(L) Passengers travel atop a train headed for Mymensing from Dhaka. (R) Passengers wait for a train at a railway station in Dhaka.
Millions of residents in Dhaka are travelling home from the capital city to celebrate the Eid holiday, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. န Photos : Reuters
Dhaka, 20 September : At least four people were killed and several injured when a passenger bus overturned on the Dhaka-Sylhet highway on Sunday afternoon near Narsingdhi on the Dhaka-Sylhet highway.
Local police said three of the deceased came from a single family. Injured was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for treatment. The bus was heading towards Monohordi from Dhaka when it veered off the road and fell into a roadside ditch, Shamim Ahmed, officer-in-charge of Narsingdhi Sadar Police Station, told reporters.
Kolkata, 20 September : Working out of their tiny tents in the dingy bylanes of north Kolkata, potters of Kumartuli are now banking upon the Internet to reach out to the overseas clients.
E-selling of idols of Durga is catching up with a few doing brisk business through the world wide web. Earlier, organisers of Durga Puja abroad had to come down personally or contact the sculptors through relatives or intermediaries in the city. "But now with our website, we easily sell our products to buyers settled abroad. They just log onto the website, see the catalogue posted there and e-mail us their requirement. We then deliver the idol at a place of their choice," said Pradyut Pal, who is involved in sculpting for generations.
Pradyut looks after marketing while his uncle Gopal Paul, cousins and brothers make the idols. န Photo : AFP
The www.kolkatacops.com gives a comprehensive view of the various social work done by the police apart from their usual work profile. Chakrabarti asserted this blog would be different from the blogs maintained by the celebrities and the focus would be to improve the services of the city policemen. He said this blog would help people to know about Kolkata Police’s various initiative, like Nabadisha (New Direction) an educational and healthcare programme for the vulnerable children in the streets of the city, Kiran, a project launched to impart computer training to the lesser-privileged children, Probaho (the constant flow) the yearlong blood donation camp and many more.
"Though initially we had some success, it was not up to our expectations. So we have changed our plans. We are going to succeed, though it might take some time," Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen said. "The ground reality in Lalgarh and its adjacent areas including Purulia and Bankura districts, besides Jharkhand, is that the problem is showing very little sign of receding till now," he said. There were 17 companies of central forces in Lalgarh working in close co-ordination with the state forces, he said, while another 10 companies have been sought, Sen said.
"We have asked for another 10 companies from the Centre. Our DGP is meeting Union Home minister P Chidambaram," he said. "The central forces will stay for an indefinite period till the problem of Lalgarh is resolved," Sen said. န File Photo : Swapan Mahapatra (PTI)
Besides armed police battalion are patrolling in the city streets and out skirts and plain clothed male and female members of the law enforcing agencies have also been deployed for assuring safety and security of the festival. Eight patrol teams from Police and four from RAB are cruising to the city roads day and night to provide safety and security to the Eid-passengers, businessmen and customers as well as the city dwellers who are staying in their houses during Eid holiday and to those who are journeying to other places with relatives.
Special patrol teams on routes and surrounding areas of Eid shopping places have also been arranged. These special arrangements have already started functioning and will continue till the opening of the offices after Eid vacations and return of the Eid passengers to their destinations, Dr. Abdur Rahim, acting Commissioner Barisal Metropolitan Police said.
"The project has become operational and power generated is is being pumped into the grid. This is first grid connected venture so far," DPSC MD S Radhakrishnan told PTI. The plant, implemented in collaboration with DPSC and Green Energy Development Corporation, was expected to generate 3 million units of electricity a year. It annual revenue was pegged at Rs 4.8 crore. WBGEDC could earn a further 97 paise per unit through the sale of carbon credits that the project would accrue.
Radhakrishnan said, "We are buying solar power at Rs 5 a unit from the project for distribution as our commitment towards the environment".
Sprawling over 186 acres of land, the Dhaka zoo at Mirpur has more than 2,000 animals of some 150 species. The zoo receives as many as 10,000 visitors on an average every day.