The recruitment campaign has a catch though, as the appointments were made for a one-year period as part of the government legislation that makes it mandatory for all MBBS graduates to serve for a minimum of one year in rural health centres. “Assam has become the first state in the country to have carried out such a historic recruitment drive by appointing 768 doctors for rural postings in one single day,” Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told IANS after handing over appointment letters to the doctors in Guwahati.
The three medical colleges at Guwahati, Dibrugarh and Silchar produce about 400 MBBS doctors and 150 postgraduates annually.
Agartala, 16 September : A 16- year old juvenile Shiva Das, who fled from custody with five other Bangladesh nationals, was arrested by Agartala Police on Wednesday. Police have recovered three American pistols and ammunition from him.
West Tripura District Superintendent of Police K V Sreejesh said: Based on the information last night we arrested one person from the Battala area and recovered two loaded pistols from his position. During the interrogation, he informed about another pistol hidden in a temple near the Agartala railway station which also we have found along with eight live cartridges and six magazines, Sreejesh added. Police suspect an arms racket is on ahead of Durga Puja and Eid in Tripura.
Energy Bangla, 16 September : Bangladesh will take time, at least several months, to raise its objection at the United Nations to New Delhi’s claim over certain areas in the Bay of Bengal which has led to a dispute over demarcating maritime boundaries between the two neighbours.
Foreign ministry officials told that India has already submitted its claim on maritime delimitation to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, a UN body to deal with the law of the seas, in May 2009, one month ahead of its deadline. ‘The commission is scheduled to ask Indian authorities for the hearing over its submission by March, 2010 and we are preparing to submit our response on Indian claims immediately before the hearing,’ said an official dealing with the process of Bangladesh’s claims over maritime boundary.
Officials in Dhaka said that they were working out the country’s response to the Indian claims in the Bay of Bengal, but preferred to take time to strengthen its claims incorporating various arguments. READ FULL STORY
IANS, Agartala, 16 September : The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is starting special courses on sustainable agriculture and food security for northeastern India.
The northeastern region, comprising eight states, covers 7.7 percent of India’s geographical area but produces only 1.5 percent of the country’s foodgrains. Seventy percent of the region’s 40 million people depend on agriculture and allied sectors, underlining the need for special education in these fields. “As agricultural education and extension services play an important role in making agriculture an instrument of social and economic development, the extension, education, awareness and research system need to be strengthened, systematised and updated,” B.S. Hansra, professor in IGNOU’s school of agriculture here, told IANS.
Dhaka, 16 September : The upcoming public holiday will be extended by a day if Eid-ul-Fitr falls on Tuesday 22 September instead of Monday 21 September, the Bangladesh government has said.
Wednesday 23 September will be public holiday if Eid falls on 22 September, depending on the sighting of the moon, said a government notice yesterday. The public holiday, earlier announced as for 20-22 September, will see no change if Eid falls on 21 September.