Choosing a mayor wasn't supposed to be a problem. Though not projected as such, Javed Khan, who was opposition leader in Kolkata Municipal Corporation, was the front-runner for the post. Javed's loss to Congress' Shammi Jahan was a shock. As soon as the news reached 30B Harish Chatterjee Street, Mamata started holding marathon meetings with senior Trinamool leaders to solve the leadership crisis. Three names are doing the rounds Firhad Hakim, MLA and borough chairperson, former mayor-in-council member Sovon Chatterjee, and Sashi Panja, late Ajit Panja's daughter-in-law.
Sovon Chatterjee, though a Mamata loyalist, may not be chosen as mayor because of controversies surrounding him. Trinamool MP Kabir Suman had cast aspersions on Chatterjee's integrity. Party insiders said Mamata wants a person with a "clean image and a good academic background" in the mayor's chair. Hakim, who is popular among the party rank and file for his proven track record as councillor of Ward 82, may ultimately be left out because of his low profile.'
The only hurdle that Sashi Panja may face is her political and administrative inexperience. Though she hails from a political family, she herself is a greenhorn in politics. A first time councillor, she needs to learn the ropes of civic administration to run a body like KMC. Sources say that the Trinamool chief plans to around the problem. န Photos : AP, Indrajit Dutta, Avijit Mondal
UNB, Dhaka, 3 June : Bangladesh government has revealed plans to set up a safari park named after the country’s founder Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, at the reserved forest area in Gazipur, the Bhawal National Park, in an effort to maintain the environment of the area’s unique coppice shal forest (shalbon).
State Minister for Environment and Forest Dr Hasan Mahmud made an announcement to this effect at a press conference on the occasion of the ‘World Environment Day’ at his office on Thursday noon
"Effort of the CRPF personnel is praise-worthy and they deserve suitable reward for their courage and admirable support to state police force during jungle operation conducted against Maoist," Director General of Police Bhupinder Singh wrote in a commendation letter addressed to CRPF DG Vikram Srivastava here.
Impressed by the CRPF's role during the operation jointly conducted with the state police to flush out Maoists in West Midnapore district between 1 April to 3 April, Singh asked the central force to suitably reward the 45 personnel of the 184 Battalion.
"I am not in favour of imposition of President's rule or dismissal of the state government. I will prefer an early election. I will request EC to consider holding Assembly election along with Bihar and some other states due in October," she told a press conference here.
She said election in the state could be held six months before the scheduled date and any such decision lay within the jurisdiction of the EC.
Bangladesh has a tiny share of USD 500 million of the over USD 250-billion India export market. However, exports to India have grown by over 100 per cent in the past three years from USD 230 million in 2007 because of reduction in tariff and non-tariff barriers for Bangladeshi products.
"We expect to fulfill the target of exporting our apparels in increased volumes. We are also exploring ways to be engaged as partner of India's Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector for our export promotion," India- Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IBCCI) president President Abdul Matlub Ahmad told PTI.
PTI, New Delhi, 3 June : India today unveiled its first indigenous vaccine against the dreaded swine flu which claimed over 18,000 lives globally and more than 1,000 in the country.
The country was earlier importing the vaccine from French company, Sanofi Pasteurs, for only health workers and other high-risk people. The vaccine, produced by Zydus Cadilla, was launched today by Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, who took one of the first shots.
In an editorial in party mouthpiece ' People's Democracy ', it said the result was a reflection of "urban Bengal" and the Left Front was committed to undertake a "serious introspection" of these results. "During the Lok Sabha polls in 2009, which saw a serious erosion in the Left vote, the Left Front had a lead in 525 of the 1,766 municipal wards in the state or 29.73 per cent. In these elections, the LF has won 603 out of 1,791 municipal wards or 33.67 per cent.
"Hence, the situation now shows, at best, a marginal improvement in the performance of the Left Front.
BBC News, Dhaka, 3 June : Rescue workers in Bangladesh have stopped searching for bodies in the ruins of a four-storey building that collapsed in Dhaka on Tuesday.
The collapse killed at least 25 people and injured several others. The building, constructed on the edge of a canal, fell down on top of three flimsy homes where scores of low-paid garment workers and labourers lived. Officials say the building collapsed as the owner was adding another floor to an already unsafe structure. READ FULL STORY
“Our project got delayed by one year due to the global economic meltdown, but now we have again started work in the project site and the work on boundary wall has progressed to quite some extent,” said Biswadip Gupta, company managing director. JSW Bengal Steel is setting up a 10 million-tonne steel plant at Salboni in the district. JSW Bengal Steel is promoted by Sajjan Jindal led JSW Steel, which holds 89 percent of the equity capital. The state government owns the balance 11 percent.
In November 2008, Maoists had detonated a landmine targeting the convoy of Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and two central ministers, who were returning from Salboni after laying the foundation stone of the project. န File PTI Photo
Port Blair, 3 June : The salt water crocodile, which had attacked and killed US tourist Lauren Elizabeth Failla, in April this year at Neil Cove beach of Havelock Island was finally caught by the staffs of Andaman’s Forest Department yesterday.
Since the death of the twenty five years old US tourist Lauren E Failla the Forest Department had launched a massive operation to catch the killer croc, which was virtually taken the entire Havelock Islands tourism industry hostages since more than one month.