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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Bangladesh govt decided to preserve Basu’s ancestral home

PTI, Dhaka, 26 July : Bangladesh govt has decided to preserve as a heritage site Jyoti Basu’s ancestral home at Bardi in suburban Sonargaon. “A plan has been drawn up to set up a museum and a library of international standards,” an official said in Dhaka.
A panel headed by that country’s parliamentary standing committee chairman for cultural affairs, Obaidul Qader, will oversee restoration of the house the Basus left during Partition. The two-storey building is in a two-acre compound 8km from Sonargaon town. Father Nishikanta Basu was a doctor in Sonargaon, but Basu was born in Kolkata and studied there.
He (Basu) is a pride for the Bengali nation” and so Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina took the initiative, Qader said.
Mamata's bag of goodies for West Bengal in August
Singur to Howrah Andolon Exp & 2nd ladies' special
Kolkata, 26 July : Railway minister Mamata Banerjee is not finished with her bag of goodies for West Bengal. The month of August will be a particularly busy one in terms of railway projects.
Mamata will flag off the month with an express train from Singur to Howrah. This train will start running from 1 August and will be called 'Andolon Express'. It is another matter altogether that railway officials do not see the justification of an express train for such a short distance 40 km at best. Another ladies special will start running between Sealdah and Kalyani from 5 August on Rakhi Bandhan day, said Mamata on Sunday, while inaugurating a computerized reservation centre at New Alipore station. On 9 August she will inaugurate the laying of a third line between Kharagpur and Panskura. A day after Independence Day, there will be a heritage run between Howrah and Bandel to mark the 155th year of train running in the East.
And on 23 August, Metro Railway will be extended till Garia Bazar, soon to be known as Kazi Nazrul station. Cartoon : Bangalore Mirror

Two Moderate intensity quake at Andaman sea area
PTI, New Delhi, 26 July : Two moderate intensity tremors measuring 5 and 5.2 respectively on the richter scale were recorded within a space of 40 minutes at Andaman sea this evening, MeT department said. While the first earthquake was registered at 1819 hours, the second was recorded at 1859 hours, it said.
Both the tremors were epicentred at 10.8 degrees north latitude and 94.3 east longitude, it added.
Bangladesh hosts Climate conference on 27-29 July
Dhaka, 26 July : Bangladesh will host a conference to adopt a declaration on behalf of 20 least developed and developing nations in Asia and Africa this week, pressing home a common stance in the run up to UN conference on climate change in December.
The Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihood and Oxfam, two non-governmental organisations working on climate-related issues, will arrange the event on 27-29 July at a Dhaka hotel, organisers said on Sunday. Discussions are expected to cover a host of matters including vulnerability of the people, their life and livelihood and the nations’ preparedness to face the impact of global warming on these nations which cause lesser emissions but bear bigger burdens.
Security forces stopped Ayodhya hill operation today
Purulia, 26 July : Security forces stopped Purulia operation today because they needed more policemen and trained commandoes to take control of the Maoist-infested areas. The operation had to be stopped as the administration thinks that the force needs more detailed planning to raid the Maoist-infested 'Ayodhya hills'. Otherwise, the forces may suffer a lot. The border between Purulia and Jharkhand has been sealed.
The Purulia operation started yesterday but security forces found that this is going to be tough operation as 'Ayodhya hills' are infested by Maoists. Around 1200 central forces including state police started the Purulia Operation yesterday. The joint forces were divided into three groups to proceed towards Ayodhya Hill in Purulia. According to the police, Joint forces were using Purulia as a corridor to communicate with Lalgarh. That is why, the adminstration targetted Maoist dens in Purulia.
It is suspected that the Chatrajoda, Dhanchatani, Simulbadi, Kalijorna and Hedalgedha are the Maoists-infested areas in and around the hills. Photo : Avik Mukherjee
Bangladesh Navy Chief vows to fight terrorism
Shantiniketan, 26 July : The Bangladesh Navy Chief Zahiruddin Ahmed on his six day visit to India said in Shantiniketan today that Bangladesh will join hands with India to fight against terrorism and gather information and share intelligence on terror design.
He added that Bangladesh was vigilant that nobody should use its soil to create violence to other State. Bangladesh Navy Chief Zahiruddin Ahmed who is on a six-day visit to India to enhance naval relations between India and Bangladesh after invitation from Admiral Suresh Mehta. Photo : Timir Raha
Vortex of disaster in 15second fury over Sunderbans
Sudden tornado after 2 months Aila leaves SB's villagers on the edge
Patharpratima, 26 July : The wind was just picking up speed when Kalipada Jhakat lay down for a siesta at Pashchim Darikapur village in Patharpratima. Within the next few seconds though, it rose from a stiff breeze to a gale, screaming at a crescendo pitch and tugging at the mud walls and thatch roofs that make up the frail houses in this part of the Sunderbans.
Even before Kalipada could gather his wits about him, the thatched roof of his house had collapsed on him. The rafters had pinned him down, but somehow his wife Sabita managed to pull him out. The two of them ran pell-mell out of the house only to see about eight houses surrounding theirs in a rubble. It was three in the afternoon on Saturday : two months to the day since Aila struck. "The tornado hit in a span of 15-16 seconds. Remembering what had happened during Aila, we were terrified. We kept praying that there wouldn't be a similar disaster," said Kalipada, sitting in the courtyard of his ravaged house. A few metres away, Himangshu Bera's two-storied house was in a state of ruin. The tornado gouged a hole in the wall and everything furniture, books, utensils and clothes were flung out by the wind's force.
On Sunday morning the local MLA and panachayat members rushed to the village with relief materials. Photo : PTI
Tripura newspapers demand change in media policy
Agartala, 25 July : The Tripura Newspapers Society (TNS), an apex body of the newspapers owners and publishers, has urged the state’s Left Front government to modify what they called an “anti-media” advertisement policy.
In a seminar here last night, newspapers editors and intellectuals appealed to the Tripura government to resolve the crisis arising out of the new advertisement policy, introduced earlier this year. TNS chairman and veteran journalist Subal Kumar Dey said that in the new policy, the state government had reduced the advertisement rates by 42 per cent from January 2009, even as the production cost of the newspapers had risen. “The economic situation of the media sector in India is so precarious that the Indian Newspaper Society (INS), for the first time, had advised its members to reduce the circulation numbers by 20 percent,” Dey added. Renowned writers Aparajita Roy, tribal leader Shyamacharan Tripura, educationist Bimal Chanda, former All India Radio Agartala station director Narendra Chandra Debbarma, and Tripura’s first daily newspaper’s editor Jiten Paul also spoke at the seminar.
The Tripura government said it was willing to talk to the newspaper owners and publishers to sort out the issue. “Our door is always open for all to discuss and solve any kind of crisis,” Information Minister Anil Sarkar told.

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