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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Radio Today starts journey as 'Green Radio' in Bangladesh

Dhaka, 23 January : Radio Today, a Bangladeshi FM band radio station, started its journey as a 'Green Radio' today.
Rafiqul Haque, managing director of the station, announced this at the annual conference of its correspondents at a city hotel, says a press release. The radio station will work for creating awareness on reducing global warming and greenhouse effects, Rafiqul Haq said, adding that new centres of Radio Today will be launched soon in Sylhet, Khulna, Barisal, Bogra, Mymensingh and Cox's Bazar.

Netaji currency made public
Chennai, 23 January : A currency issued by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s Bank of Independence has been made public here on the eve of his 113th birth anniversary, leading to excitement among his supporters.
In the 1980s, Ram Kishore Dubey, a retired contractor with the TN State Irrigation Department, discovered the note in his grandfather’s Ramayana book, but did not realise its historical significance till recently. “My grandfather, Praagilal, worked for Netaji in the Azaad Hind Fauj and passed away in 1958,” says the 63-year-old Dubey. The currency, of denomination one lakh, has a photograph of Bose on the left side and a pre-independence map of the Indian territory with the inscription “ swatantra bharat” in Hindi on the other. In the middle are inscribed the words “ Jai Hind” in English, with the words “I promise to pay the bearer the sum of one Lac” below it.
On the top of the note is a series of flags of the Azaad Hind Fauj over a bold inscription saying “Bank of Independence” with “good wishes” inscribed at the bottom.

Encounter on between Maoists and Govt' joint forces
Midnapore, 23 January : Encounter was on between joint forces and the Maoists at Belpahari while an armed clash took place between the extremists and the villagers at Salboni in Maoist-affected West Midnapore district today.
Police said the encounter is on in the jungle at Belpahari village but there are no reports of any casualty on either side so far.

Bangladesh & Myanmar agree on Sea border demarcation
Dhaka, 23 January : Bangladesh and Myanmar have reached consensus on principles of equity and equidistance formula to demarcate the maritime boundary.
Disclosing the development on Saturday, Foreign Secretary Mohamed Mijarul Quayes said both the countries are moving forward to resolve the longstanding sea boundary dispute. Bangladesh will be largely benefited with Myanmar's acceptance its principle of equity while Myanmar has been pursuing equidistance formula.
The foreign secretary said the technical committees of Bangladesh and Myanmar, which met in Chittagong on 8-9 January, reached the agreement, which is definitely a major positive development.

1,500 pieces Bison horns seized in North Dinajpur district
Raiganj, 23 January : A truck carrying at least 1,500 pieces of bison horns was seized in West Bengal's North Dinajpur district Saturday evening and three people, including the driver, were arrested, police said.
According to the police, the truck was heading for Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh from Assam's Guwahati town through West Bengal. Acting on a tip off, customs officials intercepted the vehicle near Islampur. "We have already informed the forest department officials. According to our estimate, the horns are worth more than Rs.1 crore," a customs official said.
Protests for separate Gorkhaland continue in Darjeeling hill
ANI, Panchonoi, 23 January : Activists of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJMM), who are spearheading the movement for a separate Gorkhaland state, created communication bottlenecks in the Darjeeling region on Friday.
Buzz up!At Panchonoi, which is located between Siliguri in the foothills and Darjeeling, GJMM activists blocked the national highway and also movement of the toy train. "The local people are protesting for their demand and in this our train has been stopped. So we are facing some problem and a worried lot. I have booked a hotel and if the money is refunded then it will be helpful," noted Prakash Seth a passenger.
Activists said they would continue their protests till the Central Government concedes their demand for a political dialogue on the Gorkhaland issue.

B'desh & India to form body to combat int'l terrorism
UNB, Dhaka, 23 January : Bangladesh and India will form a Coordination Committee with the representatives of law-enforcing agencies and intelligence wings of the two countries for coordinated action in combating international terrorism, organised crime and cross-border drug trade.
The committee will be constituted under the aegis of the home ministries of the two countries as per terms of an agreement signed during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to New Delhi, an official announcement in Dhaka said on Saturday.
The agreement on combating international terrorism, organised crime and illicit drug trafficking is aimed at enhancing cooperation among the law-enforcement agencies and intelligence wings of the two neighbouring countries to deal with international terrorism and drug smuggling, investigation and completion of trial in such crimes.

Sagardari wears festive look as Madhu Mela begins today
Jessore, 23 January : Madhu Mela, a fair marking the 186th birth anniversary of great poet Michael Madhusudan Dutta will kick off at Sagardari under Keshabpur upazila today.
Jessore district administration has chalked out an elaborate programme for the week-long fair which will continue till 28 January. Bangladesh Information minister Abul Kalam Azad is expected to inaugurate the fair. Sagardari, the birthplace of the poet, wore a festive look as all preparations were completed to celebrate the day in a befitting manner. The fair will take place on the premises of Michael Madhusudan Academy while the programmes included discussion on life and works of the famous poet, recitation, cultural functions including song, dance and drama.
Michael Madhusudan was born in a zemindar family on 25 January in 1824. He was the son of Zemindar Rajnarayan Dutta and Jhannabi Devi. Madhusudan passed away at Kolkata General Hospital on 29 June, 1873 only three days after his wife Henrietta breathed her last.

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