67 US lawmakers show up at Hill reception for new Indian ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla

In a ringing bipartisan and continued endorsement of ties with India, 67 US lawmakers, both senators and member of the House of Representatives, joined a reception on Capitol Hill Thursday to welcome the new Indian ambassador, Harsh Vardhan Shringla.

The new Indian ambassador, Harsh Vardhan Shringla.(Photo: Facebook/ IndiaInUSA)

In a ringing bipartisan and continued endorsement of ties with India, 67 US lawmakers, both senators and member of the House of Representatives, joined a reception on Capitol Hill Thursday to welcome the new Indian ambassador, Harsh Vardhan Shringla.

Among them were the leaders of the Senate and House India caucuses John Cornyn (Republican), Mark Warner (Democrat), Michael Holding (R) and Brad Sherman (D), Indian Americans Raja Krishnamurthy (D), Pramila Jayapal (D) and Ro Khanna (D), and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D), the first Hindu in US congress and now a presidential hopeful.

Numbers matter on the Hill. And 67 is a significant turnout, and one that drew comparison with the attendance at event about Israel, whose legendary clout in the United States and among lawmakers is general taken to be the gold standard. “We are on out way,” said an Indian diplomat with a sense of satisfaction.

Shringla took office earlier in January presented his credentials o President Donald Trump soon after, no mean feat as ambassadors are known to take while, some times months, to get to that stage. And now a grand reception on the Hill, which is home to US congress.

They arrived in groups or solo, sometimes accompanied by their Indian American constituents, spoke briefly, hung around posing for pictures and selfies and left. Senator Cornyn, who founded the senate India Caucus in 2004, roping in then Democratic senator Hillary Clinton as co-chair, recalled how he has had string of co-chairs since. Warner has been Cornyn’s co-hair for some years now..

“You need only look around this room to see the enthusiasm of your constituents who have flown in from all parts of the United States to be with us here today,” Ambassador Shringla said, in a nod to the buzz and excitement in the room. “It is no co-incidence that the bi-partisan India Caucus is the largest country specific Caucus on the Hill.”

The ambassador went on to detail, briefly, the growing trade, defense and diplomatic ties between the two countries and the unstinting support from the two caucuses and the role they have played — from the passage of the civil nuclear agreement to the codification of the designation of India as a Major Defense Partner.

“I am confident that with your continued support, we will realize the immense potential of this relationship which promises to be a defining one for the 21st century,” Shringla said in conclusion.

Source: Press Release: Congressional Reception to welcome Ambassador Harsh  V. Shringla

 

“Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga” on 1st February 2019 at ICONSIAM, EmQuartier, Major Ekamai, & Pattaya

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga | Official Trailer | Anil | Sonam | Rajkummar | Juhi | 1st Feb’19

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language coming-of-age film directed by Shelly Chopra Dhar. It stars Sonam Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, and Rajkummar Rao, and also features Akshay Oberoi, Regina Cassandra, Brijendra Kala and Madhumalti Kapoor in supporting roles. Produced by Vinod Chopra Films and distributed by Fox Star Studios, the film will release on 1 February 2019.

Some love stories are not simple, Sweety’s is one such story. She has to contend with her over-enthusiastic family that wants to get her married, a young writer who is completely smitten by her, a secret that she harbors close to her heart and ultimately the truth that her true love might not find acceptance in her family and society. Resolving these issues proves hilarious, touching & life changing.

Welcome to the most Unexpected Romance of the year!

#LetLoveBe

Releasing in theatres near you on 1st Feb’2019

Starring: Anil Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, Juhi Chawla, Abhishek Duhan, Seema Pahwa, Madhumalti, Brijendra Kala
Directed by: Shelly Chopra Dhar
Produced by: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Co-produced by: Fox Star Studios
Story & Screenplay: Gazal Dhaliwal & Shelly Chopra Dhar
Music: Rochak Kohli
Lyrics: Gurpreet Saini
Editor: Ashish Suryavanshi
Director of Photography: Himman Dhamija
Additional Cinematography: Rangarajan Ramabadran
Production Design: Rajat Poddar
Production Design (Punjab Schedule): Teddy Maurya
Executive Producer: Lawrence D’Souza
Line Producer: Alok Sinha
First Assistant Director: Paran Bawa
Costume Design: Sheetal Sharma
Background Music: Sanjay Wandrekar & Atul Raninga
Sound Design: Parikshit Lalvani & Kunal Mehta
Re-recording Mixer: Alok De

“Manikarnika” on 25th January, 2019 at ICONSIAM, EmQuartier, Major Ekamai, & Pattaya

Manikarnika – The Queen Of Jhansi | Official Teaser | Kangana Ranaut | Releasing 25th January

Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is an upcoming 2019 Indian biographical period drama film based on the life of the Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi. It is directed by Krish and Kangana Ranaut and produced by Zee Studios in association with Kamal Jain and Nishant Pitti. The film stars Kangana Ranaut in title role.

Principal photography on the film began in May 2017. The film is scheduled to be released on 25 January 2019.

A special screening of the film was organized by Zee Entertainment for His excellency Shri Ram Nath Kovind, the President of India, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Cultural Centre on 18 January in presence of Kangana Ranaut and her team before release of the film on 25 January 2019. After watching the film the President felicitated the artists and crew of the film.

Khoob Ladi Mardaani woh toh Jhansi vaali rani thhi…

खूब लड़ी मर्दानी वह तो झाँसी वाली रानी थी…

Witness a glimpse of the most fierce warrior, the Queen of Jhansi. #ManikarnikaTeaser out now.

#Manikarnika releasing on 25th January, 2019.

Directed by Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi.

Starring #KanganaRanaut, Jishu Sengupta, Suresh Oberoi, Danny Denzongappa, Atul Kulkarni, Ankita Lokhande, Misti, Unnati Davera, Zeeshan Ayub, Rajeev kacharo, Nihar Pandya, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Manish Wadhwa

Produced by: Zee Studios and Kamal Jain
Co produced by: Nishant Pitti
Film Editor: Rameshwar Bhagat Suraj Jagtap
DOP: Kiran Deohans Gnana Shekar
Action Director: Nick Powell & Habib Riyaz
Story screenplay: V. Viyeyandra Prasad
Dialogues: Prasoon Joshi
Costumes: Neeta Lulla
Choreographers: Brinda & Saroj Khan
Music by: Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy
Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi
Original Background Music: Sanchit Balhara & Anikt Balhara
Music on: Zee Music Company
VFX: Prime Focus & Prana Studios
VFX Supervisor: Arijit Gosh
DI: Prime Focus
Post Production: The Post Co.
Visual Promotions: Trigger Happy
Publicity Design: Marching Ants
PR: Universal
Digital Agency: Digi Osmosis & Studio Unees

“Thackeray” releasing on 25th January, 2019 at ICONSIAM, EmQuartier, Major Ekamai, & Pattaya

Unfolding the real story of Balasaheb Thackeray’s courage, wisdom & indomitable truth. The tiger who was known for fearing none!
#Thackeray Trailer out NOW!

Thackeray | Official Trailer | Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Amrita Rao | Releasing 25th January

From a firebrand journalist to an influential political leader who played a major role in shaping the Marathi identity, Balasaheb Thackeray’s journey is also the story of birth and evolution of Shiv Sena. The film chronicles the life and times of the charismatic leader whose legacy continues to live on through his words and deeds.

VIACOM18 MOTION PICTURES, CARNIVAL MOTION PICTURES AND
SANJAY RAUT PRESENT
THACKERAY
DIRECTED BY ABHIJIT PANSE

PRODUCED BY VIACOM18 MOTION PICTURES, DR. SHRIKANT BHASI, MRS. VARSHA SANJAY RAUT, MS. PURVASHI SANJAY RAUT & MS. VIDHITA SANJAY RAUT

THACKERAY RELEASING ON 25th JANUARY 2019.
IN MARATHI & HINDI

THACKERAY, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Amrita Rao, Bollywood

#BalasahebThackeray #Thackeray #Viacom18

Hindus Most Educated Religious Community in US: Report


The Hindu community is the most educated among 30 religious groups in the United States, based on college degrees, reveals data based on a study by Pew Research Centre.
The Hindu community is the most educated among 30 religious groups in the United States, based on college degrees, reveals data based on a study by Pew Research Centre.

The Unitarians Universalists, Jews, Anglicans are among the religious groups that follow. Over 35,000 US adults were surveyed in the Pew’s 2014 Religious Landscape Study.

The Pew study has reportedly used the four-year college degree, stating that it is generally regarded as the “key asset for economic success.”

The Hindus constitute the largest group with 77 percent holding a college degree, Unitarian – a religious group that draws inspiration from various religious scriptures – come second with 67 percent

While atheists and agnostics recorded for 43 percent and 42 percent respectively,

Muslims accounted 39 percent and Catholics 26 percent.

The most educated community could also be the wealthiest. The study strikes a correlation between education and economic success, four-in-ten Jews and a third of Hindus belong to households with annual incomes of at least $1,00,000.

“Given the strong correlation between educational attainment and economic success, it is not surprising that Jews and Hindus, on average, have high household incomes, with four-in-ten Jews (44%) and roughly a third of Hindus (36%) living in households with annual incomes of at least $100,000,” the report said, citing the study.

“The Accidental Prime Minister” releasing on January 11th 2019 at  ICONSIAM, Major Ekamai, Rama 3 & Pattaya

A film based on the book “The Accidental Prime Minister” by Mr. Sanjaya Baru.

Rudra Productions (UK), Bohra Bros in association with Dr. Jayantilal Gada (pen) present The Accidental Prime Minister. Produced by Sunil Bohra, Dhaval Jayantilal Gada & Bloom Arts Pte Ltd.

Directed by – Vijay Ratnakar Gutte
Starring – Anupam Kher, Akshaye Khanna, Suzanne Bernert, Aahana Kumra, Arjun Mathur, Vipin Sharma and Divya Sethi.

Written by – Mayank Tewari, Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, Karl Dunne (UK), Aditya Sinha
Co Producer – Jatinder Kumar Bharadwaj, Ashoke Pandit
Editor – Praveen KNL
Director Of Photography – Sachin Krishn
DI & VFX – After Studios (UK)
Music Director – Sudip Roy (UK), Sadhu S Tiwari
Background Music- Sumit Sethi & Abhijit Vaghani
Sound Designer- Mandar Kulkarni
Line production- Bombay Casting Talent Management Pvt ltd.

Synopsis

Leaders are born in times of crisis… this axiom can be summed into a trite preposition… greater the crisis bigger is the leader. Indian summer of 2004 saw the grand old political party of India Indian National Congress face one of its biggest crisis since its inception. Stalwarts from the grand old party and opposition were not in favour of Sonia Gandhi heading the government it was in fact one of the agenda or rather hidden agenda on which the memorable election of 2004 fought.

Post results it was evident that INC will head the coalition and if INC heads the government then Sonia will be the Prime Minister. Those who had opposed her foreign origin had now come around… those who had ideological differences with INC decided to forget it for the time being… in short all was set for the coronation and once again someone from the powerful Gandhi and Nehru clan was going to head the government… it is at this point fate decided to intervene… a twist of fate created a void and Sonia Gandhi was out of the race. Time was ripe for someone who would be acceptable to all factions… be noncontroversial… astute to pull the country through the financial crisis that was looming large… all of these qualities were supposedly found in one man who was Sardar Manmohan Singh, the man who has been around for more than three decades.

Sardar Manmohan Singh, a reserved, shy, without any political ambitions whatsoever; a man who has never been known for his oratory skills or for charismatic presence; a man who made one of the most humble beginnings.  Above all a man with no iota of any lineage to stake claim to the most coveted position; a man who has been dubbed as ‘the best Cabinet Secretary that the country never had’ is suddenly poised to become the Prime Minister of the largest democracy in the world.

However accidental the appointment might have been, Sardar Manmohan Singh was well aware of his responsibilities and the power that he had in him, the position to continue his mission for the country. Was he as naïve as the popular perception about him has always been? Was it a façade that he carefully built? With the passage of time he started displaying the brilliance of his acumen in understanding people, relationships and tackling situations… from appointment of people at key positions be it Sanjay Baru… Montek Singh Ahluwalia or be it dealing with the power play with the left.

The Accidental Prime Minister derives heavily from the book of the same title by Sanjay Baru, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s spin doctor in the capacity of media officer at the PMO. It is due to Baru’s ring side view and other journalistic accounts of that era that the film is able to project a revelatory picture of the prime minister working in a government that worked for 10 long years with two centres of power.

The audiences will witness the thrilling drama that unfolded not only in the ‘making but also the unmaking of Dr. Manmohan Singh.’ A fast paced and entertaining narrative of the political manipulations, the juicy tit bits of the corridors of power, the film would feed the insatiable hunger and curiosity of millions about what really had transpired during one of the most enigmatic periods in Indian political history… UPA I & II.

Nation marks Constitution Day

Today marks National Constitution Day, observing the importance of the administrative document and celebrating its 20 incarnations throughout the democratic history of Thailand. 

Constitution Day in Thailand marks the date King Rama VII graciously signed the first charter into effect on December 10, 1932. The document transitioned the country’s administrative system to a democratic monarchy and paved the way for the establishment of Parliament and Cabinet. Under the first constitution, the nation’s monarch appointed the Cabinet, which was then tasked with administrating the nation and the Parliament, which in turn established legislation and kept the Cabinet in check. 

Both the Cabinet and the monarch under the initial charter were empowered to dissolve Parliament to protect the nation’s best interests and call new general elections. The charter placed the Kingdom’s monarch in a position of great respect. 

The 20th constitution, drafted when the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) assumed power in 2014, came into effect on April 6, 2017, and is considered a restart of democracy in Thailand. It paved the way for a general election to take place in 2019. 

Information and Source

Reporter : Itiporn  LakarnchuaRewriter : Itiporn  LakarnchuaNational News Bureau & Public Relations : http://thainews.prd.go.th

‘Simmba’ Trailer Out, Netizens Say ‘It Is Ranveer Singh’s Return Gift To The Audience For His Wedding’


Simmba’ is the first collaboration between Ranveer Singh and Rohit Shetty. The movie also stars Sara Ali Khan in the lead role and features Sonu Sood in the role of an antagonist. The ‘Golmaal’ gang featuring Arshad Warsi, Shreyas Talpade, Tusshar Kapoor and Kunal Kemmu have also shot for a cameo and Ajay Devgn is reportedly set to feature in the role of his popular character ‘Singham’ in the climax.

The makers recently dropped the trailer of ‘Simmba’ that stars Sara Ali Khan and Ranveer Singh in pivotal roles.

Watch the trailer here!

However, Netizens cannot seem to decide if they like the film or not. While many said that it looks similar to the South Indian film ‘Temper’, many said the trailer was quite fun-filled and energetic.

Have a look at some of the reactions!

Pictures! Priyanka and Nick’s Mehendi!

We have some amazing pictures from Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Mehndi! You can feel the ebullience and the love!

Priyanka wrote on Instagram, ”One of the most special things our relationship has given us is a merging of families who love and respect each other’s faiths and cultures. And so planning our wedding with an amalgamation of both was so amazing. An important part for the girl in India is the Mehendi. Once again we made it our own and it was an afternoon that kicked off the celebrations in the way we both dreamed.”

We would write more but you are not reading it we know!!!

T

he happy couple were married in a Christian ceremony today but more on that and all the wedding celebrations later!

The Indians are coming! Expect ten million in ten years say ATTA

PHOTO: LookEast Magazine

Tourism from India will increase markedly over the next ten years.This prediction from the head of the Association of Thai Travel Agents, Wichit Prakorpkoson. By 2028 he says he expects 10 million Indian visitors each year. About Chinese tourism, the ATTA chief say he expected the numbers to slow from previous trends but there will still be 20 million visitors from China coming to Thailand annually in ten years time.

Speaking to Thai Rath, he also called for the free visa-on-arrival scheme to be extended to after Songkran (April 13) and make it easier for tourists to visit neighboring countries.

He predicted that Chinese tourism would be back to normal by January 2019 after the downturn in Q4, 2018. He says 10.5 million visitors from China have come to Thailand this year among the 38 million total arrivals.

“The 20% growth in Chinese tourism year-on-year is no longer sustainable but I expect 11-11.5 million Chinese to come in 2019.

He says he expects a dramatic surge in Indian tourism –  1.5 million visitors for 2018. But he expects this to grow to 20% a year and be 3 million visitors annually in five years time and 10 million in ten years time.

Tourism and Sports Minister Weerasak Kowsurat revealed in the same article that requests have been made and granted for an increase in flights from India into Phuket and Don Muang airports.

He also wants to make renting vehicles easier for tourists by making temporary licences easier to get and doing away with fines levied on people renting to those without licences.

 

Image: Thai Rath

SOURCE: Thai Rath

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