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  • New discoveries provide scientific proofs of the Mahabharata

    first_imgDear Editor,In the field of Ancient History, there is currently great excitement about new discoveries in India’s Baghpat district in the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP). Using state-of-the-art scientific techniques and old fashioned excavation methods, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) recently announced the discovery of chariots, swords, daggers and several other artifacts that are dated 2,000 years before the birth of Jesus Christ (2,000 B.C.). This is the first discovery of ancient chariots in India.The ASI discovery is very important for several reasons. The discovery provides the first set of archeological (scientific) proofs of the Mahabharata, probably Hinduism’s greatest epic, and confirmation of an important component of ancient Indian history. The discovery of the chariots, royal burial pits, swords inlaid with copper, daggers, mirrors with copper, and highly decorative coffin covers in Bhaghpat district in Sanauli village in UP means that people of that era belonged to the warrior class and led highly sophisticated lives.First, the time frame of 2,000 B.C. matches the age of the Mahabharata. The ASI noted: “It is confirmed that they were a warrior class. The swords have copper-covered hilts and a medial ridge, making it strong enough for warfare. We have also found shields, a torch and daggers.”Second, the discovery site, Baghpat, has prominence in the Mahabharata. Baghpat is well known as the village asked for by the Pandava brothers from the politically corrupt Duryodhana to avoid the Mahabharata war. This did not happen, and the rest, as they say, is history. Yudhishthira, the eldest Pandava brother, was supposed to be the rightful inheritor of the throne, not Duryodhana.In addition, not far from the discovery site is the famous Lakshagraha (the house of lacquer), also prominently narrated in the Mahabharata text. It was the house that Duryodhana ordered Purochana, the architect, to build. The lacquer made it flammable on purpose. Since the Pandava brothers were exiled by Duryodhana for 13 years, Duryodhana, according to the Mahabharata epic, at a certain point in time, invited the Pandavas to stay in the Lakshagraha, and in due course set it on fire with the intention of killing them. However, the plot to annihilate the Pandava brothers failed, because they escaped upon the intervention of the wise Vidura, their uncle, who was Prime Minister at the time.Further, the current ASI discovery in Baghpat district in UP adds another fatal blow to the long-debunked Aryan Invasion Theory (AIT) that some of India’s zealous leftist historians still shamefully promote. The AIT states that Vedic/Hindu culture was brought to India by invading Aryans from outside of India.One thing that leftist historians who support the AIT claim is that horses were brought in to India by the invading Aryans around 1,000 B.C. The current evidence shows horse-ridden chariots dating back to 2,000 B.C.Way back in 2003, the eminent Hindu scholar Swami Aksharananda wrote, “Even in Guyana, Black cultural activists have invoked it (AIT), claiming that the supposed Indian, and more specifically Hindu, attitude toward Blacks stems from the Aryan invasion of India. It has, not infrequently, been proffered as justification for the violence against Indians. In the present case, the supposed Indian preference for lighter skin dates back to the Aryan invasion of India.” (Stabroek News, June 17, 2003).The AIT was one of the greatest hoaxes on mankind, and was debunked by genetics, archaeology, satellite studies, and lack of validating evidence in any Hindu or Sanskrit texts, or any references anywhere in the world prior to Max Muller’s invention of it in the mid-19th century. Even Max Muller had to issue a disclaimer about his made up “Aryans”.In Guyana, among Hindus, stories of the Mahabharata are told in every home, and taan singers have composed several songs depicting events in the Mahabharata that give meaning and dignity to human life. The Shrimad Bhagavad Geeta, which is part of the Mahabharata, is an iconic Sanskrit text that deals with all aspects of human life; for example, action for the welfare of society, fighting for justice, importance of proper education, respect for teachers, charity, Yoga, meditation, living in harmony, etc. The new discoveries by the ASI in Baghpat district, U.P. should bring some degree of pride to the Hindu people of Guyana, who live under constant Christian cultural hegemony.Prominent Indian rights activist and scholar Ravi Dev has addressed this problem in a series of published articles titled, “Hegemony and Hindu Dharma in the West Indies”.Sincerely,Dr Somdat Mahabirlast_img read more

  • Lonestar Cell MTN, South African Embassy Bring Solar Power to Orphanage

    first_imgMrs. Miattah Walker-Pearson presenting the symbolic check to the orphanageLonestar Cell MTN, in partnership with staff of the South African Embassy near Monrovia, have launched an initiative to provide solar power to the Great Commission Orphanage in the Chicken Soup Factory Community, Gardnersville.Presenting Lonestar’s contribution of US$2,500 at a program marking the observance of Nelson Mendela International Day at the Great Commission School, the Manager of the Lonestar Cell MTN Foundation, Mrs. Miattah Walker-Pearson, said the company was delighted to be part of a project that will help change the living condition of orphans at the facility. She noted that the solar project will further enhance learning and admonished the management of the orphanage to properly utilize the electricity to benefit the kids.Mrs. Walker-Pearson also added that the contribution was part of Lonestar Cell MTN’s Corporate Social Responsibility to communities the company operates in. It can be recalled recently, Lonestar through its 21 Days of Y’ello Care Program, rehabilitated six schools in Monrovia and one school in every county where the company has a Service Center.Meanwhile, the South African Ambassador Accredited to Liberia Mr. V. P. Moodley said the solar project is a self-initiative undertaken by staff of the Embassy and its partner Lonestar Cell MTN. He commended his staff and Lonestar for such remarkable and selfless endeavor. Amb. Moodley pledged the commitment of his staff in helping to further transform the living condition of kids at the orphanage.For her part, the Mother of the Great Commission Orphanage, Nellie Mulbah, commended Lonestar Cell MTN and staff of the South African Embassy for being thoughtful of the kids. She noted that the solar project will bring much relief for all at the orphanage.Lonestar Cell MTN has been operating in Liberia since June 2001. It is a Subsidiary of MTN South Africa, a leader in international telecommunication which operates in 22 countries in the Middle East, Africa and Europe.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Group of 77 Children’s School Risks Closure

    first_imgThe kids and their principalBy Jallah AmosonThe principal of the Group of 77 School located in Newport Street Community in Monrovia, Mark S. Sorbor, has called on the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Education (MoE) to see  reason to relocate the school.He said the school will close down soon if the central government fails to make funding available to relocate the school.According to Sorbor, the school administration was instructed by the executive director of the Group of 77, Madam Wayfa Florence Ciapha, to relocate the school from the compound or close it down because the administration wants to use the building as its offices.In an interview with the Daily Observer at his Newport Street office, he said the closing down of the school will cause serious embarrassment for the students and therefore he is making an appeal to the government for assistance.“Closing down the institution at this time will affect the students’ academic work,” he said.He disclosed that the establishment of the school was intended to help children of disabled parents get an education. He said there are 816 students at the school from the nursery to the 6th grade level.Since the establishment of the school it has served many children in their educational pursuits and therefore the school and the students deserve urgent intervention.“The education sector of the country requires the efforts of all Liberians to help school age children get prepared academically for the future,” Sorbor said.He said despite the current economic challenges in the country, the central government and other humanitarian agencies should urgently come to his students’ rescue.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Bassett win nets a berth in semis

    first_imgBassett improved to 18-3-2 and will play Marshall in Tuesday’s semifinals. Arroyo played the Olympians even despite the absence of suspended leading scorer Victor Cardenas because of a red card he received in Wednesday’s win over Sultana. The Knights finished 17-4-4. “We were weaker up front (without Cardenas),” Arroyo coach Jorge Ramirez said. “Up on top, we didn’t have much and they had a very good defense. We were not full strength. And you have to give them credit, they held, too. “I thought we were the better team today, but the better team doesn’t always win.” Reyes’ goal came on a perfect kick from 20 yards out near the sideline. After that, both teams relinquished nothing no matter how serious the threat. Bassett missed a golden opportunity to score another goal just before halftime when forward Gerardo Blanco got behind Arroyo’s defense for a clear shot on Knights goalie Alfredo Ontiveros. But Ontiveros, as he did all day, came up with a big stop by confronting Blanco 10 yards from the goal and deflecting a hard shot taken from close range. Bassett goalie Ricky Fabian, made two critical saves in the second half, the best of which came on a penalty kick by Arroyo forward Francisco Cardenas. “I was kind of nervous,” Fabian said. “I think my defense is pretty good. It gets scary and hard, but I think this is the best we played on defense.” Arroyo out-shot Bassett, 12-5. But the Olympians weren’t exactly on the attack after being staked to an early lead. Fabian made eight saves. Ontiveros had four, including the game’s best pair. “It was kind of lucky on our side,” Bassett coach Raul Contreras said. “Even with him (Cardenas), we don’t know what would’ve happened.” Friday’s win puts Bassett two victories shy of winning the school’s first CIF title in a team sport since 1994. “They want to win,” Contreras said of his team. “They want to go on. To be honest, I didn’t expect this. I thought maybe we’d be the Montview League champions, but not this far.” not to be outdone, aram.tolegian@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Knights and Olympians followed Reyes’ goal with 80 minutes of fierce defense that led to a 1-0 win for Bassett. “I thought we could score more, but I guess with that shot, we won,” Reyes said. “All I can think about is being a CIF champion. I don’t think anybody could think that this school would get this far, but we got a team together and we’re playing perfect right now.” center_img • Photo Gallery: 02/23: Arroyo vs. Bassett LA PUENTE – Bassett High School’s Alvaro Reyes didn’t know it at the time, but his penalty kick for a goal in the second minute of Friday’s CIF-Southern Section Division V quarterfinals against Arroyo might turn out to be his team’s most important kick of the season. last_img read more

  • DD BOOKS: ‘ASKING FOR IT’ BY LOUISE O’NEILL

    first_imgDD BOOKS: ASKING FOR IT BY LOUISE O’NEILLIt’s the beginning of the summer in a small town in Ireland. Emma O’Donovan is eighteen years old, a fifth year student, beautiful, happy, confident. One night, there’s a party. Everyone is there. All eyes are on Emma.The next morning, she wakes on the front porch of her house. She can’t remember what happened, she doesn’t know how she got there. She doesn’t know why she’s in pain. But everyone else does. Photographs taken at the party show, in explicit detail, what happened to Emma that night.But sometimes people don’t want to believe what is right in front of them, especially when the truth concerns the town’s heroes.Asking For It is about what happens to Emma O’Donovan after she is raped at a party by a group of boys on the school football team.It also looks at how Emma is treated by her own communing in the aftermath of the assault. She doesn’t understand what’s happened to her, until photos of that night are shared on Facebook.Author Louise O’Neill doesn’t hold back in this novel and it makes for grim, painful reading.However, one of the most interesting and important aspects of the novel is how it makes the reader question their own beliefs and attitudes.Asking For It opens up debate and discussion about rape, sex assaults and attitudes to them.It is an important book for this reason alone. Asking For It,paperback, published by Quercus, €9.99.DD BOOKS: ‘ASKING FOR IT’ BY LOUISE O’NEILL was last modified: May 21st, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Asking For ItDD Book Reviewpaperbackpublished by Quercus€9.99.last_img read more

  • Salesman who claimed €9K in benefits said company told him he could get dole while working

    first_imgA salesman who claimed more than €9,000 in illegal social welfare payments claimed his employer told him he could work for one year while claiming benefits.Charles McGee took up a job as a salesman with worldwide fertiliser company Timac Agro Ltd in Co Donegal. However, for 48 weeks McGee continued to claim social welfare payments mounting to €9,024.Department of Social Welfare Inspector, Joe Harrison told Letterkenny District Court that he interviewed McGee on March 1st, 2015.He admitted that he now realised that he was breaking the law.However, solicitor for McGee, Mr Michael Sheil, said his client claimed that Timac Agro Ltd told his client that he could work for a year before he had to declare his income to the Department of Social Protection.Mr Shiel added that his McGee, of Lettermore, Drumkeen, now accepted that this was never the case.There was no legal appearance on behalf of Timac Agro Ltd.McGee, whom the court was told has health difficulties, did not appear in court.Judge Paul Kelly was told that McGee only worked for the company for a year.A total of €28 per week was now being taken from his farm assist payments and that he had paid back €4,004 with an outstanding balance of €5,020.Judge Kelly fined the accused €250 for illegally claiming social welfare payments on January 3rd, 2012 and took two further summons into account.Salesman who claimed €9K in benefits said company told him he could get dole while working was last modified: July 5th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Charles McGeecourtdoleJUDGElast_img read more

  • DONEGAL MINORS DEFEAT DERRY AND ADVANCE TO ULSTER SEMI-FINAL

    first_imgCharlie Ó Dónaill for Donegal Daily snapped this wonderful pic of Donegal Minor Goalkeeper, Danny Rogers, Catch of the Day!Donegal have advanced to the semi-final of the Ulster MFC following a hard fought victory over local rivals Derry at Celtic Park. Donegal have goalkeeper Danny Rodgers to thank, after the Dungloe man pulled off three crucial saves in the second-half.Derry who were out of sorts in the first-half, sprung to live after the interval, and made it a real contest. Donegal were hugely impressive in the opening half hour, and dominated proceedings right from the off.A goal from Jamie Brennan, put daylight between the sides, as Derry toiled to keep up with a rampant Donegal side, that at one point, looked set to steamroll their local rivals.Derry plugged away and stayed in contention with a couple of late scores in the first-half and kept in touch with Donegal.Half-time score Donegal 1-06 Derry 0-03 However, the second-half was a completely different affair, with Derry upping the ante right from the start.Danny Rodgers made three fantastic stops and that kept Derry at bay.Derry kept chipping away at the scoreboard, but just couldn’t find a way past the inspired Rodgers to get that crucial goal.The Dungloe man comes from good stock, his cousin Donal Rodgers is a former Donegal Minor and Vocational schools goalkeeper.However, with just five minutes to go, Derry trailed by just two points. Donegal had only scored 1 point in the second-half with just five minutes to go, but Gavin McBride scored with a super free to ease Donegal nerves.Stephen McBrearty added another couple of scores to settle the game, and see Donegal advance to an Ulster MFC semi-final.Declan Bonner will be delighted to get the win, and will be very happy with the first-half performance.However, he’ll be acutely aware, his side rode their luck for large parts of the second-half and will no they’ll need to improve again to advance. DONEGAL MINORS DEFEAT DERRY AND ADVANCE TO ULSTER SEMI-FINAL was last modified: May 25th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Donegal cancer group express shock at women’s waiting list

    first_imgDonegal Action for Cancer Care has expressed its shocked at learning that a total of 1783 Donegal women are waiting to be seen at Letterkenny Hospital.The group said the situation is “just not good enough.”DACC has since contacted Mr Sean Murphy General Manager Letterkenny Hospital & to the CEO of the Saolta University Hospital Group. Their correspondence has also been sent to Minister for Health Simon Harris TD.The group said they must acknowledge the quick response of all.Below is an update on the Gynae Service at Letterkenny Hospital and the breakdown of the waiting list as we had requested.Spokesperson Betty Holmes said “It is important that we DACC share this information. It is important to note that the hospital has commenced the process of recruiting a fifth Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and it is anticipated that this post will be advertised in the coming weeks.” Below is a reply from Mr Sean Murphy General Manager LUH received by DACC.Letterkenny University Hospital has seen its gynaecology waiting list rise over the last 5 years, in line with the increase nationally.If a person is waiting for an outpatient appointment to see a gynaecologist, this could be for a number of reasons, such as investigation or treatment of pelvic pain, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, menopause, infertility, polycystic ovarian disease, etc.Letterkenny University Hospital regrets that any patient should experience long waiting times to access an outpatient appointment. Hospital management and the gynaecology team have been working to reduce the length of time women wait to be seen in the gynaecology service and most importantly, ensure that high risk referrals are seen promptly.In 2018 the hospital commenced a dedicated Post Menopausal Bleeding Clinic. This clinic is additional to the normal Gynaecology Clinics and was developed to target women with symptoms that may indicate a risk of endometrial cancer. Since its commencement 164 women have been seen in this clinic, including all those patients on the waiting list with post menopausal bleeding symptoms prior to the clinic starting. Given that post menopausal bleeding is a clinically established risk indicator for endometrial cancer, this specialist clinic has been set up to provide GPs with urgent access for patient with these symptoms. The waiting time to be seen in the clinic is 2 to 4 weeks to ensure that women receive a prompt diagnosis.Other actions underway to address the waiting list include:· Letterkenny University Hospital has commenced the process of recruiting a fifth Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and it is anticipated that this post will be advertised in the coming weeks.· The hospital is also working with the National Treatment Purchase Fund to secure funding for additional Gynaecology Clinics to reduce the number of patients waiting over 15 months. · In July, the hospital introduced a text reminder service for Gynaecology Outpatient appointments to assist in reducing the number of patients who fail to attend their appointment. An average 6 patients fail to attend the each of the Gynaecology Clinics, which has an impact on the waiting list.Donegal cancer group express shock at women’s waiting list was last modified: August 20th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Hughes: Rangers will cope without Taarabt

    first_imgQPR boss Mark Hughes insists Adel Taarabt’s absence will not affect his team’s chances of causing an upset in this weekend’s west London derby.The Moroccan’s sending-off against Tottenham means he is suspended for Sunday’s vital game at Stamford Bridge, where the stakes will be high for both sides.Chelsea are chasing a top-four finish, while Rangers know one win from their remaining three matches could be enough to keep them in the Premier League.Taarabt will miss Sunday’s vital derby.Taarabt has been instrumental in taking the R’s close to safety, scoring in their victories against Spurs and Arsenal.His ban is an untimely blow but Hughes has the option of recalling striker Djibril Cisse, who recently served a suspension.“It’s a bit of a loss, obviously, but we can cope. We’ve got good players to come in,” said Hughes.“Djibril didn’t play in the game against Tottenham and he’s an option for me. We’ll be okay.”Taarabt’s dismissal came after he petulantly kicked the ball away and was shown a second yellow card.It belied the fact that the 22-year-old, whose temperament has often been questioned, has shown greater maturity in recent months.Hughes added: “There’s been a marked difference and that’s a credit to him. He’s embraced what we’ve told him and looks a better player for it.“He’s still a young player and I just sense that he’s maturing. His understanding of the game and what’s required is getting much better.”Advertising on West London SportSee also: Delighted Hughes eyes Chelsea clash after Rangers see off SpursRedknapp has no regrets about letting Taarabt leave SpursTaarabt taunts Tottenham and takes QPR closer to safetyVideo: Fans celebrate QPR’s vital win against SpursBoss Hughes keen to cement Taarabt’s long-term future at QPRQPR star in line for bumper contract offerHughes insists Taarabt will not leave QPRI’ll turn Taarabt into a top player, says bossFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

  • 49ers mailbag: ‘Do you see Nick Mullens stepping in before season ends?’

    first_imgSANTA CLARA — Welcome, 49ers fans, to your weekly therapy session via our mailbag. Let’s unpack where things stand after a fifth straight loss and their worst to the Rams in over 50 years:The team’s been pretty tight knit, has there been any changes to that, that you’ve noticed any change from the losing? (@RJNacar) When I heard a couple offensive players reference how the 49ers defense is not creating turnovers, that made me pause. It’s true but that’s crossing party lines. As Jim Tomsula …last_img