Author: Anurag Paliwal

India Intensifies Its Military Engagement With China.

Hinting its disapproval in the recently-announced US strategy for Asia, India is intensifying the military engagement with China. INS Rana, Shivalik, Karmukh and Shakti are the four Indian warships of the Indian Navy’s Eastern fade on Wednesday got into the port of China’s chief commercial hub Shanghai on a trip. The ships had harbored accompanying an Indo-Japan naval maritime trial. The Indian Navy is also stationing four ships on a deployment from abroad to west Asia and Europe, to project its “blue water” capabilities of long-range deployment. One more naval ship INS Savitri will be stationed for two months to carry out the surveillance of the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) of Seychelles and Mauritius as asked by the governments of the two countries. Having major differences with the chinese policies, India is in favour of resolving the issues two-sided without depending on American force projection to strong-arm China. As an attempt to corner china, US had just announced a suggested fleet enhancement in the Asia-Pacific region in the coming decade that was seen in some quarters. The sources confirmed the stationing of another four ships towards West Asia and Europe could see the ships dock at ports in Saudi Arabia, Israel, Spain, France and...

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This Day In History- June 14

2007- India’s governing coalition, UPA-I chose Pratibha Patil, the then governor of Rajashtan, as its presidential candidate, setting the stage for her to become the first female president of India. Her candidature was agreed upon after Left parties did not favor former Home minister Shivraj Patil’s...

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At MTDC, Learn What You Yearn: From Bakery To Mobile Hardware!

It is trendy to ignore any government initiative as ineffective and blame it on them when things don’t go right in society. The Multidisciplinary training Centre (MTDC) set up by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission at Dooravaninagar, Bangalore, exists well below the range, disapproving this impression. The Centre does justice to the picture of Mahatma Gandhi weaving Khadi on his Charkha that is hung at its entrance, where it has been providing short-term training on the wide range of arts and crafts with minimal amount for the past six decades. The fee for all the courses fall between INR 300 to 1,400, with the course duration running from two to six months, and includes courses like tailoring and embroidery, beautician training, mobile hardware making and repair, bakery, candle making, agarbatti making, detergent powder making, pottery, paper conversion and leather works. The same courses are free for women, minorities, scheduled castes and tribes and backward communities. Employment Opportunities: The Centre is spread over an area of 18 acres, in what used to be a prison under the British rule. It enables each course to run efficiently in separate blocks, thus giving university experience. The Centre claims to have helped over 12000 peoples get employed. Social Upliftment: M. Chinnathambi, a lecturer at the MTDC said that various attempts are being made to bring social transformations in society, making no difference...

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GOI Likely To Unveil New Science And Technology Policy This Year

Dr. Manmohan Singh, the first prime minister to be elected as the General President of the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) for 2012-13, on Saturday, announced that India will come up with a new science and technology policy this year. Dr. Manmohan Singh, overwhelmed by the gesture of the ISCA governing panel to appoint him as the president, took his responsibility and pointed the government’s total support and commitment to Indian science as it passed through a critical decade of innovation. “Science for shaping the future of India.’’ shall theme this year’s Congress, quoted Dr. Singh, and also declared a special offering for 100 doctoral research fellowships each year to be started under a public private partnership between Ministry of Science and Technology and the Confederation of Indian Industries. While focusing on the events and new initiatives, he said that the the Union would publish 100 high impact a book on discoveries of Indian science in the past 100 years and a Hall of Fame in cyberspace to showcase its global...

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Hand-Painted Indian Film Poster- Did Technology Belt It Down?

Long before computer graphics modified the face of Indian movie industry, the ripping muscles and heaving bosoms of Bollywood actors and actresses were shown via hand painted larger-than-life posters, that attracted a lot of cine-goers to the cinema hall. Hand painted movie posters and billboards, one of the most remarkable art forms in India, rarely make their presence felt these days. Earlier this used to rub the butter on the bread for many Indian artists, in fact, the famous M.F. Hussain earned a living in the dawn of his career doing this. But with time, these colorful, vibrant and often overly done displays have become a dying art, as technology slowly devalued India’s poster painters. A unique art form indeed, it’s not followed by any western or any conventional Indian counterparts, and probably was one of the newly innovated forms that sprouted up from the combination of different cultures. This culture mainly flourished in Mumbai and Chennai, where artist employed bright colors and loud highlights to make the posters extremely attractive. Those strong graphics and the riotous colors are missing in today’s digitally printed posters digitally printed posters. Uniformity, tastelessness, lacking individuality and directness is what qualifies the modern Indian film poster. The hand paintings ruled the roost till 1970. The Bengali film industry, considered to be the oldest film industry, was very much dependent on the hand painted posters....

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