Indian Startup Plans to Land on the Moon in January 2018

Team Indus won $1 million prize from Google last year for its spacecraft and is aiming to lift off in a year’s time

Team Indus's working rover.

An Indian aerospace startup has said that it will launch its mission to the moon in a year?s time, as it takes part in a Google-funded competition to become the world?s first-ever privately held company to make a soft landing there.

A group of more than 100 scientists and engineers, including around a dozen former ISRO scientists, make up Axiom Research Labs? Team Indus. The team is India?s only entry in the Google-funded Lunar XPrize challenge, which has a bounty of $30 million.

To win the prize, a team has to successfully place a spacecraft on the moon?s surface, travel at least 500 meters and transmit high-definition video and images back to Earth.

?A full launch vehicle from ISRO [Indian Space Research Organization] will launch our spacecraft into the orbit of the moon end of 2017,? Rahul Narayan, the fleet commander of the team, said at a news conference in New Delhi on Thursday.

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Vazandar shines outside India too

After earning the appreciation of viewers in Maharashtra and other parts of India, Landmarc Film?s Marathi movie ?Vazandar? produced by Vidhi Kasliwal is winning hearts in USA as well. At a time when the concept of beauty revolves around how slim and trim you are, this film by Sachin Kundalkar breaks away from norms. It tells you to love yourself the way you are. It also questions societal stereotypes about being fit. Ultimately, being fit is a state of feeling good about your body and not about fitting into size moulds that society has created.
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The movie was screened in Bay Area and Chicago recently and on popular demand, more shows have been organised at Denver, Detroit, Seattle, Los Angeles, Columbus, Hudson and Dallas. A similar screening was held in Qatar and it got a great response there as well.
For Vazandar, Sai Tamhankar and Priya Bapat put in a lot of effort. In fact, while actresses are told to lose weight for roles usually, Sai and Priya needed to put on and they happily did. Also, after the shoot was done, they shed all the gained weight. Apart from this, their acting skills have received rave reviews. Chirag Patil, Chetan Chitnis and Siddharth Chandekar also feature in pivotal roles in Vazandar.
The music of the movie has also been appreciated. All in all this is a film that reiterates the power of regional cinema and its global reach. This is one film that is true to its title – ‘Vazandar’.

 

"LAWMAN PG3 CUP"!?A fun filled cricket match between?different villages of Rajasthan

Cricket enthusiasts have lots to look forward to!?3rd Rock Entertainment?spearheaded?“LAWMAN PG3 CUP”?where the team of upcoming film?“Wajah Tum Ho”- Sharman Joshi, Sana Khan & Gurmeet Choudhary?came to cheer the teams.

The event saw the presence of Director Vishal Pandya, Kesar Jain, Deepa Mehta, Shweta Jain, Shyam Kundani,?Aarnav Sirsat

This tournament attracted competitive teams from?different villages of Rajasthan fought for the cup. Different teams came?together to battle it out to win the?“Lawman Pg3 Cup”.?The ground was branded with LawmanPg3 merchandise which was displayed & sold at the venue to add to the lively environment. There was an official ?umpire and commentator for every match. The ground was no less than a battle ground with the people present there cheering for their favorite teams.

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Vikas Jain, Director of Kewal Kiran Clothing limited says?We aim to get more glamour & entertainment in cricket. We want to engage the customers, hence we thought of an activity were we could make it more interactive and build a platform to communicate with fans & customers”

About Lawman Pg3

Lawman Pg3 – the lifestyle apparel brand from Kewal Kiran Clothing Limited, is famous for introducing the Diags (stretched fabric), the camel-skin-wash, Fume-wash or the auto-reverse shirts, that set trends in the fashion and the style industry.

The brand believes?“Fashion is architecture ! You can redefine every element to the fore!”. After consistently working on styles based on fabrics, washes, cuts, designs & embellishments, the brand looked inward and re-invented the delicate art of filling the sewing holes with a design element. A pioneering sewing-stitch that adds excitement and style to the apparel. A designer stitch with 60 warp and 60 weft, having 60 counts for each thread in 60 seconds, sewing creative fashion with the good old needle and thread.

Album " Zindagi ke safar mein " was released by VENUS ENTERTAINMENT on 30th November

The voice of song has been given by Ajay Sehgal and Tarannum Malik and music arranged by Gurmeet Singh, The Video has been directed by Sunil Thakur. Ajay Sehgal {IDES} is an officer in an Organisation under Ministry Of Defense.

He is also lyricist of song ” Zindagi ke safar mein “. Ajay Sehgal started singing from his school and college days. Serving Nation through Defense has been his career as an officer. But his passion of singing in his own style became public when his first album ” Bas Ek Pal ” was released. In addition to his singing , he is an author of books ‘Sawal Rashtra Ka’ and ‘Sugandhi’ which contains his poetry and songs.

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Champak Jain of Venus Entertainment says “Venus is proudly pleased to release album. The core team of the album is absolutely talented. We have always encouraged new talent who strive to deliver the best and we shall continue to do so in the future

Zindagi Ke Safar Mein ” Ajay Sehgal has also featured in this album as an actor as well.

NRI Q&A: Do Indian-Americans serve in US Army?

Recent question: Do Indian-Americans serve in US Army?

Sure Indian Americans do serve in all branches of the US military. Some not only serve, but did so with valor. A few examples

Major Kamaljeet Sing Kalsi is a bronze star awardee! (link)

Indian American Marine Maj. Taj Sareen dies in plane crash in England

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Impact of Indian Government's decision to demonitize 500 and 100 Rupee notes

In a much applauded move Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government decided to “kill” the 500 and 1000 rupee notes. Some of the notes in circulation were supposedly fake and some of it used to fuel the underground economy (a.k.a “black money” )

“Brothers and sisters, to rid this country of the termite-like corruption and black money, it has become essential to take one more tough step. Starting midnight tonight, that is, on the midnight of November 8, 2016, the current currency notes of denominations of rupees 500 and rupees 1,000, will no longer remain legal tender. These currencies will become legally invalid.”

Read rest of the special feature, including impact on NRIs in our special section (link)