Alone is a Bollywood horror film that promises to keep you on the edge of your seat till the final credits roll.
Alone stars Bipasha Basu as Sanjana & Anjana, Karan Singh Grover as Kabir and Sagar Saikia as Prithvi. The film is directed by Bhushan Patel, who has directed a number of previous hits in the horror genre, and is produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak, Prashant Sharma, Abhishek Pathak and Pradeep Agarwal. The film releases both internationally and locally, in Ster-Kinekor cinemas at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Durban and The Zone at Rosebank in Johannesburg.
Dr Naresh Saxena
Dr Om Kumar Mishra
Shri Prem Shankar Shukla
Shri Bhagwan Singh
Dr Revati Raman
Shri Sheo Narayan
Dr Rambachan Rai
Shri Ashok Chakradhar
Shri Prem Janmejay
Dr K Sreenivasaro
Eminent Hindi Poet
Eminent Hindi Poet & Critic
Eminent Hindi Poet and Critic
Eminent Hindi Poet and Critic
Eminent Hindi Critic
Eminent Hindi Poet and Critic
Eminent Hindi Poet and Critic
Former Professor Jamia
Reader, University of Delhi
Secretary: Sahitya Academy (Co-ordinator)
The programme will commence on Friday, July 25, 2014 commencing at 18h00 with a Welcome Dinner and Poetry Recital at the Aryan Hall in Pietermaritzburg and on Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27 at the Sangh’s Headquarters in Kharwastan, Durban. On Tuesday, July 29 the Consulate General of India: Offices in Parktown in Johannesburg and on Wednesday, July 30 at the residence of the High Commissioner of India Virendra Gupta, 298 Mons Road, Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria. This is an invitation to all to attend at the venue closest to you and also invite your family and friends to this “First Ever Hindi Festival” in South Africa.
Kwazulu-Natal (KZN) Midlands Region celebrates 40 years of Hindi Promotion
The 2014 Winning Team: Jaagruti Hindi Paatshala – Pietermaritzburg
Rasiethorpe Arya Samaj Senior Citizens participate in the 2014 Hindi Eistedfod
Tribute to stalwart s husband and wife team who have supported the Sangh in several ways, teaching Hindi and the Recital of Ramayan and Bhagwad Gita
Srm Bimladevi Bhen and Bhai Pandit Ramesh Sharma of Silverglen, DurbanFor the past 12 years Pt Ramesh Sharmaji has been teaching Hindi under the auspices of the Arya Yuvuk Sabha, Arena Park Chatsworth. In addition, to Hindi he and bhenji have been conducting Ramayana classes. Many members of the Dayanand Gardens Stree Samaj have benefitted from his classes with a few of them even presenting programmes in Hindi on Radio Hindvani. This year over 25 students wrote and passed Hindi examinations in the various grades, many of whom were able to get 1st and 2nd class passes. The diligence continues with students coming to Chatsworth from as far as Umzinto and Central Durban.
Bhenji’s and Panditji’s passion for Hindi and the Ramayan knows no boundaries. He is able to quote Dohas and chopais from the Ramayan and other excerpts from religious scriptures with ease – all indelibly inscribed in their memories. His teaching methodology is also in many ways unique. While he would follow the syllabi of the Sangh closely, he also concentrates largely on the ethics and values that Indian culture advocates – providing a unique balance between the study of the Hindi and Vedic wisdom.
These quiet and unassuming pillars of strength to the Hindu community hav affable personalities. In addition to Panditji’s work as a Hindu Purohit, he also spends much of his time in counselling, attending conferences and generally upgrading his own knowledge so that he keeps up to date with the new developments. As a long standing member of the Sanathan Dharma Sabha and its Purohit Mundal, he has been instrumental in streamlining the many rituals in Hinduism so that people understand them and their respective symbolism.
Bhenji and Panditji were also instrumental in starting the Gitanjali Hindi Patshala in Silverglen and he serves as a priest, board member and teacher at the Laxminarayan Temple in Mobeni Heights, Durban. Similarly, Panditji and bhenji have started several other “family” Ramayan Recital initiatives, Hindi teaching and understanding of Hindu Dharma. At the Sangh, their contribution is immeasurable. They helped through the development of the Sangh, fundraised for its buildings in Kharwastan helped with the organising of events, helped with the Academic and Cultural Committees.]]>
The United Nations human rights office launched in Mumbai today the latest phase of its global fight against homophobia: a Bollywood-style video called The Welcome, accompanied by an appeal from Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to end the prejudice that forces millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people to live in fear or hide in shame.
Unveiled at a press conference in India’s second-largest city to promote the Organization’s Free and Equal campaign championing equality for LGBT people and an end to homophobia, the two-and-a-half-minute clip stars Bollywood actress and former Miss India Celina Jaitly, who makes her musical debut in the clip and was last year nominated by the High Commissioner for Human Rights as a UN Equality Champion in recognition of her support for LGBT rights.
The video release and press conference mark the Free and Equal campaign’s launch in India, following its inaugural kick off last year in South Africa. The Welcome tells the story of a young man who brings his boyfriend home to meet his family for the first time. Ms. Jaitly sings a new version of the 1979 Bollywood classic, Uthe Sab Ke Kadam, remixed by Neeraj Shreedhar of the Bombay Vikings. The video’s dance sequences were choreographed by Longi (Slumdog Millionaire), who worked on the project pro bono, as did the entire cast.
“It is an honour to partner with the United Nations on the incredibly timely and important Free & Equal campaign,” said Ms. Jaitly. “I have been working for LGBT rights for many years, and I am honoured to contribute my musical debut to such a good cause. Music is a universal language. It can engage people’s passion, and that’s when good things happen.”
She was joined at today’s press conference by renowned Indian actor Imran Khan, Humsafar Trust founder Ashok Row Kavi, transgender rights activist Laxmi Tripathi, commentator and comedian Cyrus Broacha, and UN representatives. Speakers discussed the human rights challenges facing LGBT people in India and around the world and the steps needed to combat homophobia and transphobia.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sent a special message in which he expressed his support for the campaign and his solidarity with India’s LGBT community. Delivered by Charles Radcliffe of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the message also reaffirmed Mr. Ban’s staunch advocacy to end prejudice and intolerance against LGBT persons.
He appealed for an end to the discrimination, abuse and violent attacks that characterize this deplorable human tragedy. “Today the United Nations and our partners issue a call to action: For an end to criminalization, for effective legal protection against discrimination, and for all members of our human family to be treated with the compassion, respect and dignity they deserve.”
Commenting on the launch, High Commissioner Navi Pillay said she was delighted to see the Free & Equal campaign extended to India. “LGBT people have historically been marginalized and subjected to discrimination and violence in India, as elsewhere. But change is coming.”
She noted that in the past few months, India had witnessed an unprecedented level of public debate relating to the rights of LGBT people. “As awareness grows, attitudes will change. We need to do all we can to hasten change by challenging the myths and misinformation that get in the way of understanding. That is what this campaign is all about,” said Ms. Pillay.
Runners-up are Ziphozakhe Zokufa from the Eastern Cape (1st Princess) and Limpopo’s Matlala Mokoko (2nd Princess).
An excited and overwhelmed Strauss – a medical student from Bloemfontein – said she was truly humbled and grateful to win the title and to be the first to wear the glittering new Palesa crown designed for the pageant.
In her Miss South Africa acceptance speech Strauss said: “Oh, how I love South Africa! I can live, speak, learn and love freely. My dreams are developed and become reality here. Our country is my pride and my purpose has and will always lie within it.
“Not only does the Miss South Africa title have the ability to take me places, but I will also learn from the women who walked this path before me. I am who I am today because of our country and the opportunities I have received from her generous hand. For me this will be a year of giving back; giving thanks and being a true example of the potential women and all South Africans can have in our country.
“My passion for Miss South Africa and health is connected. Together with the sponsors’ initiatives such as Cell C’s Take a Girl Child to Work Day, which I will be putting my name to, I’d love to get different health disciplines involved and emphasise the importance of women’s health and its empowering effect on our everyday lives. We are capable of so much more when we are healthy; physically, mentally and emotionally.”
Sun International’s Alison McKie said: “I think the new Miss South Africa is truly representative of the Rainbow Nation and we are sure she will go on to make a meaningful contribution to the lives of many South Africans as this country celebrates 20 years of democracy.”
Says Suzette van der Merwe, Executive: Commercial Communications Cell C: “Congratulations to the newly crowned Miss South Africa 2014. Rolene embodies Cell C’s ‘Believe’ manifesto – that if you can dream it you can achieve it. At Cell C our vision is to support bold, confident and beautiful women. May this year’s winner inspire a nation and make a difference.”
As Miss South Africa 2014 Strauss has won cash, a car and products valued at more than R1.3 million. She also gets thousands of rands in cash and study bursaries to award to South Africans that she meets during her reign. Cell C is also giving the winner access to R200 000 to spend on random acts of kindness.
The Miss South Africa judges were Amy Kleinhans-Curd, crowned Miss South Africa in 1992; magazine editor, poet and writer, Kojo Baffoe; TV presenter, model and cosmetics brand ambassador Bonang Matheba; high-profile radio personality and TV presenter Anele Mdoda and Pnina Fenster, editor of Glamour magazine.
The magnificent, modern platinum Miss SA crown has been named Palesa and was especially created for the Miss SA pageant by Jack Friedman Jewellers. The precious metal in the crown comes from Anglo American Platinum.
MISS SA PRIZE PACKAGE
The Miss SA 2014 prize winner’s package includes:
Cell C is also giving the winner access to R200 000 to spend on random acts of kindness.
Varsity College has donated two bursaries valued at R330 000 for Miss South Africa to award to two economically disadvantaged students to study a full degree or diploma qualification on a full time basis for a maximum of three years at Varsity College. There are also 10 short learning programme bursaries for Miss SA to award to NGOs or charitable institutions valued at R150 000.
ROLENE STRAUSS Q&A
Name: Rolene Strauss
Region: I’m currently living in Bloemfontein (Free State), but I’m originally from a small town called Volksrust in Mpumalanga.
Occupation: Medical student at the University of the Free State.
Previous beauty competitions/pageants won: Elite Model Look South Africa 2007; Miss Diaz 2010 and Miss Shimla Varsity Cup 2011.
Why did you want to be Miss SA and what do you think you will be able to bring to the role?
When someone says “South Africa” I get goose bumps. I have this fire of passion burning inside of me for our country. The opportunities I have received have made me who I am today and I’ve realised that there is so much to give; to our country and our people. Miss South Africa is all about giving. One of the greatest gifts anyone can receive is the gift of a healthy life. With my passion for giving, people and health, I will be able to contribute to one of the most important things any country desires: health for all.
Who is a previous Miss SA who has inspired you?
Jo-Anne Strauss. I remember meeting her as a nine-year-old girl in my hometown, Volksrust. She brought Miss SA to the people and is still making a change in the lives of others. She is the perfect example of a beautiful, strong woman who became Miss SA, went back to university, finished her studies and to this day is using all her opportunities since her crowning 13 years ago. I would love to be one of her successors.
Who are your role models?
Professor Jonathan Jansen, the rector of the University of the Free State, is one the most outspoken, down-to-earth, passionate, people’s persons I’ve met. He is not afraid to stand for what he believes in, he loves what he does and gives of himself to his students. I can testify that he wants the best for his students and supports them in all they do. We can all learn from Prof Jansen. Love what you do, stay humble and let the light shine on others.
Tell us a bit more about your family?
I was blessed with the most amazing and supportive family! My mom studied nursing and my dad medicine at the University of the Free State. He met my mom when she was working in the wards at Universitas Hospital and started charming her. Like a fairy tale, they fell in love, got married and eventually wanted to start a family. After five long years (and most of their savings), I popped out of a test tube. A year after my birth my brother was, as my mom says, “sent from heaven”. We are a very close family and support each other in everything we do. My brother and I grew up in Volksrust. He is a third year Quantity Surveying student at Kovsies as well and plays rugby for the u/21 Griquas team. My dad (from whom I’ve learnt to have a passion for people) is practicing medicine and my beautiful mom is a house wife in Volksrust, Mpumalanga.
What do you do in your spare time?
My mom used to tell me that the more you do, the more you get done. I’ve always been a very active person. I love playing golf, exercising, going to the movies in Bloem (probably because Volksrust doesn’t have a mall or movies), reading inspirational books and listening to educational audio books.
2014 is the year in which SA celebrates its 20th year of democracy – what does that mean to you?
It is another reminder of our rich cultural history, potential, power and diversity. We struggled through our obstacles, stood up after difficult times and gave hope to so many countries where equality is a struggle. This shows us that we are capable of great things and we are resilient.
What is your message to young girls and young women in South Africa?
We as women have soft and sympathetic souls. We are the ones who give hope, love and comfort. Let us use those qualities.
If you could meet one person as Miss South Africa, who would it be and why?
Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe. She is a trained medical doctor and has a passion for health and giving through the Motsepe family foundation. She is also the chairperson of African Fashion International (AFI) where her dream is to take young people from townships and rural area, give them skills and show them what they can be. She is a true inspiration of what a hard working woman can achieve in South Africa.
What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I’m the University of the Free State’s first successful test tube baby.
What are you reading?
Apart from my obstetrics and surgery handbooks, I like reading inspirational books. I’ve recently read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
What is on your iPod?
Music is the one thing that can instantly create a certain vibe. I like listening to different music in different situations – golden oldies, country music, Bellamy Brothers, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Ben Howard, Jack Johnson, Mango Groove, Theuns Jordaan, Riana Nel, Retief Burger, Hillsong and Enya to study to.
Your favourite TV show?
The time to watch and follow TV shows is rare, but when I get the chance I like watching Grey’s Anatomy and Bones.
Your favourite meal?
My mom’s oxtail and stamp mielies. It may be because it makes me think of home and family time or simply because it’s just so yummy!
“The relations between South Africa and China have grown from strength to strength, thus together we have an important duty to set goals for our relations in the year ahead. I would therefore urge and encourage the South African Chinese community that increased job creation be one such goal we can set ourselves to achieve this coming year,” said President Zuma.
President Zuma wished the community well as they celebrate the start of the New Year.
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