Rakhine StateThree people, including two teenage boys, were killed by an explosion in Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state on Saturday, a police officer said.Police were investigating if the mine had been laid intentionally or if the victims had accidentally struck unexploded ordnance leftover from a previous conflict, an officer told AFP.“According to our initial information, it was a homemade mine,” the officer said, requesting anonymity.“It exploded around 10:30am this morning in a field,” he said, adding that an elderly man and two boys aged 15 and 17 were killed by the blast.A 13-year-old boy was hospitalised with injuries.The north of Rakhine state is an impoverished area scarred by a brutal army crackdown on its Muslim Rohingya population.The campaign was launched in October in response to deadly raids staged by Rohingya militants, who say they are fighting for political rights for the stateless minority, which Myanmar has been accused of mistreating for years.The army crackdown has displaced more than 92,000 Rohingya.The majority fled across the border to Bangladesh, where many gave harrowing accounts of security officers slaughtering babies, burning people alive and staging gang rapes.The UN has ordered an investigation into the alleged army abuses, saying they may amount to crimes against humanity.But Myanmar has vowed to block visas for the UN fact-finding team, with de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi warning that their probe would inflame tensions in the region.Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace prize winner, has faced global censure for not taking a stronger stance on the Rohingya’s plight since coming to power last year.
Those who know dance, might not know about Vilasini Natyam. Reason? Its a classical dance form lost from the cultural scene from many years. The danceform has once again revived and returned to the capital stage by Dimple Kaur who wants to take this dance form across the world through her persistent efforts.A trained dancer for 20 years, Dimple will perform Tholiviniki which will begin with Alaaya Sampradaayam which includes Ganesh Vandana and Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ Salaam Daravu. It will be followed by Kutcheri Atta Varnam and Javali. The performance will end with Bhagvataham, an extract from Parijatam.Vilasini Natyam is a classical Indian Dance form which originated in Andhra Pradesh. It is an independent dance form related mainly to the devdasi tradition. The devdasis used to perform Vilasini Natyam in the magnificent temples,’ explained Dimple.’It was part of the rich culture of India for many centuries until Britishers banned the dance from temples in India. This dance form was later revived by Padma Bhushan Guru Swapnasundari, under whom I have learned and honed it,’ she added.’The dance from highlights the feminine aspects which includes the hundred odd Adavus (dance-units) like the Tandava (vigorous) and Lasya (soft) aspects. Vilasini Natyam’s complex Abhinaya is widely admired,’ Dimple said.
BALURGHAT: Police have arrested a youth on charges alleged rape of a class X student at Basuria village of Pransagar under Gangarampur police station in South Dinajpur district on Monday.Police arrested the youth named Abdul Kader (22).The victim was admitted to Gangarampur sub-divisional hospital after her condition deteriorated. A medical test of the victim has already been done. Police said the victim met the accused on her way back home from her uncle’s house on Monday afternoon.The accused asked her to spend some time with him. He took her to a nearby footbridge where he allegedly raped her. He left the girl who became unconscious. Locals took her to a hospital where she narrated the whole story and told the name of the accused.A large contingent of police has been sent to maintain peace. There was tension in the area after the news spread. Locals have demanded stringent action of the accused.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would be visiting China in June end to attract more investments in different sectors of Bengal. Centre for Promotion of India-China Cooperation had invited the Chief Minister to grace a programme in China where there will also be discussions on trade and commerce. Banerjee will also address it. There are possibilities that the Chief Minister would be visiting Beijing, Yunnan Province and Jiangsu Province during her visit to China. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThere would be discussions to attract investment for Bengal in food processing, automobile, healthcare, tourism and IT sectors. The development that Bengal has witnessed in the past six-and-a-half-years will be highlighted in the programmes and it will also come up during discussions with industrialists from different provinces of China. The state’s number one position in Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) in the country will also be highlighted. It is learnt that state Finance Minister Amit Mitra along with senior officials of the state government will be accompanying the Chief Minister during her China visit. A team of top industrialists from the city will also be a part of the Chief Minister’s delegation. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedDignitaries from China had invited the Chief Minister to their country during their visit to the state. Banerjee had earlier visited Singapore, Dacca, London, Scotland, Italy and Germany. Now, she would be visiting China. It may also be recalled that during her visit to Singapore in 2014, Governor of Yunnan Province Li Jiheng had met her and invited her to visit China. Again in 2015, Chinese Vice-President Li Yuan Chao had visited Kolkata and invited her to visit China. It may be recalled that around 30 industrialists from China had visited the Bengal Global Business Summit this year, including 10 industrialists who had visited India for the first time.The visit of the top industrialists from China in the BGBS had helped establish a connection with them and the business from the state. The Chief Minister’s visit to China in such a situation will ensure more investment for Bengal.
It’s time for the bibliophiles to rejoice as the Bengali Book Fair is back again. Organised by the Bengal association, the six day festival will mark its beginning from March 14 with an aim to preserve and expand the rich cultural heritage of Bengal at the Kali Bari premises in the national Capital. Started in 1998, at Sapru House, the Bengali Book Fair, popularly known as “Boi Mela” has grown to become the third largest Bengali Book Fair in India with publishers and book sellers from West Bengal, NorthEast India, Delhi and even from Bangladesh participating in the fair. This year, in the the 16th edition of the book fair there will be more than 60 stalls to accommodate publishers like Ananda, Deys, Rupa, Oxford, Niyogi, Abhijan, Lalmati, Sristisukh, Gangchil, Deb Sahitya Kutir and many more. With the book fair in mind, Bengalis from in and around Delhi are planning to huddle up to take home some new books. “I hope to get my hands on some rare Bengali classics. I am very excited for it,” said Tirtho Bose, a senior IT professional living in CR Park. The Book Fair is topped with literary festival in the afternoon and cultural programmes depicting grandeur and depth of Bengali culture and art in the evening. Renowned literary personalities like Sunil Gangopadhyay, Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Nabanita Deb Sen, Painter Jogen Choudhury has honed the responsibilities of the Chief guest during various edition of the fair. This year eminent literary person Swapnamoy Chakraborty, Anita Agnihotri and Senior Government Officers like Dr Nandita Chatterjee, Atanu Chakraborty, Anuradha Mitra, Ranjan Mukherjee and other dignitaries will be present during the inauguration. “I am very fond of Bengali novels but in Delhi, they are not easily available. It’s going to be a nice week after Holi and I am hoping to get some good books,” said Shayan Das, a Delhi-based engineering student. During the six days of the festival, literary figures like Kinnar Ray, Nirmal Kanti Bhattacharya, Mandakranta Sen, Sadique Hossain, Shirsho Bondopadhyay, Binod Ghoshal, Subhro Bondopadhyay, Sridarshini Chakraborty will participate in various literary discussions. Famous actor Sabyasachi Chakroborty, business icon Satyam Ray choudhury and Ayan Dey will also remain present on various days. The conclusive day will see the presence of Sarod Maestro Ustaad Amjad Ali Khan. During the evening, cultural programmes will see artists from Delhi and Jaipur performing along with famous names like Satinath Mukhopadhyay, Ratna Mitra, Shraboni Sen, Suvomita and Lopamudra Mitra. Apart from these, there will be various contests for children like sit n’ draw, recitation, singing and quiz. There will be a lucky draw every day and the winners will be awarded with discount coupons for books.Established in 1958 with an aim to preserve and expand the rich heritage of Bengal through various cultural and social organizations in New Delhi, Bengal Association is a federative body of Bengali cultural associations, Bengali-medium schools and drama organizations spread across the national Capital. Besides cultural events throughout the year, Bengal Association organises Cine Festival, health camps and provide legal aid to needy persons. One of its noble projects includes helping the needy artists by providing them health insurances.
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. February 16, 2017 If your New Year’s resolution was to start a business, or grow your current one, there are tons of digital resources that can make your life a lot easier (being an entrepreneur doesn’t mean you can’t sleep). In fact, there are so many options out there, it’s hard to distinguish which ones are really worth your time and money. Here’s a rundown of the apps and sites that have really proven their worth in my company:1. StratPadIf you’re at the drawing board, start here. StratPad is a business planning software that walks you through every element of your business plan (it even does the math for you). It prompts you with questions you may not have thought about and pushes you to dive a little bit deeper into your business plan. Once you’ve completed your business plan, you can download it into a beautiful PDF ready to go.2. ShopifyLooking for your digital storefront? I encourage you to try Shopify. I started my company on Shopify five years ago and they continue to impress me with their ease of use and forward thinking. Not only can you set up your e-commerce site, you can also sell in person with their Point of Sale app and on social media. You can even accept Apple Pay on your site!Another feature of Shopify that really changed my business is their app, Kit.Kit helps drive sales by doing everything from creating highly-targeted Facebook ad campaigns to sending personal thank you emails to customers and handling the other apps that you use to manage your store. With Kit handling your marketing, you have the time you need to focus on other aspects of your business.3. ShowcaseShowcase lets you easily create shoppable Instagram galleries for your site. You can tag products that are featured in each of your posts so your customers can shop directly from your gallery. You can see what ours looks like here.The goal with Showcase is to help store owners sell more, boost conversions, and better connect with their audience. Lots of brands use Instagram to showcase (app name is not a coincidence) their products in a lifestyle setting, but fail to fully leverage all the work they put into to their posts. Showcase helps store owners leverage this content by making it easier to find the products featured in their posts, creating social proof on product detail pages, and providing a more engaging and visually driven shopping experience, which usually has lower exit and bounce rates, higher conversion rates and cart totals, and an increase time spent on sight.4. Now In StoreNow In Store is an easy to use catalog builder. If you’re using Shopify, you can build your catalog by pulling products straight from your store. If you’re like my company and need to update line sheets all the time, Now In Store helps streamline the whole process. You can share it digitally, print it or download it and share it as a PDF with your buyers. Depending on what plan you want, they’ll even do a beautiful custom design for you!5. PrivyPrivy is the first step to growing your email list. This app allows you to create targeted pop-ups to acquire customer information on your site. It has an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop designer and even allows you to offer a coupon code incentive for those who enter in their email. But what truly separates this app from the rest is the ability to target your pop-ups based on your customer’s exit intent, geography, cart value, referral path, device type and more.6. Social Print StudioIf your company prides itself on its beautiful Instagram feed, then make your little squares come to life with Social Print Studio. You can upload and print your feed to a wide variety of beautiful products. My personal favorite are the contact cards. My company gives headbands to kids with cancer, so we get tons of amazing photos of children in the hospital wearing our headbands. Social Print Studio allows you to print a mix of photos in one run. So, we upload 50 photos of the kids and order thousands of prints to put in our orders (and keep the information on the back of each card the same). It allows us to provide a really unique experience for our customers to send different pictures in each box.Not to mention, Social Print Studio’s customer service is amazing!All of this technology makes it quite manageable to start a business. However, technology can’t always automate success. Everything comes back to your core mission and understanding what need your business is serving. Technology can help a lot with exposure, research, automating tasks and design, but it’s the minds and the hearts of the people behind it that will make your company successful.