in the world. He was talking on the occasion of second anniversary of ‘Anpu’, a study centre for Sree Narayana Guru’s kritis and the centenary celebration of Guru’s famous kriti ‘Jathinirnayam’ at Nerul Gurudevagiri B Rajanand auditorium. Joint Commissioner of Income Tax, Jyothis Mohan, IRS while inaugurating the celebrations, said that the things that people begin to be learn at the age of 70 years are being implemented at an early age by a group called ‘Anpu’, and the teaching of Gurudev’s works in everyday life makes one a good man. Delivering his speech as a special guest, Sree Narayana Mandira Samiti General Secretary N. S. Salim Kumar said that the proper study of Gurudev’s works will be free from casteist thinking and that Mumbai people are doing better than Kerala. Spiritual and material progress is the basis of philosophy and whatever the money, status or glory it requires, the ultimate progress must be given to the Guru's words: concentration, virtue and oneness. Dr. Sureshkumar Madhusudanan, former chairman of the Shivagiri pilgrimage committee and managing director of the Seagull Group of Companies urged that Gurudeva’s work can only be understood and realized through study. Author Nirmala Mohan talked about the centenary of Guru’s book ‘Caste Nirnayam’. Filmmaker and entrepreneur Murali Mattummal, former chairman of the committee and former union president Harilal Pottath, former Mumbai Thane union secretary P. P. Padmanabhan, Yogam board member Balesh and Mumbai Thane Union women's group president Jagadamma Mohan, Secretary Suma Jayadas, Mira Road, Dombivli Branch, secretaries S. Latheesh, Karthikeyan, Ghatkopar Branch Vice President Jayan Pullani, union vaidika committee secretary K. K. Madhusudanan, coordinator Shantha Velayudhan, Preeti Mangalath and Jaya Balan also spoke and recited Gurudeva's works. Sivaprasada Panchakam, sung by four-and-a-half year old Devanand was a treat to watch. Kannur Thottada Gowri teacher’s poetry recital lended charm to the ceremony. Sridevi Sundaresan delivered a lecture on Guru Devan's God's image. In the presence of learners from India and Kuwait, Bijukumar welcomed the participants and TK Mohan expressed gratitude. A member of Anpu family and the daughter of Nivedita Bhasi, Sonu Bhasi, who passed the solicitor's exam and Sneha Chilanka and Abhinayashree awardee Harilakshmi Priyan, were honoured at the function. P K Balakrishnan, Alka Balakrishnan Suchindran Mangalath and Pradeep Kumar led the programme. The delicious food prepared by the Royal Rasoi was loved by all.
10:02 am Pilibhit (Uttar Pradesh): Leopard entered campus at Government school Keeratpur village on Wednesday and attacked a dog while the frightened children ran to the classroom and locked in to be safe. Wednesday a leopard from nearby fields entered into the school, the children seeing the leopard locked themselves in the classroom. The children told the incident to Principal Nidhi Diwakar and she immediately informed the forest department. To ensure security of the children Police deploy armed security at school from Thursday village head Ranjit Singh Head of the village, asked villagers to accompany children to the school in groups to ensure the security of children.
08:02 am New Delhi: A 56-year-old Delhi police inspector allegedly shot himself dead at his residence in Rohini. The deceased Jai Bhagwan was the inspector in Delhi Police's Security Wing. Jai's wife found his body when she returned home from the office. However, the time of the incident is not yet known. Police said that the gun recovered from the spot was the personnel's service revolver. However, no suicide note has been recovered yet, so the reason behind the grave step could not be ascertained.
11:02 am New Delhi: Section 144 imposed in several parts of the national capital on the violent situation prevailing and unprecedented violence and the order will be expected to continue for the coming days too. Chand Bagh, Bhajanpura, Maujpur-Babarpur, and Jaffrabad and other localities witnessed unprecedented violence on Monday and Tuesday as pro and anti-CAA protesters clashed. According to sources, no officer in Delhi Police ordered for shoot-at-sight till now.
11:02 am Kozhikode: Former Kerala State Minister and Senior Congress leader P Sankaran passed away on Tuesday midnight at a private hospital, Kozhikkode. He was living at Kozhikkode his wife and three children and was undergoing treatment for cancer. Sankaran known to be the closest of K. Karunakaran, accepting his advice to contest the Kozhikode, Lok Sabha election 1998, he won defeating MP Veerendra Kumar. Later he became the State Minister in A.K. Antony cabinet in 2001. Sankaran with his naturally polite manners is well accepted among Kerala Politicians and was tried to keep in touch with voters and common man.
02:02 pm Guwahati:The Assam government has decided to delete the Arabic word 'maktab' - traditional islamic elementary school - from the nomenclature of 63 state and state-aided primary schools immediately,education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told mediapersons. The classical definition of Maktab refers to the traditional Islamic elementary school primarily teaching literacy and the Quran. The schools allowed them to retain the remaining part of their names. The students from the school would be in difficulty if they sought admission in higher classes in general schools after studying in 'maktab' schools for a few years. And Sarma said the term has become irrelevant now as the Maktab education system doesn't exist in Assam anymore. The latest decision comes days after Sarma announced the state-run Madrassas and Sanskrit tols (centres of learning) would be closed down within the next three to four months. The minister said madrasas and Sanskrit 'tols' have been apprised of the government decision to convert them into higher secondary schools.
02:02 pm Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia were reportedly barred from attending the event at a Delhi government Delhi where U.S. First Lady Melania Trump is scheduled to attend next week. Sources from the government of Delhi reported that Kejriwal and Sisodia had been removed from the school event, even though the program had been scheduled earlier since the school was under the government of Delhi.
01:02 pm K.A.Viswanathan Mumbai: Maha Shivaratri is known as one of the most celebrated religious festivals for Hindus. All Shiva temples across the country were reverberated with the chants of “ Om Namashivaya”. It is one of the biggest Hindu festivals celebrated with great enthusiasm. This festival was celebrated on February 21 on the new moon day in the Krishna Paksha in the month of Phalguna or Maagha according to the Hindu calendar. Out of the 12 Shivaratris in the year, the Mahashivaratri is considered to be the most auspicious one. In Mumbai the devotees visited nearby Shiva temple to offer pooja with milk , Dhahi and Vilwa leaves to Shiva Linga , a symbol for the worship of Lord Shiva, It is believed that the people who fast on this day and night and offer prayers to Lord Shiva get peace and prosperity in their life. According to a legend , after the Earth was faced with an imminent destruction, Goddess Parvati pledged with Lord Shiva to save the world. Pleased with her prayers, Lord Shiva agreed to save the world on the pretext that the people of the Earth would have to worship him with dedication and passion. From that day onwards, the night came to be known as Mahashivratri and people began worshipping Shiva with a great enthusiasm. Shiva is considered as the ideal husband and unmarried girls and women pray for a husband like Him. According to another popular legend, Maha Shivaratri is the night when Shiva performs the heavenly dance of creation, preservation and destruction. The Mahasivaratri is divided into four Yaamas. All temples with Shiva Linga perform Rudra Japam , Rudra homam during the day. The first Yaama begins in the evening when Mahanyasa Rudra Japam is performed. During this period Lord Brahma is believed to have worshipped Lord Shiva and in the second Yaama Lord MahaVishnu worshipped Shiva. The second Yaama starts from night and continues with other two Yaamas till early morning the next day and ends before Sunrise. During the third Yaama, Shiva comes in the form of Linga and is called “ Lingothbhava” and in the fourth Yaama the entire world of Gods and Rishis were believed to have worshipped the Lord. During the Yaamas the Linga is bathed with Holy water, milk, Chandan, bhasma, coconut water, Dhahi , sugarcane juice , honey and Vilwa leaves with chanting of ‘Om Namashivaya’. The Sankara Mattham at Matunga had made elaborate arrangements for the eventful night . Devotees from different parts of Mumbai participated in Laksharchana with Vilwa leaves – with the chanting of Om Namashivaya one lakh times. Maha Deeparadhana was performed early morning after all four Yaamas. Mahashivratri is not only celebrated in India but also in Nepal and other regions where Lord Shiva is worshipped. Among the various popular shrines, Amarnath temple or Mount Amarnath (about 140 km from Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir) is believed to be the holiest in Hinduism. Surrounded by fascinating mountainous terrains and picturesque snowy mountains this shrine remains crowded by pilgrims throughout the year especially on Mahashivaratri.