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Cheryl Cole - Most Loved at the Watercooler

Cheryl Cole - The Most Loved at the Watercooler

February 18, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Pen Men at Work): What is it that Cherly Cole has but even a mogul like Simon Cowell lacks? The answer is not too difficult… capacity to be gossiped about! A survey by clearly states this. In the survey, office going men were asked what they talk about the most. About a fifth of them conceded that they often made Cheryl the subject of their conversation.

NASA Confirms Chandrayan’s Discovery of Water on Moon

Moon Impact Probe

Image by Harsha 24/7 via Flickr

New Delhi, Feb 17, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB-India) The discovery of water on moon was till recently attributed to NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper, M3 on board India’s Chandrayan space craft. It was claimed that the  instrument detected water on moon’s polar region on 14 November 2008 while the space craft was rotating the earth’s natural satellite in a 100 kilo meter circular orbit. In an important development that wrong was set right on February 12, 2011 when the American Astronomical Society announced that the NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope (HST) had confirmed the discovery of water on moon by the Indian built Moon Impact Probe (MIP) on board Chandrayan. The MIP, a 34 kg box shaped object carried the Chandra Altitudinal Composition Explorer, CHANCE which had three devices,  a video imaging instrument, a radar altimeter and a mass spectrometer. While the video imaging instrument was for taking pictures of the moon’s surface as MIP approached it, the radar altimeter was for measuring the rate of descent of the probe to the lunar surface. The mass spectrometer was for studying the extremely thin lunar atmosphere. It took the MIP 25 minutes after it was detached from the orbiting space craft to reach the moon’s surface. During that time before hard landing on moon’s surface, the MIP radioed all the information to Chandrayan which it instantly recorded in its onboard memory for reading out later. With the MIP’s sending of information to Chandrayan, India’s very first attempt to send a lunar probe was successfully concluded.

DLF IPL 4 2011 Match Schedule: Dates, Venues, Fixtures: Indian Premiere League Cricket Championship

Calcutta, Feb 17, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The 4th season of the Indian Premiere League (DLF IPL) will commence on April 8, 2011 with last year's champions Chennai Super Kings taking on Kolkata Knight Riders at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.

10 teams, including the new entrants Kochi and Sahara Pune Warriors, will play 74 matches at 13 avenues across India over 51 days. A new play-off system has been introduced this year.

Indian Cricket lovers are looking forward to a enjoyable couple of months.

The provisional IPL 2011 match schedule:

Landing In Mumbai: Mumbai Goes to Washington DC - Web Series Star Takes Fashion to a Whole OM Level

NEW YORK (Feb 16, 2011) – With its first season’s finale just around the corner (February 20th), the big buzz continues about Landing in Mumbai (, the little web series that breaks the mold of well-known Indian stereotypes. The popular comedy web series, chronicles the antics of 22-year old Mumbai Chopra™, the sweet yet materialistic daughter of a spiritual guru who endures a highly publicized video scandal and haphazardly tries to find enlightenment in her life.

They are also official entries for The 2011Webby Awards (Online Oscars) for Best Comedy Series, Best Episode, Best Music (provided by Rishi Rich) and Best Website Homepage. Some highlights of the series include the highly entertaining Christmas special (Jingle Ladies), a music video parody and a trip to India! “Now that’s OM!” ™. Yep, that’s Mumbai’s tag line.

Hindus decry racist jibes at The X-Factor finalist British Roma singer Cher Lloyd

Nevada, Feb 16, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Hindus have come to the aid of “The X-Factor” finalist songstress Cher Lloyd in view of her racism filled bullying because of her Traveler (Gypsy) roots.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that it was unfair or rather immoral to abuse an upcoming young star on race stereotypes. British society should be ashamed of itself for tolerating such racist incidents and not doing anything about it.

Purna Brahma Sri Sri Harichand (Bengali, 2011) Feature Film On Founder of Matua sect: Music launch

Boroma, Sobhon Chatterjee and the cast and crew of Purna Brahma Sri Sri Harichand

Partha Chatterjee, Firdaus, Boroma and Sobhon Chatterjee - Images © Aditya Chakrabarty / WBRi

Calcutta, Feb 16, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The Matua community primarily consists of Dalits (mainly Namasudra) who migrated from Bangladesh. They follow the teachings of Harichand and Guruchand Thakur, have around three million members mainly concentrated in two districts. Harichand is the founder of the sect and is believed to have been an avatar of Vishnu. He is revered to have spread the message of peace and love among people and considered every man to be a human being irrespective of his cast, community, creed and sex. That is also the reason why he created a different sect called the Matua community which considers every human being to be equal.

Agra Fort (Agra, India)

February 16, 2011: Michigan: The show ended with Aurangzeb taking up the throne of the ‘Sultanat of Hindusthan,’ amidst thousands of mosquitos, trying to taste the blood from each and every exposed part of the body and the fort authority, desperately trying to get rid of the menace with the help of smoke.

The science of spirituality: Who is a Guru? The Traditional, Scriptural View

By Nitin Goel

New Delhi, Feb 16, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Exotic India) The science of spirituality is all about knowing one's own self. However, this can never be known in any of the normal ways through which we gain knowledge of worldly subjects. To learn and experience this science, we need to be graced with the blessings of both - guru and God. There is nothing surprising in this. We all know that to qualify in any field of knowledge, we require the guidance of an experienced person who is already qualified in that particular field. Whether it is a doctor, a lawyer or a businessman, all follow this line of action only. Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita:

"It is only one amongst thousands of people who strives for spiritual salvation. Even amongst such seekers, it is only the rare person who gets to know me correctly." (7.3)