Nair, led by the BJP and supported by the RJD, won by a margin of four votes, getting 11 votes, whereas his rival K Krishnan, led by DMK and supported by Congress, managed to bag only seven votes. The election was held through voting under the watchful eyes of the Secretary PBMC, C Uday Kumar. Interacting with the mediapersons, Nair after taking over as the chairperson of the Port Blair Municipal Council (PBMC), the lone civic body of the Andaman and Nicobar administration, said he will work for the betterment of the city-dwellers so that they are not deprived of basic facilities in their respective wards.
Kolkata, Howrah, 24 September : Dressed in their best, people from all walks of life hit the streets to visit picturesque pandals (marquees) and pray to Goddess Durga as West Bengali’s biggest festival began across the state Thursday.
During the Durga Puja, a large number of puja committees design pandals on various innovative themes. They also illuminate the premises with attractive lighting to woo more people. န Photos : PTI and Indrajit Dutta
The special trains would be run depending on requirement. As many as 43 additional booking counters will be opened for the benefit of the commuters during the festive period, Metro officials said.
Meanwhile, Eastern rail said it will operate a total of 11 EMU suburban puja special trains in the Sealdah division from midnight tonight, while four pairs of such trains will operate on Howrah division during the festival days. The train movement over Circular railway would remain suspended after 4 pm on 28, 29, 30 September and 4, 18, 19 and 20 October due to immersion of Durga, Lakshmi and Kali idols.
President Zillur Rahman of the Muslim majority nation described Bangladesh as “a bright example of communal harmony” and in a message on the occasion urged that all must work together to “uphold the tradition”. Separated from India in 1947 and from Pakistan in 1971, Bangladesh has had a chequered history of harmony between the majority Muslims and the Hindus, who form roughly 11.2 percent of the population.
“With the ascent of the Mughals, Durga Puja became more of a status symbol those days,” The Daily Star newspaper said Thursday.
Seated next to Obama at a working dinner hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Hasina spoke on Bangladesh’s woes in an era of climate change. The interaction was described as ‘most cordial’ by foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni, The Daily Star said. The dinner was a major event on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, United News of Bangladesh (UNB) news agency reported.
The Obama administration has approved in principle the Hasina government’s initiative for a South Asian forum against terrorism and Dhaka’s bid to hold trial of ‘war criminals’ who killed unarmed civilians during its freedom movement in 1971.
The mill is one of the oldest in the state. It was set up in 1942 on 25 acres provided by former chief minister Dr B C Roy. The mill shut its operations in 2000. Five years later, it was taken over by the Dujari Group. Today, the mill employs 200 workers and has five small- and medium-scale units. On Thursday, a programme was organized at the mill where clothes were donated to 150 poor people. Nearly 50 people also donated blood during the day. Among those present was Sultan Ahmed, Union minister of state for tourism.
"We plan to manufacture yarn and dye at the textile park. The park will generate 500 new jobs. We have requested the minister to help us by developing infrastructure. Movement of goods may be possible along the nearby Rupnarayan river. There is also a need to develop road infrastructure around the mill," Dujari said.
The python weighing around 10 to 12 kilograms was spotted by Alok, a local fisherman who went to the pond to collect the catch for the day. To his horror he saw that an adult python was trapped in the net and somehow he managed to free the snake at the cost of the fishing net. Alok has now demanded a compensation from the forest department as his net was torn and damaged while freeing the reptile. 'We went to pick up our fishing nets and found a snake stuck in it along with other fishes. With a lot of difficulty we managed to remove it and our nets also got damaged. Now we need to be compensated for the loss of our nets,' said Alok.Biswanath Dutta, Divisional Forest Officer, Kagsdabati Range said that plans are afoot to release the python in the jungles, its natural habitat.
Pythons are among the largest snakes in the world. They reach a length of eight to nine metres and have enough muscle power to overcome and swallow an animal as large as a grown up fawn or calf.
The police said Maoists had abducted Nemai Bishayi (60) and Samir Singha Mahapatra (50), CPI(M) local leaders of Harimara village, from a party meeting in the village late Wednesday night. They were missing since then and their bodies were recovered from Harimara jungle this morning, they said. The bodies have been brought to Goaltore police station and later sent for post-mortem.
The event was organised at Rudrasagar Lake by the state Information Affairs and Tourism Department and the fishermen community. Over 50 boats of small and big sizes, including snake boats, participated in the race, which is annually organised during August or September. Thousands of people thronged the watersides of Rudrasagar Lake to witness the spectacle. Organisers say that the tradition of boat race has been followed by their ancestors.
“We wait for this day through out the year because we enjoy on this day a lot. Forgetting about our income for four to five days, we enthusiastically prepare for this event. We start some of the preparation a month before the event,” said Ratan Das, a participant Tourists enjoy the snake boats, whipped by the wind. န Photo : Reuters
Natore, 24 September : One person was killed and two others were injured in a boat accident in Halti beel under Natore Sadar upazila on Wednesday night.
The deceased is Saheb Ali son of Malek Sardar of village Baragacha in Natore town. Some people of Natore town hired a boat from Patul ghat for a recreation journey in the beel area after the Eid festival, witnesses and firefighters said. Suddenly the boat hit an electric pole between Patul and Kholabaria village as the boatman could not see the pole in dark. Struck and hurt, three people on board fell into the beel. Later firefighters and local people rescued and sent them to Natore hospital where the attending doctor declared Saheb Ali dead.
Nine people were killed and 61 others injured in separate road accidents in Sylhet, Tangail, Manikganj, Chittagong and Magura today.
Earlier it was not a well built place. But then it has been converted into a nice one. This place is situated in Agartala itself. Today this place is a tourist attraction. Like Jorasanko, Darjeeling, Shantiniketan, it is an experience to visit the place where one of the greatest personality of the century lived. The experience of living a moment in the past should not be missed. Rabindra Nath Tagore is one of the greatest poets the worlds has ever produced. He brought honour to the country by winning India’s first Nobel prize for litrature. He is the only person in the world who has composed National anthem for two countries (India and Bangaladesh).
A visit to Malancha Niwas is a good option, there are good city hotels and resorts to stay in Agartala. The city also have an airport hence accessibility will not be a matter of concern. န Photo : Tripura Tourism