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Ashadi Ekadashi, also known as Devshayani Ekadashi or Padma Ekadashi, is a deeply significant day for Hindus, observed on the eleventh day (Ekadashi) of the waxing fortnight (Shukla Paksha) in the Hindu lunar month of Ashadha (June-July). This year, Ashadi Ekadashi will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 17, 2024.

What is Ashadi Ekadashi?

Ashadi Ekadashi heralds the beginning of Chaturmas, a four-month period during which Lord Vishnu is believed to enter a deep, meditative sleep known as Yog Nidra. During this time, Hindus refrain from undertaking major life events such as weddings, adhering to strict religious observances.

Fasting and Celebration

On Ashadi Ekadashi, devotees of Lord Vishnu engage in a rigorous fast, abstaining from grains, certain vegetables, and other specific foods. The day is dedicated to prayer, meditation, and performing puja (worship rituals), seeking Lord Vishnu’s blessings. The fast is traditionally concluded the next day, on Dwadashi Tithi, during a specific Parana time, which varies by location.

Significance of Ashadi Ekadashi

Ashadi Ekadashi is imbued with profound spiritual significance. Observing the fast is believed to bestow good health, wealth, prosperity, and ultimately, Moksha (liberation). Devotees seek the divine blessings of Lord Vishnu, aiming for a life filled with happiness and prosperity.

The Vrat Katha (Fasting Story)

Hindu mythology recounts that a king once faced a devastating drought that brought great suffering to his kingdom. A wise sage advised the king to observe Ashadi Ekadashi with sincere devotion. Following this guidance, the king diligently fasted and prayed to Lord Vishnu. Pleased with the king’s devotion, Lord Vishnu blessed the kingdom with abundant rains, restoring prosperity and joy.

Ashadi Ekadashi in 2024

  • Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2024
  • Parana Time (Fast Breaking Time): To be determined (Varies based on location; consult your local Panchang for specific timings)
  • Significance: Marks the start of Chaturmas, a period of religious observances. Fasting is believed to bring Lord Vishnu’s blessings.

Ashadi Ekadashi is a revered day for millions of Hindus around the world. Through fasting and adherence to tradition, devotees seek the divine blessings of Lord Vishnu, ensuring a life of happiness, health, and prosperity. This observance underscores the importance of spiritual discipline and devotion in Hindu life.

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Companies now require expertise in sustainability and ESG reporting as well: Prof. Ganesh Channa

Prof. Ganesh Channa, President of the World Environment Council, has a proven track record of environmental action. He’s a visionary leader dedicated to building a sustainable future for our planet. His organization spearheads environmental initiatives across the globe, from planting over a million trees to collaborating with governments on policy changes. In this interview, Prof. Channa shares his insights on how we can all contribute to a greener tomorrow.

Team Reblue: Hi Ganesh Sir, thank you for interviewing with us. So, as you are president of the World Environment Council, to start with, we would like to know what is the objective of the organisation and how long it has been running.

Prof. Ganesh Channa: Yes, it all started in 2019.

We began with the intention of taking on a single project. During that time, I discussed the idea with colleagues and friends. We decided to focus on environmental issues because we felt a strong connection to nature, something I’ve felt since childhood. That’s why we decided to establish a large organization to work on these issues.

Our organization started in Delhi and Solapur. We officially began operations in 2021, but we’ve been working on this platform for the past five to six years.

Currently, we have volunteers and official members in over 120 countries. We function as a non-profit organization.

Our vision is to create a sustainable future and promote social, economic, and environmental well-being in communities around the world.

Our mission is to work together, like stewards of our planet, to create a cleaner, safer, and more eco-friendly world by improving local environmental quality. This is the core of our vision and mission.

Team Reblue: Given your presence in over 120 countries, a pretty large footprint, can you elaborate on how you collaborate with your members? Do you primarily work with governments, businesses, or other entities to achieve your vision of a sustainable future?

Prof. Ganesh Channa: Basically, my idea was to work globally. So, we decided to undertake some projects and connect with those working on environmental issues, like this one. We’d promote it using a major social media platform to maximize benefits. Think Facebook or LinkedIn – these platforms are ideal.

Through these platforms, we can achieve our goals. We can connect with people worldwide, and some might even join us as official members. Others might volunteer their time and effort.

This year, we initiated a few environmental projects. This one, for example, is our first.

This is now our fourth year! We’ve actually planted over 10,00,000 trees across India with our volunteers and supporters.

Essentially, this is an ongoing mission. We plant trees in various locations, ensuring we have the proper information and record everything with evidence. This year, we will implement different projects and activities.

We’ve actually planted over 10,00,000 trees across India with our volunteers and supporters.

Essentially, this is an ongoing mission. We plant trees in various locations, ensuring we have the proper information and record everything with evidence

Team Reblue: What are the participation opportunities for members, and how can members from different countries actively participate?

Prof. Ganesh Channa: Yes, webinars and conferences are possibilities. We can definitely plan these. We’d provide all the information, including banners and other materials. Organizations could then implement the content based on their needs.

The challenge is that we can’t be physically present everywhere.

That’s why we want to connect with everyone. Organizations can connect with us, and we’ll share information about our projects, including those we plan to implement this year. This information will be sent via email and social media to those who connect with us. Organizations can then begin projects using both our banner and their own.

Team Reblue: Given that the company secretary and chartered accountants will likely be involved in sustainability reporting and regulatory matters, how, in your experience, can they contribute to a company’s sustainability goals? In other words, what specific roles can chartered accountants and company secretaries play across various organizations?

Prof. Ganesh Channa: Absolutely. However, there are already existing guidelines like ACD or ACB. These guidelines are used for various reports, including medical reporting, environmental, social, and sustainability (ESD) reporting. All of these reports are typically prepared based on these frameworks.

Accountants can get involved through social audits. There’s a separate platform for them to register and work as social auditors.

Company secretaries are also involved in similar ways.

Finally, we launched our own ESG reporting course last month, including modules on both ESG auditing and ESD reporting. The curriculum, content, and syllabus were all developed by us, along with selecting qualified trainers.

This was a successful pilot batch – a five-day online ESG Sustainability reporting course that recently concluded. We’re operating through an online model, and this batch had students from Arab countries and France, demonstrating successful execution on our own platform.

The demand for qualified professionals goes beyond social auditing. Companies now require expertise in sustainability and ESG reporting as well. There’s a high demand and many recruitment opportunities in these areas, including UNC reporting and sustainability reporting more broadly.

Team Reblue: Are the company secretary and chartered accountant primarily responsible for auditing the sustainability report? Additionally, must the report comply with the specific region’s reporting standards?

 Prof. Ganesh Channa: Yes sir. The issue is that there’s a shortage of qualified social auditors. This is a significant requirement globally and in India, as companies often lack experienced and qualified personnel in this area. Currently, across India, there are only around 500 social auditors.

However, the demand for qualified professionals goes beyond social auditing. Companies now require expertise in sustainability and ESG reporting as well. There’s a high demand and many recruitment opportunities in these areas, including UNC reporting and sustainability reporting more broadly.

Team Reblue: When you mention social audits, do they focus solely on the social aspect of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) within a company’s sustainability strategy and performance? Or does a social audit encompass all three pillars of ESG?

Prof. Ganesh Channa: Yes, ESG is a vast subject, and there aren’t necessarily specialists in every single aspect. This is because countries implement frameworks based on their specific needs. There are various frameworks available, such as GRI (Global Reporting Initiative), SASB (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board), and TCFD (Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures).

An experienced ESG auditor might also be an expert in ESG reporting. Our course focuses heavily on the practical aspects of ESG reporting. This is crucial because real-world applications involve following industry-specific government norms and guidelines. Since readily available information might be limited, we use case studies and practical exercises to help students, as well as those enrolled in our ESG reporting course, understand the process.

Team Reblue: In your opinion, what are the primary factors driving organizations to adopt sustainability initiatives? Are regulations the main reason, or are there other significant motivators?  

Prof. Ganesh Channa: Yes, there are many organizations like KV and others working on sustainability implementation. However, our focus is different. While some organizations focus on specific areas or sectors, we work across various areas, making our approach versatile. This means we can cater to a wider range of needs.

Additionally, unlike some organizations that operate solely at the corporate or industry level, we work from the ground level up to the corporate level. We even collaborate with the government on sustainability initiatives.

So yes, that’s what makes our approach unique.

Team Reblue: Building on your experience, what are the key drivers for companies to enter the sustainability space and implement related initiatives? Are government regulations the primary motivator, or are there other significant factors you’ve observed in the industry?

Prof. Ganesh Channa: There are already government regulations regarding ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) and sustainability. These rules apply to both large corporations and smaller companies. As a result, companies need to provide some level of sustainability reporting.

The government doesn’t necessarily need to directly train candidates. They set the requirements, and based on those, organizations develop curriculums, train candidates, and potentially recruit them for government agencies and sectors.

Additionally, there are SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India) guidelines. This year, SEBI is likely mandating sustainability audits and unspecified reporting (UC) for over 2000 companies.

Team Reblue: Earlier you mentioned emerging trends and technologies impacting sustainability. In your experience, which of these trends and technologies do you see as most beneficial for companies on their sustainability journey?

Prof. Ganesh Channa: Yes, it really depends on the company’s needs. There are many existing technologies that can be applied to sustainability reporting and auditing. However, companies may struggle to implement them effectively.

This is why some companies establish their own technology for sustainability reporting. These technologies allow companies to input data, generate reports, and streamline the entire process. While physical boards may still be used, technology offers significant benefits.

Furthermore, technology can save the environment. When industries implement specific technologies following relevant guidance, it becomes easier to track their operations and ensure they align with sustainability and ESG goals. Software plays a key role in facilitating this process.

Team Reblue: Regulations related to sustainability are constantly evolving, with new frameworks emerging and older ones potentially becoming obsolete (like the possible duplication of TCFD after COP28 in Dubai). This can be a challenge for companies. How are companies you work with balancing the need to comply with these evolving standards while also making progress on core sustainability initiatives like reducing electricity consumption?  

Prof. Ganesh Channa: There are indeed many frameworks available, but their applicability depends on the specific context. Since India is a vast country with a large population, it may require different criteria and frameworks compared to smaller nations.

Frameworks like GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) and SASB (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board) serve as general guidelines. However, the government continuously updates its rules and regulations based on evolving needs.

For instance, the Environment Protection Act was originally enacted in 1986 but was subsequently updated in 2020. These guidelines provide a common framework for India and potentially other countries as well.

The Environment Protection Act (1986) outlines initial sector-specific requirements, including how to prepare projects, reports, and specific writing formats. Over time, these requirements are updated within the Act.

Therefore, there isn’t a single, specific set of criteria. Instead, a common framework is often used as a starting point.

Many people understand ESG is a broad topic, but lack in-depth knowledge. Organizations often hold webinars and conferences, but the information might not be comprehensive.

Team Reblue: There is a huge gap between the availability of people who understand sustainability and the demand for them in industry. What is the best way to bridge this gap? Many industries, including manufacturing, finance, and others, will require personnel with sustainability expertise. What initiatives are governments and industries taking to address this growing demand?

Prof. Ganesh Channa: Many people understand ESG is a broad topic, but lack in-depth knowledge. Organizations often hold webinars and conferences, but the information might not be comprehensive.

The World Environment Council follows government and UNSDG (Sustainable Development Goals) guidelines. We recently participated in the Ocean Conference in Portugal, and based on learnings there, we’re developing legal frameworks for upper ocean protection. We also submitted water protection guidelines to the Indian government.

Additionally, we offer ESG reporting training. Recognizing students coming from diverse fields like nuclear, finance, manufacturing, etc., we developed a practical ESG toolkit for students. This toolkit covers various sectors, including firecrackers, food processing, footwear, and more. It’s designed to be user-friendly and guide students through practical applications of ESG principles.

Our initiative aims to bridge the knowledge and practical skill gap regarding ESG. Many people confuse ESG with GST (Goods and Services Tax). We leverage technology (Microsoft Excel) to create a user-friendly tool where users can simply input their sector, and the tool provides relevant guidelines and reporting procedures.

This is just one of the initiatives undertaken by the World Environment Council to enhance ESG understanding.

Team Reblue: Our discussion covered existing Indian environmental laws. However, are there any potential gaps in the current legal framework that might necessitate new legislation in the near future? Additionally, what specific legal initiatives do you think would be most beneficial in enhancing India’s sustainability efforts?

Prof. Ganesh Channa: Yes, it depends on the government. The Ministry of Environment plays a crucial role, and they do update environmental laws periodically based on evolving needs. However, it’s important to remember that effective implementation relies on both government action and public cooperation.

Additionally, many countries have their own Environmental Protection Acts, which guide their environmental regulations.

AI can be used to analyze vast amounts of data related to a company’s environmental impact, social responsibility, and governance practices. This data analysis can then be used to generate comprehensive and accurate ESG reports, which are essential for financial stakeholders.

Team Reblue: Given our focus on technology and software development, do you have any specific recommendations for companies like our own – Reblue Ventures? What types of software solutions do you see as most beneficial for the sustainability efforts of various industries?

Prof. Ganesh Channa: Yes, there are definitely possibilities for companies like yours. ESG reporting is becoming increasingly important, and AI technology can be a valuable tool in this area.

For instance, AI can be used to analyze vast amounts of data related to a company’s environmental impact, social responsibility, and governance practices. This data analysis can then be used to generate comprehensive and accurate ESG reports, which are essential for financial stakeholders.

So, exploring the use of AI for ESG reporting could be a good direction for your company.

Team Reblue: Awesome. Thank you for doing this interview and sharing your insights with us! We’re sure our readers will get a lot of value from this. 

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Pune : On behalf of the Central Bureau of Communications under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Pune Municipal Corporation and IMERT College run by Marathwada Mitra Mandal, a tree plantation and cleanliness drive was carried out today at IMERT Mahavidlaya in Karve Nagar on the occasion of World Environment Day. The program was also supported by Nehru Yuva Kendra, Kaveri International School and Worship Earth Foundation.

On this occasion, Pune Municipal Corporation Deputy Commissioner Sanjay Shinde, Assistant Commissioner Vijay Naikal, Assistant Health Officer Dr. Ketaki Ghatge, Senior Police Inspector Manoj Shedge, Youth Officer of Nehru Youth Center Ashish Shete, Director of IMERT College Dr. Shubhangi Ramaswamy, Amrapali Chavan, Co-Founder of Worship Earth Foundation, Gautami Pandey, Coordinator of Kaveri International School, Harshal Akude, Publicity Officer of Central Communications Bureau, etc. were present.

The program started by planting trees in the college premises by dignitaries. After this, the present dignitaries of the college, teachers, non-teaching staff, students and citizens of the area conducted a cleanliness campaign in the entire area. In the next session, the students of Kaveri International School presented a song on environmental awareness.

While guiding the audience on this occasion, Pune Municipal Deputy Commissioner Sanjay Shinde said that protecting the environment is not the responsibility of any one person but everyone has to contribute to it. We can help maintain the balance of the environment by doing small things like avoiding the use of plastic, using water sparingly, maintaining cleanliness, separating wet and dry waste.

IMERT College Principal Shubhangi Ramaswamy said that since 1973, the United Nations has taken the initiative to celebrate Environment Day on June 5. But if we think about it, every person can celebrate every day of the year for the environment. For that we can resolve to do any one environment friendly action every day.

At the end of the event, all the attendees took a pledge to protect the environment and maintain cleanliness. The program was coordinated by Prof. Aparna Shastri did, while thanks to Publicity Assistant P. Fanikumar.

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Today, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is hosting a grand public rally in Sangli, Maharashtra, as part of BJP candidate Sanjay Kaka Patil’s election campaign. The event is scheduled to take place at 5:00 PM on the grounds of Chintamani College on Miraj Road. This high-profile rally, organized by Yogi Adityanath, aims to bolster support for the BJP candidate and rally party workers ahead of the upcoming elections.

Preparations for the event are in full swing, with elaborate arrangements being made at Chintamani College grounds to accommodate thousands of supporters. A grand stage has been erected for Yogi Adityanath’s address, surrounded by tight security measures to ensure a smooth and orderly event.

Yogi Adityanath, known as both the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and a star campaigner for the BJP, is expected to deliver a powerful speech addressing the gathered crowd. His presence at the rally is anticipated to energize party supporters and galvanize momentum for Sanjay Kaka Patil’s campaign in Solapur.

The significance of Yogi Adityanath’s participation in the campaign underscores the BJP’s concerted efforts to secure victory in Maharashtra. As a prominent leader within the party, Yogi Adityanath’s endorsement carries considerable weight and is likely to sway undecided voters in favor of the BJP candidate.

With the rally scheduled for 5:00 PM, Yogi Adityanath’s arrival at Chintamani College grounds will be met with eager anticipation from supporters and party workers alike. His address is expected to resonate with the audience, emphasizing the BJP’s vision for Solapur and Maharashtra as a whole.

As the election campaign heats up in Maharashtra, Yogi Adityanath’s presence in Solapur signifies the BJP’s commitment to securing victory in the upcoming polls. With the support of a dynamic leader like Yogi Adityanath, Sanjay Kaka Patil and the BJP are poised to make significant strides towards their electoral goals in the region.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a whirlwind tour of Maharashtra, orchestrating a series of six rallies in just two days. This intensive campaign blitz aims to invigorate the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) electoral prospects in the state ahead of crucial polls.

PM Modi’s itinerary underscores the BJP’s concerted efforts to galvanize support and consolidate its position in Maharashtra’s political landscape. With each rally strategically located to maximize impact, the Prime Minister’s presence serves to energize party cadres and rally grassroots support.

The PM’s engagements span a diverse array of constituencies, ranging from urban centers to rural heartlands, signaling the BJP’s inclusive approach to garnering electoral backing. By addressing a broad spectrum of issues pertinent to Maharashtra’s populace, PM Modi seeks to resonate with voters across demographics and socio-economic strata.

Simultaneously, PM Modi’s rally blitz underscores the BJP’s organizational prowess and campaigning machinery, leveraging the party’s formidable infrastructure to orchestrate a high-octane electoral offensive. This proactive approach reflects the BJP’s determination to secure electoral victories and advance its political agenda in Maharashtra.

Amidst the political fervor, Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s arrival in Beijing garners attention, signaling significant developments in the tech world. Musk’s visit to China, following the postponement of his India trip, underscores Tesla’s strategic priorities and global ambitions.

According to reports, Musk’s discussions in China revolve around Tesla’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) technology, highlighting the company’s efforts to expand its innovative offerings into new markets. Tesla’s endeavors to navigate regulatory challenges and enhance cybersecurity measures underscore its commitment to technological advancement and market penetration.

Moreover, Tesla’s recent restructuring efforts, including significant job cuts and executive departures, underscore the company’s drive to streamline operations and address challenges. Despite headwinds, Tesla’s initiatives, such as price reductions and plans to launch lower-cost electric vehicles, underscore its resilience and adaptability in a competitive landscape.

As PM Modi’s rally blitz reverberates across Maharashtra and Elon Musk’s strategic engagements unfold in China, both events underscore the dynamic interplay between politics and technology, shaping narratives and influencing outcomes on the global stage.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stone for multiple development projects in Solapur, Maharashtra, emphasizing his government’s commitment to the welfare of underprivileged families. Speaking at the event, he highlighted the significant achievements, including providing 4 crore pucca houses and 10 crore toilets, benefiting millions of families.

During the ceremony, PM Modi announced the extension of the PM Garib Kalyan Yojana for the next five years, underscoring the government’s dedication to uplifting the impoverished. He celebrated the completion of 90,000 houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Urban and 15,000 houses in the Raynagar Housing Society in Solapur. The beneficiaries include handloom workers, vendors, power loom workers, rag pickers, bidi workers, and drivers.

Taking a swipe at the opposition, PM Modi noted that past governments merely propagated slogans of ‘Gareebi Hatao’ (remove poverty) without tangible results. He emphasized the transparency his government brought, ensuring that benefits reach the intended recipients.

Additionally, PM Modi laid the foundation stone for 8 projects of the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) valued at around 2,000 crores rupees. The projects aim to enhance urban infrastructure and rejuvenate cities.

The Prime Minister also initiated the distribution of the 1st and 2nd installments to 10,000 beneficiaries of PM-SVANIDHI in the state, further empowering small business owners.

Governor of Maharashtra, Ramesh Bais, Chief Minister of Maharashtra Eknath Shinde, Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadanvis, and Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar were present during the event.

Later in the day, PM Modi is set to visit Karnataka, where he will inaugurate the Boeing India Engineering and Technology Centre in Bengaluru. This 43-acre campus, built with an investment of 1,600 crores rupees, will play a vital role in developing next-generation products and services for the global aerospace and defense industry.

The Prime Minister’s three-day itinerary also includes a visit to Tamil Nadu, where he will be the Chief Guest at the opening ceremony of the 6th Khelo India Youth Games 2023 in Chennai. Additionally, he will launch and lay the foundation stone for projects worth 250 Crore rupees in the broadcasting sector, reinforcing the government’s focus on media development.

As part of his visit to Tamil Nadu, PM Modi plans to visit various temples, rounding off a comprehensive tour with a mix of infrastructure inaugurations and cultural engagements.

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New Delhi: Lord Rama’s consecration program will be organized in Ayodhya on 22 January. For this, major preparations are going on across the country. In Solapur district of Maharashtra also a unique initiative ‘Weaving threads for Lord Shri Ram’ from 8 am to 8 pm daily for Ram devotees from 5 January to 12 January 2024 from the concept of Shri Panchmukhi Hanuman Devasthanam and Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari Solapur Its going on.

The head of this program Shri. Ambadas Nakka ji said that under this initiative, every Ram devotee is getting the service and opportunity to weave two threads on a handloom. As soon as the woven cloth will be offered at the feet of Lord Shri Ram, many Ram devotees in Solapur are seen weaving this cloth with enthusiasm and devotion. To weave this garment, Solapurkar is seen gathering a huge crowd at Shri Panchmukhi Hanuman Devasthanam from 8 am in the morning.

Shri. Satyanarayan Gurram ji said that the Mangal Akshat Kalash from Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Ramchandra, has been made available for the darshan of the devotees for the last fifteen days. A grand procession of Mangal Akshat Kalash was taken out in the temple premises. Just as we invite guests from door to door on auspicious occasions in our house, similarly Suvasini and Ram devotees wish them a joyous festival of Deepotsav on that day by applying Haldi Kunku along with Mangala Akshat, Lord Shri Ram Murti Pranapratishthapana Invitation Card with temple replica. Are invited to celebrate.

Pro. Ganesh Channa ji said that many Ram devotees of Solapur are seen weaving this cloth with enthusiasm and devotion and are saying that they too are getting the opportunity to serve and worship Lord Shri Ram.

Shri. Pandit Birajdar ji told that today at 6 pm on Sunday, Ram devotees have organized a program of worship of clothes woven on handloom at Panchmukhi Hanuman Devasthan.

On this occasion, correspondent of The Parliament News Shrikant Gote, Shri. Vikramsingh Byas and Vinil Kongari and all the Ram devotees were present.

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President Droupadi Murmu emphasized the invaluable gift of Yoga to the world during her inauguration speech at the national conference on the integration of Yoga in the School Education System. The event, organized by Kaivalyadhama as part of its centenary year celebrations, took place in Lonavala, Maharashtra.

The President highlighted the global celebration of Yoga Day since 2015, emphasizing its holistic approach to health and well-being, as recognized by a United Nations General Assembly resolution. She underlined the significance of Indian knowledge tradition in the National Education Policy 2020, aiming to introduce the benefits of Yoga to the younger generation.

President Murmu emphasized Yoga’s role in the overall development of an individual, addressing physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects. She praised Swami Kuvalayananda for promoting the scientific approach and utility of the Yoga system in the 20th century, particularly in schools. The President expressed confidence that Kaivalya Vidya Niketan, a school run by Kaivalyadhama Sansthan, would serve as an example for other schools, maintaining the effective fusion of Yoga tradition and science.

Founded in 1924 by Swami Kuvalayananda, Kaivalyadhama is one of the oldest and pioneering yoga institutes globally, following the principles and philosophy of Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga. Notably, Kaivalyadhama has been proactive in conducting scientific research to demonstrate the benefits and uses of Yoga.

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New Delhi: The “Women for Water, Water for Women” initiative, a groundbreaking project conducted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) in collaboration with the National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM) and the Odisha Urban Academy, concluded with remarkable success on its third day, November 9, 2023. This transformative campaign, conducted under the flagship program Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), was aimed at promoting women’s active involvement in water governance.

Spanning three days, the campaign witnessed the enthusiastic participation of more than 14,000 women from various regions of the country (excluding poll-bound States), who actively embraced “Jal Diwali.” Throughout the campaign, these empowered women embarked on visits to over 530 Water Treatment Plants (WTPs) across the nation, gaining invaluable firsthand insights into the intricate processes involved in delivering clean and safe drinking water to households.

State officials extended a warm welcome to the Self-Help Group (SHG) women, recognizing their pivotal role in the campaign’s resounding success. Field visit kits, containing essential items such as training manuals, water bottles, sippers, eco-friendly bags, and badges, were generously provided to all participants.

During the course of the campaign, women delved deeper into the realm of water infrastructure, receiving expert guidance on water quality testing protocols, and actively conducting these tests themselves. This newfound knowledge equips them to ensure the highest standards of water purity for their communities, reflecting a profound sense of ownership and responsibility toward water infrastructure.

The core focus areas of “Jal Diwali” encompassed acquainting and educating women about the extensive impact of the AMRUT scheme, providing comprehensive exposure to Water Treatment Plants, and fostering inclusivity through souvenirs and articles crafted by Women Self-Help Groups (SHGs). Additionally, participants pledged their commitment to conserving and responsibly utilizing water resources, a crucial step toward sustainable water management.

The combined endeavors of SHGs and State officials hailing from 29 States/Union Territories represent a significant leap toward inclusivity and women’s empowerment in the vital realm of water infrastructure.

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Development for rural Maharashtra

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarkable initiative – 511 Pramod Mahajan Grameen Kaushalya Vikas Kendras. These centers are designed to empower and uplift the rural populace, will see the light of day as PM Modi inaugurates them via video conferencing.

Fostering Skill Growth in Every Corner

These centers are strategically distributed across 34 rural districts, composed to become centers of skill development. Their mission? To provide training programs that span a diverse array of sectors, equipping the rural youth with skills that can pave the way for promising employment opportunities. The heartening aspect is that each center will nurture around 100 aspiring youngsters, steering them through at least two vocational courses.

Partnerships for Progress

The training taught at these centers is a result of partnerships with industry experts and agencies collaborating under the National Skill Development Council. This dynamic interaction promises to be the driving force behind this rural skill development revolution.

Building Competence and Confidence

The inauguration of these centers is not just any mere event; it’s a substantial stride toward crafting a more competent and confident workforce. By honing skills and developing talent at the base level, these centers have the potential to reshape the very landscape of rural Maharashtra. It’s a symbol of hope, illustrating how skills, when sown in the right soil, can yield plentiful opportunities.

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