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Monday, February 1, 2010

Include 'Bangla' as the 7th official language of United Nations

Govt working for Bangla as official UN language : Hasina
Dhaka, 1 February : Bangladesh Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has said, her government is working to include Bangla as the seventh official language of the United Nations.
Hasina, while inaugurating the Amar Ekushey Book Fair at the Bangla Academy on Monday, said she speaks Bangla in all UN assemblies.

Sheikh Hasina inaugurated 'Amar Ekushey Book Fair'
Dhaka, 1 February : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday inaugurated the month-long Amar Ekushey Boi Mela 2010 on Bangla Academy premises in the city, commemorating the martyrs of the Language Movement, 1952.
The prime minister inaugurates the fair around 4:30pm(BDST). She also opened the Language Movement Museum at the academy's Bardhaman Bhaban. The opening session was broadcasted live on state run television and radio BTV and Bangladesh Betar respectively. Presided over by Bangla Academy Chairman and National Professor Kabir Chowdhury, the inaugural session was also addressed by Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad.
In the fair, a total of 505 stalls have been distributed among 356 institutions. As well as the publication houses, several voluntary organisations, government and non-government organisations and media houses are participating in the fair. Book lovers will get 25% concession on the books published by the publishers and organisations while Bangla Academy will provide 30% concession on its own books.
Different spots of the premises have been named after Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Dhirendranath Dutta, Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad and Begum Rokeya. The corners for children and little magazine have been named after poet Sufia Kamal and writer Somen Chanda respectively. Photos : Firoz Ahmed
Maoists attack police station IN Bankura, kill CPM worker
PTI, Bankura, 1 February : Maoists and the PCPA on Monday attacked a police station triggering an exchange of fire with the security personnel in Bankura district, while in neighbouring West Midnapore district, they killed a CPI(M) worker after abducting him.
According to police, PCPA activists along with Maoists attacked Barikul police station, 70 km from Bankura district headquarters, triggering an exchange of fire in which three persons were injured. However, there was no report of any policeman being injured, Bankura SP Vishal Garg said, adding that additional police reinforcements have been dispatched there.
12-nation naval wargame 'Milan-2010' from 4 February
Port Blair, 1 February : India will host the largest four-day naval wargame, Milan-2010, involving 12 nations in the Asia Pacific region from Thursday, in which means to counter terror threats to coastal and island territories would be debated keeping in mind the attacks in Mumbai.
“There would be a discussion (during Milan-2010) on maritime terror and the means to counter the attacks like what happened in Mumbai,” Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Foreign Cooperation and Intelligence), Rear Admiral Sudharshan Shrikhande told reporters here on Monday. The seventh edition of the biennial Milan, being organised by the Indian Navy at Port Blair since 1995, would have nine naval ships from eight countries and representatives from four others participating in a tabletop exercises, apart from a passage exercise at sea and a seminar on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) from 4 February to 8 February.
Naval ships from Australia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore (two ships), Sri Lanka and Thailand, with representatives from Navies of Brunei, Philippines, Vietnam and New Zealand would join the exercise. Photo : PTI

BSS's Swapan Saha made minister press in Washington
BSS, Dhaka, 1 February : The Bangladesh govt has appointed Swapan Kumar Saha, Chief News Editor of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS), as Minister (Press) at Bangladesh Embassy in Washington for a two-year term.
According to an official notification issued yesterday, the contractual appointment of Swapan Saha, who has been working in the national news agency for 38 years, will be effective from the date of his joining in the post. Saha, former general secretary of National Press Club, is now president of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad.

Trade, industry groups urge Bangladesh to invest in India
Agartala, 1 February : Now that India has lifted investment-related restrictions on Bangladesh, trade and industry groups have urged Dhaka to invest in India.Pakistan and Bangladesh were the only countries figuring in India’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) negative list of FEMA (Foreign Exchange Management Act). India lifted the FDI-related restrictions with Bangladesh early last year.
“The Bangladesh government is expected to allow case-to-case industrial projects to be set up in India or to commission joint venture projects (in India),” said Annisul Huq, president of SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI).
“A food processing plant and a tyre manufacturing industry would be set up in India. The Bangladesh government is likely to allow investment in India for these projects,” Huq and India-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IBCCI) president Abdul Matlub Ahmad told reporters here. Photo : Parthajit Dutta

Host Bangladesh get first gold in 11th South Asian Games
Dhaka, 1 February : The host Bangladesh achieved their first gold medal in the 11th South Asian Games in the weightlifting event on Monday.
Weightlifter Hamidul Islam won the medal lifting 257 kilograms of weight in the 77-kilogram category of the event. Bangladesh's Monoranjan Roy won the silver medal and Afghanistan's Mostafa Kamal bagged bronze in the same event. Hamidul won silver medal in the event in the 2006 edition of the meet.
Separate weekends plans to ease Dhaka's traffic jam
Dhaka, 1 February : The Bangladesh government on Monday divided the capital Dhaka into seven zones and fixed separate weekly holidays for shops, shopping malls and other business establishments to ease nagging traffic congestion.
The decision was taken at a regular cabinet meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair at the conference room of the Cabinet Division at Bangladesh Secretariat. After the meeting, prime minister's Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad told reporters that the decision would be implemented within the shortest possible time.
The present government has taken up a number of initiatives to ease the snarl-up of the city, Azad said, mentioning the government's earlier decision fixing the school timing in the capital to reduce the traffic jam.

Nine killed as bus overturns at Hura in Purulia district
Kolkata, 1 February : Nine people were killed and 30 injured Monday when a bus overturned in West Bengal’s Purulia district after its driver lost control of the vehicle, police said.
The driver lost control while overtaking a truck near Lalpur under Hura police station, District Superintendent of Police Rajesh Yadav told Bengal Newz. The bus was going to Manbazar from Adra. Several of the injured were still trapped in the bus and locals and police personnel were trying to rescue them, the official said.

16 children rescued from a residential hotel in Bandarban
Bandarban, 1 February : Police rescued 16 indigenous children from a residential hotel and arrested a man on charge of trafficking from Bandarban town Monday morning.
Acting on a tip-off, Bandarban Sadar police raided a residential hotel named ‘Habib Boarding’ in the morning and rescued the children, said Sub-Inspector Mirza Mohammad Hasan. As per their statements, police later arrested the alleged trafficker, Mohon Tripura, a local church employee. Bashi Chandra Tripura, a guardian of one of the victims, alleged that the trafficker brought the children to the boarding in the name of admitting them to an institution in the town.
The 16 indigenous children were brought to the residential hotel from different villages of Lama upazila on Sunday evening. Photo : UNHCR
Maoists partly blow up mobile tower in Birbhum dist
PTI, Suri, 1 February : Suspected Maoists partly blew up a private mobile phone tower at Khairasole in Birbhum early today, in the first such attack in the district in recent times. Police said four-five unidentified persons triggered an explosion in the operator''s room, adjacent to the tower in the wee hours, destroying costly machinery.
The two security guards were forced to leave the spot and locked up in a nearby room out of the reach of the blast, police said. The blast was believed to have been caused using a detonator, a police officer said, indicating this could be the handiwork of Maoists.
Maoists attack police posse, kill CPIM activist in 2 dist
Kolkata, 1 February : Maoists attacked a police posse in strife-torn Purulia district, injuring eight policemen, and killed a CPI(M) activist in West Midnapore district, police said Monday.
Three senior police officials, including an additional superintendent of police and a deputy superintendent of police, and five constables were wounded when the Maoists attacked them while they were preparing to raid Kumra village under Bandwan police station of Purulia district following a tip-off that the left-wing extremists were holding a rally Sunday.

Tigers kill 2 fishermen in BD's Sundarbans
UNB, Khulna, 1 February : Two fishermen were killed in separate tiger attacks in Bhromorkhali and Sapkata of Sundarbans in Koyra upazila, Khulna on Sunday.
Forest officials said Ujir Morol went to Brahmakhali area for fishing suddenly, a tiger swooped on him and dragged him into the deep forest. Later, his body was recovered by the fellow fishermen. In another incident, Sangkar while fishing in Sapkata area came under tiger attack. Later, other fishermen recovered his body after a hectic search. The bodies were later handed over to their respective family members.

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