October 25, 2010

Wikileaks Founder Found His Life Is On Risk

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said on Israeli television on Sunday that he was taking security precautions following the release of nearly 400,000 secret U.S. military documents on the Iraq war.
"No, I'm not running for my life, but we do have to take extra security precautions," Assange told Channel Two television in an interview that took place in London.
The Israeli channel reported that Assange was accompanied by bodyguards during the interview.
The mass of U.S. documents from 2004 to 2009 released by WikiLeaks on Friday offer a grim snapshot of the Iraq conflict, especially of the abuse of civilians by Iraqi security forces.
"Just yesterday, in fact, the former general counsel of the CIA said that it was his view was that the U.S. was trying to get me personally and possibly some other people into the U.S. jurisdiction, and that corresponds to former statements made by the Pentagon," Assange told Channel Two.
On Friday, Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said before the material was made public: "We deplore WikiLeaks for inducing individuals to break the law, leak classified documents and then cavalierly share that secret information with the world, including our enemies."
Asked whether the WikiLeaks revelations could be of use to Osama bin Laden, Assange told the Israeli broadcaster that he was not privy to the thoughts of the al-Qaida chief.
"I do not have access to Osama bin Laden's thoughts. Many people want the truth out, insofar as al-Qaida wants the truth out, they are correct," he said.
Washington on Sunday came under increasing pressure to investigate allegations in the leaked documents.
The flood of material offers a grim snapshot of the conflict, especially of the abuse of Iraqi civilians by Iraqi security forces.
The heavily redacted logs appear to show that the U.S. military turned a blind eye to evidence of torture and abuse of civilians by the Iraqi authorities.
WikiLeaks claim the documents reveal around 15,000 more civilian deaths than were previously known about.
The files contain graphic accounts of torture, civilian killings and Iran's hand in the Iraq war, documenting years of bloodshed and suffering following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion to oust dictator Saddam Hussein.
WikiLeaks held a news conference in London on Saturday, at which Assange defended the unauthorised release, saying it was intended to reveal the "truth" about the conflict.
"Most wars that are started by democracies involve lying," he said. "If there's enough truth early on enough then perhaps we won't see these kind of wars." 


October 17, 2010

Bengali's Biggest Festival Durga Puja Come to End

Vijayadashami is a festival celebrated in varying forms across India, Bangladesh and Nepal . It is also called Dasara, Dashahara, Navaratri and Durgotsav(Marathi: , Bengali: বিজয়াদশমী,Oriya :ବିଜୟାଦଶମୀ, Kannada:  Malayalam: വിജയദശമി, Nepali :,Tamil: , Telugu: ). It is also known as Dasara (also written Dussehra) Bengali: দশেরা, Kannada: , Malayalam: ദസറ, konkani: , Marathi: ,Oriya:ଦଶହରା Telugu: ) and Dashain in Nepali.
Vijayadashami is celebrated on the tenth day of the Hindu autumn lunar month of Ashvin, or Ashwayuja which falls in September or October of the Western calendar, from the Shukla Paksha Pratipada, or the day after the new moon which falls in Bhadrapada, to the Dashami, or the tenth day of Ashvin. It is the culmination of the 10-day annual Navaratri (Sanskrit: नवरात्रि, 'nine nights') festival. It is the largest festival in Nepal, and celebrated by Hindu and non-Hindu Nepalis.
In India, the harvest season begins at this time and so the Mother Goddess is invoked to start the new harvest season and reactivate the vigor and fertility of the soil. This is done through religious performances and rituals which are thought to invoke cosmic forces that rejuvenate the soil. In Bangladesh it is a five day long festival and is celebrated in mandaps (congregation).

The largest festival is held at Dhakeshwari temple and Ramkrishna missionary in Dhaka. On the day of Dasha-Hara, clay statues of the Goddess Durga are submerged in rivers. The pooja is performed with turmeric and other pooja items, which are added to the river in order to help the water yield better crops.
Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of the Hindawi (Hindu) Swarajya - Maratha Empire worshipped Lord Shiva and the goddess Durga in her Bhawani form before engaging in military expeditions.
Dasha-Hara is the festival of Victory of Good over Evil. Buses, trucks and machines in factories are decorated. Dasha-Hara is also Vishwakarma Divas - the National Labor Day of India. Veda Vyasa is considered the foremost guru and Vijayadashami is also celebrated as Vyasa puja. Shastra pooja, or the worship of the weapon Shastra/Astra used by Goddess Durga, are worshipped on this day.