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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Jessore District now has own interactive Web Portal

Jessore, Dhaka, 12 September : Jessore today became the first district in Bangladesh to launch its own interactive web portal www.jessore.info
Introduced by the Greater Jessore Foundation (GJF), the site would contain news and information about the district of Jessore as well as a rundown of its rich history, culture and heritage along with biography of renowned local personalities. The site also features lists of local businesses, doctors' chambers, restaurants and other establishments as well as details of the tourist spots suggesting a number of heritage walks to appreciate the city's architecture.
Launching the site at the Public Library auditorium in the city, Bangladesh Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad said "I am hopeful that the website will establish itself as a means of serving public interest from being just an informative website, as well as an interactive community to bridge the gap between the people of Jessore at home and elsewhere,” at the programme to celebrate the launch of the website and the 7th anniversary of Greater Jessore Foundation.
He said the website is a praiseworthy step to fulfilling the nation's dream of a digital Bangladesh.

Phulia weavers dazzle at "Kolkata Fashion Week-II"
Kolkata, 12 September : Beautiful hand-spun saris of the weavers of Phulia dazzled viewers as stunning models showcased dozens of creations on day four of the Kolkata Fashion Week Saturday.
"The fabric of the saris varied from tant, tussar silk and Bangalore silk to muga," Ramananda Basak, a weaver whose saris were exhibited at the show, told Bengal Newz. Phulia, 80 km from Kolkata in the Shantipur belt Nadia district, is a renowned centre for hand-woven fabrics. After partition, many skilled weavers of Dhaka came and settled in the state around Shantipur and revived their ancestral occupation with government patronage. Many finely woven feather-touch textiles and saris in exotic designs and colours are being produced in the vast weaving belt. An excited Basak, whose family migrated to India from Tangail district of Bangladesh, said he has 180 looms at his workshop and employs four people for each loom. Talking about the demand for hand woven saris, Basak said: "Demand is very high. I doubt whether I will be able to meet the demand even if I have 1,000 looms". Overwhelmed after taking part in the first fashion show of his life, Basak said he has displayed his products in exhibitions across the country. He is now looking forward to upcoming exhibitions in Coimbatore, Bangalore and Mumbai.
The models were draped in saris in modern fashion to make them more alluring to the younger generation. With the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation declaring 2009 as "The International Year of Natural Fibre", the KFW-II has "Earth Couture" as the theme to celebrate our ethnic roots. Photos : AFP

Flood situation improves in WB, Death toll rises to 9
Kolkata, 12 September : Flood situation in five West Bengal districts improved today with lesser discharge from the DVC reservoirs and in absence of rain, even as the death toll rose to nine after a body was found floating on an overflowing river.
Reviewing the situation at a high-level meeting, state Finance Minister Asim Dasgupta, said with the improvement in the overall situation, people sheltered in relief camps have started returning home. The improvement in the situation was reflected in the Indian Air Force helicopters suspending airdrop of food packets in the worst-hit areas of Hooghly district on Friday, Dasgupta said.
The five flood-affected districts are: Howrah, Hooghly, Burdwan, West Midnapore and Bankura. Of these, Howrah and Hooghly are the worst affected. Over 17 lakh people in these districts have been affected by the floods, government said. With a fresh release of Rs 5 crore today, Dasgupta said, the total amount sanctioned for relief and repair of breached embankments has reached to Rs 20 crore.

Altogether, 30 medical teams were working in the affected areas, the minister said. Around 2,800 tonnes of rice and 1.6 lakh tarpaulins were sent for distribution, he added. Photos : PTI, Sanjay Bhaduri

Rectification Drive : Tripura CPIM expels 60 members
Agartala, 12 September : The Tripura state CPI(M) has expelled 60 members as part of a “rectification” drive to rid the party of “elements inimical to party interests”.
In a statement after the party’s state committee meeting ended this morning, CPI(M) state secretary Bijan Dhar told Bengal Newz, action had been initiated against a section of party workers for their anti-party activities during the panchayat elections on 20 July. The party is also looking into allegations of anti-party activities against 162 more members of the front. “The Left Front has achieved major success in the polls. But in the process, certain weaknesses in a section of party workers, including lack of transparency, corruption and a growing tendency to gain positions in elected bodies, were exposed,” Dhar said.
He said the “rectification” would be taken to its logical conclusion. Dhar also castigated the Congress for its “negative politics”.

Tiger Garjan dies at Mirpur Zoo
UNB, Dhaka, 12 September : A Bengal Royal Tiger named Garjan has died at Mirpur Zoo today.
Earlier, a male lion of Dhaka zoo died Thursday just three days after the death of a young giraffe, showing poor health care management for the zoo animals. Acting Curator of the Zoo Bibekananda Chowdhury said that, Garjan was suffering from old aged complications. The Tiger was not taking food for couple of days. Zoo authority formed a medical board for treatment of Garjan and medical board members examined the tiger on Thursday.
Following the death of giraffe, the curator and deputy curator of the zoo have been suspended and a probe committee has been formed to investigate the death of giraffe.

Bengal HCCI acquires 400 acres for industrial cluster
PTI, Kolkata, 12 September : At a time when land acquisition remains a major hurdle for companies in West Bengal, the Bengal HCCI Infrastructure has got 400 acres through a new model in the Howrah district to set up an industrial cluster.
Under the new model land was acquired by the Howrah Chamber of Commerce and Industry and handed over to the Bengal HCCI, a joint venture firm between the Howrah Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the West Bengal Industrial Development Corp. The WBIDC holds 11 per cent in the project and the rest is held by by HCCI. “In order to avoid a Singur-like controversy, we have decided neither the JV company nor the state government will acquire land,” Bengal HCCI Infrastructure Managing Director S K Sanyal said. “Out of the proposed 500 acre in the first phase, we have acquired 400 acre,” Sanyal told PTI.
Once the land was developed the company would hand it over to members depending on the industrial sectors they were in. The industrial plot will have three clusters for rolling mill, foundry and allied engineering.

Four India Reserve Battalion soldiers killed in Manipur
Subir Bhaumik, Kolkata, 12 September : Four troops of the para-military India Reserve Battalion (IRB) were killed and six others were injured in a separatist rebel attack in the country's troubled northeastern state of Manipur on Saturday.
Two of the troopers injured were in critical condition, doctors said. The Manipur police chief Joykumar Singh blamed the separatist Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) of Manipur for the attack. He said they even used rocket launchers and light machine guns during the ambush on a convoy near Oksu village, 20 km east of state capital Imphal, around mid-day. But the PLA spokesman was not available for comment.
Irreplaceable loss for Bangal : Shah Abdul Karim died
Sylhet, 12 September : Bengal's 'Baul Samrat' Shah Abdul Karim died on Saturday at the age of 93. The legendary bard and singer, with over a thousand folk songs to his name, passed away at a Sylhet clinic at 7:58am(BDST), doctors said.
Bangladesh Prime minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep sadness at the death. "His passing away is an irreparable loss for Bangali culture," she said in a condolence message. Karim's only son Shah Noor Jalal told reporters that his father was admitted to the Noor Jahan Poly Clinic on 3 September. He had been on life support there since noon Friday after his health worsened. "He had been suffering from respiratory problems, due to a lung infection, among other old-age complications," his doctor Faisal Ahmed said.
Karim, loved and known for baul songs such as Gari Cholena Cholena , was born at Ujandhol village on the banks of the Kalni in Sunamganj on 15 February, 1916. He was awarded the Ekushey Padak, one of the highest civilian honours in Bangladesh, in 2001. Karim wrote and composed over 1,500 songs, which have been published in six volumes.

Among the most well-known songs are Gramer Noujowan Hindu Musalman, Maya Lagaise and Boshonto Batashe. Photo : STAR
Pranab 'flies' the talk, Air travels in economy class
Kolkata, 12 September : In the midst of a controversy over austerity measures imposed by his ministry, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday arrived here from New Delhi, flying economy class with a budget airline.
Austerity measures prescribed by Mukherjee's ministry were questioned by his cabinet colleagues during a meeting of the Cabinet on Thursday. The Finance Ministry had asked ministers to undertake all official travel only by economy class, besides avoiding holding meetings in five-star hotels.
India visit groundbreaking : Bangladesh FM minister
Dhaka, 12 September : Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni has termed the meeting with her Indian counterpart S.M. Krishna “groundbreaking” as New Delhi has agreed to Dhaka’s request for connectivity with land-locked Nepal and Bhutan.
“Connectivity is a topical issue around the world as it is an integral part of development. So that is why we put emphasis on the issue,” Moni told reporters here after her visit to India. The foreign minister also said that Dhaka would allow New Delhi to use its Ashuganj Port only to transport oversized components of the Palatana power project in Tripura in northeastern India.
The Daily Star newspaper Saturday hailed the visit in its editorial as “a breakthrough” and noted the “positive” outcome. “We thank the Indian side for agreeing to facilitate Bangladesh’s transit to Nepal and Bhutan. However, it has to be recalled that such an agreement was reached earlier but could not be implemented,” the editorial said.
Media reports welcomed the agreement on the sharing of Teesta river waters, but asked that all rivers shared by the two South Asian neighbours be covered in bilateral talks.

Leakage in IOC pipeline in Damodar river finally fixed
Burdwan, 12 September : Crude oil leaking from an Indian Oil Corporation pipeline into Damodar river and had accumulated on its banks in the district has been cleaned up, a senior company official said today.
The leakage was detected after the Damodar Valley Corporation released 2.5 lakh cusecs of water from its reservoirs on 7 September. IOC Project Director Dipankar Chakraborty told Bengal Newz it was possible that the leakage occurred on the main pipeline that goes from Paradeep to Barauni via Haldia and Bolpur. Two valve stations of the main line and loop line were located at Kantapukur and Khana Junction in Burdwan district.
Chakraborty said the leakage stopped after both the valves were turned off following the detection. Photos : Dipankar Chatterjee, Sanjay Bhaduri
Two Pirates killed in Khulna 'Encounter' last night
Khulna, Dhaka, 12 September : Two pirate was killed in an 'encounter' between his associates and police in Dacope upazila of Khulna last night. Two police constables, Bidyut Kanti and Babul Sheikh were also injured during the gunfight, police said.
Acting on a tip-off, a team of police at about 12:20am(BDST) raided the bank of Bhatra river where one Faruk and his accomplices were preparing for a robbery, police said. Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, the criminals opened fire on the police. Faruk was killed in the resulting gunfight that lasted around 20 minutes. His associates however managed to flee the scene. According to Officer-in-charge of Dacope Police Station Syed Ziauzzaman Faruk is accused in at least seven cases including for murder, arms and robbery under Dacope and Koyra police stations.

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