Officers at the commission said to create a better understanding, a seminar will be held on the literature of the country at the Kolkata Book fair which will be attended by laureates like Syed Shamshul Haque and Selina Hussain. န Photos : Shankar Mondal
"If anybody gives his land or homestead for our projects, one member of the family will be given jobs in the railways. For this, we have amended the relevant land acquisition act a month back," Banerjee said after laying the foundation for the Howrah-Amta broadgauge line. Banerjee said the railways will never take land forcibly from people for its projects. "This is not our policy." She said the 16-km broadgauge project would entail a total expenditure of Rs.103.3 crore.
Two halt stations will come up on the route and the project will also lead to economic development of the area, she said. Banerjee said the work for the Deshapran-Nandigram line will be launched on 30 January, the martyrdom day of Mahatma Gandhi.
Chittagong, 4 January : The state-run mobile phone operator Teletalk brought 22 upazilas of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) under its network coverage on Monday.
Dhaka, 4 January : The secretary level talks of the Joint Rivers Commission between Bangladesh and India went on in a positive mood on Monday with both sides expecting a breakthrough on sharing of waters of the common rivers.
"We are very hopeful that we will reach a substantial project in the meeting," Indian Water Resources Secretary Umesh Narayan Panjiar said at a briefing during the lunch break. Sheikh Wahid-Uz-Zaman, secretary of the water resources ministry, also hoped a positive outcome from the meeting with a good beginning. Indian secretary Panjiar said the meeting was going on with a positive mood. "We will discuss all the outstanding issues including Teesta water sharing, dredging of Isamati, small irrigation and drinking water project at the river Feni," Panjiar said.
Asked if any agreement could be signed at the meeting, he said, "We aren't authorised to sign any agreement here. We are preparing the ground work." On how much India is concerned about Bangladesh's issues, the Indian secretary said, "India wants to share water with Bangladesh. We are considering all the issues that Bangladesh raises."
Agartala, 4 January : Mizoram Chief Minister, Lal Thanhawla was likely to visit camps of Brus from his state sheltered in Tripura during a visit to the Jampui Hills in North district on Wednesday, official sources said.
About 35,000 Brus, who migrated to Tripura following ethnic clashes with Mizos since 1997 are now sheltered in the six camps in the foothills of the Jampui. Following fresh ethnic clashes in Western Mizoram last month over 1000 Brus migrated to Tripura and have taken shelter elsewhere in the Jampui hills.
The Coast Guard Commandant added that this event would also give fillip to Andaman tourism as the enthusiasm being shown by the participants and public in general is sure to give prominence of this event in tourism calendar of the islands in years ahead and make it as popular an annual event as snake boat race of Kerala.
''The event is planned in the forenoon of 12 January as part of Coast Guard day celebrations to commemorate its 33rd raising day,'' the PRO added.
But the words ‘Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim’ and state religion Islam will remain in force in the constitution, said the minister. Law Minister Shafique Ahmed’s affirmation came at a media briefing at his secretariat office, a day after the Supreme Court vacated an earlier stay on the High Court verdict that declared illegal the fifth amendment of the constitution.
He said since the Supreme Court has upheld the High Court verdict regarding the fifth amendment to the constitution, religion-based political parties will be banned. He said the government would implement the HC verdict as per the recommendations of the Bangladesh Law Commission.
According to a senior official of the West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (WBHIDCO Ltd), the implementing agency of the Rajarhat township, Wipro had given 25 per cent of the quoted price for the plot as application fee and the remaining amount would be paid within 90 days. Wipro chairman Azim Premji had finalised the deal with chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee when he visited the plot with officials of his company last December.
The land, which belongs to WBHIDCO, was bought by the IT giant at a price close to Rs1.5 crore per acre. When the IT major first expressed interest in setting up a campus in Rajarhat, the government had quoted a price of Rs2.16 crore an acre.
The boat carrying 38 picknickers from Ultadanga in Kolkata capsized yesterday in midstream. Nine people were rescued and some swam to safety. However, 19 people are still missing. "Out of the 19 missing people, seven are children," District Magistrate Choten D Lama told PTI over telephone.
The DM said that reports that a body has been found were not true. န Photo : Reuters