I love this song and these dancers really connected with it and expressed great musicality. It’s refreshing. 

Meet the Forrest Gump of India ************************************ It was just a physical test for recruitment of police constables in Sriganganagar district in Rajasthan on March 26. But the results in the 10km run left officials stunned. The aspiring constables were needed to cover 10km in one hour to pass. But, a 24-year-old completed the course in almost half the time! Sandip Acharya, from a non-descript village in Hanumangarh district, crossed the line in just 33 minutes, which is nearly as good as the national record. Senior police officers conducting the tests made him run another 1.5 km, which he did in four minutes. IGP, Bikaner, Girdhari Lal Sharma, confirmed that Sandip had indeed run the mandatory 10 km in 33 minutes. “Forrest Gump has been one of my all-time favorite movies and watching Sandip run was as if the character was in front of me. He was running like the wind,” said a police officer in the recruitment committee. Sandip, of Kihanpura Uttarada village, is not even aware that his finish time is hot on trail of the national record. Athlete Surendra Singh, who runs in state-of-the-art running shoes on synthetic tracks, holds the Indian 10,000m record of 28 minutes and 2 seconds. He did so in Vigo, Spain, on July 12, 2008. Kashinath Aswale has the national 10 km road record of 29:43 minutes. Had Sandip run in proper gear, he might have shaved off a few more minutes, said one cop. And yet, Sandip may not make it to the police. That’s because he didn’t apply under sports quota. “Had Sandip applied under sports quota, he would have been selected for sure. But because he didn’t, we can’t say if he would be selected,” said IGP Sharma. Sandip and his father are labourers. He dropped out of school after completing secondary education. As the family couldn’t afford sending him to school, he graduated through correspondence. He never trained for running or followed a dietary regime. “I had appeared in a written exam for police constable recruitment in June 2014. I came to know that I had passed when the results were announced a couple of months later. I then started preparing for the physical test,” said Sandip. “A 10km stretch separates my village from the next one. I started running on the road connecting the two villages,” said Sandip. IGP Sharma expects Sandip to run much faster in tournaments. IGP Sharma added that another aspirant, Shrawan Kumawat, completed the run in 35 minutes. “Shrawan had applied under the sports quota because he had won gold medal in an inter-university competition. Shrawan has been selected. We will train him to participate in police tournaments,” said the IG.

Watch: Beautiful drone visuals of Kolkata’s landmarks will make you fall in love with the city

Kolkata is one of those Indian cities that can overwhelm you by its swirling humanity. People spilling out of buses, trams, autorickshaws, trains. People on roads, pavements, parks, bridges. Honks blaring, bells of rickshaws clanging the buzz of humanity enveloping your senses. If you have lived in the city or experienced it even briefly, this video, uploaded by a young Switzerland-based photographer Sandip De, will be a delight. An aerial 4K HD view of Kolkata on a winter , the video titled “Waking Up With Kolkata”, shows a clutch of Kolkata landmarks like Shaheed Minar, Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial Hall and St Paul’s Cathedral.

But it’s not as simplistic as that, even as the DJI Phantom drone slowly moves up to give you a view of the chaotic Shaheed Minar complex, which is adjacent to Kolkata’s busiest bus depot, you realise how the crown city of the British Empire was planned. The sheer symmetry of the octagonal landscaped garden that surrounds the magnificent structure that every Kolkata has learnt to ignore,dawns upon you. Fume coughing beasts become toy buses and errant taxis become yellow dot. All that you see is a grand city, that is much bigger than your petty daily experiences.

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President Mukherjee approves 11 gallantry awards

President Pranab Mukherjee has approved the award of one Ashok Chakra, two Kirti Chakras and eight Shaurya Chakras to the Indian Army personnel on the occasion of Republic Day 2016.

The list of awardees:

Ashok Chakra

Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami (Posthumous), 9 PARA (Special Force)

Kirti Chakra

Subedar Mahendra Singh, Sena Medal, 9 PARA (Special Force)

Sepoy Jagdish Chand (Posthumous), 546 DSC Platoon

Shaurya Chakra

Colonel Santosh Yashwant Mahadik (Posthumous), Sena Medal, 41 Rashtriya Rifle (PARA)

Major Praphul Kumar Bhardwaj, 12 PARA (Special Force)

Major Anurag Kumar, 9 PARA (Special Force)

Major Sandip Yadav, 55 Rashtriya Rifle (Armed)

Lieutenant Harjinder Singh, 3 KUMAON

Naik Satish Kumar (Posthumous), 21 Rashtriya Rifle (Guards)

Naik Kheem Singh Mehra, 21 KUMAON

Sepoy Dharma Ram (Posthumous), 1 Rashtriya Rifle (MAHAR)
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This Guy Captured Kolkata's Iconic Landmarks With A Stunning Aerial Video

Best viewed with a hot cup of chai in your hands.

Photographer Sandip De just uploaded a video which captures the city of Kolkata from dizzying heights.

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Using a quadcopter, De set out one foggy winter morning to document some of the most breathtaking sights of Kolkata, including Shaheed Minar…

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The majestic grounds of Victoria Memorial…

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And of course, the iconic Howrah Bridge.

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Sandip Ray (Bengali: সন্দীপ রায় Shôndip Rae) (born 8 September 1954) is a film director living in the city of Kolkata, West Bengal, India. He is the only son of the noted Bengali director Satyajit Ray, and Bijoya Ray.

Jekhane Bhooter Bhoy
Sandip Ray
Genre: Regional Indian
Price: $7.99
Rental Price: $2.99
Publish Date: September 22, 2014

Sandip Ray’s (Chaar, Royal Bengal Rohosso) cinematic narrative, based on three short ghost stories. A storyteller named Tarini Khuro (a fictional character created by Satyajit Ray) serves a common link between the three stories with a bunch of young kids set to be his audience; here he narrates stories from his repertoire. The first story in the film, “Anathbabur Bhoy” is about a gentleman who claims to be a ghost-hunter, been dealing with this subject, he is eager to spend a night in the infamous Halder Bari, a broken mansion, a haunted place. The second story in the film, “Brown Saheber Bari” is about a mysterious character called Simon, whom Brown Saheb had mentioned in his diary till his last breath. Now this diary is in possession Ranjan Sengupta (Abir Chatterjee), a bank employee who resolves to dig out more on mysterious entity who haunts the dilapidated cottage in Kalimpong. The third narrative is “Bhoot Bhobishyot” is based on a peculiar relationship between a writer and a friendly 19th century ghost, a light-hearted story with a memorable twist at the end of it all.