Saturday, January 11, 2014

Delhi dances to the tunes of Boogie Woogie



Delhi dances to the tunes of Boogie Woogie

Delhi, 10th January 2014: The Delhiites were in for a dhamakedaar treat when the dancing sensations of Sony Entertainment Television’s original dance reality showBoogie Woogie set the city grooving in a LIVE dance concert like never before. The jam packed Talkatora stadium had people whistling and dancing as the contestants enthralled the audience with their dancing prowess. Amidst the astounding fanfare at the concert, host Sargun Mehta and Rakshit Wahi, also presented the terrific trio ofJaaved JaaferiNaved Jafri and Ravi Behl who set the stage on fire with their stunning performances. The evening got more engaging with one of country’s most hilarious comedians Bharti Singh and Siddharth Sagar of Comedy Circus fame, taking the audience on a laugh riot with their comic stint.

The 13 contestants have proved themselves as a power house of explosive talent. These young dancing stars aged between 6 – 14 years are hip-hop and B-boying dancer Mohammed Mumtaz of Delhi… the lovable and notorious 8 year oldPreetjot Singh of Ranchi…Bharatnatyam dancer Abhishek Sinha of Jamshedpur…robotics dancer Aryan Patra of Ranchi…lyrical hip-hop dancerUrgen Tenzing Lama of Darjeeling freestyle…hip-hop and ballet dancerBebechana Gurung of Kursheong…Odissi and semi-classical dancer Chirasmita Rout of Balasore…contemporary and salsa dancer Smrity Panda of Rourkela…hip-hop and contemporary dancer crumping and B-boying dancer Harmi Darshan Patel of Navsari…bollywood and contemporary dancer Sachin Sharma of Faridabad…locking and popping

expert Tanya Bhushan of Ahmedabad…kathak and contemporary dancerPriyanka Tapadar of Asansol…salsa and folk dancer Sagar Mishra of Mathura.

This season scoring and elimination is based on the judges scores (no public voting). The winner stands to win prize money of Rs.10 Lakhs and the coveted Boogie Woogie Kids Champion trophy.

Tune in to meet the dancing sensations with their dreams and aspirations on
‘Boogie Woogie’ At 8:30 pm every Saturday – Sunday
Only on Sony Entertainment Television



Passing the Disabilities Rights Bill will change the lives of 70 Million people. Ask Kamal Nath to reconvene the Parliament to pass the Bill.

Dear Naresh -

I am a person with disability. After years of hard work, I am now an international Para-Athlete representing India. There are 70 million people with disabilities in India.
For the first time in Indian history, people with disabilities would have had a chance to get equal opportunities to work and live if the Disabilities Rights Bill had been passed. 
Naresh, the Bill was to be passed in the winter session of the Parliament. But the Parliament session ended abruptly on 18th December, just before the Bill was tabled.
started this petition on, telling the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Kamal Nath to live up to the promise the Government has made to this community.
We want him to ensure that the Parliament will be reconvened in February for a few days and the Disabilities Bill be taken up by the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha for enactment.
It will take them just one day to change the lives of millions of people. The Ministers need to know that thousands of people across India are watching them.
Naresh, 70 million differently abled people need your support. Sign this petition and share it with your friends and family.
Thank you,
Pradeep Raj via

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Rajasthan Royals retain Shane Watson, Ajinkya Rahane, James Faulkner, Stuart Binny and Sanju Samson

MUMBAI, 10 JANUARY 2014: Rajasthan Royals today announced that the team has retained Shane Watson, Ajinkya Rahane, James Faulkner, Stuart Binny and Sanju Samson ahead of the 2014 auction. The five players, retained according to the IPL rules, will continue to represent the team as it prepares for the upcoming 7th season of the Indian Premier League.

The seasoned Rajasthan Royals players form the backbone of the squad and they personify the team’s philosophy and ethos perfectly. Shane Watson, the Australian all-rounder, who has been the most valuable player in two of the six IPL seasons, enters his 7th season with the team, having played a pivotal role in the team’s campaigns year after year.

India’s Ajinkya Rahane is continuing to grow from strength to strength. The talented top-order batsman has contributed immensely with his batting and fielding. He demonstrated his class against South Africa in difficult circumstances recently.

23-year-old James Faulkner is among Australia’s most impressive all-rounders and was one of the revelations of IPL 2013 finishing as the 2nd highest wicket taker in the tournament. His performances for Rajasthan Royals saw him get picked for the Ashes.

Teen sensation, Kerala’s 19-year-old wicket-keeper Sanju Samson is considered to be the IPL’s best finds last year. Adjudged best young player of IPL 2013, his calmness and composure belies his years. His intelligence and maturity has impressed one and all along with his exquisite cricketing skills.

Stuart Binny has contributed to the team’s performances with both bat and ball when it counts showing his match finishing skills on a number of occasions. He has been performing impressively in the domestic circuit and has been selected for India for the upcoming international tour of New Zealand.

Raghu Iyer, CEO, Rajasthan Royals, said, “As a team, we have been very fortunate to have a number of truly talented cricketers who have come forward to perform at times when it has mattered the most. The five retained players are true match winners, an impressive blend of young talent and experience. They have demonstrated resilience, commitment and a great attitude, embodying the spirit of the Rajasthan Royals team. We are confident that under the continued mentorship of the legendary Rahul Dravid the Rajasthan Royals will be a very strong contender in IPL 2014”

All three Indians who have been retained are young players doing immensely well in the domestic and international circuit. Rajasthan Royals has always been at the forefront in terms of recognising fresh Indian talent and giving them a platform to display their skills at an international level.

About Rajasthan Royals
Epitomising the elegance, style, valour and royalty of the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat, Rajasthan Royals is a Jaipur based Indian Premier League team loved by fans across the world. Winners of the inaugural IPL in 2008, the team is impassioned by indomitable qualities of strength, fighting prowess and courage in the face of tough opposition. The royal blue and gold emblem of Rajasthan Royals reflects the rich history of the region and their promising future. The team’s anthem ‘Halla Bol’ and mascot ‘Moochu Singh’ capture the energy, enthusiasm and never-say-die attitude of the team.
Ever since its inception, the Royals brand has been at the forefront in terms of nurturing and promoting new talent in India. With a major presence on social media platforms, Royals offers fans a unique digital experience taking them to the heart of all the action. While the team’s YouTube channel happens to be the most watched amongst all IPL teams, the Facebook page and twitter handle enjoy a growing number of supporters and followers. The official website based fan zone gives fans the freedom to express themselves through content, videos, images, forums or polls, all driven the fans themselves. These aspects have made Rajasthan Royals the most loved team and enabled to it emerge as the first Global sporting brand from India.
Impressing the cricketing fraternity across the world, the team finished a fantastic third in IPL 2013 and as runners-up in the Champions League Twenty20 2013.
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“Strategic and Foreign Policy Challenges for India”


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Session on
“Strategic and Foreign Policy Challenges for India”
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DATEMonday, January 13, 2014
TIME5:30 PM  - 6:45 PM (Registration : 5:00 pm)
LOCATIONWWF India Auditorium, 172-B, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi-110003
SPEAKERSProfessor Sunil Khilnani, Avantha Professor and Director, King’s India Institute at King’s College London
Dr. Srinath Raghavan, Senior Research Fellow at the King’s India Institute
MODERATORAmbassador G Parthasarathy, Visiting Professor, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi
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The coming general elections in India will take place against the backdrop of a rapidly transforming international context. India will have to navigate an unsettled global order marked by power transitions, changing economic landscape, and contestation over international institutions and norms. Closer home, India will also have to deal with an increasingly unstable and volatile neighbourhood. This panel discussion will consider the range of international and strategic challenges that will confront India, and the practical and intellectual resources that will be necessary to deal with them.
The speakers in the panel are Professor Sunil Khilnani (Avantha Professor and Director, King’s India Institute) and Dr. Srinath Raghavan (Senior Research Fellow, King’s India Institute). The discussion will be chaired by Ambassador G Parthasarathy (Visiting Professor, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi).

 Sunil Khilnani 07-01-14Sunil Khilnani – Avantha Professor and Director, King’s India Institute at King’s College London
Sunil Khilnani is Avantha Professor and Director, King’s India Institute at King’s College London. He is was previously Director, South Asia Studies, at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, in Washington DC. He is the author of The Idea of India (5th ed. 2012) and was one of the co-authors of NonAlignment 2.0: A Foreign and Strategic Policy for India in the 21st Century (2013).
Srinath Raghavan 07-01-14Srinath Raghavan – Senior Research Fellow at the King’s India Institute
Srinath Raghavan is Senior Research Fellow at the King’s India Institute. He is based in New Delhi, and jointly teaches MA South Asia & Global Security in King’s College London in January-March. Before moving to New Delhi, he was Lecturer in Defence Studies at King’s College London, from where he also took his MA and PhD in War Studies; prior to this, he was an Infantry office in the
Indian Army for 6 years. Srinath’s research interests are in the international politics of South Asia, contemporary history of India, and Indian foreign and defence policies since 1947. He is the author of War and Peace in Modern India: A Strategic Hisotry of the Nehru Years (2010), and his current projects include an international history of the India-Pakistan War of 1971 and the creation of Bangladesh, and a history of India in the Second World War.
Parthasarathy 08-01-14G Parthasarathy – Visiting Professor, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi
Born on May 13, 1940, Ambassador Gopalaswami Parthasarathy is a career Foreign Service Officer who retired from Service on May 31, 2000. After having graduated with a B.E. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the College of Engineering, Guindy. He has served as Ambassador of India to Myanmar, 1992-95, High Commissioner of India to Australia 1995-98, High
Commissioner of India to Pakistan 1998-2000 and High Commissioner of India, Cyprus (1990-92). He also served in Indian Missions abroad as Second/First Secretary, Embassy of India, Moscow (1970-1973), Deputy High Commissioner to Tanzania (1974-1976), Counsellor, (Political and Press), Embassy of India, Washington D.C., (1978- 1981); and Consul General of India, Karachi (1982-1985). In New Delhi, Ambassador Parthasarathy was Deputy Secretary in the Foreign Secretary’s Office (1976-1978). He has served as Spokesman, Ministry of External Affairs and Information Adviser and Spokesman in the Prime Minister’s Office with Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi (1985-90). He has been a member of Indian Delegations in several international conferences including summits at United Nations, Non-Aligned Movement and SAARC. Ambassador Parthasarathy is presently Visiting Professor in the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi. He is also Visiting Professor for International Relations in the University of Punjab, Chandigarh, a Senior Fellow and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, a Member of the Mentor Group of the Sanchi University of Buddhist-Indic Studies, Member of the Advisory Committee to the Symbiosis University in Pune and a member of the Executive Committee of the Centre for Air Power Studies in New Delhi. He is on the Panel of Experts from India for Track 2 Dialogue with ASEAN. He is also a member of the Indian Delegation to the high level Indo-U.S. Strategic Dialogue organized by the Aspen Institute (India) and the Aspen Institute in the USA. He was a Member of the Task Force to Review India’s National Security Structures, which submitted its Report to the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in July 2012.
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Strong Indian contingent for SCMM 2014

Defending champions Lynghkoi Binning and Lalita Babbar will lead the Indian elite fields for the full marathon, among the men and women respectively, in the 11th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon to be flagged off from CST on Sunday, January 19, 2014.

The event, Asia’s biggest marathon has attracted the cream of India’s long distance runners, all vying for a piece of the overall prize money as well as separate Indian prize fund, which will see the Indian full marathon winners getting richer by Rs 5 lakh each.

Binning, a three-time winner here will face opposition from the fastest athlete in the field, Ram Singh Yadav, returning after a one-year break. Ram Singh, who clocked 2:16.59 in 2012, to also qualify for the London Olympics, has run sparingly last year, preparing for this event and will be the surprise package on Sunday as he aims to better his personal best. Binning, who won in 201, 20111 and 2013, has a fastest time of 2:20.12 on this course and he too is looking to better his time and get close to his personal best of 2:17.33.

The other big names in the fray are Elam Singh of ASI, Pune, who has a PB of 2:18.27, Karan Singh, V L Dangi and Budha Ram, all capable of running below 2:21. Sanvroo Yadav, who ran a strong race while winning the Vasai Virar Marathon in October with a time of 2:21, is also among the contenders and so are Arvind Kumar Yadav and K C Ramu.

A total of 28 elite Indian full marathoners will take the starter’s flag.

The women’s full marathon has been dominated by Lalita Babbar for the last two years and she will be aiming for a hat-trick as she lines up on Sunday. Babbar will face competition from Vijay Mala Patil and Rohini Raut, who finished second and third, respectively, last year. The women’s field also has names like Neelam Rajput, Bhagwati Devi, Anisa Devi and M Sudha, among others, while making their debut will be Manisha Salunkhe, Rashmi Gurnule and Supriya Patil.

The man’s half marathon also has a strong Indian contingent, with 2012 winner Shoji Mathew, BC Tilak, Indrajeet Patel, Yogesh Sardesai, Ajay Bir Singh and Vishram Meena among the contenders. 

In the women’s half marathon, the battle is expected to be between Sudha Singh and Kavita Raut, with Monika Raut, Swati Gadhwe and Seema the other notable names in the fray.

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