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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

န Security cover tightened for last phase of election

Kolkata, 12 May : The Election Commission has made major arrangements, sensing huge trouble and violence in the third and final phase of the polls. Kolkata, North 24-Parganas and South 24-Parganas will go to the polls on Wednesday.
All booths will have armed police personnel 250 companies of central paramilitary forces and 200 companies of state armed forces. That EC is worried about this phase is evident from the fact that central paramilitary force personnel have been told to keep an eye inside booths from time to time, a directive implemented for the first time during the 2006 Assembly election. They have been asked to keep an eye on whether booths are close to windows and if the process can be seen from outside.
The EC has also asked all officers police and civil administration other than district magistrates, superintendents of police and police commissioner, to be on field duty. Eight additional observers three for Joynagar, two in Mathurapur and one each at Barrackpore, Diamond Harbour and Jadavpur will be sent for the last phase. There will also be micro-observers at each booth.
Central force personnel will begin their area domination and nakabandi from Tuesday. The CEO's control room will be opened from Today the numbers are (033)22437017, 22437018.

"Vidya Bhavan" becomes bilingual to monolingual

Santiniketan, 12 May : Students studying at the institute of humanities of Visva Bharati University have been asked to write their exam only in English. Till now, students could write their exam either in English or in Bengali.
"English has been recommended by High Level Committee (HLC) and Academic Council as the medium and may now be implemented," Vice Chancellor of Visva Bharati University, Dr Rajat K Roy told Bengal Newz today. The HLC was headed by WB Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi.The principal of the institute have been asked to see that students from now write their answer scripts only in English.
HLC said in its recommendation, "Visva Bharti's should protect and preserve Bangla literature but at the same time English will connect it to the wider world of scholarship. It will also benifit the non-Bangla students as English has become compulson to make a significant mark in life."

Six, including toddler, killed by lightning in Bengal
Suri, Bagerhat, 12 May : Four persons, including two women and a two-year-old child was killed on Tuesday as lightning struck Birbhum district of Wset Bengal. Monika Pal, a 28 year-old housewife in Rajnagar area, was in her house when lightning killed her, police said. A two-year-old playing outside his house in Kalipur village in Shewdi area was also killed. Other incidents took place at Rampurhat and Mayureshwar areas, it said.
And in Bangladesh, thunderstorm killed two people Monday night in Shuvodia village, Fakirhat Upazila, police said. The dead were identified as Abul Kalam Azad (52), brother of Shuvodia union chairman MA Awal, and Rina Begum (28) wife of Jinnaparha, Khulna.

B'desh gets 2.0m antiviral capsules to fight Swine Flu
UNB, Dhaka, 12 May : The World Health Organisation (WHO) has provided 2.0 million antiviral Oseltamavir capsules to Bangladesh for Swine Flu preparedness and response, as the pandemic created havoc in the outer world and also took the life of a Bangladeshi national in Mexico, the worst-hit North American country. The UN agency has provided the antiviral capsules to 70 countries across the world, including Bangladesh, to enable them to combat the fast-spreading flu that is transmuted into human body.

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