The toll in the accident has reached 66 while 74 are injured. Some 30 people are still feared buried under the debris. The owner of illegally-constructed building has been arrested. န Photos : AFP READ BBC STORY
Agartala, 16 November : Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has said that the Left parties would continue their country-wide agitation for massive land reform and distribution of cultivable land to the farmers. Addressing a gathering in South Tripura, Mr Sarkar accused the Congress led UPA government at the Centre of always formulating policies in favour of industrialists and the rich class. He said his government had also been advocating for removal of the Public Distribution System (PDS). He said the state government had always been demanding for 35 kg rice at a price of Rs 2 per kg considering the socio-economic condition of the people.
Dankuni, 16 November : Indian Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee today inaugurated work for the Ludhiana-Dankuni eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) here and said the project will usher in an industrial revolution in West Bengal.
Banerjee, who sanctioned Rs 190.46 crore in this year's supplementary budget for the initial 25.41 km stretch of the eastern corridor from Dankuni to Chandanpur, said 39,000 acres would be required for both the Eastern and Western DFCs.
At a regular press briefing at the Foreign Ministry Monday afternoon, she said the Prime Minister will hold bilateral talks with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan and also have an audience with Emperor Akihito. Hasina will address a number of investment conferences and hold meetings with representatives of JICA, JETRO and JBIC to discuss investment, economic cooperation and development issues.
The Prime Minister will also address a meeting at Peace Park in Hiroshima and lay the foundation of the Bangladesh Embassy in Tokyo.
Bankura, 16 November : A self-styled woman deputy commander of the CPI (Maoist), who was active in Jhargram area of West Midnapore district, surrendered before police here today.
"Rumpa Mahato (30), deputy commander of the CPI(M) in Jhargram-Nayagram area, surrendered with a 9 mm pistol and cartridges at the police line here," Bankura Superintendent of Police Pranab Kumar said. Rumpa is wanted in several cases of murder.
Port Blair, 16 November : In a shocking development nearly seven new born babies have died in last four days in Andaman’s lone referral hospital G B Pant, leaving Islanders and parents fuming. After several complaints and reports the Health Authorities in Andaman and Nicobar Islands have now started reacting.
“We are aware fully aware and this is very unfortunate and something, which should not have happened. All these deaths are due of infection and according to our initial report due to entry lots of visitors in hospital, new born and pre-matured babies are getting infected, resulting in these death” a senior officer of Health Department told ‘Andaman Sheekha’ today, on the condition of anonymity.
Jalpaiguri, Kolkata, 16 November : An elephant was mowed down by a passenger train in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district Monday night, an official said Tuesday.
"The incident took place between Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri around 9 p.m. when the Alipurduar-bound Mahananda Link Express was passing through Rahimpur tea garden in the Dooars. The tusker, known as Makna Hati, tried to cross the railway track and was killed on the spot," said Tapas Das, divisional forest officer, Wildlife I, Darjeeling division. "A complaint has been lodged against the driver of the Mahananda Express," said Das.
Despite the extraordinary progress of the past century, Asia faces important challenges in each of these arenas. As the most densely populated region on earth, Asia has some of the highest poverty rates in the world. Widespread poverty is compounded by poor environmental practices and the denial of basic services like sanitation and clean water. Internal strife is widespread, with many populations still seeking adequate representation in their governments. Since the advent of nuclear weapons, nations also face increasingly complex security challenges abroad. န SOURCE : Asian University for Women