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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

B'desh 'model' state in South Asia : US Deputy Secy of State

UNB, Dhaka, 2 September : US Deputy Secretary of State James B Steinberg on Tuesday said Bangladesh is a model in South Asia and has the potential to become a middle-income country soon.
He made the remarks when he received a copy of the Credential Papers from Akramul Qader, ambassador designate of Bangladesh to USA, in a simple ceremony at the State Department in Washington, said a message received here. By virtue of this ceremony Qader becomes functional as 'ambassador-appointed' till presentation of the original Credential Papers to President Obama at the White House.

Two suspected Maoist killed in Lalgarh
PTI, New Delhi, 2 September : Two suspected naxalites were today killed in an encounter with the CRPF in the trouble-torn Lalgarh area in West Bengal.
"Two suspected naxalites have been killed in the jungle of Mamul in West Midnapore district during the gun battle that lasted for nearly three and half hours. Forces have recovered the bodies of the duo," a senior CRPF official here said. He said a weapon has also been recovered and the troops were carrying out combing operations.

Dhaka to get $130m WB loan for solar power system
Dhaka, 2 September : World Bank will give 130 million US dollars for installation of affordable solar home systems in rural areas of Bangladesh for ensuring access of the people to electricity.
An agreement was signed at the Economic Relations Division (ERD) in the city on Wednesday. Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, Secretary of the ERD, and Tahseen Sayed, acting country director of the World Bank, signed the agreement on behalf of their respective sides.

Emami to sponsor Kolkata Fashion Week for next 4 Y
New Delhi, 2 September : Indian FMCG major Emami Ltd today said it has entered a contract for sponsoring biannual event, Kolkata Fashion Week for the next four years. The company has been tied up for the second session of the fashion week as its title sponsor, Emami said in a statement.
"Kolkata Fashion Week shall henceforth be known as Emami Kolkata Fashion Week (EKFW)for the next four years (eight seasons)," the company said. The second season of Emami Kolkata Fashion week was flagged off by cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the brand ambassdor for the event at a function held in the city, it added.
"We are indeed happy to be associated with an event like EKFW which, since its inception has become the talk of the town and being billed as the most glamorous," Emami Group of Companies Director Harsh V Agrawal said. It gives Emami right platform and medium to effectively post its message to the target audiences, Agrawal said. Photo : AP

2 All Tripura Tiger Force militants surrender in Tripura
Agartala, 2 September : Two All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) extremists surrendered with arms separately before Assam Rifles and police today.
According to official sources, one Bijoy Debbarma (31) of Paijabari in West Tripura surrendered before 15 Battalion of Assam Rifles at Nonacherra and deposited 36 hand grenades. On the other hand, Manesh Debbarma (18), 'self-style Colonel' of ATTF of Musraipara in West Tripura surrendered before police. Both were accused of number of kidnapping, murders and mayhem in various parts of the state, police said.

President Z Rahman emphasizes ensuring people's right to information
UNB, Dhaka, 2 September : Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman on Wednesday emphasized on ensuring people's right to getting information in line with the spirit of constitution and simultaneously enhancing accountability and transparency in all government and non-government institutions by the role of the newly formed Information Commission.
"I think the Information to Right Act and the Information Commission are one of the important Acts and Commissions formulated in our country after the independence," he said.

New India foreign trade policy expected to boost...
Indian tea exports
Silliguri, 2 September : Tea exporters in Siliguri are upbeat, as the new provision bringing the tea industry under the Vishesh Krishi Upaj Yojana (VKUY) scheme in the new foreign trade policy, is expected to give a boost to its export in the global market.
As per the VKUY scheme, the export of tea will be eligible for duty scrip equivalent to five percent of FOB (freight on board) value.ea exporters said this will help them import capital goods and will facilitate value addition. “Suppose we have sent tea worth some rupees, previously it (duty scrip equivalent) used to be 4 percent now it will be five percent, which will be given in the form of a certificate, which you can easily trade, or you can import certain capital goods, capital goods means better machinery. We can now import machinery from Europe,” said Rajib Lochan, tea exporter, Siliguri. The new trade policy also reduces the minimum value addition under advance authorisation scheme for tea exports from 100 per cent to 50 per cent, while the DTA (domestic tariff area) sale limit of instant tea by EOU (export oriented units) will be increased from 30 per cent to 50 per cent.
India exports CTC (crush-tear-curl) tea mainly to Egypt, Pakistan and the UK and the premium orthodox tea to Iraq, Iran and Russia. Photo : Ahijit Das

Assam CM sets 15 Sept surrender deadline for "Black Widow" group
Guwahati, 2 September : Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday set a 15 September deadline for the Dima Halam Daogah (Jewel) a.k.a. the “Black Widow” terror group to surrender.
Talking to reporters here, Gogoi said that the state government would not extend the cease-fire deadline set earlier for the group. “No extension of cease-fire deadline with Black Widow beyond 15 September,” Gogoi tersely said. Gogoi’s tough stand was reiterated three days fater he had undertaken a four-hour whirlwind tour to Haflong, the headquarters of North Cachar Hills district where the DHD (J) is active.


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