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Apr 09 2015

Global FICCI Sankalp Summit

The Global FICCI-Sankalp Summit and Innovation Expo brought together over 1,000 innovators, social entrepreneurs, investors, development finance institutions, service providers and donors from India, Africa, Europe and the US to discuss and debate issues, trends and solutions that aid business-led development. Esteemed speakers at the summit included: Shri Nitin Gadkari, Hon. Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Government of India Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon. Minister of Science & Technology, Government of India Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon. Minister of State for Railways, Government of India Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Hon. Minister of State,...

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Apr 09 2015

Pujya Swamiji Meets with Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Irani

Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati met with Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Iraniji in Delhi.  Together they discussed a number of projects, including the inauguration of the Brightland International School in Chandrapuri, Rudraprayag, a school that had been washed away completely in the floods and rebuilt by Divine Shakti Foundation and Ganga Action Parivar, with the generous sponsorship of Mahavir Seva Sansthan, Kolkata, as well as with the on-ground partnership with SEEDS, in a new location for 200 schoolchildren, as well as 11 other school projects...

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Apr 07 2015

Swachh Ganga, Swachh Rail and Swachh Bharat

Pujya Swamiji welcomed the Indian Railway Minister, Shri Suresh Prabhuji, to Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh) for divine Ganga Aarti. During the beautiful lighting ceremony, Pujya Swamiji led the Hon’ble Minister in a symbolic bhoomi poojan and shila poojan ceremony, sacred worship and honouring the earth and the bricks, for the planned Rishikesh Bio-Toilet structure. The Hon’ble Minister commended and lauded Pujya Swamiji’s tireless efforts to bring interfaith leaders together to support the Swachh Bharat mission through GIWA’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene initiative. Within the coming days they planned to join and serve...

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Apr 01 2015

Kathakar and Religious Social Responsibility: Pledge for WASH

Pujya Swamiji recently graced a huge Shreemad Bhagawad Katha by Pujya Rameshbhai Ozaji (Bhaishriji) in the Gandhi Maidan, which is situated at the very heart and centre of Bihar’s capital, Patna. During the event, Pujya Swamiji emphasized how the true completion of the katha only happens when we leave the nearby premises clean and green. He inspired thousands of participants and especially called upon the organizers of the event to carry out a thorough clean-up, ensuring that there was not a single piece of trash left from the event. Pujya...

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Mar 31 2015

Pujya Swamiji Meets with Hon’ble Minister of State for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises

Pujya Swamiji met with Hon’ble Shri Giriraj Singhji, the Minister of State for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME), Government of India, formally a minister in the Government of Bihar, in Delhi today. Pujya Swamiji spoke to him about His recent visit to Bihar and the great potential and responsibility that the states through which the National Ganga River passes through have in preserving and conserving their sacred and finite water resources. He also spoke to him about His vision and plans of developing Green Corridors, along both sides of...

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Mar 28 2015

National Editors Meet for Global Interfaith WASH Alliance

A National Meeting to inspire editors and eminent journalists from all across India to prioritize and raise awareness on Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan (Clean India Mission) and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) was held in Delhi on the 28th March, organized by UNICEF, Global Interfaith WASH Alliance and Samyak Foundation. Tragic statistics on how critical and dire the sanitation situation is in India were shared. Emphasis was laid on how India leads the world in the number of people who lack access to adequate sanitation facilities. India, sadly, also leads the world...

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Mar 22 2015

World Water Day 2015

Uplift, Unify the Shift Network and Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) came together for a World Water Day celebration at Parmarth Niketan Ashram (Rishikesh, India) that started with a beautiful live Ganga Aarti ceremony on the banks of Ganga on the 22nd March and then connected over 300 locations all over the world to celebrating, honouring and loving water with a sacred yagna/havan and Water Blessing Ceremony webcast live on the 23rd morning at sunrise. Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji gave a beautiful introduction to the celebrations by sharing, “Today, is a beautiful...

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Mar 21 2015

Temples to Toilets Message: 1st Day of Navratri

Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji celebrated the first day of the sacred Chaitra Navratri at the gorgeous Chandrabadni Dham, a sacred pilgrimage place, one of the three Shaktipeeth’s in the Himalayan state, located just 37 kms from Devprayag, near the holy sangam (confluence) of Bhagirathi and Alakananda to form the River Ganga. They were invited and warmly welcomed by Hon’ble Shri Mantri Prasad Naithaniji, Minister of Education and Drinking Water, Government of Uttarakhand, as the Chief Guests for the official inauguration of the nine day festival held every year in honour...

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Mar 17 2015

GIWA and World Toilet Organization Come Together

Pujya Swamiji inspired the beautiful union of GIWA with World Toilet Organization (WTO). Mr. Jack Sim, the dynamic and dedicated Founder of WTO, visited Parmarth Niketan recently and the two organizations signed an MoU and will be coming together to serve for bringing improved Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for all. Previously, Mr. Jack Sim met with Pujya Swamiji at the World Toilet Summit earlier this year and they had an immediate connect with their collective passion to improve sanitation for people all across India and around the world. Now, GIWA and...

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Mar 01 2015

Inauguration of the 16th Annual International Yoga Festival 2015

Today, the 16th annual world famous International Yoga Festival at Parmarth Niketan ashram began. Since 1999, Parmarth Niketan has been hosting this world renowned event which has grown to international acclaim and which grows in size year after year. Yogacharyas, teachers, students and seekers come from every corner of the globe to participate in this program. This year there are approximately 1000 participants from more than 55 countries. There are classes from 4:00 am until 9:30 pm with more than 60 revered saints, yogacharyas, presenters and experts from nearly 20...

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