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Youth & Sports Development Initiatives in North Eastern Region of India

New Delhi, Feb 23, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) India is on the threshold of an unique demographic dividend youth being a major strategic asset. This “Youth Bulge” in the light of its impact on work participation and dependency ratio has been called a window of opportunity in terms of growth and development of our country, an opportunity which would need to be seized before the window closes. This poses its own challenges with reference to inclusive growth and the need to bridge divides. The requirements for this will transcend sectoral programmes, and would require a variety of interventions and programmes aimed at addressing the youth in a multi-dimensional manner. The Government has been working for youth volunteerism, community service and personality development of young men and women for about 40 years.

While out lining his ministry’s vision and objective with respect to the North Eastern States, Shri Ajay Maken, Union Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs & Sports  underlined that, Skill development among youth is aimed at facilitating employment; evolving sports as a source of employment and prestige and  Preservation as well propagation of the rich cultural heritage of the region.

SUFIS AT THE CINEMA - Six Decades of Sufi Influence on Bollywood Songs: A double-CD album release by Times Square Records

Germantown, MD, Feb 24, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Beginning with a classic from the 50s and progressing right through to the new millennium, the recordings – some blockbuster hits, others more rare – tell the true story of Sufi music in India and its influence on the more folklorish Qawwali, a music consumed on a daily basis, side-by-side with all other forms of popular Bollywood music.

Sufi-influenced music has been present in Indian cinema pretty much since the first films were released. The relationship of Sufi music to the more popular Qawwali is almost similar to that of traditional Gospel music to traditional R&B music as pioneered by Ray Charles. The performances are not always 'pure' in the lyrical sense, but neither are they devoid of 'soul'. Whether following the popular conventions of the time, or striking out on their own, some of Bollywood's most impassioned and heartfelt performances are caught in these tracks.

Actress Debolina impresses in her debut AAMI ADU (2011) : Bengali Movie Review

Bengali Actress Debalina and hero Samadarshi: AMI ADU Tollywood Movie
Debalina and Samadarshi

Somnath Gupta, Samadarshi, Arghyakamal Mitra in AMI ADU Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Movie
Somnath Gupta (Director), Samadarshi, Arghyakamal Mitra; images (C) Aditya Chakraborty / WBRi

Calcutta, Feb 24, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) New Theaters was a a pioneer production house founded by the legendary B.N.Sircar quite a few decades back when the talkies were replacing the silent era. A record number of films (around 150) were produced during that time in three or four languages from the 30s till the mid 50s –Bengali, Hindi, Urdu and even Tamil. It helped to launch the careers of many stalwarts like Debaki Bose, Pramathesh Barua, Bimal Roy, Prithviraj Kapoor, K.L.Saigal, Kanan Devi, Pankaj Mullick, Nitin Bose, Raichand Boral and many others all of whom went on to become legendary names after being associated with films under the New Theaters banner. They last produced a film in the 50s and after that for some reason they did not produce any film for so many years for some reason or the other. However any film which they will produce is expected to have solid content like their films of yesteryear. No wonder they have backed a film like Aami Adu.

Treasures of China and India - two wonderful ancient civilazations

Qing Dynasty Chinese Ceramics

Image by Ivan Walsh via Flickr

Is Zoe Saldana Hiding Something?

Is Zoe Saldana Hiding Something?

February 23, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Pen Men at Work): Avatar star Zoe Saldana says she is not pregnant. Of course, she hasn't stated this herself, it's her publicist who has said so. Why then, we wonder, did she get so curvy? Is it for a role? Or simply put on weight?

Madhavan Says He Is Bold And Loud!

Madhavan Says He Is Bold And Loud!

February 23, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / Pen Men at Work): Don’t laugh at that one now! Bollywood heartthrob R Madhavan is really the same good looking boy who you thought he was. But the actor says that in his next, Tanu Weds Manu, which is releasing this weekend, he has played a character who is so very much unlike him!

Indian Singers Shaan and Hariharan to Perform Live at London Ananda Utsav 2011

Shaan, Hariharan and others at London Ananda Utsav 2011

London, UK, Feb 22, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Ananda Bazar Patrika presents the 2nd Year of KKN London Ananda Utsav 2011 one of the Biggest International Cultural Festival to be held from 01st April till 03rd April at the Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Tottenham,  London N10. The fest will feature live performances by acclaimed singers Shaan and Hariharan and from India, and other leading Bollywood musicians. The evening promises to enthral Bollywood Music Lovers for an evening of sheer listening bliss.

India Census 2011 - Each Resident Counts

New Delhi, Feb 21, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB-India) Census is the most credible source of information on demography, economic activity, literacy, education, housing, household amenities, urbanization, fertility, mortality, language, religion, migration, disability and other socio-cultural and demographic data. Census 2011 is the 15th National Census of the country and 7th since Independence. The first systematic Census conducted all over the country in a non-synchronous manner was in 1872 and in 1881 the first synchronous Census was conducted all over the country. The Census is a statutory exercise conducted under the provisions of the Census Act, 1948 and Census Rules, 1990.  Census serves as primary data for planning and implementation of policies of the Central and State Governments. Also, it is utilized for the purpose of reservation of constituencies for Parliamentary, Assembly and local body elections. The Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India is the nodal authority for conducting Census in the country.