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Children Pray for Mumbai Attack Victims
Sunday 30 November 2008
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Following the Special Prayer Assembly after the tragic series of attacks in Mumbai earlier in the week, over 350 children and their dedicated voluntary teachers from the BAPS Swaminarayan Sunday School also held a prayer assembly on Sunday 30 November 2008 at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London.

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Prayers for Peace after Tragic Mumbai Terror Attacks
Saturday 29 November 2008
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After the horrific and tragic series of terrorist attacks in Mumbai between Wednesday 26 November and Saturday 29 November 2008, BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, UK (BAPS), held a Special Prayer Assembly at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London, on Saturday 29 November 2008.
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GCSE Hinduism Course Begins with 100% Top Result BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, UK
November 2008
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The classes firstly concentrated on Unit M with the exam being taken in June of this year. These classes were held every Saturday at The Swaminarayan Independent School in Neasden, London, with some children travelling from as far as Milton Keynes, Luton and Wellingborough. The course tutor, Mr Lalji Ladwa, is a full-time Religious Studies and Gujarati teacher at the School. Special revision classes during the Easter and May Bank Holidays complemented the classroom lessons, and valuable support and encouragement from the parents helped the children prepare thoroughly.
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BAPS Youth Leader Conferred Prestigious Diana Award
November 2008
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Nimisha Thanki, a youth leader at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Loughborough, has been presented the esteemed Diana Award for her ability to “improve and inspire the lives of others.” The award is a prestigious and lasting celebration of the work of the late Princess of Wales. It “recognises the selfless and positive contributions made by young people to their schools, communities, families or friends,“ and is awarded to “exceptional people who have become positive role models for a generation”.
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Outstanding Inspection Report for The Swaminarayan School
November 2008
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The Swaminarayan School, Europe’s first independent Hindu school, has received an outstanding report following its recent inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), confirming its position as one of the best independent schools in the country.
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Annakut Celebrations
Wednesday 29 October 2008
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Following the auspicious day of Diwali on 28 October, the morning of Wednesday 29 October 2008 ushered in the Hindu New Year. From early in the morning, devotees and families arrived at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London, to offer their prayers on the first day of the New Year. Before their arrival, volunteers had been working through the night to ensure that visitors would have a smooth and pleasant experience.
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Opposition Leader Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP Celebrates Hindu New Year
Wednesday 29 October 2008
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Leader of the Conservative Party, Rt Hon. David Cameron MP, visited the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London, to celebrate the Hindu New Year on Wednesday 29 October 2008.
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Diwali Celebrations
Tuesday 28 October 2008
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The final day of the Hindu year is considered to be one of the most auspicious and is celebrated as Diwali – the ‘Festival of Lights’. It is traditionally the day when business owners close existing account books and open new ones in preparation for the year ahead. The ceremony – called Sharada Pujan or Chopda Pujan – is also a time to take stock of one’s spiritual relationship with God.
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Ladies Health Awareness Fair With Expert Speakers and Celebrity TV Chef, Manju Malhi
Saturday 11 October 2008
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As part of its ongoing multifarious community outreach programmes, BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, UK (BAPS), hosted a national health awareness fair for women at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London, on Saturday 11 October 2008.
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BE THE CHANGE: BAPS Supports Millennium Development Goals
Thursday 25 September 2008

In 2000, at the United Nations Millennium Summit, 189 world leaders adopted a historic pledge to significantly reduce poverty, hunger and disease by 2015. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are a roadmap to deliver this pledge with a total of eight time-bound measurable targets. Thursday 25 September 2008 marked the halfway point of the journey to 2015.
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UN International Day of Peace “Prayers and Reflection for Embracing World Peace”
Sunday 21 September 2008
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In 1982, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution declaring an International Day of Peace. In 2001, the General Assembly adopted 21 September as the permanent date for this annual event.
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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden, Features as a Part of OPEN HOUSE LONDON
Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 September 2008
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These were the words penned by just one of the hundreds of visitors who came to the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London, as it featured again as a part of Open House London. This year the annual event took place during the weekend of 21 and 22 September 2008.
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Health Awareness Day
Sunday 14 September 2008
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As a part of its continuing community outreach initiatives, BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, UK (BAPS), hosted a special Health Awareness Day at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London, on Sunday 14 September 2008.
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Young BAPS women cycle over 600 miles to raise funds for new Mandir & Cultural Complex in Leicester
Saturday 30 August 2008
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On Saturday 30 August 2008, 39 young dedicated women (ages 14 to 23) from Leicester cycled over 600 miles across the city as part of a campaign for the upcoming BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir & Cultural Complex at Gipsy Lane in Leicester. The objective was to raise funds for women’s activities in the new complex and promote better health and fitness awareness within the Asian community.
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Janmashtami Festival
Sunday 24 August 2008
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On Sunday 24 August, a grand celebration was organised by BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden, to mark the birth of Bhagwan Shri Krishna.
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Exceptional GCSE Results at The Swaminarayan School
August 2008
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This year’s GCSE results at The Swaminarayan School in London have again been of an exceptionally high standard. A full 100% of all students who sat the exams achieved 5 A* to C grades; nationally, 65.7% of all pupils met this level of attainment. Additionally, 41% of all results were in the A* and A band (compared to 20.7% nationally), with this increasing to 75% for the A*, A and B band.
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BAPS Healthy Heart Campaign
Saturday 21 June 2008
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As part of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha’s continuing health awareness campaign, a series of events have been held over the past month to promote awareness on cardiovascular disease and identification of its risk factors at an early stage.
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