"Rs 7,300 crore has been provided under the road connectivity plan and Rs 500 crore under the Special Infrastructure Scheme for Left-wing Extremism affected states for meeting the gaps in critical infrastructure not otherwise covered under any other existing schemes," minister of state for home affairs Ajay Maken told the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
The Centre supplements efforts of the states in several ways. These include improvement of police force under the scheme for modernisation of state police forces, sharing of intelligence, facilitating inter-state coordination and assistance in development works through a range of schemes of different Central ministries, Maken added.
Naxalites across the country observe the martyr week in the memory of Charu Majumdar. In '60s Naxalite revolution started under leadership of Charu Majumadar, who was arrested by Kolkata Police on 16 July,1972, later on 28 July, he died in Lalbazar after being tortured by police men. With the memory of the past Naxalite leaders this day (28th July) is observed as Martyr day. န Photos : Dipankar Chatterjee
Kolkata, 28 July : People in the State will have to shell out more on power bills as the West Bengal Electricity Regulatory Commission (WBERC) has approved the average tariff hike of Rs 3.49 per unit for West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) and Rs 4.09 per unit for CESC consumers for the current fiscal.
After the hike, the average power tariff has risen by 14 paise (4.17 %) for WBSEDCL and 18.5 paise (4.7 %) for CESC consumers this fiscal compared to the previous one, WBERC sources said. For the 2.3 million CESC consumers of Kolkata and Howrah, the hike is 15 paise for the first two slabs and 18 paise for the third in the domestic consumer category. For commercial consumers the average hike is 17 paise per unit and for the high-voltage consumers the average hike is 18 paise per unit.
Kolkata, 28 July : Kolkata Metro Railway is likely to get the formal go-ahead for regular passenger operations on its extended line between Tollygunge and Garia on Tuesday after the commissioner of rail safety conducts the final safety inspection.
Railway minister Mamata Banerjee is scheduled to flag off the first train on the extended line on 23 August. A series of trial runs and other technical surveys have been conducted by the Metro authorities ahead of the safety inspection. “All the technical parameters required for safe running of trains have checked during the trial runs and we are expecting the clearance soon,” a senior Metro official said on Tuesday. The extension, described by Mamata as “A Puja gift”, take Metro Railways towards Garia but stop 2.5km short of the terminal station at New Garia. Metro officials said out of the 8.5-km stretch, trains run for 6km till Birji station.
Metro Railway had started trial runs with eight-coach rakes between Tollygunge station which will be renamed Uttam Kumar and Birji (Khudiram) on 28 May. The last trial run was conducted on 25 July. Today's trial runs were conducted to check various parameters, including the signalling system, safety of tracks and speed control. All internal inspections have been completed successfully. said a Metro official. န Photos : Indrajit Dutta
Agartala, 28 July : Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) on Tuesday called a six-hour Assam-Agartala National Highway (NH-44) blockade on 30 July to protest the post-poll violence across the state.
This is the first phase of agitation to protest the state-sponsored post-poll violence in which two party leaders were killed and several others injured by CPI(M) cadres, Leader of the Opposition Ratan Lal Nath said here. Addressing a press conference at Congress Bhavan here, Nath admitted that the NH-44 blockade would cause inconvenience to the people but we are prompted by the situation created by CPI(M) to go for National Highway blockade.
Lalgarh, July 28 : A Trinamool Congress team, including two union ministers, reached here Tuesday to get a first hand idea of the situation after security forces were deployed to flush out Maoist rebels from this trouble-torn belt in West Midnapore district.
Minister of State for Shipping Mukul Roy, Minister of State for Rural Development Sisir Adhikari and Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Partha Chattopadhyay were part of the delegation. Trinamool team visited a school and spoke to students, teachers and guardians who complained about the disruption of studies after the security forces camped in the schools of the area.
There have been allegations of atrocities by security forces that were deployed to control Maoist violence in the area.
Dhaka, 28 July : The heaviest rain in 53 years battered Bangladesh’s capital Tuesday, leaving at least six people dead and stranding thousands in their swamped homes.
The national weather office said 13 inches (33.3 centimeters) of rain fell in 12 hours in Dhaka, an overcrowded city of about 10 million people the most in a single day since 1956. Live power lines snapped and killed at least six people, including two children, in central Dhaka, hospital authorities said. They gave no further details. Huge snarls of traffic inched along, with people waist-deep in water. Commuters waded their way home or waited for hours to get transport. The private NTV television station reported that residents in low-lying areas were stranded in their homes. Trading on the Dhaka stock exchange was delayed for half the day, and schools in flooded areas were closed.
Floods caused by monsoon rains are common in Bangladesh, a delta nation of 150 million people. န Photos : AP and Reuters
Agartala, 28 July : A heavy downpour triggered flash floods in low-lying areas of Tripura on Tuesday, leaving thousands of people marooned. Road communications in capital Agartala has been cut off due to the deluge.
Many schools have postponed their scheduled examinations as students could not enter the flooded classes. Office goers are finding it difficult to go to their places of work as the roads are water logged. “We have asked all students to return as the examinations have been postponed. I have not seen such flood occurring in last seven to eight years” said Purnima Roy, Headmistress of a higher secondary school. Tripura faced a drought-like situation just a few days ago, but the sudden flash flood has changed the scenario completely. Makeshift relief camps have been set up for flood victims.
The flood has also damaged standing crops and submerged vast areas of farmland. At least 50,000 people are marooned in four districts, sources said. The situation may take a serious turn if the heavy downpour continues. န Photo : Parthajit Dutta
A Bangladeshi woman looks skyward from inside her temporary home, a tent set up on the roadside, in Dhaka. Heavy monsoon rains have battered Bangladesh's capital, flooding streets and homes, stranding thousands and forcing businesses and schools to close. The national weather office says more than 333 millimeters (13 inches) of rain have been recorded Tuesday in the overcrowded capital city of about 10 million people in the past 12 hours.
Agartala, 28 July : Three bus drivers of a private school here were injured when some of the parents of the students angry over the steep hike in school fee attacked the buses at Narsingarh area, police sources said today.
A group of agitated parents stopped six school buses of Bhavan's Tripura Vidya Mandir when they were going to school and pelted stones yesterday in which the three drivers suffered injuries, they said. A few students of the primary-level also suffered minor injures, police said. An FIR has been lodged with Airport police station against six persons, but no arrest was made so far, said a police officer.
Some of the parents of the students of the school were agitated over the abrupt hike in school fees by the school authority, the sources said.