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Friday, April 23, 2010

Manmohan and Hasina may hold talks on sidelines of SAARC

Dhaka, Kolkata, 23 April : Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina may hold key talks on the margins of the SAARC Summit in Bhutan next week during which they are expected to discuss the contentious Teesta water sharing and border issues.
During their vital talks, the two Prime Ministers are also likely to discuss the implementation of five agreements as well as consensus reached on a number of issues during Hasina's 10-13 January visit to India, diplomatic sources were quoted as saying by 'The Daily Star' today.
In January, both Singh and Hasina had agreed on a vision in pursuit of the common good - bilaterally, regionally and globally. They had also expressed their commitment to work together to resolve all bilateral issues through cooperation and mutual understanding. File Photo : Reuters

Dhaka says it with films on Satyajit Ray’s death anniversary
IANS, Dhaka, 23 April : A retrospective of films Friday marked the week-long observation of the 18th death anniversary of eminent filmmaker Satyajit Ray, regarded as one of the towering figures of 20th century cinema.
Ray, who won 31 Indian National Awards, numerous awards at international film festivals and an Oscar for lifetime achievement in the world of cinema in 1992, hailed from East Bengal. The Indian high commission here began the event with a six-film “Satyajit Retrospective” at the Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre in downtown Gulshan. ‘Satyajit Ray Introspections’ by Indian documentary maker K Bikram Singh and Ray’s own ‘Kanchanjungha’ are on the schedule, while the documentary ‘Pa’ and Ray’s ‘Apur Sansar’, ‘Aranyer Dinratri’ and ‘Seemabaddha’ will be screened over the week.
Born on 2 May, 1921 in Kolkata, into a renowned Bengali family that nurtures arts and literature, Ray started his career as a commercial artist. Ray was drawn into independent filmmaking after he met a French filmmaker Jean Renoir and viewed the Italian neorealist film ‘The Bicycle Thief’ during a visit to London.
Ray directed thirty-seven films, which include documentary, feature and short films. He was also a fiction writer, publisher, illustrator, graphic designer and a film critic.
Bodoland Peoples Front sweeps in Bodoland Terito Council
PTI, Guwahati, 23 April : The ruling Bodoland Peoples' Front (BPF) led by Hagrama Mohilary swept the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) polls winning 31 of the 40 seats.
Official sources said in Guwahati on Friday that the BPF won nine seats each in Kokrajhar and Baksa, six seats in Chirang and seven seats in Udalguri while Congress, its ally in the state government, which had entered into a friendly contest in the BTC polls, won three seats. The opposition Bodoland Peoples' Progressive Forum (BPPF) and its ally United Democratic Peoples' Front (UDPF) won a seat each while four independents also made it to the Council, sources added. BTC Chief Hagrama Mohilary told reporters at Kokrajhar that his party would form the Council in alliance with the Congress and strive towards development.

IPL teams involved in match-fixing in South Africa: IT report
Kolkata, New Delhi, 23 April : Tv channel TIMES NOW on Friday accessed the I-T investigation report into match-fixing angle in the IPL controversy. The report says investigations revealed Lalit Modi has interests in three teams. The report goes on to name Samir Thakral as front for Lalit Modi whose phone records show conversations with bookies.
TIMES NOW has learnt that serious investigations are on into possible match-fixing and betting in IPL Season 2 which took place in South Africa. The entire investigation now seems to be honing in on IPL 2. In fact, the Income Tax investigation wing has filed a confidential report to the finance ministry. Sources said that several IPL players could have been involved. Sources have also indicated that phone conversations have also been recorded and that possible questioning of IPL players could happen in this regard. Photo : AP
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B'deshs' landmass increased due to sedimentation in rivers
Dhaka, 23 April : Bangladesh’s landmass has increased in recent years, thanks to sedimentation in its southern rivers, a study has revealed. The study shows that the country has actually grown in landmass equal to five times the size of Dhaka city. The new land has emerged in the Meghna estuary.
The 8.5-magnitude earthquake that struck Assam in 1950 increased the sediment flow and has added a net increase of 1,790 sq km to the country’s land mass, it said. This should ease Bangladesh’s concern that it could partially shrink in size due to global warming, experts said.

MULTA militant held with Rs 4lakh brown sugar in Assam
PTI, Dhubri, 23 April : A militant belonging to Muslim United Liberation Front of Asom (MULTA) was arrested and brown sugar worth Rs four lakh in the international market was recovered from his possession in Assam's Dhubri district today, police said.
Acting on a tip-off, the army apprehended the ultra at Paglahat area in the district and later handed him over to the police, they said. The man was also involved in drug trafficking and arms dealing, they said.

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