Dalai Lama to open World Peace Festival in Pune
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Last Updated: Friday, October 08, 2010, 15:53
Pune: Retired super cop and social activist Kiran Bedi and some of the eminent scientists and educationists will participate in the World Peace Festival here Oct 10, which Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama will inaugurate, organisers said.

The Tej Gyan Foundation, a Pune-based charitable trust, has organised the programme -- "World Peace...Piece by Piece" to champion the cause of peace.

As a part of this movement, the Tej Gyan Foundation had organised ten events for the first ten months of the year in various parts of India to promote the cause of peace, its official said.

"All actions and thoughts have a bearing on peace, personal as well as social. Without peace, no human aspirations can be realised. It is no more a choice but is a human necessity," Bedi said.

The end of the initiative -- "Happy Thoughts - World Peace Festival" -- will be organised across more than 50 cities in the country on the same day.

The flagship event in Pune shall be inaugurated by the Dalai Lama and is expected to attract an audience of over one lakh people.

Bedi will highlight the role of women in world peace.

"Woman is the cradle of the 'first lesson' of peace. She is the one from whose lap peace is born. And if that lesson is well given and well taught, peace prevails," she said.

Bedi stressed the importance of learning the art of peace and peacekeeping early in life.

"Each person contributes as a member of the nation to the world peace. Indians will contribute to world peace by remaining a civilised country," she said.

Padmashree awardees former special CBI director DR Kaarthikeyan, computer scientist Vijay Bhatkar, Symbiosis International University chancellor SB Mujumdar, and founder of Sounds True, a multi-media publisher dedicated to disseminating spiritual wisdom, Tami Simon will also speak at the programme.


Raipur: CRPF Director General K Vijay Kumar, who just took over the world's largest paramilitary force, will undertake a tour of Naxal-hit areas for a first hand knowledge about the menace especially problems faced in anti-Maoist operations.

Kumar, who took over the CRPF at a time when the Central force grappled with the Naxal menace, convened a high-level meeting of senior police officials immediately after reaching here from Delhi.

He was accompanied by CRPF Additional Director General (Operations) P M Nair.

"This meeting will facilitate an open and frank environment for officials to discuss the issue of Naxals and any teething problems being faced," a senior police official, who did not wish to be identified, said.

Sources said Kumar will also visit Nagpur and Ghadchiroli, where four cops including two CRPF personnel, were killed in a blast early this week.

The trip to various Naxal areas has been organised for Kumar to understand the problems and to assess the ground situation.

Kumar said the best practices of earlier such operations which he had handled, including the one that led to forest brigand Veerapan's death, would be taken into account while making new strategies for the force which is in the thick of action in Naxal-hit areas.

Besides the overall welfare of the force, the stress of the new chief is likely to be on specialised training, equipment and shaping up the intelligence wing of the CRPF which is in its infancy.

58-year-old Kumar, as Director General of the National Police Academy in Hyderabad, had made jungle warfare training mandatory for IPS probationers.

He was brought in after the Centre shunted out the earlier CRPF chief Vikram Srivastava.


First Published: Friday, October 08, 2010, 15:53

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