Archive | January, 2002

Penyanyi Bersaing Di Anugerah Planet Muzik

25 Jan

Penyanyi Malaysia, Singapura dan Indonesia sekali lagi berentap merebut trofi pada Anugerah Planet Muzik 2002 yang akan berlangsung di Singapura Sabtu ini (26 Januari).

Antara penyanyi Malaysia yang turut disenarai peringkat akhir ialah Siti Nurhaliza, Dayang Nurfaizah dan Ziana Zain dalam kategori Artis Terbaik Wanita. Turut dicalonkan Titi DJ dan Rossa dari Indonesia.

Dalam kategori lelaki pula tidak ada penyanyi dari Malaysia dicalonkan. Kategori itu menampilkan penyanyi kelahiran Singapura M.Nasir, Ferhad serta tiga penyanyi Indonesia, Ari Lasso, Andre Hehanussa dan Harvey Malaiholo.

Kumpulan nasyid kontemporari Raihan dan Rabbani pula dicalonkan dalam kategori Kumpulan Terbaik bersama kumpulan Kaleoidoscopicuriosity (Singapura), Padi dan penyanyi duet Anang dan Kris Dayanti dari Indonesia.

Dalam kategori Kumpulan Baru Terbaik pula pasangan Ajai, Nurul dan Bozz dari Malaysia turut dicalonkan. Mereka bersaing bersama kumpulan-kumpulan dari Indonesia.

Kategori wanita pula menampilkan Elyana, Samirah, Mala serta penyanyi Singapura Asiyah Sinnan dan Shanty.

Dalam kategori album pula album Safa (Siti Nurhaliza), Seandainya Masih Ada Cinta (Dayang Nurfaizah), Phoenix Bangkit (M.Nasir), Aku Cinta Padamu (Ziana) turut layak bersaing bersama Sesuatu Yang Tertunda (Padi) dan Makin Aku Cinta (Anang dan Kris Dayanti).

Lagu Menadah Gerimis (Ziana), Raikan Cinta (M.Nasir), Masirah (M.Nasir), Percayalah (Siti Nurhaliza), Makin Aku Cinta (Anang & Kris Dayanti) dan Kasih Tak Sampai (Padi) bersaing merebut anugerah Lagu Terbaik.

Anugerah Planet Muzik 2002 juga turut mempertandingkan beberapa kategori melibatkan penyanyi tempatan Singapura sahaja.

Selain menyampaikan anugerah, ia juga akan menampilkan persembahan hiburan oleh Siti Nurhaliza, Dayang Nurfaizah, Ziana, Nurul dan Ajai, Ferhad, Fazley, Yassin, Hetty Sarlene, Rem, Man Bai, Harvey Malaiholo, Kris Dayanti, Padi, Anterro Boys dan beberapa lagi

Powered by Utusan Malaysia

Aussies Sweep The Board At Globes

22 Jan

Aussies sweep the board at Globes

BEVERLY HILLS, JAN. 21. “A Beautiful Mind,” Ron Howard’s emotional thriller about a brilliant but schizophrenic mathematician, won the Golden Globe Award for best dramatic motion picture on Sunday night, while “Moulin Rouge,” Baz Luhrmann’s self-consciously gaudy attempt to resurrect the movie musical, was named best comedy or musical film.

Many had hoped that the 59th annual Golden Globe Awards would help clarify what had been a fairly muddled movie awards season, perhaps giving some indication of what films were likely to figure prominently in the Academy Awards later this year. Certainly, both “Moulin Rouge” and “A Beautiful Mind” got significant boosts at Sunday night’s ceremonies, which were held in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

It was also a banner night for Australians, and for HBO. Luhrmann and acting winners Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman and Rachel Griffiths are all Australians, and HBO took all three top television awards: best dramatic series, best comedy series and best mini-series. Howard’s film also won for Crowe’s lead dramatic performance as the mathematician, Jennifer Connelly’s supporting performance and for Akiva Goldsman’s script, while Luhrmann’s anachronistic musical, mixing period settings with contemporary songs, won for Kidman’s lead performance and Craig Armstrong’s score.

Sissy Spacek won the award for Best Actress in a Dramatic Film for “In the Bedroom,” playing a mother trying to overcome the violent death of her son. One of the evening’s bigger surprises, and the source of the longest ovation, was Robert Altman’s winning the best director award for “Gosford Park,” a murder mystery set on an English country estate. “Gosford Park” was widely seen as a solid return to form for one of the legendary American directors of the 1970s. Among the films that are considered strong Oscar contenders and held multiple nominations going into Sunday’s ceremonies yet came away empty-handed were “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” “Mulholland Drive” and “Ali.”

Harrison Fordon Sunday night added the Foreign Press Association’s Cecil B. DeMille Award to his roster. — New York Times

Hindu On Net

The Foreign Hand

20 Jan

The foreign hand


THERE is a war being waged in the media, and it has nothing to do with Musharraf or Kashmir or PTV propaganda or TV ratings. It has to do with an enigmatic little phrase called “FDI in print.” Despite double editorials, editor’s columns, and front page campaigns on the issue, the common reader remains mystified as to what all the excitement is about. In case you need a glossary to negotiate this esoteric debate, this column thoughtfully provides one.

FDI: Foreign direct investment, also stands for desperate for foreign investment.

FII: Foreign institutional investors, or bankers who could be persuaded to invest in dubious propositions such as a recession-stricken media.

Print: Newspapers and magazines, as opposed to TV and Internet which thrive almost entirely on foreign direct or institutional investment without anybody losing sleep over it.

Foreign Investors in print: A mythical tribe believed to be itching to come and lose money in India.

Cabinet resolutions of 1955 and 1956: Something that made negative noises about letting foreigners own newspapers and magazines in this country. Something nobody heard of until liberalisation began to knock at the doors of the print media.

Jawaharlal Nehru: India’s first prime minister, forgotten for the last 10 years at least, recently resurrected for having presided over the passing of the said cabinet resolution. Therefore now a good, wise, far-sighted guy for big newspapers who are anti-FDI, but were bad-mouthing his socialism not so long ago.

Liberalisation: Something that leading Indian newspapers support, as long as it is not in the newspaper industry.

FDI in print: A mirage chased by newspapers that are broke.

Twenty-six per cent: A formulation put forward by broke newspapers to connote foreign investment that doesn’t amount to foreign ownership. Who will call the shots if the foreign guy with 26 per cent is the single biggest shareholder, remains a mystery.

Foreign news media: Foreign-owned news media as opposed to Indian media aspiring to foreign money but strenuously claiming that it will never be foreign owned. Foreign ownership: something that the broke newspapers claim will not happen despite foreign investment. Something that solvent newspapers claim will definitely happen.

National Interest: Self interest in ill-concealed disguise.

National security, political and geo-political environment: Something that the anti-FDI lobby says will be endangered if foreign newspapers buy some shares in Indian ones.

The leader who guards the reader: A big, rich English language newspaper that has the distinction of making more profits than all the other newspapers put together in the country, currently chief standard bearer of the National Interest. (And the Reader’s Interest, they would add. You don’t want foreign owners calling the shots in creating public opinion in the country, do you? The way Murdoch did in U.K.? And, of course, he is not doing the same here with Star News. It’s only a TV channel.)

A matter of principle: A phrase used by both sides to describe their position.

Congress Party: A political party that is both for and against FDI in print.

Bharatiya Janata Party: A political party whose favourite newspaper (officially broke) knows that lots of overseas friends of the BJP will bail it out if FDI in print is allowed. The party is also represented in the FDI campaign by one of its MPs who owns a newspaper.

CPI(M): A political party that abhors foreign investment in the print media but loves it in the State where it rules.

Standing Committee: A committee comprised of MPs of all political parties that has been sitting for some time on a decision on the issue.

Swadeshi: A term popularised by George Fernandes but recently redefined by him in the defence ministry to mean made in India, but not necessarily with Indian money.

Protectionism: What broke newspapers accuse solvent newspapers of practising.

Monopolist: A big bad newspaper, bad because it is making money and the little guys around it are not.

An entertainment medium: Something the big newspapers strenuously claim they are not, never mind all those acres of newsprint devoted to Esha Deol, Ritu Beri, K3G, Bipasha Basu’s love life, and Dino Morea’s feather light acting talents.

Journalists’ Unions: Curiously little heard from in this debate. Can’t decide whether the national interest is good for journalists’ interests.

Journalists: The guys and gals who are lying low and kidding themselves that FDI in print will bring them better pay packets.

E-mail the writer at

Hindu On Net