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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Trinamool Congress leader shot dead in Nandigram

Nandigram, 22 September : Unidentified gunmen shot dead one panchayat pradhan of the TMC at Sonachura village under Nandigram Police Station in East Midnapore district this evening.
Informing this, District Magistrate (East Midnapore) C D Lama said a group of six motorcycle-borne miscreants attacked Nishikanta Mondal while he was returning home and pumped in four rounds of bullets from close range. Mondal, was immediately rushed to Nandigram Hospital where he was declared brought dead, Ms Lama said adding his body had been sent for post-mortem at Tamluk Hospital. Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress MP Subhendu Adhikary rushed to the areas and pacified about 12,000 party supporters, who took to the streets and called for a 12-hour bandh tomorrow in Nandigram, demanding immediate arrest of the miscreants.
The District Magistrate said tension prevailed in the areas, adding a posse of police had been sent to bring the situation under control. Photo : Raghunandan Mallick

WBengal to get its 1st wetland Eco-park near Kolkata
Kolkata, 22 September : West Bengal will soon have its first Wetland Ecological Park in Sonarpur adjoining Kolkata where many of the animals from the Alipur Zoo will be housed, a top official said Tuesday. State Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Atanu Raha said the state government has taken up an initiative to develop the wetland park and identified a lowland area for it.
“We have decided to set up a Wetland Ecological Park at Bhagabanpur area near Sonarpur in South 24 Parganas district. We held a high level meeting today and have also surveyed the proposed area,” Raha said. “Once the wetland eco-park is developed, we’ll be able to shift a large number of animals to that place from Alipur Zoo. “There will be no cemented construction at the eco-park. We’ll put all the wildlife animals there in a better wetland environment.”
“I can’t say any time frame as of now. But we’ll try to implement it as early as possible. The government will also involve the local people for developing the project,” he said.
Kolkata and adjoining areas suffers major power cuts
Kolkata, 22 September : The West Bengal capital and its adjoining areas including Howrah suffered major power cuts Tuesday as two power stations of the electricity generation company CESC Ltd had to be isolated.
“Our high-voltage cable wire got disconnected in the Taratala station that led to isolation of two power stations with 500 MW and 135 MW capacity respectively,” a CESC spokesperson told Bengal Newz. This disrupted electricity supply in central and south Kolkata. The incident happened at 10.50 am. “By 11.30 am, we had restored supply to railway stations, including metro rail. Then we restored power to hospitals, Writers’ Buildings (State Secretariat) and the high court,” the CESC spokesperson added.
Railway services in the Sealdah sub-division were disrupted for three minutes from 11 am to 11.03 am,” a senior official of the railways said. A metro rail official said: “Metro rail services were affected for 5-7 minutes. People were stranded inside the tunnel on the train. Now everything is normal.”

Delhi,Kolkata to get a taste of FIFA World Cup trophy
IANS, Zurich, 22 September : The FIFA World Cup Trophy will be showcased in Delhi and Kolkata in January next year as part of a gala tour spanning 86 countries and covering 134,017 kms more than three times the circumference of the earth.
Kicking off the tour from the FIFA headquarters, FIFA president Joseph Blatter and Muhtar Kent chairman and major of world’s largest beverage company Coca Cola told mediapersons that it will travel around the globe before arriving in the host country South Africa 4 May, 2010. The World Cup, being held in the African continent for the first time, begins 11 June with 32 teams slated to compete for the world’s most sought after trophy. The final will be played 11 July at the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg.
“The final draw for the groups is to take place in Cape Town 4 December. The World Cup trophy, made of 18 carat gold, will arrive 16 January in Delhi. It will be displayed in Kolkata the next day,” Kent said.

Sk. Hasina heads to New York to attend UN session
Dhaka, 22 September : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left the capital, Dhaka Monday night for New York to attend the 64th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session beginning on 23 September.
During her nine-day busy schedule in New York, the prime minister will address the Plenary of the General Assembly on 26 September focusing on the adverse impact of climate change, world economic recession and transition to democracy in Bangladesh. Apart from attending the programs of the UNGA session, the prime minister will attend a meeting of 25 selected heads of state and government on climate change. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has convened the meeting for 22 September. Hasina will also have a meeting with US President Barack Obama on 23 September along with leaders of nine other top UN peacekeeper-contributing countries.
The Bangladesh prime minister will also have significant bilateral talks with prime ministers of Denmark, Kenya and Nepal and the presidents of South Africa and Sri Lanka, on the sidelines of the UNGA session, local media reported. She is expected to return home on 1 October. Photo : IBN

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