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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Development, Security of Andaman and Nicobar complementary

Port Blair, 5 September : Vice-Admiral Vijay Shankar, Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC), said at Port Blair on Saturday that the issues of security and development of the Andaman and Nicobar islands are two sides of the same coin.
Speaking at a two-day seminar on the topic, the Vice-Admiral said that security without development was pointless while development without security would be like an able boxer with his guards down. “The ANC has always been a catalyst in the development of these islands. We will ensure that security and development (of these islands) is achieved while maintaining the ecological balance”.
The seminar on the islands’ development was inaugurated by former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on Friday. Deliberations on topics ranging from the strategic and geopolitical overview of the region, evolution of strategic concerns, determinants of security of the islands and the interests of China and other regional powers in the region were held during the seminar.
Photo : Andaman Chronicle

Deep depression crossed WB coast
Kolkata, 5 September : Kolkata and neighbouring areas experienced intermittent rain following a a deep depression in the Bay of Bengal, which was crossed the West Bengal coast this evening.
Depression is equivalent to tropical storm in intensity and comprises large low-pressure centres and numerous thundershowers. In a low-pressure centre, there is cloud formation and precipitation.
"The depression in the northwest bay was lying 150 km south west near the sea resort of Digha in East Midnapore district," Regional Meteorological Centre director G C Debnath said. As a result, very to very heavy rainfall was likely in gangetic West Bengal, Orissa coast and Jharkhand in the next 48 hours, Debnath told Bengal Newz. Fishermen have been asked not to venture into the sea, he said.

Low-pressure in Bay intensifies into Deep Depression
UNB, Dhaka, 5 September : The well marked low over northwest Bay and adjoining area intensified into a monsoon depression over the same area. It was centred at 10:00am(BDST) about 400 kms west-southwest of Chittagong port, 390 kms west-southwest of Cox’s Bazar port and 210 kms south of Mongla port.
“It is likely to move in a northwesterly direction,” a special bulletin of the Bangladesh Met Office said. Under its influence squally weather may continue to affect the maritime ports and adjoining coastal regions of Bangladesh. Maximum sustained wind speed within 44 kms of the depression centre is about 40 kph rising to 50 kph in gusts or squalls. Sea will remain rough. Under its influence the low-lying areas of the coastal districts of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Bhola, Patuakhali, Barisal, Chandpur, Barguna, Pirojpur, Jhalakati, Bagerhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore inlands and chars are likely to experience heavy to very heavy rainfall and inundated by wind driven surge of 2-4 feet height above normal astronomical tide.
Maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar and Mongla have been advised to keep hoisted local cautionary signal number three.
Former Bangladesh finance minister dies in car crash
AFP, Dhaka, 5 September : Former Bangladeshi finance minister credited with setting the impoverished country on the path to economic reform died Saturday in a car accident, police said.
M. Saifur Rahman, the second-highest official of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), was travelling to the capital Dhaka when his car spun out of control and veered into a ditch, police said. "He was pulled out unconscious from the car crash and was declared dead after being rushed to a hospital," police superintendent Mukhlesur Rahman told AFP. The 77-year-old politician was Bangladesh's longest-serving finance minister.
RBI to provide banking services in remote villages
Agartala, 5 September : The Reserve Bank of India has adopted a business correspondence model, acting as an agent of a commercial bank, to provide banking services to the people of remote areas where there is no banking outlet.
The model would be ideal for northeastern states like Tripura, a state full of terrains and scattered population, said Usha Thorat RBI deputy governor here in a seminar. Under the model, post offices, cooperatives, NGOs, financial institutions, self help groups, retired employees of state or central government may act as an agent of the banks and provide services to people.
Thorat said any significant breakthrough in financial development could be achieved if the state government and bankers work together and identify the issues properly. Photo : Parthajit Dutta
Elephants enjoy grooming sessions in Jalpaiguri camp
ANI, Jalpaiguri, 5 September : Visit the Dhupjhora Elephant Camp of Gorumara National Park in Jalpaiguri in West Bengal, and one might come face to face with an elephant getting its nails done! The forest department organises a camp for cleaning and decorating the jumbos each year.
The elephants’ are thoroughly scrubbed, nails cut, their teeth brushed, and elaborate chalk designs made on them. Their bodies are even anointed with mustard oil for ‘that extra glow’. Every day in the morning these elephants are taken to the forest for a safari from the Dhupjhora camp. They are brought back late in the afternoon and then taken to the nearby Murti River for routine cleaning. The mahouts said that the elephants need to be kept well groomed. Hence they are given these beauty parlour like treatment. “We feed them well, bathe them. Like in a beauty parlour. Their bodies are scrubbed, nails cut and teeth cleaned,’ said Arun Mandal, a mahout.
The whole process is quite a sight. The tourists are especially amazed seeing the jumbos lying calmly in the river.

Five people killed in Dhaka's Truck-Taxicab collision
Dhaka, 5 September : Five people, including a one-year old baby, were killed as collison between a truck and a taxicab at Berulia in the capital's Mirpur area on Saturday.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner, Mirpur zone, Shah Iftekhar Ahmed said a truck laden with brick fragments, collided head-on with the cab in front of Eastern Housing gate at around 12:45pm(BDST). All the dead were taxicab passengers but could not be identified immediately, he said. Police seized the truck but the driver managed to flee.

Soil erosion poses grave threat to wildlife sanctuary
Sevoke, Siliguri, 5 September : Continuous erosion by Teesta River poses a grave threat to the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary and the National Highway along with numerous settlements on its way in Sevoke.
The river Teesta as it flows along the forestland makes meandering channels and the down current is so heavy that it erodes away huge tracts of land every year. The Mahananda sanctuary has already lost large tracts of forestland to the river water.
“Regarding the river Teesta, it poses two threats, one is, for the forest, the Mahananda wildlife sanctuary, along most part of the sanctuary and the other is to the national highway 31 along with the settlements,” said Subir Sarkar, meteorologist, Siliguri.
3 killed in Bangladesh drive against 'Left extremists'
Dhaka, 5 September : Security and defence forces in Bangladesh early Saturday killed three “outlaws” belonging to Left extremist organisations in a drive demanded by lawmakers in the wake of a deteriorating security situation in the southwestern districts bordering India.
Khalishpur in Khulna city and a day-care school in Kushtia were the scene of action by the police and the elite paramilitary Rapid Action Battalion (RAB). The dead were identified as a pirate in the Sundarbans area, a leader of outlawed Gono Bahini and Hassan Ali alias Hasan Kasai, a cadre of Janajuddha, the Star reported. The killings comes even as a parliamentary panel, meeting against the backdrop of dipping law and order in the country’s southwest, Thursday recommended special drives against Left extremists, the New Age newspaper said.
Armed Left extremists in at least 14 southwestern districts have become active this year.
Film "Paran Jaye Jalia Re" pays Rs. 75 lakh to play
Paran Jaye Jalia Re strikes out-of-court deal with Namastey London
Kolkata, 5 September : The screening of Bengali blockbuster Paran Jaye Jalia Re will continue, with the litigants in the plagiarism case telling Kolkata High Court on Friday that they had entered into an out-of-court settlement (for Rs 75 lakh) and wanted to withdraw the case.
On Tuesday, a division bench of Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghosh and Justice I P Mukherjee had stayed the screening of Paran on the charge of plagiarism. The order was to take effect from Friday. Acting on a suit filed by Bollywood filmmaker Vipul Shah, Justice Nadira Patheriya had, on 10 August, passed an interim order stopping the screening of Paran. Shah alleged in his suit that Sri Venkatesh Films, makers of Paran, starring Dev and Subhashree, had "copied the film, frame by frame", from his 2007 Hindi blockbuster Namastey London.
On Friday, lawyers of both parties appeared before the division bench and placed a written agreement. Both sides submitted that they had settled the dispute out-of-court. They disclosed that the amount of the settlement was Rs 75 lakh.


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