zoom India’s Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited (G E Shipping) has signed a contract to buy a second-hand medium gas carrier of about 35,420 cbm, the company informed.As disclosed, the 1997-built vessel is expected to join the company’s fleet in the second quarter of the 2018 fiscal year.What is more, GE Shipping contracted to buy a 2009-built Long Range 2 product tanker of 105,000 mt DWT which is scheduled for delivery in Q2/Q3 financial year 2017-18.The latest purchase has pushed the company’s fleet to 46 vessels, comprising 30 tankers and 16 dry bulk carriers.These include 12 crude carriers, 16 product tankers, 2 LPG carriers, along with 1 Capesize, 8 Kamsarmax, 7 Supramax bulkers with an average age of 9.76 years aggregating 3.80 million DWT.The investment is being pursued on the heels of the company’s approval of the issue of 1,500 secured bib-convertible debentures of RS. 10 lac each aggregating to RS. 150 crore by way of private placement.
Nazrul Islam ManjuBNP’s mayoral candidate in Khulna City Corporation elections Nazrul Islam Manju has resumed electioneering four hours after his decision to refrain from the election campaign.Manju on Thursday morning boycotted his campaign protesting the arrest of 19 leaders and activists of the party.But he backtracked from his earlier decision at around 1:00pm Thursday and declared his decision to resume campaigning at a press briefing at Khulna BNP office.He said, “BNP has taken this election as a part of the ongoing movement, so there is no scope to keep away from election.”Then he resumed his campaign along with his supporters.On Wednesday night, law enforcers arrested 19 leaders and activists of BNP, including its city unit publicity affairs secretary Asaduzzaman Murad, Jubo Dal president Mahbub Hossain, district unit president Mostafaul Bari Lablu and district unit Jatiyatabadi Chhatral Dal general secretary Golam Mostafa Tuhin from different parts of the city.Manju alleged that the law enforcers were trying to terrorise BNP leaders and activists into keeping away from the election campaign.The BNP mayoral candidate also claimed that the ruling Awami League men were violating the election code of conduct but the Election Commission did not pay heed to his allegations.He also urged the authorities concerned to create a level-playing field and stop others from intimidating his party men.Khulna City Corporation election is scheduled to be held on 15 May.
Flag of IndiaThe Indian government on Thursday told the Supreme Court that Rohingya refugees were “a threat to national security”, pushing back against condemnation of its plans to deport them.India’s top court is hearing a challenge to prime minister Narendra Modi’s government’s decision to deport Rohingya Muslims, filed by two Rohingyas living in Delhi who fled their village in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State about six years ago.The decision to deport Rohingyas comes as Myanmar’s military crackdown in Rakhine has forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas to seek shelter in Bangladesh, in a process the UN has described as ethnic cleansing.Myanmar says its forces are carrying out their legitimate duty to restore order after guerrilla attacks on 25 August on security posts and an army camp in which about a dozen people were killed.Close to 40,000 Rohingya Muslims live in India after fleeing Myanmar over the past decade. Nearly 15,000 have received refugee documentation, according to the United Nations, but India wants to deport them all.Rohingyas are denied citizenship in Buddhist-majority Myanmar and regarded as illegal immigrants, despite claiming roots that date back centuries.Some groups allied to Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party have stepped up calls for Rohingyas to leave, and Modi said last week that India shared Myanmar’s concerns about “extremist violence” in Rakhine state.On Thursday, a senior lawyer representing India’s government told the Supreme Court that “the state considers that Rohingyas are a threat to national security.”Intelligence agencies suspect that Rohingya Muslim leaders in India are in touch with Pakistan-based militant groups, the lawyer said.The lawyer declined to be named because an affidavit the home ministry is preparing to file with the court has not yet been finalised.More than 400,000 Rohingyas have been living in Bangladesh after fleeing the persecution in Myanmar since the early 1990s. From Bangladesh, some Rohingyas have crossed into India.Aid groups and human rights activists have criticised the plans to expel Rohingyas, and some lawyers say deportation would violate India’s constitution.India’s Supreme Court is expected to start hearing the case on Monday.India this week sent 53 tonnes of relief materials to Bangladesh for Rohingyas fleeing Myanmar.
The upcoming group art exhibition The Creativists, which starts from July 20 is about to enthrall the art lovers of the city as it will showcase a culmination of the works by veteran and contemporary artists. The aim is to showcase the quality works of masters as well as aspiring talent. The artistes participating in the event are Niren Sen Gupta, Kalicharan Gupta, Shobha Broota, Jagdish Chander, Jagadish dey, Sanjay Bhattacharya, Apte (sculpter) and Jiten Hazarika. Artist Shobha Broota’s work is soaked in a spiritual and meditative vision reverberating with rhythms in oscillating patterns. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Her seemingly simple and minimal work invites the eye and blocks the perception to contemplate the form and its loosening unto the void. Hailed for its philosophical depth, the work commands concentration on one’s part to comprehend and appreciate it fully. Her creativity entails using various mediums including cloth, wool and iron mesh among others and the experimental quality of her work takes it beyond the plane of mere abstraction. She works on canvas, paper and board with equal energy to make balanced and tranquil compositions in variable textures and palette. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhere Broota holds her share of spirituality in her art works, artist Sanjay Bhattachaya had openly admitted that he had been influenced by the works of Rembrandt and Dali. In his style, one can see light and shade techniques at play, trying to create a surrealistic imagery. Sanjay’s main themes are about city life in general in which inanimate objects figure more prominently. Sanjay Bhattacharya has painted in oil, watercolour and acrylic and has done sketches too. Sanjay Bhattacharya, like most artists from Bengal is known more for watercolours and oil works. His initial paintings drew heavily on the style of Bikash Bhattacharya, but in later days Sanjay tried works in the style of other great artists of Bengal like Ganesh Pyne. In course of time Sanjay amalgamated various styles and developed on his own. With a display of urban life in a stylized manner, the works of Kalicharan Gupta’s imagery is complex and demands exploration.This exploration is both visual as well as architectural. There is of course color with subtle, tonal and compositional variations, moving towards making an impressive statement. Gupta’s works engage you both in contrast and harmony. Painted in a semi abstract style, his works invite you to view and weigh the impact of his unique style.WHEN : July 20- 25WHERE : Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre Lodhi RoadTIMINGS : 11 am till 7 pm