Events

Would you appreciate the amalgamation of food with Ayurveda? Actually without knowing about it much, we have encountered this combination since ages. Be it in the form of remedies suggested by our great grandparents or nannies, be it the healing advantages of food.

One such concept has been ventured in Kerala in the form of Kairali, with a motive “health thru Ayurveda”. Kairali has been working since 1908. Having its reach in 9 countries, they have contributed towards an effective combination of food with health. However, their story doesn’t end here, they have 35 treatment centers as Ayurvedic Medicines and Healing Centers which promote wellness around the located areas. Kairali is an attempt at showcasing how the​ olden philosophy and culinary practices still hold their relevance in modern times.

The press release on Healing recipes, back to Roots- one of its kind at Chef’s Retreat, been witnessed by Chef Manjit Singh, Chef Vikas Seth, Mrs. Gita Ramesh (Jt. MD of Kairali), Ms. Madulika Dash, Abhliash Ramesh (Executive Director of Kairali) on 15th June 2017. Press release will be a three-day event (from 3rd July-6th July 2017) in Kerala and an exciting journey instead, where residents will get to interact with Ayurvedic doctors and Chefs, attend specially-curated masterclasses, explore local cuisines, learn the trick of growing vegetables and spice organically, and master the art of making gourmet meals that are nourishing and indulging.

A glimpse of panelists at event!

Conversations were revolving around food and its healing recipes but was not restricted to it. Having diverse panelists for the conversation, food writing (blogging), real essence of Mom’s hand-made food, junk food, evolution of food from mom’s kitchen to 7 star hotels were highlighted. Every line was ended up was concluded by saying whatever you are cooking, make sure it is healthy, nutritious, hygienic, but above all, it’s about “Food Dil Se”.

Because it is believed that if the emotions with which the food is cooked is not conveyed properly, the sole purpose of cooking is lost. Not only from maker’s side, cooked food should be felt in the same way at receiver’s end too.

It’s time for us to change the outlook towards food, let’s feel food rather than eating for survival, understand its essence in one’s life and more importantly, respect the food – never waste it!

When ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ came on the cinema screen, it made a lot of news, with a good box office opening. They did not even have to struggle a lot for promotions. This all happened because it was a real life story. And then the trend continued ‘Mary Com’, ‘Pan Singh Tomar’, ‘Neerja’, and so many other real life stories were screened on Indian Cinema. All of them went well on screen. This is the reason, in last twelve months, ten Biopics have been released. It is not that this is happening for the first time in India. Earlier also movies like ‘Gandhi’, ‘Bhagat Singh’, ‘Mangal Panday’ and so many other biopics came but they were not as hiked as today’s Biopics.

One of the benefits that the producer gets from these films is they have less budget. These movies are real life stories so you do not have to spend a lot of money in crashing cars, collapsing building, graphics, shooting different scenes in Switzerland, Paris, Jammu and Kasmir or other stunning tourist spots. Neither you need a lot of co-actors or beautiful actresses. Nor you have to construct a fake ‘Sheesh Mahal’ like what was constructed in ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’. ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ was made on a budget of 30 crores whereas it’s total collection in Box office was not more than 1 crore, ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ was made just on a budget of 4.5 crores and collected approx. 40 crore as a total.

These are also time friendly projects to work on. They do not demand a hectic long year to complete  the shooting of the film, it is just a matter of months. As real life stories mostly revolve around two to three cities, there is no requirement to shift the cast and crew from one palace to another.

The most important thing in this kind of movies is these are highly beneficial for our society. They just don’t tell stories but help people to get inspired. Previously people watched romantic fictions or action movies and thought that even he or she can run his/her car at a speed of 300, or he or she will meet his beloved in some bad situation like while fighting with rowdies. These movies only mislead people, in a contrast, biopics are helpful. They give us a lot and lot of information. Like the movie, ‘Rustam’ tells us, how the judicial system worked before 1959. ‘No One Killed Jessica’ and ‘Talvar’ have shaken us totally by telling us the deepness of corruption that is prevailing in Indian Politics as well as the security system. ‘Pan Singh Tomar’ was such a film, which made regret ourselves as well as our system. Tell me who knew about the ‘Manzi- The Mountain Man’? Who cut the whole mountain all alone. No drought, cold or hot weather were able to stop him.

Biopics also helps in giving the appropriate respect and recognition to the deserved personalities. For example, ‘Airlift’, nobody was aware of ‘Mathunny Mathews’, A Kuwait-based business man. A great man who kept everything he has at stake to safely evacuate Indian citizens living in Kuwait to India, during the Iraq-Kuwait war. Even the latest ‘Dangal’ tells the devotion of a father (Wrestler Mahavir Singh Phoghat) towards getting his flag flying on the top of others.

Nowadays this trend is practiced by all kinds of actor. Whereas non-commercial actors like Nabazudin Siddiqui, Irfan Khan adopted this technique. Commercial actors like Shahrukh Khan and ‘Salman’ Khan are also not left behind in this process with their movies ‘Raees’ and ‘Sultan’ respectively.

We have a number of biopics releasing soon in the line. Ranbir Kapoor will be seen playing the role of ‘Sanjay Dutt’ in his biopic. Kangana Ranaut is playing the lead role in a movie based on ‘Rani Laxmi Bai’. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film ‘Padmavati‘ is also coming starring Deepika Padukone. Then Arjun Rampal will be seen in ‘Daddy’, based on the life of Don Arun Gawali. Shraddha Kapoor will be seen in the film based on the life of Dawood Abraham’s sister ‘Haseena – The Queen’. Then 1911, which is based on Football player ‘Shibdas Bhaduri’. John will be playing this role.

If this is to be continued, then I think those days are not so far when sacrifice, struggle, devotion, and the creation of every individual will get it’s recognition and respect on a big screen.

The International Cross Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics organized InterDrought-V in Hyderabad at Hyderabad International Convention Center during 21 – 25 February 2017. InterDrought Conferences serve as a platform for presenting and debating key issues and strategies relevant for improving drought and other stress tolerances in crops.

Drought is weather related natural disaster. drought is related to a deficiency of precipitation over a season or an extended period of time. Fall in crop production is the most immediate consequence of drought. This is due to inadequate and poor rainfall.

The main mission of InterDrought Conference is to explore the possibilities of scientific and technological applications in crop improvement to withstand drought conditions. Earlier drought conferences were held in France (ID-I,1995), Italy (ID-II,2005), China (ID-III,2009) and Australia (ID-IV,2013). The topics discussed in InterDrought-V Conference are:

  • Setting the biophysical context
  • Maximizing dryland crop production
  • Plant productivity under drought
  • Breeding for water-limited environments
  • Agronomic management for water-limited environments

A big challenge for researchers and policy makers is to device technologies which will lend greater resilience to agricultural production under this stress.

For more details visit: http://www.ceg.icrisat.org/idV

  • Popular Indian Actor and Model, Rohit Khandelwal has been felicitated with the ultimate title of ‘Mr. World 2016’ over 46 other finalists, representing their respective nations in Southport, UK.
  • “My family, friends and my fans have been a constant support for me and this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my well-wishers,” Khandelwal said after winning the title.
  • The 26-year-old actor from Hyderabad also went on to win a cash prize of $50,000 (3358497.50 INR) which added on to the coveted crown.
  • Former Mr. India 2015 winner, Khandelwal further added saying, “I feel so privileged and humbled to be Mr World 2016. It has been an amazing journey to this point, and I cannot wait to see what happens next.”
  • The pageant was held at Southport Theatre, Floral Hall, The Promenade, Southport, UK, with 47 participants from around the world giving him a tough competition.

  • Mysuru’s young ‘king’  Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar wed Trishika Kumari of Rajasthan’s Dungarpur royal family .
  • Yaduveer, 24, was adopted by Pramoda Devi Wadiyar last year to continue the royal lineage.
  • The rituals followed for the wedding of the late Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar 40 years ago were followed without any change for this marriage.

On the ocassion of International Yoga Day,the UN Headquarters located in New York to  shine with a posture of a women doing yoga. Syed Akbaruddin ,said that more than 135 countruies will paticipate in yoga day celeberations at UN Secetariat Circle.

  • Delhi government has launched a program called “Pilot” through which students can get their certificates easily.
  •  For this purpose, principals of different schools were invited on 10th June and on 14th June, teachers from IT have given adequate training about E-district project.These trained people can now take the application of parents.
  • NDMC has given training to about 65 teachers.
  • The whole project will work as District Magistrate office as without going to district office, they can collect their certificates.

  • An integrated “walk-way” will be made in order to connect various historic monuments of Delhi, this process id called “Iconic Park”.
  • Under this project, there will be renovation of historical monuments of Delhi.
  • The “walk-way” will connect monuments from Nursery area to Tomb of Humayun to Zoo to Old fort to Iconic Park.
  • Iconic Park will connect Pargati Maidan complex to National Science center to Millennium Park.
  • This whole project will cover area about 1500 acres. Interestingly, environmentalists have agreed upon this project.

 

  • Suresh Prabhu, Railway Minister flagged off of the weekly train between Motihari-Anand Vihar Champaran Satyagrah Express.
  • He inaugurated the broad gauge conversion work of Banmankhi-Purnea rails section.
  • Also, he planned to convert Piprahan station into a crossing station.
  • Motihari railway station would be developed in a way such that it reflects glimpse of Satyagrah Movement.
  • Two MoUs ( Memorandum of Understandings) have already been signed for Rs. 40,000 crore for setting up Diesel and Electric Locomotive factories at Mahaura (Saran)and Madhepura respectively.
  • Also, he said that Railway carried out 1,477km of gauge conversion from 2004-10 and 1,528km from 2009-14 and the highest is between 2,828km in the period of NDA government.
  • He also said that around 2,500 unmanned level crossing gates have been converted into manned ones.

  • A total of 610 gentlemen cadets including 45 from six friendly countries took part in a colorful Passing Out Parade at the end of their training at the Indian Military Academy (IMA).
  • The IMA credo,which places safety, honour and welfare of the country first has a universal appeal to men and women in uniform all over the world.
  • The coveted sword of Honour went to Adjutant Rajendra Singh Bisht. The Gold Medal for standing First in the Overall Order of Merit was awarded to Aman Dhaka.