Dhaka, 31 December : Bangladesh's clock will be adjusted back by an hour tonight to its original GMT-based timing position.
At a regular cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the clock will be pushed back to 10:59pm from 11:59pm(BDST) midnight to set the GMT plus 6 hours timing. She also directed the authorities concerned to take all measurers so that people do not have to suffer due to time change. The cabinet on 24 December decided to keep the Bangladesh Standard Time (BDST) until 31 March next year.
On 31 March, the clock would be put forward again by an hour from 11:59pm as part of daylight saving measurers and will continue till 11:59pm of 31 October. On October 31 midnight, the clock would be pushed back to 10:59pm from 11:59pm to set the GMT plus 6 hours timing.
Earlier, the cabinet approved the decision to implement DST on 2 June and it first came into effect on 19 June, when the clocks went forward one hour. The power-saving measure was taken in the wake of nagging power crisis in the country and the government claims that 200-megawatt of electricity has been saved due to introduction of DST. Sources said Bangladesh Biman and Bangladesh Railway have already taken necessary measurers so that people do not face any problems due to time change.
The match started brightly with both teams making their intentions to win very clear. East Bengal were arguably the better team towards the beginning and the Mohun Bagan backline was struggling to cope with the pace and skill of Sanju Pradhan and Subhash Singh, and the strength and trickery of veteran forward Yusif Yakubu. East Bengal had an excellent chance to open the scoring in the first 5 minutes when a well taken free kick by Alvito D'Cunha was headed strongly towards goal by Nirmal Chhetri. Mohun Bagan goalkeeper Sagram Mukherjee reacted superbly to tip the ball over the bar. READ FULL STORY န Photo : Chinmoy Roy
Activists of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJMM) have blocked national highways, preventing tourists from reaching Darjeeling and other places from Siliguri. A majority of the tourists are stranded in Siliguri and Jalpaiguri. The ongoing protest by the students' wing of GJMM has affected the tourism industry.The State government's silence on the Gorkhaland issue has angered people owing allegiance to the GJMM.
Gorkhas have been demanding a separate state, to be carved out of West Bengal, to protect their culture and heritage.
They said both institutional and individual investors in 2009 injected huge funds into the South Asian country's capital as a long-lasting bullish trend lured them, which virtually contributed to surpass all previous records in market indicators. READ FULL STORY
"The aim is to maintain growth," Mukherjee said while addressing the members of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce here today, adding the package should not be prolonged so as to make public debt hard and prevents the private sector from accessing resources because of huge government borrowing.
"It (the withdrawal of the stimulus measures) should not be too early as well as it could have adverse impact on the economy," he said, however, refused to set deadline to review the stimulus packages.
Rangamati, 31 December : The BDR special court-4 on Thursday fixed 15 February for framing charges against 75 alleged mutineers of the 9 Rifle Battalion of Marishya zone in Rangamati.
The court gave 45 days to the accused BDR men for preparing their defence after prosecutor of the case Lt Col Shamimur Rahman, commanding officer of Marishya zone, read out the charges against them in their presence. A total of 61 witnesses will give their depositions before the three-member special court led by Director General of Bangladesh Rifles Maj Gen M Mainul Islam in the case. The court started the trial on Wednesday when the prosecutor presented his complaints against the alleged mutineers.
The record and judgment of the case have already been sent to the trial court, the law minister told newsmen at his secretariat office. The date of issuing death warrants against the killers was fixed at a meeting with law minister, attorney general and some state counsels for the Bangabandhu murder case at the law ministry in the day. The jail authorities will take steps to execute the five convicts between 21 and 28 days, after receiving the death warrants, he added.
Shafique told reporters that the five convicts could file review petitions with the Supreme Court against their convictions by 19 January.
Ananda Singh and Konaram Singh were abducted from their home in Shimulpal village and dragged for over a kilometer by a group of heavily armed Maoists Wednesday night. “Their bodies were found this morning with gunshot injuries,” said an officer at the police control room here. Police sources said the dead men were members of an anti-Maoist resistance forum.
"We want to make Subhas Sarovar a tourist destination and work will begin from February," West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation managing director TVN Rao said. "The project would cost us Rs 5 crore and be executed in private-public partnership with the support of the Centre," he said. In a first of its kind of joint venture between the Kolkata Improvement Trust (KIT) and West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation (WBTDC), the lake area will be converted into a tourist destination
"The city needed more destinations for water sports like speed boats and paragliding and we are planning to introduce such facilities here," the WBTDC official said.