"The government has submitted nomination dossiers of Shantiniketan under culture category and the Western Ghats under natural category to the World Heritage Centre for their inclusion in the World Heritage List," the official said.
If Shantiniketan is selected, it will be West Bengal's third World Heritage Site after Darjeeling mountain railways and Sundarbans National Park.
Purulia, 19 October : A CPI(M) leader was shot dead and another critically injured today when suspected Maoists attacked them in Balarampur here, police said.
Local party leader Sitanath Singh Sardar(61) died while 55-year old Yudhisthir Mandal was admitted to Tata Main Hospital in Jamshedpur, they said. A group of around ten suspected Maoists had attacked the duo in Chowkbazar, which is merely 200 meters away from the joint security forces camp and the local police station.
Agartala, Kolkata, 19 October : Tripura Commerce and Rural Development minister Jitendra Chowdhury's e-mail was hacked and false mails seeking a loan of $2,000 were sent through it !
"I'm out of the country in Cyprus and found myself in a situation which I really need to take care of now. I need a loan of $2,000," Minister's hacked mail said. Chowdhury told Bengal Newz that he has lost some very important e-mails and write-ups saved on his mail. Meanwhile, Tripura government will soon set up a Regional Cyber Forensic Laboratory (RCFL) in Agartala.
Hasina stated this when outgoing Italian Ambassador to Bangladesh Dr Itala Maria Marta Occhi paid a farewell call on her at her office.
The Prime Minister thanked Italy and other European countries for helping Bangladesh holding a free and fair election in December 2008 that eventually restored democracy in Bangladesh. Referring to Bangladesh’s high quality products like ceramics, pharmaceuticals, jute and jute goods, home textile and handicrafts, the Prime Minister said Italy can import more such products from Bangladesh.
She also urged Italy to invest more in Bangladesh’s renewable energy, power generation, oil, gas and mineral exploration, ICT, tourism agro-processing and water treatment. The Italian ambassador thanked the Prime Minister for extending all out support and cooperation to her in discharging her duties in Bangladesh.
PTI, New Delhi, 19 October : In a move that could trigger a price war among airlines in the subcontinent, lowcost carrier Thai AirAsia on Tuesday announced launch of direct flights linking Bangkok to New Delhi and Kolkata from December, while those to three more Indian citie s were on the anvil.
From 1 December, the airline would operate four flights a week between Delhi and Bangkok and a daily service from Kolkata at all-inclusive one-way fares of Rs 4,500 and Rs 2,500 respectively, Thai AirAsia CEO Tassapon Bijleveld told reporters here.
The President made the call while outgoing Afghan Ambassador to Bangladesh Ahmad Karim Nawabi paid farewell call on him at Bangabhaban here. During the meeting, the President expressed his satisfaction over the exiting relation between the two brotherly countries and said Bangladesh attaches great importance in the historical and brotherly relation with Afghanistan.
Zillur Rahman expressed his hope that trade and commerce relations between Bangladesh and Afghanistan would be gradually increased in the days to come. The President wished welfare and peace of the Afghan people.
Nawabi apprised the President that his country is keen to import more Bangladeshi products. The outgoing envoy hoped that bilateral cooperation between Dhaka and Kabul would be expanded day by day. န Photo : BSS
Agartala, 19 October : A subscriber of a public sector telecom company has fallen ill after he got a bill of Rupees 5.89 lakh for a month against a post-paid mobile connection. According to a report here today, the subscriber of BSNL, an employee of the Tripura State Electricity Corporation Ltd, received the latest bill of Rs 5.89 lakh and fell ill yesterday. The person, a resident of Narshingarh area in Agartala, has lodged complaints with BSNL authority.
Chapainawabganj, 19 October : Fake Indian currency worth about one lakh Rupee was recovered at frontier Singnagor in Shibganj upazila on Tuesday.
Acting on a tip-off, a patrol team of BDR jawans challenged a man near Zero Line seeing his suspicious movement at about 8am (BDST). Being challenged, the man fled to India leaving behind a packet, which carried the forged Indian currency. The border guards later recovered the Rupee from the packet. A case was filed.
Andaman Sheekha, Neil Island, 19 October : These days Islands have been experiencing heavy rain in different parts. It is reported from islands like Neil Island, Havelock and N&M Andaman that due to heavy rain farmers have suffered heavy loss this year. This is the season for harvesting of paddy in these islands but heavy rain has made harvesting totally impossible in many places.
Harvest ready paddy fields in many Islands have been flooded due to heavy rain. Vegetable growers Neil Island, Little Andaman, Havelock etc are also equally hit. Especially in Neil Island, ponds of many farmers overflowed, which drained out fish seeds. Poor farmers, are now demanding a proper survey of damage suffered by farmers due to heavy rain this year and they are also demanded due compensation from Administration.
Department of Agriculture Extension (AED) sources said the harvesting that began from last week in the district reveals that production has increased by 20% per acre. The sources added that 50,231 hectares of land were brought under broadcast Aman cultivation as against 40,200 hectares of land targeted this year. The output target was fixed at one mts per acre but farmers achieved 1.20 mts per acre yield.
Besides, 7,653 hectares of land was brought under T-Aman cultivation although 7300 hectares of land was targeted. DAE sources said 2.30 mts paddy was produced on each acre on the average against the target of 2.25 mts.