Archive for October, 2009

Numerology And Other Rubbish

Prabir Ghosh General Secretary, Science and Rationalists’ Association of India Just like Astrology, this Numerology or the bogus idea of changing the first letter of your name, number of letters in your name, adding new letters to your name (or names of your new venture, movie, TV serial etc) to bring ‘good luck’ has gained […]

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Euthanasia or Swechhamrityu: Let’s be practical yaar!

We want to strengthen our campaign for legalizing Euthanasia in India. Seriously. Before that, I request all readers to go through the entire essay “Euthanasia or death-wish” available on this site. Those who agree with the idea are free to offer new points, ask questions based on the article mentioned above and design a short […]

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Annual “Best Scientific Outlook Award” ceremony and Rationalist program

Organized by Orissa Rationalist Association in Rourkela on 10 and 11 october, 2009 Prabir Ghosh, G.S. of Science & Rationalist Association of India was invited as the chief guest to handover the certificates and mementos to the winners of the inter-school competition on scientific outlook being arranged by the Orissa Rationalist Association for the last 10 years. On […]

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Torture tales from freed tribals

Caesar Mandal, TNN 24 October 2009 MIDNAPORE: They came out of the prison and looked around in awe at the army of journalists, totally unaware of the high-tension drama that had taken place over the last three days that led to their release. One of them, a 70-year-old widow, stepped back in fear and clutched […]

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West Bengal: Maoists free cop in prisoner swap

Caesar Mandal, TNN 23 October 2009 Click here for Pictures LALGARH (WEST MIDNAPORE): In what appeared to be a clear prisoner swap agreed to by the West Bengal government, Maoists on Thursday released Atindranath Dutta, officer-in-charge of Sankrail police station in West Midnapore, in exchange for the freedom of 24 tribal women arrested for aiding […]

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Women who ‘liberated’ OC

NARESH JANA Midnapore, Oct. 22: The government had opposed bail to the 14 Lalgarh women, whose release order won officer Atindranath Dutta his freedom today, though police have not been able to gather enough evidence against the accused. Chandicharan Mahapatra, the public prosecutor in the Midnapore sessions court, said: “We didn’t oppose the bail because […]

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West Bengal: Journos brokered cop’s release

TNN 23 October 2009 KOLKATA: It was a nerve-wracking 48 hours for a group of senior government officials and police officers, who remained cooped up in their Writers’ Buildings chambers, desperately searching for ways to secure Sankrail OC Atindranath Dutta’s release. With Maoist leader Kishanji refusing to interact with officials directly, the government was initially […]

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Every thana is a virtual Maoist factory

“I am very clear in my mind that unless the answer to the Maoist question is found through redress of grievance in civil and police administration, calling the army would be a retrograde step. Address the problem where it originates . Every thana is a virtual factory for producing Maoists. Recognize the reality to find […]

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Maoists storm Bengal town, kill 2 cops

TNN 21 October 2009 KOLKATA/MIDNAPORE: Marking a new level of audacity in their attacks, armed Naxal guerrillas on Tuesday stormed a police station in West Midnapore mid-afternoon, killing two police officers and taking with them as hostage the station officer in-charge. The assailants, including some women combatants, took away arms and ammunition from the Sankrail […]

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50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists

“50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists” – collection of essays by atheists of the world. Authors include Prabir Ghosh and Sumitra Padmanabhan from India. Price: $29.95. Click here to read preview. Details available at www.amazon.com and www.amazon.co.uk .

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The Nobel War Prize

Bill Van Auken,  10 October 2009 Friday’s announcement by the Nobel committee in Norway that Barack Obama had been chosen to receive its 2009 Peace Prize was met with expressions of astonishment around the globe. Many questioned how Obama could be chosen after less than nine months in office, with no discernable achievements on any […]

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Rights activists hit the streets

TNN 9 October 2009 KOLKATA: Rights activists hit the city streets on Thursday demanding repeal of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), a day after arrested tribal leader Chhatradhar Mahato’s lawyer pointed out in a Jhargram court that the court had not yet notified the Act in Bengal. The court had then handed a three-day […]

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What is real development?

We are used to the idea of getting foreign grants for developing the really poor areas—the slums in cities and the poverty stricken jungle people of the tribal belt. But real development comes from within the people, from self-reliance. The state can only provide infrastructure—roads, electrification, water supply, healthcare and education. Samir Saha Poddar, an […]

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It is necessary now for the state to make Chhatradhar Mahato a villain

ছত্রধরকে ভিলেন বানানো এখন রাষ্ট্রের প্রয়োজন গ্রেফতারির  পর থেকেই একের পর এক ‘রোমহর্ষক’ তথ্য দিয়ে চলেছেন ছত্রধর মাহাতো। আর মিডিয়ার কল্যানে অত্যন্ত সাধারণ, ন্যায্য কিছু ঘটনাও এর পর রাষ্ট্রকথিত ‘বৈধতা’-র দাঁড়িপাল্লায় ওজন করা হচ্ছে নতুন করে। কোনটা অপরাধ তবে? নিজের মতো করে সবকিছু গড়ে তুলতে চাওয়ার ইচ্ছেটাই কি তবে রাষ্ট্রের কাছে অন্যায্য? উত্তর খুঁজছেন জয়া […]

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Open letter to the Honorable Chief Minister of West Bengal

মাননীয় মুখ্যমন্ত্রীকে খোলা চিঠি (১৪) রাজ্য পুলিশের ডি জি ভূপিন্দর সিং এবং রাজ্যের মুখ্যসচিব অশোকমোহন চক্রবর্তী ঘোষনা করেছেন- ছত্রধর মাহাতোদের সঙ্গে যাঁরা যোগাযোগ রাখতেন, তাঁদের বিরুদ্ধে প্রয়োজনে ‘আনলফুল অ্যাকটিভিটিজ প্রিভেনশন অ্যাক্ট’ অনুসারে ব্যবস্থা নেওয়া হবে। বে-আইনি নয় এমন সংস্থার সঙ্গে যোগাযোগ রাখা বে-আইনি হতে পারে না। সন্ত্রাসের বাতাবরণ সৃষ্টি করে, ব্ল্যাকমেল করে ছত্রধরদের পুলিশী সন্ত্রাসের […]

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