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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

TMC not helping in forming consensus against Maoists : CM

Kolkata, 25 November : Difficult terrain, lack of operations in neighbouring Jharkhand and no consensus among political parties are the main impediments in securing total success against Maoists, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said tonight.
"After the induction of joint forces we have achieved area domination, but area domination is one thing and elimination of Maoists another," he told Bengali TV news channel '24 Ghanta'
Keeping Production of Darjeeling Tea Profitable
PIB Press Release, 25 November : The quality, reputation and characteristics of Darjeeling tea are essentially attributable to its geographical origin. It possesses a flavour and quality, which sets it apart from other teas. Pioneering work has been done to protect Darjeeling tea as a geographical indication aimed at preventing non-Darjeeling tea from being passed off as Darjeeling tea. The DARJEELING word and logo were the first Geographical Indications to be registered in India under the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999. Over Rs.60 lakh are spent per annum on the legal requirements to protect Darjeeling word and logo globally. READ FULL PRESS RELEASE
4 Dhaka rivers declared Ecologically Critical Areas
BSS, Dhaka, 25 November : The government has declared four rivers surrounding Dhaka City as Ecologically Critical Areas (ECA) as part of the plan to protect the rivers from encroachment as well as conservation of the biodiversity of the ancient water courses.
In September 2009, the four rivers- Buriganga, Sitalakhaya, Turag and Balu- have been declared by the Department of Environment as ECAs, said State Minister for Environment and Forests Dr Hasan Mahmud here on Tuesday. Addressing the inaugural session of a national consultation workshop on "2010 Biodiversity Target National Assessment" at LGED auditorium, Dr Hasan urged all to make their efforts to protect the country's vast wealth of genetic resources for the sake of everyone live today and for our children and grandchildren and generation to be born.
He said, Bangladesh is a biodiversity rich country and its economy, culture and lifestyle is greatly dependent on various biodiversity resources. So, the government has always been attaching importance on the involvement of mass-people in the development of environment and biodiversity.

JPDC organises Tangail jute fair
Tangail, 25 November : The Jute Diversification Promotion Centre (JPDC) has organized a three-day multipurpose jute goods fair under the Ministry of Jute and Textiles. Bangladesh Jute Minister Abdul Latif Siddiqui inaugurated the fair, which was held in Tangail town.
Variety of jute products including shopping bags, ladies bags, tablemats were on display at the fair. The organizers of the fair said that, as people do not prefer using polythene bags, these days, jute-made goods are witnessing high demands. Countries such as India and Bangladesh fulfill maximum global demands for jute products.
JDPC has been organizing this fair since 2002, the year it was established, informed organizers.

Dunlop to start production from Sahaganj unit 2 Dec
Kolkata, 25 November : Famous tyre manufacturer Dunlop India would resume production at its Sahaganj unit 2 December, the company said.
‘Through a notice at the entrance of the Sahaganj plant, the management of Dunlop India has informed its employees on Tuesday that the production at the plant will resume on and from Wednesday, 2 December, 2009,’ a company release said. The Ruia Group-run company suspended work at the Sahaganj unit in Hooghly district in November last year citing the economic meltdown and recessionary pressure. It re-opened 6 March, but could not resume production as there was no power connection.
After protracted deliberation over the terms of the letter of credit, power was finally restored on 9 November.

France looks to double bilateral trade with India
Kolkata, 25 November : The French are focusing on a host of initiatives to boost Indo-French cooperation. For one, efforts are on to double bilateral trade. The target is to double the numbers from around 6-to-7 billion euros now to 12 billion euros.
Interacting with the media in the city on Tuesday, against the the backdrop of ‘Bonjour India - Festival of France in India’ which is about to unfold from the first week of December, French ambassador Jerome Bonnafont said the increase of trade figures would have been probably achieved as per the target had the recession not come in the way. "Now, we hope to achieve it by around 2012," Bonnafont said.
France is also placing thrust on collaborating with India on civilian-nuclear front. "After all, one must remember that France is a leader in the infrastructural sphere which includes the civilian-nuclear area," Bonnafont said. Dwelling on investments, he said France not only wants to invest in India, "it also wants India to route investments into France."


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