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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Kolkata Police chief scans Puja pandals for HC guidelines

Kolkata, 19 September : Kolkata Commissioner of Police Goutam Mohan Chakrabarti today visited various pandals in the city to inspect if they were complying with the guidelines issued by the Kolkata High Court.
Earlier this week, the High Court had issued strict guidelines for the puja committees on the height of the pandals and fire safety norms, among other things. “We inspected various big and small pandals today and although we did not find any defaulters, the officers in-charge of many police stations have informed that there are around 300 defaulters in the city. A list of those who flouted the guidelines has been prepared and we shall have to decide what action can be taken against them. We will consult the High Court in this regard,” said Chakrabarti.
“Many of the Puja committees have used inflammable objects to construct their pandals and we have asked them to spray a special anti-inflammatory chemical on them to make them fire-proof. The officials of CESC, fire department and Kolkata police will go around inspecting them in the next two days to make sure that they have carried out the orders,” said Chakrabarti. Photo : PTI

Dhaka, 19 September :
(L) Homebound people at the Airport Railway Station in Dhaka on Saturday to reach their families for Eid holidays. (R) Sadarghat Launch Terminal in Dhaka teems with passengers on Saturday travelling to their home districts ahead of Eid.
Photos : Mustafiz Mamun and Samira Mostafa Triesha
Another 35 acres acquired for motor plant in Uluberia
Howrah, 19 September : An additional 35 acres of land has been acquired by the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC) to house around 15 to 20 ancillary units at Uluberia in Howrah district a where two and three-wheeler manufacturing unit is being set up.
“The ancillaries will manufacture parts like tyres, tubes, belts, seats, mirrors, plastic components and other light fittings used in bikes,” said T G Sridhar, Chief Operating Officer, Mahabharat Motors, at the inauguration of the Uluberia plant on Saturday. Mahabharat Motors a joint venture project between Salim Group of Indonesia and Universal Success Enterprise of Singapore will roll out the vehicles with the help of TVS Motors. The firm has already been allotted 63.86 acres and has invested Rs 150 crore. The setting up of the ancillary units will cost another Rs 150 crore.
According to Sridhar, the company will set up infrastructure like roads, water and electricity supplies for the ancillaries. The ancillaries are likely to provide employment to more than 1,000 people.

Pabna 'Janajuddha' leader S Ail killed in encounter
Pabna, 19 September : A leader of a banned Left extremist party was reportedly killed in a shootout with police in Ataikula, Pabna, on Saturday.
Bangladesh Special Branch officer Kafil Uddin said 35-year old Shukkur Ali, of Khakharipara village in Ataipara, was the regional leader of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (ML-Janajuddha). Kafil said police launched an operation acting on a tip-off that the Janajuddha operatives were holding a secret meeting at Nandanpur intersection in Ataikula at around 1am.(BDST). Sensing their presence the criminals opened fire on them forcing the law enforcers to fire back, he said. At one stage of the half-hour exchange Shukkur was shot dead and his associates fled the scene, Kafil said.
Police recovered one firearm and three rounds of ammunition from the spot, he said. The SB officer said there were a dozen cases including murder against Shukkur.

Tribal woman returns home four years after funeral
PTI, Agartala, 19 September : Four years after her last rites were performed, a tribal woman and a mother of two, returned home from neighbouring Bangladesh. Chitralekha Jamatiya, a resident of Hadrai village in West Tripura district, was missing since 2002 and returned home yesterday through Akhaura check post.
After a futile three-year-long search, her husband had performed her last rites according to the customs of Jamatiya tribe in Tripura in 2005 and remarried. In 2006, Chitralekha's uncle Khagendra Jamatiya, a conductor on Dhaka-Agartala bus, Maitree, came to know about a tribal woman from Tripura, living at a shelter home in Dhaka. He visited the home run by Bangladesh National Women's Law years Association (BNWLA) to find that the woman was his niece.
"In 2006, I went to the home in Dhaka and found that the woman was Chitralekha.
Kol-Port Blair flight takes off without 25 passengers
Kolkata, 19 September : A Port Blair-bound Air India flight today took off without 25 passengers carrying tickets as the plane did not have the capacity to seat them, triggering protests by the travellers.
The airliner usually uses a 145-seater aircraft but today the plane was smaller with 120 seats, Air India officials said. Airport sources said Air-India's Kolkata-Port Blair flight left at 5.35 am without taking the passengers from NSC Bose international airport here. Following this, the passengers launched an agitation at the airport. Air-India officials said a few of the left-out passengers would be sent by a JetLite flight to Port Blair and the rest would be provided accommodation in a hotel and taken tomorrow.
A similar incident happened last evening when Jet Airways switched to a smaller aircraft for its Kolkata-Agartala flight. It ended up with 10 passengers in excess and left them at the airport, sources said.


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