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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Daily Jugantor's Dy Editor Ahmed Faruq Hasan (48), died

Dhaka, 6 September : Ahmed Faruq Hasan, deputy editor of the Daily Jugantor, died on Sunday. He was 48.
He died of cardiac arrest at around 11pm(BDST). "He suffered a heart attack while he was in the office. He died on the way to hospital," Rafiqul Islam Ratan, chief correspondent of the Daily Jugantor, said. Doctors at Dhaka Medical College Hospital declared him dead on arrival.
Known throughout the Bengal's news world, Faruq was founding news editor of the Daily Ajker Kagoj. He also held the post of news editor at the Daily Bhorer Kagoj, Banglabazar and Manabjamin.

Second hub for Air India flights in NE India : Agartala
Agartala, 6 September : Making Agartala as second hub in the North East after Guwahati, the Air India (AI) officials today said AI will introduce daily return flight at the Agartala Airport, from some important destinations of the country.
As part of intra-connectivity between NE states and rest of the country, authority had contemplated to increase the number of flights and shift aircraft to Guwahati and Agartala stations daily, the sources informed. As part of the mission to provide national and international connectivity to the region the AI authority had planned to expand its operations over the next three years, taking the number of weekly flights from the present 65 to about 1,000 besides, connecting to Bangkok, officials underlined. Referring to the statement of AIs Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) Arvind Yadav, officials pointed out that the expansion would be implemented with the assistance of Ministry of Civil Aviation.
The CMD had also held meeting with Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) last week and announced that improvement in connectivity in the region was a part of AIs programme to provide better connectivity to Tier-II cities, they added.

Dangerous piranha sale in Tangail
Tangail, 6 September : Carnivorous piranha is openly selling as Thai Rupchanda at different fish markets in 12 upazilas of Tangail district although there is a ban on import, sale and farming of the dangerous fish native to South American rivers including the Amazon.
With its sharp teeth and voracious appetite for meat, the small freshwater fish is a dangerous predator when attacking any animal in a group. A team from the Fisheries Department led by Upazila Fisheries Officer Mohammad Emdadul Haque on Tuesday seized 69 piranha weighing about 40kg from a market at Nagarpur upazila sadar, sources said. Due to lax monitoring by the authorities concerned and absence of awareness campaign, the fish is gaining popularity as an 'eatable' item as a section of unscrupulous fish traders are selling it at Tk 120 per kg, sources said.
“Most of the supply of piranha come from Sirajganj and Bogra districts,” several piranha traders at Karatia market in Sadar upazila. They sell the fish as middle class people like it. We do not know about any restriction on sale of this fish as no one has told this," they said. Photo : STAR

Bharti, Reliance Communications seek
Telecom corridor through Bangladesh
Dhaka, 6 September : Two Indian telecom majors have sought a corridor through Bangladesh to reach the isolated north-eastern region and in return offered a stand-by submarine cable.
Indian telecom giants Bharti Airtel and Reliance Communications (RCom) have submitted a joint proposal in this regard to Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), according to The Daily Star newspaper.
In return for allowing access to the north-eastern states, Bangladesh will get a wider link as the Indian companies have already connected with Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan and have offered to link with Myanmar, the daily quoted officials as saying. READ FULL STORY

Micro finance will empower NE India, says Tripura FM
Agartala, 6 September : Micro-finance and banking support to self-help groups (SHGs) could help financial empowerment in the north-east, according to Tripura Finance Minister Badal Chowdhury.
“The SHG movement promises to be an attractive income generation option in the north-eastern states, but the desired level of support from the banks and financial institutions is lagging,” Chowdhury said here in an address at a Reserve Bank of India (RBI) seminar over the weekend.
As part of its platinum jubilee celebrations, the RBI has been organising programmes such as seminars, awareness campaigns and financial outreach camps across the country to intensify the process of financial inclusion.

2 CPI(M) men shot dead in Lalgarh
Lalgarh, 6 Septembr : Again Two CPI(M) men were shot dead allegedly by the Maoists in Lalgarh last night.
Police said that the CPI(M) man, Satish Singh was shot dead in front of his house at Talpukuria in the Belpahari police station area last night. A group of armed miscreants entered his house and took him out of his house and shot him dead. The Maoists suspect that Singh was the police agent giving information regarding Maoists in the area. In another village of Lalgarh, a CPI(M) supporter Sasanka Shekher Ray was also shot dead in front of his at Bagchutla village in the Salboni police station area.
The police came to know and rushed to the spot. The bodies have been sent for post mortem. The incident sent shock waves among the CPI(M) men. The villagers remained indoor fearing trouble.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returns from Geneva
UNB, Dhaka, 6 September : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned home today after attending the World Climate Conefrence-3 in Geneva.
Deputy Leader in Parliament Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury, Health Minister Dr AFM Ruhal Huq, Chief Whip Abdus Shahid, chiefs of the three services, diplomats and high civil and military officials were present at the airport to receive the prime minister who alighted from Biman Bangladesh Airlines.
Hasina went to Geneva on 1 September. On 3 September she made a country statement at the conference seeking financial and technological assistance from the rich nations to help Bangladesh adapt to climate threats.

Depression passes by :
Alipore Met off says worst over but rain to continue
Kolkata, 6 September : The Met department today assured Kolkata that a deep depression near the coast would dissipate but heavy rain continued late at night causing waterlogging in several areas. Officials in the Kolkata Municipal Corporation said their staff were already working the pumps to clear waterlogged areas.
“The deep depression moved past Digha. It is continuing to move in the north-northwesterly direction towards Jharkhand. The good news is, it is weakening steadily and things will only improve,” said Gokul Chandra Debnath, the director of the Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore. As a precaution, the government began preparations in the Surderbans to move people to safer shelters, chastened by its experience of cyclone Aila that had devastated the area.
Rainfall in most places over Gangetic West Bengal is likely to be “heavy to very heavy” in the next 24 hours, the Met office said. “It is safe to say the worst has passed. Things will steadily get better, though most parts of Gangetic and south Bengal (East and West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia) will get heavy rain till noon tomorrow,” Debnath said. Photo : Indrajit Dutta

Poor navigability hits Maowa-Kawrakandi ferry service
Madaripur, 6 September : The Maowa-Magurkhanda-Nauduba channel, an important river channel on Maowa-Kawrakandi route in the southwestern region, may close anytime as the waterway has lost its navigability due to continuous deposition of silt.
Now all kinds of vessels, including ferries, are plying the 16 km long channel with a great risk. Only six feet water now exists instead of normal nine feet on three spots of the channel, including Magurkhanda crossing. The ferries and launches are being stuck in the hidden chars for hours together even in the season when the deepwater is found in the channel, sources said.

Three new departments open in Comilla University
BSS, Comilla, 6 September : The authorities of Comilla University has decided to open three new departments from 2009- 2010 academic year aimed at enrolling more students in the newly established university.
The University Grants Commission approved the departments at a meeting held recently. The newly created departments are Bengali, Anthropology and Communication and Information Technology. Vice-Chancellor of the university Prof AHM Zehadul Karim told BSS today that the number of seats of the departments is yet to be fixed.
He said, the academic council of the university will decide the number of seats.The VC said that more new departments will also be opened in the future.

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