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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

BDR trial finalised : Fast track tribunal for murders

Dhaka, 15 September : The Bangladesh government Today decided to try the heinous offences like killings, attempt to murder, looting and arson committed during the 25-26 February BDR mutiny at the speedy trial tribunal under the penal code. Other offences like breaking discipline and violating superiors' orders at the Pilkhana BDR headquarters and other BDR stations across the country will be tried under the Army laws.
The maximum punishment under the penal code is death penalty while under the Army laws it is seven years' imprisonment. The decisions were made at an inter-ministerial meeting at the law ministry. Meanwhile, BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain today expressed concern at the government decision to hold the trial of BDR carnage under speedy trial tribunal. Revealing the decisions, Law Minister barrister Shafique Ahmed today told journalists that the charge sheet of the case filed in connection with these offences will be submitted to the court by next month and the trial will start in the first week of November.
Sources said the meeting decided to hold the trial of the mutineers under the Army Act before trying them in speedy tribunal. File Photos
Website to promote the "Sundarbans" launched
Khulna, 15 September : Sundarban Supporters’ Committee (SSC) launched a website to promote the Sundarbans Today. KCC Mayor Talukder Abdul Khaleque inaugurated the website
www.votesundarban.net at the Shahid Altaf Auditorium at Khulna City Corporation.
The KCC Mayor urged all to take advantage of internet to vote for Sundarbans to clinch its place among the seven new wonders of the world. Convener of SSC Liakat Ali presided over the programme while lawmaker Nazrul Islam Manju, Vice Chancellor of Khulna University of Engineering and Technology Prof Md Nawsher Ali, Panel Mayor No 1 of KCC Azmol Ahmed Tapan, Editor of The Daily Tribune Begum Ferdousi Ali and Chief Executive of NGO Rupantar Swapan Guha also spoke.
CPM failed acid test in Siliguri Municipal Corporation vote
Congress-TMC combine bags Siliguri M. Corporation
Siliguri, 15 September : West Bengal's ruling Left Front (LF) Tuesday faced yet another electoral debacle with the opposition Congress and Trinamool Congress alliance wresting the Siliguri Municipal Corporation in North Bengal after 27 years of uninterrupted rule.
According to the district administration, the opposition alliance secured 30 seats while the LF managed to get only 17. There are altogether 47 wards in Siliguri Municipal Corporation. 'We welcome this spontaneous decision of common people and dedicate this victory to the Ma-Maati-Manush (mother-land-people). The Left Front should immediately resign,' Trinamool Congress chief and Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee said.
Trinamool Congress won in 14 seats while its ally Congress secured victory in 15 municipal wards. The LF won 17 seats - the CPI(M) got 15, and the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) and Forward Bloc (FB) one each in the polls. The notorious teacher Trinamool Congress supported independent candidate, Ranjan Sil Sharma, also won !! Photos : Sanjit Mitra
Foreign investors to pick up 55% stake in "Haldia solar complex"
Haldia, 15 September : Overseas investors are picking up around 55% in the integrated solar complex coming up at Haldia in West Bengal at an investment of around Rs 5,000 crore. Singapore-based International Solar, a clean energy investor, is in the process of taking 25% in the project while another 30% is being picked up by American and German funds which invest in clean energy. Domestic player Srei Finance is also in talks to pick up 20% in the project, while the balance 25% will be held by the promoters.
Tripura goes green with use Compressed natural gas
Agartala, 15 September : Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is being used as a source of energy and fuel in industry, transportation and domestic sectors in Tripura with the objective of maintaining a pollution free and clean environment.
It is the only state in the entire northeast region, using CNG as an alternative to fossil oil. Keeping this in mind, a CNG filling centre was recently inaugurated in Agartala. Set up by the Tripura Natural Gas Company Ltd (TNGCL), a division of the Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL), the centre caters to around eight major consumers through pipelines.
The gas which we are having in Tripura is the gas which is produced by Tripura. The utilization of natural resources in this state, by the gas available within the state is of optimum use. Creating a very good environmental friendly, pollution free atmosphere and a cheap alternative fuel to the existing gasoline fuel, said S C Hatwal, Managing Director of TNGCL.
Heavy rain forecast in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
PTI, Pune, 15 September : Heavy rain is likely to occur at many places in Karnataka and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Rain or thundershower is forecast in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, south Konkan, Goa, south Madhya Maharashtra, few places in Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, north Konkan, north Madhya Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Lakshadweep and isolated places in Gangetic West Bengal, Orissa, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha, Chattisgarh, Gujarat state, Marathwada and Tamil Nadu.

Sugar tastes bitter during festive season in Ban'desh
Dhaka, 15 September : Sugar, selling at a dollar for a kilogram in Bangladesh, is tasting bitter as Muslims, now observing Ramzan, prepare for Eid-ul-Fitr and Durga Puja.
As sugar remains in short supply and becomes dearer, crossing Taka 65, people are queuing up at mobile fair price shops where it sells for Taka 42. Bangladeshi Taka 69 make a US dollar. There are demands for a ban on sugar exports, conducted by private entrepreneurs for which a committee of parliament blamed the previous caretaker government that ruled during 2007-08. The refiners and the wholesalers are blaming each other. Refiners say 4,000 tonnes of sugar passed through their factory gates and they sold it to the wholesalers at Taka 39. The wholesalers dispute this.
Not all of it comes for that price and refiners supply it to the higher bidders, they allege. Sugar is basic to most preparations during the festive season. Media reports indicate government’s failure to control the supply and the prices with traders resorting to profiteering. Photo : AP
Maoists kill 4 CPI(M) men in West Midnapore district
Kolkata, 15 September : Suspected Maoists continued their killing spree in West Midnapore district gunning down four CPI(M) activists in the last 24 hours at Binpur, said police on Monday.
The Maoists barged into the house of CPI(M) activist Sambhu Mahato at Buribala village on Monday morning and shot him dead from point blank range. They sprayed bullets into Anath Mahato when he tried to rescue Sambhu. A critically wounded Anath was admitted to Midnapore Medical College and Hospital where he succumbed to injuries. Earlier, a gang of seven armed Maoists entered Belatikri primary school and gunned down Kartik Mahato, a school teacher. Kartik was also an active CPI(M) member, said the police.
Andaman plans Light & Sound show for 'Paris of East'
UNI, Port Blair, 15 September : The Andaman and Nicobar Administration is planning to start another Sound and Light Show at historic, Ross Island following the success of the 'Son Et Lumiere' show (Sound and Light show) of National Memorial Cellular Jail.
''The script for the proposed show is being prepared based on the historical facts related to Ross Island,'' an official release issued by Andaman Tourism Department said here. The haunted looking Ross Island, which was once called ''Paris of East'' was the headquarters of the Indian Penal Settlement during British era, for nearly 80 years. It had everything bazaar, bakery, water treatment plant, church, tennis court, printing press, secretariat, hospital, cemetery and everything else, before the island was rocked by a big quake in 1941. Andaman Administration is planning the Sound and Light show by utilizing amount allocated by the Planning Commission as 100 per cent subsidy. Sources told UNI that there were efforts from the tourisms department to get the voice of Amitabh Bachan for the show.
Meanwhile the Tour Operators of Andaman and Nicobar Islands have welcome the move of Andaman’s Tourism department, saying this will help in attracting more national and international tourists.

China government suggested Lhasa-Kolkata rail link ?
Tibetan Review, 15 September : Too boost Sino-India economic relations, China had suggested that occupied Tibet’s capital Lhasa and Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), capital of West Bengal state, be linked by rail, The Hindu newspaper 12 September cited Singapore’s Foreign Minister George Yeo as saying after a visit to Tibet. It cited Yeo as saying in a recent article that economically, there was much to be gained by improving road and rail links between Tibet and South Asia.
The report also quoted Yeo as saying, however, that “the Indian government is understandably apprehensive about moving too quickly.” READ FULL STORY
Bangladesh govt invites tender for 10 power plants
Dhaka, 15 September : The Bangladesh government has invited tenders for building 10 small-and medium-scale power plants with an aggregate capacity of 830 megawatts under a crash course to meet rising demand for electricity.
The proposed plants with their locations are Gopalganj 100 MW, Hathazari 100 MW, Dohazari 100 MW, Bera 70 MW, Katakhali (Rajshahi) 50 MW, Shantahar 50 MW, Baghabari 50 MW, Faridpur 50 MW, Daudkandi (Titas) 50 MW and Ghorasal 200 MW. Only the 200MW Ghorasal plant will be dual-fuel (gas or diesel) gas-turbine plant while the remaining nine will be heavy furnace oil (HFO) plants.
The Power Development Board (PDB) will implement the projects under public-sector initiative with government funding. Last week, the PDB invited tenders to implement eight rental power plants having 530 MW in the private sector.

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