The 113th birth anniversary of Mary Teresa Bojaxhiu MC, better known as Mother Teresa, was celebrated with great splendour at Conrad Hotel in Dubai by felicitating achievers in various sectors. The awards ceremony has been a regular feature in India since 2005 and has now taken an international flavour for the first time.
Recognised as Saint Teresa of Calcutta – canonised in September of 2016 – she was born on August 26, 1910, and gained fame as the initiator of the Missionaries of Charity. By 2012, this organisation had grown to include more than 4,500 sisters serving in 133 nations. Mother Teresa devoted herself to aiding the most destitute individuals and received several notable awards, including the Ramon Magsaysay Peace Prize and the Nobel Peace Prize.
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The narrative of the awards unfolds from the inception of the All India Minority and Weaker Sections Council, a non-political body founded by the late Prafulla Chandra Sen, former Chief Minister of West Bengal, and Anthony Biswas, accompanied by several other esteemed figures.
In the aftermath of Saint Teresa’s passing in 1997, the council established the Mother Teresa International and Millennium Award Committee. This committee was entrusted with the responsibility of annually identifying and honoring eminent personalities who have displayed excellence in various domains including Education, Science, Culture, Sports, Social Work, Medicine, Industry, and Politics within the nation. Justice Shyamal Sen, former Governor of West Bengal and former Chief Justice of Calcutta, stands as the chief patron of these awards.
The glittering awards function in Dubai on Saturday acknowledged outstanding individuals from both the UAE and around the world. Shyam Bhatia, a well-known figure in Dubai’s business scene and a cricket enthusiast, took the lead as patron of the award show. Joining him were four remarkable panelists, including Dr TH Ireland, principal of St James’ School in Kolkata and the committee chairman.
Among the illustrious panelists was the vibrant Usha Uthup, an accomplished artist whose career spans over five decades. With a close association with Mother Teresa, Uthup shared heartfelt stories of their interactions during both joyful and trying times. Her presence during Mother Teresa’s final moments showcased the depth of their bond. Another enchanting moment happened when she and Dubai-based Bollywood actor Kalpana Iyer took the stage together for a magical musical performance.
Philanthropist Ahmad Al Falasi, known as the Hope-maker of the UAE, was also part of the panel. His relentless efforts to bring medical aid to those in need around the world show his commitment to making the world better. His work in African medical facilities, including setting up dialysis centers, highlighted his dedication. Falasi’s readiness to help during the recent earthquake in Turkey showcased his humanitarian spirit.
Sacha Jafri, a well-known artist based in Dubai, added an artistic touch to the evening. In just 20 minutes, he created a touching artwork right before the audience’s eyes. Sacha Jafri was also among the awardees honoured on the night. His collaboration with NASA to place his creation on the Lunar Surface is groundbreaking. This artwork, titled ‘We Rise Together with the Light of the Moon’, represents hope and unity for humanity. With an estimated auction value of an astonishing $105 million USD, Jafri’s work is poised to set a new record.
The event was graced by Dubai’s crème de la crème, and attendees were enthralled by the captivating dance performances of the mother-daughter actor/artiste duo, Indrani Dutta and Rajnandini Paul.
In the heart of Dubai, an evening of celebration, camaraderie, and inspiration unfolded, marking a remarkable chapter in the annals of awards and accolades.
Over a span of 22 years, the award ceremony has celebrated remarkable individuals such as Dr Manmohan Singh, the former Prime Minister of India, Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, the distinguished musician and singer late Manna Dey, Ajit Wadekar, former coach & captain of the Indian cricket team, alongside a multitude of other notable personas.
Varun Sharma, Pankaj Tripathi starrer gets flying start
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], September 29 (ANI): Actors Varun Sharma, Pankaj Tripathi and Pulkit Samrat starrer comedy film’Fukrey 3′ has according to estimates collected Rs 8.82 crore at the Indian box office on its first day.
Taking to Instagram, trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared a post which he captioned,”Fukrey3 fares well on Day 1… Evening / night shows perform better… Biz in Maharashtra affected due to GanpatiVisarjan… Needs to witness substantial growth from Fri – Mon for a strong, impressive total… Thu 8377; 8.82 cr. India biz. Boxoffice”Helmed by Mrighdeep Singh Lamba and produced under the banner of Excel Entertainment by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar, the film also stars, Richa Chadha and Manjot Singh in the lead roles.
Both ‘Fukrey’ and ‘Fukrey Returns’ had audiences in splits and emerged as hits at the box office in 2013 and 2017, respectively.
There have been several delays for ‘Fukrey 3′. The movie’s initial release date was September 7–was intended to conflict with Shah Rukh Khan’s’Jawan’. After that, it was pushed to December 1.
Now it’s shifted back to the month of September.
Actor Ali Fazal, who appeared in the first two instalments of the hit franchise, is not a part of the third instalment.
Ali, earlier issued a statement, confirming his exit from the franchise. He informed that he did not work in ‘Fukrey 3’ owing to a scheduling conflict with ‘Mirzapur 3’ season.
Reacting to Ali’s absence from the film, actor Pulkit Samrat told ANI, “We actually miss him a lot. We have a lot of fun with him during the promotions or even during the shoot. He also gives very interesting inputs, but unfortunately due to his dates and time he will not be seen in Part 3, but who knows, he might be in Part 4.” (ANI)
RajKummar Rao urges people to participate in PM Modi’s ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ campaign
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], September 29 (ANI): Actor RajKummar Rao on Friday morning took part in a beach clean-up drive at Juhu Beach in Mumbai.
Speaking to ANI, RajKummar hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Swachhata Hi Seva” campaign, urging citizens to do their bit to ensure public places are clean and tidy.
“This is a very important initiative. We all should take part in Modi ji’s ‘Swachta hi Sewa’ as it is very important to keep our city and country clean,” he said.
On his 105th episode of Mann Ki Baat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to people for 1 hour of shramdaan for the swachhata (cleanliness) at 10 am on October 1 calling the initiative- ‘Ek tareekh ek ghanta ek saath’.
On organising a cleanliness drive at Juhu Beach today, social worker and singer Amruta Fadnavis said, “Many people including celebrities and the city police commissioner have joined this beach cleanup. It is our responsibility to leave a clean planet for future generations. Mumbai’s bio-diverse coastline can be protected only through each individual’s contribution.”Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal also talked about the drive which is scheduled to take place on October 1.
“On 1st October, we are conducting cleanliness drives at 168 locations in Mumbai…We are setting up seven Sewage Treatment Plants at the cost of Rs 25,000 crore in Mumbai. this way we will be able to release only treated and chemical-free water in the sea,” he said. Actors Manushi Chhillar, Saiyami Kher and Isha Kopikkar were also spotted at the cleanliness drive “Cleanathon 2.0” — organised a day after immersion of the idols of Lord Ganesh during Ganesh Chaturthi. (ANI)
Soni Razdan wishes son-in-law Ranbir Kapoor on his birthday
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], September 28 (ANI): Actor Soni Razdan has a special birthday wish for her son-in-law Ranbir Kapoor.
On Thursday, she took to Instagram and shared a selfie with Ranbir.
“Happy birthday to the sweetest SIL RanbirKapoor. You make the world a better place just by being in it…Have an amazing year ahead love you loads,” she wrote.
Actor and wife Alia Bhatt also wished her hubby Ranbir Kapoor with some adorable pictures of him and penned down a sweet message.
She took to her Instagram handle to post several pictures of Ranbir. In the first one, Alia can be seen kissing Ranbir on his cheek, while in the other the couple can be spotted enjoying a baseball match.
The following image shows Alia posing in front of the number 8 while taking a selfie. She further shared a close-up, monochrome picture of Ranbir taken on their wedding day. Another black and white photo shows Alia gazing at Ranbir’s palm. The final image was another up-close portrait of Ranbir’s face.
Along with the pictures, she wrote in the caption,”my love.. my best friend.. my happiest place.. as you read this caption from your secret account sitting right next to me .. all I’d like to say is.. happy birthday baby… you make it ALL magical”He also received special birthday wishes from his mother and veteran actor Neetu Singh and his sister, Riddhima Kapoor.
Ranbir tied the knot with Alia Bhatt on April 14, 2022, and announced their pregnancy in June 2022. On November 6, last year, the couple welcomed their first child, a baby girl, named Raha.
Meanwhile, on the work front, Ranbir is all set to come up with a film titled ‘Animal’ and the teaser of the film has been unveiled.
The movie also stars Anil Kapoor, Rashmika Mandana and Bobby Deol. The film will hit the theatres on December 1 in five languages – Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam. (ANI)