The President, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee lighting the lamp at the inauguration of the 90th Anniversary of Shri Ram College of Commerce, in New Delhi on February 20, 2017. The Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Mr. Arun Jaitley is also seen.
Set Higher Benchmarks Of Excellence
New Delhi (PIB-GR-TYP-BIN): The President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee addressed the inaugural Ceremony of the 90th Anniversary of Shri Ram College of Commerce in New Delhi on February 20.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said global rankings of Indian higher educational institutions remain poor. After several years of efforts, he is satisfied that at least three institutions of higher learning in the country have secured top places. Shri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi has been doing well. It should now set itself higher benchmarks of excellence.
Pointing out the importance of research and innovation, the President said Germany was only the country unaffected by 2008 financial crisis and Euro zone crisis. This was because of the solid foundation for research and development within the country as well as the world class institutions it has established.
The President said for decades Shri Ram College of Commerce has met the essential requirements of connecting education to the needs of an emerging nation, as also developed livelihood and professional skills in the field of business and economics. It is heartening to note that the vision of its founder, Sir Shri Ram to create an institution that would train young minds to manage the needs of industry, business and economic administration has been fulfilled comprehensively. Today we talk of industry-academia interface. It goes to the credit of the founders of Shri Ram College of Commerce that almost a century back they insisted on real life industry exposure to teachers as well as students.
The President said a class room is meant to complement the realities and complexities of the real world. Application of theoretical learning to real life situations and finding workable solutions to such situations is the real test of success in academic postulates. He was happy that having stood the test of time, the Shri Ram College of Commerce has not only maintained excellence in academics but also produced students who have gone on to excel professionally.
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Be Quick To Hear, Slow To Speak
‘A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul. Proverbs 18:7’
Guard your speech at any cost. If you talk too much, cut your words in half. If you cannot say something gracious or helpful, say nothing at all. A fool cannot control his speech. It often gets him in trouble. His speech traps him in sin. Much of the pain in his life is because of words he should not have said. Training your lips can save your future.
King Solomon used simple figures of speech, metonymy in this case, to make a powerful point in a few words. Mouth and lips, the means of talking, refer to a fool’s speech. Destruction and snare are metaphors for pain and trouble he causes himself. Ruling your speech is important to avoid the fool’s problems in life (Pr 12:13; 13:3; Eccl 10:11-14).
Solomon knew unguarded speech could ruin his son’s peace, reputation, or success. In context, he warned about contentious words that cause fights (Pr 18:6) and talebearing that wounds others (Pr 18:8). He warned elsewhere against the snare and trouble of speaking foolishly (Pr 6:1-5; 10:31; 12:13; 15:28; Eccl 10:3,12-14). He constantly warned that words can cause life or death, depending on your use of them (Pr 18:21).
Tongues often cause mischief to others, but this proverb shows mischief to the speaker himself. Saul and Herod brought snares on their own souls by foolish words (I Sam 14:24-46; Mark 6:21-29). Gideon whipped the men of Succoth with thorns for their speech, and Elisha cursed 42 children for theirs. The slander of Daniel’s peers cost them their own lives, and so did the prepared speeches of Ananias and Sapphira.
Do you grasp the warning? Have you spoken harshly, and then regretted it? Have you committed to do something, and then wished you had not? Have you lied to protect yourself, only to find you had grievously complicated matters? Have you been disrespectful and wished you could get your words back? Sin multiplies with the number of words spoken (Pr 10:19). You will give an account of every idle word (Matt 12:36).
You can save your life from destruction. Cut your words in half (Pr 17:27-28). Listen eagerly; speak reluctantly. Be quick to hear, slow to speak (Jas 1:19). Say only kind and positive things about others (Eph 4:29). Let your speech be always with grace, and criticize only rarely when necessary (Col 4:6). Replace foolish talking and jesting with giving thanks (Eph 5:4). Never speak evil of those in authority (Deut 27:16; Jude 1:8).
Ask God for help. David prayed, “Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips” (Ps 141:3). And again, “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer” (Ps 19:14). You can rule your speech by Christ’s power in you by His Spirit (Phil 4:13; II Pet 1:3).
The Minister of State for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines (Independent Charge), Mr. Piyush Goyal addressing the Valedictory Session of the International Conference on NexGen Technologies for Mining and Fuel Industries – NxGnMiFu – 2017, organised by CSIR-Central Institute of Mining & Fuel Research (CSIR-CIMFR), in New Delhi on February 17, 2017.
Piyush Goyal Addresses International Conference On Nexgen Technologies For Mining And Fuel Industries-Nxgnmifu-2017
New Delhi (PIB-GR-TYP-BIN): Mr. Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy, Mines, addressing the Valedictory Session of the International Conference on NexGen Technologies for Mining and Fuel Industries – NxGnMiFu – 2017 on Feb 17, said that the country has become coal and power surplus because of the efforts put up by the Indian Coal Mining Companies and the Power plants. He lauded the work of Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CIMFR) Dhanbad that has ensured the quality check on the coal supply to the power plants.
Mr. Goyal said that it is now required to implement innovative ideas so that cost of power to the users remain affordable. The Minister said that all the stakeholders including those working in the R&D in coal and mining sector, have to work with newer technologies for safer mining, smarter mining and efficient mining with sustainability. He asked scientists of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to go for innovations with newer, big ideas and transforming the way the research is carried out in the country.
CSIR – Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research, Dhanbad together had organised the International Conference on “NexGen Technologies for Mining and Fuel Industries” [NxGnMiFu-2017] during February 15-17, 2017 at New Delhi on the occasion of CSIR-Platinum Jubilee Celebration to commemorate 75th year of its foundation.Dr. Girish Sahni, DG, CSIR, presided over the function.
The conference deliberated on issues related to Innovative Mining Technologies for Complex Geo-mining Conditions; Mine Safety, Monitoring and Risk Management; Clean Coal Initiatives; Coal to Liquid, Methanol and Urea; Harnessing Coal Bed Methane, Shale Gas and Underground Coal Gasification; Technological Developments in Oil and Gas Sectors and Alternate Clean Energy Initiatives. During the three- day deliberations, it presented suggestions on the R&D needs to innovate new techniques, technologies and applications for clean, safe, symbiotic sustenance of society, environment and industries in post-2020 era.
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Submit Your Plans To God’s Will
‘When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth. Proverbs 11:7’
Sinners have a little fun – while alive. They make huge plans for pleasure and posterity. They expect and hope to do bigger and better things. They plan to get everything rolling along more perfectly. Then they die. Then they have nothing. Then they are nothing.
Death is the great equalizer. It rips from the rich all their wealth; it tears from the strong any athletic prowess; it corrupts the face, body, and hair of the beautiful; it removes the wits and memories of the intelligent; it neuters the authority and power of leaders; it takes from parents their beloved children; it leaves homeless those who loved their fine homes. No matter what the wicked expected or hoped to do, the King of Terrors takes it all away.
Jesus told of a rich man who planned new barns to hold his great wealth, and he said to himself, “Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.” But God said to him, “Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?” (Luke 12:16-21).
Worldly men arrive in life naked and ignorant, and they leave the same helpless way. Yet they waste their lives chasing goals that disappear in one second – the second they die. They see others die and take nothing with them, yet they keep running as fast as they can on the unmerciful treadmill of ambition, greed, and covetousness until it spits them off into death and hell. What fools! Then they have nothing. Then they are nothing.
Are such words too harsh? They are nothing compared to the shock of the first second in hell. In a horrible flash of understanding, every sinner will know there is a God, that his whole earthly life was a waste, and that he has an eternity of unbearable torment ahead. He will not think for a second about his big plans on earth, for they will be entirely gone. Why do you think strong warnings about such a future are harsh? Are you also deceived?
The world is insane! They set goals of high salaries, prestigious positions, large houses, fancy cars, fine clothes, the most expensive schools for their children, and other ridiculous ambitions. Some of them say, “He who dies with the most toys – wins.” They chase their neighbors daily to make sure they are not left behind in the mad rush to accumulate things and experience pleasure. Then they lose everything in one second.
Consider what David wrote about this insanity in Psalm 39. He wrote, “Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them” (Ps 39:6). Solomon, after experimenting with more than you can even imagine, added this summary: “I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit” (Eccl 1:14). Believe it!
Consider what David wrote in Psalm 49. There the Lord ridiculed the insanity of the rich and their ambitions. It is a sermon to warn all men of the vanity of worldly riches. Whether a man is wise or foolish, he dies like an animal, and he cannot take anything with him. There is nothing a rich man can do to buy his way out of death. He quickly turns into a clay carcass dumped in a grave, yet his descendants chase the same illusion.
Everything sinners hope for and plan for ends at death – their expectations and hopes perish. All they valued is totally wiped out by the King of Terrors. But righteous men have hope in their death (Pr 10:28; 14:32), for their expectation is of another world that outstrips this world by every measure as light is superior to darkness. Give God the glory!
Christian, make no boast of tomorrow, for you do not know what will happen tomorrow (Pr 27:1). While God allows you to make business plans, and He expects you to do so in prudent wisdom, you do not even know if you will be alive tomorrow, so you are to submit your plans to God’s will with these words: “For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that” (Jas 4:15). You need life for any plans to work.
Christian, the death that strips the wicked of everything they hope for brings more for you than they could acquire or imagine. Wealth? You will inherit the universe. Strength? You will live forever. Beauty? You will have a glorified body. Intelligence? You will know all things. Authority? You will judge angels. Children? You will have a family reunion like never imagined. Home? Mansions have been prepared for you by the King of kings.
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Wisdom Is The Principal Thing
‘Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Proverbs 4:7’
Here is the key to Proverbs. Here is the key to life. These are King David’s words to his son Solomon (Pr 4:1-9). They explain the purpose of the book of Proverbs. They describe the greatest goal for your life – the important pursuit of wisdom and understanding.
Most men get distracted pursuing all kinds of other things. It is man’s folly and trouble that any other ambition ever competes with getting wisdom. It is your duty and privilege to consider the wonderful opportunity of wisdom and seek it with all your might.
Wisdom is the principal thing – the most important matter in life. What is wisdom? It is the power of right judgment – the ability to choose the correct solution for any situation. It is knowing how to think, speak, and act to please both God and men throughout life.
Wisdom is the basis for victorious living. Without wisdom, men make choices that bring pain, poverty, trouble, and even death. With it, men make choices that bring them health, peace, prosperity, success, and life. Your future depends on your degree of wisdom.
Understanding is connected to wisdom, and it also is an important goal. Understanding is the power of discernment – to see past what meets the eye and recognize the actual faults or merits of a thing. It is the ability to grasp a matter or situation and assess it correctly.
Without understanding, men are easily deceived and led astray. Without it, men are confused and perplexed. With it, men can see what others miss, and they can avoid the snares and traps of folly and enticing sins. With it, life’s difficulties become quite simple.
Here is the road to success. What will you do with this axiom? If you neglect wisdom, you will bring pain and trouble upon you and your family. If you make it a priority to get wisdom and understanding, you will bask in pleasant prosperity. Finding wisdom brings life and God’s favor; neglecting it wrongs your own soul and brings death (Pr 8:35-36).
Regurgitating facts you will never use in the real world is one of the greatest hoaxes ever sold. Paul warned of much learning that never leads to truth or wisdom (II Tim 3:6-7).
Wisdom and understanding require knowing and fearing God (Pr 1:7; 9:10; Job 28:28; Ps 111:10). You cannot even start to be wise without fearing and loving the true Creator God – Jehovah of the Bible. But these vital prerequisites and their source document are forbidden and ridiculed in America and other nations’ institutions of “higher learning.”
Jesus grew in wisdom and in favor with God and man (Lu 2:52), the perfect goals for you and your family. In Him are hid all treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Col 2:3). God put His elect in Christ Jesus and made Him wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption for them (I Cor 1:30). The greatest wisdom is to believe this and live like it.
The President, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee opens the annual ‘Udyanotsav’ of the Mughal Gardens of Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on February 04, 2017.
Tactile Garden Will Be Open For Visually Impaired People On March 10
New Delhi (PIB-GR-TYP-BIN): The President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee opened the annual ‘Udyanotsav’ of the Rashtrapati Bhavan on February 04.
The Mughal Gardens will remain open for general public from tomorrow to March 12, 2017 (except on Mondays which are maintenance days) between 0930 hrs to 1600 hrs. Members of the public will also be able to visit the Spiritual Garden, Herbal Garden, Bonsai Garden and Musical Garden. During this period, there will be no online booking for visiting the Gardens.
Entry and exit for the general public will be from Gate No. 35 of the President’s Estate, close to where North Avenue meets Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The Mughal Gardens will be open exclusively on March 10, 2017 to special category of visitors viz farmers, differently abled persons, defence/para-military forces and Delhi Police personnel from 0930 hrs. to 1600 hrs. Entry and exit will be through Gate No. 35.
The Tactile Garden will be open for visually impaired people on March 10, 2017 from 1100 hrs. to 1600 hrs. Entry and exit will be from Gate No. 12, situated on Church Road (next to the North Avenue).
Failure Is Living Foolishly Regardless Of Assets
‘Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich. Proverbs 28:6’
What is real success? Are you successful? If you trust this inspired proverb, you learn that success is living right regardless of assets and failure is living foolishly regardless of assets. Accept this godly wisdom, and reject the world’s lying ideas of success.
Will you believe these words? The Creator God inspired them, and the world’s most successful man wrote them – the king with the most wisdom and wealth. What hinders you from believing these words of truth? Do you think you are smarter than Solomon?
“Better” indicates a priority for life from God and Solomon, which is a way of teaching wisdom in this book. Do you fear God and crave wisdom enough to believe it? Can you easily put more emphasis on walking uprightly than making money, and keep it there?
Can you be content in poverty? Or must you achieve middle class distinction to be content with uprightness? Please note that the Preacher exalted a poor man in this proverb. David and Solomon taught that a very little with godliness is better than great riches without it (Ps 27:4). Embrace this truth.
Walking in uprightness is choosing a lifestyle that keeps your integrity before God and men by always doing what is holy, righteous, just, and noble. Is this your passion? Having God pleased with you and good men rejoicing in you should be your ambition.
Most men live perverse lives, by choosing a lifestyle that disregards and violates the word of God and His precepts. Their choices in life are selfish and wicked, not righteous. This is what the vast majority of all men choose, and it makes God their enemy (Jas 4:4).
This choice between an upright life and a perverse life will lead to your blessing or to your fall, depending on your choice (Matt 7:13-14, 21-27; I Tim 6:17-19). No amount of money can save your soul from trouble here or hereafter, so it is of little value to success.
The world measures success by satisfying your eyes, body, and pride (I John 2:15-17). And the devil uses fiery darts to promote it (Luke 4:5-8). Can you reject both influences by faith in God’s word? You choose daily which inputs will lead to your decisions.
Paul confirmed this proverb by writing, “But godliness with contentment is great gain” (I Tim 6:6). And he condemned financial ambition (I Tim 6:7-10). A poor man, living a godly life, and choosing contentment with his position and income, is the true measure of success. God approves him, and he is happy with what he has. What a blessed situation!
Are you thankful for the true success God has given you? If you desire to live a godly life in uprightness and are content with your life, God has blessed you by His grace to have these desires and to have pursued them (Phil 2:12-13). And if you have a source for learning the way of righteousness, a Bible church and pastor, you have all that you need.
The Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi presenting the National Bravery Awards 2016 to the children, in New Delhi on January 23, 2017. The Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Mrs. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, the Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Mrs. Krishna Raj and the Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ms. Leena Nair are also seen.
‘This Award Should Only Mark The Beginning’
New Delhi (PIB-GR-TYP-BIN): The Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi presented the National Bravery Awards to 25 children on Jan 23.
Interacting with the awardees, the Prime Minister said their deeds of bravery show their decisiveness as much as their courage. He encouraged the children to ensure that this award does not become the end of their life’s purpose, and added that this award should only mark the beginning for them.
Reminding the children about the significance of the day – 23rd January, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary – the Prime Minister urged the children to read as much as possible, and especially read biographies of leaders, sportspersons and other people who have done great deeds in their lives.
He said that bravery is a state of mind; a healthy body helps, but the prime moving force is the mind. Therefore, he added, we need to make the mind strong. He urged the children to ensure that the adulation and fame that they are getting, should not become an obstacle to their future progress.
The Minister for Women and Child Development, Mrs. Maneka Gandhi, was present on the occasion.
The National Bravery Award Scheme was initiated by the ICCW – Indian Council for Child Welfare – to give due recognition to the children who distinguish themselves by performing outstanding deeds of bravery and meritorious service and to inspire other children to emulate their examples.
Haste Will Lead To Sin And Poverty
‘The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death. Proverbs 21:6’
Are you on death row, without knowing it? If you lie or use fraud to make money, you must want to die. Men may miss or ignore your scam; God will not. You think you have a treasure, but it is an illusion, like thinking a leaf in a tornado will land in your pocket.
Wisdom includes honesty in business and finances. Lying to get ahead is vanity – it will not work – it is foolish and useless. Any advantage or riches gained will be lost, and God will judge the thief. To choose this approach is to desire death and destruction (Pr 8:36).
This proverb sits between two others that also deal with financial success. Diligence is God’s means for wealth; haste will lead to sin and poverty (Pr 21:5). God will destroy wicked men that steal for riches, because they reject honest dealings (Pr 21:7). Consider also the many proverbs demanding just weights and balances (Pr 11:1; 16:11; 20:10,23).
As Solomon here taught his son business ethics, so every young man must be taught to be impeccable in financial dealings. There is no room for fudging any aspect of economic exchange. The LORD sees every infraction, and He will judge every one. He protects every customer and oversees every deal from heaven. Be sure your sin will find you out!
Listen to God warn dishonest men by the prophet Jeremiah: “As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool” (Jer 17:11). And again, “Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers by wrong; that useth his neighbour’s service without wages, and giveth him not for his work” (Jer 22:13).
The Bible is filled with sober warnings against deceit or fraud of any kind to pad your pockets. Consider the number of them and be perfectly honest in all business dealings.
Let this proverb cause you to carefully weigh every financial transaction, employment duty, and business deal, so that you are not found tossing vanity to and fro and asking for God’s judgment. He sees and hears all you do, and He only accepts total fairness, righteousness, and generosity. Cheaters and cheapskates will neither prosper nor survive. If you always pay and perform generously, you will be blessed (Pr 11:18, 24-26).
If you truly want a treasure, that is the real thing, then seek first the kingdom of God (Matt 6:33). For it is “like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field” (Matt 13:44). Any treasure on earth is vanity, vexation of spirit, and will not help in the day of death. But godliness with contentment profits both now and later (I Tim 4:8; 6:6).