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Ensuring Sustainable Drinking Water Security in Rural Areas in India

New Delhi, Jan 27, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB-India) The major thrust of the rural water supply programmes  is to  ensure provision of adequate drinking water supply to the rural communities. Hitherto the role of the government was that of a service provider, with minimum involvement of the community in the planning process and the implementation activities. With the increase in demand due to public aspirations and decrease of availability of safe water it was considered essential to involve the community in the programme.

To achieve this, there was a paradigm shift and the Framework for implementation of National Rural Drinking Water Programme was revised in 2009. The Department appropriately addressed the soft issues related to facilitating the   active participation of PRIs in the process of planning, implementation and operation of schemes to achieve the goal of long term sustainability. It also ensured that the community gets continuous support and handholding so that they are empowered to take up the role of planning and implementing the systems also in addition to operating and maintaining them.

Shahrukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor In Rohit Shetty’s Angoor?

Shahrukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor In Rohit Shetty’s Angoor?

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's Eclipse scoops up 9 Razzie nominations

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's Eclipse scoops up 9 Razzie nominations

January 26, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Pen Men at Work): The Twilight franchise’s 3rd installment ‘Eclipse’ has scooped up a total of 9 nominations in this year’s Golden Raspberry Awards or Razzies that recognizes the worst movies and performances of the year.

Only 44% of Indians trust their own government

Nevada, USA, Jan 27, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) In India only 44 percent trust government, according to the 2011 Edelman Trust Barometer findings.

Seventy percent in India trust business to do what is right, while only 44 trust government to do what is right, this trust and credibility survey points out.

Dabangg wins seven awards at Chevrolet Apsara Awards 2011

Chevrolet Apsara Film Awards 2011Mumbai, Jan 24, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRLog) The star-studded night at Chevrolet Apsara Awards 2011 powered by Micromax Mobile and telecom partner Aircel, brought the biggest stars of the Indian Entertainment industry under one roof.

New TV Shows Rishton Ki Bhanwar Mein Uljhe NIYATI and Hi! Padosi Kaun hai Doshi on Sahara India Channel

Mumbai, Jan 22, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRLog) Sahara India has launched two new shows:

•   Social Drama - Rishton Ki Bhanwar Mein Uljhe…NIYATI

•   Comedy – HI! PADOSI…Kaun Hai Doshi

NECKLACE (2011) Bengali Film Music Launch

Sekhar Das, Locket Chatterjee, Rudranil Ghosh, Rituparn Sengupta, Rupa Ganguly launching NECKLACE Benhgali Film Soundtrack OST Album

Sekhar Das, Locket Chatterjee, Rudranil Ghosh, Rituparn Sengupta, Rupa Ganguly launching NECKLACE Bengali Film Soundtrack

Ritwick Chakrabarty, Sekhar Das, Locket, Rudranil, producer Sujoy Mukherjee - Images © Aditya Chakraborty / WBRi

[Necklace 2011 Bengali Movie Poster]Calcutta, Jan 26, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Necklace, Sekhar Das's (interview) first city centric tale is the story of two couples and how their lives cross each other’s path. It is a film with a comic touch, yet somewhat of a thriller as well. The film stars Locket Chatterjee (interview), Rudranil Ghosh (interview), Rituparna Sengupta (interview), Chandrayee Ghosh, Ritwick Chakrabarty, Biswajit Chakrabarty, Deepankar Dey and others.

The film has four tracks out of which two are Rabindrasangeet numbers. Gaurab Chatterjee - the popular Gabu of Lakkhichara fame (interview) and son of Mohiner Ghoraguli founder Gautam Chatterjee, makes his debut as a music director with this film. The film also has an English number performed by Chanel Grosser. The other singers are Sayak Bandopadhaya, Sourav Goswami and Riddhi Bandopadhaya.

Recently members of the cast and crew were present at Ginger for the official music launch of the film. Necklace will release on Feb 4, 2011. The soundtrack is released by Washington Bangla Radio partner Purple Music of Kolkata.

The film is the maiden venture of Kreations Productions.

AS I WALK IN KOLKATA (Calcutta)...

Calcutta is a city of wonders engulfing it's own history of the Raj Days, the stories of Ramakrishna Paramhansa, his disciple Swami Vivekananda, the ace director Satyajit Ray, the rickshaw puller from Dwarbhanga district in Bihar and the Street Vendor Netai from Sunderbans and it's political and cultural background.

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Calcutta (now known as Kolkata, thought I prefer it's former name) is a city as personalized as it's streets and lanes and as the master film-maker / author Satyajit Ray said, that to 'know' a city, one has to walk it's streets in order to absorb it's taste, visuals, sounds and of course it's smells.

So here on WBRI, I am going to begin a series of writings on Calcutta, and it's various walks. Each article dedicated to a particular area of the city or two.

So come along with me , put on your walking shoes, wear a light slacks, a cotton shirt with a light jacket, since at this time of the year it tends to get chilly in the evening and walk with me the streets of "KOLLOLINI  KOLKATA"!

Coming up in a couple of days  - "Walking down Raj Bhavan - St. John's Church - Calcutta General Post Office - Writer's Buildings - St. Andrew's Church - Old Currency building - Raj Bhavan Outhouses and the Great Eastern Hotel" !

Just hang on with me !!!