Kolkata, 31 October : West Bengal will get five of the seventy seven “Passport Seva Kendra”s being set up by the Centre to expedite the process of issue of new passport and renewal of passport much faster. Of the five centres, two will come up in Kolkata itself, union minister of state for external affairs, Shashi Tharoor, told newspersons here on Saturday.
The passport facilitation centres will come up at Siliguri, Behrampur, Kharagpur and two in Kolkata, he said. The Kolkata and Behrampur centres will be the larger ones. Earlier, Tharoor chaired a conference of passport officers from Eastern and Northern region in the city.
Responding to queries on illegal immigrants from across the border, the minister said, “Infiltration is not a new phenomenon. But issuing of passports involves stringent processes like police verification, which is virtually impossible to fake." He said that in West Bengal, issuing of ration cards and voter's ID cards to such illegal immigrants were more rampant rather than passports.
Agartala, 31 October : BSNL 3G services was on Saturday launched here by Tripura Rajya Sabha MP, Mati Lal Sarkar.
He inaugurated the service by making a call to the BSNL Shillong office. BSNL General Manager Tripura, Deb Kumar Chakraborty said, the service would be available to customers from November three. It was planned to cover all district headquarters of the state soon, he said. "As a matter of policy, 3G will be available in urban areas. For rural areas, we will very shortly be launching wireless broadband services namely Wimax.
Every part of Tripura including villages and remote areas would also be brought under wireless broadband coverage, he said.
"The centre has informed us that they are sending six companies of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to the state. We'll deploy these central forces in and around Lalgarh region," state Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen told reporters here at the Writers' Buildings, the state secretariat. He said the central forces would arrive in the state in the next three days. "These six companies of central forces will be used to conduct intense operation in the Maoist-infested areas," he said.
Altogether 17 companies of CRPF are currently deployed in West Bengal's violence-hit Lalgarh region.
Two tankers carrying around 1 million barrels of crude have arrived at the country's main Chittagong port near ERL over the last three days. The suspension did not create a shortage of petroleum products because there had been sufficient stocks to meet demand. The supply chain to the 30,000 barrel-per-day capacity refinery was disrupted after a tanker carrying crude failed to sail from Abu Dhabi following mechanical trouble in late September. ERL is managed by state-owned Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation, which is the sole importer and distributor of crude and petroleum products in Bangladesh.
During the suspension authorities carried out some repairs and overhauled the refinery. It also helped ERL exhaust its stock of furnace oil, a by-product consumed in the country.
Kolkata, 31 October : A ban on the Maoists-backed People's Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) required an amendment to the criminal law, West Bengal Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen said today.
"The PCPA can be banned if the government wants it, but this needs legislation and amendment to the criminal law. There has been no such need as yet in the state," Sen told Bengal Newz.
"Such a decision is partly a political decision and partly an administrative decision," Sen said, replying to a question on Union Home Minister P Chidambaram saying it was upto the state government to decide on a ban on the outfit.
“The workers were notified that they would be given their outstanding wages today but they saw the lay off notice on reaching the spot,” a local journalist told Bengal Newz over the phone from the scene. Riot police initially tried to confine the workers inside the factory complex but they eventually broke the cordon, and set on fire a number of vehicles on the Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway, he added. Witnesses said police fired rubber bullets and gas canisters at the mob while trying to bring the situation under control. န Photos : Reuters, Firoz Ahmed
“My country has lost more than $92 billion in trade and commerce since the embargo started in the early 1960s,” Ramos said while addressing a seminar here Friday night on 50 years of Cuban revolution. Ramos, who came here Friday on a two-day visit to Tripura, unveiled a bronze bust of Ernesto Che Guevara, the icon of the Cuban revolution, in Agartala.
The seminar, organised by the CPI(M)'s youth wing DYFI, was also addressed by party’s central committee members Mohammad Salim and Bijon Dhar, who is also the secretary of the Tripura unit of the party. န Photo : Desher Katha
Kolkata, 31 October : If it’s your dream to see the Metro air-conditioned and running at 180-second intervals, it’s about to come true. By next summer, a majority of the rakes will be fully air-conditioned.
After the Metro started running above ground on the Tollygunge-Garia stretch in August, the issue of AC coaches became crucial. Even under the monsoon sky, waiting at the platforms between Tollygunge and New Garia was sweltering and uncomfortable. In summer, it will be torture.
“As long as the train moves inside the tunnel, we can blow cool air to reduce heat and humidity in compartments. But, when it moves above the ground, some discomfort would be inevitable. Two fully AC rakes are being brought from the Integrated Coach Factory at Chennai shortly. Before next summer, we hope to have 13 AC rakes,” said Metro Railway’s chief PRO R N Mahapatra. န Photo : Avik
Midnapore, 31 October : West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi yesterday said peace could bring in prosperity in the under developed areas of the state.
"If there is peace than prosperity would also come in the under developed areas of the state especially in the tribal areas," Gandhi said while addressing the Pulin Bihari birth anniversary celebrations at Sabong in West Midnapore district. He said the development of rural areas was very slow compared to the fast growth of towns and cities. But for development and growth you need a peaceful environment, he said.