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Friday, August 21, 2009

Mime Magician's Final Act...

Legendary mime artist Jogesh Dutta's last performe
Kolkata, 21 August : Kolkata exprienced the last performance of the legendary Jogesh Dutta this evening, who single-handedly transformed mime into an art form. Dutta's swansong held at Rabindra Sadan, ending a career spanning more than 53 years. Today emotional, Dutta "the wordless wonder" could only recite a few lines from Tagore and mutter "Aashi" (Goodbye).
Jogesh Dutta told Bengal Newz on the sidelines of his retirement performance, that age had forced him to take the decision. "I am 76. Mime requires swift physical movement, which is becoming difficult. I will continue to teach my students as now. And I have a plane to make a ballet named 'Prakitir Chando' with deaf and dumb students in near future." Today Dutta's last appearance on stage was for barely 10 minutes, a solo performance 'Thief'.
Born in 1935, Dutta came Kolkata from Faridpur's (Now Madaripur District)HatsAriel village at Arial Khan river banks after Partition. He started as a comic artiste, performing at soirees. In his early days, he would go to Rabindra Sarobar, a place frequented by couples. Dutta would observe them from a distance and copy their movements.
Situation in Darjeeling Hills still grim after landslide
Darjeeling, 21 Augugust : Traffic movement was restored along NH 31A, linking Kalimpong and Sikkim, but the situation in Darjeeling Hills still remained grim today with another vital road still remained blocked, a day after the landslide which took three lives.
It would take at least 10 days to open another arterial link NH 55, the main link between Siliguri and Darjeeling if there was no more rain, District Magistrate Surindra Gupta told PTI. Huge rocks fell over on at least 15 spots along the highway between Sevoke and Rambhi, Gupta said. More than 1100 persons in the sub-division were shifted to 42 relief camps opened at different schools and community halls with only Pankhabari Road somewhat opened for smaller vehicles, Das said adding reports of slides were still reaching from far flung areas.
BSF jawans of National Disaster Response Force and locals were looking after relief operation as reports of slides were still pouring from far flung areas. The total loss was roughly estimated at Rs 25 crore.

It’s all smiles between Mamata, Bengal industrialists
Kolkata, 21 August : Singur, Nandigram seemed passe, as leading industrialists from West Bengal vied with one another Friday in showering encomiums on Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee for initiating various development activities after taking over the crucial portfolio.
From RPG Enterprises vice-chairman Sanjiv Goenka to Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) eastern region president C.K.Dhanuka, almost the entire who’s who of West Bengal’s industry were present during a candid open session with Banerjee.
It signalled a virtual complete reversal of the situation a year ago when she had started a sit-in demonstration before the Nano plant in Singur against forcible acquisition of farm land for the project.

Four 'All Tripura Tiger Force' insurgents surrender
Agartala, 21 August : Four insurgents of banned All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) have surrendered to security forces, police said today.
While two insurgents surrendered to BSF DIG at sector headquarters at Khasiamanagal in West Tripura district yesterday and deposited three sophisticated wireless sets and many live cartridges, two other ultras had surrendered to Assam Rifles at Simna camp in the district on Wednesday. According to police, during interrogation the insurgents told them that following erection of a barbed wire fencing in the 856-km border with Bangladesh it was becoming difficult for them to flee with arms from their camps.
Altogether, 15 insurgents of different outfits have surrendered this month in the state following Bangladesh army's raids to apprehend Indian insurgents who were using the soil of the neighbouring country.
Dilip Barua announces Sp Industrial Zone for Feni
BSS, Feni, 21 August : A special industrial zone, not an export processing zone, will be set up in Feni, Bangladesh commerce minister Dilip Barua said on Friday.
The minister told reporters at a press conference after meeting with the business leaders and district administration officials that everyone will be able to set up industries in the special zone fitted with all facilities. He pledged to take initiatives to solve the problems regarding BSCIC industrial area and to resume Dost Textile Mills.
5 years on, grisly 21 August
Grenade attack scars nation
Dhaka, 21 August : The fifth anniversary of Bangladesh's lethal grenade attack on an Awami League anti-terrorist rally this day in 2004 that killed at least 24 people and left scores injured, has come back to haunt the nation amid popular resolve to renewed drive to root out terrorism.
The attack is widely believed to have been an assassination attempt on Awami League president and incumbent prime minister Sheikh Hasina, who was opposition chief in 2004, during the BNP's previous term in power. " 21 August is a tainted day in the political history of Bangladesh," said Hasina and called for an end to all forms of terrorism and militancy in the country in a statement issued on Thursday. Hasina, who survived the attack but had her ears damaged from the loud explosions, added that proper trial of perpetrators of the attack would help end terrorism in the country. Several central leaders were injured too: among them was former Dhaka mayor Mohammad Hanif who died after suffering from the injuries he had sustained in the blasts, for a long time. Home minister Sahara Khatun got injured too.
President Zillur Rahman, who lost wife Ivy Rahman, the AL's women affairs secretary, to the gory incident, also issued a separate message. File Photo : STAR
TMC wins two Bengal seats, as LF decline continues
Kolkata, 21 August : West Bengal's main opposition party Trinamool Congress bagged both seats in this metropolis with impressive margins over the ruling Left Front in the by-polls to the assembly held 18 August.
Trinamool nominee Swarnakamal Saha beat CPI(M)'s Prabir Deb by 21,557 votes in Sealdah. In Bowbazar constituency, Trinamool's Sikha Mitra got 15,000 votes more than the Left Front-supported independent candidate Minati Gomes. The by-polls became necessary after Congress legislators Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Somen Mitra were disqualified by Speaker H.A. Halim under the anti-defection law for crossing over to the Trinamool Congress. Both of them are now Trinamool Congress Lok Sabha members. Sikha is Somen Mitra's wife.
India can use Chittagong port if it has capacity: Faruk
UNB, Akhaura, 21 August : Bangladesh Commerce Minister Faruk Khan said yesterday that if Chittagong seaport has the capacity to take the load, there should not be any problem with India using it for trade transaction.
Faruk, who came here to inaugurate a function on Bangladesh's brick export to Tripura at Akhaura border check-post complex, told reporters that the issue of transit to India could be resolved through bilateral discussion. "The day is not far off when you will be able to use Chittagong port as your port," he told a correspondent from Tripura, giving a clear hint at positively considering by the present government the longstanding Indian plea for the port use. "In this globalised world, one will not call it my port or your port. It is our port," the commerce minister categorically said.
He hoped that the export of brick to Tripura would help strengthen the business relations between the two neighbouring countries. Photo : Parthajit Dutta

Give us passage to Nepal-Bhutan, B'desh tells India
Akhaurah, 21 August : Bangladesh has in principle agreed to provide transit facilities to India but in return has demanded a corridor through West Bengal to carry out bilateral trade with Nepal and Bhutan.
Bangladesh Commerce Minister Colonel (retired) Faruk Khan said: “India already enjoys maritime transit with Bangladesh, and we can hold bilateral talks to resolve the long pending road and rail transit issue. Providing transit facilities to India is not a big problem, it can be resolved through mutual talks. However, India should provide a corridor to Bangladesh through West Bengal to conduct bilateral trade with Nepal and Bhutan,” Khan told reporters after a function held to mark the export of the first consignment of bricks from Bangladesh to northeastern India.
The bricks export started Thursday through the Akhaurah land port, 150 km east of Dhaka and just 5 km west of Tripura capital Agartala. Photo : Parthajit Dutta

'Essar' may start gas output from Coal beds this year
Bloomberg, 21 August : Essar Oil Ltd., operator of India’s second-largest non-state refiner, may start production of natural gas from coal seams in the eastern state of West Bengal by the end of this year, an official said.
The area has gas reserves of 2.2 trillion cubic feet and may produce 2.5 million cubic meters a day of the cleaner- burning fuel at the peak rate in three years, Shishir Agrawal, chief executive officer of Essar Exploration & Production India Ltd., said in an interview. The reserves are equal to 19 percent of the deposits in KG-D6, India’s biggest gas field operated by Reliance Industries Ltd. READ MORE

Flood warning issued at Teesta Barrage in Nilphamari
Dhaka, 21 August : A flood warning has been issued for residents living adjacent to the Teesta Barrage in Nilphamari, advising them to move to safer ground after flash flooding in upstream areas forced Indian authorities to open gates of Gazal Doba Barrage.
"All 44 gates of the Teesta Barrage have also now been opened," Mainuddin Mandal, assistant executive engineer of the Water Development Board (WDB), told in a statement. An area covering at least eight unions in Nilphamari has already been submerged, included around 10,000 hectares of land recently sown with Aman rice.

WHO predicts explosion of swine flu
AP, Beijing, 21 August : The global spread of swine flu will endanger more lives as it speeds up in coming months and governments must boost preparations for a swift response, the World Health Organization said Friday.
There will soon be a period of further global spread of the virus, and most countries may see swine flu cases double every three to four days for several months until peak transmission is reached, said WHO's Western Pacific director, Shin Young-soo. "At a certain point, there will seem to be an explosion in case numbers," Shin told a symposium of health officials and experts in Beijing. "It is certain there will be more cases and more deaths." In developing countries like Bangladesh, India where the accelerated spread of swine flu poses the greatest threat as it places underequipped and underfunded health systems under severe strain, Shin said.
Governments must act quickly to educate the public, prepare their health systems to care for severe cases and protect those deemed more vulnerable to prevent unnecessary deaths, he said. Photo : AFP

The State of Nuclear in Bangladesh
World Nuclear News : Authorities in Bangladesh continue to plan and prepare to introduce nuclear power, but deny they have reached terms with Russia's Rosatom atomic energy corporation to build the reactor.
Mohammed Muzammel Haque, chief engineer at the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC), claims Bangladesh has opted to build a 1100 MWe plant. But neither the time frame for completion nor the technology supplier for the long-planned plant at Rooppur, western Bangladesh plant have been decided.
"We are still exploring all the options as regards reactor technology," he told World Nuclear News. READ MORE

WBengal received fresh consignment of Tamiflu drug
Kolkata, 21 August : West Bengal government has just received a fresh consignment of the swine flu drug, Tamiflu. The state has received one lakh tablets of the medicine from the Centre.
The state had sought fresh supply of the drug in light of its plans to expand the treatment infrastructure and the growing pool of H1N1 positive patients. The government feels this replinishment of stock will help it to tackle the current level of the pandemic. Talking to reporters, West Bengal government nodal officer for the swine flu wing Dr Tapas Sen said: "We have just received fresh supply of one lakh tablets of Tamiflu from the Centre. It will be sufficient to meet the current level of spread of the disease. Since we will also supply the drug to the private hospitals which are setting up isolation wards, there was a need to beef up our stock of the medicines. "
The government will also monitor the supply of the drugs to the private hospitals to prevent any misuse or illegal sales. "The private hospitals will be given Tamiflu based on the number of cases they treat. Though the Centre has issued guidelines to expand the supply of Tamiflu, we will ensure controlled supply to prevent any indiscrimate use of the drug," said Dr Sen. Photos : AP

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