Indore: CM conferred Suryoday Manavta Seva Samman

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Indore: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was conferred with this year’s `Suryoday Manavta Sewa Samman’ here on Tuesday.  The award carries Rs 1.11 lakh and is given by spiritual leader Bhaiyyuji Maharaj’s Shree Sadguru Datta Dharmik Evam Parmarthik Trust for bringing qualitative changes in lives of common people, poor and downtrodden.

The award was presented jointly by Bhaiyyuji Maharaj, RSS general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis. A galaxy of state ministers, social workers, dignitaries from sports and film fraternities were present at a glittering ceremony held at Labh Ganga Garden on the second day of annual Datta Jayanti Mahotsav.

Chouhan is the 7th recipient of this award. Earlier, this award has been conferred on noted senior social workers Anna Hazare, Dr Prakash Amte, Dr Abhay Bang, senior advocate Ujjwal Nikam and senior journalist Prabal Prataap Singh.

Datta Yagya performed

Earlier in the day, the birth day of Lord Dattatrey was celebrated at Suryoday Ashram amid chanting of religious hymns. A large number of devotees took part in the celebrations. Later, a mammoth `Datta Yaag’ was performed at Laabh Ganga Garden.

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One of India’s leading journalists, Sunanda K. Datta-Ray spent many years in Singapore, as consultant with the Straits Times newspaper group, teaching at Nanyang Technological University and researching this book at the Institute of South-east Asian Studies. His more than fifty years in journalism also include stints in Britain (where he started his career) and the United States. He was Editor of the Statesman, and has written extensively for the International Herald Tribune and essays for Time magazine. His other books include Bihar Shows the Way; Smash and Grab: Annexation of Sikkim; and Waiting for America: India and the US in the New Millennium.

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