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Friday, January 1, 2010

Tripura CPI(M) to celebrate Nripen Chakraborty's centenary

Agartala, 31 December : The Tripura CPI(M) has decided to celebrate the birth centenary of former Chief Minister and a pioneer of the Communist movement in India Nripen Chakraborty through different programmes scheduled to be started from today.
CPI(M) officials here today said the party would pay homage to the departed leader throughout the state and organise seminars and discussion programmes among the young party workers on Chakraborty's life and contribution in strengthening Communist movement in the country. In Kowhai of West Tripura, from where he was elected last to the assembly, a bronze statue of Nripen Chakraborty would be unveiled and Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and veteran party leader and Nripen's cabinet colleague Baidyanath Majumder would address the gathering.
Nripen Chakraborty was expelled from the party in 1995. By all indications, the expulsion was caused by the serious differences between Nripen Chakraborty and his successor Chief Minister Dasrath Deb and veteran leader Jyoti Basu. CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat and Politburo member Sitaram Yeachuri were also instrumental in throwing out Nripen Chakraborty out of the party.

Jyoti Basu hospitalised with infection
Kolkata, 1 January : Nonagenarian CPI(M) leader and former West Bengal chief minister Jyoti Basu was on Friday admitted to a private hospital following a severe chest infection.
"He has a chest infection. There is congestion in the chest," Basu's personal physician Nisith Roy said shortly after the former chief minister was brought to the Apollo Gleneagles Hospital in an ambulance. The 96-year-old leader, who was suffering from cough and cold, underwent an x-ray at his Salt Lake residence, after which doctors advised hospitalisation. "He has a mild breathing problem," Roy said.
The doctors were conducting a series of tests on Basu, who was accompanied by son Chandan and his personal assistant Joy Krishna Ghosh to the hospital.
"He may be in hospital for two-four days," Roy said. Earlier, CPI-M sources said Basu has fluctuating temperature. "But he is completely in his senses." Basu, who was chief minister for 23 years, has been ailing for long due to various old-age complications.
Pranab Mukherjee to begin pre-budget talks on Tuesday
PTI, New Delhi, 1 January : Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will kick-start the pre-budget consultations on Tuesday, with industry leaders getting the first opportunity to present him their wish-list that includes continuation of stimulus.
Mukherjee has called industry representatives, mainly heads of three apex chambers - CII, FICCI and Assocham according to industry sources.
They said the industry was apprehensive that the government may withdraw the stimulus in the Budget for 2010-11 in the face of growing fiscal deficit, pegged at 6.8 per cent of the gross domestic product for the current fiscal.

Bangladesh PM Sk Hasina opens "Dhaka Int'l Trade Fair"
Dhaka, 1 January : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday inaugurated the month-long 15th Dhaka International Trade Fair at the capital's Agargaon.
A total of 476 stalls from home and abroad are taking part in the fair, which is scheduled to end on 31 January. There are 28 pavilions from 10 foreign counties at the fair. In her inaugural speech, Sheikh Hasina asked the businessmen for diversification of products and markets to be more competitive in the international trade. She also asked the businessmen to expand their businesses to generate more employment in the rapid growing private sector of the country. The premier also asked the businessmen to remove disparity in income generation as a section of population is living a measurable life. The prime minister said her government will improve power supply to ensure a private sector-led economic growth through expansion of industries and commerce.
Commerce Minister Faruk Khan was present at the function as special guest. Photo : Abira Basu

Govt can't throttle voice of people : Maoist leader Kishenji
Kolkata, 1 January : Top Maoist leader Kishenji Friday criticised the state government for allegedly asking authorities not to speak to him.
"The state Home Secretary said to all government employees not to speak with Kishenji, but they cannot throttle the voice of people in this way," Kishenji told Bengal Newz over phone from an undisclosed location. The Maoist leader was referring to the West Bengal government's cracking the whip on its officers after he had spoken to the environment secretary K L Meena.
Ahead of tomorrow's bandh in the five states of West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand and Chattishgarh, Kishenji said he had only spoken to Meena about the government initiative to check pollution caused by sponge iron factories in and around Jhargram.

Not govt, someone else is running country: Khaleda
Dhaka, 1 January : BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Friday said the government was not running the country. It was being governed by someone else sitting elsewhere.
Speaking at the 31st founding anniversary of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal at Paltan Maidan, Khaleda said the party in power was busy with something else other than the welfare of the people. "We don't know who is now running this country. What I know is the government is not governing the country. The country is being governed from somewhere else," Khaleda said. The former Bangladesh prime minister also warned of tough movement if any deal was signed with India against the interest of the people.
She said the opposition party did not wage any protests in last one year to help the government implement its pledges.

Century old Silchar Cooperative Urban Bank on liquidation
Silchar , 1 January : Though Assam's Cooperation Minister Bharat Narah attributed the bankruptcy and collapse of the century old Silchar Cooperative Urban Bank Ltd, located at Banipara in the heart of this town, to financial irregularities, withdrawal of licence by the RBI and lack of minimum required capital fund, insiders blame an influential political coterie of the ruling party for all the mess and the resultant move for liquidation of the bank. On being questioned by the reporters on the possibility of rejuvenating the bank, the minister during his last visit here said, “Besides liquidation, many options are being weighed and are under the consideration of my government.”
18 die, 56 hurt in Faridpur bus crash
UNB, Faridpur, 1 January : At least 18 people died and 56 others were injured as a bus crashed into a roadside tree after its driver lost control over the steering in Faridpur early Friday.
Faridpur Superintendent of Police (SP) Awlad Ali Fakir said the accident took place on the Dhaka-Khulna highway at about 1:00am(BDST) when a Dhaka-bound bus of Shoukhin Paribahan from Paikgacha of Khulna lost its control over the steering and hit a tree in Dignagar area in the sadar upazila, leaving 12 dead on the spot. Six others died after the injured were taken to Faridpur Medical college Hospital. There are three women and three children among the dead, reports our Faridpur correspondent.
Faridpur Deputy Commissioner Helaluddin Ahmed and the SP visited the spot. Meanwhile, the district administration has allotted Tk 4,000 for every family of the deceased to take care the bodies. Photos : AP

Leopard dies of an "unknown disease" in Dhaka Zoo
Dhaka, 1 January : A 12-year-old leopard of Dhaka zoo has died of an "unknown disease", zoo authorities confirmed last night.
Zoo Curator Mosaddek Hossain said the leopard fell sick Monday evening. A board of veterinarians kept the leopard in quarantine on Tuesday and it died the following day. They could not identify the disease immediately. He said, "The leopard died of an unknown disease". “No animal of the zoo had died in last three months, as we are trying hard to improve the zoo management, ” Mosaddek claimed.
With the death of the leopard, a total of 22 animals of the zoo died in last one year.


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