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Sunday, March 21, 2010

West Bengal high on investors' list of destinations: Nirupam Sen

Kolkata, 21 March : Putting up a brave face in front of industrialists on Saturday, state industries minister Nirupam Sen claimed the Singur setback had failed to dampen the enthusiasm investors felt towards Bengal.
Sen was addressing a seminar organised by TV 24-Ghanta. RPG group vice-chairman Sanjiv Goenka had earlier spoken about the image problem of the state. The minister claimed that going by industrial entrepreneurship memorandum (IEM), West Bengal has attracted huge investments even after the Nano fiasco in October 2008. According to him, the proposed investment in the state was Rs 44,390 crore in 206 projects in 2009, as per IEM figures. The figure was Rs 95,000 crore and Rs 63,961 crore respectively in 2008 and 2007. File Photo

Bangladesh's Dist Portals Hacking : IP address detected
Dhaka, 21 March : Bangladesh's Prime Minister's Office says it has traced an Indian IP (Internet protocol) address used for hacking 20 district portals of Bangladesh on Saturday.
"We have initially detected an Indian IP address that belongs to Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited, one of the largest Internet service providers in India," said SM Akash, media manager of Access to Information (A2i) team of the PMO, yesterday. Professional hackers however use various methods to hide their real IP address and location, he said.
The Bangladesh government will ask VSNL for details of the IP address and the hacker's location, said the media manager. Twenty district websites operated by the PMO were hacked on Saturday.

Tripura's CNG plans, Agartala to be India's first green city
Agartala, 21 March : Tripura Sunday announced plans to make all public and private vehicles in Agartala run on compressed natural gas (CNG) by 2013, thus making the capital 'India's first green city'.
Tripura Natural Gas Co Ltd (TNGCL), a joint venture of the Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL) and the Tripura and Assam governments, has undertaken a project to supply CNG to all private and government vehicles. CNG will also be available to those now using electricity, petrol and diesel to run various machineries. 'The TNGCL has been supplying piped natural gas (PNG) to more than 7,416 domestic consumers and 155 commercial establishments and industrial units in Agartala and its outskirts besides hospitals and crematorium,' TNGCL chairman Pabitra Kar told reporters.
He said: 'The company will soon provide PNG connections to 10,000 new domestic consumers in the city and outskirts. Agartala will be the first city in India within the next three years to become a green city.' According to Kar, the transport department would introduce 70 CNG based passenger buses by this month-end to augment the transportation systems.
Over 60 percent autorickshaws, a large number of small cars and buses are now using CNG in Agartala, the fourth city in India after New Delhi, Mumbai and Lucknow running CNG vehicles on a large scale. The TNGCL chairman said that the supply of CNG and PNG were being gradually expanded across the northeastern state to make the state a green and environment friendly state.

Jamats Nizami, Mojahid sued for hurting religious sentiment
Dhaka, 21 March : Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami, its Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid and three others were sued Sunday on charge of hurting religious sentiment of the Muslims.
The three other accused are Jamaat Nayebe Ameer Delwar Hossain Sayedee, Dhaka city Ameer Rafiqul Islam and city president of Islami Chhatra Shibir ASM Yahia. Syed Rejaul Haque Chandpuri, secretary general of Bangladesh Tarikat Federation, filed the case with a Dhaka court, alleging that Rafiqul at a discussion on 17 March compared Nizami to Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM), which hurt the religious sentiment.
BAUniversitys Germ Plasm Centre develops 48fruit varieties
Mymensingh, 21 March : The Germ Plasm Centre of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) has been playing a significant role in the country's fruit sector by developing new varieties of delicious fruits.
The centre has so far developed 48 varieties of fruits including local and foreign varieties while many small and marginal farmers have brought their fortunes by cultivating those varieties, said the officials of the centre. They said a team of 40 fruit scientists and students led by Prof MA Rahim have been working actively to develop new varieties of fruits since 1990 under the financial support of Swiss Agency for Development and Coordination. The new varieties include mango, guava, strawberry, fig, lemon and plum. All the varieties have been registered under the Ministry of Agriculture from 2006 to 2010.
There is a huge demand of local varieties of fruits in and outside the country, said Prof Rahim, head of the team. Prof Rahim said that the centre has so far sold five lakh saplings to around 35,000 farmers of different areas in the country.
Since 1999, the centre has also trained some 25,000 farmers on fruit cultivation, post harvest, nursery management and Integrated Pest Management (IPM). But the allocation from the BAU for doing research work at the center is very inadequate, the officials at the centre said.

Fire breaks out in B'desh's Chandpi range of Sundarbans
Khulna, 21 March : A fire that broke out in Chandpi range of the Sundarbans Saturday afternoon gutted trees on around four acres of land.
Fire fighters and forest officials were trying to douse the fire till 2:00pm(BDST). Forest Division sources said the fire might be originated in the forest from burning cigarette. Divisional Forest Officer of Sundarbans East Division Mihir Kumar and Morelganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer of Bagerhat Subrata Kumar Biswas confirmed the incident.