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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Bangladesh Liberation War Museum gets Tk 24 crore donation

UNB, Dhaka, 11 August : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has lauded the role of the Liberation War Museum in projecting the correct history of the heroic war of the Bengali nation and protecting the history from distortion.
The Prime Minister expressed the view while receiving cheques from the Bankers Association of Bangladesh in aid of the Liberation War Museum at her office on Wednesday. Thirty three commercial banks including four state-owned banks donated more than Tk 24 crore to the Liberation War Museum for conducting its activities including research on the liberation war, PM’s Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad said.
The Prime Minister noted that the liberation museum is playing a commendable role in bringing the spirit of liberation war back to the mind of the people as well as depicting the real history for the new generation.

Mamata's controversial Lalgarh rally figures in RS again
PTI, New Delhi, 11 August : Mamata Banerjee's controversial rally at Lalgarh again figured in the Rajya Sabha today with a BJP member asking home minister P Chidambaram if it was proper to give publicity to Maoists.
"Whether is it right to give publicity to Maoists or their ideology, as recently done by a cabinet minister," BJP member Ramdas Agarwal asked during Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha. Though his party colleagues welcomed the poser, Chidambaram said, "The question has been framed in a general manner, therefore I would generally like to say that no one should support Maoists and the government will not encourage anybody who does so."
Agarwal urged chairman Hamid Ansari to allow a half-an-hour discussion on the matter. File Photo : AFP

B'desh consider proposal to increase number of UN police
UNB, Dhaka, 11 August : Bangladesh Home Ministry would sincerely consider any proposal and initiative to increase the number of policemen in UN Peace Keeping Mission.
State Minister for Home Affairs Advocate Shamsul Haque Tuku said this while visiting the Bangladesh Permanent Mission in United Nations in New York on Tuesday.
14 National Liberation Front of Tripura' surrender in Tripura
PTI, Agartala, 11 August : Fourteen insurgents of outlawed National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) surrendered to the security forces after fleeing from camps in Bangladesh, police sources said today.
Nine of the militants along with 12 family members surrendered at the Amar BSF outpost in North Tripura district yesterday. The militants deposited one rifle, the sources said. Another group of five militants of the same outfit surrendered to Assam Rifles at Akhirampara in Dhalai district on Monday. The first group of nine militants were among thirty who fled from camps in the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh, but were attacked on the way by another group of insurgents. After the encounter the others went missing.
DIG, police control, Nepal Das said, Bangladesh security forces had intensified operations against Indian militants.

Meghalaya's HNLC asks for boycott of Independence Day
Shillong, 11 August : The outlawed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) appealed to the people to join their boycott of the Independence Day celebrations, even as security forces were put on alert across eastern Meghalaya.
‘We appeal to the people of Hynniewtrep land (eastern Meghalaya) to join hands with us in this fight for the greater cause of our nation,’ HNLC spokesman Sainkupar Nongtraw said. As a mark of protest to the celebration of Independence Day in Hynniewtrep land, the HNLC has called for a 36-hour shutdown from 14 August to 16 August.

Siliguri city centre to open in December
UNI, Kolkata, 11 August : In a bid to offer a popular lifestyle and family destination to the people in North Bengal, Ambuja Realty will open the doors of a new city centre at Siliguri in December this year.
Christened 'City Centre-Siliguri', the super speciality mall comes after the success of Ambuja Realty's two other city centres at Salt lake in New Town and Rajarhat in Kolkata, claimed Ambuja Realty Chairman Harshvardhan Neotia. Talking to newsmen here on his latest venture, Neotia said the Rs 250 crore-City Centre Siliguri, located along National Highway-31, was spread over ten acres near the entrance of Uttorayon, the 400 acre integrated township.
Among other things it would feature departmental stores, a cineplex, food courts, banquets, restaurants, gaming zone, kiosks, business centre and over 200 branded and unbranded shops, Mr Neotia said. He informed that the new city Centre was aimed at catering to the needs of entire family besides being a favourite family destination for the people in not only Siliguri but also the entire north Bengal.

Six people died, 20 others injured in Narsinghdi collision
BSS, Narsinghdi, 11 August : Six people died in a head-on collision between two buses at Jangli Shibpur area of Raipur Upazila in Narsinghdi on Wednesday.
A Bhairab–bound bus from Dhaka, collided head on with a bus coming from the other side, at around 12.15pm(BDST). Six passengers died on spot and at least 20 others were injured. The injured have been admitted to the Upazila health complex.
Fashion show in Guwahati cancelled after 'militant threat'
Kolkata, 11 August : A fashion show to be held in Guwahati, with the participation of ace designers Ritu Kumar and Wendell Rodericks, was postponed after organisers claimed they received threat calls but police dismissed the claims.
"The event from tomorrow has been postponed due to security reasons as we thought it unwise to hold it following the threat calls," Paramita Saha, CEO of Arts Forward, the organisers of the three-day event, said.
Assam DGP Shankar Baruah, however, said that business rivalry among fashion groups might be the reason. "As far as I know, I don't think that any militant group is behind this. It might be from rival fashion groups," he said.
WB's 'Darjeeling tea' prices zoom on aggressive buying
Sutanuka Ghosal, Kolkata, 11 August : Aggressive buying by Tata Global Beverages, Hindustan Unilever, Global Exports & Marketing (Aditya Birla group company), Godfrey Phillips, Balaji Agro International, Raghunath Exports has pushed up Darjeeling tea prices by Rs 20 per kg at the auctions. The packeteers and exporters have become active at the auctions as the demand for Darjeeling tea has picked up in the international markets, particulary in the EU nations.
Darjeeling tea is exported to countries like the United States, UK, Germany, Japan, Netherlands and France. According to Tea Board statistics, the annual production of Darjeeling tea hovers around 9-9 .5 million kg. “Despite the Euro crisis, Darjeeling tea has fetched good prices (€50-100 per kg) in the European nations,” said Ashok Lohia, chairman, Chamong Tee Exports, the largest producer of Darjeeling tea. He added that prices of leaf-grade variety has shot up by 100 per kg.
“We had lost quite a significant volume of first- and secondflush of Darjeeling tea due to a drought-like situation in the beginning of the season. This had resulted in the revenue loss for the companies. We are trying to recover the lost during the March-June period. We are not sure whether we will be able to make up the loss,” Ashok Lohia said.