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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Original FIFA World Cup trophy 2010 comes to Kolkata tour

Kolkata, 14 January : The original FIFA World Cup trophy Thursday came on a three-day tour to Kolkata, which is now waiting for a date with Germany' soccer legend Lothar Matthaeus slated to arrive early Friday.
There was a tight security ring around the trophy, which arrived Thursday evening and was driven straight to a hotel from the NSCBI Airport. The cup will be unveiled by Matthaeus Friday, and it will be chronicled in a display canter and kept for public display at the Salt Lake Stadium Saturday and Sunday.

95-year-old Basu put on haemodialysis, condition worsens
Kolkata, 14 January : CPI(M) patriarch Jyoti Basu was put on haemodialysis on Thursday after further deterioration in his cardiac and renal functions, doctors attending on him said.
"The cardiovascular system has further deteriorated. His cardiac and renal functions have undergone further deterioration and he has been put on haemodialysis since 6.30 pm," a medical bulletin quoted D N Agarwal, executive director of AMRI Hospital, where Basu was admitted on January one with pneumonia, as saying. "After monitoring the haemodialysis for four hours to clear accumulated toxins in the blood, the doctors will be in a position to say whether he is able to accept it," he said.

The six officials of Bangladeshi UN Police safe in Haiti
UNB, Dhaka, 14 January : The six officials of Bangladesh Police working at the UN peacekeeping mission in Haitian capital Port-au-Prince are safe, a senior police officer said on Thursday.
Additional Inspector General of Police (AIGP-Media) Nazrul Islam told UNB that the officials, who could not be contacted after Wednesday's earthquake, sent e-mails to the Police headquarters informing that they were unhurt. The six policemen, including two traffic officials, were working for the peacekeeping mission in Haiti but none of them was posted to the headquarters or anywhere in Port-au-Prince.
The 7.0 magnitude earthquake jolted Haiti on Wednesday and the death toll could reach into the tens of thousands, international media reports. Photo : AP

Bangladesh officials say police safe after Haiti quake
BBC News, Dhaka, 14 January : Officials in Bangladesh have made contact with six of their policemen serving at the UN mission in Haiti following the massive earthquake there.Tens of thousands of people are feared to have died in the disaster. A police statement in Dhaka said all six officers were safe and unharmed.The United Nations has about 9,000 international peacekeepers in Haiti. READ FULL STORY
Seven pilgrims die in Gangasagar festival 'stampede'
BBC News, Kolkata, 14 January : Seven Hindu pilgrims have been killed in a stampede at a religious festival on the Ganges river in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal.More than 20 pilgrims have been injured in the incident, which took place when hundreds of devotees tried to board a ferry to take them to the festival.Every winter, Sagar island hosts the festival, the Gangasagar Mela. Pilgrims bathe in the river.Tens of thousands of devotees also pray at the temple of the sage Kapil Muni. READ FULL STORY

Nepal tea enters India at half the Darjeeling Tea price
Kolkata, 14 January : At a time when Darjeeling tea price is ruling high in the domestic market, orthodox tea from Nepal, which tastes similar to that of the Darjeeling variety, is making inroads into the market through private selling.
Industry sources said the Nepal crop costs half of the Darjeeling variety and is a favourite with retailers as it helps them sell tea close to that of Darjeeling at a much lower price. But industry sources admitted it is difficult to ascertain what amount of Nepal tea is entering the Indian market as the crop is sold through private selling. At a few retail counters in Kolkata, Nepal tea is available at Rs 400-500 per kg while Darjeeling orthodox of a similar quality would cost buyers around Rs 1,000 per kg.
Indian Tea Association estimates show that almost 6.5 million kg tea has been imported from Nepal during the January-October period last year. According to a vision 2020 report of the Nepal Tea Crop Global Development Alliance, almost a million tonne of orthodox Nepal tea enters India.

Mechanised stone extraction from rivers Piain illegal : HC
Dhaka, 14 January : The High Court on Thursday declared illegal extraction of stones from rivers Piain, Dwaki and Dhala by using excavator machine at Jaflong in Sylhet.
The court also directed the government to immediately stop collecting stones from the rivers by the machines. The court delivered the verdict upon a public interest writ petition filed by the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers' Association (Bela). Bela's lawyer Iqbal Kabir Liton told reporters that a vested quarter are using excavator machine to collect stones from the rivers, damaging the environment at the river area.
Following the HC judgement, they cannot use the machines for collecting stones, he added.