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This Year, Ganesha is Lord of the Apps, Too
Posted on 2014/8/29 18:50:02 ( 166 reads )

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MUMBAI, INDIA, August 27, 2014 (Times of India): A trip to the neighborhood Ganpati mandal used to be a daily affair for Rajesh Pai and his family when they were living in central Mumbai. Since the family moved to Mira Road, the annual trek to see Khetwadi's tall Ganpati statues grew difficult, till Pai discovered a mobile app.

As crowd management becomes tougher, some of the older mandals are trying to play catch up using technology. Mumbaicha Raja Android app from the Ganesh Galli mandal will be launched on Friday while Lalbaugcharaja-Official app, which was released last year and has more than 5,000 downloads, will soon have its iOS version. Khetwadicha Ganraj from Grant Road, which also has more than 5,000 downloads, is being updated with live telecast in high-definition video. All of them are free.

"Young people use their phones to watch everything. Features like live darshan are also meant for those living abroad or who are going out of Mumbai during the festival," says Bharat Bhujbal, member, Lalbaug Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal. Khetwadi's 12th Lane Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal thought of a smart app as many people, especially senior citizens, are unable to visit the crowded pandals, says committee member Ganesh Mathur.

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India Celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi
Posted on 2014/8/29 18:49:56 ( 174 reads )

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INDIA, August 29, 2014 (Indian Express): "Source" above is a colorful slideshow of India celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi. As well as the traditional use of clay, Ganesha statues are created out of shells, grains, snow and even a fabulous sand sculpture.

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Hindus Asked to Support California Bill to Improve Textbook Content
Posted on 2014/8/29 18:49:50 ( 165 reads )

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WASHINGTON, D.C., August 29, 2014 (Press Release): The Hindu American Foundation is working with a broad coalition of more than 100 organizations, educators and government leaders to change the face of History-Social Studies Standards in the State of California.

Along with our coalition partners, HAF is working to pass California Senate Bill (SB) 1057 -- Pupil Curriculum: History-Social Science Content Standards, a bill to update California's K-12 History-Social Science Content Standards. These Standards form the foundation of school textbooks and define what must be taught in classrooms. They have not been updated in nearly two decades and are based on outdated material from 1987. Put into effect, it will help create textbook content that portrays all groups fairly and accurately, and protects children from being bullied based on their heritage or background.

Authored by State Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett, SB 1057 passed both chambers of the State Legislature with widespread bipartisan support and is now awaiting the governor's signature.

Click on "source" above for how you can help with this final step.

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Daily Inspiration
Posted on 2014/8/29 18:49:43 ( 172 reads )

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Learn to be happy alone. If we do not enjoy our own company, why inflict it on others?
-- Swami Chinmayananda (1916-1993), founder of Chinmaya Mission

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Sugar Factory Starts to Build Ganesha Temple, Immediately Uncovers 12th Century Ganesha Statue During Foundation Work
Posted on 2014/8/28 17:50:10 ( 296 reads )

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VIJAYAWADA, ANDDHRA PRADESH, August 28, 2014 (The Hindu): As the city is gearing up for the colorful Vinayaka Chavithi festival from Friday, celebrations have begun well in advance on the premises of KCP Sugars and Industries Limited at Laxmipuram on the suburbs of Vijayawada with the discovery of an ancient Ganesh statue during digging works for construction of a temple.

As part of its plans to build Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi temple, the factory management started works at north-east corner using an earthmover. While the earthmover operator was digging, he heard a sound and stopped operating the machine for a while. A few minutes later, he resumed the work only to find a stone structure. When the operator slowly removed the soil, he found a three-foot high Ganesh statue in a sitting posture, said CEO G. Venkateswara Rao.

"We immediately alerted Department of Archaeology and Museums officials who rushed to the premises and examined the statue. We have been planning to construct Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi temple for the last three years but when we commenced the works, we found a Ganesh statue. It's really a blessing from the God," he said. The company has decided to conduct Ganesh festival celebrations on a grand note this time and after completion of the festivities, the construction work will begin.

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