Nazrul, called “national poet” in Bangladesh, is popularly referred to as “Bidrohi Kabi” (rebel poet). Through his powerful poems, he inspired generations of people to fight against bondage and injustice during the British colonial rule.
Nazrul’s songs and poems were also a source of inspiration for the freedom fighters during the country’s liberation war in 1971, The Daily Star said. The poet, who had spent better part of his life in Kolkata, moved to Dhaka in his last days, where he passed away at the age of 77. န Photos : Firoz Ahmed
The Bangkok-Kathmandu flight was diverted to Kolkata airport in the afternoon after bad weather was reported from Kathmandu, airport sources said. Later in the evening, as the weather conditions improved the flight left for its destination, they said.
Dhaka, 27 August : Bangaladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Thursday invited opposition leader Begum Khaleda Zia for an Iftar party, triggering prospects of a political rapproachment. Hasina’s protocol officer Proloy Joardar Thursday morning handed over the invitation letter to Zia’s private secretary A.S.M. Saleh Ahmed, Star Online said. Ahmed confirmed receiving the invitation, United News of Bangladesh (UNB) news agency reported.
New Delhi, 27 August : The Union Cabinet on Thursday decided to reserve 50 percent of the seats in all rural panchayats for women and a bill to this effect is expected to be introduced in the winter session of Parliament.
"The Cabinet has approved the amendment of Article 243 D of the constitution to reserve 50 percent of the total number of seats in panchayats filled by direct election for women," information and broadcasting minister Ambika Soni told reporters here after a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. A proposed legislation for the purpose is expected to come up in the winter session of Parliament, officials sources said.
A bill to reserve 33 percent seats for women in Parliament and state assemblies is pending and could not be passed because of opposition from several regional parties.
Telegeography.com, 27 August : India’s Reliance Communications (RCOM) and China Telecom commercially launched the first terrestrial cable link between India and China, Dow Jones Newswires reports.
Bookings for traffic capacity on the 300km fibre link are already under way, an anonymous person familiar with the matter told the news service. The cable connecting the northeastern Indian town of Siliguri to Yadong in China will augment existing undersea networks connecting the two countries, whilst providing back-up in the event of submarine cable outages. Investment and traffic capacity on the new route is reportedly being shared equally between the two telcos.
Six months on, the BBC's Mark Dummett pieces together what happened during a border guard mutiny in Bangladesh and examines claims that suspects have been tortured and killed.
It was nine in the morning and, like teenagers everywhere, Nadeet was on his way to bed. His sister was already at school, his father had said goodbye and gone to work, and his mother had just left for the gym. Nadeet was tired after a night spent chatting to friends and tinkering with the old car he had recently bought with his father, the first the family had ever owned. But he did not get much sleep that day.
Nadeet lived in Pilkhana, the British-era military camp in the heart of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka. Its rose gardens, deer enclosure and sports fields are a world away from the mayhem of the overcrowded streets outside.
On that morning in February, soldiers of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) border security force were about to turn it into a killing zone. By the time their revolt collapsed the following day, 74 people had lost their lives, and Bangladesh had been dragged to the brink of a nationwide armed conflict, as the mutiny spread to camps elsewhere. READ FULL STORY
Port Blair, Mumbai, 27 August : The Andaman and Nicobar Shipping Services is all set to provide services of two new vessels exclusively for Havelock tourists, considering the growing number of tourists to Andaman’s Havelock Islands. The Directorate of Shipping Services will be utilising the newly-inducted vessels- MV Bambooka and MV North Passage especially for the tourists in Port Blair. The Havelock sector, with the new revised fare structure will come into force with effect from 1 September.
Kolkata, 27 August : It inspires poetry, rapture and euphoria in equal measure. For once though, the hilsa is also evoking curses. Bengal’s favourite fish has raced up the price charts this monsoon and reached those rarefied levels where only a select few can buy it. Currently, the best of the lot weighing 2 kg or more is selling at Rs 1,200-1,600 a kg in Kolkata’s markets.
Asim Pramanik, a fish-seller at Gariahat market, sold two fishes worth Rs 1,200 per kg. ‘‘Each weighed a little over 2 kg,’’ he said. For the past few monsoons, the stocks coming in from the neighbouring country had stood at a steady 2,000 tonnes a day. But the supply was badly hit after the Bangladesh government decided to ban the fishing of hilsas weighing less than 600 gm, popularly known as ‘khoka ilish’.
For fishermen on the Hooghly and Rupnarayan, an unkind monsoon has come as the biggest blow. န Photo : Avijit Mondal
Dhaka, 27 August : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has ordered two dredgers for two rivers, which feed the country’s principal ports at Chittagong and Mongla, to keep them fully navigable.
It is part of a long-term plan to revive the country’s 310 ‘dying’ rivers, many of which have not been dredged since World War II. Directing the authorities concerned Tuesday to immediately formulate a complete action plan for dredging the country’s silted rivers, she said no single project should exceed 15 years.
Dredging should be done on a regular basis, she told the first meeting of a recently formed high-powered committee on river dredging and water resource management, United News of Bangladesh (UNB) news agency reported.
Darjeeling is referred to as “the hill state” in the introduction to the author in the extended cover of the book, Jinnah, India-Partition-Independence, that gave the BJP the excuse to expel him. The introduction, printed with a picture of Jaswant, reads: “He is a Member of Parliament, in the Lok Sabha, having successfully contested the 2009 elections from the hill state of Darjeeling.”
Rupa & Co, the publisher of the book, said the reference to Darjeeling as a state was a “mistake”. “This is the first time we have come to know of it and we feel it was a mistake. We often refer to places like Darjeeling and Siliguri as hill cities. It seems that things somehow got intermingled and the mistake was committed,” said Raju Burman, a Rupa partner based in Kolkata.
IANS, Toronto, 27 August : Canada will formally inaugurate its trade office in Kolkata 2 September. Gerald Keddy, parliamentary secretary to Canada’s International Trade Minister Stockwell Day, will open the office in the presence of West Bengal Industry Minister Nirupam Sen and others.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper had announced two new trade offices at Hyderabad and Kolkata at the first annual gala of the Canada-India Foundation here last year. The Hyderabad office was opened by International Trade Minister Stockwell Day in January.
Tangail, 27 August : Vast tracts of land of 20 villages in Gabsara and Arjuna unions under Bhuapur upazila in the district have gone into the River Jamuna in last one week.
The worst affected villages are Rulipara, Jungipur, Rehai Gabsara, Noorpur, Chandganj, Biswanathpur, Joypur, Rajapur, Digrir Char, Rampur in Gabsara union while Borar Boira, Jomar Boira, Shushua, Ramail, Taltala, Bharua and Govindapur in Arjuna union. Around 300 families have lost their dwelling houses and 300 others have shifted to safer places. Aman and Aus paddy fields on hundreds of acres of land in the two unions have already gone into the river.
Jomer Boira Primary School building in Aurjuna union has gone into the Jamuna while two-storied Gabsara Union Health Complex building, the only treatment centre for people of the 37 char villages, has been sold in auction as it was on the verge of being devoured by the river. န Photo : STAR
River erosion taking serious turn in Barisal and Pirojpur region
Barisal, 27 August : Erosion by Kirtonkhola, Sandhaya, Sugandha, Arial Kha and Meghna Rivers are taking serious turn in different parts of Barisal and Pirojpur districts. Hundreds of people have been passing sleepless nights for fear of losing every thing in river erosion.
UNB, Mymensingh, 27 August : Two compartments of a train derailed near Begunbari Rail Station in Sadar upazila this morning disrupting train communications between the capital and the north Bengal for five hours.
Railway sources said two compartments of the capital-bound inter-district Jumuna Express from Jamalpur veered off the track at about 4:00am(BDST). On information, a relief train reached the spot and salvaged the derailed compartments at about 9:00am(BDST). Railway sources reported no casualties in the accident.
The Financial Express, Dhaka, 27 August : Karmasangsthan Bank has opened its 111th branch at Nawabganj in Dhaka district.
Bangladesh Minister for Housing and Public Works Advocate Abdul Mannan Khan inaugurated the branch as the chief guest recently, while Chairman of the bank M Moniruzzaman Khondokar was present at the function as the special guest.
Highlighting the role of Karmasangsthan Bank in massive employment creation programme of the government, the minister said that the bank was established in 1998 by Awami League for providing loans to youths for their self-employment.