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Bollywood Heroes Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan War Goes Global

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Mumbai, Dec 7, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRLog) Two of the biggest names in Bollywood, who by many are adjudged with numero uno positions in their own respects are once again pitched against each other. Although the race for clinching the best position was confined only in India, this time, the much talked about Khan war has gone global.

The two ace Khan's of Bollywood, Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan will be working in two highly coveted Hollywood projects in 2011. While Aamir will be seen in Oscar winner director of Slumdog Millionaire Danny Boyle's Maximum City, SRK will be acting in Paul Schrader's Extreme City.

Maximum city featuring Aamir Khan is based on novel Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found by Suketu Mehta which was widely talked about since it hit the shelves in 2004. The book is based on the socio-political analysis of history and people of Mumbai.

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Whereas Shah Rukh Khan’s Extreme city is a story of slums in Mumbai and people living in it. The film will be produced by Anubhav Sinha and speculations are rife that Hollywood heartthrob Leonardo Di Caprio will also share space with SRK in the movie.

Ironically, both the movies have, more or less, the same story plot but will have different perspectives about the Mumbai.

The Historic and Modern Lighthouses in India amd The Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships, Govt. Of India

By Maushumi Chakravarty
Director (M&C), Press Information Bureau, New Delhi, India

New Delhi, Dec 8, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB-India) India has a long coastline of 7517 kilometre and 95 % of trade by volume is moved by sea. The Directorate General of Lighthouses plays an important role in guiding the vessels and facilitating this most important economic activity.

In the present day context, navigation is a common term. When the concept of trade developed and people started venturing into sea in search of new land, the importance of navigation for homing became very essential. Lighthouses in the very primitive form, a mound during day time and burning of firewood during night time, would have met this vital need.

The first known lighthouse to mankind was built by Ptolemy II in the third century BC sometime between 280 and 247 BC on the island of Pharos at Alexandria, Egypt. With a height variously estimated between 393 and 450 ft (120 and 140 metres), it was among the tallest manmade structures on Earth for many centuries and was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

As far as India is concerned, the first reference of a Lighthouse is found in the Tamil Epic, Silppadhikaram written in 2nd Century AD where it is mentioned that a beautiful lighthouse was built near Kaveripattinam so that ships could easily locate the then port of Poompuhar. Fully recognizing the historical importance of such location and also catering to the need of local populace and shipping in general, a new lighthouse at Poompuhar has been dedicated to the nation in the month of October 2010.

The system of management of lighthouse services in British India included Myanmar, Pakistan, Bangladesh and also various Princely States. Later, the imperial government decided to administer about 32 Lighthouses in the six lighthouse districts of Aden, Karachi, Bombay, Madras, Calcutta and Rangoon. After the Lighthouse Act, 1927 came into force, the administration of lighthouses in Aden District was transferred to Her Majesty’s Government in the U.K. but the Government of India continued to administer the lighthouses in Persian Gulf financed from the Persian Gulf Lighting Services Fund.

At the time of Independence, administration of only 17 general lighthouses was vested with the Government of India. Administration of another 50 lighthouses was taken over from the princely maritime states. In order to cope with developmental activities, the Lighthouse Department was constituted as a separate Department under the Ministry of Transport. It was renamed in the year 2002 as Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships under the Ministry of Surface Transport.

Presently the Directorate has 179 lighthouses, 23 differential global positioning system, 64 Radar Beacons and 23 deep sea buoys.

Most of the Lighthouses are provided with Differential Global Positioning System to give accurate bearings to the modern vessels which are equipped with DGPS receivers. The Directorate DGPS Chain of 23 stations, seamlessly covers the Indian waters and provides better than 5 metres positional accuracy up to 100 Nautical Miles from the coast.

The Directorate envisages improvement of the existing visual aids, radio aids and establishment of new lighthouses along the coastline in a uniform manner. The ultimate objective of the Directorate shall be to provide a lighthouse at an interval of 30 Nautical Miles all along the coastline and islands by the year 2017 so that a seamless visual and radio coverage of the entire Indian coastline is available. The work done by DGLL includes installation of modern aids like DGPS, Radar Beacon, Automatic Identification System, and Vessel Traffic Services which considerably improve the overall position fixing capabilities of the mariners.

The Directorate is in the process of establishing an off shore lighthouse (Lushington Shoal) about 20 Nautical Miles from Okha which will facilitate in reducing the voyage of Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) and Ultra Large Crude Carriers (ULCCs) coming from the Gulf by about 30 Nautical Miles.

Mariners place a high importance on Radar Beacons (known as Racons) as an integral part of the Aids to Navigation mix particularly at night, in reduced visibility and adverse weather conditions. The Directorate has an inventory of 64 Racons spread over the entire coastline including the Bombay High Offshore Platform.


[Lloyd Kaufman and superhero Toxie]New York, NY, December 7, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Lloyd Kaufman, President of Troma and Creator of THE TOXIC AVENGER, and seasoned superhero Toxie, will join the famous Weekend of Horror Party in Alicante, Spain as Special Guests! The two will be honored at a Tromatic Retrospective run by festival organizer Sr. Guijarro on December 10, 7:30 pm at Camon.

Komagata Maru Incident: Vancouver Memorial & Akshay Kumar-Shriya Saran Movie With A R Rahman Music, directed by Deepa Mehta

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Nevada, Dec 7, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Vancouver in Canada will erect a commemorative monument to the 1914 Komagata Maru ship incident involving denial of entry to its passengers from Punjab (India) into Canada.

Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation has invited public comments on two potential sites for the monument, Harbour Green Park and Stanley Park near Brocton Oval, which have been selected due to their proximity to where the Komagata Maru was anchored.

The Park Board was approached by the Khalsa Diwan Society on the monument project, which is funded through the federal Community Historical Recognition Program which provides funding for community-based commemorative and educational projects that recognize the experiences of ethno-cultural communities affected by historical immigration policies applied in the past across Canada. After site selection, an open house will be held for comments on monument design, which is reportedly targeted for completion by March 31, 2012.

Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that this memorial monument plan was “a step in the right direction” although Canada should have materialized it much earlier. This 1914 incident was a dark spot on Canadian history highlighting racism, and the monument, besides showing courage of the passengers, would also remind people of the historical blunders of Canada so that such tragic incidents would not be repeated in the future, Zed added.

Rajan Zed, who is Chairperson of Indo-American Leadership Confederation, further said that it should be a high profile monument properly acknowledging the 1914 tragedy. He applauded the efforts of the Khalsa Diwan Society and other members of the community whose tireless efforts made this proposed monument possible.

Komagata Maru, arriving in Vancouver on May 23 with 376 passengers, was reportedly forced to sail back for Calcutta (India) on July 23, where on disembarking on September 27, 20 passengers were killed and many imprisoned. This Japanese steamship, hired by affluent fisherman Gurdit Singh Sandhu of Singapore, sailed from Hong Kong to Vancouver via China and Japan. Passengers, mostly Sikhs but included few Muslims and Hindus also, were not allowed to land in Canada because of exclusion laws meant to keep out immigrants of Asian origin while accepting massive immigrants from Europe.

On May 23, 2008, Legislative Assembly of British Columbia reportedly unanimously passed a resolution apologizing for the 1914 incident and on August three, 2008, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper conveyed an apology on it.

Plays, including a radio play, have been written and produced on this incident, besides an award-winning documentary film. Oscar nominated Deepa Mehta has announced a feature film about the incident with a $35 million budget and Bollywood stars Akshay Kumar and Sriya Saran in the lead and Oscar winner A. R. Rahman providing the music.

There is already said to be a plaque at Vancouver’s Portal Park to the incident placed by the Board in 1989 to mark its 75th anniversary.

Built as a cargo ship and launched on August 13, 1890, and wrecked on February 11, 1926, in Japan; SS Komagata Maru was said to be about 100 meter long and 3040 ton steamship.

Aaron Jasper is the Chair of Vancouver Park Board Commissioners, while Raj Hundal is one of the Commissioners. Gregor Robertson is the Mayor of Vancouver.

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X51 - Nominations for India's 51 Most Influential Men Launched By MensXP

Noida, India, Dec 2, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRUrgent) The men who made the list come from varied backgrounds - Politics, entertainment, sports, business, arts and humanities - but every single man on the list is a groundbreaker in his respective field, and some are even outright rule-breakers. These are men that history will remember as having defined 2010.

The list finds Shah Rukh Khan sharing space with Kobad Ghandy, and a toilet entrepreneur standing between a media baron and the Minister of Human Resource Development.

New Hindu Temple in New Haven, CT - home to Yale University

Nevada, Dec 6, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio)  A new Hindu temple and community center has reportedly started functioning in West Hills area of New Haven (Connecticut, USA).

Launched by Gujarati Samaj of Connecticut (founded around 1992) with two priests, it is named as Shree Nathji Haveli. Besides prayer services twice daily and seven times a week, this temple complex, one of the five in Connecticut, also plans to start yoga, activities for seniors, lessons in Indian dancing and Gujarati language, etc. New Haven City Plan Commission, chaired by Edward Mattison, approved it unanimously on November 17.

Elvis Presley’s spiritual guru Sri Daya Mata passes away

Los Angeles, CA, Dec 5, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio)  American singer-actor and cultural icon Elvis Presley’s guru Sri Daya Mata, 96, has died in Los Angeles (USA) area.

According to reports, Elvis met Daya Mata, president and sanghamata of worldwide Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) headquartered in Los Angeles, in 1960s, and then kept connection with her throughout the rest of his life, often calling and meeting her for guidance/advice.

Reports suggest that Elvis meditated with Daya Mata, read her book “Only Love”, enjoyed spending time with her, had a feeling of peace in her presence, used to call her Ma (short for mother), turned to her for spiritual guidance frequently, remarked that she was like a saint, had high respect for her and listened to her, queried her for a short-cut for initiation into Kriya Yoga, and asked her questions like: Why did God make me Elvis Presley.

Did Actress Katrina Kaif Use Bollywood Hero Salman Khan For Gaining Stardom ?

Nagpur, India, Dec 3, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / pressreleasepoint) Dabangg star Salman Khan has often been termed 'a man unlucky in love'. After getting unceremoniously dumped by Aishwarya Rai who, at the time, felt that Salman was invading her personal space and creating scandal.

Dabangg star Salman Khan has often been termed 'a man unlucky in love'. After getting unceremoniously dumped by Aishwarya Rai who, at the time, felt that Salman was invading her personal space and creating scandal.

Sarah Lonsert Teen Phenom Singer-Songwriter-Actress Lights Up Red Carpet at Paramount

Los Angeles, CA, December 2, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRWEB) Teen Phenom Sarah Lonsert has broken all kinds of records within the music community. In 2009 she was the youngest 1st Place and Grand Prize Winner of the USA Songwriting Contest. She was also the youngest recipient of the Los Angeles Music Award Singer/Songwriter of the Year. 2010 has been another amazing year for this young entertainer who has overcome amazing odds. Diagnosed with Aspergher's in the third grade, Sarah would sing or write about her feelings rather than talk about them. This year she has had a song placed in a Web series and another song in a short film. If that wasn't enough she was chosen by her home town to be the keynote speaker at their annual Walk Against Drugs. Sarah also designed the shirt that was worn by thousands of walkers. She gave her speech to a crowd of 3 to 4 thousand people, then performed later in the day. To top of all of those wonderful happenings Sarah was also recognized with a Malibu Music Award in September. Tonight is receiving an award for her first CD called "Dreams and Poetry". It is a collaboration of songs with Duane Thomas. The Teen Phenom said of the evening at the Paramount, "Winning the 2010 Los Angeles Music Award for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year was the most MAGICAL feeling in the whole world."

Shah Rukh Khan-Farah Khan Spat Gaining Momentum

Mumbai, Dec 01, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRLog Press Release) THE MUCH talked about Shah Rukh Khan-Farah Khan spat seems to have gained momentum once again with the release date of latter’s film ‘Tees Maar Khan’ approaching. It is a well known fact that both SRK and Farah were close friends before the hell broke loose and started sharing cold vibes with one another.

According to reports, King Khan has persuaded head honchos of Eros International, Sunil Lulla and Kishore, to postpone the release of Ajay-Kajol starrer ‘Toonpur Ka Superhero’ till December 24 when Farah's ‘Tees Maar Khan’ is slated to release to give it a tough competition.

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