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AGM of DMEABS held in Singapore


First time in its history Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Diploma Marine Engineering Association of Bangladesh, Singapore (DMEABS) held in Singapore on last Sunday. In the AGM, participants reviewed on DMEABS constitution and amended some clauses and added some new clauses for the betterment of the organization and its members.

Lyricist Naqsh Lyallpuri to be honoured by Jalota Welfare Foundation

Among the artists who are scheduled to perform are Anup Jalota, Suresh Wadkar, Talat Aziz, Anuradha Paudwal, Richa Sharma, Madhushree, Shailaja Subramanium and Kshitij Tarey.Global Advertisers Group Company MM Mithaiwala is the official catering partner for the prestigious event.


Tanaz Doshi
Tanaz Doshi

Actor Rahul Bose and his NGO The Foundation today hosted their annual auction - "The Idea of India" featuring 11 pieces of iconic memorabilia from celebrated donors who personify and epitomize the soul of art and culture.

Rahul Bose
Rahul Bose

Indian Economy: Governance Model - and If I were Narendra Modi | Nirendra Dev

English: Narendra Modi in Press Conference

English: Narendra Modi in Press Conference (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If I were Narendra Modi! A Weird idea?

Well this blog entry is being written with a peculiar intent. Hence the entire work is imaginative and also sarcastic. Hence it may be out of tune with modern times. This piece may be even called communal, anti-reservation etc. But finally the blog-piece has evolved in the manner it has because of the weight of the material. Some of these materials have to do with the emergence of ‘Moditva phenomenon’ in Indian politics, partly my admiration for a man – who apparently is not a run-of-the-mill variety. Modi is not being sentimental just crying out – playing the game safely as even Atal Behari Vajpayee did trying to fit into Nehruvian legacy.

As noted writer Orhan Pamuk, a Nobel laureate, once spoke about himself, Narendra Modi too does not seem to cry that the streets of his childhood has been destroyed. He probably wants to identify with the new comers. But will Indian politics allow this?

Hence the imaginative ‘musings’ on behalf of the Indian Prime Minister, Namo!

Read on.

Republic Day Musings: A 1947 without Lord Mountbatten – History Revisited | Nirendra Narayan Dev

Nirendra Narayan DevEditor's Note: Nirendra Narayan Dev (nirendev1 [at] gmail [dot] com), an acclaimed political journalist, is a special correspondent of The Statesman, New Delhi and author of acclaimed books including Modi to Moditva, Ayodhya : Battle For Peace, The Talking Guns North East India and Godhra A Journey To Mayhem. Nirendra was born and brought up in India's northeast and his father served with paramilitary force Assam Rifles. His blog is at

We have previously had an opportunity of talking to the author and have posted the audio recording of the interview.

WBRi also has the pleasure of publishing a series of short stories by Nirendra. Search with keywords "Nirendra Dev" to read his prior stories and articles on Washington Bangla Radio.

At this time of personal and collective reflection, the true spirit of the Republic Day is well summed up in the immortal number of one of my all time favourites, Yesudas.

Tere aane se saj gayee humaree yeh tutee phutee naav
…..Goree yeh duwaaye karna jarur, maajhi se naiya ho nahi dur

Sabko kinare pahunchaayega, maajhi toh kinara tabhi paayega

Truly without democracy and the republic spirit, India would not have been as beautiful as it is today.

Happy Birthday Netaji! An Open Letter to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose - Nirendra Narayan Dev

Nirendra Narayan DevWe will debate these political issues on a later day, Netaji. But as an ardent admirer of yours – initially by the fashion as I too was born a Bengali and you are a folk hero of Bengalis. And later by conviction – I beg your attention to the contemporary setting. Things are actually in a mess today and would have certainly pained you – if not shocked you! The challenges are many and yet we as countrymen and women continue to contribute in increasing a few – at least every month. The situation we are in, Netaji, should be enough to wake us up to the realization that the basic game has changed fundamentally. Lingering territorial disputes are no longer the driving force. After 68 years, we still have found no answer to starvation and problems on water have only grown manifold ...

Priyanka Chopra is Face of Incredible India with Amitabh Bachchan, Prakash Jha Elated

Priyanka Chopra and Prakash Jha
Priyanka Chopra and Prakash Jha

The multi-talented Priyanka Chopra and megastar Amitabh Bachchan have been named as the brand ambassadors of Indian government's Incredible India campaign and the country is hailing the government's decision as these two superstars have not only carved a niche for themselves here but have also made the nation proud globally.

Watch #OddEvenBhaiBhai | Do Aur Do Paanch Bana De

A Jugaad carrying passengers to a political rally

A Jugaad carrying passengers to a political rally (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While experts were busy airing their opinions on whether the new Delhi traffic rule will work or not, there were some Delhites who managed the “Jugaad” for their  survival in this scenario. Watch #OddEvenBhaiBhai - Do Aur Do Paanch Bana De - CM Kejriwal's Delhi Traffic Rule online via WBRi.

Ramayana Ke Charitro Par Parisanvad: Gandhi Vichar Manch Event Successful

Vijaynath Tiwari,krishnakumar Jha, Pandit Ram Vyas,Manmohan Gupta ,President Gandhi Vichar Manch and others
Vijaynath Tiwari,krishnakumar Jha, Pandit Ram Vyas,Manmohan Gupta ,President Gandhi Vichar Manch and others

Chairman Manmohan Gupta of Gandhi Vichar Manch, the Malad (west) based Social Service organization, hosted an event of ‘Ramayana  ke Charitro par parisanvad’ (a discussion on the characters of Ramayana) on 3rd January 2016 at Ajanta Hall, Goregaon (West), Mumbai, which was successfully concluded.

Deluge in Chennai: Importance of Good Infrastructure

Surendra Hiranandani

Mumbai, Dec 4 (Washington Bangla Radio): Chennai is one of the 98 cities to be developed as a Smart City as announced by the Central Government recently. But the city has a long way to go before it can become one.

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