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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

WB govt to vacate schools in Lalgarh before HC deadline

Kolkata, 9 December : The West Bengal Government is confident of vacating all schools in the Maoist-hit Lalgarh area in West Midnapore district, where Central forces are camping, by 30 December, the deadline set by the Kolkata High Court, Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen said here today.
Joint forces were camping in 12 schools altogether at the time of directive by the Court. Now they are camping only in four schools at Lalgarh, Bhadutala, Kantapahari and Satpati, while they have vacated the rest schools, Sen said.
Out of these four schools, Sen said alternative arrangement of three schools had already been done for setting up camps for Central forces, while for the rest one school Superintendent of Police had been instructed to take appropriate measure so that it could also be vacated before the deadline set by the Court. Photo : Arpan Mukherjee

Interception of North-Korean Ship by Indian Navy in Indian Water
Press Information Burreau Press Release, 9 December : North Korean ship MV Mu San entered Indian territorial waters off the Andaman Islands without notification and permission of the Indian maritime authorities. Since it did not respond to radio communications from the Coast Guard, it was brought to Port Blair for Joint investigation by different security agencies. After thorough investigations, the ship was found to be carrying sugar. The Government had taken up the matter with the North Korean authorities. North Korean Embassy in India reiterated in writing that the Captain sincerely apologized for not complying with the Indian Coast Guard’s orders. READ FULL PRESS RELEASE

Tea production in West Bengal suffers due to scarce rainfall
Siliguri, 9 December : Scarcity of rainfall has had an adverse effect on the production of many crops and the latest to be hit is the tea production in Derjeeling hills.
Spells of rainless monsoon seasons for the last five years have brought in a sharp drop in the production level of tea in the whole of the tea-producing region of West Bengal. The meteorological experts believe that the adverse effect on the tea production in the region is due to the climatic changes taking place in the world. “Actually, due to natural calamity, the weather is very imbalanced, due to global warming and shortage of rainfall. Because at the peak period, that is the rainy season, wherein we are producing much more quantity of leaves, but this year rainfall is low and automatically production is reduced,” said Dr. Subir Sarkar, a met expert of the North Bengal University.

Rising temperatures and falling humidity levels in the Doars and Terai regions of West Bengal are wreaking further havoc on the tea plantations.
Vietnam to study Tripura’s 'Socio-economic growth'
Vietnam Deputy PM to visit Tripura
Agartala, 9 December : A high level delegation from Vietnam will reach Tripura Friday to study the socio-economic development in the northeastern state, officials said here Wednesday. A nine-member Vietnamese delegation led by its Deputy Prime Minister Trayong Vin Trong would visit Tripura for four days from Friday.
Trong, who is a politburo member and Chairman of the Commission of North-East of his country along with the delegation would interact with state ministers.
They would visit the headquarters of the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), Tripura Legislative Assembly, Tripura University and Boxanagar block in West Tripura district, bordering Bangladesh.

India-Bangladesh renew Inland Water Transit & Trade Protocol
Kolkata, 9 December : India and Bangladesh has renewed the Inland Water Transit and Trade Protocol. The protocol, which was renewed in March this year, will expire in March 2011. The trade protocol has identified four ports of call in each country through which inter country trade through inland waterways can take place. These are : Narayanganj, Khulna, Mongla and Sirajganj in Bangladesh and Kolkata, Haldia, Karimganj and Pandu in India.
The Protocol includes various terms and conditions for its working covering issues such as conservancy and pilotage, handling facilities, supply of bunkers, assistance to be provided to the vessels in distress, recognition of survey certificates and other documents, sharing of inter country trade and transit cargo, customs checks and documentation.
In another leap forward in Indo-Bangla ties, the IAF’s ‘Air Warriors Drill Team’ (AWDT), in its first performance abroad, exhibited its skills in Dhaka. The Indian High Commissioner at Bangladesh, Chief of Air Staff, BAF and other senior military personnel witnessed the display. In the next six days, the team will perform at various Air Bases at Bangladesh including Chittagong, Jessore and at the Indian high Commission.
Suspected Maoists killed CPI(M) worker in Belpahari
Midnapore, 9 December : Suspected Maoists shot dead a CPI(M) worker and injured another in West Midnapore district today.
Subal Mahto was gunned down at Odolchua village under Maoist dominated Belpahari police station at about 10.30 am, police said. While the attackers sprayed bullets at Mahto, who was standing in front of a petrol pump, a bullet hit another man whose identity was yet to be ascertained.
Begum Rokeya Day observed today
Unb, Dhaka, 9 December : Begum Rokeya Day, commemorating Begum Rokeya's pioneering role in advancing the causes of women in this subcontinent, observed in Bangladesh today.
Women and Children Affairs Ministry and various socio-cultural organisations observe the day. President Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages paying rich tributes to Begum Rokeya on the occasion. In his message, the president recalled the first step Begum Rokeya had taken for awakening the Muslim womenfolk in the British India through education in an adverse environment. Prime Minister in her message said Begum Rokeya showed the women the enlightened path of education overcoming different obstacles.
"Muktijuddher Bijoy Mela" opens in Chittagong tomorrow
Chittagong, 9 December : A three-week-long 'Muktijuddher Bijoy Mela' begins in the port city tomorrow.
Muktijuddher Bijoy Mela Parishad is organising the fair, which started its journey at Chittagong outer stadium in 1989. Deputy Leader of the Parliament Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury will attend the inaugural ceremony as the chief guest at 3:30pm.(BDST) Private Television channel ATN Bangla will telecast the inaugural programme live. This year, the fair will have 242 stalls and six pavilions, said the organisers at a press conference at Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) auditorium.
The programmes include recollection of memories of the Liberation War, cultural programme, recitation, drama, documentaries on Liberation War, cultural and painting competition and a reception to the GPA-5 achievers.

Good catches of hilsa at long last
Cox's Bazar, 9 December : Thousands of fishermen in coastal areas of Cox's Bazar district are all smiles as a huge catches of popular fish hilsa is being netted in the Bay.
The Bakkhali River in the town sees a large number of trawlers carrying fish, much to the happiness of the fishermen who have been passing hard times for over a month. Fish from large trawlers is being loaded into small ones for supply to Matsya Obotoron Kendra, the main fish landing station in the town. After buying fish from there, the wholesalers are supplying it to different areas of the country including Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet.
In Matsya Obotoron Kendra, it was found that each piece of hilsa weighing 500 to 800 grams, is selling for Tk 85 to 100 while it is selling for Tk 190 to Tk 210 a kg in the retail market. Around 40 trucks loaded with hilsa are being transported to different places daily and the supply will increase in a couple of days, said Omar Kazi, a trader.
Nurul Islam, president of Fisheryghat Fish Traders Association, said around 80,000 fishermen of the area have passed tough times for over a month due to scarcity of hilsa but they are now happy with the amount of hilsa being netted in the deep sea. "As hilsa was not seen in the sea for over a month, thousands of fishermen families could not celebrate the Eid. But now we are happy as huge fish is being caught. We hope the situation will continue throughout the month if there is no natural calamity," said fisherman Abdul Malek.

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