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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Tripura Cricket Association felicitates Sourav Ganguly

Agartala, 13 September : Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly was felicitated by the Tripura Cricket Association here on Sunday.
This was Ganguly’s third visit to state after 15 years. Ganguly after visiting the MBB Cricket Stadium said that there has been rapid infrastructure development of cricket in the state and with it in the coming days the state can go for conducting national and international matches. The former Indian captain also met budding cricketers and coaches and gave them useful tips, which were welcomed.
During his visit, Ganguly accepted an offer of being the technical adviser for development of cricket in Tripura. Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar also felicitated Ganguly.

Bangladesh-Pakistan Foreign Secretary level talks next month
Dhaka, 13 September : The fifth Pakistan-Bangladesh Foreign Secretary level talks will be held next month.
This was revealed during a farewell call by outgoing Pakistan High Commissioner to Bangladesh Alamgir Bashar Khan Babar on Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni in Dhaka Sunday. Foreign Ministry sources said, the two Foreign Secretaries will devise ways and means to strengthen further relations between Pakistan and Bangladesh and explore new avenues for bilateral cooperation.
During the meeting, both Dr Dipu Moni and Alamgir Babar discussed the 9th session of the Joint Economic Commission (JRC), which is to be held at a mutually convenient time.
Dhaka, Sunday : The Rally Town
(L) Shamajtantrik Chhatra Front brought out a rally in Dhaka University campus on Sunday supporting Monday's half-day hartal called by the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports.
(R) Members of the National Garment Workers Federation brought out a rally at Paltan in Dhaka on Sunday, demanding payment of the arrears and Eid bonuses.

Photos : Mustafiz Mamun
Power Cell recommends 100MW wind power plant
Dhaka, 13 September : The Bangladesh Power Cell has recommended to the government installation of a 100MW wind-based power plant in Chittagong.
The cell made the recommendation last month after the Power Division had asked its research and planning wing to make a plan for installation of windmills in the country for generating electricity to reduce dependency on conventional energy, officials said.

Bangladesh Govt decides BDR trial mode tomorrow
Dhaka, 13 September : The Bangladesh government will tomorrow decide under which law the BDR mutiny be tried, the law minister said today.
Law Minister Shafique Ahmed said his office has received the Supreme Court opinion on the presidential reference whether the BDR mutiny can be tried under the army act. He was talking to reporters at his secretariat office after the law ministry received the opinion from Bangabhaban. The minister said so far they read the SC opinion they came to understand that the apex court gave its opinion in disfavour of holding mutiny trial under military law. He said there are some guidelines on holding trial of BDR incident.
On 17 August, President Zillur Rahman sent a reference to the SC for its views on the mode of trial for the border guards and others complicit in the Pilkhana bloodbath that left 57 top- and mid-ranking army officials killed. The presidential reference sought to know if the Army Act 1952 applies to trial of the BDR personnel. Photo : AP
6 Jet Airways flights cancelled, four take off from Kol
Kolkata, 13 September : Six Jet Airways flights were cancelled while four planes of the airlines took off from the city till 3.30 PM today, Airport sources said.
Besides cancellation of a couple of flights to Mumbai, planes did not take off for Bagdogra, Guwahati, Chennai and Delhi from the NSC Bose International Airport here. However, two international flights - to Bangkok and Dhaka - and as many domestic flights - to Bengaluru and Bagdogra -- took off till 3.30 PM, the sources said. Three domestic flights for Agartala, Delhi and Mumbai were on schedule till 8 PM today.
Crucial Siliguri municipal election ends peacefully
Siliguri, 13 September : The crucial municipal election in Siliguri, gateway to Darjeeling hills in West Bengal, ended peacefully today.
The election has emerged as a prestige fight between the Left Front, which held the previous board, and the Trinamool Congress-Congress alliance whose political graph in West Bengal is on rise. The outcome of the Municipal Corporation election holds much importance to the Left Front which suffered one setback after another, both political and electoral.
There are 47 seats in the fray and the result will be announced on Tuesday.

Bengal's Baul Samrat Shah Abdul Karim laid to rest
Sunamganj, Dhaka, 13 September : 'Baul Samrat' Shah Abdul Karim was laid to eternal rest beside his wife at his village home Ujandhol in Derai upazila in Sunamganj today.
Shah Abdul Karim died of old age complications at a Sylhet hospital yesterday at the age of 93. Thousands of people from different walks of life paid homage to the legendary folk artist Shah Abdul Karim as his body was taken to the local Shahid Minar in Derai upazila. He was buried beside his wife Sarala Devi on the premises of his residence after his namaz-e-janaza at Ujandhol Eidgah ground.
Abdul Karim was born in 1916 in a low land area (locally known as 'Bhati anchal') called Ujandhol in Sunamganj district. The place remains submerged almost eight months of a year. Karim never had a chance to attend any school. Photo : STAR

Infosys not moving out of WB now: Gopalakrishnan
BS, T E Narasimhan, Chennai, 13 September : Infosys Technologies today said it was not moving its West Bengal project out of the state at this point in time and was not planning to set up new facilities.
The company would focus only on expanding its existing facilities at an investment of around Rs 600 crore, said S Gopalakrishnan, chief executive officer and managing director. Speaking to Business Standard on the sidelines of a Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) event, he said, “The project (in West Bengal) has run into trouble. We were also going slow due to the global economic slowdown.”
The West Bengal government recently said that it “cannot proceed” with the proposed Kolkata Link IT township project near Rajarhat in North 24 Parganas district following allegations of land grabbing and the recent arrest of the managing director of a firm that is a private partner.
BD's deal on Nuclear Power plant with Russia soon
UNB, Dhaka, 13 September : After long parleys, the trip of a Bangladesh delegation to Russia has been finalized to ink deals for installing a nuclear power plant to mitigate a nagging electricity crunch, official sources said.
According to tour schedule, the delegation, led by State Minister for Science and Information Communication Technology Yeafesh Osman, will fly for Moscow on 17 October and stay in the host country from 19 to 21 October. The proposed visit was earlier supposed to take place in August. But, on the plea of security clearance, it was delayed by two months, the sources said. The government of Bangladesh received a Russian invitation in July and prepared an 8-member delegation list.
Earlier on 13 May, Bangladesh and Russia signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Dhaka agreeing to enhance cooperation between the two countries for the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

Work on Dhaka-Ctg 4-lane project starts this year
UNB, Dhaka, 13 September : Bangladesh Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain today said in Parliament his ministry would start the construction work of the Dhaka-Chittagong 4-lane project this year.
Replying to a supplementary question from AL lawmaker Subid Ali Bhuiyan (Comilla-1), he said the communications ministry received the tender papers on 8 September. The minister said the evaluation of the bids would be completed by the Roads and Highway Division (RHD) by next month. After completing the procedural works by November, his ministry would be able to start the work by the end of this year, he said.

Total 20 Animals dead this year at "Dhaka Zoo"
Eco Worldly, Rhishja Larson, Dhaka, 13 September : The recent death of a male lion at the Dhaka Zoo brings the total number of animal deaths at the facility this year to 20.Negligence, inadequate care, inexperience, and poor living conditions the Dhaka Zoo are to blame for the reported deaths of 20 animals so far this year. Three days ago, a young giraffe died and yesterday, Royal Bengal Tiger .
According to The Daily Star, Ringo the lion was eight years old when he was found dead in his cage. He had been unable to move for the past year, due to paralysis. There are currently 17 lions housed in eight small cages at the Dhaka Zoo. READ MORE

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