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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Rabindra 'University' and 'Academy' to be set up in Bangladesh

PM asks to complete preparations to celebrate Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary
UNB, Dhaka, 5 October : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said a Rabindra University and a Rabindra Academy will be established in Bangladesh for higher studies and research on Bishwa Kabi Rabindra Nath Tagore.
She said the government is also contemplating to set up a Bangladesh Bhaban at Shanti Niketon in West Bengal (India) to provide housing facilities to Bangladeshis studying there. The Prime Minister made the disclosures while presiding over the first meeting of the National Committee for celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Bishwa Kabi Rabindra Nath Tagore on 25 Baishakh 1418 at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Hasina directed the authorities concerned to complete all necessary preparations to make of the programmes of celebration a success. According to the Bangladesh-India joint communiqué issued during the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Delhi visit in January, the two countries will jointly celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. Photo : UNB
CSC is under consideration by India : Dr Srikumar Banerjee
PTI, Mumbai, 5 October : India is considering becoming a signatory to the international convention on nuclear damage, and the Department of Atomic Energy is providing relevant information to the Centre in this regard, a top nuclear scientist said today. "India becoming signatory to Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage (CSC), which has not yet come into force, is under consideration, and we are in the process of providing information to the government," Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) Chairman, Dr Srikumar Banerjee said.
Documentary on Tagore to be screened at Indian HC in BD Dhaka, 5 October : Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre, Indian High Commission, Dhaka is organizing presentation of documentaries on Rabindranath Tagore `Bhuvan Bhara Sur` and `Rabindra Sangeet` by Md Anisur Rahman on Friday at Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre in the city. Anisur Rahman was awarded the biennial ‘Rabindra Purashkar’ by the Rabindra Parishad of Patna, Bihar, in May 2004 for his contribution to Tagore's music and literature. Documentary film on his singing and views of Tagore songs - Bhuban Bhara Shur (Melodies of the Soul) - released in March 2009 will be screened by the Centre on Friday along with a short recital of Tagore songs by Anisur Rahman.
Andaman and Nicobar to have runways every 100 miles
PTI, Port Blair, 5 October : After Port Blair, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are now set to have full-length 'all weather and all aircraft' runways after every 100 miles, an official said. "Every 100 miles or so you will find an airfield capable of operating all aircrafts (which could include commercial ones) in all-weather conditions," Commander-in-Chief of the Islands D K Joshi said. Presently only Port Blair has a full-fledged runway capable of operating all kinds of aircraft but considering the height of a hill on the eastern side, it's a uni-directional airstrip. However, it's planned to be made bi-directional soon. The runways in Car Nicobar, Shibpur and Campbell Bay are also proposed to be upgraded into full-length runways. Meanwhile, Defence officials said the Taj Group is setting up a venture to boost tourism in the Andaman and Nicobar islands, even as corporates are flocking with major investments.