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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Best wishes on the occasion of Dussehra

Dussehra, also known as Dasara, Vijayadashami, Durgotsav or the tenth day of Navratri, is an important Hindu festival celebrated across India. It is calculated on the basis of tenth day of Hindu lunar calendar month of Ashvin and usually falls in September or October each year. 

The history of Dussehra celebrations is as old as one can think of and is believed to have its origin in several legends. The two stories most commonly associated with Dussehra are mentioned here. According to Hindu mythology, Ravan, the demon King abducted King Rama’s wife Sita to his kingdom of Lanka. Rama, his brother Lakshmana, their follower Hanuman and an army of monkeys fought a great battle to rescue Sita. It is believed that it was on the tenth day of the battle that Lord Rama killed Ravana by cutting his ten heads, to rescue his beloved wife Sita. Furthermore, Dussehra Puja is also celebrated to mark Goddess Durga’s victory over the Mahishasura demons. Thus it is a festival celebrated to commemorate the triumph of good over evil. Bengalis celebrate Dusshera as a part of their main festival - Durga Puja. This day marks the end of Durga Puja celebrations, the preceding nine days being collectively referred to as 'Navratri'.

On the occasion of Dussehra, celebrate the victory of good over evil. Wishing you and your family a blessed and joyous Dussehra!

The story behind Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayak Chaturthi is one of the major traditional festivals celebrated by the Hindu community. The festival marks the birthday of Lord Ganesha; the Lord of knowledge, wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. It is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhadrapada. The festival lasts for 10 days, ending on Ananta Chaturdashi.

There are many stories associated with the birth of Lord Ganesha, one of the most relevant ones is shared here. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Ganesha is the son of Shiva (The God of Destruction in the Hindu Holy Trinity of Creator-Preserver-Destroyer) and Parvati (Shiva’s consort). One day, as Parvati was alone at home, she felt the need for someone to guard the door to her house while she took a bath. Parvati created Ganesha out of sandalwood paste that she used for her bath and breathed life into the figure. She then set him the task of guarding her door while she bathed. Lord Shiva returned while Parvati was bathing, but was abruptly stopped by the man-god Parvati had posted at the door. Outraged by the cheek of this stranger, Shiva cut off his head only to discover later that he had killed Parvati’s son! When Parvati learned of this, she was so enraged and insulted that she decided she was going to destroy the entire world. This worried everyone and they requested Lord Shiva to find a solution to calm her rage. Shiva then ordered all his followers (ganas) to immediately go and find a child whose mother had her back towards her child in negligence and bring his head. The first child seen by the followers was that of an elephant and they, as ordered, cut his head and brought it to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva immediately placed the head on Ganesha`s body and brought it to life again. He declared Ganesha to be his own son as well, and gave him the status of being foremost among the gods, and leader of all the ganas (classes of beings), Ganapati.

It is not known when and how Ganesh Chaturthi was first celebrated. But according to historians, the earliest Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations can be traced back to the times of the reigns of dynasties of Satavahana, Rashtrakuta and Chalukya. Historical records reveal that Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations were initiated in Maharashtra by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaja, the great Maratha ruler, to promote culture and nationalism. It has continued ever since. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with great pomp and fair in states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

On the occassion of Ganesh Chaturthi, may the Lord fill your life with prosperity and success. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Group Newsletter - June, 2015

Security Headlines

Catch up on the latest news in the security industry in India. 

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Monday, 23 March 2015

The Dirty Truth About Public Bathrooms

How clean are your public bathrooms? Do they just LOOK clean? Or are they really clean—deep down? And does your staff really know how to handle the need to get rid of the down and dirty? According to a recent survey, many public toilets are not as clean as they should be.

Restroom maintenance is an important daily task with which most facility management professionals are familiar, since restrooms are a frequently used area in any facility and their upkeep can affect public perceptions. But in the survey, conducted by ISSA and Clorox Professional Products Co., it’s difficult for some managers to uncover what it takes to keep this critical area in top shape.

View this post on FacilityExecutive.com to know some truths about Public Bathrooms.

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Thursday, 5 March 2015

Facility Contingency Plans For Terrorist Attacks

Recently, leading security expert Chris Phillips, founder and managing director of the UK-based firm International Protect and Prepare Security Office (IPPSO), said that the attack on the Lindt cafĂ© in Sydney, Australia highlights the need for all crowded places to have a contingency plan for implementation in the event of a terrorist attack.
Speaking on behalf of Counter Terror Expo, an conference and expo to be held April 21-22, 2015 in London, Phillips said, “We have to face the reality that locations such as primary schools, shopping malls, and leisure centers are all potential targets for terrorist attack today. They should all develop and rehearse an emergency response plan just as they do with fire drills.”
With the assaults occurring in France this week—the terror attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, followed by the related hostage situations at a printing plant in Dammartin-en-Goele and a supermarket in eastern Paris, Phillips’ list of recommendations are brought to the fore of many facility professionals’ minds. (News outlets are currently reporting all terrorists have been killed.) While the Charlie Hebdo offices and the printing plant are not public, crowded facilities, managers in all settings can benefit from these tips.
Click here to read more about the recommendations he has to make drawing on his extensive experience.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Happy Holi!