Agartala, 25 April : Indian security forces are fully equipped to deal with any armed infiltration bid from across the border in Jammu and Kashmir, Director General of the Border Security Force (BSF) M.L. Kumawat Saturday said here Saturday.
“Though there are no specific reports of any infiltration of armed Taliban militants, India is fully geared up to give a befitting reply to the intruders,” Kumawat told reporters. “It is a matter of great concern that major militant groups are still active in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) and their infrastructures remains intact.”
The head of the paramilitary force is on a visit to Tripura and is reviewing border management strategies with senior BSF officials. “India would further tighten the vigil along the 4,095 km-long international border with Bangladesh by increasing border outposts (BOPs) from 1,411 to 1,882 and deploying more BSF troopers with modern gadgets and devices,” Kumawat said.
He said that the Indian government has sanctioned 29 more BSF battalions to strengthen security along the eastern and western borders of the country.
A & N tourism issues regulation to promote tourism
Port Blair, 25 April : Andaman and Nicobar (A&N) tourism department has issued a fresh regulation to improve the quality of tourism and trade practices in the Islands.
The tourism department has brought out a draft rule titled ‘Andaman and Nicobar Registration of Tourist Trade Regulations and Rules 2009′, which once accepted by stake holders, visiting tourists can expect a fair deal in all kinds of tour packages. "Hoteliers, tour operators, travel agents, scuba-diving operators and general public are requested to go through the draft rules and offer comments thereof," Director of Tourism, Binay Bhushan told reporters today.
However, this step has upset a few tour operators in these islands who run small tourism business and mainly depended upon low value tourists. ”We are small players and will not be able to fulfil all the criteria and tomorrow they will surely throw us out. This is clearly a ploy to help big-players to hijack the tourism industry of these islands,” said an aged tour-operator of the Islands.
Dhaka 24 April : Bangladesh Home minister Sahara Khatun has said the government has started installing fire service station in 173 Upazila that do not have any. She stressed on the importance of raising public awareness and reducing dependency on fire service at a roundtable discussion organised by Media Initiative for Public Policy on fire-extinguishing preparedness in important cities Friday.
Speakers emphasised keeping firefighting materials and equipment, trained manpower, arranging fire drills and strict enforcement of law in high-rises. The minister said many installations have modern firefighting tools but not the people to operate them and referred to the Bashundhara fire in March.
Kolkata, 25 April : For the first time in the eastern part of the India, a liver transplant has been successfully performed at the state-run SSKM hospital in Kolkata on an infant whose father donated the vital organ for her.
The marathon 12-hour surgery was done on Friday on seven-month-old baby girl Roushan whose father Rajab Ali, a mason from Burdwan district, donated his liver to save the child born without any bile duct, Dr. Abhijit Roychowdhury of the School of Digestive and Liver diseases, said. Roushan and Rajab are recuperating and under close observation, the doctor said.
Stating that this is the first time such an operation has been performed in eastern India, the doctor said the child's infected liver, which might have proven fatal in the long run, was dissected maintaining the vascular supplies. The liver was then removed and the transplantation was carried out. Detailing the surgical procedures, he said the area of Rajab's liver was dissected after proper identification which was followed by securing the biliary and vascular supplies. "We kept the dissected part in a special preservative for implantation," the doctor said.
Sylhet, 24 April : ‘Shah Alam Gallery’, the first-ever art gallery in Sylhet, was opened at Shahjalal Upashahar in the city on Friday. Bangladesh Finance minister Abul Abdul Muhith inaugurated the art gallery, which has been named after artist late Shah Alam. Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid and Sylhet mayor Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran, also chief patron of the institution, attended the inaugural function as guests of honour. Speakers at the function said a long-cherished desire of the artists and cultural activists in the region had been fulfilled with setting up of the art gallery.