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Thursday, 10 May 2012

Sourav Chandidas Ganguly

Sourav Chandidas Ganguly; born 8 July 1972) is a former Indian cricketer, and captain of the Indian national team. Born into an affluent family, Ganguly was introduced into the world of cricket by his elder brother Snehasish. He is regarded as one of India's most successful captains in modern times. He started his career by playing in state and school teams. Currently, he is the 5th highest run scorer in One Day Internationals (ODIs) and was the 3rd person in history to cross the 10,000 run landmark, after Sachin Tendulkar and Inzamam Ul Haq. Wisden ranked him the sixth greatest one day international batsman of all time, next to Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Dean Jones and Michael Bevan.

Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali polymath who reshaped his region's literature and music. Author of Gitanjali and its "profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse",he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. In translation his poetry was viewed as spiritual and mercurial; his seemingly mesmeric personality, flowing hair, and other-worldly dress earned him a prophet-like reputation in the West. His "elegant prose and magical poetry" remain largely unknown outside Bengal. Tagore introduced new prose and verse forms and the use of colloquial language into Bengali literature, thereby freeing it from traditional models based on classical Sanskrit. He was highly influential in introducing the best of Indian culture to the West and vice versa, and he is generally regarded as the outstanding creative artist of modern India.

Rabindranath Tagore Timeline:
1861- Rabindarnath Tagore was born on 7 May 1861.
1877- He wrote his first poem, which was composed in a Maithili style.
1878- Tagore took admission at a public school in Brighton, England in 1878.
1880- He dropped out in middle and returned home in 1880.
1883- He married Mrinalini in 1883. 
1890- Rabindranath Tagore took the responsibility of his father’s large estates.
1901- Tagore moved to Santiniketan, West Bengal in 1901.
1905- His father died in 1905.
1913- Rabindarnath Tagore was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.
1915- He received the title Knighthood from the British government in 1915.
1921- Tagore founded an Institute for Rural Reconstruction, Shriniketan.
1937- He first lost his consciousness in 1937.
1940- His second phase of illness began in 1940.
1941- Rabindranath Tagore died on 7 August 1941. 

Bengali Language Movement

The Bengali Language Movement, also known as the Language Movement, was a political effort in Bangladesh (then known as East Pakistan), advocating the recognition of the Bengali language as an official language of Pakistan. Such recognition would allow Bengali to be used in government affairs.

When the state of Pakistan was formed in 1947, its two regions, East Pakistan (also called East Bengal) and West Pakistan, were split along cultural, geographical, and linguistic lines. In 1948, the Government of Pakistan ordained Urdu as the sole national language, sparking extensive protests among the Bengali-speaking majority of East Pakistan. Facing rising sectarian tensions and mass discontent with the new law, the government outlawed public meetings and rallies. The students of the University of Dhaka and other political activists defied the law and organised a protest on 21 February 1952. The movement reached its climax when police killed student demonstrators on that day. The deaths provoked widespread civil unrest led by the Awami Muslim League, later renamed the Awami League. After years of conflict, the central government relented and granted official status to the Bengali language in 1956. In 2000, UNESCO declared 21 February International Mother Language Day for the whole world to celebrate, in tribute to the Language Movement and the ethno-linguistic rights of people around the world.

The Language Movement catalysed the assertion of Bengali national identity in Pakistan, and became a forerunner to Bengali nationalist movements, including the 6-point movement and subsequently the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. In Bangladesh, 21 February is observed as Language Movement Day, a national holiday. The Shaheed Minar monument was constructed near Dhaka Medical College in memory of the movement and its victims.

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STAR Ananda is a Bengali language 24-hour cable and satellite television news channel. The channel is a joint venture between STAR Group (subsidiary of News Corporation) and Anandabazar Patrika (owned by ABP Group) and distributed by Fox International Channels. It brings viewers broad and insightful news reports along with entertainment features, it continues to hold the leading position reaching out to 7 million Bengali's across the nation. The news content has been always highly controversial with allegations being leveled against it regularly, of biased reporting against a particular political leader, to the extent of selective and distorted news reporting.
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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

North 24 Parganas

North 24 Parganas district is a district in southern West Bengal, of eastern India. It is bordered to Nadia by north, to Bangladesh (Khulna Division) by north and east, to South 24 Parganas and Kolkata by south and to Kolkata, Howrah and Hoogly by west. Barasat is the district headquarters of North 24 Parganas.
North 24 Parganas is West Bengal's most populous district. It is also the tenth-largest district in the State by area and second-most populated district in the country, after Thane district of Maharashtra. According to Ptolemy's Treatise on geography, written in the 2nd Century A.D., the ancient land of Gangaridi was stretched between the rivers Bhagirathi-Hoogly (lower Ganges) and Padma-Meghna. The modern-day 24 Parganas was the southern and the south-eastern territory of that legendary kingdom.

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