A day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina held talks that transformed the bilateral ties, the two countries issued a joint communique in which they resolved to fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and enhance trade and connectivity between them. Marking a new level of optimism in their ties, PM Sheikh Hasina expressed her country’s support in principle for India’s candidature for the permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council, a joint statement said.
'Every year we spend Rs.10 crore for Sundarbans development. This is given under the Project Tiger, as also the mangrove project,' Ramesh told mediapersons during a tour of the Sundarbans.
'Under this, we will give Rs.200 crore for Sundarbans development over the next five years,' he said.
Kolkata, 12 January : One person was killed, about 500 shanties were destroyed and train services in Eastern Railway's Sealdah division disrupted as a major fire swept Ultadanga area in north eastern Kolkata Tuesday.
Suburban train services between Ultadanga and Dum Dum stations in the Sealdah division's north section had to be stopped for about two hours as the power supply in the overhead wires was temporarily cut off by the railway authorities as a precautionary measure. Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee visited the area in the evening to take stock of the situation and the damage. န Photos : Avijit Mondal, Reuters
PTI, Kolkata, 12 January : The condition of veteran CPI(M) leader Jyoti Basu continued to remain critical on Tuesday with his immunity level deteriorating.
"His body's resistance to accept medical treatment was gradually deteriorating," Superintendent of the Amri Hospital, Salt Lake, Debashish Sharma told PTI. "The 95-year-old leader's general condition was still critical and he was on partial ventilation," Sharma said. Basu's urine output has decreased further with 25 to 30 ml per hour. However, he could not be put on dialysis because of fragile health condition, the medical superintendent said.
"We want to have good and friendly relations with all our neighbours. We must work for a South Asia where peace, harmony and progress will prevail. Till we achieve this, our struggle will continue," she said after accepting the prestigious award from President Pratibha Patil.
UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi said a peaceful, secular and democratic Bangladesh was India's "wish and hope and we have no doubt that under your (Hasina) leadership it will be realised." The award carries a cash prize of Rs 25 lakh and a citation.
Dhaka, 12 January : Awami League on Tuesday decided to accord Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina a grand reception at Zia International Airport as she returns from India on Wednesday.
The decision was taken at a joint meeting of the AL and its associated bodies at Party President Sheikh Hasina's political office in Dhanmondi in the morning. Awami League presidum member and Deputy Leader of the House Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury presided over the meeting, reports the daily Prothom Alo.
UNB, Chittagong, 12 January : Dockworkers on Tuesday besieged Chittagong Seaport to realise their four-point demand.
The dockworkers stopped loading and unloading of goods in 13 general cargo berths from 8:00am(BDST) and also holding rallies and brining out processions in and around the port. The four-point demand include reinstatement of some 2,200 workers terminated during the last caretaker government, putting an end to repression on workers under berth operators, placing their jobs under the port authority and introduction of Dock Management Board.
Chittagong Port Secretary Sayed M Farhad Uddin told the news agency that loading activities of two ships and unloading of three ships in the general cargo berth remained suspended. But, the operation of container ships is normal, he said. န File Photo
Dhaka, 12 January : A cold wave swept over the country with Srimangal facing 5 degrees Celsius temperature on Tuesday, lowest in three years, Met Office said.
Temperature was recorded 5.8 degrees Celsius in Chuadanga, 6.3 in Ishwardi, 7.5 in Rajshahi, 7.4 in Jessore, 8.2 in Sayedpur, 8.6 in Tangail and Dinajpur, 8.8 in Barisal, 9 in Bogra, 9.5 in Faridpur and Rangamati, 9.7 in Chandpur and 9.9 in Feni and Bhola districts.
A severe cold wave is now sweeping over Srimangal and Chuadanga regions while mild to moderate cold wave is now sweeping over Dhaka, Khulna and Rajshahi divisions and the regions of Comilla, Rangamati, Chandpur, Swandip and Barisal. န Photo : Bengal Newz
The computer council under the science and information and communication technology (ICT) ministry will implement a project in six months to this end. State Minister for Science and ICT Yeafesh Osman in a scripted answer to a notice told the House yesterday. The project also includes internet connectivity in the parliament building to bring dynamism in the parliamentary activities and increase lawmakers' IT efficiency.
Yeafesh said the parliament will be the centre point in building digital Bangladesh. “Usage of ICT may make the lawmakers more active to play their role and it may also bring pace in parliamentary activities.”
The company proposes to acquire a restaurant in South India, which is likely to cost around Rs 100 crore. Speciality is also planning to set up its second Institute of Oriental Catering and Hotel Management in Chennai with an investment of around Rs 25 crore.
Therefore, the company plans to dilute its equity by up to 30 per cent to raise money for its expansion plans, besides planning an initial public offer.