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Tamil News clip - 21st Jan.


TN urges Baba to help extend channel

NT Bureau
Chennai, Dec 21:

        Tamilnadu government today made a fervent plea before Sathya Sai Baba to extend the Telugu Ganga channel from zero point to Poondi and Puzhal reservoirs, and take up desilting and improvement of the existing waterway.

        A galaxy of political leaders and higher officials took part in a function organised by the Chennai Citizens Conclave at Nehru Indoor Stadium as a means of thanks-giving to Sathya Sai Baba whose organisation completed the project. Water - Elixir of Life of concrete lining between Kandaleru and zero point for Krishna water in a record time of 18 months.

        Two other major suggestions were put forth to Sai Baba Trust by the State government ? to take up desilting works on Cooum to make it a clean waterway and also undertake Hogenekkal Comprehensive Water Supply Scheme for North Arcot district which suffered from acute water scarcity. The Sai Baba Trust had completed the water project from Kandaleru to the zero point covering a distance of 150 km at a cost of over Rs 200 crore. As a result of this project, there is a smooth flow of Krishna water from the Kandaleru dam to reach Poondi and Puzhal reservoirs.

        The felicitation was presided over by Chief Minister M Karunanidhi in which a host of leaders including his counterparts Y Rajashekara Reddy (Andhra Pradesh), D Kumarasamy (Karnataka) and Vilasrao Deshmukh (Maharashtra); Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil; Tamilnadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnala; Maharashtra Governor S M Krishna; Union Ministers Dayanidhi Maran, Lalu Prasad Yadav; and Tamilnadu Ministers Durai Murugan, Stalin and Andhra Pradesh Ministers Lakshmaiah and Geeta Reddy, and other higher officials took part in the gala function. In his address, Home Minister Shivraj Patil said water has to be rightly used and shared in accordance with the needs of the people.

        Many problems could be solved if everyone recognised the common heritage of mankind. If scientists worked to understand the celestial galaxies, 'if one is present near Baba, the divinity is felt imminently,' he said. Through the path of Baba one was inspired and guided to reach Godhood, he felt. State PWD Minister Durai Murugan placing three suggestions on behalf of the State government, asked the Sai Baba Trust to further extend the concrete lining to connect Poondi and Puzhal reservoir for faster and smooth flow of Krishna water to Chennai. Earlier, industrialist Venu Srinivasan welcomed the gathering.

He inspires me: MK

        'Sai Baba's gesture of serving humanity gives me hope, courage to carry on the welfare measures to eradicate poverty and also other welfare activities', said Chief Minister M Karunanidhi.

        'We both have been on our long journey like the rivers Cauvery and Kollidam for the welfare of the people', Chief Minister said and added the message service to mankind is service to God is well apt at this juncture. Since Baba has been doing many welfare work for the people, it should be received well, Karunanidhi said.


Source: http://www.newstodaynet.com/21jan/ld2.htm



Grand welcome for Sai Baba
        The 10-day long ?Athi Rudra Maha Yagam? began today at Dr Vasudeva Nagar, Thiruvanmiyur in the presence of Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
        Meanwhile, the revered Swami arrived on Friday to a rousing welcome by thousands of devotees, who gathered outside the Sundaram complex in Chennai for several hours to catch a glimpse of Sai Baba.
        Sri Sathya Sai Organisations (Tamilnadu) had made elaborate arrangements to welcome the Sai Baba. Bhajans started at around 1 p.m.  Separate enclosures were provided for VIPs.
        Sai Baba reached the complex at around 3 p.m after his travel by a chartered flight from Puttaparthi. He was received with Poornakumbam at the entrance.  Veteran actress Anjali Devi and several other dignitaries received Sai Baba.
        Later, students of Bala Vikas performed folk dance numbers.
        A thanksgiving meeting will be held at Nehru Indoor Stadium here tomorrow in which Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and other dignitaries including Chief Ministers of Karnataka, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, Governors of Tamilnadu and Maharashtra will participate.
        The meet is being organised to express gratitude to Sri Sathya Sai Baba for taking up work to strengthen the Kandaleru-Poondi canal, which brings water to the city under the Telugu-Ganga scheme at a cost of Rs 200 crore. 




Baba coming to city, to be thanked for water project

NT Bureau : Chennai, Jan 17:

V Srinivasan, All-India President of Sathya Sai Organisation, 
addressing a press conference in Chennai today.

        A thanksgiving meeting will be held in Chennai on 21 January to express the gratitude of the citizens of the city to Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba for taking up restrengthening work of Kandaleru-Poondi canal, which brings water to the city under the Telugu-Ganga Scheme at a cost of Rs 200 crore.

        Addressing a press conference here today, V Srinivasan, All-India President of Sathyasai Organisation, said the work was initiated by Baba, who had realised that the city was suffering from acute shortage of drinking water, without any request from either Andhra Pradesh or Tamilnadu.

        Srinivasan said the trust undertook a technical study to improve the 65-km- long canal system from Kandaleru reservoir to Poondi as it could not carry the gushing water.

        Srinivasan said the Telugu-Ganga project was planned to meet the growing drinking water requirement of Chennai City. The water of Krishna river would be diverted to Kandaleru reservoir via Srisailam and Somasheela. The water would reach the State through 65- km- long canal connecting Kandaleru and Poondi reservoirs.

        The restrengthening work involved high grade cement linking, construction of escape structures and improvement of approach canal, he said.

        The meeting would be held at Nehru Indoor Stadium on 21 January, Srinivasan said. Tamilnadu Chief Minister

        M Karunanidhi would preside over the meeting. Other dignitaries including Chief Ministers of Karnataka, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, Governors of Tamilnadu and Maharashtra were expected to take part in the function.

        Srinivasan said Sathya Sai Baba is arriving in the city after 10 years on 19 January and would be here till 30 January. Baba would also participate in a 'Athi Rudra Maha Yagam' being held between 20 and 30 January.


Chennai, Dec 18: Sri Sathya Sai Baba will participate in the Athi Rudra Maha Yagam for goodness and world peace, scheduled to take place here for 12 days from January 19.

The yagam, organised by Sai Youth of Tamil Nadu, will be performed by 140 Ritviks (those qualified to perform the yagam) in 11 'homa kundams'.

A Sai Youth release said here today that the Mahayagam would commence from January 19 afternoon. From the second day onwards, chanting of Rudram and homams would be conducted by the Ritviks. Linga abhishekam would also take place on the same day.

Thousands of Sai Youths trained at various Sai Samithis for the last two months would join the Ritviks in chanting Rudram (matras praising Lord Shiva), the release added. (Our Correspondent)
Published: Monday, December 18, 2006
Source: http://www.chennaionline.com