HYDERABAD, INDIA, February 22, 2017 (India Today): Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, popularly known as KCR, offered jewelery worth about US$834,000 to Lord Venkateswara Swamy in Tirumala Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh on behalf of his government on Wednesday morning.
KCR, who was the flag-bearer of the agitation for a separate Telangana state, had taken a vow during the movement that he would offer gold jewelery to Lord Venkateswara, also known as Lord Balaji if Telangana got the statehood. On Wednesday, during the VIP break darshan, Rao presented a Saligrama Haram, weighing about 33 pounds and a five-row Kante, weighing 10 lbs. to Lord Venkateshwara amid Vedic chants. Both gifts are very ornate necklaces.
Rao's spending on trying to win the favor of the Gods has drawn flak from various quarters as most other pressing issues of the state are yet to be addressed.
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ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN, February 18, 2017 (Hindustan Times): The upper house of Pakistan's Senate passed the much-awaited Hindu marriage bill on Friday, awaiting the President's signature to become a law. The bill, which had been approved by the lower house in September 2015, will help Hindu women get documentary proof of their marriage. It will be the first personal law for Pakistani Hindus, applicable in Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces. Sindh province has already formulated its own Hindu marriage law.
While approving the bill, committee chairperson senator Nasreen Jalil of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement said: "It was unfair -- not only against the principles of Islam but also a human rights violation -- that we have not been able to formulate a personal family law for the Hindus of Pakistan."
The bill was approved by the Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights on January 2 with an overwhelming majority. The bill has implications for the constitutional guarantee of protection of family as well as protective measures ordered by the Supreme Court for the Hindu minority. But some observers say that the bill in its present form leaves some serious gaps.
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA, February 19, 2017 (adelaidenow.com): The Shri Ganesha Temple in Oaklands Park has been given the go-ahead to start work on a US$325,000 expansion. Hindu Society of South Australia president Siva Selva said work would start in September or October on a redevelopment of the Dwyer Road site.
Marion Council's Development Assessment Panel last week approved the plans, which include building a new outdoor cooking area, expanding an auditorium and extending a hall and dining room. Mr. Selva said the works would allow the temple to host extra language and cultural classes, and provide a more comfortable place for the community to meet.
The landmark was State Heritage listed in May 2013 as the first traditional Hindu temple built in SA. It houses 25 handcrafted Deities, including Ganesha, all made in India. Mr. Selva said the society would apply to the State Government for $100,000 funding and make up the rest with member donations, bank loans and money it had already saved up. He hoped the work would be complete by June 2018.
When you demand nothing of the world, nor of God, when you want nothing, seek nothing, expect nothing, then the Supreme State will come to you uninvited and unexpected.
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