France and Brazil are poised to make a joint push at the Copenhagen climate change conference for adopting a financial framework to address the adverse impacts of the climate change on the most risky countries in Asia and Africa. French Minister for Ecology and Sustainable Development Jean-Louis Borloo, who visited Bangladesh last month to see the devastating impact of climate change, raised the debate at a special parliament session to finalise France's position at the COP15 in Copenhagen.
"Many poor countries like Bangladesh are at the risk of deforestation, coastal erosion and flooding due to global warming, these countries need immediate help," he said initiating a crucial parliament debate Today afternoon.
Kolkata, 3 December : All six companies of BSF deployed in West Midnapore district for anti-Maoist operations were today withdrawn for the assembly elections in Jharkhand despite requests by West Bengal government not to remove them.
"All six companies of BSF were withdrawn for deployment in the last three phases of elections in Maoist-hit areas in Jharkhand," DGP Bhupinder Singh said here. Asked if the companies would return after the elections, Singh said he did not know and pointed out that the state government had urged the Centre not to withdraw them.
Agartala, 3 December : Bangladesh has been taking action against terrorists from India’s northeast, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said here Thursday, a day after top ULFA leader Ababinda Rajkhowa was reported to have been taken into custody there.
To a question about arrest or detention of self-styled United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa and National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) supremo Biswamohan Debbarma by Bangladeshi security forces, Sarkar said Tripura police have been looking into the matter and collecting information.
Kolkata, 3 December : An organisation of Indian expatriates from West Bengal, the Non-Resident Overseas Association of Bengal (NROAB), is in talks with the state government and a local chamber of commerce to establish a body for the creating and channelisation of investments here.
Hundreds of goods-laden trucks were stranded on both sides of the land port due to the strike. Customs Assistant Commissioner of Petrapole Land Port Bireswar Pal said the party activists called the transport strike in the Bongaon region to protest the killing of a labour leader.
Some activists demonstrated at Petrapole Land Port Thursday morning and forced suspension of the trans-border trading, United News of Bangladesh (UNB) reported.
Midnapore, 3 December : Maoists exchanged fire with joint forces in West Midnapore district on Thursday as the latter recovered a landmine in the town during patrolling.
The joint forces during normal patrolling noticed the landmine at Malbandi under Kotwali police station area, not far from the West Midnapore headquarters this morning, a senior district police officer said. As the planted explosive was taken out and defused, a heavy exchange of fire between the Maoists and the joint forces followed in the jungles of Bakshibandh for nearly an hour.
“There has been an exchange of fire between the Maoists and the joint forces for nearly an hour but none has been killed or injured in the fighting,” the officer said.
The driver of the tempo was among the dead, said AKM Farukh Hossain, officer in charge at Kushtia Sadar police station. He said four died on the spot while one succumbed to injuries on way to hospital.
Agartala, 3 December : Tree-top houses, located just 40 km from here, are a new attraction for tourists flocking Tripura where forests make up 60 per cent of the total geographical area.
Those looking for a perfect getaway from the daily grind of life can spend a quiet few days on tree tops to hear the rustle of leaves and howls of animals in the dead of night. The houses, perched atop 15-metre-high trees and complete with bedrooms, drawing rooms, bathrooms and 24-hour electricity, have been constructed jointly by the Tripura Forest and Tourism Departments.
Two such houses, named Prashanti and Banabithi, situated at the 155-hectare Tepania ecopark, were thrown open to the tourists in the last week of October by the state Forest Minister, Jitendra Chowdhury.
Kolkata, 3 December : Six people were killed and eight injured when two mini-trucks collided in West Bengal's Nadia district Thursday, police said.
According to Nadia district police control room, the accident occurred when a speeding truck hit another one coming from the opposite direction in Santipur. Both the vehicles were badly damaged in the accident and six passengers died on the spot, police sources said. The injured were taken to Santipur hospital and later shifted to Shaktinagar hospital as their condition deteriorated.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has predicted that by the end of this century the sea level could rise by 0.8 metres as fallout of global warming. For Sunderbans, this will be disastrous as studies indicate that a 0.6 metres increase in sea level could submerge the entire region.
Villagers living in the islands dotting the area are already facing the brunt of rising sea levels. Rivers breach embankments and floods have become a way of life. Saline water has ruined agriculture, mainly paddy cultivation, in the area.
The West Bengal government has asked the Central government to raise the issue of threat to the Sunderbans at the Copenhagen Summit.
Chittagong, 3 December : A sophisticated forensic laboratory will be opened at Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in the port city by this month for examining evidences, detecting crimes and identifying the criminals.
The laboratory is being set up at CID Chittagong divisional headquarters at Dampara Police Line under a Tk 19.49 crore project with the financial assistance from Japan Debt Cancellation Fund (JDCF). The three-storey building will house the laboratory, first of its kind outside the capital, said the sources in CID. Process for setting up the laboratory has started with some necessary equipment procured from Germany and the UK.