- It is Models versus Actresses in Bollywood
- All MPs to Travel in Maharaja Style in all Air India Flights
- People gear up for 2012 Venus Sun Transit on Wednesday
- CBSE posts answersheets of all Candidates of AIEEE 2012 Online
- Bihar Board declares Intermediate Results for Science Students
- India China to hold talks during Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit
- Man commits suicide upon married to Dark Skinned Wife
- Government puts measures to raise export by 20 percent
- Himachal on brink of Depleting Water Resources
- South West Monsoon hits Kerala Coasts, brings Relief
Posted: 05 Jun 2012 09:06 AM PDT
The size of a role and the budget of a movie do not matter; they are just looking for breaks in tinsel town, which is already ruled by a host of model-turned-actresses.
“Since Bollywood has changed completely with more characteristic roles coming in, small or big hardly matters. We are here to perform; so if a small role has the potential of leaving an impact on moviegoers, then why not?” model Alesia Raut told IANS.
True to her words, she accepted whatever came her way – featuring in music videos “Meri beri ke ber” and “Ek aankh maro” and doing a cameo in Madhur Bhandarkar’s “Fashion”.
“We can’t do modelling for ever as it has a short life. So exploring new avenues is always a good option. Looking at the similarity between Bollywood and fashion, the silver screen is undoubtedly the next option for models. Also, considering Bollywood stars dominate the ramps, we decided to switch and try acting,” said Alesia, who will be seen in an item number in “Karu Toh Kya Kaaru”.
Models-turned-actresses – Aishwarya Rai, Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra and Bipasha Basu – are currently calling the shots in B-town, overturning the myth that models can’t act.
Sayali Bhagat, Geeta Basra, Mugdha Godse and Jia Khan are also on the list but are yet to make it big.
Piyali Singhal, a model from Bangalore, explaining the leaning towards films, told IANS: “Bollywood and fashion go hand in hand and if a filmmaker is looking for a new face, the first choice is someone from the modelling background.”
She says that filmmakers’ search for a new face guides them to the beauty pageants.
“Many filmmakers associate with some leading beauty pageants in order to find talent,” said Piyali.
However, while models sashay down the ramp with ease, emoting in front of the camera is a different ball game and bagging a central role in movies is hard to accomplish.
Piyali said: “It’s a bit difficult to expect a leading role in films, but, yes, getting into Bollywood definitely gives models like us an opportunity to explore new territories.”
Getting the right opening is more important than scripts, says Delhi-based model and “Roadies 5″ participant Sonal Singh.
“For me it’s not about good scripts and good star cast; it’s actually about getting an opportunity. If I am getting any kind of mediocre or good film, I am going to do that,” Sonal, who will be seen in Sanjay Mishra’s directorial debut “Pranaam Walekum”, told IANS.
“I am not particular about the story right now as I am not at that level where I can choose things. At this point, I only need to struggle and do my best; and I think every actor does that in his or her initial days,” she added.
Not only desi divas, international models are equally popular in movie business. Bruna Abdullah, Diana Penty and Nargis Fakhri have transcended borders to make a mark for themselves.
There is also Indian origin Durban-based Himarsha Venkatsamy, who appeared in the title track of Punit Malhotra’s “I Hate Luv Storys”, while Bruna played Giselle in the same movie.
Diana will be seen in upcoming romantic comedy “Cocktail” alongside Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone.
Another model, who crossed the threshold of modelling in search of greener pastures is Vineeta Menon. She started with an item number in Priyadarshan’s “Mere Baap Pehle Aap”.
A former Gladrags model, Vineeta said, “Now it’s absolutely Bollywood for me”.
Shipra Malik says models have been entering Bollywood and making it big.
“But now there are more opportunities for the girls thanks to new directors, producers and new story lines. Also small budget movies are giving an opportunity to experiment. Models look good so there is nothing wrong in taking them for different roles,” she added.
Posted: 05 Jun 2012 08:45 AM PDT
What may be called the mockery of Democracy or the Wastage of Public Money, the latest Protocol of Air India announced few days back demands Royal Treatment for all Member of Parliaments (MPs) whenever they travel on an Air India Flight.
Air India is already running in heavy losses. It has lost over Rs 500 Crores in past 30 days. Its employees are not paid salary for 3 months. External money is pumped to keep it running. In such situation this Maharaja styles treatment would further add to the Losses and DownFall of Air India.
Here are few highlights of the latest High Quality Handling Protocol.
1. MPs would be provided ''step-wise facilitation'', right from generation of PNR numbers to departure from airport to take-off to landing to airport exit.
2. Airport managers and officials must be in attendance, either in person or by deputing another official to meet an MP along with helpers and help them with formalities until they board the aircraft.
3. As the MP is on board, the cabin crew will have to identify themselves to the MP and offer him ''compliments''.
4. At the end of the flight, the commander of the aircraft will be required to file a report on the handling of the MP!
5. Immediately after the flight carrying an MP departs, the station manager should inform his counterpart, through ''email, telex and telephone call'', of the MP's seat number, baggage location, onward flight details and any other ''special requirement at transit or destination''. The station manager will be required to ''monitor'', ''liase'' and ''ensure'' that the flight operates on schedule after the MP has boarded it.
But the question is in the India of 2012, why should 800 MPs be treated as Maharajas by the national carrier?
What is happening is that our MPs have made it clear that they do not want to fly in the same manner as their very own people, who have elected them, do — thus making it clear that they do not believe in the very essence of democracy.
Remember, it is not that our MPs have not demanded the above protocol. The fact of the matter is that the protocol was devised in November last year after the MPs approached the House Committee of the Lok Sabha for special treatment at airports and while on board. In other words, it is the MPs themselves who have desired to fly like emperors of the medieval era and who have wanted the people of the country to see them as emperors! Do you still call it democracy?
It is not surprising that they are always against people like Team Anna members and Swami Ramdev, who slam corruption and black money. Forget this they donot even acknowledge the fact that they are Public Servants. Contrarily, they intend to be the Master of Public.
Remember the famous Quote of Winston Churchill in which he said that if India is granted Independence, “Power will go to rascals, rogues, freebooters. All leaders will be of low caliber & men of straw.They’ll have sweet tongues & silly hearts.A day would come when even air & water will be taxed“
Should we believe that the 64 years ago, the man was correct.
Posted: 05 Jun 2012 07:49 AM PDT
People in Delhi are all set for the rare celestial event on Wednesday when Venus will cross Sun’s Face. Venus will take about six hours to complete its transit, appearing as a small black dot on the sun’s surface, in an event that will not happen again until 2117.
“This celestial phenomenon known as the ‘Transit of Venus’ is one of the most eagerly-awaited events in sky watching. In a transit, Venus passes between Earth and the Sun, appearing through the telescope as a tiny black spot,” said an official of the ministry of earth sciences.
According to scientists, transits of Venus occur only on very rare occasions when Venus and the Earth are in a line with the Sun. At other times, Venus passes below or above the Sun because the two orbits are at a slight angle to each other.
Transits occur in pairs separated by eight years, with the gap between pairs of transits alternating between 105.5 and 121.5 years – the last transit was in 2004.
“The occurrence will be visible from anywhere in India. The greatest transit, when the black dot of venus can be observed at the innermost point of the solar disc, will occur around 7:02 a.m. It will be visible in northern India between sunrise and 10:20 a.m.,” said C.B. Devgun from SPACE (Science Popularisation Association of Communicators & Educators).
SPACE, an organisation working to spread awareness about astronomy, is taking a scientific expedition having 50 students to Shanghai, China to observe the transit, where it will be visible for the longest time.
In Delhi, the Nehru Planetarium is organising a public viewing with telescope and solar filters being put out at Teen Murti lawns in Chanakyapuri for people to come and watch the rare celestial event.
Some schools in the capital are also organising public viewing in their premises for students to watch the event.
“We will be projecting the transit of Venus through projection and there will be experts to explain students and people about the event,” said Sumati Anand, Principal of Gyan Mandr Public School in West Delhi.
A team of the Amateur Astronomers’ Association, Delhi, along with the Vigyan Prasar and the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore, will webcast the transit from the highest point for such observations – the Indian Astronomical Observatory in Hanle, Ladakh.
The webcast can be viewed live at the NASA Sun-Earth Day website.
Scientists warn people not to watch the sun with the naked eye.
“Do not stare at the sun. Venus covers too little of the solar disk to block the blinding glare. Instead, use some type of projection technique or a solar filter,” said Devgun.
Posted: 05 Jun 2012 07:45 AM PDT
Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE has for the first time posted online the optical reading sheets (ORS) of the students who appeared for AIEEE 2012 this year. But, it didnot post the correct answer keys which has left both students and coaching Institutes in frenzy.
The Online Answersheet (ORS) can be viewed at by clicking here
In a similar move, IIT JEE also declared the answer sheets of students online, but ORS of IIT-JEE was accompanied with the answer keys, which enabled the students to assess their performances.It however may be noted that just five lakh students appeared for the IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), but 11 lakh students appeared for AIEEE. Placing online the ORS of so many students took a lot of space on the board's server.
Even the State boards of UP, Karnataka, Kerala, West Bengal make available the answer keys. The coaching institutes too declare the answer keys on the same day of AIEEE examination, reminded the sources.
The move to upload the scanned answer sheets, which show how students have blackened the multiple choices against a question, followed a Supreme Court directive last year. "But without the correct answer keys, how can an examinee know how he or she has performed?" said a parent.
Sources pointed out that CBSE is hesitant about disclosing answer-keys even after over a month of examination, because there is fear of getting caught with wrong question answers. In the past, many errors in the official keys were pointed out by the teachers, parents and other stakeholders in other exams, including in IIT-JEE too.
CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi said the answer keys would be uploaded only after the results were out. "We will put those keys in the public domain after we apply them to the attempts by the students," he said.
Posted: 05 Jun 2012 06:41 AM PDT
Bihar School Examination Board BSEB has declared the results of Intermediate Examination 2012 for Science Stream today at 6PM. The 12th Class Results are available on BSEB Website www.biharboard.net by entering their Roll Code and Roll Number.
If you are not able to open the official Website, Please try this link to see the results
The BSEB Matric Examination 2012 were held during March and April 2012.
Students can get Results on their Mobile also. BSNL subscribers can get the results by sending follwing via SMS to 54333.
bb rollcode rollnumber
Students can also download BSEB Class 10th marks statement in PDF format at Board’s Official Website
This year 3,47,738 students had given examination of Bihar Intermediate science Examination. The successful candidate can now look for admission in the various courses. A significant percentage of the successful students will also seek admission in the courses like medical, engineering, architecture or other courses of his choice.
The Bihar Intermediate science ISC intermediate examinations was conducted by the Bihar School Examination Board. The Board conducts the examinations in all the three streams of arts, science and commerce. The declaration of the results will allow the students to apply for admission for graduate courses in colleges.
Supplementary Examination is generally conducted in the month of July/August. Two categories of students appear at the Supplementary examination i.e. ‘A’ & ‘C’. ‘A’ means all subjects. ‘C’ means compartmental i.e. students who want to clear their subjects in which they failed at the annual examination, appear as compartmental examinees.
The Board also conducts departmental examinations such as Diploma in Physical Education, Certificate in Physical Education and Teachers Training Examination on terms and condition as laid down by the State Government.
Posted: 05 Jun 2012 05:54 AM PDT
The annual Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) leadership summit is convened at Bejing with President Hu Jintao scheduled to meet 10 heads of state visiting China for the meeting.
Beijing is hosting the 12th SCO summit June 6-7, which is expected to map out the future of this influential organization that brings together Russia and China, the two permanent members of the UN Security Council, and the energy-rich Central Asian states, including Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
With India increasingly looking to Central Asia for its energy security needs, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna has is in Beijing, to participate Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). India, Pakistan, Iran and Mongolia are currently observers in the SCO.
There will be more than 100 events during the Tuesday-Friday summit, including bilateral talks, signing ceremonies, and group talks of the SCO bloc, the China Daily reported.
President Hu is expected to meet the heads of state of Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan before the six-member bloc meets for talks Wednesday and Thursday. Hu will also meet the presidents of Mongolia, Afghanistan, Iran and Turkmenistan who are also in Beijing for the summit, either as observers or guests of China.
Krishna is accompanied by senior officials of the external affairs ministry, including Syed Akbaruddin, the ministry spokesperson, and Ajay Bisaria, joint secretary in charge of the Eurasia region in the ministry.
At the summit, Krishna is expected to underline the importance of the SCO region for India’s energy and security and pitch for an enhanced role for New Delhi in the grouping which is traditionally dominated by Russia and China.
India has been seeking full membership in the SCO for some time, but opinion is divided among Russia and China, the two giants of the SCO, on this issue.
While Russia has backed full membership of India in the SCO, China says that those desirous of joining the SCO have to work harder to satisfy strict criteria for the membership.
A decision on including India and expanding membership of the grouping is, therefore, unlikely to be taken at the Beijing summit. Against this backdrop, Krishna, said sources, will pitch for an expanded role for observers in the SCO, specially in areas of counter-terrorism and the discussions on Afghanistan.
India is keen on participating in counter-terror exercises and seek closer partnership the SCO’s Tashkent-based Regional Counter-Terrorism Structure (RCTS), said the sources. Other SCO activities India is interested in participating include the meeting of trade ministers and the SCO’s discussions on the situation in Afghanistan that has acquired added traction in view of the phased withdrawal of the international coalition’s troops from that country.
Posted: 05 Jun 2012 04:54 AM PDT
A groom committed suicide in Bihar’s Bhagalpur district after his neighbours taunted him about his bride’s dark complexion, police said Tuesday.
Rajesh Mandal committed suicide by consuming a poisonous substance Monday, a day after his marriage, after some women from his neighbourhood made snide remarks about a fair-complexioned groom getting a dark-complexioned bride, police said.
“He was shocked and angry… he ended his life by consuming poison,” a police officer said.
Before dying, he told his elder brother Sanjay that he consumed poison because he was unhappy with the selection of a dark- complexioned bride for him.
“Rajesh was admitted to a hospital in a critical condition where he died Monday,” the officer said.
In rural Bihar, fair-complexioned brides are much sought after.
Posted: 05 Jun 2012 03:49 AM PDT
Indian government has set a target of increasing exports by 20 percent in 2012-13 and announced a series of measures including interest subsidy and market diversification programmes to boost foreign trade.
In the annual supplement to the foreign trade policy, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma announced extension of interest subsidy scheme by one year till March 31, 2013 for labour intensive sectors.
Last year, the government had created a special dispensation for labour intensive industry by extending the facility of two percent interest subvention for handlooms, handicrafts, carpets and small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
“We have now decided to extend the scheme for another year till 31st March 2013 and expand its coverage to include other labour intensive sectors namely toys, sports goods, processed agricultural products and ready-made garments,” Sharma said.
Sharma, who also holds the textiles portfolio, said the government has decided to continue with most of the incentives announced last year to help exporters.
“It is our expectation that with these measures and with the tenacity of our exporting community, we shall be able to sustain an annual export growth of 20 percent this fiscal as well,” the minister said.
India’s exports increased by 20.94 percent to $303.71 billion in the financial year ended March 31, 2012, surpassing the government’s target of $300 billion.
However, a sharp drop in exports growth in the last few months indicate that sustaining a similar growth this financial year would be difficult.
Exports grew at a sluggish rate of 3.23 percent to $24.45 billion in April, the first month of the current financial year. In fact, exports declined in March, and registered nominal growth in the previous two months.
It will be interesting to see if the government’s efforts would help revive growth in exports.
In the annual supplement to foreign trade policy 2009-14, the government unveiled a seven-point strategy to boost exports. It proposes:
– To give a focused thrust to employment intensive industry because we view exports not only in terms of their economic contribution but as a means of generating gainful employment;
– To encourage domestic manufacturing for inputs to export industry and reduce the dependence on imports;
– To promote technological upgradation of exports to retain a competitive edge in global markets;
– To persist with a strong market diversification strategy to hedge the risks against global uncertainty;
– To encourage exports from the North Eastern Region given its special place in India’s economy;
– To provide incentives for manufacturing of green goods recognising the imperative of building capacities for environmental sustainability; and
– To endeavour to reduce transaction cost through procedural simplification and reduction of human interface.
Posted: 05 Jun 2012 02:47 AM PDT
Fearing drying up of traditional water sources and depletion of flora and fauna due to massive construction of hydropower projects, people of over two dozen villages of the remote Lahaul Valley Tuesday staged a massive protest in this district headquarters town.
They said the protests were planned to apprise the authorities on World Environment Day about the threat being posed by the upcoming projects to the Chenab river basin, the least exploited basin for hydro-power generation in the state.
World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5 to raise global awareness about the need to take positive environmental action.
“The Chenab river basin is under threat. The government has allocated more than two dozen mini and mega projects in the past four-five years,” Ravi Thakur, president of Jispa Bandh Jan Sangharsh Samiti, told IANS.
He said the threat is more from the mega projects being constructed by private firm Moser Baer Projects Private Limited and state-run Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (HPPCL).
“These would severely hit the local flora and fauna and would dry up the traditional water resources. It will also hit the livelihood, directly or indirectly, of more than 6,000 people settled in 26 villages in the Lahaul Valley,” he said.
The reservoir of the 300 MW Jispa project of the HPPCL on the Chenab would displace more than 200 families of seven villages, the protesters said.
The mega projects, two by Moser Baer and one by the HPPCL, coming up in Lahaul are in Miyar, Seli and Udaipur areas.
The Chenab basin falls largely in the high-altitude region (above 2,500 metres) in Lahaul and Spiti district. The area is characterised by difficult terrain, fragile and loose mountains, prone to avalanches and landslides and falls in seismic zone-IV.
“Of late, abnormal rise in temperatures, receding glaciers and increase in precipitation in these cold deserts indicate that something has gone wrong with nature,” Thakur added.
According to Himachal Pradesh’s micro-hydel policy, the consent of the affected gram sabhas (local bodies) is necessary before constructing any project.
“The locals have not been taken into confidence before allocating the projects,” Jeewan Lal, a villager from Udaipur, said.
Environmentalist R.S. Negi said the hydroelectric projects would severely affect local natural water sources in Lahaul like in another remote district of Kinnaur.
“Before allowing the projects, the government should conduct carrying capacity study or assessment of environmental impacts of the projects,” said Negi, who is heading the Him Lok Jagriti Manch (HLJM), a people’s movement in Kinnaur district against upcoming hydro projects.
Like the Lahaul Valley, protests over hydro projects are becoming common in Kinnaur, Shimla, Chamba and Kullu districts.
According to forest department estimates, over 9,000 hectares of forest land have so far been diverted to non-forest use. Of this, 7,000 hectares were used for hydel projects.
Posted: 05 Jun 2012 02:40 AM PDT
The annual southwest monsoon, crucial for agriculture, on Tuesday hit Kerala, four days behind schedule, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
Kerala usually receives monsoon showers by June 1, but scientists said there was no need to paint a gloomy picture as the progress of the seasonal rainfall phenomenon was well with the forecast limits which have a model error of four days.
“The monsoon has hit Kerala and it has covered the entire state bringing showers and relief to framers,” IMD director general L.S. Rathore told IANS.
He said the monsoon was expected to progress further to the country’s northeast and coastal Goa by Wednesday.
“It has reached right up to the Bay of Bengal,” he said. Rathore said there was nothing to be panic over the monsoon delay.
“As of now the monsoonal flow is strong and Kerala and parts of South Karnataka will continue to get rains for the next two to three days,” D Sivananda Pai, director National Climate Centre and lead forecaster for monsoon, said.
Pai said conditions were favourable for further advance of monsoon.
Monsoon rains are crucial for agriculture as only 40% of the cultivable area is under irrigation. The farm sector contributes about only 15% to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), but it employs about 60% of India’s population.
|You are subscribed to email updates from Biharprabha News |
To stop receiving these emails, you may unsubscribe now.
|Email delivery powered by Google|
|Google Inc., 20 West Kinzie, Chicago IL USA 60610|