Quraishi also said, Assembly elections in West Bengal are due on 11 June, 2011. "Before 11 December, we are not in the picture at all," he said.
Though Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee has been insisting on early polls in West Bengal citing "breakdown" of law and order. န A File Cartoon By CPI(M)
Kolkata, 30 July : The West Bengal Electricity Regulatory Commission (WBERC) announced a hike in power tariff on Friday. An average urban household consuming 200 to 300 units in the CESC area will have to shell out between Rs 30 and Rs 61.50 more. The hike in state electricity board areas is higher, with the extra charges varying between Rs 162 and Rs 267. This includes arrears WBERC allows the utilities to realise from consumers within eight months. The hike is effective from April 2010.
In the process, the CESC will mop up Rs 150 crore and the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Co Ltd a whopping Rs 600 crore in the 2011-12 financial year. The hike in the state electricity board area comes to an average of 44 paise per unit. The 25 lakh-odd CESC consumers in Kolkata and parts of Howrah and Hooghly will have to bear an average tariff hike of 17 paise per unit.
New Delhi, 30 July : A 28-member Bangladeshi defence college team today visited the Western Air Command (WAC) headquarters at Subroto Park to study the command structure, roles and responsibility of the IAF's sword arm.
Led by Bangladesh National Defence College Chief Instructor of Armed Forces War Course Wing, Brigadier General Sohel Ahmed, the delegation met WAC chief Air Marshal N A K Browne and held discussions on areas of mutual interest, training and cooperation. "The delegation was also briefed on the roles and responsibilities of Western Air Command," an IAF press release said here.
AFP, Dhaka, 30 July : Thousands of Bangladeshi garment workers who stitch clothes for top Western brands blocked highways, attacked factories and looted shops in Dhaka on Friday, after rejecting a government wage hike.
On Tuesday, the government said it would raise the minimum monthly wage for garment workers from 1,662 taka - the lowest industry salary worldwide - to 3,000 taka (43 dollars). Some unions had demanded 5,000 taka.
Thousands of workers also blocked the city's main Tejgaon link road. They pulled down steel gates protecting nearby factories, smashed windows and machinery and vandalised cars, police said. At least 5,000 protestors rampaged through Dhaka's up-market Gulshan area, where many embassies and foreign aid groups have their offices. န Photos : Reuters, AP READ BBC STORY
UNB, Dhaka, 30 July : Bangladesh Law Minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed has said fundamental principles of the State as envisaged in the Constitution would return with the Supreme Court verdict that scrapped of the 5th amendment as illegal.
“People were inspired to join the liberation war to establish non-communal society and secularism was the main pillar of the four State principles,” he said at the biennial conference of Mahanagar Sarbojonin Puja Committee in Dhakeswari Jatiya Mandir premises.
The landmine was planted in the middle of a road surrounded on either side by thick forests in Goalpara district, about 130 km from Guwahati. န Photo : Chinmoy Roy READ BBC STORY
As per DAE around 75,000 jute farmers will be roped under this program and they would be given 7,500 ribbon retting machines, required basic training, financial assistance, equipments and technological support.
Further explaining the process, a DAE official said that, firstly raw ribbon will be separated from the jute sticks with the help of ribbon retting machines. Then the separated ribbon will be soaked in water in polythene to rot it properly. READ FULL STORY
PTI, Siliguri, 30 July : The Centre and the West Bengal government's move to hold tripartite talks with the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha would not solve the Darjeeling problem, as it was not the sole authority, a political party opposed to the GJM said today.
Central committee member of the All India Gorkha League Pratap Khati told reporters here that the Centre should hold talks with his party and others active in the hills if it was interested to establish peace.Instead, the Centre and state government were holding talks with those named in the FIR in the killing of the party's leader Madan Tamang, he alleged.
Baruah, who is here to conduct first ever Tea Tasting Session here today, said that finished tea in Tripura is good but it still lags behind when it comes to quality. In Assam and Cachar region, tea planters stress on quality to catch the national and international markets. But here, I found planters focus on appearance instead of quality, he pointed out. Baruah said the need of the hour is to produce quality tea so that planters could get good price of their products. If the planters get good price, the beleaguered industry will get a new lease of life, he said.
On organizing first ever Tea Tasting Session here, Baruah said that the main objective is to exhort the planters about their shortcomings in products and how they can improve the quality.
Forlan, who played a stellar role in carrying two-time World Cup champions Uruguay to their first World Cup semi-final in four decades, touched down at the NSC Bose International Airport in the morning to the cheers of soccer aficionados, who patiently waited for hours for a glimpse of the Athletico Madrid player.
The 31-year-old Forlan, who struck five goals in the South Africa World Cup, would take part in a football talent hunt show to be aired by the Mahuaa Bangla channel. While Kolkata has hosted legendary footballers like Pele, Diego Maradona, Lothar Matthaus, Oliver Kahn, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Ottmar Hitzfeld, Gerd Muller, Romario and Branco in the past.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina may attend the meeting of the Tiger Range Countries (TRC) - Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam, The Daily Star reported Friday. Currently, half of the entire Royal Bengal tiger population of over 2,000 is in 56 forest areas in India.
Despite frequent natural calamities, worsening environment and growing salinity in the Sundarbans, Bangladesh is the only country now that claims the number of tigers has recently risen in the forests. The Bangladesh part of the Sundarbans, a stretch of 6,017 sq km of forest, is officially home to 450 tigers.