The Goa police on Tuesday arrested a motor-cycle taxi owner in connection with a complaint of molestation filed by a U.S. tourist.The woman had said on Facebook that she was molested during a bike ride in Goa on the eve of Republic Day. Inspector C.L. Patil, in charge of the Anjuna police station, told presspersons on Tuesday that Isidore Ferandes, 44, a resident of Anjuna in north coastal Goa, was arrested and handed over to the neighbouring Pernem police station as the crime area comes under its jurisdiction. Chandan Chaudhary, Superintendent of Police, North Goa, told The Hindu that the accused had confessed to the crime.The U.S. tourist had hired the motorcycle taxi for a ride from Arpora to Morjim beach village, both in North coastal Goa.
Tension prevailed on Monday morning in the Padri Bazaar area here when at least 12 idols were found broken and scattered on the ground, police said. The idols belonged to Natveer Baba temple and other roadside shrines, they said. Top police officers reached the spot and controlled the situation.
Roland Mollerus (M), chief of the CDP secretariat, hands over to permanent representative of Bangladesh, ambassador Masud Bin Momen an official letter at an event organised at the Bangabandhu auditorium of Bangladesh mission in New York on Friday. Photo: Bangladesh Mission in NYBangladesh has met the criteria for graduation from the status of least developed country (LDC) for the first time, according to the Bangladesh mission at the UN.The mission issued a statement in this regard, quoting the United Nations Committee for Development Policy (CDP) which completed its review of the LDC category and made the “announcement” on 15 March.Roland Mollerus, chief of the CDP secretariat, handed over to permanent representative of Bangladesh, ambassador Masud Bin Momen an official letter conveying this announcement at an event organised at the Bangabandhu auditorium of Bangladesh mission on Friday.The UN CDP determines the graduation of an LDC on the basis of its meeting at least two of three criteria — per capita gross national income (GNI), human asset index (HAI) and economic vulnerability index (EVI).Bangladesh could meet all the three criteria in this year’s review by the CDP, said the mission’s news release.It has set a goal to establish itself as a middle-income country by 2021, the permanent representative told the audience.”We have aligned our national development plans with the SDGs. We are also committed to implement the SDGs. Our graduation aspiration has coincided with all these visions,” he added.The diplomat hoped that Bangladesh will continue to receive similar support from its development and trading partners to make its graduation sustainable and also for the achievement of the 2030.The dignitaries congratulated Bangladesh on its meeting the graduation criteria.Among others, UN under secretary-general and UN office high representative for LDCs and SIDS Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu, chair of CDP expert group Jose Antonio Ocampo Gaviria, permanent representatives of Belgium to the UN Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve; permanent representative of Turkey Feridun Hadi Sinirlioǧlu, assistant secretary general and director of UNDP regional bureau for Asia and the Pacific Haoliang Xu, and director of UNDP’s human development report office Selim Jahan joined this event.
Tim Watts was an on-air personality at Magic 95.9 for 17 years. (Facebook photo)Tim Watts and Lorraine ‘Lolo’ Milliner, both long-time radio personalities for Magic Baltimore 95.9 FM, have been suddenly let go by the station according to statements posted on their respective Facebook pages. Watts’ statement suggested that his age was behind his having been let go, as the station seemed to be moving towards attracting a younger audience.“Well family, I just got back from vacation only to find that I am now on permanent vacation,” read Watts’s Facebook statement, in part. “Nojoke, I was called into the conference room and told this was my last day at Radio one. So this brings to an end 17 years at 95.9 . . . I guess the age of the listener they need to attract stayed the same. But my age kept going up. . . . I’ve got nothing bad to say about Radio One. They’ve always been very good to me. I would have liked to been able to say good bye on the air.”Similarly, Milliner wrote, in part, “Radio One let me go today after 22 years on the air. . . . I thank Radio One for the opportunity. It has truly been a blessing. I know God has a plan.”The AFRO has reached out to both Watts and Milliner, but both indicated that they were not prepared to comment publicly at this time. Watts’ Facebook statement suggested he might retire and joked he might be “sold for stud.” Milliner’s Facebook statement indicated she would now turn her focus to serving her community, the U.S. Virgin Islands, from which she hails.Online, fans expressed support for the radio personalities, thanking and encouraging them through comments on their respective Facebook posts. Valarie M. Jackson-Saunders commented on Watts’ page that she wished the radio station had handled the situation differently, while Michael-Alan Goodwin responded to Watts post, saying “[I] salute you for handling this situation with the utmost of class. You ARE a real class act.”Sandra Levin Setorie commented on Milliner’s post, saying, “Sorry to hear this LoLo. It’s not just Radio One’s loss, it [sic] a huge loss to the B’more community and diaspora. The wonderful thing is, there’s more to life post Radio One.”The AFRO reached out to Magic 95.9 for comment, but received no response prior to publication.
Kolkata: Durgadalil, a book comprising a through documentation of Durga Puja, was released in the city on Sunday.The book, edited by Samrat Chattopadhyay, will be made into a documentary film with the demand of making Durga Puja a national festival. The work for the documentary film will start on January 6, 2019, with a programme at Uttam Mancha.Through this monumental work, the demand to make Durga Puja a national festival will be raised. It may be mentioned that National Geographic channel will cover Durga Puja in Kolkata for the first time. The channel covers Ganesh Chaturthi in Maharastra and Kumbh Mela. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe book is a research work on 400 years of Durga Puja. It deals with the frequently asked questions like where Durga Puja started in undivided Bengal, or whether it began in Taherpur in Rajsahi (now in Bangladesh), in Malda or South Dinajpur.It also answers whether Raja Kangsha Narayan, Bhabananda Mazumdar or Raja Jagat Narayan was the protagonist of the Puja. History scholars Haripada Bhowmick and Professor Sandip Kumar Dawn have dealt with the subject, spreading over a large span of time from the Moghul period to the present day. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedNoted photographer Atanu Pal and well known art collector Ganesh Pratap Singh have provided photographs which have increased the value of the priceless collection.Elderly people as well as many contemporary celebrities have narrated Durga Puja stories that are related to their localities, in the book. In erstwhile Kolkata, Pujas were held in the houses of aristocrats, beside the community Pujas. There were no sponsors and the Pujas were organised by collecting subscription from the local people. After the Pujas, musical soirees were held, in which noted vocalists and musicians took part.While Nabanita Dev Sen has narrated stories that are related to the areas surrounding Hindusthan Road in South Kolkata where she had spent her childhood and has plenty of childhood memories, elocutionist Jagannath Basu has told about his experiences in North Kolkata.Well known football organiser of the 70s, Ajay Srimani, has spoken about Durga Puja in his house and neighbouhood.Actors Abir Chattopadhyay and Kaninika Bandyopadhyay have narrated their childhood memories, along with cricketer Jhulan Goswami and former footballer Achintya Belel.