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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Tagore' Santiniketan to be given world heritage tag by UNESCO

PTI, Santiniketan, 3 October : A UNESCO team will is expected here on October five to assess whether Santiniketan, Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore's abode of peace, could be listed as a world heritage site.
Director of Rabindra Bhavan, U N Singh, said, "We expect a Unesco delegation to arrive soon. But we are not yet sure when or how many members will arrive." A highly placed official of Visva Bharati, however, said the delegation might arrive in Santiniketan on 5 October. The Archaeological Survey of India had submitted a formal request to UNESCO for inclusion of parts of Santiniketan on the world heritage site list on 20 January this year.
If accepted, the places that would get the world heritage tag under the 'culture' category were the ashram complex, Uttarayan complex and the institutes of Visva-Bharati and Sriniketan.

Somnath sets up Health Centre, names it after Jyoti Basu
Santiniketan, 3 October : Announcing his decision to do social work after retirement from politics, former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee has set up a health centre for the poor and named after his ''mentor'' CPI(M) patriarch Jyoti Basu.
"My age does not suit for active politics any more. Before my retirement from politics I had planned to do social work. I want to do something for the common man through social service," the former CPI-M leader said after inaugurating ''Jyoti Basu Seva Kendra'' here yesterday. Run by Niramal Chandra Binapani Trust, set up by Chatterjee and named after his late parents, the ''seva kendra'' would provide medical help to the poor and needy. "I have named it after Basu, as it was he who had influenced and inspired me most in my life," Chatterjee said during the inauguration on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.In a show of Chatterjee''s rapport with leaders of CPI(M) Bengal unit, a host of left leaders were present on the occasion.

Bangladeshi journalist delegation leaves for New Delhi
BSS, Dhaka, 3 October : A nine-member delegation, comprising editors and senior journalists, left here for New Delhi on a weeklong visit at the invitation of the Indian government this morning.
The delegation includes Editor of the Samakal Golam Sarwar, Editor of Sangbad Altamas Kabir, Editor of the Financial Express Moazzem Hossain, Chief Editor of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) Ihsanul Karim, Editor of Manab Zamin Motiur Rahman Chowdhury, Director and Head of News of Channel-i Shykh Siraj, Deputy Editor of Prothom Alo Sajjad Sharif, Monjurul Islam of ATN News and columnist Masuda Vatti.

Mamata's flight co-passenger found carrying six bullets
Kolkata, 3 October : A passenger, who boarded the same flight that Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee took yesterday evening to reach Delhi, was carrying six bullets, the police said.
The bullets, being carried by S Laldingli, was found during routine check before passengers of the IC-201 flight were to board the Indian airlines plane, they said. Laldingli had valid papers and he was allowed to board the flight after he left the bullets with the airport police station, they added.
'Paid news' issue to come up at Indian EC's all-party meet
PTI, New Delhi, 3 October : Amid concern over the recent phenomenon of paid news and growing use of money power in polls, the Election Commission will hold day-long deliberations with all parties tomorrow in a bid to eliminate electoral malpractices.
Six national parties and over 50 recognised state political parties have been invited for the meeting which will also take up criminalisation of politics and the use of Electronic Voting Machines, an issue which has drawn sharp focus. Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi and other two Election Commissioners V S Sampath and H S Brahma would hear the views of the leaders of political parties in order to address these issues.
The EC would hold separate consultations with the national parties and the state parties.