TIFF Cinematheque Retrospective of Satyajit Ray’s Films

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By Zayetta Dasgupta *

The Tiff Bell Lightbox, a theatre with a class of its own, ran Satyajit Ray’s films from July 3 – August 17. The finale was dedicated to Ray’s finest humorous film of 1969, ‘The Adventures of Goopy and Bagha.’ This was an Indian Bengali fantasy film based on a story by Ray’s grandfather, Upendra Kishore Roy Choudhury.

On August 17, at 4:00pm, the film began with beautiful sketches of a drummer and a singer, briefly portraying the storyline of the adventures of Goopy and Bagha.

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Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) Artifacts onto Google Art Project

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Museum galleries brought to life using Google Street View

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The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is making its collection available on the Google Art Project, creating a virtual experience that shares the Museum with visitors around the world. Included are over 300 of the ROM’s artifacts captured in extraordinary detail in more than 460 images that allow people to see objects in greater detail, virtually tour galleries and curate their own digital collections.  

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Bosco Caesar Announce Launch of Dance Academy in Brampton

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Offer students ticket to Bollywood

By A Correspondent 

One of the largest dance events in the Greater Toronto Area was held on August 8 in Mississauga. Bollywood’s leading choreographers Bosco Caesar, who have choreographed over 300 songs, interacted and enthralled the audience spanning several age groups.

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ICCC Business Reception for Visiting Delegation from India

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By A Correspondent

Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) organized a business reception for the visiting delegation from Federation of Karnataka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FKCCI), India on 11th August, 2014 at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Brampton.

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INDIA: News Briefs

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AuT posts online tribute for the slain Indian IS jihadist, says report: Two days after reports of killing of Kalyan youth Arif Ejaz Majeed while fighting alongside the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, the Indian jihadist group Ansar ul-Tawhid (AuT) on August 28 has issued an online tribute to him, hailing his "martyrdom". In the Ansar al-Tawhid eulogy, addressed to "those who are searching for paradise", Arif is shown dressed in an Arab kaffiyeh, holding an assault rifle. The image, the first of Arif from the battlefield, was posted online on Twitter accounts and online fora linked to the Ansar ul-Tawhid. Financial Express, August 30, 2014.

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The Modi Sarkar: Initial Symptoms

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By Ram Puniyani *

It is already over two months that Narendra Modi has taken over as the prime minister of the country. While some may call it as a ‘honey moon period’ others will say that its actions during last few months are an indication enough of shape of things to come. It goes without saying that Modi is the Pracharak of RSS, which is aiming at converting the secular democratic India into a Hindu Rashtra.

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How Smart is A Smart City

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By Sunita Narain *

Smart is as smart does. The NDA government’s proposal to build 100 “smart” cities will work only if it can reinvent the very idea of urban growth in a country like India. Smart thinking will require the government to not only copy the model cities of the already developed Western world, but also find a new measure of liveability that will work for Indian situation, where the cost of growth is unaffordable for most.

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Is ‘Hindu’ our National Identity?

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By Ram Puniyani *

From the decade of 1980 the identity based politics has come to the fore in our Country. The Shah Bano issue, the Ram Temple imbroglio and the Rath yatras, brought to fore the issues related identity, the first major casualty of this politics was the demolition of Babri Masjid. Around that the notion that we are a Hindu nation propped up in a serious way and also that ‘we are all Hindus’ came to the fore.

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FDI In Defence: Missing The Reality

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By Vishnu Bhagwat *

The overblown hype over the increased FDI ceilings in the defence sector, touting that India would become a major arms exporter from currently being the top importer in the world, is unrealistic. The exaggerated expectations that by increasing the FDI limits from the current 26 percent to 49 percent for foreign original equipment manufacturers will ensure rapid transfer of technology and setting up of vast manufacturing facilities for India’s armed forces as well as for arms exports may turn out to be deeply disappointing.

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Black Economy in India: Some Critical Issues - Part 1

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Its Global Dimensions and Impact on Policies

By Arun Kumar, Saumen Chattopadhyay, A. Sunil Dharan and Pawan Kumar

On assuming office, the NDA Government has set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) as per the directive of the Supreme Court to tackle the menace of illegalities and to look into the possibility of bringing back funds stashed abroad. With the issue of corruption dominating the political discourse lately, a three-day seminar on the “Black Economy in India, its Global Dimensions and Impact on Policies” was organised at the JNU by the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning (CESP) during December 9-11, 2013. We present below glimpses of the rich discussions at the seminar.

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All Things Unforgiven

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A Novel By Raj Karamchedu

“A searing portrait of family life behind genteel facades…Honest and compelling. Karamchedu’s pages are as unflinching as they are sympathetic… A frantic, stimulating, and involving novel, All Things Unforgiven offers up grand moral challenges that brave readers should be glad to confront.” - Foreword

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JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12










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