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Posted by: | Posted on: December 21, 2019

Number of recorded rapes jumped nearly 40% last year amid spike in sexual offences

first_imgThe number rapes reported to the gardaí jumped 38% last year amid an increase in the number of sexual offences and a rise in practically all types of sexual crime.According to 2018 crime data, released by the Central Statistics Office, there were 117 instances of rape recorded by the gardaí last year.That figure represents an increase in 32 sexual offences, including rape, when compared to 2017 and it is part of a wider rise in sexual offences, which increased by nearly 35% for the final quarter of 2018. Upcoming Letterkenny candidate and Sinn Fein Councillor, Gerry McMonagle, described the figures as a ‘worrying trend’ for the county.Speaking to Donegal’s Chief Garda Superintendent at a recent Joint Policing Committee meeting in Lifford, McMonagle said: “What jumps out to me about these recent figures is the number of increased rapes in the county.“Is there any particular reason for that? Why has there been such a spike, is it because more people are now willing to come forward about being raped now?”Rape Crisis Network Ireland said that while there has been year-on-year increases in recorded sexual offences since 2015, an overall increase of 10% in 2018 for the country was “significant”. Chief Superintendent, Terry McGinn said more had to be done from Garda Síochána and society, in general, to tackle sexual crimes once and for all.“There is a lot of focus on this issue at the minute and on the Domestic Violence Act,” McGinn said. “Especially, about what happens in marriages, in the home, and what happens in partnerships.“A lot of rapes are reported after a night out socially in town where people have too much alcohol and then find themselves in this position.“They could be isolated and next thing they are sexually assaulted,” she added.“So it happens in varies of different ways and it is the second biggest crime after murder in the country. “It is a crime that is very, very difficult on the victim and it is a crime that in society, generally, there are issues with peoples drink being spiked and with consent.“So, there is a lot to be worked at, not just in Garda Síochána, but generally in society.”Number of recorded rapes jumped nearly 40% last year amid spike in sexual offences was last modified: April 8th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Joint Policing Board committeeRape Crisis Centrelast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 19, 2019

Update: Intelligent Design Paper

first_imgThe controversy over Stephen Meyer’s intelligent design paper (see 09/16/2004 headline) continues.  Science printed a brief but dismissive news item claiming its publication was a mistake, but journal editor Rick Sternberg has answered the charges on his personal website.  Meyer has responded to criticisms leveled by Richard Monastersky in the Chronicle of Education.  The Discovery Institute has provided materials to reporters due to the unprecedented attention this publication has raised.This is a good chance to study both sides of an issue and do some baloney detecting.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 19, 2019

Dating of Impacts and Impacts of Dating

first_imgEarth and Neptune were both on stage this week with stories of impacts.  How do scientists know when they occurred?Neptune:  A comet struck Neptune 200 years ago.  That’s what planetary scientists are claiming, according to National Geographic.  The data only “suggests” this explanation, according to Space.com.  Since nobody witnessed the impact in 1810 (Neptune had not even been discovered yet), how do they know?  The data consists of elevated carbon monoxide levels in the outer atmospheric layers of Neptune compared with the lower layers, as measured by the Herschel spacecraft.  According to one of the authors of a paper on the hypothesis, “The higher concentration of carbon monoxide in the stratosphere can only be explained by an external origin,”  Another author added, “From the distribution of carbon monoxide we can therefore derive the approximate time, when the impact took place.”    According to the articles, similar techniques were used on Saturn to suspect an impact about 300 years ago.  The only impacts on gas giants witnessed by humans have been on Jupiter.  Scientists estimate the one that hit Neptune was twice as big as the first fragment of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 that struck Jupiter in 1994.Earth:  A new impact crater was found in the deserts of Egypt, according to Space.com – one of the most pristine ever found.  National Geographic has a good picture of it.  Because of its lack of erosion, they estimated the crater formed within the last 2,000 years.  Called Kamil Crater, it is 147 feet in diameter and 52 feet deep.  This leads astrophysicists to estimate the characteristics of the impactor: “Based on their calculations, the team thinks that a 4.2-foot-wide (1.3-meter-wide) solid iron meteor weighing 11,023 to 22,046 pounds (5,000 to 10,000 kilograms) smashed into the desert—nearly intact—at speeds exceeding 2.1 miles (3.5 kilometers) a second.”    Based on estimates of the number of impactors orbiting our region of the solar system, the scientists estimate that 1,000 to 10,000 such impactors should strike earth each million years.  Why are more not found?  An Italian scientist explained, “The reason why they are rare, however, is that, on Earth, weathering rates are high—small craters are usually easily eroded or buried.”For more on crater count dating methods, see this list of search bar results.Which is easier: (1) to make up a story about something in the past that was not observed, or (2) to predict when something will happen?  If planetary scientists can tell us when and where a meteor will strike and form a crater, that would be very impressive.  “Too many variables!” they would rightly complain.  But those same variables are time-independent.  When you see them predicting 1,000 to 10,000 impacts each million years, that would be 4.5 to 45 million craters over the assumed age of the earth.  It smells like a theory-rescuing device to say they were all eroded and weathered away.  Not all portions of the earth erode at the same rate.  Geologists tell us there are some rock outcrops 3.8 billion years old.  Surely some evidence, direct or indirect, of 45 million craters should be detectable beyond the 176 National Geographic said have been discovered.    It appears there is some potential for testing deep time here.  Take the assumed flux of material, the assumed age of the earth, the compositional content of the impacting material, the geological column, reasonable erosion rates, and research the question: is there evidence for this much meteoritic or cometary material in the rock record of our planet?  Let’s not just take the secular geologists’ word for it.  They are wedded to deep time.  It would never occur to them to doubt their spouse: besides, it would be in bad taste.  It’s up to the untied to ask such questions.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 17, 2019

WordPress.com Can Now Send Updates to Twitter

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Users who run their own WordPress installations were already able to ping Twitter whenever they posted an update thanks to plugins like Twitter Tools or Twitter Updater. For WordPress.com, this is an important update, as it brings it up to par with light blogging services like Posterous, which have made autoposting to Twitter and other microblogging services a core feature of their products. More WordPress Updates: New Theme Viewer and PicApps PartnershipThe WordPress team has been quite busy lately, besides launching Publicize, WordPress also unveiled a new version of its theme viewer last week and two days ago, WordPress also announced a partnership with PicApp that allows WordPress users to embed premium images into their blogs. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… frederic lardinois Tags:#Blogging#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market WordPress.com just announced that its users can now use the service’s Publicize feature to automatically send out a tweet whenever they post a new story. WordPress’s Publicize feature, which was only unveiled one week ago, already supported sending updates to Yahoo profiles via the Yahoo Updates service. WordPress uses Twitter’s OAuth mechanism to connect to Twitter. The Twitter updates can be customized and will use WordPress’ wp.me URL shortener. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: November 30, 2019

Global Cebu settles for 2nd in Singapore

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Magsayo keeps int’l feather crown View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “You can see we came here to do what we had to do, so credit to the players who never gave up,” said Global Cebu coach Akbar Nawas.Former National U star Paolo Salenga sent the game to extra time by heading home a free kick from Pika Minegishi in the 109th minute, after Kento Nagasaki put Albirex ahead, 2-1, in the 96th minute.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGlobal defender Wesley Dos Santos also scored off a Minegishi free kick in the first half to cancel out Tsubasa Sano’s opener.But it was Albirex which held its nerve in the shootout with Global missing the first two attempts from Dos Santos and Daruy Roberts, while Albirex converted one out of two —with Sano missing after Nagasaki converted. Global Cebu’s historic run in the RHB Singapore Cup 2017 came to a heartbreaking end on Saturday after the Philippine club bowed to Albirex Niigata in a penalty shootout at Jalan Besar Stadium.The Filipinos equalized twice to send the game to a shootout only to falter, 1-3, as the Japanese-flavored side playing in the Singapore League wrested the crown for the second straight season.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Albirex scored two more from the spot, before Salenga’s effort was parried away for the final count.Global is the first Filipino team to reach the final of the event—CEDELF P. TUPAS Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 12, 2019

BJP trying to turn LS polls into ‘khaki election’, says Shashi Tharoor

first_imgThiruvananthapuram: The Lok Sabha polls should be fought on perennial issues like poverty and disease and not on a tragedy of one moment , says Congress leader Shashi Tharoor while accusing the BJP-led government of trying to turn the 2019 vote into a khaki election after the Pulwama attack. The momentum was with the Congress when the Pulwama tragedy struck on February 14, killing 40 CRPF soldiers, Tharoor said, hitting out at the government for trying to make the upcoming Lok Sabha polls a “national security based election . Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “We were doing very well by all estimations and the momentum was with us when the Pulwama tragedy struck us. Thereafter, the government has tried to make this a khaki election, a national security-based election, Tharoor told PTI in an interview. They are trying to hype their nationalist message that they were trying to protect the nation at the time of danger which, to my mind and my party’s view, has not been the principle challenge facing the country,” said the former diplomat and author who is aiming for a hat trick from the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha seat this time. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday In his view, a daily terror of hunger, poverty and disease strikes the hearts of millions of India and the government must deal with that too. “I am not minimising national security, but I am saying that the election has to be fought on perennial issues and not on a tragedy of one moment. That tragedy will be dealt with, has been dealt with and should be dealt with. “But there is a daily tragedy, the daily terror of hunger, poverty, disease that is also a terror that strikes the hearts of millions of our fellow Indians and that too needs to be dealt with by the government,” he said. Agreeing that some surveys have suggested the BJP’s chances have improved after the terror strike, Tharoor said it was the job of his party to remind people of the real issues. According to the Thiruvananthapuram MP, there has been a dramatic change in the character of India under BJP rule. An estimated 97 per cent of all communal violent incidents relating to cow vigilantism have happened in last four years, Tharoor said. And those are figures issued by the Home Ministry of Rajnath Singh. Not by Congress, not by any NGO. These are government figures. These are very serious crises,” he said. Lashing out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said “triumphant majoritarianism celebrates violence” and the “prime minister stays silent”. So the condoning of this kind of thing is a deep assault on the very foundations of our democracy,” the former Union minister said. He said there are attempts by the centre to undermine the Constitutional arrangement that India was a country for all religions. “That’s being undermined in the ruling party’s language and rhetoric and is also undermined by steps like the citizenship amendment Bill which will allow every citizen of a neighbouring country except Muslims to settle here. That kind of bigotry was never part of Indian nationhood,” he said. Tharoor also expressed the hope that the people of India will vote out the BJP as the party doesn’t deserve a second chance. Addressing the issue of farmer distress, he said, “Sadly, more farmers are committing suicide than there are victims of terrorism in India. I am not saying we should minimise… we should also keep our country safe, but we want the people to address the existing real problems which includes major levels of agrarian distress. For the first time in history, we have eight farmer suicides in Kerala.” The former UN diplomat also mocked the claims of the BJP government over job creation and said the saffron party was only interested in keeping its own job in Delhi. The Congress wants every person in India to have a job, he said. Due to the failed employment policies of the BJP government, skill development has not taken off effectively in the last five “wasted” years, Tharoor said, alleging that the exports and manufacturing sectors had taken a beating. “Thanks to demonetisation, not only the GDP growth got hit of 2 per cent, but small and micro enterprises have shut down across the country. Asked whether the Congress was ready to take on the BJP, he said it was “absolutely” ready. Common people, the Congress leader said, were suffering under NDA rule. An LPG cooking gas cylinder, which cost Rs 390 under the UPA regime, was priced Rs 975 under the BJP government for no good reason, he said. Excise duties for petrol have gone up to Rs 19.48 under BJP rule even when the world prices are dropping, he added.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 12, 2019

Why I am not a ‘Chowkidar’

first_imgWhen I was yet to touch the 5-year age mark, I wanted to be a cop. A swashbuckling, bad-guys-beating, brave police officer. Yes, yes, those were the days of Kiran Bedi-inspired ‘Udaan’ being aired on the only television channel of our times, Doordarshan. From those pre-‘Dabangg’ cop dreams to wanting to act to becoming a journalist and then running my own startups…my professional aspirations metamorphosed many times. I dreamed dreams of unmatchable ambition. Also Read – A special kind of bondBut through all my professional ups and downs, as I often oscillated between disillusionment and carving my own identity, I always found myself eventually aspiring for bigger, better things. From a better quality of life to greater work-life balance, from increasing stable incomes to adding appreciating assets, as with any other normal individual, I too aspired to be better tomorrow than I am today, and achieve that happiness that we all continuously pursue and try to hold on to. Happiness may mean different things to different people but the pursuit of it is real. Economic happiness, emotional bliss, or spiritual contentment — all of us on this planet are chasing some form of happiness at varying stages of our lives. Even the monk or the ascetic is chasing something – greater peace, more spirituality, etc. All of us are constantly chasing, aspiring, dreaming. Also Read – Insider threat managementIn this land of more than a billion dreams, where hopes die deaths of poverty and malnutrition every day, we all saw a collective dream. In 2014, shaking the corridors of power, a chaiwallah had become Prime Minister! What a dream it was to show the billion plus people. What fantastic ambition! It is possible to get past an unprivileged past and on the basis of hard work and merit, reach the echelons of the nation. It is not impossible; a chaiwallah became Prime Minister; so, what stops any of us from imagining a life better than what fate had bestowed? Narendra Modi’s chaiwallah campaign struck a chord with many. Even dissenters felt such an incredulous journey deserved credit and respect. Fast forward to 2019, we have yet another Lok Sabha polls knocking on our door, and PM Modi has released his latest campaign, ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’. Consider what is wrong with this campaign; there are many. Instead of the chaiwallah story that gave the Indian voter lessons on tenacity and hard work, the chowkidar campaign does quite the opposite. It seems to be encouraging a vigilante mindset among people. If we need vigilantes to uphold the law or clean up corruption, then the government must accept failure of governance. It is urging people to take law into their own hands. Do remember here how cow lynchings are a danger and a menace in today’s India. There are laws in some states to prevent cow slaughter but the goons who beat up and kill people suspected of killing or transporting cows for slaughter, pay scant heed to the law. A campaign like the chowkidar one gives these thugs all around the country licence to attack and assault people believing in some misguided chowkidar ideal. No, I am not a chowkidar. No, I don’t look down upon the profession but I am not a chowkidar because I think even chowkidars do not want to remain just that. I don’t think they want their children to give up on brighter career prospects to become security guards. The chowkidar campaign is not an aspirational one for the new India that BJP trumpets about. The chowkidar campaign is just a clever political drive to stymie the effects of Congress’ ‘Chowkidar Chor Hain’ campaign. As a political ruse, the chowkidar campaign is cunning but as a goal for a new India, it is a poor one reflecting ever so badly on where this country is headed. So much so that even alleged corrupt politicians and sexual predators, are also using the prefix against their Twitter handles with alacrity. In the new India of 2019, we aren’t aspiring to be doctors, scientists, social workers, sportspersons, businessmen…we are being shown the dream to be a chowkidar, a vigilante, and most importantly, to forget asking the only question worth asking in Lok Sabha 2019 — where are the jobs? (The writer is a journalist and media entrepreneur. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 12, 2019

Three boys drown in Narendrapur bheri

first_imgKolkata: Three boys reportedly drowned while bathing in a local bheri in Narendrapur on Friday morning. Three other boys, who were bathing with them, informed the local residents about the incident.According to sources, on Friday, around 11 am, six boys from Jagatipota at Khyada in Narendrapur went to have a bath in a local bheri. After they got down in the water, three of them identified as Ranak Das (17), Subhajit (19) and Shan Roy (14) went missing. The three other boys identified as Surajit Roy, Charan Dhali and Bishal Mistry were sitting on the bank of the bheri. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDespite they tried to search for their friends they were not able find them. Immediately, they informed some local residents about their friends going missing. Locals informed Narendrapur police station. Some of them went to the bheri and tried to search for the missing boys. Meanwhile, police arrived and asked local residents to arrange for a fishing net. Also the Disaster Management Group of Kolkata Police was called for help. Before the Disaster Management Group team could reach the spot, local residents arranged a fishing net and recovered the trio. They were immediately admitted to M R Bangur Hospital where they were declared brought dead. Later, sleuths came to know that despite the these boys don’t know how to swim, got down into the water while the other three boys were sitting on the banks. The bodies have been sent for autopsy examination as per the legal procedure.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 12, 2019

In the name of nationalism, govt cannot hide its failures: Capt Ajay Singh Yadav

first_imgIt is an age-old tradition in Gurugram where a public representative who speaks with the voters is first honoured by a ‘pagdi’ which he adorns on his head. Fighting his first Lok Sabha election, 61-year-old Captain Ajay Singh Yadav promises his voters in the public meetings that he will not let their honour and expectations down. Even though this may be the first General elections that he is fighting Captain Yadav is a veteran leader for Haryana Congress and has been a six-time MLA from Rewari. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesIn an exclusive interview with Piyush Ohrie of Millennium Post, Captain Yadav talked about his vision for Gurugram and how in seeking votes for strengthening national security the government is hiding its failures. He also gave tips on how to be fit to undertake a gruelling process of the campaign trail. Excerpts What are the major issues that plague Gurugram Lok Sabha constituency? There is widespread anger among the people on demonetization. There are a large number of small traders and small scale medium industries situated in Gurugram. They were the worse sufferers because of the miscalculated step taken by the government. There was also wide scale unemployment that was caused due to the thoughtless decision. Another issue which angers the voters is pollution. Gurugram is the most polluted city in the world and this is because the government did not work towards extending the Metro and improving the traffic and waste management systems. Finally, there is health and education. The government can open a luxury guesthouse in its tenure but it cannot open a Gurugram university and defence university that was promised. The AIIMS that is to come up in Manethi also does not have the required clearances and just like most of the projects is bound to get stuck in bureaucratic and legal hurdles. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarIf you become the MP from Gurugram what will be your key priorities? My focus will be to improve health and education. I will make sure that there is a new public hospital that comes up in Gurugram city at the earliest. Also making Gurugram University in Kakrola operational will be my endeavour. I want to provide a corruption free and environment-friendly Gurugram. In a state where one out of ten people is a soldier, the sentiments for national security is very strong. At a time when the national government has taken strong measures against terrorism what are your views about issues of national security being raised in this general elections? I myself have served in Indian Army and I feel that in the name of nationalism the government cannot hide its failures. The soldiers have performed their duty well not the so-called chowkidars. How is it possible that 300 kilograms of RDX can come into Pulwama and no one knows about it. Moreover, the car carrying such huge explosive was able to come in the national highway. 1962, 1965 and 1971 wars were fought under the Congress regime. We acknowledged our shortcoming in 1962 and were humble in our victory in 1965 and 1971. There is anger among the residents of new Gurugram regarding the shifting of Kherki Dhaula toll plaza and expediting the construction of Dwarka Expressway, how will you tackle this challenge? It is the intent of the government that has ensured that these challenges have not been tackled. Irrespective of the legal and bureaucratic challenges, it is the duty of the public representative to speak to his people about the difficulties and why the task is not being completed in time. The problem with BJP MP is that after getting elected he does not speak with his voters and therefore cannot provide them assurances. The groundwater levels in Gurugram is falling at an alarming level, what will you do to tackle this major problem? When your leadership is weak, it also affects the functioning of public agencies. Illegal bore wells are one of the major reasons behind Gurugram’s falling groundwater reserves. During my stint as an irrigation minister, our government made sure that the water supply from canals reached Gurugram. Sadly this government did not work on improving the water supply systems. Mewat today is the most backward district in the country, why have the seeds of development not reached a district that is bordering one of the richest cities in the country? It is because voters in Mewat have only been seen through the prism of their caste and religion and development has never been an agenda. My focus in Mewat is development and progress of the region.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 12, 2019

Lord Tirupati Balaji Brahmotsav Festival Starts in Delhi

first_imgThe Delhi Temple of Shri Venkateswara Swamy Vari, popularly known as Tirupati Balaji will be observing the Annual Brahmotsav Festival from May 15-25, 2019.Spread across 1.2 acres, the Delhi Temple of Lord Tirupati Balaji is located in the heart of New Delhi near Birla Mandir. It is under the aegis of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) and is a replica of the Temple situated at Tirupati in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Brahmotsav, is the most important festival celebrated in Tirumala as it marks Lord Srinivasa’s self-manifestation day by Lord Brahma. The annual Brahmotsav is conducted with the same fervor at the Delhi temple as is done in Tirumala. Also Read – The Puja carnivalDuring the festival, the Utsav-murti (processional deity) of the presiding deity Lord Venkateswara (Tirupati Balaji), along with his consorts Padmavati Ammavaru (Mahalakshmi Maa) and Andal Ammavaru (Dharti Maa) is taken out on a procession on different Vahans on the streets around the Temple complex. The major highlights of the festival are Rath Yatra on different Vahans namely Pedda Sesha (seven-headed snake), Chinna Sesha (five-headed snake), Hamsa (swan), Muthya Pupandiri (pearl bower), Simha (lion), Kalpvriksha (wish-fulfing tree), Hanumantha (Hanuman), Sarvabupala (protector of universe), Garuda (eagle), Gaja (elephant), Surya Prabha (sun) and Chandra Prabha (moon). This year 10 vahans have been gifted by ardent devotees to the Delhi Temple of Lord Venkateswara each costing approximately Rs. 2 lacs. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraSpecial Pujas such as Abhishek, Kalyan Utasv (Lord Balaji’s marriage), Havan, etc. Mahaprasad will be done daily. The world-famous Tirumala Laddoos will also be available for Rs.100 each. The festival will also feature cultural programmes and special stalls. Praveen Prakash (IAS), Resident Commissioner Government of Andhra Pradesh and President, LAC, TTD has requested all devotees residing in Delhi and NCR to come forward to join the festivities and support the Delhi Temple Brahmotsav with heart and soul. Devotees may contact the Delhi temple for extending any support and donation.last_img read more