"The government has started making the investment since last year to develop various destinations," Managing Director, WB Tourism Development Corporation, T V N Rao said during a seminar on tourism development here today. Apart from this, the government has decided to spend more in creating a unique brand identity for the state. As against the last year's Rs 6 crore, this year Rs 10 crore would be spent to make West Bengal the most preferred tourist destination, he said.
Rao underlined that tourism in West Bengal needed a boost in branding and marketing strategy to come to the fore. န File Photo
The stern warning came on the heels of 48-hour ultimatum issued Wednesday to the pilots to join the work or face disciplinary action. The ultimatum ends at 11am(BDST) Saturday. Some 46 aggrieved pilots of the national flag carrier Bangladesh Biman Airlines applied for sick leave at a time landing the authority in a difficult situation in maintaining the flying schedule.
“The stance of Biman management is clear. Biman will run on its own rules. Any evil- attempt to destroy its rules and regulations will be dealt with iron hand,” Managing Director of Biman Bangladesh Mohammad Zakiul Islam told a press conference at iis office today.
PTI, Purulia, Kolkata, 28 October : Abducted intelligence officer Partha Biswas' wife today appealed to the Maoists to release her husband as he went to Purulia, from where he was allegedly taken away by the ultras, to work for an NGO.
"I appeal to Maoists through the media to verify the background of my husband and release him," Biswas's wife Barnali told reporters at the Purulia superintendent of police's office. She pleaded that though her husband was an intelligence branch inspector, he had not gone to Purulia to gather information about the Maoists, but to work for tribal villagers which he had been doing for a long time.
Police said acting on a tip off, they raided the house of Mohor Ali at Kalwalapara in Mirpur-1 at about 11:30am(BDST) and arrested the 20 Jamaat leaders and activists including assistant secretary general of Jamaat and also former Jamaat MP of Godagari in Rajshahi Professor Mujibur Rahman and Khulna city Nayeb-e-Ameer Shafiqul Alam.
Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Mirpur division) Moniruzzaman said the detainees were holding a secret meeting in the apartment. န Photos : UNB
''First scheme is of North East super savers with four coupon tickets for sale and travel within the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Tripura, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland at a total cost of Rs 10716/- all-inclusive,''the release added. Another scheme is of Islanders' super savers for Port Blair. A special four coupon ticket is for sale in Andaman and Nicobar islands with travel originating from Port Blair on the first coupon.
Subsequent coupons can be used for travel between Port Blair and Chennai/Kolkata. The total cost of the ticket will be Rs 26000/-all inclusive, the release further added.
Kolkata, 28 October : West Bengal government today assured that it will adhere to the Supreme Court directive and will soon compensate those who were injured in police firing during the Nandigram violence in March 2007.
"There are total 159 injured and a list has been prepared, and is lying with the finance department for approval. Once it is cleared the government will make the payment as soon as possible," state Chief Secretary Samar Ghosh told reporters here today.
Dhaka, 28 October : A bomb was hurled Thursday night at the gate of private TV channel Desh TV and Bhorer Kagoj building near Mouchak market Thursday night.
Witnesses said the bomb was hurled at about 9-40pm(BDST) The glass-door on the ground floor of the building was broken under the impact of the bomb. None was reportedly injured.
As per the 2009 census report, some 2,048 of the world's estimated 3,000 one-horned rhinos lumber around the swamps and grasslands of Kaziranga, their concentration here making the giant mammals a favourite target of poachers. Eleven of the beasts were killed so far this year, while 18 rhinos were killed in 2008 and 14 in 2009. Between 1980 and 1997, some 550 rhinos were killed by poachers in the wilds of Kaziranga, the highest being 48 in 1992.
Poachers kill rhinos for their horns, which many believe contain aphrodisiac qualities, besides being used as medicines for curing fever, stomach ailments and other diseases in parts of Asia. Rhino horns are also much fancied by buyers from the Middle East who turn them into handles of ornamental daggers, while elephant ivory tusks are primarily used for making ornaments and decorative items.
Dhaka, 28 October : The much talked about Industrial Police, a specialized unit of law enforcers, will formally begin its function from Sunday to maintain order in the country's four major industrial zones.
The Industrial police have been formed to make sure that outsiders can not provoke violence or create chaos in four industrial zones-Dhaka, Gazipur, Narayanganj and Chittagong. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will formally inaugurate the force at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on Sunday.
Banerjee will visit Burdwan, Purulia and Bankura Saturday and Sunday and hold public rallies, said party sources. Druing her trip, she will inaugurate a railway wagon factory at Andal in Burdwan, said a Trinamool Congress leader. He said Banerjee will also sign an MoU with the National Thermal Power Corp for a power plant at Adra in Purulia.
Agartala, 28 October : The four-day winter session of Tripura Legislative Assembly will begin from tomorrow, officials said here today.
The Business Advisory Committee (BAC) has finalised the tabling of Tripura Sate Rifles Act,third amendment bill, and also State Medical Council bill to facilitate the practice of successful MBBS students- who would get states registration, officials stated.
This was stated by Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus, the founder of Grameen Bank and innovator of social business, at the inaugural session of a conference titled ‘Global Social Responsibility’ held at Hotel Radisson in the city on Thursday. He said that social business is a new concept, completely different from conventional profit-making business. It has objectives to solve social problems in sectors like healthcare, education, affordable housing, clean technology and finance through ensuring access of rural people.
Dr Yunus, who is often called the `grandfather of microfinance’, has urged all to come up with unique ideas to open a door for social business in addressing social needs and resolving social problems saying that “if you have ideas, fund will follow you.”
“Social business needs creativity. Some 80 percent work is done if anybody has great idea…anybody can do it and each one has capacity,” he said adding that the social businesses will become a substantial part of the business world.