"It feels great to be back here," Rahman said when asked about the concert which will be his first in the city after winning the Academy award in February this year for composing music in the Hollywood film 'Slumdog Millionaire'. The musician and singer who has also won several awards for his composition in Bollywood and Tamil films called upon youngsters to be "original" in creativity. "Be original and find your inner voice. And the rest will follow," said Rahman who was here to announce the concert scheduled for 12 November organised by the Liver Foundation.
Rahman said he is yet to explore the classical songs of Rabindranath Tagore.
Agartala, 13 October : Tripura's Left Front government has extended for another six months the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), a controversial anti-terror law enacted 50 years ago that gives sweeping powers to the security forces deployed in the region to counter insurgency, an official Tuesday said.
"Innocent people are victimised by security forces in the name of anti-insurgency operations," former minister and general secretary of the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) Rabindra Debbarma said. Besides Tripura, the AFSPA is also in force in Manipur, Assam, and Nagaland.
Kolkata, 13 October : The US Ambassador to India Timothy J Roemer today presented two books written by US President Barack Obama to West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee during his maiden visit to the city after assuming office in New Delhi.
Roemer met the Chief Minister at the state secretariat here and presented him the books -'The Audacity of Hope' and 'Dreams From My Father'- both written by Obama.
“We have already done the project details and design for the plants. But now Coal India is objecting saying there is a coal bed below the project area,” group chairman Venugopal Dhoot told reporters here after a meeting with Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee. The company would require around 4,200 acres for the project, out of which it has got cabinet approval for 3,000 acres. The total investment for the project was pegged at Rs.15,000 crore earlier, which later Dhoot said may be to the tune of Rs.21,000 crore.
“We now want our land to be realigned or relocated elsewhere to further proceed with the project. The chief minister told us that the government will look into the matter,” Dhoot added.
Incidentally, TSR runs its own counter-insurgency and jungle guerrilla warfare institute at Kachucherra in Dhalai district according to the army's Vairangte (Mizoram) school. TSR was formed in 1984 to counter militancy in the northeastern state with 75 % of its jawans being inducted from Tripura, while the remaining 25 per cent from all over the country, thus giving it a national look. At present, there are 12 TSR battalions, while one more is being inducted.
The brewer Crown Beverage Ltd, a concern of Bangladesh's leading Jamuna Group - started brewing beer after receiving a license from the country's Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) this year, said a report of the leading English newspaper the Daily Star Tuesday.
The members were of the view that the present rule that bars toilets on local trains with running time of three hours or less be reviewed for the comfort of passengers on local and EMU trains, a Railways official said. The six-member committee also stressed on forging greater synergy between Railway administration and the GRP and use of modern technology to prevent passengers falling prey to anti-social elements.
During its second meeting in Kolkata recently, one of the members also drew attention to absence of toilets at Kolkata metro stations.
The Russians are already in advanced stages of commissioning the first phase of the Koodankulam project in Tamil Nadu that consists of two "VVER-1000" units of 1,000 MWe each. These are being built with assistance from Russian State-owned firm Atomstroy export, which would be involved in the construction of new units as well, sources said. India had earlier conveyed its readiness to expand its nuclear engagement with Russia beyond the Koodankulam site.
Both sides commenced preliminary discussions on the construction of Russian design reactors on a new site during delegation level talks between the Atomic Energy Commission Chairman, Dr Anil Kakodkar, and the Rosatom chief, Sergei Kiriyenko, earlier last month.
Mother Indian citizen, no question of giving 'remains'
Kolkata, 13 October : Mother Teresa was a Kolkatan, part of the city's heritage and one could not give history away - be it intellectuals, Christian organisations or the common person, Kolkatans reacted as one to Albania's proposal that the remains of the Nobel laureate be returned to her country of origin.
Mother Teresa - born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia, on 26 August, 1910, to an ethnic Albanian family made Kolkata her home for 68 years caring for the poor and the infirm. After her death on 5 September, 1997, she was buried in Mother House, the global headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity (MoC) founded by her, AJC Bose Road in central Kolkata. Now, Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha has asked New Delhi for her remains to be returned to Albania by the 100th anniversary of her birth in August 2010. The request has sparked outrage and consternation in the city she made her home.
"She may have been an Albanian. But she became Mother Teresa because of her work in Kolkata. She came to India, and then selected Kolkata as her home and workplace. "She lived here by choice. She also died here. So I think in respect to her memory her remains should be allowed to remain here," Magsaysay award winning litterateur Mahasweta Devi told the news agency. န Photo : Reuters
Chittagong, 13 October : Two workers of a ship-breaking yard died and another fell sick after inhaling poisonous gas in Sitakunda upazila in Chittagong this morning.
The dead were identified as Shahabuddin alias Emran and M Nasir Uddin. They were workers of Pakija Enterprise at Baro Aulia Fultala in Sitakunda. Police said the incident took place when the workers were working at the shipyard at about 10:30am (BDST). Officer in-charge (OC) Nazrul Islam of Sitakunda Police Station confirmed the incident and said that forces were already sent to the spot.
The incident took place five days after three other workers were smashed under an iron-plate at Crystal ship-breaking yard on 8 October. With this, at least 14 workers died in accidents at different ship-breaking yards this year, sources said. A total of 18 workers were killed in the years 2006 and 2007 while 15 were killed in 2008 marking a fresh increase in casualties. န Photo : Reuters
Cooch Behar, 13 October : Two people were killed and two others, including a policeman, were injured when two bisons entered a village in WB’s Cooch Behar district Tuesday and attacked the villagers, forest department officials said.
The incident took place in Ghoksadanga village in Cooch Behar district, when two wild bisons entered the village and damaged a few houses there. Two villagers were killed and two others - a forest department official and a policeman - were injured. “The injured forest official and the policeman have already been admitted with critical injuries to Mathabhanga Hospital nearby. They are undergoing treatment now,” a senior forest department official said.
At 16 years old, Babar Ali must be the youngest headmaster in the world. He's a teenager who is in charge of teaching hundreds of students in his family's backyard, where he runs classes for poor children from his village. The story of this young man from Murshidabad in West Bengal is a remarkable tale of the desire to learn amid the direst poverty.
Babar Ali's day starts early. He wakes, pitches in with the household chores, then jumps on an auto-rickshaw which takes him part of the 10km (six mile) ride to the Raj Govinda school. The last couple of kilometres he has to walk. READ FULL STORY