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9th issue of Joydhak webzine uloaded

The 9th issue (bosonto songkhya) of the Children's magazine Joydhak has been uploaded. As usual this issue brings a set of uniquely chosen treats for children of every age. Your physical age does not matter. As long as you are green in mind, Joydhak will entertain you. check it out at

University of Houston and Banaras Hindu University form partnership

The University of Houston, a public university in Texas (USA), and Institute of Technology of Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi (India) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for cooperation in instruction and academic exchange, according to reports.

Aamir Khan more powerful than Shahrukh Khan in India Today Top 50 Power List 2010

Mar 15, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Bollywood hero Amir Khan is number 4 in India Today's 2010 list of 50 most powerful Indians. People more powerful than Aamir Khan are Ratan Tata at number 1, and Mukesh and Anil Ambani at numbers 2 and 3.

Less powerful than Amir Khan are cricketer Sachin Tendulkar at 5 and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan at 6.

The Mysterious Drinker - A Short Story By Dr Ratan Lal Basu | WBRi Online Magazine


Dr Ratan Lal Basu

A Short Stoty

All on a sudden the storm lashed down with overwhelming vehemence, the sky was torn apart by relentless thrusts of lightning and the ear-rending rumble shook the world. The compounder had already gone home to close the open windows as his wife along with children had gone to her parents house. The patients who had started lining up had all fled with the onset of the storm. This pre-monsoon storm often turns violent and runs for hours. I realized there would be no patients today and I could not go home right now either. Seated close to the window at the far end of the chamber at the ground floor of the building that houses a bank at the upper floor, I watched through the glass the merciless onslaught of the storm on the trees. The building was isolated from the shops and dwellings by its large compound with a high wall and lines of tall trees. I watched the torrents lashing at the window panes and the tree tops that swayed recklessly and the yellow swords spitting apart the sky incessantly. Electricity went off to protect the naked transformers being hit by thunder. In the emergency light the chamber looked eerie and my mind drifted to Dracula stories Id read a few days ago and a queer sensation of fear coursed through me. I was amazed to think that even at this age ghost stories raises fear from the subconscious not withstanding my scientific bent of mind. This is the innate presentiment of fear reared in the inner depth of mind I thought.

Metali Radio Listeners' Club of Khagra, Murshidabad, West Bengal releases their annual activity report

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Mar 14, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) The Mitali Radio Listeners' club of Khagra in district of Murshidabad, state of West Bengal in India has released their 2009 club activity report. The clubs members are radio enthusiasts and also participate in various philanthropic activities for the community.

Read the complete unedited report in full.

The USA expresses “major concern” regarding discrimination against Roma in Romania

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Mar 14, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) In its annual “Human Rights Report” about Romania issued recently, US Department of State says: “Roma faced persistent poverty and had poor access to government services, few employment opportunities, high rates of school attrition, inadequate health care, and pervasive discrimination.”

James Cameron thinks “story & not technology” most important in a film

Filmmaker James Cameron (Avatar) stressed in a conclave in India’s capital New Delhi on Saturday evening that story and not technology was the most important in a film, according to reports.

RAJ BASU Piyalir Password - WBRi Exclusive Review from World Premiere of Bengali Movie

Soutik Singha - one of the founders of Washington Bangla Radio- attended the premiere of Raj Basu's Piyalir Password (2009) Bengali Movie and writes about how he likes what he saw.