Jasoda (C) and Sima (R) prepare to tie a rakhi, or sacred thread, onto the wrist of their rickshaw puller brother Ramu on the street of Kolkata. The annual Rakhi Bandhan festival is marked by the simple ceremony of the sister tying a colorful thread, a simple bracelet, or a decorative string around the wrist of her male siblings, symbolising the love that binds women to their brothers.
Kolkata, 5 August : Three leading West Bengal universities Wednesday joined hands with China’s Yunnan University to develop higher education and student exchange programmes.
Yunnan University and three leading universities of the state signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) aiming to work towards the integration of a mutually rewarding education system. “The collaborations we are entering into will ensure that some of the programmes are started from September,” Higher Education Minister Sudarshan Roychowdhury told a seminar here. He said the programme will emphasise and develop the study of indigenous languages of both nations. “We’ve great regard for China. I hope this educational exchange programme will help a large number of students in both the countries.”
The MOUs were signed by Wu Jianguo, vice-president of Yunnan University, and by Kolkata University vice chancellor Suranjan Das, Rabindra Bharati University vice chancellor Karunasindhu Das and Visva Bharati University registrar Col. M.M. Mitra.
BSS, Dhaka, 5 August : A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed today between the Dhaka University (DU) and Japanese Rikkyo University to promote cooperation in higher education.
DU Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof Harun-Or-Rashid and Rikkyo University Pro-VC Dr Kasahara Kiyoshi signed the agreement on behalf of their respective sides at DU Senate building conference hall. After singing of the MoU, they said the agreement would promote academic excellence and research programmes on science and technology and others subjects of arts and humanities between the two renowned Asian universities.
Under the agreement, both universities would promote cooperation in the fields of academic and research activities and exchange teachers, researchers and Ph.D students.
Khaleda, Tarique charged in 'Orphanage Trust' case
AFP, Dhaka, 5 August : Bangladesh's Anti-Corruption Commission on Wednesday filed charges against former premier Khaleda Zia and her eldest son for allegedly embezzling money meant for an orphanage, officials said.
Zia and her son Tareque Rahman were accused of "gobbling up" 21 million taka (305,000 dollars) donated to an orphanage trust named after Zia's husband, the late president Ziaur Rahman, a senior commission official told AFP.
This is the first case to be filed against Zia since her bitter political rival, the current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, stormed back to power in 29 December elections.
"We investigated the case and found that Tareque Rahman and her mother gobbled up the money meant for the Zia Orphanage Trust. They did it with help from the then principal secretary of the premier," said the official, who declined to be identified.
Pabna, 5 August : Erosion along the banks of the Padma and Jamuna rivers in Pabna district has reached critical levels, leaving over a thousand families homeless in the last month alone, officials said.
Bera, Sujanagar, Ishwardi and Sadar upazilas have borne the brunt of the ongoing erosion. Displaced locals in the worst affected areas say they had no time to relocate their homes due to the speed of the rivers' advance. Local authorities said there has been little erosion over the last eight or nine years in the area, but six villages under Sujanagar upazila, Charashutoshpur, four villages of Sadar upazlia, four villages of Ishwardi, and 13 villages of Bera have seen the worst of it this year. Local WDB officials said large-scale erosion began along the banks of the Padma and Jamuna rivers in the four upazilas soon after the rainy season set in, but has significantly gained pace over the last 15 to 20 days.
WDB executive engineer in Bera, SI Talukdar said the WDB had taken up a Tk 1.4 crore project to shore up the flood embankment at Nagarbari, although the initiative had so far failed to slow the erosion.
PTI, Midnapore, 5 August : Suspected Maoists today shot dead one more CPI(M) local leader in troubled West Midnapore district, taking the toll of the party leaders killed to 15 since the joint forces began their anti-Naxal operation in Lalgarh and elsewhere on 18 June.
Police said the extremists called Sankar Das Adhikari out of his home at Chilgara village this morning and pumped several bullets. The Maoists then warned the villagers not to involve in CPI(M) activity, else they would suffer the same fate.In another incident, a local leader of Jharkhand Party (Naren), Gunadhar Sing, was shot dead last night by the rebels at Majheria village, police said.
Before leaving, the Maoists left some handbills which warned villagers against involvement in anti-Maoist activity.
Dhaka, 5 August : At least three Bangladeshi workers in Saudi Arabia were reported dead on Wednesday following a devastating fire at a residential camp located close to the Khurasaniyah Gas Plant, about 140 km northwest of Dahran.
The reports of Bangladeshi deaths came from Saudi media, but Bangladesh authorities have yet to confirm them. Bangladesh Foreign secretary Md Mijarul Quayes told reporters, "We have come to know about the deaths through reports. There has been no official report from the Bangladesh mission in Saudi Arabia, so we cannot confirm anything yet."
Kolkata, 5 August : Kolkata High Court on Tuesday admitted a writ petition by Bollywood producer Vipul Shah against the makers of the Bengali blockbuster Poran Jay Joliya Re. In his petition, Shah has accused Sri Venkatesh Films of lifting the storyline of his 2007 blockbuster Namastey London.
Justice Nadira Patherya directed the makers of the Bengali film to furnish the statement of accounts relating to ticket sales to the court on Wednesday morning, when the matter comes up for hearing. The latter were also directed not to create and fresh third party rights till then.
Poran Jay Joliya Re was released last week and stars Dev and Subhashree. The 2007 Hindi flick had starrred Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif. Shah had recently stated in public that producers of the Bengali film had lifted the plot, scenes, frames and even costumes from Namastey London without seeking a by-your-leave' from him. The Bengali film's producers had also admitted that there are similarities between the two. Shah had then apparently got his friends and advisers to prepare a report on the Bengali film after watching it a number of times.
Agartala, 5 August : Nine minors, including six Bangladeshis, escaped from a juvenile home at Narsingarh in Tripura last night, police sources said.
The nine minors, all inmates of a remand home, escaped by prising open the window grill during evening hours at Narsingarh, near the state capital, sources said. All police stations in the state and the Border Security Force (BSF), guarding the 856 km long porous borderwith Tripura, have been alerted. An FIR has been lodged.