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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Tata Motors to return Singur's Nano land if compensated

Kolkata, 1 September : Tata Motors is willing to return the original site for its ultra-cheap Nano car if the state government compensates for the investment on the land, its chairman said on Tuesday.
The company was forced to pull out its factory from Singur last October following protests by farmers who lost land, after investing about $350 million. "We do not wish to sit on the land for an indefinite period and we are willing to co-operate with the state government if any proposal suits us," Ratan Tata told reporters on the sidelines of a shareholders meeting of group company Tata Tea.
"We are willing to transfer the land to the state government only if they compensate us with the investment we have made on the ground," he said. Photo : Avijit Mondal

Sylhet Medical College Doctor infected with swine flu
Sylhet, 1 September : A physician of Jalalabad Ragib-Rabeya Medical College in Sylhet has been tested positive for swine flu. "It is the first case in the region," Civil Surgeon of Sylhet Dr M Foyez Ahmed told reporters today.
The physician is being given required treatment and he has been improving fast, said Foyez. Dr Md Idris, medical officer of Jalalabad Ragib-Rabeya Medical College, had been admitted to hospital of the college last morning. Later, the hospital authority sent him to his house where he was kept in an isolated room. College Principal Md Nazmul Islam said Idris was recovering fast and he was allowed to stay in an isolated room in his house.

Tripura assembly to sent All party delegation for HC
Agartala, 1 September : Tripura Assembly today unanimously resolved to send an all party delegation to Delhi asking the Centre to set up a separate High Court for the state.
Replying to a notice brought by ruling CPI(M), MLA, Pabitra Kar, Chief Minister, Manik Sarkar said, before the princely state Tripura joined India on 15 October, 1949 there was a judicial commission court in the state which was equivalent to a High Court.
In 1987, the then Union Law Minister, had informed all the Governors of the North Eastern states that separate High Courts would be set up in all the North Eastern states and on 10 September, last year a delegation of the lawyers of the state met Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, who reportedly assured the delegation to see the matter, he said.

Next round of talks with Gorkhaland activists in Dec
IANS, New Delhi, 1 September : The next round of talks with Gorkhaland activists will be held 21 December after a “positive outcome” of the previous rounds, Home Minister P. Chidambaram said here Tuesday.
Three rounds of talks have been held between the central government, the West Bengal government and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM). The third round 11 August was chaired by the home secretary. “I may point out that the GJM leadership has been positive about the outcome of the talks. The next round of talks is planned 21 December at Darjeeling,” Chidambaram told reporters here.

Britain based Bengali body plans S Asian conventions
Dhaka, 1 September : London-based Bengali International (BI) plans to organise a South Asian convention here in December, its chairman Shams Hoque has said. The organisation last week unveiled a mural of Raja Rammohun Roy in Rangpur. A school is also planned to be set up in Rangpur.
Besides Kolkata, BI has branches in Spain, Italy, Switzerland and France. "We also have branches in the US - in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and in the Oklahoma state. We hold cultural programmes on special events in the Bengali calendar - on Pahela Baishakh (Bengali New Year), Borshaboron Utshob (welcoming the monsoon), celebrating the season of winter and so on. Special programmes are also held to observe Nazrul and (Rabindranath) Tagore birth and death anniversaries." said Hoque.
Such programmes not only give the Bengali expats a taste of home but also introduces our culture to the non-Bengalis.

Maoist leader Kis'ji refutes charge of spreading terror
PTI, Kolkata, 1 September : Maoist leader Kishenji today refuted WB Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's allegation that they were spreading terror in West Midnapore district and instead charged the government with neglecting people in tribal dominated areas.
He told PTI from an undisclosed location that the administration was hardly bothered about the scarcity of food and provisions prevailing in the districts because of the ongoing indefinite bandh (called by the tribals).
Reminded of the government's and political parties' inability to enter the area where there was a bandh going, Kishenji said, "The bandh has been called by the people and they are ready to compromise. They are ready to talk, but the government is turning a deaf ear."
Bangladesh Tourism rides on Eid & Durga Puja spirits
A night-time view of a restaurant in Cox's Bazar, a popular destination for Eid vacationers.
Cox's Bazar, 1 September : Advance bookings for hotels and airlines have piled up, as local travellers prepare to celebrate Eid at tourist destinations both at home and abroad. Industry insiders hope the domestic tourist flow will increase this year, as most people are likely to get a weeklong holiday, when Eid and Durga Puja, the two major religious festivals, will be observed back to back.
But outbound travels may falter due to a looming scare of swine flu. The tourism industry boomed in the past decade, fuelled by a growing habit of the urban middle-class to travel during festivals, supported by their financial solvency. This year, the number of tourists, mainly outbound travellers, might be deterred by the swine flu threat, he said. “The global tourism industry is soon likely to face the consequences of swine flu as it spreads." Industry leaders said tourists on the home front would mainly head towards Cox's Bazar and the Chittagong Hill Tracts to celebrate Eid, as the peak time to go to the Sundarbans is yet to come. Most hotels and resorts in Cox's Bazar, the country's main tourist destination, are already fully booked in advance, said industry people. Motel Shoibal, the biggest motel of Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation in Cox's Bazar, has been booked in advance for a week after Eid. “Usually, the rush of tourists begins by mid-October. Nevertheless, we are fully booked because of the long Eid and Durga Puja holiday this year,” said Sujit Barua, general manager of the motel.
There are around 200 hotels, motels and guesthouses in Cox's Bazar providing both five-star and budget accommodation. Photo : STAR, AP

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