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Friday, November 27, 2009

At least two policemen killed in Lalgarh landmine blast

Kolkata, Lalgarh, 27 November : At least two policemen were killed in a landmine blast triggered by suspected Maoists in Lalgarh region Friday, an official said.
A police officer said the explosion occurred at Burishol near the Pirakata police outpost under Lalgarh police station of West Midnapore district around 3 p.m. as the security personnel were patrolling the area. "As the team of policemen neared the spot leading to the forest, the Maoists triggered the blast. There may be more than one explosion, thought it is yet to be confirmed. The number of injured policemen may also rise," the officer said.
The police outpost was set up after the state government began a massive security operation with central paramilitary troopers and state armed forces personnel to flush out from Lalgarh.
At least 14 killed in Bangladesh road accidents
Dhaka, 27 November : At least 14 people were killed and 100 injured in four road accidents during Eid-ul-Azha as people rushed home to celebrate the festival with their families.
The accidents occurred in Rajbari, Tangail, Pabna and Madaripur Friday, Star Online reported. In all the cases, the drivers of over-crowded buses lost control. According to media reports, there is a huge rush for train and bus tickets as thousands of people leave Dhaka for their villages during the festival.
New Tripura governor Dr. Dnyandeo Y Patil sworn in
Agartala, 27 November : Dr Dnyandeo Yashwantrao Patil was today sworn in as Governor of Tripura at a simple ceremenony at the Dubar Hall of Raj Bhavan here.
Chief Justice of Guwahati High Court, J Chelameswar administered the oath of office to the 74-year-old Patil, who took over from Dr Kamala, the first woman governor of the state and has been appointed Governor of Gujarat. Patil, a Padma Shri awardee, has founded several educational and health institutions in Maharashtra. Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, his cabinet colleagues, leaders of political parties and top bureaucrats and army and police officials were present at the oath-taking ceremony.
Nabard sanctions Rs 159.86cr for rural Infrastructure
Kolkata, 27 November : Indian National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) has sanctioned Rs 159.86 crore under Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) XV to the government of West Bengal. This includes an innovative Heifer Production Project (Rs 8.61 crore) at Kalyani in Nadia district. The project would generate and supply good quality crossbred cows and buffaloes throughout the state to boost the present milk production. The project is expected to generate recurring employment of 1,000 jobs per year and non-recurring employment of 3.40 lakh mandays.
Other projects sanctioned include 18 rural road projects (Rs 70.26 crore), six rural bridge projects (Rs 35.10 crore), improvement of navigability (Rs. 11.76 crore), fishing jetty (Rs 9.32 crore), six rural markets (Rs. 8.80 crore), 19 block livestock development office projects (Rs 8.52 crore), and three flood protection projects (Rs. 7.49 crore).
Presence of army in Chittagong Hill Tracts is 'Acceptable'
Chittagong, 27 November : Speakers at a roundtable in the city yesterday expressed the view that the presence of the Army in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) is acceptable but the administration must be run by civilians.
The discussion titled 'A Decade of Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord: an Evaluation' was organised by the daily Bhorer Kagoj at its office marking the completion of a decade of the CHT peace accord, reports UNB. Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on CHT Affairs Ministry Shah Alam MP presided over the function.

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