K.A.Viswanathan Media Eye News Bureau: All Shiva temples across the country were reverberated with the chants of “ Om Namashivaya” on Mahashivaratri . It is one of the biggest Hindu festivals celebrated with great enthusiasm. This festival was celebrated on February 13/14 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. The devotees thronged to the nearby Shiva temple to offer pooja with milk and bilwa leaves to 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. The second Yaama starts from night and continues with other two Yaamas till early morning the next day and ends before Sun rise. During the Yaama the Linga is bathed with Holy water, milk, Chandan, bhasma, coconut water, Dhahi , honey and Bel leaves with chanting of ‘Om Namashivaya’. The Sankara Mattham at Matunga had made elaborate arrangements as the day also coincided with the important day of the Lord – Maha Prodosham. After the Pradosha pooja , there was, Laksharchana with Bel leaves – with the chanting of Om Namashivaya one lakh times said the secretary S.Sivasubramanian, Maha Deeparadhana was performed early morning after all four Yaamas. Two other temples in the vicinity Sri South Indian Bhajana Samajam and Bhuvaneswari Shiva temple also conducted poojas from evening to next day morning. Bhabulnath Mandir at Chowpathy is the most sought after temple for the devotees who come from all over Maharashtra on this day. Milk vendors were selling milk several times more than the normal days. A vendor at Matunga said he sold around 1500 ltrs of milk on that day as two important Shiva temples were around. Sri Sankara Mattham alone received nearly 1000 ltrs of milk from their devotees for abhishekam said the Mattham secretary. 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 pilgrimage 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 Mahashivratri.
K.A.Viswanathan A team of volunteers from "Help the Blind Foundation" from Chennai visited Mumbai colleges and interacted with visually impaired students . They visited the SIES College, Sion where 39 visually challenged students are studying in various courses. The NGO is involved in helping the deprived students with education assistance , lodging expenses and other reading materials so that they can continue their studies. At the SIES they interacted with the students and presented them with a memento and T Shirt and promised to help them in any way the college desires. They have so far helped more than 2000 of these students to pursue their studies. Dr. Uma Shankar , principal of the college helped them to interact with the students. The organisation is also affiliated with similar foundations in Hong Kong, Singapore and USA. According to Mr. B.Subramanyan , a volunteer from Hong Kong , the mission of the foundation is to help providing the visually impaired students , access to higher education and enabling them to get jobs in today's modern economy.
K.A.Viswanathan About 90 NCC cadets both boys and girls of the SIES College, Sion displayed SHAKTI PRADARSHAN, various demonstrations like Advanced Contingent drill, WAR Demonstration. (Real Battle field Act), Self defense in times of emergency ,formation of Pyramids and Cultural lazim dance. The war demonstration was done by capturing enemy solders and fighting to get released the captive solders from opposition camp. These mock drills which are part of NCC training conducted to encourage students and to show how the solders are fighting in battle fields. Dr. Aarti Mulay the head of the NCC unit of the college said these trainings give self confidence among the students to face the difficult situations in life bravely . This is also mainly to encourage the students to join the NCC units and to join the Armed forces if interested. All these demonstrations are done under the supervision of No 1 Armed forces battalion of Maharashtra area connected with NCC.
Media Eye News Bureau: Meenu Gems Pvt. Ltd has opened its 7th Show room in Korum Mall, Thane Mumbai. Meenu Gems has around 37 Showrooms all over the country….Gokul Menon writes about Meenu Gems Pvt. Ltd and its new expansions. Meenu Gems Pvt. Ltd. was established on September 26, 2014 and has more than 35+ showrooms all over the country. The vision and determination of Mohan Nair and Radhika Nair, the Director of Meenu Gems Pvt. Ltd has helped the company to establish their brand. Meenu Gems as a brand officially offered jewellery but now, Meenu Mart is into cosmetics of its own brand, as well as other brands and is into clothing as well as certified gem stones and silver. It is a one-stop shop for a woman. Meenu Mart also opened an online web portal www.meenumart.com. Further, the company intends to showcase its state-of-the-art products at various exhibitions across the country. The products are designed to suit the clients of all ages and class in the society. Today, gold and diamond is considered to have enormous value and are great for investment purposes. Gold has been treasured throughout history for its natural beauty and radiance. While, yellow gold jewellery is still popular, today, gold is available in a diverse palette as well due to the process of mixing other metals with pure 24 carat gold, also known as alloying, thereby giving it more durability and also changing its colour. While the weight of gold is measured in troy ounces, its purity is measured in carats. Caratage is the measurement of purity of gold alloyed with other metals. The minimum caratage for an item to be called gold varies by country. However, people believe that gold is the most expensive materials in the world but this is not the case as diamond is factually the most precious stone in the world as diamonds are priced per carat. Diamonds come in different colours and cuts and are majorly used for making gem stones and adding a beautifying element to jewellery. It is also used for industrial cutting and polishing tools as well.
ME News Bureau: Mumbai airport is one of the busiest airports in the country and seeks another airport to manage the high traffic. Keeping this in mind, an airport is being constructed at Navi Mumbai but the work is taking much time. However, before that, government is planning to improve a non-functional airport at Kalyan, a city near Mumbai. Kalyan is assumed to take over Navi Mumbai to host Mumbai’s second airport. Having maximum number of landings and take-offs on a single runway. The Ministry of Civil Aviation informed the media that the government earlier acknowledged several suggestions from various airline companies to fly to and from Kalyan under its regional connectivity scheme. Government will open the counter submissions on Thursday wherein they will reveal the name of the buyers. As per officials, there were 17 companies which submitted submissions with 141 suggestions. Then government received 55 counter suggestions from 10 applicants. Buyers in this phase were Inter-globe Aviation Indigo parent, Jet Airways, and Spice Jet.
ME News Bureau: The Hera Pheri 2 director, actor Neeraj Vora passed away at the age of 54 on Thursday at 4am. He had been in a coma for months after he suffered a heart attack and brain stroke in 2016. Vora died at a hospital in Mumbai . His death was condoled by several Bollywood celebrities and also the PM Narendra Modi. The cremation will be held today at SantaCruz west. Neeraj's wife died two years ago and has no children.
ME News Bureau: A 5-year-old girl was gagged, raped and killed by a 24-year-old construction worker in Hyderabad. The accused has been identified as Dinesh Kumar Dharne, a resident of Aryamitra labour camp in Alkapur township. He took the girl to a nearby shop saying that he would get her chocolates. After giving her the chocolates,he took her to the bushes and raped her twice. Later, in the fear that the girl might spill the beans, Dinesh murdered her by hitting with a cement boulder on her head. The body of the girl was discovered near the compound of Shri Shirdi Sai Prem Samaj Hospital of Narsingi. The body was then shifted to Osmania Hospital for a postmortem. Dinesh has been booked under sections 366 (kidnapping, abducting) 376A (rape) and 302 (murder) of the IPC and other relevant sections of the POCSO Act.
ME News Bureau : The Worli police have arrested 47-year-old Ichmani Periswami Tewar, a resident of Dharavi and driver of the Mercedes-Benz after a 40-year-old woman was crushed to death near Sasmira College in Worli on Tuesday afternoon. Reports say that the woman was crossing the road even though it was a green signal for the vehicles when she was hit by the car. The victim has been identified as Sarika Santosh Wagh, a resident of Sewri. Sarika was crossing the road after dropping her son to Adarsh Nagar School in Worli when the car ran over her at 1:30 pm. Sarika Wagh lives with her husband Santosh an IT engineer, and a nine-year-old daughter. Icchmani has been arrested for rash driving and causing death by negligence.