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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Climate Change န Bangladesh needs help : French parliament

UNB, Paris, 3 December : Bangladesh's vulnerability to global warming was eloquently discussed in French National Assembly Wednesday.
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.

Six BSF companies withdrawn from West Midnapore
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3 December : All six companies of BSF deployed in West Midnapore district for anti-Maoist operations were today withdrawn for the assembly elections in Jharkhand despite requests by West Bengal government not to remove them.
"All six companies of BSF were withdrawn for deployment in the last three phases of elections in Maoist-hit areas in Jharkhand," DGP Bhupinder Singh said here.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.

Bangladesh acting against NE's terrorists: Tripura CM
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.
“Setting their base in Bangladesh, the outlawed guerrillas continue to carry out violent attacks in northeastern India. In view of the Bangladesh government operation, the strength of the northeast militants has been gradually reducing,” Sarkar told reporters today. “A large number of ultras have surrendered to the government this year and no youths are willing to join militancy nowadays.”
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.

Non-resident Bengalis want cell to channelise investment
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.

The average yearly remittances from Bengalis abroad amounts to approximately Rs 40,000 crore, NROAB President Nilangshu Dey said, which was separate to commercial investments that had been made by the individuals in West Bengal. “However, non-resident Indians (NRIs) from West Bengal need guidance to invest here. We have initiated dialogue with the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation and the Bengal Chamber of Commerce to set up a special NRI cell,” Dey said.
Strike at Bongaon town hits trade with Bangladesh
Bongaon, Dhaka, 3 December : Trade between Bangladesh and India was hit Thursday at Petrapole, a border town and the principal land port in India’s West Bengal state, due to a transport strike enforced by the CITU.
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.

Maoists exchange fire with 'joint forces'
Landmine recovered in West Midnapore
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.

Five died in Kushtia road crash after vehicle collided with a bus
Kushtia, 3 December : Five people, travelling in a tempo, died in Kushtia town on Thursday when their vehicle collided with a bus, police 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.
Two tree-top getaway in Tripura
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.
Six killed, eight injured in Nadia's Santipur accident
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.

Climate change causing soil erosion in "Sunderbans"
ANI, Sunderbans, 3 December : Global warming and rising sea levels are submerging land in Sunderbans delta, one of the most vulnerable ecological zones in the world.
The delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers on the Bay of Bengal is famous for the Sunderbans mangrove forest. The area is known for a large fauna, including 260 species of birds, the Bengal tiger, estuarine crocodile and the Indian python. However in recent decades, two of the subsiding delta’s 100 islands have already vanished and more than 6,000 families had to be rehabilitated.
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.

Modern forensic lab for Bangladesh CID
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.

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