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Saturday, December 19, 2009

WB govt welcomes GJM decision to suspend hunger-strike

Kolkata, 19 December : The West Bengal government today welcomed the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha's decision to suspend its hunger-strike till 22 December at the Centre's request in view of Monday's tripartite talks in Darjeeling.
"It is a good sign that GJM has taken a decision to relax the hunger-strike for creating a conducive atmosphere for the 21 December talks in Darjeeling," West Bengal Chief Secretary Asok Mohan Chakraborty told reporters at Writers' Buildings. Chakraborty, who would represent the state along with Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen and DGP Bhupinder Singh at the talks, said it would have been better if the hunger-strike was totally withdrawn by the GJM.
GJM, which is protesting for a separate state of 'Gorkhaland', decided to relax hunger-strike till 22 December after a marathon discussion in Darjeeling in response to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram's appeal. Photo : Reuters Pictures

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481 Projects sanctioned under JNNURM for 65 Cities
Press Information Bureau Press Release, New Delhi, 19 December : Two new Schemes were launched in 2009 (i) the Asian Development Bank assisted North Eastern Region Urban Development Programme (NERUDP) covering Agartala....... READ FULL PRESS RELEASE
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Bangladesh govt to ask Myanmar to stop pushback
Dhaka, 19 December : Bangladesh will put pressure on Myanmar to stop pushback of Rohingya people across border at the upcoming foreign secretary level talks, foreign secretary said Saturday.
Bangladesh foreign secretary Mohamed Mijarul Quayes will receive his Myanmar counterpart U Maung Mynt on 28 December for a two-day bilateral talks. "We will talk on repatriation of Rohingya refugees and stopping pushback by Myanmar, In addition to 29,000 refugees living in the camps, some 300,000 people have intruded into Bangladesh over the past several years. We will stress on improving the situation in Myanmar so that exodus of the people stops" Quayes told reporters at a press briefing at the foreign ministry.
Repatriation of Rohingya refugees has remained a major issue for discussion between the two countries since 1992 when over a million people from Myanmar's Northern Rakhain state from crackdown on its Muslim Rohingyas in the bordering Bangladesh. Photo : AFP

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WB govt welcomes GJM decision to suspend hunger-strike
Kolkata, 19 December : The West Bengal government today welcomed the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha's decision to suspend its hunger-strike till 22 December at the Centre's request in view of Monday's tripartite talks in Darjeeling.
"It is a good sign that GJM has taken a decision to relax the hunger-strike for creating a conducive atmosphere for the 21 December talks in Darjeeling," West Bengal Chief Secretary Asok Mohan Chakraborty told reporters at Writers' Buildings.
Chakraborty, who would represent the state along with Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen and DGP Bhupinder Singh at the talks, said it would have been better if the hunger-strike was totally withdrawn by the GJM.
GJM, which is protesting for a separate state of 'Gorkhaland', decided to relax hunger-strike till 22 December after a marathon discussion in Darjeeling in response to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram's appeal.

Security tightened in Darjeeling hills in view of talks
PTI, Siliguri, 19 December : Security has been tightened across Darjeeling in view of the fourth round of tripartite talks to be held on the Gorkhaland issue on 21 December, even as some organisations today called for a bandh on the day.
"A thick security blanket has been thrown around the venue of the talks," Darjeeling District Magistrate Surendera Gupta told PTI today over phone. The fast unto death protest launched by Gorkha Jana Mukti activists on 11 December to press for their demand for Gorkhaland is still continuing, the DM said.
In the tripartite talks the Central team would be lead by Union Home Secretary G K Pillai, while the state government would be represented by Chief Secretary Ashok Mohan Chakraborty. Photo : Chinlop Fudong Lepcha
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Bangladesh looks to India for tips on 'digital land records'
New Delhi, 19 December : With 'Digital Bangladesh' high on its agenda, the Bangladesh government is looking to India for tips on digitisation and computerisation of land records.
A delegation led by land minister Md Rezaul Karim Hira is currently on a tour to India for studying the Indian government's programme for modernisation of the land record system in the country. The delegation on Friday met officials of the rural development ministry in New Delhi and was briefed about India's National Land Record Modernisation Programme (NLRMP). India's minister of state for rural development, Sishir Adhikary, welcomed Hira at his office in the Krishi Bhavan in New Delhi, before the two delegations shared ideas on land records management.
Chinmoy Basu, additional secretary in the department of land resources, briefed the visiting delegation from Bangladesh about the salient features and innovations under the NLRMP

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Tripartite meeting called to end W Bengal jute strike
Kolkata, 19 December : To resolve the stalemate caused by the indefinite jute strike in West Bengal since Monday, the State government has called a tripartite meeting on Saturday, resuming the reconciliatory process.
The chairman of the Indian Jute Manufacturers Association, Sanjay Kajaria, said this was a positive move. The strike was called by 20 trade central unions including the CITU and Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh after the breakdown of five rounds of talks between the State Labour Department, the management and the trade unions.
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ONGC to fund projects on protection of 'national heritage'
Agartala, 19 December : India's state-owned exploration major Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) will provide funds for conservation, renovation and restoration of the monuments of Ahom kings in Sibsagar in eastern Assam, an official said here Saturday.
''ONGC would fund and collaborate with Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in the conservation works,'' an ONGC official said. Sibsagar, 365 km east of Guwahati, is the erstwhile capital of the Ahom kings who ruled Assam for 600 years until the British annexed the region in 1826. The town is built around the large 129-acre artificial tank called the Sibsagar Lake (which had given the town its name), dug over 200 years ago. One can still find the archaeological remains, palaces and temples of the Ahoms, now being preserved as national protected monuments.
The official said : ''ONGC has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with National Cultural Fund (NCF), a trust under the union culture ministry, to take up various projects for conservation and restoration of art, culture and heritage - both tangible and non-tangible - in different parts of India.''

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Maoists claim responsibility for killing four 'police informers'
Kolkata, 19 December : Maoists today claimed the responsibility for killing four persons in West Bengal's West Midnapore district.
"Anil Chalak, Dayal Chalak, Amol Patra and Sisir Mahato were eliminated by us because they were working as police informers. We had warned them, but they didn't pay heed and were eliminated," top Maoist leader Kishenji told Bengal Newz today over phone from an undisclosed location.
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Victory Day : Photo and cartoon exhibition in Mymensingh
Mymensingh, 19 December : Marking the Victory Day, a two-day exhibition of photos taken during the Liberation War and cartoons denouncing corruption were held at the premises of Mymensingh Railway Station.
The convenor of Committee of Concerned Citizens (CCC) local unit Professor Mukarram Hossein inaugurated the exhibition on 16 December. A total of 98 remarkable images by different photographers, taken during the Liberation War, were displayed at the exhibition. Some 75 cartoons addressing corruption added another dimension to the exhibition. Earlier, a discussion was held at the venue. Speakers were of the view that values of Liberation War had no place for corruption and injustice. The images of 1971 can generate an interest in our history among the post-war generations, they added.
The exhibition was well attended by photo enthusiasts and people from all walks of life. Photo : Aminul Islam

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WZPDCO to distrribute free energy saving CLF lamps
Barisal, 19 December : Bangladesh's West Zone Power Distribution Company (WZPDCO), a subsidiary of Power Development in southern region, will distribute 1,33,000 energy saving compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) among 30,000 clients under three power distribution divisions in three districts under Barisal division.
Barisal WZPDCO sources said that the company will launch the distribution programme of these energy saving compact fluorescent lamps in Barisal, Jhalakati and Pirojpur district from February 2010. The sources further said that compact fluorescent lamp, also known as energy saving lamp, is designed to replace incandescent lamp and can fit into most existing light fixtures formerly used for incandescent.
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IHCL plans luxury beach resort in Andaman-Nicobar
Port Blair, 19 December : Indian Hotels Company (IHCL) plans to open a luxury beach resort at Havelock Islands of Andaman & Nicobar.
A lease agreement was signed on last week for development of luxury beach resort project between Andaman and Nicobar Islands Integrated Development Corporation (ANIIDCO) and Taj Group at Port Blair in this regard. As per sources, ANIIDCO had invited bid for leasing out 18.33 ha at Radhanagar, Havelock, for development of beach resort. Companies like DLF Hilton, Oberoi, ITC Hotels had evinced interest in the project and IHCL was the successful bidder.
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8 die as cold wave hits Rangpur
Rangpur, 19 December : Cold weather along with thick fog is disrupting normal life in Rangpur, increasing the sufferings of people who cannot afford warm clothes.
Laxmitari Union Parisad chairman of Gangachara Upazila Wahiduzzaman Babu said thousands of families at Teesta char area were suffering for want of winter clothes, as no one distributed any warm clothes among them. In addition, the homeless people living on roads, footpaths and slums there were seen passing the night by setting fire to litter to keep themselves warm in the bitter winter. Rangpur weather office official Tofazzal Hossain said highest and lowest temperatures were recorded at 26ºC and 13.9ºC degrees respectively.
Rangpur Medical College Hospital medicine department's physician Abdul Mottalib said pneumonia, cold, diarrhoea and asthma diseases have been gradually increasing since Tuesday.

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