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Linden-based NGO spreads cancer awareness

first_imgWorld Cancer DayLinden-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) For the Children Sake Foundation is taking a stand against cancer by promoting cancer awareness.World Cancer Day was observed on Sunday under the theme “We can. I can.” The observance aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness of, and educating people about, the disease; and pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action towards its eradication.A Linden resident collects pamphlets on cancer informationIn an effort to so do, the For the Children Sake Foundation, in collaboration with the Guyana Cancer Society-Linden Chapter, One Mile Health Centre and the Adolescent Health Unit within the Ministry of Health (MoPH), hosted a Satellite Table on the Wisroc/Amelia’s Ward bus park. Scores of persons participated by viewing the exhibition, and were educated about the disease.Executive Director of For the Children Sake Foundation and regional representative for peer educators under the MoPH, Vernon Todd, emphasised that World Cancer Day aims to raise awareness of cancer, and encourage prevention, detection, and treatment.He called on persons to join in the movement to bring happiness to the lives of patients who are living with the disease, and noted that World Cancer Day 2018 is aimed at exploring how everyone, as individuals or collectively, can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.“Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, all people have the power to take various actions to reduce the impact that cancer has on individuals, families and communities.” He said.“World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what you can do, make a pledge, and take action. Whatever you choose to do, ‘We can. I can.’ make a difference in the fight against cancer,” Todd appealed.last_img read more

Crystal Cup releases Family Event Schedule

first_imgHere is the full schedule:Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Crystal Cup Pond Hockey Challenge has released its Family Event Schedule.The Family Event Schedule includes activities such as games of shinny, ice fishing, and helicopter rides.You can even skate with special guest NHL Alumni Travis Moen.- Advertisement -The Crystal Cup Pond Hockey Challenge Family Events takes place February 23 and 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Charlie Lake.For more information on the 8th Crystal Cup, you can visit the Crystal Cup website. Shinny Rink Events10 am – Registration opens at Children’s Tent11 am- Shinny Game (Saturday only)1 pm – Timed Obstacle Course (Saturday only)Advertisement 11 am- face painting, balloon animals, colouring contest, and *snow games* begin12 pm- 1st colouring contest draw / Mega Prize Draw / Helicopter Ride Draw12:30- Piñata1pm-2nd Coloring Contest Draw / Mega Prize Draw / Helicopter Ride2 pm- 3rd Coloring Contest Draw / Mega Prize Draw / Helicopter Ride DrawAdvertisementcenter_img 3 pm- Passing accuracy (Saturday only)All Day- Hardest Shot, target shooting, puck keep up, drop in shinnyTons of Prizes to be won!Children’s Tent10am- Registration OpensAdvertisement 2:30- Piñata3 pm- 4th Coloring Contest Draw / Mega Prize Draw / Helicopter Ridelast_img read more


first_imgFine Gael TD Joe McHugh has confirmed Government funding for construction of three new mainstream classrooms at Scoil Naomh Fiachra in Illistrin.Joe McHugh TDDeputy McHugh said the funding has been secured for the school on the outskirts of Letterkenny.“The three new mainstream classrooms, when completed, will enable pupils of the school to learn and to develop in a modern educational setting. Each classroom will be 80 square metres. “I have been working with Illistrin NS on accommodation and resource issues for a number of years. I would like to compliment parents, board of management and teachers for securing this funding.“The construction works are now a matter for school management. I look forward to the completion of the works.” ILLISTRIN NS GETS NEW CLASSROOMS was last modified: August 30th, 2013 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:Illistrin National SchoolJoe McHughlast_img read more


first_imgDDTV: Watch why this weekend’s Wedding Fayre at An Grianan Hotel is an occasion not to be missed if you’re planning your big day! An Grianan Hotel in association with Perfect Bliss Wedding Events will showcase their Wedding Fayre this Sunday the of 22nd February from 2-5pm.Everyone is welcome to come along from 2-5pm for a truly exciting and rewarding day.We have Live Music from the fantastic Lee Roy Brown Band throughout the Fayre.Over 50 Top-class Suppliers from the Northwest exhibiting, each with their truly rewarding special offers. Couples will certainly not go home unhappy. Not to mention the large variation of suppliers from Wedding Cakes, Wedding Cars, Photographers to Jewellers’ and so much more.You can also meet with the professional An Grianan Hotel Wedding Team as we revel in showing you everything we have to offer on your ‘Special Day’.Couples can also enjoy exclusive offers for bookings made on the day, plus chill in our designated VIP area.Don’t forget the two quirky Fashion Shows from 2.45pm and 4.45pm where you can witness a special Guest appearance from the Siamsa Gaels Irish Dance Troupe, plus, check out all the latest Male & Female Fashion trends on the current Wedding scene.For the big finale, at 5pm, we welcome the fantastic Prize Draw to the value of €10,000.Couples who book An Grianan Hotel on the day or who have booked since our previous Wedding Fayre enjoy entry into the draw.The An Grianan Hotel Wedding Fayre in association with Perfect Bliss Wedding Events is a great day out for couples, but also all the family as there is lots to enjoy throughout the day! For more information, please visit www.angriananhotel.comSee you on Sunday! 🙂DDTV: WATCH WHY A WEDDING FAYRE AT AN GRIANAN HOTEL CAN PROVIDE ‘PERFECT BLISS’ was last modified: February 19th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:An Grianan HotelDDTVEntertainmentFeaturesnewsPerfect Blisswedding fayrelast_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin Councillor Gary Doherty has confirmed he intends to put his name forward to seek party approval to contest the forthcoming general election.Cllr Gary DohertyCllr Doherty’s decision means that, if successfully added to the party ticket, he will be Sinn Féin’s third candidate to contest the election for the newly formed constituency of Donegal.Deputies Pádraig MacLochlainn and Pearse Doherty having already been selected by party membership to seek re-election. Cllr Doherty said “I am truly honoured to today confirm – after a great deal of deep thought and personal reflection – that I have decided to put my name forward as a candidate before party convention to contest the impending general election for the newly formed Donegal constituency.”“My decision to seek election as Sinn Féin’s third candidate here in Donegal, a strategy which must first be approved by the party’s Ard Chomhairle, was one of the biggest decisions which I have ever had to make, however I feel that now is the right time to put my name forward.”“In fact, as the election has been drawing ever nearer and with momentum surrounding the vote building, I have been absolutely humbled and extremely heartened by the enthusiasm of party members, grass root supporters as well as ordinary members of the public who have been actively calling for my inclusion as a potential third candidate ever since the idea was first mooted by the party: with many believing that the time is now right for Sinn Féin to take a seat here in the Finn Valley.”“In terms of my candidacy and as someone who is from the Finn Valley Area, I very much feel that what I bring to the table is a candidate who fully understands and recognises the many issues which the people of this region are faced with and care deeply about.” “For far too long the Finn Valley has been neglected by successive governments and has been largely over looked and ignored in terms of inward invest and service provision.”“Infrastructure in the area, such as our archaic road network, is by far the poor relation when compared to other parts of the island, while the county as a whole remains one of the few without a rail link or single stretch of motorway.”“Notwithstanding these deficiencies, a severe shortage of local authority housing; a shameful lack of the most basic public services; the under resourcing of schools as well as a chronic lack of state supports for businesses and enterprise have all fuelled what has become the Finn Valley’s devastating cycle of decline.”“Most shockingly of all however has been the forced migration of our young people something which, as a young father myself, I have witnessed first-hand following the departure of many of my own close friends and relations in recent years. This is a reality which has been brought about by this current government’s austerity agenda – policies which by their very nature place the personal and private interests of the few above the needs of ordinary citizens.”“With all this in mind, I feel that now is the perfect time for a candidate to step forward and stand in complete defiance against the inept and self-serving politics of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour who together, and individually, have dominated public life here for too long.” “All of this, coupled with the huge support and encouragement which I have received from my party colleagues Deputies Pearse Doherty and Pádraig MacLochlainn as well as from the wider party membership, has resulted in my decision today to officially announce that I am now to go before party convention in the coming days to seek my inclusion to the Sinn Féin ticket, subject of course to Ard Chomhairle approval.”“Naturally, while I do not for one second underestimate the huge challenges which this election will bring for not only myself but also for my party colleagues Deputies Pádraig MacLochlainn and Pearse Doherty – both of whom having proved themselves to be extremely hard working and capable public representatives over the years – I am nonetheless very much looking forward to what I’m sure will be a hard fought and exciting contest.”DOHERTY TO CONTEST ELECTION FOR SINN FEIN was last modified: October 12th, 2015 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:CLLR GARY DOHERTYelectionSinn Feinlast_img read more

Canada responds to dairy trade criticism

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. dairy sector and state agriculture officials urged President Trump to take immediate action against Canada’s perceived disregard for its trade obligations under the North American Free Trade Agreement.Most recently, Canada implemented a new national pricing policy that dairy groups contend blocks American dairy exports and will enable significant dumping of Canadian dairy products onto the world market. As a result, dozens of dairy farmers in the Midwest recently learned they must find new customers for their milk by May 1, which will cause considerable economic hardship and possibly force them to go out of business.In a joint letter sent to President Trump, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) urged the administration to tell Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to halt the new pricing policy and restore imports of the blocked U.S. products, specifically ultra-filtered milk. They also asked President Trump to direct U.S. agencies to “examine a full range of tools that could be used immediately to impress upon Canada in a concrete way the importance of dependable two-way trade.”“U.S. dairy exports support approximately 110,000 jobs across America, many of which are in farming and food manufacturing, as well as in supporting rural manufacturing and skilled farm service workers,” the organizations said in the letter. “However, for trade to yield its full potential and provide the maximum impact possible in supporting American jobs, our trading partners must hold up their end of the bargain as well.”Canadian officials, however, do not accept the contention that Canada’s dairy policies are the cause of financial loss for dairy farmers in the United States.“The facts do not bear this out,” said David MacNaughton, Canadian Ambassador. “The Canada-U.S. partnership is a model to the world. Let’s keep it that way by working together, as we have so often in our history, to make it even better.”Here is more in a letter from the Canadian Embassy Ambassador David McNaughton:last_img read more

HVAC for a ‘Pretty Good House’

first_imgIt sounds like a minisplit would do the trickFrom the sounds of it, writes Dana Dorsett, a single minisplit with a three-quarter ton output (9,000 BTU/h) would be able to handle the heating load. “Your heating load is truly tiny,” Dorsett says. With R-60 worth of insulation in the roof, heat losses there amount to only 1,275 BTU per hour, while losses through windows and doors are an estimated 3,500 BTU/hour. Walls would add another 2,800 BTU/h, for a total of about 7,575 BTU/h.“Even if you posit a hefty 3,000 BTH/h for air leaks, ventilation, and slab losses, you’re only at about 11,000 BTU/h, and that’s before subtracting off plug loads and the mammalian body heat inputs, let alone adjustments for thermal mass effects,” he says.In fact, Dorsett says, Mesa might start thinking about the cooling loads. “Your cooling loads are likely to exceed your heating loads by more than 2:1 unless you manage your gains (particularly late-day gains from west-facing windows) very carefully,” he says.As to ducting warm air to the bedrooms, Dorsett advises against it. Instead, he suggests electric cove heaters paired with an occupancy sensor control. These units are are mounted on the wall near the ceiling (one brand is made by Radiant Systems Inc.).“Unlike electric baseboards, cove heaters heat the objects in the room directly rather than heating the air, which makes it comfortable even during the recovery ramps,” Dorsett says. “And unlike electric panel radiators, cove heaters have no thermal mass to speak of, so the radiant output comes on in a few tens of seconds rather than minutes.” It doesn’t matter what you useGBA Senior Editor Martin Holladay thinks Mesa is focusing on the right thing: the building envelope. “The key is to create a very well insulated envelope with low levels of air leakage,” Holladay says, “and it sounds like you are doing that.”And just about any kind of heating system will work, he adds, providing its designed and installed correctly. That might include a natural gas furnace, ductless or ducted minisplits, or a conventional air-source heat pump. The Pretty Good HouseHeating a Tight, Well-Insulated HouseChoosing HVAC Equipment for an Energy-Efficient HomeHeating Options for a Small Home From Building Science Corporation: Sealed Combustion Sealed-Combustion Appliances and Hot Tub PartiesGreen Basics: Heating Options Matt Mesa is looking ahead to retirement in a new, one-level house in Hood River, Oregon. It’s going to be a Pretty Good House, a phrase coined to describe a well-insulated house of an appropriate size.The “pretty good house” approach usually calls for above-code levels of insulation, but stops short of the energy performance or airtightness requirements of the Passivhaus standard. Mesa wil be using the 10-20-40-60 rule of thumb for insulation, a formula describing, in order, the R-value of insulation beneath the slab, on foundation walls, on above-grade walls, and in the roof.The floor plan of this 1,500-square-foot house will have a great room of roughly 700 square feet, along with kitchen, dining, and living areas, a master bedroom, and two smaller bedrooms.Mesa has ruled out radiant-floor heat, at least for the main part of the house. But he’s thinking about a gas fireplace insert heater in the great room plus a single ductless minisplit head in a central location. His contractor suggests installing an air duct from a spot near the fireplace to the bedrooms.So, he asks in a Q&A post at Green Building Advisor, what’s the best HVAC option for a house like this? That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight.center_img Our expert’s opinionHere’s how GBA technical director Peter Yost sees it:The collective advice given makes a lot of sense to me.(1) A high-performance enclosure allows a wider, simpler, and more economical range of conditioning options.(2) In my experience, by the time fireplace-loving homeowners are “forced” to select a sealed gas fireplace for efficiency and air-quality reasons, they are so far away from the original “ambiance” they sought that the option has lost its appeal.(3) Minisplits are really attractive in climates that need both active space heating and cooling. And this technology is proving to be both efficient and robust.(4) I am partial to quick-response electric-resistance “task” radiant heating, but the efficiency of this type of heating (lower air temperature and elevated mean radiant temperature) is pretty dependent on occupancy patterns. It’s not hard to stay in a room long enough that the initial dominance of radiant heat transfer fades as surfaces warm up and conduction and particularly convective heat transfer sneak up. For more information on electric-resistance radiant heat panels, see the ASHRAE paper I co-authored with Ed Barbour and Richard Watson a number of years ago: “An Evaluation of Thermal Comfort and Energy Consumption for a Surface-Mounted Ceiling Radiant Panel Heating System.” Gas is probably not a good ideaNo matter what the main source of heat, more than one reader cautions Mesa not to introduce a gas-burning appliance in the house. Forget the ambiance a fireplace would bring — think about the downsides.Kevin Dickson, for example, suggests that avoiding a natural gas connection has a couple of advantages. Mesa can skip the initial expense of running the plumbing and the tap fee, plus he’ll never have the service fee, which might be as much as $20 a month. “If you install PV, that savings cannot be used to offset your gas bill,” Dickson continues. “You shouldn’t cook indoors with gas. A gas fireplace requires another large hole in your thermal envelope. You won’t be able to use the gas fireplace for long before that room gets too hot.”He’s seconded by Bob Irving, who writes that a gas fireplace will be more expensive to use than a minisplit, and it will “provide waaay too much heat.”AJ Builder suggests that if Mesa decides to install a gas fireplace, a sealed combustion unit would be a way to keep the thermal envelope intact. “A way to have the gas fireplace, without the monthly costs, which in some areas are ridiculous, is to go with propane,” AJ Builder writes. “And get a sealed unit to deal with what some say may be a hole in your home. I like fires myself… if not inside, you could do a nice setup outside your home to enjoy. Life should be enjoyed.” RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

Reducing Carbon Emissions From Cars and Trucks Will Be Hard

first_imgA growing number of cities, states, and countries aim to dramatically reduce or even eliminate carbon emissions to avert catastrophic levels of climate change. Ideas about how to get this done as soon as possible, including those that Democratic lawmakers like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have sketched out in the Green New Deal framework, vary. But most energy experts see two basic steps as essential. First, stop relying on fossil fuels to generate most electricity. Second, the whole world should — sooner rather than later — use all that cleaner electricity to power transportation, agriculture, and the heating and cooling of homes and businesses. The logical goal should be to get as many consumers to buy zero-emission vehicles as quickly as possible, right?RELATED ARTICLESElectric Vehicles Hit a Pothole in CaliforniaHow to Grow the Electric Vehicle MarketIt’s Time to Plan for Electric Vehicles on the GridNew Life for Old Electric Vehicle BatteriesThe Electric Vehicle Boom Is Coming Maybe not. Our research on consumer behavior and the environmental impacts of automotive transportation leads us to expect that the transition to electric cars, trucks, and ships will be dramatically harder that it sounds. Tailpipe emissions The roughly 250 million cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks on U.S. roads today account for 60% of transportation emissions. The 11.5 million big trucks that move freight around generate another 23% and aircraft are responsible for 9% of those greenhouse gas emissions. One reason why it will be hard if not impossible to convert all U.S. transportation to electric models within a decade or two is simple: Vehicles of all kinds are surprisingly durable. We’ve determined that the average American car, truck, and SUV remains in use for 16.6 years, with many logging 200,000 miles or more. When we researched how fast the nation’s entire fleet turns over, we found that even if every U.S. vehicle sold were electric starting today, it would take until 2040 for 90% of vehicles in use to be electric. U.S. sales of electric drive vehicles have grown steadily since the all-electric Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid launched in 2010. In 2018, Americans bought 361,307 battery-powered plug-in electric cars and 2,300 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, which like EVs produce no tailpipe emissions. Yet even following a big spike in sales in 2018 when Tesla’s mass-market Model 3 was launched, EVs still only account for less than 2% of new vehicle sales. The reality is that most Americans buying new passenger vehicles today are shopping for gasoline-fueled SUVs and pickup trucks. EV improvements Cheaper batteries, government subsidies, and corporate innovation have all made EVs much more affordable and functional. Owning EVs, however, remains inconvenient. There are too few charging stations to make these vehicles viable for everyone and EV driving range declines significantly in cold weather. Also, with less than 0.5% of the vehicles on the nation’s roads being electric, EVs don’t yet strike most Americans as mainstream. What’s more, vehicles that run on gasoline are getting more fuel-efficient, and gas prices are at historically low levels, diminishing the financial appeal of EV ownership. Government incentives The federal government has been giving EV buyers a $7,500 tax credit since 2010 that encourages more drivers to plug in. But the policy was designed to be phased out: Once a manufacturer sells 200,000 EVs, this incentive is phased out for their customers over the following 12 months. GM and Tesla, the two companies that have done the most to sell EVs in the U.S., will lose access to this incentive first unless legislation pending in Congress becomes law. Smaller tax credits are available for plug-in hybrids. However well-intentioned, this bias may be unhelpful because Americans who buy new vehicles have largely demonstrated they just aren’t ready to make the leap to going fully electric yet. States are also providing incentives. California, Oregon, and eight Northeastern states follow the Zero Emissions Vehicle mandate that requires automakers to sell increasing numbers of EVs. The rest of the country follows the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, which instead require automakers to reduce the average emissions from the new vehicles they sell. Seriously trying to reduce the carbon footprint of American transportation would require much more predictable policies sending a strong signal to American drivers that their next car should be environmentally friendly. A carbon tax, in our view, would work better than complicated fuel-economy regulations. But even if one could be implemented in the U.S., it might not suffice. Ultimately, the switch from fossil-fueled to electric vehicles is a classic chicken-and-egg problem. Most drivers won’t let go of their gas tanks until they are confident that finding a place to quickly charge their automotive batteries will be as easy as finding a gas station is today. But no one will spend the money building all that charging infrastructure until there’s a bigger market. The government can help solve this problem by subsidizing the chickens or the eggs or both. But before that happens, there would need to be more consensus on what the future carbon-free technology will look like. Battery-powered EVs are currently ahead of the pack, but many advocates of vehicles powered by hydrogen still trust that their technology of choice will take off. Pragmatic solutions One strategy we think could help is actively encouraging drivers to buy plug-in hybrid vehicles. These vehicles can go up to 50 miles or more without burning any gasoline, farther than the 31.5 miles average driving Americans travel daily. Yet they still have a gasoline engine to overcome any range anxiety that drivers may experience brought about by the lack of recharging infrastructure they may encounter on long trips. Getting drivers to buy more plug-in hybrids would also help to bring about a complete transition to purely electric mobility by continuing to bring down the cost of key components such as batteries and building demand for charging stations from coast to coast. Finally, we believe that strong new government incentives would be required to eliminate emissions from freight-hauling trucks. The trucking industry is taking steps in that direction, such as Tesla’s plans to roll out big electric rigs and Toyota’s partnership with the Kenworth Truck Company to make 18-wheelers powered by hydrogen fuel cells. But progress is slow.   David Keith is an assistant professor of system dynamics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Christopher R. Knittel is a professor of applied economics and director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research at the MIT Sloan School of Management. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.last_img read more

J&K Governor N.N. Vohra reviews arrangements for Amarnath Yatra

first_imgJammu and Kashmir Governor N. N. Vohra on Monday reviewed the preparations, including those related to the security, of the 40-day-long annual yatra to the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in Himalayas, starting next month. Mr Vohra, who is also chairman of the Sri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB), directed all the agencies concerned to keep a close watch and maintain effective coordination to ensure smooth conduct of the yatra, scheduled to begin on June 29 and end on August 7. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary B. B. Vyas, Director General of Police S. P. Vaid, General Officer Commanding of Srinagar-based 15 Corps Lt. Gen. J. S. Sandhu, General Officer Commanding of south Kashmir-based Victor Force Maj. Gen. B. S. Raju and Chief Executive Officer of SASB R. K. Goyal and other senior civil, intelligence, BSF, CRPF and Air Force officers attended the meeting at Raj Bhavan, an official spokesman said. The governor directed the DGP and the Kashmir divisional administration to strictly enforce the prescribed regulatory mechanism and ensure that only those pilgrims who have valid yatra permits were allowed to undertake the pilgrimage on the date and by the route for which they had procured advance registration. Noting that various service providers, particularly ponywallahs, labourers, palki wallahs, tent and shop owners play an important role in the smooth conduct of yatra, the Governor directed Kashmir Divisional Commissioner and IGP Kashmir to ensure that all the service providers were enabled to function in a safe environment in the yatra area.Insurance cover The SASB has already insured all the service providers with an insurance cover of ₹one lakh and ponies for ₹ 30,000 each against the accidental death in the yatra area, he said.last_img read more

Adding 100 new shakhas each year in Bengal: RSS

first_imgThe Bengal leadership of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) said on Wednesday that the number of their shakhas (daily conventions) has increased by 100 annually since January, 2013.While in 2013 there were 750 shakhas being held in the state, in 2018 the number has gone up to 1279, an increase of over 70%.“In 2013, there were 750 RSS shakhas in Bengal. The number went up to 1100 in 2017, and stands at 1279 [as of today],” RSS Pranta Prachar Pramukh of Dakshin Banga (South Bengal) Biplob Roy told reporters. There are currently 910 shakhas in south Bengal and 369 in north Bengal.According to a release issued by the RSS state leadership, it ran 462 “seva prakalpa” (charity projects) in south Bengal RSS and 159 in north Bengal.As for the Trinamool Congress leadership’s decision to celebrate Ram Navami this year, general secretary of RSS in south Bengal Jishnu Basu said, “We welcome the decision. It is a positive step by the ruling party in West Bengal. We consider this as our victory.” Mr. Basu also urged participants in Ram Navami rallies to abide by the Kolkata Police’s ban on armed rallies during the festival. “We want everyone to fully comply with the ban,” he said.At the TMC’s core committee meeting last week, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the occasion should be celebrated peacefully. Last year, Hindu organisations had organised armed rallies. According to the report presented at RSS’s recently concluded Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha in Nagpur 18 lakh people participated in Ram Navami rallies in South Bengal last year. “In April 2017, an unprecedented programme of mass awakening was organized on the occasion of Shri Ram Navami in which processions were carried out at 210 places with participation of 18 lakh people,” the report noted.last_img read more