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Coconuts Removed From Trees In Preparation For Barack Obama's Trip


1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
Mr Obama will arrive in India on Saturday for the first leg of an Asian tour.

But as well as the usual security measures that come with welcoming a a visiting dignitary, Indian authorities have decided to go one step further, by removing all natural threats to the president as well.

All coconuts around the city's Gandhi museum, one of Mr Obama's stops in the city, are being taken down.

Mani Bhavan, where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during his freedom struggle against the British, is among five places the US president is visiting in Mumbai.

"We told the authorities to remove the dry coconuts from trees near the building. Why take a chance?" Mani Bhavan's executive secretary, Meghshyam Ajgaonkar, told the BBC.

Last week American security officers inspected Mani Bhavan and its surroundings along with other places the president is likely to visit.

Every year in India people are injured or even killed by falling coconuts.

Mr Obama, still smarting from heavy losses in the midterm elections, will visit India, Indonesia, South Korea, Japan and China on the 10-day tour.



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1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
ishna ji

The more I thought about this story the more I realized that if coconuts fell and knocked out someone in the crowd it might cause a panic and secret service might start shooting. This is probably the kind of detail that only a security officer/ INDIAN would think of. In the US, it would escape us. It escaped me for nearly 4 hours and then the light bulb went off. The article says that falling coconuts are a real danger. That part too really amazed me, but coconut trees here in the US tend to be off on their own. In the south we landscape public areas more with giant magnolia. I am not sure about Australia.


ਨਾਮ ਤੇਰੇ ਕੀ ਜੋਤਿ ਲਗਾਈ (Previously namjap)
Jul 14, 2007
असटपदी ॥



ਮਾਨੁਖ ਕੀ ਟੇਕ ਬ੍ਰਿਥੀ ਸਭ ਜਾਨੁ
मानुख की टेक ब्रिथी सभ जानु ॥

Mānukẖ kī tek barithī sabẖ jān.

Reliance on mortals is in vain - know this well.

ਦੇਵਨ ਕਉ ਏਕੈ ਭਗਵਾਨੁ
देवन कउ एकै भगवानु ॥

Ḏevan ka▫o ekai bẖagvān.

The Great Giver is the One Lord God.

ਜਿਸ ਕੈ ਦੀਐ ਰਹੈ ਅਘਾਇ
जिस कै दीऐ रहै अघाइ ॥

Jis kai ḏī▫ai rahai agẖā▫e.

By His gifts, we are satisfied,

ਬਹੁਰਿ ਤ੍ਰਿਸਨਾ ਲਾਗੈ ਆਇ
बहुरि न त्रिसना लागै आइ ॥

Bahur na ṯarisnā lāgai ā▫e.

and we suffer from thirst no longer.

ਮਾਰੈ ਰਾਖੈ ਏਕੋ ਆਪਿ
मारै राखै एको आपि ॥

Mārai rākẖai eko āp.

The One Lord Himself destroys and also preserves.

ਮਾਨੁਖ ਕੈ ਕਿਛੁ ਨਾਹੀ ਹਾਥਿ
मानुख कै किछु नाही हाथि ॥

Mānukẖ kai kicẖẖ nāhī hāth.

Nothing at all is in the hands of mortal beings.

ਤਿਸ ਕਾ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਬੂਝਿ ਸੁਖੁ ਹੋਇ
तिस का हुकमु बूझि सुखु होइ ॥

Ŧis kā hukam būjẖ sukẖ ho▫e.

Understanding His Order, there is peace.

ਤਿਸ ਕਾ ਨਾਮੁ ਰਖੁ ਕੰਠਿ ਪਰੋਇ
तिस का नामु रखु कंठि परोइ ॥

Ŧis kā nām rakẖ kanṯẖ paro▫e.

So take His Name, and wear it as your necklace.

ਸਿਮਰਿ ਸਿਮਰਿ ਸਿਮਰਿ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਸੋਇ
सिमरि सिमरि सिमरि प्रभु सोइ ॥

Simar simar simar parabẖ so▫e.

Remember, remember, remember God in meditation.

ਨਾਨਕ ਬਿਘਨੁ ਲਾਗੈ ਕੋਇ ॥੧॥
नानक बिघनु न लागै कोइ ॥१॥

Nānak bigẖan na lāgai ko▫e. ||1||

O Nanak, no obstacle shall stand in your way. ||1||


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