New Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum to Open for Public From Aug. 1

EFT Report, New Delhi: The new Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum will open for public viewing from August 1, 2014 (Friday). 

The Museum will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 0900 hrs. to 1600 hrs. except on Gazetted Holidays. 

Entry and exit for visitors will be through Gate No. 30 on Mother Teresa Crescent Road. 

Visits can be booked on-line at the website www.presidentofindia.nic.in. Contact details of the Visitors’ Management Cell are 011-23013287, 23015321 Extn. 4662, Fax No. 011-23015246 and email: reception-officer@rb.nic.in for any further assistance which may be required. 

Visits to the Museum will be completely free from August 1, 2014 to October 30, 2014. 

From November 1, 2014, there will be nominal registration charges of Rs. 25/- per head (Children below the age of 12 years will be exempt from these charges). 

Visitors in group of 30 persons will be charged Rs. 600/- lump sum per visit. Visitors in a groups more than 30 persons will be charged Rs. 600/- for 30 visitors and Rs. 25/- per visitor for additional persons. 

These charges are meant to enable Rashtrapati Bhavan maintain and improve services to public. 

The Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum is established in an erstwhile stable of the Rashtrapati Bhavan which housed horses and ceremonial coaches. It is a story telling Museum which will narrate the story of the Rashtrapati Bhavan using sound-light-video animations. It has a simulated battlefield with arms mounted on warriors, examples of furniture designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens for the Viceroy’s residence, ceremonial coaches, photographs and memorabilia of the President’s Body Guard, paintings of the 19th Century, sketches and gifts received by successive Presidents from national and foreign dignitaries etc. 
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Carlos Tevez's Father Kidnapped; Freed After Paying Ransom

EFT Report: Carlos Tevez is the latest Argentine soccer star to pay off kidnappers in exchange for a family member’s freedom.

Argentina and Juventus striker Carlos Tevez father Segundo Tevez was kidnapped and held for 8 hours by a group of assailants in Buenos Aires and was released after paying a ransom of $400,000, it was announced by the family's lawyer.

Carlos Tevez's Father Kidnapped; Freed After Paying Ransom
Carlos Tevez

According to sources in Argentina, Segundo Tevez was driving his car in the municipality of Moron, a province of Buenos Aires, when he was taken hostage in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Segundo is actually Carlos Tevez’s maternal uncle who legally adopted him when he was a baby. Carlos Tevez has reportedly left Juventus preseason camp in Italy and is flying to Argentina to be with his father.

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Dharamsala to Host India-West Indies ODI

EFT Report, Dharamsala: This picturesque Himalayan hill resort will host a match of India-West Indies One-Day International series in October-November, match organizers said. This will be the second ODI match at the venue.

The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) is seeing it as a major achievement in showcasing its showpiece venue, located at an altitude of 4,000 feet above sea level, with the mighty snow-clad Dhauladhar ranges forming the backdrop.

"Another ODI, that too in a shortest span, is a big achievement. It's now official that our infrastructure fulfils international norms," Himachal OPradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) press secretary Mohit Sood said.

The first ODI here was held between India and England Jan 27 last year.

Sood said the Indian cricket board's tour programe and fixtures committee chaired by Rajeev Shukla Saturday selected Dharamsala as one of the venues for India-West Indies series. 

The other venues are Kolkata, Visakhapatnam, Cuttack and Kochi.

The match schedule will be finalized later on the basis of logistics, he added.

The stadium, 250 km from state capital Shimla, has a 21,600-seat capacity, besides a world-class indoor stadium comprising video analysis facilities, a club lounge, restaurant, bar and banquet hall.

The popularity of the venue soared after the nine IPL matches were held there.

In the last IPL season, Dharamsala was not allotted a single match owing to the tussle between the Congress-led state government and the HPCA, headed by BJP MP Anurag Thakur.

According to Espncricinfo, the HPCA venue is the first in India to use winter rye grass scattered around the outfield, which prevents the grass from dying when temperatures fall below 10 degrees Celsius.

The stadium figured first on the international cricket map in 2005 when it hosted a warm-up match between the touring Pakistan team and the Indian Board President's XI.
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Events at India Habitat Centre, Delhi on July 27

Today’s  Events at India Habitat Centre:
Sunday, July 27, 2014

8:00am|IHC WALK|Rain walk in a beautiful Mughal garden tomb with its setting rejuvenated in the monsoons! At Safdarjung Tomb with Swapna Liddle. Please check with the Programmes desk for registration and details. 
10:00am-5:00pm|WORKSHOP|Appreciating Sufi Literature and Qawwali Workshop on the poetry and music of the Sufi Bhakti tradition of India conducted by Ektara, concludes. Check panel for details.

7:00pm|MUSIC|Pt.Gama Maharaj Smriti Samaroh Hindustani Vocal recital by Nitin Sharma, disciple of Pt. Krishna Kant Jha & Pt. Ajay Pohankar. Followed by Hindustani Vocal recital by Madhumita Saha, disciple of Vidushi Sumitra Guha Collab: Society for Action Through Music

7:30pm|THEATRE|Stand Up- Papa CJ presents An Evening with The Godfather: Harith Iskander In Concert (Eng/70mins) From hosting the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games to multiple TV shows and films, Harith Iskander - the Godfather of Malaysian stand-up comedy - has done it all! He now comes to our shores to show his best. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to catch him on his international tour and at the top of his game. Tickets at Rs.350 & Rs.100 available at the Programmes Desk July.4 onwards for IHC members only. Open to all July.7 onwards. An Old World Culture presentation
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‘Iron Man’ Robert Downey Jr is Hollywood's Highest Paid Actor Again

EFT Report: For second year in a row Robert Downey Jr is living up to his Iron Man alter ego billionaire Tony Stark image, the 49-year-old has been named tinseltown's highest paid actor by Forbes with an impressive $75 million in earnings. The earnings are mostly due to his portrayal as Iron Man in a series of Marvel superhero films, including the Avengers.

‘Iron Man’ Robert Downey Jr is Hollywood's Highest Paid Actor Again
Robert Downey Jr

Coming in second, is the ever hard-working Dwayne Johnson ‘ The Rock’ with an estimated $52 million in earnings followed by Bradley Cooper with an estimated $46 million.

FORBES TOP EARNING ACTORS 2014

1. Robert Downey Jr ($75 million)
2. Dwayne Johnson ($52 million)
3. Bradley Cooper ($46 million)
4. Leonardo DiCaprio ($39 million)
5. Chris Hemsworth ($37 million)
6. Liam Neeson ($36 million)
7. Ben Affleck ($35 million)
8. Christian Bale ($35 million)
9. Will Smith ($32 million)
10. Mark Wahlberg ($32 million).

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Gerrard Quits International Football

EFT Report: After a disastrous World Cup 2014 campaign, England captain and Liverpool FC mainstay Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from international soccer after 114 outings for the Three Lions, England's Football Association said today (July 21). Gerrard (34) scored 21 times and represented his country at 6 major tournaments after winning his first cap in a 2-0 win over Ukraine in 2000.

Gerrard Quits International Football
Steven Gerrard

"I have enjoyed every minute of representing my country. It's a sad day for me. It was a very difficult decision to make. It's something I have been contemplating for a long time, not just since the end of the World Cup. I've had to take an awful lot of advice from people who are close to me - players that I still play with, ex-players who I played with a long time ago, managers who I played for years ago. It's been a really tough decision, certainly one of the toughest since I turned professional at 18,” the Liverpool midfielder said.

Steven Gerrard will now assume a ‘high profile’ ambassadorial role with the Football Association and will continue his club career with Liverpool.

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Priyanka Starer 'Mary Kom' Trailer to Release on July 24

EFT Report, Mumbai: The first full-fledged trailer of "Mary Kom," cut by producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali, will be launched by July 24.

The first teaser of Omang Kumar directed film was released on Priyanka Chopra's birthday Friday and it has got rave reviews by all and sundry. 

The actress plays titled role in the movie co-produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Sanjay Leela Bhansali Productions, and directed by Omung Kumar.

Ajit Andhare, COO Viacom 18, said: "We're thrilled with the astounding response to the poster and teaser which we had titled 'Mary Kom Punch'. These have set us up very well for the trailer, which will be out later this week. We've titled the trailer 'Mary Kom knock-out'. The first round is won and we're looking forward to the next."

Omang Kumar is "very happy" with the response. 

"After a long time there has been a frenzy of this sort surrounding the release of a poster. It felt good to hear all the fabulous comments. We had to live up to people's expectations with the teaser also. I think we succeeded in doing so. Now we have the trailer coming up. I am very excited. It's been a long wait for me. I can finally showcase my work to the world," he added.

The film on the Olympic bronze medalist is due to release on Oct 2. 
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