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Friday, November 13, 2009

B'desh to come with proposal for new Agartala-Akhaura Rly line

Agartala, 13 November : Dhaka is keen to come up with the proposal of a new railway line and other communication links ahead of the visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India.
Building Agartala-Akhaura railway line and a submarine cable linking Khulna and Chennai are among the priority projects to be placed before the Indian government during Sheikh Hasina's upcoming visit. Agartala-based influential Bangla daily The Jagaran reported this Friday.

Mahashweta Devi demands withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act from Manipur
Kolkata, 13 November : Eminent writer and social activist Mahashweta Devi has demanded the immediate withdrawal statutory powers given to army in Manipur.
The security forces in Manipur are armed with the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), termed as draconian by rights activists, to tackle insurgency. Mahashweta Devi said the present century should be named after Irom Sharmila Devi who has been on an indefinite fast since November 2000, demanding the repeal of the Act.
“We demand the immediate repeal of the AFSPA. In Manipur the State police will not be able to kill any one . They can never do…we demand the total freedom for the Manipur people. I feel the 21st century should be named as Irom Sharmila century. She is the first person in the world, who has been on a fast for long time protesting against injustice,” Devi said.

Dhaka-Kolkata joint art exhibition begins today
Dhaka, 13 November : A 10-day joint painting exhibition titled 'Dhaka-Kolkata' will kick off today at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts in Dhanmondi in the city today.
Bengal Gallery in collaboration with Art Trust, Kolkata is going to arrange the show. Eminent educationist Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman will inaugurate the exhibition as chief guest, while art critic and foreign secretary Mijarul Quayes will be present as special guest at the inaugural session. Chairman of Art Trust, Kolkata Amitabh Sen Gupta and CEO of Unitrend Ltd Zulfiqar Ahmed will be also present as guests of honour on the occasion. A total of 52 artworks from the artists of both the countries will be on display at the show.
This was disclosed at a press conference at Bengal Café in Dhanmondi in the city yesterday. From Bangladesh artworks from 17 artists and from Kolkata artworks from 16 artists are taking part in the exhibition. န Photo : Nashirul Islam

Tripura beat Rajasthan by one-wicket, bag 5 points
Agartala, 13 November : Hosts Tripura snatched a narrow one-wicket victory, their first in the season against Rajasthan and bagged five points from the Ranji Trophy Plate Group A match here today.
The four-day match, which was tantalisingly poised at stumps yesterday with the hosts needing 16 runs to win with two wickets remaining, saw some anxious moments before Tripura achieved the target of 130 for nine wickets. Having ensured a comfortable 77 run first innings lead, Tripura earlier bowled out the visitors for 206 in the second innings and were left with a 130-run target for victory.
Tripura is now heading the group with eight points in their kitty after two matches, while Rajasthan have earned five points from two outings. Photo : Parthajit Dutta

Road crash wipes out 6 of a family in Patia Upazila
Chittagong, 13 November : Seven people, six of them of a family were killed and 10 injured on Friday when a microbus collided head-on with a truck at Patia Upazila.
The microbus was carrying them to their home Gairala village in Patia from a wedding ceremony in Lohagarha Upazila. Patia Police Station sub-inspector Mizanur Rahman said the microbus crashed into an oncoming truck in front of the Shahchan Aulia's Mazar (shrine) gate on Chittagong-Cox's Bazaar highway early in the morning. Ten other microbus travellers were taken to the Chittagong Medical College Hospital with serious injuries.

Bangla Lion Communications launches "WiMAX"
Dhaka, 13 November : Bangla Lion Communications launched experimental WiMAX operations on Thursday.
The Dhaka-based Bangla Lion is only the second operator in the country to introduce WiMAX this after Augere Wireless Broadband Bangladesh, majority owned by UK-based Augere Holdings, earlier this month. Chairman of Bangla Lion Abdul Mannan inaugurated the high-speed wireless internet service by teleconference from Gulshan. Bangla Lion WiMAX branded vehicles toured the city though the day, exhibiting the service at several spots.
Bangla Lion obtained a BTCL license to operate WiMAX, or Broadband Wireless Access, in September 2008. It has launched its operation after 14 months, failing to meet the original 6-month deadline.

Corals of Andaman and Nicobar Islands
A & N Blog, 13 November : Corals are Marine organisms that make the oceans and seas look like heaven. Andaman and Nicobar Islands are blessed with wide varieties of Coral life. The most popularly spotted corals are brain coral, finger coral, antler coral, vase coral, plate coral and leather coral. The pretty colorful corals in Andaman and Nicobar Islands are really a treat for eyes.
Corals can be spotted in Jolly buoy, red skin, North Bay and other island beaches. Jolly buoy and Redskin islands are only opened 6 months a year alternatively. Snorkeling and Scuba diving are the best way to explore the marine world underneath the crystal blue sea. READ FULL STORY

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