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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Andaman’s air cargo complex to be operational from 1 October

Port Blair, Kolkata, 12 September : The Veer Savarkar International Airport of Port Blair, the capital city of Andaman and Nicobar Islands is all set to get an air cargo complex from next month. The Airports Authority of India has already intimated the Andaman and Nicobar Administration that the said air cargo complex at Veer Savarkar will be operationalised from 1 October.
“The cargo handling shall be carried out by all concerned from the air cargo complex from 1 October, in accordance with the rules, regulations and procedures prescribed by Airports Authority of India,” an official release of Andaman and Nicobar Administration said here on Sunday.
During 10th Five Year Plan, the Ministry of Commerce & Industries, Government of India introduced “Assistance to State for Infrastructure Development for Export and Allied Activities” scheme for providing financial assistance to State government for creation of appropriate infrastructure for development and growth of exports.

Maoists blow up CPI(M) office at Lodhasuli near Jhargram
ANI, Lodhasuli, 12 September : A blast triggered by suspected Maoists shattered the premises of CPI(M) at Lodhasuli near Jhargram in West Medinipur district on Sunday.
Local residents said that a group of 30 Maoist cadres targeted and destroyed the party office in the early hours on Sunday. The residents heard a loud noise from the party office around 4 am today.
Irom Sharmila awarded Rabindranath Tagore peace award
PTI, Imphal, 12 September : Social activist Irom Sharmila, who has been on fast unto death for past nine years demanding withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act 1958 from Manipur, has been awarded 'Rabindranath Tagore Peace Prize'.
The award carrying Rs 51 lakhs, a gold medal and a citation was given to Sharmila by the Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM). IIPM founder director M K Choudhury presented the prize to Sharmila at Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital here yesterday, where she is lodged and is being fed through the nose by police against her will, said sources close to Sharmila.
Hailing the social activist as a rare human rights crusader, Choudhury who was accompanied by IIPM registrar Ratna Choudhury said, "Sharmila's struggle would succeed. File Protest Photo

AGP can provide stable govt in Assam : Prafulla Mahanti
PTI, Guwahati, 12 September : The newly elected leader of the opposition in Assam assembly Prafulla Kumar Mahanti today claimed that his party Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) was in a position to form a stable government when the state goes to the polls next year.
"AGP is in a position to form a stable government with the help of its allies and provide a viable alternative to the Congress which has formed back-to-back governments," Mahanti, also two time chief minister and founder of the party, told PTI here. The people of the state, he said, had accepted the concept of collective leadership of the party which was evident in the rallies held by the AGP recently in various parts of the state.

Indian Oil Corp Ltd adding hydrotreater at Haldia refinery
Kolkata, 12 September : Indian Oil Corp. Ltd. has chosen Axens technology for a 1.4 million tonne/year coker gas-oil hydrotreating unit at its Haldia refinery in East Midnapore district.
The new unit will process light coker gas oil, heavy coker gas oil, and coker naphtha. It also will be able to process straight-run gas oil and straight-run vacuum gas oil. The refinery’s crude capacity has reached 7.5 million tonnes per year, Axens said.

Selling of anthrax free meat strengthened at Magura dist.
BSS, Magura, 12 September : Bangladesh government initiated market-monitoring system here with several mobile teams have ensured selling of meat free from anthrax at local hat and bazaars in the district.
From the early morning, concerned officials of district administration, livestock resources department and pourasava are active and allow only slaughtering of those animals found free from anthrax after examination. District livestock resources official Narayan Chandra Roy told BSS that there is no information about slaughtering of anthrax infected animals but we have put extra effort to ensure anthrax free meat for people.

India's BSNL to lay optical fiber cable through Bangladesh
Agartala, 12 September : Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), the state-run telecom operator in India will lay optical fiber cable (OFC) through Bangladesh to connect northeast India with the rest of the world.
Recently speaking on the sidelines of launching WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) services in Tripura, BSNL General Manager Debkumar Chakraborty said, "BSNL will lay optical fiber from Agartala to Dhaka. Around 12 km optical fiber is needed to connect Agartala and Akhuwra (nearest town in Bangladesh to capital Agartala) telephone exchange.”
“We will also be extending our network from Sabroom to Chittagong (in southeast Bangladesh) sea port and then to Ashugang (in eastern Bangladesh) port. Survey works are in progress and as soon as survey is over, cost implication will be calculated and I hope by the present financial year the work really starts,” he said.
He added that apart from overcoming the geographical isolation of the Northeast the new project will give relief to the present OFC passing through the hills which often gets disconnected. Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar launched the WiMAX service after a cultural programme on Thursday. Tripura is second state after Mizoram in the northeastern region to have the service where the Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology Sachin Pilot first announced it last July.
According to BSNL, the WiMAX service will help to serve the people better in E-governance and literacy programmes particularly in the remote inaccessible areas of the state where landline broadband service has not been set up.