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Ustaad Zakir Hussain
SHIVKUMAR SHARMA, ZAKIR HUSSAIN TO PERFORM APRIL 20 IN ORLANDO
By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

If you haven’t seen them perform together, here’s your rare chance.

Santoor maestro Shivkumar Sharma and tabla player Ustad Zakir Hussain will present a classical music concert on April 20 in Orlando. The event is being presented by the not-for-profit Asian Cultural Association.

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Renu Khator
USF PROVOST RENU KHATOR BEGINS SERVING ON EPA COUNCIL
By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

University of South Florida (USF) Provost Renu Khator will begin serving as a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT) in April. The term continues through February 2007.

“It is quite an honor to have been invited to serve on the council,” Khator told Khaas Baat. “I am excited at the prospect of having input in shaping the national agenda on the environment – being from Florida where the eco-system is extremely fragile, I think I will be able to add a valuable perspective.” Khator has previously served as director and chair of the Environmental Science and Policy department at USF from August 1997 to June 2000.

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Rohit Jagessar
DIRECTOR JAGESSAR WAS INSPIRED BY GRANDMOTHER TO MAKE "GUIANA 1838"
By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

Rohit Jagessar is one happy man. And he has one big reason for it. Just last month, his film "Guiana 1838" picked the Best Feature Film of the Year Award at the third Belize International Film festival. That meant shutting out such competition as Ashutosh Gowarikar's "Swades" and Subhash Ghai's "Kisna." The annual weeklong event showcased films from Belize, the Caribbean, Southern Mexico and Central American regions as well as India, United Kingdom and the rest of the world.
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Get more in the upcoming events sections, youth higlights, health updates and read book reviews in this edition of Khaasbaat.
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Bollywood Preview
By Shephali J. Rele

This section will be devoted to telling you about creative films that may not have been blockbuster hits but in case you missed it, worth a look. It will also focus on new releases this month.
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Peter Lamont
AUTHOR: ROPE TRICK IS A MYTH ABOUT INDIA THAT WAS CREATED IN THE WEST
By NITISH S. RELE

It would have been one of the greatest magical feats ever. But the Indian rope trick. never happened. Here's how it works or worked, for that matter: A rope rises into the air. A boy climbs the rope and when he gets to the top, he disappears into thin air. People expressed their amazement after witnessing the illusion, and pictures captured the stunning moment.
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UPDATING OS AND ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
By ARUN MARBALLI

The ubiquity of technology in all its manifestations has made life easy for most of us while at the same time empowering those, so inclined, to use it for unfair and criminal gain. While the reach of the Internet has made the world a smaller place, it has at the same time made everyone vulnerable to prying eyes, identity thieves and nasty pests. Just as in days gone by, when we raised fortresses and built walls as protection from unwanted intrusions, we must today fortify ourselves from information-theft, offensive communications and information loss.
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