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Buoyant Pondicherry – An Unforgettable Journey Part II

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The second segment of my journey is rather very exciting and fun filled but with a touch of spirituality. Read on!

  • Promenade Beach

Promenade Beach is an all-famous beach stretch which is about 1.2 kilometres long. Certain attractions alongside Promenade are French War Memorial, Dupleix Park, Gandhi Statue and Le Cafe which is a lovely beach front cafe popularlypromenda2

known for its location and the amusing blend of Indian and French food. The one impressive feature of Promenade is how spick and span the road and the beach itself is. Cycling along the stretch of Promenade is of extreme fun and highly recommended.promeda1

  • Park Guest House

Park Guest House, an exclusive body of Sri Aurobindo Trust is largely known for the marvellous sea view that it has to offer.parkguest2

With a minimal looking building and a breathtaking back garden, the guest house has become a go-to accommodation for many tourists. It also has a cafeteria which serves delicious heterogeneous food. Cycles are available for rent at the cycle department with a basement filled with a variety of cycles and a lovely wall painting.parkguest1

  • Dis Dis and Co.

Dis Dis and Co., located on Romain Rolland street, is merely a minute’s walk from Park Guest House.dis1

It is a boutique cafe with lush interiors screaming lights and chandeliers from every corner.dis3

It couldn’t have gotten any more chic and sophisticated with the hip crowd and all that luxurious food. With an amazing mix of indoor and outdoor seating, the place surely becomes irresistible.dis2

  • Baker Street

As the name suggests, the place offers an eclectic range of bakery items, from croissants and quiche to delicious pita bread. Baker Street is located in a quiet corner of the ever-so-bustling MG Road.

  • Indian Coffee House

The Indian Coffee House is located on MG Road with a history of serving customers with heritage taste and humbleness. The interiors, as well as exteriors, display the oldness and beauty of the place. Known for its delicious filter coffee, Indian Coffee House has, for a fact, built a large number of loyal customers.

  • Serenity Beach

Situated in Kottakuppam, the beach has a sturdy construction going into the sea. Being the beach of the fishermen folk there, it definitely goes with the name it has been assigned.serenity1

With the lovely huts, little beach-front hotels and waters as deep as its beauty, Serenity beach is an ideal spot to bask in the sun and romance with the sand.

  • Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Located on Marine Street, Sri Aurobindo Ashram belongs to the Aurobindo trust. It is the right place for individuals looking for some quiet and concentration. Along with this, the ashram also has its own press where there are a number of books published in various languages for you to make your pick. The ashram has a super serene vibe and houses the samadhis of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother.ashram1

For more information about the ashram, log on to www.sriaurobindoashram.org

Image courtesy: www.sriaurobindoahram.org

  • Auroshikha

Situated at Rue de le Marine, Auroshikha is a part of Sri Aurobindo Ashram and a world class brand for fragrances. Auroshikha is the creator of exquisite products like incense (sticks, cones, gift packs), natural essential oils, perfumed sachets, perfumed oils, scented candles, incense holders and more. To know more, log onto www.auroshikha.com

  • Auroville

Auroville is a township based in Pondicherry initiated by The Mother and Sri Aurobindo. It is a place to co-exist with spirituality, harmony and happiness because according to this concept, a new religion could not only be useless but disastrous.auro1

With a population of nearly 2,100 people representing 43 nationalities, Auroville also houses a number of cafes, boutiques, clinics and health centres. A large number of people stay and volunteer here.auro2

The boutiques display a large number of products like jewellery, garments, accessories, handicrafts, jute crafts and more, under labels produced in Auroville. It also has a variety of educational and cultural centres. Auroville is a wonder in itself, an epitome of beauty and peace, enlightening and changing lives every day. Among the various other things, Matrimandir is the soul of Auroville.auro3

  • Matrimandir

Matrimandir is a golden globe in the heart of Auroville, exclusively designed for concentration and meditation. At the centre of the town, The Mother suggested there would be a ‘Park of Unity’ and a pavilion she named ‘Matrimandir’ which means ‘The Mother’s Shrine’. The architect Roger Anger gave it the shape of a lotus in full bloom with it’s 12 large gardens in the shape of petals symbolising divine consciousness. The outer sphere is covered with around 1,400 golden discs to symbolise a golden Supramental Sun.mantrimandir

The names that The Mother gave the 12 gardens are Existence, Consciousness, Bliss, Light, Life, Power,Wealth, Utility, Progress, Youth, Harmony and Perfection. Inside the sphere, the four concentration rooms are named as Mahakali, Mahalakshmi, Maheshwari and Mahasaraswati. In the innermost chamber of Matrimandir, (known as chamber floor) is a crystal ball on which when the sun rays fall, symbolises future enlightenment. The pathway leading to Matrimandir is equally quiet, bare and beautiful. One is allowed up to the viewing point to view the golden globe. However, going inside the chamber needs special permission.

For more information, contact Auroville’s Visitors Centre at www.auroville.org

Two important parts of Auroville are :

The Amphitheatre. Here, a white urn in the shape of a lotus bud had been placed on top of a small mound. The urn consists of handfuls of soils from all over the world sealed inside it. Three times a year, for New Year, Auroville’s birthday and Sri Aurobindo’s birthday, a large bonfire is lit at dawn in the middle of the Amphitheatre and the community gathers for a collective meditation.

The Banyan Tree – By 1965, time had come to define the centre of Auroville. This was when The Mother decided to make a solitary banyan tree as Auroville’s geographical centre. The tree is a little more than 100 years old.

Rich with enthralling experiences and being a piece of wonder that it is, Pondicherry will aways be talked about for the handsome places, moments and souvenirs that it has to offer. Pondicherry will always be a slice of India that will be France, forever.

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Ram Mandir Opening For “Darshan” In 2023

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The Ram Mandir in Ayodhya is expected to allow visitors by December 2023, with the completion of construction only in 2025.

Sources in the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra have revealed that the colossal project of building the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, will be opening for devotees towards the end of 2023. In contrast, the project’s entire construction completion is expected towards the end of 2025. The sanctum sanctorum (Garbha Griha), along with the mandir’s first floor, will be ready by December 2023. Devotees will be allowed to visit the long-awaited mandir soon after the construction is completed.

An ANI report said, “The grand Ram Mandir being constructed in Ayodhya will be opened for devotees from December 2023. Sources told ANI that Garbhagriha, all five mandaps and the first floor will be ready by December 2023 and the mandir will be opened for devotees”.

The sanctum sanctorum will be as high as 161 feet and built using Rajasthani marble and stones. Engineers and architects are taking all measures to ensure the longevity of this enormous project. The second stage of construction is expected to begin in December this year. Currently, the structure is at a standstill as a result of monsoons. Another reason for the delay is the coronavirus pandemic that depleted the force with which the mandir’s construction was expected to go on.

The announcement of the mandir being opened to visitors in 2023 has brought up questions about the political agenda. It is believed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) aims to use the mandir to catapult themselves into a position of advantage during the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Opening the mandir to devotees in December 2023 will give the BJP an easy 6-month gap to the general elections in 2024.

The opening of the long-awaited Ram Mandir in Ayodhya could be the factor that diverts the public, at least the Hindu’s in favour of BJP. Thus, securing them a vote bank based on religious sentiments upheld by the party in their previous tenure as the ruling party.

The Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir will be 360 feet long, 235 feet wide, and 20 feet high mandir will be completely ready by the end of 2025. The project will include amenities and structures like museums, archives, research centre, Sant Niwas, gau and Yagya shala, Etc. The main attraction is the Ram Mandir.

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How SEBI’s New Margin Rule Is Affecting Retail Traders?

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Securities and Exchange Board of India has introduced new margin rules for traders. Traders and Brokers are not happy with the new regulations because they will have to invest a large amount of cash in fulfilling margin requirements for trade.

SEBI had introduced the new margin rule in the year 2020 for intraday traders. It is being implemented in a phased manner. Traders were supposed to maintain 25 per cent of the peak margin in the first phase; the margin was raised by 50 per cent in the second phase. In the third phase, as per the new margin rule, intraday traders will have to pay a 100 per cent upfront margin. According to new norms, the margin requirements will be calculated four times during every trading session because the money margin must be greater than the need.

As per the new rule, brokers must collect margin from investors for any purchase or sale, and if they fail to do so, they will have to pay the penalty. Thus, brokers will not receive power of attorney. Brokers cannot use power of attorney for pledging anymore.

Those investors who want to make use of margin will have to create margin pledges separately. As per the new rule, investors will have to pay at least a 30 per cent margin upfront to avail a margin loan. Shares brought today cannot be sold tomorrow. Funds from shares sold today cannot be used for new trades on the same day.

The market experts said that there must be proper adjustments for implementing new rules, or it may create chaos, trouble and disturbance to the market participants. The CEO and founder of Zerodha broking firm, Nithin Kamath tweeted that, “the day when the new rules came into effect was the dreaded day for brokers, exchanges, intraday traders”.

Traders Are Not Happy:

Changes in rules have evoked strong reactions from traders because they will have to invest a large amount of cash in fulfilling margin requirements for trades as per new margin rules. Even the trading in futures and options will become more expensive. Traders are disappointed because they will have to pay up more money to bet in stock markets. As per new margin rules, Traders are also liable for the penalty if the rules are not followed during the trading session. If a trader wants to buy Nifty worth Rs 10 lakh, he will have to pay a 20 per cent margin of around 2 lakh. If the margin of the trader does not meet the need, he will be penalized. Traders will have to pay the minimum amount for opening the Multilateral Trading facility account, and they have to maintain a minor balance at all times.

Why Gas SEBI Introduced A New Margin Rule?

SEBI has introduced new rules to protect retail investors from purchasing difficulty. The intended goal of SEBI behind new margin rules is to bring down the difficult market situation and avoid huge fluctuation in stock markets during extreme stress. The new margin rules are likely to bring transparency to the market; it is expected to strengthen the market’s safety.

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Escalation Of COVID-19 Cases Across The Globe

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The United States, India, and Brazil have the most confirmed cases, followed by France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and Turkey. There are very few locations that have remained undisturbed.

Since the middle of last year, confirmed cases have been increasing. Although the actual scope of the first outbreaks in 2020 is unknown because testing was not generally available at the time. The 100 million COVID-19 cases were discovered at the end of January, over a year after it was first diagnosed. As of 6:30 p.m. CEST on July 30, 2021, WHO has received reports of 196,553,009 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 4,200,412 fatalities. A total of 3,839,816,037 vaccination doses has been delivered as of July 28, 2021.

After reaching a record high of over 0.9 million cases on April 28, 2021, new daily instances of the coronavirus continued to decline, reaching a low point on June 21, when over 0.3 million cases were reported. Since then yet, there has been a global increase in cases. On July 15, 0.53 million daily cases were reported, and over three million new cases were reported in the second week of the month. As of July 15, 188.9 million patients have been recorded worldwide. The transmissive Delta form accounting for most infections in 111 countries. Most instances were recorded in Brazil, India, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, and Colombia in the last week. With the steepest increases in Zimbabwe (72%), Indonesia (44%), the United States (38%), Bangladesh (35%), and the United Kingdom (30%). Many Asian nations, including Vietnam, Malaysia, South Korea, and Japan, have reported many daily cases. However, the spread was under control.

The number of new cases in Indonesia has been on the rise, with each day seeing a significant increase over the previous day. Indonesia is now the new Asian epicentre, with 56,757 cases recorded on July 15; India reported 39,000 patients on the same day. COVID-19 fatalities are high, according to WHO. After decreasing for nine weeks, with the highest increases in Africa and Southeast Asia. COVID-19 fatalities worldwide surpassed four million on July 7. The last million deaths occurred in under 90 days, the lowest time interval for every one million deaths ever recorded.

High vaccination coverage has been shown in the United States and much of Europe to lower fatalities and even hospitalizations. For example, United Kingdom rises in incidence. There has been fewer hospitalizations and deaths over 87% of the adult population, as they are vaccinated with one dose and over 67% with two doses. In the United States, the increase in cases is concentrated in states with low vaccination coverage, with unvaccinated people accounting for most deaths. Over 55% of Americans have received one dosage, and 48% are completely immunized. It shifts the focus back to improving vaccination coverage and achieving global vaccine equality to avoid fatalities and the spread of dangerous strains. Some nations debate a booster dosage. Even though many African countries’ healthcare professionals have not been completely vaccinated, booster injections have begun to be given to patients with weakened immune systems in Israel.

In comparison, booster shots have been ruled out in the United States for the time being. With vaccine shortages reported in many Indian states. Even among the vaccinated, rigorous adherence to COVID-appropriate behaviour is the only option to postpone and mitigate the consequences of a third wave.

This spring, India and Latin America have seen a significant drop in new cases in the hardest-hit areas of the world. But the global numbers continue to grow. The Delta variety leads them to well-vaccinated regions such as Western Europe and the United States, low but rising infections. This spring, India and Latin America have seen a significant drop in new cases in the hardest-hit areas of the world. Vaccine doses have been given to over 4 billion individuals globally (52 for every 100 people), yet the discrepancy is striking. More than 80% of the population had at least one shot in some wealthy nations. In contrast, the proportion is as low as 1% in many of the poorest.

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