Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sai Baba’s chambers - Is that all ?

Sai Baba's ultimate found is Rs 11 crore, 98 kg gold found at Sai Baba’s chambers - Is that all, initially Media reported 450 KG of Gold? Trust members said no ‘will’ of Baba recovered and incidentally Initially the Media said the will was recovered. A massive amount of wealth, including crores of rupees and heaps of gold and silver jewellery, was found at Yajurveda Mandir, the personal chambers of Sathya Sai Baba on Friday.

The tightly-guarded chambers, which were locked since March 28 when Sai Baba was admitted to hospital, were opened on Friday by members of the Sathya Sai Central Trust, one-and-a-half months after his death.

After counting of all the valuables inside the chambers, the Trust announced details of the wealth found in the Yajurveda. It includes Rs 11.56 crore in cash, 98 kg of gold and 307 kg of silver.

The details of the papers and other valuables were not known. Trust members clarified that they did not find any will of Baba in the chambers. Officials of the State Bank of India and the income tax department were also present when the chambers were unlocked. Why the media and police were kept at bay by the Trust.

According to the Trust, all valuables have been deposited with the SBI after inventory. Sources said a large quantity of foreign currency was also found with the ornaments, gifted to Baba by his devotees.

Apart from trust members PN Bhagwati, SV Giri, V Srinivasan and Baba’s nephew RJ Ratnakar, Baba’s personal assistant Satyajeet was also present during the 36-hour-long exercise, in which students of Sathya Sai institutions counted the money and other valuables.

Sources said many of the packets, containing gifts from devotees, were lying unopened since his death. These were opened and taken into account.

S. Chikkarangappa emerges as winner at Inter State Amateur Championship

S. Chikkarangappa emerges as winner at Inter State Amateur Championship:
17th June, Coimbatore: Bangalore’s S. Chikkarangappa capitalized on his second position at the end of Day three to card a one-under 71 on final day of Inter State Amateur Championship to lift the trophy. Chikkarangappa got a close fight from Chandigarh’s Abhijit Chadha who lost by two stroke.

Chikkarangappa played consistent the entire day as he made birdies on 5th, 13th and 17th holes to score one-under for the total of 71 (which was also the best score of the day) to clinch the trophy. 18-year-old Khalin Joshi carded three-over for the total of 304 to finish as 2nd runners up.

Title win for Chikkarangappa (77-79-72-71) and third position for Joshi (75-75-79-75) propelled Karnataka A to the team championship title for a total of 603. The runners-up team was Chandigarh with the pair of Abhijit Chadha (74-76-74-77) and H. S. Kang (79-81-73-75) for the team total of 609.

Chikkarangappa struggled big time on the first two days of the championship in Coimbatore, on a course, which played very tricky. It was only after a conversation with his mental conditioning coach Vinod Kumar that saw Chikkarangappa adopting a relaxed approach to the game. The results were so instant that despite being tied on the hole no. 16 the Karnataka –lad hit a birdie on 17thand hit the center of fairway on the last hole to take the elusive lead against Chaddha.

17-year-old Chikkarangappa said, “I wasn’t confident on the first two days about my game and whenever I was about to tee off, I used to be double minded about my approach. In fact I was standing too close to the ball, which distorted the shot’s trajectory and I very rarely hit the center of fairway. I managed to sort out my game on the third day at the driving range after taking some advices from my mental conditioning coach. I started my day very well today and when I hit a driver on left rough on the hole no. 17th, I was sure that the title is in my hands.”

The Closest to pin was given to Delhi’s Gagan Verma as he shot 11’ & 11” on hole no. 7 while Longest to drive was given to another Delhi’s lad Rahul Bajaj for the hole no. 18. Raghavender Naidu of Tamil Nadu has won the straight drive on hole 6.

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