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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

B'desh backs India for UN seat, To fast-track boundary solution

New Delhi, 12 January : Turning a new chapter in their ties, India and Bangladesh have decided to fast-track the solution to their boundary dispute and fight terrorism under a new framework of security cooperation.
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.

Rs.200Cr aid for Sundarban development
Canning, 12 January : Indian central government will infuse Rs.200 crore over the next five years for the development of West Bengal's Sundarbans biosphere, Union Minister for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh said Tuesday.
'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.
Now the central government has taken up a World Bank-aided integrated coastal zone project in West Bengal, Gujarat and Orissa.
'Under this, we will give Rs.200 crore for Sundarbans development over the next five years,' he said.
One killed, 500+ shanties destroyed in Ultadanga fire
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.
The fire, which broke out in a slum, spread rapidly, fire brigade and police officials said. A portion of the nearby Bidhannagar Road railway station was also damaged. As many as 35 fire tenders brought the leaping flames, which initially rose as high as 15 feet, under control after a two-hour effort. The body of a youth, who resided in the slum, was recovered from the debris, Joint Commissioner of Police (Heaquarters) Javed Shamim told Bengal Newz. 'Between 400 and 500 shanties were razed,' he said. 'We'll carry out a thorough investigation into the accident,' Kolkata Police Commissioner Gautam Mohan Chakraborty said.
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. Photos : Avijit Mondal, Reuters

Veteran CPI(M) leader Jyoti Basu's condition still critical
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.
Sk Hasina honoured with Indira Gandhi Prize for "Peace"
PTI, New Delhi, 12 January : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was on Tuesday honoured with the coveted Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development and said the two countries should work together to achieve peace and progress in South Asia.
"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.

Awami League to accord Sheikh Hasina grand reception
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.
Dockers lay siege to Chittagong port
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. File Photo

Cold wave grips Bangladesh
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.

The cold wave crippled normal life across the country. The country earlier faced lowest 4 degrees Celsius in 2007, said Md Shahidul Islam, assistant meteorologist of Dhaka Met Office. According to the Met Office, the resident of Dhaka have been experiencing 10.2 degree Celsius temperature in the day. The cold wave will continue for the next few days and the country may face one or two more cold waves by this month, Shahidul added.
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. Photo : Bengal Newz
BD's Parliament bodies to have websites, MPs web pages
Dhaka, 12 January : Each of the parliamentary standing committees will have a dynamic website and every lawmaker will have web page and parliamentary e-mail as part of building a digital parliament.
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.”

Speciality Restaurants plans more ‘Mainland China’ outlets
Kolkata, 12 January : Speciality Restaurants, which has brands like Mainland China, Sigree, Oh! Calcutta, Machan and Flame and Grill under its wing, plans to invest around Rs 150 crore to expand ‘Mainland China’ outlets from the present 32 to over 100 in the next two years.
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.


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