Agartala, 3 September : Cutting across party lines, members of ruling Left Front and the opposition Congress in the Tripura assembly Thursday mourned the death of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.
Responding to the proposal of Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and opposition leader Ratan Lal Nath, Speaker Ramendra Chandra Debnath briefly highlighted the life and work of YSR, as the chief minister was known. Later, the house observed silence for two minutes as a mark of respect to YSR died along with four others when their helicopter crash in a forest in Andhra Pradesh Wednesday.
A major loss : WB Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee
Kolkata, 3 September : West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said here on Thursday that he was deeply saddened by the sudden death of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.
Conveying his condolences to the bereaved family, Bhattacharjee said he had known Dr. Reddy well and on several occasions discussed a variety of issues with him in New Delhi and Hyderabad. န Photo : AP
Kolkata, 3 September : Students who have done primary teachers training from various institutes filed their petitions in the Kolkata High Court on Wednesday, challenging the Primary Teachers Recruitment Amendment Rule and the notification for recruitment of primary teachers by the government. The case is likely to come up for hearing this week.
EE Herald, 3 September : Microchip is actively engaged in conducting training session for embedded system developers in India and around the world. For it's worldwide event named Embedded Designer's Forum, it has selected Kolkata city in the Indian region. The date of the event is 14 December, 2009 and the venue is ITC Hotel Kolkata.
The topics to be covered are, eXtrem Low Power Technology (Nanowatt XLP), enhanced PIC16F1 Architecture, 32-Bit microcontrollers, USB applications and mTouch Sensors as well as Graphics Control Libraries in 6 technical presentations and demonstrate practical examples. READ FULL STORY
Dhaka, 3 September : The parliamentary standing committee on communications today recommended the government to connect both Benapole-Dhaka-Tamabil and Banglabandha-Dhaka-Tamabil routes with the proposed Asian Highway.
After a meeting at the parliament complex, committee chief Sheikh Muzibur Rahman told reporters that the recommendation was made in view of connecting maximum land ports of the country with the highway. Nazrul Islam Manzu, lone member of the committee, later at a separate press briefing said he opposed the recommendation as it would not benefit the country. Muzibur Rahman said opposition parties were opposing Benapole-Dhaka-Tamabil and Banglabandha-Dhaka-Tamabil routes just for political reasons. "We want to connect maximum land ports of the country with the Asia Highway to get trade and tourism benefit and therefore the committee have recommended Benapole-Dhaka-Tamabil and Banglabandha-Dhaka-Tamabil routes. Most of our land ports are on these two routes, he added.
The entry and exit of the highway would be in India from Bangladesh. The government wants it enter from Myanmar to Bangladesh and exits through India.
Agartala, 3 September : A bill was passed in the Tripura assembly Thursday increasing the salary of ministers and legislators by 35 percent.
The salaries and allowances of the chief minister, ministers, opposition leaders and legislators and pension of the former members of the legislative assembly will be increased by 35 percent. Tripura Parliamentary Affairs Minister Tapan Chakraborty said: “Salaries of the chief minister would be increased from 9,200 to Rs 12,500. Salaries of the speaker, ministers, chief whip and leader of opposition would be increased from Rs.9,000 to Rs.12,300 while that of the legislators would go up from Rs.8,500 to Rs.11,500.” The salary of the deputy speaker and minister of state would go up from from Rs.8,700 to Rs.12,000.
“It is true that the Tripura chief minister, ministers and legislators are getting the lowest salary in India,” Chakraborty said.
PTI, Midnapore, 3 September : People's Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) supporters along with two women who were allegedly raped by security personnel today gheraoed the Pirakata police outpost in West Midnapore district.
"Two women were raped by the joint forces on Monday night. When they went to lodge a complaint at the Pirakata police station, their FIR was not taken," PCPA sources said. One of the victims said that she was raped by security personnel when her husband was away from home. The police said they would conduct an inquiry into the matter.
Meanwhile, Maoist leader Kishenji alleged that two persons - Jaladhar Mahato and Hemonto Deb Singh, residents of Singhla - were shot dead by the joint forces when they were visiting relatives in Madhupur, while two others were arrested.
It also plans to join other least developed countries (LDCs) in raising a common voice to resolve different issues in the Geneva meet, the seventh of its kind. The developed countries in 2005 promised at the Hong Kong meet of the World Trade Organisation a zero tariff benefit for around 97 percent products from the LDCs, but the majority of the items are not produced in those countries. Consequently, a few LDCs could reap such a benefit offered by rich countries, Amitava Chakraborty, director general of the WTO Cell at the commerce ministry, said in a press briefing in Dhaka.
Bangladesh will also speak at the plenary session on WTO, the Multilateral Trading System and the Current Global Economic Environment at the summit, he said. န Photo : AP
The fire broke out in the Niranjan Nagar area of Siliguri at around 8.30 in the morning, and within minutes spread to the two adjacent houses in the vicinity. Seven fire engines were immediately pressed into service and it took more than three and a half hours to contain the flames.
We can't say how the fire broke out, but it did break out in an unauthorized godown where diesel, petrol and kerosene were illegally stored in a barrel. The whole godown was engulfed in flames. We called for the fire brigades and it took seven of them to control the fire. Had they not been arrived on time then the whole village would have been engulfed in flames, said Tapan Ghosh, the divisional officer of fire brigade. န Photo : Sanjit Mitra
Dhaka, 3 September : At least 16 people were seriously injured in a gas cylinder explosion at a cold storage at Gudaraghat Farashganj in the city's Sutrapur area last night.
Sub Inspector Ashraful Islam of Sutrapur Police Station told reporters the injured were admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital and other city hospitals. The reason behind the explosion could not be known immediately.