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Friday, September 25, 2009

န The Maha Saptami Snaps...

Kolkata, 25 September :
Purohits perform the 'Nabapatrika Snan' ritual in which a holy banana tree is submerged in the river Ganges in Kolkata. The five-day period of worship of the Durga idol, the destroyer of evil, commences on 24 September and will end on 28 September with the immersion of idols representing the goddess in water bodies. Photos : AFP
Indian FM Pranab Mukherjee became a priest in Puja
Suri, 25 September : Far from the hurly-burly of politics, Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee plays another role at this time of the year a priest.
Mukherjee worships the Goddess at Miriti, his ancestral village near Kirnahar in Birbhum district, 200 km from Kolkata. "The puja is around 100 years old. Pranab's grandfather late Jangaleswar Mukherjee started the puja," said Goutam Roy, who has been looking after puja arrangements for the last couple of years. "After him, Kamadakinkar Mukherjee, father of Pranab Mukherjee continued it. Pranab babu does the same," he said.
Mukherjee himself performs the puja on Mahastami puja, the second day of the four day festival, with thousands of people including villagers, party workers, and family members visiting Miriti. Photo : PTI

Maldives President Nasheed meets Sk Hasina
New York, 25 September : As part of his visit to New York, Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed has yesterday met with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
During the meeting, discussions were focused on enhancing cooperation between the two countries in economic and trade areas. Maldives President Nasheed congratulated the Prime Minister on her election victory. He also invited Prime Minister Hasina to the climate conference to be held in the Maldives later this year. Noting that Bangladesh and the Maldives had shared close bilateral relations, Prime Minister said the government of Bangladesh would continue to extend their full cooperation to the Maldives in the above areas. Photo : Miadhu (Maldives)

Tripura’s royal Durga Puja continues, courtesy govt
A young buffalo, several goats and pigeons are sacrificed at Durgabari in the presence of thousands people – all on government expense. Why ?
Agartala, 25 September : For over 200 years, Tripura’s best known Durga Puja festivities have been held at a temple here, with the government holding good its promise to the state’s erstwhile royal family by continuing to organise it year after year.
Tripura is possibly the only Indian state where the government takes care of a Durga Puja celebration, that too in association with the erstwhile royal family. The famous Durgabari temple where the festivities are held is located in front of the 108-year-old Ujjayanta Palace, part of which continues to be the abode of the former princely rulers and the remaining serves as the meeting place of the Tripura assembly.

B'desh Govt. plans sweeping constitutional changes
Dhaka, 25 September : The Bangladesh government is planning sweeping changes in the country’s 1972 constitution to restore some of the original provisions removed or replaced by successive military and civilian regimes.
The changes through the 15th amendment, meant to “let democracy strike deeper roots”, would be done through “popular consensus”, Law Minister Shafiq Ahmed announced. A draft letter has been sent to the Law Commission that would study the statute book to recommend how it can be “updated” and remove some of the “distortions”. The original document had secularism and socialism among the basic concepts of nationhood. Socialism was dropped; instead of secularism, ‘Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim’ inserted before the preamble of the constitution in 1979. This statute change also ratified the laws enacted during the martial law period of a military-led regime of General Ziaur Rahman, founder of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) that subsequently shared power in 2001-06 with the fundamentalist Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami. During the regime of another military strongman, H.M. Ershad, the eighth amendment on 9 June, 1988 declared Islam as the state religion of Bangladesh, New Age newspaper said Friday.
According to Ahmed, the original provisions need to be restored for good governance and democracy to take root.

Manmohan Singh greets nation on occasion of Durga Puja, Dussehra
New Delhi, 25 September : Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has greeted the nation on the occasion of Durga Puja and Dussehra.
In a message, the Prime Minister said the two festivals transcend communal boundaries and provide an opportunity to the people of the country to reinforce their bonds of brotherhood. “The celebrations express our deep conviction in good and ethical conduct. The gaiety associated with the festivals unites the nation and is the symbol of hope for a brighter future,” he added.

People hail new train service between Agartala-Dharmanagar
ANI, Agartala, 25 September : With peace gradually returning to Tripura, the pace of development has picked up and it promises a bright future for the people of the State.
Following the withdrawal of the 16-year-old system of escorting vehicles on the major Assam-Agartala national highway 44, a new morning train service between Agartala and Tripura s northern end Dharmanagar has been commenced. The new train service started by the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has come as a blessing for thousands of commuters. Union Minister of State for Shipping Mukul Roy recently flagged off the first train from Agartala Railway station.
With the commencement of the service, four trains would ply from Agartala to Dharmanagar, Badarpur, Silchar and Lumding daily. This new train service that starts in the morning is a big step and the people of Agartala till Sabroom (southern most corner) will be benefited. Businessmen, students, office-goers, and farmers every one will benefit from this new service, said Dilip Kumar, Passenger, Tripura.

Richard Pybus to coach Kolkata Knight Riders team
Cricketnext.com, New Delhi, 25 September : Richard Pybus is all set to become the new coach of the Indian Premier League team Kolkata Knight Riders.
The Englishman had coached Pakistan during the 1999 World Cup and had also won the South Africa domestic Twenty20 title with the Titans in 2008, before he quit the post three months ago. KKR management who had shortlisted a host of coaches including former national coach John Wright, is expected to formally announce the appointment on Friday, according to a team source. READ FULL STORY
Nine killed in South 24-Parganas district road accident
Kolkata, 25 September : At least nine people were killed and several others injured Friday when a speeding truck collided with a stationery mini-van in West Bengal's South 24-Parganas district, police said.
"Nine people were killed in the road accident near Diamond Harbour area. The truck was coming from Burdwan district to Patharpratima when it met with the accident early Friday," said a police official of South 24-Parganas district. He said the truck was ferrying labourers returning to their respective villages on Durga Puja vacation. "Two died on the spot while the remaining seven were declared brought dead when taken to the nearest Kakdeep and Diamond Harbour Hospital," the police officer said.
Chennai's Bengal Association launches Durga Pooja
Bengali dishes sell like hot cakes during ‘Anandamela’
Chennai (Tamil Nadu), 25 September : Women showcase their culinary talents at ‘Anandamela’, organised as part of the Durga Pooja celebrations by the Bengali Association in T.Nagar on Wednesday.
More than half-a-dozen small containers are found around Kamona Sarkar’s chena jalebi, which she painstakingly prepared for the ‘Anandamela.’ It’s 7.45 pm and the food stalls are waiting to be inaugurated. But most visitors know that the Bengali preparations sold this particular day are an immediate sell-out. So, most of them have either booked in advance or left behind “boxes” to ensure they get a taste of homemade Bengali cuisines. It’s sandesh, rasogolla, gokul pithe and a variety of other delicacies that welcome guests to the Bengal Association in T. Nagar on Wednesday.
The association launched its 76th Durga Pooja celebration here with an Anandamela, where guests could gorge on a variety of dishes priced minimally. A host of cultural and devotional programmes are lined up for the six-day celebration to recreate the pooja festivities for those who are staying away from their home town.

Festivities at The Bengal Association, T. Nagar is on till 28 September. Photo : R.Shivaji Rao
Bangladesh's President's Bijoya Dashami reception on 29 September
Dhaka, 25 September : Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman will exchange greetings with members of the Hindu community on the occasion of Bijoya Dashami at Bangabhaban at 5.00 pm(BDST) on 29 September.
Earlier, the reception was scheduled to be held on 28 September, a press release of the Bangabhaban said today. The president, who is now in Saudi Arabia on a six-day state visit at the invitation of the Saudi King, is expected to return home on 27 September.


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