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Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani (2013) Bollywood Film Announces Release Date, Stars Ranbir Kapoor - Deepika Padukone

Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone
Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone

Mumbai, July 13, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Dharma Productions’ upcoming movie ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ has found its release date. The film was scheduled to release in the first month of the year 2013, but however now the final dates are out. The movie will release on the 29th of March, 2013.

Kate-Len’s reel life chemistry recalled with TOTAL RECALL (2012)

Kate Beckinsale and Len Wiseman

Kate Beckinsale and Len Wiseman
Kate Beckinsale and Len Wiseman

Mumbai, July 13, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) The sizzling chemistry between celeb couples has made the viewer heart race on-screen and off-screen as well. But the chemistry between the Hollywood’s director Len Wiseman and his wife Actress Kate Beckinsale is something of envy for every reader who is hungry for gossips.

Paresh Rawal's Shocking New Look in Bollywood Hindi Thriller Movie Table No. 21 (2012)

Paresh Rawal in Table No. 21 (2012) Thriller Film

Mumbai, July 13, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Guaranteed to send chills down your spine, Paresh Rawal is set to shock audiences with his all-new look in the forthcoming thriller Table No.21 produced by NextGen Films and presented by Eros International and directed by Aditya Datt.  After several look tests, the high-concept thriller, a twisted tale of  a inexplicable mystery, sees the veteran actor sport a shaved head, with heavy brows and an intense grimace to play a key role in the film ,details of which are tightly being kept under wraps.

German Actress-Model Claudia Ciesla Thinks Indian Men are More Disciplined than Europeans

Claudia Ciesla

Mumbai, July 13, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) The German model rose to fame with her entry in the Bigg Boss season 3 and stayed back in India after getting out of the Bigg Boss house.

Global Advertisers kicks off Kimaya Fashion House's outdoor campaign in India

Kimaya poster in Juhu Mumbai

Mumbai, July 13, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Kimaya, the first Indian fashion house, has initiated a sales promotion campaign with Global Advertisers. The campaign targets the HNI segment customer, and has the two-point objective of increasing footfalls and spread awareness about Kimaya's monsoon sale, across Mumbai. The message is being communicated through Global's large size hoardings that have been effectively communicating Kimaya's glamorous  offerings to their consumers 24X7.

Cocktail (2012) Hindi Movie receives a grand opening

Bollywood Hindi Movie Poster Cocktail

Mumbai, July 13, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Cocktail had its Grand Premiere in Delhi on Thursday followed by which the cast and crew were hounded with compliments. The exclusive preview shows, held in Mumbai were completely house-full, after such an amazing response at the premiere and preview all tickets at theaters are already booked for the weekend.

Online Reporting System of Mineral Transaction in India

By Sanjeev Kumar Sundriyal
Media & Communication Officer, PIB, New Delhi

New Delhi, July 13, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) In its continues effort to bring more transparency the Mines Ministry has developed an On-Line Registration and Reporting System under rule 45 of MCDR, 1988 of mineral transaction to facilitate the submission of monthly returns of iron ore. The Minister of State Independent Charge Shri Dinsha J. Patel launched the first phase of the Online Reporting System of mineral transaction. The focus will be on submission of monthly returns for iron and manganese ore mines throughout the country. Other minerals would be covered by September 2012. In the present system of mineral administration, the onus of the mineral is with the State Governments. The Ministry has a limited authority except the administration of Mineral Conservation and Development Rules, 1988 (MCDR) through Indian Bureau of Mines. Now the reporting system has been developed to facilitate in submitting the returns on-line. Indian Bureau of Mines will allot and record registration numbers, which will be used for all reporting and correspondence connected to mining, trading, stocking, end use or export of mineral. All the State Government will be able to access the system to check the data reported in the returns and can initiate action in case of wrong reporting of data, evasion of royalty, etc.

WPAS 2012 Summer Performing Arts Academy presents MetroMusic, a series of free concerts at Metro Stations

Free MetroMusic Concerts at Washington DC Metro StationsWashington, DC, July 13, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Washington Performing Arts Society’s tuition-free Summer Performing Arts Academy’s ongoing series of free lunchtime concerts at outdoor locations continues when the WPAS Children of the Gospel Choir performs at Farragut Square Park on July 20 and 27 at 12:15 p.m. The first concert in the MetroMusic series, given by the Capitol Jazz Project Ensemble on June 22 under the Chinatown Arch, was attended by more than 70 enthusiastic onlookers.

World’s Tallest Chenab Rail Bridge in India - a Marvel Challenge

By H. C. Kunwar
Deputy Director (Media & Communication), Ministry of Railways, Govt. of India

Construction in full swing at the Chenab River bridge site in Jammu and Kashmir, India
Construction in full swing at the Chenab River bridge site in Jammu and Kashmir, India

New Delhi, July 12, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) The world’s tallest rail bridge over Chenab River in Jammu & Kashmir’s Reasi district being constructed by Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL), a Central Public Sector Enterprise under the Ministry of Railways, is likely to be ready by 2016.   This bridge will be on the Udhampur – Srinagar – Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) project which is a national project to provide rail connectivity to the beautiful valley of Kashmir. Konkan Railway has taken up the construction of part of USBRL project from Katra to Dharam in December 2002.  Chenab Bridge, perhaps the most challenging project, is to be built at the height of 359 metres (height of Qutab Minar is 72 metres and of Eiffel Tower is 324 metres).  Chenab Bridge is having the central span of 457 metres. When constructed this bridge will quality for world record for being the tallest rail bridge from the river bed. Currently the world’s tallest rail bridge is located over France’s Tam River with its tallest pillar rising 340 metres, with the actual height where the train runs on the bridge being 300 metres. The design of bridge also takes care of blast load, which is internationally an unique feature.  The painting scheme for this bridge is designed for 35 years of service life so that during service life of 120 years, only 3 times repainting will have to be done.

Chenab River, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Chenab River, Jammu and Kashmir, India

For construction of Arch portion of the bridge over the river, a novel method of construction using the cable car is designed and under construction. This cable car runs on 54mm cables laid across the river valley and connected through 127 metre high pylons (towers) on either side of river. The consumption of structural steel for this project is very huge. The construction of Chenab Bridge will comprises of earthwork in excavation for construction of foundations, over 46,000cum of concreting, 3600 tonnes of reinforcement  steel and 25,000 tonnes of structural steel (an equivalent to volume of a 54 story building on a football ground size plot). Fabrication of the steel structures involves very high degree of precision and quality wielding using latest wielding technologies.

Save A Mother Launches NO LAUGHING MATTER Comedy Tour to Raise Funds for Maternal Mortality Reduction

New York, NY, July 12, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) While it’s no laughing matter, Save A Mother and Comedian Anish Shah, announce a Comedy Tour to raise $100,000 in support of their maternal mortality reduction program. Save A Mother is a nonprofit organization that provides an aggressive health literacy program that trains volunteer village health activists to educate, empower and connect pregnant women to public health systems in India.

“Maternal mortality rates in India are possibly the highest in the world after Africa. The number of women we lose due to pregnancy related issue in one week in India is more then all of Europe in one year", said philanthropist and actress Shabana Azmi, a longtime supporter of Save a Mother.

Social Activist and Actor, Anupam Kher, supporter of Save A Mother, chimed in, “Every year women die in India while giving birth; it’s ironic while they give birth to a new life, their own life finishes. By helping Save a Mother, you are helping mothers that are finishing their life at a very young age.”

THE "KING OF THE RING" DEPARTS... an Obituary by Nilanjan Nandy!

darasingh12071263004jpg  Dara Singh was born as "Deedar Singh Randhawa". He was an Indian wrestler and also a successful cinema actor. He passed away today, the 12th of July, 2012 after a cardiac arrest in his residence in Bombay. An era simply gone .........

I still remember those afternoons of early 1970's, when the serpentine que winded out of Khudiram Stadium (adjacent to Akashvani, Kolkata), all afficionados of wrestling waiting to buy tickets for the wrestling match that would take place in the evening there itself.

I used to look forward to it each Sunday, when insertions and advertisements adorned the pages of the Dailies announcing wrestling bouts that are about to take place inciting excitement and a sense of glee as I knew that I'll be witnessing hackle-raising fights by none other than the Rustom-E-Hind Dara Singh-ji.
His "Dead Lock" was a favorite of the final round each Sunday, and I used to look forward to it! I and my dad (the legendary guitarist Batuk Nandy) gloated over the insertions in the Sunday Dailies and planned for our evening out. Once my dad took me backstage and yes, I shook my hands with the Great Dara Singh, a man with crushing power in his arms, yet with a golden heart and a millon dollar smile.

Once again comes TOTAL RECALL

A Still from Total Recall (2012)

Mumbai, July 12, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) For the entertainment of the audience once again the action packed sci-fi thriller Total Recall is back. The Sony pictures movie which releases on 3rd August worldwide stars Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel and Colin Farrell. The film is inspired and based on author Philip K Dick’s short story “We can remember it for you Wholesale.” The film is not only action thriller but is also inspired by truth.

Rabindrasangeet Singer Dr. Utsab Das: Finding Happiness in Singing and Serving (WBRi Feature)

Rabindrasangeet singer Dr. Utsab DasCalcutta, July 11, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Utsab, or Dr. Utsab Das, a singer by passion and a doctor by profession, comes from a family where his both grandparents are doctors, and mother a singer. Utsab has found happiness in both. Read all about Utsab and listen to his songs on WBRi.

Bangladesh Mukti Andoloner Gaan: Bangladesh Independence Songs by Salil Chowdhury

Salil Chowdhury: Songs for Bangladesh Independence MovementBy Gautam Choudhury

Editor's note: The author is an internationally acclaimed Salil Choudhury fan and expert and owner of salilda.com.

Bangladesh gained independence in 1971 and a few months before that historic event some Bangladeshi intellectuals, writers, poets and others were visiting Kolkata. They met Salilda and requested him to compose a sequence of songs which would best represent their struggle for freedom since 1947 when India was partitioned and East and West Pakistan were created.

The audio album "Bangladesh Mukti Andoloner Gaan" (Songs for Bangladesh Independence Movement) can be downloaded in MP3 format from WBRi MP3 download service >

Communal Harmony in India

By Yogesh Baweja
Director, Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity (DAVP), Govt. of India

Charminar - "The Icon of Communal Harmony...

Charminar - "The Icon of Communal
Harmony and Unity" (Photo credit:

New Delhi, July 11, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) India is a vast country, with people belonging to different religions living amicably for centuries together. The rich traditions of tolerance, perseverance, plurality and assimilation have kept the identity of the country intact, and civilization thriving.

Declared a secular country in the constitution, India has several provisions for protection of minority communities. The State does not discriminate on the basis of any particular religion. There are constitutional provisions for equality of opportunities for all. Despite precautionary, preventive and positive measures having been envisaged in the constitution, to rule out any feeling of being left-out, communal disturbances keep recurring. The Government had, often expressed its commitment toward maintaining communal harmony in the country, and has been taking steps- statutory, legal, administrative, economic, and so on.

The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, while speaking at the Communal Harmony award ceremony, 2009 reiterated the need for communal harmony and national integration. He said “India has been home to all the great religions of the world. While some were born here, others took root in this ancient land of ours. The sub-continent has for centuries provided a unique social and intellectual environment in which many distinct religions have not only co-existed peacefully but have also enriched each other. It is the sacred duty of each one of us to carry forward this great tradition. I believe that both the government and civil society groups must continuously watch and raise our voice against groups and individuals who use violence in the name of religion. No religion sanctions violence. No religion preaches hatred. No religion endorses animosity towards another human being. Those who use religious symbols and forums to talk of violence, sectarianism and discord cannot be said to be true spokesperson of their respective religion. However, we also know that all societies, including ours, have to contend with such preachers of disharmony and disagreement. That is why it is all the more important to recognize and applaud those - like today's distinguished award winners - who work selflessly for communal harmony and national integration. It is our obligation to nurture such voices of sanity”.