Millions of Kanwarias and an arduous journey of faith

Millions of Kanwarias and an arduous journey of faith

The annual Kanwar pilgrimage taken up during the Shravan month (July-August) is one of the toughest pilgrimages in north India on all holy occasions mentioned in the Hindu almanac.

Millions of Lord Shiva devotees, popularly known as Kanwarias, visit Haridwar and during their return, they carry Kanwars, a bamboo stick with two small pots hanging on both ends, on their shoulders.

Dr Prakash and Mandakini Amte win Magsaysay award

Dr Prakash and Mandakini Amte win Magsaysay award

Renowned Indian social activist Baba Amte’s son, Dr Prakash Amte and his wife Dr Mandakini Amte have been awarded with the Ramon Magsaysay Award for community leadership for the year 2008. Dr Prakash Amte and his wife, also known as Mandatai, have been awarded in recognition to their path breaking work amongst the Madia Gond tribes. Beginning in 1975 Prakash and Mandakini built a small hospital in the interior area and performed surgeries, treated malaria, tuberculosis, and dysentery, burns and animal bites of the improvised tribals. They charged nothing.

Foreign pupils who miss class to be reported

Foreign pupils who miss class to be reported

Foreign students who miss ten classes in a row will be reported to the Government under plans to curb illegal immigration. Universities and colleges will have to keep records of non-EU students and alert authorities if they miss ten university tutorials or two weeks of a course at an English language school or college of further education. They will also have to inform the Government’s UK Border Agency if a student fails to enrol by a set date.

Why CNN-IBN did not telecast ‘cash-for-vote’ sting

Why CNN-IBN did not telecast ‘cash-for-vote’ sting

Why have we not telecast the story so far? Quite simply, we have chosen not to telecast the story yet because we did not feel that the story was complete. Credible journalism is based on accuracy not speed, facts not sensationalism, reportage not allegations and assumptions. Our rigorous editorial protocol demands that even a hidden camera shoot is absolutely water-tight. In this particular story, there were many loose ends that needed to be cross-checked, corroborated and investigated further before the story could be aired. As it transpired, even before we could complete the process of investigation, three BJP MPs made allegations in parliament of having been bribed and displayed cash in the House. In the politically surcharged circumstances, we felt that the more appropriate step would be to provide the recordings we had made till date to the Speaker of the Lok Sabha as the appropriate constitutional authority. All the raw, unedited footage was placed before the Speaker within 24 hours of Parliament fracas. Not a single frame has been edited in any form.

Opinion – Solution to terrorism

Opinion – Solution to terrorism

One solution to the problem is tough posture of government. After every attack the eco system of the terrorists should be disturbed. Supporters of the terrorists should be identified and detained, sympathizers should be asked to abandon their views. Encounters – if needed – should be pursued. If this cannot happen an ‘alternative balancing eco system’ should be initiated by people. Terrorists have to be isolated and if inevitable, they have to be eliminated by the ‘anti terror eco system’. Effective means – preferably legal ones – are to be employed to check the terror ideology.

Sixth ceasefire violation in 3 weeks

Sixth ceasefire violation in 3 weeks

Around 15 Pakistani army personnel crossed the border in the Nowgaon sector of Kupwara district on Monday (July 28) afternoon. Indian troops came under heavy fire from across the LoC, when a patrol was moving fom one observation post to another. The Pakistani soliders demanded that the Indian observation post be vacated. A jawan belonging to the 22 Rajput battalion has been killed in the exchange of fire and his body was recovered today (July 29). Pakistan has suffered three to four casualties and the body of a Pakistani soldier is lying on the Indian side. Following the incident both India and Pakistan have convened a flag meeting to sort out the ceasefire violation issue. Also, the body of Sepoy Mahesh — the Indian soldier who was killed on Monday — has been recovered. Six ceasefire violation has taken place at the LoC in the past three weeks. There was one attempt of violation three days back. On the July 17, there were three violations in just one day. On the 11th, despite firing from the Pakistani side in Kishna-ghati area in Poonch, Indian troops did not retaliate.

TLOHC Reviews Writing Contest, Enter to Win Cool Cashes & Gems!

TLOHC Reviews Writing Contest, Enter to Win Cool Cashes & Gems!

PKVE is holding a The Legacy of Holy Castle Review Writing Contest for all TLOHC Fans. The review can be for a specific part of the game or about TLOHC in general. The contest will only run for a month so submit your entries as soon as possible! Original work only. Win real cash & Gems prizes! Read the guidelines below for information on how to enter the contest.

Review Writing Contest rules are as follows:
• Hurry! Contest runs from August 1, 2008 to August 30, 2008 only.
• Participants of all ages and from all countries may enter the contest, except those staff members of PKVE.
• Your review can be about any topic within HLOHC, it can be specific in nature or general.
• 180 words or longer
• Review must be written in the English language. Spelling, grammar and punctuation are taken into account.
• Original work only. You may not submit someone else’s guide as yours, this is illegal and will have serious consequences.
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• The nicer, the better. The more presentable a review is, the more points it will merit. We urge contestants to include pictures with their reviews, but it is not a requirement. In the end the most important judging factor is well written content and not the looks, but it helps.
• Judging of entries will be done by the PKVE Team. Winners will be notified by e-mail and their names posted on officail forum of TLOHC.
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