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Monday, September 7, 2009

95 Medical students punished for torturing senior in Tripura

Agaratala, 7 September : Five students of a medical college here were expelled from their hostel while around 90 were suspended for one month for assaulting a senior, officials said Monday.
The students of Agartala Government Medical College and Hospital were expelled after they physically tortured a third semester student Anil Jamatiya. The students caused burn injuries to Anil by placing a hot iron on his chest and back. He is undergoing treatment presently. The college authorities expelled those boys from the college hostel Sunday,” medical college principal Dilip Kumar Das said.
The 100-seated Agartala Government Medical College and hospital, set up in August 2005, is recognised and approved by the Medical Council of India and affiliated to Tripura Central University. The students’ strength is around 500 there.

Kolkata and Dhaka, 7 September :
(L) Shoppers are seen at busy shopping area ahead of this month's Durga Puja festival in Kolkata. The forthcoming Durga Puja festival is scheduled to take place in the last week of this month. (R) Customer look around a jewellery shop at the Bashundhara City Shopping Complex in Dhaka on Monday as Eid and Durga pujo shopping starts picking pace.
Photos : AFP and Firoz Ahmed
West Bengal govt scraps Rajarhat IT township project
Kolkata, 7 September : The West Bengal government on Monday informed IT majors Infosys and Wipro that their projects in a proposed township on the outskirts of Kolkata had been scrapped, according to officials.
The proposed IT township at Rajarhat near Salt Lake had become controversial in recent weeks following allegations that land sharks had been involved in acquisition of plots there.
Just about a month back, West Bengal IT MInister Debesh Das had declared that the state government had already acquired land for the Infosys and Wipro complexes in the proposed township.

Bangladesh JP MP proposes Hilsha farming in ponds
Dhaka, 7 September : A Jatiya Party MP has proposed farming Hilsha fish in ponds. "Hilsha fish has become dearer in market. My proposal is whether we can cultivate Hilsha fish in ponds," Hafiz Uddin Ahmmad, a Thakurgaon MP, asked fisheries and livestock minister Abdul Latif Biswas during parliament's question and answer session on Monday. The fisheries minister said he would look into the matter.
Hilsha, the national fish of Bangladesh, are traditionally caught when they make their way into the sweet water river system from the Bay of Bengal to release their eggs during the rainy season.

UAE Plane with full arms detained at Kolkata Airport
Kolkata, 7 September : A United Arab Emirates Air Force plane was detained at the airport here on Sunday after a large cache of arms and ammunition was discovered. Nine crew members have been detained for questioning.
The plane, bound for Hanyang in China from Abu Dhabi, landed at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport here for refuelling last night. Airport sources said customs officials found the arms and ammunition inside the plane during a routine check. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has been informed. Late on Sunday night, a meeting was held with the airport authorities, customs officials, senior airforce officers and the UAE crew about the entire matter.
Finally, permission was granted to the plane to resume its flight this morning, sources said. Photo : AFP

16 Bangladeshi to be released through Bengal border
PTI, Bhubaneswar, 7 September : At least 16 Bangladeshi nationals, who trespassed into the Indian water boundary last year, would be handed over to the Border Security Force at Kalyani in West Bengal tomorrow.
"We have sent 16 Bangladeshis to Kalyani in West Bengal to be handed over to the BSF there with due permission from the state home department," Jagatsinghpur district magistrate Gyan Ranjan Das told PTI over phone. The BSF would sent them to Bangladesh according to the rules, he said.
A team of 17 fishermen from Bangladesh were arrested by coast guards on 17 October, 2008 on charges of crossing the Indian water boundary without valid documents. They were lodged at a jail in Jagatsinghpur district.
Bengal traders to buy 6000 MT potatoes from Punjab
PTI, Chandigarh, 7 September : Punjab would supply 6,000 metric tonnes of potatoes to West Bengal, which is facing an acute shortage of the vegetable due to poor output.
"We (potato growers from Jalandhar) will supply 6,000 MT of potato to West Bengal traders who have come here to buy potato in the wake of the huge shortage of the crop in their state," Jalandhar Potato Growers' Association, General Secretary, Jaswinder Singh told PTI. West Bengal traders wanted to buy over 20,000 MT of potatoes but Punjab state farmers said they would be able to supply only 10,000 MT in a phased manner by this month, a member of the potato growers' association said.
Recently, an eight-member delegation from West Bengal led by P K Samantha, MD, of West Bengal Essential Commodities Supply Corporation Limited had visited Jalandhar to explore the possibility of sourcing the vegetable from the state.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Westside woos with amazing offers in this Durga Puja
Kolkata, 7 September : Westside is all set to usher in Durga Puja with special offers across its stores in Kolkata. “From 29 August to 28 September, Westside gives you the opportunity to win amazing gifts while enjoying an eclectic shopping experience of festive goodies at the stores,” said a company release Monday.
Smeeta Neogi, Head- Marketing, Westside, said, “Durga Puja is an occasion of fanfare and lots of excitement in Kolkata. Westside is joining in the celebrations and giving customers an opportunity to rejoice in the festive season with a gamut of attractive offers.”

PM Hasina wants fighter base at Cox's Bazar : Report
Dhaka, 7 September : The Bangladesh prime minister has given directives to turn Cox's Bazar airport into an advanced airbase for speedy dispatch of fighter planes, according to a paper presented by defence ministry officials to a parliamentary body on Sunday.
The report presented to the standing committee on defence said the ministry has also proposed allocating 25 percent of the annual defence budget to the air force until 2014 for its modernisation. It further said that the government was moving to set up a radar station in Cox's Bazar, followed by one in Barisal, to bring the country under radar coverage. The paper said the defence ministry had finalised the specifications for procuring a radar system for Cox's Bazar.
None of the standing committee members spoke to the press after the meeting. "We have not discussed anything newsworthy today," defence committee chairman Idris Ali told reporters at the parliament building.

GJM moral policing, Darjeeling's tourists flow marred
Darjeeling, 7 September : Tourism in Darjeeling, is taking a hit following a moral policing by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) activists.
The Gorkha community has been demanding a separate state called “Gorkhaland” carved out of West Bengal to protect their culture and heritage. Cradled in the hills of the eastern part of West Bengal, Darjeeling has always been a favourite spot for tourists because of its snowcapped mountains, and the pristine scenery. The recurrent shutdowns and protests by GJM activists is great causing inconvenience to tourists, some of the local felt.
The moral policing has been on since 1 September,when GJM activists punished a couple for walking hand in hand. “There is a difference between Indian and Western culture and this drive is aimed at those who are trying to imitate Western culture,” claimed Binay Tamang, assistant secretary, of the GJM Central Committee. Locals say the acts of moral policing will injure hill station tourism.
The lush green tea estates around the town and the narrow gauge ‘toy train’, a UNESCO world heritage site added more color to Darjeeling that is situated at a height of 2134 meters above sea level.
Exclusive tourist zone soon :Tourism Min GM Quader
UNB, Dhaka, 7 September : Bangladesh Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister GM Quader yesterday said the government has taken an initiative to build an exclusive tourist zone.
The government is working sincerely for the development of the country’s tourism sector, and to attract both domestic and foreign tourists, he said while addressing a meeting of the re-constituted Tourism Advisory Committee at the ministry. The minister said that work is already underway to formulate new laws and guidelines on tourism and to identify the tourism spots.

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