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:

Sl.

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

 

Annapurna Puja at Kothar Ashrama

Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Kothar has celebrated Sri Sri Annapurna Puja in a grand scale. It is for information that this Ashrama is sanctified by the long stay of Holy Mother Sri Sri Sarada Devi. Though Holy Mother visited Odisha 4 times, but this is the only place protected where Holy Mother stayed in Odisha.

On last 26th March ADHIVASA   started after Sri Sri  Thakur’s evening Arati and next day on 27th Puja started after the Mangalarati of Sri Sri Thakur at 4.30am and then Annapurna Puja started after Ghata Sthapan at 6 am. Swami Tattwavidanandaji Maharaj, President Advaita Ashrama, Mayavati took the place of Pujari and Swami Ekeshananda Ramakrishna Math Belur Math sat on the place of Tantradharak. Special Annabhoga Preparation, Aratrikam then havan were the part of the Puja. About 12.30 pm we started the Prasad Distribtion among the village people. Large no of devotees attended the Puja and had Mother Annapurn’s Prasad.

After evening prayer of Thakur, Pujari Maharaj and Tantradharak Maharaj.  Performed evening Aratrikam of Mother Annapurna with classic sound of “Dhak and Kasar” (Bengal Musical Instrument ). Large no. of village people had Darshan with full devotion of Mother’s Sandhyaratrika.

Next day on 28th Mother Annapurna’s Mangalrati was performed after Sri Sri Thakur’s Mangalarati  at 4.30 am. Then Visarjan Puja followed by Chandi Path  started at 6 am. At 10.30 am Pujari Maharaj  ended Her Puja with Ghata Visarjan. Dadhikarma Prasad distributed among the devotees present there.

At 5.30pm Mother Annapurna rode in a decorated Mini Truck. The village people started procession around the village with the sound of musical instrument. They were playing Fagu among themselves. Singing, dancing and coloureful  fireworks were the part of procession. About at 7.15 pm Mother with Devadhidev Mahadev were immersed in the pond called Krishna Sagar where Holy Mother used to take bath daily during her stay at Kothar. Immersion water was brought by a Ghata to Ashrama for Shantijal and then sprinkled that water among the gathered devotees.

Needless to say that Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi Herself performed this Puja and we devotees enjoyed it.

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RELIEF WORK : A Brief Report as on 01 April 2015

1. Hudhud Cyclone Relief: Andhra Pradesh: Continuing its extensive relief work among poor families affected by Hudhud cyclone, Visakhapatnam centre distributed 3000 solar lanterns and 6000 blankets among 3000 families of 100 villages in Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram districts from 1 to 6 March.

2. Fire Relief: Uttarakhand: On 4 March, Dehradun centre handed over 14 goats to a poor shepherd belonging to Thain village in Chamoli district whose entire livestock had been destroyed in an accidental fire.

3. Flood Relief: Jammu & Kashmir: Srinagar centre distributed 363 kg rice, 3 kg dal (lentils), 8 litres of edible oil, 4.5 kg salt, 8.5 kg assorted spices, 8 kg sugar, 5 kg tea powder, 2 utensil sets (each set containing 6 plates, 6 bowls, 6 tumblers, 1 pan, 1 pot and 2 ladles), etc among 20 families in Srinagar town from 30 October to 28 February.

4. Winter Relief: The following centres distributed blankets to poor people:

Sl. Centre Blankets Duration
1 Aalo 687 13 December to 1 February
2 Darjeeling 70 30 March
3 Dehradun 250 12 to16 December
4 Ichapur 78 1 to 28 February
5 Lucknow 250 25 January
6 Mayavati 300 10 December to 28 February
7 Ootacamund 250 5 to 24 February
8 Ponnampet 250 15 August to 24 December
TOTAL 2135

 

Furthermore, the following centres distributed sweaters to needy people:

(a) Ichapur: 33 sweaters from 1 to 28 February.

(b) Mayavati: 162 sweaters in January and February.

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

(a) Ichapur: 12 children’s garments and 4 adults’ garments from 1 to 28 February.

(b) Kothar: 180 saris, 300 dhotis and 300 chaddars from 15 November to 5 December.

(c) Nagpur: 125 saris, 30 chaddars, 30 towels, etc on 26 February.

6. Supply of Safe Drinking Water: Chhattisgarh: At the request of the State Government, Narainpur centre sunk 207 tube-wells from February 2014 to March 2015 in 150 remote and tribal villages of Abujhmarh where there was an outbreak of diarrhea caused by drinking contaminated water.

7. Economic Rehabilitation: Guwahati centre handed over 4 sewing machines to poor and needy people on 1 March.

Personalia : 01 April 2015

Revered President Maharaj continues to be under medical care at Seva Pratishthan where he was admitted on 21 February with severe dehydration and loss of weight caused by inadequate oral intake of food and water for some days owing to loss of appetite. His nutritional requirement is being met through intravenous food (parenteral nutrition).

Swami Smarananandaji is scheduled to visit Barisha (Kolkata) from 7 to 13 April, and Baghbazar (Kolkata) from 22 to 29 April. He is keeping well at Belur Math.

Swami Vagishanandaji is scheduled to return to Cossipore on 5 April after his visit to Delhi, Vrindaban, Allahabad and Varanasi. He will be visiting some unaffiliated centres in Mangalpur (Dist. Bankura), Burdwan and Radhanagar (Dist. Burdwan) from 18 to 25 April. He is in good health.

Swami Prabhanandaji will be visiting Baghbazar (Kolkata) from 7 to 14 April, and Shillong and Guwahati from 22 April to 3 May. He is keeping well at Belur Math.

Celebration of the 150th Birth Anniversaries of the Monastic Disciples of Sri Ramakrishna

Nagpur Math held special lectures on 25 and 26 February in commemoration of the 150th birth anniversaries of Swamis Saradanandaji Maharaj and Trigunatitanandaji Maharaj.

In commemoration of 150th birth anniversary of Swami Akhandanandaji Maharaj, Sargachhi centre conducted the following programmes from September 2014 to March 2015:

A cycle rally from the Ashrama to Palashi (Plassey) on 23 September in which 250 cyclists participated.

Inauguration of the newly built science centre, with a demonstration gallery and a hands-on workshop, on 29 November.

Inauguration of the newly built community hall and a 9-day fair on the theme means for enriching livelihood in rural areas by the General Secretary on 20 March.

Releasing of a commemorative volume and a booklet by the General Secretary on 20 March.

Four seminars from 21 to 25 March on topics related to health, nutrition, agriculture and animal husbandry.On an average, 850 people comprising scientists, lecturers, students and farmers participated in each seminar.

Cultural programmes from 20 to 27 March.

Annapurna Puja and a devotees’ convention on 28 March in which about 9500 devotees took part.

News of Branch Centres : 01 April 2015

News of Branch Centres (in India)

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 Feb to 28 Mar 640 32 149 Our eye care centre in Bankura

2

Chennai Math* 22 March 245 55 21 An eye hospital in Chennai

3

Khetri 1 Feb & 22 Mar 246 115 An eye hospital in Jaipur

4

Lucknow March 1240 354 Our Lucknow hospital

5

Madurai 15 March 182 5 41 An eye hospital in Madurai

6

Medinipur 6 March 97 12 A hospital in Medinipur

7

Nagpur 1 March 250 149 22 A hospital in Nagpur

8

Porbandar 13 March 58 13 A hospital in Virnagar, Dt. Rajkot

9

Puri Mission 12 & 13 March 236 32

10

Rajahmundry 1, 2 & 15 March 237 51 20 A hospital in Vemagiri, Dt. East Godavari

11

Rajkot March 164 78 Our eye care centre in Rajkot

12

Salem 1 to 22 March 449 63 36 A hospital in Salem

13

Saradapitha January to March 1370 298 Two hospitals in Kolkata

14

Silchar Feb & Mar 193 2 56 A hospital in Silchar

15

Ulsoor February 373 146 A hospital in Bangalore

* through Chengalpattu centre

In the month of March, Lucknow centre provided Vitamin-A capsules to 321 underprivileged children of a school in Lucknow district, and free glasses to 27 children with refractory errors.

Narainpur Ashrama held a kisan mela (farmers’ fair) on 25 and 26 February which was visited by more than 7000 farmers.

The History of Science in India jointly published by the Institute of Culture, Kolkata, and National Academy of Sciences – India (NASI) was released by Swami Smarananandaji and Swami Prabhanandaji in a function held at the Institute on 6 March. In the same function, a DVD of the book and a multimedia DVD on Swamiji’s select lectures were also released.

On 8 March, Swami Prabhanandaji inaugurated the six-storey diagnostic & cardiac care centre building and the newly set-up Catheterization Laboratory (cath lab) at Seva Pratishthan.

On the occasion of the birthday of Saint Eknath, Aurangabad centre held a medical camp and an exhibition on Swamiji from 12 to 14 March at Paithan (Dist. Aurangabad), the birthplace of the saint. In all, 2574 patients were treated in the medical camp.

Sikshanamandira (College of Teacher Education) of Saradapitha has been re-accredited by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) with Grade ‘A’.

Vrindaban centre has started in March a new welfare programme at its hospital, by which widows in distress and requiring medical care will be provided free of charges all medical facilities including diagnostic tests, medication and surgery, and also an attendant, if necessary, while they are admitted to the hospital.

An M.P.Ed. student of Vivekananda University’s Faculty of General & Adapted Physical Education and Yoga (GAPEY), Coimbatore Mission Vidyalaya Campus, represented Tamil Nadu state in the 3rd National Footvolley Championship 2015-16, held by Punjab Footvolley Association in Punjab, and secured 3rd position.

 

News of Branch Centre (Outside India)

Dhaka centre held the concluding function of the centenary celebration of its high school on 28 March. The programme consisted of speeches by some distinguished speakers, cultural events and releasing of a commemorative volume.

New Mission Sub-Centre : 01 April 2015

Sevavrata, a philanthropic institution at Bairgachhi village in Murshidabad district has been made a sub-centre of Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Sargachhi, and renamed “Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama (Sevavrata), Bairgachhi”. Its address is “Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama (Sevavrata), Village Bairgachhi, P.O. Kalitaladiar, Dist. Murshidabad, West Bengal 742165”.

Communication Address : 01 April 2015

Postal Address:

The postal address of our centre at Swamiji’s Ancestral House has been changed to “Ramakrishna Mission Swami Vivekananda’s Ancestral House and Cultural Centre, 105 Vivekananda Road, Kolkata 700006”.

Belur Math Festival Calendar : 2015 – 2016

(Download the list in PDF : English | Bengali )

List of Celebrations
2015-2016
( According to the Vishuddha Siddhanta Almanac )

BIRTHDAYS
Sri Shankaracharya Vaishakha Shukla Panchami Thursday

23

April

2015

Sri Buddhadeva Vaishakha Purnima Monday

4

May

2015

Guru Purnima Ashadha Purnima Friday

31

July

2015

Swami Ramakrishnananda Ashadha Krishna Trayodashi Wednesday

12

Aug

2015

Swami Niranjanananda Shravana Purnima Saturday

29

Aug

2015

Sri Krishna Janmashtami Shravana Krishna Ashtami Saturday

5

Sep

2015

Swami Advaitananda Shravana Krishna Chaturdashi Saturday

12

Sep

2015

Swami Abhedananda Bhadra Krishna Navami Tuesday

6

Oct

2015

Swami Akhandananda Bhadra Amavasya Monday

12

Oct

2015

Swami Subodhananda Kartika Shukla Dwadashi Monday

23

Nov

2015

Swami Vijnanananda Kartika Shukla Chaturdashi Wednesday

25

Nov

2015

Swami Premananda Agrahayana Shukla Navami Saturday

19

Dec

2015

Christmas Eve   Thursday

24

Dec

2015

Sri Sri Ma Sarada Devi Agrahayana Krishna Saptami Friday

1

Jan

2016

Swami Shivananda Agrahayana Krishna Ekadashi Tuesday

5

Jan

2016

Swami Saradananda Pousha Shukla Shasthi Friday

15

Jan

2016

Swami Turiyananda Pousha Shukla Chaturdashi Saturday

23

Jan

2016

Sri Sri Swamiji Pausha Krishna Saptami Sunday

31

Jan

2016

Swami Brahmananda Magha Shukla Dwitiya Wednesday

10

Feb

2016

Swami Trigunatitananda Magha Shukla Chaturthi Friday

12

Feb

2016

Swami Adbhutananda Magha Purnima Monday

22

Feb

2016

Sri Sri Ramakrishna Deva Phalguna Shukla Dwitiya Thursday

10

Mar

2016

Public Celebration Sunday

13

Mar

2016

Sri Gouranga Mahaprabhu Dol Purnima Wednesday

23

Mar

2016

Swami Yogananda Phalguna Krishna Chaturthi Sunday

27

Mar

2016

PUJA CELEBRATIONS
Shodashi Puja Vaishakha Amavasya Sunday

17

May

2015

Snana Yatra Jyeshtha Purnima Tuesday

2

June

2015

Sri Sri Durga Puja Ashwina Shukla Saptami Tuesday

20

Oct

2015

Sri Sri Kali Puja Ashwina Amavasya Tuesday

10

Nov

2015

Sri Sri Saraswati Puja Magha Shukla Panchami Friday

12

Feb

2016

Shiva-Ratri Magha Krishna Chaturdashi Monday

7

Mar

2016

EKADASHI DAYS (Rama-Nama-Sankirtanam)

2015

April

15, 29

Sep

8, 24

May

14, 29

Oct

8, 24

June

12, 28

Nov

7, 22

July

12, 27

Dec

7, 21

Aug

10, 26

2016

Jan

6, 20

Mar

5, 19

Feb

4, 18

Apr

 4

UTTARAKHAND FLOOD RELIEF AND REHABILITATION PROJECT

UTTARAKHAND FLOOD RELIEF AND REHABILITATION PROJECT

As on 29 March 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 first floor of the PG Block and ground floor of the Girls’ Hostel has been completed.

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Relief Work : A Brief Report as on 01 March 2015

1.    Winter Relief:

The following centres distributed blankets to poor people:

Sl.

Centre

Blankets

Duration

INDIA

1

Advaita Ashrama, Kolkata

150

November to January

2

Allahabad

300

18 January to 2 February

3

Almora

252

24 December to 31 January

4

Antpur

425

1 to 22 February

5

Asansol

887

19 November to 27 December

6

Bankura

1141

23 November to 27 January

7

Bhubaneswar

103

6 and 13 February

8

Gol Park, Kolkata

50

10 to 14 January

9

Jamshedpur

181

15 December to 19 January

10

Kankurgachhi, Kolkata

265

13 & 14 January

11

Kanpur

150

7 & 8 February

12

Khetri

41

22 February

13

Koalpara (Jayrambati)

750

10 to 23 November

14

Limbdi

100

February

15

Malda

343

29 November to 26 December

16

Puri Mission

373

1 to 8 February

17

Ranchi Sanatorium

468

26 November to 18 January

18

Saradapitha, Belur

300

7 to 24 December

19

Sargachhi

519

10 November to 12 December

20

Shillong

20

31 January

21

Sikra Kulingram

120

22 January

22

Tamluk

600

22 November to 17 December

BANGLADESH

23

Dinajpur

1655

9 December to 5 February

TOTAL

9193

 

Furthermore, the following centres distributed various winter garments, as shown against their names, to needy people:

(a)  Almora: 28 sweaters from 24 December to 31 January.

(b)  Limbdi: 54 sweaters in the month of February.

(c)  Malda: 106 fleece jackets from 29 November to 26 December.

(d)  Porbandar: 500 shawls and 400 sweaters on 21 and 22 February.

(e)  Vrindaban: 1500 shawls from 16 January to 15 February.

 

2.    Fire Relief:

India: Assam: On 24 February, Silchar centre distributed 100 kg rice, 15 kg dal (lentils), 16 packets of biscuits, 28 plates, 16 packets of candles, 14 dhotis, 28 chaddars, 20 saris, 17 sets of school uniform, 14 mosquito-nets and 14 blankets among 14 families in Kanakpur area of Silchar, whose houses had been gutted in a fire.

Bangladesh: On 6 February, Dinajpur centre distributed 100 saris and an equal number of dhotis, blankets, buckets, jugs, plates, bowls and tumblers among 55 tribal families living in Habibpur area of Dinajpur district.

 

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

India:

(a)  Antpur: 425 packets (500 gm each) of nutritional drink powder, 425 packets (75 gm each) of biscuits and 1275 bars of soap from 1 to 22 February.

(b)  Asansol: 105 saris, 5 dhotis and 27 half-pants on 29 November and 27 December.

(c)  Gol Park (Kolkata): 1044 tins (400 gm each) of skimmed milk powder from 20 September to 20 November.

(d)  Koalpara (Jayrambati): 900 saris from 10 to 23 November.

(e)  Limbdi: 164 saris in the month of February.

(f)   Narottam Nagar: 120 saris, 294 tubes of toothpaste, 294 bars of bathing soap, 294 bars of washing soap, 1470 sachets of shampoo, 184 towels, 124 bottles of hair oil, 110 notebooks, and an equal number of pens, pencils, erasers and sharpeners from 12 to 19 February.

(g)  Porbandar: 4000 kg bajra (millet), 2000 kg rice, 600 kg dal (lentils), 400 kg edible oil, 600 kg sugar and 100 kg tea leaves on 21 & 22 February.

(h)  Puri Math: 25 saris from 11 December to 22 January.

(i)    Puri Mission: 250 notebooks and 125 pens on 1 February.

(j)    Rahara: 600 tins (400 gm each) of skimmed milk powder from 15 September to 26 November.

(k)  Rajahmundry: 240 tiffin carriers, 120 bed-sheets, 336 packets of nutritional drink powder on 9 and 20 February.

(l)    Sargachhi: 153 saris from 10 November to 12 December.

(m)Sarisha: 144 packets of biscuits on 5 January and 1140 tins (400 gm each) of skimmed milk powder from 19 September to 8 January.

(n)  Tamluk: 410 saris and 200 chaddars from 22 November to 17 December.

 

4.    Economic Rehabilitation: The following centres handed over sewing machines to poor and needy people:

(a)  Antpur: 14 machines from 1 to 22 February.

(b) Porbandar: 16 machines on 14February.