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In Quest of Our Glorious Past: Cambodia

Dr. Ratan Lal BasuAs soon as I looked out the exit gate of Phnom Penh Airport at late afternoon I felt as though I have entered into an unknown enchanting world radically different from the drab modernized Bangkok where I had been only a few hours ago. Later on I was marveled by the exquisite architecture of the city, a fine blending of French and Buddhist architecture.

তুমি যে আজ কল্পতরু ঠাকুর: দক্ষিণেশ্বর থেকে তারক ঘোষ ও জয়া বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায় (KALPATARU UTSHAB at DAKSHINESWAR)

Tarak Ghosh

The following article is in Unicode Bengali font. Tarak Ghosh and Jaya Bandopadhyay report from the Kolpotoru Utshob at Dakshineshwar.

Tarak is a writer and a journalist, managing editor of NEWS3, and former journalist for the Bartaman, the Telegraph and other dailies and journals.

Jaya is a former Journalist of CVP television & news agency CTVN plus, Sristi and M9 Bengali Channel. Photography is her hobby.

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Kalpataru Utshab at Dakshineshwar

কাশীপুর উদ্যানবাটি থেকে দক্ষিণেশ্বর।পথের শেষ থেকে শুরু আর এক নতুন পথের দিশা।লক্ষ মানুষের হৃদয়ে আজ শুধুই রামকৃষ্ণনাম।তবু ভবতারিণী মন্দিরের পাশ দিয়ে বয়ে চলা গঙ্গায় আজ কেন কান্নার এই চোরা স্রোত?ঠাকুর, তুমি তো নারীর মধ্যে দেখেছিলে দেবীর চিন্ময়ী রূপ, তাঁকে বসিয়েছিলে দেবীর আসনে।আর আমরা? আমরা তাকে ঠাকুর, তুমি আমাদের চৈতন্য দাও,দাও বিবেক।দূর কর মনের মধ্যে লুকিয়ে থাকা পশুটাকে,যাতে আমরা নারীকে আর পণ্য না ভাবি। তুমি যে আজ কল্পতরু ঠাকুর - দক্ষিণেশ্বর থেকে তারক ঘোষ ও জয়া বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়

Kalpataru Utshab at Dakshineshwar

স্থান কাশীপুর উদ্যানবাটি। তারিখ ১৫ আগষ্ট ১৮৮৬।সময় রাত্রি ১ টা বেজে ২ মিনিট। অমৃতলোকে চলে গেলেন যুগপুরুষ শ্রীশ্রীরামকৃষ্ণ।তার ঠিক কয়েকমাস আগে জানুয়ারী মাসের প্রথম দিনে শ্রীরামকৃষ্ণ এক অপরূপ রূপে আত্মপ্রকাশ করলেন এই কাশীপুর উদ্যানবাটিতেই।লীলাপ্রঙ্গকারের ভাষায় এই দিনটি -‘ঠাকুরের  অভয় প্রকাশ অথবা আত্মপ্রকাশপূর্বক সকলকে অভয় প্রদান’ এর দিন ...

Kalpataru Utshab at Dakshineshwar

Kolpotoru Utsob at Dakkineshwar

Tanya Kumar launches Goa's exclusive oasis Tesò

Tanya Kumar

The brainchild of Tanya Kumar and a treasure in the truest sense of the word – Tesò located in Goa, the country’s ultimate party destination, is the perfect way to unwind on the Waterfront at Siolim.

Lufthansa celebrates the festive season with India’s favorite beverage: Chai

Lufthansa Chai Lounge

After multiple successful campaigns capturing the hearts of South Asians, Lufthansa has just launched its Fall 2012 India promotion, according to a press release. Festive get-togethers are just not complete without the flavorful and aromatic Indian Chai! With this sentiment and as a tribute to this widely consumed and most enjoyed beverage, a dedicated micro site has been created—a platform to bring together family and friends for a fun engagement during the holiday season.

World’s Tallest Chenab Rail Bridge in India - a Marvel Challenge

By H. C. Kunwar
Deputy Director (Media & Communication), Ministry of Railways, Govt. of India

Construction in full swing at the Chenab River bridge site in Jammu and Kashmir, India
Construction in full swing at the Chenab River bridge site in Jammu and Kashmir, India

New Delhi, July 12, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) The world’s tallest rail bridge over Chenab River in Jammu & Kashmir’s Reasi district being constructed by Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL), a Central Public Sector Enterprise under the Ministry of Railways, is likely to be ready by 2016.   This bridge will be on the Udhampur – Srinagar – Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) project which is a national project to provide rail connectivity to the beautiful valley of Kashmir. Konkan Railway has taken up the construction of part of USBRL project from Katra to Dharam in December 2002.  Chenab Bridge, perhaps the most challenging project, is to be built at the height of 359 metres (height of Qutab Minar is 72 metres and of Eiffel Tower is 324 metres).  Chenab Bridge is having the central span of 457 metres. When constructed this bridge will quality for world record for being the tallest rail bridge from the river bed. Currently the world’s tallest rail bridge is located over France’s Tam River with its tallest pillar rising 340 metres, with the actual height where the train runs on the bridge being 300 metres. The design of bridge also takes care of blast load, which is internationally an unique feature.  The painting scheme for this bridge is designed for 35 years of service life so that during service life of 120 years, only 3 times repainting will have to be done.

Chenab River, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Chenab River, Jammu and Kashmir, India

For construction of Arch portion of the bridge over the river, a novel method of construction using the cable car is designed and under construction. This cable car runs on 54mm cables laid across the river valley and connected through 127 metre high pylons (towers) on either side of river. The consumption of structural steel for this project is very huge. The construction of Chenab Bridge will comprises of earthwork in excavation for construction of foundations, over 46,000cum of concreting, 3600 tonnes of reinforcement  steel and 25,000 tonnes of structural steel (an equivalent to volume of a 54 story building on a football ground size plot). Fabrication of the steel structures involves very high degree of precision and quality wielding using latest wielding technologies.