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World’s biggest vote – India Wins – India election 2014

World’s biggest vote  – India Wins – India election 2014

A record 66.4% people turned out to cast their ballot in nine phases of the world’s biggest vote held between April 7 and May 12. Turnout for this election broke records with 66.38% of those eligible casting a vote.After a decade in power, India’s ruling Congress party has headed to defeat as vote counting in the […]

Amitabh Bachchan at IFFM: Cinema builds bridges between Cultures

Amitabh Bachchan at IFFM: Cinema builds bridges between Cultures

By Rama Gaind GLITZ, glamour and shimmering fanfare associated with Bollywood – along with the presence of the ‘godfather of Indian cinema’, Amitabh Bachchan – hit a crescendo at the end of the inaugural awards ceremony of the third Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) on May 2. The red carpet gala event saw the […]

‘Shri Amitabh Bachchan Scholarship’ at La Trobe University

‘Shri Amitabh Bachchan Scholarship’ at La Trobe University

Shri Amitabh Bachchan Scholarship’ has been launched at Australia’s leading La Trobe University. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, is in Australia for the Indian Film Festival Melbourne (IFFM). But that’s not news. He is a globetrotter who visits almost the entire world throughout the year. His being in Australia is important because a leading Australian university was launching a scholarship […]

Australia on top as India slips to 5th place in Cricket

Australia on top as India slips to 5th place in Cricket

Australia has reclaimed the number-one Test ranking and has also retained its top ODI spot in the Reliance ICC Team Rankings at the 1 May annual update. This is the first time since December 2008 that Australia has been ranked number-one in both Tests and ODIs at the same time. Australia last held the number-one Test […]

Anecdotes on Arranged Marriage

By Mamata Hegde Arranged Marriage is slowing fading away. But it shouldn’t be completely discarded. It has a deeper sense compared to arranged dating which is more of a trend nowadays. I personally feel it gives a wide variety of choices within the same community. Nowadays it looks like someone from the same religion (forget caste, […]

Splendour and spectacle of Bollywood to descend on Melbourne

Splendour and spectacle of Bollywood to descend on Melbourne

By Rama Gaind THE pomp and splendour of Bollywood will be on display when Lights! Camera! Action! comes into play at the third Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) from May 1, 2014. Regarded as one of the biggest events of its kind in the southern hemisphere, the  11-day festival will present a world-class program […]

Sydney celebrates Tamil New Year in Grand Style

Sydney celebrates Tamil New Year in Grand Style

The leading Tamil Association in Sydney, the Tamil Arts and Culture Association (TACA) presented its “Sydniyil Chithiraith Thiruvizha” annual Sydney Chithirai festival to mark the Tamil New Year Day in a grand manner. Around two thousand people enthusiastically participated in the gala Chithrai festival day long programs on Sunday 13 April at the Rose hill […]

Would not demean my mother’s name: Tanuj Virwani

Would not demean my mother’s name: Tanuj Virwani

Mumbai, April 24 (IANS) One-film-old Tanuj Virwani, who will be seen sharing the screen with his mother and yesteryear actress Rati Agnihotri in the forthcoming film “Purani Jeans”, understands his responsibilities as an actor but does not feel any pressure to deliver at par with his mother. But at the same time he would ensure that […]

10 killed in Iraq suicide car bombing

10 killed in Iraq suicide car bombing

Baghdad, April 24 (IANS) At least 10 people were killed and some 20 others wounded in a suicide car bomb attack Thursday targeting police near Iraq’s central province of Babil, a provincial police source said. The attack occurred in the morning when a suicide bomber blew up his explosives-laden car at a police checkpoint just north […]

Unplanned construction work leading to malaria increase

Unplanned construction work leading to malaria increase

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Unplanned construction activities, setting up of new industries and increased migration were leading to an upsurge in malaria cases in urban India, health experts have said. “Increased construction activities and industrialization without proper planning has led to mosquito breeding and hence higher incidence of malaria in urban areas,” G.S. Sonal, Head […]

Modi promises to help Varanasi’s Muslim weavers

Modi promises to help Varanasi’s Muslim weavers

Varanasi, April 24 (IANS) BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Thursday paid tributes to Varanasi’s “Ganga Yamuna tehzeeb” as he promised to improve the lot of the city’s Muslim weavers. Paying tributes to the Hindu holy city’s secular ethos, Modi said he wanted to see Varanasi become an internationally known spiritual capital. “Nobody told me to […]

Varun turns 27, votes before b-day bash

Varun turns 27, votes before b-day bash

Mumbai, April 24 (IANS) Actor Varun Dhawan turned 27 Thursday and the “Main Tera Hero” star fulfilled his civic duty by voting before getting busy with his birthday celebrations. After getting inked, he posted his photograph on Twitter and urged his followers to do the same. “I just voted. Have you? Be serious, get off your […]

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