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Breaking the glass ceiling Killa women’s SHG sets sanitary pad unit, Finance Minister to visit

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Agartala: Once considered to be a social taboo, menstrual hygiene is now a part and parcel of every gender debate pertaining to women’s access to healthcare and sanitary pads.

But breaking these narrow glass ceilings of debates and tall arguments, an army of 30 Tripura women inspired by PM Modi and CM Biplab Kumar Deb’s call of self-reliance are trained enough to supply low cost sanitary pads to the rural women.

Now, what comes as an added inspiration for them, the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is herself going to interact with representatives of this group on the achievements of the SHG movement in Tripura.

The project dates back to a year back when the NABARD was approached for the project. NABARD officials approved the project as they said it is among the very few projects that seem interesting as well as symbolic to the concept of women empowerment.

Speaking on the issue, NABARD DDM Khokan Debnath said, “since the last one and half months we have been imparting rigorous training to the 30 women from three separate SHG groups. They are trained enough to run the machines installed here and their unit only awaits inauguration.”

According to Debnath, the project is very ambitious and this will inspire many women participants of the SHG movement to come up with innovative projects.

“As of now, this is the first of its kind project in the rural parts of Tripura”, said Debnath who is on his way to Killa where NABARD’s DGM is on his tour.

BDO Killa Block Animesh Debbarma said, “the Union Finance Minister will interact with SHG members at a school in Killa. We have selected women from five SHGs for the interaction. Those who have been selected in the groups are the most progressive ladies under our block areas who have set out their own examples before people. They are the role models of SHG movements.”

He also added that the sanitary pad project under his block was the most important one under his jurisdiction. According to the SHG group members, their goal is to prove their true potentials and improve the rural livelihood on the go. The local BJP leaders said, this meeting will be a unification of “Nari Shakti”. “Presence of a personality like Nirmala Ji will only help to instill more confidence among these women who strive to pursue something more than their household chores,” said a local BJP leader.

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Unakoti in Tripura: Where Lord Shiva spent a night on his way to Kashi

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Agartala: Colossal sculptures of Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesh, Goddess Durga and many more sculptures carved out of huge mountain are part of the largest open air rock sculpture gallery in India at Unakoti in Tripura.

Tripura is now opening to the world with its rich art, culture, music and heritage as it is being brought about to the people. This magical place is an Ancient Saivite pilgrimage.
Even the name of Unakoti district is derived from Unakoti hills and its Kokborok name is Subrai Khung.

The place hosts an ancient Shaivite place of worship with huge rock reliefs celebrating Shiva. It is the prime tourist spot of Unakoti district in the Kailashar subdivision of Tripura. This Shiva pilgrimage dates back to an unknown era.

There are two kinds of image at Unakoti — rock-carved figures and stone images. Among the rock-cut carvings, the Shiva head and gigantic Ganesha figures deserve special mention. The central Shiva head known as Unakotiswara Kal Bhairava is about 30 feet high including an embroidered head-dress which itself is 10 feet high.

On each side of the head-dress of the central Shiva, there are two full-size female figures – one of Durga standing on a lion and another female figure on the other side. In addition, three enormous images of Nandi are found half-buried in the ground. There are various other stone as well as rock-cut images at Unakoti.

Legend has it that Lord Shiva once spent a night here on his way to Kashi and 99,99,999 gods and goddesses followed him. He had asked his followers to wake up before sunrise and make their way towards Kashi.

Unfortunately, none awoke, except Lord Shiva himself. Before he set out for Kashi alone, he cursed them all to turn into stone. And that is how the site got its name. The place is peaceful and surrounded by lush greenery.
Annual fair Ashokastami Mela is held in the month of April which is visited by thousands of pilgrims from all across.

Another smaller festival takes place in January. The place is around 178 km to the north-east from Agartala district of Tripura and 148 km to the south-east from Silchar district of Assam.

But the site has suffered centuries of neglect causing degradation and loss of considerable scale to the rock art. Since its adoption by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) as a heritage site, the situation has slightly improved, though a lot of work including substantial excavation remains to be undertaken.

The government of India has approached to UNESCO to declare it as a World Heritage Site. The Government of Tripura is also trying to create all kinds of facility for the convenience of pilgrims and tourists.

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Did you know these five waterfalls exists in Tripura! Checkout details 

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Agartala: Tripura is well known to people across the country for its natural flora and fauna and historical places like Unakoti and Eastern India’s lone water palace Neermahal.

But, did you know Tripura also has as many as 5 small waterfalls, while many are yet to be discovered by govt and organizations.

However, if you are planning to spend your time chilling out in , these are the five places you can plan your next trip.

These are the waterfalls you can visit when in Tripura.

1)Tayung Tuku Waterfall
2)Dumla Waterfall
3)Saika Tuisoi Waterfall
4)HawaiBari Waterfall
5)Buddha Waterfall

So, are you excited and want to know the location? Follow RiseEast for to know more about these waterfalls and how you can reach them.

 

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VHP wants Govt to declare Bhagwatgita National Book of India

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New Delhi: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) wants to give a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare Srimad Bhagwatgita as the National Book of the country. The VHP has been demanding it from very long and has been working in this regard. Now, some other sections of the society too have started demanding it to be declared as the National Book.

The VHP also wants to hand over a memorandum to ensure security of saints and sages across the country in view of attacks, lynching and murders of sains in the country. Secretary VHP Acharya Radha Krishna Manodi will speak to media on September 30, 2021 in detail on this issue and tell the strategy of the organisation on this.

This is to recall that the then External Affairs Minister Late Sushma Swaraj also demanded that Srimad Bhagwatgita must be declared as National Book of the country way back in 2014. She had said that initiative in this regard has already been taken when Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered Srimad Bhagwatgita to the then US president Barack Obama. She said that just a formal announcement has to be made.

Several other BJP members in the Lok Sabha made a strong plea for declaring Bhagwad Gita as the National book. The issue was raised during zero hour by BJP MP Yogi Adityanath, who is Uttar Pradesh Chief minister at the moment, said the teachings of the Gita have become all the more relevant at a time when the world is concerned over ‘jehadi’ terrorism. Noting that the scripture teaches immortal values and is a guide to humanity. He also wanted that learning of Bhagvad Gita be made part of school curriculum.

Speaking on the occasion of International Bhagvad Gita Mahotsave at Kurukhshetra in 2018 Sushma Swaraj said that Lord Krishna was a great philosopher besides many other qualities attributed to him, but he was a greater psychologist to understand the feelings of Arjuna that he was undergoing at the time of the great war of Mahabharata.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi released one of the interpretations of Srimad Bhagavad Gita on March 9 2021 and said, “We are releasing 11 editions that bring together 20 interpretations of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita. I respectfully salute all the scholars and others for their efforts behind this sacramental work and congratulate them. You have done a great job of making such a huge repository of knowledge accessible to today’s youth and for generations to come.”

The Prime Minister said, “Through the Gita, India has served the entire humanity outside the boundaries of the space and time. The Gita is a treatise that is for the whole world, every creature. It has been translated into so many languages of the world, so many countries are doing research on it and so many scholars of the world are associated with it. It is the Gita that introduced the world to the ideals of India like selfless service. Otherwise, India’s selfless service, our spirit of ‘universal brotherhood ‘, is nothing short of a surprise to many.”

Bhagwatgita is a complete book and it must be declared as the National Book. The VHP will not only give a memorandum but also start a campaign to get this book declared as National Book of India, said the VHP source to the RiseEast.

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