Down To Earth, Port Blair, 3 August : The Kolkata High Court has cleared the construction of a holiday resort near the forest area reserved for the threatened Jarawa tribe in South Andamans.
The Andaman administration had appealed against building the resort saying it was within the five-kilometre buffer zone of the reserve and would endanger the tribe only 300-odd members survive. But the Port Blair bench of the high court upheld the claim of the Chennai-based hospitality group, Barefoot Resorts. The company claimed the buffer zone was never notified by the administration and that it was being targeted unnecessarily.
Administration officials said the court decision would pave the way for other tourism ventures near the 700 sq km reserve. “How are we to protect the indigenous community if hotels are allowed right next to the reserve?” asked S K P Sodhi, secretary tribal affairs in the Andaman administration. READ MORE
Trinamool Congress members Kalyan Banerjee and Sudeep Bandyopadhaya intervened as soon as CPI(M) MP Basudeb Acharia started speaking on a special discussion on price rise. Demanding time to raise the issue of killings in West Bengal, Banerjee walked towards the speaker’s podium. Trinamool Congress, a coalition partner in the ruling UPA, has been accusing the CPI(M) government in West Bengal for recent attacks on its party cadres in the state.
IANS, Guwahiti, 3 August : A major disaster was averted Monday with Assam police recovering a powerful explosive fitted with a programmable time device meant for a terror strike in Assam’s main city of Guwahati.
A police spokesperson said the nearly one-and-a-half kilogram bomb was recovered from an undisclosed location early Monday. “It was a PTED (Programmable Timed Explosive Device) containing RDX packed in a plastic container and was meant for explosion in Guwahati ahead of 15th August, Independence Day,” senior police official Debojit Deuri said.
Kolkata, 3 August : Senior CPI(M) leader and West Bengal Minister for Transport, Sports and Youth Affairs, Subhas Chakraborty died at Salt Lake's multi and super specialty private hospital AMRI, here on Monday after a brief illness.
Chakraborty, 68, is survived by his wife and a son. The senior CPI(M) leader, who was suffering from cancer and other complications, was admitted to the AMRI hospital last week. He died at 11.35 am, party sources said. After his condition deteriorated on Sunday, a large number of his supporters and admirers thronged the hospital to enquire about his health. Many of them broke down after hearing the news of his death.
Several of Chakraborty's ministerial and party colleagues, including CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Left Front chairman Biman Bose, visited him at the hospital on Sunday and early on Monday. An emotional Bose later announced that the body would be taken to the CPI(M) offices at Barasat, Birati and Nagerbazar in North 24-Parganas district on Tuesday.
The body will be kept at the morgue on Monday. It will be taken on Tuesday to his residences at Salt Lake and Dum Dum, besides his alma mater Motijheel College and the Yuvabharati Krirangan at Salt Lake. It will also be taken to the state secretariat Writers' Buildings and the CPM state headquarters at Alimuddin Street. န Read His Obituary In Ananda Bazar Patrika
Kolkata, 3 August : Ethiopia is keen to form joint ventures with companies in West Bengal in sectors like jute and leather, a senior Ethiopian diplomat said here Monday.
“We have spoken to the chief minister (Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee) today morning about future cooperation with West Bengal,” said Gennet Zewide, Ethiopian ambassador to India. “We are looking into joint ventures. Thee could be private to private or state to state,” she told reporters on the sidelines of a press conference by Emami Biotech to announce the company’s plantation project in Ethiopia.
Dhaka, 3 August : A number of Bangladesh Parliamentary delegation members returned home this morning after failing to visit the Tipaimukh dam site in India due to heavy rain.
The rests of the team members, including team leader Abdur Razzak, are expected to return tomorrow, reports ATN Bangla. The delegation members decided to return as incessant rain prevented the helicopter carrying them from landing on the site. The 10-member delegation led by Abdur Razzak, also the chairman of parliamentary standing committee on water resources ministry, left Dhaka on 29 July to meet Indian ministers and visit the site of the planned dam over the Barak, which enters into Bangladesh as the Surma and Kushiara rivers.
On Saturday, the delegation returned to New Delhi from the Assam state's capital Guwahati as inclement weather prevented it from flying to the site of the projected dam on the Barak river. The team also failed to visit the site on Friday amid heavy rainfalls, and returned to Guwahati where they were staying after a meeting with the Indian government in New Delhi earlier in the week.
The team during its stay in New Delhi held talks with Indian power minister and officials concerned. The Bangladesh team suggested a joint survey of the project by experts from both the countries. Indian side reportedly assured the Bangladesh team that they would not do anything that could harm the relationship between the two countries.
Arial Kha River in Shibchar upazila.
Madaripur, 3 August : Catching of fishes including egg carrying ones and fry has continued unabated in different rivers, beels and other water bodies in the district, as callous fishermen are turning deaf ears to the prime minister's warning against harming fish resources even during the Bangladesh Fisheries Week.
Different kinds of enclosures would be seen in dozens of water bodies in Shibchar, Kalkini, Rajoir and Sadar upazilas of Madaripur district in the current rainy season. As canals, beels and haors get filled with water from the Padma, Arial Kha and Kumar rivers during mid-June to August, the carrying fish come to these water bodies to lay eggs. A section of unscrupulous fishermen are catching egg carrying fish, jatka and fry indiscriminately for last one and a half months. Effective measures to protect fish resources and its planned cultivation could earn huge foreign exchange in addition to meeting protein requirement of our vast population.
But mindless act by a section of people is taking a heavy toll on fishes, making the traditional favourite food dearer day by day. န Photo : STAR
Violence continues in West Bengal
Kolkata, 3 August : Four political activists were killed, nearly a dozen injured and five others abducted in the last three days in West Bengal even as security forces were engaged in a five-hour gunbattle with suspected Maoist rebels in Lalgarh region.
Police said the gunfight erupted after a large contingent of CRPF, state police and BSF personnel embarked on a combing operation to trace two personnel who had gone missing near the Bhulabeda forest area near Lalgarh in West Midnapore district. While there has been no official report of injury, locals claimed three tribals were injured in the gunbattle. However, two cops Sabir Molla and Kanchan Garia have not yet been traced.
At least, two Trinamool Congress (TMC) supporters were killed at Ketugram in Burdwan district and another shot dead at Bhangar in South 24 Parganas district, allegedly by armed CPI(M) cadres on Wednesday and Thursday. A CPI(M) local leader was shot dead and five party activists were abducted by suspected Maoists in the trouble-torn West Midnapore district on Thursday.
န Killing Field : Referring to Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram’s observation that West Bengal has turned into a killing field, she demanded an immediate halt to all political violence and murders in the state. There has been considerable tension prevailing in the two areas in the wake of large-scale arson following the murders. Police pickets have been posted to control the law and order. န Photos : PTI
BSS, Netrakona, 3 August : Three compartments of a local train derailed at Jaria in Purbadhala upazila of Netrakona district this morning disrupting rail communication on Jaria-Mymensingh route.
Local railway sources said three compartments of a Mymensingh-bound passenger train veered off the track at about 9:00am(BDST), leaving at least 10 passengers slightly injured. The reason behind the derailment could not be known immediately.