Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Quotation of the Week (Febuary 28 - March 5, 2016)

A quotation of Justin Trudeau on 'a good teacher and a good politician,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo (Christmas decoration lights, Toronto: December 13, 2014) © Jerome D'Costa

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Hindu Priest Killed, Devotee Shot In A Temple, Arrest Made in Bangladesh

Jogeswar Roy (50) was brutally killed by assailants on February 21, 2016
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A police guard at the Hindu temple after the murder of the priest
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Relatives of the murdered priest mourning his death
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A Hindu priest, Jogeswar Roy (also known as Jogeswar Dasadhikari), (50), of the Sri Sri Shanto  Gaurio Mot (Hindu temple-cum-school) of Shonapota village under Debiganj Upazilla of Panchagarh District, Bangladesh, was hacked to death with a chapati (machete) on February 21 early morning. 

When the priest was preparing to lead the morning prayer in the temple, some assailants came and pelted stones on the roof of the temple. Hearing the noise, Jogeswar came out of the temple and  realizing the impending danger, he began to run away. He was caught on his track and slaughtered there. Gopal Chandra Roy, one of the devotees, rushed to the aid of the injured priest but he was wounded with a bullet. Three assailants hurled a crude homemade bomb to scare people around and fled the scene on a motorcycle.

Unmarried Jogeswar Roy had established the temple in 1998 selling his lands and other properties. 

The Islamic State (IS) later in the day claimed responsibility of the murderous attack on the Hindu priest.  

Three persons, belonging to a banned Islamist group, have been arrested so far.
For more on the event, please read the following:
(Updated on March 4, 2016)

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Old Bangla (Bengali) Prose

Cover of the book Purono Bangla Goddo (old Bengali prose)
Image courtesy: The Daily Star (Dhaka)

The Bengali-language book, Purono Bangla Goddo, by Professor Anisuzzaman has been published by the Mowla Brothers, Dhaka. It provides the development and examples of old Bengali prose. Lovers of Bengali language and literature would find it both handy and useful.

The writer of the book says: "The history of Bangla prose is generally described from the beginning of the nineteenth century. But most scholars agree that some examples of Bangla prose can be found from the sixteenth century. They say that prose from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century is scattered and limited to records and documents. The development of Bangla prose, on account of continuity and essence, is noticed from the nineteenth century." 

For additional details, please read the following: Old Bangla Prose


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Sunday, February 21, 2016

The Quotation of the Week (February 21 - 27, 2016)

A quotation of Jose Rizal on 'one's own language (mother language)', and compiled by Jerome D'Costa

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

BANGLA MAIL: A Publication of Toronto

Bangla Mail - a Bengali-language weekly - from Toronto
The Bangla Mail weekly provides news, features, articles and columns on Bangladesh, world, Bangladeshi Canadians, politics, economy, sports, movies, beauty, food and more.

Email contact:

Now it's also available online at: Bangla Mail

(Updated on April 30, 2018)

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Pope Francis meets Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in Cuba

A kiss of peace between Russian Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis when they met at Cuba's Havana airport VIP lounge on February 12, 2016
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Pope Francis meets privately with Patriarch Kirill in Cuba
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Pope Francis meets with Patriarch Kirill
 Cartoon courtesy: Osmani Simanca - Brazil (through

 Exactly after 962 years, leaders of both the separated Churches -- Roman Catholic Church and Russian Orthodox Church -- met and embraced each other in Cuba's Havana airport lounge on February 12. 

Pope Francis, leader of the 1-billion-member Roman Catholic Church, and Patriarch Kirill, leader of the world's 165 million Orthodox Christians, met and exchanged the kiss of peace in their first historic encounter. 

"We are brothers," Pope Francis said as he embraced Patriarch Kirill. Then the patriarch responded,"Now things are easier," as he and the pope exchanged the kiss of peace. Finally the pope said,"This is the will of God."

For more details on their visit and background information on relations between these two Churches, please read the following:

(Updated on March 5, 2016)

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The Quotation of the Week (February 14 - 20, 2016)

A quotation of Steve Allen on 'God and holy war,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Photo and design by Jerome D'Costa

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

SHUKHOBOR: A Publiction of Toronto

Shukhobor - a Bengali-language monthly - from Toronto
This monthly places emphasis on the good or positive aspects of life than negative ones. It covers news, features, and articles on Bangladesh, world, and Bangladeshis abroad including Canada, politics, economy, education, technology, sports, and others. 

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It's available in print edition only.

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Quotation of the Week (February 7 - 13, 2016)

A quotation of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on 'climate change and our responsibility,' compiled by Jerome D'Costa
Courtesy: metroNEWS, Toronto

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Donald Trump: The Pros and Cons of the Colourful Republican Presidential Candidate

Donald Trump in one of his expressive moods
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Cartoon courtesy: The Toronto Star

Cartoon courtesy: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Donald J. Trump, commonly known as Donald Trump, is one of several U.S. presidential candidates vying for the Republican Party nomination in mid-2016. 

In his campaign trails, he was most vociferous, disrespectful of other candidates, rude to some women, and racially biased.  Some called him a bigot, megalomaniac, narcissistic, misogynist, racist, rude, and divider rather than a uniter. 

In spite of all these, in the last six months, he bulldozed his way in the campaign and was the frontrunner in the Republican voters' opinion polls.  

Yesterday, in the Iowa caucus, Ted Cruz, another co-campaigner of Trump who was trailing behind him in the polls, won the votes, Trump being in the second place. Donald Trump, unexpectedly,  accepted the results gracefully and congratulated Ted Cruz! He also said that he would keep on campaigning. 

It would be interesting to see how far Donald Trump can go with is brash, quirky, unpredictable, and vindictive behaviour because whatever he did and said so far during his campaign, would be difficult for a person with common sense to accept and support. 

Please read the following to know this colourful personality better:

His Life:

His Election Campaign:

Will Donald Trump Be the Next President?:
 If Donald Trump Becomes the President:
Donald Trump and the Republican Party/Conservatives:

Donald Trump and President Barack Obama:

Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton:

Donald Trump and the U.S.Economy:  

Donald Trump and the World:

Donald Trump and the Mexicans:

Donald Trump and the Blacks:

 Donald Trump and the Muslims:

Donald Trump and the Roman Catholics:

Donald Trump and the Mainline Protestants and Evangelicals:

 Donald Trump and the Jews:

Donald Trump on Guns/Gun Control and Mental Health Problem in U.S.: 

Donald Trump and Nuclear Weapons:

Donald Trump and His Quotes and Messages:

Donald Trump's Supporters: 

Donald Trump and His Adversaries:

Donald Trump's Mind:

Donald Trump and the Media: 

Donald Trump and Women:

Photos of Donald Trump's Body Language, Mood, and Gesture:

How Cartoonists See Donald Trump in Action:

(Updated on October 31, 2016)

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