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Shubho Naba Barsho!

By Susan Owensby

This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the quiz about two of France’s 2017 presidential candidates’ legal troubles. There’s listener news, some great music - and of course, the quiz. Just click on the arrow in the photo and enjoy!

Hello everyone!

Welcome to The Sound Kitchen. You can catch the programme on-the-air every Saturday at 6:15, 7:15, 14:45 and 16:45 universal time. You’ll hear the winner’s names announced and the week’s quiz question, along with all the other ingredients you have grown accustomed to: your letters and essays, “On This Day”, quirky facts and news, interviews, and great music … so be sure and tune in every Saturday.

For our DX enthusiast friends: Our shortwave frequency is 9675 kHz on the 31m band, from 06.00 to 07.00 UT every day. We’ve had reception reports from Algeria, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Cuba, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Russia, Sierra Leone, Slovenia, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and the US, and although the frequency is “aimed” (or however that works) towards the African continent, give it a try. You never know … and be sure and send us your reception reports. Maybe we can get more time, which would be wonderful.

You can also hear our programs on WRMI (http://www.wrmi.net/) and WRN (http://www.wrn.org/listeners/). These broadcasters diffuse our programs out of the goodness of their hearts, but unless you tell us how you heard us, we have no way of knowing … so do write and tell us how you listen to us.

A hearty welcome to four new official RFI Listeners Clubs! Two are in Bangladesh: the Karatao RFI Radio Listener Club in Sirajganj, with Shariful Islam as president, and the RFI Modhumala Radio Club in Chapai Nawabganj with Sahadat Hossain as president. The other two new clubs are both in India: the RFI Club Delhi, Mahesh Jain, president, and the RFI Mahila Shrota Sangha (RFI Women Listeners Fan Club) in Hariharpara, Nafisa Najim, president.

If you would like to create an official RFI club, or transform your existing listeners club into an RFI club, click on the link at the bottom of this page for information on how to get started.

There are new RFI Listener’s Club members to welcome, too. Adita Prithika from Tamil Nadu State in India; Abdikadir Elmi from Nairobi, Kenya; Ogban Ethothi from Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria; Shohel Rana Redoy from Dhaka, Bangladesh; Pradip Chandra Kundu from Tripura, India; Itumeleng Mokhele from Roma, Lesotho, and Fatima Zahra Rahmani from M'sila, Algeria.

Welcome !

You too can be a member of the RFI Listeners Club – just write me at english.service@rfi.fr and tell me you want to join, and I’ll send you a membership number. It’s that easy!
 
This week’s quiz: On 11 March, I asked you a question about the French presidential election. You were to tell me which two French presidential candidates are under investigation for alleged embezzlement of public funds.

The answer is: François Fillon, of the center-right Les Républicans party, and Marine Le Pen, of the far-right National Front party.

Both François Fillon and his wife Penelope Fillon are under formal investigation.

Fillon is charged with misuse of public funds. Fillon allegedly paid approximately  900,000 euros in public funds to his wife as his parliamentary assistant, for work she allegedly did not do. He is also accused of using public money - 84,000 euros, to be exact - to pay two of his children for legal work, when they were still students, and not qualified lawyers.

Penelope Fillon is being prosecuted for embezzlement, misappropriation of public funds, and aggravated fraud.

They both deny any wrong-doing.

For Mme Le Pen: The European parliament has accused her – she is a member of the European Parliament – of using European parliament staff allowances to pay for National Front party employees (including a personal bodyguard).

The European Parliament has demanded Le Pen pay back over 340,000 euros. Faced with her refusal to repay the money, the European Parliament has said it will start docking her salary in order to recover the funds.

The winners are: Steven Antony Oselle of the Kumi Central RFI Listeners Club in Kampala, Uganda; RFI Listeners Club member Samuel Francis from St Catherine, Jamaica; Mrs Amina from the RFI Fan Club in Naogaon, Bangladesh; Yaw Agyaako Attuah from Kumasi, Ghana and Mishmal Kawanza from Windhoek, Namibia – Mishmael sent his answer in to The Sound Kitchen mobile phone, which you can do, too. Just dial + 33 6 31 12 96 82 and enter your answer!

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: the traditional Bengal folk song “Amay Dubaili Re”, sung by Arko Mukherjee and Sandy Denny with Fairport Convention: “Who Knows Where the Time Goes”.

This week’s question ... you'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 15 May to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 20 May program. When you enter, be sure you send your postal address in with your answer, and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

Send your answers to:

english.service@rfi.fr

or

Susan Owensby
RFI – The Sound Kitchen
80, rue Camille Desmoulins
92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux
France

or

By text … You can also send your quiz answers to The Sound Kitchen mobile phone. Dial your country’s international access code, or “ + ”, then 33 6 31 12 96 82. Don’t forget to include your mailing address in your text – and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

To find out how you can win an RFI wireless computer mouse click here

To find out how you can become a member of the RFI Listeners Club, or to form your own official RFI Club click here

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