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Dec 15 2015

Enhancing Service Delivery to the Underserved

A “Social Enterprise Innovations Seminar – Enhancing Service Delivery to the Underserved” was hosted by the Federation of India Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), under the auspices of National Institute for Transforming India Aayog (NITI Aayog), with the World Bank Group as knowledge partner. Participants and speakers included Ms. Isabel Guerrero, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy for the Harvard Kennedy School and former Vice President of the World Bank Southeast Asia; Dr. A Didar Singh, Secretary General FICCI; Shri Nirankar Saxena, Senior Director of FICCI; and Mr. Michael Haney,...

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Dec 03 2015

Signing of the Joint Declaration Against Modern Slavery

Nine Indian interfaith and spiritual leaders signed a joint declaration to end modern slavery within a generation at the Global Freedom Network gathering in the heart of Delhi today. This landmark declaration was signed by religious and spiritual leaders from the Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Jain, and Bahai faiths: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Hindu Faith Leader Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, Hindu Faith Leader Dr.Mufti M. Mukarram Ahmed, Muslim Faith Leader Imam Ilyasi, Muslim Faith Leader Jathedar Avtar Singh, Sikh Faith Leader Mr Alwan Mashi, Christian Faith Leader Rabbi Ezekiel Isaac...

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Nov 26 2015

Morning in Varanasi: Subh-e-Varanasi

Today, just after the grand Dev Diwali celebrations, Pujya Swamiji was cordially invited to bless the special ‘Subh-e-Varanasi’ (Morning in Varanasi) programme, which begins every day at 5:30am, just before sunrise. The programme included a special Aarti, Havan, Sangeet and Yoga on the beautiful and historic Assi Ghat. Pujya Swamiji led the sacred havan ceremony and blessed the Puja and Aarti ceremony. As He returned back from offering prayers to Mother Ganga, He silently inspired everyone to clean up the pieces of trash and plastic which littered the ghat and the banks...

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Nov 25 2015

United States Ambassador Lays First Bricks for Girls’ Bio-Toilets

Says HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, “Students Will Become Sanitation Ambassadors” East met West recently as United States Ambassador to India, Shri Richard Verma, laid the first bricks for a new girls’ bio-toilet structure, being built by Global Interfaith WASH Alliance and Divine Shakti Foundation, Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh. The Honourable Ambassador, his wife, Ms. Pinky Verma, and children joined HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati, the Co-Chair/Co-Founder of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) and President of Parmarth Niketan and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, Secretary General GIWA and President of the Divine Shakti...

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Nov 25 2015

Grande Dev Diwali Celebrations in Varanasi

On the auspicious occasion of Kartik Purnima, when the people of Varanasi celebrate their annual Dev Diwali, Pujya Swamiji led an inspired Ganga Aarti on the famous Assi Ghat of Varanasi. The grand event was organized by the Indian Council of Religious Leaders, was led by businessmen and film-producer, Dr. BK Modi, in association with the Ganga Action Parivar, Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh), of which Pujya Swamiji is the Founder and President. Pujya Swamiji said as the world-famous Ganga Aarti started on Dashashwamedh Ghat in 2000, blessed and inspired by HH the...

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Nov 22 2015

Shared Value Summit in Delhi

A unique Shared Value Summit was held to discuss business models that can make a difference to the world. An annual event organized by the Institute for Competitiveness, India, the Indian link in the global network of the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at the Harvard Business School, it brings together the foremost thinkers, leaders and shared value practitioners to discuss, deliberate and formulate action strategies of how economic progress can be made along with the greatest social impact. Summit keynotes and plenary sessions discussed the role of shared values...

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Nov 20 2015

Lord Jagannath Temple Inaugurated & School for Tribals Planned

A beautiful Temple of Lord Jagannath was inaugurated by Pujya Swamiji, Pujya Ramesh Bhai Ozaji (Bhaishri), Pujya Bal VyasShri Shrikantji, Pujya Anurag Thukur Kanyaji and many others. It is the first of its kind in the State, the temple has been built on a chariot like structure in sandstone. It is architectural marvel by Emami Group, led by the spiritual vision of joint chairman Shri RS Agarwalji and Shri RS Goenkaji, at Balgopalpur in Balasore district has been dedicated to the society. Noted architect and sculptor Padma Vibhushan Raghunath Mohapatra...

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Nov 19 2015

GIWA Celebrates UN World Toilet Day 2015

Under Dettol Banega Swach India (BSI), The World Toilet Organization, The Global Interfaith WASH Alliance and Pehel-The Initiative of Dainik Jagran joined forces today to celebrate United Nations World Toilet Day. According to the United Nations, “The aim of World Toilet Day is to raise awareness about the people in the world who don’t have access to a toilet, despite the fact that it is a human right to have clean water and sanitation.” Worldwide, some 2.4 billion people—or close to one-third of the global population—doesn’t have access to improved sanitation,...

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Nov 18 2015

Prayer for Paris and Pledge for World Peace

Saints, pilgrims, devotees and yogis from all across India and across the world joined together to pray and pledge for world peace and for all of humanity, in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, the violence in Beirut and the refugee crisis across Europe. Led by Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, a sacred prayer with burning earthen oil lamps was held for peace, light and universal sisterhood/brotherhood. The participants were inspired to commit and pledge to cohesive action so that they can become beacons of light and...

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Nov 07 2015

First Indo China Yoga Festival at Parmarth Begins

The first ever Indo-China International Yoga Festival in India, took place on the holy banks of Mother Ganga in Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh), with participants from 31 nations. The festival ran from the 5th through the 9th November with the first 2 days in Jageshwar Dham, organized and run jointly by the Government of Uttarakhand and Parmarth Niketan, and the second 3 days at Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh. See the updates from the Jageshwar Yoga Festival, here. It was inaugurated by Pujya Swamiji, Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture Shri Harak Singh Rawatji, Shri Rajeev Swaroop,...

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