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Pilani, Rajasthan, June 24, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Many countries across the globe observed June 21 as the World Music Day. The legacy originated in France with Fete de la Musique, a music festival that began in 1982 due to the initiatives by Jack Lang, the French Minister of Culture. However, it is said that the American musician Joel Cohen had put the idea in 1976 itself. Incidentally this year June 21 also happens to be the Summer Solstice for the Northern Hemisphere resulting in longest day and shortest night thus adding mood to merry making.

Music can bond us irrespective of who we are, what we are and where we are. It’s a source of entertainment as well as platform to put across past, present and future messages. Music is a factor that binds the world together irrespective of the cultural diversities and is the platform to unite for a cause like lead artists joining hands to sing "We are the World" for raising funds. India being a land of diversity with varied cultures, traditions and art forms, every region has its own unique musical form. As much as the western world has a variety such as Country, Metal, Rock, Punk, Disco, Funk, Pop, Reggae etc, India has a whole spectrum including Hindustani, Carnatic, Bhangra, Bhajans, Ghazals, Qawwalis, Indi-Pop, Folk, Tribal, Film Songs, Remixes, Fusion and what not. For Indians music is divine and several Indian gods are always depicted with their accompanying musical instrument like Shiva with Damaru, Saraswati with Veena, Krishna with Flute, Vishnu with Conch etc.

Shridhar University Pilani Rajasthan Remembers Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore

Pilani, India, May 12, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The country "where the mind is without fear" is the only country in which true scholarship can engage with the great issues of society. The Germany born scientist Albert Einstein and Rabindranath Tagore, both shared the conviction about univer­sality of knowledge and its infinite existence. Their undiminished faith in man and ever striving effort to gain knowledge is the legacy they have left for the future gene­ration.

It is indeed unfortunate that the youth in India today know more about English Poet – Playwright William Shakespeare than all in one Poet, Novelist, Musician, Painter and Playwright Nobel Laureate Tagore.

Comics Publishers Urged to Accurately Portray Hindu Scriptural Heroes & Tales

Nevada, USA, March 7, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Hindus have urged the comics’ publishers to stay true to the story and spirit of the scriptures while showcasing ancient Hindu scriptural subjects.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that they welcomed the portrayal of tales and heroes from Hindu scriptures, but the final product should be the true depiction of the scripture and not a fantasized or a re-imagined version.

Bengal Institute of Business Studies Organizes Management Guest Inspire Series

Calcutta, March 4, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / pressreleasepoint) Bengal Institute of Business Studies (BIBS) organized Management Guest Inspire Series on 12th February, 2011 at Birla Academy, Kolkata.

Birla Academy, Kolkata was the venue for the latest chapter of the Management Guest Inspire Series organized by Bengal Institute of Business Studies on 12th February, 2011. The Management Guest Inspire Series is a wonderful platform that allows students of BIBS a chance to listen to words of wisdom offered by top business professionals and executives and interact with them. This time around the guest speakers were Mr. Harsh Neotia (Ambuja Realty), Mr. Aniruddha Lahiri (The Chatterjee Group), Mr. Harsh K Jha (Tata Metalliks), Mr. Jasojit Mukerjea (IMRB Int.) and Ms. Smita Sengupta Das (Deloitte Consultancy). The event was moderated by Mr. Vidur Kapoor, the Chairman of BIBS.

Mahatma Gandhi NREGA Wage Rates Hiked by 17-30 Percent in India - New Wages Higher than Existing Rates in many States

New Delhi, Feb 23, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB-India) In pursuance of its commitment towards the welfare of the rural poor , the Government has  enhanced the wages under  Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). This will result in 17-30% enhancement of wages under the premier flagship program of the Government across the country. The move is likely to benefit more than 5 crore beneficiaries under MGNREGA across the country. The wage rates have been hiked on the basis of Consumer Price Index for the agricultural labour   calculated on the basis of Rs. 100 or the actual wage rate, whichever is higher as on April 1st, 2009. As per the amended notification issued by the Ministry Of Rural Development the new MGNREGA wage rates will come into effect from January 1, 2011 or the date of actual payment of the revised rate, whichever is later.

The science of spirituality: Who is a Guru? The Traditional, Scriptural View

By Nitin Goel

New Delhi, Feb 16, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Exotic India) The science of spirituality is all about knowing one's own self. However, this can never be known in any of the normal ways through which we gain knowledge of worldly subjects. To learn and experience this science, we need to be graced with the blessings of both - guru and God. There is nothing surprising in this. We all know that to qualify in any field of knowledge, we require the guidance of an experienced person who is already qualified in that particular field. Whether it is a doctor, a lawyer or a businessman, all follow this line of action only. Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita:

"It is only one amongst thousands of people who strives for spiritual salvation. Even amongst such seekers, it is only the rare person who gets to know me correctly." (7.3)

Education In India: Looking Ahead

By Kapil Sibal
Minister of Human Resource Development, Govt. Of India

New Delhi, Jan 24, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio via PIB-India) As India continues to make sustained and significant economic progress there is need to tackle much more aggressively the problems of structural inequities, especially on the education front. Consider the fact that more than 100 million youth - the combined labour forces of Britain, France, Italy and Spain - are projected to join the workforce by 2020. This is a great potential resource provided the workforce is empowered with education and skills to leverage on the available global opportunities. If we fail to provide our youth with the requisite education and skills we will not only fail to utilize our demographic advantage but we will end up alienating large sections of our young population as well. This has made it imperative for us to expand our education base so as to be able to provide   quality, affordable and merit-based education for the entire young population. To make this a reality, I have set out three principles that we must broadly embrace: First, access…providing access to educational opportunities to all who desire and need it; second, affordability…making education a reality by reducing financial barriers; and third, building quality and accountability…that we are teaching what is relevant and at global levels and delivering good value for money. The expansion in education, over the second decade of the twenty-first century, that we are envisaging, is unprecedented in modern history. Let us assess the situation.

UK’s 2nd Hindu school to admit non-Hindus also

Nevada, Dec 30, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Proposed Krishna-Avanti Primary School (KAPS) in Evington (Leicester, East Midlands, UK), when it opens in September, will be based on “Hindu ethos” but will admit pupils of non-Hindu faiths also, according to reports.

With continuous growth, this second Hindu state school in United Kingdom (UK) plans to provide 420 places for 4-11 years old children by 2018. It is being modeled on the first Hindu school of UK—KAPS in Edgware (Middlesex), which is reportedly hugely popular and has five applicants for every one place.

India's Demographic Divide And Low Skill Levels Compensated By UK Workers

New Delhi, Dec 29, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / openPR) India’s economic story is gripping; its political influence, growing. The role of India’s rising young workforce is crucial in fuelling this growth. But this 'demographic dividend' (the population over 64 versus the age of the population under 25 expressed as percentage) cannot come from the numbers alone; India will also require its young population to have the skills that increase productivity and output. Currently, only 5 per cent of Indians aged 19-24 formally learn a trade.

South Brunswick Schools declare Diwali holiday

Dec 28, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Hindus have applauded South Brunswick School District (New Jersey, USA) for declaring Diwali as a school holiday, calling it “a step in the right direction”.

According to 2011-2012 school calendar, District schools will stay closed on October 26 (Wednesday) for Diwali/Deepavali. Other religious closing days mentioned on 2011-12 calendar are Rosh Hashanah, Christmas, and Good Friday/Easter.

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