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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

န 25 Se Boishak Comming...

Dhaka, 5 May
Singer performs at Bangladesh 'Jatiya Rabindra Sangeet Utshab' at the capital's Public Library auditorium organised by Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Silpi Sangstha on Tuesday. Photo: Mustafiz Mamun
Good News for Tripura Govt. Employees Pay Hike
Agaratala, 5 May : The Tripura Govt. today notified the pay hike for employees and pensioners. The enhancement will be effected with effect from 01.01.2006, but the arrear from 01.01.2006 to 31.03.2009 will be credited in GPF. Hence there is no scope for any cash payment now. The amount such credited may be withdrawn from April 2010. The employees will get their enhanced salary of April in coming month.
Those who have retired before 31st Dec 2008, will not be eligible for any arrear. Persons retired between 01.01.2009 and 30.04.2009 will get there arrear in cash.
Under the new ACP scheme, employees will get three financial upgradation after 10, 17 and 25 years of service. Annual increment will be 2.5%.
Notification of ROP 2009 for Tripura Govt. Employees
Notification of Pension Rules 2009 for Tripura Govt. Pensioners

Air India to operate additional flights
Port Blair, 5 May : Air India will be operating additional flights on the Kolkata-Port Blair sector and Chennai-Port Blair sector this month, official sources said here on Tuesday.
Air India would operate additional flights on the Kolkata-Port Blair sector on 8, 13, 18 and 22 May while it would operate additional flight on the Chennai-Port Blair sector on 11, 15, 21 and 25 May, sources said. The Andaman and Nicobar administration had requested the Union Civil Aviationa ministry to instruct Air India to provide additional flights between Kolkata-Port Blair and Chennai-Port Bliar for a month to meet the demand of the local population to visit their native place during summer vacation.
The Union Civil Aviation secretary informed the Andaman and Nicobar administration about the additional flights that Air India would operate this month, sources added.

Phase 2 poll EC asks for armed forces at all booths

220 companies paramilitary force have been deployed in West Bengal
Kolkata, 5 May : The Election Commission asked the state government to deploy armed forces at all booths for the second phase of polls in the state on 7 May. After the first phase, the Opposition had mounted pressure on the EC and the state government that all booths must be guarded by armed forces. During the first phase, many booths had been under home guards.
In the second phase, Birbhum, Murshidabad, Hooghly, Howrah, Burdwan, Nadia and East Midnapore will go to the polls. WB Chief secretary Asok Mohan Chakraborti said that following EC's directive, home secretary Ardhendu Sen worked on the details of deployment.Chakraborti said there are troubled areas during the second phase, too. Birbhum has borders with the Maoist belt in Jharkhand, and there is a fear of Maoists coming in the area for hit-and-run operations. "We have asked the administration to monitor the border," he said.
Apart from Birbhum, Murshidabad is also a troubled zone as it is a violence prone area known for political clashes. Chakrabarti and chief electoral officer Debashis Sen went to Murshidabad to review the situation. A total of 220 companies of paramilitary forces have been deployed in the state. File Photo : Reuters
After the UAE banned 'child camel jockey's in 2002
BBC News, Dhaka, 5 May : A delegation from the United Arab Emirates has paid $1.43m in compensation to hundreds of former child camel jockeys in Bangladesh.
The money will be distributed by the Bangladesh home ministry to 879 former jockeys who will each receive between $1,000 to $10,000, officials say. The children eligible for payments have been identified by the UN children's agency in a country-wide survey. The UAE says the money will help the children to re-integrate into society.
Bamboo cultivation popularised in India’s North East
Jorhat, 5 May : The Indian Government is encouraging bamboo cultivation in a big way in the country’s northeast region with the aim of improving the lives of local communities.
Several steps have been taken to enhance bamboo conservation and productivity in the region.
The Rain Forest Research Institute (RFRI), Jorhat, recently organised a conference to discuss ways to promote the commercial cultivation of bamboo and its management, its use as an inter-crop and the propagation of bamboo in the region. The Rain Forest Research Institute, Jorhat, and Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), Dehradun, had jointly organised the conference.
During the conference, strategies on how to develop the northeast as a center of excellence for bamboo was discussed. Bamboo is one of the world’s most useful renewable natural resources and over 3,000 versatile uses are associated with the social, economic and cultural fabric of the north-eastern States. Bamboo and its products can be a major potential export commodity in the northeast.
In northeast, bamboo is traditionally used as construction material, household articles, in handicrafts and papermaking, agriculture, fisheries, transportation and village industry. India is home to almost 45 per cent of the world’s bamboo forest and two-third of the growing stock of bamboo in the country is available in the northeast.

136 species of bamboo are found across India, of which 89 species in north-east region only.

Uncertainty looms large over Congres's Andaman unit
Unhappy group planning to launch "Trinomool Congress" in Andaman
Port Blair, 5 May : Intra-party squabblings have come to the fore within the Andaman and Nicobar Territorial Congress Committee (ANTCC) here. Party sources said while one group was trying to ''capture'' the entire Congress unit in the Islands, the other was unwilling to open their cards till the Lok Sabha poll results were out on 16 May.
The ANTCC, which ruled the remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands for more than four decades, has virtually split into two major groups, sources added. One faction was being headed by the present Lok Sabha candidate of Congress Kuldeep Rai Sharma and the other by the seven-time MP and senior Congress leader Manoranjan Bhakta. Bhakta was denied a Lok Sabha election ticket by the Congress headquarter this year, which resulted in the separation of a large section of Congress workers, who preferred to stay outside during the election campaign in his support.
There are also strong rumours that the ''unhappy'' group is planning to launch Mamata Banerjee's Trinimool Congress in Andaman with a view to encashing the Bengali votes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which numbers about 96,000, sources disclosed. However, when asked about the launch of Trinomool Congress, Bhakta preferred to remain tight lipped. ''I can not comment anything at this moment,'' he stated.

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