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Mangalore: Bala Prathibha childrens festival opens

MANGALORE, December 14, 2008: The two day Bala Prathibha childrens festival organized by the Raga Taranga of the city opened on Saturday with a call to encourage children to hone their talents in portraying culture. This call was given by Mrs. Hemavathi Heggade of Dharmasthala. She inaugurated the festival.She said children are the best ambassadors of culture, music and art of the land as they practice them honestly and without any reservations. They should be given enough faculties to practice them in the traditional methods she added. On this occasion she honoured two children for their contribution to Indian culture namely Shalmali Ghate and Siddartha Mallya. Two others were also honoured on this occasion included Gopal Shenoy who is the founder of special school, Seva Bharathi and Chetana Balavikasa school, Founder president of the Raga Tharanga Prakash Shenoy was also felicitated. Many others who gave long speeches included Renuka Anahtakrishna, Harikrish…

Free eye treatment for slum kids ::: 22 Dec 2008, 0059 hrs IST, TNN

Source: TOI
Bangalore : Here's one foot forward on the road to light. Times Foundation, in association with Narayana Nethralaya, is providing freeeye check-up and treatment to slum children at Rotary Seva Bharathi Vidyalaya, near Kengeri flyover.

Slums in Nagadevanahalli, Mariappanapalya, Ullal Upanagara, Bhuvaneshwaranagara, Golarahatti, Marutinagara, Sonnenahalli, Dupasipalya, Kengeri, Malleshwaram and Rajarajeshwari are covered by the programme.

Doctors and volunteers are conducting door-to-door campaign and children below 15 years are given free eye check-up, which include retina examination, providing spectacles and surgery.

"We have examined more than 800 children. The number might cross 1000. Patients who require surgery are given appointment and will be treated within a week,'' Dr Anant Vinekar said. Satya, 4, who's blind since birth was detected with congenital cataract and will undergo surgery in a week.

The hospital is working with two NGOs -- Aruna Chetna…

Library Project begins in Pynursla, Khasi Hills, Meghalaya

Seva Bharati Meghalaya

On Monday, 1st Dec. 2008, Seva Bharati Meghalaya handed over a set of books (library) to the Seng Khasi Riwar School.

The Library Project is sponsored by Akshar Bharati, Pune. The main objective of this project is to provide a channel to the school children through which they can aware of the literary world. Make available books of various kinds for reading and make it a habit.

All the students were present in the function. The Chairman, Secretary and other members of managing committee were also present. Smt. Mira Dkhar, one ot the renowned personalities of Shillong addressed the function and told about the reading habit and its advantages. Books of various kind donated by Akshar Bharati, it includes story book, ancient stories like Ramayana, Mahabharata, Science stories, and other books which can attract and enhance curiosity of children.

Shri. Jefree Khonglam, teacher, delivered a speech. He told the students that it is the golden opportunity in the vacation to …

"Seng Khasi" on 23rd November

Meghalaya Students Hostel, Pune

Venue : Bhave Prathamik School, Pune
Date : 23rd November 2008
Time : 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm

Shri Babu Jeebon Roy a great Khasi visionary leader with other prominent persons from Khasi society, formed a socio-cultural organization "Seng Khasi" on 23rd November 1889. The motive behind the formation of Seng Khasi was to protect and preserve the indigenous faith, culture and traditions of the native tribal people of Meghalaya.

To celebrate 119th anniversary of "Seng Khasi" and to spread the message of unity, the "Seng Kut Snem" program is being organized by Meghalaya Students Hostel, Pune on 23rd November 2008 at 5.30 pm at Bhave Prathamik Vidyalay Hall, Sadashiv Peth, Pune.

You are cordially invited on this auspicious occasion. Various colorful cultural dances will be displayed by students. We kindly request all of you to present in program and oblige.

Your presence shall be a source of inspiratio…

Images of the Poorvanchal shivir (northeast Sevabharathi hostel students camp)

Photos courtesy: Prashant Mahamuni

Tare zameen par song

Naga Cultural performance

Naga students

Khasi jaintia Students practicing traditional dance

Introductory session

Baubeej Celebration in Shibir

EMC sponsors school kits at Gurappana Palya.

June 26th, 2008Source: YFS
School kit distribution program for the 80 kids from Gurappanapalya slum was held on June 26th in the afternoon at the Seva Bharati building. All these children attend free tuition centers run by Seva Bharati at this location.Mr.Deepak Vishweswaraiah, Director at EMC Data Storage Systems, graced the occasion as the chief guest. Seva Bharati has been running the tuition center at this location for over 20 years and has made a significant difference to the education level of people there.The program bean with a prayer by the children and was followed by welcome and introduction of Seva Bharati by Mr.Srikant Betageri. Mr.Venkatesh Murthy, coordinator of YFS, explained briefly the mission of YFS and how all of us must give back to society when we grow up.Mr.Deepak emphasized the need for hard work and discipline to achieve anything substantial in life. Along with the school kits, Deepak also distributed sweet boxes to all the children. EMC is one of the corporate…

Kandhamal peace rally

Source: Nonprofitaction
As you know Seva Bharati is in the Peace building process immediately after the Kandhamal violence to till date. Taking the harmony process into account in Mundigarh GP a Shanti & Sadvawana Committee has formed consists of all the communities like Kutia, Gond, Panga, Dalits & Christian. This committee is going to organize a massive gathering at Jhiripani on 2nd November 08' & at Mundigarh on 3 rd Nov. 08'. It is expected to 4000 people will be participated in the meetings. People from various sectors like Social Activists, Civil society
Groups, Gandhian Activists, Sarvodaya Workers, local intellectuals, NSB college students, School students, Academicians will also join in this peace meeting.Apart from this a cultural troupe is going to perform stage shows where a skit Prepared by SB Staffs, Maa Bhairabi High School Students & Baji Raut Chatrabasha- Anugul, Few Peace songs by Seva Bharati staffs & A photo exhibition prepared by Natya Ch…

A two day LMNT camp was organized at Agra

26th & 27th June 2008, by Sri RamakantSource: DLMNT
Dixit and Sri Pawan Upadhyay at two different locations in the city. Seva Bharati extended all possible support including permission for me to stay at the Karyalaya premises at Madhav Bhavan, Jaipur House, for which I thanked them, on Guruji’s behalf.The camp on 26th was essentially for chronic cases who were already taking LMNT treatment, while the camp on 27th was attended by several new patients.On 27th morning I had a brief informal meeting with some of the officials of Seva Bharati :-Mananaeeya Suryanarayan Mishraji - Prant Mahamantri,Sri Jagadeeshji - Prant Prachar Pramukh,Sri Gangaramji - Kshetra Seva Pramukh,Sri Raghavenra Tiwariji - Saayam Shakha Pramukhand Sri Hrishi Kumar ji.All the above have said that they will motivate eligible students for the future LMNT courses at Suryamal and have requested that they should be sent the application forms for the same.A total of approx 70 patients received the benefit of my counsel…

Purvanchal Vidyarthi Shibir Chiplun 2008

Courtesy: Prashant Mahamuni

Time table for Purvanchal Shibir – Chiplun 2008


Time Programme Details

12.30 To 2.15 ::::::::::Lunch

3.15 ::::::::::Tea

3.00 To 4.00 ::::::::::Hostel wise meeting

4.30 To 5.30 :::::::::: Registration & Stay arrangement

6.00 To 7.00 :::::::::: Shakha

7.30 To 8.30 ::::::::::Dinner

9.00 To 10.30 :::::::::: Group singing Competition

10.30 :::::::::: Prayer & Shubh Ratri.


5.00 ::::::::::Awakening

5.30 ::::::::::Tea

5.40 …

Sewa bharathi Delhi training camp

The more senior you are, the more polite you should be—Prem Chand Goel

“Development of the whole Sewa Basti should be our objective. We have to raise self-respect of the people living in such bastis,” said veteran Sangh Pracharak Shri Prem Chand Goel who addressed several meetings of the Sewa Bharati workers in Delhi at six places from September 29 to October 4. Citing the examples of Shri Krishna and Sudama he called upon the workers to visit the basits in the form of Shri Krishna and help the Sudamas. “The senior is the worker the more polite his words and conduct should be,” he said. He advised the workers to conduct Kanyapujan at large scale to bridge the gap between upper and lower and also to strengthen social harmony. (By Sangita Sachdev)

IIT Kharagpur contributes to Bihar flood victims

Thats tremendous work by IIT Kharagpur. Their contributions can be seen on this page at:

The collections are being done by volunteers in all halls of residence. People interested in contributing kindly contact the concerned hall representative(s) listed here.

Total amount collected : more than 1.9 Lakhs
People still interested in contributing, please contact,
Team Sambhav
Phone no.: +91-9734426818
"Badh Rahat Sahayata Samiti (Pics)" (Headquarter: Saharsa, Bihar), a sister concern of Seva Bharati.

Know Seva Bharati:
Seva Bharati Schools in all 7 affected districts are converted into relief centers. (Bihar Flood 2008)
Seva Bharati joins hands with Seva International. (Bihar Flood 2008)
The Godavari and Sabari Flood Disaster. (Andhra Pradesh Flood 2006)
Seva Bharati mustered a large no…

Swayamsevaks help Orissa flood victims

RSS swayamsevaks (seva bharati volunteers) provided relief to the flood victims of Orissa. They distributed relief to the victims in Kendrapada, Aul, Rajkanika, Rajnagar, Pattamundai, Patkura, Gardapur, Salepur, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Banki, Bari, Jajpur, Balikuda, Rahama, Teramanapur, Biridi, Maragagha, Raghunathpur, Tirtole, Kujanga, Bhapur, Khandapada, Gania, Nuagaon, Kanas, Delanga, Ashtarang, Nimapara, Puri, Gopa, Nayagarh and some other flood-affected areas. More than 20 lakh people in 110 blocks under 17 districts of Orissa were affected by the natural calamity. The situation continued to be grim as Mahanadi and its tributaries, which were in spate for the last four days, caused at least 32 breaches. Meanwhile, the Utkal Bipanna Sahayata Samiti dispatched five medical teams to various places to provide medical relief to the flood-victims.
(By Golak Chandra Das, visakeo)

Flood status in India

Flood causes damages in four states

Friday, September 19, 2008, News on AIR

In Gujarat, Indian Air Force and the army have been called in to help in rescue
operations in flood-affected Surendra Nagar district. Two columns of army were pressed
into service in Lakhtar taluk where 478 mm of rainfall was recorded on Thursday. One
IAF helicopter was also used to rescue people. More than 4,500 people have been
evacuated from affected areas of Lakhtar town. Heavy rain also lashed Dhandhuka town
of Ahmedabad district. Rescue operations have been started to evacuate people living in
the low lying area of the town. The army has kept one column of personnel from the
Engineering Regiment as standby for deployment in the Dhandhuka District. Road traffic
is still disrupted on Surendra Nagar- Ahmedabad road. The railway traffic also could not
be resumed between Rajkot and Ahmedabad.

In Orissa, nine persons lost their lives as the Mahanadi river and other rive…

India floods, rains kill 173, say officials

Source: AFP
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video of Bihar flood relief by Sewa bharati volunteers.

Bihar flood relief by Sewa bharati volunteers...

Annual function of Sewa Bharati Kashi

Source: organiser
Annual function of Sewa Bharati, Kashi was organised at Maduvadiha Sewa Basti on September 5. Speaking on the occasion Shri Ravindra Kumar, Prant Sewa Pramukh, pointed out that Sewa Bharati in Kashi Prant had taken up various projects including Bal Samskar Kendras, self-reliance centres, health centres, Self Help Groups, computer training centres, Satsang Kendras and Sewa Niketan, etc.

Dr Anjali Vajpyaee said making arrangement for education and samskars for the children of Sewa Bastis is need of the hour because their parents leave the houses in search of livelihood early in the morning and they are not able to pay proper attention to their children. Dr Neelu Dixit presented a cheque of Rs 5000 to Sewa Bharati at the function.

(By Loknath)

Unique Sangh experiment in rural development : Mohad By Pramod Kumar

Source: Organiser With 98 per cent rate of literacy, majority of the villagers speak Samskrit. * There are 53 kinds of small and cottage industries in the village of 450 families with a population of 2500.* Every inch of the agriculture land is irrigated.* Majority of the farmers have said firm no to the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides and adopted organic farming.* No family uses wood for preparing food; almost every house has a bio-gas plant.* Awareness about protecting the environment is so wide-spread that every girl of the village ties rakhi to trees on Rakshabandhan day and resolves to protect them.* Every house has a tulsi plant and flower garden in the premises.* Every building has a sign of Om/Swastik and other ethical messages on the walls.* Every house has a toilet.* The village is free from theft, violence and all kinds of addictions including paan, biri, cigarette, gutkha, liquor, etc.* No dispute of the village is pending in any court or police station.* Every …

Excellent flood relief work by swayamsevaks in Bihar

Source: Organiser
Soon after the news of massive devastation by Kosi river in six districts of Bihar spread, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh swayamsevaks, started relief operation. They reached the affected areas with whatever relief they could arrange and first took the flood victims to safer places. Union Railway Minister Shri Lalu Prasad Yadav visited the relief camps organised by swayamsevaks on September 1 and praised their activities.

On September 7 Baba Ramdev and Acharya Balkrishan also visited the Sewa Bharati relief camp in Saharsa and praised the relief activities.

More than 2000 swayamsevaks of Saharasa district and 500 workers from Purnia are engaged in the relief operation round the clock since August 19 under the banner of Sewa Bharati. Besides Sewa Bharati, various other RSS associated organisations and Sewa International also dispatched relief material to the affected areas. The swayamsevaks are also collecting food packets from the families as per the requirements. The…

Donate to the Bihar flood victims

In pictures: Bihar floods:: Pictures courtesy: BBC .. At least 55 people have died and some two million others have fled their homes after massive floods hit India's eastern state of Bihar, local officials say. The flooding began after the Kosi River - known as the River of Sorrow - breached its banks, sending huge waves of water through a channel it had previously abandoned. At least 90,000 people have been rescued, but many thousands remain stranded, officials say. Rescuers are using hundreds of boats to shift people to some 100 relief camps, amid fears that water-borne disease may be spreading. The central government has announced a $228m (£125m) relief package and some 125,000 tonnes of grain for those affected by the disaster. Officials say the flooding is the worst in 50 years to hit the region, and there are fears that the death toll will rise further. Please contr…

When govts fails, people keep hope afloat

When govts fails, people keep hope afloat By Manish Anand

Resilience is the word. This makes the people of Bihar a class apart. An unmeasurable human crisis is looking straight into the eyes of more than 2.5 million people in the state. But when the government fails to keep the promises, the people keep the hope afloat. This is the state of the affairs of the state facing the wrath of the turbulent river Kosi.

Nepal has reportedly acknowledged its laxity in keeping the Indian side posted with the state of the embankment on Kosi. This nation was too busy with the guerrilla Maoists just recently fighting the nation taking command of its government. It did not bother the implications of its criminal laxity.

People in Bihar are turning out quite large-hearted. Even the poor are contributing in their own manners for the relief of the affected. The gates of Dharamshalas have been thrown open at most of the places. The divide of the religion and caste has been breached, at least for the mome…

NGO donates ambulance to six-bed Bihdia PHC

Source :
Correspondent GORESWAR, Aug 31 – An ambulance, donated by NGO Seva Bharati Purbanchal in the name of Bihdia six-bed PHC for serving the poor patients of the vast area of Patidarrang and Karara mouzas in Kamrup (R) district, was inaugurated by Monoranjan Seal, president of the NGO here at Belkona Chowk recently.On the occasion, a well attended meeting was held under the aegis of Bihdia Tajikona Block Mandal BJP committee with Jadav Deka, president of North Kamrup district BJP in the chair, while Nripen Deka, secretary of the ambulance committee, explained the purpose of the meeting.

Addressing the meet, Monoranjan Seal, president of Seva Bharati, Keshab Nanderjhar of Mizoram, Ulas Kulkarni, member, SB and Mukesh Sing Sinha, incharge, Medical Officer (Bank) spoke at length about the social activities that have been undertaken by the NGO since its inception.Chairperson Jadav Deka pointed out the medical problems faced by the poor patients of this vast …