Monday, February 13, 2017


Chennai 12 Feb 17.       A Bangladesh Coast Guard ship named BCGS Tajuddin will be visiting  Chennai Port on PM 14 Feb 17 for operational turn around as part of good will visit. The ship will be at Chennai till AM 17 Feb 17. During visit at Chennai, various events are planned by Indian Coast Guard for mutual interaction to develop           inter-operability between the two maritime Coast Guards.

Bangladesh Coast Guard ships BCGS Tajuddin (Pennant number PL 72) a Leader Class offshore patrol vessel, was commissioned on 12 January 17. The length of ship is 87 M (285 ft), Draught 3.2 M(10 ft), Beam 10.5 M(34 ft), Depth 5.5 M (18 ft) and with a speed of 25 knots.

The Indian Coast Guard will be organizing a welcome ceremony to BCGS Tajuddin with traditional way on her arrival on PM 14 Feb.

During the period of stay, the BCGS Tajuddin Commanding officer would be calling on the Coast Guard Regional Commander, Inspector General Rajan Bargotra, TM and other important dignitaries in Chennai. In addition, a reception will be hosted by Indian Coast Guard Regional Commander onboard ship ICGS Samudra Paheredar  on  15 Feb 17. As part of cross training, Bangladeshi crew will be visiting on ICGS Samudra Paheredar and ICG crew will visit Bangladesh Coast Guard ship BCGS Tajuddin . Visit to Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Center (MRCC) / Remote Operating Station (ROS) has also been planned for Bangladeshi crew. A friendly volleyball match between Indian Coast Guard and Bangladesh Coast Guard will also be organized on 16 Feb 17.

British Singer Adele wins 5 Grammys awards

British singer Adele has won top awards at Grammys and She walked away with major prizes– Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year in a surprise upset at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles last night. Adele won in all the five categories that she was nominated for including Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album, triumphing over Beyonce, who was the front-runner in the race. Chance the Rapper won in three categories, including best new artist.
The late David Bowie’s performance on his song Blackstar won him Grammys for best rock performance and best rock song. Solange, Beyonce’s little sister, won the best rhythm and blues performance for Cranes in the Sky.The best country song performance nod went to Maren Morris for My Church.
Indian tabla player Sandeep Das was part of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble “Sing Me Home” which won the Grammy in the World Music category that also included sitarist Anoushka Shankar’s “Land of Gold”. Yo-Yo Ma’s “Sing Me Home” features tunes composed by different global artists as it examines the ever-changing idea of home.

BAFTA 2017: La La Land takes 5 trophies, Dev Patel wins for Lion

Director Damien Chazelle’s musical “La La Land” continued its award dominance by taking five trophies, including at the 70th British Academy Film Awards, BAFTA. At the ceremony on Sunday night, British-Indian star Dev Patel got recognition for his role in “Lion”, getting award for best supporting actor. Patel said the film is about a love that transcends borders, race, colour, anything.
“La La Land”, which also won Chazelle a best director, took five prizes including best picture and best actress for Emma Stone. But major awards also went to tough welfare-state drama I, Daniel Blake and fractured-family stories Lion and Manchester by the Sea.
Casey Affleck was named best actor for Manchester by the Sea, while its director Kenneth Lonergan won the award for best original screenplay. Viola Davis won the best supporting actress prize for “Fences”.

S. Korea prosecutor to summon Samsung’s Lee again

South Korea’s special prosecutor said its investigation team would again summon Samsung Group scion Jay Y. Lee on Monday to question him on suspicion of bribery, as part of its investigation into a political corruption scandal. Lee Kyu-chul, spokesman for the special prosecutor, told a news briefing the office would decide later whether to seek another arrest warrant for Lee after his questioning on Monday. The special prosecution team would also question two other Samsung executives on Monday, the spokesman said. A South Korean court last month dismissed an arrest warrant against the head of Samsung Group, the country’s largest conglomerate, who is embroiled in the graft scandal that has led parliament to impeach President Park Geun-hye, a decision that must be upheld or overturned by a court.

clashes at Paris protest

Thirty-seven people were arrested after a protest over police brutality in the Parisian suburb of Bobigny turned violent, AFP reported, citing a police source. Around 2,000 people gathered outside a courthouse on Saturday to protest the treatment of Theo, a 22-year-old youth worker who was allegedly sexually assaulted by officers during what police said was an ID check. While the protest was initially peaceful, some demonstrators started burning cars and hurling projectiles at the police. A 16-year-old demonstrator was hailed as a hero on social media for saving a little girl trapped in a burning car during the unrest. Police have made some 50 arrests since the protests began earlier this week.

Putin congratulates German president

Former foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected Germany’s president on Sunday, the 12th person to hold the largely ceremonial post in the post-war era. Steinmeier, a Social Democrat who had served as foreign minister until last month, won 931 of the 1,260 votes by lawmakers and representatives of Germany’s 16 federal states. His predecessor, Joachim Gauck, steps down on March 18. The German constitution mandates that a special assembly is convened to elect presidents. It includes 630 lawmakers in the Bundestag lower house and an equal number of representatives from the federal states
Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Germany’s new president-elect, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, on his victory, and invited him to visit Russia at his earliest possible convenience. “Vladimir Putin has confirmed his interest in continuing a constructive dialogue on international and bilateral issues, and invites Steinmeier to visit Russia at a convenient time for him,” an official press release from the Kremlin read. A member of the Social Democrat party, Steinmeier won the presidential election with a total of 931 out of 1,260 votes. He will succeed Joachim Gauck, a 77-year-old former pastor and pro-democracy activist from east Germany.

Swiss voters reject corporate tax overhaul

Swiss voters clearly rejected plans to overhaul the corporate tax system, sending the government back to the drawing board as it tries to abolish ultra-low tax rates for thousands of multinational companies without triggering a mass exodus. Just over 59 percent of voters – who have the last word under the Swiss system of direct democracy – opposed the plans, which the country’s political and business elite embraced under international pressure, provisional results on Sunday showed. Finance Minister Ueli Maurer said the government now needed time to analyse and address with cantons the situation that business leaders called a dangerous legal limbo

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