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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived in France on Sunday afternoon, after concluding his visit to the United States. Upon landing in the resort town of Marseilles, Dr Singh said that he will discuss civil nuclear co-operation during his meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy. He also expressed confidence that an agreement in this regard may be signed during the visit. The Prime Minister will also take part in the ninth India-EU summit in the French Riviera tomorrow.

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Slow but steady, the Nuke deal likely to win the race
2008-09-28 [08:04:00 hrs]

Slow but steady, the Nuke deal likely to win the race The Indo-US civil nuclear deal cleared one more hurdle when the US House of Representatives early on Sunday India time approved the highly anticipated Indo-US Civil Nuclear Deal, ending a three-decade ban on US nuclear trade with India. The deal got approved by an overwhelming 298-117 vote. The House, which had put off a formal vote on the deal on Friday night as it grappled with other pending legislations, approved implementing the 123 accord with the required two-thirds vote under suspension of rules.

Among those favouring the deal were 178 Republicans and 120 Democrats. Only 10 Republicans voted against the agreement, while 107 Democrats registered their opposition to the vote in the 435-member Democrat controlled House.

Though the vote demonstrated massive bi-partisan support for the agreement that would let India resume nuclear commerce with the US after 30 years, it was much less than the 359-68 backing by which the enabling US law, the Hyde Act, was passed in 2006.

But the agreement still has to clear one last obstacle - approval by the Senate - before President George W Bush can present it as a done deal to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ending his five-day visit to the US Saturday night.

Despite the smooth passage of the deal in the House, its fate still hangs in the balance with an anonymous lawmaker putting a "hold" on the consideration of the bill in the Senate. The hold must be lifted before the agreement is brought to the Senate floor for debate or approved by "unanimous consent" of the legislators.

The "hold" process involves a lawmaker telling the Majority Leader and Minority Leader that he or she is against the "hotlining" of the bill without debate and vote through Unanimous Consent.

Earlier Friday, the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid did indicate that the deal would likely come up for approval before the Senate only next week after its consideration by the House of Representatives Friday, but made no mention of the hold.

However, sources say that the deal could be signed in India on October 3. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is to visit India at that time.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had earlier said that nuclear deal would help widen our clean energy options.


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  • Bloggers get their own Ten Commandments


  • Who was behind the Origin of Taliban?

    Who destabilised the Nations in every part of the Universe?

    Whose interests lie on every piece of land, all over in the Space and Deep under the Sea?

    Who interferes in internal matters of Nations anywhere anytime?

    Who launched Star Wars?

    Who bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

    Who invented Chemical and Biological warfare?

    Who have been always the source of Inspiration ans support for all the wars, civil wars,insurgency, disturbances, troubles, man made calamities and tragedies and terrorism in this world?

    Just think my countrymen! Just think our Brothers Worldwide! What we have to celebrate! Who are at the receiving end? Who are the people making Money ? Who are those who rule with the gimmicks of appeasement and economism, pay hike policy for the powerful forces of persecution, repression, manipulation, enslavement, wars and civil wars and mass destruction!

    O my Bleeding Asian geopolitics residents! just think once before the grand celebration, why the War zone is shifted in our Heart, the Peaceful Indian Ocean zone abundant of natural and Human resources!

    Are we thus destined to continue as Periphery of the Developed core Economies?

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has left New York for France after winding up his five-day visit to the US. During the second leg of his tour, the PM will attend the ninth India-European Union (EU) meeting in Marseilles on Sunday and then travel to Paris tomorrow for the Indo-French summit on Tuesday. There are no clear indications as to whether the two countries will initial a bilateral nuclear agreement during the summit talks though the pact has been finalised.

    The Indo-US civilian nuclear deal has moved into the last lap clearing a major hurdle when the US House of Representatives approved a legislation on it that will now go to the Senate before the two countries can implement the civil nuclear agreement.
    After a lot of drama and suspense, the House passed the Bill on an unusual extra day of sitting on Saturday with bi-partisan support but a considerable number of Democrats were still opposed to it.

    The Berman Bill H R 7081, named after Howard Berman, a Democrat strongly opposed to the deal on non-proliferation grounds and who converted only a couple of days ago, was adopted with 298 voting for and 117 against. One lawmaker merely voted present.

    The deal just needs the backing of the Senate which may vote next week on the issue. But the Senate vote appears to be a formality given the fact that an identical Bill has already been approved by its Foreign Relations Committee earlier this week.

    Though a Congressional consent eluded the deal when PM Manmohan Singh and President George W Bush met on Thursday, the House approval came hours before the PM left the US shores winding up his five-day visit on his way to France.

    Once the Senate gives its nod, the nuclear agreement between the two countries will be ready for signing between External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is slated to visit New Delhi on October 3.

    Last Night a young energetic mainstream journalist encountered me with showers of provocative questions!

    India US combined superpower is unchallengeable, he claimed! Is it?

    `India was the colony of British empire! During second world war, the British included India in the War. Not a bomb exploded in Indian geopolitics but the greatest death toll belonged to us due to the great famine caused by the World War! Now we have become a party in the War against terrorism, nuclear race and space dominance, rather a bigger death toll waits this time!’ I answered.

    He said,`All the economist of Indian origin, the descendants from Dr Amarty Sen and Md. Yunus support globalisation, industrialisation, neoliberalism, economic reforms, urbanisation! Anti Imperialism or Ideology of any genre, morality and social values are quite irrelevant in modern times of intense survival war!’

    `Thus, they defend fascism as well as imperialism! Dr Amartya sen identifies the future of Bengal and India with the MNCs and India Incs. He visualises doom`s day if Tata motors choose to leave Bengal. Abhiroop Sarkar, Surjeet Margjit, Dipankar Dasgupta and Arjun Sengupta make the family of Adam smith complete with Dr. Manmohan Singh, Montek Singh, Pranab, Chidambaram, Kamal Nath, Buddhadeb, Narendra Modi and Asim Dasgupta around for dictation! They support anything on agenda for mass destruction, ethnic cleansing, persecution, repression and displacement on the name of capitalist Development!’

    He emphasises, ` Just see the fifty day countdown of Puja! How liquid was money. what a rush for Retail Chain and shopping Mall! See the Share index! The Mobiles! Computers! Mobiles! Gadgets and Brands!Style and Vogue! How many people are effluent these days! It is resurgence of Indian wealth!’

    I asked him, ` Have you noted well the keynotes of global financial crisis? is this sustainable growth ? Is this development meant for public welfare? How do you pay taxes while you use an infrastructure? have you the purchasing power? would you like to have a VISA or Credit card to enter your Home? A passport to
    get admission in your village? The villages are much more connected, true. But it is on the other hand is a break through deep into the heart of rural India for MNCs, India Incs, builders, promoters and criminals, rapists! The escalation of market means the escalation of starvation, displacement and genocide!” I answered.

    `The motto is live and let die!’ He said.

    `Well said. Live alone. Be happy!’ I added.

    Former Cuban president Fidel Castro mocked US President George W Bush for the speech he gave late Wednesday on the spiralling US financial crisis.
    In an article published in Cuba's leading newspapers on Thursday, the convalescing 82-year old Castro derided Bush's failure to assign blame for the collapse of US financial institutions.

    "Looks like 'democratic capitalism' doesn't include self-criticism," Castro wrote.

    "In any case, we must not be ungrateful or impolite: we have to thank Bush for his brilliant insight on political theory," Castro added, tongue-in-cheek.

    Bush on Wednesday delivered a 13-minute televised speech urging the US Congress to pass his government's USD 700 billion dollar bailout plan for Wall Street, and warning "our entire economy is in danger ... could experience a long and painful recession."

    It is Mahalaya today and tomorrow in Hindu Geopolitics worldwide!

    It is Celebration Times for the ruling Hegemony worldwide! Spiritual science has always believed that death is not the end of a being. And as the soul that departs from one incarnation, it leaves back the testimony of its existence in form of family, friends or relations that had been close to him. In Hindu tradition, Pitru Paksha or Mahalaya Shradh is dedicated as the most powerful and auspicious time, to pay homage and remember one's ancestors. Hindus have decided to perform a Torpon of freedom and sovereignty to invoke the Nuclear Mother Durga!

    US financial crisis deepened further with 119-year old banking institution Washington Mutual deciding to file for bankruptcy protection after selling its banking operations to JPMorgan Chase.
    Washington Mutual, which has an asset of over USD 300 billion, will be the second major financial entity after Lehman Brothers to file for bankruptcy protection. The fall of Washington Mutual, popularly known as WaMu, is being viewed as the biggest banking failure in the American history.

    "Washington Mutual Inc announced that it has, together with its wholly-owned subsidiary WMI Investment Corp, commenced voluntary cases under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code," a statement released by Business Wire said.

    WaMu, according to reports, was expected to lose around USD 19 billion on bad mortgages.

    Credit agency Standard and Poor's has already slashed its rating to eight level below investment grade.

    Earlier the US administration has seized WaMu and sold its banking operation to JPMorgan Chase for USD 1.9 billion.

    The American financial turmoil triggered by subprime mortgage crisis has taken a heavy toll on the global financial system, even as the US government is trying to work out a USD 700 billion bailout package.

    Apart from forcing Lehman Brothers, WaMu and IndyMac Bancorp into bankruptcy, the crisis has driven US's sixth largest bank, Wachovia, which has an asset base of over USD 800 billion, to look for a buyer.

    The turmoil had also forced Merrill Lynch to sell its shares to Bank of America, while the crisis-ridden AIG, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae were bailed out by the US Government.

    The CPI(M) will oppose the Indo-US nuclear deal, which was passed by the US House of Representatives, when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh comes back to the parliament to discuss the treaty, Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechuri, said in kolkata.

    I pity the communists in India! They have a posture anti imperialist and anti fascist. And at the end of the day, they turn out more rightist than the Right worldwide in defence of fascism and Imperialism!

    Invoke Nuclear Mother Durga as Colonisation Complete! War Criminal George Bush Squeeze a Solid Boom Boom Periphery to Feed Recession Struck Core US Weapon Economy as the best Survival Strategy for the Warmonger Republicans!

    Nuclear Deal struck! At last! The slave Prime Minister becomes the Co Architect, with George Bush of course, of the latest Strategic alliance of Brahminical Hindu Zionist White Post Modern Manusmriti Apartheid Galaxy Order. Now, India and United States of America together make a Combined Hindu Zionist white Super power. The global killer Ruling Hegemony has got the new Goddess of relentless war against the Black untouchable Indigenous communities worldwide. In the same manner as the Myth of Mahalaya and Goddess Durga stands for. The Hindu Brahaminical Goddess was invoked to defend the ruling Hegemony of Hindu gods against the demonised Indigenous communities which were eventually killed, tamed, enslaved and diluted in Caste System cursed with untouchability! Such has been the mind control, knowledge control brainwashing game of the Brahmins that durga Puja has become the cultural identity of Bangla nationality which roots into ASURA culture. We Bengalies celebrate the annihilation of our ancestors. Since we are technically scientifically far ahead of time, we may now celebrate our own Mass destruction.

    Congressional leaders and the Bush administration this morning said they had struck an accord to insert the government deeply into the nation's financial markets, agreeing to spend up to $700 billion to relieve Wall Street of troubled assets backed by faltering home mortgages.

    House and Senate negotiators from both parties emerged with Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. at 12:30 a.m. from a marathon session in the Capitol to announce that they had reached a tentative agreement on a proposal to give Paulson broad authority to organize one of the biggest government interventions in the private sector since the Great Depression.

    Full details of the plan were not immediately available. Lawmakers said their staffs would be working through the night to assemble the package and post it on the Internet.

    "We've made great progress, but we have to commit it to paper before we can formally agree," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who has pledged to make the plan available to the public for at least 24 hours before the House votes on it. A vote could come as early as tomorrow in the House, with the Senate expected to follow soon after.

    "We've been working on this a long time. We've still got more to do to finalize it, but I think we're there," Paulson said. "So far, so good."

    Congress termed the passage of the nuclear deal in the US House of Representatives as the ‘highest feat’ of diplomacy sculptured by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
    Party spokesperson M Veerappa Moily said the country is also ‘grateful’ to US President George W Bush who made it possible to happen due to his ‘untiring’ efforts.

    "This is the highest feat of diplomacy chiselled and sculptured by our great statesman Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, guided and inspired by our visionary party President Sonia Gandhi," Moily said in a statement.

    Congratulating the team of diplomats and nuclear scientists, he said "proud" India presents itself to the entire world "victory after victory" from the day MoU on 123 agreement to the trust vote and from the clearance of IAEA to the passage of the deal in the house.

    Noting that 21st century has been heralded as the century of India and its glorious future, he said, "the great surge is now poised ultimately to have the approval of the US Senate and also the final signing of the nuclear agreement between India and the US."

    It is confusion in popular Indian Mass Mainstream Psyche as genuine anti fascism Anti imperialism Resistance absconding thanks to Hindutva Hegemony and hypocrite Capitalist Marxist adopting US dictated ways only. Even the child`s Brain is washed with surgical precision.

    You may recall the memory as I interviewed the seven year Kid Prithu the other day. He knows well the dangerous george bush but his mind is set beautifully to support the Nuclear deal. moderntimes Indian psyche is no better than the understanding of the Kid, well informed and technocrate but confused. The psyche is reflected well while bengal celebrates Mahalaya!

    Do the shradh and tarpan for your ancestors on Sunday but switch on the radio for the classic Mahishasurmardini programme at Monday dawn.

    Mahalaya, the day that heralds the start of the divine fortnight, is creating confusion galore this year.

    “Our company’s calendar shows Monday to be a red letter day but we will see tomorrow to find out if the banks are open. If they are, we will cancel Monday’s leave,” said Kishen Kejriwal of cast iron manufacturer and exporter Kiswok Industries.

    Do the shradh and tarpan for your ancestors on Sunday but switch on the radio for the classic Mahishasurmardini programme at Monday dawn.

    Mahalaya, the day that heralds the start of the divine fortnight, is creating confusion galore this year.

    “Our company’s calendar shows Monday to be a red letter day but we will see tomorrow to find out if the banks are open. If they are, we will cancel Monday’s leave,” said Kishen Kejriwal of cast iron manufacturer and exporter Kiswok Industries.

    The confusion heightened with the state government accepting Mahalaya to be on Sunday. “Monday is supposed to be a holiday but with state government offices staying open, there is a chance that we will be told to work on Monday,” said a Sector V employee.

    “We are being flooded with calls seeking clarifications,” said proprietor of Gupta Press almanac Arijit Roychowdhury.

    A look at the almanacs shows that Mahalaya this year straddles two days. According to Gupta Press, new moon period starts at 1.14pm on Sunday and continues till 12.55pm on Monday. For the other school of calculation, Bisuddhasiddhanta, the period is from 1.50pm on Sunday to 1.42pm on Monday.

    This means Amavasya falls on both days. But almanac-makers say Mahalaya would still be on Sunday.

    The confusion heightened with the state government accepting Mahalaya to be on Sunday. “Monday is supposed to be a holiday but with state government offices staying open, there is a chance that we will be told to work on Monday,” said a Sector V employee.

    “We are being flooded with calls seeking clarifications,” said proprietor of Gupta Press almanac Arijit Roychowdhury.

    A look at the almanacs shows that Mahalaya this year straddles two days. According to Gupta Press, new moon period starts at 1.14pm on Sunday and continues till 12.55pm on Monday. For the other school of calculation, Bisuddhasiddhanta, the period is from 1.50pm on Sunday to 1.42pm on Monday.

    This means Amavasya falls on both days. But almanac-makers say Mahalaya would still be on Sunday.

    Come September, and Hindus all over the world get enthused in festive fervor. Come “Mahalaya” and Bengalis get busy to complete the final preparations for their greatest festival - Durga Puja! AS THE monsoon clouds recede in the distant horizon, they make way for the azure blue sky with flakes of fluffy white that move at a leisurely pace from one end of the sky to the other. There is a chill in the early morning air and drops of dew cover the grass carpet beneath your feet. The tender corns of paddy sway in the breeze, rivers are full, the trees regain their charm, flowers bloom all over the countryside and birds disturb the silence with their happy chirpings. There is no need to announce that Sharodatsav has arrived.

    In fact, Dr Manmohan Singh has done the rituals of Bodhan in Washington! Devi Durga is reincarnated with Nuclear armament and we, the black untouchables, SC, ST. OBC, nationalities and minorities have to be killed to complete the Puja!One can literally feel the festive mood setting in. The eastern part of India goes gaga over Durga Puja, the North and the South prepares to burn effigies of the demon king, Ravana to celebrate Dussehra, and the West gears up to sing and sway to the tunes of dandiya to usher in Navaratri.
    Even as the Indo-US nuclear deal is making its passage in the US Congress, French President Nicolas Sarkozy made clear his country's intention to forge ahead with the civil nuclear cooperation with India which will be sealed in an agreement he is signing with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Paris on Tuesday.
    France, the world's leading country in nuclear power which produces 80 per cent of electricity from atomic energy, is ready to offer its latest EPR technology to India under the agreement.

    In an e-mail interview to PTI ahead of his talks with Singh, Sarkozy said the prospects of cooperation between France and India in the civil nuclear field are ‘very promising’ considering his country's expertise, long tradition of cooperation with New Delhi and an atmosphere of trust.

    For the Bengali who still longed to be among their very own relatives and friends, the tension gets released once the train enters the boundaries of Bengal. In order to become one with the elements, he gets down at the railway station, paces up and down the platform, breathes in the typical Bengali air and has a cup of tea served in a ‘khuri’ (small earthen container that can fit into your palm). Then he reaches for his favorite snacks – shingara and vegetable chops.
    Durgotsav, as it is called in Bengal, starts from Mahalaya. This is the day when Goddess Durga started her journey from her husband’s house in Mount Kailash in the Himalayas to her mother’s place in Bengal accompanied by her children. On this auspicious day, early in the morning, at four o’ clock to be precise, a two-hour long programme is broadcast in Bengali from Akashvani, Kolkata. Many of the artistes are no longer among us but their recorded voices still reverberates in each and every Bengali house on the day of Mahalaya.

    The Administration is keen on signing the deal before the end of the term of Bush who had entered into the agreement with Singh more than three years ago that will end three decades of nuclear apartheid against India.

    National Security Advisor M K Narayanan welcomed the adoption of the deal by the House saying it was a matter of great satisfaction. He expressed the hope that the Bill would get cleared in the Senate sooner than later rather than wait for the next session.

    Hailing the House action, Indian Ambassador to US Ronen Sen said, it would now be the last lap of a historic step for both the countries. The deal enjoyed bi-partisan support and was good for both India and the US.

    South Carolina Republican Joe Wilson, one of the strongest supporters of the legislation and the agreement, hailed the vote saying it moved the US one step forward in strengthening the partnership with people of India.

    Despite the US Congress being busy in the midst of clearance of a package for the financial institutions gone bankrupt, the House met unusually on Saturday for conducting business.

    The vote on the nuclear Bill was suspended on Friday after another opponent Ed Markey demanded a recorded vote instead of a voice vote after the debate was completed.

    Berman had originally introduced a Bill that was slightly different from the measure approved by the Senate Committee and adoption of it would have delayed implementation of the nuclear deal.

    Berman was talked to by Rice after which he withdrew his original Bill and introduced a legislation identical to the Senate Committee that ensured its quick passage.

    Joe Wilson said he was grateful for the work of President Bush, Prime Minister Singh and Rice for their steadfast support in seeing this agreement implemented.

    Earlier, the House completed a lively debate that saw Markey putting up a stiff opposition to the deal with India.

    However in the Senate, an anonymous lawmaker put a ‘hold’ on consideration of the bill which must be lifted before the agreement is brought to the Senate floor or approved by a unanimous consent agreement.

    The latest hiccup in the Senate is actually a counter to the attempt of the leadership to ‘hotline’ the Senate Bill through unanimous consent without debate and vote.

    The schedule of the Senate is still fluid but it is meeting tomorrow and re-convening on Wednesday after taking a break on Monday and Tuesday on account of Jewish holidays.

    What's Mahalaya?
    Mahalaya is an auspicious occasion observed seven days before the Durga Puja, and heralds the advent of Durga, the goddess of supreme power. It's a kind of invocation or invitation to the mother goddess to descend on earth - "Jago Tumi Jago". This is done through the chanting of mantras and singing devotional songs.

    Amavasya is the Indic name for a new moon. The word Amavasya is common to many Indian languages especially Sanskrit, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi and Gujarati.

    The fortnight containing the new-moon is considered auspicious by Hindus. They believe that during this period, the offerings they make, reach their late forefathers. Every month, the new-moon day is considered auspicious and poojas are made. However, no travel ought to be scheduled the first day of the new moon, as travel without moonlight in the ancient times was forbidden.

    The dark fortnight of Aswayuja (September-October) is known as the Mahalaya Paksha or the fortnight specially sacred for offering oblations to the departed ancestors. The last day of this period, the new moon day, is considered as the most important day in the year for performing obsequies and rites.

    The renowned hero of the Mahabharata, Karna, when he left the mortal coil, ascended to the higher worlds and the great charity he had done here was returned to him hundredfold. But, it was all gold and silver; there was no food, as he had not done any food-charity! He prayed to the god of death. So, he was sent back to Earth for fourteen days, to make up for this deficiency.

    For fourteen days, he fed Brahmins and the poor, and offered oblations of water. On his return to the higher regions, he had food in plenty. It is these fourteen days that are commemorated in the Mahalaya Paksha. Due to the grace of the Yama, it has been ordained that offerings made during this period benefit all the departed souls, whether they are connected to you or not.

    Since the early 1930s, Mahalaya has come to associate itself with an early morning radio program called “Mahisasura Mardini” or “The Annihilation of the Demon.” This All India Radio (AIR) program is a beautiful audio montage of recitation from the scriptural verses of “Chandi Kavya”, Bengali devotional songs, classical music and a dash of acoustic melodrama. The program has also been translated into Hindi set to similar orchestration and is broadcast at the same time for a pan-Indian audience.

    This program has almost become synonymous with Mahalaya. For nearly six decades now, the whole of Bengal rises up in the chilly pre dawn hours, 4 am to be precise, of the Mahalaya day to tune in to the “Mahisasura Mardini” broadcast.

    The Magic of Birendra Krishna Bhadra
    One man who'll always be remembered for making Mahalaya memorable to one and all is Birendra Krishna Bhadra, the magical voice behind the “Mahisasura Mardini.” The legendary narrator recites the holy verses and tells the story of the descent of Durga to earth, in his inimitable style.

    Bhadra has long passed away, but his recorded voice still forms the core of the Mahalaya program. In a sonorous, reverberating voice Birendra Bhadra renders the Mahalaya recital for two thrilling hours, mesmerizing every household with the divine aura of his narration, as the Bengalis submerge their souls in quiet moments of prayer.

    A Landmark Composition
    “Mahisasura Mardini” is a remarkable piece of audio drama matchless in Indian culture. Though the theme is mythical and the mantras Vedic, this program is a landmark composition. It's scripted by Bani Kumar, and narrated by Bhadra. The enchanting music is composed by none other than the immortal Pankaj Mullick, and the songs are rendered by famous singers of yesteryears, including Hemant Kumar and Arati Mukherjee.

    As the recital begins, the serene morning air resonates with the long drawn sound of the sacred conch shell, immediately followed by a chorus of invocation, melodiously setting the stage for the recitation of the Chandi Mantra.

    The Story of “Mahisasura Mardini”
    The story element is captivating. It speaks of the increasing cruelty of the demon king Mahisasura against the gods. Unable to tolerate his tyranny the gods plead with Vishnu to annihilate the demon. The Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara (Shiva) come together to create a powerful female form with ten arms - Goddess Durga or 'Mahamaya', the Mother of the Universe who embodies the primeval source of all power.

    The gods then bestow upon this Supreme creation their individual blessings and weapons. Armed like a warrior, the goddess rides a lion to battle with the Mahisasura. After a fierce combat the 'Durgatinashini' is able to slay the 'Asura' king with her trident. Heaven and earth rejoice at her victory. Finally, the mantra narration ends with the refrain of mankind's supplication before this Supreme Power:

    "Ya devi sarbabhuteshshu, sakti rupena sanksthita Namasteshwai Namasteshwai Namasteshwai namo namaha."

    The traditional six day countdown to Mahasaptami starts from Mahalaya. Goddess Durga visits the earth for only four days but seven days prior to the Pujas, starts the Mahalaya. For Bengalies and bangla nationality,the enchanting voice of Birendra Krishna Bhadra fill up the predawn hours of the day thus marking the beginning of " devipaksha " and the beginning of the count-down of Durga Puja. Sarat in its bloom, mingled with the festive spirit of Durga Puja reaches its pitch on the day of Mahalaya. From this day starts 'Devipaksha' and marks the end of 'Pitri-paksha'. It is the day when many throng to the banks of river Ganga, clad in dhotis to offer prayers to their dead relatives and forefathers.People in the pre-dawn hours pray for their demised relatives and take holy dips in the Ganges. This ritual is known as

    'Torpon'. This day bears immense significance for the Bengalis. It is according to the myths that Sree Rama hastily performed Durga Puja just before he set for Lanka to rescue Sita from Ravana.

    According to Puranas, King Suratha, used to worship goddess Durga in spring. Thus Durga Puja was also known as Basanti Puja. But Rama preponed the Puja and worshiped Durga in autumn and that is why it is known as 'Akal Bodhon' or untimely worship. It was considered untimely as it is in the myths that puja was performed when the Gods and Goddesses were awake i.e. "Uttarayan" and was not held when the Gods and Goddesses rested ie."Dakshinayan".

    It was on the day of Mahalaya,the beginning of "devipaksha",the Gods and Goddesses woke up to prepare themselves for Durga Puja. Akashvani Mahalaya: In the year 1930, Mahalaya was first broadcasted over the radio in Akashvani. The programme was organised by Premankur Aatorthi, Birendra Krishna Bhadra, Nripendra Krishna Mukhopadhya and Raichand Boral. It was broadcasted live then. Later it was recorded and played. Bengal's cine star, Uttam Kumar had once recited Mahalaya while Hemanta Kumar Mukhopadhya was the music director. But it was not popular among the mass and from then it has always been the voice of Birendra Kishna Bhadra enthralling the listeners in the pre-dawn hours of Mahalaya. The script was written by Bani Kumar, music was directed by Pankaj Kumar Mallik while Dijen Mukhopadhya, Manobendra Mukhopadhya (Tabo Achinta....), Sandhya Mukhopadhya, Arati Mukhopadhya, Utpala Sen, Shyamal Mitra and Supriti Ghosh (Bajlo tomar alor benu....) sang in their melodious voices.

  • Obama, McCain in favour of nuke deal: Menon

    Posted: Sep 26, 2008 at 1449 hrs IST

    New York, September 26: India said on Friday that it was confident of the passage of the Indo-US civil nuclear deal as it enjoyed bipartisan support among lawmakers, assuring that American firms would not be put at a disadvantage even if there is delay in getting a Congressional nod for the accord.
    Both presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain, have also spoken for the deal. The delay is only as lawmakers are preoccupied with pressing economic legislation, Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon told newsmen while briefing about the Prime Minister's meeting with President George Bush.

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Bush have expressed satisfaction at having brought the civilian nuclear deal to the point where it is about to be adopted by the US Congress, Menon said.

    Singh expressed gratitude to Bush for having decisively intervened at various crucial levels to move the deal forward. The discussions between the two leaders, which covered the whole gamut of international and regional issues as also the current financial crisis, lasted about two and half hours first in the Oval office and later over dinner, he added.

    Rejecting suggestions that American suppliers of nuclear equipment would be placed at disadvantage if the adoption of deal by the Congress was delayed, Menon said the sheer number of reactors India needs would not allow that.

    "The issue will be of economic competitiveness of the companies," he told reporters.

    However, he declined to set any time-frame for the deal to go through the Congress or comment on the ongoing political process, saying it is America's internal matter.

    Asked whether India would be able to start buying equipment from other member countries of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), including France and Russia, even if the deal is held up in the Congress, he said the NSG waiver provides that its members can cooperate with India and it is for the group's members to do so.

    Speaking about the Singh-Bush meeting, Menon said the two leaders also touched issues of regional importance, including the need to continue support to Afghanistan's transformation into a peaceful society and to free the region from terrorism.

    Menon replied in the affirmative when asked if Pakistan came up during the discussion, but said it was not a large part of the parleys.

    Replying to a question, Menon said that India, which is not involved militarily in Afghanistan, does not intend to change that.

    But it is involved in a big way in reconstruction, having committed an assistance of USD 1.2 billion and some 4000 Indians are working on various projects. This, he said, is a sizable number.

    During the initial meeting which was attended by the United States Trade Representative Susan Schwab the issue of Doha trade talks came up. Prime Minister Singh emphasised that the developing countries have interest in rule-based international trading system.

    But emerging economies also face the issue of subsistence farmers which is most important to them, he told Bush. President Bush expressed understanding of the situation and opined that these aspects need to be accommodated, Menon said

Kandhamal situation is very tense: Orissa Govt

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Bhubaneswar, September 26: Terming the situation in riot-hit Kandhamal as ‘very tense’, Orissa government on Friday said it would like to hold dialogues with different stake- holders to restore peace in the tribal-dominated district.

“The situation in Kandhamal is very tense,” Chief Secretary Ajit Tripaty said adding tension escalated after killing of a Dalit belonging to the majority community.

Tripathy’s remarks came after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s statement last night that the overall situation in Kandhamal was ‘largely under the control’ though sporadic violence took place in the past three days.

The government is yet to begin a dialogue with any one, the chief minister had said adding he would like to hold discussion with all concerned people who could help in bringing peace in the district.

He said the government was closely monitoring the developments in Kandhamal. “Additional state police force has rushed to Kandhamal in the wake of fresh violence,” Patnaik said adding he had asked for 10 more companies of para-military force for Kandhamal.

According to the chief secretary, the state has so far received three advisories from the Union Home Ministry on September 6, September 19 and on Thursday asking it to ensure “that peace is maintained in Kandhamal and we are doing that."

Kalam concerned over qualified youths' involvement in terror

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Allahabad, September 27: Voicing concern over the increasing involvement of qualified youths in terrorism, former president A P J Abdul Kalam has said that the worrying trend underscores the need for imparting value-based education.

"This (involvement of highly qualified young people in terrorist activities) is a matter of great concern. It proves that our education system, though excellent in equipping people with skills, needs to focus more on inculcating values. This also points out that moral science is as much relevant as other branches of science," he said during an interaction at the Indian Institute of Information Technology in Allahabad on Friday night.

The "missile man" was replying to a query from a young student who asked why people with degrees in engineering and other professional skills were getting involved in terrorism and other types of crime.

A devout Muslim and also known to be a great admirer of the Bhagvad Gita, Kalam stressed on the "unifying role of religion and spirituality".

"Every religion has two aspects - theology and spirituality. The former is usually exclusive and often makes co-existence of people with divergent views difficult. But the latter is all-inclusive as spirituality is all about finding harmony in a life beset with turbulence.

Hence, to bring peace and harmony in society we need to drive our youth towards the spiritual traditions of religions," Kalam said.

Kalam also recounted the imposition of President's rule in Bihar and the Office of Profit controversy as the two most challenging phases of his Presidential tenure.

"But despite the challenges, I was never unhappy with the assignment. This is my advice to the young ones - try to love the job at hand and you shall always remain happy".

Kolkata within terror range, says Buddhadeb
28 Sep, 2008, 2100 hrs IST, PTI

KOLKATA: Kolkata cannot be ruled out of terror strikes as it sits very much in the terror network that spreads from Afghanistan to Bangladesh taking India in its sweep, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb said on Sunday.

Bhattacharjee cautioned the city police to be more vigilant and strict against subversive forces.

Claiming that the city Police is one among the best in the country, the chief minister told a felicitation programme of the Kolkata police that its responsibility had increased much in view of the troubled times.

''Though our police force is one of the best in the country, we can't be complacent. We have to be more careful,'' he said.

He spoke of the need for the city police to reach out to people so that the social face of the police became more visible.

Rice says Russia can't veto NATO expansion
28 Sep, 2008, 1852 hrs IST, REUTERS

ATHENS: Russia cannot be allowed to veto NATO membership for former Soviet states such as Ukraine and Georgia, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in an interview published on Sunday.

Rice said Moscow should not be permitted to profit from its military victory over Georgia last month, and said its 15-year effort to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO) was in danger.

"We will not permit Russia to veto the future of NATO, neither the countries offered membership nor their decision to accept it," Rice said in an opinion piece published in Greek in the Typos newspaper.

"We and our European allies will give our help to Georgia ... The United States and Europe strongly support the independence and the territorial integrity of Russia's neighbours," she said.

At an April summit, NATO stopped short of putting Ukraine and Georgia immediately on the path to joining the transatlantic military alliance, but pledged that the two ex-Soviet states would one day become members.

While the United States has backed the entry bids of both Georgia and Ukraine, allies including Germany, France and smaller NATO states have opposed them for fear of provoking Russia. Russia regards both countries as part of its traditional sphere of influence in which it has "privileged interests".

In Ukraine itself, where the east of the country is broadly pro-Russia, the idea of joining NATO is unpopular with the majority of the population, according to opinion polls.

Rice reiterated U.S. warnings that Russia's military action in Georgia could derail its efforts to join the WTO and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a grouping of democratic market economies.

EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson has argued it would be counter-productive to withhold WTO membership to punish Moscow.

U.S.-ally Georgia tried to retake control of its pro-Russian South Ossetia province in early August but its troops were quickly defeated by Russia. Moscow's troops drove deep into Georgian territory, drawing international condemnation, before pulling back.

Russia, which on Friday announced plans to bolster its nuclear deterrent, has until Oct. 10 to comply with a French-brokered deal to withdraw its troops from security zones around Georgia's breakaway zones of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

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Even if a bail-out works, UK is still in for bumpy ride
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The Canadian Press

What $700B won't buy: a quick fix for the economy
Washington Post, United States - 21 hours ago
By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP SAN FRANCISCO -- Not even $700 billion will be enough to spare the United States from more economic anguish if the government's ...
No quick fix Orlando Sentinel
Swedes offer a lesson in tackling US financial crisis New Straits Times
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Economic Report Summary: Falling Gasoline Prices Cheer Up ...
Seeking Alpha, NY - 7 hours ago
Manufacturing exports have been one of the few bright spots for the US economy in 2008, but with the dollar strengthening in recent months and an economic ...
US Economy: Home Sales, Durable Goods Orders Drop (Update2) Bloomberg
Orders drop sharply for US factory goods International Herald Tribune
US durable goods orders slip back BBC News
Chicago Tribune - Bloomberg
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BBC News

Hamish McRae: How hard do you want to cane banks when the UK is ...
Independent, UK - 17 hours ago
It has to fix it for the sake of the US economy, so it is in America's self-interest to do some sort of deal. But the rest of the world reaps some of the ...
Whatever way you look at it, we’re in recession now Sunday Business Post
A GRIM FUTURE AHEAD ; Warning of Tough Times Amid US Rescue Plan ... (press release)
Euro Open: US Sees Largest Ever Bank Failure, Rescue Plan Falters Daily FX
Sunday Business Post - (press release)
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ABC News

Bailout Could Increase Confidence, Help Economy
ABC News - 1 hour ago
"Credit is necessary for economic systems," she said. "We are bailing out the US economy. The CEOs that have made bad decisions have been wiped out in this ...

ABC News

US economy rebound weaker than expected
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia - 26 Sep 2008
GDP measures the value of all goods and services produced within the US and is the best barometer of the country's economic health. ...
US GDP Deflates Forbes
US Economy Expands Slower Than Expected In 2Q AHN
US Q2 growth revised down on softer spending
AXcess News - BusinessWeek
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Times Online

Is Obama the money man?
Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia - 1 hour ago
But neither candidate offered a real plan for turning around the US economy and both avoided at all costs associating with the Wall St bailout no one wants ...
McCain, Obama fight for title of CNN International
McCain, Obama focus on economy, war in first debate The Age
In debate, Obama and McCain differ sharply on foreign policy Los Angeles Times
Monsters and - Times Online
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