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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tata Motors readies compensation package for Singur vendors

Kolkata, 17 March : Tata Motors has readied a compensation package for Nano vendors , who were forced to relocate their units to Sanand in Gujarat from Singur due to political agitation . At the same time, the automobile major has taken a decision to retain 997 acres at Singur and renew the lease, which expires on 31 March, 2010.
The commercial production of Nano at Sanand will commence from April this year. It is learnt that the company has come to an agreement with vendors, whereby , it will not compensate them in one go for their losses in Singur, but will do so in a phased manner.

3 firms may get licence to explore peat coal in Madaripur
Dhaka, 17 March : Bangladesh energy ministry has asked the Bureau of Minerals Development to issue licences to three newly-formed local companies for exploration of peat coal in Madaripur.
Swadhin Bangla Mines and Electricity Ltd will be awarded a licence to explore peat coal in 3,400 hectares, Padma Mining and Energy Corporation Ltd 4,000 hectares and Reliance Minerals and Power Ltd 3,100 hectares in Rajoir upazila of Madaripur.
Since the 50's, the Geological Survey of Pakistan and then the Geological Survey of Bangladesh discovered considerable quantities of peat deposits in various localities of Bangladesh. Amongst these discoveries, the deposits of Baghia-Chanda Beel in Madaripur, Kola Mauza in Khulna, Chatal Beel in Moulvibazar, Pagla and Salla in Sunamganj are notable.

President, PM pay homage to Bangabandhu in Tungipara
Dhaka, 17 March : Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wednesday morning paid homage to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman marking his 90th birth anniversary.
The president and the prime minister placed wreaths on the Bangabandhu's grave in Tungipara in the morning and offered munajat for the eternal peace of the departed soul of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Later, ministers, members of the parliament and central Awami League leaders also placed wreaths on the grave.
Tight security measures have been taken centring the VVIPs arrival at Tungipara. The day is also being observed as the National Children's Day at state level. Photo : Focus Bangla

Maoists kill CPI(M) leader near Lalgarh in West Midnapore
Jhargram, 17 March : Suspected Maoists shot dead a local CPI(M) leader for allegedly spying against the ultras near Lalgarh in West Midnapore district.
Maoist guerrillas called a local CPI(M) leader Tapan Dolui at his home at Dherua village and fired from close range late yesterday, the police said. He died on the spot and the ultras left the body on Dherua-Midnapore road. Maoist posters accusing Dolui to be a police informer was found from the spot, the police said.
Save Modhupur Sal forest : HC asks to settle land disputes
Tangail, Dhaka, 17 March : The High Court yesterday issued a rule upon the Bangladesh government asking for protecting natural Modhupur sal forest in Tangail and settling longstanding disputes over the land and forest rights of indigenous people there.
The court asked the government to explain why it should not be directed to arrange an alternative settlement for indigenous people living at salban area before cancelling their settlements. It also asked the government to explain why it should not be directed to demarcate the salban area properly, and frame rules on village forestry, and stop commercial cultivation of bananas, papayas, pineapples on the forest land.
An HC bench of Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain and Justice ATM Fazle Kabir issued the rule following a writ petition jointly filed by Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers' Association (Bela) and the Joyenshahi Adivasi Unnayan Parishad.