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Sunday, August 30, 2009

One Maoist killed while making bombs in Murshidabad dist

Beharampur, Kolkata, 30 August : One Maoist linkman was killed and another injured when a crude bomb they were making went off in Murshidabad district Sunday, police said.
The incident took place near Beharampur town when the duo was preparing the explosive to carry out a blast on the National Highway (NH)-34. “They were preparing the explosive when it went off, killing one of the offenders on the spot,” Murshidabad Superintendent of Police Bharatlal Meena told Bengal Newz today. “The two had links with Maoist groups and planned to carry out the blast on NH-34,” Meena said, adding the ultras had also hatched a plan to call a shutdown in the district.
According to sources, some Maoist posters were recovered from the blast site. “The injured person was arrested in connection with the case,” police said. Photo : Moinak Mukherjee

Will Ganga, Sunderbans be among Seven wonders ?
Kolkata, 30 August : Here comes a new poll to name the seven wonders of nature, with India's Ganga river, Sundarbans mangrove forests and Kaziranga national park being some of the hot contenders.
"We know that the New7Wonders of Nature campaign will significantly raise awareness of the incredible variety and beauty of nature around us," says the New7Wonders Foundation. The final list of the New7Wonders of Nature will be out in 2011. Currently the nomination process is on, with 261 nominees competing to make it to the top 77.
The Ganga is considered the most holy river in India and flows through several states. The thick Sunderbans forests are home to the Royal Bengal tiger while the Kaziranga national park in Assam houses the single largest population of the one-horned rhino. Other entries from Asia include Mount Everest, K2, the Chitwan national park, Baikal Lake and the Dead Sea.

Maldives Ambassador to B'desh meets Police Chief
Dhaka, 30 August : Maldives Ambassador designated to Bangladesh Ahmed Sareer has called on Commissioner of Police Ahmed Faseeh.
The call was held at the police commissioner’s office at police headquarters and was attended by Inspector of Police Ismail Naveen. During the call, discussions were focused on strengthening relations between Maldives Police and Bangladesh Police and also on obtaining higher education and special training opportunities for Maldives police officers.
Discussions were also held on solving the various difficulties faced with Bangladeshi expatriates working in Maldives.

KLO chief’s kin held in Kokrajhar
Kokrajhar (Assam), 30 August : Kamtapur Liberation Organisation chief Jiban Singh’s sister and brother-in-law were arrested in an early morning operation from Kokrajhar today, giving police some hope of extracting information about the rebel leader who is said to have links with Ulfa.
Acting on specific information, a team of Kokrajhar police and 19 Madras Regiment, surrounded a house on the fringe of Chakrashila Wildlife Sanctuary late last evening. The couple, Sumitra Das and her husband, Dhananjoy Barman, who is a 2nd lieutenant in the outfit, had been taking shelter in a house belonging to a senior member of the All Koch Rajbongshi Students Union (Biswajit faction), Dalim Choudhury, with their two-year-old son.
The gun-toting rebel out of the way, the police searched the house and arrested his wife, Sumitra. An Italian made 7.65mm pistol, four bullets, two mobile handsets, five SIM cards, including two Bangladeshi cards and Taka 100 were found on the couple. Photo : PTI

Rajarhat's Vedic Village resort MD produced in court
Kolkata. 30 August : The Managing Director of the luxury resort Vedic Village, Raj Kishor Modi has now been produced in court after he was arrested for forcefully grabbing land.
Modi has been charged with conspiring murder, as well as the Arms Act. After a rampage in Rajarhat's Vedic Village after a football match, revealed that the the violence was not caused because of clashing supporters. But because of anger against a land extortion racket last sunday, scores were injured and one killed when clashed erupted after a football match in Rajarhat. And the various departments of the West Bengal government may have knowingly or unknowingly facilitated the extortion racket and a land scam, ironically Trinamool chairperson Mamata Bannerjee is not vocal against it, fearing her party MLAs involvement.
The burning Vedic Village, the luxury resort and housing complex, on the outskirts of Kolkatas Rajarhat, apparently it seemed it was a the reflection of the anger of the football fans. But it was not, the public fury was against the forceful acquisition of land by the local mafia appointed by the Vedic Village authority. Photos : Avijit Mondal
Bangladesh to open 7 new missions to expedite man-power export
Dhaka, 30 August : The Bangladesh government plans to open seven new missions abroad aiming to provide services to the Bangladeshi expatriate workers in those countries as well as increase exports of the nation's goods and manpower, a minister said on Sunday.
The new missions will be opened in Mauritius, Botswana, Romania, Lebanon, Angola, Sudan and Greece, Finance Minister AMA Muhith told reporters after an inter-ministerial meeting held at the ministry in Dhaka. Many missions in the major labor receiving countries do not have adequate trained staff. So, those missions will also be strengthened, the minister added.
Currently, Bangladesh has 47 missions in foreign countries where 19 commerce wings have been functioning.
'ITDC' to set up 200-room hotel near Kolkata Airport
Kolkata, 30 August : Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) officials are in talks with at least four hoteliers and developers to set up franchise hotels in Kolkata, Siliguri, Santiniketan and Shankarpur.
According to a report in The Times of India, Kuldeep Verma, Vice-President, ITDC, will negotiate a deal with realty major for a 200-room hotel close to the airport. Seven years ago, the company had sold off stake in Hotel Airport Ashok, once a leading five-star property that had suffered from poor occupancy after flights to the city nosedived. Verma said, “We are in talks with a realtor who plans to set up a 200-room property on Jessore Road, close to the airport. The Rs 150-200 crore project will be launched after the modernisation of Kolkata airport.” Though he refused to name the partner, industry sources said the Fort Group was in the forefront.
The deals with individual 3/4 star hotel properties in Kolkata and other towns are expected to be finalised in two-three weeks. ITDC will charge three per cent of the gross room revenue from the partner hotel as per international practice. The contracts will be for three years.

Unicef joins hand with Bengali matinee idol Prosenjit
Kolkata, 30 August : The Unicef has roped in West Bengal’s matinee idol Prosenjit Chatterjee to help promote messages for decreasing child mortality.
He will join hands with us and the West Bengal government to help promote messages for child survival. To start with, he will be extending his support to promote use of Oral Rehydration Solutions and promote exclusive breastfeeding,” said Lori Calvo, State Representative, Unicef office for West Bengal.
“I am happy to be a part of the initiative for children and work with Unicef and state government to contribute my bit to this cause. These are simple interventions and doables and can help save lives of children so let’s promote them,” a Unicef media release quoted Prosenjit as saying. Photo : Unicef


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