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Sunday, September 27, 2009

န Just Horrible, In The Name Of Worship...

Guwahati, 27 September :
(L) A Hindu priest is watched as he sacrifices a buffalo at Ugratora Temple in Guwahati Seven buffalos and many goats, ducks and pgeons were sacrificed to mark The Durga Puja festival. (R) The priest carries the head of a buffalo after it was sacrificed at Ugratora Temple in Guwahati Today.
The sacrifice of live animals is performed to appease the Durga idol and to shower blessings on the community, despite protests from animal rights groups. Durga, who represents the infinite power of the universe and is a symbol of female dynamism, along with other Hindu gods are worshipped by people !
Photos : AFP
Cruise on Ganga from Kolkata to Varanasi from 28/9
Kolkata, 27 September : Tourists will now be able to revisit the country's colonial past from Kolkata to Varanasi through the 1,280 km cruise on the River Ganga with the West Bengal Tourism launching the service from tomorrow.
"This is the first cruise on the Ganges after almost 200 years. Very few journeys can be as interesting as a journey into the colonial past," Managing Director of West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation (WBTDCL) T V N Rao told Bengal Newz here. The demand for the cruise is very high and tickets are already booked till 2011, he said. "This will promote many of the less visited areas of West Bengal among both domestic and foreign tourists. We will also be venturing into the Sundarbans at a later stage," he said.
The WBTDCL has signed an MoU with Pandaw Cruises India Ltd.

Maoist bandh gives 'Lalgarh' area a deserted look
Chhatradhar Mahato 'remanded' to police custody
Lalgarh, Kolkata, 27 September : A day after Chhattradhar Mahato, leader of the People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) was arrested, Lalgarh wore a deserted look on Sunday with shops and business establishments closed after Maoists called a bandh in the area.
The Maoists who abducted two constables of the state armed police last night, demanding the release of Mahato, however remain untraced even as the security forces launched combing operations in various parts of the area today. “There is no doubt that Mahato is an important leader for the Maoists. They abducted two constables last night and demanded the release of Mahato. Moreover, the Maoists have called a bandh in protest against Mahato’s arrest,” said Manoj Verma, Superintendent of Police, West Midnapore, who is leading the joint forces. The two constables, Siteshwar Prasad Singh and Sushil Nag were picked up when they were returning to their camp in Lalgarh aboard a public bus. A group of armed Maoists stopped the bus near Tamajhuri in Belpahari and asked the two constables to alight. The PCAPA members later claimed that the duo had been abducted in protest against the arrest of Mahato. They also demanded his immediate release.
The bandh, meanwhile, ensured a thin attendance at various Puja pandals in and around Lalgarh with most people choosing to stay indoors. Besides, the members of the Kolkata Press Club wrote to Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee protesting against the police action in arresting Mahato, while disguised as a press reporter. They condemned the action and claimed that it is “derogatory” to the profession.
Jhargram, 27 September : Arrested tribal leader Chhatradhar Mahato, was remanded to five day’s police custody on Sunday.
Mahato has been remanded to five day’s police custody after being produced at the Jhargram Magistrate’s Court. “Arms and ammunition were recovered from the home of Chhatradhar Mahato. He has been booked for anti-national activities. He has been remanded to five days police custody,” said Suman Mahapatra, public prosecutor.

Durga Puja sustains communal harmony in Tripura
Sonamura, Agartala, 27 September : Despite several differences and communal tensions across the India, bordering villages of Tripura have been able to maintain it's tradition this year too, as the Hindus and the Muslims joined hands to celebrate Durga Puja in a spirit of brotherhood and communal harmony.
''The Muslims have participated in pujas in three of their dominating villages in Sonamura of West Tripura, two in Kailashahar of North Tripura and one in Rajnagar of Agartala where Hindus are a minority,'' a report said. ''Here, we have a tradition of celebrating festivals together and have been celebrating Durga Puja together for the past several years but never had any problem,'' said Mohamed Yeajid Ali, one of the organisers in Rajnagar. ''We celebrate Durga Puja, they come to our Iftar party, we are united and our children are also following the same traditions,'' Ali said.
Most of the time, the particular villages needed police intervention for maintaining peace but there was no report of any incident during the Durga Puja or Eid in the past few years, said DIG (Operation) Nepal Das.

RAB unearths JMB training camp in Chittagong hills
Chittagong, Dhaka, 27 September : A terrorist training camp of the outlawed JMB group was dismantled and five militants arrested by the special Bangladesh security forces in the rugged southeastern hills of the country.
"Three Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh members were arrested during the raid at their hideout at Matiranga area of Khagrachhari (hill district) last night while the two others were captured from elsewhere in subsequent raids", Major Shakhawat Hossain spokesman of elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) said. Hossain said further details would be revealed in a press conference later, adding, those arrested are second ranking leaders of the outfit.

Srerampore Siddheswari Tala Sarbojonin Durga Puja Pandal
Illumination is another vital aspect of these decorations, ... Sometimes a village scene, a seaside or a desert are well portrayed ... you took yourself back to the golden period in Bengal life. As in large enclaves of Bengalis everywhere, life comes to a complete standstill....districts like Hooghly organize large number of Pujas compared to the big city or village....The design and decoration is usually done by art and architecture... Photos : Sanjay Bhaduri
Air India Port Blair flight returns after unable to land
Kolkata, 27 September : An early morning Port Blair-bound Air India flight with 245 passengers on board returned here after being unable to land there due to bad weather, airport officials said.
IC 187, which had taken off from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose international airport here for Port Blair at 5.35 am, returned here at 10.10 am, the sources said. The passengers after their arrival here demanded that they be accommodated in another flight. Alternative travel arrangements could not be made till noon, the sources said.
Four 'Air India' flights cancelled from Kolkata airport
Kolkata, 27 September : Four Air India flights from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International airport here were cancelled today as the pilots did not report for duty.
Airline officials said the pilots reported sick, leading to cancellation of flights scheduled to leave at 7am, 9.45 am and 11am for New Delhi, Agra and Aizawl respectively. Air India also cancelled its Kolkata-Jaipur-Ahmedabad flight which was scheduled to take off at 3.45 pm from here today. Other 11 AI flights, however, took off from the airport till noon, sources said.
An agitation has been called by executive pilots of the national airlines to protest reduction in their productivity-linked incentives (PLIs).

Sk Hasina calls for Bengali to be official UN language
AFP, United Nations, 27 September : Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikha Hasina Wajed called Saturday for the United Nations to adopt Bengali as one of its official languages.
"The language Bangla (Bengali) is spoken by over 250 million people worldwide, primarily in Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal," she said in an address before the UN General Assembly. Noting that Bangladesh's parliament recently adopted a resolution calling on the UN to make Bengali one of its official languages, Hasina asked for the General Assembly to support a push for the language to be recognized. "Given the rich heritage of Bangla language, and its singular place as a symbol of people's faith in the power of languages to sustain cultures, and indeed the identity of nations, I seek support of the membership of the UN General Assembly for its acceptance as an official language of the United Nations," she said.
The world body has six official languages - English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Arabic. English and French are the daily working languages of the organization, though English is more frequently used than French. Photo : AFP
Number of auto workshops keep growing in Jessore
Jessore, 27 September : People travelling on Jessore-Khulna highway may have noticed an area near Jessore town, which has got a different look with fairly large number of growing automobile workshops.
The area, Bakchar, has already become well-known among the locals and the industry people across the country as the automobile workshop village of the country’s frontier town of Jessore. Few hundreds workers all the time of the day remain busy in making bodies, seats and other auto accessories at a large number of automobile workshops at the village, which is now the direct and indirect earning source of about 35,000 people.
Now the once unskilled workers are making bodies for buses and trucks and for other motorised vehicles. The quality, may not up to the benchmark of the original ones, but their products serve the local industry. Photo : New Age
3 pandal hoppers including CRPF men die in Tripura
Agartala, 27 September : Three pandal hoppers, including a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper, died after the vehicles they were riding collided here, police said Sunday.
'CRPF personnel Nirmal Das (29), and his friend Debajyoti Bangshi (26), were riding their bike when it collided with another two-wheeler on which a government doctor Biswajit Dey (35), and his wife were riding. All were visiting puja pandals (marquees) late Saturday,' Deputy Inspector General of Police Nepal Das said. Das said all the four were seriously injured and were rushed to the Gobinda Ballav Pant Medical College and Hospital, where three of them died. The CRPF trooper, who was on leave, had purchased his motorcycle only a few days ago. He came here with his friend to witness the Durga Puja festival.
Barisal hilsa export earnings rise
UNB, Barisal, 27 September : Earnings from export of delicious hilsa fish have increased here three times, as the Bangladesh government has fixed its export price.
Abdul Hye, manager of Barisal fish landing centre of Bangladesh Fisheries Development Corporation said the earnings from hilsa export in August and September 2009 increased three times than that in the corresponding period of the previous year. He said export earnings have increased, as the government on April 12, 2008 fixed the minimum price of hilsa weighing between 600 grams.
Ajit Das Monu, president of Bangladesh Non-frozen Fish Exporters Association, said plenty of hilsa are being netted but the fishermen and traders are facing storage and packaging problems due to acute shortage of ice and irregular electricity supply.

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