Bhubaneswar – 24/06 – Odisha administrative tribunal fixes 50% maximum for reservation limit. Government accepts it to execute in odisha recruitment system till the final high court judgment come.
Bhubaneswar, June 24: Three prominent sites in Odisha, comprising the Bhitar Kanika wildlife sanctuary, the Chilka lake and the ‘Ekamra Kshetra’ in the heritage city of Bhubaneswar, have been included in UNESCO’s list of heritage sites, the minister of state for tourism and culture, Mr. Ashok Chandra Panda said on Tuesday.
The number of ancient monuments and sites in Bhubaneswar, which have enthused historians since long, have caused the city to be shortlisted by UNESCO, Mr. Panda said while speaking at the SOA University here.
Mr. Panda, the local legislator who was felicitated at the School of Hotel Management (SHM) run by the University, also expressed happiness at the capital city’s growth as an education hub. “The city is now being referred to as ‘Vidya Nagari’ and the SOA University has also developed into a huge institution creating its own identity in the country,” he said.
With several IT companies setting up their centres in Bhubaneswar, the city was discussed as an IT destination in a conclave held in San Francisco in 2010 and the matter has been given due weightage in the Vision-2030 document prepared by the IIT, Kharagpur, the minister said adding the Chief Minister Mr. Naveen Patnaik had set up a task force for education.
Mr. Panda also said that the state government was keen to protect the state’s heritage for which the skill of master craftsmen in different fields was sought to be transferred to those willing to learn through the ancient “guru-sishya” tradition. A project to revive the “Bhagabat Tungis” in the state had also been taken up, he said.
The minister was felicitated by the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. R.P.Mohanty in the presence of the Registrar and Dean of SHM, Prof. B.B.Pradhan.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Mohanty stressed the need for Odisha expanding its tourism infrastructure and set up a think-tank at the state level. The SHM planned to organise an international conference on tourism, he said while seeking the minister’s assistance in the matter.
Prof. B.P.Tripathy, Associate Dean, SHM and Prof. Jyoti Ranjan Das, Associate Professor of the University also spoke.
Hinduism is not just a faith: President New Delhi, June 23: Hinduism is not just a faith, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Monday, as he received a copy of the “Encyclopaedia of Hinduism” at an inter-religious gathering.
Speaking on the occasion, Mukherjee complimented Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji of the Parmarth Niketan for undertaking the “massive effort” of bringing out the encyclopaedia. Swami Saraswatiji is the founder chairman of India Heritage Research Foundation,
The president said that Hindu religious philosophy identified ‘dharma’, ‘artha’, ‘kama’ and ‘moksh’ as the foremost objectives of a human being, a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said. Quoting former president and noted philosopher S.Radhakrishnan, Mukherjee said Hinduism was not just a faith, but the union of reason and intuition that cannot be defined but is only to be experienced.
He said the basic tenet of Hinduism was happiness, health and enlightenment for everyone and suffering, pain and agony for none.
The president quoted Mahatma Gandhi to say: “If I were asked to define the Hindu creed, I should simply say: Search after truth through non-violent means. A man may not believe in God and still call himself a Hindu. “Hinduism is a relentless pursuit after truth… Hinduism is the religion of truth. Truth is God. Denial of God we have known. Denial of truth we have not known.”
Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were BJP leaders L.K. Advani, ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Uma Bharti, Karan Singh, chairman of Auroville Foundation, Swami Saraswatiji and R.K. Pachauri, head of TERI.
Among the religious leaders present on the occasion were Acharya Lokesh Muni, Fr Anil Jose Tomas Couto, the Archbishop of Delhi, Maulana Kalbe Sadiq, the vice president of the Muslim Personal Law Board, Giani Gurubachan Singh, the chief Jathedar of Akal Takht, and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati.