Blog Entry

Enabling Participative Decentralized Planning at Grass Root Level in India

New Delhi, April 15, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB) Many efforts have been made by the Government to strengthen and decentralize the planning process so that the development funds consumed by the Plans result in effective outcomes. However, the efforts have not sufficiently fructified. Some of the reasons are that the plans are prepared for each scheme separately resulting in lack of convergence of funds and sectoral integration; planning has traditionally been done at the district level, which is physically removed, from the citizens resulting in Plans that do not reflect the needs and aspirations of the people; there is no tight coupling between the Planned outlay and the actual expenditure incurred and there is no integration between plans of different local governments.

In an attempt to address these problems, the Planning Commission issued guidelines in 2007 that mandated that all plans from 11th Five Year Plan onwards should be prepared in a decentralized manner, starting from urban and rural local governments. Recognizing the potential of Information and Communication to demystify the planning process, the Ministry of Panchayati Raj in collaboration with National Informatics Centres has designed and developed a software, Plan Plus, for simplifying and strengthening the planning process.

David Atkins' Queens Destiny of Dance (2011) Bollywood Film Takes a Different Look at India's Hijra Community

[Queens! Destiny Of Dance - Poster]Calcutta, April 15, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Queens Destiny of Dance is the first Bollywood movie which portrays Hijras in a different yet a realistic approach. The story is told through the eyes of a young hijra named Mukta - the archetype of hijras - beautiful, the best dancer in the community, a natural leader whom all the other ‘girls’ look up to. This film aims to reveal a journey of life in human experience that is seldom understood. Even more, it is made with the honest efforts to show such lives in a better light. And through this film we hope to celebrate a way of life in every colour through dance of destiny.

The film is slated to have a release date of  April 29, 2011.

Video | Toronto Bengali Drama Group Presents Bangla Natok "Suborno Onguli" (The Golden Finger) by Nirup Mitra

The Toronto Bengali Drama Group performed Suborno Onguli (The Golden Finger) on stage on Saturday April 16, 2011 in Toronto, Canada.

The play Suborno Onguli is at once intense, controversial and ‘unputdownable’. The play centres around a drama involving a sweet and innocent woman Preetika, who is about to be married when a medical procedure destroys her whole future.

The play raises important questions about the medical profession – is a renowned surgeon always right?

Watch the full Bangla Natok online via Washington Bangla Radio.

Indian Actresses Rekha and Rani Mukherjee Shine at asiaSpa Awards

[Evergreen Bollywood Actress REKHA]

New Delhi, Apr 15 (IBNS) Actors Rekha and Rani Mukherjee were seen shining together at the asiaSpa India Awards held on Thursday night here.

In a first of its kind initiative, Zee Trendz partnered with the prestigious signature event, Fourth Pevonia asiaSpa India Awards in a ceremony at The Claridges, Surajkund, New Delhi, to award the Indian wellness industry.

With a 500+ guest list, the evening was one of opulence and celebration as 28 lucky winners highlighted and paid accolades to the latest in spa trends.

Eros International digitizes and catalogues its entire movie library !

Mumbai, April 15, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio): Eros International Media Ltd (Eros International), India’s largest integrated film studio, is spearheading the Indian digital revolution by digitizing and cataloging its entire library of movies, comprising in excess of 1,000 titles across languages, and setting up an in-house ‘Digital Asset Management’ platform. Eros International has deployed global digital content services group Prime Focus Technologies (PFT)’s CLEAR content operations management platform to administer its extensive content library.