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   Community News & Events  
  LCUK Appointments  
  Lohana Community United Kingdom hosted its 29th Annual Delegates Conference on Sunday 29th July in Birmingham. Officers appointed for 2007-2008 are as follows:  
Kiritbhai Karia President
Ajaybhai Jobanputra Vice President
Shekharbhai Kakkad Vice President
Ashokbhai Rach Secretary General
Subhashbhai Rajani Treasurer
Prafulbhai Nathwani Press Officer
Hiteshbhai Thakker Asst. Secretary
Satishbhai Karia Asst. Secretary
Kantibhai Savjani Asst. Treasurer
Pannaben Raja Imm. Past Secretary
Trustees were elected as follows:
Jayantibhai Chandarana Leicester
Bhikhubhai Hindocha Leicester
Urmilaben Thakkar North London
Pravinbhai Sangani Birmingham
Narendrabhai Thakrar North London
Sub-Committee Convenors were appointed for special projects as follows:
Ishwarbhai Ruparel Constitution
Maheshbhai Saujani Matrimonial
Ashokbhai Rach Directory
Sureshbhai Modi was appointed as LCUK Honorary Auditor.
  LCUK CAPS Project  
  Our newly launched Careers Advice and Placement Service (CAPS) is growing. We have new requirements from young Lohanas for placements / work experience in the fields of Marketing, Finance and Dentistry. Lohana companies and individuals have also responded and are able to offer work experience in Pharmacy in the Cambridge area or Accountancy in the Southend area. Ansuyaben Sodha, Councillor for Barnet, has offered to provide advice and assistance to any Lohana interested in a career in local government. Please let me know if you are interested in any of the placements.  
  Amit Dattani, our first work experience placement, said "I carried out work experience on the 11th June 2007 till the 15th June 2007 at Yeading Lane Dental Practice in Hayes. I was shadowing various dentists each day and was able to interact with the staff and patients alike. This was very important in order to understand procedures that are carried out regularly at the practice. Prior to my placement I had set expectations which were immediately met in every aspect. I expected to shadow a dentist who explained procedures with respect to the patient; I also had the benefit to ask questions where suitable, and from doing this I gained a deeper understanding. I thoroughly enjoyed the work experience as the professional and friendly, atmosphere within the practice gave an excellent insight into the work of dentists. I am now strongly thinking of pursuing a career in Dentistry as I have obtained the necessary wok experience and knowledge from various placements. I very much appreciate this opportunity and thank the LCUK CAPS project for giving me this opportunity."  
  If your company is able to offer work experience in any field to young Lohanas then please contact us. Please contact us asap on - thanks in advance for your support. Are you an experienced Lohana professional who could spare a little time to help provide advise to our young Lohanas? We are starting a list by profession - your personal details or contact will not be given out. Please send us your details to or contact Ajay Jobanputra on 020 8657 4065 for more information.  
  National Lohana Singles Ball  
  To be hosted on Saturday 8th September 2007. Timing is 7:00pm till late. Venue is the Empire Hall, Leicester. Tickets £25 per head. Restrictions - only open to single Lohana's aged between 23 and 33. A maximum of 75 male and 75 female tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis by advance booking only. Click here to see more information for the event. Please contact Sonal Gadhia on 07946 464 402 for more details and to book tickets.  
  YLANL to host The 'L' Factor  
  Been waiting to show off your dancing talents, practising your bathroom singing and are the family still laughing at your jokes? Young Lohaha Association North London will be hosting The 'L' Factor on Saturday 1st December 2007 - for more details click here or see their website at - auditions start in August 2007; to register interest email  
  East African 32nd Lohana Sports and Cultural Festival  
  Dar es Salaam Lohana Mahajan Mandal under the Festival chairmanship of Manishbhai Rughani will host the 32nd Lohana Sports and Cultural Festival in Dar es Salaam during Christmas 2007 holidays, confirmed Subhashbhai Modi the Hon. PRO of the Festival. Manishbhai Rughani confirmed that the preparations for Sports & Cultural Festival have already started in Dar es Salaam. Dates and programme for the festival are as follows:-  
22nd December 2007 Arrival in Dar es Salaam
23rd December 2007 Registration and Opening Ceremony
24th December 2007 Games begin and Cultural Programmes in the evening.
25th December 2007 Games to continue and Cultural Night
26th December 2007 Finals of all the games, award presentation and closing ceremony
27th December 2007 Departure
  Lohana Samaj New Jersey, USA  
  Lohanas in New Jersey are an active lot and organise some great fun and cultural events. See their website at or click here to see their latest newsletter.  
   Forthcoming Religious & Cultural Events  
  Bhagwat Katha  
  A special event from the 8 year old Maharaj Shree Kapildevji will be hosted from 31st August to 6th September 2007 by Radha Rani Charitable Trust. Shree Kapildevji has been reading the Bhagvat Katha since the age of 4 and has presided over some 40 recitals. Click here to see more details in Gujarati or contact Pravinbhai Unadkat on 01992 764 171.  
  Ganesh Visarjan Day / Hindu Unity Day  
  Shree Jalaram Mandir, Greenford and Hindu Association Southend-on-Sea are hosting Ganesh Visarjan and Hindu Unity Day on Sunday 16th September 2007 on the sea front at Shoeburyness in Southend-on-Sea. Coaches will be departing from various points in London and the event is expected to attract between 5,000 and 10,000 hindus. For more details click here.  
  Pujya Swamini Vimalananda Visits UK  

Pujya Swamini Vimalananda of Chinmaya Mission will be conducting a Bhagavad Geeta Gyana Yagna on Chapter 18 of the Bhagavad Geeta at the Advat Centre in Wembley from Sunday 16th September - Saturday 22nd September 2007.

Other events include Meditation Demystified - A Course On Theory And Practice Of Meditation, also to be conducted at the Advait Centre Monday September 17th - Friday September 21st 2007 and a special talk on Happy Parenting at the Advait Centre on Saturday 22nd September 2007.

Swaminiji will also be conducting Beyond Boundaries. A meeting of Enquiring Minds (A one day conference for students and young professionals who feel that inner direction is as important as outward success)
at the Advait Centre on Saturday 22nd September 2007.

Click here for full details of all events across the UK and instructions for online registration.

  Technology helps budding author Ushaben Jobanputra overcome crippling arthritis  
  A Bristol author who suffers from crippling arthritis used innovative voice-activated software on her computer to publish her first book. Sky Benson, aka. Ushaben, had to retire from her job as a housing benefits officer at Bristol City Council after 17 years because she could no longer use her hands to work on the computer all day.  
  Nine months ago she had an idea for a book. Using IBM ViaVoice voice recognition software, she was able to write it on her laptop. Now she has had her first novel, Why Was He Here?, published through Authorhouse. Sky, whose real name is Ushaben Jobanputra, lives in Bradley Stoke with her husband Rajnikant. Usha said: "It was very difficult trying to do the book using voice activated software". Click here to read an article from the Bristol Evening Post.  
  Prime Minister Gordon Brown appoints Shritiben Vadera to key ministerial post  
  Britain's new Prime Minister Gordon Brown appointed Shritiben Vadera, an economist, as Junior International Development Minister to deal with issues related to India. She is also amongst five other Asians to be appointed into government departments in Brown's drive to start to rebuild the country's trust in government.

Shritiben, daughter of Vinodbhai and Nilamben Vadera, is the first Asian to be made a minister since Keith Vaz, who was Minister for Europe from 1999-2001. Her appointment as a Junior Minister is all the more significant since she is from outside the political spectrum. Ms Vadera, who was a central figure in the Treasury presided over by Brown, was tipped for a key role in 10 Downing Street, due to her proximity with Brown. She has advised him on various international issues, including Africa. Born in Uganda, her family moved in the 1970s first to India and then to England, where she studied politics, philosophy and economics at Somerville College, Oxford. She has held key financial and economic positions in London's financial district. She has also been made a Baroness. .

  Our congratulations to both the Lohana ladies above for their notable achievements.  
   Readers Contributions  
  Lung Cancer
A smoking ban in all public places in England was introduced legally in July 2007. Lung Cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the world. In the UK, it is the second most-frequently occurring cancer, accounting for 1 in 7 new cases. Click here to read an article provided by Dr Anant Sachdev, a Cancer & Palliative Care Specialist.
  Bhagavad Geeta - what good does reading it do?
One day the grandson asked, "Grandpa! I try to read the Bhagawad Geeta just like you but I don't understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bhagawad Geeta do?" Click here to read Grandpa's answer …
  Carrying cash in and out of the UK
Going shopping to India or Dubai? Like to shop with cash? The law has changed since 15th June 2007. Click here for more details.
  Yoga tested as back pain therapy
The potential for yoga to be used to treat lower back pain is being investigated by researchers. Click here to read an interesting article on the subject.
  Prostate problems
What is the prostate gland and what happens if the prostate enlarges? Click here to get answers on this very common problem experienced by many men. …..
  Articles from our Readers are hosted on the website. If you have any interesting articles then email them to - please let us know if you have got the articles from another website so we can acknowledge them. Any comments and feedback welcome for all these articles - write to  
   Community Announcements  

The Sangani and Amlani families have strengthened their bond of friendship further by announcing the engagement of Ami, beloved daughter of Sarla and Pravin Sangani (Birmingham) to Dilesh, beloved son of Ranjanben and Chandubhai Amlani (Bishop's Strotford).

  Pooja Thakker daughter of Sandhya and Pradeep Thakker of South London has got engaged to Neal Radia son of Miraben and Prafulbhai Radia of Stanmore Middlesex.  
  Our heartiest congratulations to all the couples and their families.  
  Message from Thakrar family in Birmingham - As reported in the last eNews Reena Thakrar, daughter of Rasikbhai & Mrs. Urmilaben Thakrar of Birmingham, passed away on Monday 14th May 2007 at the tender age of 26, a month after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. With your kind generosity and affection for Reena, just under £1500 has been collected to be donated in her loving memory. The family has doubled the amount and made it to £3001. This amount has been put towards the Ovarian Cancer Research fund at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Birmingham (UHB Charities, Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham). Thank you for your sympathy and condolences given to the family during this difficult time.  
  Shree Shantilal Liladharbhai Chande of Mwanza passed away in Harrow on 26th May at the age of 70 years.  
  Shree Gokaldas Vallabhdas Patani of Coventry (formerly of Tororo, Uganda) passed away on 26th May.  
  Shree Chhotalal Bhojani of Toronto, Canada passed away on Tuesday May 29 2007 at the age of 88 years.  
  Shree Sureshbhai Kanabar of Coventry passed away on 3rd June  
  Smt. Shantaben Keshavjibhai Tanna of Northwood (formerly Dar es Salaam) passed away at the age of 91 years on 6th june  
  Smt. Lalitaben Thakkar passed away on Friday June 8, 2007 in Mississauga, Ontario at the age of 76. .  
  Shree Sanjaybhai Vandravan Davda of Stanmore (formerly Mwanza) passed away on 11th June at the age of 47 years.  
  Shree Dinesh (Dinu) Manilal Suchak of South Wales passed away on 18 June 2007 after a short illness.  
  Shree Bhupatbhai Dwarkadas Unandkat passed away in Canada (formerly Jinja) at the age of 59 years on 19th June.  
  Shree Hitulbhai Kotecha, son of Prafullaben and Sureshbhai Ramlalbhai Kotecha passed away on 22nd June 2007 in Mumbai, India aged 36 years.  
  Smt Pushpaben Damodardas Budhdeo passed away on Monday, July 02, 2007 in Nairobi, Kenya.  
  Shree Umeshbhai Ramnikbhai Khakhar of Southgate (formerly Nairobi) passed away at the age of 47 years.  
  Shree Kanjibhai Liladharbhai Pattani of Leicester (formerly Bugiri) passed away on 7th July at the age of 85 years  
  Shree Mansukhlal Jivraj Kataria of Edgware ( formerly Malawi / Rajkot) passed away on 13th July at the age of 69 years.  
  Shree Narendrabhai Vanmalibhai Ondhia passed away on Thursday July 26 th, in Toronto.  
  Shree Dhirajlal Vanmalibhai Sanghani of Harrow (formerly Nairobi) passed away on 29th July aged 79 years.  
  Smt. Bhanuben Amratlalbhai Sodha of Wembley (formerly Kisumu) passed away on 3rd August at the age of 75 years.  
  Shree Kiritbhai Chagpal Karia passed away on Saturday August 4th, in Toronto.  
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15TH AUGUST 2007
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