Prime minister narendra modi visited one of his gurus, Swami Dayanand Giri, at the Swami Dayananda Saraswati ashram in Rishikesh, September 11. the ashram has more than 100 centres in India with major centres in Rishikesh, coimbatore and nagpur. ‘modiji came in at 4 pm and left after 36 minutes, during which he had a good chat with Pujya Swamiji,’ Swami atmatriptananda wrote after the prime minister’s visit, ‘with Swamiji agreeing to take medication & treatment. modiji say he would bring Power & education to the remotest corner of India.’
vaccine billionaire cyrus Poonawalla paid the United States government around Rs 7.5 billion ($113 million) for this seaside mansion, which was used as the US consulate in mumbai from 1957. the purchase of lincoln house, as the US consulate building was called, is the most expensive ever resi- dential purchase in India. Raj Kumar vaishya, 96, has enrolled in the Patna-based nalanda open University to pursue his dream, a mas- ter’s degree in economics. “I don’t want to get a degree, but to study economics,” says vaishya, who retired in 1980 from a mica manufac- turing factory in Koderma, present day Jharkhand. “I want to understand why china suddenly devalued its cur- rency, how to provide relief to people from rising prices and why my country has failed to solve the problems of poverty and joblessness.” last month Prime minister narendra modi promised Bihar a special pack- age of Rs 125 trillion (about $20 bil- lion), but mr vaishya says he does not where the money will come from. mr vaishya lives with his retired pro- fessor son and retired professor daughter-in-law in Patna’s Rajendra nagar area. “my son will teach me math and statistics, my daughter-in- law is providing other help.” nalanda open University Registrar S P Sinha sent a team to mr vaishya’s home to enrol him in its ma program. ” We provided him study material in hindi, but he wanted study material and books in english which we will provide him soon,” Sinha said, salut- ing mr vaishya’s zeal and for becom- ing an inspirational figure.
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nine years after serial bomb blasts on mumbai suburban trains killed 189 people and maimed hundreds of others, a special court convicted 12 accused, all allegedly with links to the outlawed Students Islamic movement of India. During the trial that ran for eight years, the prosecution examined 192 witnesses. the defence lawyers examined 51 witnesses. one person was called as a court witness. the case took a twist when the defence lawyer sought to summon Indian mujahideen co-founder Sadiq Sheikh as a defence witness after he told the police in 2008 that Indian mujahideen members were responsible for all the blasts that had occurred in India since 2005 including the July 11, 2006 train blasts. the court then allowed the defence to examine Sheikh as a defence witness. ‘to start with it was a blind case,’ former mumbai police commissioner a n Roy said after the verdict. ‘We had no clue. I am satisfied with the verdict. out of the 13 accused who were tried, 12 have been convicted while one is acquitted.’ ReDIFF.com