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Bangabandhu inspired by Netaji

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib was inspired by Netaji Subhas Bose: Information Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was inspired by Netaji Subhas Bose, said the Information Minister of Bangladesh Dr. Hasan Mahmud. Paying rich tributes to Netaji Subhas Bose in Dhaka on Sunday, Dr. Mahmud said that Bangabandhu had written in his unfinished autobiography ‘Oshomapto Atmajiboni’ that he was attracted to the leadership of Netaji from his childhood and inspired by him. He said that the contribution of Netaji in the freedom movement of India will always be written in golden letters.

Speaking at a seminar on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Bose in Dhaka on Sunday, Dr Hasan also spoke about India Bangladesh relationship. He said that the cooperation of India was very helpful in achieving the progress of Bangladesh.

He said that India and Bangladesh friendship was forging ahead with strengthening of the alliance and expanding the regional and people-to-people contact which will help in the development of the region, said the official press release.

The Minister said that 20 lakh COVID 19 vaccines received from India as gift was a unique example of love and friendship between the two countries. He also recalled the sacrifice of Indian soldiers during the liberation war of Bangladesh and the shelter given to close to 1 crore Bangladeshi refugees during that period.

High  Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami said that celebration of Netaji’s birth anniversary in Bangladesh was a touching event. He expressed the hope that the close ties between India and Bangladesh will be further strengthened in days to come.

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China empowers its Coastguards to Fire

China empowers its coastguards to fire on foreign ships to prevent threat.

On Friday, the National People’s Congress of China passed a law that empowers the nation’s coast guard to take all necessary means, including use of weapons, to safeguard national security, and to demolish structures built by other states on reefs and islands claimed by China.

China passed its coastguard legislation that for the first time explicitly allows it to fire on foreign vessels, a move that could stoke tensions with its neighbors in contested waters. China’s top legislative body, the National People’s Congress (NPC) standing committee, passed the Coast Guard Law on Friday, according to state media reports. It comes two years after China’s military assumed control of the previously civilian maritime body in 2018. China has maritime sovereignty disputes with Japan in the East China Sea and with several Southeast Asian countries in the South China Sea.
 
The law, according to the draft released in November by the NPC, empowers the Chinese coastguard to use “all necessary means”, to stop or prevent threats from foreign vessels. The bill allows coast guard personnel to demolish other countries’ structures built on Chinese-claimed reefs and to board and inspect foreign vessels in waters claimed by China.
 
Chinese coastguard ships have played a leading role in asserting China’s maritime claims, including in fishing disputes off Indonesia’s Natuna Islands and the stand-off with Vietnam over Vanguard Bank. Japanese diplomats have previously lodged a protest against the growing presence of Chinese coastguard vessels near the Diaoyu, or Senkaku, Islands in the East China Sea.
 
Responding to concerns, Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Friday that the new law would clarify the functions and authority of the coastguard forces and that it was in line with international practice. Hua added that China will continue to manage its differences with Japan through dialogue.
 

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Dhaka International Film Festival Ends

Dhaka International Film Festival concludes on Sunday 24 Jan 2021.

The 19th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) concluded on Sunday. During the 9-day long festival which started on 16 January, 226 films from 73 countries were shown. 

Kyrgyz film ‘The Road to Eden’ jointly directed by Bakyt Mukul and Dastan Zhapar won the best film award at the festival. The film tells the struggle of an old writer who wishes to promote literature to bring enlightenment to his people.
In the Asian competition section, the Best Director award was given to Ksenia Langutina for the film Farida. The film is jointly produced by Azerbaijan and Russia. 

Masud Hasan Ujjal won the Best Film Award in the Bangladesh Panorama section for his film ‘Unponchash Batash’
The Best Audience award was won by the film ‘Gondi’ directed by the Bangladeshi director Arefeen Khan.
Information Minister of Bangladesh Dr. Hasan Mehmud was the Chief Guest at the closing ceremony. Speaking on the occasion Dr. Mahmud said that the government has taken several steps to promote films in Bangladesh. He said that the government will take steps to reopen the closed cinema halls in the country and to technologically upgrade the cinema halls already running. 
State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Chief Patron of the Dhaka International Film Festival expressed happiness at the successful organising of the festival.

The Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) had introduced a new section this year on the ‘World Leaders who changed society’ under which films on Mahatma Gandhi, Lenin, Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman were shown during the festival. 

The DIFF 2021 was dedicated to the centenary year of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

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1.5 Million Innoculated

India took only six days to administer one million COVID-19 vaccine doses, a count which is higher than that of countries like the United States and the United Kingdom, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday as the number of beneficiaries who have received the anti-coronavirus shots inched close to 16 lakh.

Over 15 lakh people vaccinated so far in country. Active COVID-19 case load contracts to 1.84 Lakhs

A total number of 15 lakh 82 thousand 201 people have been administered Covid-19 vaccines in the country so far. The Health and Family Welfare Ministry said that more than one lakh 91 thousand people have been inoculated with Covid-19 doses in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the country’s COVID-19 recovery rate reached 96.83 per cent with the total recovery of more than 15 thousand patients in the last 24 hours.

The Ministry said that more than one crore three lakh patients have already been recovered from this disease. Covid-19 active cases is on a declining trajectory in the country.

Presently, the total number of active cases in the country is one lakh 84 thousand 408 which comprises only 1.73 per cent of the total positive cases.

A total number of 14 thousand 849 new cases have been reported in the country in the past 24 hours taking the cumulative positive cases to over one crore six lakh.

The Health Ministry said,155 deaths have been reported during the last 24 hour taking the toll to one lakh 53 thousand 339 across the country.

The Indian Council of Medical Research said that various laboratories have conducted more than seven lakh 81 thousand tests of corona virus samples during the last 24 hours and more than 19 crore 17 lakh tests have been done in the country so far.

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Curtain fall IFFI-51

#IFFI just isn’t a film festival, it’s a platform where we showcase the diversity and robustness of Indian cinema as well as celebrity marvels from all over the world. Despite the pandemic, #IFFI51 showcased more than 200 films of 60 countries: MoS @SuPriyoBabu

Closing ceremony of #IFFI opens with electrifying and exuberant performance depicting journey of Indian cinema since independence.

Curtains fall on 51st IFFI today. As curtains fall on the 51st International Film Festival of India (IFFI) , the coveted Golden Peacock Award go to Danish World War II drama ‘Into the Darkness’ bags Golden Peacock Award at #IFFI51 The film by Anders Refnis is a gripping dive into the complex emotional turmoil which the people of Denmark had to undergo, during the Nazi occupation of the country #IFFIGoa

Veteran actress #ZeenatAman at the red carpet of the closing ceremony of #IFFI51.

Silver Peacock for Best Actor – Male has been awarded to 17-year-old Tzu-Chuan Liu, who through his role as the protagonist Chang Cheng in ‘The Silent Forest’

Veteran Actor & Dir. Biswajit Chatterjee being conferred, Indian Personality of the Year Award, #IFFI51 He is known for his roles of Kumar Vijay Singh in Bees Saal Baad, Raja Amit Kumar Singh in Kohra, Ashok in April Fool, Ramesh Kumar in Mere Sanam.

#IFFI51 Award for Best Debut Director goes to Brazilian Director, Cássio Pereira dos Santos For his 2020 Portugese film ‘Valentina’, an eponymous film, telling the story of a 17-year-old transgender Brazilian girl, whose sole aim is to lead a normal life with her mother.

#IFFI51 Silver Peacock for Best Actor – Female goes to Polish actor Zofia Stafiej, for her role in Piotr Domalewski’s, ‘I Never Cry’ The film explores the journey of self-discovery of a daughter traversing a foreign country bureaucracy to bring back the body of her dead father.

#IFFI51 Silver Peacock for the Best Director goes to Taiwanese Director, writer & producer Chen-Nien Ko For her 2020 Mandarin drama film The Silent Forest, a candid and heart-wrenching exposition of the systemic sexual abuse happening in a school for children with special needs.

#IFFI51 ICFT @UNESCO Gandhi Award, for a film best reflecting Gandhiji’s ideals of peace, tolerance & non-violence, goes to Ameen Nayfeh’s 2020 Arabic film ‘200 Meters’ A moving story of a Palestinian father in the Occupied Territories of the Middle East, trying to reach his son.

‘Wife of a Spy’ by Kiyoshi Kurosawa is the #IFFI51 Closing Film Trailer of the film has been shown at the Closing Ceremony at @IFFIGoa

Closing ceremony of 51st IFFI, held at Shyamaprasad Stadium near Panaji. Renowned actress Zeenat Aman be the Chief Guest. Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate change Babul Supriyo grace the occasion.

I welcome #filmmakers of India and abroad to come and shoot in Goa. We will be committed to make 52nd #IFFI even better India is ready with 2 vaccines to fight #COVID19;

#COVID will fail, the world will win – CM, Goa, @DrPramodPSawant at #IFFI51

Best of the feature-length fiction films from all over the world are competing for the Golden Peacock and other awards. These comprise the following fifteen delectable line-up of movies which entertained, inspired and moved film-lovers at IFFI.

The Domain by Tiago Guedes (Portugal)

Into The Darkness by Anders Refn (Denmark)

February by Kamen Kalev (Bulgaria, France)

My Best Part by Nicolas Maury (France)

I Never Cry by Piotr Domalewski (Poland, Ireland)

La Veronica by Leonardo Medel (Chile)

Light For The Youth by Shin Su-won (South Korea)

Red Moon Tide by Lois Patiño (Spain)

Dream About Sohrab by Ali Ghavitan (Iran)

The Dogs Didn’t Sleep Last Night by RaminRasouli (Afghanistan, Iran)

The Silent Forest by KO Chen-Nien (Taiwan)

The Forgotten by Daria Onyshchenko (Ukraine, Switzerland)

Bridge by Kripal Kalita (India)

A Dog And His Man by Siddharth Tripathy (India)

Thaen by Ganesh Vinayakan (India)

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Lalu Yadav airlifted to AIIMS Delhi

There’s an infection in RJD Chief Laluji’s lungs and is diabetic,his teatment is going on. This is a kind of pneumonia.

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Lalu Prasad Yadav airlifted to AIIMS, Delhi after his health condition reportedly deteriorated

RJD chief Lalu Prasad was flown to AIIMS, New Delhi, in a chartered flight on Saturday evening after he complained of breathing discomfort caused by pneumonia.

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5.8 M Auckland Quake

Moderate earthquake: M5.8 quake has struck near Auckland Islands, New Zealand region

M5.8 – Auckland Islands, New Zealand region Mag: 5.8 Depth: 10km Date-Time: 2021-01-24 05:47:53 UTC

Prelim M5.8 Earthquake Auckland Islands, New Zealand region Jan-24 05:47 UTC, updates https://go.usa.gov/xA7Er

New Zealand is located in a seismically active zone known as the Ring of Fire and regularly suffers from powerful earthquakes.

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Delhi Pakyong Flight

Pakyong airport in Sikkim finally operational from today with the landing of a SpiceJet flight from New Delhi.

With special procedures & additional safety aspects in place, operations resume from Pakyong airport on 23 Jan. @flyspicejet recommences Delhi-Pakyong-Delhiflight under RCS-UDAN. This will fulfil the aspirations of people of Sikkim & will provide impetus to local economy. HSPuri

First ever Delhi-Pakyong direct flight arrived at Pakyong Airport. 57 passengers travelled from Delhi, the same flight to take 21 travellers to the national capital from here. It will boost tourism in the town: Kapil Meena, Addl Secy of Tourism, Govt of Sikkim (23.1.20)

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Tse Chi Lop Arrested

Canadian drug lord, Tse Chi Lop, who runs a TCO with drug proceeds that exceed El Chapo, arrested in EU on Australian warrant.

Police in the Netherlands have arrested the alleged head of one of the world’s biggest drugs gangs, on a warrant issued by Australia.

Tse Chi Lop is the alleged leader of a vast Asian drug syndicate responsible for up to 70% of all narcotics entering Australia, law enforcement say.

He is one of the world’s most-wanted fugitives, the 56-year old billionaire Tse Chi Lop, was arrested at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, police announced on Saturday.

Often compared to drug lords like Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman or Pablo Escobar, investigators accuse Tse’s syndicate of dominating the $70 billion (€57 billion) -a-year Asia-Pacific drug trade.

Law enforcement believe it is funneling tons of methamphetamine, heroin and ketamine to at least a dozen countries from Japan to New Zealand. But methamphetamine is its main business, police say.

He was arrested at the request of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) without incident during a stop-over on a flight from Taiwan to Canada.

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Chile Tsunami Warning

M7.0 Earthquake – South Shetland Islands.
Preliminary Report
Magnitude 7.0
Date-Time
23 Jan 2021 23:36:51 UTC

Prelim M5.8 Earthquake Region Metropolitana, Chile Jan-24 00:07 UTC, updates https://go.usa.gov/xA7X4

Authorities in Chile said on Saturday they regretted spreading panic with a mistaken tsunami warning calling for people to get out of coastal areas following an earthquake in Antarctica.

The interior ministry said on Twitter that a tremor of magnitude 7.1 struck at 8.36 p.m. 216 km northeast of the O’Higgins Chilean scientific base and called for the coastal regions of Antarctica to be evacuated because of a tsunami risk.

The ministry also sent a message to cellphones around the country urging people to abandon coastal areas, though the ministry later said it was sent in error.”We want to provide peace of mind to the population, tell them that it is not necessary to evacuate the entire national territory, only the Antarctic base,” Miguel Ortiz of the ministry’s National Emergency Office (ONEMI) told a news conference.

He said the agency regretted the inconvenience caused by its messages, which he blamed on a technical error.The tsunami warning for Antarctica was later lifted.People in coastal cities including La Serena, to the north of Santiago, and Valparaiso, started to leave areas close to the coast after the warning until reports started appearing that it was a false alarm.

Chileans were reacting to the warning, a second tremor, of magnitude 5.6, struck the Chile-Argentina border region, at 9:07 p.m.

M7.0 Earthquake – South Shetland Islands
Preliminary Report
Magnitude 7.0
Date-Time
23 Jan 2021 23:36:51 UTC
23 Jan 2021 19:36:51 near epicenter
24 Jan 2021 03:36:51 standard time in your timezone
Location 61.848S 55.559W
Depth 7 km
Distances
1062.9 km (659.0 mi) SE of Tolhuin, Argentina
1079.4 km (669.2 mi) SE of Ushuaia, Argentina
1148.3 km (712.0 mi) SE of R�o Grande, Argentina
1329.4 km (824.2 mi) SE of Punta Arenas, Chile
1406.5 km (872.0 mi) SE of R�o Gallegos, Argentina