AIGL leader Madan Tamang was hacked to death on 21 May by an armed mob at around 9:20am at the Upper Clubside Stand in Darjeeling. A cell phone had been recovered from the spot belonging to Nickol Tamang, who is also a GJM Central Committee leader. န File Photos : AFP, PTI
The FT magazine in its first Global Free Zones of the Future- 2010-11 also ranked the CEPZ fourth in the world's top 10 best economic potential zones. The magazine took more than four months to compile data from nearly 1000 free zones of the globe and published the ranking its June-July-10 issue. However, Clark Freeport of the Philippines has been recognised by the magazine as number one in the category of cost effectiveness in the world.
Togo Export Processing Zones of Togo is ranked second in the cost effectiveness category. San Luis Potsi of Mexico is ranked as number one in best economic potential category, according to the survey. CEPZ is the country's first EPZ that launched operation in 1983 at Halishahar area in the port city.
PTI, New Delhi, 22 August : Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee's prolonged absence from her ministry has cost the exchequer more than Rs 11 lakh over a one-year period.
Expenses for travel of five officials between Delhi and Kolkata to meet Mamata for clearing files have cost the Railways Rs 11,23,550. The officials in question are Officer on Special Duty to Railway Minister Gautam Sanyal, Private Secretary Santanu Basu, Executive Director (Public Grievance) J K Saha, Additional PS S Ashok and APS Ratan Mukherjee.
Kolkata, 22 August : Two youths were today arrested from Arambagh in Hooghly district for allegedly making hoax calls claiming that a bomb has been planted in a flight.
Srikant Paramanik (30) and Shyamal Paramanik (19), both friends, had been arrested from Arambagh for making two calls from a mobile phone to Chandigarh airport claiming that bombs were planted in a private aircraft on 18 August. No bombs were found after search operation.
UNB, Bagerhat, 22 August : A court here Sunday placed Mufti Hannan, chief of banned Islamist outfit Harkatul Jihad-al- Islami (Huji), on a two-day demand in a case for bomb attack on Sheikh Helal's public meeting at Mollahat upazila in 2001.
Judicial Magistrate court judge M Nur Nabi granted the bail at noon after hearing when CID police produced him before the court seeking a seven-day remand for interrogation. CID police started investigation again as the case was revived on 28 January, this year.
The Satellite Imaging for Rail Navigation (Simran), which went through some exhaustive trials could also reduce accidents at unmanned level crossings, besides avoiding collision. The project, which uses a satellite imaging software along with the global positioning system, was developed as part of the Railway Safety Technology Mission to provide correct train information to passengers.
A train locator unit installed in a train identifies its latitudinal and longitudinal values and speed by receiving information through GPS satellites, Railway sources familiar with the project said.
UNB, Dhaka, 22 August : Forty-nine people, recently identified as infected by anthrax in some areas of Shahjadpur upazila in Sirajganj district, have been initially given clinical treatment, according to the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) in Dhaka.
Another seven days will be required to get it confirmed through laboratory test of the specimens collected from the patients and bones of the infected cows, IEDCR director Prof. Mahmudur Rahman said today. Taking to UNB, he said the people identified as infected by anthrax have been given clinical treatment and specimens collected from the affected parts of the patients’ body are now under examination. “Everything is now under control.”
With their larger-than-life image and influence on governance with 62 MPs, Karat, CPI's A B Bardhan and other Left leaders were of the belief that their decision would be the last word for the government, says former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee.
These are his views on the bitter period in his last days of his parliamentary career contained in his autobiography "Keeping the Faith: Memoirs of a Parliamentarian", which was released by Prime Minister Singh yesterday. န File Photo
Guwahati, 22 August : A class IV student and a rickshaw puller were today seriously injured in alleged police firing during an encounter with ULFA militants in Assam's Kamrup (rural) district, officials said.
Police intercepted two ULFA militants when they were going in a rickshaw to a gas agency in Swalkuchi to extort money. An encounter broke out and the rickshaw puller and a ten- year-old student, who was standing nearby, were injured in police firing, they claimed.
UNB, Thakurgaon, 22 August : Farmers cultivated Aman paddy on 1.33 lakh hectares of land in the district this season exceeding the target.
Farmers of the district became anxious due to absence of rain in the beginning of August but the last week’s rain brought relief among them. Department of Agriculture Extension sources said a target was set to bring 1.29 lakh hectares land under Aman cultivation but the enthusiastic farmers cultivated 1.33 lakh hectares exceeding the target.
Some 3.46 lakh mts of paddy are expected to be produced in the district, DAE sources said.