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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Deep depression over Bengal' Bay, festive spirit may be marred

Kolkata, 13 October : A deep depression has formed over the Bay of Bengal holding out prospects of heavy rain here and the entire Gangetic belt in the next 24 hours, thereby threatening to spoil Durga Puja festivities which began today.
"A deep depression has formed in the Bay about 600 km from here and it is likely to intensify further by tomorrow afternoon near the Orissa coast," Regional Meteorological Centre Director G C Debnath told Bengal Newz. As a result scattered to heavy rain may occur in Kolkata and south Bengal districts tomorrow, he said.
Heavy rains were reported from Nadia, Howrah, Hooghly and North 24 Parganas districts during the day.

TPPS to launch movement against Agartala airport director
Agartala, 13 October : The Tripura Pratibandhi Punarbasan Samity (TPPS) has threatened to launch a movement against the Agartala airport's director unless the authority doesnt provide facilities to a physically challenged employee of Authority of India (AAI).
After holding meeting with airport director S Maiti, TPPS officials said they meet AAI director and deputy director general (Law) from Guwahati and authority assured to provide facilities to Swapan Dey, with 80 per cent disability. Officials here today said Chief Secretary of the state S K Panda had also expressed concern over the report against Mr Maiti, who was alleged by committing atrocities on Swapan Dey.

SAARC Seed Bank to be established soon in the region
Dhaka, 13 October : The SAARC Seed Bank will soon be established in the region in order to negate the adverse effects of climate change.
The technical committee on Agriculture and Rural Development of SAARC in its sixth meeting held at Hotel Sheraton (11-12 Oct) has approved the proposal of establishing the SAARC Seed Bank. The structure of the SAARC Seed Bank will be finalized at a meeting of SAARC Agriculture Ministers which will be held in Dhaka in January next year. Additional secretary to the agricultural ministry Anowar Faroque presided over the two-day meeting where representatives from Bhutan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka participated.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina proposed the setting up of such a bank during the sixteenth SAARC summit in Bhutan.

Saha-Sharath claim gold, another bronze assured from TT
Diganta Biswas, New Delhi, 13 October : Olympian Achanta Sharath Kamal and former national champion Siliguri boy Subhajit Saha today ensured that table tennis contribute a gold to India's medal tally in Commonwealth Games, by overcoming Singaporeans Gao Ning and Yang Zi 3-2 in the men's doubles final here.
World number 40, Sharath, who lost to Yang in the singles semifinal earlier today, got the sweet revenge when he joined hands with the Bengal paddler to clinch the doubles title in front of a packed gallery at Yamuna Sports Complex.
However, the Indian combo did not get off to a good start in the summit clash as they fought hard but lost the opening game 9-11. But the duo showed great character to wrest the lead from their opponents, bagging two successive games 12-10 and 11-4. Photo : Shankar Mondal

'Petrobangla' proposes 'BERC' to increase the CNG price
UNB, Dhaka, 13 October : After introducing the daily 6-hour pump closure as partial gas rationing, the state-owned Petrobangla has now placed a proposal to Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) to increase the CNG price to Tk 25 from the present Tk 16.75 per unit (one cubic meter).
If approved by the BERC, the increase will be 49.25 percent over the current CNG price. According to official sources, Petrobangla placed the proposal to BERC on Tuesday after it received a go-ahead from the Energy Ministry. Petrobangla chairman Dr Hossain Mansur confirmed the submission of the proposal to the energy sector’s watchdog body. But he declined to make any comment on the matter.
In the proposal is approved, the price of the “feed gas” supplied to refueling stations, was proposed to be raised to Tk 18 from the present rate of Tk 9.75 per unit. As per the BERC law, the regulatory body will give its decision on the price escalation after holding a public hearing.
Earlier, the price of CNG was last raised to Tk 16.75 from Tk 8.50 per unit by the caretaker government in April 2008. The price hike was almost 100 percent.

Two CPI(M) men killed by Maoists in West Midnapore dist
Jhargram, 13 October : Suspected Maoists today shot dead a worker and a supporter of the CPI(M) in separate incidents in West Midnapore district, police said.
While a local committee member Tapan Dolui (48) was killed in Lalgarh area, party supporter Salim Khan (45) was murdered in Binpur. Dolui, a member of CPI(M)'s Belatikri local committee, was shot several times by four men while he was working in the field, the sources said. A member of Binpur block Krishak Sabha, CPI(M)'s peasant wing, Douli died on the spot. The attackers fled in motorbikes, the sources said adding Dolui's house was ransacked by Maoists in June last year and he was in hiding for a month at that time.
In the other incident, Khan was accosted by motorcycle borne attackers at Betkundri in Binpur police station while he was returning home from Jhargram town on a cycle. File Photo

Six killed in a road crash in Cox's Bazaar-Chittagong HW
UNB, Cox's Bazaar, 13 October : At least six people were killed and 45 others injured in a road crash at Harbang on Cox's Bazaar-Chittagong highway in Chakaria upazila this afternoon.
Police and witnesses said a Cox`s Bazaar-bound passenger bus of `Subarna Paribahan` from Chittagong collided head on a jeep and a micro bus, leaving six dead on the spot and 48 others injured in the afternoon.
Bengal tiger attacks turn honey collector into tiger protector
Supratik Sengupta, 13 October : He survived thrice from the vicious attacks by Royal Bengal Tigers of the Sunderbans, but ironically this experience turned Niranjan Raptan into a crusader for saving the animal and its habitat.
The short-statured forest guide, who is in the profession of a forest guide for more than 30 years now understands what the compulsion is for the tigers to attack humans or raid villages in search of preys which are dwindling in the Sunderbans.
Yet, Raptan, 60 a honey collector, did not wish to become a forest guide not having even the foggiest idea about the calling. It just happened when 42 years back the then forest field director Pranabesh Sanyal broached the idea. File Photo

Pirates abducted 48 fishermen for ransom in Sundarbans
UNB, Satkhira, 13 October : Forty eight fishermen were abducted by pirates for ransom while fishing in deep Sundarbans under Satkhira range on Monday.
Two fishermen who returned from the pirates, said members of pirate gang Motaleb Bahini kidnapped 50 fishermen, including them, while they were catching fish at different parts of Sundarbans at 10am Monday. Forty eight fishermen, who hailed from different areas of Shyamnagar upazila, could not be released till 7pm Wednesday. The pirates asked for Tk 20,000 as a condition of release of each fireman.

3 ULFA insurgents, including a woman arrested in Assam
PTI, Guwahati, 13 October : Three ULFA insurgents, including a woman, were arrested today in upper Assam's Golaghat district.
They were nabbed on the basis of a tip-off, police said. Two of them were identified as Anima Bora and Prabhat Barua.
Shibpur's BESU to start integrated BTech, MTech course
Howrah, 13 October : The Bengal Engineering and Science University (BESU), one of the oldest engineering colleges in India, has received the status of the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST) and will now introduce integrated courses with dual degrees.
"We will offer integrated courses with dual degrees. The students will have to study for five years and will get both BTech and MTech degrees together," vice-chancellor Ajay Ray told a press conference here. The integrated courses would start from next academic year. To study in the institute now, students will have to appear in the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE), the VC said. Earlier students had to appear in the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination (WBJEE) to study in the institute.
The Central government also wants to set up a regional research hub for solar energy in the institute's campus, Ray said.