Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Title : Rama’s squirrel calling

All over the world, April 22nd has been celebrated as an Earth day since 1970. The Global theme for this year’s (2019) Earth day is ‘Protect our Species’. This is selected keeping in mind the rapid decline of our precious natural wealth. The latest Living Plant index tabulates alarming findings.

In the last five decades, around 50% of many species are lost. Fish, births, mammals, amphibians and reptiles averaged a 60% decline in populations. Fresh water living species around 83%. A scary scenario indeed.

The Green Rameswaram project tries to address this issue by advocating a development approach which is holistic and have a human face. This paradigm shift will help to turn the “Fragile Ecosystem” to “Balanced Ecosystem”.

This month’s newsletter has the following highlights:

Dr. Sanjay Banerji in his blog writes about “Ecological Services”.    Hand in Hand India – organized health camp for Green friends and regular awareness programmes.
Shri.Subramanian of C.P.R. Environmental Educational Center writes about Nava Graha Vanam. This month he gives the details of Darbha Grass which stands for Ketu Graha.
Landscaping and Beautification section – Planting of trees at DSP office and cleaning of Nandavanam.  Revival and Renovation of Waterbodies – Jambavan Teertham.
In the Social Capital section, Teertha Poojas, regular yoga classes and Siddha camp etc.

Archarya Training Camp

Vivekananda Kendra is running a educational project - Anandalaya Rabha community of Goalpara district since 2014, Assam. There are total 23 Acharya working in Goalpara District. From 13 to 17 April 2019 Acharya Training Camp was organized.

From Holistic Approach to Life - Antidote to Cartesian Partition

Sir Chandrashekhara Venkata Raman (7 November 1888 – 21 November 1970) was a renowned physicist born at Trichy, Tamilnadu. He carried out groundbreaking work in the field of light scattering, which earned him the 1930 Nobel Prize for Physics. He discovered that when light traverses a transparent material, some of the deflected light changes wavelength and amplitude. This phenomenon, subsequently known as Raman scattering, results from the Raman effect. In 1954, government honoured him with India's highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna.

Raman also worked on the acoustics of musical instruments. Raman's work on acoustics was an important prelude, both experimentally and conceptually, to his later work on optics and quantum mechanics. In this issue, we have given some of his quotable quotes.

We are opening the issue with an interesting anecdote on “Holistic approach to life”.

In happenings section, we have covered various training programmes such as:

Organic farming
Construction of Bio-methanation plants
Siddha Varma workshop and usual Networking
NewsletterIn the wisdom section, Yvon Chouinard, American Environmentalist explains the importance of Simpler life, Frtijof Capra the famous Physicist and deep Ecologist narrates how mythology and science are merging together and finally Werner Heisenberg’s admission that Indian philosophy helped him in clearing his ideas on the most complex issues.

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Anandalaya Samaroh at Jorhat

Vivekannada Kendra running one teacher school in the interir of Assam called Anandalaya. The project involves 3500 students, 185 yuva karyakart as, and around 1500 village elders in Gram samity of each aanandalaya. For the students of anandalaya, various places Anandalaya functions were orgnized.There were 350 students of 35 aanandalaya of Jorhat district participated in Aanadalaya samaroh. Patriotic song, asan, suryanamaskar, tables competition and games was organized. Dr Sovarani B Srmah Print Pramukh was present to guide the karyakartas and Jorhat nagar samity karyakartas were present. Another samaroh was organized at Marioni. Out of 167 aanandalayas in Assam Program was organized for Jorhat District aanandalaya.

Free Cataract Surgery Camp at Sadiya

Vivekananda Kendra Kanyakumari in association with District Blindness Control Society, Tinsukia district, Assam conducted one free cataract surgery camp at Chapakhowa government Hospital on 30th March 2019. A total 22 poor and elderly patients were successfully operated during the camp. Dr. G.S. Gogoi(Eye Surgeon) and Dr.Alka Devi (Eye Surgeon) along with the Eye OT team of Tinsukia District Civil Hospital conducted the surgeries. To detect cataracts the mobile medical team of Vivekananda Kendra Arun Jyoti conducted one cataract detection camp at Ambikapur village on13th March. 25 cataracts were detected during the camp.
This is to be mentioned that in this financial year (2018- 2019), Vivekananda Kendra Kanyakumari conducted 13 cataract detection camps and 7 cataract surgery camps including one PHACO surgery camp at Roing, Arunachal Pradesh. 252 surgeries were conducted successfully during the camps.