Saibaba announces drinking water scheme for Krishna, Godavari

Friday July 22 2005 12:47 IST

ANANTAPUR: As Guru Poornima gift, Saibaba announced that he would slake the thirst of the people of Krishna district who had been suffering from drinking water problem.

On the occasion of Guru Poornima, a special programme was organised at Sai Kulwant hall in Prashanti Nilayam at Puttaparti. On such occasions normally, Saibaba delvers religious discourse. But today Saibaba took the audience by pleasant surprise by announcing that he would leave no stone unturned in providing drinking water to the people of upland areas of Krishna and twin Godavari districts.

Whatever be the expenses, Saibaba said he would complete the project.

The drinking water project in West Godavari district was completed, Saibaba said and added that former engineer Kondala Rao would inaugurate it tomorrow. In his discourse, Saibaba announced that he would provide potable water to 10 lakh people in the Godavari districts and said water, like air, was a sine qua non of life. Serving poor people is more important than spiritual programmes, Baba said. He would give priority to the problems faced by the poor people.

Saibaba revealed that the Maoists tried to stop the survey that was undertaken as part the water scheme. When the Maoists were told that the survey was meant to provide drinking water to the upland area people of Godavari districts, undertaken by Saibaba, Maoists extended cooperation and gave suggestions for improvement of the scheme, Saibaba said.

World famous music director Betahak and musicians from 17 countries mesmerised the devotees by their performances. The students of Satya Sai educational institutions staged Lava-Kusa play and narrated the story of Ramayan.

Tourisn Minister J Geeta Reddy, Moulana Bahuvuddin from Israel, Ravi David, spiritualist Anne Baker from New York and devotees from various nations were present.

It was surprising that many devotees from Karnataka took part. Baba spent less time this year in giving discourse.


Health camp organised

KATHMANDU, July 21: Satya Sai Centre, Kathmandu “Chaitanyajyoti’ organised free health camp on the occasion of the 80th Birth Anniversary of the Sai Baba and Guru Purnima or the Teacher’s Day here today.

A total of 419 patients, including 200 elderly persons of the Pashupati Old Age Home and Nisahaya Sewa Sadan, Santinagar along with 219 local residents suffering from ailments related to gynecology, pediatrics, ENT, opthalmology, orthopedics and neurology received medical treatment during the health camp.

Also rendering assistance during the camp were senior doctors and medical personnel of Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital and Bir Hospital in which free medicines were distributed to the patients.


ICWA rankers owe their success to hard work and God’s grace

Friday July 22 2005 12:27 IST

VIJAYAWADA: Continuous and constant monitoring by parents and teachers is a must for achieving ranks, feels V Radhika, ICWA national-level first ranker. She stood first in getting a rank in ICWA before completing degree course.

She attributed her success to the guidance of the Modern Academy where she studied. Daughter of S Viswanathan, area manager of a medical company and M Asha, a teacher of Atkinson, she completed her plus two education at Atkinson High School here.

She used to participate in debate competitions and stood first in her class throughout her career and won gold medal at national level in ICWA stage-II examination. Before completing her degree, she bagged a national level first rank in ICWA for the first time in the history of ICWA.

Radhika, also a gold medallist in Hindi Praveena, is well versed in rendering slokas and interested in reading story books.

Her class mate PL Sirisha also bagged national-level sixth rank in ICWA. Completing her B.Com degree in Satya Sai Educational Institutions in Puttparthi, Sirisha daughter of P Jwala Lakshmi, a Canara Bank employee here, pursued her ICWA study here. She feels that one should concentrate on studies for achieving their goal by working hard.

Interestingly both the girls were picked up by Coca-Cola company and posted them as trainee executive officers. Both the friends who had a strong belief in god’s grace are leaving for Gurgoan to undergo training.