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PM meets H.E. Filipe Jacinto Nyusi

PM meets the Mozambique President, Mr. Filipe Jacinto Nyusi at Gandhinagar, in Gujarat
PM meets the Mozambique President, Mr. Filipe Jacinto Nyusi at Gandhinagar, in Gujarat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met H.E. Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, President of the Republic of Mozambique on 9 January 2024 in Gandhinagar.

Prime Minister Modi expressed his strong commitment to support Mozambique’s development priorities. Both leaders held productive discussions on ways to further bilateral ties, including in the areas of defence, counter terrorism, energy, health, trade & investment, agriculture, water security, mining, capacity building and maritime cooperation. Prime Minister suggested that the two countries could work to enhance air connectivity to give a boost to business, culture and people to people relations.

President Nyusi thanked the Prime Minister for the inclusion of African Union (AU) in the G-20. The two leaders also discussed issues related to cooperation in multilateral fora, including the UN.

Prime Minister fondly appreciated President Nyusi’s participation in the Voice of the Global South Summit in January and November 2023.

President Nyusi thanked India for the various development projects and capacity building programmes as also for its support in the area of maritime security.

Both leaders agreed to remain in touch and maintain the pace of high level political contacts between the two countries.

What is Ash Wednesday in Christianity?

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Have you ever noticed, usually in February or March, a lot of people walk around with an ash cross on their foreheads once a year? You probably knew it had something to do with Lent, but you weren’t sure why the ash cross was significant.

Or maybe, you grew up in a Catholic or Protestant church that held Ash Wednesday services each year, so you’re already familiar with the service but aren’t too sure about the history of Ash Wednesday and Lent and what they have to do with the Christian faith. Read on if you want to learn more about this important day in the liturgical calendar and why so many celebrate Ash Wednesday and Lent!

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Often called the Day of Ashes, Ash Wednesday starts Lent by focusing the Christian’s heart on repentance and prayer, usually through personal and communal confession. This happens during a unique Ash Wednesday service.

During Mass (for Catholics) or worship service (for Protestants), the priest or pastor will usually share a penitential and reflective sermon. The mood is solemn – many services will have long periods of silence and worshipers will often leave the service in silence.

Usually, there is a responsive passage of Scripture, usually centered around confession, read aloud about the leader and congregation. Attendees will experience communal confession and moments where they are prompted to confess sins silently and pray.

After all of this, the congregation will be invited to receive the ashes on their foreheads. Usually, the priest or pastor will dip his finger into the ashes, spread them in a cross pattern on the forehead, and say, “From dust you came and from dust you will return.”

Each year, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and is always 46 days before Easter Sunday. Lent is a 40-day season (not counting Sundays) marked by repentance, fasting, reflection, and ultimately celebration. The 40-day period represents Christ’s time of temptation in the wilderness, where he fasted and where Satan tempted him. Lent asks believers to set aside a time each year for similar fasting, marking an intentional season of focus on Christ’s life, ministry, sacrifice, and resurrection.

Source and Meaning of the Ashes

In many congregations, the ashes are prepared by burning palm branches from the previous Palm Sunday. On Palm Sunday, churches bless and hand out palm branches to attendees, referencing the Gospels’ account of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, when onlookers lay palm branches on his path.

The ashes of this holiday symbolize two main things: death and repentance. “Ashes are equivalent to dust, and human flesh is composed of dust or clay (Genesis 2:7), and when a human corpse decomposes, it returns to dust or ash.”

“When we come forward to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday, we are saying that we are sorry for our sins and that we want to use the season of Lent to correct our faults, purify our hearts, control our desires and grow in holiness so we will be prepared to celebrate Easter with great joy” (The CatholicSpirit.com).

The History of Lent and Ash Wednesday

The history and beginnings of Lent aren’t clear. According to Britannica.com, Lent has likely been observed: “since apostolic times, though the practice was not formalized until the First Council of Nicaea in 325 CE.” Christian scholars note that Lent became more regularized after the legalization of Christianity in A.D. 313. St. Irenaeus, Pope St. Victor I, and St. Athanasius all seem to have written about Lent during their ministries. Most agree that “by the end of the fourth century, the 40-day period of Easter preparation known as Lent existed, and that prayer and fasting constituted its primary spiritual exercises.”

Is there Fasting on Ash Wednesday?

Regarding the exact rules and practices of Lent, those have changed over the years. “In the early centuries, fasting rules were strict, as they still are in Eastern churches,” notes Britannica.com. “One meal a day was allowed in the evening, and meat, fish, eggs, and butter were forbidden. The Eastern church also restricts the use of wine, oil, and dairy products. In the West, these fasting rules have gradually been relaxed. The strict law of fasting among Roman Catholics was dispensed with during World War II, and only Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are now kept as Lenten fast days.”

Is Ash Wednesday only for Catholics or Protestants?

Catholic, Orthodox, and many (but not all) Protestants appreciate and observe Lent. Though Lent is not named or observed in the Bible, as Christianity Today notes, “the path of Lent—prayer, fasting, and generosity over a period of time—is heavily emphasized by the authors of and characters in the Bible, including Jesus. The Bible commands a lifestyle of worship and devotion that looks considerably like Lent. Therefore, while the word is absent in the Bible, the reality of Lent is woven throughout the whole of Scripture, as we have discovered.”

(The article and credit of the article goes to www.christianity.com)

Kanti Bhatt Memorial and Reading Room; One of its kinds with about 1600 articles of the writer



Kanti Bhatt Memorial and Reading Room’ is a tribute to almost six decades of journalist work of Late Kantibhai.

Ahmedabad unit of Bharatiya Vidya  Bhavan and well known journalist Sheela Bhatt will dedicate to  the  public ‘Kanti Bhatt Memorial and Reading Room’ at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Khanpur, Ahmedabad on Tuesday,  February 21, 2023. Renowned Gujarati  author and playwright Madhu Rye will do the honours.

Sheela Bhatt

‘Kanti Bhatt Memorial and Reading Room’ is a tribute to almost six decades of journalist work of Late Kantibhai, and one of its kind for any Gujarati author and journalist so far. It houses about 1,600 books of personal collection of Kantibhai, graciously donated by Sheela Bhatt to Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Ahmedabad. The air-conditioned memorial also consists close to 16,000 articles penned by KantiBhatt. This content will be offered to students, researchers, and other readers absolutely free,” said memorial curator, Shyam Parekh.

Shyam Parekh, memorial curator

Keyur Dhandeo, Co-ordinator of Bhavan’s Harilal  Bhagwati Institute of  Communication and Management, Ahmedabad said, “ We are sure that you appreciate this unique initiative to preserve legacy of Gujarat’s one of the finest  journalist and author, and so request you to depute your correspondent, photo-journalist, videographer to cover this unique event on February 21. The event is going to take place at Geeta Hall, Bhavan’s College Campus, Near Rifle Club, Khanpur, Ahmedabad.”

Keyur Dhandeo

Founder of country’s first police university Raksha Shakti, Vikas Sahay to be in-charge police chief of Gujarat

Vikas Sahay

As the current Director General of Police (DGP) Ashish Bhatiya retires today from his office, Gujarat government has appointed Vikas Sahay, a 1989 batch IPS (Indian Police Service) officer as in-charge DGP. If sources in the bureaucracy are believed, Sahay may get permanent posting as there does not seem any other competent officer as him in the state and if any he has to be superseded.

Sahay is was trained at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad. He took up all important assignment of UN Peace Keeping Mission, where he stayed at Bosnia-Herzegovina during 1998-99. Post the Mission, Sahay has held numerous important positions in Police Department such as SP Anand in 1999, SP Ahmedabad Rural in 2001, DCP Zone II and III of Ahmedabad City in 2002, DCP traffic of Ahmedabad City in 2004, Additional CP Traffic of Ahmedabad City in 2005, Additional CP Range I of Surat City in 2007, Joint CP Range I Surat city in 2008, IG Security in 2009 and IG CID & Intelligence Bureau in 2010. 

The most significant turn in his career came when he was chosen to establish the first Police University of the country, “Raksha Shakti University”, a flagship project of Government of Gujarat. He immensely contributed in the successful establishment the university in 2010 in the capacity of Dy. Director General and continued to work in this capacity till 2016, when he was elevated to the top position of Director General of the Raksha Shakti University. Under his leadership, the university has garnered pivotal position in internal security academics & research. 

He has been a recipient of President Police medal for Meritorious Service and also the very prestigious President Police Medal for Distinguished service. Currently, he is serving as Additional Director General of Police Training & Director General of Raksha Shakti University.

(Sources : policefoundationindia.org)

હિંડનબર્ગ રિસર્ચના રિપોર્ટ ને અદાણી ગ્રુપે ભારત સામે નું સુનિયોજીત ષડ્યંત્ર ગણાવ્યું


હિંડેનબર્ગ રિસર્ચના રિપોર્ટ બાદ અદાણી જૂથ તૈયારી સાથે મેદાનમાં ઉતર્યું અને કંપની પર લગાવાયેલા એક એક આરોપનો છણાવટ સાથે જવાબ આપ્યો. અદાણી જૂથે કહ્યું કે હિંડનબર્ગ દ્વારા ઉઠાવાયેલા 88 પ્રશ્નોમાંથી 68 પ્રશ્નોના જવાબ તો અદાણી જૂથની કંપનીઓ દ્વારા અગાઉ વખતોવકત અપાઈ ચૂક્યા છે.

Gautam Adani

હિંડનબર્ગના 413 પાનાંના રિસર્ચ રિપોર્ટના જવાબમાં અદાણીએ હિંડનબર્ગને શોર્ટ સેલર ગણાવી. અદાણીના નિવેદન મુજબ અદાણી પોર્ટફોલિયો અને અદાણી ગ્રુપ વૈશ્વિક અર્થતંત્રને અનુરૂપ અને રાષ્ટ્રના નિર્માણ કરવા માટે પ્રતિબદ્ધ છે. અદાણીના રિપોર્ટમાં કહેવામાં આવ્યું છે કે અદાણી શેરોમાં શોર્ટ પોઝિશન રાખવાથી શેરોમાં મંદીની આશંકા છે. 24 જાન્યુઆરીનો રિપોર્ટ પ્રકાશિત થયા પછી અદામી શેરો ઘટાડાતરફી છે, જેથી હિંડનબર્ગે મોટા પાયે નાણાંથી અદાણીના શેરોમાં વેચવાલી કરી છે. અદાણી ગ્રુપે ખૂબ જવાબદારીપૂર્વક આપેલા જવાબમાં કહ્યું છે કે અદાણી ગ્રૂપનો પ્રતિભાવ હિંડનબર્ગના ખોટા હેતુઓ અને મોડસ ઓપરેન્ડી સામે પણ પ્રશ્નો ઉભા કરે છે, જેણે ભારતીય ન્યાયતંત્ર અને નિયમનકારી માળખાને સહેલાઈથી બાયપાસ કર્યું છે. અદાણી ગ્રુપના વિગતવાર પ્રતિસાદમાં તેના ગવર્નન્સ ધોરણો, પ્રતિષ્ઠા, શ્રેષ્ઠ પ્રથાઓ, પારદર્શક આચરણ, નાણાકીય અને ઓપરેશનલ કામગીરી અને શ્રેષ્ઠતા આવરી લેવામાં આવી હતી.

અદાણી ગ્રૂપે જણાવ્યું હતું કે હિંડનબર્ગ રિપોર્ટ અમારા શેરધારકો અને જાહેર રોકાણકારોની કિંમત પર નફો કરવાના સ્પષ્ટ હેતુ સાથે બનાવવામાં આવ્યો છે. તે હિતોના સંઘર્ષથી ભરપૂર હેરાફેરી દસ્તાવેજ છે અને તેનો હેતુ ખોટો નફો બુક કરવા માટે સિક્યોરિટીઝમાં ખોટા બજાર બનાવવાનો છે, જે સ્પષ્ટપણે ભારતીય કાયદા હેઠળ સિક્યોરિટીઝ છેતરપિંડી બનાવે છે.

હિંડેનબર્ગ દ્વારા પૂછવામાં આવેલા 88 પ્રશ્નોમાંથી, 68 અદાણી જૂથની કંપનીઓ દ્વારા તેમના સંબંધિત વાર્ષિક અહેવાલોમાં સમયાંતરે મેમોરેન્ડમ, નાણાકીય નિવેદનો અને સ્ટોક એક્સ્ચેન્જ ડિસ્ક્લોઝર ઓફર કરતી બાબતોનો ઉલ્લેખ કરવામાં આવ્યો છે. 20 પ્રશ્નોમાંથી, 16 જાહેર શેરધારકો અને તેમની સંપત્તિના સ્ત્રોતો સાથે સંબંધિત છે, જ્યારે બાકીના ચાર માત્ર પાયાવિહોણા આક્ષેપો છે.

અદાણીના FPOમાં વિદેશી કંપનીએ અધધધ રોકાણ, કહ્યું; અદાણી પર મજબૂત વિકાસની અપાર સંભાવના

હિંડનબર્ગના રિપોર્ટ બાદ અદાણી ગ્રુપની કંપનીઓના શેરમાં મોટા કડાકા વચ્ચે અદાણી એન્ટરપ્રાઈઝનો ફોલો-ઓન પબ્લિક ઓફર એટલે કે FPO ધૂમ મચાવી રહ્યો છે.  અદાણીની કંપનીના FPOમાં UAEની મોટી લિસ્ટેડ કંપની ઈન્ટરનેશનલ હોલ્ડિંગ કંપની (IHC)એ 3261.29 કરોડ રૂપિયાના રોકાણની જાહેરાત કરી.. IHCએ સબસિડી ગ્રીન ટ્રાન્સમિશન ઈન્વેસ્ટમેન્ટ હોલન્ડિંગ આરએચસી લિમિટેડ દ્વારા રોકાણ કર્યા છે. IHC અબુધાબીમાં આવેલી ખૂબ જાણીતી કંપની છે. સ્થાનિક સ્તરે તે સૌથી વધુ માર્કેટ કેપ ધરાવતી કંપનીઓમાં સામેલ છે. આ કંપનીએ એન્કર બૂકમાં પણ રૂપિયા લગાવ્યા છે.

IHCના CEO સૈયદ બસર શુએબે જણાવ્યું હતું કે અદાણી એન્ટરપ્રાઈઝના ફંડામેન્ટલ્સ પર અમને વિશ્વાસ છે. અદાણી એન્ટરપ્રાઝમાં લોંગ ટર્મમાં ગ્રોથની મજબૂત સંભાવના દેખાઈ રહી છે. જેના કારણે અમે તેમાં રોકાણ કરવાનો નિર્ણય લીધો છે. જેથી શેરહોલ્ડર્સની વેલ્યુ વધારવામાં આવી શકે. શુએબે જણાવ્યું હતું કે એફપીઓમાં રોકાણનો ફાયદો એ છે કે કંપનીનો અર્નિંગ રિપોર્ટ, કંપનીના મેનેજમેન્ટ, બિઝનેસ પ્રેક્ટિસિસની જાણકારીની સાથે સાથે રોકાણ માટે નિર્ણય લેવા માટે ઘણો બધો ડેટા ઉપલબ્ધ રહે છે.

અદાણી એન્ટરપ્રાઈઝના 20 હજાર કરોડ રૂપિયાનો FPO 31 જાન્યુઆરી સુધી સબસ્ક્રાઈબ કરી શકાશે. આ FPO માટે 3112-3276 રૂપિયાની પ્રાઈસ બેન્ડ છે. જેમાં રિટેલ ઈન્વેસ્ટર્સને 64 રૂપિયાનું ડિસ્કાઉન્ટ મળશે.