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www.sanatanfiji.com SAMACHAAR MARCH 2007 A Registered Newspaper of Shree Sanatan Dharm Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji NO.4 48th Convention set for Nausori The 48th Sanatan annual con- vention and soccer IDC is all set tion will feature sports competi- tions between different branch to kick off during the Easter teams during the day and this weekend. will be complemented by heaps SSDPS national president of cultural items in the night. Surendra Kumar said that all The chief guest for this years branches and affiliated bodies of convention will be Kanti Punja, the Sabha has given the green who has been associated with light for the biggest annual event the SSDPS for a long time as it’s in the Sanatan calendar to be vice patron. held at Saraswati Primary School “I invite all Sanatanis to unite in Manoca Nausori from 5 – 9 in this grand event and demon- April 2007. strate a true spirit of the teach- “This years convention will ings of Sanatan. be just as attractive and exciting This years theme is “Religion as every other year,” assured Mr. – Light of life for peace, Kumar. progress and prosperity.” He said the Sabha has decided to host the convention and IDC Flashback 2006...Indian High at a school premises due to the Commissioner H.E. Ajay Singh unavailability of Ratu Cakobau who was the chief guest Park which was booked in ad- during last years convention vance by another religious body. seen meeting senior citizens Mr. Kumar said the conven- during the convention. Ram Navmi message from Mr. Surendra Kumar, national president of Shree Sanatan Dharm Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji I wish to extend my sincere who actively participate in reli- No other character in the greetings to all Ramayan gious activities such as Ram scriptures has been personified Mandalis, Mahila Mandals and Navmi and other important with such perfect qualities in all Sanatani’s who will be observ- events. aspects of life. He was a perfect ing the festival of Ram Navmi ei- As we all know Ram Navmi is son, an ideal king, a true hus- ther in their respective Manadalis celebrated to mark the birth of band, a real friend, a devoted or homes from 20 – 27 March Lord Rama. brother and a noble enemy. 2007. Lord Rama stand out as the Carrying his bow and arrow, As president of Shree most glorious of all characters Lord Rama symbolized alertness Sanatan Dharm Pratinidhi Sabha found in scriptural literature. and readiness to fight against of Fiji which is the largest Hindu In the Ramayana sage Valimiki iniquity at any time to establish organisation in the country, it is and Goswami Tulsi Dass have justice and peace. May Lord Rama always encouraging to see that there are symbolized Rama as an ideal of With these words I wish you shower his blessings upon us. thousands of Sanatan followers perfection. all a happy Ram Navmi. Jai Siya Ram. www.sanatanfiji.com Kanti Punja appointed Kirtan nite a great new patron of the Sabha Lautoka businessman Kanti success The Shree Sanatan Dharm Brah- Surendra Kumar praised Mr. Punja who has been a pillar of Punja for his massive contribu- man Purohit Sabha Nadi strength for the Sabha over a tion towards the development of Branch organized a Grand number of years as its vice pa- the Sabha and the promotion of Bhakti Kirtan on 16th of De- tron has been appointed as the Hindu religion as a whole. cember, 2006. Patron of the SSDPS of Fiji. “We salute Mr. Punja for his The kirtan between Avinesh Mr. Punja was unanimously support and look forward to his Chand and Ami Chand Sadhu, appointed to the position during continued blessings and guid- both of Solovi Nadi was held the national delegates meeting ance in steering the Sabha to at Prince Charles Park and the held in Nausori on Sunday 11 greater heights,” Mr. Kumar said. main objective for organizing March 2007. The Sabha also appointed a such an event was to bring He succeeds Late Mrs. new vice patron Pt. Awadh peace and prosperity among Sumitra Tribeni Maharaj who Narayan Sharma while hardware the citizens of Fiji. passed away in March last year. tycoon Vinod Patel continues as The chief guest at the ceremony Sabha national president serving vice patron. was the assistant secretary of Nadi Town Council, Mr Anil The strength of Kumar. Mr Kumar in his speech said, that this kirtan was one of the best organized in Fiji. He urged the Sanatani’s to continue organizing such events in order to promote the Sabha Hindu religion. The programme was also aired live on Radio Fiji Two. This enabled the people all over the world to hear the talented BY DEWENDRA PRATAP to collect funds for the purpose singers and have a glimpse of of upgrading administration, SYDNEY education, publicity etc. our Sanatani’s as well. Any organisation is as strong The organizing committee also The authorities will need to thanked the sponsors, the as the strength of its member- run leadership seminars for all ship. Numerically we may be the audience, Radio Fiji Two and national, branch and mandali to those who helped them in largest organisation but are we leaders. as strong as we should be? anyway to make the kirtan a Ample attention has to be fo- great success. A lot of work has to be done cused on youths and their de- by the leaders to get all mandalis velopment. registered with branches. May this convention be a Financially we need to be success with the adoption of committed to look for avenues some very positive resolutions. Flashback 2006 Reigning champs....Cuvu, left, winners of the Netball competition and Auckland, winners of the soccer IDC last year. Avinesh Chand 2 www.sanatanfiji.com EDITORIAL Sanatan Samachaar is a registered newspaper (#335) Sanatan religion preaches equality for all. Our Sabha remains commit- of: ted to look after the interest of the under privileged and provide assis- Shree Sanatan Dharm Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji Publisher - Surendra Kumar JP tance wherever possible. Editor - Kamlesh Kumar Assistance has been in the form of scholarships and by various other Contact Details Head Office : P.O. Box 208, Narewa, Nadi. means. Phone - (679) 6707489 Fax - (679) 6701572 Email:- email@example.com It is for this reason that our theme for this years convention is Website:- www.sanatanfiji.com “Religion – light of life for peace, progress and prosperity.” Skype:- sanatanfiji Sabha clears NEWS BRIEFS Maha Shiv Ratri The auspicious day of Maha Shiv Ratri was celebrated on Friday 16th Febru- ary, 2007. Devotees, worshiped Lord Shiva for the air on happiness and prosperity. Free Community Service For The General Public The Shree Sanatan Dharm Pratinidhi Sabha Nasinu branch organized a free medical checkup service on 16th De- cember, 2006 at Tulsi Tirath Mandir, Lot 3 Nawanawa Road. The service was provided by FSM’s soccer IDC OPIC Department under the HEALTY YOUTH, HEALTHY COMMUNITY PROJECT. The services included – blood dona- tion, blood pressure, diabetes and weight checkups together with free consultation. The Nasinu Sabha president Pt. Vigyan Sharma told the Samachaar that the The Shree Sanatan Dharm turnout for the checkup was quite good Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji has sus- and he has thanked the people of greater Nasinu area for their support. pended the officials of the He also thanked the blood bank, dia- Sanatan Youth and Sports follow- betes group and finally the OPIC. ing a delegates meeting held at “As Nasinu is a big area therefore, we Nausori on 11 March 2007. are willing to organize similar medi- cal checkups at about four venues next The decision was taken after time,” said Mr Sharma. He urged the the suspended officials tried to people of Nasinu to take full benefit form a breakaway group and from such services as it is free and to overrule the decision of the keep their health good. Generous Donation Sabha. A mandali of Melbourne Australia – The dissident group has been named Sunshine Satsang Ramayan trying to host a rival soccer IDC Bhajan Mandali has generously do- in Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka dur- nated a $100 Australian to the Shree Sanatan Dharm Pratinidhi Sabha of ing the Easter weekends con- Fiji. trary to the decision of the Sabha The donation was received by the to host the annual event in Nadi Branch president Ajay Kumar Thumbs up...Fiji Football boss Dr. M S Sahu Khan, left, seen in while he was in Melbourne recently. Nausori. The SSDPS of Fiji president, Mr “This is a sad day for us be- this file photo with Ashok Balgovind. Surendra Kumar together with his cause our own people are trying ten to the suspended officials of gious organizations never suc- members thanked the donor Mandali to break the Sabha and create their decision and have ap- ceed and often find themselves and is hopeful and looking forward pointed a group of hardworking in a very sad situation. that similar donations are given to tensions amongst members,” the Sabha so that the needy are helped. said Youth and Sports patron interim officials who have vowed The interim sports committee Free Local Fruit Juice Promotion Mahendra Gosai who is also the to shoulder the huge responsi- is being headed by Ashok A free local fruit juice promotion was vice president of the SSDPS of bility of organizing the event in Balgovind of Nasinu. conducted by the Nasinu Nari Sabha. It was organized from 20 th to 23 rd Fiji. Nausori. For sports enquiries, members November, 2006 and the schools He said that after all avenues “We have the support of all can reach Mr. Balgovind on which benefited from this were - to come to a common consen- our affiliated local and overseas email firstname.lastname@example.org, Fax Narere Sangam, Nakasi High and sus was exhausted, a tough de- branches,” Mr. Gosai said. 3314882, Office Phone 3314883, Ahmadiya Primary School. It is believed that the juice was dis- cision had to be taken. He said that people who try Residence Phone 3392203 Mo- tributed to approximately 555 people. The Sabha has officially writ- to create division within reli- bile 9990380. 3 www.sanatanfiji.com 4
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