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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Number of voters up by 2 percent in WB: Election Commission

Kolkata, 5 January : The number of voters in West Bengal has gone up by two percent over the previous year, and 75% of the new inclusions are aged between 18 and 25 years, the state's top election official said here Wednesday.
Releasing the voters' list after a summary revision, Chief Electorate Officer Sunil Gupta said the number of electors stood at 5,60,87,187 now, as against 5,49,63,904 last year. He said while 14,39,543 new voters had been enlisted, the names of 3,19,919 were deleted from the previous list. "So the net addition is 11,23,247, which is 2.04% more than the previous year," Gupta said. "Among the new inclusions, 11.14 lakh voters are in the age bracket of 18-25, which comes to 75% of first time voters," said Gupta.
So far, 95.37% of the total voters have been issued the Electoral Photo Identity Cards (EPIC). "The figure will increase to more than 98% after the distribution of EPIC cards to the new voters starts 25 January (National Voters Day)".

PM Hasina warns police against violation of human rights
Dhaka, 5 January : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today cautioned the police against violation of human rights in their drive against crimes, terrorism and militancy.
Addressing senior police officials at her office Hasina reminded their responsibility and asked to be sincere to their duty towards the people. The function to mark the Police Week-2011 was addressed by Home Minister Sahara Khatun, State Minister for Home Affairs Shamsul Huq Tuku and IGP Hasan Mahmud Khondakar.

Biman to offload shares in capital market : Civil Aviation Min
UNB, Dhaka, 5 January : Biman Bangladesh Airlines, the national flag carrier, will offload shares in the capital market in a bid to recoup its losses, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister GM Qader said on Wednesday.
“Biman incurred some losses during the last fiscal. We are inquiring about the reasons of the losses. We’ve asked Biman to inform us the reasons,” he told reporters at his ministry. According to a statistics, Bangladesh Biman incurred a loss of over Tk 80 crore in the last fiscal (2009-10).

Moner Manush : Successful Indo-Bangladeshi film venture
Kolkata, 5 January : Moner Manush is a bengali feature film directed by Goutam Ghose.The film is based on the life and philosophy of 19th century bengali poet Savant Lalan Shah.The film is produced by Gautam Kundu and Habibur Rahman Khan.The cast of Moner Manush are Prosenjit Chatterjee, Priyanshu Chatterjee,Chanchal Chowdhury, Raisul Islam Asad,Gulshan Ara Champa,Tathoi,Paoli Dam and Shuvra Kundu.The film has been awarded the Best Film at the 41st International Film Festival of India held at Goa from 22 November to 02 December 2010. The film also won the Golden Peacock Award.
The is based on a novel by Sunil Gangopadhyay. The film is about Lalan Fakir who is one of the greatest Bauls and philosopher of Bengali folk music.The film opens with Jyotirindranath Tagore sketching sequence where we find lalon nearly 85 now, he hardly has any strength left to walk straight without the aid of stick. Lalan Fakir is seen narrating the story of his life to Rabindranath Tagore’s elder brother Jyotirindranath tagore, who is a western educated bright young man from 19th century Bengal.
Goutam Ghose’s film, based on Sunil Ganguly’s 2009 novel of the same name, attempts to capture a slice of Lalan’s fakir’s life and his teachings. Prosenjit plays the role of Lalan while Paoli Dam plays the role of Kamli, a female baul in Lalan’s akhera. Priyangshu Chatterjee plays the role of an aristocratic, scholarly and gentle Jyotirindranath Tagore. All of them does justice to their roles.
The songs of the film are sung by Latif Shah and Khuda Baksh. But,sadly their voices does not match with Prosenjit’s voice. The film is an Indo-Bangladeshi venture.T he film was shot in Chilapata forests in North Bengal. The cinematography of the film also impresses the audience. The perfomance of the entire cast is excellent, but the film belongs only to one man, Prosenjit. Moner Manush is definitely worth watching.