The National Museum in the Capital is holding a month long show of the single piece of work to emphasize on the fact that what belongs to the country must be strictly protected.A seminar was held recently based on the same thought process where the unanimous consensus was that a detailed, nationwide documentation of all existing monuments across cultures and regions is essential so as to avert illicit international trafficking of antiques.Simultaneously, the country requires an environment that encourages the development of a domestic market for artefacts by suitably amending the Antiquities Act, according to experts at the symposium on Return of Yogini: Art & Crime noted during day-long deliberations. The speakers also discussed ways of creating general awareness about heritage objects, thus promoting transparency through better informed public stakeholders. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The meet was organised by the National Museum Institute (NMI) as part of an ongoing exhibition — The return of the Yogini — that displays an exquisite 10th-century stone sculpture which recently returned to the country from Paris to where it was smuggled out a quarter century ago.The single-object exhibition organised by the National Museum was to end on 6 October, but has been extended till 20 October, owing to public request, according to Dr Venu V, director-general of the museum.
Darjeeling: A bus service from Dhaka to Siliguri via Banglabandha and Fulbari is all set to commence from May 26.The bus will be flagged off on that day from Kamlapur, Dhaka. The luxury bus service will take around 14 hours. The residents of Panchagarh district, Bangladesh will accord a warm welcome to the travellers on the maiden voyage at Banglabandha (the Bangladesh border town on the Indo Bangla border.) Preparations are on at Fulbari, on the Indian side. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataTest runs had been conducted last year between Dhaka, Siliguri and Nepal. The bus service is seen to boost tourism. Banglabandha-Fulbari is the third largest dry port and transit point on the Indo-Bangla border. Since long there has been a demand from a bus service between Dhaka and Siliguri. After the inking of the Bangladesh Bhutan India Nepal Motor Vehicles Agreement, on 23 April 2018 test runs of two buses had taken place between Dhaka, Siliguri and Kathmandu. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe buses will ply through Asian 2 Highway. The highway connects the three countries. As of now the service will be between Dhaka and Siliguri. There are plans to extend services to the Nepal capital Kathmandu later on. The luxury buses will have seats for 28 passengers. The fare has been fixed at 2,000 Bangladesh Taka (around Rs 1500) Shyamoli Travels will operate two buses as of now. One from Dhaka and one from Siliguri everyday. As Shyamoli is a private enterprise, initially the services will be by transshipment. A bus will ferry passengers from Siliguri to Fulbari, a distance of around 6km. The passengers after completing travel and immigration formalities (passport-visa checks) will be provided another bus from Banglabandha on the Bangladesh side to take them to Dhaka. The same system will be followed from Dhaka. The bus from Dhaka will drop passengers at Banglabandha. The passengers will be provided another bus from Fulbari to Siliguri.