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Navratri: Evil Takes A Backfoot As Mata Takes A New Avatar Of A 4-year-old Girl Once Again

CALCUTTA, Oct 06, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRLog) - The Navratris are here once again. It is that time of the year for good to win over evil. The nine-day period from the new moon day to the ninth day of Ashvina is considered the most auspicious time of the Hindu calendar and is the most celebrated time of the year as Durga Puja. The nine different forms of Mata are worshiped over the nine days.

Since its inception, SaharaOne’s ‘MATA KI CHOWKI’, has embarked on a journey for the restitution of goodwill.

The story revolved around Vaishnavi, an orphan girl who became an ardent devotee of Mata Vaishno Devi. She was actively involved in preaching about Mata, sang Jagratas, and motivated people to follow the preaching of Mata and rescued people from pain and misery, all of which were seen as miracles by the masses. Her faith in Mata saw her sail through every possible hurdle that life threw at her while at the same time her good deeds towards enlightening the masses raised her divine personality amongst them. Vaishnavi’s daughter Saakshi is also following her mother’s choosen path as she battles the evil SheelKumar.

Cherry Ghost Headline Tour Dates Across The Uk Throughout September And October

Cherry Ghost's new single 'We Sleep On Stones' introduces the critically heralded 'Beneath This Burning Shoreline', and perfectly paves the way for an album which is rich and expansive. A track written by Simon Aldred whilst he traveled by train from Berlin to Prague, Krautrock rhythms and eerie strings underpin the sinister song, which rolls along with a stirring and relentless energy, like a midnight train into the night. Once again Aldred marries a deceptively romantic melody with the darkest of lyrical subject matter; 'We Sleep On Stones' is a murder ballad about those who have lost loved ones at war.

Archie Bronson Outfit Free Song and October 2010 Tour Announcement

Chunk is the new single from Archie Bronson Outfit, released digitally on 18th October 2010 (RUG383D). The third track taken from their Tim Goldsworthy-produced album Coconut is a beat-driven, post punk number to get your groove on to.

You can download a free remix of the track by 6th Borough Project here >

The London based three-piece have recently announced a London show at the Scala for Thursday 14th October. Full UK live dates are as follows ...

Tips for Investing in Foreclosed Property and using Foreclosure Listings

(Washington Bangla Radio / I-Newswire) October 5, 2010 - Are you looking to invest in foreclosed properties? For this you must be aware as where they are available? Before investing in any foreclosed property, you must collect all the information regarding it. The rates at which these properties are available, in which area these are situated and the types of the properties available are some of the basic information that needs to be collected before going for any property. There are lots of referrals and newspaper through which you will get to know about these foreclosed properties. Other option is to look around for these properties. The most popular and the fast method to know about the foreclosed property are to go through foreclosure list. These are available online.

List of films announced for Cincinnati International Film Festival 2010 - over 100 films from 19 countries

Cincinnati, OH, October 3, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / The Cincinnati Film Festival will take place October 8 - 16, 2010, featuring US and international world premieres, documentaries, and film shorts with star-studded events and in-depth workshops led by industry experts. The 2010 week-long schedule showcases over 100 films in 11 venues, with 14 filmmaking workshops and 12 special events sure to delight local film audiences. Full event passes and individual tickets for screenings and events go on sale today at

Re-Surgence of Khadi - Fashion designers find khadi canvass for imaginative creations

By Angshuman Dey
Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises

CALCUTTA, Oct 1, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) Khadi and non-violence were two powerful weapons with which Mahatma Gandhi equipped Indians to throw out British colonial rulers. In 1920, Indian National Congress had at its Nagpur session first declared its aim to promote khadi as the nationalist fabric which Gandhi referred to as “livery of freedom”. Soon, khadi became the symbol of defiance as massive bonfires were lighted across the country and Indian struggled against colonialism by burning their Manchester textiles. Khadi continued to grow into prominence and a place of pride for Indians.

Fashion designers have found khadi their canvass for imaginative creations. Khadi as defined by Gandhiji as a cloth hand woven in India from yarn hand-spun in India has been taken as legal definition of khadi. Khadi is sourced mainly through 1958 khadi institution spread over the length and breadth of the country. Some of the major khadi producing states of India are Jammu & Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Assam. In terms of value, the annual production is in the range of Rs 700-1000 crore.

Read the full feature at Washington Bangla Radio via PIB.

The richest Indians - Mukesh Ambani Tops For The Third Year In India's Richest Top 10 list

CALCUTTA, West Bengal, September 30, 2010 /Washington Bangla Radio - India PRwire/ -- India's rising stock market and a booming economy that's expanding by 8.5% have boosted the net worth of India's richest people, according to the latest Forbes' India Rich List. The combined net worth of India's 100 richest people is $300 billion, up from $276 billion last year. This year, there are 69 billionaires on the India Rich List, 17 more than last year.

Mukesh Ambani, head of Reliance Industries, has topped the latest Forbes' India Rich List with a net worth of $27 billion, for the third consecutive time. Steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, remains at No. 2 with a net worth of $26.1 billion. However both are less well off than they were a year ago.

Moving up to third position this year is IT outsourcer Wipro's Azim Premji. His wealth increased to $17.6 billion from $14.9 billion last year amid an improving outlook for the sector.

Also improving on their previous ranking to No. 4 are brothers Shashi and Ravi Ruia with $15 billion, more than their last year's net worth of $13.6 billion. The IPO of their Essar Energy in May, which raised $1.85 billion, was the largest ever listing in London by an Indian company.

Naazneen Karmali, India Editor of Forbes Asia and Mumbai bureau manager of Forbes magazine, said: "As we had predicted, the huge correction in Indian wealth which occurred in 2008 is fast becoming a distant memory. This year's list illustrates the vibrancy and resilience of India's economy. It signals a second wave of Indian capitalists accumulating fantastic fortunes especially in sectors such as pharmaceuticals and real estate."

Check out the complete top-10 richest Indians list at Washington Bangla Radio.

Piuji Tharo Des: first Indian Hindi Film about Nimar culture's sweetness of emotion & relation

"Piuji Tharo Des" is being produced, which will be first Hindi film depending upon culture of Nimar.Sweetness of emotion & relation Piuji Tharo Des The first Hindi Film of country based upon culture of Nimar

Indore, Madhya Pradesh, September 28, 2010 /Washington Bangla Radio - India PRwire/ -- Our country is known for different cultures. Each province, state, town, city, village has it's own identity, for example, if we take, Malwa & Nimar belt, we find that despite close distance, both have different tradition & festivals. Only a few festivals, e.g., Holi, Diwali, Raakhi, are celebrated alike, throughout the country. But festival, like Gangaur, a female festival, is celebrated in limited areas only, e.g. Malwa, Nimar and Rajasthan. Our Hindi films have also made such festivals, as centre point, and many a movies on festivals have been successful also.

Taking into consideration, such efforts & subjects, a Hindi film, "Piuji Tharo Des" is being produced, which will be first Hindi film depending upon culture of Nimar. It will be the first film of our country, which will reveal beauty, tradition, festival & culture of Nimar. The Nimar belt is situated on the banks of pious river, Narmada. The festival of Nimar Gangaur and traditional worship of Lord Singhaji and Dedar Maata will also be included in the film. The film is being produced under the banner of Shanzi Production, Mumbai.

The regular shooting of film will start from the festival "Navratri-Ghat Sthapana". The film is planned to be completed within two months.

The film has star cast of Nakul Vaidhya, Sheetal Menon, Chetan Pandit, Govind Namdev and Mukesh Tiwari. Produced by Shri Ravi R. Vishnoi the film is directed by Shri Aarif Hameed.

Gandhi’s Economic ideas in today’s context

By Ikshula

CALCUTTA, Sept 30, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) The world today faces challenges of different forms ranging from ecological disaster to terrorist violence and from deaths from malnutrition to problems emanating from plenty. The world, whether it is the affluent North or the developing South, seems to be running in a mad race. Two separate races, almost oblivious of each other, are going on simultaneously on the world map – one race is of affluent people who are clamouring for more and the other is for mere survival where people are striving hard to make both ends meet. And this is where Gandhiji’s ideas hold great value for today’s world – his emphasis on ‘aparigrah’ (non-possessiveness’) and his idea of ‘Swaraj’ under which each individual, he thought, would be enabled to control his or her life independent of state power and where villages/gram sabhas would be self-dependent and self-sufficient.

Paramahansa Yogananda with Messenger of Peace

By Smt. Alkesh Tyagi
Deputy Director (M & C), Press Information Bureau, New Delhi.

Mahatma Gandhi

CALCUTTA, Sep 30, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) The decision of United Nations General Assembly to celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, 2nd October as “International Day of Non Violence is not only the recognition of  Mahatma’s role in promoting the message of Peace across the globe but also vindication of the characteristic feature of Indian culture that have long been peace, non-violence, love and harmony. The decision also underlines the urgent quest of international fraternity for a harmonious way of life. This unique way of life had effectively been shown to the world by a Karamyogi and a Kriyayogi from India. One tried to harmonize politics through value based activities while the other tried to harmonize religions by merging the materialism of West with the spirituality of the East.

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