A Brief Report of Recent Relief Services as on 25 December 2015

FLOOD RELIEF: Tamil Nadu: Incessant rainfall in several parts of Tamil Nadu led to heavy floods in Chennai suburbs and neighboring districts, affecting hundreds of families. We have been conducting primary relief work since 14 November 2015 among the affected families through 10 of our branch centres as per details given below:

(1)     Chennai Math centre served cooked food among nearly 5000 affected people at Foreshore Estate (Chennai) on 17 November and distributed 15,000 kg rice, 500 kg lentils (dal), 200 packets biscuits, 30 kg milk powder, 1000 saris, 1073 lungis, 500 towels, 1500 mats, 1565 blankets and 100 sets of utensils (each set containing a rice pot, a sambar pot, a pot covering plate, 2 plates and 2 spoons) among 1693 families in Cuddalore district from 14 to 18 November. Medical relief was provided to 1010 flood-affected patients at Foreshore Estate and Ennore areas in Chennai.

Since 1 December, this centre has also been serving cooked food to about 25,700 people in Pattinapakkam, Nadukuppam, Ramakrishnapuram, Mundakanniyamman, Ganeshapuram and Mint areas and distributed dry food materials to 80 people in Bheemanna Garden area in Chennai. 27,005 kg rice, 400 kg dal, 400 kg sugar, 400 kg salt, 400 liter oil, 300 kg & 500 packets biscuits, 25 kg milk powder, 300 packets buns, 16 kg bread, 10 crates & 250 bottles drinking water, 1700 towels, nighty, 1800 saris, 1800 lungi, 2000 mats, 100 blankets, 100 bed sheet, torch, candle, tooth brush, tooth paste, soap, mosquito coils, 350 steel plate, 350 tumbler, mug, bucket and other essential utensils were also distributed among 5657 families in Triplicane, Japherkhanpet and Ramakrishnapuram areas and 800 blankets in Ganeshapuram area in Chennai. On 4 December morning, 1200 cups of tea were served in Mundakanniyamman area. Medical relief was provided to 7919 flood-affected patients at Pattinapakkam, Velachary, Manali, Meyyur, Kosapur, Perungudi, Kottupuram, Saidapet, Mettukuppam and Nadukuppam ares in Chennai. Since 6 December, 1100 kg rice, blankets, drinking water packets, bread loaf, premium rusk, mats, biscuits, groceries, tooth brush, tooth paste, salt, turmeric, chili powder, disposable plates and cups, tea powder, sugar, vegetables, soap, saris, lungi, towels, bed sheets, candles, mosquito coils, steel plate and tumbler were distributed among 1895 people in Ambatur, Rajeev Gandhi Nagar, Murungembedu, Oragadam areas and 800 kg rice, 200 kg dal, 800 soap, 70 blankets & 70 mats were distributed among 340 people in R. K. Nagar and Kooturpuram areas in Chennai. On 7 December, 5920 napkins were distributed to highly needy and affected people. 100 kg bleaching powder was sprinkled throughout the West Mambalam areas in Chennai. On 9 December, 75 kg rice, saris, lungis, dal and blankets were distributed in the Mandaveli Corporation old age home in Chennai. On         13 December, sambar rice in stainless steel plate, tumbler, 2000 bottles drinking water & biscuits were distributed in Kotturpuram area and 75 bed sheets & mats were given to orphan children. On 15 December, 230 male kits, 100 female kits and 60 packets containing saris, lungi, shirts, steel plate & tumbler were distributed to 310 families and biscuits, sanitary napkins and kids dress were distributed among 1350 students. Relief work is going on.

(2)    Chennai Students Home centre served 25,046 food packets (each packet containing rice, pickles and water sachets), 25,359 packets of bread (600 gm) and 1090 water packets (250 ml) among 11,680 families in 16 areas of Thiruvallur, Kanchipuram and Chennai districts in Tamil Nadu since 15 November and also distributed 1125 kg rava, 1125 kg semiya, 750 kg oil, 1500 kg lentils (dal), 750 kg sugar, 750 kg salt, 375 kg mealmaker (soya), 375 kg tamarind, 75 kg mustard, 75 kg turmeric powder, 75 kg pickle, 75 kg chili powder, 37 kg cumin seeds and 505 kg vegetables among 936 families in West Tambaram and Mylapore areas. Relief work is going on.

(3)     Kanchipuram centre distributed 6750 kg rice, 1175 kg lentils (dal), 175 kg sugar, 700 mats, 1700 bed sheets, etc. among nearly 1350 affected families in Kanchipuram district. Relief work is going on.

(4)    Nattarampalli centre served 3900 plates cooked food among 1653 affected people from 4 December and distributed 1500 liters drinking water, 10,800 kg rice, 1080 kg dal, 1080 kg salt, 1080 kg oil, 540 kg tamarind, 1242 kg spices, 300 toothpaste, 713 mosquito cream & coil, 100 bottles Dettol, 200 napkins, 296 kg bleaching powder, 1000 saris, 986 pants and 948 shirts among 2441 families in 17 villages of Kanchipuram and Cuddalore districts. Medical relief was provided to 752 flood-affected patients at Indira Nagar area in Kanchipuram district. Relief work is going on.

(5)    Chennai Mission Ashrama centre served 8700 packets food packets and distributed 3300 packets bread, 11,500 water bottle (1 liter), 2000 packet milk (200 ml), 3000 packets biscuits, 1200 banana and 1500 mosquito coil to 21,100 people from 1 to 6 December in and around              T. Nagar area. Detailed report awaited.

(6)    Chengalpattu centre served cooked food among 15,550 affected people from 17 November and also distributed 2080 kg rice, 348 kg dal, biscuits, 3 kg milk powder, 187 saris, 187 dhotis, 187 bed sheets and 374 mats among 380 families in 35 interior villages of Kanchipuram district from 21 November. This centre also served milk among 1000 children’s. Medical relief was provided to 82 flood-affected patients at Chengalpattu on 3 December.

(7)     Malliankaranai centre served cooked food and distributed dry food in Malliankaranai. Relief work is going on.

(8)    Coimbatore Mission centre distributed food packets, clothing materials, medicines, drinking water, groceries and sanitary items among the thousands of flood affected families in Kanchipuram, Kadalur, Villupuram and Chennai districts in Tamil Nadu from 4 to 7 December.

(9)    Coimbatore Math centre distributed 374 lungis, 374 saris, 374 towels, 229 sets of utensils (each set containing a rice pot with covering plate, a sambar pot with covering plate, a rice spoon, a sambar spoon, a pan, a plate and 2 glass), 145 tooth paste, 145 tooth brush, 145 soap, 145 bottles coconut oil, 290 washing soap, 145 dining steel plate and 290 glasses among 374 families in 8 villages in Ponneri block of Thiruvallur district. This centre also distributed 279 children garments, 279 tooth paste, 279 tooth brush, 279 soap, 279 bottles coconut oil and 558 washing soap among 279 children’s in 6 villages in Thiruvallur district.

(10)  Madurai centre distributed 558 saris, 141 pants, 20 lungis, 90 t-shirts, 552 churidars, 210 shirts, 1773 children garments, 120 nighties, 175 dhotis, 109 towels, 347 bed sheets, 175 blankets, 2222 kg rice, 100 kg sweets, 1500 packets pickles, 1557 packets biscuits, 354 bottles drinking water (1 lt.), 29 packets bread, 134 kg atta, 15 kg dal, 25 kg wheat flour, 70 kg rava, 50 coconuts, 10 kg masala powder, 5 kg sugar, 11 kg coffee powder, 12 kg salt, 268 tooth paste, 37 tooth brush, 2 kg detergent powder, 75 soap, 100 note books, 16 plastic buckets, 200 sets of utensils (each set containing a rice vessel, a plate, a tumbler and a spoon), 50 candles, 168 plates and medicines were distributed among flood affected people in Kadalur in Tamil Nadu.

Further reports awaited.

EARTHQUAKE RELIEF:

Nepal: In the wake of the devastating earthquake which affected a major portion of Nepal and some parts of India, the Ramakrishna Mission conducted primary relief among affected families in the devastated areas. In the 2nd phase of relief work, from 23 December, our Kathmandu centre distributed 3440 foam (mats) and 1240 polythene sheets among 2340 earthquake-stricken families in Shaku village in Nepal.

REHABILITATION:

(a) Andhra Pradesh: Our Visakhapatnam centre has constructed a non-formal education centre and a temporary structure in the Hudhud cyclone affected Walabu and Vantlamamidi villages respectively.

(b) Uttarakhand: In place of the hostel building in Agastyamuni, Uttarakhand, which was damaged by the devastating flood of 2013, the Ramakrishna Mission, through its Dehradun centre, is constructing a new 3-storied Girls’ Hostel building and a new 3-storied Post-Graduate block at the A.P.B. Govt. PG College in Agastyamuni.  The construction work has been finished and presently plumbing work and painting are in progress.

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Flood Relief in Tamil Nadu : A Brief Report

Update : 18 December 2015

Incessant rainfall in several parts of Tamil Nadu led to heavy floods in Chennai suburbs and neighboring districts, affecting hundreds of families. We have been conducting primary relief work since 14 November 2015 among the affected families through 9 of our branch centres as per details given below:

(1)    Chennai Math centre served cooked food among nearly 5000 affected people at Foreshore Estate (Chennai) on 17 November and distributed 15,000 kg rice, 500 kg lentils (dal),            200 packets biscuits, 30 kg milk powder, 1000 saris, 1073 lungis, 500 towels, 1500 mats, 1565 blankets and 100 sets of utensils (each set containing a rice pot, a sambar pot, a pot covering plate, 2 plates and 2 spoons) among 1693 families in Cuddalore district from 14 to 18 November. Medical relief was provided to 1010 flood-affected patients at Foreshore Estate and Ennore areas in Chennai.

Since 1 December, this centre has also been serving cooked food to about 25,700 people in Pattinapakkam, Nadukuppam, Ramakrishnapuram, Mundakanniyamman, Ganeshapuram and Mint areas and distributed dry food materials to 80 people in Bheemanna Garden area in Chennai. 27,005 kg rice, 400 kg dal, 400 kg sugar, 400 kg salt, 400 liter oil, 300 kg & 500 packets biscuits, 25 kg milk powder, 300 packets buns, 16 kg bread, 10 crates & 250 bottles drinking water, 1700 towels, nighty, 1800 saris, 1800 lungi, 2000 mats, 100 blankets, 100 bed sheet, torch, candle, tooth brush, tooth paste, soap, mosquito coils, 350 steel plate, 350 tumbler, mug, bucket and other essential utensils were also distributed among 5657 families in Triplicane, Japherkhanpet and Ramakrishnapuram areas and 800 blankets in Ganeshapuram area in Chennai. On 4 December morning, 1200 cups of tea were served in Mundakanniyamman area. Medical relief was provided to 7919 flood-affected patients at Pattinapakkam, Velachary, Manali, Meyyur, Kosapur, Perungudi, Kottupuram, Saidapet, Mettukuppam and Nadukuppam ares in Chennai. Since 6 December, 1100 kg rice, blankets, drinking water packets, bread loaf, premium rusk, mats, biscuits, groceries, tooth brush, tooth paste, salt, turmeric, chili powder, disposable plates and cups, tea powder, sugar, vegetables, soap, saris, lungi, towels, bed sheets, candles, mosquito coils, steel plate and tumbler were distributed among 1895 people in Ambatur, Rajeev Gandhi Nagar, Murungembedu, Oragadam areas and 800 kg rice, 200 kg dal, 800 soap, 70 blankets & 70 mats were distributed among 340 people in R. K. Nagar and Kooturpuram areas in Chennai. On 7 December, 5920 napkins were distributed to highly needy and affected people. 100 kg bleaching powder was sprinkled throughout the West Mambalam areas in Chennai. On 9 December, 75 kg rice, saris, lungis, dal and blankets were distributed in the Mandaveli Corporation old age home in Chennai. On 13 December, sambar rice in stainless steel plate, tumbler, 2000 bottles drinking water & biscuits were distributed in Kotturpuram area and 75 bed sheets & mats were given to orphan children. On 15 December, 230 male kits, 100 female kits and 60 packets containing saris, lungi, shirts, steel plate & tumbler were distributed to 310 families and biscuits, sanitary napkins and kids dress were distributed among 1350 students. Relief work is going on.

(2)   Chennai Students Home centre served 25,046 food packets (each packet containing rice, pickles and water sachets), 25,359 packets of bread (600 gm) and 1090 water packets (250 ml) among 11,680 families in 16 areas of Thiruvallur, Kanchipuram and Chennai districts in Tamil Nadu since 15 November and also distributed 1125 kg rava, 1125 kg semiya, 750 kg oil, 1500 kg lentils (dal), 750 kg sugar, 750 kg salt, 375 kg mealmaker (soya), 375 kg tamarind, 75 kg mustard, 75 kg turmeric powder, 75 kg pickle, 75 kg chili powder, 37 kg cumin seeds and 505 kg vegetables among 936 families in West Tambaram and Mylapore areas. Relief work is going on.

(3)   Kanchipuram centre distributed 6750 kg rice, 1175 kg lentils (dal), 175 kg sugar, 700 mats, 1700 bed sheets, etc. among nearly 1350 affected families in Kanchipuram district. Relief work is going on.

(4)   Nattarampalli centre served 3900 plates cooked food among 1653 affected people from 4 December and distributed 1500 liters drinking water, 300 toothpaste, 713 mosquito coil, 100 bottles Dettol, napkins, phenyl and 296 kg bleaching powder at Mambakkam and Thiruvanai Koil villages in Uthiramerur Taluk of Kanchipuram district. Medical relief was provided to 752 flood-affected patients at Indira Nagar area in Kanchipuram district. Relief work is going on.

(5)   Chennai Mission Ashrama centre served 8700 packets food packets and distributed           3300 packets bread, 11,500 water bottle (1 liter), 2000 packet milk (200 ml), 3000 packets biscuits, 1200 banana and 1500 mosquito coil to 21,100 people from 1 to 6 December in and around T. Nagar area. Detailed report awaited.

(6)   Chengalpattu centre served cooked food among 12000 affected people from 17 November and also distributed 1880 kg rice, 308 kg dal, biscuits and milk powder among 193 families in 17 interior villages of Chengalpattu district from 21 November. Medical relief was provided to 82 flood-affected patients at Chengalpattu on 3 December.

(7)   Malliankaranai centre served cooked food and distributed dry food in Malliankaranai. Relief work is going on.

(8)   Coimbatore Mission centre distributed food packets, clothing materials, medicines, drinking water, groceries and sanitary items among the thousands of flood affected families in Kanchipuram, Kadalur, Villupuram and Chennai districts in Tamil Nadu from 4 to                    7 December.

(9)   Coimbatore Math centre distributed 229 lungis, 229 saris, 229 towels, 229 sets of utensils (each set containing a rice pot with covering plate, a sambar pot with covering plate, a rice spoon, a sambar spoon, a pan, a plate and 2 glass) among 229 families in 7 villages in Ponneri block of Thiruvallur district. This centre also distributed 279 children garments, 279 tooth paste, 279 tooth brush, 279 soap, 279 bottles coconut oil and 558 washing soap among 279 children’s in 6 villages in Thiruvallur district.

 

Update : 14 December 2015

Incessant rainfall in several parts of Tamil Nadu led to heavy floods in Chennai suburbs and neighboring districts, affecting hundreds of families. We have been conducting primary relief work since 14 November 2015 among the affected families through 8 of our branch centres as per details given below:

(1)    Chennai Math centre served cooked food among nearly 5000 affected people at Foreshore Estate (Chennai) on 17 November and distributed 15,000 kg rice, 500 kg lentils (dal), 200 packets biscuits, 30 kg milk powder, 1000 saris, 1073 lungis, 500 towels, 1500 mats, 1565 blankets and 100 sets of utensils (each set containing a rice pot, a sambar pot, a pot covering plate, 2 plates and 2 spoons) among 1693 families in Cuddalore district from 14 to 18 November. Medical relief was provided to 1010 flood-affected patients at Foreshore Estate and Ennore areas in Chennai.

Since 1 December, this centre has also been serving cooked food to about 25,700 people in Pattinapakkam, Nadukuppam, Ramakrishnapuram, Mundakanniyamman, Ganeshapuram and Mint areas and distributed dry food materials to 80 people in Bheemanna Garden area in Chennai. 16,810 kg rice, 400 kg dal, 400 kg sugar, 400 kg salt, 400 liter oil, biscuits, 1700 towels, nighty, 1700 saris, 1700 lungi, 1700 mats, 100 blankets, bed sheet, torch, candle, tooth brush, tooth paste, soap, steel plate, tumbler, mug, bucket and other essential utensils were also distributed among 5287 families in Triplicane, Japherkhanpet and Ramakrishnapuram areas and 800 blankets in Ganeshapuram area in Chennai. On 4 December morning, 1200 cups of tea were served in Mundakanniyamman area. Medical relief was provided to 7449 flood-affected patients at Pattinapakkam, Velachary, Manali, Meyyur, Kosapur, Perungudi, Kottupuram, Saidapet, Mettukuppam and Nadukuppam ares in Chennai. Since 6 December, 1100 kg rice, blankets, drinking water packets, bread loaf, premium rusk, mats, biscuits, groceries, tooth brush, tooth paste, salt, turmeric, chili powder, disposable plates and cups, tea powder, sugar, vegetables, soap, saris, lungi and bed sheets were distributed among 1585 people in Ambatur, Rajeev Gandhi Nagar, Murungembedu, Oragadam areas and 800 kg rice, 200 kg dal, 800 soap, 70 blankets & 70 mats were distributed among 340 people in R. K. Nagar and Kooturpuram areas in Chennai. On 7 December, 5920 napkins were distributed to highly needy and affected people. 100 kg bleaching powder was sprinkled throughout the West Mambalam areas in Chennai. On 9 December, 75 kg rice, saris, lungis, dal and blankets were distributed in the Mandaveli Corporation old age home in Chennai. On 13 December, sambar rice in stainless steel plate, tumbler, 2000 bottles drinking water & biscuits were distributed in Kotturpuram area and 75 bed sheets & mats were given to orphan children. Relief work is going on.

(2)   Chennai Students Home centre served 25,046 food packets (each packet containing rice, pickles and water sachets), 25,359 packets of bread (600 gm) and 1090 water packets (250 ml) among 11,680 families in 16 areas of Thiruvallur, Kanchipuram and Chennai districts in Tamil Nadu since 15 November and also distributed 1125 kg rava, 1125 kg semiya, 750 kg oil, 1500 kg lentils (dal), 750 kg sugar, 750 kg salt, 375 kg mealmaker (soya), 375 kg tamarind, 75 kg mustard, 75 kg turmeric powder, 75 kg pickle, 75 kg chili powder, 37 kg cumin seeds and 505 kg vegetables among 936 families in West Tambaram and Mylapore areas. Relief work is going on.

(3)   Kanchipuram centre distributed 6750 kg rice, 1175 kg lentils (dal), 175 kg sugar, 700 mats, 1700 bed sheets, etc. among nearly 1350 affected families in Kanchipuram district. Relief work is going on.

(4)   Nattarampalli centre served cooked food among 1500 affected people from 4 December and distributed toothpaste, mosquito coil, phenyl, bleaching powder and medicines at Mambakkam and Thiruvanai Koil villages in Uthiramerur Taluk of Kanchipuram district. Relief work is going on.

(5)   Chennai Mission Ashrama centre served 8700 packets food packets and distributed 3300 packets bread, 11,500 water bottle (1 liter), 2000 packet milk (200 ml), 3000 packets biscuits, 1200 banana and 1500 mosquito coil to 21,100 people from 1 to 6 December in and around T. Nagar area. Detailed report awaited.

(6)   Chengalpattu centre served cooked food among 12000 affected people from 17 November and also distributed 1880 kg rice, 308 kg dal, biscuits and milk powder among 193 families in 17 interior villages of Chengalpattu district from 21 November. Medical relief was provided to 82 flood-affected patients at Chengalpattu on 3 December.

(7)   Malliankaranai centre served cooked food and distributed dry food in Malliankaranai. Relief work is going on.

(8)   Coimbatore Mission centre distributed food packets, clothing materials, medicines, drinking water, groceries and sanitary items among the thousands of flood affected families in Kanchipuram, Kadalur, Villupuram and Chennai districts in Tamil Nadu from 4 to 7 December.

Further reports awaited.  

 

 

Update : 11 December 2015

Incessant rainfall in several parts of Tamil Nadu led to heavy floods in Chennai suburbs and neighboring districts, affecting hundreds of families. We have been conducting primary relief work since 14 November 2015 among the affected families through 8 of our branch centres as per details given below:

(1)    Chennai Math centre served cooked food among nearly 5000 affected people at Foreshore Estate (Chennai) on 17 November and distributed 15,000 kg rice, 500 kg lentils (dal),            200 packets biscuits, 30 kg milk powder, 1000 saris, 1073 lungis, 500 towels, 1500 mats, 1565 blankets and 100 sets of utensils (each set containing a rice pot, a sambar pot, a pot covering plate, 2 plates and 2 spoons) among 1693 families in Cuddalore district from 14 to 18 November. Medical relief was provided to 1010 flood-affected patients at Foreshore Estate and Ennore areas in Chennai.

Since 1 December, this centre has also been serving cooked food to about 24,200 people in Pattinapakkam, Nadukuppam, Ramakrishnapuram, Mundakanniyamman, Ganeshapuram and Mint areas and distributed dry food materials to 80 people in Bheemanna Garden area in Chennai. 11,960 kg rice, 400 kg dal, 400 kg sugar, 400 kg salt, 400 liter oil, 1700 towels, nighty, 1700 saris, 1700 lungi, 1700 mats, blankets and bed sheet were also distributed among 4292 families in Triplicane, Japherkhanpet and Ramakrishnapuram areas and 800 blankets in Ganeshapuram area in Chennai. On 4 December morning, 1200 cups of tea were served in Mundakanniyamman area. Medical relief was provided to 5458 flood-affected patients at Pattinapakkam, Velachary, Manali, Meyyur, Kosapur, Perungudi, Kottupuram, Saidapet, Mettukuppam and Nadukuppam ares in Chennai. Since 6 December, 925 kg rice, blankets, drinking water packets, bread loaf, premium rusk, mats, biscuits, groceries, tooth brush, tooth paste, salt, turmeric, chili powder, disposable plates and cups, tea powder, sugar and vegetables were distributed among 885 people in Ambatur, Rajeev Gandhi Nagar, Murungembedu, Oragadam areas and 800 kg rice, 200 kg dal, 800 soap, 70 blankets & 70 mats were distributed among 340 people in R. K. Nagar and Kooturpuram areas in Chennai. On 7 December, 5920 napkins were distributed to highly needy and affected people. 100 kg bleaching powder was sprinkled throughout the West Mambalam areas in Chennai. On 9 December, 75 kg rice, saris, lungis, dal and blankets were distributed in the Mandaveli Corporation old age home in Chennai. Relief work is going on.

(2)   Chennai Students Home centre served 25,046 food packets (each packet containing rice, pickles and water sachets), 25,359 packets of bread (600 gm) and 1090 water packets (250 ml) among 11,680 families in 16 areas of Thiruvallur, Kanchipuram and Chennai districts in Tamil Nadu since 15 November and also distributed 1125 kg rava, 1125 kg semiya, 750 kg oil, 1500 kg lentils (dal), 750 kg sugar, 750 kg salt, 375 kg mealmaker (soya), 375 kg tamarind, 75 kg mustard, 75 kg turmeric powder, 75 kg pickle, 75 kg chili powder, 37 kg cumin seeds and 505 kg vegetables among 936 families in West Tambaram and Mylapore areas. Relief work is going on.

(3)   Kanchipuram centre distributed 6750 kg rice, 1175 kg lentils (dal), 175 kg sugar, 700 mats, 1700 bed sheets, etc. among nearly 1350 affected families in Kanchipuram district. Relief work is going on.

(4)   Nattarampalli centre served cooked food among 1500 affected people from 4 December and distributed toothpaste, mosquito coil, phenyl, bleaching powder and medicines at Mambakkam and Thiruvanai Koil villages in Uthiramerur Taluk of Kanchipuram district. Relief work is going on.

(5)   Chennai Mission Ashrama centre served 8700 packets food packets and distributed 3300 packets bread, 11,500 water bottle (1 liter), 2000 packet milk (200 ml), 3000 packets biscuits, 1200 banana and 1500 mosquito coil to 21,100 people from 1 to 6 December in and around T. Nagar area. Detailed report awaited.

(6)   Chengalpattu centre served cooked food among 12000 affected people from 17 November and also distributed 1880 kg rice, 308 kg dal, biscuits and milk powder among 193 families in 17 interior villages of Chengalpattu district from 21 November. Medical relief was provided to 82 flood-affected patients at Chengalpattu on 3 December.

(7)   Malliankaranai centre served cooked food and distributed dry food in Malliankaranai. Relief work is going on.

(8)   Coimbatore Mission centre distributed food packets, clothing materials, medicines, drinking water, groceries and sanitary items among the thousands of flood affected families in Kanchipuram, Kadalur, Villupuram and Chennai districts in Tamil Nadu from 4 to 7 December.

Further reports awaited.  


Update : 7 December 2015

Incessant rainfall in several parts of Tamil Nadu led to heavy floods in Chennai suburbs and neighboring districts, affecting hundreds of families. We have been conducting primary relief work since 14 November 2015 among the affected families through 6 of our branch centres as per details given below:

(1)     Chennai Math centre started relief work in Cuddalore district by distributing 15,000 kg rice, 500 kg lentils (dal), 200 packets biscuits, 30 kg milk powder, 1000 saris, 1073 lungis, 500 towels, 1500 mats, 1565 blankets and 100 sets of utensils (each set containing a rice pot, a sambar pot, a pot covering plate, 2 plates and 2 spoons) among 1693 families from 14 to 18 November. The centre also served cooked food among nearly 5000 affected people at Foreshore Estate (Chennai) on 17 November. Medical relief was provided to 1010 flood-affected patients at Foreshore Estate and Ennore areas in Chennai.

Since 1 December, this centre has also been serving cooked food to about 21,300 people in Pattinapakkam, Nadukuppam, Ramakrishnapuram, Mundakanniyamman, Ganeshapuram and Mint areas and distributed dry food materials to 80 people in Bheemanna Garden area in Chennai. Bed sheets, blankets and mats were also distributed among 200 families in Triplicane area and 800 blankets in Ganeshapuram area in Chennai. On 4 December morning, 1200 cups of tea were served in Mundakanniyamman area. Medical relief was provided to flood-affected patients at Pattinapakkam, Velachary, Manali, Meyyur, Kosapur, Perungudi, Kottupuram and Saidapet ares in Chennai. Relief work is going on.

(2)    Chennai Students Home centre served 25,046 food packets (each packet containing rice, pickles and water sachets), 25,359 packets of bread (600 gm) and 1090 water packets (250 ml) among 11,680 families in 16 areas of Thiruvallur, Kanchipuram and Chennai districts in Tamil Nadu since 15 November and also distributed 1125 kg rava, 1125 kg semiya, 750 kg oil, 1500 kg lentils (dal), 750 kg sugar, 750 kg salt, 375 kg meal maker (soya), 375 kg tamarind, 75 kg mustard, 75 kg turmeric powder, 75 kg pickle, 75 kg chili powder, 37 kg cumin seeds and 505 kg vegetables among 936 families in West Tambaram and Mylapore areas. Relief work is going on.

(3)     Kanchipuram centre distributed 6750 kg rice, 1175 kg lentils (dal), 175 kg sugar, 700 mats, 1700 bed sheets, etc. among nearly 1350 affected families in Kanchipuram district. Relief work is going on.

(4)    Nattarampalli centre served cooked food among 1500 affected people from 4 December at Mambakkam and Thiruvanai Koil villages in Uthiramerur Taluk of Kanchipuram district. Relief work is going on.

(5)    Chennai Mission Ashrama centre served 8700 packets food packets and distributed 3300 packets bread, 11,500 water bottle (1 liter), 2000 packet milk (200 ml), 3000 packets biscuits, 1200 banana and 1500 mosquito coil to 21,100 people from 1 to 6 December in and around  T. Nagar area. Detailed report awaited.

(6)    Chengalpattu centre served cooked food among 12000 affected people from 17 November and also distributed 1880 kg rice, 308 kg dal, biscuits and milk powder among 193 families in 17 interior villages of Chengalpattu district from 21 November. Medical relief was provided to 82 flood-affected patients at Chengalpattu on 3 December.

Further reports awaited.  

 

Update : 4 December 2015 

Incessant rainfall in several parts of Tamil Nadu led to heavy floods in Chennai suburbs and neighboring districts, affecting hundreds of families. We have been conducting primary relief work since 14 November 2015 among the affected families through 5 of our branch centres as per details given below:

(1)    Chennai Math centre started relief work in Cuddalore district by distributing 15,000 kg rice, 500 kg lentils (dal), 200 packets biscuits, 30 kg milk powder, 1000 saris, 1073 lungis, 500 towels, 1500 mats, 1565 blankets and 100 sets of utensils (each set containing a rice pot, a sambar pot, a pot covering plate, 2 plates and 2 spoons) among 1693 families from 14 to 18 November. The centre also served cooked food among nearly 5000 affected people at Foreshore Estate (Chennai) on 17 November. Medical relief was provided to 1010 flood-affected patients at Foreshore Estate and Ennore areas in Chennai.

Since 1 December, this centre has also been serving cooked food to about 12,000 people in Pattinapakkam, Nadukuppam, Ramakrishnapuram and Mundakanniyamman areas and distributed dry food materials to 80 people in Bheemanna Garden area in Chennai. Bed sheets, blankets and mats were also distributed among 200 families in Triplicane area in Chennai. On 4 December morning, 1200 cups of tea were served in Mundakanniyamman area. Relief work is going on.

(2)   Chennai Students Home centre served 18,371 food packets (each packet containing rice, pickles and water sachets) and 9090 packets of bread (500 gm) among 11,680 families in 14 areas of Thiruvallur, Kanchipuram and Chennai districts in Tamil Nadu since 15 November. Relief work is going on.

(3)   Kanchipuram centre distributed 6750 kg rice, 1175 kg lentils (dal), 175 kg sugar, 700 mats, 1700 bed sheets, etc. among nearly 1350 affected families in Kanchipuram district. Relief work is going on.

(4)   Nattarampalli centre served cooked food among 1000 affected people on 4 December at Mambakkam and Thiruvanai Koil villages in Uthiramerur Taluk of Kanchipuram district. Relief work is going on.

(5)   Chengalpattu centre served cooked food among 1700 affected people on 17 and 18 November and also distributed 790 kg rice, 90 kg dal, biscuits and 3 kg milk powder among 84 families in 3 interior villages of Chengalpattu district from 21 to 23 November.

Further reports awaited. 

While thanking all those who contributed for this noble cause, we request our well-wishers, admirers and friends to come forward and donate liberally, to help us in this noble endeavour. All donations paid in cash or by cheque / demand draft to be drawn in favour of “RAMAKRISHNA MISSION” payable at Kolkata are exempt from income tax under section 80‐G of the I.T. Act. Online donation facility is also available through our website (http://donations.belurmath.org/product/donations-ramakrishna-mission-belur-math-donors-within-india?currency=INR). Donation may please be sent to: The General Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission, (Relief Section) Belur Math, Howrah, West Bengal – 711 202, India.

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Date : 28 November 2015

Incessant rainfall in several parts of Tamil Nadu led to heavy floods in Chennai suburbs and neighboring districts, affecting hundreds of families. We have already started primary relief work among the affected families through 4 of our local branch centres as per details given below:

(1)    Chennai Math centre immediately started relief work in Cuddalore district by distributing 15,000 kg rice, 500 kg lentils (dal), 200 kg biscuits, 30 kg milk powder, 1000 saris, 1000 lungis, 500 towels, 1500 mats, 1500 blankets and 100 sets of utensils (each set containing a rice pot, a sambar pot, a pot covering plate, 2 plates and 2 spoons) among 1693 families from 14 to 18 November. The centre also served cooked food among nearly 5000 affected people at Foreshore Estate (Chennai) on 17 November. Medical relief was provided to 1010 flood-affected patients at Foreshore Estate and Ennore areas in Chennai.

(2)   Chennai Students Home centre served 15,485 food packets (each packet containing rice, pickles and water sachets) and 5000 packets of bread (500 gm) among 11,680 families in 14 areas of Thiruvallur, Kanchipuram and Chennai districts in Tamil Nadu from 15 to 25 November. Relief work is going on.

(3)   Kanchipuram centre has distributed 1750 kg rice, 175 kg lentils (dal), 175 kg sugar, 700 mats, 700 bed sheets, etc. among nearly 350 affected families in Kanchipuram district. Further report awaited.

(4)  Chengalpattu centre served cooked food among 1700 affected people and also distributed 790 kg rice, 90 kg dal, biscuits and 3 kg milk powder among 84 families in 3 interior villages of Chengalpattu area.

 

Date : 19 November 2015

Incessant rainfall in several parts of Tamil Nadu led to heavy floods in Chennai suburbs and neighboring districts, affecting hundreds of families. We have already started primary relief work among the affected families through 3 of our local branch centres as per details given below:

(1)    Chennai Math centre immediately started relief work in Cuddalore district by distributing 15,000 kg rice, 750 kg lentils (dal), 3000 saris, 3000 lungis, 1500 towels, 1500 bed sheets, 1500 mats and assorted utensils among 1900 families on 16 November. The centre also served cooked food among nearly 5000 affected people at Foreshore Estate (Chennai) on 17 November. Medical relief was provided to 850 flood-affected patients at Foreshore Estate and Ennore areas in Chennai on 16 and 17 November. Relief work is going on.

(2)   Chennai Students Home centre served 20,000 food packets (each packet containing rice, pickles and water sachets) among 20,000 affected people in 6 areas of Madhavaram and Ennore localities in Chennai from 15 to 17 November.

(3)   Kanchipuram centre is making arrangements to distribute dry food materials, mats, bed sheets, etc. among nearly 350 affected families in Kanchipuram districts. Relief work is going on.

Further reports are awaited.

 

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Relief News : Report as on 01 Dec 2015

1.    Flood Relief:

Tamil Nadu: Torrential rains in many parts of Tamil Nadu in November caused heavy floods in several areas of the state, affecting thousands of families.  Three of our centres in Tamil Nadu conducted the following relief operations:

(a)  Chennai Math distributed 15,000 kg rice, 500 kg dal (lentils), 200 kg biscuits, 30 kg milk powder, 1500 blankets, 500 towels, 1000 saris, 1000 lungis, 1500 mats and 100 sets of utensils (each set containing 2 cooking pots, 3 plates and 2 spoons) among 1693 families in Cuddalore district from 14 to 18 November.  The centre also served cooked food to nearly 5000 affected people at Foreshore Estate in Chennai on 17 November.  Medical relief was provided to 1860 flood-affected patients.

(b)  Chennai Students’ Home served 15,485 food packets (each packet containing rice, pickles and water sachets) and 5000 loaves of bread to 11,680 affected families in Thiruvallur, Kanchipuram and Chennai districts from 15 to 25 November.

(c)  Chengalpattu centre served cooked food to 1700 victims on 17 and 18 November and distributed 790 kg rice, 90 kg dal, biscuits and 3 kg milk powder among 84 families of 3 interior villages in Chengalpattu district from 21 to 23 November.

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West Bengal: Three of our centres in West Bengal conducted the following relief operations among the flood-affected people in the state:

(a)  Antpur centre distributed 1185 saris, 372 dhotis and 1476 assorted garments among 1491 families of 17 villages in Hooghly district from 16 September to 31 October.

(b)  Ichapur centre distributed 300 saris, 300 dhotis, 100 children’s garments, 100 jackets and 20 mats among 686 families of 14 villages in Hooghly and Paschim Medinipur districts from 15 October to 8 November.

(c)  Sikra Kulingram centre distributed 300 saris, 200 lungis, 100 dhotis and 200 children’s garments among 600 families of 5 villages in North 24 Parganas district from 26 September to 8 October.

2.    Distress Relief: The following centres distributed various items, as shown against their names, to needy people:

India:

(a)  Belgharia: 300 saris, 253 dhotis, 200 lungis, 1600 assorted garments and 40,000 halogen tablets from 17 to 26 October.

(b)  Chandipur: 300 saris and 200 dhotis from 13 to 16 October.

(c)  Chapra: 100 lungis from 20 to 23 November.

(d)  Coimbatore Math: Clothes to 130 children from 6 to 10 November.

(e)  Ghatshila: 400 saris, 200 dhotis, 100 lungis, 86 children’s garments and 79 assorted garments from 25 September to 21 November.

(f)   Malda: 650 saris and 200 children’s garments in October and November.

(g)  Patna: 400 saris and 200 dhotis from 13 to 26 November.

(h)  Ramharipur: 600 saris, 200 dhotis, 200 children’s garments and 100 pants from 4 October to 2 November.

(i)    Vrindaban: 1000 kg rice, 1000 kg atta (flour), 200 kg dal (lentils), 200 kg mustard oil, 200 kg salt, 100 kg sugar, 200 bathing soap bars, 200 washing soap bars, 40 kg washing powder, 20 kg tea leaves and 40 kg milk powder among 200 old women on 20 November.

Bangladesh:

Mymensingh: 100 saris and 332 dhotis on 20 November.

3.    Winter Relief:

1400 blankets and 260 jackets were distributed to poor people through the following centres:

Sl.

Centre

Blankets

Jackets

Dates

1

Barasat

300

7 and 8 November

2

Belgharia

80

17 October

3

Chapra

100

20 to 23 November

4

Cossipore

300

19 Sept and 13 Nov

5

Ghatshila

370

60

25 Sept to 21 Nov

6

Khetri

50

22 November

7

Ramharipur

300

100

4 October to 2 November

Personalia : 01 Dec 2015

Swami Atmasthanandaji, President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, continues to be at Seva Pratishthan, Kolkata.  There is no significant change in his health condition.

Swami Smarananandaji, Vice-President, is scheduled to visit Hyderabad from 5 to 11 December and Somsar (Dist. Bankura) from 17 to 24 December.  He is keeping well at Belur Math.

Swami Vagishanandaji, Vice-President, will be visiting Manasadwip from 5 to 8 December.  Now at Cossipore Math, he is in good health.

Swami Prabhanandaji, Vice-President, is scheduled to return to Belur Math on 2 December after his visit to Barisha and Gol Park centres.  He will be visiting Silchar from 8 to 18 December and Baranagar Mission Ashrama from 21 to 26 December.  He is keeping well.

News of Branch Centres : 01 Dec 2015

News of Branch Centres (in India)

The newly set-up bookstall of Medinipur centre was inaugurated on 10 November.

Vijayawada centre conducted conventions for school students, youths and teachers on 13, 14 and 15 November.  In all, about 2200 people participated in the events.

On 19 November, Rajahmundry centre conducted a free medical camp at Yelakallanka village, about 80 km from Rajahmundry.  A team of six specialists treated 555 patients in the camp.

Swami Smarananandaji, Vice-President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, laid the foundation stone for the proposed building for educational activities at Delhi centre on 20 November.

Kadapa centre conducted a youth convention on 20 and 21 November in which 1300 students from 24 colleges participated.

The renovated Old Temple of Sri Ramakrishna at Chennai Math was rededicated on 25 November.  In all, 115 monastics and about 3000 devotees attended the programme.

Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated a new bookshop of Baghbazar Math at Beniatola Lane, near College Street, Kolkata, on 25 November, in the presence of several monastics, dignitaries and devotees.  The building has also a shrine and a small lecture hall.

Coimbatore Mission Vidyalaya conducted a state-level residential camp for youths from 26 to 28 November in which 1198 youths took part.

Swami Gautamanandaji inaugurated the newly built extension to the kitchen building at Kanchipuram Math on 27 November.

At Kamarpukur Ashrama, Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated the newly constructed building for the food processing unit of their Pallimangal wing on 28 November.

The following centres conducted free eye camps:

Sl.

No.

Centre

Dates

of camps

Patients

checked / treated

Specs given

Surgeries

no.

performed at

   1 Bankura 28 Oct – 27 Nov

405

72

99

Our eye care centre in Bankura
   2 Chennai Math* 22 November

97

41

11

An eye hospital in Chennai
   3 Ghatshila Aug, Sept & Oct

216

35

72

An eye hospital in Jamshedpur
   4 Halasuru October

665

247

A hospital in Bengaluru
   5 Kamarpukur 29 November

225

173

Our eye care centre in Kamarpukur
   6 Kanpur 20 November

40

15

   7 Khetri November

122

51

An eye hospital in Jaipur
   8 Lucknow November

1505

277

Our Lucknow hospital
   9 Madurai 15 November

137

5

24

An eye hospital in Madurai
 10 Nagpur 25 October

227

115

44

An eye hospital in Nagpur
 11 Porbandar 27 November

106

44

A hospital in Porbandar
 12 Rajahmundry 2-19 November

348

79

13

A hospital in Vemagiri, Dt. East Godavari
 13 Rajkot November

79

52

Our eye care centre in Rajkot
 14 Salem 25 Oct to 15 Nov

178

31

36

An eye hospital in Salem
 15 Silchar November

210

5

39

A hospital in Silchar

* through Chengalpattu centre

The following centres conducted Eye Care Programmes, details of which are given below:

Sl.

Centre

Dates

Persons checked

Specs given

Surgeries performed

  1

Lucknow November 1370 children

51

  2

Ranchi Morabadi 26 Oct-16 Nov 1280 children and 495 adults

32

  3

Vadodara 16 Oct-20 Nov 600 children and 390 adults

161

News of Branch Centres (Outside India)

Sri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, unveiled the newly installed twelve-foot bronze statue of Swami Vivekananda at Malaysia centre on 22 November. Click Here for Photos 

New Math Centre : 01 Dec 2015

Ramakrishna Swargashrama, Lalgarh, which was till now a retreat centre under the supervision of the Headquarters, has been made a full‑fledged branch centre of Ramakrishna Math.

Its address is “Ramakrishna Math, Lalgarh, Dist. Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal 721516.”

Communication Addresses : 01 Dec 2015

Phone Numbers:

Kailashahar Ashrama has got a cell phone with number 96125‑16044.

The cell phone number of Rajarhat Bishnupur centre has been changed from 94741-53124 to 90513-45998.

Salem Ashrama has discontinued its cell phone number 94883-15602.

 

EmailID:

Agartala centre has got a new email id <agartala@rkmm.org>.

 

Website Addresses:

Chennai Math has launched a new website <imedia.chennaimath.org> for hosting magazines, photos, audio and video files, etc.

Narendrapur centre has changed its website address from <www.rkmnpur.org> to <www.rkmnarendrapur.org>.

Obituaries : 01 Dec 2015

We record with sorrow the passing away of two of our brother-monks.

 

Swami Brahmarupananda

Swami Brahmarupananda

Swami Brahmarupanandaji (Palani Maharaj) passed away on 2 November at 6.35 pm at a hospital in Bengaluru owing to a massive heart attack.  He was 81 and had been suffering from diabetes, hypertension and heart disease for some years.  Born and brought up in South Africa, he joined the Order in 1958 at Chennai Math. He was initiated by Swami Shankaranandaji in 1961 and had Sannyasa from Swami Vireshwaranandaji in 1968.  Besides his joining centre, he served at Ooty, Kanchipuram, Salem, Chennai Mission Ashrama, Rajahmundry, Mayavati, Mangaluru, Singapore, Visakhapatnam and Nattarampalli centres.  He had been living a retired life at Halasuru Math since 2001.  Simple, soft‑spoken and sweet by nature, the Swami endeared himself to all who came in contact with him.

 

 

Swami Bhutanathananda

Swami Bhutanathananda

Swami Bhutanathanandaji (Thakurdas Maharaj) expired on 25 November at 10 pm at Seva Pratishthan.  He was 73 and had been suffering from various old-age ailments for the last few years.  Initiated by Swami Madhavanandaji, he joined the Order in 1963 at Narendrapur centre and had Sannyasa from Swami Vireshwaranandaji in 1972.  Besides his joining centre, he served at Belur Math and the centres at Dehradun, Contai, Jamtara, Bankura, Lucknow, Shillong, Puri Math (for a short period), Rahara, Pune, Kankurgachhi, Sargachhi (mainly at Berhampur sub-centre) and Baranagar (Mission Ashrama).  He also served Swami Madhavanandaji for a short period.  He had been living a retired life at Arogya Bhavan, Belur Math, for about one year.  The Swami was self-reliant and austere by nature.

 

Press Release : Sri Sri Matri Mandir

Press Release Joyrambati 2015-Nov-21 Press Release Joyrambati 2015-Nov-21-pg2

Recent Relief Services : A Brief Report of as on 18 November 2015

FLOOD RELIEF: Tamil Nadu: Incessant rainfall in several parts of Tamil Nadu led to heavy floods in Chennai suburbs and neighboring districts, affecting hundreds of families. Our Chennai Students Home centre served 20,000 food packets (each packet containing rice, pickles and water sachets) among 20,000 affected people in 6 areas of Madhavaram and Ennore localities in Chennai from 15 to 17 November and our Chennai Math centre distributed rice, saris, mats, lungis, utensils among hundreds of affected families in Cuddalore district in Tamil Nadu from 16 November. Moreover, medical camps were conducted in Ennore by Chennai Math centre and flood-affected patients were treated. Further reports are awaited.

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Manipur: Heavy rainfall in a major portion of Manipur led to heavy floods in Thoubal district, affecting hundreds of families. Our Imphal centre distributed 14,646 kg rice, 1190 kg dal (lentils), 1545 kg salt and 772 litres of edible oil among 1815 affected families in 5 villages from 8 to 18 August. Moreover, medical camps were conducted on 8 and 11 August in which 750 flood-affected patients were treated.

West Bengal:

In the wake of devastating floods our Antpur, Belgharia, Chandipur, Contai, Gourhati, Ichapur, Jayrambati, Kamarpukur, Sargachhi, Naora, Narendrapur, Rahara, Saradapitha, Sikra Kulingram and Tamluk centres served cooked food and distributed 1,00,415 kg chira (rice flakes), 9074 kg sugar, 28,283 kg rice, 4053 kg dal (lentils), 6590 kg potatoes, 7033 kg milk powder, 1658 kg soybean nuggets, 2655 saris, 1229 dhotis, 2812 assorted garments, 4143 tarpaulins, 2,77,000 halogen tablets, 1152 kg bleaching powder, etc. among more than 50,000 affected families in Bankura, Burdwan, Howrah, Hooghly, East Medinipur, West Medinipur, Murshidabad, Nadia, North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas districts from 26 July to 28 October.

CYCLONE RELIEF:

West Bengal:

(a) Barasat centre distributed 320 saris, 320 tarpaulins, 318 umbrellas, 320 bed-sheets and 320 utensil-sets from 31 July to 6 August among 320 affected families living in temporary relief camps in Ashoknagar and Habra municipality in North 24 Parganas district.

(b) Contai centre distributed 808 kg chira, 189 kg sugar and 596 packets of biscuits among 135 families at Bhagawanpur-2 and Etaberia blocks in Purba Medinipur district on 6 August.

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REHABILITATION:

(a) Andhra Pradesh: Our Visakhapatnam centre has undertaken the construction of a non-formal education centre at the Valabu village in Devarapalli Mandal which was affected by the Hudhud cyclone. The slab casting work was completed in August 2015 and finishing work is in progress.

(b) Uttarakhand: In place of the college buildings in Agastyamuni, Uttarakhand, which were damaged by the devastating flood of 2014, the Ramakrishna Mission, through its Dehradun centre, started constructing a new 3-storied Girls’ Hostel building and a new 3-storied Post-Graduate block at the A.P.B. Govt. PG College in Agastyamuni.  The construction work has been finished and presently plumbing work and painting are in progress.

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November 18, 2015                                                Swami Suvirananda

Belur Math, Howrah                                             Assistant Secretary

Relief Work : A Brief Report as on 01 November 2015

1.    Flood Relief: West Bengal: In continuation of  our relief operations for  the flood-affected people, (a) Chandipur Math distributed 247 saris, 100 dhotis, 100 jackets and 80 packets of biscuits among 447 families in 11 villages of Purba Medinipur district, (b) Kamarpukur centre distributed 300 saris, 309 dhotis and 1261 assorted garments among 1019 families in 25 villages of Hooghly district on 10 and 19 October, and (c) Naora centre distributed 50 kg rice, 50 kg potatoes, 1159 saris, 370 dhotis, 1447 children’s garments and 104 assorted garments among 3080 families in 11 villages of South 24 Parganas district from 10 to 13 October.

2.    Distress Relief: The following centres distributed various items, as shown against their names, to needy people:

India:

(a)  Bamunmura: 300 saris, 200 dhotis, 121 shirts and 124 pairs of shoes from 27 September to 19 October.

(b)  Baranagar Math: 542 saris, 30 dhotis and 328 children’s garments on 12 and 13 October.

(c)  Barasat:  395  saris,  140  dhotis  and  177  assorted  garments  from  2  to 16 October.

(d)  Chapra: 400 saris and 200 dhotis from 10 to 17 October.

(e)  Coimbatore Mission: 330 saris, 310  dhotis,  300  children’s  garments, 300 solar lamps, 10 calves and 300 saplings among 300 families and assistive devices to 10 disabled persons on 12 October.

(f)   Gadadhar Ashrama: 200 saris from 21 September to 14 October.

(g)  Garbeta:  300  saris,  270  dhotis  and  182  assorted  garments  from  13  to 26 October.

(h)  Jalpaiguri: 500 saris on 11 October.

(i)    Kailashahar: 300 saris and 200 dhotis from 9 to 14 October.

(j)    Manasadwip: 850 saris and 50 dhotis from 16 to 18 October.

(k)  Sikra Kulingram: 200 saris, 100 dhotis and 200 children’s garments from 26 September to 8 October.

(l)    Taki: 331 saris from 19 August to 14 October.

(m)  Vrindaban: 1250 kg rice, 1250 kg flour, 250 kg dal (lentils), 250 kg mustard oil, 250 kg salt, 25 kg tea leaves, 50 kg milk powder, 125 kg sugar, 250 bars of bathing soap, 250 bars of washing soap and 62 kg washing powder among 250 old women on 12 October.

Bangladesh:

Dhaka: Food materials and saris to 1000 poor families of Keranigonj Upazilla in Dhaka district and Harijan Palli in Dhaka city.

3.    Winter Relief: Taki centre distributed 300 blankets to poor and needy people from 19 August to 10 October.

Personalia : 01 November 2015

Revered President Maharaj continues to be at Seva Pratishthan.  There is no significant change in his health condition.

Swami Smarananandaji is scheduled to visit Baranagar Mission Ashrama and Delhi centre from 9 to 24 November.  He is keeping well.

Swami Vagishanandaji will be visiting Guwahati and Lumding (Assam) from 14 to 24 November. He is in good health.

Swami Prabhanandaji will be visiting Barisha and Gol Park centres from 14 to 28 November. He is keeping well.

Headquarters : 01 November 2015

Durga Puja was celebrated at Belur Math from 20 to 23 October with due solemnity and joy. The weather was fine on all the four days and about two lakh devotees attended the Puja to receive the blessings of the Divine Mother. The Kumari Puja performed on 21 October drew huge crowds, and the Sandhi Puja on that day was also attended by many devotees. The Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court, Smt J Manjula Chellur, attended the Puja on the Saptami day. Cooked Prasad was served to nearly 52,000 devotees on Ashtami day and to about one and a half lakh devotees during the four days.

 

News of Branch Centres : 01 November 2015

News of Branch Centres (in India)

Durga Puja (in image) was celebrated at the following 25 centres: Antpur, Asansol, Barasat, Contai, Cooch Behar, Dhaleswar (under Agartala), Ghatshila, Guwahati, Jalpaiguri, Jamshedpur, Jayrambati, Kailashahar, Kamarpukur, Karimganj, Lucknow, Malda, Medinipur, Mumbai, Patna, Port Blair, Rahara, Shella (under Cherrapunji), Shillong, Silchar and Varanasi Advaita Ashrama.

Shri V Shanmuganathan, Governor of Meghalaya, Dr Mukul Sangma, Chief Minister of that state, and several other dignitaries attended Durga Puja celebration at Shillong centre.

Sri Tathagata Roy, Governor of Tripura, visited Swamiji’s Ancestral House on 28 September.

The newly built guesthouse, Swami Vijnanananda Bhavan, at Ghatshila Math was inaugurated on 6 October, the sacred birthday of Swami Abhedanandaji Maharaj.

Kadapa centre conducted a special workshop for teachers from 9 to 11 October which was attended by 126 teachers.

Silchar Sevashrama conducted youth conferences for school and college students on 9 and 10 October respectively which were attended by a total of 742 students and 62 teachers.

Visakhapatnam centre celebrated the silver jubilee of its temple consecration ceremony from 15 to 18 October which was attended by about 400 devotees.

Dr V Manikantan, a professor of the Vivekananda College of Chennai Vidyapith, secured Session’s Best Presentation award for his paper in the First Annual International Conference on Education organized by the International Institute of Knowledge Management at Beijing, China, on 9 and 10 April.  A medal and a certificate were handed over to the professor.

A student of our Deoghar Vidyapith secured first position at the state level in the National Science Seminar held by the National Council of Science Museums at Ranchi on 2 and 3 October. Subsequently, he participated in the national level seminar at National Science Centre, Delhi, on 8 October and secured 11th position.

Two students of our Deoghar Vidyapith were adjudged first runners-up at a quiz competition conducted by Reserve Bank of India at Ranchi on 7 October.

The results of students of  the hostel run by Raipur  centre in  different  undergraduate and postgraduate exams conducted in 2015 are as follows:

Students appeared 1st Div 2nd Div Failed

11

7

3

1

 

The following centres conducted free eye camps:

Sl.

No.

Centre Dates of camps Patients checked / treated Specs given

Surgeries

no. performed at
1 Bankura 27 Sep – 27 Oct

406

40

122 Our eye care centre in Bankura
2 Chennai Math* 25 October

92

6

15 An eye hospital in Chennai
3 Halasuru September

316

132 A hospital in Bengaluru
4 Jamshedpur 4-18 Oct

77

62 A hospital in Jamshedpur
5 Kamarpukur September

479

84

77 Our eye care centre in Kamarpukur
6 Khetri October

210

49 An eye hospital in Jaipur
7 Lucknow October

1450

266 Our Lucknow hospital
8 Madurai 18 October

176

5

26 An eye hospital in Madurai
9 Medinipur 2 October

139

24 A hospital in Medinipur
10 Porbandar 9 October

93

44 A hospital in Porbandar
11 Rajahmundry 4-18 October

239

24

43 A hospital in Vemagiri, Dt. East Godavari
12 Rajkot October

453

108 Our eye care centre in Rajkot
13 Salem 4-18 Oct

320

29

44 An eye hospital in Salem
14 Silchar October

370

49 Two hospitals in Silchar

* through Chengalpattu centre

 

The following centres conducted Eye Care Programmes, details of which are given below:

Sl. Centre Dates Persons checked Specs given Surgeries performed
1 Lucknow October 1305 children

22

2 Ranchi Morabadi 16 Sept–16 Oct 368 children and 828 adults

29

30

3 Vadodara 25-30 Sept 525 children and 120 adults

56

5

News of Branch Centres (Outside India)

Durga Puja (in image) was performed at Mauritius Ashrama and the following twelve centres in Bangladesh: Baliati, Barisal, Chittagong, Comilla, Dhaka, Dinajpur, Faridpur, Habiganj, Jessore, Narayanganj, Rangpur and Sylhet, and also at the Narail sub-centre of Jessore Ashrama.

At Dhaka centre, Prime Minister of Bangladesh Ms. Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh Chief Justice Shri Surendra Kumar Sinha, Health & Family Welfare Minister Md. Nasim, Civil Aviation & Tourism Minister Md. Rashed Khan Menon, Local M.P. Md. Kazi Firoz Rashid, Dhaka City Corporation (South) Mayor Md. Syed Khokan and several other distinguished persons attended the Durga Puja celebration. On the Ashtami day, nearly 15,000 people witnessed the Kumari Puja and were served cooked Prasad.

Students of the Cookery Department of Vivekananda Technical Centre run by Fiji centre won the first prize in the International Food Festival Cooking Competition held at Fiji National University on 14 October.

Communication Addresses : 01 November 2015

PostalAddress: A portion of the Cossipore Road in Kolkata has been renamed ‘Sri Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa Dev Sarani’. So, the postal address of  Cossipore  centre is now “Ramakrishna Math, 90 Sri Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa Dev Sarani, Cossipore, Kolkata 700002.”

EmailIDs & Website Addresses: The following centres have got new email ids shown against their names:

 

Centre / Centre’s Department

New ID

Bengaluru bengaluru@rkmm.org
Bengaluru, Bookstall bengaluru.bookstall@rkmm.org
Kathmandu (Nepal) kathmandu@rkmm.org
Purulia purulia@rkmm.org
Rajahmundry rajahmundry@rkmm.org
Ranchi Sanatorium ranchi.sanatorium@rkmm.org

Chennai Sarada Vidyalaya has got an additional email id <srirkmission@gmail.com>.

Dhaka centre has discontinued its website with address <www.rkmdhaka.org.bd>.

The new email ids and website addresses of the following two colleges of Rahara centre are given below:

 

College

New ID

Website Address
Brahmananda College of Education contact@rkmbcerahara.org www.rkmbcerahara.org
Vivekananda Centenary college rkmvccollege@rkmvccrahara.org www.rkmvccrahara.org

Ranchi    Sanatorium    has    changed    its    website    address    from    <www.rkmtbs.com>    to

<rkmsanatorium.org>.

New Branch Centres : 01 November 2015

Ramakrishna Math, Bamunmura, till recently a sub-centre of Ramakrishna Math, Barasat, has been made a full-fledged branch centre of Ramakrishna Math, Belur.

Its address is

“Ramakrishna Math,
Bamunmura,
PO Badu,
Kolkata 700128”,
Phone nos. (033) 2552-3044 & 2562-9669, and
email id <bamunmura@rkmm.org>.

A new branch centre of the Ramakrishna Mission has been started at Imphal in Manipur.

The address of the centre is

“Ramakrishna Mission,
Opp. Old Secretariat,
Babupara,
Imphal, Manipur 795001”,
Phone nos. (0385) 2444624 & 2055626, and
email id <imphal@rkmm.org>.

Ramakrishna Math, Mekhliganj, till recently a sub-centre of Ramakrishna Math, Cooch Behar, has been made a full-fledged branch centre of Ramakrishna Math, Belur.

Its address is

“Ramakrishna Math,
Mekhliganj,
Dt. Cooch Behar,
West Bengal 735304”,
phone no. (03584) 255272, and
email id <mekhliganj@rkmm.org>.

Obituary : 01 November 2015

Swami Sarvatmananda

Swami Sarvatmananda

We are sorry to announce the sudden demise of Swami Sarvatmananda (Lalji) on 12 October at about 6 am at Belur Math, owing to a heart attack. He was 79. Initiated by Swami Madhavanandaji Maharaj, he joined the Order at Cossipore Math in 1964 and had Sannyasa from Swami Vireshwaranandaji Maharaj in 1974. Besides his joining centre, he served at the Headquarters and Shillong, Boston, Providence and Hollywood centres as an assistant till April 2000 and thereafter Netherlands centre as head for 14 years. He had been living a retired life at Belur Math since September 2014. Simple, amiable and austere by nature, the Swami endeared himself to all who came in contact with him.

Relief Work : A Brief Report as on 01 October 2015

 

Distress Relief: Jalpaiguri and Narottam Nagar centres distributed various items, as shown against their names, to needy people:

(a) Jalpaiguri: 300 mosquito-nets on 23 August.

(b) Narottam Nagar: Vests, notebooks, crayons, pencil boxes, toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes, bars of bathing and washing soap, etc among 176 students on 12 and 18 September.

Personalia : 01 October 2015

Swami Atmasthanandaji, President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, continues to be at Seva Pratishthan, Kolkata.  There is no significant change in his health condition.

Swami Smarananandaji, Vice-President, is scheduled to return to Belur Math on 4 October after his visit to Karnataka.  He will be visiting Gol Park centre from 10 to 17 October.  He is keeping well.

Swami Vagishanandaji, Vice-President, will be visiting Mumbai and Nasik from 1 to 6 October and Sargachhi from 11 to 17 October.  He is in good health.

Swami Prabhanandaji, Vice-President, is scheduled to return to Belur Math on 3 October after his visit to Dimapur (Nagaland).  He will be visiting Kankurgachhi Math from 9 to 14 October.  He is keeping well.

News of Branch Centres : 01 October 2015

News of Branch Centres (in India)

Swami Vivekananda’s Ancestral House, Kolkata, held a special lecture on 17 September in commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Akhandanandaji Maharaj which was attended by 350 persons.

Mangaluru Ashrama conducted three symposia from 9 to 11 September for college students and lecturers.  The symposium on 11 September was inaugurated by Sri Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala, Governor of Karnataka.  In all, about 1500 people participated in the events.

Hyderabad Math observed the 16th foundation day of its Vivekananda Institute of Human Excellence by holding a youth convention and a volunteers’ meet from 10 to 13 September.  In all, about 4000 youths took part in the two events.

Swami Gautamanandaji inaugurated the newly built Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Block, a dormitory for high school students, at Chennai Students’ Home on 11 September.

Puri Mission Ashrama conducted a youth convention on 11 September in which about 400 youths participated.

Puri Mission Ashrama conducted a blood donation camp on 12 September in which 37 people donated blood.

On 13 September, Rajahmundry centre conducted a free medical camp at Rampachodavaram, a place mostly inhabited by tribal people.  A team of fourteen doctors, including a few specialists, treated 887 patients in the camp.

Narottam Nagar centre held a medical camp on 20 September in which 144 patients were treated.

Khetri centre conducted a homeopathic treatment camp on the Ashrama premises on 23 September in which 150 patients were treated.

Two newly constructed monks’ quarters buildings at Mayavati Ashrama were inaugurated on 28 September.

The School Education Department, Government of West Bengal, adjudged our Ramharipur high school the best school in Bankura district considering its good infrastructure and management and the quality of education offered.  The Best School Award – 2015, comprising a trophy, a certificate and a sum of 25,000 rupees, was handed over on 4 September.

A class-10 student of the high school run by Chennai Students’ Home secured the third prize for his model in the state level science exhibition competition held jointly by the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, and Tamil Nadu Science and Technology Centre, at a college in Namakkal district on 5 and 6 September.

The results of students of the coaching centre run by Bankura centre at its Kenduadihi campus in B.A. and B.Sc. exams, 2015, conducted by Burdwan University are as follows:

Students appeared

Above 60%

50% to 60%

Below 50%

33

9

20

4

The following centres conducted Eye Care Programmes, details of which are given below:

Sl.

Centre

Dates

Persons checked

Specs given

Surgeries performed

1

Jamshedpur 28 Jul-7 Sept 2131 students

250

2

Lucknow September 3117 students

109

3

Ranchi Morabadi 22 Aug-15 Sept 2117 children and 195 adults

30

26

4

Vadodara 20 Aug–15 Sept 1750 children

142

1

The following centres conducted free eye camps:

Sl.

No.

Centre

Dates

of camps

Patients

checked / treated

Specs given

Surgeries

no.

performed at

   1 Bankura 29 Aug-26 Sept

535

62

155

Our eye care centre in Bankura
   2 Chennai Math* 30 Aug & 20 Sept

314

147

30

An eye hospital in Chennai
   3 Halasuru August

413

204

A hospital in Bengaluru
   4 Kamarpukur August

484

66

99

Our eye care centre in Kamarpukur
   5 Khetri September

169

50

An eye hospital in Jaipur
   6 Lucknow September

2946

244

Our Lucknow hospital
   7 Madurai 20 Sept

223

4

58

An eye hospital in Madurai
   8 Mayavati 21-25 Sept

564

117

Our Mayavati Hospital
   9 Narottam Nagar 20 Sept

222

 10 Porbandar 11 Sept

41

14

A hospital in Virnagar, Dt. Rajkot
 11 Pune September

86

27

8

A hospital in Kolhapur
 12 Rajahmundry 7-20 Sept

332

57

28

A hospital in Vemagiri, Dt. East Godavari
 13 Rajkot September

103

54

Our eye care centre in Rajkot
 14 Salem 6-20 Sept

416

58

58

An eye hospital in Salem
 15 Saradapitha Apr to Sept

1124

163

Two hospitals in Kolkata
 16 Silchar September

380

1

51

Two hospitals in Silchar
 17 Vadodara 4 & 18 Sept

300

89

5

A hospital in Chhota Udaipur Dist.

* through Chengalpattu centre

News of Branch Centres (Outside India)

Swami Vivekananda College run by Fiji centre conducted an orientation programme on value education on 10 September in which 150 high school principals from all over Fiji participated.

Swami Yuktatmananda, Minister-in-Charge of Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center, New York, participated in A Witness to Peace: A Multi-Religious Gathering held at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City, USA, on 25 September.  The event was attended by Pope Francis and more than 500 religious leaders and other dignitaries.

Communication Addresses : 01 October 2015

EmailIDs:  The following centres have got new email ids shown against their names:

Centre / Sub-centre

New ID

Advaita Ashrama, Kolkata kolkata.advaita@rkmm.org
Advaita Ashrama, Mayavati mayavati@rkmm.org
Aurangabad aurangabad@rkmm.org
Bamunmura bamunmura@rkmm.org
Bhopal bhopal@rkmm.org
Cherrapunjee cherrapunjee@rkmm.org
Coimbatore Math coimbatore.math@rkmm.org
Garbeta garbeta@rkmm.org
Malda malda@rkmm.org
Mekhliganj mekhliganj@rkmm.org
Swamiji’s Ancestral House vivekananda.ancestralhouse@rkmm.org

The following centres have discontinued the email ids shown against their names:

Malaysia <rkm.malaysia@gmail.com> and Midnapore <rkmmidnapore@gmail.com>.

Website: Cherrapunjee centre has changed its website address from <www.rkmcherra.org> to <www.rkmacherrapunjee.org>.

Sri Sri Durga Puja 2015 : Programme Details

Durga Puja 2015 Programme

Durga Puja 2015 Programme

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Programme Details 

October 18, Sunday : Panchami

Bodhan : 6:30 pm (After evening arati of Sri Sri Thakur)

October 19, Monday: Shasthi

Kalparambha : 6:30 am

Amantran and Adhivasa : 6:30 pm  (After evening arati of Sri Sri Thakur)

October 20, Tuesday: Saptami

Puja begins : 5:40 am

Sandhyarati : 6:30 pm  (After evening arati of Sri Sri Thakur)

October 21, Wednesday: Mahashtami

Puja begins : 5:40 am

Kumari Puja : 9:00 am to 9:50 am

Sandhi Puja : 1:06 pm to 1:54 pm

Sandhyarati : 6:30 pm  (After evening arati of Sri Sri Thakur)

October 22, Thursday: Mahanavami

Puja begins : 5:40 am

Sandhyarati : 6:30 pm  (After evening arati of Sri Sri Thakur)

October 23, Friday: Vijaya Dashami

Puja Begins : 6:00 am

Immersion : 7:00 pm (After evening arati of Sri Sri Thakur)

 

 

 

Relief Work : A Brief Report as on 01 September 2015

1.    Flood Relief:

(i) West Bengal: In the wake of heavy rainfall, a major portion of West Bengal was struck by floods and severe water inundation affecting lakhs of families.  Fourteen of our branch centres conducted relief operations in afflicted areas as per details given below:

(a)    Antpur centre served cooked food to 23,600 people and distributed 61,550 kg chira (rice flakes), 2632 kg sugar, 2 lakh halogen tablets and 2018 tarpaulins among 17,691 families in 140 villages of Jangipara and Udaynarayanpur blocks in Hooghly district and Amta-2 block in Howrah district from 30 July to 20 August.

(b)    Belgharia centre served cooked food, and distributed 100 kg chira and 25 kg sugar among 2000 people in Sahapur (Jougram) village in Burdwan district on 31 July.  The centre also distributed 1540 kg soya chunks, 11,200 kg chira, 2200 kg sugar, 47 cartons of biscuits, 225 kg milk powder, 400 kg bleaching powder and 173 kg lime among 3618 families at Nabadwip in Nadia district from 5 to 9 August.  Besides, medical relief was provided to 424 flood-affected patients on 23 August.

(c)    Chandipur centre distributed 2640 packets of biscuits, 300 saris, 70 dhotis, 300 plastic sheets and 300 kg of bleaching powder among 315 families of 10 villages in Panskura block of Purba Medinipur district from 10 to 14 August.

(d)    Gourhati centre distributed 300 kg rice, 100 kg bleaching powder, 400 kg lime powder, 44 saris and 55 tarpaulins among 113 families of 2 villages in Arambagh block of Hooghly district on 8 August.

(e)    Ichapur centre distributed 10,050 kg chira and 1000 kg sugar among 4750 families in 12 villages of Khanakul-1 block of Hooghly district from 5 to 10 August.

(f)     Jayrambati centre served cooked food to 5624 people and distributed 500 kg chira, 250 kg gur (molasses) and 7 kg milk powder among 326 families of 15 villages near Jayrambati from 2 to 4 August.  The centre also provided medical relief to 256 flood-affected patients.

(g)    Kamarpukur centre served cooked food to 1020 people and distributed 8250 kg chira, 880 kg sugar and 225 kg biscuits among 4616 families of 37 villages in Khanakul-2, Haripal, Goghat-2 and Tarakeshwar blocks of Hooghly district from 31 July to 9 August.

(h)    Naora centre distributed 8933 kg rice, 402 kg dal (lentils), 6304 kg potatoes, 250 kg chira, 50 kg sugar, 75 kg bleaching powder and 200 tarpaulins among 2623 families of 36 villages in Canning-2 block of South 24 Parganas district from 4 to 23 August.

(i)     Narendrapur centre distributed 11,900 kg rice, 2750 kg dal, 191 kg milk powder and 190 tarpaulins among 1452 affected families of Swarupnagar block in North 24 Parganas district from 9 to 12 August.

(j)     Rahara centre distributed 675 kg rice, 74 kg dal, 118 kg soya chunks, 236 kg potatoes, 142 kg chira, 6716 packets of biscuits, 6526 packets of milk powder, 302 kg sugar, 349 bottles of Zeoline water purifier, 4800 ORS packets, 30,000 halogen tablets, 1281 bars of soap, 100 dhotis, 350 saris, 50 lungis and 500 tarpaulins among 783 families of Baruipur in South 24 Parganas district on 3 and 6 August and 1671 families of Kalna-1, Ketugram‑2 and Katwa blocks of Burdwan district from 13 to 24 August.  The centre also provided medical relief to 426 flood-affected patients.

(k)    Saradapitha centre distributed 40 tarpaulins on 3 August to 40 families living in temporary shelters in Jamalpur block of Burdwan district; 600 kg chira, 2550 packets of biscuits, 84 kg milk powder and 200 kg sugar among 515 families in Polba Dadpur block in Hooghly district on 4 August; 50 kg chira, 25 kg sugar, 150 packets of biscuits and 50 ORS packets among 50 families at Liluah in Howrah district on 5 August; 2500 loaves of bread, 2100 packets of biscuits and 210 tarpaulins among 710 families of Singur, Dhaniakhali and Polba Dadpur blocks in Hooghly district on 5 August; 550 tarpaulins to 550 families in Amta-1, Amta-2, Udaynarayanpur and Domjur blocks in Howrah district on 6 August; and 1600 kg rice, 750 kg chira, 450 kg sugar and 2200 packets of biscuits among 1100 families of Khanakul‑2 block in Hooghly district on 7 and 9 August.

(l)     Sargachhi centre distributed 1000 kg rice, 300 kg dal, 795 kg vegetables, 150 kg mustard oil, 1.7 kg chillies, 135 kg salt, 1400 kg chira, 20 kg muri (puffed rice), 300 kg sugar, 28 litres of milk and 77 kg bleaching powder among 661 flood-affected families in Nabagram, Kandi and Berhampur blocks of Murshidabad district from 30 July to 8 August. The centre also provided medical relief to 100 flood-affected patients.

(m)  Sikra Kulingram centre distributed 3500 kg chira, 550 kg sugar, 7000 packets of biscuits, 47,000 halogen tablets and 200 kg bleaching powder among 1663 families of Chatra, Media and Charghat areas in North 24 Parganas district from 5 to 21 August.

(n)    Tamluk centre distributed 4125 kg rice, 527 kg dal, 1054 packets of biscuits, 502 saris, 80 dhotis, 525 blankets and 80 plastic sheets among 2091 families of 29 villages at Ajabnagar and Mansukha in Ghatal subdivision of Paschim Medinipur district on 13 August.

(ii) Manipur: Heavy rainfall in a major portion of Manipur led to heavy floods in Thoubal district, affecting hundreds of families.  Ramakrishna Mission distributed 14,646 kg rice, 1190 kg dal, 1545 kg salt and 772 litres of edible oil among 1815 affected families of Nungoo, Tangjeng Kunjao, Khongyam, Wangoo and Chairel villages from 8 to 18 August.  Moreover, medical camps were conducted on 8 and 11 August in which 750 flood-affected patients were treated.

2.    Cyclone Relief: West Bengal:

(a) Barasat centre distributed 320 saris, 320 tarpaulins, 318 umbrellas, 320 bed-sheets and 320 utensil-sets (each set containing a pot, a kadahi, 2 plates, 2 tumblers, 2 bowls, a ladle, a khunti and a bucket) from 31 July to 6 August among 320 affected families living in temporary relief camps in Ashoknagar and Habra municipality in North 24 Parganas district.

(b) Contai centre distributed 1600 kg chira, 400 kg sugar and 900 packets of biscuits among 291 families at Kumirda and Itaberia in Purba Medinipur district on 4 and 6 August.

3.    Distress Relief: The following centres distributed various items, as shown against their names, to needy people:

(a)  Malliankaranai: 396 school uniforms, 396 pens, 396 pencils, 396 scales and 396 erasers among 396 students of 4 schools on 12 August.

(b)  Nagpur: 1135 school uniforms, 3700 notebooks, 150 geometry boxes and 1190 pens among 1190 students of 22 schools from 7 July to 1 August.

(c) Narottam Nagar: 178 textbooks on 25 May.

Personalia : 01 September 2015

Swami Atmasthanandaji, President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, continues to be at Seva Pratishthan, Kolkata.  There is no significant change in his health condition.

Swami Smarananandaji, Vice-President, is scheduled to return to Belur Math on 3 September after his visit to Narendrapur centre.  He will be visiting Bengaluru, Mysuru and Halasuru (Ulsoor) centres from 12 September to 4 October.  He is keeping well.

Swami Vagishanandaji, Vice-President, will be visiting Asansol, Purulia and Durgapur from 9 to 22 September.  Presently at Cossipore Math, he is in good health.

Swami Prabhanandaji, Vice-President, is scheduled to visit Baghbazar centre and Balaram Mandir from 8 to 18 September, and Dimapur (Nagaland) from 25 September to 3 October.  He is keeping well.

News of Branch Centres : 01 September 2015

News of Branch Centres (in India)

Swami Vivekananda’s Ancestral House, Kolkata, held special lectures on 30 May and 30 July in commemoration of the 150th birth anniversaries of Swamis Akhandanandaji and Trigunatitanandaji respectively.

Sri V Shanmuganathan, Governor of Meghalaya, and Dr Mukul Sangma, Chief Minister of Meghalaya, visited Vivekananda Cultural Centre of Shillong Ashrama on 6 June and 12 August respectively.

Swami Prabhanandaji, Vice-President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, declared open the newly setup laboratory and telemedicine facility at Lucknow hospital on 20 July.

Sri V Shanmuganathan, Governor of Meghalaya, visited Chennai Math on 4 August.

The tenth convocation of Vivekananda University for the faculties of Disability Management and Special Education (DMSE) and General & Adapted Physical Education and Yoga (GAPEY) was held at the University’s faculty centre at Coimbatore Mission on 8 August, in which 222 successful candidates of the above two faculties were awarded certificates and mementos.  Prof. Santosh Panda, Chairperson, National Council for Teacher Education, New Delhi, delivered the convocation address and awarded the certificates.

Shillong centre held cultural competitions in 35 events in July-August in which 2887 students from 122 schools took part.  Prizes were given to the winners on 8 August.

Swami Vagishanandaji, Vice-President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated the newly built Swami Subodhananda Smriti Bhavan, a primary school building, at Medinipur centre on 9 August.

A statue of Bhagavan Buddha was installed at Narottam Nagar centre on 9 August.

As a forerunner to the Parliament of World’s Religions to be held at Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, from 15 to 19 October, Vadodara centre hosted a Pre-Parliament event on 9 August.  Scholars belonging to different religions spoke on the subject ‘Reclaiming the heart of our humanity’.  About 700 people attended the programme.

Vadodara centre conducted an international youth conference, inaugurated by Sri O P Kohli, Governor of Gujarat, on 10 and 11 August in which nearly 700 youths from 13 countries participated.

The newly constructed building for the residence of monks and staff, named ‘Ramakrishnananda Bhavan’, adjacent to Vivekanandar Illam (Vivekananda House) of Chennai Math, was inaugurated on 12 August.

Mumbai centre held a daylong seminar on the theme ‘Strengthening women’s leadership for a changing world’ on 22 August which was attended by about 350 delegates from various NGOs, corporate officials, budding women entrepreneurs, teachers and a good number of students.

Delhi centre distributed 44 projectors to government schools in and around Bhopal on 25 August, and 44 projectors to 44 government schools located in Delhi NCR on 27 August.

The newly built ‘Sarada Arangam’, an open-air auditorium / multipurpose hall, at Coimbatore Math was inaugurated on 29 August.

Swami Vagishanandaji, Vice-President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated the new publication building and also a permanent exhibition on the life and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna at Rajkot centre on 29 August.

Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, and Sri N N Pandey, Additional Chief Secretary, Govt of Jharkhand, declared open the educational exhibition of Deoghar school on 30 August.

A student of the hostel attached to Nagpur Math secured third rank in B.Sc. exams, 2015, conducted by Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University.

Students of Deoghar Vidyapith secured the following ranks in different Olympiads organized by Science Olympiad Foundation:

Contest

No. of students

Rank

Medal

Rupees

8th International Mathematics Olympiad

2

1st (state-level)

Gold 5000 each

1

2nd (state-level)

Silver 2500

1

3rd (state-level)

Bronze 1000

1

4th (state-level)

Bronze 1000
14th National Cyber Olympiad

1

3rd (state-level)

Silver 2500
17th National Science Olympiad

1

3rd (international)

Bronze 10,000

1

2nd (state-level)

Silver 2500

Apart from the medals and cash prizes, the students also received academic books.

Students of Rahara college secured the following ranks in B.Sc. examination, 2015, conducted by West Bengal State University, Barasat:

Botany: 5th & 9th;Chemistry: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th; Mathematics: 1st & 9th; Physics: 4th, 7th & 8th and Zoology: 1st & 8th.

Students of the unit of Gadadhar Abhyudaya Prakalpa being run by Darjeeling centre won the following medals in different categories in the State-level Taekwondo (a Korean martial art) Championship held by Vivekananda Institute (Eastern Railway), Halishahar, on 29 and 30 August:

Silver Medal: 1 student; Bronze Medal: 3 students.

The following centres conducted free eye camps:

Sl.

No.

Centre

Dates

of camps

Patients

checked / treated

Specs given

Surgeries

no.

performed at

   1 Bankura 29 Jul-28 Aug

401

46

79

Our eye care centre in Bankura
   2 Ghatshila Jun & Jul

191

86

53

An eye hospital in Jamshedpur
   3 Halasuru 2 to 23 July

413

172

A hospital in Bengaluru
   4 Khetri August

121

51

An eye hospital in Jaipur
   5 Lucknow August

1248

257

Our Lucknow hospital
   6 Madurai 16 August

185

3

29

An eye hospital in Madurai
   7 Medinipur 15 August

172

30

A hospital in Medinipur
   8 Porbandar 9 August

55

14

A hospital in Porbandar
   9 Rajahmundry 2, 3 & 16 Aug

184

44

15

A hospital in Vemagiri, Dt. East Godavari
 10 Rajkot August

347

71

Our eye care centre in Rajkot
 11 Salem 19 Jul-16 Aug

778

132

102

An eye hospital in Salem
 12 Silchar Jul & Aug

302

9

92

A hospital in Silchar

The following centres conducted Eye Care Programmes, details of which are given below:

Sl.

Centre

Dates

Persons checked / given vitamins and medicines

Specs given

  1

Lucknow

August

2293 children of 4 schools in Lucknow district

89

  2

Madurai

25 Aug

503 children of a school in Madurai

18

  3

Ranchi Morabadi

21 Jul-20 Aug

1326 children and 519 adults of 2 districts in Jharkhand

35

  4

Vadodara

14 Aug

178 children of 2 schools and 53 adults of a slum

50

Rajkot centre conducted a blood donation camp on 21 June in which 70 bottles of blood were collected.

Kanpur Ashrama conducted a free medical camp at a school in Chakeri, Kanpur, on 2 August in which 125 school children were treated.  Another medical camp for cardiac patients was conducted on the Ashrama premises on 15 August in which 94 patients were examined.  ECG and blood sugar tests were conducted on 80 of them.

Medinipur centre conducted a free medical camp on the premises of a school in a predominantly tribal area under Salboni block in Paschim Medinipur district, on 15 August.  Fourteen doctors, including two pediatricians, two gynecologists and one dentist, treated 1198 patients.  Forty-five patients underwent ECG and blood sugar tests.

As a part of Swachchha Bharat (Clean India) campaign, students of the different educational institutions under Saradapitha centre have taken up regular cleaning of Belur and Belur Math railway stations.

News of Branch Centres (Outside India)

Swami Vivekananda College run by Fiji centre celebrated the yearly Swami Vivekananda Week from 27 to 31 July through various cultural competitions in which about 1400 students of 9 schools took part.

New Branch Centre : 01 September 2015

A new branch centre of the Ramakrishna Mission has been started at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh.

The address of the centre is

Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama,

​​Ramakrishna Marg,

Vinayaka Nagar,

Tirupati, Dist. Chittoor,

Andhra Pradesh 517507

Phone no. (0877) 2234790

Email id <tirupati@rkmm.org>

Communication Addresses : 01 September 2015

EmailIDs:  The following centres have got new email ids shown against their names:

Centre  New ID
Asansol asansol@rkmm.org
Belgaum belgaum@rkmm.org
Bhubaneswar bhubaneswar@rkmm.org
Chennai Mission Ashrama chennai.mission@rkmm.org
Chennai Vidyapith chennai.vidyapith@rkmm.org
Deoghar deoghar@rkmm.org
Indore indore@rkmm.org
Institute of Culture, Gol Park golpark.rmic@rkmm.org
Itanagar itanagar@rkmm.org
Jammu jammu@rkmm.org
Kankhal kankhal@rkmm.org
Kankurgachhi kankurgachhi@rkmm.org
Katihar katihar@rkmm.org
Khetri khetri@rkmm.org
Lucknow lucknow@rkmm.org
Muzaffarpur muzaffarpur@rkmm.org
Nagpur nagpur@rkmm.org
Pala pala@rkmm.org
Pune pune@rkmm.org
Ramharipur ramharipur@rkmm.org
Sargachhi sargachhi@rkmm.org

 

Katihar centre has discontinued its email id <katiharvidya@gmail.com>.

The office for commemoration of Sister Nivedita’s 150th birth anniversary has changed its email id from <sisternivedita150@gmail.com> to <nivedita150@rkmm.org>.

Website: Puri Math has launched a website with address <www.rkmpuri.org>

Website of Ramakrishna Math, Puri

Website of Ramakrishna Math, Puri

>.

Obituary : 01 September 2015

Swami Yogadananda

Swami Yogadananda

We are sorry to announce the passing away of Swami Yogadanandaji (Yatin Maharaj) at Narayanganj centre in Bangladesh on 13 August at 11.35 pm local time (13 August at 11.05 pm Indian Standard Time).  He was 87 and had been suffering from diabetes and various other ailments for about three decades.  Initiated by Swami Madhavanandaji, he joined the Order in 1956 at Bagerhat centre and had Sannyasa from Swami Vireshwaranandaji in 1967.  Besides his joining centre, he served at Narayanganj and Dhaka centres.  He had been living a retired life at Narayanganj Ashrama for several years.  The Swami was affectionate and amiable by nature.

Swaccha Bharat Abhiyan : A Report

Swaccha Bharat Abhiyan

A Report

Mangalore Ashrama Swachh Bharat

The Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission had undertaken the Swaccha Bharat Abhiyan drive through its various branch centres for sensitizing people towards the need for cleanliness and sanitation.

Some of our branch centres undertook the following activities:

 

ANDHRA PRADESH

 Ramakrishna Mission, Vijayawada

Teachers, students staff members, volunteers and devotees participated in the cleanliness programme. All of them cleaned area in and around the school. They were assisted by the Municipal workers.

 

BIHAR

 Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Patna

Students of the Bal Vikas Kendra and the students of the hostel carried out the cleaning drive for about a fortnight. Plans are afoot for further extention of the programme.

 

DELHI

 Ramakrishna Mission, Delhi

On 2 October 2014, cleaning drive was organized in the vicinity of the ashrama in morning and evening in which monks, devotees, volunteers and students of the informal school run by the centre participated.

 

GUJARAT

 Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Memorial, Porbandar

On 2 October 2014, the Ashrama premises and the nearby streets were cleaned by the inmates of the Ashrama, devotees and the students.

 

JAMMU & KASHMIR

 Ramakrishna Mission, Jammu

About 200 people gathered in and around the centre and spontaneously joined the monks and other devotees and cleaned the adjacent Gajansoo Road. They took an oath to keep this practice live. Each people were given a booklet Swami Vivekananda and His Message in Dogri language.

 

JHARKHAND

 Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Morabadi, Ranchi

It was decided that the last Saturday of every month would be dedicated to cleanliness. On this day all students, devotees and inmates of the Ashrama , teachers would clean the Ashrama.

 

KARNATAKA

Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Mangalore

The centre had launched its 40-week Clean Mangalore drive on 1 February, and has successfully completed 10 week’s drive.  The 10th week drive was flagged off by Sri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas, Govt of India, on 5 April.

 

MAHARASHTRA

 Ramakrishna Math, Nagpur

The Secretary convened a meeting of the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Bhava Prachar Parishad and apprised them about their duties and responsibilities regarding cleanliness and hygiene. They took up this cleaning drive in their nearby areas along with the task of sensitising people.

Ramakrishna Math, Pune

About 150 volunteers, devotees, students and monks gathered in front of the Math and undertook the cleaning exercise in the nearby slums.

 

ODHISHA

 Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Hatamuniguda

The staff members and teachers were present in the programme held on 2 October 2014. It was decided that after the vacation a programme would be taken to clean the railway station, health centre etc.

 

RAJASTHAN

 Ramakrishna Mission, Khetri

In the morning of 2 October 2014, about 200 people including students and guardians gathered in front of the Mission to observe the day. A talk was delivered on the significance of the programme. The cleaning programme was led by the Secretary of the Khetri Math in presence of the Chairman of the Nagarpalika. Apart from the streets and neighbourhood a local pond was also cleaned. At the end at 11 am everybody took a pledge to maintain cleanliness.

 

TAMIL NADU

 Ramakrishna Mission Students Home, Mylapore, Chennai

About five hundred students participated in the programme on 02.10.2014. Ten streets in the vicinity were targeted for the cleaning operation. The surface of the streets was cleaned and garbage removed from the streets. The area got a new look. The locales appreciated the endeavour and it was decided to conduct such programme every month so that atleast eight hours be devoted per month for this campaign.

 Ramakrishna Mission, Malliankaranai

Local people and students were apprised about cleanliness. The School campus along with the road in front of the school was cleaned.

Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Salem

Volunteers, doctors, students participated in the cleaning exercise. Pledge was taken to maintain cleanliness.

 

UTTAR PRADESH

 Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Kanpur

On 1 October, the dispensary along with its surrounding area was cleaned thoroughly. On 02.10.2014 the school premises was cleaned and the school children were advised to keep the school and their neighbourhood cleaned. Efforts were made to encourage people to keep the environment in the vicinity clean. Plans for further programmes are on.

Ramakrishna Mission Sevashrama, Lucknow

On 2 October, the staff members and students gave up their leaves and gathered in the premises and undertook the programme of cleanliness. The entire premises was cleaned. It was decided that the cleaning exercise would be undertaken on every second day of every month. A subcommittee was formed to monitor the progress and penal provisions have been inserted in cases of failure to observe cleanliness.

 

WEST BENGAL

 Ramakrishna Math, Baranagore, Kolkata

Steps were taken to educate the slum dwellers about the significance and benefits of cleanliness and “Healthcare and cleanliness” programme was initiated among them. Under this programme large size garbage bins, phenol, brooms, dettol etc. were distributed among families. Health awareness camps with Doctors apprising different aspects of health and hygiene was also conducted. Devotees, volunteers and local people took active part in the programme thereby creating a ripple in the locality.

Ramakrishna Mission Institute Of Culture, Golpark, Kolkata

A programme was organised on 11.10.2014 and another on 11.11.2014. In the programme dated 11.10.2014 a huge gathering was noticed. The monks of the Ramakrishna Order along with devotees, staff members and volunteers took up the cleaning job. Shri Arnab Aich, Under Secretary, Ministry of Culture was present in the function. He explained the significance of this drive. Programme has been undertaken to clean the stretch between Ramakrishna Mission Golpark to Shri Chaitanya Setu (Dhakuria Bridge).

Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Ramharipur, Bankura

Market place adjacent to the Ashram campus and Health Centre was cleaned. Students, teachers, volunteers, devotees participated in the programme.

 

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SWACHH BHARAT ABHIYAN by Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Smriti Mandir, KHETRI, Rajasthan

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SWACHH BHARAT ABHIYAN (10 Weeks Drive for Clean Mangalore) by Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Mangalore

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Flood Relief by Ramakrishna Mission

A Brief Report of Flood Relief Work in West Bengal

As on 18 August 2015

In the wake of heavy rainfall and severe water inundation a major portion of West Bengal is grappling with floods, affecting thousands of families. Since 26 July, Ramakrishna Mission has initiated steps to conduct extensive primary relief service among the afflicted people in most of the districts. The relief work so far conducted by Ramakrishna Mission centres is as given below:

(i)       Antpur centre has served cooked food to 10,190 affected people in Jangipara block and distributed 23,114 kg chira and 1179 kg sugar among 5494 families in 26 villages of Jangipara block and 4 villages in Udaynarayanpur block in Hooghly district and 3 villages in Amta-2 block in Howrah district from 2 to 9 August.

(ii)    Barasat centre distributed 320 saris, 320 tarpaulins, 318 umbrellas, 320 bed sheets and 320 utensil sets (each set containing a pot, a kadahi, 2 plates, 2 tumblers, 2 bowls, a ladle, a khunti and a bucket) among 320 affected families living in temporary relief camps in Ashoknagar and Habra Municipality in North 24 Parganas district from 31 July to 6 August.

(iii)  Belgharia centre served cooked food and distributed dry food materials among nearly 2000 affected people in Sahapur village in Burdwan district on 31 July. The centre also distributed 8963 kg chira, 2241 kg sugar, 1120 kg soybean, 166 kg milk powder and 3320 packets of biscuits among 3035 families in Nabadwip area in Nadia district from 5 to 8 August.

(iv)   Chandipur centre distributed 2640 packets of biscuits, 300 saris, 70 dhotis, 300 plastic sheets and 300 kgs of bleaching powder among 315 families belonging to 10 villages in Panskura block of East Medinipur district from 10 to 14 August.

(v)     Contai centre distributed 1600 kgs chira, 400 kgs sugar and 900 packets of biscuit among 291 families in Kumirda and Itaberia areas in East Medinipur district.

(vi)        Gourhati centre distributed 41 saris, 55 tarpaulins, bleaching powder, etc. among 55 families in their nearby areas in Arambagh block of Hooghly district.

(vii)      Ichapur centre distributed 10,050 kg chira and 1000 kg sugar among 4750 families in 12 villages of Khanakul-I block of Hooghly district from 5 to 10 August.

(viii)    Jayrambati centre served cooked to 5624 affected people and distributed 500 kg chira, 250 kg gur and 7 kg milk powder among 326 families belonging to 15 villages in their nearby areas from 2 to 4 August. The centre also provided medical relief to 256 flood affected patients.

(ix)       Kamarpukur centre served 1020 plates of cooked food and distributed 8900 kg chira, 880 kg sugar and 427 kg biscuits among 4616 families in 37 villages of Khanakul-II, Haripal, Goghat-II and Tarakeshwar blocks of Hooghly district from 31 July to 9 August.

(x)         Sargachhi centre served cooked food to nearly 841 affected people and distributed dry food materials, drinking water, bleaching powder, etc. among 588 flood-affected families in Nabagram, Kandi and Berhampur block of Murshidabad district from 30 July to 8 August. The centre also provided medical relief to flood affected patients.

(xi)       Naora centre served cooked food and distributed 4852 kg rice, 582 kg dal, 164.5 kg sugar, 658 kg chira, 164.5 litres of kerosene oil and 4572 kg potato among 1524 families in Canning-II block in South 24 Parganas district on 4, 7, 8 and 9 August.

(xii)     Narendrapur centre is conducting flood relief work among 917 affected families in Saratnagar block in North 24 Parganas district. Further reports are awaited.

(xiii)   Rahara centre distributed 565 kg rice, 59 kg dal, 236 kg potatoes, 92 kg soybean chunks, 373 kg chira, 125.5 kg sugar, 2810 packets of biscuit, 2762 packets of milk powder, 256 bottles of Zeoline water purifier and 464 bars of soap among 783 families in Baruipur PS in South 24 Parganas district on 3 and 6 August. The centre also provided medical relief to 426 flood affected patients.

(xiv)    Saradapitha centre has distributed 100 tarpaulins among 100 families living in temporary shelters in Jamalpur Block in Burdwan district and Dhaniakhali block in Hooghly district on 3 August; 2000 loaves of bread, 250 kg sugar and 2500 packets of biscuit among 500 families in Singur block in Hooghly district on 4 August; 50 kg chira, 25 kg sugar, 22.5 kg biscuits and 50 packets of ORS among 25 families in Liluah area in Howrah district on 5 August; 600 kg chira, 200 kg sugar, 100 kg milk powder and 2410 packets of biscuit among 450 families in  Polba Dadpur block in Hooghly district on 5 August; 200 tarpaulins among 200 families in Amta-2 block in Howrah district on 6 August; 1615 kg rice, 750 kg chira, 421 kg sugar and 2200 packets of biscuit among 1100 families in Khanakul-II block of Hooghly district on 7 and 9 August.

(xv)      Sikra Kulingram centre 3500 kg chira, 550 kg sugar, 7000 packets of biscuits, 47000 halogen tablets and 200 kg bleaching powder among 1663 families in Chatra, Media and Charghat areas in North 24 Parganas district from 5 to 9 August.

(xvi)    Tamluk centre is conducting flood relief work in Ghatal area in West Medinipur district. We are sending 2 monastic brothers to help them in this relief work. Further reports are awaited.

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The relief work will be further expanded depending upon the situation.

 

August 16, 2015                                                           Swami Suvirananda

Belur Math, Howrah                                                      Assistant Secretary

A Brief Report of Flood Relief Work in Manipur

As on 16 August 2015

Heavy rainfall in a major portion of Manipur led to unprecedented floods in the Thoubal district, affecting hundreds of families. The nascent Ramakrishna Mission centre in Imphal started its first relief work in the state by conducting a survey in the affected areas on 7th August. After conducting extensive survey in the district, our team identified nearly 1500 families for distribution of dry food materials, blankets, etc. Moreover, the need of providing medical assistance was also felt.

Likewise, medical camp was organized on 8th and 11th August with 12 doctors and 15 paramedical staffs. The camp was able to provide medical assistance to about 1550 flood affected patients.

Moreover, rice, dal, salt and edible oil was distributed among 1515 affected families belonging to Nungoo, Tangjeng Kunjao, Khongyam and Wangoo villages of Thoubal District on 12th and 13th August. Detailed reports are awaited.

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August 16, 2015                                                                         Swami Suvirananda

Belur Math, Howrah                                                                    Assistant Secretary

A Brief Report of Flood Relief Work in West Bengal

As on 10 August 2015

In the wake of heavy rainfall and severe water inundation a major portion of West Bengal is grappling with floods, affecting thousands of families. Since 26 July, Ramakrishna Mission has initiated steps to conduct extensive primary relief service among the afflicted people in most of the districts. The relief work so far conducted by Ramakrishna Mission centres is as given below:

(i)       Antpur centre has served cooked food to 10,190 affected people in Jangipara block and distributed 23,114 kg chira and 1179 kg sugar among 5494 families in 26 villages of Jangipara block and 4 villages in Udaynarayanpur block in Hooghly district and 3 villages in Amta-2 block in Howrah district from 2 to 9 August.

(ii)    Barasat centre distributed 320 saris, 320 tarpaulins, 318 umbrellas, 320 bed sheets and 320 utensil sets (each set containing a pot, a kadahi, 2 plates, 2 tumblers, 2 bowls, a ladle, a khunti and a bucket) among 320 affected families living in temporary relief camps in Ashoknagar and Habra Municipality in North 24 Parganas district.

(iii)  Belgharia centre served cooked food and distributed dry food materials among nearly 2000 affected people in Saharpur village in Burdwan district on 31 July. The centre also distributed 8963 kg chira, 2241 kg sugar, 1120 kg soybean, 166 kg milk powder and 3320 packets of biscuits among 3035 families in Nabadwip area in Nadia district.

(iv)   Chandipur centre is conducting flood relief work in Panskura area in East Medinipur district. We are sending 2 monastic brothers to help them in this relief work. Further reports are awaited.

(v)     Contai centre distributed 1600 kgs chira, 400 kgs sugar and 900 packets of biscuit among 291 families in Kumirda and Itaberia areas in East Medinipur district.

(vi)        Gourhati centre distributed 41 saris, 55 tarpaulins, bleaching powder, etc. among 55 families in their nearby areas in Arambagh block of Hooghly district.

(vii)      Ichapur centre distributed 2520 kg chira and 252 kg sugar among 900 families in 7 villages of Khanakul-I block of Hooghly district. Distribution is continuing.

(viii)    Jayrambati centre served cooked to 5624 affected people and distributed 500 kg chira, 250 kg gur and 7 kg milk powder among 326 families belonging to 15 villages in their nearby areas from 2 to 4 August. The centre also provided medical relief to 256 flood affected patients.

(ix)       Kamarpukur centre distributed 2635 kg chira, 316 kg sugar and 188 kg biscuits among 1827 families in 20 villages of Khanakul II, Haripal and Tarakeshwar blocks of Hooghly district from 31 July to 4 August.

(x)         Sargachhi centre served cooked food and distributed dry food materials, drinking water, bleaching powder and medicines among more than 500 flood-affected people in Berhampur block of Murshidabad district on 26 and 27 July. The centre is presently undertaking primary relief work in Berhampur and Beldanga 2 blocks of Murshidabad district.

(xi)       Naora centre served cooked food and distributed 4852 kg rice, 582 kg dal, 164.5 kg sugar, 658 kg chira, 164.5 litres of kerosene oil and 4572 kg potato among 1524 families in Canning-II block in South 24 Parganas district on 4, 7, 8 and 9 August.

(xii)     Narendrapur centre is conducting flood relief work among 917 affected families in Saratnagar block in North 24 Parganas district. Further reports are awaited.

(xiii)   Rahara centre distributed 565 kg rice, 59 kg dal, 236 kg potatoes, 92 kg soybean chunks, 373 kg chira, 125.5 kg sugar, 2810 packets of biscuit, 2762 packets of milk powder, 256 bottles of Zeoline water purifier and 464 bars of soap among 783 families in Madarat Panchayat and Baruipur PS in South 24 Parganas district on 3 and 6 August. The centre also provided medical relief to 426 flood affected patients.

(xiv)    Saradapitha centre has distributed 100 tarpaulins among 100 families living in temporary shelters in Jamalpur Block in Burdwan district and Dhaniakhali block in Hooghly district on 3 August; 2000 loaves of bread, 250 kg sugar and 2500 packets of biscuit among 500 families in Singur block in Hooghly district on 4 August; 50 kg chira, 25 kg sugar, 22.5 kg biscuits and 50 packets of ORS among 25 families in Liluah area in Howrah district on 5 August; 600 kg chira, 200 kg sugar, 100 kg milk powder and 2410 packets of biscuit among 450 families in  Polba Dadpur block in Hooghly district on 5 August; 200 tarpaulins among 200 families in Amta-2 block in Howrah district on 6 August; 1615 kg rice, 750 kg chira, 421 kg sugar and 2200 packets of biscuit among 1100 families in Khanakul-II block of Hooghly district on 7 and 9 August.

(xv)      Sikra Kulingram centre is distributing dry food materials and halogen tablets among 1570 families in Chatra, Media and Charghat areas in North 24 Parganas district.

(xvi)    Tamluk centre is conducting flood relief work in Ghatal area in West Medinipur district. We are sending 2 monastic brothers to help them in this relief work. Further reports are awaited.

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The relief work will be further expanded depending upon the situation.

August 10, 2015                                                                                              Swami Suvirananda

Belur Math, Howrah                                                                                         Assistant Secretary

 

A Brief Report of Flood Relief Work As on 08 August 2015

In the wake of heavy rainfall and severe water inundation a major portion of West Bengal is grappling with floods, affecting thousands of families. Since 26 July, Ramakrishna Mission has initiated steps to conduct extensive primary relief service among the afflicted people in most of the districts. The relief work so far conducted by Ramakrishna Mission centres is as given below:

(i)       Sargachhi centre served cooked food and distributed dry food materials, drinking water, bleaching powder and medicines among more than 500 flood-affected people in Berhampur block of Murshidabad district on 26 and 27 July. The centre is presently undertaking primary relief work in Berhampur and Beldanga 2 blocks of Murshidabad district.

(ii)    Belgharia centre served cooked food and distributed dry food materials among nearly 2000 affected people in Saharpur village in Burdwan district on 31 July. The centre also distributed 8963 kg chira, 2241 kg sugar, 1120 kg soybean, 166 kg milk powder and 3320 packets of biscuits among 3035 families in Nabadwip area in Nadia district.

(iii)  Antpur centre has served cooked food to 10,190 affected people in Jangipara block and distributed 20,851 kg chira and 1122 kg sugar among 4655 families in 26 villages of Jangipara block and 4 villages in Udaynarayanpur block in Hooghly district on 2 and 3 August. The centre is continuing its relief work in the affected areas.

(iv)   Saradapitha centre has distributed 100 tarpaulins among 100 families living in temporary shelters in Jamalpur Block in Burdwan district and Dhaniakhali block in Hooghly district on 3 August; 50 kg chira, 25 kg sugar, 22.5 kg biscuits and 50 packets of ORS among 25 families in Liluah area in Howrah district on 5 August; 600 kg chira, 200 kg sugar, 100 kg milk powder and 2410 packets of biscuit among 450 families in  Polba Dadpur block in Hooghly district on 5 August; and  200 tarpaulins among 200 families in Amta-2 block in Howrah district on 6 August.

(v)     Kamarpukur centre distributed 2635 kg chira, 316 kg sugar and 188 kg biscuits among 1827 families in 20 villages of Khanakul II, Haripal and Tarakeshwar blocks of Hooghly district from 31 July to 4 August.

(vi)   Jayrambati centre served cooked to nearly 6000 affected people and distributed 500 kg chira, 250 kg gur and necessary medicines among affected families in their nearby areas on 1 and 2 August.

(vii) Barasat centre is making arrangements to distribute tarpaulin, saris, utensils, bedsheet and other necessary goods among 320 affected families living in temporary relief camps in Ashoknagar and Habra Municipality in North 24 Parganas district.

(viii)    Rahara centre distributed 565 kg rice, 59 kg dal, 236 kg potatoes, 92 kg soybean chunks, 373 kg chira, 125.5 kg sugar, 2810 packets of biscuit, 2762 packets of milk powder, 256 bottles of Zeoline water purifier and 464 bars of soap among 783 families in Madarat Panchayat and Baruipur PS in South 24 Parganas district on 3 August.  The centre also provided medical relief to 426 flood affected patients.

(ix)       Naora centre distributed 3772 kg rice, 582 kg dal, 164.5 kg sugar, 658 kg chira, 164.5 litres of kerosene oil and 3492 kg potato among 1164 families in Canning-II block in South 24 Parganas district on 4, 7 and 8 August.

(x)         Gourhati centre is distributing rice, tarpaulins, halogen tablets, etc. among 55 families in their nearby areas in Arambagh block of Hooghly district.

(xi)       Ichapur centre distributed 2520 kg chira and 252 kg sugar among 900 families in 7 villages of Khanakul-I block of Hooghly district.

(xii)     Sikra Kulingram centre is distributing dry food materials and halogen tablets among 1000 families in Chatra, Media and Charghat areas in North 24 Parganas district.

(xiii)   Our Contai centre distributed 1600 kgs chira, 400 kgs sugar and 900 packets of biscuit among 291 families in Kumirda and Itaberia areas in East Medinipur district.

(xiv)    Our Tamluk and Narendrapur centres are conducting extensive survey in Ghatal area in West Midnapore district and Swarupnagar block in North 24 Parganas district respectively. Relief work will be initiated on the basis of the survey reports.

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The relief work will be further expanded depending upon the situation.

Further Reports are awaited.

 

August 08, 2015                                                                           Swami Suvirananda

Belur Math, Howrah                                                                        Assistant Secretary

A Brief Report of Flood Relief Work As on 05 August 2015

In the wake of heavy rainfall and severe water inundation a major portion of West Bengal is grappling with floods, affecting thousands of families. Since 26 July, Ramakrishna Mission has initiated steps to conduct extensive primary relief service among the afflicted people in most of the districts. The relief work so far conducted by Ramakrishna Mission centres is as given below:

(i)       Sargachhi centre served cooked food and distributed dry food materials, drinking water, bleaching powder and medicines among more than 500 flood-affected people in Berhampore block of Murshidabad district on 26 and 27 July. The centre is presently undertaking primary relief work in Berhampore and Beldanga 2 blocks of Murshidabad district.

(ii)    Belgharia centre served cooked food and distributed dry food materials among nearly 2000 affected people in Saharpur village in Burdwan district on 31 July. The centre is presently conducting primary relief work among 2000 families in Nabadwip area in Nadia district.

(iii)  Antpur centre has served cooked food to 10,190 affected people in Jangipara block and distributed 20,851 kg chira and 1122 kg sugar among 4655 families in 26 villages of Jangipara block and 4 villages in Udaynarayanpur block in Hooghly district on 2 and 3 August.

(iv)   Saradapitha centre has distributed 100 tarpaulins among families living in temporary shelters in Khanpur and Dhaniakhali blocks in Hooghly district; dry food materials among 25 families in Liluah area in Howrah district; dry food materials among nearly 500 families in Singur block and 440 families in Polba Dadpur block in Hooghly district. Steps are also being taken to conduct relief work in Amta-I block in Howrah district.

(v)     Kamarpukur centre distributed 2635 kg chira, 316 kg sugar and 188 kg biscuits among 1827 families in 20 villages of Khanakul II, Haripal and Tarakeshwar blocks of Hooghly district from 31 July to 4 August.

(vi)   Jayrambati centre served cooked to nearly 6000 affected people and distributed 500 kg chira, 250 kg gur and necessary medicines among affected families in their nearby areas on 1 and 2 August.

(vii) Barasat centre is making arrangements to distribute tarpaulin, saris, utensils, bedsheet and other necessary goods among 320 affected families living in temporary relief camps in Ashoknagar and Habra Municipality in North 24 Parganas district.

(viii)    Rahara centre distributed 150 kg chira, 40.5 kg sugar, 260 packets of biscuit, 212 packets of milk powder, 94 bottles of Zeoline water purifier and 97 bars of soap among 130 families in Madarat Panchayat and Baruipur PS in South 24 Parganas district on 3 August.  The centre also provided medical relief to 215 flood affected patients.

(ix)       Naora centre is serving cooked food and distributing dry food materials among 1000 families in Canning-II block in South 24 Parganas district from 4 August.

(x)         Gourhati centre is distributing rice, tarpaulins, halogen tablets, etc. among 55 families in their nearby areas in Arambagh block of Hooghly district.

(xi)       Ichapur centre is distributing dry food materials among 2000 families in Khanakul-I block of Hooghly district.

(xii)     Sikra Kulingram centre is distributing dry food materials and halogen tablets among 1000 families in Chatra, Media and Charghat areas in North 24 Parganas district.

(xiii)   Our Tamluk, Narendrapur and Contai centres are conducting extensive survey in Ghatal area in West Midnapore district, Swarupnagar block in North 24 Parganas district and Etaberia area in East Medinipur distrcits respectively. Relief work will be initiated on the basis of the survey reports.

 

The relief work will be further expanded depending upon the situation.

Further Reports are awaited.

 

August 05, 2015                                                                                        Swami Suvirananda

Belur Math, Howrah                                                                                   Assistant Secretary

A Brief Report of Flood Relief Work As on 04 August 2015

In the wake of heavy rainfall and severe water inundation a major portion of West Bengal is grappling with floods, affecting thousands of families. Since 26 July, Ramakrishna Mission has initiated steps to conduct extensive primary relief service among the afflicted people in most of the districts. The relief work so far conducted by Ramakrishna Mission centres is as given below:

(i)       Sargachhi centre served cooked food and distributed dry food materials, drinking water, bleaching powder and medicines among more than 500 flood-affected people in Berhampore block of Murshidabad district on 26 and 27 July. The centre is presently undertaking primary relief work in Berhampore and Beldanga 2 blocks of Murshidabad district.

(ii)    Belgharia centre served cooked food and distributed dry food materials among nearly 2000 affected people in Saharpur village in Burdwan district on 31 July.

(iii)  Antpur centre has served cooked food to 10,190 affected people in Jangipara block and distributed 20,851 kg chira and 1122 kg sugar among 4655 families in 26 villages of Jangipara block and 4 villages in Udaynarayanpur block in Hooghly district on 2 and 3 August.

(iv)   Our Saradapitha centre has distributed 100 tarpaulins among families living in temporary shelters in Khanpur and Dhaniakhali blocks in Hooghly district.

(v)     Our Kamarpukur centre distributed 1675 kg chira, 188 kg sugar and 110 kg biscuits among 1102 families in 12 villages of Khanakul II, Haripal and Tarakeshwar blocks of Hooghly district from 31 July to 3 August.

(vi)   Our Jayrambati centre served cooked to nearly 6000 affected people and distributed 500 kg chira and 250 kg gur among affected families in their nearby areas on 1 and 2 August.

(vii) Our Barasat centre is making arrangements to distribute tarpaulin, saris, utensils, bedsheet and other necessary goods among 320 affected families living in temporary relief camps in Ashoknagar and Habra Municipality in North 24 Parganas district.

(viii)    Our Rahara centre distributed 150 kg chira, 40.5 kg sugar, 260 packets of biscuit, 212 packets of milk powder and 97 bars of soap among 130 families in Madarat Panchayat and Baruipur PS in South 24 Parganas district on 3 August.  The centre also provided medical relief to 215 flood affected patients.

Moreover, 7 other branch centres are presently conducting extensive survey in their nearby areas. Relief work will be further extended on the basis of the survey reports and current flood situations.

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August 04, 2015                                                                                        Swami Suvirananda

Belur Math, Howrah                                                                                   Assistant Secretary

 

A Brief Report of Flood Relief Work As on 03 August 2015

In the wake of heavy rainfall and severe water inundation a major portion of West Bengal is grappling with floods, affecting thousands of families. Since 26 July, Ramakrishna Mission has initiated steps to conduct extensive primary relief service among the afflicted humanity in most of the districts. The relief work so far conducted by Ramakrishna Mission centres is as given below:

(i)       Sargachhi centre served cooked food and distributed dry food materials, drinking water, bleaching powder and medicines among more than 500 flood-affected people in Berhampore block of Murshidabad district on 26 and 27 July. The centre is presently undertaking primary relief work in Berhampore and Beldanga 2 blocks of Murshidabad district.

(ii)    Belgharia centre served cooked food and distributed dry food materials among nearly 2000 affected people in Saharpur village in Burdwan district on 31 July.

(iii)  Antpur centre has served cooked food to 10,190 affected people in Jangipara block and distributed 20,851 kg chira and 1122 kg sugar among 4655 families in 26 villages of Jangipara block and 4 villages in Udaynarayanpur block in Hooghly district on 2 and 3 August.

(iv)   Our Saradapitha centre has distributed 100 tarpaulins among families living in temporary shelters in Khanpur and Dhaniakhali blocks in Hooghly district.

(v)     Our Kamarpukur centre distributed 1250 kg chira, 125 kg sugar and 1580 kg biscuits among 787 families in 8 villages of Khanakul II, Haripal and Tarakeshwar blocks of Hooghly district from 31 July to 2 August.

(vi)   Our Jayrambati centre served cooked to nearly 6000 affected people and distributed 500 kg chira and 250 kg gur among affected families in their nearby areas on 1 and 2 August.

(vii) Our Barasat centre is making arrangements to distribute tarpaulin, saris, utensils, bedsheet and other necessary goods among 320 affected families living in temporary relief camps in Ashoknagar and Habra Municipality in North 24 Parganas district.

(viii)    Our Rahara centre distributed dry food materials among 400 stranded people in Baruipur subdivision of South 24 Parganas district. The centre is taking steps to undertake further relief work in the area.

 

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Moreover, 7 other branch centres are presently conducting extensive survey in their nearby areas. Relief work will be further extended on the basis of the survey reports and current flood situations.

 

August 03, 2015                                                                                        Swami Suvirananda

Belur Math, Howrah                                                                                   Assistant Secretary

A Brief Report of Flood Relief Work As on 02 August 2015

In the wake of heavy rainfall and severe water inundation a major portion of West Bengal is grappling with floods, affecting thousands of families. Since 26 July, Ramakrishna Mission has initiated steps to conduct extensive primary relief service among the afflicted humanity in most of the districts. The relief work so far conducted by Ramakrishna Mission centres is as given below:

(i)       Sargachi centre served cooked food and distributed dry food materials, drinking water, bleaching powder and medicines among more than 500 flood-affected people in Berhampore block of Murshidabad district on 26 and 27 July. The centre is presently undertaking primary relief work in Berhampore and Beldanga 2 blocks of Murshidabad district.

(ii)    Belgharia centre served cooked food and distributed dry food materials among nearly 2000 affected people in Saharpur village in Burdwan district on 31 July.

(iii)  After distributing dry food materials among nearly 80 affected families in Khanakul –II block of Hooghly district on 31 July, our Kamarpukur centre is presently conducting flood relief work in Tarakeshwar and Haripal blocks in Hooghly district.

(iv)   Antpur centre is serving cooked food and distributing dry food materials and tarpaulins among 2000 families in 14 villages of Jangipara block in Hooghly district from 2 August. Arrangements for relief work are also being made in Udaynarayanpur block in Howrah district.

(v)     Our Saradapitha centre is distributing 100 tarpaulins among affected families living in temporary shelters in Khanpur and Dhaniakhali blocks in Hooghly district.

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Moreover, 8 other branch centres are presently conducting extensive survey in their nearby areas. Relief work will be further extended on the basis of the survey reports and current flood situations.

 

 

August 02, 2015                                                                                        Swami Suvirananda

Belur Math, Howrah                                                                                 Assistant Secretary

 

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West Bengal Flood Relief Report : 01 August 2015

In response to torrential rains and flooding of vast areas of West Bengal, the Ramakrishna Mission has initiated steps to conduct primary relief in flood affected areas since 26 July 2015.

Our Sargacchi centre distributed dry and cooked food items, drinking water, bleaching powder and medicines to about 200 people in Hatnagar under Beldanga 1 block and 337 flood victims in Santoshnagar & Nalghosha under Berhampore block of Murshidabad district.

Our Antpur centre is distributing dry food materials and tarpaulins  to 2000 families in 14 villages of Jangipara Block in Hooghly district.

Our Belgharia centre distributed chira, sugar and cooked food to about 2000 flood affected people in Saharpur village of Burdwan district.

Our Kamarpukur centre distributed dry food materials to 300 flood victims at Jagatpur area in Khanakul Block II of Hooghly district.

Steps are being taken to extend relief efforts further.