Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Daler Mehndi responds to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


~ Indian pop star challenges Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra ~

Delhi, August 20, 2014: India’s favourite pop musician Daler Mehndi was recently nominated for the Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Associations’ Ice Bucket Challenge by a little girl from the United States of America. Internationally known for his humanitarian activism, Daler Mehndi became the first Indian celebrity to have taken this challenge. The Musical Maestro completes his challenge with three whole buckets of ice water and challenged three of Bollywood’s biggest stars Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra to do the same.

Watch Daler Mehndi complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge here:

The ALS Association in the USA is aimed at eradicating this fatal neurological disease from the world, and in the meanwhile is helping patients and their families to deal with the trauma of living with ALS. In order to raise funds to run its noble cause, the internet is alive with support. The ALS Ice Bucket challenge comes from obscure origins, but involves responding within 24 hours after being nominated for it by either dumping a bucket of ice water upon oneself or forfeiting by making a financial donation to the ALS Association. Among popular names who have forfeited the challenge is US President Barack Obama.

A day after Daler Mehndi’s performance in New York, he received a video from a little girl named Arya, in which she completed the challenge and nominated him for it. Daler Mehndi promptly completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and posted a video of it. “Hey little angel, I accept your challenge. I’m doing it for you, for this good cause,” said Daler Mehndi in the video before proceeding to dump three whole buckets of ice water on him.

Other global celebrities who have completed the challenge include young musician Justin Bieber, Facebook mastermind and owner Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft owner Bill Gates. US President Barack Obama has been challenged too, but he forfeited by making a donation of $100 to the ALS Association. Daler Mehndi has become the first Indian celebrity to complete this challenge, and has brought the challenge to India by roping in the Bollywood biggies. The humanitarian Daler Mehndi has once again proved his dedication to the cause of making this world a better place.

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Rajasthan Royals to partner South Australian Government

Rajasthan Royals to partner South Australian Government in exclusive cricketing endeavour
Royals to select Dream Team 15 – a squad of young Indian players who will receive cricket coaching in Adelaide as part of Adelaide’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 program
NEW DELHI, 20 AUGUST 2014Rajasthan Royals today announced its association with the South Australian Government in an exclusive cricketing endeavour that will give 15 young Indian cricketers an opportunity to travel to Adelaide, Australia to experience South Australia’s world class cricket facilities as part of Adelaide’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 program. Rajasthan Royals will use its expertise to select 15 young cricketers who will make up the Dream Team 15.
Youngsters born between 1st January 1997 to 31 December 1999 will qualify to enter the competition for a chance to be selected. The program will reach out to students from schools from different parts of the country while the selection trials will be held in Delhi and Mumbai in late October / early November 2014 in the search to identify a group of 15 cricketers.
South Australian Premier, The Hon’ble Jay Weatherill who is on an official visit to India today announced that Members of the Dream Team 15 will receive training from top coaches of the South Australian Cricket Association and will play matches against teams of South Australian school boys of the same age.
Addressing the media, Mr. Raghu Iyer, CEO Rajasthan Royals said, “As a team, Royals have identified, nurtured and given playing opportunities to many of India’s top young cricketers. Therefore, it is a privilege for Rajasthan Royals to partner South Australia in a unique endeavor that will help Indian school children receive fine training from top coaches of the South Australian Cricket Association. We thank the South Australian Premier, The Hon’ble Jay Weatherill for taking forward such a commendable undertaking.”
Unmukt Chand was also present from Rajasthan Royals. “I consider myself fortunate to be part of the wonderful Rajasthan Royals family. I use the word family because that’s exactly what we are like when we come together in the form of a team made up of the game’s finest experienced cricketers, fantastic management, and young cricketers like me. I am sure an exciting endeavor such as this will go a long way in inspiring young players to take up the sport professionally and one day, play for the country,” said Unmukt.
Mr Weatherill said “Our objective with this program is to harness the passion that Indians have for the game and provide an opportunity to good cricketers who have the skills and love for cricket, but have not enrolled in a formal training program.”
Adelaide Oval will host what is considered to be one of the biggest matches in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 program when defending champions India take on Pakistan on 15 February 2015. The members of the Dream Team 15 will be watching the event which is expected to be a thriller of a match and will leave an aspirational imprint on them.
Ever its inception, the team has been at the forefront in terms of nurturing and promoting new talent.
About Rajasthan Royals
Rajasthan Royals, champions of the inaugural IPL in 2008 and Runners-up of the CL T20 2013, is the Jaipur franchise cricket team that represents the state of Rajasthan in the Indian Premier League. The Rajasthan Royals team exemplifies the royal elegance, style, valour and class of Rajasthan and Gujarat. The Rajasthan Royals emblem is a reflection on the golden past and a promising future for the team. The Rajasthan Royals emblem, in royal blue and gold, is a reflection on the rich history of the region and their promising future ahead. The team’s mascot is a lion named Moochu Singh.

Harsh Rajput enters Zee TV’s Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke


Playing a role very different from anything he has attempted before, the talented young actorHarsh Rajput enters Zee TV’s popular show Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke. He has been roped in to essay the role of KT’s (Piyush Sahdev) younger brother. In the upcoming episodes, Kabir’s (Piyush Sahdev) family comprising his mother, maasi and younger brother will enter to add a twist to the Kabir-Rachana (Mahima Makwana) love story.

Harsh will be seen playing an extremely complex character, that of a mentally challenged boy who is 22 year old but has the mental development of a child. Though the boy would appear normal, his childish behavior would come to the fore the moment he would start talking. Excited to portray a difficult, challenging role, Harsh shares his excitement “I feel as an actor one needs to test one’s calibre by opting for varied roles, quite different from each other. I didn’t think twice before accepting the role of the mentally challenged boy Bittu as one rarely gets such an opportunity on the small screen.”

He further adds “I am trying to add my own touch to the character as I didn’t want to take any references from any other actor which will invariably look like a copy. It’s not easy to portray such a complex character but I am putting my best foot forward to make it look more natural without being over the top. Am looking forward to the audience’s reaction.. I hope they like my performance!”  

In the story ahead, KT’s mother and maasi will get into his life exactly at the point where Rachana’s parents would get convinced about the KT-Rachana marriage and reveal a negative side, thus creating hindrances in their love story. With an agenda of her own, KT’s mother will try every trick to separate KT & Rachna.

Will Bittu’s (Harsh Rajput) entry in the show as the mentally challenged younger brother of KT bring an unexpected twist & turn in KT & Rachna’s life…Will the lovers finally unite after facing numerous hurdles and misunderstandings or does fate have another surprise in store for the couple?

Stay tuned to Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke every Monday-Friday 7:30pm only on Zee TV

Port Call INS Sahyadri at Manila, Philippines

Indian Naval Ship INS Sahyadri, an indigenously built guided missile stealth Frigate, arrived today at Manila, Philippines after participating in exercise RIMPAC 14, and covering a distance of about 5000 nautical miles (9000 Km). The ship had sailed from Hawaii, USA on 02 Aug 14.
The multi role stealth frigate, boasts of an array of weaponry in her arsenal. Long range anti-ship missiles, medium and short range surface to air missiles augmented by powerful guns of different calibres provide a formidable shield against all types of threats. Two integral multi-role helicopters carried by the ship act as force multipliers in all maritime scenarios due to their versatility and long range. Commissioned on 21 July 12, INS Sahyadri, is presently being commanded by Captain Jyotin Raina, and is manned by 25 officers and 255 sailors of different specialisations/branches.
During her stay at Manila, the ship would undertake operational turn around while the ship`s crew would participate in various events like professional interaction, sports events and social fixtures. Manila is a regular port of call for Indian Naval ships. IN ships Satpura, Ranvijay, Shakti and Kirch had visited Manila in June 13.

FCRA Outreach Seminar in Maharashtra

The Ministry of Home Affairs is organizing a one-day FCRA Outreach Seminar to sensitize various stakeholders on the provisions of Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 (FCRA) on August 22, 2014 at Mahatma Phule Sanskrutik Bhawan, Near Shivarkar Garden, Wanawadi, Pune. ICICI Bank is partnering Ministry of Home Affairs in organizing this Outreach Seminar.
NGOs in India receive about Rs.10,000 crore every year from foreign sources under the FCRA. 285 associations of Maharashtra and 15 of Goa registered under FCRA have been invited in the Seminar. Media persons are also welcome to attend the Outreach Seminar.
Details of the programme and list of associations Invited for the Seminar may be viewed on the official website of Ministry of Home Affairs ( or

On Women Reservation Bill in the Parliament : Sonia Gandhi


On Women Reservation Bill in the Parliament : Sonia Gandhi

We will not rest until we get the Women Reservation Bill in the Parliament : Smt Sonia Gandhi  
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Amit Shah inaugurates PM Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency office in Varanasi.

BJP chief Amit Shah inaugurates PM Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency office in Varanasi.
BJP Chief Amit Shah arrives in Varanasi 
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ASEAN Business Club to convene leaders for ASEAN Economic Community

ASEAN Business Club to convene leaders for ASEAN Economic Community
Desiree Bandal
To Desiree Bandal
Today at 11:29 AM
(Sending on behalf of the ASEAN Business Club)

ASEAN Business Club Forum 2014
Press Release

ASEAN Business Club to convene leaders for AEC
Trade, industry issues on agenda

KUALA LUMPUR, 20 AUG 2014 – More than 300 top business leaders from across the ASEAN regionwill converge at the ASEAN Business Club (ABC) Forum 2014 on September 8 and 9 to tackle trade and industry issues and support the implementation of one ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

The leaders will address concerns on the ASEAN region’s readiness for an integrated economic region under the AEC initiative, the corporate sector’s expectations and challenges to AEC, which is set to come into effect on December 31, 2015.  The forum will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Singapore. 

ASEAN Business Club Advisory Council member and AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes will chair the forum.

Lim Hng Kiang, Minister of Trade and Industry of Singapore, will be the guest of honor at the forum.

The forum will focus primarily on six sectors: 1) Legal and Tax; 2) Automotive and Manufacturing; 3)Financial Services and Capital Markets; 4) Minerals, Oil and Gas; 5) Food and Agriculture; and 6)Retail.  Discussions in the forum will be included in the ASEAN Business Club’s “Lifting-the-Barriers” reports on each of the sectors, and the reports – which will highlight industry barriers and bottlenecksas well as propose solutions – will be delivered on a later date to ASEAN officials, all economic ministers in the region and the media

Independent research partners Frost & Sullivan, AT Kearney, ZicoLaw, Ernst & Young, Bain & Company and Accenture are spearheading research for the reports.

With the forum, the ASEAN Business Club aims to promote sector-based discussions to enhance the ASEAN agenda.  It seeks to help better prepare the ASEAN region’s business community for AEC, which will establish a single market and production base by 2015.  It also aims to help attract more investments in the regioninitiate reformsprepare the work force for market integrationandimprove the region’s competitiveness alongside neighboring economic giants China, Japan and India.

The ASEAN Business Club is a fully private sector-driven initiative that serves as a forum for ASEAN’s top business leaders to network, collaborate and play a leading role in the process of ASEAN economic integration.  ABC members include some of the most prominent business leaders in the region, including council members Nazir Razak, Tony Fernandes, Patrick Walujo, Chairul Tanjung, Chartsiri Sophonpanich, Tos Chirathivat, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Cezar Consing, Chew Gek Khim, Goh Yew Lin and Thura K. Ko.

The forum is organized by the ASEAN Business Club and the CIMB ASEAN Research Institute (CARI), a public organization committed to the development of the ASEAN Economic Community and which serves as the secretariat of the ASEAN Business Club. This year’s forum is sponsored by Silverlake Axis, DBS Bank and CIMB.

(Attached are photos from the ASEAN Business Club’s forum last year. Caption for photos: Business leaders from across the region participate in the ASEAN Business Club’s Network ASEAN Forum in August 2013 in Singapore.)


About the ASEAN Business Club
The ASEAN Business Club is a fully private sector driven initiative for ASEAN’s major home grown corporations to come together and fully engage in ASEAN’s integration efforts. Being the first regional business club with the aim of achieving regional integration, ABC will be the leading networking vehicle to form relationships across the region; thus serving as a platform to speak to each other across  the 10 ASEAN countries to identify challenges and areas of opportunity. It also aims to provide support and advocacy for governments to achieve an ASEAN Economic Community that will benefit its citizens.

For more information, please visit

About CIMB ASEAN Research Institute
CIMB ASEAN Research Institute (CARI) is the first independent, transnational research institute dedicated solely to the advancement and acceleration of the ASEAN integration agenda. CARI pursues research and promotes thought leadership in support of an ASEAN Community. We seek pragmatic solutions and policy recommendations to address challenges in ASEAN integration and connectivity. CARI was established in 2011 as a member of CIMB Group. It is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur and has a regional presence.

For media queries or interview requests, please contact:
Desiree Bandal
ASEAN Business Club
Phone: +628 777 533 2288

Taiwan Business Cooperation Committee,

Taiwan Business Cooperation Committee, 8 September, 2014, New Delhi
To Me
Aug 19 at 8:05 PM
Atul Shunglu
Assistant Secretary General
August 19, 2014
Mr. N.K. Sagar
ENKAY Sagar Holdings Pvt. Ltd.
New Delhi
Dear Mr. Sagar,
14th Joint Meeting of India-Taiwan Business Cooperation Committee
 at 1400 hrs, September 8, 2014
at Federation House, Tansen Marg, New Delhi
I am pleased to inform you that a high-powered business delegation, led by Dr. Yen-Shiang Shih, former Vice Minister, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Chairman-India Committee of Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association (CIECA), will be visiting India in early September 2014. In honour of the visiting delegation, FICCI is organizing the 14th Joint Meeting of India-Taiwan Business Cooperation Committee on September 8, 2014 at 1400 hrs at Federation House, Tansen Marg, New Delhi.
The meeting will provide a platform for Indian companies to discuss possibilities of engagement with Taiwanese businesses in the areas of ICT, food Processing, Machinery, Auto, Infrastructure & Energy among others. These Meetings have been playing a very important role in laying the foundation for the development of India-Taiwan economic relations.
In view of your business interest, we would be grateful if you could kindly confirm your participation by sending in the attached registration proforma (click here to download) duly filled in to my colleague Mr. Lalit Kumar at (, F: +91-11-23320714). As there is limited space available so the fastest RSVPs are most likely to secure seats.
Look forward to meeting you.
With best regards,
Yours sincerely,
(Atul Shunglu)

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