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Sunday, October 4, 2009

န Sun Rise From Tiger Hill...

Darjeeling, 4 October :
(L) Visitors watch the sun rise from Tiger Hill near Darjeeling. (R) Kanchanjongha is pictured at dawn from Tiger Hill.
Also pictured is Kanchanjongha, which means 'The Five Treasures of Snows', is the third highest mountain in the world with an altitude of 8,586 metres (28,169 feet). It is located on Nepal's eastern border with the state of Sikkim in India. Kanchanjongha contains five peaks, four of them are over 8,450 metres. Photos : Reuters
Bench formed to hear Bangabandhu murder case
Dhaka, 4 October : Bangladesh Chief Justice MM Ruhul Amin today constituted a bench comprising five members of the Appellate Division for hearing the appeals in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman murder case.
Members of the bench are Justice Md Abdul Aziz, Justice BK Das, Justice Mozammel Hossain, Justice SK Sinha and Justice Md Tafazzal Islam who will head the bench. The hearing on the appeals will star tomorrow. Five convicts in this case - dismissed army personnel Syed Farooq-ur Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Mohiuddin Ahmed, AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed, and Bazlul Huda, who are now behind bars, - filed the appeals with the SC in the last week of October 2007 against their death sentences pronounced by the HC.
On 23 August, chief state counsels for Bangabandhu murder case submitted five concise statements against the appeals as the summary of the case to the SC. The next day, the SC chamber judge fixed 5 October as the date for the hearing on the appeals. Photo : Firoz Ahmed

West Bengal gets new Hills-to-Digha coast train
Siliguri, 4 October : Indian Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee Sunday announced a new train service between this northern West Bengal town and the coastal tourist destination of Digha in East Midnapore from Monday.
"We'll flag off a new train from Siliguri to Digha tomorrow, which will connect two tourist spots of the state. The train service will enhance connectivity between the hills and the coastal tourism belt in the state," Banerjee said while laying the foundation stone of a multifunctional complex at Siliguri railway station. "We also have plans to run small rail buses from Siliguri to Bagdogra station. A railway museum will also be set up at Cooch Behar soon," she said, spelling out other plans of her ministry.
Banerjee flagged off a super-fast train from New Jalpaiguri to Sealdah that will run thrice a week. Photo : IBN

Bangladesh fears no further outbreak of A/N1N1 flu
Xinhua, Dhaka, 4 October : A/H1N1 flu is now sustaining at lowerlevel in Bangladesh and there remains no possibility of further outbreak of the virus in the South Asian country, a senior Health Ministry official said Sunday.
Mahmudur Rahman, Head of the country's Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) under the Health Ministry, told Xinhua Sunday the total number of the identified flu cases stood at 646 till Sunday while the number of cases was 604 till 26 September. "We've passed the bad time. The peak phase of A/HINI virus in Bangladesh was from last week of August to first week of September," he said. READ FULL STORY
Andaman Island Films announced film on Gandhiji
Port Blair, 4 October : On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanthi, Island Films has announced that its next project would be a 40-minute film on Mahatma Gandhi in the context of cosmo culture in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The film is titled Kahin Yahi To Nahi.
“The film script is ready and will be shot in the beautiful location of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands as well as at Sevagram (Wardha) in the last week of January 2010,” Island Films owner Naresh Chander Lal told reporters. Ram Gopal Bajaj, senior professor in acting from NSD, New Delhi, and Sanjay Swaraj of the Bollywood would be part of the film, which is being written, produced and directed by Naresh. Besides, nearly 20 artistes from the Islands would be playing some major roles in the film.
A documentary film on these far-flung islands, Amrit Jal, produced and directed by Naresh, had bagged several awards at the national level.
BD Govt to recruit 32,000 police in 3yrs : Sahara
Dhaka, 4 October : Bangladesh Home Minister Sahara Khatun today said the government would recruit around 32,000 police personnel, prioritising women, in the next three years to ensure security of the people.
"The manpower at police department is very much inadequate as there is only one police against 1,200 people," she said while addressing a seminar as chief guest at Rajarbagh Police Lines in the capital. Bangladesh Police Women Network in collaboration with Department for International Development (DFID) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organised the seminar titled 'International Association of Female Police Membership Card Distribution' at Police Telecom Bhaban.
The home minister said women will be given priority in the recruiting scheme as there are only 2269 female police in the department at present.

Dhaka to ask China to help resolve issue with Myanmar
BSS, Dhaka, 4 October : Bangladesh will seek China's help to resolve the overlapping issue of offshore blocks with Myanmar.
"The issue would be neutralised with the help of China as both Bangladesh and Myanmar maintain close relations with China," Energy Adviser Towfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury told BSS here yesterday. Earlier the Foreign Secretary Mijarul Quayes told the press that India and Myanmar had formally protested the Dhaka's decision to award block-5, 10 and 11 to the International Oil Companies (IOCs) for conducting exploration and development.
He also admitted that both Myanmar and India had already lodged their maritime boundary claim to the UN. Bangladesh is yet to submit its claim, which would have to be done within 2011.

Grameenphone launches Bangladesh's largest IPO
Dhaka, 4 October : Bangladesh’s telecom major Grameenphone Sunday launched the country’s largest initial public offering (IPO), hoping to raise Taka 4.8 billion ($80 million approximately) from the domestic market.
The largest of its kind in Bangladesh's capital market history, it offers 69,439,400 ordinary shares of Tk 10 each, in addition to a Tk 60 premium per share, Star Online said. Pioneered by Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus, Grameenphone is Bangladesh’s largest mobile phone operator. The subscription will close Thursday for resident Bangladeshis, but will remain open for non-resident Bangladeshis until 18 October. "It's the biggest IPO in the capital market since our independence in 1971," Dhaka Stock Exchange President Rakibur Rahman said.
The company plans to use the issue proceeds for expanding its network, developing information technology and for other general corporate purposes. Analysts expect the IPO to be oversubscribed several hundred times. Photo : Firoz Ahmed

Elephant found dead in Bandarban rubber garden
BSS, Rangamati, 4 October : A wild elephant was found dead in a rubber garden at Baishari forests under Naikkhyangchhari upazila of Bandarban on Thursday.
Being informed, police and forest officials visited the rubber garden at Alikhyong. The elephant might have died due to malnutrition and lack of food, said an official of the Sangu Forest Range, Zahirul Haque, who prepared the inquest report. Earlier, two more wild elephants died at Fashiakhali and Yancha under Lama upazila of Bandarban in September last year, said officials.
Poultry farms boost the rural economy in Netrakona
BSS, Netrakona, 4 October : Poultry farming has given a significant boost to the rural economy with more than 2000 big, medium and small sized poultry farms creating jobs for hundreds of unemployed people in Netrakona.
Officials of the district livestock department said that Bangladesh Krishi Bank and other such financial institutions were providing loans under the government’s poverty alleviation programme to establish income-generating project like poultry farms. The field level officials of the district livestock department have been extending due cooperation to the poultry farm owners while the veterinary doctors in mobile teams are rendering medicare service to improve the health of poultry birds.
According to poultry farm owners, poultry farming will further flourish if a big cold storage is established in the district by the government or under private initiative to preserve the eggs prior to marketing.

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