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A note on the Iran earthquake of April 9, 2013

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A note on the Iran earthquake of April 9, 2013

Sibal launches anti-ragging portal

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Sibal launches anti-ragging portal

New Delhi, July 27, 2012: Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal Thursday launched a round-the-clock anti-ragging website and helpline for reporting cases of ragging. The portal has been created by the Aman Satya Kachroo Trust, under Rajendra Kachroo whose son Aman was ragged to death by four of his seniors in a medical college in Himachal Pradesh.

“The Supreme Court gave order in 2009 that we should create an anti-ragging portal. Ragging is a crime which destroys a student’s confidence and even forces them to commit suicide,” Sibal said after launching the portal. Kachroo, meanwhile, expressed confidence that the new portal will ensure a response to the complaints lodged by students within half an hour.

“We will respond to the complaints in half an hour. The college principals and authorities will be contacted immediately. If they are not reachable or do not respond appropriately, the local police will be contacted,” Kachroo said. The complaints can be lodged at helpline number 18001805522, or on websites, One can also get the anti-ragging affidavits through email registering on the website and keep a track about the progress of their complaints.

Explaining the functioning of the portal, University Grants Commission’s acting chairman Ved Prakash said: “The complaints would be examined. If they are of serious magnitude, they would be transferred immediately to the police, the magistrate and head of the institution”. Kachroo added that the details of every development since registering the complaint will be taken in account and a file will be made to follow up every case.

“There are nearly 40,000 colleges across the country… we will create a database of all colleges,” he said.

e Nidhi SREE Nidhi – Christmas and New Year Gifts getting ready for children

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e Nidhi SREE Nidhi – Christmas and New Year Gifts getting ready for children

It’s Friday, and time to open the cloth packets I received from my friends and colleagues to be gifted to the children of e Nidhi SREE Nidhi Programme. I am thrilled, excellent materials; some of them included even brand new clothes and intellectual toys too for complementing my efforts. Tears rolled when I saw those new ones. A friend has offered as many ream of new clothes for their uniforms. God, you have been merciful and kind to support our thoughts and initiatives. My duty is simple now, to iron them once more, roll them neatly and include them in the large box.
Some more gift parcels, including toys are awaited during the coming days. Two more efforts are underway for them and as and when it is achieved, I will share it with you all.
Repeat my call, if you have any good quality, used clothes for children aged 4 to 18 years, white dresses for BOYS, do share them with me quickly so that I can include your gift in my New Year parcel for those blessed children. If you have good quality drawing books, pencils, and tools for crafts, please include them too. There are some talented children in them who may love receiving them.

True regards,

Ramesh Menon

if interested to participate, please contact me by email: or
Ph 050 8122319

Progress report – week 3 – Computer Coaching Class to children at SAI ASHRAYADHAM, Kadugodi, Whitefield, Bengaluru

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Progress report – week 3 – Computer Coaching Class to children at SAI ASHRAYADHAM, Kadugodi, Whitefield, Bengaluru

If you ask me, what is the most happiest thing happening, it is our visit to this small unit each week, or whenever I am there. The children are so happy to learn Computer, Mathematics and English. The glow on their innocent face, when they see us, it’s difficult to express in words. One has to experience.
Week 3, we had three new additional tutors and volunteers – Mahesh Nair, Mr. Srivastava and their little son…. Mr. Srivastava assisted us in cleaning up the computer hard disks, whereas Mahesh assisted in giving lessons. But, the most important member our little master Srivastava was the one who gave life to the entire afternoon.
The children were very happy to see him and straightaway brought a cricket bat and ball and they started playing. It was a divine experience.
Om Sai Ram.

1st day of Computer Coaching Class to children at SAI ASHRAYADHAM, Kadugodi, Whitefield, Bengaluru

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Dear Friends,

Om Sai Ram.

With the grace and blessing of all Gurus and Gods, we were able to launch the computer coaching class for children at Sai Ashrayadham, Kadugodi, Bengaluru.

Initial plans were to start with computer basic skills and more children were interested and participated in it on their on will.

 I append below an UNEDITED version of email from my wife Rajashree on the 1st day of this project:

“We left at 1:45 pm. Before leaving, I prayed a lot to BABA and our amma to guide and bless me to teach these children in the best possible way.Went along with Mrs.Pragya and mon for the class. 

The children were happy to see us. Initially all the elder boys aged above 12 years joined. But later i saw so many other younger enthusiasts eagerly peeping through the window. Then I allowed them also to join. They were simply thrilled.

They were so happy to learn. They showed so much interest  . They have very good grasping power also.

When I asked them simple questions like the full form of CPU, they just shot back with the correct answer. Then I explained to them the significance of CPU

Today being the first class, we took around the whole system.  All of them sat throughout the class keenly listening to whatever we were teaching them.Some of them have drawn some pictures in their books. I shall email you those drawings also.

It was a nice experience spending so much time with these children. WE HAVE A LOT TO LEARN FROM THEM WHEN WE CRIB ABOUT SMALL SMALL PROBLEMS.


Monu also enjoyed seeing them show so much interest in learning computer.

When we left, they asked us – ‘Aunty neenu saturday bharthiya’.  We told them we will surely come.

Mon has taken some photos of the class sessions. Shall email you””

and now the photos:

Thanks to all the three of you for this great FIRST STEP.
And you, know the children are indeed a talented and blessed bunch. See the drawings they shared with my wife, Pragya and Suraj:

To tell you, I knew they were a group of children and a power house of  talents, when I listened 24 of them singing bhajans before the Annadhanam, on 19th November 2011. The vibration I received was just the same that one gets in the bhajan hall of Puttaparthi with more than 20 or 30 thousands of devotees singing with one voice and devotion… What they need is a Tabala or dolak.. Everything will come, with our gurus blessings.
Sincere thanks to Mrs. Pragya for coming forward to extend a helping hand to this noble project and to my loving wife Rajashree and son Suraj.
Anyone interested to give us a helping hand may contact us on the details mentioned e Nidhi SREE NIDHI  . 
Contact details:
Mr. A P N Sharma – Ph 09845024039

Mr. Vaidyanathan – Ph. 09880109400

Those who are interested to participate kindly revert either by email (

Venue: Every Saturday between 2 pm and 4 pm at Sai Ashrayadham, Near Belthur Bus Stop, Kadugodi Post, Bangalore 560067.Ph 09845024039 (Shri A P N Sharma).

The joyous feeling of this first day is unexplainable.
Ramesh Menon
26 Nov 2011

e Nidhi SREE Nidhi – an opportunity to support children who wants to study

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e Nidhi SREE Nidhi – an opportunity to support children who wants to study

Dear Friends,

On behalf of Team 1 Talent Share group and blogs, I wish to encourage, motivate and support poor children to study and progress well in the life. With this in mind, I wish to initiate:

• A Scholarship in terms of a variety of assistance (monetary benefits, books, uniform, support etc) – to those children from families with difficulties to educate their children in the 10th, 12th and Degree education.

• Encourage them to join for higher studies in Engineering subjects (Civil, Electrical, Electronics and Engineering) and Medicine.

The idea now is to plan and provide:

• one cash award each for girls and boys for 10th, 12th and Graduation who gets high marks in the respective exams.

• additional bonus amounts ( in terms of cash) will be awarded according to:
  • The child’s extracurricular abilities like skills in sports and arts will get extra rating.
  • His/her parents education (the lesser the education of the parent and the higher mark he gets, he will get a higher rating)
  • Any physical disabilities he/she has in life will get special consideration and rating

The above are the basic criteria I have thought about for initiating this scheme for the first time.

You can participate in two ways:

  1. If interested, you may join hands with me are welcome to contact me by email
  2. You may identify a needy child and introduce him/her and his/her parents to me so that as a team we could finalise what are their requirements for a successful educational environment to come up in life.

If identified, children in earlier classes of education will also be supported under this scheme.

It is also planned support and facilitate better reading room facilities in school and villages in the rural areas.

As we work ahead, we will fine tune the proposed scheme named e Nidhi SREE Nidhi and make it more attractive and interesting to those needy children in our community.

Thanking in advance my family and friends for the support for the success of this educational scheme.

Looking forward to your positive reply in this regard and then we will work on further to make it a reality.

True regards,

Ramesh Menon

Evening MBA at ‘Kerala’ – Applications invited

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Evening MBA at ‘Kerala’ – Applications invited

Sept 16: The Institute of Management under University of Kerala has invited applications for evening MBA programme. The evening batch has a total number of 30 seats. Graduates with not less than 50% marks are eligible to apply. SC/ST candidates will get priority as per norms. The applicants should possess 2 years of work experience. Admission will be granted on the basis of a written exam, interview and group discussion. Application form can be downloaded from the site Filled applications will be accepted till 31st Oct and is to be sent to The Head, Institute of Management in Kerala, University of Kerala, Palayam, Thiruvananthapuram – 34.

Distance Education at ‘Kerala’ – Apply before 31st Oct

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Distance Education at ‘Kerala’ – Apply before 31st Oct

Oct 8: The applications for distance education programmes such as BSc Computer Science, BCA, BLiSc, BA Afsal Ul-Ulama will be accepted till 31st October without late fee, said a University of Kerala press release.

Certificate course in Nursing Administration

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Certificate course in Nursing Administration
Oct 13: The Centre for Continuing Education & Extension has invited applications for a certificate course in Nursing Administration. The duration is six months. The course fee is Rs 5000. Those with Dip in General Nursing and Nursing Council Registration are eligible to apply. The last date of receiving applications is 30 Oct. For more information 0471-2302523

Seats vacant for various programmes at ‘Kerala’

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Seats vacant for various programmes at ‘Kerala’

Oct 16: Applications have been invited from eligible candidates for few vacant seats in the following subjects: PG Diploma in Geo Information Science & Technology (Phone 0471-2417214) and MPhil in Chemistry (0471-2418782, 09446900664).