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  • Star Screen Awards 2017 Held in Mumbai

    Star Screen Awards, the annual film awards recognises the best of talent in Hindi films. Vidya Balan bagged the award for Best Actress (Critics) for Tumhari Sulu, Irrfan won the Best Actor Award for his performance in Hindi Medium. Rajkummar Rao won the Best Actor Award (Critics) for Newton & Best Actor in a Supporting Role Award for Bareilly Ki Barfi as well. The complete list of winners are as follows: Best Film (Critics): Newton Best Director: Nitesh Tiwari (Dangal) Best Actress (Critics): Vidya Balan (Tumhari Sulu) Best Actress: Konkona Sen Sharma (Lipstick Under My Burkha) Best Actor (Critics): Rajkummar Rao (Newton) Best Actor: Irrfan Khan (Hindi Medium) Best Supporting Actor: Rajkummar Rao (Bareilly Ki Barfi) Best Supporting Actor (Female): Neha Dhupia (Tumhari Sulu) Best Dialogues: Nitesh Tiwari and Shreyas Jain (Bareilly Ki Barfi) Best Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya (Dangal) Best Music Debut DirecDirector: Pritam (Dangal) Best Debut Director: Suresh Triveni (Tumhari Sulu) Best Playback Singer: Arijit Singh (Raees - Zaalima and Jagga Jasoos) Best Playback Singer: Shashaa Tirupati (Kanha - Shubh Mangal Savdhaan).

    Amitabh Bachchan Launches Book on Indian Cinema

    Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan launched a book based on Indian cinema in showbiz capital Mumbai. The book, titled 'Bollywood: The Films! The Songs! The Stars!', is a coffee table book, which provides historical insights, lesser-known facts and behind-the-scenes exclusives of the most iconic movies made in the history of the Indian film industry. The book is co-authored by S.M.M. Ausaja, Karan Bali, Rajesh Devraj and Tanul Thakur, the book on India's tinsel town is published by British multinational publishing company Dorling Kindersley (DK).

    South Africa Contestant wins Miss Universe crown

    Current Affairs Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who recently earned a business management degree crowned during the event at The AXIS theatre at Planet Hollywood casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip. The runner-up was Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez, while the second runner-up was Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennett. Ninety-two women from around the world participated in the decades-old competition. This year's edition had the most contestants ever, including the first-ever representatives of Cambodia, Laos and Nepal.

    IFFI Nominates Nine Movies for ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal

    The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) nominated nine movies for this year’s International Council for Film, Television and Audiovisual Communication (ICFT) UNESCO Gandhi Medal. Out of nine films, five are from India.  The Indian films competing for the prestigious ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal are Kshitij - A Horizon, Manusangada, Poorna, Railway Children and Take-Off. The foreign films in the fray are Amok from Poland, Khibula - a co-production of Germany, France and Georgia, The Last Painting from Taiwan and Women of The Weeping River - a joint production of the US and UK. 

    Kendall Jenner becomes world's highest paid model in 2017

    American model Kendall Jenner beat Gisele Bündchen to become the world's highest-earning model in 2017, as per Forbes Report. The 22-year-old model's earnings have been estimated to be $22 million (142crores). Gisele, who has been the highest-paid model since 2002, was ranked second in the list this year, with earnings of $17.5 million (113 crores).

    IFFI 2017 Indian Panorama inaugurated at Panaji by noted actress Sridevi

    The Indian Panorama, the most sought-after section of the International Film Festival of India, IFFI, was inaugurated at Panaji in Goa by noted actress Sridevi. Around 6 feature films and 16 non-feature films selected from different languages and regions will be screened in the Indian Panorama section. Vinod Kapri-directed Hindi film 'Pihu' was the opening movie in the feature film category, while 'Pushkar Puran' by Kamal Swaroop opened the non-feature film category.  They included Sudhir Mishra, Rahul Rawail, Ruchi Narain, Nishikant Kamat, Nikhil Advani and KG Suresh. Filmmakers whose movies are being screened in the prestigious Indian Panorama section were also felicitated.

    Beyonce Named 2017's Highest-Paid Woman in Music according to Forbes

    American singer Beyonce has been named the highest-paid woman in music in 2017 by the Forbes. Her earnings, mainly from album 'Lemonade' and Formation World Tour, have been estimated to be $105 million (Rs682 crore). Adele, with earnings of $69 million came second while Taylor Swift, with earnings of $44 million, was ranked third on the list. The Top 5 highest-paid woman in music in 2017 are Beyonce ($105 million) Adele ($69 million) Taylor Swift ($44 million) Celine Dion ($42 million) Jennifer Lopez ($38 million).

    Nabaneeta Dev Sen honoured with Big Little Book Award

    Popular Bengali writer Nabaneeta Dev Sen declared as winner in ‘Author in the Bengali language’ category at the second edition of Big Little Book Award. The Big Little Book Award honors authors and illustrators who have contributed to children’s literature that are global in appeal and contextual in nature. The award has been instituted under Parag initiative of Tata Trusts to promote children’s literature. The chief of Parag Initiative is Swaha Sahoo. She is a recipient of the Sahitya Academy Award and the Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad Award. She has been writing for children as well as general readers for the past three decades.

    Manushi Chhillar wins Miss World 2017 title

    India’s Manushi Chhillar (20) was crowned coveted Miss World crown for the year 2017. The win comes 17 years after Priyanka Chopra brought home. The winner of 2016 title, Puerto Rico’s Stephanie Del Valle passed on her crown to Ms Chhillar at a grand event held in Sanya in China. She is sixth Indian woman to win the coveted title of Miss World. Reita Faria was first Indian woman to claim title back in 1966, followed by Aishwariya Rai.

    India earns Rs. 14,354 crore by foreign tourist arrivals in October 2017

    Tourism sector of India continues to flourish immensely. Notably, Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) during the month of October 2017 was Rs.14,354 crore as compared to Rs.12,100 crore in October 2016 and Rs.10,549 crore in October 2015. The Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTA) have registered whopping growth of 18.1% in October 2017 in the country. The FEEs during the month of October 2017 were Rs.14,354 crore as compared to Rs.12,100 crore in October 2016 and Rs.10,549 crore in October 2015.

    Famous Child Care activist Gopinath R. selected for Prof. Yashwantrao Kelkar Youth Award 2017

    The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) which is the largest student organization has selected Gopinath R. for Prof. Yashwantrao Kelkar Yuva Puraskar 2017. Gopinath R. is a known child care activist from Bengaluru and has been taking care of at least 400 deprived children. He is selected a known child care activist from Bengaluru Gopinath R. for Prof. Yashwantrao Kelkar Yuva Puraskar 2017 amongst the various nominations received this year from all over the country. The selection committee of Yuva Puraskar 2017 has selected nomination of Gopinath R. in appreciation of his work for “Childcare, protection, and development”.

    Nicaraguas Sergio Ramirez wins Spains Cervantes Prize

    Nicaraguan author and former politician Sergio Ramirez Mercado won the 2017 Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world’s highest literary honor. He has written more than 20 novels, including “Margarita, esta Linda la mar” (Margarita, How Beautiful the Sea), which won Spain’s prestigious Alfaguara award in 1998. The award consists of 125,000-euro ($148,000). The prizes are presented each April 23 on the anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes, author of “Don Quixote.

    Legendary Hindi Poet Kunwar Narayan Passes Away

    Eminent Hindi poet and Jnanpith awardee Kunwar Narayan passed away in New Delhi. He was 90. He was Born on 9 September 1927 in Uttar Pradesh's Faizabad, Kunwar Narayan was known for his poetry, stories, and critiques. His first poetry collection was "Chakravyuh".

    Sujoy Ghosh Resigns as Jury Head of 48th International Film Festival of India

    Filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh has resigned as Head of the jury of the Indian Panorama of the 48th International Film Festival of India (IIFI). His resignation came following the elimination of the two films "Sexy Durga" and "Nude" from the final list of films. Instead of Nude, the Hindi movie Pihu by Vinod Kapri was finalized as the opening film of the festival. The jury includes 13-member jury which was led by Sujoy Ghosh.

    India's First Cartoon Network Theme Park to Come up in Gujarat

    India will soon have the first Cartoon Network-branded theme park in Gujarat. Turner International India, which owns the Cartoon Network brand, has entered into a brand partnership with Gujarat based real estate, entertainment, and hospitality group Rajgreen for the launch of a 61,000 square meter property Amaazia, in Surat. To be launched in the first quarter of 2019 on a budget of Rs 450 crore, the amusement park will be located at Surat, in Gujarat. Amaazia will be Cartoon Network's first brand association for an amusement park in India

    Baahubali The Conclusion film to be screened at International Film Festival Goa

    Baahubali: The Conclusion, the magnum opus of director SS Rajamauli has been nominated in the Indian Panorama - Feature Films Category. The second part of the flick will be screened at International Film festival in Goa. The 48th edition of the mega film festival will begin from Goa from November 20 to 28.  

    Indian Short Film The School Bag Wins Award in Montreal

    Indian short film ‘The School Bag’ won the 'Best Short Film Award' at the South Asian Film Festival of Montreal (SAFFM). It tells a story based in Pakistan. The movie is directed by Dheeraj Jindal. Actress Rasika Dugal plays the mother in the short film.

    Chennai Included in UNESCO Creative Cities Network For Contribution in Music

    Among 64 cities from 44 countries have been designated as UNESCO Creative Cities by Director-General, Irina Bokova. Chennai is the third Indian city on the list of UNESCO Creative Cities list after Jaipur and Varanasi. After this, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network now counts a total of 180 cities in 72 countries. Few famous cities included in the list are Auckland (New Zealand), Cairo (Egypt), Cape Town (South Africa), Istanbul (Turkey), Yamagata City (Japan).

    K Satchidanandan selected for Ezhuthachan Puraskaram

    Noted Malayalam Poet and literary critic, K Satchidanandan selected for 2017 Ezhuthachan Puraskaram award, Kerala government’s highest literary honor. This award is instituted in the name of Ezhuthachan, the father of Malayalam language. This award carries a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh and a citation. His important works are Kurukshetram and Anchusooryan. He has edited several magazines like ‘Jwala’, ‘Uttaram’ and ‘Pachakkutira’. He was a former editor of Indian Literary Journal and former secretary of Sahitiya Akademi.

    Delhi to host 9th global green film festival

    The 9th edition of ‘CMS Vatavaran’, a global film festival on environment and wildlife, will begin on November 2, 2017 in New Delhi. The Theme of CMS Vatavaran is  “Conservation 4 Water”. The event is supported and partnered by Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change, National Geographic, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

    Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan to Get Lata Mangeshkar Award

    The playback singers Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan and music composers Usha Khanna, Bappi Lahiri, Anu Malik selected for the Madhya Pradesh government's prestigious National Lata Mangeshkar Award.  They will be honored for their contribution in the field of music composition and singing. Each award winner will get a cash prize of Rs.two lakh, shawl, shreephal (coconut) and a citation.

    US Author George Saunders Wins 2017 Man Booker Prize

    US author George Saunders won the 2017 Man Booker Prize. He became only the second American writer to win Britain’s renowned Prize, which was awarded for his first full-length novel “Lincoln in the Bardo”.  The 2016 Man Booker Prize went to 'The Sellout' by Paul Beatty.

    Singer T M Krishna wins Indira Gandhi National Integration

    Singer T M Krishna won 30th Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration for the year 2015 and 2016. He is a pre-eminent vocalist in the Carnatic tradition of Indian classical music and has been an activist who has worked to break down caste-barriers in the society. The award is conferred for promoting national integration and strengthening nation’s sense of solidarity. It carries a citation and a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh.

    First ASEAN India Music Festival to be held at Purana Qila,New Delhi

    The first-ever The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) India Music Festival will be held at Purana Quila in New Delhi. The 3 day festival is being organized by External Affairs Ministry in collaboration with Culture Ministry to celebrate the 25th year anniversary of ASEAN-India Dialogue Relations.  The main aim is to boost cultural influences among the peoples of the ASEAN member states and India. Famous Indian bands like the Raghu Dixit Project, Avial, Papon LIVE, Bipul Chettri and the Travelling Band, and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy will also participate in the festival. 

    Veteran actor Tom Alter dies at 67

    Veteran film, television and theatre actor and Padma Shri Tom Alter died at aged 67. Alter acted in over 300 movies apart from numerous TV shows, most famously as the gangster Keshav Kalsi in the hit soap opera Junoon which ran for a record five years during the 1990s. In addition to acting, Alter also ventured into direction and was a sports journalist in the 80s and 90s. Alter has written three books, one non-fiction, and two fiction, and in 2008 was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri by the Indian government in recognition for his services to the field of arts and cinema.

    Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi inaugurates “Hunar Haat” in Puducherry

    Union Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi is working to establish “Hunar Hub” across the country to provide a platform to master artisans and craftsmen to display as well sell their products. The 'Hunar Haat' is being organised at Craft Bazaar, Gandhi Thidal Beach, Goubert Avenue and will continue till September 30 in which master artisans from 16 states including Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal,  New Delhi, Kerala, Karnataka, Puducherry, Assam, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Nagaland and Andhra Pradesh will be showcasing their traditional talent. They prepared an E-Portal to provide national as well as international markers to artisans and craftsmen from across the country. A data bank of artisans and craftsmen will be prepared by this year-end, thousands of artisans from various parts of the country have already been registered.

    69th Primetime Emmy Awards 2017

    The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced at the Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, California, U.S. The Handmaid's Tale became the first web television series to win the award for Outstanding Drama Series. Westworld and Saturday Night Live were the most nominated programs, each with 22 nominations.  Stephen Colbert was the Host of 69th Emmy Awards. The important awards are listed below Outstanding Comedy Series -Veep Outstanding Drama Series - The Handmaid's Tale Outstanding Variety Talk Series- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Outstanding Variety Sketch Series -Saturday Night Live Outstanding Limited Series -Big Little Lies Outstanding Television Movie -Black Mirror: "San Junipero" Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series -Donald Glover as Earnest "Earn" Marks on Atlanta Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series-Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer on Veep. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series -Sterling K. Brown as Randall Pearson on This Is Us Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series -Elisabeth Moss as June Osborne / Offered on The Handmaid's Tale Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series -Atlanta (Episode: "B.A.N."), Directed by Donald Glover Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series -The Handmaid's Tale (Episode: "Offred"), Directed by Reed Morano Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series -Master of None (Episode: "Thanksgiving"), Written by Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe.

    Konkani writer Mahabaleshwar Sail receives 2016 Saraswati Samman

    Eminent Konkani writer Mahabaleshwar Sail (74) was bestowed with prestigious Saraswati Samman 2016. He was awarded for his novel “Hawthan" portraits about cultural lives of traditional pottery community in Goa. The award comprises of plaque and a cash purse of Rs.15 lakh by Union minister for commerce and industry Nirmala Sitharaman an event held in New Delhi.

    World's Highest-Paid Actors 2017 Forbes List

    According to the Forbes List, Rapper-turned-actor Mark Wahlberg is Hollywood's highest-paid leading man, earning $68 million pretax in 12 month scoring period. From India, Shahrukh Khan is the highest paid actor (Rank 8) followed by Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar. Wahlberg replaced out last year's top-ranked star, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.The top people in the list are Mark Wahlberg ($68 million) Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson ($65 million) Vin Diesel ($54.5 million) Adam Sandler ($50.5 million) Jackie Chan ($49 million) Robert Downey, Jr. ($48 million) Tom Cruise ($43 million) Shah Rukh Khan ($38 million) Salman Khan ($37 million)  Akshay Kumar ($35.5 million).

    Information and Broadcasting Ministry Constituted 40-Member Preview Panel for IFFI

    The Information and Broadcasting Ministry (I and B) constituted a 40-member 'Preview committee’ for the International Film Festival of India 2017. Vivek Agnihotri has been chosen as the convenor of the committee. The I and B Ministry constituted a new 13-member steering committee and a 12-member technical committee headed by Jahnu Barua and Nagesh Kukunoor respectively. International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is scheduled to be held in Goa from 20 to 28 November 2017.

    Shri Prasoon Joshi appointed Chairperson of Central Board of Film Certification

    Shri Prasoon Joshi is appointed as Chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification. He will serve for a period of three years. He replaces Pahlaj Nihalani. He is the Winner of two National Awards and three Filmfare Awards, Prasoon Joshi is also the CEO of McCann World group India and Chairman (Asia Pacific).

    Dev Patel to be honoured with Asia Society Game Changers Award

    Dev Anand Indian-origin actor Dev Patel is to be honored by a leading educational organization for making a “transformative and positive” difference for the future of Asia and the world won the Asia Society Game Changers Award. His “#lionheart” campaign raised over USD 2,50,000 in support of India’s millions of homeless children. He became popular with his debut film Slumdog Millionaire, will be felicitated with the Asia Society 2017 Asia Game Changers Award at a ceremony to be held at the United Nations, New York, in November 2017.

    India to host 8th Edition of Theatre Olympics ‘The Biggest Theatre Celebration of the World’

    India will host the 8th edition of Theatre Olympics in 2018, the biggest theatre celebration of the world. The eight edition of the greatest carnival will start from February 17-April 08, 2018. The Theatre Olympics will take place simultaneously in various cities across the country. There will be five hundred plays and seven hundred ambience performances from across the world.

    President of India inaugurates an exhibition of art works at Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

    The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated an exhibition of artworks at Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata. He also received the first copies of two Coffee Table books ‘Images and Impressions' Profile and Persona of Pranab Mukherjee’ and ‘Pranab Mukherjee 100 Frames’ from the Governor of West Bengal, Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi who formally released these books. 

    Sahapedia - UNESCO Fellowships in Indian cultural heritage launched

    Sahapedia, an open online resource on Indian arts in partnership jointly launched a fellowship programme partnered with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The fellowships, available in two variants namely the Sahapedia Project Fellowship (SPF) and the Sahapedia Research Fellowship (SRF) gives the applicants the option of participating either at the level of primary documentation or in the content curation process. The aim of Sahapedia is to provide as much of the vast and diverse body of cultural knowledge in India as possible, especially about the lesser known practices and traditions in India.

    Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar Make It to Forbes World's Highest-Paid Celebrities List

    Popular Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar are among the ‘World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities’ list. Salman Khan at the 71st spot with $37 million earned in 2016-2017. Akshay Kumar is at 80th position with $35.5 million. Top three names in the list are-  Sean Combs with the pay of $130 Million (Musicians), Beyonce Knowles with the pay of $105 Million (Musicians), J.K. Rowling with the pay of $95 Million (Authors).

    Poet Haraprasad Das gets Kalinga Literary Award

    Poet and essayist Haraprasad Das conferred with Kalinga Literary Award for his work and contribution to literature at the fourth edition of Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF). This year the KLF introduced two new awards namely the Kalinga International Literary Award,  Kalinga Karubaki Award. The Kalinga International Literary Award was received by Anand Neelakantan for his contribution towards literature, and the Kalinga Karubaki Award was given to Paramita Satpathy for her contribution to Odia poetry.

    Jnanpith Award winner C Narayana Reddy passes away

    Telugu poet and writer Cingireddi Narayana Reddy passed away. He is Jnanpith awardee and also the country’s third-highest civilian honor, Padma Vibhushan. He also served as Vice-Chancellor of Telugu University and held important academic and administrative positions in the state.

    Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee selected for Legion of Honour Award

    Bengali actor, Soumitra Chatterjee conferred with the France's highest civilian honor, the Legion of Honour. The award will be presented by the Ambassador of France to India Alexandre Ziegler. After 30 years of Satyajit Ray got the same honor by the French President Francois Mitterrand in 1987. 

    Ministry of 'Utmost Happiness' launched by Arundhati Roy

    The book “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” authored by Arundhati Roy released recently. It is fiction-based novel and will be published by Hamish Hamilton from the United Kingdom and Penguin India. Roy became the first Indian woman to win the prestigious Booker Prize with her 1997 work.

    Panchayati Raj Secretary J S Mathur releases Handbook on Safe Child Program

    The Panchayati Raj Secretary J S Mathur released a handbook and module on safe child program at a function in New Delhi. The book contains child rights and the role of panchayat members. Fifty percent village panchayats are headed by women in the country and therefore it should be easy for them to prevent abuse of children.

    Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards 2016 for 3 Odias

    Three well-known artists from Odisha to get Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards in their respective fields.  Odissi dance Guru Ratikant Mohapatra, playwright and director Prof. Satyabrata Rout and Pala artist Laxmidhar Rout have been selected for the prestigious Central Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards for the year 2016. The selected artist will be conferred the award by President of India at a function in New Delhi. Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar (Akademi Award) is an award given by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama. The award consists of Rs. 50,000, a citation, an angavastram (a shawl), and a Tamra Patra (a brass plaque).

    India organized festival in Egypt to mark Tagore’s birth anniversary

    India will organise Tagore cultural Festival in Egypt to mark the 156th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore from May 8-12. Tagore Festival will be organised by the Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture (MACIC), which is the cultural wing of the Indian Embassy in Cairo. As a part of the festival, a dance drama based on Tagore’s work called Chitrangada will be performed by the Kolkata-based Dancers Guild. Chitrangada is the warrior princess in the epic, Mahabharata.

    Indian cultural center in Egypt holds seminar to deepen ties

    Indian cultural center in Egypt, serving as India's window to reach out to Egyptians, has organized a seminar aimed at maintaining and strengthening bilateral relations.  The function is organized by the Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture (MACIC). The seminar titled as 'Cultural Festivals - Bridge between India and Egypt'. It was a part of MACIC's monthly seminar series involving youth, academicians, culture lovers, civil society to discuss the issue of bilateral interest.

    International Conference on Dara Shikoh

    The International conference on “Dara Shikoh - Reclaiming Spiritual Legacy of India will be held on April 27 and 28. The conference will be organised by the Indian Council Of Cultural Relations (ICCR). The conference will see the participation of eminent scholars from the US, Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and India. The objective of the conference is to highlight Dara Shikoh’s contributions to bring about spiritual homogenisation of Hinduism and Islam and his initiatives in building a cohesive social and cultural edifice in India. More about Dara Shikok Dara Sikoh was an intellectual, wise and a paragon of harmonious coexistence of various religions like hindu, Muslims etc. Dara Shikoh dedicated himself to create a bridge of Hindu-Muslim Unity and was so learned that translated 50 Upanishads from Sanskrit to Persian for the Muslim Scholars.

    Taj Mahal saffron scarf row - Government denies involvement of CISF, ASI

    The government on Sunday denied any involvement of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) or the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in restricting foreign models from entering Taj Mahal wearing saffron scarves inscribed with name of Lord Ram. A couple of international models, sporting such scarves, were reportedly asked to remove them when they were about to enter the 17th century monument last week. The ministry clarified that no such action was taken by any employee of the CISF and the ASI.  The officials informed that there is no restriction on colour, religious design or inscriptions on the scarves or dresses of visitors coming to see the Tajmahal.

    National Children’s Film Festival 2017 in Visakhapatnam

    Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu will host a three-day National Children’s Film Festival (NCFF) in Visakhapatnam on 7 April, 2017. It is the largest film festival for children in the country giving the audience quality and wholesome entertainment. The aim of the film festival is to expose children to quality cinema and to introduce novel elements beyond films. Children’s Film Society, India (CFSI) is set to host National Childrens Film Festival (NCFF).

    'Poorna' Film on youngest girl to climb Everest made tax-free in Maharashtra, Bangalore, Hyderabad

    After getting tax exemption from Telangana, Karnataka and Delhi, Rahul Bose’s directorial venture Poorna got tax exemption from Maharashtra. The film is based on a true story of Poorna Malavath, the youngest girl to climb Mount Everest. Featuring Aditi Inamdar, Rahul and Heeba Shah, Poorna hit the screens. About Malavath Purna:- Poorna Malavath, is an Indian mountaineer from Nizamabad district, Telangana. On 25 May 2014, Poorna scaled the highest peak of Mount Everest and, aged 13 years and 11 months, became the youngest girl to have reached the summit of Everest.

    India's largest river festival 'Namami Brahmaputra' - President inaugurated

    The biggest river festival of India, Namami Brahmaputra, begins in 21 districts of Assam. President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the festival on the banks of the river, which is considered the country's only male river. The Prime Minister of Bhutan, the Governor of Assam and Chief Ministers of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh also attended the inaugural ceremony. Spiritual leader Dalai Lama and several Union ministers also attended the five day festival. The main purpose of the 5 day festival (31st March to 4th April) is to give a boost to the investment and tourism prospect in the state.

    Indian-origin British Filmmaker Gurinder Chadha honored with the Sikh Jewel Award for 2017

    Indian-origin British Filmmaker Gurinder Chadha has been honored with the Sikh Jewel Award for 2017 for her immense contribution to British cinema. Chadha, whose films include Bhaji on the Beach, Bend It Like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice, received the award from UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon. The event was organized by the British Sikh Association. The High Commissioner of India to the UK, Y K Sinha, who was the Guest of Honour, was also present on the dais. Chadha’s latest film, "Viceroy’s House" tells the true story of the final five months of British rule in India and coincides with the 70th anniversary of the Independence of India and the founding of Pakistan.

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