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Friday, January 28, 2011

Par panel wants Govt. to track "Black money" used for "terror"

PTI, New Delhi, 28 January : An Indian parliamentary panel has asked top officials of the Finance Ministry track the trail of black money used to fund acts of terror in the country.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance also wanted the ministry to give clarification on the necessity to have a non-disclosure clause in the international treaties regarding exchange of banking information with various countries. The panel, headed by BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, wanted the finance ministry and the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence to evaluate the quantum of black money stashed in foreign banks and ascertain how much has been routed back to the country through FDI channels from small island nations.
Revenue Secretary Sunil Mitra, Central Board for Direct Taxes (CBDT) Chairman Sudhir Chandra and Enforcement Directorate Director Arun Mathur were among the officials who appeared as witness before the Committee yesterday.

Oxford university students call on Bangladesh PM Hasina
BSS, London, 28 January : A group of senior Oxford University students today have met Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her hotel suite here for an academic discourse on comparative political systems and culture of Bangladesh and Britain.
Officials familiar with the meeting last night told BSS that the inquisitive final year students of the premier British university also took keen interests in Bangladesh's contemporary history and culture and Sheikh Hasina's own political background. "A twenty-one year old law student Rachel wanted to know from the premier about her personal tragedy in 1975," an official familiar with the discussion said.
He said Sheikh Hasina gave a brief description on how and under what situation she had to join politics to lead her Awami League and spearhead a pro-democracy campaign to restore the rule of law after the assassination of her father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, mother, three brothers and two sisters-in-law.
Poisonous liquor kills four in Dattabad
Kolkata, 28 January : Four people were killed and two hospitalized early Friday after allegedly consuming poisonous liquor near Kolkata’s satellite township of Salt Lake. The incident happened in the Dattabad area of North 24 Paraganas district.
‘According to information received by us, four people died and two were hospitalised. This unfortunate incident happened after they consumed poisonous liquor,’ said Sujit Bose, MLA, Belgachia East. The Salt Lake area falls under the Belgachia East constituency.
A senior district police official confirmed that three people have died so far but didn’t give the reason. ‘It is still not known whether this incident happened due to intake of poisonous liquor because till now we have not received any feedback from the hospitals claiming the death to be unnatural,’ the official said on the condition of anonymity.
BSF asked to stop border killing : BSF Special DG Sahay
BSS, Hili, Dinajpur, 28 January : Special Director General (DG) of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) Pronoy Sahay said here today that members of the Indian paramilitary force have been directed to stop killing on Bangladesh-India border.
"We would solve the border problems through discussions by maintaining friendly relations with each other," he told reporters after a high-level meeting between Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and the BSF at Hili Land Port.
Nepal President Yadab recounts association with Kolkata
Kolkata, 28 January : Nepal President Ram Baran Yadab, who is currently in India on a ten-day state visit, on Friday, recounted the fond memories of his association with Kolkata during his student days.
Inaugurating the 177th Foundation Day celebrations of Medical College, Kolkata, of which he is an alumnus, President Yadab said: "Medical College Kolkata is my alma mater where I studied 43 years ago and it is this place which made me what I am today. "At a time when we had few qualified doctors in Nepal, it was a matter of pride for me to be imparted medical education in this great institute of learning," he added. West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and other ministers of his cabinet were also present at the function.
New "ADB" and "World Bank" Funding for Power in Assam
Kolkata, 28 January : On account of the very successful implementation of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded US$ 250 million power transmission & distribution upgradation project in Assam, ADB has agreed to give the state a second tranche of funding, according to Assam's Power, Public Enterprises, Industry & Commerce Minister P Bordoloi.
He stated this while inaugurating the 3rd Eastern Region Summit - Potential North East organised by the Indian Electrical & Electronics Manufacturers’ Association (IEEMA) at Guwahati today. Bordoloi also mentioned that Assam was in advanced stage of negotiations with the World Bank for an assistance of US$ 400 million for the power sector in the state. Earlier, IEEMA President, Vimal Mahendru highlighted the pivotal role being played by IEEMA in meeting the challenge of providing electricity for all in the country.
Bangladesh Govt to provide assistance for exporting potato
BSS, Dhaka, 28 January : Bangladesh government has decided to provide necessary assistance to businessmen for exporting surplus potato.
The decision was taken at a meeting in the conference room of the Ministry of Commerce here today with its minister Lt Col (retd) Faruque Khan in the chair, an official release said. Commerce Secretary Md Golam Hossain, Vice-Chairman of Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) Jalal Ahmed, Chairman of Bangladesh Cold Storage Association Major (retd) Jasim Uddin and officials and leaders of concerned organizations, among others, attended the meeting.
The meeting recommended to provide 20 percent cash assistance and extension of time limit of potato export. It is expected that potato production will be crossed one crore tonnes this year against the target of 84 lakh tonnes, the release added.
The meeting was informed that about 90 lakh metric tons potato were produced in last fiscal against the target of 84 lakh tonnes.