<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The plan to give full membership to women at the Ripon Club is being scrapped temporarily, one of the trustees associated with the club said. The club was recently mulling to give full membership to women. Founded in 1884, women in this elite club were only offered associate membership until now.The issue of providing full membership to women landed in controversy after some people of the community feared that the move will also give access to Parsi women, with non-Parsi spouses to the club. Only people, who come under full membership category, have rights to vote for the club. “The issue of giving full membership to women has been put on hold. We will take up the issue once the issue of eviction notice served on the club by the landlord is settled. We will meet soon to address the issue,” said Xerxes Dastur, chairman and honorary treasurer, Ripon Club.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madras High Court today directed the smooth conduct of ‘Brahmotsavam’ along with ‘Prayaschitha’ of an ancient temple in Nagapattinam district. A division bench comprising Justices M M Sundresh and M Sundar gave the direction while disposing of a petition by one Rangarajan Narasimhar of Sanathan Dharma, Sri Vaishnavism. In its order, the bench said, “As consensus has been arrived at between the Fit person of the temple and the petitioner, we pass the following order by consensus of both the parties.” The Brahmotsavam of Sri Sowriraja Perumal temple shall be conducted from June 29 to July 11 (both days inclusive), it added. Reiterating its June 23 order, the bench directed the Superintendent of Police, Nagapattinam district, to provide necessary assistance to maintain law and order, besides ensuring smooth Brahmotsavam at the over 1,000-year-old temple in Thirukkannapuram, Nagapattinam district. The bench further directed the petitioner and the officials to co-operate with each other and ensure the smooth conduct of function. The petitioner submitted that every year Brahmotsavam is held in the Tamil Month of ‘Vaikasi’ so that the ninth day (Theerthavari) of Utsavam coincides with Pournami (Full Moon Day), which has been the practice for centuries in the temple. This year, the first day of the festival fell on June 1, as per the English calendar, which is the 18th day of the Tamil Month Vaikasi. Referring to Agama Shasthra’s (tradition), the petitioner submitted that on any account, Agama Shastra’s do not permit conduct of Balalayam (repair work of the temple) by stopping Utsavas. On the decision by the Executive Officer of the Temple to conduct Balalayam in the temple on his own, the petitioner alleged that the officer has not shown the basic management principles and courtesy,expected of an officer of his calibre, which warrants a consultation with stakeholders of the temple. The official decided on his own to conduct Balalayam, by cancelling the Brahmotsavam without consulting anyone,he said. Referring to a letter and an affidavit by the Commissioner of the HR&CE department, the petition said the Executive officers can only administer immovable properties and cannot interfere in ‘Agamas’ and customs and usage prevailing in a particular temple. He had earlier prayed for a court direction to the Board of Trustees of the temple to conduct Brahmotsavam after performing necessary ‘Prayaschitha’ as specified in the Agama Sasthras.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday suggested a facelift for the famous Somnath temple and called for active participation of the trust managing it to spread awareness about cashless transactions in nearby towns.These suggestions were made by Modi at the 116th meeting of trustees of the Shree Somnath Trust (SST), which manages the ancient temple located in Gir-Somnath district, around 400km from Ahmedabad. The Prime Minister, who is one of the trustees, attended the meet on the second day of his Gujarat visit.During the meeting, it was also decided that former Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel would continue as the trust Chairman for 2017, said a PIB release. Besides Modi, other trustees – LK Advani, Amit Shah, Keshubhai Patel, PK Lahiri, JD Parmar and Harsh Neotia – were also present.Modi suggested that the entire campus of the temple be upgraded with water, greenery and various other facilities, said the release.The PM recommended that the trust actively participate in the efforts to make Veraval and Prabhas Patan towns, located near the temple, cashless. The trust should organise special festivals in all major cities.
ALSO READ PM Modi offers prayers at Somnath Temple, pays tribute to Sardar PatelTalking to reporters later, Lahiri, the trustee- secretary, said Modi spent about 20 minutes more than the scheduled time for the meeting and discussed various issues related to development of the pilgrimage town. “Under the Centre’s PRASAD scheme, we intend to build a facilitation centre for tourists who come here from across the country. The Centre has also given its nod for three projects of solid waste management,” he said.PRASAD is a ‘National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive’ launched by the central government.At the meet, all the trustees agreed to reappoint Keshubhai as the Chairman for 2017, he said. “A proposal for this was put forward by the PM and supported by Advaniji.” A discussion was also held on setting up a high-tech museum and constructing a walk way along the sea shore near the temple.”We discussed a project to build a walk way along the sea shore near the temple to enable people to have a peaceful stroll. The Centre would take a call on the project after it gets environmental clearance,” Lahiri said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>solidarity at the vigil. A day earlier, a delegation of Indian-Americans in Kansas along with the Hindu-American Foundation joined the Indian Consul General in Houston, Anupam Ray, in meeting the Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Lt Governor Jeff Colyer. “The hateful actions of one man don’t define us – KS welcomes & supports Indian community,” Brownback said in a tweet shortly after the meeting. “Unique contributions of the Indian-community make KS a better place. We stand with them in the face of this crime,” Colyer said. Brownback gave assurances that the perpetrator in custody, Adam Purinton, currently facing first-degree murder and attempted first degree murder charges, would be prosecuted to “furthest extent of the law”. He further gave commitments that state officials would cooperate with federal authorities officially investigating the incident as a hate crime. “The meeting yesterday with Governor Brownback and Lt. Governor Colyer was very fruitful in my opinion,” said Sridhar Harohalli, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Indian Association of Kansas City. “The delegation got an assurance that this incident will be prosecuted effectively. Governor Brownback’s commitment help to get Srinivas’ widow Sunayana Dummala back to her home and career in Kansas was also heartening. We look forward to working with his office on initiatives such as the Indian Heritage Month to further enhance awareness about our community in the state,” Harohalli said. The delegation requested the governor to ensure that the attacker is punished to the fullest extent under the law and serve justice to the victim’s families. The Governor also sent a personal message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi through the Counsel General. At the meeting, a message sent through a family friend from Sunayana, the widow of Kutchibotla, was read out.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)