Left Front chairman Biman Bose, speaking at the rally, also charged Trinamool with having links with the Maoists. န Photos : PTI
Kolkata, 7 February : The 34th Kolkata Book Fair concluded on Sunday in the presence of chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee. The book lovers will now have to wait for another one year for this extravaganza.
Meanwhile, the secretary of the Publishers and Book Sellers Guild, Tridip Chatterjee said that the 35th Kolkata Book Fair will be thrown open to the public and book lovers from 26 January till 6 February in 2011. န Photos : Avijit Mondal
Hajinformation.Com, 7 February : The Bangla Deshi Shipping Ministry is considering offers by private shipping lines to re-open the ferry service for Hajj pilgrims to travel by sea from Chittangong to Jeddah. A Hajj trip by ship would cost US$ 850 (Tk 59,075) for each passenger and would take six to seven days on each trip, an official has explained.
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief Khaleda Zia said this as she met the newly appointed Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Rajeet Mitter, who called on her on Sunday evening. "We want to build the bilateral ties in manner which can benefit both the countries," Zia was quoted as having told Mitter by a BNP spokesman after the envoy had nearly hour-long talks with her at her Gulshan office on Sunday night.
PTI, Port Blair, 7 February : Eleven Myanmarese and three Thai nationals suspected to have been poaching sea cucumber, coral and other ornamental fish were held today near Bompaka in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Coast Guard personnel apprehended them along with their boat and seized 700 kg ornamental fish from them, CG officials said. They were seen moving suspiciously by personnel of the newly-commissioned Coast Guard station Hutbay near Bompaka between Chowra and Tillangchong, officials said. Equipment like a VHF set for communication, diving gear like compressor and other equipment were seized from the poachers.
In Jhargram town and Lalgarh, Belpahari, Binpur, Jamboni police station areas of West Midnapore, shops downed shutters and vehicles kept off road, reports said. Joint security forces were present in Jhargram town and other areas but tension was palpable in the localities with very few venturing out. No vehicle plied in other parts of the sub-division, including Nayagram, Gopiballavpur, Sankrail though some shops were seen open in those places during the day time. Paramilitary personnel kept vigil along inter-state borders of Belpahari, Nayagram, Jamboni and Gopiballavpur.
Reports from 'jangalmahal' area (forested pockets dominated by tribals) in neighbouring Purulia and Bankura also referred to private vehicles mostly staying off roads in most pockets and markets remaining closed.
Kolkata, 7 February : Low coast carrier JetLite's flight S2 371 will operate five days a week from Monday to Friday between Kolkata and Agartala, the airline said in a release.
The flight will depart Kolkata at 0755 hours and arrive in Agartala at 0855 hours. The return flight S2 372 will depart Agartala at 0925 hours and arrive in Kolkata at 1025 hours.
This new JetLite service will complement the existing Jet Airways Konnect flight on Tuesdays/Thursdays/Saturdays/Sundays, where 9W 2478 departs Kolkata at 1350 hrs and arrives into Agartala at 1455 hrs. On the return, 9W 2479 departs Agartala at 1755hrs arriving into Kolkata at 1845 hrs. On Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays, Jet Airways Konnect flight 9W 2478 departs from Kolkata at 1640 hrs and arrives into Agartala at 1745 hrs. Flight 9W 2479 leaves Agartala at 1825 hrs and arrives into Kolkata at 1920 hrs.
Dhaka, 7 February : About 20 million people in Bangladesh are suffering from chronic kidney disease while 40,000 die of kidney failure in the country every year, Xinhua news agency reported Sunday.
There is only one nephrologist for 2.5 million people in the country but the ratio should be one for 50,000 people, experts said here at a seminar. Experts at the seminar on ‘Chronic Kidney Diseases: Bangladesh Perspective’ organised by a local science organisation said more and more people in Bangladesh are suffering from kidney disease for various reasons including diabetes, high blood pressure and genetic factors.
The Emir of Kuwait has sent a special aircraft to carry the prime minister to his country. Diplomatic sources said Kuwait is bestowing a top honour on Sheikh Hasina and it is expected that the visit will involve a great deal of cooperation and good will. The prime minister and a high-profile delegation comprised of ministers and high officials will hold talks with Kuwait's top government leaders and businessmen. She is scheduled to hold talks with the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Monday.
At the top of Sheikh Hasina's agenda will be increasing Kuwaiti assistance for infrastructure and other development projects, particularly the fund for the Padma Bridge, added sources. Manpower exports and the expansion of bilateral trade and commerce are also likely to dominate the talks. န Photo : Gustavo Ferrari (AP)
Port Blair, 7 February : The Indian armed forces may have reservations over its women personnel joining combat arms, but Malaysia, a predominantly Muslim nation, has taken a lead in allowing them to take on the enemies as combatants.
Malaysia has about a year ago commissioned five women officers into its Navy in combat roles and they perform all tasks on board its warships as a combatant. In fact, the Malaysian patrol ship, KD Perak, which is here for the five-day Milan naval exercise, has two women officers among the 68 personnel on board, with both performing combat support roles.
“About 40 Maoists blew up the up and down tracks late last night between Rajla and Narganjo railway halts near Kahba bridge, affecting the movement of several long-distance and local trains,” Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters) U S Dutt said in Patna. A stretch of 2.5 feet of up line and five feet of down line was damaged in the blast, railway sources said.
While jawans of GRP, RPF and local police have reached the site, Divisional Railway Manager of Asansol D K Gaien has also rushed to the spot to oversee the repair work, official sources said.
Maoists have called the bandh in West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Chhattisgarh today to protest the proposed ‘Operation Green Hunt’ to be launched by Centre against them. န File Photo
The website www.rabindra-rachanabali.nltr.org will help a large number of people access Tagore’s literary works, state IT Minister Debesh Das told Bengal Newz. It may also facilitate many students and academicians to carry out research activities on the nobel laureate as it will have a powerful search engine that will help find other important references on Tagore online.
The Rabindra Rachanabali website was launched with an initiative taken up by the Society for Natural Language Research (SNLR), which was formed to promote Bengali literature on the internet in the age of IT communication. The research board has also taken up an initiative to design a Bengali operating system.
A rift between Yudhajit Dutta and Prateek Sen, erstwhile partners of Mindscapes Maestros Events & Sports Management, the organisers of KFW, has split the fashion event in two. If both go according to their plans then the city will have two fashion weeks, the KFW and the Kolkata Fashion and Lifestyle Week (KFLW) later this month.
Under his new company, Purple People Management, Dutta said he would organise KFLW from 24 to 28 February.