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India focuses on Urban Amenities in Rural Areas (PURA) to Bridge Urban-Rural Divide

By Atul Kr. Tiwari
Director ( M & C), Press Information Bureau, New Delhi 

New Delhi, Oct 11, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) Real India exists in villages, said the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. However despite all the efforts even after six decades of Independence, one of the striking aspects of the country has been the vast difference in terms of facilities in the urban and rural areas. In order to bridge the gap between urban India & rural Bharat yet another effort is being made by the Ministry Of Rural Development in the form of a renovated Provision Urban Amenities in Rural Areas (PURA) scheme.

PURA is a Central Sector scheme re-launched by Ministry of Rural Development during the remaining period of the XI Plan with support from Department of Economic Affairs and the technical assistance of Asian Development Bank. The Ministry of Rural Development is implementing the PURA scheme under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) framework between Gram Panchayat(s) and private sector partners with active support of the State Governments.

PRANER GAAN - music for the soul!

a wonderful collection of a dozen Rabindra-sangeet on Vocals & Steel Guitar !!!

Participating Kolkata Durga Puja Committes for Sarood Samman 2010 Calcutta Puja Awards Contest - list for Best Durga Puja

Kolkata Durga Puja Awards Contest Online Competition Coverage

CALCUTTA, October 11, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) The final list of Calcutta Durga Puja committees participating in the IIDR Sarod Samman Awards contest has been announced.

You can follow Washington Bangla Radio's exclusive coverage of the best of Kolkata Durga Pujas participating in the contest in our dedicated 2010 IIDR Puja section here.

Around 19 Pujas are selected for the competition this year from about 70 applications. Around 50 applications were initially selected, but unfortunately, a lot of them did not make it to the final list of contestants because of incomplete information in the forms, e.g. signature missing, route direction not given, wrong phone number etc.

The IIDR Sarrod Samman awards is a competition for the top 4 best Durga Pujas in the Kolkata - 24 Parganas - Burdwan area in West Bengal. The winners are selected  by a qualified panel of judges. You can find information about this year's judges in our post here.

This year IIDR is trying to create awareness among Puja Committees regarding Safety and Security aspects of Pandal hoppers (proper fire fighting arrangement, First Aid Arrangements, Drinking water facilities, special arrangements for physically challenged, proper passage etc.), more investment of time and resources for social service and environment protection.

While visiting the contestant pujas judges will ask and interact with organizers about these issues.
Winning Puja committees will be selected based on these issues. There will be mass media coverage.
IIDR allows small business organizations to advertise their brands in Publicity materials of Sarood Samman, as a part to promote small business houses. Washington Bangla Radio is the online and radio partner of the IIDR Awards.

The contesting Durga Pujas this year are:

Chris Gore - Founder of Filmthreat, G4TV STAR, writer-producer My Big Fat Independent Movie to speak at Tromadance 2010 AFM

New York, NY, October 11, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / TROMA) – The TromaDance Film Festival Committee is thrilled to announce that Chris Gore will join the distinguished group of independent filmmakers who will speak at the TromaDance Press Conference at the 2010 American Film Market! The press conference is scheduled for November 4, 2010 at 3 pm in the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel Press Room!

One of the most influential people in independent film, Gore began his career by founding the highly successful and respected magazine FilmThreat while still a teenager in college. He has gone on to create the Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide and appear on major networks and television shows, most recently G4TV’s Attack of the Show, as a film expert. Lately focusing on many of his own film projects, in 2005 Gore wrote and produced the hit My Big Fat Independent Movie.

The Judges of Calcutta Durga Puja IIDR Sarood Samman 2010 Awards

CALCUTTA, Oct 11, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) This year IIDR is trying to create awareness among Puja Committees regarding Safety and Security aspects of Pandal hoppers(proper fire fighting arrangements, First Aid Arrangements, Drinking water facilities, special arrangements for physically challenged, proper passage etc.)more investment of time and resources for social service and environment protection.

While visiting the contestant pujas judges will ask and interact with organizers about these issues.
Winning Puja committees will be selected based on these issues.

The esteemed judges of this year's Durga Puja Awards that will be given to the Puja Committees of the top four Durga Pujas in Calcutta and suburbs are ...


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