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19 Mar 2018, Edition - 979, Monday


  • J&K minister opposes anti-encroachment drive; J&K minister pelts stones during demolition drive
  • All opportunities being diverted to Gujarat. Nothing is given for Maharashtra by the central govt, says MNS chief Raj Thackeray
  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launches a direct hotline to the state CM’s office
  • MNS workers vandalise shops, assault cabs in Vasai area, near Mumbai.
  • After nothing was allocated in the Finance bill, I decided that TDP is not going to be in alliance with the NDA govt: AP CM Chandrababu Naidu
  • Lok Sabha adjourned for the second time in two hours. Will be adjourned till Tuesday.
  • Shyama Prasad Mukherjee’s name plate vandalised in Presidency University, Kolkata
  • Supreme Court asks Centre to visit Rohingya refugee camps after lawyer filed PIL alleging human rights violations at the camps.
  • Union Minister Jitendra Singh says there is nothing to fear if non-confidence motion is moved against the government.
  • Morally, BJP govt has failed in fulfilling the promises made to the state of AP, says Congress party’s Renuka Chowdhury


Mata Amritanandamayi awarded two French awards for her humanitarian work

Covai Post Network

Mata Amritanandamayi was awarded two French honours for her humanitarian work by two organisations in Toulon. The awards were given by Soldiers of Peace International Association and Regional Council of the Provence-Alpes-Côtes d’Azur Region, one of the largest of France’s 13 metropolitan administrative regions, according to a statement.

The Soldiers of Peace International Association presented Amma with its ‘Commemorative Gold Medal for Peace.’It is an international NGO founded in November and headquartered in Lyon with offices worldwide close to 50,000 members in 58 countries.

Organisation president Laurent Attar-Bayrou said, “We, the Blue Helmets, gather for the promotion of peace. We are not pacifists or warmongers, but practical men. We gather for the sake of conflict resolution, human rights, education and sports. Amma, we recognise our mission in yours. You are also a Soldier of Peace, and we will walk with you in your quest for love.”

The second award was presented by Monique Robineau, delegate of the president of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region. “In this world shattered by conflicts and crisis leading to insularity and paralysis, your message and embrace bring hope to our hearts and light to our spirits. The people present here benefit from your presence, but also many others, since your presence shines in our whole region.”

He added that Mata Amritanandamayi was ‘Ambassador of Love and Peace’. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Mata Amritanandamayi’s first European tour.