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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.

Hindu Goddess Lakshmi Image on Sex-Boosting Potion in Bad Taste and Indicates Ingnorance

Nevada, Feb 22, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Hindus are upset with image of goddess Lakshmi being used on the bottle of “Potion 9” “mood enhancement shots”, which some of the sellers are claiming to boost sex drive.

"Potion 9" picture from
Picture of Potion 9 from

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that it was very disturbing to see goddess Lakshmi, who was highly revered in Hinduism and worshipped by devotees daily, on the bottle of a potion which some of its retailers claimed to increase “intensity of orgasms”. Lakshmi was meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and not for pushing such potions for mercantile greed.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged the manufacturer, said to be Brand New Energy, to immediately remove the image of Lakshmi from the Potion bottles which was offensive to the devotees.

Hindu Lord Vishnu exhibitation at Nashville, USA

Nevada, Feb 21, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio)  “Vishnu: Hinduism’s Blue-Skinned Savior”, said to be the first major museum exhibition to focus on the Hindu deity Vishnu, opened at Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville (Tennessee, USA) today.

Bollywood Stars Raise A Toast To Team India

Bollywood Stars Raise A Toast To Team India

February 21, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Pen Men at Work): We know India won the first World Cup match against Bangladesh, and that too, while creating some records along the way. But even before they ventured out to do so, big Bollywood stars were already Tweeting about the happening sub continental event! From Asha Bhosle to Neha Dhupia, everyone took up the mode of public platform to tell others how much they are dying to be a part of the 2011 World Cup.

BJP Makes More Bollywood Roads With Shahnawaz Hussain Now

BJP Makes More Bollywood Roads With Shahnawaz Hussain Now

February 21, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Pen Men at Work): When Shatrughan Sinha’s daughter Sonakshi did it with Dabangg, everyone danced to the tunes of Tere Mast Mast Do Nain. Now, Shahnawaz Hussain, the spokesman of BJP, is entering the Bolly terrain with his little one. Though of course no Sonakshi, this little one has his own charm. Adeeb is all of eight, and set to start working on a kids film, titled Satrangee Parachute.

Academy Awards Nominee for Art Direction & Visual Effects (Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows--Part 1)

Michigan: February 20, 2011: Just about a couple of days left for the Oscars to happen; Sunday, 27th February, 2011. The red carpets will roll and the glitterati of the tinsel town will gather to see who would be the lucky ones to take home the knight and millions of cinelovers will tune in to watch the World’s most glamorous ceremony.

Chirantani Organizes An Evening Of Recitatiom

BANGLA KOBITA ABRITTI | Chirantani Bengali Poem Recitation

Movie Review: Saat Khoon Maaf

Movie Review: Saat Khoon Maaf

Director: Vishal Bhardwaj

Cast: Priyanka Chopra, Irrfan Khan, Neil Nitin Mukesh, John Abraham, Naseeruddin Shah, Vivaan Shah

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