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Youth & Sports Development Initiatives in North Eastern Region of India

New Delhi, Feb 23, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) India is on the threshold of an unique demographic dividend youth being a major strategic asset. This “Youth Bulge” in the light of its impact on work participation and dependency ratio has been called a window of opportunity in terms of growth and development of our country, an opportunity which would need to be seized before the window closes. This poses its own challenges with reference to inclusive growth and the need to bridge divides. The requirements for this will transcend sectoral programmes, and would require a variety of interventions and programmes aimed at addressing the youth in a multi-dimensional manner. The Government has been working for youth volunteerism, community service and personality development of young men and women for about 40 years.

While out lining his ministry’s vision and objective with respect to the North Eastern States, Shri Ajay Maken, Union Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs & Sports  underlined that, Skill development among youth is aimed at facilitating employment; evolving sports as a source of employment and prestige and  Preservation as well propagation of the rich cultural heritage of the region.


Interview: Cricket Journalist Gautam Bhattacharya talks about SACH - his book on Sachin Tendulkar released in the USA

Sachin Tendulkar - Launch of book SACH by Gautam Bhattacharya
Sachin Tendulkar and others at the launch of Gautam Bhattacharya's book Sach

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble at SACH book launch
Gautam Bhattacharya, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble at SACH book launch
Pictures courtesy of Utpaal Sorkkar

Gautam Bhattacharya - Author of SACHWashington, DC, Feb 19, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Renowned award-winning writer and sports journalist Gautam Bhattacharya talks to us from Dhaka, Bangladesh in this informal chit-chat with Arijit Chakraborty. At the time ths interview was recorded, Gautam was in Dhaka for the inaugural ceremony of the World Cup Cricket championship of 2011 which is jointly being hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. You will surely be infected with the cricket bug when you hear Gautam share his thoughts about the inauguration which featured a great, some may even say overdone, cultural extravaganza. The opening ceremony was of particular pride to Bengalees as Bangla songs like O Amar Desher Maati and Amar Sonar Bangla ("My golden bangla, I love you"- the national anthem of Bangladesh) were performed with people across many nations watching live. Gautam also shares with us his best educated guesses on what might transpire in this Cricket World Cup, but, needless to say, anything can happen in the game of cricket.

Gautam Bhattacharya has recently written a book titled Sach about the iconic Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar, a man who dreamed big, stretched his arms towards the sky and reached the summit. Sachin is applauded the world over for his cricketing feats and the person he is. This book, however, is not just another tome on Sachin. The book sizzles with new features, and a foreword by Mahendra Singh Dhoni. As Gautam puts it in this interview, Sach - the title of his book - is not just a nick name of Sachin, the word also means "the truth". In the book, a record 83 individuals, all path-breakers in their own right speak out on what Sachin means to them. If Asha Bhosle calls him 'God's apna aadmi', and Kapil Dev wants him 'to stand as tall as Mahatma Gandhi', Viv Richards gives him '10 upon 10'. Taking the reader through Sachin's journey of life, Gautam steps boldly on what has been 'forbidden' ground till now - the controversy surrounding the erstwhile Indian coach Greg Chappell, who breaks his silence on Sachin after four long years. The high-point of this must-have book is a set of 40 never-before-asked questions put to Sachin by Gautam.

Sach is available for purchase online in both USA via Amazon.com and India via Flipkart.com using the links in this exclusive interview-feature on Washington Bangla Radio.


Interview - Rohit Kulkarni - Pitch Of Dreams: Cricket In America | Documentary on the past, present and future of Cricket in USA

Rohit KulkarniGermantown, Maryland, Feb 17, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Rohit Kulkarni is the head of Multimedia of the South Asia division at Voice Of America, with over fifteen years of hands-on experience in Television production. Like most Indians (and people from the British Commonwealth nations), Rohit is a passionate fan of the game of Cricket. It is but natural that Rohit's vast experience in film-making and his passion for Cricket should come together, and the result is a fascinating documentary on Cricket in the United States of America.

Titled "Pitch Of Dreams - Cricket In America", the film documents the past, present and future of the game in the US. A fruit diligent research and many hours of travel with a camera, the film is a true labor of love. The journey reveals quite a few surprising facts about the game of Cricket in America - and Rohit shares with us some trivia that are surely going to surprise you as well while he talks to Marian Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio about the film.


DLF IPL 4 2011 Match Schedule: Dates, Venues, Fixtures: Indian Premiere League Cricket Championship

Calcutta, Feb 17, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The 4th season of the Indian Premiere League (DLF IPL) will commence on April 8, 2011 with last year's champions Chennai Super Kings taking on Kolkata Knight Riders at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.

10 teams, including the new entrants Kochi and Sahara Pune Warriors, will play 74 matches at 13 avenues across India over 51 days. A new play-off system has been introduced this year.

Indian Cricket lovers are looking forward to a enjoyable couple of months.

The provisional IPL 2011 match schedule:


Listen to Cricket World Cup 2011 Song by Kolkata Band KAYA

Washington DC, USA, Feb 12, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The acclaimed folk-rock fusion band KAYA from Kolkata, India has released their World Cup Cricket 2011 song for the enjoyment of Indians across the world.

This song is also being aired by 94.3 Radio One and Radio Misty in India.

Listen to Band Kaya's Cricket World Cup 2011 song exclusively online via Washington Bangla Radio USA.




Honor of Pakistani players for ICC Dream Team

“To mark the 40th anniversary One Day International Cricket, ICC’s official website www.icc-cricket.com is asking supporters from across the globe to select their choice of the greatest ODI match and team of all-time,”.


Guangzhou Asian Games in China Will Have Prayer Rooms For Hindus - Organizers Lauded

CALCUTTA, Nov 8, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Hindus have lauded People’s Republic of China for provision of religious service center to provide spiritual assistance for participating athletes, coaches, and officials of different faiths at the 16th Asian Games to be held in Guangzhou from November 12 to 27.

Commending the provision of free access to resources for religious practices round-the-clock, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, described it as a “step in the right direction”.


Sahara India Sports Awards Nominations Announced

Mumbai, Maharashtra, October 29, 2010 /Washington Bangla Radio / India PRwire/ -- 'Sahara India Sports Awards' the biggest and the most comprehensive sporting awards extravaganza in India, today declared the list of nominations for this year's awards. The nominees are short listed by 400 members of Sports Journalist Federation of India (SJFI) from across the nation through secret ballets. The final awardees will be selected by the eminent jury of 14 sporting legends led by Sunil Gavaskar and will be felicitated in the grand award Ceremony tomorrow evening, i.e. 30th October, 2010

The Nominations of Sahara India Sports Awards 2010 are:



Rising Cases of Identity Theft In India Examplified By The Nitin Walia Case

CALCUTTA, Oct 29, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / openPR) With the increasing penetration of computers and internet there is huge splurge in cyber crime. Nitin Walia is yet another victim of Cyber abuse in India although the case did not reach upto the stage of any financial transactions or heavy loss but a widespread case of Identity Theft or Website Spoofing can entirely crush the online reputation of an individual. Mr Nitin Walia claims Nitinwalia.com is a website created by another person in order to sabotage his image and reputation on the internet.

Mr Nitin also claimed that the website has been stuffed with false claims and unconfirmed accusations.



IIT KHARAGPUR Expanding the horizon of Sports via SHAURYA 2010 annual inter-collegiate sports meet

Kharagpur, India, Oct 25, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / prurgent) Shaurya is the annual inter-collegiate sports meet of IIT Kharagpur.

Shaurya is an initiative by the students of IIT KGP, keeping in mind their role towards the nation to promote sports and sportsmen, thus boosting college students to participate in sports, share ideas and decipher the meaning of bonding and thus take sports in India to greater heights.


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