By Natasha ChakuMelbourne, May 26 (PTI) An Indian-origin man here has organised an exhibition showcasing portraits made by him of 50 well known Australian personalities like cricketing icons Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting.The two-day long exhibition by Melbourne-based resident Sedunath Prabhakar was launched on Wednesday and opened for public by Parliament Speaker Colin Brooks, Multicultural Minister Robin Scott, Indian Consul General Manika Jain and other Indian community members.Paintings on 50-metre canvas include personalities of politics, sports to films depicting culture and history of Australia from 17th century to till date.Prabhakar, a painter-cum musician, said he was inspired by the deep culture and history of Australia and after an in- depth research he picked some famous personalities and other lesser known faces from the history.”I have put them to life in acrylic through my art work,” Prabhakar said.”It took me over 18 months to complete all the paintings and it is an effort to narrate Australian history through art and also to carry Australians down the memory lane to appreciate the contributions of their great fellow men,” he said.Prabhakar, an alumni of Baroda School of Arts, said his favourite portraits among the series includes famous engineer John Monash and the longest serving and former Prime Minister Robert Menzies.Other personalities included in the exhibition are Eddie Koiki Mabo, Cathy Freeman, Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting, Steve Irwin and Julia Gillard.Prabhakar has also been invited by the Indian Embassy of Oman to exhibit his new paintings at the Fine Arts Aociety of Oman in November this year which will cover the rich traditions of the country. PTI NC AJR AKJ AMS MVVadvertisement
New Delhi, Aug 29 (PTI) Over 180 students belonging to SC and ST communities were honoured at the Dr Ambedkar National Merit Awards here today for scoring high marks in class 10 and 12 examinations.The awards were given by Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot at a function here.The merit awards are divided into three categories. Rs 60,000 in cash was given as first prize while Rs 50,000 was given as second prize. The third position was awarded with Rs 40,000.In his message to the students, the minister said, “Ambedkar was a source of inspirations for millions in the country. He was instrumental in the setting up of the Reserve Bank of India and several other institutions in the country”.He asked students to focus on sports activities besides academics for holistic development.Minister of state for Social Justice and Empowerment Vijay Sampla also addressed the students. PTI SAN DPB
PixabayIn an interesting development, two glowing orbs were spotted in the skies of Kansas. The sighting soon went viral on online platforms, and even weather authorities are completely clueless about the bizarre sighting.The National Weather Service (NWS) wrote on Twitter that they literally have no explanation for the mysterious sighting. As NWS failed to give a proper explanation, several social media users started alleging that alien spaceships have reached the earth to monitor human activities. Some users even went a step ahead and assured that extraterrestrials are gearing up for an invasion.We honestly have no explanation for the floating objects over Kansas City.— NWS Kansas City (@NWSKansasCity) June 21, 2019Popular UFO researcher Scott C Waring also analyzed the clip, and he alleged that the government is trying to cover up realities of alien life.”Thousands of eyewitness in Kansas City saw huge UFO orbs in the sky over the city two days ago. Even the local news recorded a few and posted to Twitter what they had seen. This prompted DARPA to respond saying that they had released three lighter than air objects in the area. I believe since DARPA is a government agency that it is lying to the public and trying to cover up an actual UFO fleet over Kansas City. The US government will try anything and everything to cover up actual UFO sightings and here is 100% proof that they are doing it again here,” wrote Waring on his website ET Date Base.The new UFO sighting has been reported just a few days after United States president Donald Trump expressed his thoughts about extraterrestrial existence. While interacting with ABC, Trump revealed that he does not believe in aliens. It should be noted that Pentagon had earlier confirmed that they had carried out a secret investigative mission to unveil the secrets surrounding UFO sightings. Recently, several US Navy officials had also revealed that they saw flying objects speeding in hypersonic speed, and performing weird maneuvers on the skies.Even though several Navy officials suggested otherworldly possibilities, Leon Golub, a senior astrophysicist at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics claimed that extraterrestrial origin of these flying objects is very unlikely. As per Golub, several factors that include atmospheric effects, and neurological overload from continuous flights could be the real cause of these sightings, especially among pilots. In the meantime, a section of other conspiracy theorists had started arguing that these glowing orbs could be secret anti-gravity military vessels developed by superpowers like the United States, Russia or China. As per these conspiracy theorists, the flying orbs spotted in Kansas could be spying crafts sent by Russia or China to learn more about US geography and activities.
Kader Siddiqui. File photoKrishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) of Kader Siddiqui on Monday formally joined Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Front, aiming to ensure a credible and acceptable national election in the country, reports UNB.KSJL president Kader Siddiqui came up with the announcement at a press conference at his party office in the capital’s Motijheel area.”We want a credible and acceptable [national] election where people will be able to cast their votes. So, I declare my party’s decision with pleasure that from now on we’re with Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya front,” he said.Kader Siddiqui was supposed to come up with the announcement of joining the Oikya Front at a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh in presence of Dr Kamal Hossain on Saturday, but he took time to take the final decision in this regard.