Special trains to clear summer rush


East Coast Railway is running summer special express trains to clear extra rush of passengers between Visakhapatnam and Secunderabad and towards Bangalore.

Train no. 08503 Visakhapatnam to Secunderabad will leave Visakhapatnam on Mondays from March 31 to June 30 (13 trips) at 7.05 p.m. and will reach Secunderabad the next day at 7.50 a.m.

In the return direction, train no.08504 Secunderabad to Visakhapatnam express will leave Secunderabad on Tuesdays from April 1 to July 1 (13 trips) at 4.30 p.m. and will arrive here the next day at 6.30 a.m.

Train no. 08501 Visakhapatnam to Secunderabad will leave Visakhapatnam on Tuesdays from April 1 to June 24 (13 trips) at 11 p.m. and reach Secunderabad the next day at 11.45 a.m.

In the return direction the train no.08502 Secunderabad to Visakhapatnam express will leave Secunderabad on Wednesdays from April 2 to June 25 (13 trips) at 4.30 p.m. and arrive here on the next day at 6.45 a.m.

Similarly, East Coast Railway will run a pair of weekly summer special express trains between Sambalpur and Yesvantapur via Visakhpatnam leaving Sambalpur on Wednesdays and the return train from Yesvantapur on Fridays.

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Unique as usual


Kannada Chaluvali Vatal Paksha leader Vatal Nagaraj conducting the marriage of Ranga and Rangi, two sheep, to mark Valentine’s Day at Cubbon Park in Bangalore on Friday. Later, the ‘married couple’ were taken out in a procession on a decorated horse cart.— Photo: K. Gopinathan

Kannada Chaluvali Vatal Paksha leader Vatal Nagaraj conducting the marriage of Ranga and Rangi, two sheep, to mark Valentine’s Day at Cubbon Park in Bangalore on Friday. Later, the ‘married couple’ were taken out in a procession on a decorated horse cart.— Photo: K. Gopinathan

 

‘Ramayana is itihasa’


Writer and former professor of Indian Institute of Science Ka.Va.Na. Sarma speaking in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.Using astronomical and geological data, noted writer and former professor of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Ka. Va. Na. Sarma has said the Ramayana is an itihasa , much more than history, having the six characteristics defined by Chanakya.

Rama lived in the same Vaivaswata manwantara as the present generation and belonged to 24th mahayuga and going by the ice age that ended in 8000 BC some computerised calculations put his year of birth as 5,114, he said. He considered 4,366 BC and 3,618 BC also as possibilities and veered around to the view that the latter was the year of Rama’s birth.

Rama was a modern man belonging to homo sapiens adept at using bow and arrows, Mr. Sarma said. The journey of Rama, the Ramayana, could be mapped right from his journey with Viswamitra to Midhila where he married Sita.

There were versions that Parnasala, where Rama lived with Sita during his banishment, was in Maharashtra and Bhadrachalam, Prof. Sarma said adding that those in Maharashtra tended to agree with his view that it was in Bhadrachalam.

Rama Sethu was constructed to Lanka with pumice stones and it might not be one continuous bridge and the description of crossing the ocean in the Ramayana supported it, he said basing the narration on his book Rama Kanda.

The speech in Telugu was peppered with many an insightful observation on giving of boons (varams), the succession to the throne of Ayodhya by Rama and the role of vanaras, among other things.

Prof. Sarma said Ravana was 70 years of age when he took Sita away to Lanka. He would not have done so but for the provocation of Surpanakha, spurned by Rama.

“My endeavour was to counter doubts over the existence of Rama just as Einstein said of Gandhi that future generations will scarce believe that such one as this …. walked upon earth,” Prof. Sarma said, adding that he read the Ramayana with an open mind.

Former Principal and Director of MSRIT, Bangalore, Kundurti Rajanikanth in his introduction laid the platform for the talk stating Prof. Sarma’s hypothesis was to prove that there was no strong evidence that the Ramayana was not itihasa conforming to logic and without bias.

Rasajna Vedika founder-president G. Raghu Rama Rao described Prof. Sarma as an engineer, professor, scientist, litterateur and intellectual. A prolific writer, his literary journey began at the age of 14 when he had written his first story.

CGM of EPDCL P.S. Kumar welcomed.

The speech in Telugu is peppered with many an insightful observation

 

 

Discourse on ‘Mukundamala’


Swami Brahmananda of the Chinmaya Mission, Bangalore will give discourses on ‘Mukundamala’ everyday at the Hari Hara Kala Bhavan here from 6.30 p.m. onwards. For further details, those interested may contact on 23400674.

 

Canara Utsav


Department of Women Empowerment, Canara Bank, is organising ‘Çanara Utsav’, an exhibition-cum-sale of products manufactured by women entrepreneurs at Vidyaranya Prarthana Mandira, Sri Avani Sringeri Shankar Mutt, Bangalore. The event will be inaugurated by Seema Dhubey, chairman and managing director, Canara Bank on Wednesday at 10 a.m. The exhibition-cum-sale will be held for four days till January 12.