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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee concerned over Haldia port

Kolkata, 24 December : Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee Thursday expressed concerns over the diminishing navigability of Haldia Port.
“It is absolute necessary to maintain proper navigability of Haldia port as it does not cater to Kolkata only, it caters to the whole northeast India,” Mukherjee said at the inauguration of the 23rd Industrial India Trade Fair here. “It is the lifeline for Kolkata and the northeast India and I will speak to my colleagues in the department concerned about the problem,” the finance minister said after West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee raised the issue. Photo : Avijit Mondal

Rabindranath Tagore’s chair, teapot found in Bangladesh
Dhaka, 24 December : A chair and a teapot that Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore used have been found in Bangladesh, over six decades after the poet’s death.
Tagore enthusiasts, the department of archaeology and a museum dedicated to Tagore continue to receive memorabilia even as those in their custody are found neglected and in poor state, The Daily Star newspaper said after a correspondent visited the Patisar Kacharibari Museum.
The department’s employees say that some Tagore memorabilia have been lost and efforts are on to collect them in the interests of preservation. Tagore is respected in both Bangladesh and India, whose national anthems have been penned by him.

Sheikh Hasina to leave for India 10 January : FM Dipu Moni
Dhaka, 24 December : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will fly to Delhi on 10 January for a four-day visit to India, foreign minister Dr Dipu Moni has said.
The foreign minister told reporters that Sheikh Hasina would discuss issue of sharing water of the common river Teesta. "We are in negotiation on Teesta water sharing. The Indian water resources secretary is coming to Bangladesh on 3 Jan to expedite the negotiation," Dr Dipu Moni told a press briefing at the foreign ministry. Teesta is important to Bangladesh as its largest irrigation project is dependent on the common river. Bangladesh Water Development Board sources say over 750,000 hectares of land is irrigated by the Teesta.

Remain prepared to safeguard country's sovereignty, PM tells armed forces
Dhaka, 24 December : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday called upon the members of armed forces to remain always prepared for their first and foremost duty of safeguarding the independence, sovereignty and security of the country even at the cost of the last drop of blood.
Terming the armed forces an inseparable part of the people as the sons of the soil, she urged all to work unitedly to materialise the dream of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to building a hunger, poverty and corruption free Bangladesh. The premier was addressing the combined president's parade of the newly commissioned officers of Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Air Force at Bangladesh Military Academy at Bhatiary in Chittagong in the morning, reports our staff correspondent in Chittagong.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangabandhu had realised the necessity of building a strong and ideal armed force immediately after the independence.
Nine separatist rebels 'killed' in troubled Manipur state
Subir Bhaumik, BBC News, Kolkata, 24 December : The Indian army says it has killed nine separatist rebels in three separate encounters in the country's troubled north-eastern state of Manipur.
Army officials said the rebels belonged to two different groups. Six of those belonged to the Peoples Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (Prepak) and three were members of the Kanglei Yana Kan Lup (KYKL). READ FULL STORY
2 shot dead in Maoist attack in West Midnapore dist
Kolkata, 24 December : Suspected Maoists shot dead a man and left another injured in West Midnapore district today.
Police said Biswanath Murmu (62) of Sankhbhanga locality in Belpahari area was taken to the jungles by the suspected Maoists and shot dead. Murmu was the father of Karan Murmu, the Jharkhanda Party (Aditya) leader, who was killed by Maoists a month back. In another incident, suspected Maoists shot at a villager Durga Soren at Patharchakra village, police said.
The Maoists yesterday shot dead three CPI(M) activists, including a teacher, near Lalgarh and Salboni areas in the district during the 48-hour bandh by Maoist-backed People's Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCPA).
Andaman Nicobar Islands to observe Tsunami anniversary
Port Blair, 24 December : Tsunami ravaged Andaman and Nicobar Islands will be observing the fifth anniversary of the devastating Tsunami on 26 December.
The main programme will be conducted at Port Blair's Tsunami memorial, where the Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Bhopinder Singh will offer floral tributes to nearly 3800 missing or dead people who fell victims to wall of waves on the Boxing Day of 2004. All religion prayer and two-minute silence will also be observed by the Islanders and bereaved families during the programme. "We will organise all religion prayer, light candles and observe two-minute silence at Car Nicobar's Tsunami memorial," T Srikanth, Deputy Commissioner of Nicobar district told Bengal Newz adding the Tsunami rehabilitation work in Nicobar district is on the right path.
Similar observance will also be held in some other remote Tsunami-hit islands and the Indian Air Force Base of Car Nicobar Islands.

Four JVM(M) activists' bodies recovered from Purulia
Purulia, 24 December : Police today recovered the bodies of four activists of the Jharkhand Vikash Morcha (Malkan Singh) from Chiruldi village under Bagmundi police station in this district.
All the four victims, identified as Ramprasad Mahato (50), Dhananjay Kumar (48), Kalipada Kumar (50) and Chittaranjan Kumar (52), were residents of Seraikela district of Jharkhand. Police suspected that the victims were murdered in Jharkhand and their bodies were dumped in the bordering village of West Bengal. It was also suspected that the murders were politically motivated. The results of elections to the 81-member Jharkhand Assembly were declared yesterday.

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