Important Events Of August 8th.

1)World senior citizens day. Instead of making old aged

people  stay locked inside houses, it is better if they were

housed in daycare centres run by the government, where

they get medical treatment, play items and also companions

of their age.

2)Birthday of Roger Federer (1981), Swiss  professional tennis

player. He is the only male player in tennis history to have

reached the title match of each Grand Slam tournament at

least 5 times.Sports analysts and  tennis critics consider him

as the greatest tennis player of all time.

3)The  international tennis  competition  known as  the Davis

Cup was played  between U.S. and Great Britain for the first

time  on August 8, 1900  in Boston, Messachusetts. The U.S

defeated  Britain by 3–0 in the best-of-five  matchup. The

Davis Cup is a ”Men only” event; the women’s equivalent

of the Davis Cup is called ”Federation Cup”, now a title

shortened to ”The  Fed  Cup.” The four Grand Slam

Tournaments in tennis are– The Australian Open-played

on hard  courts;  the French Open-played on red clay courts;

Wimbledon-played on grass courts and the US Open, played

also on hard courts.

4)The Great Train Robbery is the name given to 2.6 million

pound train robbery committed on 8, August, 1963 at Bridego

Railway Bridge, in Buckinghamshire, England. The bulk of the

stolen money was not recovered. It was probably the largest

robbery  by value in British history.

5)In 1303, Crete earth quake of magnitude 8 occured on August

8, which  triggered a major tsunami that caused severe damage

and loss of life on Crete and Alexandria. Most of the victims were

women and children.

6)ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations ) was founded

on 8, August 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand with the signing of the

Bangkok  Declaration or ASEAN Declaration. It is a geo-political

and  economic organisation of ten countris located in Southeast

Asia. They include Indonesia,Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore,

Thailand,Brunei, Burma (Myanmar),Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

The aims of ASEAN include the acceleration of economic  growth,

social progress, cultural development among its members, the

protection of peace and stability of the region and to provide

opportunities  for member countries to discuss  differences

peacefully.South East Asia became a nuclear weapon free zone

w.e.f.21 June 2001, after all the members of  ASEAN signed the

South East Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free-Zone.The ASEAN

Headquarter is in Jakarta, Indonesia.

7)Thomas Edison receives a patent for his mimeograph on 1876.

8)Bhagawan Nityananda, an Indian guru  (1897 to August 8, 1961)

attained Samadhi (become one with God by contemplation).His

teachings are published in ”Chidakash Gita” in Kannada language.

Details about his birth are relatively unknown. He was found as an

abandoned infant in Tuneri village, Kozhikode, Kerala, South India,

by a lady named Unniamma Nair, wife of Chathu  Nair, a farmer.

The Nair couple adopted him and named him as Raman. Before

the age of twenty and after the death of foster parents, he became

a wandering Yogi or sage, spending  time on  yogic studies and

practices in the Himalayas and other places. He came back to

South India and gained a reputation for creating miracles and

wonderful cures. By 1923, he came to Tansa Valley in Maharashtra

state. He helped the  despised local Adivasis (original inhabitants),

by setting  up schools and  providing food and clothing. Most of the

time he was silent, though occasionally he would give teachings.

He had the power to transmit  spiritual energy to people through

non-verbal means. He was fiery and intimidating in his behaviour

towards people who came to him with ulterior motives. His Samadhi

-Shrine is located in Ganeshpuri, which is a pilgrimage site.It is in Virar,

an outpost of Mumbai. Some of the quotes from  Chidakash Gita:

a)Mind needs every thing. No-mind (above mind ) doesn’t need anything.

God becomes seperate when  mind is with us because mind runs after sense objects.

b)Form is visible before the physical eyes; form has beginning and ending.

Formless (soul) is invisible and has no beginning and ending.

c)The head (Chidakash) of a person is  enlightened with millions of Suns.

If eyes are spoiled, nobody can see that Chidakash. So inner eyes are

important. The shape of unforeseen things (God or anything) is the

creation of mind.

9)Death anniversary of Siddavanahalli Nijalingappa (2000), the ex-chief minister

of Karnataka State. He was born on 12,December 1902 in a Hindu Lingayat family,

at Halavagilu in Bellary district.  He was a role model in politics. He was wedded to

transparency and honesty in political life. He has been described as Maker of Modern

Karnataka. The State owes much to him for  development of agriculture, irrigation,

industrial and transport projects. He played  important roles in both the Indian

Freedom Movement and Karnataka  Ekikarana (union ) Movement.He was the last

President of Indian National Congress and had to see his party being split into

Congrss (I) and Congress (S) or Syndicate Congress.He  became  4th C.M. of

Karnataka in 1956 and once again in 1962. After prolonged illness, he died at

his home in Chitradurga, Karnataka.

10)Birthday of T. Sunandamma(8, August 1917), the first woman writer  to

establish herself in the genre of humour literature in Kannada. She began

with the landmark humour journal Koravanji  in 1942 and went on to

become a prolific writer across a range of magazines and periodicals.

Married very early at the age of 11, she managed to study upto  intermediate,

at  a time when there were hardly any schools for girls thanks to the

encouragement of her liberal parents and her own gift and determination.

She indulged in adventures of many kinds, quite unusual for her time-like

playing  tennis.Some of her works are: Muttina Chendu(ball of pearls),

Jambhada Chila(vanity bag), Bannada Chitte (colorful flying cricket),

Peppement, Grihalakshmi (house wife), Tenali Ramakrishna etc. She

was the winner of Karnataka  Sahitya  (literature) Academy Award (1996)

and Attimabbe Award (1981). She died on  27, December 2006 (88years).

An excerpt from her work ”Tenali Ramakrishna”:-

Both men and animals weep. But only men laugh.

All people laugh but only a few can  make others laugh.

And only a gifted man can make a king, careworn with

the burden of administration, laugh. (Tenali Ramakrishna was

a jester in the court of king Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagar.)

11)Death anniversary of Naval Pirojsha Godrej (1916-1990).

He was the third son of Pirojsha Godrej(1882–1972). Pirojsha

and his brother Ardeshir Godrej  laid the foundations of Godrej

Industrial Group.Naval Pirojsha Godrej or NPG as he was

popularly called was  an  indian industrialist and member

of Parsi community. A man with exceptional  strength of

mind and character, he was known to be always smiling,

very humble, extremely approacheable and friendly with

his people.He was instrumental in transforming Godrej,

which was founded on 1897, as a small outfit producing

locks and safes, into an industrial powerhouse, a beautiful

industrial township of more than 3,000 acres at Vikhroli,

Mumbai  including a factory,workers residence, a school, a

training institute and a recreation centre. He sponsored the

very first electric crematorium at the Bai Sakarbai Dinshaw

Petit Hospital  at Parel, Mumbai, for animals, the first

non-polluting crematorium of its kind in Asia.He never

appeared  to the press or on the glossy pages of business

magazines.He was essentially a very private person and perhaps

that is why he was denied his share of fame.During  labour unrest,

he was brutally stabbed by the violent workers on January 8, 1979.

Although recovered, he suffered greatly  and remained in pain  for

the remaining 12 years of his life.He had to undergo 2 major  operations

and  a number of blood transfusions. Since in those days blood was not

tested for hepatitis, he was infected and died of liver failure on August

8, 1990. The Godrej company has about 9,700 employees and  a turnover

of 2.6 billion dollars as on 2010.The company is engaged in the manufacture

of consumer durables, industrial products like safes, locks, office equipments,

machine tools, process equipments and typewriters.

12)29th Summer Olympics begins at Beijing on 08-08-08, a date with destiny.

Chinese link  digit 8 with good fortune. The global sports festival started on the

8th day of  the 8th month 0f the 8th year of the 21st century , at the auspicious

hour of  8 o’clock, 8th minutes and 8th seconds exactly, at the  ”Birds Nest”

National Stadium, at night. In Mandarin, the official language of the Chinese,

the digit 8 symbolizes prosperity, wealth and  fortune.But the digit 4 is ominous

for the Chinese. The motto of the Olympics is ”One World, One Dream”  and the

symbol of the  global event is  ”goldfest”, which represents 5 continents.

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Important Events Of August 7th.

1)Death anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore (1941 ),

a Bengali polymath, who re-shaped  Bengali literature and music.

Author of Gitanjali (Song Offerings ), he was the first non-European

Nobel  laureate.He was a poet, playwright, philosopher, composer

and artist.He was the youngest of 15 children  of Maharishi Debendranath

Tagore, a leader of a new religious sect Brahmo Samaj and a scholar.

He was born on 7, May 1861 into a  Pirali Brahmin family, in the mansion

named  ”Jorasanko” at Calcutta (now Kolkata), in Bengal Province during

British Raj. He was mostly raised by servants, as his mother died in his

early childhood. He penned  national anthems of India (Jana Gana Mana )

and Bangladesh (Amar Sonar Bangla ).He was knighted by the British

Crown in 1915 but he renounced the honour after 1919  Jallianwala

Bagh Massacre. His best known works are: The Crescent Moon,

Gitanjali, Stray Birds, Thought Relics and The Home And the

World. He founded Vishwa Bharathi University in  Calcutta (1921).

Between 1878 and 1932, he visited  more than 30 countries

on 5 continents and interacted  with many notables – H.G. Wells,

W.B.Yeats, Robert Frost, George Bernard Shaw and Albert Einstein.

On May 1926, he reached Naples, Italy and met Mussolini in Rome,

the next day.He started a school at Shantiniketan, where he tried his

Upanishadic  ideals of education.He lectured against untouchability

and India’s abnormal caste consciousness.He compaigned successfully

to open Guruvayoor Temple to Dalits(people of lower caste).His body

of literature is deeply sympathetic for the poor  and upholds universal

humanistic values. His last 4 years (1937-1941) were marked by

chronic pain  and illness. He suffered from coma.  The poetry

written during  these twilight years  are unique for their

obsession with death. These more profound and mystical

experimentations branded him as a  modern poet.Some

of his popular quotes are:-

1)By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.

2)Age considers; youth ventures.

3)A mind all logic is like all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it.

4)Bigotry tries to keep truth safe in its hand with a grip that kills it.

5)Facts are many but truth is one.

2)First Sunday of August, (7, August 2011)  is celebrated as

Friendship Day. Here are some quotes for Friendship Day:

”Depth of friendship  does not depend  on its length.”

-Rabindranath Tagore.

”Friendship is a relationship made by choice”.

”Although we live apart, it is nice to think that we live together in our hearts.”

”True in counsel, trusted in peril.”

”Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow;

Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead;

Walk beside me and just be my friend.”

3)Birthday of Om Prakash Jindal (1930), Chairman of Jindal

Organization, politician and philanthropist. He began life as a

village boy in Hisar, Haryana State and went on to build a

multibillion dollar industrial empire. He created thousands of

jobs in backward areas, built schools and hospitals and was

deeply admired  for his philanthropy. His closeness and

affinity with his workers is another aspect of his personality.

He cared genuinely their wellbeing ensuing that  the company

provided housing, health-care and education facilities for the

workers and their families. He brought in new technologies

into the iron and steel sector. He entered politics and was

the Minister of Power in Haryana at the time of his tragic

death in helicopter crash on 31, March 2005. From trading

pipes to a single factory in Calcutta, to a Rs.17,500 crore

multi-unit, pan-India presence, to a successful foray in politics,

Shri O.P.Jindal accomplished it all in a single lifetime.

4)Death anniversary of Gulshan Kumar Bawra(2009), a legendary

and highest paid Bollywood lyricist of his time. Gulshan Kumar Mehta

was his original name but due to his gestures and  fetish of wearing

colourful shirts,he was  named Bawra(madman) by film distributor

Shanthilal Patel.The industry later referred to him as ”Gulshan Bawra.”

He was selective and had penned  only 250 songs in a career spanning

49 years. Hailing from Lahore in Pakistan (born on 12th April, 1937),

he moved to India after the Partition. His family was a victim to the

partition riots, where young  Gulshan saw his parents being killed

in front of his eyes. He was brought up by his elder sister in Jaipur.

He graduated from Delhi University. He gave many memorable songs,

one such second to National anthem, ”  Mere Desh Ki Dharti”(The land

of my country ejects crops of gold, diamond and pearls).He bagged two

Filmfare Awards  for this song. He was childless and expressed his desire

to donate his body to Government J.J.Hospital in Mumbai.

5)An armed conflict broke out on 7, August 2008 between Georgia

on one side and Russia and seperatist governments of  South Ossetia

and Abkhazia on the other.  The 5 days war ended on 12 August 2008.

But the impact and consequences were dramatic and devastating. The

war resulted in deaths of  more than 2000 civilians and 15 Russian

Peacekeepers. The result of the war was victory of Russia, South Ossetia and

Abkhazia and recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent

republics by  Nicaragua & the Russian Federation.

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Important Events Of August 6th.

1)Death anniversary of Pope Paul VI (1978), the Feast of

Transfiguration.The pilgrim Pope, a man of infinite courtesy,

died of heart attack. He was born on 26 September, 1897 at

Lombardy, one of the 20 regions of Italy.He reigned as Pope

of  the Catholic Church from 21 June, 1963 until his death.

He was deeply religious, humble, reserved and gentle. He

asked that his funeral be simple with no monument over his

grave. He successfully  concluded the works of Vatican II begun

by his predecessor, Pope  John XXIII. He sought dialogue with

other religions and atheists.  He saw himself as a humble servant

for suffering humanity. His positions on birth control and other

issues were controversial in western Europe and North America

but were applauded by people in Eastern & Southern Europe

and Latin America.

2)Typhoon caused floods kill 4,800 in Manchuria, (referred to as

Northeast  China) on August 6, 1951.

3)Independence Day of Jamaica (1962), Jamaica became

independent after 300 years of British rule on 1962. Current

Constitution of Jamaica was drafted in 1962 and came into

force with the Jamaica Independence Act 1962 of  U.K.

Parliament which gave political independence. Kingston is the

capital of Jamaica.Doctotr Bird (Red-billed humming bird )

is the National Bird; Blue Mahoe is the National tree; Ackee is the

National Fruit; Lignum Vitae is the National Flower of Jamaica.

”Out of Many, One People” is the National motto, based on the

population’s multi-racial roots. Jamaica is situated in the Caribbean

Sea. In Arawakan language of the inhabitants, Jamaica means  ”Land

of Springs”or ”Land of Wood and Water.”

4)Two atomic bombings against the Japanese cities of Hiroshima &

Nagasaki  on August 6, 1945 and on August 9, 1945 respectively,

killed 90,000–1,66,000 people in Hiroshima and 60,000—80,000

people in Nagasaki.These were  the first and only atomic bombs ever to

have been used in active warfare. Japan, widely accepted as one of the

Axis forces though they never actually signed  the ”Axis Pact”, joined

Germany & Italy to oppose the Allied forces. Japan, a small Island,

lacked  many of the natural resources needed to feed it’s industries.

Instead of expanding trade, the Japanese expanded  their empire.

Japanese seized Manchuria in 1931 and began a war with China in

1937. Only U.S. stood in Japan’s path. America shut the trade with

Japan with an intension to force Japan to  end their hostilities against

China. This made the Japanese more aggressive. Japan paralyzed the

U.S.Pacific  Fleet, in its surprise attack on Pearl Harbour, Hawai on

December 7th, 1941. In  the Philippines, Japanese fliers destroyed

American bases (MacArthur’s air force on the ground). Freed of

effective opposition, Japanese forces took Burma, Malaya, Singapore

and Dutch East  Indies in rapid succession. By March 1942, the Japanese

had conquered an empire. The Allied Powers issued the Potsdam Declaration,

outlining the terms of surrender, to Japan on July 26, 1945. Japan ignored the

ultimatum and this resulted in atomic bombing of Japan by the Allied Powers.

Japan announced its surrender on August 15, 1945 to Allied Powers, signing the

”Instrument of Surrender” on September 2, 1945, officially ending the Pacific

War & therefore  World War II.

5)Death anniversary of Surendranath Bannerjee (1925),  the ”uncrowned king”

of Bengal. He was a freedom fighter and the President  of ”Indian National

Congress”,  twice in 1895 and 1902. He was born in  Calcutta on 10, November,

1848 to a Bengali Brahmin family. He started his career in 1875,  as a professor

in English at the Metropolitan institution, the Free Church Institution  and at

the Ripon  College founded by him in 1882 now named after him.He took full

advantage of his teaching profession to  make the Indian students inspired with

a new  patriotic spirit.He was known as ”Rashtra Guru” ( the teacher of the nation).

He was one of the senior-most leaders of the ”moderate Congress” who

favoured  accommodation and dialogue with  the British. The British

respected him and referred to him as ”Surrender Not” Bannerjee. He

was knighted  in 1921 for his support of the British Empire.His moderate

stance  caused him to lose popularity. He was an important figure in

”Swadeshi Movement”,advocating  goods manufactured in India

against  foreign  products. He was an ardent advocate of  social

reforms including widow re-marriage and the raising of the age

of marriage of girls. He was a gifted orator and writer. In 1879,

he founded the newspaper, ”The Bengalee” and wrote with fervor

and without any fear on the subject of national interest with emphasis

on freedom, unity and culture.He went to England  and passed the ICS

exam  in 1869 and again  in 1871 and started his career as  Assistant

Magistrate in Sylhet (now in Bangladesh ) in 1871 but was dismissed

on a flimsy charge.He condemned the racial discrimination perpetrated

by British officials in India, through speeches all over the country, which

made him very popular.He was the member of Indian Legislative Council.

He protested the partition of Bengal Province by the British in 1905 and

organised protests, petitions and extensive public  support across Bengal

and India which finally compelled the British to reverse the bifurcation in

1912.

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Important Events Of August 5th.

1)Yingluck Shinawatra, sister of former Prime Minister

Thaksin Shinawatra,of Thailand beccame the first and

the youngest female Prime Minister of Thailand on 5

August, 2011 (44 years).She was born on June 27, 1967

in Thailand. The former business woman, got her  master’s

degree in politics from U.S.Kentucky State University. Although

having no political influence, the photogenic woman prime minister,

with Thakin’s influence led the party formed by her brother to win a

landslide victory in the July 3 election.

2)International Beer Day(IBD), was  founded in 2007, in Santa

Cruz, California. Since it’s inception, IBD has grown from a small

localized event in the western United States, into a  world-wide

celebration, spanning 139 cities,23 countries & 6 continents.

3)Birthday of Kajol (1975), a Bollywood actress, who reached

the millions of heart through her bubbly smile. She was born

in Mumbai. She belongs to a  Bengali-Marathi family.Her father

Shomu Mukherjee was a film director and producer, while her

mother Tanuja is an actress. She received  Filmfare Award  for

best actress  for 5 times.She married Ajay Devgan, a bollywood

actor in 1999 and the couple have two kids-Nyasa (daughter )

and Yug (son ).

4)Birthday of Genelia D’Souza (1987), an Indian actress, model

and host. She has appeared in Telugu, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada and

Malayalam language films. She was born in Mumbai, into a

Mangalorean Catholic family. She received Filmfare Award in

2006, for her performance in the Telugu, romantic film, ”Bommarilu.”

Having acted in  several  commercially successful  movies in Telugu

and Tamil, she has established herself  as one of the leading actresses

of the South  Indian film industry. She has hosted the television show,

”Big Switch.” She is brand ambassador of  Fanta, Margo, Fastrack,

LG Mobiles, Virgin Mobile, Garnier Light & Perk in India.

5)Death anniversary of Marilyn Monroe (1962),American actress, singer

and model. She received Golden Globe Award for her performance in

”Some Like It Hot” (1959).She ranked as the sixth greatest female star

of all time by the American Film Institute. She was born on June 1, 1962.

Her mother was a film-cutter in RKO Studios, who widowed and

mentally ill, abandoned her to sequence of  foster homes.

The final years of her life were marked by illness & personal problems.

She died at the age of 36, of drug overdose on August 5, 1962. She made

her last significant public appearence, singing, ”Happy Birthday, Mr.President”,

at a birthday party, for President John F. Kennedy, at Madison Square Garden

on May 19, 1962.

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Important Events Of August 4th.

1)Birthday of The Queen Mother,  Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon,

(4 August,1900 to  30 March, 2002 ), the Queen consort

of King George VI. She was the last queen consort of Ireland

and Empress  consort of  India. She continued an active public

life  until just a few months before her death, at the age of 101,

seven weeks after the death of her younger daughter,  Princess

Margaret.

2)Birthday of Kishore Kumar Ganguly (4 August, 1929 to

13 October, 1987), an North Indian  film  playback singer.

He was also an actor, lyricist, composer, director, screen-

writer & script writer. He was born as  Abhas Kumar

Ganguly  in Khandwa. He sang in many Indian languages

including Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Assamese, Gujarati,

Bhojapuri, Malayalam  & Oriya. He was the winner of  8

Filmfare Awards  for Best Male Playback Singer.

His brother Ashok Kumar was a renowned Bollywood

actor. Kishore Kumar’s marriage to some of the most

popular  & attractive actresses (Madhubala, Yogeeta

Bali, Leena Chandavarkar), raised the eyebrows  but

added to his popularity. His acting talent  as a comedian

along with his amazing  singing voice  made him a great

performer who bordered on the genius and like  most

geniuses,  he was notoriously  eccentric. As his fame grew,

so did stories of his  eccentricities. He put up a board outside

his house saying,”This is a Lunatic  Asylum.” He reportedly

spoke to his trees in his backyard addressing each by a special

name. He succumbed to  major heart attack  in 1987.

3)Birthday of Barack Hussein Obama (1961 ), the 44th

and current  President of United  States. Previously he

served as a U.S. Senator  from Illionois.He was born in

Honolulu, Hawai. He was named the 2009  Nobel Peace

Prize laureate. Michelle Obama is his wife. Malia and

Sasha are his two daughters. He assumed office as

Democratic Presidential candidate, on 20 January,

2009 after defeating  Republican nominee John McCain

in the 2008 Presidential election. Among his lucky charms are

the tiny idol of  Lord Hanuman, an Indian God, a tiny Madonna

and child. He is an exceptional orator. He appointed two women

to serve  on the  Supreme  court and thus raised the number of

women sitting simultaneously on the court, to three. He signed

Health Care & Education Reconciliation Act, Tax Relief, Unemployment

Insurance Reauthorization Act, Job Creation Act, American Recovery &

Reinvestment Act etc, and served the economic interests of the country.

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Important Events Of August 3rd.

1)NASA’s mercury-bound, Messenger spacecraft was

launched by Boeing Delta 2nd. Messenger, which  left

the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on August 3,

2004 attained the arbit  around mercury,  after 7 years on March,

17,  2011, where it will begin mapping the rest of the planet. Greek

astronomers believed the planet to be two seperate objects:

one visible at sunrise, which they called Apollo; the other,

visible only at sunset, which they called Hermes. The English

name for the planet, comes from the Roman’s  who named it

after the Roman God Mercury, which they equated with the

Greek Hermes.

2)Birthday of Rashtra Kavi (national poet) Maithili Sharan Gupta;

(3,August, 1886 to 12,December 1965); he was one of the most

important  modern  Hindi poets.He was a pioneer of Khadi Boli

(plain dialect).Mahavir Prasad Dwivedi was his mentor. He was

born on Chirgaon, Jhansi, in a  Gahoi family. Set Ramacharan

Gupta was his father.He disliked school as a child, so his father

arranged for his education  at their home.He studied Sanskrit,

English Hindi and Bengali. His first major work was ”Rang Mein

Bhang.” It was a small epic poem. His famous work ”Saket,” revolves

around  Urmila, wife of  Lakshmana & a lesser-known  character in

Ramayana. ”Yashodhara”, revolves  around the wife of Gautama

Buddha,  Yashodhara. He translated Rubaiyats of Omar  Khayyam

& Swapna Vasavadatta  ( a Sanskrit play) into Hindi.  He wrote

dramas like  ”Tilottama” &  ”Chandrahasa.” His brother  Siya Ram

Sharan Gupta also was  a famous poet. Munshi Ajmiri, the third

poet of Chirgaon was a close ally of  Maithili Sharan Gupta. He

is considered among the pioneers of  Khari Boli. He wrote  his

poems in”Khari Boli” (plain dialect), at a time when  most Hindi

poets favoured the use of Brajbhasha.His ”Bharat Bharati” is a

nationalist poem which glorifies the  history, culture and tradition

of  India.  An admirer of Hindi literature can easily

estimate the depth of this immortal poet by his last lines…

”Hey Life! Don’t get crazy for this mortal world. You can’t

find true love here.This is a  beautiful trap, so stop wandering

here.Look upward (towards Heaven ) dear. That’s the only place

where  you can find long lasting relations. There’s the heaven,

there’s the source of ultimate pleasure where you have your own people.”

He was awarded ”Padma Vibhushana” by the Government of

India on 1954. ”Vishnu Priya”  (1959) was his last  poetic work,

which depicts the personalities of  characters ,Chaitanya Maha

prabhu and his queen consort Vishnupriya.Gandhiji honoured

him with the title ”Rashtra Kavi”(National poet). He was made

the honorary member of Rajya Sabha (Upper House  of the

Parliament) w.e.f 1947  until his death on 1965 .

3)Birthday of  Padma Shri, Vidya Vachaspathi  Shri Bannanje

Govindacharya (1936). He hails from Bannanje locality of Udupi,

Karnataka.He is well versed in Madhva tradition and one of the

foremost vedic scholars in the world today. He was the son of

Tarkakesari (Master of logic) S. Narayanacharya. Bannanje is

best known for his ”pravachanas” (spiritual preachings) among

Tuluvas and Kannadigas all over the world.The spiritual community

would forever be  immensely indebted to him for bringing into light

”Sarva Moola Granthagalu” of Acharya Madhva, that was hidden

from the world for the last 750 years or so.He said, ”Philosophy

is best understood by those who know psychology, Science &

Mathematics.” He was the script and dialogue writer for movies

on Shri Adi Shankaracharya and Shri Madhwacharya. Some of

the outstanding revelations, he has made in his  lectures are:

1)Concepts of  relative space, absolute space, inaccessible space

etc,  in  ”Bhagavata  Tatparya”.

2)Revelations of existence of ultra violet rays, by Acharya Madhwa

in his ”Anu Vyakhyana.”

3)Statement of all 6 recurring digits of the ratio 22/7 (pi) in the

”Brihad Bhashya of Acharya Madhwa.

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Important Events Of August 2nd.

1)Birthday of Prafulla Chandra Roy ( August 2,1861 to June 16, 1944).

He was a Bengali academician, chemist and entrereneur. He was the

founder of Bengal Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals, (India’s first

pharmaceutical company), and the Indian School of modern chemistry.

In his book, ”A  History of Hindu Chemistry from the Earliest Times to

the Middle of Sixteenth Century”, he has given an interesting account

to show that Hindu scientists knew about the manufacture of steel, salts,

mercury sulfides & about distillation. He published papers on preparation

of new chemical compound mercurous nitrite and  nitrite of ammonia. He

was the driving force behind the industrialisation of  India. He  helped to

start textile mills, soap factories, chemical industries, ceramic factories

and publishing houses. He was a great scientist, endowed with noble

human qualities. His activities  concerned all spheres of human interest-

educational reform, industrial development, employment generation,

poverty alleviation, economic freedom and political development of

the country.He remained a bachelor throughout his life. He symbolized

the best of Indian tradition and philosophy . He was a great critique of

prevailing caste  system in Hindu society. He was born in a  village at

Khulna district, now in Bangladesh.He wrote his biography in his work,

”The life and experience of a Bengali chemist.” He was called the

Father of Indian Chemistry. He was proficient in English,persian,

Bengali and had fair knowledge of Latin, Greek and workable

knowledge  of Sanskkrit and Arabic. Noted scientists, Shanti

Swarup Bhatnagar and Meghnad Shah were among his students.

2)The collision of two trains due  to signal failure,  on August 2, 1999

in Gaisal station at Dinajpur district of west Bengal, in eastern India

is believed  to have killed more than 500 passengers and injured 1000,

making it one of the worst train accident on record.

3)The Persian Gulf war, or operation desert storm, also  known as Iraq

war was waged by  a coalition  force from  34 nations led by U.N. against

Iraq in response to  Iraq’s invasion and annexation of the state of Kuwait.

4)Government of India Act, 1858 was passsed on August 2, by the

Parliament of the United Kingdom.It’s provisions called for the

liquidation of the British East India Company (who had up to this

point been ruling British India under the auspices of Parliament ),

and the transference of its functions to the British Crown. Lord

Palmerston, then-Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

introduced this Act.

5)Burma was completely seperated from India according to

the provisions in the Government of  India Act, which was

passed on August 2, 1935.  The Act also detached Aden (now

known as Yemen ), which was a part of  British India’s Bombay

Presidency, and established as a seperate colony. It was the last

pre-independence constitution of  the British Raj.

6)Birthday of  business tycoon  Ganga Prasad  Birla (2, August,

1922 –6, March, 2010). He was  born in Varanasi. He was

known for his philanthrophic activities. Many educational

trust, charitable trust, medical research institutions were

set up by him.His Rs.5,000 crore business, included companies

like  Hindustan motors,orient papers, Hyderabad  industries,

Nigeria Engineering Works and Birla soft Avtec.

Source:Collection.