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20140831

Hindus ask Basketball Federation to lift turban ban

Hindus are asking International Basketball Federation (FIBA) to lift its headgear ban, which they say smelled of intolerance and should not be acceptable in 2014 world. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that this ban was affecting the fundamental rights and religious freedom of Sikh players. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, termed the headgear ban as appalling, pointless, narrow-minded, discriminatory, racism and unjust; and added that it should immediately go. Rajan Zed urged basketball coaches-referees-players of the world to stand up in solidarity and sportsmanship with the Sikh players and refuse to play till the headgear ban was lifted. Zed also urged His Holiness Pope Francis to come out openly in support of Sikhs on this issue. International Olympic Committee, whose role is to “act against any form of discrimination”, should also jump in to impart wisdom to FIBA, Zed added. What was United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights doing, who was “mandated to promote and protect human rights for all” and speak out “objectively in the face of human rights violations”? Rajan Zed asked. Zed further said that FIBA Central Board meeting at Sevilla (Spain) on August 27, instead of making a final decision of removing the headgear ban, deferred this issue for the future, saying “it requires further analysis”. FIBA, the world governing body for basketball whose tagline is "We Are Basketball", is an independent association formed by 214 National Basketball Federations throughout the world. Yvan Mainini, Horacio Muratore and Patrick Baumann are President, Vice President and Secretary General respectively of its Central Board. Founded in 1932 and headquartered in Mies (Switzerland), FIBA establishes the Official Basketball Rules, and claims that 11% of the world plays basketball.

Suniel Shetty turns riffle coach for Sasha Agha Khan in Desi Kattey

Game changers. Glam girls. Power players. Beauty with Brains. Here's to the resourceful, sensitive, soulful, gracious and confident women of Bollywood. They are the heart, face and soul of an industry. And yet, they lead their lives and career on their own terms and conditions. Whether it's respect, remuneration or reputation, they aren't second to anybody. In Bollywood many actresses take challenging role here Actress Sasha Agha Khan recently join the list of brave actress. Sasha Agha Khan will seen in her action packed performance where she will be seen with guns onscreen and raising temperature is upped by quite a few degrees. But the new bee Sasha is not so familiar with Guns so Actor Suniel Shetty who is returning as an Army man who also doubles up as a shooting coach will become tutor for the lovely lady. Anna Suniel Shetty has a very pivotal role in the film. He is the one who spots my two key protagonists in the film, played by Akhil Kapur and Jay Bhanushali. DESI KATTEY movie is based on the world of gangsters and sports amalgamate to meet a common destination. Excited Sasha Agha Khan said, "Guns are my secret desire and working with the master of action Suniel Shetty is really fun. I was little bit nervous but when you get tutor like Suniel sir nothing is impossible."

20140829

A festive spirit envelopes the city and other parts of Telangana as Ganesh Chaturthi began with religious fervour

Hyderabad: A festive spirit envelopes the city and other parts of Telangana as Ganesh Chaturthi began Friday with religious fervour.

Hundreds of devotees performed 'puja' in Ganesh temples and to idols installed at specially decorated 'pandals' or makeshift platforms erected by various neighbourhood and traders' associations. Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan and his wife performed 'puja' to the huge idol installed at Khairatabad near Raj Bhavan, the official residence of the governor. A large number of devotees including VIPs made a beeline for worship at over 50-feet-long idol, the tallest in the city, at Khairatabad. The governor said he prayed for the happiness and prosperity of people of both the Telugu states.

This is the first Ganesh Chaturthi after bifurcation of the state. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu offered puja at Telugu Desam Party (TDP) headquarters in Hyderabad. He wished for the well-being and development of people of both the states. TDP leaders from both the regions greeted Naidu. According to Bhagyanagar Ganesh Utsav Samithi, over 50,000 idols have been installed in and around Hyderabad for the 11-day long festival this year. This is in addition to small idols installed in apartments and individual houses.

The idols of different sizes, shapes, colours and in myriad forms have been installed on streets in major markets and residential localities across twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Hundreds of trucks and smaller vehicles were seen carrying the idols from Dhoolpet area to their destinations. The devotees were doing the last minute shopping for marigold flowers, leaves and other materials for puja. The sweet shops and the supermarkets were also teeming with people, buying sweets and groceries for the festival.

Police have made massive security arrangements for the festival, especially in the communally sensitive old city. Over 15,000 policemen and paramilitary personnel have been deployed in the state capital. The festival will conclude with a mammoth procession Sep 8 when thousand of idols will be immersed in Hussain Sagar Lake in the heart of the city. The festival also began in other parts of Telangana with people installing idols at homes and on streets. The festival is celebrated on a massive scale in Hyderabad and other parts of Telangana but is a low-key affair in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.
source:agency

Luxury automobile manufacturer BMW launched a new variant of its sports utility vehicle (SUV) X3

New Delhi: Luxury automobile manufacturer BMW  launched a new variant of its sports utility vehicle (SUV) X3 priced between Rs.44.90 lakh and Rs.49.90 lakh.

According to the company, the new model features latest-generation diesel engine with which provides low fuel consumption. The all-aluminium 2.0 litre diesel engine can accelerate the vehicle from 0 to 100 km per hour in just 8.1 seconds.

The engine comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission with cruise control which provides higher shifting and driving comfort. The new vehicle is only available with diesel powered engine is locally produced at the company's Chennai plant.
source:agency

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the nation on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday greeted the nation on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. "On Ganesh Chaturthi, we bow to Lord Ganesh. May Lord Ganesh shower his blessings on us and enrich our lives with peace, joy and wisdom," the prime minister said in a tweet.
source:agency

Mehbooba Mufti,appealed the central government to start defence minister level talks with Pakistan

Jammu: Mehbooba Mufti, president of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir, Friday appealed the central government to start defence minister level talks with Pakistan.

Addressing a media conference here, Mufti said: "The union government should start mature, meaningful defence minister level talks with Pakistan to carry forward the agenda of peace and progress between the two neighbouring counties." She asked the BJP government at the Centre to rise above party politics and carry forward former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's agenda for peace by taking confidence building measures like bus service between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad.

She said she was "disappointed" with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not working on the lines of Vajpayee's agenda. "I am disappointed," she said. The president of the state's largest opposition party asked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) not to play politics when it comes to a sensitive state like Jammu and Kashmir.
source:agency

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand on his birth anniversary

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday paid tribute to hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand on his birth anniversary, which is being celebrated every year as National Sports Day.

"Our tributes to legendary Major Dhyan Chand on National Sports Day. His determination and dedication towards sports continues to inspire," Modi tweeted. "We salute all our sportsmen and women, who have been enhancing the pride of the tricolour by their exemplary performance on the field," Modi said.

The prime minister also congratulated sportspersons who would be honoured with the various National Sports Awards Friday and said: "India is proud of them". Born Aug 29, 1905, Major Dhyan Chand is regarded as one of the greatest hockey players the world has seen till date. He is known as 'The Wizard' because of the way he controlled the ball. He won three Olympic Gold medals in 1928, 1932 and 1936.
source:agency

20140828

Unisys Expands Desktop Virtualization Offerings with New Cloud-Based Desktop as a Service Solution

Bangalore – Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) today
expanded its portfolio of Unisys Workspace Services – a comprehensive
range of advisory and cloud-based services for desktop virtualization
– with a new solution designed to help IT organizations reduce costs
and increase flexibility in providing their workers with cloud-based
access to the full suite of business applications and services that
they need to stay productive.



Combining Unisys services and technology and the VMware Horizon®
architecture, the new Unisys Desktop as a Service solution enables
CIOs to reduce capital expenses by eliminating the need to buy and
maintain costly desktop infrastructure and software licenses.



Instead, IT organizations can purchase resources based on a set price
for each virtual desktop from a cloud-based catalog that includes
hosted applications and all the support services typically available
for traditional desktops. End users can use this catalog to build a
personalized virtual desktop, tailored to their job profile, that they
can securely access anytime, anywhere, from any device – tablets,
smartphones, laptops, PCs and thin clients. IT staff can use the
catalog to access Unisys managed services to maintain and monitor the
virtual desktop.



Depending on a client's specific requirements, Unisys Desktop as a
Service can be hosted and managed in a VMware or Unisys data center,
or on-premises at a client site.



"Providing your employees with the latest, most powerful desktop
resources doesn't have to be a break-the-bank exercise any longer,"
said Larry Dunn, vice president, solution portfolio management, Unisys
Enterprise Services. "Our Unisys Desktop as a Service offering
combines the efficiency of the cloud with a full range of IT managed
services and end-user support services to provide organizations with a
more flexible, cost-efficient way to keep their workers productive and
informed in their jobs."



Services included in the Unisys Desktop as a Service solution are
development and maintenance of virtual desktop images and patching and
monitoring of virtual desktop instances. Unisys coordinates with the
client's service desk organization to provide support for users of
those services. Encryption of stored data – also known as data at rest
– and anti-malware services are available as options for enhanced
security.



All capabilities and services of the Unisys Desktop as a Service
solution are available to IT staff and end users through an integrated
version of the VantagePoint™ by Unisys solution, which aggregates
business and IT services from multiple sources around the enterprise.
VantagePoint by Unisys can provide a unified view of endpoint
resources, giving users a simplified way to obtain support,
information and services for their entire workspace – not only their
virtual desktop, but also traditional desktop and mobile-device
environments.



Unisys has built the Unisys Desktop as a Service solution to the U.S.
government Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program (FedRAMP)
security standard for cloud-based products and services. The company
is in the process of seeking FedRAMP certification for key North
American data centers.



"The comprehensive managed services, global end-user support and
enhanced security Unisys provides in the Unisys Desktop as a Service
solution complement our desktop virtualization technology," said Erik
Frieberg, vice president of product marketing, End-User Computing,
VMware. "The Unisys solution affords VMware Horizon clients a
cost-effective way to create and manage an infrastructure that gives
end users easy access to a standardized but flexible set of software
resources."



Unisys Desktop as a Service clients can also take advantage of
optional Unisys assessment, migration, transformation and mobile
environment management services, which complement the Unisys managed
services and end-user support services for the cloud-based solution.

The Unisys Desktop as a Service solution is scheduled for general
availability in the fourth quarter of 2014.



For more information, visit Unisys at VMworld® 2014 booth 213.



About Unisys

Unisys is a global information technology company that solves complex
IT challenges at the intersection of modern and mission critical. We
work with many of the world's largest companies and government
organizations to secure and keep their mission-critical operations
running at peak performance; streamline and transform their data
centers; enhance support to their end users and constituents; and
modernize their enterprise applications. We do this while protecting
and building on their legacy IT investments. Our offerings include
outsourcing and managed services, systems integration and consulting
services, high-end server technology, cybersecurity and cloud
management software, and maintenance and support services. Unisys has
more than 23,000 employees serving clients around the world. For more
information, visit  www.unisys.com.

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PayUMoney and ICICI Bank Brings the Biggest Online Shopping Festival- Fant@stic 15!* Shoppers to benefit from PayUMoney and ICICI Bank’s double bonanza discount offers!*

New Delhi: PayUMoney brings to you the *Fantastic Fifteen Shopping Festival*, in association with ICICI credit and debit cards. This is by far the biggest online shopping festival spanning over 15 days for Indian shoppers with 35 exciting online brands to choose from on a platter. What’s more - shoppers get up to 40% off on shopping with ICICI

Bank Credit and Debit Cards. Further, every consumer will get an assured discount of upto 15% on every transaction done through PayUMoney.

Aptly named *Fantastic Fifteen,* the shoppers can start filling their shopping carts from the26thAugust till 9th September, 2014. Interestingly, to make the shopping experience even more fulfilling, shoppers stand a chance to win two Moto-G smart phones every day and 3000+ gift vouchers across the span of 15 days.

The Fant@stic 15 shopping festival is a class apart from any other online shopping festival that the shoppers would have witnessed so far as it spans over 15 days and provides ample amount of time to shoppers to choose from a variety of brands and avail exciting discounts on each transaction. The popular brands to lookout for during the festival are – Jabong, Dominos, adidas, Shopclues, BookMyShow, Goibibo, Red Bus, Zovi, Fabfurnish and Infibeam.

Open to all shopaholics and expecting a huge rush of shoppers starting day

1, the shopping festival is a great opportunity for all online buyers and discount lovers to make the most of the discounts offered. *“We’re extremely delighted to partner with ICICI bank for the fantastic 15 shopping festival. In fact it’s for the first time that a bank and an online payments company have joined hands to put a shopping festival of his scale. Not only one gets the best of brands to shop from and best of the offer to avail, the festival assures that one is rewarded while buying.

This means one is literally getting paid to shop! A consumer stands a chance to win two swanky Moto G smart phones every day, apart from 3000+ gift vouchers. We hope that festival will attract buyers across the country and wish to roll out such festivals more frequently.” *quoted Shailaz Nag, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at PayU India.

The consumers can look for all offers at: https://payumoney.com/fantastic15.html

*About PayUMoney:*

PayUMoney is a FREE and unique online payments solution for anyone who wants to collect payments in India (be it Individuals, brick & mortar start-ups, Freelancers, Schools, Hotels, Utility companies, Residential societies, Telcos, Insurance companies, traders, retailers etc.)

PayUMoney is brought to you by PayU India, which is India’s fastest growing online payment company. In just 2 years PayU has achieved the feat of becoming the No.1 player in E-commerce category and No.2 player in overall payments Industry. PayU serves more than 30000 businesses today with proven success records. Its clientele includes -Goibibo, Snapdeal, Bookmyshow, Jabong, and Ferns n Petals, Freecharge, Zomato, Tradus, Rechargeitnow, Micromax Mobiles, Groupon India and many more.

PayU India is headquartered in Gurgaon and has regional offices in Mumbai and Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune, Jaipur & Shimla.

Tech Mahindra launched nationally its affordable mobile job marketplace -- "Saral Rozgar" cards

New Delhi: Tech Mahindra Wednesday launched nationally its affordable mobile job marketplace -- "Saral Rozgar" cards -- to help blue-collar job seekers connect with mainstream employers via mobile phone in their own language.
"We are thrilled to introduce 'Saral Rogzar' cards nationally. In the past two years, we have registered close to two million subscribers across 800 locations in India, and have successfully engaged more than 50,000 job seekers with prospective employers," Jagdish Mitra (Head - Mobility Business), Tech Mahindra said.

"Currently, there are more than 37 crore blue-collar workers who are unskilled or semi-skilled. Our aim is to reduce this socio-economic imbalance and bridge the digital divide by ensuring that job seekers get ample job opportunities," he added.

Job seekers can access the service by buying the card for Rs.50 and registering through a simple voice call in the preferred language. The cards will be available at more than one lakh point-of-sale outlets with the telecom recharge retailers.
"Currently, 'Saral Rozgar' has more than one lakh job openings in 100-plus job categories. In Delhi and NCR region, we have more than 15,000 jobs identified in the major industrial clusters of Dharuhera, Manesar, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Noida, Sahibabad and Dadri," Vivek Chandok (vice president, mobility VAS product and portfolio) Tech Mahindra, said.

He added: "The top job categories in demand are retail, accounting, tailoring, electrician, machine operator, cook, security guard, food and beverage executive, and delivery boys, among others."
source:agency

20140827

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley reviewed the progress of the prestigious Project 75 indigenous Scorpene submarine construction and other ongoing warship building projects

Mumbai: Defence Minister Arun Jaitley Wednesday reviewed the progress of the prestigious Project 75 indigenous Scorpene submarine construction and other ongoing warship building projects, including the P-15B Class stealth destroyers.

Jaitley was accompanied by Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R.K. Dhowan during his visit to the Mazagon Docks Ltd., where Project 75 to construct six state-of-the-art submarines is currently underway in collaboration with M/s. DCNS, France. Considered a crucial project for the country and the Indian Navy, the project will give a massive fillip to India's indigenous submarine construction capability.

"With all the impediments and material hurdles resolved, the construction of the submarines is progressing on schedule to meet the planned delivery schedule of September 2016," an official statement said. Currently, three of the planned six submarines in the project are in the outfitting phase and the systems of the first submarine are being set to work.

The Project 75 is being reviewed regularly at all levels by the central government and the naval headquarters to gear up for the launch of the first submarine in September next year (2015). Similarly, preparations to induct these submarines are also underway and the selected crew has commenced training. The submarine fleet will initially be based in Mumbai, and after completion of trials, they would be later shifted to the operational base in Karwar.

For this, the government has given the priority to create associated shore support facilities as per the Long Term Infrastructure Perspective Plan. Duirng his visit, Jaitley also inaugurated the Mazdock Modernisation Project (MMP), which will greatly enhance the warship and submarine capability of Mazagaon Dock Ltd.

The Rs.8 billion MMP, being carried out with M/s. Haskoning Nederland BV as a consultant, will see the creation of a new Wet basin with level-luffing cranes, 300-tonne Goliath crane, module workshop, stores building, shipyard transporter and a cradle and assembly shop at MDL.
source: agency

Telecommunications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad unveiled the dot Bharat domain name

New Delhi: Telecommunications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Wednesday unveiled the dot Bharat domain name, an official statement said here.
Most of the future expansion of the internet is going to come from Asia, Africa and the developing world. Local languages, content and culture will increasingly become important themes for the future expansion of the internet, the minister said, adding that mobile devices and applications as well as social media will be important determinants of this growth. The National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) and the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) have been working for the last two years on the dot Bharat domain name.

The dot Bharat ccTLD (country code top-level domain) is shared by other Indian languages such as Boro, Dogri, Konkani, Maithili, Marathi, Nepali and Sindhi-Devanagari and the end user can now get domain names in these languages apart from Hindi, the statement said. This is soon to be followed in the coming months by similar launches in regional languages such as Tamil, Gujarati, Punjabi, Urdu, Telugu and Bangla.

The minister said e-commerce is going to bring in revolutionary changes in the economic activities of rural India. It will not only generate new jobs but also create large number of business opportunities for all sections of populations in rural India. He said Digital India project is aiming to offer a one-stop shop for government services and would use the mobile phone as the backbone of its delivery mechanism. Digital India promises to transform India into a connected knowledge economy offering world-class services at the click of a mouse and will be implemented in a phased manner.
source:agency

20140823

Actor Emraan Hashmi is proud after watching his own film "Raja Natwarlal"

Mumbai: Actor Emraan Hashmi is proud after watching his own film "Raja Natwarlal" and he can't stop singing praises of the movie which he believes is the "best rom-con" entertainer.
"Saw #RajaNatwarlal last night. Without mincing my words. It is the best ROM-CON (romantic-con movie) film...by a long shot! REVENGE hasn't ever looked dis good (sic)," Emraan tweeted Saturday. The movie is slated to release Aug 29, and stars Pakistani actor Humaima Malick with Emraan, as well as actors like Kay Kay Menon and Paresh Rawal. It is directed by Kunal Deshmukh and produced by UTV Motion Pictures.
source:agency

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan and his family,landed in the Pink City to cheer for Pink Panthers

Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan and his family, including his little granddaughter Aaradhya, landed in the Pink City Saturday to cheer for Pink Panthers, a Pro Kabaddi League franchise owned by his son Abhishek.
"Landed in Jaipur to cheer for #PINKPANTHERS. Tonight we play Pune, all of us here... Bahu, poti, sab," Amitabh posted on his Twitter page Saturday afternoon. Abhishek's wife Aishwarya and daughter Aaradhya will be present for the match as well.
source:agency

Bollywood's young talent Alia Bhatt is set to offer hairstyling tips to her fans

Mumbai: Bollywood's young talent Alia Bhatt is set to offer hairstyling tips to her fans.
She will do so via MTV's digital show "Philips MTV The Look", which offers a plethora of stylish hair-do ideas and tips to make people's locks look good.

Alia will be seen sharing some of her favourite styles, tips and tricks to create interesting hairdos along with video jockeys Bani and Gaelyn on the web-based show, said a statement. The ladies will be bringing the trendiest, funkiest and eye-catching hair-dos and styles to viewers who look to be ahead of the style curve.
source:agency

Pakistan Rangers continued to use long range weapons to target the Border Security Force (BSF) posts and villages in R.S. Pura and Arnia areas

Jammu: The Pakistan Rangers Sunday continued to use long range weapons to target the Border Security Force (BSF) posts and villages in R.S. Pura and Arnia areas near the international border in Jammu district, police said. "Pakistan rangers used long range weapons to target almost all the BSF border outposts in R.S. Pura and Arnia in addition to villages close to the border in these areas," a senior police officer said. "Pakistan firing started at 10 p.m. last night and continued intermittently during the night. They fired at 12 BSF outposts in R.S.Pura and 10 in Arnia sectors," he added. "Since Pakistan rangers are using long range weapons, 28 villages in these areas are directly in the line of Pakistan fire." "BSF troops are effectively retaliating and intermittent firing is still on," he said. Jammu Divisional Commissioner Shantmanu said the administration is prepared to accommodate at safer places possible migrants from border villages in these areas. "We are ready to meet any eventuality. Our contingency plans are in place to provide all possible relief to people who might move out of their villages if tensions escalate," the official said. Although the state government says only 1,000 villagers have so far moved out to safer accommodations, eye-witnesses in these areas say over 3,000 villagers have taken shelter at safe places out of villages in R.S. Pura and Arnia areas in Jammu. source:agency

20140821

"Close up Bharat Ki Shaan Let's Dance” becomes one of the top Reality shows of DD National

Television shows come and go, while some fail miserably, others create a history and get the success and fan following more than a film can even attempt to do and 2014 has been no exception. While many television serials did not see the light of the day, some continue to stand out in the minds of viewers. Nothing brings people closer than a show that helps families bond over content that stimulates emotionally, morally and intellectually. The competition among shows got tougher each week as several shows touch their highest ever ratings and ratings many a times fluctuate too. DD National top running show ' Close up Bharat Ki Shaan – Let's Dance’ crossed million viewers to become one of the highest rated show this season. The show premiered on 7th June 2014 and has been a topper for the past 2 months, it has been successful and managed to be on top. The show has the king of Ballroom dancing Sandip Soparrkar as the grand judge along with Oo La La choreographer Pony Verma. Sandip Soparrkar posted on his facebook page "Through my show Close up Bharat ki Shaan Let's Dance I am in homes of every Indian family every weekend, now I feel like the country is my home. Thank you Doordarshan for making me reach to the people of Bharat."' The show had received an overwhelming positive response and feedback from both the critics as well as the public. The show was widely appreciated by several film and television personalities for its research, format, presentation and content. This show tops the young viewers thinking and continues to rule the hearts of the audiences. Pony Verma said on the show, "I am so proud to be a judge on Close up Bharat ki Shaan Let's Dance, a show which is being appreciated by one and all." The show is not just filled with talented dancers but has a very youthful appeal which makes it even more likeable. The dance themes, concepts being shown are new and different from other current shows on air. Plus the guidance and comments given by Pony Verma and Sandip Soparrkar is something to look forward to.

20140820

Hindus laud Overland Park Council for permitting elephant for wedding festivities

Hindus have thanked Kansas’s Overland Park City Council for unanimously approving the permit in its August 18 meeting to allow an elephant for wedding festivities on September six. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, commended the Overland Park City Council for respecting the age old Hindu traditions by granting this permit. Zed urged all city councils and county boards/commissions of USA to allow such usage. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that it was tradition in Hindu weddings for the bridegroom to travel to wedding venue riding on a horse or elephant in a procession accompanied by family and friends. Rajan Zed further said that it was very comforting to know that Hindu traditions received a warm welcome in Kansas. Overland Park, whose tagline is "Above and beyond, by design" and which is home to a “train garden” and “Shim Sham Shimmy” sculpture; has been ranked in top 10 Best Places to Live, one of the Best Places to Raise Your Kids, and among America's 10 Best Places to Grow Up. Carl R. Gerlach and John Skubal are Mayor and Council President respectively. Prominent people associated with it include actors Paul Rudd, Sarah Lancaster, Jason Sudeikis, Rob Riggle; and film director Darren Lynn Bousman. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. There are about three million Hindus in USA.

20140819

UP : BJP president Amit Shah exhorted party workers to begin work for winning the 2017 state assembly elections

Lucknow: Outlining his ambitions for Uttar Pradesh, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah Tuesday exhorted party workers to begin work for winning the 2017 state assembly elections. Speaking to party workers on his maiden visit to the state after his recent elevation as party chief, Shah said time has come for the party to reclaim the government in Uttar Pradesh, the most populous and electorally crucial state. Thanking the people and party workers for helping the BJP win 71 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state, Shah said workers should now work to expose the "total failed" government of the Samajwadi Party (SP). He added that workers should fan out across Uttar Pradesh to inform people how only the BJP can usher in peace, development and prosperity in the state. Accusing the Akhilesh Yadav government of "punishing" people for overwhelmingly voting for the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shah said there was no governance in the state and anarchy reigned everywhere. "Neither Mulayam Singh Yadav nor Akhilesh Yadav have time for the people of the state who are battling with an unprecedented flood situation, but have time for Amar Singh," he said. He also urged party workers to begin a sustained exercise to inform and educate people about the good work being undertaken by the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and not to pay heed to the negative propaganda unleashed by opponents.
"After a spectacular show in the general elections, now is the time to focus on state politics and I am sure with the toil and hard work of party workers, we will achieve a two-thirds majority in the assembly elections," he said. Amit Shah was in charge of the BJP's Lok Sabha election exercise in Uttar Pradesh. While the BJP won a spectacular 71 seats, its alliance partner Apna Dal won two other seats.
source:agency

An intensive household survey is underway across Telangana state

Hyderabad: In what is billed as the first exercise of its kind anywhere in the country, an intensive household survey is underway across Telangana state Tuesday to know social and economic status of nearly four crore people in a single day.
Nearly four lakh government employees are covering about one crore households in all 10 districts of the state including Hyderabad. Brushing aside the criticism by opposition and allegations that it is aimed at singling out people from Andhra Pradesh living in Hyderabad, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) embarked on the massive exercise to collect data.

The government clarified that by collecting the information it wants to identify real beneficiaries of the welfare schemes and to weed out the bogus ones. The survey began at 7 a.m. across the state with enumerators going door-to-door to gather information like names, age, educational qualification, profession, Adhar card numbers, bank account number, property and other details of the family members. The exercise will continue till 7 p.m.

In Hyderabad, the survey is expected to continue till 8 p.m. As many as 75,000 government employees are gathering data of 20 lakh families in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC). Contrary to speculations in some circles that the survey is aimed at targeting people from Andhra Pradesh living in Hyderabad, the survey form has no nativity column. Even declaring bank account number is optional. Normal life came to a complete halt across Telangana as the government declared a holiday to enable people to remain at home and participate in the survey.

Shops, petrol bunks, hotels, cinema halls, business establishments, companies, factories and educational institutions remained shut. All buses of state owned Road Transport Corporation (RTC) buses went off the roads. The government has warned shops and business establishments violating the orders and has also ensured that not a single RTC plies. Thousands of people from various parts of the country reached their home towns and villages for the survey. Families residing in Hyderabad but having their records registered in districts also headed for their native places to participate in the survey.

Irrigation Minister Harish Rao, who participated in the survey, said despite misinformation spread by the vested interests and opposition parties, the survey was a huge success with people voluntarily coming forward to participate in it. "The government wants to know if there are families who need benefits like ration card, housing and pension. The database will help us to plan better and ensure that the benefits of the schemes reach the deserving," he said.

The TRS government said lack of credible data was a major hurdle in planning and implementation of welfare scheme as total number of ration cards exceed the number of households. It alleged that huge irregularities were committed in the past in implantation of schemes like housing for poor, reimbursement of fee of poor students, free healthcare and social pensions. Despite criticism, it went ahead with the survey in a single day to ensure that there is no duplication and bogus beneficiaries are removed.
source:agency

New Jersey Hindus to unite behind push for Diwali holiday in Millburn schools

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has given a call to all the Hindus of New Jersey
to come forward and wholeheartedly support volunteers making efforts to
introduce Diwali as a holiday in New Jersey’s Millburn Township School
District (MTSD).



Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, in a statement in
Nevada today, said that Hindu community was already heartbroken over MTSD
not including Diwali as a school holiday in its 2014-2015 school calendar.



Rajan Zed urged New Jersey Hindus to provide the moral, financial,
political, etc., support to volunteers working in the “Petition Process for
Days of Personal Observance” announced by MTSD, to push Diwali as a holiday
in 2015-2016 school calendar. Area Hindu temples should also join in to
help.



Zed stressed that Hindu community felt left out in New Jersey as despite
fast changing state demographics and continuing growth of Hindu
populations, only two public school districts had reportedly declared
Diwali as a school holiday. He noted that their ultimate goal was to
introduce Diwali as holiday in all the over 600 school districts of this one
of the most ethnically and religiously diverse states, and the community
would make all out efforts for it. New Jersey should recognize diversity of
its communities as Gujarati, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, etc., are
spoken in its various parts.



Rajan Zed argued that it was not fair with Hindu pupils and their families
as they had to attend school on their most popular festival while many
schools in the state were closed on holy days of some other communities.
This unfairness did not send a good signal to the impressionable minds of
schoolchildren who would be the leaders of tomorrow; Zed said and added
that New Jersey public school districts needed to urgently revisit their
policies on this issue.



Zed stated that since it was important for Hindu families to celebrate
Diwali day together at home with their children, we did not want our
children to be deprived of any privileges at the school because of thus
resulting absences on this day. Closing schools on Diwali would ensure that
and it would be “a step in the right direction”.



Rajan Zed noted that awareness about other religions thus created by such
holidays like Diwali would make the New Jersey pupils well-nurtured,
well-balanced, and enlightened citizens of tomorrow. It would make the
state look good also besides bringing cohesion and unity in the community.



According to Zed, Diwali, the festival of lights, aims at dispelling the
darkness and lighting up the lives and symbolizes the victory of good over
evil. Besides Hindus, Sikhs and Jains and some Buddhists also celebrate
Diwali. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about
one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. There
are about three million Hindus in USA.



MTSD has launched a multi-step “petition and ballot process for identifying
days that might be considered for closing schools for the 2015-2016 school
district calendar due to anticipated significant absenteeism. To request
that a specific day of personal observance be added to the Millburn school
calendar a petition must be submitted to the Board with 500 or more valid
signatures of voting-age Millburn residents on or before September 30,
2014.” For Diwali, MTSD has listed Padmaja Chinta as Petition Leader,
assisted by Subadhra Vardharaj, Yashica Shah, Aarti Bajaj, Deepa Krishnan,
and Tithi Majumdar. Petition Leaders for Rosh Hashanah, Good Friday,
Chinese New Year and Eid have also been listed.



MTSD, known for academic excellence whose 99% of graduating seniors
reportedly attend four-year colleges, has about 5,000 pupils and includes
Millburn High, a national Blue Ribbon School. Jeffrey Waters and James A.
Crisfield are Board President and Superintendent respectively.



Township of Millburn, incorporated in 1857, had reportedly one of the
highest annual property tax bills in the state. Robert J. Tillotson, W.
Theodore Bourke and Timothy P. Gordon are Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Business
Administrator respectively of Millburn, whose notable residents included
actress Anne Hathaway, actor John C. McGinley and hockey player Brian
Rolston.

20140815

Actress Shraddha Kapoor hopes Marathi cinema gets more power with more films like "Lai Bhaari"

Mumbai: Actress Shraddha Kapoor, who is half Maharashtrian and half Punjabi, hopes Marathi cinema gets more power with more films like "Lai Bhaari".
"It's great that a film like 'Lai Bhaari' is doing so well. So more power to Marathi cinema. I have not got any offers for Marathi films. But I never say never. I am greedy for a great opportunity," Shraddha said. Shraddha, whose father Shakti Kapoor is a Punjabi and mother Shivangi Kolhapure a Maharashtrian, can't speak Punjabi. But she is fluent in Marathi.

She is keen to watch "Lai Bhaari", which marked Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh's foray in to Marathi cinema. It was lauded upon its release. "I really want to see 'Lai Bhaari'. Riteish showed me the promo and I went completely nuts looking at it. I told him, 'This is one of the best promos I have ever seen and I dying to want to watch the film'."
source:agency

Kareena is the style icon for a young Indian woman : Ritu Kumar

New Delhi: Award winning veteran fashion designer Ritu Kumar, two of whose creations have been worn by Kareena Kapoor in a song from "Singham Returns", says the actress is a "perfect muse" for her designs.
In the song "Kuch toh hua hai" from "Singham Returns", which released Friday, Kareena is seen flaunting ethnic yet contemporary outfits from the Ritu Kumar Label collection. "Kareena is the style icon for a young Indian woman who can marry the stylistic nuances of traditional wear with a contemporary twist. She is a perfect Ritu Kumar muse," Kumar said.

Talking about the actress' look in the song, she added: "Kareena is wearing two of the most trendy outfits from the Ritu Kumar Label collection. These are young , fun and fit into the mood of the generation next in India. The skirt is a blend of an authentic classical design of the shamiana designs, styled in a mix match of prints, panelled and pleated for a full and fun silhouette which Kareena carries off very well." In Rohit Shetty's much-awaited action entertainer "Singham Returns", Kareena is seen sharing screen space with Ajay Devgn.
source:agency

It rained cash on sportspersons from Telangana on Independence Day

Hyderabad: It rained cash on sportspersons from Telangana on Independence Day Friday as the state government honoured them, the medallists at the Commonwealth Games included, with huge incentives. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao presented bouquets, shawls and cheques to 14 sportspersons at the Independence Day celebrations held at historic Golconda Fort.
Five Commonwealth Games medallists, India's top woman shuttler Saina Nehwal, boxer Nikhat Zareen, mountaineers Malavath Poorna and S. Anand Kumar, their coach B. Shekhar Babu and badminton coaches Pullela Gopichand and Mohammed Arif, were honoured. Shuttler Parupalli Kasyap, who clinched a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games, received a cash award of Rs.50 lakh. He was also given another cheque of Rs.25 lakh for his performance in the 2012 London Olympics.

Ace shooter Gagan Narang was presented two cheques of Rs.25 lakh and Rs.15 lakh for winning silver and bronze medals at CWG. Jwala Gutta, who won silver in women's badminton, also received Rs.25 lakh.
Badminton players P.V. Sindhu and R.V. Gurusaidutt received Rs.15 lakh each for winning a bronze medal. Sindhu was given another cash award of Rs.25 lakh for winning bronze in the 2013 World Badminton Championship. Srikanth Kidimbri (badminton) and B. Aruna Reddy (gymnastics) were presented cash awards of Rs.3 lakh each for participating in CWG. Badminton coaches Pullela Gopichand and Mohammed Arif received Rs.50 lakh and Rs.25 lakh respectively.

Saina Nehwal, who recently expressed unhappiness over not receiving Rs.50 lakh cash award announced by the government of united Andhra Pradesh for winning the bronze at the London Olympics in 2012, finally got her due. She also got Rs.20 lakh for securing the gold medal in the 2014 Australian Open Badminton Tournament. The chief minister also presented a cheque of Rs.50 lakh to world women's junio boxing champion Nikhat Zareen.

Malavath Poorna and Anand Kumar, who climbed Mount Everest recently, received Rs.25 lakh each. Their trainer Shekhar Babu was also given Rs.25 lakh.
source:agency

India Inc. welcomed the maiden speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of Independence Day

New Delhi: India Inc. Friday welcomed the maiden speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of Independence Day in which he presented a vision to transform India into a global manufacturing hub.
Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort, Modi said: "I tell the world, Make in India! Sell anywhere but manufacture here. We have the skill and talent." He said it should be every Indian's dream to see "Made in India" products around the world -- environment-friendly and with zero defects.

Industry body Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) welcomed the prime minister's speech citing high importance attached to manufacturing and investment in it. "As PM said, manufacturing is necessary for employment and for trade expansion. Come, make in India - what an inspiring statement! CII is sure these words will be welcomed by foreign investors," Chandrajit Banerjee, director general, CII said.

Prime Minister Modi, 63, who took charge May 26, elaborated in his hour-long speech, which he delivered extempore, that: "electricals, chemicals, automobiles, agro value-addition, pharma, paper, satellites and submarines - all can be made in India." CII said it has been working with the government on a facilitative investment climate and improving ease of doing business to promote the manufacturing sector.

"Some of the areas to be addressed for this would be taxation, including introduction of the GST, land acquisition, faster approvals, trade policy," Banerjee said. The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) also welcomed the prime minister' speech which, it said, gave clear signals to investors - both domestic and global.

"We are now confident that the 'Make in India' and 'Made in India' vision will be supported by requisite policy and implementation measures for enhancing the competitiveness of our manufacturing sector," said Sidharth Birla, president, FICCI.
"This is critical if we have to create a million jobs each month for the next ten years and ensure a sustainable balance of payments," said Birla. FICCI further said that the new structure that replaces Planning Commission will provide a concrete direction towards broad-based development and its monitoring and that good governance would be greatly enhanced by e-governance and digitisation.

"This is an absolute imperative for connecting the remotest of villages and sharing the fruits of growth with people in these regions. Digitization will also help realize the vision of financial inclusion and skill development," Birla said. The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) also welcomed the prime minister's speech specifically stating that it illustrated commitment to reach and connect to rural India through mobile governance.

“The initiative will empower our rural population as they will come closer to the governance machinery. This, combined with a big initiative of financial inclusion through bank accounts and debit cards, will go a long way in bringing millions of people in the mainstream of economic development,” said Rana Kapoor, president, Assocham. Kapoor added that the announcement to completely revamp the Planning Commission and make it relevant to the present-day challenges of governance, direction, and thinking is a refreshing idea.
source:agency

The hundreds of school students who cheered Narendra Modi for over an hour at the Red Fort were pleasantly surprised when the prime minister met them before leaving the venue

New Delhi: The hundreds of school students who cheered Narendra Modi for over an hour at the Red Fort Friday were pleasantly surprised when the prime minister met them before leaving the venue.
As soon as Modi’s cavalcade of black BMWs reached the front courtyard of the Red Fort, the excited children and even some of their teachers cheered him, standing on their chairs for a glimpse of the prime minister. On his way out, Modi made sure to reward his young admirers by getting out of his sedan to meet them.

Modi shook hands and interacted with the children who were dressed in saffron, green and white - the Indian tricolour - and blue for a few minutes. Such was the excitement that children and teachers from other enclosures in the ground jumped barriers and climbed atop chairs and even on each other’s shoulders to get a closer look.

The Special Protection Group, which provides security to the prime minister, and police had a tough time controlling the overjoyed children. The students from government schools, aged 10-16 years, had reached the ground hours before the event. They were seated bang opposite the podium from where the Modi gave his maiden Red Fort speech. As Friday is India's 68th Independence Day, those dressed in saffron, green and white depicted the number 68. Those in blue dresses formed the outline.
source:agency

Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmed fainted while delivering his Independence Day speech at Dumka

Ranchi: Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmed Friday fainted while delivering his Independence Day speech at Dumka, the state's second capital.
Ahmad was taken from the venue to the Sadar hospital. He was discharged after a while. A doctor said the governor was being treated for vertigo and had forgotten to take his medicines. Ahmed's speech was completed by Santhal Pargana Commissioner Ehteshamul Haque.
source:agency

Goa government is considering formation of a special cell to provide succour to people in distress: Manohar Parrikar

Panaji: Partnering with civil society, the Goa government is considering formation of a special cell to provide succour to people in distress, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said Friday.
"The idea may take three months to develop," he told reporters on the sidelines of the Independence Day function here. The chief minister cited an incident which took place earlier this week when a man, his wife and daughter all committed suicide. Police said the family was depressed following the death of their only son a week earlier.

"Such a case would have been known to people living nearby and preventive action could have been taken to avoid the tragedy... These cases would be identified by the cell, which can have representatives of the public and NGOs on them," Parrikar said. He said the idea was not fully crystallised yet but the government was working on it.

The chief minister said that despite the government's outreach, there were still people and families who were out of the support system network and who needed assistance. "Earlier there was a support system... village people used to come and help, but now there is none," Parrikar said, adding that such a support network was necessary.
source:agency

20140814

QNET to benefit from strong brand presence at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium, City’s digital platforms, and global fan engagement opportunities

Bangalore: Prominent Asian direct selling company QNET has become the official direct selling partner of Manchester City Football Club (MCFC) with the sponsorship set to kick-off several branding benefits and CSR partnerships. The three year partnership with the 2013/2014 Barclays Premier League champions was announced by QNET at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester alongside Jesus Navas, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic.

The partnership marks another major involvement in sports by QNET, a young player in an industry dominated by larger direct selling giants. QNET had embarked on several sports sponsorship in the past, the major one being its partnership with the Marussia F1 Team.

This venture provides another strategic platform for QNET to further elevate its brand and achieve greater reach to its Independent Representatives (IRs) and consumers worldwide.

JR Mayer, Managing Director of QNET, said the partnership synergizes well with both QNET and Manchester City’s values and stories.“We are absolutely thrilled with this partnership with Manchester City. Indeed, this is a timely and significant relationship between two brands, which are keen in taking on any challenges for the taste of success. Manchester City started from a humble beginning as a community club, just as QNET did with a small group of friends. Manchester City FC rose to prominence after years of hard work and effort. Similarly, QNET has overcomevarious challenges to make its mark in the industry. More importantly, Manchester City’s focus on giving back to the community through football finds resonance with QNET’s philosophy of RYTHM which is “Raise Yourself To Help Mankind,” noted Mayer.

Tom Glick, Chief Business Officer for Manchester City said, “QNET’s grass roots philosophy of empowering ordinary people around the world to start their own business and succeed has been the key to their rapid growth, which now extends to over 100 countries worldwide. We are delighted to be working with QNET in a partnership that presents both parties with exciting opportunities to collaborate through football across the world and continues our exciting growth across Asia.”

Among the benefits QNET stands to gain include strong brand presence at the Etihad Stadium and on digital platforms, together with the launch of several fan engagement opportunities targeting City supporters around the world. The partnership goes beyond branding benefits, as QNET works closely together in many initiatives, including CSR activities through its RYTHM Foundation and lifting football standards in Asia through coaching clinics and training opportunities.In addition to this, the company endeavorsto engage and interact with the various communities it comes into contact witharound the world, particularly with its initiatives to ‘Touch A Billion Hearts’.

“We hope that the club will continue to show the same determination and energy in achieving the best results in every fixture, just as we strive diligently with our very own effort and tenacity in being one of the world’s prominent direct selling companies. We look forward to a fruitful partnership and a fantastic 2014/2015 season with Manchester City FC,” addedMayer.

Through this partnership QNET customers and distributers will have access to a series of Manchester City money-can’t buy experiences such as player meet and greets. In addition QNET will host match viewing parties for its distributers and Independent representatives (IRs) in different cities in India and worldwide where they will be invited to watch the match on big screens and enjoy exclusive ManCity merchandise.

Health Minster of India Dr. Harsh Vardhan supports MedscapeIndia Dr. Sunita Dube's "Doctors Anthem"


In the world today virtually every country has some sort of unique identity. Whether part of another larger group or an independent state, nations always maintain a piece of themselves to separate them from the wider world. However, during the past three hundred years, when a country does gain its freedom or independence, one of the first things established is a national anthem. A national anthem is arguably one of the most important aspects of a country's independent status and it is the umbrella under which the country can rally and be proud. MedscapeIndia Aryan Medical and Educational Trust launched the world’s first Anthem for doctors, called as “Doctors Anthem’ with ‘Doctors Anthem’ MedScapeIndia wants to commemorate and express gratitude, love and care towards the patient & Doctors recognizes the contribution of doctors around the globe for their role in healing, patient safety, medical research and respect for human life and individual dignity. Recently Chairperson of MedscapeIndia Dr. Sunita Dube met Health Minster of India Dr. Harsh Vardhan during her visit in Delhi and discussed health improvement issues in India. Dr. Harsh Vardhan was glad to see such a great contribution by Dr. Dube who has bring an revolution in Doctors field by making first ever Doctors Anthem for Doctors and patient.

Radiologist Dr Sunita Dube said, “I was glad to meet India’s renowned Doctor and Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan. He welcomed our doctor’s anthem. He appreciated our work and look forward to support our work in various social causes. He is a exemplary doctor who is committed to bring change in healthcare. He will look upon that Doctors Anthem will get the good light. Let us not dent our image. We should be cautious of our actions and attitudes because our medical is a noble profession I and any unethical practice could ruin the image profession. Medical is only profession where doctors learning till the last breath of their life to upgrade the knowledge for better treatment for their patients. No one can deny medical is toughest study in the world and the contribution of doctors in empowerment in health cannot be ignored be because of few black sheep in our community."

MedscapeIndia requested Dr. Harsh Vardhan to spread the anthem through association, Doctors, clinic to use this anthem as their own theme song and spread positivity through the Medical community, by joining hands we can bring unity and strength in healthcare. MedscapeIndia Looking forward for positive support from government for awareness of Doctors Anthem to rebuilt the relation between Doctors and patients. Dr Sunita Dube is in the profession to moderate the activities of the younger ones to protect the image of what she termed the oldest profession in the country. Aryan Education & Medical Trust -MedscapeIndia has been formed by leading medical professionals and has been tirelessly working for many years to connect the community together and enable easy transference of knowledge and key developments for the welfare of patients. MedscapeIndia is a nonprofit organization and it was established with a socio-scientific aim. They have from 21 specialties as part of our organization. Actively conducted, promoted campaigns, survey that to address the heinous issue for rising sex determination and female foeticide in our country. workshop ,campaign ,annual awards recognizes,encouraging outstanding work doctors , for doctors ,Save the girl child, HIV-Aids awareness, Handwriting Campaign, women empowerment & health awareness, child education & scholarships, empowering technological development for affordable & reachable healthcare in rural India

Actor Ranbir Kapoor finds his legendary grandfather Raj Kapoor's life "entertaining" and "interesting" enough for a short film

Mumbai: Actor Ranbir Kapoor finds his legendary grandfather Raj Kapoor's life "entertaining" and "interesting" enough for a short film.
At the inauguration of a short film festival, named 'Shuruaat Ka Interval', here Wednesday, Ranbir was asked about the one person on whom he'd like to make a short film. To that, the handsome heartthrob of Bollywood said: "I would like to make a short film on my grandfather. His life was very entertaining and interesting. I think that would make for a good short film."

The late Raj Kapoor, one of the country's most formidable actors and filmmakers of his time, remains alive in people's hearts with his evergreen films like "Shree 420", "Mera Naam Joker", "Anari" and "Barsaat".
source:agency

On the eve of India's 68th Independence Day, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan wished all countrymen and said it is the "most important day" for all Indians

Mumbai: On the eve of India's 68th Independence Day, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan Thursday wished all countrymen and said it is the "most important day" for all Indians.
"Tomorrow (Friday) is the proudest day for all Indians. There is no (more) important day than Independence Day," Shah Rukh said at the trailer launch of his forthcoming film "Happy New Year" here. The launch saw a special performance by Fictitious Dance Group who performed on patriotic numbers. Popular composer duo Vishal-Shekhar, who have created tunes for the Farah Khan-directorial, then presented "Indiawale", a song from "Happy New Year" - as an Independence Day offering to Bollywood fans.

"Happy New Year", a heist drama, is a multi-starrer of talent like Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani and Vivaan Shah apart from Shah Rukh. The buzz for the trailer launch was loud all across digital platforms, which kept the curiosity of audiences high. A much-awaited movie, "Happy New Year" will be Bollywood's big Diwali release this year.
source:agency

Despite open defiance by the BCCI, the government said it wanted to bring the powerful cricket body under the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act

New Delhi: Despite open defiance by the BCCI, the government Wednesday said it wanted to bring the powerful cricket body under the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
The government has declared all National Sports Federations (NSFs) receiving grant of Rs.10 lakh or more in a year as public authorities under the RTI Act but the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has contested it saying it does not get any government grants. Last year, the BCCI also got a stay order from the Madras High Court against appearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC).

Sports Minister Sarbanabda Sonowal, while responding to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Wednesday said the government has formulated the National Sports Development Bill to bring BCCI under the ambit of RTI. "The Government has also formulated a draft of the National Sports Development Bill to bring all the National Sports Federations and the BCCI under the RTI Act with the provision of exclusion clause of protecting personal/confidential information relating to athletes," Sonowal said. The minister also said that he was aware of the several controversies in the BCCI but ruled out any intentions of taking over the cricket body.

"BCCI is an autonomous body registered under the Societies Act. It is not feasible for the Government to take over and run the day to day activities of BCCI. Several controversies about BCCI regarding allotment of franchisees, match fixing, betting etc., reported in sections of print and electronic media, have come to the notice of the Government. Various agencies of the government namely the Enforcement Directorate, Income Tax and Service Tax Department have conducted inquiries into the allegations of the irregularities involving the BCCI in the country," Sonowal added. Sonowal also said that government was also working on check unfair practices and get rid of match-fixing. "In order to curb match fixing and other unfair practices in sports, Ministry of Law has prepared a draft legislation has sought the views of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs," Sonowal said.
source:agency

Indians took to the social networking site Twitter in large numbers impressed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's maiden speech on the country's 68th Independence Day

New Delhi: Indians took to the social networking site Twitter in large numbers Friday impressed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's maiden speech on the country's 68th Independence Day.
Reacting to Modi's speech from the Red Fort here, @PriyalGuliani wrote: "I liked this speech... Rape...cleanliness.. equality ..communal violence .. development." Another Twitter user, @sanjeevsanyal said: "Wow, what a speech! PM Modi lays out a clear, actionable vision for India. Now over to implementation."

User @smitabarooah said that after the prime minister's "inspiring" speech, "Believe our nation has a roadmap, our nation is in safe hands". Another user @rashneek wrote: "Great to hear names of Aurbindo Vivekananda and Lal Bahadur in an independence speech. A truly inspiring speech from toilets to technology."
source:agency

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao hoisted the national flag at the historic Golconda Fort

Hyderabad: In a departure from the over five-decades-old tradition of Independence Day celebrations at Parade Grounds, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao Friday hoisted the national flag at the historic Golconda Fort.
In a move aimed at showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Telangana, the chief minister choose the fort for the first Independence Day celebrations after formation of Telangana as a separate state. After paying tributes to martyrs at a memorial at Parade Grounds in Secunderabad, Rao drove to Golconda and hoisted the tricolor at the colourful ceremony with the majestic fort in the backdrop. The chief minister unfurled the national flag on a 62 feet tall pole from a makeshift platform close to the iconic Taramati mosque at 9.30 a.m. amid playing of national anthem.

Before unfurling the tricolor, Rao was presented the guard of honour and he inspected a couple of contingents of police. After hoisting the flag, he later addressed the gathering. Due to lack of space in the ruined fort, the traditional parade and demonstration by tableaux were omitted. The ruined fort on the fringes of the city was the capital of Qutub Shahi kingdom from 1518 to 1687. The fort was built by Kaktiyas of Warangal during 10th century as a mud fort and was fortified by Qutub Shahis.
source:agency

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged SAARC countries to come together to fight poverty in the region

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday urged SAARC countries to come together to fight poverty in the region.
"Can we not remove poverty? Can we not wage war against poverty?" Modi asked during his address to the nation on Independence Day. He said: "Why don't we SAARC countries decide to fight against poverty together."

"The strength of the saviour is much more than the strength of the person who kills. Lets unite to fight poverty," the prime minister said adding: "Can we not wage a war and emerge victorious against poverty. Let us defeat poverty."
source:agency

Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised all his predecessors and previous governments for contributing to India's development

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday praised all his predecessors and previous governments for contributing to India's development.
"All prime ministers, previous governments have contributed (to develop the country)," Modi said in his maiden Independence Day address from the Red Fort here. "All governments in the states have also contributed. I offer my respects to them." Modi went on: "Let us walk together, think together, and make a determination to take ahead the nation together."

The prime minister underlined the need for national consensus. "We are not those who want to move ahead on the basis of our mandate," he said, in a clear reference to the BJP's parliamentary majority. "We want to walk together with consensus.
source:agency

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that a new institution will now work in place of the Planning Commission

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday announced that a new institution will now work in place of the Planning Commission.
"In a short span of time we will initiate a new institution that will work in place of the Planning Commission," said Modi while delivering his maiden speech from the Red Fort on Independence Day.

He said that the importance of the federal structure is increasing. "This is a good thing and we have to strengthen it." "Today the times have changed from the time the Planning Commission was created," he added.
source:agency

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged Indians to make the country a clean and healthy place

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday urged Indians to make the country a clean and healthy place.
"Do we want to live in filth?" the prime minister asked, delivering his maiden Independence Day speech after assuming office in May. He said keeping the country clean was "a big task" and it would need everyone's cooperation.

"Can't our country be clean? If the people decide not to dirty our surroundings, no force on this earth can dirty it." He said it would be ideal to make India a clean place by 2019 to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, who the prime minister said was a staunch believer in cleanliness.
source:agency

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the people of India on the occasion of the 68th Independence Day

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday greeted the people of India on the occasion of the 68th Independence Day. "Greetings to my fellow Indians on Independence Day! May our tricolour fly high and our nation scale new heights of development. Jai Hind!" Modi said in a tweet.
source:agency

20140813

Sourabh Vyas next movie “Dhani Ka Digicam” based on human trafficking



Reality is the most coveted theme in Bollywood right now. With each passing day, Bollywood seems to be slowly turning its attention towards real life incidents to draw inspiration for a good script. The toast of the year seems to be nothing but cinema inspired from true incidents and real life characters. The director Sourabh Vyas who is known to make issue based films, tells the story of a 13-year-old-girl old virgin girl called Suli near the town of Bharatpur of Rajasthan  (Dhani) who was pushed into prostitution and was rescued from it later. It is apparently based on a true story. The movie produced by Dr. Jaishree Manchanda.

Director Sourabh Vyas said, "I always feel strongly about the issue of human trafficking. This is something that has always bothered me. But I was waiting for a right story to come his way. I feel very moved when I heard about the heart wrenching story of Dhani and decided to make a movie on it. I feel this story needs to be told to the world."

The makers want to ensure a realistic portrayal in every scene. Sourabh plans to shoot the movie in the red light area of Mumbai. This is first Indian film which will represent the handy cam in the film. Camera is itself a character in the film.  The director sees whole film through the eyes of handy cam. Whole film will shoot in natural light and real locations.

Producer Jaishree Manchanda said, “When I listen this story I felt so touched. I decided to support this film. Because it deals with one of the biggest problem of child trafficking. I felt it’s my moral duty to make this film."

Supporting Jews, Hindus urge France to rename “Death to Jews” hamlet



Hindus have come out in support of Jews in asking France to change the name of its “Death to Jews” (La Mort aux Juifs) hamlet, about 60 miles from Paris.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said it was shocking to learn that such a village name existed in 2014.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged French President Francois Hollande to immediately look into changing name of this hamlet. If France refused to change it, European Commission needed to intervene, Zed stressed.

Rajan Zed further said that country of Pascal, Descartes, Voltaire, Baudelaire, Flaubert, Camus, Sartre, Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Gauguin, Braque, Matisse and "Déclaration des droits de l'homme et du citoyen" should show some maturity and remove such hamlet name from its map.

What was more baffling that even the religious elite of France had not come out openly against this unacceptable name of a hamlet, Zed wondered, and urged His Holiness Pope Francis to speak on this issue.

Rajan Zed thanked Spain for reportedly changing the name of its town called “Little Hill Fort of Jew Killers” (Castrillo Matajudios) to “Hill of the Jews” (Mota de Judios) in May.

International Spiritual and world peace Award 2014 conferred to Dr. Sanjay B. Chordiya

Dr. Sanjay B. Chordiya, Founder, President & Chairman, Suryadatta Group of Institutes, Pune was felicitated by ‘International spiritual and world peace award 2014’ by the hands of Dr. Madhusudan Ghanekar for his esteemed contribution to spirituality and world peace activities on the first International Spiritual and world peace conference held at Pune on 25th July 2014.



Bllimukus International, United India Foundation, Lions Club International, International Newsmen Rights Justice Federation Mahila Jyotirvid, hosted the First International Conference in Pune. The opening ceremony was done by the auspicious hands of Dr. Madhusudan Ghanekar in the presence of various dignitaries on the dais Dr. Sahindra Bhavale the guest of honor, Dr. Sanjay B. Chordiya, Dr. V.L.  Manjul, Mrs. Darshana Bichchu, were amongst them. Various topics related to spirituality, music, yoga, dasbodh, hasyayoga, and peace of mind were covered in this two day carnival. The conference was concluded by world peace kavya sammelan in the presence of Dr. Madhusudan Ghanekar, Lion Vikrant Jadhav, Lion Deepak Shah & Dr. Arundhati Potdar. Vote of thanks was given by Dr. Sudhir Kulal, and compeering as done by Dr. Rucha Thatte.

Dr. Sanjay B. Chordiya, Founder President & Chairman, Suryadatta Group of Institutes,



International Spiritual and world peace conference held at Pune on 25th July 2014

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Katrina Kaif is making news for doing her own stunts in “Jagga Jasoos”

New Delhi: Katrina Kaif is making news for doing her own stunts in “Jagga Jasoos”. Director Anurag Basu says the actress underwent “a bit of a training”, but it wasn't very “hectic” to perform them.
“We were in South Africa where Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina both had to do stunt scenes. Ranbir was performing his own stunt. I couldn't get duplicate for one person, so she had to undergo a little bit of training to do the stunts, which were not very hectic,” Basu said from Mumbai on phone.

The film is set to release next year. Basu, whose last film -- the highly acclaimed and commercially successful "Barfi!" -- came two years ago, is currently seen judging talent show “India's Best Cinestars Ki Khoj” on Zee TV.

He had earlier judged “India's Best Dramebaaz”, but finds the "judging" job stressful this time. "The talent is good but this is stressful then the last show I did. The contestants in 'India's Best Dramebaaz' were kids and it was fun to judge them but this time they are grown up adults and it's been stressful," he said.
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Ritu Raj, who had composed a song for Aamir Khan's TV show "Satyamev Jayate", will now participate in reality show "India’s Raw Star”

New Delhi: Ritu Raj, who had composed a song for Aamir Khan's TV show "Satyamev Jayate", will now participate in reality show "India’s Raw Star”.
"India's Raw Star" - a platform to find the ultimate performing artist - will go on air Aug 24 on Star Plus. Raj is one of the top 10 contestants shortlisted by rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh, who will be mentoring them.

“I have worked with Star Plus before as I had composed a song for ‘Satyamev Jayate’. I did that because I am a big fan of Aamir Khan and this show had a social relevance but now I am doing the new show for myself," said Raj who had composed "Aam ke aam honge".

“With ‘India’s Raw Star’, the stakes are high. It is a bigger platform with a never seen before concept. I am really excited to work with a sensation like Honey Singh and learn from him,” Raj said in a statement.
source:agency

Bipasha Basu feels that the competition in filmdom is so cut throat that a feeling of insecurity creeps in

Mumbai: Model-turned actress Bipasha Basu feels that the competition in filmdom is so cut throat that a feeling of insecurity creeps in.
"This industry can make you insecure because it's do or die for you all the time," the actress said. "If you are enjoying it, I know it's rare, like me, you kind of sail through your 14 years peacefully. You never know that much time has passed. Also, I am one of the lucky ones who doesn't have an agenda," added the 35-year-old.

When it comes to her career, Bipasha, who entered filmdom with 2001 hit "Ajnabee", has worked in various genres like action thrillers "Dhoom" and "Race", comedy "No Entry" and off beat drama "Corporate" and "Lamhaa". However, off late she mostly featured in horror films like "Aatma" and "Raaz 3". In fact, her next releases is also horror drama "Creature 3D".
When asked about the same, she said:” I have done all kind of films. It's not that I have done only horror films, but yes if you compare it with other actresses', maybe I have done a lot more horror film. "It's just that I want to be part of films that I enjoy genre is irrespective. I love films that entertain, allow me to perform and offer me author driven role."

She is also shooting for director Bhushan Patel's "Alone", which is also a horror drama. " 'Alone' is a supernatural film, but it has got so many layers to it. It's extremely intense romantic film. It's a multi-layered role. I am happy with the way work is happening. It's all going really well," said Bipasha.
source:agency

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar said it was important for sportsperons to be better individuals first and accept everything with humility and stay grounded

New Delhi: Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar Friday said it was important for sportsperons to be better individuals first and accept everything with humility and stay grounded.
Tendulkar, who retired from the game last year, passed on advice he got from his father during his playing days to the medal winners of the 2014 Commonwealth Games during a felicitation ceremony organised by the sports ministry here Friday.

"My father gave me two advice and I think this is the right stage to pass on to you those advice. When I started playing cricket, my father told me if you a good cricketer you will play for 15 years, and if you are very good, you will play for 20 years, but what after that? Everything in life is temporary and you have to accept the person you are. It is very important to be a good person in life," he said. The batting great said it would give him immense pleasure if somebody tells him one day that his son is a better human being than a cricketer.

"I would be happy if somebody walks up to me and say your son is a good cricketer but I will be happier if someone tells me that he is even a better person. I think it is important to accept everything in life with humility and stay grounded," he said. Tendulkar's second advice was not to get worried about "those who are trying to pull you down".
"Not always everyone will like you. There will be obstructions but the energy should always be focussed on doing the right things and not get distracted. "My father once told me that there will be a lot of arms that will try to pull you down, but as long as you stay in the right direction, you will see that at one point of time you have gone beyond them. They will join hands to praise you," he said.

Tendulkar also asked the athletes to give their 100 percent and not feel bad even if they end up losing. "When you start doing good in life, expectations go up. As sportspersons, your performance will be analysed and criticised. But one thing that outsiders can't judge is the satisfaction that you will get when you give your 100 percent. If you give 100 percent and still the opposition team wins, you should not feel bad about it," he said.
The former cricketer congratulated all the medal winners and also had special words for bronze medallists para powerlifter Sakina Khatun and gymnast Dipa Karmakar. "Being a sportsperson, I know what it needs to be here. Congratulations to all the medal winners.

"I would specially like to congratulate Sakina Khatun and Dipa Karmakar. Sportspersons from rural India have to struggle a lot. Above all, you have chosen sports, which is not popular in India. I want all of you to be successful, so that when somebody watches your sport, they will ask others to be like you," he said.
source:agency

Soft drink major Coca Cola is keen to set up a mega plant in Telangana with an investment of Rs.1,000 crore

Hyderabad: Soft drink major Coca Cola is keen to set up a mega plant in Telangana with an investment of Rs.1,000 crore.
Top company officials Monday conveyed this to Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and sought the government's support. Irial Finan, executive vice president and T.Krishna Kumar regional head India of the Coca Cola along with others called on the chief minister.

Briefing Rao of the company's activities, the vice president pointed out that Telangana is the biggest market for his company.
"The team also assured that they will participate in the community development programme of the government," said a statement from the chief minister's office.

Rao assured the delegation of the government's full support including identifying suitable land for their plant.
source:agency

Social activist Anna Hazare asked people to vote for "clean candidates" in the coming assembly elections in Maharashtra

Ralegan-Siddhi (Maharashtra): Social activist Anna Hazare Monday asked people to vote for "clean candidates" in the coming assembly elections in Maharashtra to ensure all-round development.
In his first statement after the Lok Sabha elections, Hazare said people must seriously ponder why corruption, atrocities on women, crime in politics and loot of public money have increased in recent times. "The temples of democracy - like parliament and assemblies - must have clean people as significant decisions on the well-being and development of the country and the states are taken there," he said.

However, in the recent past, voters have sent to the legislatures people who are corrupt, with criminal background, which has resulted in the prevailing dismal scenario, he said. "The key to bringing about a change in the polity is in the hands of the voters. They should swear in the name of the country and martyrs like Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru and ensure that they will not vote for corrupt, criminals and dacoits to these temples of democracy," Hazare said.

The 77-year-old anti-corruption activist expressed confidence that if each voter thinks and acts accordingly, it will result in a sea change in the country's polity. Hazare called upon political parties to refuse party tickets to people with such unsavoury background in the best interests of the society and the nation. He reminded the people that they were "kings" with such an enormous power of a vote given to them, and they must now decide to reject such candidates.

"The voter is supreme compared to political parties. Their votes have the power to change the nation/state, but it is never utilised in the true sense. Some fall prey to liquor or a few rupees or caste-community considerations," Hazare observed. He said that if the voter becomes aware and votes consciously (in the coming Maharashtra assembly election), they will witness a change in the state within five years. Elections in Maharashtra are scheduled to be held later this year.
source:agency

Smriti Irani said her statement on the degree from Yale University in the United States was "misconstrued"

New Delhi: Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani Monday said her statement on the degree from Yale University in the United States was "misconstrued".
"Unfortunate that statement of my participation in a leadership programme and certificate thereafter was misconstrued," Irani said in a tweet. Speaking at the India Today Woman Summit 2014, Saturday, Irani said: "In that kitty of mine where people call me 'anpad' (illiterate), I do have a degree from the Yale University as well which I can bring out and show how Yale celebrated my leadership capacities."

However, an official from the Yale University told IANS it was a "certificate" and not a "degree" programme. The official confirmed Irani was part of the seventh edition of "India Yale Parliamentary Leadership Programme", held June 19-27, 2013.
About 70 parliamentarians have received such certificates. A total of 11 Indian members of parliament went to the campus in New Haven, Connecticut to complete a six-day leadership programme with the Yale faculty.

Irani was involved in a controversy over her educational qualifications after becoming human resource development minister when it emerged she made contradictory declarations in her election affidavits.
source:agency

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bestow the coveted Bharat Ratna on the state's cultural icon, late Bhupen Hazarika

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Monday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bestow the coveted Bharat Ratna on the state's cultural icon, late Bhupen Hazarika.
Gogoi sent a letter to Modi and said he would personally take up the matter with the prime minister. "I have written to the prime minister today (Monday) asking him to consider the music maestro for Bharat Ratna. I will also personally take up the matter with the prime minister," said a statement issued by the Chief Minister's Office here.

Hazarika - popularly known as the "Bard of Brahmaputra" was a lyricist, musician, singer, poet and filmmaker. His songs, written and sung mainly in the Assamese language by himself, speak of humanity and universal brotherhood. They have been translated and sung in many languages, including Bengali and Hindi. The Bangladesh government awarded Hazarika the "Muktijoddha Padak" (friend of the freedom struggle) posthumously in 2011.

Chief Minister Gogoi had moved then prime minister Manmohan Singh over the matter in 2011. Hazarika died in November 2011. He was conferred India's second highest civilian honour, Padma Vibhushan, in 2012. Hazarika had received the Padma Shri in 1977 and the Padma Bhushan in 2001. In 1987, he received the Sangeet Natak Akademi award and the Dadasaheb Phalke award for lifetime contribution to development of Indian cinema in 1993.
source:agency

From bikini to salwar kameez, is how Sasha Agha Khan sums up her two-film journey


Going desi is one of the best ways to look gorgeous, stylish and traditional as well. Not all Bollywood movies focus on western outfits like short skirts.  There are some movies where the stylish actresses carry a desi look.  Tinsel town’s hot babe Sasha Agha Khan is all known for her style and fashion sense. Now she is all ready to hit the big screen in her upcoming film“Desi Kattey” where you can see her wearing salwaar kurta that is completely Indian attire. Still she is catching everyone’s eye in the trailers only. Everybody is eagerly waiting to watch her on big screen in this Indian look.



 Talking about her look in the movie, Sasha Agha Khan said, “Since I have very long hair, it was a plus point for the character! I’ve styled it in different ways. I’ve worn patialas with short kurti, churidar pyjama, lots of kajal and bindi along with vibrant bangles. Since she belongs to a small city, she likes to dress up unlike me — I don’t like to dress up at all! Plus, it’s so hot, I just like to tie up my hair, and wear jeans and tee. No make-up, except maybe kajal and lip gloss. I am not worried about how I appear to others when I step out. For me, it’s all about sticking to one’s comfort zone.”



The beautiful actress who was seen flaunting her perfect figure in a black bikini in Yashraj Film Aurangzeb. Now she is completaly turn in Desi Look for her upcoming movie Desi Kattey. Sasha Agha goes Ethnic in Desi Kattey with mostly Indian trandional clothes. She is looking like a million bucks in some of the outfits and can give any of her contemporaries a run for their money”. Sasha Agha Khan Bikini Looks was appreciated by her fans lets see her desi look also damn good like her acting…?

Mantri Developers sets the stage for the audio launch of ‘A Day in the city’

A feature film on ‘Water Conservation’ sponsored by Mantri Developers
Cine Star Darshan Toogudeep & Mrs. Snehal Mantri release the audio


Bangalore: Mantri S.E.V.A, the social responsibility wing of Mantri Developers Pvt Ltd, along with Earth Awareness Foundation released the audio launch of the latter’s movie ‘A Day in the City’ at Mantri Square . The movie is an initiative to raise awareness on significance of conservation of Natural resources especially Water.



The audio was released by cine star Darshan Toogudeep & Mrs. Snehal Mantri, Director Marketing and HR, Mantri Developers along with the movie artists. Most of the crew members in the film are IT Professionals, who have exhausted their weekend time to work for this movie for a social cause.



 “We are indeed glad that we are a part of this project which speaks about one of the main environmental concerns rising in the country – ‘Water Conservation’. This is a unique topic for a feature film and we are happy to associate with Earth Awareness Foundation. We wish them good luck and it gives us immense satisfaction, when we associate ourselves with such causes and are able to contribute constructively towards the same”, said Ms. Snehal Mantri, Director Marketing and HR, Mantri Developers.



On the occasion, Director of the movie Venkat Bharadwaj said "This movie is truly a dream come true for me, since I've always wanted to make a feature film which is different. What makes it more special is that we have made a social awareness movie rather than a typical clichéd cinema material. The team that made this movie has been fantastic and kudos to Mantri Developers for supporting our good cause. I sincerely hope that the public accepts our movie and takes away positive thoughts to do their bit for the society".



Darshan’s brother, film director and producer Dinakar Toogudeep and Ex-Karnataka Nataka Academy Chairman Mr. Srinivas Kappanna were also present during the launch.

Hindu temple opening in Florida Space Coast

A Hindu temple, Manav Mandir Temple Brevard, is having elaborate and
traditional three-day opening ceremonies from August 15-17 in Suntree
community of Brevard County Florida (USA), about 25 miles from Kennedy
Space Center.



Its grand opening rituals, titled Pranpratistha Kumbhabhishekham, include
Shobha Yatra (parade of utsav murtis), Garbhagruh Navratan Dan (donation of
navratan to God), Kalash Yatra (procession of kalasha filled with water),
Gayatri Havan, Yantra Sthapna, Panch Dhatu Murti Sthapana, Sthapna Aarti,
Mala Arpan, Mukut Shringar, First Darshans, Chavi Darshan (one young girl
holds mirror in front of God), Annkut, First Aarti, Community Aarti,
Gopuram Abhishakams, Dhawaja Sthapna, pujas, tilakam, satsang, stuti dance,
etc. Lunch and dinner will be served on all three days.



Meanwhile, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in
Nevada (USA) today, applauded efforts of temple management and area
community for realizing this wonderful Hindu temple complex.



Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said
that it was important to pass on Hindu spirituality, concepts and
traditions to coming generations amidst so many distractions in the
consumerist society and hoped that this new temple would help in this
direction. Zed stressed that instead of running after materialism; we
should focus on inner search and realization of Self and work towards
achieving moksh (liberation), which was the goal of Hinduism.



Deities being installed include Ganesh, Shreenathji, Saraswati, Radha
Krishna, Satyanarayan, Mahalakshmi, Durga/Amba, Kartikeya, Shivalingam,
Rajarajeshwari, Ram Parivar, Hanuman, Shirdi Sai Baba, Bhudevi, Shreedevi,
Venkateshwara and Navagrahas.



According to reports, this temple, spread in 36 acres, will include a 7,200
square foot sanctuary, a 35,000 square foot fellowship hall to hold
community activities and celebrations, private worship room, two open
courtyards, classrooms, etc. Its groundbreaking was held on August 27, 2011.



Suntree is claimed to be the largest master planned unincorporated
community in Brevard County. Notable people associated with it include
baseball players Tim Wakefield, Cecil Fielder and Prince Fielder; and
wrestler Devon Hughes. Brevard County, also known as Space Coast, houses
John F. Kennedy Space Center. Mary Bolin Lewis is the Chairman of County
Commissioners, while Stockton Whitten is County Manager.



Hinduism is oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one
billion adherents. There are about three million Hindus in USA.

Actor Rajan Verma creating new milestone in AD industry with “SEIKO” watches

Actor Rajan Verma who was last seen in the movie Zindagi 50-50 opposite
Glamorous Veena Malik is now a day’s is busy directing AD for International
Brands. AD Guru Rajan Verma who had shown his efforts behind the camera in
the AD of “RADO” Watches and LG commercial is recently shooting for “SEIKO”
watches. For actors, the move into directing is an alluring one, giving
them the opportunity to bring their own ideas to life and, using their
appeal, broadcast them to a wide audience. The journey from acting to
director is not easy. You need to know the industry as well as business
from scratch so that you last. And now Rajan Verma doing it very well and
his multi-talented will last him in the industry. Seiko is a Japanese
company that manufactures and sells watches, clocks, electronic devices,
semiconductors and optical products. Rajan Verma’s blend of creativity and
management had worked the magic and make AD look synchronized and appealing.


Rajan Verma said, “Inspiration makes me feels to live in my passion, the
feeling of having more creative control in a production and career growths
are some of the common reasons that make me from actor to become director.
An actor personally involved in having a story made and to overseeing the
direction of that project to tell the story and that I am doing now. It’s a
great feeling to associate with big brands.”