Lack of sleepers, stone makes the run-down track risky
Lalmonirhat, 6 February : As many as 45 incidents of train derailment occurred on 85-kilometre long Lalmonirhat-Burimari route under Lalmonirhat Railway Division during the last five months as shortage of sleepers and stone has made the line awfully risky.
Seven of the derailments took place in September, nine each in October and November, seven in December last year, 10 in January this year and three during the first five days of February.
A Lalmonirhat-bound passenger train from Burimari Land Port Railway Station derailed at Aluddin Nagar between Bawra and Patgram stations on Lalmonirhat-Burimari route on Thursday morning. As twelve wheels of four compartments of the passenger train went off the track, regular schedule of two trains on Lalmonirhat-Burimari and Lalmonirhat-Parbotipur route was disturbed, railway officials said.
Lalmonirhat Railway Divisional Traffic Superintendent Syed Zahurul Islam said lack of sufficient sleepers and absence of stones in the time expired rail lines are responsible for recurrent derailment of trains.
He said ninety percent of sleepers on Lalmonirhat-Burimari route have become useless.
Lalmonirhat Railway Divisional Engineer Al-Fattah Masudur Rahaman said repair work of railway line, station buildings, platforms, and culverts on the route is likely to start within six months after approval by the ministry concerned.
Binoy Kumar Karmakar, 40, won a 14in (36cm) colour TV in the government-backed competition to find the most prolific rat killer. He used traps, poison and flooding to kill his quarry. He collected their tails as proof of his prowess.
His kill-rate was equivalent to one every 13 minutes, officials say. The competition was part of a nationwide drive to stop food supplies from being eaten up by rats.
Officials estimate that up to 10% of Bangladesh's crops; including rice, wheat and potato - is devoured by rats every year.
Last year a plague of rats destroyed the crops of tens of thousands of people living in the remote south-eastern Chittagong Hill Tracts.
Neighbouring states in India suffered from the same problem.
Bhutan's Druk Air flight lands at Kolkata Airport
Kolkata, 6 February : A Druk air flight from Bangkok to Bhutan with 90 passengers on board landed under emergency conditions at the airport here on Friday after its cockpit window developed cracks.
The pilot of the Bangkok-Gaya-Paro flight with 90 passengers on board noticed the cracks while flying over Kolkata, airport sources said. Pilot contacted the Air Traffic Control and sought to land immediately. Accordingly, all emergency preparations were kept ready and the plane landed at about 8.30 am.
The aircraft was heading to Gaya. Passengers and crew members were safe, sources said. Airport sources said the aircraft was now being repaired and another aircraft from Paro in Bhutan was being sent to carry the passengers to their destinations.
The cause of the cockpit window crack was not known. Officials have ruled out bird-hit as the flight was at a very high altitude when the cracks appeared.
Fresh bandh call over Lalgarh murders on 11 Feb
Binpur, 6 February : It's the season of bandhs in Jangalmahal. All parties are trying to use the tribal unrest for political gains before the Lok Sabha polls and to that end, the bandh is a useful tool.
So, after Thursday's shutdown enforced by the People's Committee against Police Atrocities to protests against the triple murders at Khasjangal, its the turn of Bharat Jakat Majhi Marwa. The adivasi social organisation, which enjoys the support of the administration, has called a Jhargram bandh on the same issue on 11 February. Majhi Marwa has also seconded Mamata Banerjee's demand for compensation for the victim's families. Majhi Marwa state president Padma Lochan Soren wants a CBI inquiry into the killings.
14 people die of mysterious disease in Tripura
Agartala, 6 February : At least 14 people died and several more were taken ill after a mysterious disease struck Tripura in the past one week, officials said here Friday. "After getting reports of death due to some mysterious disease during the past one week, we have sent medical teams to the affected Longtharai valley areas of Dhalai district to find out the cause," a Tripura health department spokesman said.
Longtharai valley, 90 km north of here, is an inaccessible area dominated by tribal people. "Most of the people died in about 24 hours time after showing symptoms of fever and some black spots on their skin," the official said.
At least 70 more people are suffering from similar ailments in the area. "The medical teams have collected blood samples to find out the cause of the disease," the official said.
Tripura's maiden vegetable : Show a big draw among farmers
Agartala, 6 February : Farmingin Tripura like many other states is concentrated on cultivating paddy. However, the vegetable show organised in Narshinghar,Tripura focused on modern methods of cultivating vegetables in Tripura. The vegetable show drew a strong interest from citizens and farmers. As farmers change the crops they grow we can expect a more prosperous farming community in Tripura.
"In Tripura, initially, farmers use to grow only paddy but of late government has encouraged us to grow vegetable in modern method, moreover, irrigation facility has also been introduced and so farmers are gradually getting into vegetable farming. Earlier, in Tripura vegetable use to come from outside state and Shillong but now we are moving towards self-sufficiency in vegetable production," said Krishna Kumar Baishya, another vegetable farmer.
Denmark support B'desh climate-change challenges
Denmark Blogs, Copenhagen 5 February : Denmark assured Bangladesh that it will help the impoverished Asian nation in its efforts to fight the challenges of global climate change. Danish Minister for Climate and Energy Connie Hedegaard pledged his country's support during a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed, after a trip to vulnerable coastal communities.
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23rd North East Games : Medals galore for hosts
Tripura swimmers rule the pool,men and women’s soccer teams shine
Agartala, 5 February : Hosts Tripura got off to a flying start claiming six gold medals on the inaugural day of the 23rd North East Games here today. The gold rush came the swimming events at the Raima Swimming Pool at Dasharath Deb Sports Complex even before the games were formally declared open by Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar at the UK Academy ground in the afternoon after a ritual marchpast.
Inaugurating the event, chief minister Manik Sarkar said the Centre should adopt a comprehensive sports policy to promote sport in the nation. He said the Centre should grant more funds for the creation of infrastructure in the Northeast, which was brimming with talent.
The Ekushey book fair is incrasing crowd in day by day. The book loving people are gathering in the book fair after their offices, schools, colleges and universities.
On Satarday, the weather is very fine, the crowd is less and the dusts are watered by the stall keepers. The reporter talked with a banker Rafiqul Abedin. He said. ‘I enjoyed the fair and collected my favorite books and felt well for the less crowd and light dusts in the fair.’
But the stalls of the publishers of Humayun Ahmed were crowded. ‘Himur Modhdho Dupur’, ‘Himur Babar Kothamala’ and other books of Ahmed are available in the stalls.
Coochbehar, 5 February : Culling operations are continuing in two bird flu affected villages in West Bengal's Coochbehar district.
Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries has notified avian influenza outbreak in two villages, Uttar Dankoba and Nagar Bhagni, on 30 January.
Central Rapid Response Team of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will reach here by tomorrow. So far 689 birds have been culled. 85 animal husbandry workers involved in culling activity have been medically examined and they are on Chemoprophylaxis.