New Mission 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

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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.

Relief Work : A brief report as on 01 August 2015

Relief  Work : A  Brief  Report  As  ON  1 august 2015

1.    Landslide Relief: West Bengal: Owing to heavy rains, a series of devastating landslides took place in some parts of Darjeeling district on 1 July, causing severe loss to life and property.   Darjeeling centre distributed 202 packets of Horlicks, 400 packets of biscuits, 184 packets of baby food, 1000 shawls, 200 bars of soap, 400 mattresses, 400 mosquito-nets, 200 solar lanterns, 200 umbrellas, 4 sets of agricultural sprayers, 140 notebooks, 70 pens, 70 pencils, 70 erasers, 70 pencil sharpeners, etc among 200 affected families who had taken shelter in 4 relief camps set up by the district administration in Mirik, a hill station located 50 km from Siliguri.

2.    Flood Relief: Gujarat: The recent flash floods in Amreli district caused severe waterlogging in many areas.  Rajkot centre distributed 2087 educational kits (each kit containing a school bag, a slate, a pencil box, a geometry box, a few notebooks, etc) among 2087 affected students of 13 schools in 12 villages of the district.

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

(a)  Naora: 1341 textbooks on 22 June and 20 tarpaulins, 80 saris, 50 children’s garments, and 48 textbooks on 16 July.

(b)  Narottam Nagar: 240 sets of school uniforms, 200 T-shirts, 62 bars of soap, 62 bottles of hair oil, 62 tubes of toothpaste, 310 pouches of shampoo, 1443 notebooks, 240 pens, 240 pencils, 240 erasers and 178 pencil sharpeners from 16 May to 17 July.

(c)  Rajarhat Bishnupur: 480 packets (750 gm each) of Horlicks from 18 to 26 May.

(d)  Saradapitha: 520 packets of biscuits and 179 bottles of drinking water from 9 to 23 June.

(e)  Ulsoor: 62,778 notebooks, 2367 geometry boxes, 14,348 pencils, 14,348 erasers and 14,348 pencil sharpeners among 14,348 students of 127 schools from 10 June to 1 July.

Economic Rehabilitation: West Bengal: Chandipur centre handed over 6 sewing machines to poor people on 28 June.

Personalia : 01 August 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, returned to Belur Math on 21 July from Pune. He will be visiting Narendrapur from 11 August to 2 September.  He is keeping well.

Swami Vagishanandaji, Vice-President, will be visiting Medinipur and Garbeta from 3 to 14 August, and Rajkot from 28 to 31 August.  Presently at Cossipore Math, he is in good health.

Swami Prabhanandaji, Vice-President, is scheduled to visit Baranagar Mission Ashrama from 1 to 7 August, Asansol and Putunda (Bardhaman district) from 14 to 22 August, and Shillong from 28 to 31 August.  He is keeping well.

News of Branch Centres : 01 August 2015

News of Branch Centres (in India)

The following centres conducted summer camps for students.  The programme included chanting, bhajans, yogasanas, value education classes, etc.

Sl. No.

Centre

Duration of the camp

Participants

      1

Nagpur 28 April to 4 May

125

      2

Porbandar 1 to 31 May

78

Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated the renovated guesthouse at Bhubaneswar centre on 16 June.

Hyderabad Math conducted two three-day residential youth camps from 26 to 28 June and 10 to 12 July in which altogether 400 youths participated. Photo

Vadodara centre held an all-India youth leadership conference from 28 to 30 June in which about 700 youths from 15 states took part.

Asansol centre, which had so far been providing coaching to the underprivileged children of nearby villages at six different places, has now started giving them coaching on the Ashrama premises itself.  Free bus service for the students has been arranged for this purpose. The new scheme, which will benefit about 350 students of 35 villages every year, was inaugurated on 2 July.

A fibreglass statue of Sister Nivedita and a plaque with a saying of hers installed on either side of the entrance to Asansol Ashrama were unveiled on 2 July.

Chennai Math conducted a three-day youth camp from 3 to 5 July in which 265 youths took part.  On the last day, all of them participated in ‘Clean Mylapore’ programme with the support of the Chennai Corporation.

Vivekananda University celebrated the tenth anniversary of its foundation as well as held its annual convocation ceremony at its Belur campus on 4 July.  Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, presided over the meeting and awarded the certificates, degrees and diplomas to 84 students who successfully graduated from the Belur, Narendrapur and Ranchi faculties of the University.  Dr A S Kiran Kumar, Chairman of Indian Space Research Organization and Secretary of the Department of Space, Govt of India, delivered the convocation address and awarded medals and prizes to the toppers.

Madurai Math conducted a medical camp on 5 July, in which 7 specialist doctors treated 268 patients.

Kochi Math launched a mobile bookstall on 6 July.

Dhaka centre in Bangladesh conducted a blood donation camp on 10 July in which 43 people donated blood.

Swami Vagishanandaji, Vice-President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated the newly started computer training centre at Gadadhar Ashrama, Kolkata, on 11 July. Photo.

The newly renovated lecture hall at Vrindaban Sevashrama to be used for conducting classes for doctors and nurses was inaugurated on 11 July. Photo.

The newly constructed dispensary building at Gourhati Math was inaugurated on 12 July.

On the holy occasion of Godavari Pushkaram, a festival of the River Godavari which occurs once in 12 years, Rajahmundry centre distributed the following items daily from 14 to 25 July: food to 6000 pilgrims, buttermilk to 15,000 pilgrims, and milk to 2000 children.  The centre also conducted spiritual discourses and cultural programmes on this occasion. Photo.

Agartala centre organized a blood donation camp on 18 July which was inaugurated by Sri Manik Sarkar, Chief Minister of Tripura.  A total of 42 persons donated blood in the camp.

On the sacred occasion of Ratha Yatra, Puri Math conducted a medical camp from 18 to 26 July in which 1120 patients were treated.  The Ashrama also served sharbat to 30,000 pilgrims.

Puri Mission Ashrama served lemonade to about 30,000 pilgrims and distributed 50,000 pouches of drinking water during the Ratha Yatra festival.  In the medical camp organized on this occasion 447 patients were treated.  The centre also served lemonade to pedestrians throughout the summer.

Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, declared open the newly built first floor of the study hall for Sarada Sadan (Higher Secondary hostel) students at Purulia Vidyapith on 24 July.

Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated the newly constructed library building at Bagda Math on 24 July.

The following three buildings at Coimbatore Mission centre were inaugurated on 28 July: (1) research centre building of the faculty of General and Adapted Physical Education and Yoga (GAPEY) of Vivekananda University, (2) multipurpose hall of the faculty of GAPEY of Vivekananda University, and (3) extension block of the College of Arts and Science.  Besides, the newly set-up bookstall of the centre at Coimbatore railway station was declared open on 29 July.

The newly constructed multipurpose building at Koyilandy centre was inaugurated on 31 July, the sacred Guru Purnima day.

A student of Shivananda Higher Secondary School of Coimbatore Mission centre, who had secured first rank in the state under the visually impaired students’ category in the recently held higher secondary examination conducted by Tamil Nadu board, was felicitated by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu with a trophy, a citation and a cash award of 50,000 rupees.  Another student of that school, who had stood third in the recently held secondary examination conducted by Tamil Nadu board, was felicitated by the Chief Minister with a citation and a cash award of 15,000 rupees.

Out of the 25 students of our Chandigarh students’ home who appeared at the Class 12 exams held by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) this year, 24 passed with the first division marks, 22 of them securing star marks (75% or above), and 1 was placed in compartment.

The two students of the welfare home of Port Blair centre who had appeared at the Class-10 examinations held by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) this year passed with first division marks.

A student of the Higher Secondary school of Kalady centre secured 2nd rank in the entrance examination for admission to Architectural Engineering conducted by Kerala government this year.

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 Jun-28 Jul

403

42

143

Our eye care centre in Bankura
   2 Chandigarh June

256

30

An eye hospital in Chandigarh
   3 Chennai Math* Jun & Jul

206

89

23

An eye hospital in Chennai
   4 Halasuru (Ulsoor) 3 to 25 June

418

197

A hospital in Bangalore
   5 Jamshedpur 28 Jun to 18 Jul

187

140

9

An eye hospital in Jamshedpur
   6 Kamarpukur July

488

89

80

Our eye care centre in Kamarpukur
   7 Khetri July

151

50

An eye hospital in Jaipur
   8 Lucknow July

1591

163

Our Lucknow hospital
   9 Madurai 19 July

239

3

46

An eye hospital in Madurai
 10 Porbandar 10 July

42

18

A hospital in Virnagar, Dt. Rajkot
 11 Rajkot July

70

38

Our eye care centre in Rajkot
 12 Ranchi Morabadi 22 Jun-20 Jul

2334

53

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 13 Salem 5 to 19 July

230

48

30

An eye hospital in Salem
 14 Vadodara 11 & 17 July

165

27

* through Chengalpattu centre

Lucknow centre provided Vitamin-A capsules to 1580 children of 3 schools in Lucknow district, and free glasses to 60 children with refractory errors, in the month of July.

News of Branch Centres (Outside India)

A student of our Swami Vivekananda College in Fiji won the first position in the junior category of the oratory competition organized by National Road Safety Council, Fiji, in the month of June.  Besides, a youth-oriented film made by the students of that college won the Judges Commendation Award at the National Level Kula Films Competition in July.

Communication Addresses : 01 August 2015

Communication Addresses

Postal Addresses: Germany centre, which had till now been functioning mainly from its premises at Muehlheim, near Frankfurt, has now moved to its new premises in Berlin.  The new address of the centre is: “Vedanta Gesellschaft, Mohnweg 18a, 12357 Berlin, Germany”, phone no. 49-30-6646-4797 and fax no. 49-30-6646-4799.  The email id <vedantagesellschaft@gmail.com> and the website address <www.vedanta-germany.org> of the centre remain unchanged.  The facility at Muehlheim will now serve as a sub-centre.

The Postal Index Number (PIN) of Sargachhi Ashrama has been changed to 742408.

Phone & Fax numbersAgartala centre has discontinued its following phone/fax numbers:

Viveknagar campus (phone-cum-fax): 2375858 and 2375959;

Dhaleswar campus (phone): 2320220.

Dhaleswar campus has got a new mobile telephone connection 8131955537.

EmailIDs:  The following centres / departments in HQ Office have got new email ids shown against their names:

Centre / HQ Dept. New ID
Allahabad allahabad@rkmm.org
Almora almora@rkmm.org
Baghbazar baghbazar@rkmm.org
Bankura bankura@rkmm.org
Baranagar Math baranagar.math@rkmm.org
Barasat barasat@rkmm.org
Barisha barisha@rkmm.org
Boston, USA boston@rkmm.org
Chandigarh chandigarh@rkmm.org
Chandipur chandipur@rkmm.org
Chapra chapra@rkmm.org
Chengalpattu chengalpattu@rkmm.org
Chicago, USA chicago@rkmm.org
Coimbatore Mission coimbatore.mission@rkmm.org
Comilla, Bangladesh comilla@rkmm.org
Darjeeling darjeeling@rkmm.org
Delhi delhi@rkmm.org
Fiji fiji@rkmm.org
Gadadhar Ashrama gadadhar.ashrama@rkmm.org
Geneva, Switzerland geneva@rkmm.org
Ghatshila ghatshila@rkmm.org
Halasuru (Ulsoor) halasuru@rkmm.org
HQ, Education Cell education.cell@rkmm.org
HQ, Foreign Cell foreign.cell@rkmm.org
HQ, Medical Cell medical.cell@rkmm.org
HQ, Publication Cell publication.cell@rkmm.org
HQ, Volunteers Cell volunteer@rkmm.org
Jaipur jaipur@rkmm.org
Jamshedpur jamshedpur@rkmm.org
Jayrambati jayrambati@rkmm.org
Kadapa kadapa@rkmm.org
Kailashahar kailashahar@rkmm.org
Kanchipuram kanchipuram@rkmm.org
Kanpur kanpur@rkmm.org
Karimganj karimganj@rkmm.org
Kochi kochi@rkmm.org
Koyilandy (Quilandy) koyilandy@rkmm.org
Madurai madurai@rkmm.org
Malaysia malaysia@rkmm.org
Malliankaranai malliankaranai@rkmm.org
Manasadwip manasadwip@rkmm.org
Mangaluru mangaluru@rkmm.org
Moscow, Russia moscow@rkmm.org
Narainpur narainpur@rkmm.org
Narendrapur narendrapur@rkmm.org
Narottam Nagar narottamnagar@rkmm.org
Nattarampalli nattarampalli@rkmm.org
New York (R-V Center), USA newyork.rvc@rkmm.org
Ooty ooty@rkmm.org
Patna patna@rkmm.org
Ponnampet ponnampet@rkmm.org
Porbandar porbandar@rkmm.org
Port Blair portblair@rkmm.org
Providence, USA providence@rkmm.org
Puri Mission puri.mission@rkmm.org
Raipur raipur@rkmm.org
Rajkot rajkot@rkmm.org
Ranchi Morabadi ranchi.morabadi@rkmm.org
Salem salem@rkmm.org
Seattle, USA seattle@rkmm.org
Shimla shimla@rkmm.org
Shyamla Tal shyamlatal@rkmm.org
Sikra Kulingram sikrakulingram@rkmm.org
Silchar silchar@rkmm.org
Singapore singapore@rkmm.org
Srinagar srinagar@rkmm.org
Tamluk tamluk@rkmm.org
Thiruvananthapuram thiruvananthapuram@rkmm.org
Toronto, Canada toronto@rkmm.org
Vijayawada vijayawada@rkmm.org
Visakhapatnam visakhapatnam@rkmm.org
Vrindaban vrindaban@rkmm.org

Mymensingh (Bangladesh) centre has changed its email id from <rkamym@ymail.com> to <rkmmymensingh@gmail.com>.

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

Coimbatore Mission <srkvcbe20@gmail.com>, Manasadwip <ashrama.rkma@gmail.com>, and Salem <rkmasalem@gmail.com>.

 

Obituary : 01 August 2015

Swami Atmakamananda

Swami Atmakamananda

We are sorry to announce the passing away of Swami Atmakamanandaji (Haralal Maharaj) on 21 July at 4.30 pm at Seva Pratishthan, Kolkata.  He was 86 and had been suffering from hypertension and diabetes for several years.  Before the end came, he suddenly uttered “Om” thrice and breathed his last.  Initiated by Swami Yatishwaranandaji, he joined the Order in 1959 at Rangoon Sevashrama (formerly our branch centre) and had Sannyasa from Swami Vireshwaranandaji Maharaj in 1967.  He was a sevak of Swami Vireshwaranandaji during the latter’s entire tenure of Presidentship.  He had been living a retired life at Belur Math for several years.  The Swami was affectionate and jovial by nature.

Relief Work : A Brief Report as on 01 July 2015

Hudhud Cyclone Relief:

Andhra Pradesh: Visakhapatnam centre continued relief operations among the victims of Hudhud Cyclone.  The centre distributed 3300 solar lanterns from 7 to 24 June to 3300 families in 67 remote villages of Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram districts affected by the cyclone.

Summer Relief:

Tamil Nadu: Salem centre served buttermilk to 9277 wayfarers in the month of May.

Fire Relief:

The following centres distributed various items among the families whose houses had been gutted by fire:

  1. Assam: Silchar centre distributed 116 dhotis, 137 saris, 162 plates, 164 tumblers, 655 packets of biscuits and 170 packets of candles among 85 families of Karatigram (Rangpur) village in Silchar circle of Cachar district on 23 June.
  2. Jammu and Kashmir: Srinagar centre distributed 75 kg rice, 21 kg dal (lentils), 21 kg soybeans, 14 litres edible oil, 7 kg salt, 7 utensil sets (each set containing 4 plates, 4 bowls, 4 spoons, 4 tumblers, 3 cooking vessels, 2 ladles, a bucket and a mug) and 7 sets of toiletries (each set containing a toothpaste tube, 4 toothbrushes, a bathing soap and a packet of washing powder) among 7 families at Bodu Bagh (Khanyar Square) in Srinagar on 7 June.

Distress Relief:

Madurai centre distributed 4302 notebooks among 500 students of 30 schools and 5 colleges on 16 June.

Economic Rehabilitation:

Odisha: Puri Mission centre handed over 2 carts to fruit vendors on 18 June.

Personalia : 01 July 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, underwent total knee replacement surgery for his left knee on 5 June at a hospital in Pune.  He is recovering well and is scheduled to return to Belur Math on 21 July.

Swami Vagishanandaji, Vice-President, will be visiting Gadadhar Ashrama (Kolkata) on 11 July, and Barasat from 20 to 24 July.  Presently at Cossipore Math, he is in good health.

Swami Prabhanandaji, Vice-President, will return to Belur Math on 11 July after his visit to Narendrapur and Gol Park centres.  He is scheduled to visit Lucknow from 17 to 21 July.  He is keeping well.

News of Branch Centres : 01 July 2015

News of Branch Centres (in India)

The following centres conducted summer camps for students.  The programme included chanting, bhajans, yogasanas, value education classes, etc.

Sl. No.

Centre

Duration of the camp

Participants

      1

Aurangabad 26 April to 3 May

97

      2

Khetri 18 May to 20 June

138

      3

Vadodara 5 to 12 May

105

      4

Visakhapatnam 5 to 19 May

120

Coimbatore Mission centre conducted a 21-day residential coaching camp for youths from 15 May to 4 June to train them for different competitive examinations.

Sri Ch Vidyasagar Rao, Governor of Maharashtra, Swami Gautamanandaji, Adhyaksha, Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, and Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, declared open the renovated hospital building of Mumbai centre on 31 May.

Swami Gautamanandaji, Adhyaksha, Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, inaugurated the newly built extension to the monks’ quarters at Ponnampet Ashrama on 2 June, the sacred Snan Yatra day.

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The year-long programme to mark the centenary of the publication of Prabuddhakeralam, the Malayalam monthly brought out by Thrissur centre, was inaugurated on 7 June.

Sri Tathagata Roy, Governor of Tripura, visited Viveknagar (Tripura) centre on 7 June.

Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated the newly built first floor of the guesthouse of Puri Math on 17 June.

Swami Suhitanandaji, General Secretary, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, inaugurated the newly started computer training centre at Puri Mission Ashrama on 18 June.

Guwahati centre conducted a free medical camp during Ambuvachi Mela near Kamakhya Temple from 22 to 25 June in which 4372 patients were treated.

The residential high school of Chennai Students’ Home has secured platinum rating from Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) for its environment-friendly practices such as water conservation, achieving energy efficiency, waste management, maintaining the campus healthy and hygienic, etc.  This is the first school in Tamil Nadu and the fourth in India to receive platinum rating (the highest rating) by IGBC.  A plaque and a certificate were awarded to the school on 12 June in a function held at Olympia Tech Park in Chennai.

The results obtained by the students of our schools and hostels at the Secondary (Class 10) and Higher Secondary (Class 12) Examinations, 2015, conducted by different education boards are as follows:

Exam

Students

appeared

1st Div.

2nd Div.

3rd Div.

Compartmental /

Supplementary

Failed

Star Marks*

Bhubaneswar School (Odisha Board of Secondary Education)

Class 10

59

50

7

2

24

Indore School (Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education)

Class 10

120

84

26

10

46

Class 12

112

60

32

20

20

Kalady School (Kerala Board of Public Examinations)

Class 10

167

115

45

7

50

Class 12

160

151

03

6

113

Mysore School

(Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board & Department of Pre-University Education)

Class 10

102

102

98

Class 12

53

53

51

Silchar Hostel (Assam Board of Secondary Education)

Class 10

8

6

2

Thrissur School (Kerala Board of Public Examinations)

Class 10

257

173

76

6

2

73

Class 12

207

151

27

29

67

Visakhapatnam School (Andhra Pradesh Board of Secondary Education)

Class 10

27

25

2

16

* Star Marks: 75% or more; 1st Div: 60% or more; 2nd Div: 45% to 59%; 3rd Div: Less than 45%

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 May-27 Jun

459

70

48

Our eye care centre in Bankura
   2 Kamarpukur April to June

1157

237

258

Our eye care centre in Kamarpukur
   3 Khetri June

158

53

An eye hospital in Jaipur
   4 Lucknow June

1293

161

Our Lucknow hospital
   5 Madurai 15 June

268

2

56

An eye hospital in Madurai
   6 Mayavati May & June

890

166

Our Mayavati (Himalayas) hospital
   7 Porbandar 7 &12 June

189

45

A hospital in Porbandar
   8 Rajahmundry 14 June

86

16

2

A hospital in Vemagiri, Dt. East Godavari
   9 Rajkot June

70

25

Our eye care centre in Rajkot
 10 Salem 7 to 21 June

387

103

47

An eye hospital in Salem
 11 Silchar June

217

9

38

A hospital in Silchar
 12 Ulsoor April & May

910

408

A hospital in Bangalore

Ranchi Morabadi centre provided Vitamin-A capsules to 532 persons of Ranchi, Khunti and Ramgarh districts, and free glasses to 7 people with refractory errors from 1 to 19 June.

On 14 June, Rajahmundry centre conducted a free medical camp at Rampachodavaram, a place mostly inhabited by tribal people.  A team of thirteen doctors, including a few specialists, treated 422 patients in the camp.

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Doordarshan Kendra, Chennai, has produced a 27-minute documentary on the centenary celebration of The Vedanta Kesari, the English monthly published from Chennai Math since 1914.  The documentary is available for viewing at

<http://www.chennaimath.org/the-vedanta-kesari-centenary-celebration-13053>

 

News of Branch Centres (Outside India)

Sri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, visited Dhaka (Bangladesh) centre on 7 June.

Students of our Swami Vivekananda College in Fiji won the following medals in the National Swimming Championship for Secondary Schools, 2015: (Gold Medal: 19 girls and 18 boys, Silver Medal: 10 girls and 5 boys, Bronze Medal: 3 girls and 1 boy).

Communication Addresses : 01 July 2015

Postal Address:

The erstwhile College Road, on which our Kailashahar Ashrama stands, has been renamed Ramakrishna Mission Road.  So, the postal address of the centre is now “Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Ramakrishna Mission Road, P.O. Kailashahar, Dist. Unakoti, Tripura ­– 799277”.

Phone & Fax:

Jammu centre has discontinued its telephone connection 2502525.

Malliankaranai centre has discontinued its telephone connection 27293360.  It has got two additional telephone connections 9751569246 & 9751513271.

Rahara centre has discontinued its telephone connections 25236336 and 25236323, and has got the following additional telephone connections:

Secretary (Office): 25237666

Secretary (Residence): 25236116

Industrial Training Centre: 25680030

The centre has got telefax facility with number 25681140.

Rangpur (Bangladesh) centre has got an additional telephone connection with number 0521‑56501.

EmailIDs:

Vadodara centre has discontinued its email id <rkmvmv@rediffmail.com>.

Viveknagar (Tripura) centre has changed its email id from <rkmvlya@yahoo.com> to <rkmvlya@gmail.com>.

Medinipur centre has got an additional email id <medinipur@rkmm.org>.

Obituaries : 01 July 2015

We are sorry to announce the passing away of two of our brother-monks:

Swami Shantarupananda

Swami Shantarupananda

Swami Shantarupanandaji (Viswanath Maharaj), Head of Portland Centre, USA, passed away at a hospital in Santa Rosa, California, on 10 June at 7.25 pm local time (11 June at 7.55 am Indian Standard Time), because of brain cancer.  He was 70 years old. Initiated by Swami Madhavanandaji, he joined the Order in 1965 at Saradapitha, where he served as hostel warden of Vidyamandira (Arts & Science College).  He had Sannyasa from Swami Vireshwaranandaji in 1974.  Besides his joining centre, he served at Advaita Ashrama (Kolkata), Baghbazar, Barasat (for a short period) and Narottam Nagar centres as an assistant, Cherrapunji centre as headmaster of the school there and then as head of the centre, and Aalo centre as head.  He was sent to Portland centre as an Assistant Minister in 1991 and was appointed head of that centre in 1996.  He was greatly loved by monks, devotees and students in both the East and West, for his exemplary monastic life, joviality and merriness.

Swami Paratmananda

Swami Paratmananda

Swami Paratmanandaji (Gangadhar Maharaj) expired on 13 June at 10.15 pm at a hospital in Bangalore, owing to the cancer of urinary bladder and chronic renal failure.  He was 67 years old.  Initiated by Swami Vireshwaranandaji, he joined the Order in 1969 at Mysore Ashrama, and had Sannyasa from his Guru in 1979.  Besides his joining centre, he served at Visakhapatnam and Jammu centres as an assistant, and Srinagar centre as an assistant and, later on, as head.  Since August 2014 he had been staying mainly at Bangalore Math for his medical treatment.  Affectionate and calm and quiet by nature, the Swami was known for doing his work meticulously.

Relief Work : A Brief Report as on 01 June 2015

1.    Earthquake Relief: Ramakrishna Mission continued its relief operations in Nepal and some parts of India that had been affected by a devastating earthquake on 25 April.  Details are given below.

(a)  Darjeeling: The centre distributed 50,000 kg rice, 5000 kg soya chunks, 15,000 kg lentils, 5000 packets of turmeric powder, 5000 packets of assorted spices, 5000 kg salt, 2500 kg biscuits, 2500 kg bhujia (a kind of snack), 25,000 kg chira (rice flakes), 1050 kg milk powder, 2500 kg sugar, 1250 kg tea leaves, 50,000 matchboxes, 10,000 bars of soaps, 20,000 sets of toothpaste and toothbrush, 60,000 candles, 5000 first-aid kits and 5000 tarpaulins among 5003 affected families at Janakpur Anchal of Sindhuli district in Nepal from 11 to 20 May.

The District Administration Office of Jhapa district, Nepal, in its letter of appreciation, has commended the service rendered by the centre to earthquake victims.

(b)  Kathmandu: After conducting extensive survey in some of the worst-affected districts, the centre distributed 7900 kg rice, 780 kg dal (lentils), 1108 kg potatoes, 100 kg pumpkin, 10 kg green chilies, 10 kg turmeric powder, 495 kg salt, 595 litres of edible oil, 4000 kg chira (rice flakes), 3170 packets of biscuits, 4000 kg milk powder, 79 kg baby food, 497 kg sugar, 100 kg gur (molasses), 3 kg tea powder, 2300 water bottles, 590 ORS packets, 1700 utensil-sets (each set containing 1 plate, 1 glass, 1 cup, 1 cooking vessel and 2 ladles), 1000 buckets, 1000 mugs, 5000 blankets, 1000 mats, 2000 mosquito-nets, 3200 tarpaulins, 3000 garments, 500 bars of soap, 800 sets of toothpaste and toothbrush, 800 torches, 14 solar lamps, etc among 3865 families of 66 villages in Bhaktapur, Dhadhing, Gorkha, Kathmandu, Kavre, Lalitpur, Makwanpur, Nuwakot, Ramechhap and Sindhupalchok districts in Nepal, from 30 April to 29 May.

(c)  Lucknow: The centre distributed 500 kg chira (rice flakes), 150 kg milk powder, 150 kg sugar, 3000 blankets, 1200 tarpaulins, 600 candles and 600 matchboxes among 895 affected families in Gorkha and Dung districts of Nepal and Balarampur district in India from 1 to 24 May.  The centre also provided medical assistance to 3417 earthquake-affected patients of 15 villages in Gorkha district of Nepal.

(d)  Patna: The centre along with our Muzaffarpur centre started a camp at Raxaul in Bihar and distributed, on 1 and 2 May, 1000 cakes, 1000 packets of rusk, 1000 packets of biscuits, 100 packets of protein powder and 1200 water bottles among 1200 families who had taken shelter in the border areas.  Besides, on 1 May, the two centres distributed protein powder, multivitamin tonic, biscuits, cakes, fruits, water bottles, etc among earthquake victims who had been admitted into Darbhanga Medical College Hospital and the Motihari Sadar Hospital. 

Patna centre distributed 6000 kg rice, 1200 kg dal (lentils), 200 kg edible oil, 2704 utensil-sets (each set containing 2 plates, 3 bowls, 1 tumbler, 1 cooking vessel and 2 ladles), 2837 tarpaulins, 960 jackets, 4600 saris, 6714 assorted garments, 2564 mattresses and 4875 blankets among 4108 affected families in Kavre district of Nepal from 8 to 21 May.

2.    Hailstorm Relief: Uttar Pradesh:

Vrindaban centre continued its relief operations in the places in and around Vrindaban that had been struck by a hailstorm on 5 April.  The centre distributed 5500 kg flour, 3300 kg rice, 550 kg dal (lentils), 220 kg edible oil, 220 kg salt, 110 kg sugar and 841 corrugated tin-sheets among 271 families from 25 April to 2 May.

3.    Winter Relief: Bangladesh:

Dhaka centre distributed 300 blankets to poor and needy people in the month of February.

4.    Disturbance Relief:

Bangladesh: In the month of February, Dhaka centre, with the help of our Dinajpur centre, distributed 100 saris, and an equal number of dhotis, buckets, plates, tumblers, bowls, jugs and blankets to 100 families affected by disturbance in Habibpur village of Dinajpur district.  Besides, along with our Barisal centre, the Dhaka centre distributed 800 kg rice, 160 kg dal, 16 kg salt, 80 litres of edible oil, 16 dhotis and 16 saris among 16 affected families in Barguna area of Barisal district in the month of April.

Personalia : 01 June 2015

Swami Atmasthanandaji, President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, continues to be at Seva Pratishthan, Kolkata.  There is no significant change in his health condition.  Sri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, paid a visit to him at Seva Pratishthan hospital on 9 May.

Swami Smarananandaji, Vice-President, reached Pune on 17 May for the treatment of his knee pain.  He is otherwise maintaining fairly good health.  He is scheduled to stay at Pune Math for the entire month of June.

Swami Vagishanandaji, Vice-President, is scheduled to visit Agartala from 12 to 24 June.  Now at Cossipore Math, he is in good health.

Swami Prabhanandaji, Vice-President, will return to Belur Math on 6 June after his visit to Kankurgachhi Math.  He is scheduled to visit Baghbazar Math from 12 to 20 June, and Narendrapur and Gol Park centres from 27 June to 11 July.  He is keeping well.

Headquarters : 01 June 2015

The Government of West Bengal selected Ramakrishna Mission for the Banga Bibhushan Award, 2015, in recognition of its service to the betterment of society.  On behalf of the Mission, Swami Prabhanandaji, Vice-President, Ramakrishna Mission, received the award, comprising a memento, a sum of two lakh rupees and a shawl, from Sri Keshari Nath Tripathi, Governor of West Bengal, and Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal, in a function held at Nazrul Manch, Kolkata, on 20 May.

“Sound of Joy”, an animation film based on Swami Vivekananda’s childhood, was adjudged the Best Animation Film by the jury of the 62nd National Film Awards.  The producer, director and animator of the film, each of them, was given the award (Rajat Kamal and a cash prize) at a function held in Delhi on 3 May.  The film, produced by Aura Cinematics, Kolkata, was a project of the e‑media committee formed by the Headquarters to commemorate Swamiji’s 150th birth anniversary.

Sri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, visited Belur Math on 10 May.  To see photos click here.

News of Branch Centres : 01 June 2015

News of Branch Centres (in India)

Narainpur centre held a five-day sports meet from 18 to 22 April in which 1500 students from 31 schools of 3 districts in Chhattisgarh participated.  Sri Balaram Das Tandon, Governor of Chhattisgarh, gave away prizes to the winners on 22 April.  He also declared open the newly built 200-meter gallery that day.

Swami Gautamanandaji inaugurated the renovated gymnasium at Narainpur centre on 6 May.

Narainpur centre held a kisan mela (farmers’ fair) on 11 May which was visited by about 1000 farmers.

Shyamla Tal centre celebrated the first phase of its centenary from 4 to 10 May.

Narottam Nagar centre held two medical camps, one at the centre and another at Deomali in Arunachal Pradesh, on 9 May.  A total of 268 patients were treated by 5 specialist doctors.

Swami Gautamanandaji inaugurated a holographic film on India’s cultural history at Vivekanandar Illam (Vivekananda House) of Chennai Math, on 15 May.

Kanpur Ashrama conducted a medical camp at Choubeypur village on the outskirts of Kanpur city on 24 May for brick-kiln workers and their children.  A total of 180 patients were treated.

The newly constructed computer centre building at Khetri centre was declared open on 28 May.

Swami Gautamanandaji inaugurated the newly built classrooms of the Matriculation Higher Secondary School building of Chennai Mission Ashrama on 28 May.

The newly constructed study hall building at Purulia Vidyapith was declared open on 29 May.

The new monks’ quarters building at Bagda Math was inaugurated on 29 May.

The newly constructed staff quarters building of Saradapitha centre was inaugurated on 30 May.

The newly constructed ‘Vivekananda Middle and High School’ building of Jamshedpur centre at Chenab Road, Sakchi, was declared open on 31 May.

Students of Deoghar Vidyapith took part in different Olympiads and won the following prizes:

Contest

Organizer

Rank secured

Prize

International Talent Hunt Olympiad

Silverzone Foundation

3 students secured first international rank 1 tablet (small portable computer) to each
International Mathematics Olympiad

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2 students secured third international rank Rs.  5000 to each
Akhil Bharatiya Hindi Olympiad

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1 student secured third all-India rank 1 mobile phone
International Mathematics Olympiad

Science Olympiad Foundation

1 student secured third international rank Rs. 10,000

The results obtained by the students of our schools, hostels and coaching centres at the Secondary (Class 10) and Higher Secondary (Class 12) Examinations, 2015, conducted by different education boards are as follows:

CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education)

School

Exam

Students appeared

1st

Div.

2nd

Div.

Compart-mental

Failed

Star

Marks*

Along School

Class 10

135

87

48

25

Class 12

147

110

23

10

4

29

Deoghar School

Class 10

78

78

78

Class 12

64

64

64

Deoghar Coaching Centre

Class 10

1

1

1

Hatamuniguda School

Class 10

36

28

8

5

Class 12

28

8

7

5

8

1

Katihar School

Class 10

104

102

2

69

Narottam Nagar School

Class 10

43

38

5

22

Class 12

25

24

1

19

Viveknagar (Tripura) School

Class 10

98

96

2

81

Class 12

57

49

2

6

32

*Star Marks: ≥ 75%; 1st Div: ≥ 60%; 2nd Div: ≥ 45% & <60%; 3rd Div: <45%

Tamil Nadu Boards of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education

Exam

Students

Appeared

1st Div.

2nd Div.

3rd Div.

Failed

Star

Marks*

Chengalpattu Matriculation School

Class 10

85

80

4

1

59

Class 12

45

31

14

8

Chengalpattu Boys’ Higher Secondary School

Class 10

332

143

79

27

83

57

Class 12

290

72

109

15

94

14

Chengalpattu Girls’ Higher Secondary School

Class 10

224

191

31

02

127

Class 12

307

217

81

09

73

Chennai Math Girls’ School

Class 10

151

95

43

3

10

55

Class 12

125

92

29

1

3

40

Chennai Mission Ashrama Matriculation Higher Secondary School

Class 10

92

88

4

60

Class 12

97

81

16

40

Chennai Mission Ashrama Higher Secondary School (South)

Class 10

88

72

16

35

Class 12

34

23

11

9

Chennai Sarada Vidyalaya Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Madley Street

Class 10

22

21

1

16

Class 12

12

9

2

1 (result

withheld)

2

Chennai Sarada Vidyalaya Model Higher Secondary School, Burkit Road

Class 10

172

146

25

1

106

Class 12

205

151

44

10

86

Chennai Sarada Vidyalaya Girls’ Higher Secondary School, Usman Road

Class 10

237

197

34

3

3

136

Class 12

345

265

73

2

5

122

Chennai Students’ Home Residential High School

Class 10

40

36

4

23

Coimbatore Residential High School

Class 10

55

55

48

Coimbatore Shivananda Higher Secondary School

Class 10

210

209

1

170

Class 12

228

221

7

141

Malliankaranai High School

Class 10

50

46

3

1

30

Nattarampalli School

Class 10

16

16

13

Nattarampalli Hostel

Class 10

10

4

4

2

3

Class 12

2

1

1

* Star Marks: 75% or more; 1st Div: 60% or more; 2nd Div: 45% to 59%; 3rd Div: Less than 45%

West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education: Class 12

Sl.

No.

School

Students

appeared

1st

Div.

2nd

Div.

Result withheld

Failed

Star

Marks*

Highest

Marks#

1

Malda School

74

74

67

483

2

Medinipur School

60

60

56

472

3

Narendrapur: (a) Vidyalaya

80

79

1

79

496

(b) Blind Boys’ Academy

10

10

7

401

4

Purulia School

57

57

56

465

5

Rahara School

128

126

2

99

476

6

Sargachhi School

93

76

11

6

20

441

7

Sarisha School

72

72

52

466

*Star Marks: ≥ 75%; 1st Div: ≥ 60%; 2nd Div: ≥ 45% & <60%; 3rd Div: <45%; # Marks out of 500

West Bengal Board of Secondary Education: Class 10

Sl.

No.

  School

Students

appeared

1st 

Div.

2nd

Div.

3rd

Div.

Star

Marks*

Highest

Marks#

    1

Asansol School

132

132

131

674

    2

Baranagar Mission School

190

190

182

657

    3

Contai Hostel

7

7

5

619

    4

Jayrambati School

155

85

39

31

41

643

    5

Kamarpukur School

113

109

3

1

85

666

    6

Malda School

101

101

99

669

    7

Manasadwip School

87

81

6

40

635

    8

Midnapore School

112

111

1

101

671

    9

Narendrapur: (a) Vidyalaya

118

118

118

674

(b) Blind Boys’ Academy

13

13

12

634

  10

Purulia School

87

87

86

669

  11

Rahara School

230

225

5

178

650

  12

Ramharipur School

93

75

18

40

636

  13

Sargachhi School

98

82

14

2

53

640

  14

Sarisha: (a) Boys’ School

134

126

8

97

668

(b) Girls’ School

178

158

20

81

672

  15

Taki School

56

56

51

672

*Star Marks: ≥ 75%; 1st Div: ≥ 60%; 2nd Div: ≥ 45% & <60%; 3rd Div: <45%; # Marks out of 700

Some Other Boards

Exam

Students

appeared

1st Div.

2nd Div.

3rd Div.

Compartmental /

Supplementary

Failed

Star Marks*

Bhopal School (Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education)

Class 10

111

60

28

6

9

8

22

Class 12

89

50

31

2

5

1

19

Deoghar Coaching Centre (Jharkhand Academic Council)

Class 10

14

9

4

1

2

Jamshedpur School (ICSE Board, New Delhi)

Class 10

186

182

4

108

Class 12

45

35

7

3

6

Kadapa Hostel (Andhra Pradesh Board of Secondary Education)

Class 10

6

6

5

Kanpur School (Uttar Pradesh Board of Secondary Education)

Class 10

122

122

73

Mangalore Hostel (Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board)

Class 10

16

9

6

1

2

Narainpur School (Chhattisgarh Board of Secondary Education)

Class 10

142

35

58

19

21

9

7

Class 12

97

59

34

1

3

13

* Star Marks: 75% or more; 1st Div: 60% or more; 2nd Div: 45% to 59%; 3rd Div: Less than 45%

The following centres conducted summer camps for students.  The programme included chanting, bhajans, yogasanas, value education programmes, etc.

Sl. No.

Centre

Duration of the camp

Participants

      1

Chennai Mission Ashrama 3 to 24 May

58

      2

Hyderabad 26 April to 24 May

1700

      3

Limbdi 23 to 29 April

120

      4

Madurai 23 April to 9 May

50

      5

Thrissur 20 April to 20 May

70

Lucknow centre provided Vitamin-A capsules to 687 underprivileged children of Lucknow district, and free glasses to 43 children with refractory errors, in the month of May.

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 Apr-27 May

429

71

118

Our eye care centre in Bankura
   2 Baranagar Math 22 March

50

22

25

Our Seva Pratishthan hospital
   3 Chennai Math* 24 May

85

41

16

An eye hospital in Chennai
   4 Khetri May

124

57

An eye hospital in Jaipur
   5 Lucknow May

1156

184

Our Lucknow hospital
   6 Madurai 17 May

253

4

50

An eye hospital in Madurai
   7 Malda May

60

17

9

A hospital in Malda
   8 Porbandar 8 May

32

6

A hospital in Virnagar, Dt. Rajkot
   9 Rajkot May

162

88

Our eye care centre in Rajkot
 10 Ranchi Morabadi May

414

18

9

An eye hospital in Ranchi
 11 Salem 3 May

120

43

3

An eye hospital in Salem
 12 Silchar April & May

217

5

105

Two hospitals in Silchar

* through Chengalpattu centre

News of Branch Centres (Outside India)

Sarada Kindergarten of our Singapore centre has received Reading Innovation Award (Distinction) from National Library Board, Ministry of Communications and Information, Singapore.  The award was presented by Ms Sim Ann, Minister of State for Communications and Information, Singapore Government, on 20 March.

Sri Sandeep Chakraborty, Deputy High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh, inaugurated the newly built monks’ quarters at Jessore (Bangladesh) centre on 2 May.

Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister, Ministry of Social and Family Development, Singapore Government, visited Sarada Kindergarten of our Singapore centre on 4 May.

New Branch Centres : 01 June 2015

A new branch centre of the Ramakrishna Mission has been started at Kailashahar in Tripura.

Its address is “Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Kailashahar, Unakoti, Tripura”, phone no. 03824-222870 and the email id <rkmkailashahara@gmail.com>.

A new branch centre of the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission has been started at Rangpur in Bangladesh.

Its address is “Ramakrishna Ashrama and Ramakrishna Mission, P.O. Mahiganj, Rangpur-5403, Bangladesh”, phone no. 1715-954494 and email id <rkmrng@gmail.com>.

Communication Addresses : 01 June 2015

Email IDs:

Belgaum Ashrama has changed its email id from <rkmissionashrama@gmail.com> to <mail@rkmissionashrama.org>.

St. Petersburg (Russia) centre has got email facility with id <rkmpeter@gmail.com>.

Obituaries : 01 June 2015

 

Swami Dhruveshwarananda

Swami Dhruveshwarananda

 

Swami Dhruveshwaranandaji (Ganesh Maharaj) passed away on 27 May at 8.25 pm at Seva Pratishthan, Kolkata, owing to a massive cerebral stroke.  He was 71 and had been suffering from hypertension, diabetes and various other chronic ailments for several years.  Initiated by Swami Madhavanandaji, he joined the Order in 1963 at Varanasi Home of Service and had Sannyasa from Swami Vireshwaranandaji in 1973.  Besides his joining centre, he served at Ranchi Morabadi, Malda, Asansol, Patna and Deoghar centres.  He also participated in drought relief work in Hazaribagh district from January to March 1969.  He had been living a retired life at Belur Math since December 2012.  The Swami was simple and amiable by nature.

 

 

Swami Sevananda

Swami Sevananda

 

Swami Sevanandaji (Shivaprasadan Maharaj) expired on 28 May at 9.45 pm at a hospital in Bangalore owing to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  He was 77.  Initiated by Swami Madhavanandaji, he joined the Order in 1963 at Advaita Ashrama, Kolkata, and had Sannyasa from Swami Vireshwaranandaji in 1973.  Besides his joining centre, he served at Belur Math dispensary and Ranchi Morabadi, Trivandrum and Kanpur centres as an assistant and Quilandy and Kochi centres as head.  He had been living a retired life mainly at Thrissur and Ulsoor centres since April 2006.  The Swami was hardworking and austere by nature.

 

Hon’ble Prime Minister visited Belur Math

On 10 May 2015, Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi visited Belur Math. He spent about an hour in the Math, and paid homage at the temples of Sri Sri Thakur, Sri Sri Ma, Swami Viveknanada and Swami Brahmananda.

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Earthquake Relief 2015

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As on 25 May 2015

In the wake of the recent devastating earthquake which affected a major portion of Nepal and some parts of India, the Ramakrishna Mission is conducting primary relief among affected families in the devastated areas.

Our Kathmandu centre had set up a community kitchen and served cooked food to about 750 affected people living in its vicinity. On 28 April, the centre distributed 100 kg rice, 20 kg dal, 5 kg salt, 5 litres oil, 3 kg sugar, 3 packets of chocolates and 30 packets biscuits among 130 orphan children of Aravindo Orphanage at Thankot in Kathmandu. On 29 April,  the centre distributed 700 kg chira (rice flakes), 700 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits in Sako, a village 20 km from Kathmandu, and  800 kg chira, 500 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits in Sankarpur Nagarpalika, around 40 kms from Kathmandu. On 30 April, 700 packets dry food (chira and sweets), 500 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits were distributed at Liwali, Kamal Binayak and Ghate in Bhaktapur area. Moreover, 200 packets of rice (2 kg each) and 100 packets of dal (100 gm each) were also distributed at a relief camp in Maheswari Playground in Jala Tol. The centre has also conducted extensive survey in some of the worst affected districts and distributed 1625 kg chira, 230 kg sugar, 30 kg gur (molasses), 2425 kg rice, 370 kg dal (lentils), 511 kg biscuits, 473 litres of edible oil, 245 kg salt, 440 kg potatoes, 280 water bottles, etc. among 775 families in Nuwakot, Kavre, Kathmandu, Makwanpur, Gorkha and Sindhupalchok districts on 2 and 3 May.

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Our Lucknow centre distributed 500 kg chira, 150 kg sugar, 150 kg milk powder, 600 matchboxes, 600 candles, 2000 blankets and 800 tarpaulins among 520 affected families belonging to 14 villages in Gorkha district of Nepal from 1 to 17 May. The centre also provided extensive medical assistance to 3417 earthquake-affected patients belonging to 15 villages in the same district. The centre further distributed 1000 blankets and 400 tarpaulins among 375 affected families in Rajapur and adjoining villages of Dung district in Nepal and Balarampur district in India from 22 to 25 May.

Our Darjeeling centre has distributed 50,000 kg rice, 5000 kg soya chunks, 15,000 kg lentils, 25,000 kg chira, 2500 kg bhujia, 2500 kg sugar, 2500 kg biscuits, 10,000 bars of bathing and washing soaps, 5000 kg salt, 5000 packets of assorted spices, 5000 packets of turmeric powder, 1250 kg tea leaves, 1050 kg milk powder, 60,000 candles, 50,000 matchboxes, 20,000 sets of toothpaste-toothbrush, 5000 first-aid kits and 5000 tarpaulins among 5003 affected families in Gowaltar, Ramtar, Kapalikot, Khangsang, Kamalamai and Kanapa areas in Janakpur Anchal of Sindhuli district in Nepal.

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Our Patna centre has started a camp at Raxaul in Bihar and is catering to the earthquake victims who have taken shelter in the border areas by distributing 1200 water bottles, 1000 pieces of cake, 1000 packets of rusk, 1000 packets of biscuit and 100 packets of protein powder among 1000 families on 1 and 2 May. The centre, along with our Muzaffarpur centre distributed fruits, water bottles, protein powder, multivitamin tonic, biscuits, cake, etc. among earthquake victims admitted in the Darbhanga Medical College Hospital and the Motihari Sadar Hospital. The centre distributed 6000 kg rice, 1200 kg dal, 200 kg edible oil, 4875 blankets, 2837 tarpaulins, 960 jackets, 4600 saris, 6714 pieces of assorted garments, 2564 mattresses, and 2704 utensil sets (each set containing 2 plates, 3 bowls, 1 tumbler, 1 vessel and 2 ladles) among 3108 affected families in Kavre district of Nepal from 8 to 21 May.

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The relief work is running in full swing and will be further expanded depending upon the situation. Further Reports are awaited.

While thanking all who contributed for this noble cause, we request others to come forward and donate liberally, to help us in this noble endeavour. All donations paid in cash or by cheque / demand draft 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://www.belurmath.org/donation_cca/donation.php). Donation may please be sent to: The General Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission, (Relief Section) Belur Math, Howrah, West Bengal – 711 202, India.

May 25, 2015                                                                       Swami Suhitananda

Belur Math, Howrah                                                         (General Secretary)

 

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As on 16 May 2015

In the wake of the recent devastating earthquake which affected a major portion of Nepal and some parts of India, the Ramakrishna Mission is conducting primary relief among affected families in the devastated areas.

Our Kathmandu centre had set up a community kitchen and served cooked food to about 750 affected people living in its vicinity. On 28 April, the centre distributed 100 kg rice, 20 kg dal, 5 kg salt, 5 litres oil, 3 kg sugar, 3 packets of chocolates and 30 packets biscuits among 130 orphan children of Aravindo Orphanage at Thankot in Kathmandu. On 29 April,  the centre distributed 700 kg chira (rice flakes), 700 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits in Sako, a village 20 km from Kathmandu, and  800 kg chira, 500 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits in Sankarpur Nagarpalika, around 40 kms from Kathmandu. On 30 April, 700 packets dry food (chira and sweets), 500 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits were distributed at Liwali, Kamal Binayak and Ghate in Bhaktapur area. Moreover, 200 packets of rice (2 kg each) and 100 packets of dal (100 gm each) were also distributed at a relief camp in Maheswari Playground in Jala Tol. The centre has also conducted extensive survey in some of the worst affected districts and distributed 1625 kg chira, 230 kg sugar, 30 kg gur (molasses), 2425 kg rice, 370 kg dal (lentils), 511 kg biscuits, 473 litres of edible oil, 245 kg salt, 440 kg potatoes, 280 water bottles, etc. among 775 families in Nawakot, Kabre, Kathmandu, Makbanpur, Gorkha and Sindhupalchok districts on 2 and 3 May.

Our Lucknow centre has started primary relief work in the worst affected Gorkha district of Nepal. Through its four camps set up at Kharre, Balushora, Mohatar and Gankhu the centre distributed dry food materials, candle sticks, match boxes, etc. among more than 600 affected people. The centre is also providing extensive medical assistance to the affected people in these remote areas. Nearly 308 patients have already been treated, among whom 14 were very serious cases. We are receiving assistance from the local people as well as the Army in our relief services.

Our Darjeeling centre has distributed 3500 relief packets (each packet containing 10 kg rice, 1 kg soya chunks, 3 kg lentils, 5 kg chira, 500 gms bhujia, 500 gms sugar, 1 kg salt, 1 packet mixed spices, 1 packet turmeric powder, 250 gms tea leaves, 210 gms milk powder, 500 gms biscuits, 1 bath soap, 1 washing soap, 12 candles, 10 match boxes, 4 tooth brush, 4 toothpaste, 1 first-aid kit and 1 tarpaulin sheet) among 3500 affected families in Gowaltar, Ramtar, Kapalikot, Khangsang, Kamalamai and Kanapa areas in Sindhuli district of Nepal.

Our Patna centre has started a camp at Raxaul in Bihar and is catering to the earthquake victims who have taken shelter in the border areas by distributing 1200 water bottles, 1000 pieces of cake, 1000 packets of rusk, 1000 packets of biscuit and 100 packets of protein powder among 1200 families. The centre, along with our Muzaffarpur centre distributed fruits, water bottles, protein powder, multivitamin tonic, biscuits, cake, etc. among earthquake victims admitted in the Darbhanga Medical College Hospital and the Motihari Sadar Hospital. The centre distributed 6000 kg rice, 1200 kg dal, 200 kg edible oil, 1375 blankets, 337 tarpaulins, 2488 pieces of garments, 1042 pieces of foam mattress, 960 jackets, and 400 utensil sets (each set containing 2 plates, 3 bowls, 1 tumbler, 1 vessel and 2 ladles) among 400 affected families in Kavre district of Nepal.

The relief work is running in full swing and will be further expanded depending upon the situation. Further Reports are awaited.

While thanking all who contributed for this noble cause, we request others to come forward and donate liberally, to help us in this noble endeavour. All donations paid in cash or by cheque / demand draft 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://www.belurmath.org/donation_cca/donation.php). Donation may please be sent to: The General Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission, (Relief Section) Belur Math, Howrah, West Bengal – 711 202, India.

 

May 16, 2015                                                                                  Swami Suhitananda

Belur Math, Howrah                                                                       (General Secretary)

 

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As on 10 May 2015

In the wake of the recent devastating earthquake which affected a major portion of Nepal and some parts of India, the Ramakrishna Mission is conducting primary relief among affected families in the devastated areas.

Our Kathmandu centre had set up a community kitchen and served cooked food to about 750 affected people living in its vicinity. On 28 April, the centre distributed 100 kg rice, 20 kg dal, 5 kg salt, 5 litres oil, 3 kg sugar, 3 packets of chocolates and 30 packets biscuits among 130 orphan children of Aravindo Orphanage at Thankot in Kathmandu. On 29 April,  the centre distributed 700 kg chira (rice flakes), 700 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits in Sako, a village 20 km from Kathmandu, and  800 kg chira, 500 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits in Sankarpur Nagarpalika, around 40 kms from Kathmandu. On 30 April, 700 packets dry food (chira and sweets), 500 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits were distributed at Liwali, Kamal Binayak and Ghate in Bhaktapur area. Moreover, 200 packets of rice (2 kg each) and 100 packets of dal (100 gm each) were also distributed at a relief camp in Maheswari Playground in Jala Tol. The centre has also conducted extensive survey in some of the worst affected districts and distributed 1625 kg chira, 230 kg sugar, 30 kg gur (molasses), 2425 kg rice, 370 kg dal (lentils), 511 kg biscuits, 473 litres of edible oil, 245 kg salt, 440 kg potatoes, 280 water bottles, etc. among 775 families in Nawakot, Kabre, Kathmandu, Makbanpur, Gorkha and Sindhupalchok districts on 2 and 3 May.

Our Lucknow centre has started primary relief work in the worst affected Gorkha district of Nepal. Through its four camps set up at Kharre, Balushora, Mohatar and Gankhu the centre distributed dry food materials, candle sticks, match boxes, etc. among more than 600 affected people. The centre is also providing extensive medical assistance to the affected people in these remote areas. Nearly 308 patients have already been treated, among whom 14 were very serious cases. We are receiving assistance from the local people as well as the Army in our relief services.

Our Darjeeling centre has initiated steps to carry out primary relief work in Sindhuli and Ramechhap districts of Nepal. The centre has already conducted extensive survey and various dry food materials, first-aid materials, etc. for around 2000 families have reached the affected areas. Our team of monks and volunteers, assisted by locals and army men, are working hard around the clock, amidst harsh terrain and foul weather, to arrange the distribution at the earliest.

Our Patna centre has started a camp at Raxaul in Bihar and is catering to the earthquake victims who have taken shelter in the border areas by distributing 1200 water bottles, 1000 pieces of cake, 1000 packets of rusk, 1000 packets of biscuit and 100 packets of protein powder among 1200 families. The centre, along with our Muzaffarpur centre distributed fruits, water bottles, protein powder, multivitamin tonic, biscuits, cake, etc. among earthquake victims admitted in the Darbhanga Medical College Hospital and the Motihari Sadar Hospital. The centre distributed 6000 kg rice, 1200 kg dal, 200 kg edible oil, 1375 blankets, 337 tarpaulins, 2488 pieces of garments, 1042 pieces of foam mattress, 960 jackets, and 400 utensil sets among 400 affected families in Kavre district of Nepal.

The relief work is running in full swing and will be further expanded depending upon the situation. Further Reports are awaited.

While thanking all who contributed for this noble cause, we request others to come forward and donate liberally, to help us in this noble endeavour. All donations paid in cash or by cheque / demand draft 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://www.belurmath.org/donation_cca/donation.php). Donation may please be sent to: The General Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission, (Relief Section) Belur Math, Howrah, West Bengal – 711 202, India.

May 10, 2015                                                                                              Swami Suhitananda

Belur Math, Howrah                                                                                 (General Secretary)

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As on 09 May 2015

In the wake of the recent devastating earthquake which affected a major portion of Nepal and some parts of India, the Ramakrishna Mission is conducting primary relief among affected families in the devastated areas.

Our Kathmandu centre had set up a community kitchen and served cooked food to about 750 affected people living in its vicinity. On 28 April, the centre distributed 100 kg rice, 20 kg dal, 5 kg salt, 5 litres oil, 3 kg sugar, 3 packets of chocolates and 30 packets biscuits among 130 orphan children of Aravindo Orphanage at Thankot in Kathmandu. On 29 April,  the centre distributed 700 kg chira (rice flakes), 700 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits in Sako, a village 20 km from Kathmandu, and  800 kg chira, 500 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits in Sankarpur Nagarpalika, around 40 kms from Kathmandu. On 30 April, 700 packets dry food (chira and sweets), 500 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits were distributed at Liwali, Kamal Binayak and Ghate in Bhaktapur area. Moreover, 200 packets of rice (2 kg each) and 100 packets of dal (100 gm each) were also distributed at a relief camp in Maheswari Playground in Jala Tol. The centre has also conducted extensive survey in some of the worst affected districts and distributed 1625 kg chira, 230 kg sugar, 30 kg gur (molasses), 2425 kg rice, 370 kg dal (lentils), 511 kg biscuits, 473 litres of edible oil, 245 kg salt, 440 kg potatoes, 280 water bottles, etc. among 775 families in Nawakot, Kabre, Kathmandu, Makbanpur, Gorkha and Sindhupalchok districts on 2 and 3 May.

Our Lucknow centre has started primary relief work in the worst affected Gorkha district of Nepal. Through its four camps set up at Kharre, Balushora, Mohatar and Gankhu the centre distributed dry food materials, candle sticks, match boxes, etc. among more than 600 affected people. The centre is also providing extensive medical assistance to the affected people in these remote areas. Nearly 308 patients have already been treated, among whom 14 were very serious cases. We are receiving assistance from the local people as well as the Army in our relief services.

Our Darjeeling centre has initiated steps to carry out primary relief work in Sindhuli and Ramechhap districts of Nepal. The centre has already conducted extensive survey in the affected areas and all arrangements have been made to transport various dry food materials, first-aid materials, etc. at the earliest.

Our Patna centre has started a camp at Raxaul in Bihar and is catering to the earthquake victims who have taken shelter in the border areas by distributing 1200 water bottles, 1000 pieces of cake, 1000 packets of rusk, 1000 packets of biscuit and 100 packets of protein powder among 1200 families. The centre, along with our Muzaffarpur centre distributed fruits, water bottles, protein powder, multivitamin tonic, biscuits, cake, etc. among earthquake victims admitted in the Darbhanga Medical College Hospital and the Motihari Sadar Hospital. The centre distributed 2400 kg rice, 600 kg dal, 100 kg edible oil, 200 tarpaulins, 200 jackets, 200 mattresses and 200 utensil sets among 200 affected families in Kavre district of Nepal. The centre has also initiated primary relief work in Sindhupalchok district of Nepal.

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Arrangements are being made to distribute tarpaulin sheets, blankets, tents etc. among the affected families. The relief work is running in full swing and will be further expanded depending upon the situation. Further Reports are awaited.

While thanking all who contributed for this noble cause, we request others to come forward and donate liberally, to help us in this noble endeavour. All donations paid in cash or by cheque / demand draft 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://www.belurmath.org/donation_cca/donation.php). Donation may please be sent to: The General Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission, (Relief Section) Belur Math, Howrah, West Bengal – 711 202, India.

 

May 09, 2015                                                                                              Swami Suhitananda

Belur Math, Howrah                                                                                 (General Secretary)

Earthquake Relief Services Photo (As received from relief centres on 05 May 2015)

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As on 04 May 2015

In the wake of the recent devastating earthquake which affected a major portion of Nepal and some parts of India, the Ramakrishna Mission is conducting primary relief among affected families in the devastated areas.

Our Kathmandu centre had set up a community kitchen and served cooked food to about 750 affected people living in its vicinity. On 28 April, the centre distributed 100 kg rice, 20 kg dal, 5 kg salt, 5 litres oil, 3 kg sugar, 3 packets of chocolates and 30 packets biscuits among 130 orphan children of Aravindo Orphanage at Thankot in Kathmandu. On 29 April,  the centre distributed 700 kg chira (rice flakes), 700 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits in Sako, a village 20 km from Kathmandu, and  800 kg chira, 500 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits in Sankarpur Nagarpalika, around 40 kms from Kathmandu. On 30 April, 700 packets dry food (chira and sweets), 500 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits were distributed at Liwali, Kamal Binayak and Ghate in Bhaktapur area. Moreover, 200 packets of rice (2 kg each) and 100 packets of dal (100 gm each) were also distributed at a relief camp in Maheswari Playground in Jala Tol. The centre has also conducted extensive survey in some of the worst affected districts and distributed 1625 kg chira, 230 kg sugar, 30 kg gur (molasses), 2425 kg rice, 370 kg dal (lentils), 511 kg biscuits, 473 litres of edible oil, 245 kg salt, 440 kg potatoes, 280 water bottles, etc. among 775 families in Nawakot, Kabre, Kathmandu, Makbanpur, Gorkha and Sindhupalchok districts on 2 and 3 May.

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Our Lucknow centre has started primary relief work in the worst affected Gorkha district of Nepal. Through its four camps set up at Kharre, Balushora, Mohatar and Gankhu the centre distributed dry food materials, candle sticks, match boxes, etc. among more than 600 affected people. The centre is also providing extensive medical assistance to the affected people in these remote areas. Nearly 308 patients have already been treated, among whom 14 were very serious cases. We are receiving assistance from the local people as well as the Army in our relief services.

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Our Darjeeling centre has initiated steps to carry out primary relief work in Sindhuli district of Nepal. The centre has already conducted extensive survey in the affected areas and all arrangements have been made to transport various dry food materials, first-aid materials, etc. at the earliest.

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Our Patna centre has started a camp at Raxaul in Bihar and is catering to the earthquake victims who have taken shelter in the border areas by distributing 1200 water bottles, 1000 pieces of cake, 1000 packets of rusk, 1000 packets of biscuit and 100 packets of protein powder among 1200 families. The centre, along with our Muzaffarpur centre distributed fruits, water bottles, protein powder, multivitamin tonic, biscuits, cake, etc. among earthquake victims admitted in the Darbhanga Medical College Hospital and the Motihari Sadar Hospital.

Arrangements are being made to distribute tarpaulin sheets, blankets, tents etc. among the affected families. The relief work is running in full swing and will be further expanded depending upon the situation. Further Reports are awaited.

While thanking all who contributed for this noble cause, we request others to come forward and donate liberally, to help us in this noble endeavour. All donations paid in cash or by cheque / demand draft 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://www.belurmath.org/donation_cca/donation.php). Donation may please be sent to: The General Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission, (Relief Section) Belur Math, Howrah, West Bengal – 711 202, India.

 

May 04, 2015                                                                                                                  Swami Suhitananda

Belur Math, Howrah                                                                                                     (General Secretary)

Relief Work : A Brief Report as on 01 May 2015

1.    Earthquake Relief:  Following the devastating earthquake in Nepal and some parts of India on 25 April, some of our centres conducted relief operations mentioned below.

(a) Kathmandu centre served cooked food to 750 people who have taken shelter in nearby areas.  Besides, the centre distributed the following items to the affected people till 29 April:

(i) 100 kg rice, 20 kg dal (lentils), 5 litres edible oil, 5 kg salt, 3 kg sugar and 30 packets of biscuits among 130 children of an orphanage at Thankot in Kathmandu,

(ii) 700 kg chira, 700 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits at Sako, a village 20 km from Kathmandu, and

(iii) 400 packets of chira, 500 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits at Sankarpur Nagarpalika, a remote area in upper hills, 40 km from Kathmandu.

(b) Lucknow centre distributed chira (rice flakes), sugar, candles and matchboxes to the victims in Narayanipur area of Nepal and provided medical relief to the quake-stricken patients.

(c) Darjeeling and Patna centres have made a survey at Sindhuli (Nepal) and Raxaul (Bihar) areas and are initiating steps to start primary relief work there.

Detailed reports are awaited.

2.   Hailstorm Relief: Uttar Pradesh: A strong hailstorm struck Vrindaban and surrounding villages on 5 April, destroying crops and damaging houses.  Our Vrindaban centre distributed 13,110 kg rice, 28,725 kg flour, 2185 kg dal (lentils), 874 kg edible oil, 437 kg sugar and 874 kg salt among 437 families of Vrindaban from 19 to 24 April.

3.  Winter Relief Chandipur Math distributed 65 blankets to poor and needy people from 9 January to 29 March.

4.  Summer Relief: Tamil Nadu:  Chennai Math served buttermilk and sharbat to about 10,000 people from 26 March to 4 April.

5.  Distress ReliefThe following centres distributed various items, as shown against their names, to needy people:

(a) Chandipur: 105 saris, 66 dhotis, 240 distas of exercise paper, 163 textbooks, 100 notebooks and 7 bicycles from 20 February to 11 April.

(b) Khetri: School uniforms, shoes, notebooks and pens to 140 poor students of Khetri on 11 April.

(c) Malda: 30 bicycles to tribal high school girls and 2 tricycles to handicapped villagers in April.

(d) Taki: 152 saris and 158 mosquito-nets from 4 February to 24 March.

(e) Vrindaban: 500 kg rice, 500 kg flour, 125 kg dal (lentils), 125 kg edible oil, 62 kg sugar and 250 kg salt to 250 old widows on 22 April.

6.  Economic Rehabilitation: Chandipur Math handed over 4 sewing machines to the needy on 25 March.

Personalia : 01 May 2015

Swami Atmasthanandaji, President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, continues to be at Seva Pratishthan, Kolkata.  Owing to progressive generalized weakness and age-related cerebral atrophy, he has abnormal limb movements from time to time.  As he is not able to take any food orally, he is being fed liquid diet (Ensure) through a tube (PEG tube) inserted into his stomach.  He is also having throat and chest infection for which he is being treated by specialist doctors.  Revered Maharaj is otherwise maintaining his general health.

Swami Smarananandaji, Vice-President, is scheduled to visit Narendrapur and Baranagar Mission centres in Kolkata from 2 to 31 May.  He is keeping well at Belur Math.

Swami Vagishanandaji, Vice-President, is scheduled to visit Guwahati and Hojai (Assam) from 12 to 25 May.  Presently at Cossipore Math, he is in good health.

Swami Prabhanandaji, Vice-President, will be visiting Rahara centre from 11 to 19 May and Kankurgachhi Math from 26 May to 3 June.  He is keeping well at Belur Math.

News of Branch Centres : 01 May 2015

News of Branch Centres (in India)

The results of our Jamshedpur students at the Secondary Examination, 2015, conducted by Jharkhand Academic Council are as follows:

Students appeared

1st Div.

2nd Div.

3rd Div.

Star marks (75% or above in the aggregate)

303

223

73

7

61

Chennai Math and Chennai Students’ Home jointly conducted a street-cleaning programme on 2 April, following the annual car festival and procession held by Sri Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Chennai.  About 460 volunteers and students cleaned the four streets around the Temple from the late night of 2 April to the early hours of the next day morning.

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Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki, Governor of Punjab, visited Chandigarh centre on 5 April and participated in its annual celebration.

Mangalore centre, which had launched its 40-week Clean Mangalore drive on 1 February, 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.

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In a book release programme held by our Mysore Ashrama on its premises on 7 April, Sri Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister of Karnataka, released the book ‘Adbhuta Santa’, a biography of Swami Adbhutananda, and ‘Seve’, a booklet containing the thoughts of Swami Vivekananda on service.

On 12 April, Swami Gautamanandaji released the souvenir brought out by Vadodara centre in commemoration of Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birth anniversary.

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Kanpur centre conducted a free vaccination camp for children at Lodhar village in Kanpur Nagar district on 19 April in which 150 children were administered Hepatitis B2 and Typhoid vaccines.

On 20 April, Nagpur Math provided spectacles to all the 22 patients who had undergone eye check-up at a medical camp held by the Math on 1 March and were subsequently operated on for cataract at an eye hospital in Nagpur.

The newly constructed dispensary building at Ghatshila Math was inaugurated on 21 April.

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Kumari Anjali Lohar, a student of class 7 of our English School at Bistupur, Jamshedpur, who had participated in an all-India painting competition on the topic Preservation of Environment organized by Axis Bank in November 2014, secured 1st position in Bihar and Jharkhand Circle among 3500 participants and 2nd position in National Level among 90,000 candidates.  In a function held in the Bistupur school on 23 April 2015, Axis Bank handed over two certificates and two tablets (small portable computers) to Kumari Lohar in recognition of her above two achievements.

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 Mar-27 Apr

370

69

137

Our eye care centre in Bankura
   2 Chennai Math* 26 April

114

43

16

An eye hospital in Chennai
   3 Ghatshila 8 February

245

31

108

An eye hospital in Jamshedpur
   4 Jamshedpur 1 Mar-26 Apr

83

35

50

An eye hospital in Jamshedpur
   5 Khetri April

202

57

An eye hospital in Jaipur
   6 Lucknow April

1032

257

Our Lucknow hospital
   7 Madurai 19 April

288

4

61

An eye hospital in Madurai
   8 Porbandar 17 April

98

57

A hospital in Porbandar
   9 Rajahmundry 5, 6 & 19 April

149

21

17

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

57

38

Our eye care centre in Rajkot
 11 Salem 5 & 19 April

180

40

17

An eye hospital in Salem
 12 Seva Pratishthan 29 Mar, 5 Apr

25

25

Our Seva Pratishthan hospital
 13 Sikra-Kulingram March

165

24

Sarada Seva Sangha, Shibpur, Howrah
 14 Ulsoor March

390

177

A hospital in Bangalore
 15 Visakhapatnam 23 & 26 April

377

50

97

An eye hospital in Visakhapatnam

* through Chengalpattu centre

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

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Centre

Dates

Children checked / given vitamins and medicines

Specs given

 1                                                        

Khetri

5 Feb to 11 Apr

10,044 students of 55 schools in Khetri Tahsil

1161

 2

Lucknow

April

2135 children of 4 schools in Lucknow district

50

Communication Addresses : 01 May 2015

 

Fax: St. Louis (USA) centre has discontinued its fax facility.

EmailIDs & Website Address: Jaipur centre has now only one email id <rkmpinkcity@gmail.com> and one website address <www.rkmjaipur.in>.

Ulsoor Math has discontinued its email id <rkmathulsoor@gmail.com>.  It has now only one email id <ulsoormath@gmail.com>.

Earthquake Relief in Nepal

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As on 01 May 2015

In the wake of the recent devastating earthquake which affected a major portion of Nepal and some parts of India, the Ramakrishna Mission is conducting primary relief among affected families in the devastated areas.

Till now our Kathmandu centre, with assistance from the Headquarters, has set up a community kitchen and served cooked food to about 750 affected people in its vicinity. Apart from this, on 28 April, the Kathmandu centre also distributed 100 kg rice, 20 kg dal, 5 kg salt, 5 litres oil, 3 kg sugar, 3 packets of chocolates and 30 packets biscuits among 130 orphan children of Aravindo Orphanage at Thankot in Kathmandu. On 29 April,  the centre distributed 700 kg chira (rice flakes), 700 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits in Sako, a village 20 km from Kathmandu, and  800 kg chira, 500 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits in Sankarpur Nagarpalika, around 40 kms from Kathmandu. On 30 April, 700 packets dry food (chira and sweets), 500 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits were distributed at Liwali, Kamal Binayak and Ghate in Bhaktapur area. Moreover, 200 packets of rice (2 kg each) and 100 packets of dal (100 gm each) were also distributed at a relief camp in Maheswari Playground in Jala Tol.

Our Lucknow centre has started primary relief work in Gorkha district of Nepal distributing chira, sugar, candle sticks and match boxes among the victims. Medical relief is also being provided.

Our Darjeeling centre, with the help from the Headquarters, has initiated steps to carry out primary relief in Sindhuli district of Nepal.

Our Patna centre has started a camp at Raxaul in Bihar and is catering to the earthquake victims who have taken shelter in the border areas. The centre, along with our Muzaffarpur centre distributed fruits, water bottles, protein powder, multivitamin tonic, biscuits, cake, etc. among earthquake victims admitted in the Darbhanga Medical College Hospital and the Motihari Sadar Hospital.

The relief work will be further expanded depending upon the situation. Further Reports are awaited.

As on 30 April 2015

In the wake of the recent devastating earthquake affecting Nepal and parts of India, the Ramakrishna Mission decided to undertake primary relief in the affected areas.

Till now, our Kathmandu centre, with assistance from the Ramakrishna Mission Headquarters, has set up a community kitchen and distributed cooked food by to about 750 affected people in the vicinity. Apart from this, on 28 April, the Kathmandu centre also distributed 100 kg rice, 20 kg dal, 5 kg salt, 5 litres oil, 3 kg sugar, 3 packets of chocolates and 30 packets biscuits among 130 orphan children of Aravindo Orphanage at Thankot in Kathmandu. On 29 April,  350 packets of chura (2 kg each packet), 700 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits were distributed in Sako, a village 20 km from Kathmandu. In Sankarpur Nagarpalika (40 km from Kathmandu), 400 packets of chura, 500 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits were also distributed. On 30 April, 700 packets dry food (chira and sweets), 500 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits were distributed at Liwali, Kamal Binayak and Ghate in Bhaktapur area. Moreover, 200 packets of rice (2 kg each) and 100 packets of dal (100 gm each) were also distributed at a relief camp in Maheswari Playground in Jala Tol.

Our Lucknow centre has started primary relief work in Gorkha district of Nepal distributing chura, sugar, candle sticks and match boxes among the victims. Medical relief is also being undertaken.

Our Darjeeling centre, with the help from the Headquarters, has initiated steps to carry out primary relief in Sindhuli district of Nepal.

The Ramakrishna Mission Headquarters, through its Patna centre, has started a camp at Raxaul in Bihar catering to the earthquake victims from Nepal who have come there.

The relief work will be further expanded depending upon the situation. Further reports are awaited.

As on 29 April 2015

In the wake of the recent devastating earthquake affecting Nepal and parts of India, the Ramakrishna Mission decided to undertake primary relief in Nepal and some parts of India.

Till now, our Kathmandu centre has set up a community kitchen distributed cooked food by to about 750 affected people who have taken shelter in the vicinity. Apart from this, on 28 April, the Kathmandu centre also distributed 100 kg rice, 20 kg dal, 5 kg salt, 5 litres oil, 3 kg sugar, 3 packets of chocolates and 30 packets biscuits among 130 orphan children of Aravindo Orphanage in Thankot at Kathmandu. On 29 April 350 packets of chura (2 kg each packet), 700 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits were distributed in Sako, a village 20 km from Kathmandu. In Sankarpur Nagarpalika (40 km from Kathmandu), 400 packets of chura, 500 bottles of drinking water and 500 packets of biscuits were also distributed.

Our Lucknow centre has started primary relief work in Narayanipur area of Nepal distributing chura, sugar, candle sticks and match boxes among the victims. Medical relief is also being carried out.

Our Darjeeling and Patna centres have surveyed Sindhuli (Nepal) and Raxaul (Bihar) areas and are initiating steps to start a primary relief work.

Detailed reports are awaited.

 

As on 28 April 2015

In the wake of the recent devastating earthquake affecting Nepal and parts of India, the Ramakrishna Mission decided to undertake primary relief in Nepal and some parts of India.

Rescue operations and removal of debris is being carried out. Our Kathmandu centre surveyed some affected areas. Till now, it has distributed cooked food twice a day to about 125 affected people who have taken shelter in the vicinity since 27 April. Apart from this, on 28 April, the Kathmandu centre also distributed 1 quintal rice, 20 kg dal, 5 kg salt, 5 litres oil, 3 kg sugar, 3 packets of chocolates and 30 packets biscuits among 130 orphan children in a neighbouring orphanage. Our Darjeeling centre is also carrying out a survey in Badribas area in Nepal.

Detailed reports are awaited.

 

As on 27 April 2015

On 25 April 2015, a massive Earthquake with magnitude of 7.9 devastated a large portion of Nepal killing thousands. Normal life there is still hampered owing to the aftershocks. Rescue operations and removal of debris is being carried out. Our Kathmandu centre has surveyed some affected areas and is initiating measures for providing primary relief. Our Kathmandu centre has offered shelter and is distributing cooked food to about 125 affected people in the vicinity. Detailed reports are awaited.

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Uttarakhand Flood Relief and Rehabilitation Project : A Report

As on 25 April 2015

 

As the massive cloud burst and flash floods hit a major portion of Uttarakhand in June 2013, unprecedented devastation followed causing severe damage to life and property. In the wake of such human sufferings, the Ramakrishna Mission plunged in to ameliorate the sufferings of the affected people from 23 June 2013 onwards.

 

Primary Relief: The Kankhal and Dehradun centres of the Ramakrishna Mission undertook relief activities in 291 villages at Rudraprayag, Sonprayag, Guptakashi, Uttarkashi, Ukhimath, Pandukeshwar, Govindghat and Niti block areas. They distributed food items, assorted and winter garments, solar lanterns, utensils and other essential items catering to 19,513 families. Besides, school uniform and other supplies were also distributed to 16,839 students from 275 schools in Joshi Math and Rudraprayag areas.

 

Rehabilitation: The Ramakrishna Mission then took up rehabilitation project in the area. The girls’ hostel of the Annusuya Prasad Bahuguna Govt. Post Graduate College at Agastyamuni (Dist. Rudraprayag) was severely damaged by the flood. The Ramakrishna Mission considered that building a girls’ hostel for this college will be a great service to the undeveloped Kedar Valley, especially to the girls seeking their much deserved education.

The Ramakrishna Mission, through its Dehradun centre, took up the construction work of a new hostel building and a new educational block at the Govt. P. G. College, Agastyamuni as a part of its rehabilitation project. The three storied Girls’ Hostel with kitchen and dining hall and a three storied P. G. Block of the college is being constructed with a total covered area of 28,442 square feet. Accordingly the foundation stone was laid on 29 August 2014.

Till now, roof castings for the second floor of the PG Block and first floor of the Girls’ Hostel has been completed.

Welfare Service at Belur Math : 2014 – 2015

RAMAKRISHNA MISSION WELFARE SECTION

Belur Math, Howrah

Short Report from April 2014 to March 2015

Particulars

No. of Beneficiaries

Amount (₹)

Stipend to students

3700

7402786.00

Monthly Pecuniary Help

(@ ₹ 300/- per month)

306

1770100.00

ad hoc Pecuniary Help

304

81400.00

Medical Help

260

337405.00

For Handicapped Persons :

Tricycles

Wheel Chair

Ad hoc Pecuniary Help

(@ ₹ 1000/-)

2

1

1

16240.00

Sarees, School Dress, Blanket, Garments etc.

2873743.00

Other Expenses

99512.00

Total

12581186.00

Details of new clothings distributed among 19432 beneficiaries:

Particulars

Quantity

Dhoti

1611

Saree

12034

Blanket

2058

Children’s Garment

7193

Uttariya

330

Woolen Chadar

40

School Bag

3303