The agreement keeps the provision for Bangladesh to export power to India in the future, and the transmission system will have the capacity to exchange 500 MW of power soon after the system is launched. “This is a small step for Bangladesh and India, but a giant leap for regional cooperation,” said Hasina’s energy adviser Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury.
PCAPA spokesperson Manoj Mahato said a martyr’s week will be observed in West Midnapore’s Lalgarh and its adjacent areas between 29 July and 4 August in memory of Soren, the founder-member of PCAPA and its armed wing Sidhu Kanu Gana Militia.
“Without land reforms India’s agricultural development is not possible. In the National Development Council (NDC) meeting, this vital issue was not raised by any chief minister, central minister or the prime minister except by Tripura,” CM said.
Sarkar was speaking after inaugurating northeast India’s first private sector bio-fertilizer plant in west Tripura’s Radha Kishore Nagar, 15 km north of Agartala. The plant, with over 600 metric tonnes initial production capacity, was set up at a cost of Rs.20 million without government support.
Sarkar said: “As land is a most productive resource, it should be utilised properly. Land reforms, as a tool for equitable distribution and productive use of an economic asset, should be given the highest priority with an aim of providing land to the actual tillers instead of confining it in fewer hands in the name of corporatisation of agriculture.” Referring to the bio-fertiliser plant, he also said: “In many parts of the world, bio fertilizer-based food products are most valued and in real terms it has ten times higher value than products grown through chemical fertilizers.” န File Photo
The challenge came from a lawyer, who is a senior member of the Jamaat-e-Islami whose top brass has been arraigned before the tribunal that began its work Sunday. Jamaat chief Motiur Rahman Nizami, secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid and senior assistant secretary generals Muhammad Kamaruzzaman and Abdul Quader Molla are the first batch of those being brought to trial for targeting unarmed civilians during the freedom movement.
They are accused of belonging to Islamist militia Al Badr that engaged in rape, loot and murder of the sympathisers of the freedom movement and religious minorities.
UNI, Port Blair, 27 July : Trinamool Congress today declared that party chief Mamata Banerjee will launch TMCs Andaman Branch within this week at Kolkata.
''Manoranjan Bhakta former Member of Parliament of Andaman and Nicobar Islands will join TMC and will be Andaman Unit President,'' TMC General Secretary, West Bengal, Dr Biswapati Biswas told media persons during a press conference here. Talking to mediapersons before leaving for Kolkata after his three-day visit to the Islands, Mr Biswas said, Ms Banerjee will declare the launch of TMC in Andaman at Kolkata within this week. However, talking to UNI over phone from Kolkata, Manoranjan Bhakta said that he hasnt given his nod yet to TMC.
Jhargram, 27 July : A pro-Maoist leader allegedly involved in the Gyaneshwari Express sabotage has surrendered in a Jhargram court, police said Tuesday.
Jiten Giri, a leader of the People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA), was sent to 14 days judicial custody after he surrendered. He was allegedly involved in 10 cases including the 28 May Gyaneshwari Express sabotage, which led to the deaths of 148 people.
Andaman and Nicobar Territory Congress Committee (ANTCC) president Sharma said he met union HRD minister Kapil Sibal in New Delhi recently and had apprised him on the discontinuation of 44 reserved seats for the island students in the institute this year. "I told Sibal about the plight of the island students and he has assured me to look into the matter," he said. "When the decision to shift the NIT from Port Blair to Pondicherry was taken, it was decided that 44 seats in NIT-Pondicherry will be reserved for island students. But that has not been done this year," Sharma said.
Bishnupada Ray, MP of Andaman and Nicobar, demanded that an NIT should be established in Port Blair. (With PTI inputs)
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The company would be pumping in Rs.35,000-crore for the project in West Midnapur district. "The work of boundary wall has already started. We are doing the designing of the steel plant now. Construction of the plant would start before end of this fiscal," Sajjan Jindal, managing director, told reporters here through a video-conference from Mumbai.
He said three years would be required to complete the construction work of the plant from the day of ground breaking. Asked about the financial closure of the project, Jindal said: "We have not yet concluded financial closure for the Salboni project."
Though the airline is yet to get a state government commitment for at least eight bookings per flight to make the operations viable, aviation industry experts said 48-seater ATR operations would be more viable as fares would be a lot lower than an 18-seater Beechcraft. "Trains to Cooch Behar are always packed. A lot of businessmen and traders will travel by plane if the fare isn't exorbitant," he said.
At present, the runway length is 1,069 m. AAI is adding 60 m and there is a proposal to increase it by a further 259 m to allow ATRs to operate comfortably. The last airline to operate a scheduled service to Cooch Behar was Vayudoot in the late 1980s. After that, the airport lay idle for a while before AAI expressed its intent to upgrade the airport in the mid-1990s.