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IMAX Corp to open 5 new theatres in India

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IMAX Corporation today announced that it would be opening five new IMAX theatres in India by 2008. Delhi, Kolkata and Jaipur are the cities that have been shortlisted for three of the five projects.
“Delhi-based Aeren’s group will be the developers that we will be working with at Delhi and Kolkata. We plan to open the IMAX at Delhi by the end of 2005 and that will be followed by the one at Kolkata. The IMAX at Jaipur is most likely to be opened by the end of 2006,” Don Savant, vice-president and general manager, Asia Pacific, IMAX Corporation said.
The corporation, till date, has set up 235 IMAX theatres in 35 countries with three being in India.
Aeren's is a 30-year-old group of builders and developers in Delhi that has a client list that includes Pepsi, McDonalds, LML, MTNL, Sansui, UTI Bank and the JK GROUP. It has to its credit several farmhouses, colonies, residential and commercial buildings.
“We plan to introduce the new MPX technology in India, which will reduce costs for the multiplex operators. We see India as a significant growth area,” Richard Gelfond, co-chairman and co-chief operating officer, IMAX Corporation said at a press conference.
The MPX technology enables the multiplex operators to enter the IMAX business on a more cost-effective basis, as the projection and sound systems fit into a traditional 35 mm setting itself.
“Within the next 18 months we plan to introduce this technology in cities like Chennai, Bangalore and Pune in India,” Savant said. This means at least a 20 per cent reduction in operating costs and at the same time benefit from the IMAX experience.
IMAX Corporation has ventured into film production with Magnificent Desolation that stars Tom Hanks in the lead. It plans to produce at least one film a year. Later it also plans to capture live action in 3D technology.
It also plans to enter newer countries and has recently signed an agreement with the government of Punjab province in Pakistan, to install the first IMAX theatre in the country. The theatre is most likely to open in September 2005.
Gelfond also said that The Polar Express, the first full-length Hollywood feature film ever converted into IMAX 3D will open in IMAX theatres and conventional theatres simultaneously in India on December 24, 2004.
Prasads’ Vizag multiplex plan
The Prasads group, which operates the IMAX theatre in Hyderabad, plans to set up a multiplex in Vizag.
"The government has earmarked land for the multiplex but we cannot give any time frame for its set-up,” Ramesh Prasad, director, Prasad Media Corporation Limited said.
“The Prasad’s group is among the most successful of our operators in India, despite low ticket charges,” Richard Gelfond, co-chairman and co-chief operating officer, IMAX Corporation said.
“While the tickets cost about Rs 180 in India that is around $4, it is $18 in Japan and $11 in the US,” he added.
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Anna Hazare Awards

Awards to Anna Hazare


  Presented by R. Venkatraman ( president of India) on 6th April 1992 at Delhi for Anna Hazare's social work.

  Presented by R. Venkatraman ( President of India) on 24th march 1990 at Delhi for Anna Hazare's social work.





  Presented by shri. Balaramji Das Tandon (Minister, Punjab) on 14th november 2000.



Presented by Shri.Bada Bajar Kumar Sabha Pustakalay, Calcutta on 12th June 1996 for Anna Hazare's social work done for develop village as a family.

presented by P.A.Sangma (Speaker of Lok sabha) on 22nd February 1997 at New Delhi for Anna Hazare’s contribution to National Development Integration, Enrichment of life and for his outstanding achievements in the choosen field of activities(social service).

presented by Bhagwan Mahaveer Foundation , Chennai on 2th April 1997 for Anna Hazare’s excellent in sphere of social & community service.

presented by Shri.Panduranga Shastri Athavale on 8th January 1999 at Mumbai for Anna Hazare’s Hard, Sincere, Dedicated & Devoted social work.

presented by Care International Humanitarian on 8th May 1998 at Washington,D.C, USA for Anna Hazare demonstrating a profound commitment to improving life in developing world. Care Recognized Anna Hazare’s devotion to the ideas of sustainable development with whole hearted participation of villagers including women & youth.

presented by Shri.Vilas Rao Deshmukh (Chief Minister of Maharashtra) on 17th sept. 2000 for Shri.Anna hazare's social work

Presented by Shri.Jagadguru Murugharajendra Brihan Math at S.J.M.Math, Chitradurga , Karnataka on 4th June 2000 for Anna Hazare’s relentless effort to bring in the value of based way of life in the society.

presented by (Dhum-Lajee)chiefminister- Himothkursh Sahithy Samskruthi Avam Jana Kalyal Parishad, UNA, Himachal Pradesh on 14th February 1999 for Anna Hazare’s Social Work.

presented at Ahamadabad for Anna Hazares universal services to mankind including his incessant fight against corruption and his inspring efforts to improve the living condition of the poor & to ri\aise the ethical levels of the society.

presented by Smt.Rajmathi at Sangle, Maharashtra on 28th February 1998 for Anna Hazares Social Work.

presented by Supreme Court Judge Shri. D.P.Wadhwa at India Habital Center , Lodhi Road, New Delhi on 21st Feb 1998 for Anna Hazare’s Crusade against Corruption .
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Anna Hazare Short Life Biography

Short Biography of Anna Hazare – Story of Army Driver becoming
the Father of Nation Bigger than Bharat Ratna

Name - Kisan Bapat Baburao Hazare known as Anna Hazare

Birth date - 15 January 1940

Anna Hazare was born in Bhingar village in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra state in western India to Baburao Hazare and Laxmi Bai, an unskilled labourer family
He was raised by his childless aunt in Mumbai but could not continue beyond VII standard and had to quit midway due to problems.
He has two sisters.

He is unmarried.

Anna Hazare started his career as a driver in the Indian Army.
During his 15-year tenure as a soldier, he was posted to several states like Sikkim, Bhutan, Jammu-Kashmir, Assam, Mizoram, Leh and Ladakh and braved challenging weathers.

Anna was greatly influenced by Swami Vivekananda’s teachings.

In the year 1965, Pakistan attacked India and at that time, Hazare was posted at the Khemkaran border. On November 12, 1965, Pakistan launched air attacks on Indian base and all of Hazare’s comrades became martyrs

In 1978, he took voluntary retirement from the 9th Maratha Battalion

After serving 15 Years in Army Anna took the voluntary retirement and returned to his native place in Ralegan Siddhi, in the Parner tehsil of Ahmednagar district.

Ralegan Siddhi falls in the drought-prone area with a mere 400 to 500 mm of annual rainfall.
There were no weirs to retain rainwater.
During the month of April and May, water tankers were the only means of drinking water.
Almost 80 per cent of the villagers were dependent on other villages for food grains. Residents used to walk for more than four to six kilometers in search of work

Hazare came across the work of one Vilasrao Salunke, a resident of Saswad near Pune who had started a novel project of water management through watershed development in a joint venture with the Gram Panchyat. Hazare visited the project and decided to implement it in Ralegan Siddhi.

He steered the villagers to begin working towards water conservation.
At the outset, they completed 48 Nala Bunding work, contour trenches, staggered trenches, gully plugs, meadows development and of forestation of 500 hectares of land. Thereafter, they constructed five RCC weirs and 16 Gabion Weirs.

This resulted in increase in the ground water level.

Hazare’s Ralegan Siddhi became the first role model of an ideal village from the worst village to an ideal village.

Anna rightly thought that Development is marred by corruption and started a new venture in 1991 called Bhrashtachar Virodhi Jan Aandolan (BVJA) or public movement against corruption.
It was found that some 42 forest officers had duped the state government for crores of rupees through corruption in confederacy.
Hazare submitted the evidences to the government but the latter was reluctant to take action against all these officers as one of the ministers of the ruling party was involved in the scam.

A distressed Hazare returned the Padmashree Award to the President of India and also returned the Vriksha Mitra Award given by then prime minister of India Rajiv Gandhi.

He further went on an indefinite hunger strike in Alandi on the same issue.
Finally, the government woke up and took action against the criminal and corrupt officers as well as six of the ministers were forced to resign and more than 400 officers from different government offices were sent back to home.

In 1995 Shiv Sena-BJP government came to power in the state
Hazare raised the issue of alleged massive land purchase by Gholap's wife Shashikala in Nashik between April to September 1996.
He forwarded the available documentary evidences in support of his allegations to then Maharashtra Governor P. C. Alexander
On 4 November 1997, Gholap filed a defamation suit against Hazare for accusing him of corruption.
On 9 September 1998, Anna Hazare was imprisoned in the Yerawada Jail after being sentenced to simple imprisonment for three months by the Mumbai Metropolitan Court all political parties, every one from Maharashtra except the BJP and the Shiv Sena came in support of him
Later due to public protest, outcry the Government of Maharashtra ordered his release from the jail.

The state government has opened cooperative societies, credit societies & urban banks everywhere in states.
However, the directors of such societies do the corruption and failed to pay back the basic amount to the members of the societies.
Thus poor people get cheated when Anna saw this he again began his agitation against this.

Hazare agitated for over eight months.
The result was that more than Rs 125 crore was recovered from defaulters and the members of such societies heaved a sigh of relief.
Recovery of around Rs. 400 crores is in the pipeline.

After this Anna started to fight for the Right to information act.
Government ignored Anna.
In 1997 Anna agitated in Azad Maidan in Mumbai to create mass public awareness about RTI amongst the youth.
Anna started to travel across state.

Government promised Anna they will pass RTI act but in reality they never did it.
For this Anna agitated ten times for this law.

When Anna saw that Government is not willing to pass this law Anna went on an indefinite hunger strike at Azad Maidan in the last week of July 2003.

After 12 days of Hunger strike in Azad Maidan the President of India signed the draft of the Right to Information Act and ordered the state government to implement it with effect from 2002. The same draft was considered as the base document for the making of the National Right to Information Act-2005.

In 2003 Anna Hazare raised corruption charges against 4 ministers of the Congress-NCP government
Government ignored him
Then Anna started his fast unto death agitation on 9 August 2003.
He ended his fast on 17 August 2003 after then chief minister Sushil Kumar Shinde formed a one man commission, headed by the retired justice P. B. Sawant to probe his charges.
The P. B. Sawant commission report was submitted on 23 February 2005, indicted Suresh Jain, Nawab Malik and Padmasinh Patil.
Suresh Jain and Nawab Malik resigned from the cabinet in March 2005

Jan Lokpal Bill –
Agitation and hunger strike at the age of 73 and great victory against powerful and rich government

India against corruption movement
N. Santosh Hegde, a former justice of the Supreme Court of India and Lokayukta of Karnataka, Prashant Bhushan, a senior lawyer in the Supreme Court along with the members of the India against Corruption movement drafted an alternate bill, named as the Jan Lokpal Bill (People's Ombudsman Bill) with more stringent provisions and wider power to the Lokpal (Ombudsman)

On April 5 2011 Again Anna started second freedom struggle in India.
Anna wrote to everyone regarding Jan Lok Pal bill but no one listened him
After that on 5th April 2011 Started fast unto death to wake up the government for India.
Anna started war against corruption in India.
Hazare has started a fast unto death from 5 April 2011 at Jantar Mantar in Delhi, to press for the demand to form a joint committee of the representatives of the Government and the civil society to draft a new bill with stronger penal actions and more independence to the Lokpal and Lokayuktas (Ombudsmen in the states)

In beginning Government of India ignored him, many people said many things, but as First day was over Anna got the support from every corner of India and
No one has expected such a support Anna will get for this bill.

Over night table were turned and after 4 days of discussion with government of India servants .
Finally Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh realized that demand of Anna is right and government accepted all the demands of Anna.
Thus Jantar Mantar saved from becoming another Tahir Square.

Anna Hazare won the following awards –
1. Indira Priyadarshini Vrikshamitra award by the Government of India on November 19, 1986 from the hands of Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi.
2. 1989 - Krishi Bhushana award by the Government of Maharashtra.
3. 1990 - Padmashri award, by the Government of India
4. 1992 - Padmabhushan award, by the Government of India
5. 2008 - On April 15 2008, Anna Hazare received the World Bank's 2008 Jit Gill Memorial Award for Outstanding Public Service
6. Care International of the USA, Transparency International, Seoul (South Korea)
7. He received awards worth Rs 25 lakh and donated the entire amount for the Swami Vivekananda Kritadnyata Nidhi (social gratitude fund). Out of the two lakh rupees received from the above amount, mass marriages are carried of at least 25-30 poor couples every year.

Anna Hazare has given his life for the benefit of India.

He got the home in his village but he has not entered in that house from last 35 years.

Anna Hazare and Properties –

Anna Hazare has declared he has got Rs68, 688 in bank balance and cash and three pieces of land
Hazare's lands were either donated to him or family owned
In his statement, Hazare said two land pieces measuring 0.07 Hectares and two hectares are in his native village in Ralegan Siddhi in Maharashtra while 0.46 hectare of land is in Pimpianer.
one of the pieces of land in Ralegan Siddhi was donated by Army to him which he has donated for village use
the Pimpianer land was donated to him by a villager.Hazare has further donated this land for village use.

Anna Hazare never got any grant from Government of India.

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