Basu's body, now preserved in a funeral parlour, Peace Heaven, will be taken in a procession Tuesday to state secretariat Writers' Building and then to the West Bengal assembly, where it will be kept for the public to pay homage. Finally, the body will be handed over to the SSKM Hospital, CPI(M) state secretary Biman Bose told Bengal Newz.
Kolkata, 17 January : CPI(M) patriarch and former West Bengal chief minister Jyoti Basu died in Kolkata on Sunday (11.47 AM). "I have to give you a sad news that Jyoti Basu is no longer with us," Biman Bose, the chairman of the Left Front coordination committee, announced to reporters a little around 12.30 hrs.
An emotional Bose said that Jyoti Babu is no longer in this world. Jyoti Basu was critically ill. On Saturday evening, Siddhartha Shankar Ray, Prakash and Brinda Karat, Somnath Chatterjee and Amitabh Bachchan shared moments at room 827 of AMRI Hospitals, Salt Lake, where Basu lay in an extremely critical state after multi-organ failure set in.
Basu's vital organs - brain, kidney, liver, lungs and heart had started sinking on Friday night itself though the dialysis had gone well. But the drop in the vital parameters forced the medical board to do a rethink. From 12.45 pm, Basu was put on slow, low efficiency daily dialysis (SLEDD), an eight-hour process, which couldn't be completed and was stopped 20 minutes before the end. န File Photo : Reuters READ BBC NEWS UPDATE
Dhaka, 17 January : Bangladesh Prime minister Sheikh Hasina must be regretting her decision of dropping Kolkata from her itinerary during her recent visit to India and thus losing the last chance to see a legendary Indian leader she had long respected Jyoti Basu.
Hasina expressed sorrow at the death of legendary Left leader Jyoti Basu on Sunday. Her press secretary Abul Kalam Azad said she may go to the funeral in Kolkata.
Kolkata, 17 January : Thousands of people gathered in front of the AMRI Hospital here Sunday to get a last glimpse of veteran CPI(M) icon Jyoti Basu. Many had tears in their eyes.
“I first saw the news on television that said Basu died at 11.47am. this morning. I could not resist myself and rushed to the hospital just to have a last glimpse of our great leader. “I can’t express my feelings now. All I can say, I grew up watching him and following his ideals throughout my life,” said Arnab Mondal, a 50-year-old resident of Kolkata’s Nagerbazar area.
Hundreds of people, who had assembled in front of the hospital since Sunday morning, broke down in tears when CPI(M) state secretary Biman Bose declared: “Jyoti Basu is no more.”
New Delhi, 17 January : State-run Indian Oil Corporation will raise the capacity of its Haldia refinery by 25 per cent to 7.5 million tonnes in one month, its Director (Refineries) B N Bankapur said yesterday.
The company will expand its 12 million tonnes a year Panipat refinery to 15 million tonnes by August, he said. "We will commission Haldia expansion unit in a month’s time and Panipat by August," he said. IOC's Haldia refinery currently has a capacity of processing 6 million tonnes a year of crude oil. After the expansion, the unit would produce Euro-III and Euro-IV grade petrol and diesel. The company operates 10 refineries with a total capacity of over 60 million tonnes a year. Haldia is its only coastal refinery and caters to the demand of eastern India.
IOC Chairman Sarthak Behuria said the company may need to import 1.5-2 million tonnes of Euro-III grade diesel this year to meet the rise in demand. "We estimate a shortfall in diesel production this year," he said.
Agartala, 17 January : Manipur administrations has confirmed the association of detainees in Agartala on 14 January with banned Peoples Liberation Army(PLA) and a team of Manipur police will soon arrive here to transit them.
It revealed the accused had gone to Bangladesh from Manipur and entered India through Sonamura border illegally and suspected that they had visited Bangladesh for training, recruitment, possible tie up with other terrorist outfits in that country. Tripura Director General of Police discussed the matter with his Manipur-counterpart and they confirmed that the accused persons were the frontline activists of PLA, officials stated. In July last year, Tripura police had arrested seven militants of the Manipur based Peoples United Liberation Front(PULF).
It has been a long standing demand of the state government as well as the travel and tourism industry to allow for more flexibility in flight operations at Bagdogra. Right now, civilian flights can operate only between 10 am and 3 pm.
At present, 5 domestic airlines Kingfisher, Jet Airways, Air India, SpiceJet and GoAir operate to and from Bagdogra. Bhutan's national carrier Druk Airways operates 4 days a week to Paro and is keen to start daily flights between Bagdogra and Kathmandu.
IANS, New Delhi, Kolkata, 17 January : Over 3,200 poultry have been culled in bird-flu hit Murshidabad district of West Bengal, a health ministry official said.
A three-member rapid response team from the central government has already reached the state. 'Culling of birds has started and so far 3,209 birds have been culled,' a central health ministry official said here Sunday. 'A Central Rapid Response Team of the health ministry has been deputed to assist the state health authorities. Containment measures have been initiated as per the contingency plan,' the official added.