M5.9 Quake hits Tonga

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake occurred 75 km NNE of Hihifo

Prelim M5.9 Earthquake Tonga Oct-25 11:47 UTC, updates https://go.usa.gov/x74Cu

M 5.9 – 75 km NNE of Hihifo, Tonga

2020-10-25 11:47:37 (UTC)
15.354°S 173.467°W
32.7 km depth

Tonga is a Polynesian kingdom of more than 170 South Pacific islands, many uninhabited, most lined in white beaches and coral reefs and covered with tropical rainforest.

Bezymianny volcano spew Ash

Volcano Bezymianny (Kamchatka) eruption on october 21, 2020. The eruptive column rose above Bezymianny volcano up to 9 km above sea level.

Bezymianny volcano in #Russia’s far eastern Kamchatka region has erupted and sent a column of ash high into the #sky. The amount of #ashproduced by the #volcano covered an area of around 10 kilometers.⁣

Bezymianny is one of 29 active volcanoes in #Kamchatka. The last time it erupted was March 2019.

A strong eruption started at the Russian Bezymianny volcano at 20:22 UTC on October 21, 2020, ejecting ash up to 9.5 km (31 000 feet) above sea level.

The Aviation Color Code was raised to Red at 21:51 UTC and lowered back to Orange at 03:19 UTC on October 21 after the eruption has finished.

Satellite data at 23:00 UTC showed a large ash cloud moving about 75 km (46 miles) west of the volcano, KVERT reported.

PM 70th Edition of Mann ke Baat

Friends, today through our speech, bearing, actions & every moment we have to carry forward the entire spectrum of values that unite us so that sense of ease, belongingness is inculcated in mind of the citizen living in one part of country for citizen living in other: #PMonAIR

Unifier India, Sardar Patel,One aspect about Sardar Patel that is not as widely known- he had a great sense of humour, even in the middle of tough circumstances. This is a learning for all of us- we must always keep our sense of humour alive. Sardar Patel’s sense of humour was noted by Bapu too!

Unity is Power, Unity is strength, Unity is Progress, Unity is Empowerment, United we will scale new heights : PM

On 31st Oct we will also celebrate Valmiki Jayanti. For him service and human dignity is paramount. : PM

PM 70 th edition of on Radio Mann Ki Baat. During the address,

PM Modi urged each citizen to be jovial even in worst condition not to lose oneself pride further said people to remember ‘vocal for local’ while shopping in the festive season.

Highlighting Khadi India’s reach in international market, PM Modi said, “many of our local products have the potential to go global.”

Highlighting Khadi India’s reach in international market, PM Modi said, “Many of our local products have the potential to go global.”

“A Khadi store in Delhi registered Rs 1 crore sale on single day on Gandhi Jayanti.”

– “Previously, a large number of people used to gather in Durga Pandal. It was a fair-like atmosphere during Durga Pooja and Dussehra, but this time it didn’t happen. Many more festivals are to be observed, we’ve to work with restraint during this Corona crisis,“ said PM Modi.

On 31st Oct we will also celebrate Valmiki Jayanti. For him service and human dignity is paramount. : PM

On 31st October we lost former Prime Minister of India, Smt. IndiraGandhi. I most respectfully pay my tributes to her: PM

Sardar Patel devoted his entire life to the solidarity of the country. He continued to inculcate the mantra of unity in diversity in every Indian’s mind.

It is said in the Gita, nothing is pure in the world like knowledge. I congratulate all those who spread knowledge:

Many of our games are attracting the World. Our traditional sport Mallakhambh is alsogaining popularity in many countries. : PM

Be it Germany, Poland or Malaysia, Mallakhambh has gained popularity in 20 Nations:

My dear countrymen, during the #lockdown, many instances of technology based service delivery were explored in the country and it is not that only the big technology and logistic companies are capable of the same :

My dear countrymen, today, #Pulwama in Kashmir playing important role in educating entire country. Today, when children all over the nation do their homework, or prepare notes, somewhere behind this lies the hard work of people of Pulwama! : PM

Friends, but you will be happy to know that all over India there are several people who get immense happiness spreading knowledge. These are people who are always eager to get everyone inspired to study: PM

Friends, our country has many forms of martial arts. I would like our young friends to know more about them learn them and over the course of time bring about innovations in the same: PM

My dear countrymen, when we take pride in our own things, the world’s curiosity around them also grows – Just like our spirituality, #Yoga, #Ayurveda has attracted the whole world: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the people of the country to give priority to local products while shopping during this festive season. Addressing the nation through his Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio this morning, Mr Modi asked everyone to remember the resolve of Vocal for Local.

He said the whole world is becoming fan of Indian products. He stressed that many local products have the potential of becoming global and gave the example of Khadi. He said Khadi has remained an icon of simplicity for a long time but is now getting recognized as an eco friendly fabric. He added that Khadi is body friendly and an all weather fabric which has also become a fashion statement.

Not only is the popularity of Khadi rising it is also being produced in many parts of the world. The Prime Minister said there is a place in Mexico called Oaxaca, where the local villagers weave Khadi. Today, the Khadi of this place has gained popularity around the world as Oaxaca Khaadi. Mr Modi recounted how Khadi reached Oaxaca through a young person called Mark Brown who was deeply inspired by Mahatma Gandhi. Mark Brown visited Bapu’s ashram in India and realised that Khadi was not just a fabric but  a complete way of life. On his return to Mexico, he introduced the villagers of Oaxaca to Khadi and trained them. Oaxaca khadi has become a brand now.

The Prime Minister asked the people to visit the Oaxaca Khadi website and listen to the interview of Marc Brown. He expressed happiness that during Gandhi Jayanti this year, the Khadi store in Connaught Place at Delhi witnessed purchases of over one crore rupees in just a day. Similarly the Khadi masks have also become very popular during Corona.

He said self help groups are making Khadi masks in many places of the country and gave the example of Suman Devi in Barabanki of Uttar Pradesh. Suman Devi, along with her friends of a self help group, started making Khadi masks and they are now producing thousands of Khadi masks. Mr Modi said India’s local products often have a complete philosophy enshrined in them.

Prime Minister stated that many indigenous sports have attracted attention the world over just like our Spirituality, Yoga, and Ayurveda. He highlighted that  Mallakhambh too is gaining popularity in many countries. He said when Chinmay Patankar and Pragya Patankar decided to teach Mallakhambh out of their home in America, they had no idea how successful it would be. Mallakhamb training centers are running at many locations across America. A large number of American Youth are joining and learning Mallakhamb. Mr Modi said Mallakhambh is becoming popular in around 20 other countries, be it Germany, Poland or Malaysia. And now, Mallakhamb World Championship has also been started which sees participants from around the world.

Chile Referenda of New Era

Chile to finally end decades of injustice, oppression, racism, sexism and inequality.

Chile go to the polls Sunday for a historic referendum over whether the country should scrap its dictatorship-era constitution and write a new one.

Santiag referendum on Sunday, for dawn of new era to finally end decades of injustice, oppression, racism, sexism and inequality. Chileans vote whether to scrap the constitution from the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

Opinion surveys suggest the electorate will vote “yes,” bringing an end to the 40-year-old charter that was imposed during the rule of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, and has long been seen by many Chileans as the underlying source of many of their grievances.

The vote comes a year after Chile’s capital, Santiago, erupted in anti-government protests that were triggered by a small rise in public transportation fares, but which developed into a prolonged uprising over social and political inequality and spread to other cities.

Tensions are running high ahead of the referendum, stoked by violent skirmishes last Sunday at a gathering of tens of thousands of Chileans commemorating the one-year anniversary of the start of the mass protests. Several police stations were also attacked, and two churches were burned.

A new constitution was among the demands commonly made by demonstrators last year when they flooded the streets for nearly three months to vent their anger and call for change. The protesters raised a broad range of issues from the poor quality of pensions, health care and education, to private water rights and chronic abuses suffered by Chile’s Indigenous minority.

DM Review LAC

Defence Minister interact with jawans at border posts in Sikkim today.

The defence minister arrived at the key military base, popularly known as ‘Trishakti’ Corps, late in the afternoon. 
This is part of his two-day visit to West Bengal and Sikkim to review the military preparedness in view of the border row in eastern Ladakh as well as to celebrate Dussehra with soldiers.  Singh is accompanied by Chief of the Army Staff General Manoj Mukund Naravane.  The army has significantly bolstered deployment of troops and weaponry along the nearly 3,500 km-long LAC, including in the Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh sectors.  The officials said top commanders of the 33 Corps gave detailed briefing to the defence minister and Gen Naravane on the situation along the LAC in Sikkim sector as well as about deployment of troops and weapons.  In his interaction with the troops, the defence minister conveyed his wishes to them on the occasion of Vijayadashami and hailed their dedication in securing the nation’s borders.  “Due to brave soldiers like you, the borders of this country are protected. The whole country is proud of you,” he said.  The defence minister also talked about the rich history of the Trishakti Corps. — PTI

On the second day of his visit to Darjeeling district in West Bengal and Sikkim today, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is scheduled to interact with jawans at border posts in Sikkim. Mr Singh will also participate in Shashtra Puja and inaugurate a project of Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in Sikkim.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh reached Sukna Military Camp in Darjeeling District yesterday. He was accompanied by Chief of the Army Staff, General Manoj Mukund Naravane. Besides engagements with the army and BRO, Mr Singh is scheduled to inaugurate a temple in Gangtok. Sikkim chief secretary SC Gupta yesterday chaired a preparatory meeting with administrative officials; officers from the 17th Mountain Division, GREF and BRO; home, health and tourism departments; and Thakurbari Mandir Committee; among others.

No more billion dollars aid to Pakistan:Nikki

Nikki praised Trump administration for wisely restricting financial assistance to #Pakistan.

We were giving a billion dollars in military aid to Pakistan, who was turning around harbouring terrorists, that were trying to kill our American soldiers.

We don’t give that billion dollars to Pak now: Nikki Haley, Former US Ambassador to UN at event to campaign for Donald Trump.

Speaking during an event organised by the Indian Voices for Trump in the battleground state of Philadelphia, Haley praised Trump’s foreign policies.

The two-term governor of South Carolina, Haley was the first Cabinet-ranking Indian-American in any presidential administration. She is now campaigning for Trump ahead of the US election

Bangladesh seek Covid aid:WB

Bangladesh seeks dollar 500 million support for COVID 19 vaccine from World Bank

Bangladesh has sought dollar 500 million support from the World Bank for COVID 19 vaccine in the country. It will use this money for procurement, preservation, transportation and distribution of the vaccine. 

The amount is in addition to the funds allocated by the World Bank under IDA 19 for Bangladesh in the current financial year.
According to a government press release on Saturday, the issue was discussed between Bangladesh and the World Bank on October 22 as part of the annual meeting between the two. 

Bangladesh also requested the World Bank to release dollar 250 million on an urgent basis under the COVID 19 recovery and response project to overcome the impact of COVID 19 on the country.

In order to mitigate the COVID 19 impact on the labour market, financial and social sectors,  Bangladesh requested the World Bank to speedily disburse the 3rd installment of dollar 250 million budget support in the current financial year. 

Dussehra celebrated today

Dussehra is being celebrated across country today

The festival of Vijayadashmi or Dussehra is being celebrated across the country today. The festival is celebrated to remember Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana, marking the triumph of good over evil. The day also marks the culmination of Navratri and Durga Puja. President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu have greeted the people on the occasion.

In a message, Mr Kovind said, the festival strengthens the cultural unity of India and inspires us to live in harmony, following the path of virtue and shunning evil. He said, the festival is also associated with the life and values of Maryada Purushottam Shri Ram whose  life is a shining example of morality and righteousness. The President hoped that the festival would protect us from the evil effects of the ongoing pandemic and bring prosperity and affluence to our countrymen.

In his message, Mr Venkaiah Naidu urged everyone to follow COVID-19 health protocols while celebrating Dussehra. He said Dussehra symbolizes the victory of good over evil and celebration of the annihilation of demon Mahishasura by Goddess Durga. Mr Maidu said that the festival reminds us of the pious, virtuous and noble life led by Lord Rama, who is an ideal son, ideal husband and ideal king and an embodiment of righteousness, truth and morality.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended greetings to the countrymen on the  occasion of Mahanavami. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, on this auspicious occasion of Navratri, the ninth form of Goddess Durga, Maa Siddhidatri is worshipped. He said, May everyone get success in their work by the blessings of Maa Siddhidatri.

Covid Vaccine in January

Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan says Corona vaccine likely be available in country by January 2021

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has expressed hope that Covid-19 vaccine will be made available in the country by January next year.

Speaking at a programme on DD News, Dr Vardhan said  there are three vaccine candidates in India, out of which one is at the advanced stage of clinical trial of phase-3. The other two vaccine candidates, which are in clinical trial of phase-2, one has recently entered the third phase trial. Dr Vardhan also said, if the preparations in this regard  made so far progress well then 400 to 500 million doses of the Covid vaccine will be available in the country before June and July of next year.

Dr Harsh Vardhan also appealed to the people to follow Covid appropriate behaviour to check the spread of virus in view of the coming festive seasons.

Shri Jashomatinandan Das passes away

Shri Jashomatinandan Das Ji, president of The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) temple, Ahmedabad and Zonal Secretary of ISKCON Gujarat passed away yesterday evening. He was 72 and undergoing treatment following the Covid-19 infection. Shri Jashomatinandan Dasji is known for building ISKCON temples in Ahmedabad, Kathwada and several other places in Gujarat. He had initiated and completed construction of 40 temples and centers of ISCKON.

One of major contributions of Jashomatinandan Das Maharaj was his translation of ISKCON Bhagavad Geeta and other religious books in Gujarati language. Born in Surat, Jashomatinandan Dasji completed his Masters studies in Structural engineering in the USA. He came into contact with ISKCON founder AC Bhaktivedanta swami. He was a direct disciple of Bhaktivedant Swami, on whose direction he returned to Gujarat and started preaching here.