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Victor can dance, saala!



“Making Victor Sir dance was a dream come true for me” says choreographer Mudassar Khan

Having directed some of the most sought after names in the industry and having delivered one of the biggest hits of all times, Dhoom 3 director Vijay Krishna Acharya aka Victor, is currently enjoying his sting as a judge on Zee TV’s ‘Cera presents India’s Best Cinestars Ki Khoj powered by Glam Up’. Victor, being the kind of person he is, had always stayed away from any form of song and dance routine personally. On recently catching up with the country’s youngest and most talented choreographer – Mudassar Khan, Victor expressed how his two left feet always keep him away from all the dancing.


On hearing how self-consciousness always held the director back from dancing, Mudassar jumped up to his feet saying how he had always wanted a chance to make Victor dance. On having an opportunity at hand, Mudassar ensured that Victor danced to his tunes. While Victor was initially a little awkward, he soon got into the groove of things and was seen enjoying his time dancing on stage with Mudassar.


Making a special appearance on this weekend’s episode as a Bollywood buddy, Mudassar trained all the contestants of India’s Best Cinestars Ki Khoj on their body language and basics of dancing. Talking about the time he spent with the judges and the contestants on the show, Mudassar said, “It was great to come and be a part of the show, especially to be working with fresh talent. The judges Victor sir and Sonali m’am are both fun as well as strict when they need to be. I am glad I had the opportunity to make Victor Sir dance, as making him dance was a dream come true for me. I hope apart from training the contestants here, I soon get to work with them on their debut movie.”


Cera India’s Best Cinestars Ki Khoj powered by Glam Up, Every Saturday and Sunday at 9 PM, Only on Zee TV!

BRICS – India Weakest Link, Limited Cooperation


Ravinder Singh

To Ajit Jhaamitabhth@yahoo.comAnand Ganesh and 353 More…

Today at 1:34 AM

BRICS – India Weakest Link, Limited Cooperation
July17, 2014India attaches highest level of priority to BRICS cooperation and
reports indicate India is the weakest link in this multi-continent
partnership involving world’s biggest economies China, Russia, India,
South Africa and Brazil all preferring Regional Unions.

Goldman Sachs probably thought resource rich largest nations in
developing stage could benefit from sharing knowledge and resources
but in 15 years there is not much progress and meetings didn’t
translate in to Economic Gains.
Except China India’s trade with BRICS countries are NEGLIGIBLE in 15 years.

But the weakest link is PATENTS – other four members have very fast
and strong Patent Protection Regimes – India weakest in the world.
This is limiting India Cooperation with BRICS countries and
possibility of R&D collaborations is negligible.

As per Reuters story in BRICS Bank India shall provide just 18% of
Funds to China 41%. Reuters also reported FE Reserves of China are 78%
of BRICS at $3900b out of $5120b.

India is the only member who shall seek BRICS loans for projects and
that India shall benefit the most but in doing so limit Technology
Options to China and Russia.

By real concern is that India may WASTEFULLY UTILIZE BRICS Funds on
Bullet Trains than Double Decker Trains and Improved Tracks, River
Linking than Multi-Purpose Dams, Solar Farms than Tooftop Solar etc.

BRICS Countries Spending
Country    Consumer
Market    World
Share %     Government
Spending    C. Market +
Gov Spend    Per Capita
SPEND    Total FE*
China    $1,835 bn    5.3%    $2,031 bn    $3,866 bn    $2,855    $3900b
Brazil    $1,266 bn    3.65%    $846 bn    $2,112 bn    $10,507    $360b
Russia    $671 bn    1.94%    $414 bn    $1,085 bn    $7,587    $510b
India    $737 bn    2.13%    $281 bn    $1,018 bn    $0.841    $300b
South Africa    $173 bn    0.5%    $9 bn    $182 bn    $3,500    $50b
* Approx

BRICS Countries Economic Profile
Country    Population    GDP
(nominal)    GDP Per
Capita $    Consumer
Market    Government
Spending    Exports    Imports
China    1,354m    $8,227 bn    6,747    $1,835 bn    $2,031 bn    $2,021 bn    $1,780 bn
Brazil    201m    $2,695 bn    11,310    $1,266 bn    $846 bn    $256.0 bn    $23 bn
Russia    143m    $2,021 bn    14,818    $671 bn    $414 bn    $542 bn    $358 bn
India    1,210m    $1,824 bn    1,504    $737 bn    $281 bn    $309 bn    $500 bn
South Africa    52m    $384bn    6,620    $173 bn    $9 bn    $101 bn    $106 bn

Ravinder Singh, National General Secretary.
Sabka Bharat Mission 2019
Y-77, Hauz Khas, New Delhi -110016
Ph: 9650421857, 9718280435

Stop Bombing Gaza, Respect Humanitarian Laws and Human Rights of Palestinians


Indian Government cannot side with Israel’s Apartheid, must Intervene to Save Innocent Lives 

New Delhi, July 16: Mohammad Suliman, a student based in Palestine, has been tweeting the harrowing experience of living in the Gaza. Yesterday evening, he tweeted, “A group of young people sit outside their house, chatting. Three missiles hit and instantly kill five. Two follow. Everyone is a target.”


In the on-going human catastrophe in Gaza, more than 130 civilians, including children and women, are reported to have been killed and thousands injured. The UN Office for the Co-ordination of Human Affairs (OCHA) has also confirmed that 80 %, i.e. four out of every five, of those killed in Gaza are civilians. Amidst the brutal attacks, thousands of Palestinians are forced to flee from their homes but have nowhere to go. In complete violation of international humanitarian law, Israel in its present operation “Protective Edge”, is brazenly targeting civilian homes, hospitals, roads and ignoring all the principles of distinction, proportionality and precautions which must be followed in any such offensive, leading to the unjustifiable genocide in Gaza.


Moreover, yesterday’s misleading act by Israel of approving the “truce” brokered by Egypt was nothing but a tactic to strengthen its position internationally and its stranglehold on Gaza. The conditions of the supposed “truce” offered nothing for Palestinians and, therefore, was just another sophisticated act of legitimizing mass killings. When there is war, Palestinians die quickly. At other times, death comes slightly slowly, and is more humiliating, thanks to Israel’s apartheid regime. In any case, the short-lived “truce” is now over, and attacks have resumed.


It is universally known that there has been a history of brutality and killings, forced occupation and blockade of amenities to the people by Israel.  One cannot forget the 2012 attacks in which more than 110 people were killed and that of 2008, where 1400 Palestinians died including 300 children. Although the assault on Gaza has been continuing for long now, there is a more immediate background to this recent offensive- the growing international support for Palestine’s appeal to stop Israeli occupation and the attempt to hinder the Palestine’s decision to form the unity government.


Noticeably, India’s silence on Israel’s brutality and apparent act of ‘balancing’ the issue is not just telling, but extremely discomforting. Israel is not only India’s second largest ‘supplier’ of arms; it is also a heavy investor in areas of national interest such as security, energy, aeronautics and agri-business. It is but obvious that India has turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to the atrocious violations of law and basic human rights standards by this ‘important’ ally. Furthermore, toeing the line of Israel, the Indian administration and the police detained and arrested protestors and mishandled women activists on 14th July in Delhi and Mumbai, thereby openly denying people the democratic right to protest and assembly.


National Alliance of People’s Movements stands in full solidarity with the people of Palestine and strongly condemns Israel’s aggression on Gaza. We have, over the years, seen many constituent movements within India in a similar position as Palestinians today – people’s rights are denied with impunity, and the odds against them are so huge that they have to curtain even basic demands, “negotiating” with oppressors for mere survival while brutalities and denial of rights continue.


We demand an immediate end to the bombings in Gaza and complete restoration of peace and respect of human rights of the people of Gaza. Immediate help in the form of medical aid should reach the people. The international community cannot remain silent and international organisations working for peace and human rights must intervene at once. We call upon the Government of India to break its silence on the issue and take a proactive, pro-people stand, reaching out to Palestine and insisting that Israel must withdraw from its repressive approach. Law and Justice must prevail over business and diplomacy!


Medha Patkar – Narmada Bachao Andolan – NAPM; Prafulla Samantara, Lingraj Azad – Lok Shakti Abhiyan, NAPM, Odisha; Dr. Sunilam, Aradhna Bhargava – Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, NAPM, MP; Gautam Bandopadhyay – Nadi Ghati Morcha, NAPM, Chhattisgarh; Suniti SR, Suhas Kolhekar, Prasad Bagwe – NAPM, Maharashtra; Gabriel Dietrich, Geetha Ramakrishnan – Unorganised Sector Workers Federation, NAPM, TN; C R Neelakandan – NAPM Kerala; Saraswati Kavula, P Chennaiah – NAPM Andhra Pradesh, Bhupender Singh Rawat – Jan Sangharsh Vahini, Rajendra Ravi, Sunita Rani, Seela M, Madhuresh Kumar, Kanika Sharma – NAPM, Delhi; Arundhati Dhuru, Richa Singh – NAPM, UP; Sister Celia – Domestic Workers Union, NAPM, Karnataka; Sumit Wanjale – Ghar Bachao, Ghar Banao Andolan, NAPM, Mumbai; Manish Gupta – Jan Kalyan Upbhokta Samiti, NAPM, UP; Vimal Bhai – Matu Jan sangathan, NAPM, Uttarakhand; Vilas Bhongade – Gosikhurd Prakalpgrast Sangharsh Samiti, NAPM, Maharashtra; Ramashray Singh – Ghatwar Adivasi Mahasabha, Jharkhand; Anand Mazgaonkar, Krishnakant – Paryavaran Suraksh Samiti, NAPM Gujarat; Kamayani Swami, Ashish Ranjan – Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan, NAPM Bihar; Mahendra Yadav – Kosi Navnirman Manch, NAPM Bihar

Play the Rights Card – National Opinion Poll for Children


Children celebrate 25 years of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in the capital


UNICEF India along with children of the NINEISMINE campaign engage in an audit on children’s experiences of their rights and their views on each.


Close to 175 children representing 26 states and union territories of India assemble in the capital on July 17 to 20, 2014 for the National Opinion Poll campaign for Children for workshops on their expectations from the CRC. These children, in turn, will reach out to approximately 10,000 children through 26 regional workshops, to collect their opinions and expectations from rights as enshrined in the UN CRC.


You are cordially invited to participate in the official kick off event of the National Opinion Poll campaign for Children.


Date: July 20, 2014

Venue: St. Columba’s School Auditorium, New Delhi

Time: 5:30 – 7:00pm

Special attendees would include:

-Mr. Louis-Georges Arsenault (UNICEF Representative of India)

-Ms Lise Grande (UN RCO),

-Br Philip Pinto and

-Amitabh Behar (Global co-chair of GCAAP).


There will also be performances of children on the four pillars of child rights through the medium of dance, painting, musical instruments and puppetry. This will be followed by an awards ceremony on social justice and advocacy leaders among students across India, and awards to winners of the art competition held on CRC earlier this year.


For more information, please contact:

Br Steve, convener, NINEISMINE. Tel: +91 9911602999

Sonia Sarkar, Communication Officer (Media), UNICEF India. Tel: +91-98-9186-1445;



Sonia Sarkar

Communication Officer (Media) , UNICEF India

Tel (+91) 9810170289,9891861445;



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