BALI, INDONESIA, February 22, 2018 (The Jakarta Post): Bali plans to develop an offshore airport in the northern part of the resort island with the name of Bandara International Bali Baru (BIBU) or the New Bali International Airport. Project developer PT BIBU president director I Made Mangku said in Bali on Thursday that the company preferred to develop an offshore airport because the initial plan of an onshore airport would have sacrificed a number of things, including 33 Hindu temples, 121 historical sites, roads, residences and productive rice fields.
Bali Governor Mangku Pastika has prohibited any taking over of productive land, Hindu temples or historical sites for the development of the new airport, Made added. "There are so many obstacles to developing an onshore [airport], therefore we prefer to develop offshore," said Made. He said the new airport development was aimed at promoting the many tourism spots in North Bali like Tulamben, Nusa Penida and West Bali National Park as well as to open access to Banyuwangi in East Java and Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara. New Bali International Airport is designed to accommodate 32 million passengers annually, equipped with a 230,000-square-meter terminal and a 4,100 meter runway.
To put 32 million passengers in perspective--in 2016, that er numbwould put Bali between the world's 50th and 60th busiest international airport.
NEW DELHI, INDIA, February 25, 2018 (by G.S Mudur, The Telegraph): The Centre's regulators of traditional medicine have approved over the past four years more than 150 ayurveda and unani medical colleges that lack minimum prescribed standards of infrastructure, faculty or patients, sections of regulators themselves have complained to the government. Members of the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM), the regulatory agency for traditional medicine, have said the approvals to colleges with substandard teaching facilities have come at a time the Narendra Modi government is trying to bolster support to traditional medicine.They say the number of ayurveda or unani colleges across India has increased from less than 300 in mid-2014 to about 450 in early-2018, a growth that they claim reflects the enthusiasm with which the government has approved colleges on recommendations from the CCIM. In a letter sent to the PMO on February 20, Tyagi has expressed concern about the quality of education and the knowledge and confidence of students who seek admission in these colleges. He has cautioned that the future of students and the credibility of the government are at stake.
Senior Ayush officials who requested not to be named said the ministry is aware of the issues within the CCIM and is trying to address the issue of quality through multiple measures. "We're playing a catch-up game with the CCIM," said one senior official. "We're taking steps to ensure quality of education." The ministry has initiated a compulsory implementation of Aadhaar- and geo-location-based attendance system for teachers and staff to enable tracking. All Ayush colleges have also been asked to post photographs of their faculty on the college website. The ministry is introducing a "teacher eligibility test" for all new teachers and plans to a series of continue conducting medical education programmes to upgrade skills of existing teachers, Rajesh Kotecha, the Ayush secretary, told this paper.
The sun can give heat and light to the whole world, but he cannot do so when the clouds shut out his rays. When egotism veils the heart, God cannot shine upon you.
-- Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836-1886), guru of Swami Vivekananda
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, February 16, 2018 (SBS): The Victorian Government on Friday announced it will provide more than US$127,000 to the Hindu Society of Victoria, also known as the Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple, to upgrade its Cultural and Heritage Centre. Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott and Member for Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny joined the Indian community to make the announcement today. The Hindu Society of Victoria was established in 1982 and advocates for the cultural and spiritual needs of Victoria's Hindu community. Consecrated in 1994, the Society's spiritual and cultural precinct, the Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple, is now largest Hindu temple in the southern hemisphere.
The new funding will be used to upgrade the driveway and entry points of the Cultural and Heritage Centre. It will also be used to add more than 300 car parks on the site. Government believes thousands of Hindu, Indian and wider community members from Carrum Downs and surrounding area will benefit from the project. Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott said, "The upgrades to the Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple will help our Hindu community enshrine and share their values of compassion, selflessness, harmony, tolerance and respect."
Acquire the transcendental knowledge from a Self-realized master by humble reverence, by sincere inquiry and by service. The wise ones who have realized the Truth will impart the Knowledge to you.
-- Bhagavad Gita