Kolkata, 22 January : India's Chief Economic Adviser Kaushik Basu expects a gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 7.5-7.8% this fiscal year. 'Looking at the remarkable recovery of GDP in the last quarters, I see GDP growth in the range of 7.5-7.8% in 2009-10,' Basu said on Friday at a conference on corporate governance organised by the Kolkata chapter of American Chamber of Commerce. 'In the second quarter, GDP growth was 7.9%,' he said, pointing out that in contrast, the third quarter last fiscal saw a GDP growth of 5.8%. Basu said he expected GDP growth to get back to 9 percent in the last two quarters of 2010-11.
Basu also said stimulus packages for the corporate sector would be pulled back. 'These can't be continued for too long. But when and how is still on the table'.
Dhaka, 22 January : Seven films will be screened in the retrospective of movies made by Bengali filmmaker Tapan Sinha during the 3rd Dhaka International Children’s Film Festival that begins here Saturday.
The film festival will be opened by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Saturday. Organised by Children’s Film Society, Bangladesh, the week-long festival’s theme is ‘Future in Frames’. It will screen 243 films from 50 countries in 12 venues of the national capital.
A police spokesperson said a grenade exploded near a market in Goilang village in Chirang, about 180 km from Assam's main city Guwahati. "Motorcycle-borne militants lobbed the grenade near a crowd of people, but it failed to hit the target with no casualties reported," a police official said. Police blamed the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) for the failed attack.
Meanwhile, the Indian Railways Friday announced suspension of night train services in Assam from 6 AM 24 January to midnight 27 January. န Photo : Chinmoy Roy
Guwahati, 22 January : Explosives were recovered from unclaimed bags during a search operation from two passenger buses at Dhubri and Namrup in Assam today.
Police sources said that an unclaimed bag was found by Army personnel while carrying out a search operation in a passenger bus coming from Tinsukia to Namrup in the eastern end of the state. Several kilograms of suspected explosives, gelatin sticks, nails and wires were found in the bag. In another operation, explosives were recovered from a bus at Agomoni in Dhubri in the western end of the state. The bus was coming to Dhubri from Cooch Behar in bordering West Bengal.
IANS, Agartala, Shillong, Imphal, 22 January : As they celebrate 38 years of statehood, the northeastern states of Tripura, Manipur and Meghalaya say much remains to be done, be it in terms of economic development or rooting out terrorism. Colourful functions and numerous programmes were organised in the three states Thursday and Friday.
The erstwhile princely states of Tripura and Manipur had merged with India in 1949 and become union territories before getting the status of full-fledged state 21 January, 1972. Meghalaya was formed as an autonomous state on 2 April, 1970 after being carving out of Assam and became a full-fledged state 21 January, 1972. န Photo : Parthajit Dutta
"The alerts have been issued by us and it is based on some intelligence inputs that we have received. We suspect that there can be an attempt to target one of our airlines especially those, which fly abroad. We have alerted our agencies to be careful on anti-hijacking measures," U K Bansal, Secretary (Internal Security), said.
According to intelligence inputs, terrorist groups having allegiance with Al-Qaeda, Lashker-e-Taiba and Jamat-ul-Dawa were planning to hijack an Air India plane especially operating in or from SAARC countries - Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Maldives, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India as well.
Tangail, 22 January : Four young men died on Friday and another fell sick at Ghatail Upazila in Tangail district hours after they took a mixer of some aphrodisiac herbs Thursday night.
Relatives said the youths were found seriously ill Thursday night and admitted to Madhupur Upazila Health Complex Friday morning in a critical condition. Tangail district police chief Mizanur Rahman told reporters that the youths took mixer of 62 sex-stimulating herbs prescribed by a Kabiraj (expert at herbal medicine).
An Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday approved a Tk 149 crore project to that end. Titled “Enhancement of Crop Production through Farm Mechanisation”, the project will primarily be introduced to 237 upazilas under 25 districts, said a planning ministry official. Meanwhile, the agriculture ministry has proposed a Tk 1,400 crore increase in farm subsidies in the revised budget for the current fiscal year. Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury yesterday told the House her ministry has made the proposal in efforts to ensure maximum farm output.
The districts to be covered are Tangail, Mymensingh, Netrakona, Jamalpur, Kishoreganj, Sherpur, Gopalganj, Faridpur, Shariatpur, Comilla, Chittagong, Patuakhali, Bhola, Dinajpur, Kurigram, Thakurgaon, Bogra, Jessore, Rangpur, Naogaon, Satkhira, Khulna, Sylhet, Sunamganj and Moulvibazar.
Barasat, 22 January : Three persons were killed and 10 others injured when a bus overturned in North 24 Parganas district today.
The overspeeding bus overturned when the driver applied the brakes suddenly at Tanki road, police said. The bus was plying between Golaghata and Barasat. The injured have been admitted to Barasat State General Hospital. The driver of the bus fled after the mishap.
Speaking to reporters, Tripura Tourism Corporation Managing Director Madhusudan Bhattacharje said: "People from outside have started coming in. Over the last few months, we have noticed that there is gradual increased of tourists every month. And we are also taking steps to popularize some of the tourist sites." "Once our Tripura was a den for insurgencies. Nobody could come here freely. Now, you see, we have come without any insecurity and almost free from all kind of insurgency," said Subhash Das, a tourist.
With declining militancy, Tripura is fast becoming a tourist hot spot.And the revenue generated from tourism sector will give a boost to the state's economy.