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. န Photo : Andaman Chronicle
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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.
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.
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.
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. န Photo : Parthajit Dutta
The whole process is quite a sight. The tourists are especially amazed seeing the jumbos lying calmly in the river.
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.
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.
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.
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.