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20141023

Hindus welcome Vatican’s Deepavali greetings to “Hindu Friends”



Hindus have commended Vatican for its “message to Hindus for the feast of Deepavali”, extending joyful greetings “on the festive occasion of Deepavali”.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, welcomed the Vatican for wishing “May the Transcendent Light illumine your hearts, homes and communities…” and desiring “harmony and happiness, peace and prosperity”.

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, extolled Vatican’s thought on the occasion, which stated: “Nurturing a culture of inclusion thus becomes a common call and a shared responsibility, which must be urgently undertaken.”

Rajan Zed agreed with Vatican’s call given in the message: “…join together with followers of other religions and with people of good will to foster a culture of inclusion for a just and peaceful society.”

Zed urged His Holiness Pope Francis to visit a Hindu temple in the near future to promote mutual understanding and respect between the faiths. All religions should work together for a just and peaceful world, Zed stressed.

Rajan Zed says that in our shared pursuit for the truth, we can learn from one another and thus can arrive nearer to the truth. This dialogue may help us vanquish the stereotypes, prejudices, caricatures, etc., passed on to us from previous generations. As dialogue brings us reciprocal enrichment, we shall be spiritually richer than before the contact, Zed adds.

Titled—Christians and Hindus: Together to foster a culture of "inclusion"—this Deepavali message was signed by President Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran and Secretary Father Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot of Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. Zed suggested that it would be even better if such messages were signed by Pope himself.

Pope Francis leads the Roman Catholic Church (headquartered in Vatican City), which is the largest of the Christian denominations. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.

Most popular of Hindu festivals Deepavali (Diwali), the festival of lights, aims at dispelling the darkness and lighting up the lives and symbolizes the victory of good over evil. It falls on October 23 this year.

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Hindus welcome Lord Shiva statue in prestigious Louvre Abu Dhabi


Upcoming $630 million Louvre Abu Dhabi (LAD) museum will reportedly have Hindu Dancing Shiva statue in its permanent collection.



This tenth century lost-wax bronze from Tamil Nadu (India) of Chola period, 86 centimeters high, has been in the collection of National Gallery of Australia in Canberra till 2009. A video posted on the LAD website explains the meaning behind various parts of the statue.



Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, commended LAD for including Lord Shiva statue in its permanent collection and urged it to add more Hindu artifacts in its collections. Art had a long and rich tradition in Hinduism and ancient Sanskrit literature talked about religious paintings of deities on wood or cloth, Zed added.



Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged major art museums of the world, including Musee du Louvre and Musee d'Orsay of Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Los Angeles Getty Center, Uffizi Gallery of Florence (Italy), Art Institute of Chicago, Tate Modern of London, Prado Museum of Madrid, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, etc., to enrich their collections of Hindu artifacts and to frequently organize Hindu art focused exhibitions, thus sharing the rich Hindu art heritage with the rest of the world.



Claimed to be “a unique and universal museum”, LAD is Abu Dhabi’s collaboration with Musee du Louvre of Paris and “will present major objects from the fields of archaeology, fine arts and decorative arts”.



Built on Saadiyat Island, 700,000-square-foot LAD will loan 300 masterpieces from 13 French museums, including those of Vincent Van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, Claude Monet, Andy Warhol and Henri Matisse for its opening in December 2015 and will feature paintings, sculptures, masks and vases from pre-Bronze Age to Pop Art, including 4,000-year-old statue of Mesopotamian ruler Gudea. It is claimed to be the largest global cultural project since New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, which opened in 1870.



A superb example of Indian Chola-period bronze casting, this statue represents the Hindu deity Shiva in an iconographic form known as Nataraja, or Lord of the Dance. In Hinduism, Lord Shiva, along with Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu, forms the great triad of Hindu deities. Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.

New York’s Queens Museum exhibiting Hindu deities


Queens Museum in New York is displaying various Hindu deities in its “Sacred Waters” exhibition, which is open till November two.



It includes a collection of Hindu offerings from Jamaica Bay, with plaques informing the significance of the each deity.



Museum is also celebrating Diwali, Hindu festival of lights, on October 18, which includes lighting of 3000 candles, mehndi, art exhibition, diya painting and cultural program.



Applauding Queens Museum for organizing Hinduism focused exhibition and Diwali, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that art had a long and rich tradition in Hinduism and ancient Sanskrit literature talked about religious paintings of deities on wood or cloth.



Rajan Zed urged major art museums of the world, including Musee du Louvre and Musee d'Orsay of Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Los Angeles Getty Center, Uffizi Gallery of Florence (Italy), Art Institute of Chicago, Tate Modern of London, Prado Museum of Madrid, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, etc., to frequently organize Hindu art focused exhibitions, thus sharing the rich Hindu art heritage with the rest of the world.



Peter Meyer and Laura Raicovich are Board Chairman and Executive Director of the Queens Museum, whose mission includes "enhance the quality of life".



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.

Actor Naga Chaitanya-starrer Telugu romantic-comedy "Oka Laila Kosam" minted Rs.7.8 crore in first three days of its release

Chennai: Actor Naga Chaitanya-starrer Telugu romantic-comedy "Oka Laila Kosam" minted Rs.7.8 crore in first three days of its release, but couldn't register bigger opening due to the aftermath of cyclone 'Hudhud' in Andhra Pradesh, says expert.
"The film minted Rs.7.8 crore worldwide in its opening weekend. Since most theatres in Visakhapatnam and a few neighbouring places still remain shut due to cyclone 'Hudhud', the film has lost big chunk of collections from these key areas," trade analyst Trinath said. Directed by Vijay Kumar Konda, the film, which released Oct 17, also features Pooja Hegde, Suman and Ali in important roles.

Nearly 200 theatres still remain shut in the cyclone-hit areas in Andhra Pradesh. "Most theatres in Visakhapatnam are shut due to lack of electricity. 'Oka Laila Kosam' couldn't be released in maximum number of screens. It will take at least a week or two more for these theatres to start working again," a Visakhapatnam-based distributor said.
source:agency

Telangana and Andhra Pradesh remembered the policemen who laid down their lives on duty ,on the occasion of Police Commemoration Day

Hyderabad/Vijayawada: Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Tuesday remembered the policemen who laid down their lives on duty.

Chief ministers led their respective states in paying tributes to the martyrs on the occasion of Police Commemoration Day. Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao laid wreath at police martyrs' memorial at Shivkumar Lal Stadium in Hyderabad. Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan, Home Minister N. Narasimha Reddy and Director General of Police Anurag Sharma also paid tributes to the martyrs. A police commemoration parade was also organized on the occasion. The chief minister announced increase in compensation amount to be paid to the kin of police personnel killed on duty.

He said the government will extend all support to the families of martyrs. The chief minister said the people could never forget the sacrifices made by the martyrs while performing their duties. He asked media and film industry to desist from belittling the police. Home guards took strong exception to the chief minister not announcing increase in compensation for families of home guards killed on duty. A woman home guard said while the chief minister declared hike in ex-gratia for all levels of policemen from constable to IPS officer and also announced other sops for them, he did not utter a word about home guards.

In Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu paid tributes to the police martyrs. He announced Rs.10 crore for the corpus fund for welfare of police personnel. Naidu stressed the need for community policing. Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister Chinna Rajappa and Director General of Police J.V. Ramudu also paid tributes to martyrs.
source:agency

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the people of the nation on the occasion of Dhanteras

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday greeted the people of the nation on the occasion of Dhanteras. "Greetings on Dhanteras. May Lord Dhanvantari bless us with prosperity, joy and good health," Modi said in a statement.
source:agency

20141019

Touching Souls Announces The First Ever 'International Tribal Games 2014'

New Delhi-- Touching Souls, an accredited society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860, engaged in safeguarding the rights of minorities, today, at a press conference held at The Constitution Club of India announced the launch of first ever 'International Tribal Games 2014' to be held at Kanteerava Stadium, Bangalore, from 24-26th November 2014. The inaugural announcement witnessed the participation of Mr. Anurag Singh Thakur (MP), Mr. Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo (MP), & Ms. Sabina Samad, General Sec. Touching Souls. The theme based games will witness participation from across India, by various tribal communities who will participate in various track and field and individual events throughout the course of the 3 day event. According to Anurag Singh Thakur said that through ITG the aim is to bring tribals to the mainstream and eliminate the barriers among different tribes of India and unite them through sports. According to Kalikalikesh Narayan Singh Deo said that the karnataka state government is supporting this sports event and he is happy to support Touching Souls and Ms. Sabina Samad for the noble cause of upliftment of the tribals in India. Ms. Sabina Samad, has pioneered to organize the first version of tribal sports meet christened as 'International Tribal Games' ("ITG"). She conceptualized the idea of the ITG and believes that it will serve as a means to strengthen the internal bonding among tribals across the world and their recognition in the society as a whole. ITG aims at bringing children from various tribes to one venue, where they will display their fine finesse through various sporting activities. The participants will be mentored by some of the leading names in the sports fraternity and the event will bear testimony to how sports as a medium helps integrate the marginalized by giving them mainstream exposure and social mobility. The endeavour is to provide a platform to spot and nurture talent through this 3 day event. Sabina's initiative is supported by the popular youth leaders Shri Anurag Singh Thakur and Shri Kalikesh Singh Deo . The event will be Executed by the Essencia events , A delhi based event management company . With a presence of dignitaries, talent of the tribal youth and stars alike, this event promises to be one to watch out for. The 3-day long sporting event will be a mix of both individual and team track and field games. Competitors will not only compete in team uniforms but will also adorn their native colors and attire which will represent their respective tribes. The event will act as a platform to discover potential athletes who can go on to represent the country in National and International level events. EVENT SCHEDULE : Three days nonstop sporting action. Each day dedicated to a designed theme. Day 1-November 24th /2014  Theme- STAND UP FOR YOU RIGHTS  An interactive round table conference on the "development of Indigenous and Tribal Groups of India". With PARTON IN CHIEF, CHAIRMAN, JOINT CHAIRMAN, EXECUTIVE MEMBERS AND OFFICERS OF ITG, ALONG WITH REPRESENTIVES OF INDIGENEOUS , AND TRIBAL GROUP FROM DIFFERENT STATES OF INDIA. Further an involving an interactive panel of discussion on "INTEGRATION INDIGENEOUS GROUPS TO THE MAINSTREAM INDIA". Day 2- November 25th /2014  Theme- RISE AND SHINE @ Kanteerava Stadium First qualifier round for various track and field events. Like- 100M RACE, 400M RACE, 800M RACE, 4 *100M RELAY RACE, 4*400M RELAY RACE. 4*800M RELAY RACE, SHOT PUT, LONG JUMP, HIGH JUMP, JAVELIN THROW, ARCHERY AND A FRIENDLY FOOTBALL MATCH. Various workshops on development through sports, health awareness camp, community engagement program, etc Day 3- November 26th /2014  Theme- CREATING A BETTER TOMORROW @ Kanteerava Stadium  Final rounds for track and field events, medal ceremony, cultural performances by tribal groups, valedictory speech by chief guest and other VVIP/VIPs.  Electrifying closing ceremony, involving laser shows, musical and dance performances by various celebrities and HALF AN HOUR OF MASSIVE FIREWORKS MARKING OF THE CLOSING ON ITG 2014 AND BEGINNING OF ITG 2015. About Touching Souls: Touching Souls is a society registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860, and engaged in safeguarding the rights of the marginalized and deprived in the society and undertaking innovative activities and methodologies to widen the socio-economic development of the marginalized segment. Mindful of the fact that sports helps in bridging cultural and ethnic divides by bringing individuals and communities together on a single platform, Touching Souls, headed by Sabina Samad has pioneered to organize the first version of tribal sports meet christened as 'International Tribal Games', which will welcome enthusiastic and talented tribals from across 24 states of India. The event will bear testimony to how sports as a medium helps integrate the marginalized by giving them mainstream exposure and social mobility and will enshrine a sense of peace, brotherhood and equality. ITG shall be staged on an annual basis from here onwards and will see international participation at foreign locations from next year.

20141011

Filmmaker Karan Johar has decided to bring the life of hockey legend Dhyan Chand on the big screen

Mumbai: Filmmaker Karan Johar has decided to bring the life of hockey legend Dhyan Chand on the big screen.
The late hockey player, popularly known as 'The Wizard', won three Olympic Gold medals in 1928, 1932 and 1936. And Karan has joined hands with Pooja and Aarti Shetty to share the legend’s story. “My friends Pooja...Aarti Shetty and I are honoured and proud to have the rights to tell the story of the legendary sportsman #DHYANCHAND,” Karan tweeted Tuesday. The news was also shared on the official page of Karan’s Dharma Productions. The tweet read: “Karan Johar, Pooja & Aarti Shetty to produce the official biopic on the life of the legendary sportsman #DHYANCHAND.”
source:agency

Ben Affleck's "Gone Girl" is slated to release in India on the Diwali weekend along with "Happy New Year"

New Delhi: Ben Affleck's "Gone Girl" is slated to release in India on the Diwali weekend along with Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Bollywood entertainer "Happy New Year".
The David Fincher-directorial movie will release in theatres Oct 24, a day after the festival of Diwali, and "Happy New Year" is expected to come on the same day.

Based on a best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn, "Gone Girl" features Affleck as a writer who is caught in a media circus when his wife goes missing and the police suspect he is responsible. Rosamund Pike plays his wife, while other characters are essayed by Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, and Carrie Coon.
The film, which examines dishonesty, the media, the economy's effects on marriage, and appearances, released in the US Oct 3.

Meanwhile, SRK-starrer "Happy New Year" is among Bollywood's much-awaited entertainers this year. Directed by Farah Khan, the multi-starrer heist drama also features Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah.
source:agency

Sankara Eye Hospital organizes ‘Beyond Sight’ on World Sight Day

Bangalore: Sankara Eye Hospital, one of the premier eye hospitals in the country dedicated towards making India visually wealthy and eliminating needless blindness in India, organized Beyond Sight –a unique simulation of the world of darkness, by an interactive ‘Dark Zone’ at the hospital premises to celebrate World Sight Day.

Participants were guided through a dark room, where they experienced the difficulties faced by a blind person and left with the thought that one should not take their healthy vision for granted. The participants were asked to test their sense of touch and smell just by depending on their orientation of space to maneuver through a path of varying textures (sands, stones, grass, etc.). They also performed simple routine tasks like making a cup of tea in complete darkness to understand the ordeal of visually challenged people and realize the importance of vision.

“Experience of darkness is a fear we have from childhood. The event was an idea that resulted from an interaction with volunteers at our hospital earlier this month. This provided an ideal opportunity to recognize the importance of our eyes and also appreciate the difficulties that the blind go through in a routine day”, said Dr Kaushik Murali, Head of Department, Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Sankara Eye Hospital, Bangalore.
The activity reinforced the message of retaining vision and the need for regular eye check-ups. The activity was in accordance with this year’s theme for World Sight Day, which was preventing avoidable blindness. The participants were patients and general public who walked in the hospital today. This World Sight day drive home the importance of vision in our routine activities.
About Sankara Eye Hospital:

Sankara Eye Hospitals is a Non Profit NGO part of the Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Trust founded in 1977 at Coimbatore with a vision to provide quality eye care to its discerning patients.

The Cornea Specialist team at Sankara  is trained to deliver world-class care for a variety of corneal disorders, such as corneal infections, corneal injuries, tear disorders, corneal dystrophy and other degenerative disorders. The department works in close coordination with Sankara Eye Bank for immediate and effective corneal transplants.

Sankara Eye Hospitals is one of the premier chains of tertiary super-specialty eye care hospitals in the country with state-of-the-art facilities. Sankara is well known for affordable, super-specialty eye care covering entire spectrum of eye diseases. It is center of excellence for Cornea, Retina, Ocular Cancers (Retinoblastomas), Glaucoma, Paediatric Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Oculoplasty and Lasik. Additionally it is one of the few hospitals which provides services for Low Vision Therapy, Vision Rehabilitation and Eye Bank.

Sankara has a chain of 11 eye hospitals comprising a team of 200 doctors, 600 paramedical professionals, 275 support staff and total bed strength of 1800. It has treated and performed more than 1.1 million Free Eye Care Operations and every day about 500 eye care Operations are performed in Sankara Hospitals.

20141010

Sankara Eye Hospital organizes ‘Beyond Sight’ on World Sight Day


Bangalore: Sankara Eye Hospital, one of the premier eye hospitals in the country dedicated towards making India visually wealthy and eliminating needless blindness in India, organized Beyond Sight –a unique simulation of the world of darkness, by an interactive ‘Dark Zone’ at the hospital premises to celebrate World Sight Day.

Participants were guided through a dark room, where they experienced the difficulties faced by a blind person and left with the thought that one should not take their healthy vision for granted. The participants were asked to test their sense of touch and smell just by depending on their orientation of space to maneuver through a path of varying textures (sands, stones, grass, etc.). They also performed simple routine tasks like making a cup of tea in complete darkness to understand the ordeal of visually challenged people and realize the importance of vision.

“Experience of darkness is a fear we have from childhood. The event was an idea that resulted from an interaction with volunteers at our hospital earlier this month. This provided an ideal opportunity to recognize the importance of our eyes and also appreciate the difficulties that the blind go through in a routine day”, said Dr Kaushik Murali, Head of Department, Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Sankara Eye Hospital, Bangalore.
The activity reinforced the message of retaining vision and the need for regular eye check-ups. The activity was in accordance with this year’s theme for World Sight Day, which was preventing avoidable blindness. The participants were patients and general public who walked in the hospital today. This World Sight day drive home the importance of vision in our routine activities.
About Sankara Eye Hospital:

Sankara Eye Hospitals is a Non Profit NGO part of the Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Trust founded in 1977 at Coimbatore with a vision to provide quality eye care to its discerning patients.

The Cornea Specialist team at Sankara  is trained to deliver world-class care for a variety of corneal disorders, such as corneal infections, corneal injuries, tear disorders, corneal dystrophy and other degenerative disorders. The department works in close coordination with Sankara Eye Bank for immediate and effective corneal transplants.

Sankara Eye Hospitals is one of the premier chains of tertiary super-specialty eye care hospitals in the country with state-of-the-art facilities. Sankara is well known for affordable, super-specialty eye care covering entire spectrum of eye diseases. It is center of excellence for Cornea, Retina, Ocular Cancers (Retinoblastomas), Glaucoma, Paediatric Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Oculoplasty and Lasik. Additionally it is one of the few hospitals which provides services for Low Vision Therapy, Vision Rehabilitation and Eye Bank.

Sankara has a chain of 11 eye hospitals comprising a team of 200 doctors, 600 paramedical professionals, 275 support staff and total bed strength of 1800. It has treated and performed more than 1.1 million Free Eye Care Operations and every day about 500 eye care Operations are performed in Sankara Hospitals.

PRATHAM CO-FOUNDER AND CEO DR. MADHAV CHAVAN NAMED 2014 ASIA GAME CHANGER BY ASIA SOCIETY



Asia Society to Honor Dr. Chavan at Awards Dinner

at the United Nations on October 16



Pratham has announced that Dr. Madhav Chavan was named by Asia Society as a 2014 Asia Game Changer. The award recognizes those making a transformative and positive difference for the future of Asia and the world.

Dr. Chavan was recognized for bringing the gift of literacy to millions of Indians.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Asia Society, especially alongside the luminaries this year,” said Dr. Chavan. “More importantly, I hope that this sheds more light on our ongoing pursuit to bring quality education to every child in India.”

“The Asia Game Changer Awards are designed to fill a glaring gap—a lack of recognition of people who are transforming ideas into action and improving lives in Asia,” said Asia Society President Josette Sheeran. “Our inaugural honorees represent an extraordinary range of geography and achievement. What they share in common are vision, passion and proven impact, wherever and however they happen to be changing the world.”

Honorees were selected based on input from Asia Society’s global network. The other 2014 Awardees are:

·         Game Changer of the Year Jack Ma, Chairman, Alibaba Group, For history-making business and philanthropy in China

·         Shigeru Ban, Founder, Shigeru Ban Architects, For finding beauty, and hope, in the landscapes of disaster

·         Illac Diaz, Founder, MyShelter Foundation and Liter of Light, For bringing light, literally, to so many lives

·         Fashion Girls for Humanity, For demonstrating that 'looking good' and 'doing good' can be one and the same

·         Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, Minister and Senior Advisor to the Indonesian President, For providing a brilliant blueprint for responding to disaster

·         Saad Mohseni, Chairman, MOBY Group, For bringing news, information and entertainment to a barren landscape

·         Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO, Acumen, For changing the way the world tackles poverty

·         Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Founder, SOC Films and President, The Citizens Archive of Pakistan, For eye-opening films that give voice to the voiceless

·         Playing for Change, For using the power of music to spread a global message of hope

·         Pawan Sinha, Professor, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, For a truly visionary approach to treating India’s blind

·         Malala Yousafzai, Education activist, For continuing to dream, and fight for girls the world over, after living a nightmare

·         Zhang Minxuan, Professor, Shanghai Normal University, For leveling the playing field by providing quality education to millions in China


The honorees will attend the Asia Game Changer Awards Dinner and Celebration at the United Nations on October 16, 2014. Jack Ma, named Asia Game Changer of the Year, will give an address at the gathering. The evening will also feature a special video address from Malala Yousafzai and a live performance by Playing For Change.

For more information about the Awards Dinner and Celebration on October 16 and about the awardees, including bios, please visit AsiaSociety.org/GameChangers.

About Pratham

Founded in 1995 to ensure that every child is in school and learning well, Pratham is now one of the largest non-governmental organizations in India's education sector. Pratham employs low-cost, scalable methods and works in partnership with government and community stakeholders to deliver quality education to underprivileged children in communities across India. In 2013-14, Pratham reached nearly 5 million children, adolescents and young adults through a range of programs in 20 of the 29 Indian states.

Pratham USA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a four-star rating (the highest possible) from Charity Navigator, accepts tax deductible contributions from US donors to improve the quality of education in India. For more information, visit prathamusa.org.


About the Asia Society
Founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, Asia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context. Across the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, the Society provides insight, generates ideas, and promotes collaboration to address present challenges and create a shared future.

Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit institution with headquarters in New York, major centers in Hong Kong and Houston, and offices in Los Angeles, Manila, Mumbai, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, and Washington, DC.

Sandip Soparrkar choreographs Hrithik Roshan HRX show at Myntra Fashion Weekend



The first ever Myntra Fashion Weekend was hosted at Palladium Hotel in Mumbai where stars from bollywood showed their fashion and style.

The finale of the three-day event had both fashion enthusiasts and Bollywood buffs at the edge of their seats in anticipation for cinema heartthrob Hrithik Roshan's newly launched brand HRX. Hrithik Roshan walked the ramp on the last day of the event where he was an absolute delight to watch in a brown pants matching his side-curled hairstyle, and paired it up with white t shirt and black overcoat with a cross necklace and some bands on his hand. The leather shoes only completed his look.

The Fashion show audience witnessed an energetic and grand performance by bollywood renowned choreographer Sandip Soparrkar's troupes. The dancers brought on ramp dynamic award winning moves which were inspired by Hrithik Roshan film "Kites". Sandip Soparrkar had choreographed Hrithik in the famous song "fire" from Kites film. The dance choreography was breadth taking as they presented dance on the ramp and introducing it as fashion.

Sandip Soparrkar on his facebook page posted "glad I worked with Hrithik again, he launched his new clothing brand HRX and I am happy to recreate his moves from our song Fire from the film Kites."

Hrithik Roshan who was very impressed with the moves and appreciated the work put in by Sandip and his team. The show had everything for which Hrithik’s wildly applauding fans love him. The zest and energy in the room was so high that the show area was over flowing with people shouting and cheering for Hrithik.

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Hindus welcome goddess Saraswati statue near White House erected by Indonesia

A statue of Hindu goddess Saraswati, about a mile away from White House in Washington DC (USA), was unveiled by Indonesian President Dr. H. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on September 25. This 4.9 meters high statue raised by Embassy of Indonesia on public space on Massachusetts Avenue NW is said to be even taller than Mahatma Gandhi’s statue, which is also on Massachusetts Avenue, about less than one fifth of a mile. “President hopes, the presence of the statue would open our hearts and minds”, according to a release posted on Indonesia Cabinet Secretariat. “Could end hatred and misunderstanding between us…”, it quoted Yudhoyono stating during the speech at the unveiling. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, commended Yudhoyono for installation of Saraswati statue; thus displaying religious pluralism, honoring diversity and respecting minorities. Zed also thanked Dupont Circle ANC for the unanimous Saraswati statue approval. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, noted that existence of different faiths showed God’s generosity and bountifulness. As we were all looking for the truth, dialogue would bring us mutual enrichment and help us overcome prejudices, Zed added. Capitals of other countries around the world should also install statues of Hindu gods and goddesses in public places, thus proving their credentials of multiculturalism and pluralism, Rajan Zed stressed. This statue, designed by I Nyoman Sudarwa and occupying an area of 30 square meters, carries an inscription on its front: “Let the Indestructible Force of Love and Knowledge Seize the Hearts and Minds of All God’s Children and Forever Shall Be Peace on Earth”. Mayor of Badung (Bali) Anak Agung Gde Agung and all the sculptors of Saraswati statue were reportedly flown in for purification ritual. Indonesia has the largest Muslim population than any other country in the world; where Muslims form about 88% of the population and Hindus about 3%. In Hinduism, Saraswati is revered as goddess of knowledge/learning, music, art, language/speech, and poetry. Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. There are about three million Hindus in USA.

20141005

Hindus ask Australian museums re-examine procurement process of Hindu collections


Hindus are asking all the museums and art galleries of Australia to exhaustively re-examine the procurement process and the provenance of their Hindu art collections, and if proved stolen, return to Hindu temples these originally belonged.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, welcomed Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s gesture of returning back to India on September five about 900-years-old bronze Shiva Nataraja and granulite Ardhanarishvara statues stolen from temples in India, which were worth millions of dollars.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stressed that when acquiring new Hindu artifacts in the future, Australian art institutions should make sure that these were not looted from Hindu religious centers and should follow strict due diligence procedures and have transparent provenance. Pillaging of Hindu temples and archeological sites for mercantile greed was not okay, Zed argued.

Rajan Zed pointed out that Australian art institutions should adhere to the principles of the UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import and Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. The panels conducting the examinations of existing collections should include internal and external art specialists. He or other Hindu scholars would gladly assist if needed, Zed added.

Zed further said that devotees had been worshipping these images of Hindu deities for centuries and, if confirmed as stolen, the world should respect their feelings by making arrangements to respectfully return to the religious institutions these plundered antiquities rightfully belonged to before being stolen.

Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.

20141004

Hindus worldwide disturbed on India’s failure at containing frequent stampedes





Shocked and dismayed at the October three evening stampede at Hindu Dussehra festival in Patna (India) reportedly killing 32 and injuring dozens, Hindus worldwide are highly critical of frequent occurrences of deadly stampedes at religious gatherings in India.



Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that although India was on track to become a global power but it could not even handle a domestic event properly and had yet to come up with a foolproof plan to manage large crowds.



India failed or refused to learn lessons from the previous stampedes as these continued to happen. It was blight on a country, which prided itself on having joined the league of hottest growth economies, Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out while expressing grief over the loss of lives at October three stampede.



Rajan Zed further said: Our hearts and thoughts go out for the victims and their families and we are all in shock and anguish over this unimaginable loss. He called for prayers for the victims of the tragedy and their families.



Zed argued that it clearly reflected on India and Bihar governments who appeared to have failed to properly manage a popular festival.



Rajan Zed asked for apology from Bihar government for failure to prevent this preventable tragedy, adequate compensation for the affected and their families, proper medical care for the injured and action against the negligent officials.



India should better manage its festivals as stampedes were relatively common at India’s religious gatherings where large crowds gathered in small areas with very little or no crowd-control or safety measures, Zed added.



According to reports, this tragedy happened when a huge crowd of people were returning after watching the Ravan Dahan ceremony at the popular Dussehra event at Bihar’s capital Patna’s historic Gandhi Maidan, and victims were mainly women and children. Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manji was reportedly present in the Maidan during the festival.



Dussehra (Vijaya-Dasami) celebrates Lord Ram’s victory over Ravan and reinforces the universal victory of dharma.

Hindus welcome goddess Saraswati statue near White House erected by Indonesia


A statue of Hindu goddess Saraswati, about a mile away from White House in Washington DC (USA), was unveiled by Indonesian President Dr. H. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on September 25.



This 4.9 meters high statue raised by Embassy of Indonesia on public space on Massachusetts Avenue NW is said to be even taller than Mahatma Gandhi’s statue, which is also on Massachusetts Avenue, about less than one fifth of a mile.



“President hopes, the presence of the statue would open our hearts and minds”, according to a release posted on Indonesia Cabinet Secretariat. “Could end hatred and misunderstanding between us…”, it quoted Yudhoyono stating during the speech at the unveiling.



Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, commended Yudhoyono for installation of Saraswati statue; thus displaying religious pluralism, honoring diversity and respecting minorities. Zed also thanked Dupont Circle ANC for the unanimous Saraswati statue approval.



Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, noted that existence of different faiths showed God’s generosity and bountifulness. As we were all looking for the truth, dialogue would bring us mutual enrichment and help us overcome prejudices, Zed added.



Capitals of other countries around the world should also install statues of Hindu gods and goddesses in public places, thus proving their credentials of multiculturalism and pluralism, Rajan Zed stressed.


This statue, designed by I Nyoman Sudarwa and occupying an area of 30 square meters, carries an inscription on its front: “Let the Indestructible Force of Love and Knowledge Seize the Hearts and Minds of All God’s Children and Forever Shall Be Peace on Earth”. Mayor of Badung (Bali) Anak Agung Gde Agung and all the sculptors of Saraswati statue were reportedly flown in for purification ritual.



Indonesia has the largest Muslim population than any other country in the world; where Muslims form about 88% of the population and Hindus about 3%.



In Hinduism, Saraswati is revered as goddess of knowledge/learning, music, art, language/speech, and poetry. Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. There are about three million Hindus in USA.

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Sandip Soparrkar and Jesse Randhawa take International Marathi Film Festival Award (IMFFA) by Storm



In a historic development, Marathi film industry’s biggest film festival took to a global platform in a unique avatar. The International Marathi Film Festival Awards (IMFFA) was launched in a beautiful thematic manner on the Star Cruise Virgo in Hong Kong depicting the ethos, the essence and growth of the Marathi culture and it's film world. First ever IMFFA was a star studded event with many known faces from the Marathi film industry as well as from Bollywood in attendance. Sachin Pilgaonkar, Swapnil Joshi, Mahesh Manjrekar, Saai Tamankar, Reema Lagoo and many more dressed in their best made there presence felt.

The show as promised was truly unconventional with never-seen-before acts by international artists and marathi film stars which created a stunning atmosphere of IMFFA in middle of how sea. The most appreciated and grandeur performances was of Ballroom and Latin King of India Sandip Soparrkar and gorgeous super model partner Jesse Randhawa. Dressed in Designer Rohit Verma gold and black creations the dancing duo set the stage on fire with their fabulous sensually romantic performance and left the audience awestruck. Their unique performance started with famous English songs moving into Bollywood hits followed by popular Marathi song, proving that marathi music is truly universal and can be adapted to any style of international dance.

At the symposium held to promote Marathi cinema Sandip Soparrkar said, "It is an honour for us to perform for IMFFA, this film festival is one of it's kind and I am glad that our dance is creating awareness about marathi films to an international audience."

The blue carpet of IMFFA too was filled with glitz and glamour. Here the dancing couple of India chose to go traditional. Jesse wore a blood red and gold saree by Rohit Verma with diamond and gold jewellery by Dev Balani of Malkish jewels complimenting her on the blue carpet Sandip chose to wear black shervani by his favourite designer Deepak Shah of More Mischief accessorising it with red broach n his trade mark red Tilak.

IMFFA is a rare start by Marathi Cinema lovers to make regional films reach to the world film lovers. Sure film festival and award shows like these will see Marathi film industry enter the hearts of the global audience soon.

Hindus condemn Washington DC yoga tax


Hindus are critical of Washington DC imposing tax on yoga, which went into effect today.



Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who strongly criticized the attempts to regulate yoga in the past by various states in USA, has urged Washington DC to reconsider it and keep the sales tax exemption on yoga.



Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, in a statement in Nevada today, said that yoga was one of the six systems of orthodox Hindu philosophy whose traces went back to around 2000 BCE. Yoga never had any formal organization and yoga practice had been handed down from one guru to the next.



Rajan Zed further said that yoga, referred as “a living fossil”, was mentioned in ancient Hindu scriptures Upanishads and Bhagavad-Gita. The Bhagavad-Gita, one of the most popular Hindu scripture, was considered a comprehensive yoga-shastra (treatise on yoga). Mahabharata, also an ancient Hindu scripture, said that one unconversant with yoga could never have happiness while Yogabija Upanishad pointed out that one became liberated from bondage only through yoga. Why to tax such a liberation powerhouse, Zed asked.



Zed stressed that yoga was a mental and physical discipline by means of which the human-soul (jivatman) united with universal-soul (parmatman). Some sages had described yoga as the silencing of all mental transformations, which lead to the total realization of the Supreme Self. Some had used yoga attempting to gain liberation by removing all sensory barriers. For Patanjali, author of the basic text, the Yoga Sutra, yoga was a methodical effort to attain perfection, through the control of the different elements of human nature, physical and psychical.



Yoga was the repository of something basic in the human soul and psyche and regulating it was kind of a religious infringement, Rajan Zed added.



About 21 million Americans, including many celebrities, are said to practice yoga.



Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. There are about three million Hindus in USA.



Council of the District of Columbia (DC) is the central and chief policy-making body for the DC. Vincent C. Gray is DC Mayor; while Phil Mendelson, Kenyan McDuffie and Nyasha Smith are Chairman, Chair Pro Tempore and Secretary respectively of the Council.

Plans to convert Pennsylvania country club banquet site to Hindu temple


Lower Saucon Township in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania (USA) reportedly might have a Hindu temple in the future.



According to reports, the banquet facility in what used to be Woodland Hills Country Club having an 18-hole golf course, might be converted into a Hindu temple if approved by the Township Council. There is an agreement of sale for this 12-acre property but the plans are yet to be submitted for this proposed temple which would be next to 148-acres former golf course on a property bought by the Council in August for $1.7 million. Council reviewed Woodland Hills Subdivision Plan in its October one meeting.



Meanwhile, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, commended efforts of the religious group involved in reshaping former banquet site to a 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 upcoming 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.



Lower Saucon Township, incorporated in 1743, bordering Lehigh River, is known for its “pastoral farmlands, tranquil woodlands, and gently rolling hills”. Ron Horiszny, Tom Maxfield and Jack Cahalan are Council President, Council Vice President and Township Manager respectively.

20140928

Samsung Electronics unveiled its 4G LTE (long-term evolution) compatible smartphone Galaxy Alpha

New Delhi: Samsung Electronics Saturday unveiled its 4G LTE (long-term evolution) compatible smartphone Galaxy Alpha that will be available for Rs.39,990 from October first week, a company official said here.
Asim Warsi, vice president of mobile and IT division of Samsung India, said: "The phone will be available at a price of around Rs.39,990 but the MRP (maximum retail price) of Galaxy Alpha is Rs.42,000. Handsets tend not to sell at MRP, they settle at a market operating price."
Warsi said the South Korean electronics giant is also planning to come up with other 4G compatible smartphones in India soon, which will be in sub Rs.40,000 category as well. "We will make them available at various compelling price points. It will be both above and below Rs.40,000 coming in soon in 4G," he told reporters on the sidelines of the event.
The company has also tied up nationally with telecom service provider Bharti Airtel for this product. Bharti Airtel has launched its 4G services in Kolkata, Pune, Bangalore and Chandigarh. Galaxy Alpha with a display of 4.7 inches has 12 mega pixel rear camera and 2.1 mega pixel front camera, 32 GB internal memory and 2 GB RAM. Some other features of the phone are finger print scanner and heart rate monitor.
source:agency

Actor-producer Akshay Kumar unveiled the trailer of "The Shaukeens" in the presence of the film's entire starcast

Mumbai: Actor-producer Akshay Kumar Saturday unveiled the trailer of "The Shaukeens" in the presence of the film's entire starcast.
"I am playing myself in the film and the only thing that was added in my character was that I was shown as an alcoholic in the movie which is different from my real life character. I had a great time shooting for this film," he told reporters at the event.
Directed by Abhishek Sharma and written by Tigmanshu Dhulia, "The Shaukeens" is a remake of cult classic film "Shaukeen" and features Annu Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Piyush Mishra, Anupam Kher and Lisa Haydon. "This film is a tribute to the original film. We hope this film is taken further and runs next 25 years," said Anupam Kher.
source:agency

The makers of "Main Hoon Rajinikanth" claim that superstar Rajinikanth skipped the special screening of their film

Chennai: The makers of "Main Hoon Rajinikanth" claim that superstar Rajinikanth skipped the special screening of their film here Saturday. But the actor's manager clarified that he wasn't even informed about the screening.
"Rajini sir was not informed about the screening in advance and that's why he preferred not to go," Rajinikanth's manager said. A special screening of the film was arranged for the superstar after he moved the Madras High Court seeking a stay on the film's title and its content as he felt it might defame him and upset his fan base.
"Neither Rajinikanth nor his lawyer Arun C. Mohan bothered to attend the special screening which was held in AVM preview theatre," the film's director Faisal Saif said in a statement. "According to the reason provided by the superstar's lawyer, they were upset when Faisal Saif went to the press and announced the special screening with some defaming statements," he added.
Saif clarified that he didn't make any "defaming statements", and added: "I only said the case was filed with lack of knowledge and it is baseless. My film is not at all based on the superstar". He also said his film is "not a biopic" on the superstar, and that it's just a funny tribute, which will neither hurt his sentiments or those of his fans. Saif also denied that he has used any caricature, name, style or dialogues of Rajinikanth in his film, which is slated for a theatrical release Oct 10 and features Adithya Menon in the lead.
source:agency

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh applauded the spiritual guidance and humanitarian initiatives of Mata Amritanandamayi

Kollam (Kerala)  Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Saturday applauded the spiritual guidance and humanitarian initiatives of Mata Amritanandamayi as her charitable trust announced a Rs. 25 crore relief and rehabilitation package for victims of the devastating floods in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Minister who arrived here Saturday to take part in Amma's 61st birthday celebrations also formally handed over the keys of the houses that the Mata Amritanandamayi Math has built in Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand, for 250 families that lost their homes in the flash floods in June 2013. "Amma has been spreading the message of oneness, love and compassion through her teachings and her guidance will help India rise as a nation that leads to spiritual awakening globally," said Singh while addressing a huge gathering of devotees at her ashram near here.
As part of the relief efforts in Jammu and Kashmir, the Math will build houses for the flood affected persons. Since 1998, the Math has constructed 45,000 houses for the homeless at more than 75 locations across India. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, described Amma as an epitome of virtue and love, and said she is a strength to the society and her birthday celebrations serve to spread the message of goodness and peace to the world.
Chandy presented the Mata Amritanandamayi Math's (MAM) Amrita Keerthi Puraskar, consisting of a cash award of Rs 1,23,456 and a sculpture of Goddess Saraswati, to devotional poet S. Rameshan Nair. He also launched the Amrita Sphuranam, a solar electrification project of MAM in partnership with the Live-in-Labs [LiLa] programme of the Amrita Center for Wireless Networks and Applications (AmritaWNA) at Amrita School of Engineering, Amritapuri. The project has helped electrify the remote tribal village of Mothakkara in Wayanad district of Kerala.
Among a host of charitable initiatives unveiled by the Math as part of her 61st birthday, is the extension of a widow pension scheme which currently has 69,000 beneficiaries. Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala formally extended the scheme which will benefit another 30,000 destitute women. Earlier in the day, in her address to the huge gathering of her followers Mata Amritanandmayi said, "I have only one thing to tell: our lives should be of some benefit to the world. We should sincerely love and console at least one life, for at least a moment, without any expectations."
source:agency

Justice H.L. Dattu sworn in as the chief justice of India

New Delhi: Justice H.L. Dattu was Sunday sworn in as the chief justice of India. He was administered the oath of office by President Pranab Mukharjee.
He is the 42nd chief justice of India and will be at the helm of the Indian judiciary till Dec 2, 2015. He succeeds Chief Justice R.M. Lodha who demitted office Sep 27. 
source:agency

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the UN that the world, instead of becoming interdependent, "operates in various Gs with different numbers"

United Nations: In a tongue-in-cheek reference to the numerous blocs of nations that have cropped up, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said at the UN that the world, instead of becoming interdependent, "operates in various Gs with different numbers".
In his inaugural address to the UN General Assembly, Modi said "the need for an international compact, which is the foundation of the United Nations, is stronger than before". "While we speak of an interdependent world, have we become more united as nations? Today, we still operate in various Gs with different numbers. India, too, is involved in several. But, how much are we able to work together as G1 or G-All?," he wondered. He said that "on one side, we say that our destinies are inter-linked, on the other hand we still think in terms of zero sum game". "If the other benefits, I stand to lose," he stated.
"It is easy to be cynical and say nothing will change but if we do that, we run the risk of shirking our responsibilities and we put our collective future in danger," Modi cautioned. "Let us bring ourselves in tune with the call of our times. First, let us work for genuine peace. "No one country or group of countries can determine the course of this world. There has to be a genuine international partnership. This is not just a moral position, but a practical one," the prime minister said.
source:agency

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Governor of the US state of New Jersey, Chris Christie

New York: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Governor of the US state of New Jersey, Chris Christie, and held talks with him.
Christie and Modi shared their experiences of using social media as a tool of governance.
Christie told Modi: "I watch your usage of social media closely." After the meeting with Modi, Christie took to Twitter to thank Prime Minister Modi and posted a picture of the meeting.
"@narendramodi enjoyed meeting with you this afternoon in NYC. Thank you for the invitation," he tweeted.
Christie is the third important visitor who called on Modi.
The prime minister had earlier on Friday met New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Director of the US National Cancer Institute, Harold Varmus. 
source:agency

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and discussed the "small cities" project with him

New York: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday met former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and discussed the "small cities" project with him."Smart talk about 'smart cities'," tweeted Syed Akbaruddin, spokesperson of the ministry of external affairs. "@MikeBloomberg talks to PM @narendramodi about next good ideas city governance."
Bloomberg spoke to Modi about "next good ideas in city governance".
source:agency

From the ramparts of the Red Fort Aug 15, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took his message of sanitation to New York's iconic Central Park

New York: From the ramparts of the Red Fort Aug 15, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday took his message of sanitation to New York's iconic Central Park, hailing people gathered there who are part of Global Citizen, a website network of people fighting lack of sanitation and poverty across the world among other pressing issues.
"How are you doing in New York?" Modi, dressed in an off-white kurta, greeted the crowd in English after the comperes of the show, Global Citizen Festival, announced the arrival of a person who changed the sanitation facilities of the Indian state of Gujarat from one of the worst to one of the best.
"Namaste," he said, adding that he was greeting people who were watching the show on TVs, smartphones, tablets and laptops as well.
"I am truly delighted to be in an open front and not in a closed conference room."
Modi said that the work todays's youth were doing in problems like sanitation and poverty would have deep impact in the times to come.
"I salute you, I repeat, I salute you," he said as the crowd erupted in applause.
"I am proud of you, your family is proud of you, your friends are proud of you."
"In India, 800 million youth are joining hands to make drinking water and sanitaton available in the hands of everybody," he said.
Modi said that the youth in India could see that "you are joining hands" with them.
"God bless. May the force be with you," the Indian prime minister, who is visiting the US on a five-day trip and delivered his maiden speech at the UN General Assembly Saturday, concluded.
source:agency

The secretary-general thanked India for its significant contribution to United Nations peacekeeping operations

United Nations: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his case for giving nations contributing troops to UN peacekeeping operations more say in decision-making at his meeting with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Saturday as he pitched for more reforms in the working of the 193-nation world body to make it more effective. India currently contributes over 8000 personnel to UN peacekeeping operations in conflict spots around the world. Ban told him he admired his focus on improving the welfare of all Indians. Syed Akbaruddin, spokesman for India's Ministry of External Affairs, said Modi told Ban that "those countries that are contributing troops to United Nations should have an effective say in decision making and mandates because they put their troops' life at stake when they fulfill mandates of the UN." "The secretary-general thanked India for its significant contribution to United Nations peacekeeping operations," the secretary-general's spokesperson said. India contributes 8,104 personnel to UN peacekeeping operations around the world, officials said.
"The secretary-general also expressed his admiration for the prime minister's focus on improving the socio-economic well-being of all Indian people." Another issue raised by Modi during the meeting was reforming the UN. Akbaruddin said Modi told Ban that he "should take the lead in trying to reform various aspects of the working of the UN" and India was ready to work with him.
Answering a reporter's question, Akbaruddin said that while UN reform issues like expansion of the Security Council, which India is strongly pursuing, were in the domain of the entire membership of the UN, Modi had in mind those specific reforms in the working of the world body that the secretary-general himself could undertake.
Modi and Ban also discussed regional issues with the prime minister outlining his initiatives for working with South Asian neighbours and how he intended to take them forward, Akbaruddin said.
source:agency

Christian-Buddhist-Jewish leaders condemn anti-Hindu vandalism in Virginia



In a remarkable interfaith gesture, Christian-Buddhist-Jewish leaders have come out to the support of Hindus of Loudoun County (Virginia) who have reportedly experienced anti-Hindu vandalism in the last three months.



Reverend Richard L. Smith, a United Church of Christ pastor in Nevada, in a statement today, said: It is especially sad to see such expressions of hatred coming from the home state of Thomas Jefferson, who so ardently believed in religious liberty.  We are all diminished by it, even as we are enriched by interfaith acceptance and cooperation.



Jikai' Phil Bryan, well-known Buddhist leader, in a statement today, stressed: It is absolutely unbelievable and deeply saddening to note that something like this can happen in my country. All right thinking people should strongly condemn such behavior and come to the defense of our wonderful Hindu neighbors.



ElizaBeth W. Beyer, Jewish Rabbi in California and Nevada, in a statement today, pointed out: Vandalism against our peace-loving Hindu brothers and sisters in Ashburn, Virginia is incredibly thoughtless and un-American. Religion tells us to love and help our neighbors.  We need to support the Hindu community of Virginia and stop the hate-filled graffiti.



Meanwhile, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, welcoming the support of these diverse religious leaders, in a statement in Nevada today, said that Hindu-American community was highly concerned about the reported anti-Hindu incidents in Loudoun County.



Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged other faith communities in Loudoun County to come forward to express their support to the Hindu neighbors and thus spread the message of peace, love and harmony at grassroots level.



Rajan Zed further said that Hindu-Americans, numbering about three million, were a very friendly community and had made lot of contributions in the nation building. Loudoun County should stand in solidarity with the Hindu brothers and sisters at such a time, Zed added.

20140927

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives due to floods in Assam and Meghalaya

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday condoled the loss of lives due to floods in Assam and Meghalaya and sanctioned ex-gratia relief of Rs.2 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased."Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the loss of lives in the states of Meghalaya and Assam," said a statement from the prime minister's office. "Before leaving for US, the prime minister has sanctioned an ex-gratia of Rs.2 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs.50,000 each to the seriously injured persons from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund," the statement added.As of now, 36 people have died and over one lakh others have been rendered homeless in Assam while the death toll in Meghalaya has risen to 46 after massive floods.
source:agency

Varun Dhawan and Deepika Padukone have been roped to play the lead roles for the Hindi adaptation of the international hit "The Fault In Our Stars"

Mumbai: Varun Dhawan and Deepika Padukone have been roped to play the lead roles for the Hindi adaptation of the international hit "The Fault In Our Stars".
"The makers believe that Deepika and Varun will do justice to the roles. 'The Fault In Our Stars' will be the third film that will bring (director) Homi Adajania and Deepika together after the successful 'Cocktail' and 'Finding Fanny'," a source said.

For the film, Fox Star Studios is partnering with Dinesh Vijan.
"The Fault In Our Stars" is about two youngsters, who are terminally ill and fall deeply in love, taking them on an extraordinary journey. The casual approach and humour in the story is said to make it unconventional in treatment.

The shoot of the Hindi adaptation of "The Fault In Our Stars" will begin in March 2015.
source:agency

Producer Ekta Kapoor describes her new show "Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Ye" as bold and controversial

Mumbai: Producer Ekta Kapoor describes her new show "Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Ye" as bold and controversial.
"It's bold and it's controversial, but there is no extra marital affair. It will be interesting and emotional. It's a strong understanding of how society looks at women," Ekta told reporters here Friday.

She has managed to rope in Sonali Bendre and Apoorva Agnihotri for the show that will be aired on Life Ok.
When asked what prompted her to make the show, she said: "It's funny, it has quirky characters and it's light-hearted. Many of my viewers started saying you show happily married couples who are perfect, which added pressure on us."

This inspired Ekta to conceptualise "Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Ye". "Marriage is just not a status, it's a deal," she said.
source:agency

20140926

Prithviraj Chavan submitted his resignation to Governor C.V. Rao

Mumbai: A day after the NCP called off its alliance with the Congress in Maharashtra and withdrew from the government, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan Friday submitted his resignation to Governor C.V. Rao. The Nationalist Congress Party's (NCP) move, which came weeks before the assembly elections slated Oct 15, had reduced the Congress-led Democratic Front government to a minority.

20140923

Entrepreneur Satish Reddy and Ganesh Mandhare launch a Software for Political Parties to Win Election



If you want to win the Election so plan your political carrier with this software. Before you could reach to any conclusion prepare yourself this Election with a new software “Political Assistant”. Every year, thousands of citizens become eligible to enroll to vote for the first time, and this section of the website will help you get on the roll and ready to vote. Social media is the social interaction among people in which they create, share or exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks. The emergence of Internet-based social media has made it possible for one person to communicate with hundreds or even thousands of other people about products and the companies that provide them. Social media technologies take on many different forms including magazines, Internet forums, weblogs, social blogs, micro blogging, wikis, social networks, podcasts, photographs or pictures, video, rating and social bookmarking. the presence of social media is spreading and media use patterns are changing, online political engagement is largely accepted to people already active in politics and on the Internet. Social media has reshaped structures and methods of contemporary political communication by influencing the way politicians interact with citizens and each other. The role of the Internet as a tool for participation and organization has been considered the most important innovation in the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign and one of the key strategic factors in Barack Obama's conquest of the Democratic nomination and the White House. Social networking and digital information technologies helped spark the massive increase in youth participation that led to President Barack Obama’s victory. From Google Hangouts with overseas citizens to online political debates organized by Facebook, Indian politicians have turned to social media to woo voters ahead of this year’s general election. In PM Narendra Modi campaign satellite and mobile technologies were used to host live interactions with people. In this flood of online political campaigning, the BJP's strategy has been effective. Modi’s popularity carried the BJP to victory with 282 seats out of the 543 seats in parliament, the biggest win by any party in India in 40 years. Through its use of social media, the BJP was able to sway many young voters.  Social media has become the new election battleground for India's nationwide parliamentary elections.



In the battleground of social media new software “Political Assistant” is made for the forthcoming assembly elections. It is a unique android app that can help candidate for online campaigning. A software version called campaigner will help in planning and managing of candidate’s election expenditure, work schedule of the candidate & party workers, managing the daily basis. This app will help candidate to connect voters directly, once installed by voters on his/her android phone. Candidate can get voters views and issues through app. Satish Reddy said, "I've seen social media become more important in nowadays. Social Media and Politic this amalgamation is the new think that can connect Supporters and the volunteers and I think it is necessary to have a connection. “Political Assistant” App will help Candidate to communicate his campaign schedule; campaign material to the voters directly. Online campaign on social media will be made easier with the help of PA campaigner through sharing to Facebook, twitter, whatsapp. Through this app can print voter slip on the spot. This app is especially useful on the Election Day for booth management."



India is one of the youngest countries in the world, with an estimated 65 percent of the population under the age of 35. With an estimated 150 million 18- to 23-year-olds eligible to vote for the first time, political parties are actively using social media to reach these young voters. “Political Assistant” Software once installed on a cloud server, person can get complete perspective of his/her constituency. Detailed information can be collated & can help to get analysis easily. The election campaign work needed precise detailing by candidate’s PA and his office. Till now they had to work beyond usual hours to keep track of expenditure, campaign schedule, work responsibilities, planning & communication with party worker. Now this has been put together in unique software, which will reduce dependency on manpower and give the candidate more work forces to work on the field. Through this application candidate can plan campaign schedule, manage expenses, work distribution to party workers, booth wise campaign analysis and voter management. Ganesh Mandhare said, "PA campaigner is a just a small part of the Political Assistant which caters to all need of political campaign. The interesting point is that software can be customized and personalized to every candidate across the parties as per demand of candidates."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will "redefine" India's ties with the US, union minister Prakash Javadekar said

New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will "redefine" India's ties with the US, union minister Prakash Javadekar said. "Strategic relations with the US is very important for India. Our prime minister will redefine it," Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Information and Broadcasting Javadekar told TV news channel Times Now. "Modiji's UN General Assembly speech is very important because the whole world is looking at the transformation of power in India," he said. Asked if it is a personal vindication for Modi as he was earlier denied a visa to the US, Javadekar said the prime minister was never denied a visa. "There was no denial of visa because we never applied for it. We must not go into that debate. Modiji is coming here as leader of the country," he said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be on a visit to the US Sep 26-30. source:agency

20140921

Big boss 8 contestant / participant list

Big boss 8 contestant / participant list :

1.Minisha Lamba -bollywood actress
2.Sukriti Kandpal-known as Dr. Riddhima Gupta in Dill Mill Gayye
3. Upen Patel- model turned actor
4. Gautam Gulati-actor ,Diya Aur Baati Hum
5.Natasha Stankovic-Serbian beauty
6.Praneet Bhat- actor,Shakuni in Mahabharat series
7.RJ Preetam- FM jockey  , RJ
8. Sushant Dijvijikar-he has been a part of Mr. gay 2014
9. Karishma Tanna-actress , Kyunki Saas Bhiu Kabhi Bahu Thi fame
10. Deepshikha Nagpal-Punjabi movie bomb shell
11.Puneet Issar-  Duryodhan fame
12. Soni Singh - model turned actress
13.Diandra Soares-model, anchor and a fashion designer
14. Ajeet Chandila-cricketer
15. Arya Babbar- actor , Ab Ke Baras fame

Two brothers have become the first to hit the jackpot by winning the maximum prize money of Rs.7 crore on TV reality game show "Kaun Banega Crorepati"

New Delhi: Two brothers have become the first to hit the jackpot by winning the maximum prize money of Rs.7 crore on TV reality game show "Kaun Banega Crorepati". The duo - Achin and Sarthak, 24 and 23 respectively - won the mega amount on the 'Jodi Special' episode of the eighth season of the show, hosted by megastar Amitabh Bachchan. "This was unexpected and it is totally unbelievable. We had thought we will win about Rs.25 lakh and then we will leave. But this has turned out to be a life-defining moment for us," Achin, who is into marketing, said over phone from Mumbai. His brother Sarthak is a student.

I want to see the film "Khoobsurat" :Hrithik Roshan

Mumbai: Hrithik Roshan says he wasn't invited for a screening of "Khoobsurat", a remake of the 1980 film "Khubsoorat", which starred his father Rakesh Roshan. But he is keen to watch the Sonam Kapoor-starrer!
Have you watched the new "Khoobsurat", a journalist asked the Roshan family at an event in the capital. "No we haven't yet," said the senior Roshan, while Hrithik said: "I wasn't invited, I want to see the film. Write that down."

On another note, he said: "I believe it's a great film and congratulations to Sonam." The new "Khoobsurat" has marked the Bollywood foray of Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.
source:agency

I attribute my success to my choreographer Shampa :Ashish Sharma

Mumbai: The feeling of victory is still sinking in for actor Ashish Sharma, who is ecstatic about winning the seventh season of celebrity dance reality show "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7". He says he had thought he'd last only for a few weeks. "I never thought I would win the show. I just thought I will be part of it for a couple of weeks and then I will not be able to handle it. But then week after week it kept happening...it's a great feeling," Ashish, known for his TV show "Rangrasiya", gushed with excitement about his surprise victory. In the finale episode of "Jhalak...", aired on Colors Saturday night, the actor was pitted against Mouni Roy, Shakti Mohan and Karan Tacker. He said: "Mouni and Karan were great. They were my strong competitors. Even Shakti was outstanding. I have not seen a dancer like her." Ashish was initially seen as a hesitant dancer, but he gradually opened up as a person and performer, turning out to be a surprise package on the show. He impressed the judges -- Madhuri Dixit, Karan Johar and Remo D'Souza -- with his learning capacity and ability to face challenges. The actor gives the entire credit of his win to his star choreographer Shampa Sonthalia, who had led even actor Gurmeet Choudhary to victory in the fifth season of the reality show. "I attribute my success to my choreographer Shampa. Hats off to her for the kind of hard work she has put in for this show. She deserves to be the winner. She understood my body language and gave me the steps accordingly. I owe a big thank you to her," he said. He is especially appreciative of her for observing him well and bringing his strengths alive in their acts. Ashish, who has won Rs.30 lakh and a Mahindra XUV car, is also grateful to the show's judges. "Madhuri Dixit was very inspirational. She used to always encourage me and never bogged me down. She was like, 'Go ahead and just do it'. Even Karan sir was very humble. He is a very warm person," said Ashish, who's not a trained dancer. Overall, he views the journey as "extremely tiring and hectic". "I was busy with my serial ('Rangrasiya', which has now come to an end), and post that, I used to get time for just three to four hours in the night to practice. So it was not an easy journey, but certainly a memorable one," he said. Ashish has earlier been seen in Bollywood film "Love Sex aur Dhokha" and in TV shows "Gunahon Ka Devta" and "Chandragupta Maurya". source:agency

Ashish Sharma,the winner of dance reality show "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7"

Mumbai: Gruelling shooting schedules, practice sessions and dedication have borne fruit for actor Ashish Sharma, who walked away with the winner's trophy, a prize money and a brand new car, as the winner of dance reality show "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7".
He danced and jumped with joy upon his victory, which he has credited to his choreographer, Shampa Sonthalia.

For the final episode, Ashish was competing against Karan Tacker, Mouni Roy and Shakti Mohan. There was a tie between Ashish and Karan, but the crew decided to consider only audience votes and Ashish won the trophy.
Ashish was awarded a prize money of Rs.30 lakh and a Mahindra XUV during the finale, which saw the presence of Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor and Varun Dhawan as special guests.

The finale was an entertaining affair with judges Madhuri Dixit, Remo D'Souza and Karan Johar performing too. Madhuri, Bollywood's dancing diva, regaled the live as well as TV audiences with an aerial act and grooved to "Main tenu samjhava", "Ghaghra" and "Choli ke peeche".
Even Karan Johar danced with all four finalists, while Remo stunned the audience with a robotic act. There were additional performances by comedienne Bharti Singh as well as singers Mika and Shaan. If that wasn't enough, the humour quotient was added by the Gutthi and Dadi, the beloved characters from "Comedy Nights With Kapil".

The seventh season of the dance show -- where multiple celebrities compete with each other with the help of pre-assigned professional choreographers -- went on air on Colors June 7. It's the Indian version of international show "Dancing With The Stars".
With a line-up of 13 celebrities ranging from Kritika Kamra, Mouni Roy, Purab Kohli, Karan Tacker, Sophie Choudry, Pooja Banerjee to VJ Andy, professional dancer Shakti Mohan, singer Sukhwinder Singh, comedian Kiku Sharda as Palak, and cricketer S. Sreesanth, the show offered some "never seen before" action on the stage.

The show was initially hosted by small screen's 'Madhubala' Drashti Dhami and Bollywood actor Ranvir Shorey, but later actor-comedian Manish Paul replaced Drashti.
source:agency

Sandip Soparrkar celebrates “Power Women Fiesta” with lots of Fun and Dance at Phoniex market city



Well known shopper’s paradise Phoenix Market city is celebrating “Power Women Fiesta” this festive month of September with bigger and more desirable offers than ever! Honoring the spirit of independent women, Phoenix Market city has initiated the 'Power Women Fiesta' month to pamper those special women who play important roles in all walks of life! Women can enjoy a multitude of freebies along with exciting events planned specially for them during the fiesta. The spirit of the weekend was so energetic and pleasant as women got a chance to shake a leg with one and only bollywood ace choreographer Sandip Soparrkar.

As a part of 'Power women fiesta' celebration Phoenix market city arranged for an evening filled with loads of dances with Sandip Soparrkar and his troupe. The evening started with salsa dance performance by Sandip Soparrkar's students. Then a dance by Bryan dance academy who put up an act of women and their powerful professions today. There was a fabulous traditional garba dance performance by Megna Kothari dance school too.

Sandip Soparrkar said, “I am glad to celebrate 'Power Woman Fiesta' which is especially for the powerful and independent woman of today. I am here for all the women who love to dance. Today is their day I want to make them all feel special because they are truly special.”

Dancers from pune too came and put up a beautiful theme dance on stages depicting love life of women of all ages. A group of little girls from Reshmi Sawant school stole the heart of people through her cutest performance with the message of save the girl child. The show ended with a celebratory carnival samba dance by Sandip Soparrkar's dancers.

The workshop conducted by dance maestro Sandip Soparrkar was the highlight of the evening, it was a big hit with loads of women crowding the stage to get a close look at their favourite dancer and to dance with and around him, the celebrated choreographer taught all the enthusiastic power women some sensual salsa steps and later spend time clicking picture and selfies with them. More power to Sandip and his dance for making the power women fiesta a roaring success

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Are you a fan of Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan? Here is your chance to share the screen with him

New Delhi: Are you a fan of Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan? Here is your chance to share the screen with him.
Beverage brand Mountain Dew is on the look out for heroes who live by the philosophy of "Darr Ke Aage Jeet Hai". To find them, it has launched a campaign in association with Hrithik's upcoming movie "Bang Bang", said a statement. Titled Mountain Dew Heroes Wanted, the campaign will select three winners and they will get an opportunity to feature in a short action film with Hrithik.

Lauding the initiative, Hrithik said it gives him an opportunity "to be with the youth of the country who aspire to rise above the ordinary and become heroes." "Everyone has a hero inside and one doesn't need any superpower to be one. For me, whoever has the courage to conquer his inner fears and move ahead with self-belief can become a hero.

"So don't wait, just grab a Dew and live up to your dream," he added. To participate, one can buy a Mountain Dew bottle and SMS the unique code printed on the back of the label to number provided there. The Mountain Dew 'Heroes Wanted' promotion is valid between Sep 16 to Oct 30 and the last date for participation is Oct 15.
source:agency

"Bang Bang" team turned down an invitation to promote the Hrithik Roshan-starrer on "Bigg Boss 8"

Mumbai: TV shows are considered an important platform to promote a film before its release, thanks to its wider reach. However, it seems that the "Bang Bang" team reportedly doesn't agree with the theory and turned down an invitation to promote the Hrithik Roshan-starrer on "Bigg Boss 8".
If sources are to be believed, Hrithik has decided to skip reality TV show platforms to market his film. A source close to the industry said: "'Bigg Boss' team had approached the team of 'Bang Bang' to promote their film during the launch of 'Bigg Boss' show, but 'Bang Bang' team politely refused it.

"The 'Bang Bang' team has decided not to promote their film on any TV shows as they feel they can't recreate the scale of 'Bang Bang' on any reality show." Directed by Siddarth Anand, "Bang Bang", also featuring Katrina Kaif, is slated for an Oct 2 release.
Another source said that Hrithik is following Aamir Khan's footsteps, as the latter didn't promote his "Dhoom 3" on any reality show. " The highlight of 'Bang Bang' is action sequences and Hrithik's chemistry with Katrina. He is confiden

t that it will draw the audience to the theatres," added the source. To be hosted by Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, the eighth season of "Bigg Boss" will go live Sep 21 on Colors channel. When contacted the channel, they refused to comment on it.
source:agency

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan got nostalgic when Pakistani actor Fawad Khan came on the sets of his quiz show “Kaun Banega Crorepati” (KBC)

Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan got nostalgic when Pakistani actor Fawad Khan came on the sets of his quiz show “Kaun Banega Crorepati” (KBC) to promote his first Bollywood film “Khoobsurat”.
Amitabh shared his strong and personal connection with the neighbouring country. Big B revealed that his grandfather was from Karachi and said he had visited that place for the first time with his mother when he was just two years old.

Meanwhile, curious Amitabh also bombarded Fawad with a string of questions like how different is the cinema there and about his fans.

Fawad was accompanied by his "Khoobsurat" co-star Sonam Kapoor. The episode will be aired Thursday at 8.30 p.m. on Sony TV.
source:agency

Deepika Padukone says she has an issue when people "propagate objectification of a real person and not a character being played"

Mumbai: Deepika Padukone says she has an issue when people "propagate objectification of a real person and not a character being played" and wants them to "respect" artists as women off-screen.
Ever since she condemned a photo titled "OMG: Deepika Padukone's Cleavage Show" on Twitter, saying: "YES! I am a Woman. I have breasts AND a cleavage! You got a problem!!??", this has invited comments from all quarters - some favourable, others not so.

Setting the record straight and clarifying her point of view, the actress Friday issued a statement on her official Facebook page.
Her post is titled - “There is only ONE sign that a woman wants to have sex and that is that she says “YES”.

“The reason I write the above line is because we all know that in India we are so desperately trying to make a change in the way sections of our society think in order to move towards a happier world devoid of inequality, rape, fear and pain.”
“I am not naive about my own profession; it is one that requires lots of demanding things of me. A character may demand that I be clothed from head to toe or be completely naked, and it will be my choice as an actor whether or not I take either. Understand that this is a ROLE and not REAL, and it is my job to portray whatever character I choose to play convincingly.”

“What my concern is and I am stating it clearly so it is not misconstrued or confused with Shah Rukh’s eight-pack or any other woman’s or man’s anatomy. I have spoken out against an ideology that such regressive tactics are still being employed to draw a reader’s attention at a time when we are striving for women’s equality and empowerment. "In a time where women should be applauded for making headway in a male-dominated society, we blur the lines between REEL and REAL life and dilute all our efforts by making a one-year old back sliding piece of news a headline. Digging out an old article and headlining it “OMG: Deepika’s Cleavage Show!” to attract readers is using the power of influence to proliferate recessive thought.
“When an actresses inner wear decides to do a "peek-a-boo", she most definitely did not step out with the intention to do so. So instead of zooming in, circling it and pointing arrows at it, why don't we give her some 'respect' and let it go instead of making it 'headlines'!? Are we not human? Yes we marvel, envy and drool over a male actors eight pack abs in a film, but do we zoom in on the man's 'crotch' when he makes a public appearance and make that 'cheap headlines'??!!," she wrote.

Deepika says that she has no issue celebrating her body and "I have never shied away from anything on-screen to portray a character".
"In fact my next character portrayed is a bar dancer (in 'Happy New Year') (sorry Farah (Khan) for the spoiler!) who titillates men as a means to support her livelihood. My issue is you propagating the objectification of a REAL person, and not a character being played. Sure, dissect my characters if you wish - if it is of so much interest then discuss the character’s cup size and leg length if it is relevant to making the role convincing. All I am asking for is respect (us) as a woman off-screen.

“It is not about breasts, penises, or any other body part being reported. It is a matter of context and how out-of-context the reportage is just to sell a headline. And more so during a time in dire need of an attitude shift towards women.
“For me this topic ends here. Everyone is entitled to an opinion. I have little interest to take this further as it might get more attention than it deserves and might be further misconstrued and twisted to sell more undeserved headlines. “Having said that, please may we show love, dignity and respect to each other.”

The actress, who delivered four back to back hits with "Race 2", "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani", "Chennai Express" and "Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela", recently featured in "Finding Fanny" - an English language entertainer by Homi Adajania.
source:agency

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan called for the launching of a countrywide war against cancer

Thiruvananthapuram: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Friday called for the launching of a countrywide war against cancer.
The minister earlier in the day formally recommended the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) here as one of the 20 RCCs in the country chosen to be elevated as the apex state cancer institute. "Cancer treatment has now become very expensive in the country. We have to launch a war against cancer and prevention and early detection has to be done," Harsh Vardhan told reporters later. He said the government will invest heavily in its fight against cancer.

"The Indian Council of Medical Research is now entering into new alliances with many organisations for cancer research," said Harsh Vardhan. Responding to queries on unethical drug trials in the country, the minister said media has to bring such happenings to the attention of the authorities. "Drug trials will be followed up actively and aggressively as there are regulations in place for this and to put the drug research in right perspective, all efforts would be done to regulate it as per law. The media should highlight violations, if any," said Harsh Vardhan.
source:agency

We have always kept a large heart in the past to save the alliance : BJP

Mumbai: Rejecting the latest offer of 119 seats by the Shiv Sena (SS) for the Oct. 15 Maharashtra assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party said it had always adopted a spirit of 'sacrifice' to save the saffron alliance in the past 25 years.
Simultaneously, in a mild softening of its stand, the state BJP said it has decided to send a fresh seat-sharing formula to the Sena before making any final move on the matter.

Senior BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar told media persons that the party's core committee meeting unanimously expressed its desire to continue the alliance with the Sena.
"We have always kept a large heart in the past to save the alliance. When Shiv Sena wanted to project Sharad Pawar as prime minister, we did not object. Similarly, when they decided to support the candidatures of Pratibha Patil and Pranab Mukherjee for President, we relented in the interest of our partnership and for the people of the state," Mungantiwar said.

Leader of Opposition in the assembly Eknath Khadse added that in the past few years, the BJP has given as many as six sitting seats in the Lok Sabha and one in the Rajya Sabha to the Shiv Sena, but in return it did not get "a single assembly seat".
"This time, we are talking about giving us seats which neither the Sena nor the BJP has ever won in all the past assembly elections. BJP will try to make inroads, failing which the Congress-NCP will get the advantage there," Khadse said. The duo reiterated that the BJP was open to continuing the alliance, provided it was worked out with "dignity and respect" for both parties.

"Now, our workers are not interested in making any more sacrifices. We are prepared for a seat-sharing alliance with respect and dignity. We should get to contest the seats which the SS has never won in the past," he said.
Mungantiwar pointed out that of the total 48 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state, the BJP used to contest 32 and the Shiv Sena 16 in the past, which has now increased to 26 and 24 respectively.

"For us, the immediate priority is to defeat the Congress-NCP. Everything else, including who will be next chief minister and other issues, can follow," Mungantiwar said.
source:agency

Dr. Sunita Dube’s Medscape India National Awards 2014 a glitzy affair


Last night Mumbai witness a gala affair of Doctors, Politicians, Sports person and Bollywood celebrities to felicitate the life saver “Doctors” at 3rd MedscapeIndia National Awards 2014. The awards were initiated to honor individuals and organizations working tirelessly to elevate the status of health in India. It is put together by MedscapeIndia-Aryan Medical and Educational Trust a nonprofit organization formed that connects leading professionals from the medical and paramedical community. Cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin walked the red carpet and was seen praising Dr. Sunita Dube, he said, “I want to thanks Dr. Sunita Dube for bringing this wonderful event where person from every field contributing to the efforts of doctors.” Director Anand Kumar and Claudia Ciesla were seen together at the event. Actor Swapnil Joshi was seen bonding with his co-star Sai Tamhankar at the Award show. Host of the night RJ Mantra and Karishma Tanna glued the audience with excellent humor. Sangram Singh was seen asking tricky question with the guest with his beautiful fiancée Payal Rohatgi. Director Divya Kumar Khosla was seen dazzling on the red carpet in her black and golden gown. Actor Gurmeet and Debina burned the dance floor with their mind blowing performance. Miss India Nehal Bhogaita who was awarded with Differently Able Super Women 2014 said, “I would like to say a big big thank you to Dr Sunita Dube for all her hard work in society towards such a great cause of improving healthcare and also for creating such a great event for the 3rd year to appreciate those who work ever so hard to in making people's lives better.” Mr. Laxminant Parsekar, Excellence in Public Health Goa was really happy for Dr Sunita Dube and Dr Niraj Dube, he said, “Dr. Sunita is a very great person. She has done a very good job by contributing towards the society and for Doctors filed. MedscapeIndia National Awards is an example of her hard work.”



The award Honors doctors who provided excellent patient care and who treat their patients with the utmost kindness – as reflected in their superior “Overall” and “Bedside Manner”. Dr. Sunita Dube said, “It’s a glad moment for me that 3rd MedscapeIndia National Awards 2014 has happened and we honored all the doctors who are excellent in their respected field.” The Night rocked by the fabulous performance of Meet brothers and singer Khushi. Others who were present at the Sahila Chadha, Giaa Mahek, Rakesh Bedi, Sahil Anand, Leena Kapoor,Meghna Patel,  Anupama Verma, Vandana Vadera, Amrapali Gupta, Satish Reddy, Aashka Goradia and Sanjeeda Sheikh.

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I'm excited to work with Rekha-ji : Aditya Roy Kapur

Mumbai: Actor Aditya Roy Kapur, who will be sharing the screen space wih veteran actress Rekha in "Fitoor", is upbeat about the rare opportunity.
"I'm excited for my film 'Fitoor'. I don't know whether we can talk much about the film, but I'm excited to work with Rekha-ji. It's going to be once-in-a-lifetime experience," Aditya said. But he hasn't forgotten that "it's important for an actor to forget the personality and treat the actor as a character."

Aditya is not nervous about sharing the frame with the enigmatic veteran as he has worked with many senior actors in the past. "It's exciting to work with stars, but there is no reason to be nervous, because in the initial stages of my career, I have worked with Akshay Kumar, Aishwarya Rai, Salman Khan...I have worked with these stars, so nervousness has gone out my system after that," he added.

To be directed by Abhishek Kapoor, "Fitoor", also starring Katrina Kaif, will go on floors in October. Talking about the film's director, Aditya said: "He is a talented filmmaker and I love both his films ('Rock On!!' and 'Kai Po Che'). I'm looking forward to work in his film. It's a tough job to direct, and he is passionate about his work. It's very inspiring." Meanwhile, Aditya is looking forward to the release of his new film "Daawat-e-Ishq".
source:agency

Nitin Gadkari approved 28 projects worth Rs.438 crore for building rural roads in Leh and Kargil districts in Ladakh

New Delhi: Union Minister for Rural Development, Sanitation, Drinking Water and Panchayat Raj Nitin Gadkari Wednesday approved 28 projects worth Rs.438 crore for building rural roads in Leh and Kargil districts in Ladakh. These would be constructed in the Jammu and Kashmir's arid region under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY). "A total of 350 Km of rural road network will be built under these projects, proposals for which were submitted by the state government," the rural development ministry said a statement. Gadkari took the decision to clear these pending projects after a delegation from Ladakh led by local BJP Member of Lok Sabha Thupstan Chhewang called on him here. The projects cleared include six proposals in Leh district covering road length of 142 km to be constructed at a cost of Rs.181.4 crore. Another 22 projects in Kargil district were approved to build 207 km of rural roads at a cost of Rs.256.6 crore, the statement added. source:agency

India desired to partner with Singapore as part of its effort to get funding and expertise to emerge as a global manufacturer: PM

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday said India desired to partner with Singapore as part of its effort to get funding and expertise to emerge as a global manufacturer. Modi, who received Singapore's Emeritus Senior Minister (ESM) Goh Chok Tong, apprised him of the various initiatives taken by his government for development of smart cities and urban centres, improving the ease of doing business and cleaning of rivers. Modi said India's strength in terms of 3Ds - Demographic Dividend, Democracy and Demand (large domestic market) - would enable it to emerge as a global manufacturer. He said it would be essential to enter into partnerships with the international community to access the necessary funding and expertise for the success of initiatives. "In this context, the prime minister conveyed India's keen desire to partner with Singapore. The ESM suggested that both sides should work for entering into a strategic economic partnership," said a statement from the Prime Minister's Office. Goh was accompanied by Minister in the Singapore Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade and Industry S.Iswaran and Minister of State for National Development Desmond Lee. The statement said Modi recalled his long personal association with Tong. He also recalled Tong's special contribution to the development of bilateral relations. Goh congratulated Modi on his emphatic victory in the general elections and "for presenting an ambitious vision of India's economic and social transformation". "He encouraged the prime minister to work towards developing India as a global manufacturer through a combination of skill development, standard setting and access to the global market," the statement said. It said the Singapore leader called upon India to engage more proactively with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership initiative. He also emphasised that a prosperous India was critical for the peace and prosperity of the entire Asian region. Modi, who was invited to visit Singapore, said he looked forward to the visit at an early convenient date. source:agency