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Friday, February 13, 2009

On The First Day Of Falgun : Basanto Batashe...

Bengals welcome Springs in colours, songs, dance
Dhaka, 1 Falgun, 13 February : Residents of capital Dhaka poured out of their habitual pens onto the streets Friday to welcome spring, the season of hope, not just with colours but with songs, dance.They embraced the carefree environment spraying the spring colours and fragrances. The celebrated Battala of Dhaka University, the book fair at Bangla Academy and the Fine Arts Institute premises were peopled with the youths donning the bright orange, yellow and red throwing into the air mischievous, flaming invitations out to the wiling revellers.
Baul minstrel Shah Abdul Karim's song "Basanto batashe..." floats in the air as one browses through new arrivals at the book fair on Pahela Falgun, the day one of the Bengali month of Falgun, the official harbinger of spring.People of all ages and callings old and young alike; flocked to the places specially to say hello to each other and greet the season of free spirit, jollities and abundance.Young men and women sporting their Bashanti (saffon) kurta-pajama and sarees have flocked to the Teacher-Student Centre and surrounding places.
2 Jamaat men arrested over War Crime charges
Rajshahi, 13 February : Rajshahi Police say they arrested two Jamaat-e-Islami activists from Mohanpur Upazila early Friday morning in a case that charged them with war crimes. Officer in charge of Mohanpur Police Station Asaduzzaman Milon said two were picked up from their homes in Dyeing Para-Berabari area.
It is the first instance in the Bangladesh where alleged war criminals have been arrested in a regular case, said Shahabuddin Khan, superintendent of Rajshahi police.
13th Finance Commission team arrives in Tripur Tribal areas
Agartala, 13 February : A 12 member delegation of the 13th Finance Commission arrived here this morning and has left for the headquarters of Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) in Khumlung.
According to a report, 13th FC Chairman Vijay Kelkar, also the former Union Finance Secretary, was scheduled to reach Agaratala in the afternoon and meet the cabinet members of the Manik Sarkar led ministry to finalise the issues related to allocation of finance from 2010 to 2015. The FC was scheduled to hold separate meetings with Governor D N Sahay, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and Finance Minister Badal Choudhury, sources added.

Ganga Bhangan Protirodh Committee office torched
Malda, 13 February : A mob, led by building contractors, ransacked the office of an NGO in Malda that had alleged corruption in the construction of a health centre. The mob torched the office of Ganga Bhangan Protirodh Nagarik Action Committee, after contractors claimed its protests had unnecessarily delayed construction work. Five persons were roughed up.

Andaman's tribe threatens Poll Boycott in land row
Reuters, Port Blair, 13 February : Tribespeople from Andaman and Nicobar islands have threatened to boycott this year's general election because they say the navy has encroached on their land, a charge the navy denies.

Leaders from the Nicobarese tribe wrote a letter on behalf of 400 families to the lieutenant-governor of the Andaman and Nicobar islands this week, accusing the navy of taking "unfair advantage" of a people devastated by the 2004 tsunami.
The issue of land encroachment is highly sensitive on India's strategically important Andaman and Nicobar islands, home to Indian navy bases and near an important shipping channel. Tribes on the archipelago, five of them close to extinction, have long held grievances about what they say is government neglect, exploitation and the decline of their indigenous culture.
"A few months ago the Navy suddenly came onto the lands. It is very cruel for the Navy to try to take unfair advantage of tribals who have suffered so much during the tsunami," said the letter, released to Reuters by the Society for Andaman and Nicobar Ecology (SANE) on Thursday. The Andaman and Nicobar islands have a lone seat in the India's parliament.

President Zillur pays homage to Bangabandhu
Dhaka, 13 February : Zillur Rahman, who was sworn in as the president last evening, placed flower wreath at the portrait of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Dhanmondi today.
He also went to the Bangladesh National Memorial in Savar this morning to pay homage to the Liberation War martyrs. A smartly turned out contingent drawn from the three services presented a state salute. The president also signed the visitor book at the Memorial. State Minister for Liberation War Affairs Ministry Captain ABM Tajul Islam received the president at the National Memorial. The chiefs of the three services and senior military and civil officials were present.
Earlier yesterday, Veteran Awami League (AL) leader Zillur Rahman was sworn in as the Bangladesh's 19th president in a simple ceremony at Bangabhaban.

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