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The USA expresses “major concern” regarding discrimination against Roma in Romania

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Mar 14, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) In its annual “Human Rights Report” about Romania issued recently, US Department of State says: “Roma faced persistent poverty and had poor access to government services, few employment opportunities, high rates of school attrition, inadequate health care, and pervasive discrimination.”

James Cameron thinks “story & not technology” most important in a film

Filmmaker James Cameron (Avatar) stressed in a conclave in India’s capital New Delhi on Saturday evening that story and not technology was the most important in a film, according to reports.

Sylvester Stallone & Denise Richards win Indian Razzies defeating Bollywood megastars

Hollywood stars Sylvester Stallone (Rocky) and Denise Richards (The World is not enough) have won Hollywood Razzies equivalent “Golden Kela Awards”, given annually for the worst performance in Bollywood.

They won what is called “BAAWRA ho gaya hai ke Award” (Have you gone CRAZY Award) for performances in romantic comedy “Kambakkht Ishq” (Unfortunate Love), defeating Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra, Ashutosh Gowarikar, Nikhil Advani, and Nagesh Kukunoor, who were also nominated in this category. “Kambakkht Ishq” won two other awards also, including worst film.

India to be celebrated at Fifth Women’s International Film Festival, Miami, USA

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Fifth Women’s International Film & Arts Festival (WIFF) at Miami (USA) from March 26 to April three will celebrate India with exhibition of India-focused films on March 29, according to reports.

It will include “The Shadow Effect” (documentary feature, Scott Cervine), “Can She Be Saved” (documentary short, Yasmin Shiraz), “Goddess Menstrual Show”, “Astronaut Pam: Countdown to Commander”, “Sindoor” (narrative short, Mangla Bansal), and “Land Gold Women” (narrative feature, Avantika Hari)         

WIFF is a unique annual cultural event featuring films, visual and performance arts and other artistic expressions by women to celebrate women and to help them realize their dreams, visions, and voices. The events reportedly bring together women from all over the world.

Forbes lists Savitri Jindal as richest woman of India at $12.2 billion

Savitri Jindal is the richest woman of India, according to Forbes special report titled “The World's Billionaires” published on March 10.

With her net worth of $12.2 billion, Jindal, 60, ranks 44 from the top on the list.

Widow with nine children, Forbes lists her source of income as steel. Nonexecutive chair of O.P. Jindal Group, she took over as head after her husband’s death. She is also a Congress MLA from Hisar constituency in Haryana. She lives in Delhi and Hisar.