The issue also turned into a political confrontation with a case filed Tuesday against opposition leader and former prime minister Khaleda Zia. Zia was accused of inciting violence at a meeting in Dhaka where she attacked the government for re-locating the project from Trisha to Arial Beel. န File Photos : Reuters, AFP
UNB, Dhaka, 2 February : Bangladesh's main opposition BNP has announced countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal on 7 February to protest false cases against its chairperson Khaleda Zia in connection with the violence over the planned airport at Arial Beel and to press for canceling the airport plan.
The hartal was also called to protest “soaring prices of essentials and plundering the share market” as well as to press for the resignation of the incumbent Election Commission.
Kolkata, 2 February : West Bengal will establish 31 cold storage facilities and several food parks across the state to give farmers better rewards for their produce, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee Wednesday announced.
The cold storages will be built in association with the state agricultural marketing department, Bhattacharjee said while inaugurating the "Horti Food Fest 2011" organised by the state's department of food processing industry and horticulture here. Along with production, it is essential that there are storage facilities. Marketing of the goods is also very important. These cold storage facilities and food parks will play an important role in enabling the farmers to get better rewards for their produce, he said.
Despite remarkable improvement in the situation, we believe that there is no scope for complacency in dealing with insurgency", Sarkar said. "It is essential that three battalions of CRPF withdrawn from the state in 2009 be re deployed for continuing effective operations against the insurgency, Sarkar said while addressing the conference of Chief Ministers oninternal security in Delhi yesterday.
Stressing the need for effective border management, he said of the 856 km long border with Bangladesh only 675 kmhas been fenced and the remaining parts need to be fenced speedily to check infiltration of insurgents who were stillusing the soil of the neighbouring country.
The Chief Minister, who is also the Home Minister,stated that the existing gap between two Border Outposts (BOPs) needed to be reduced from eight km to four km anddeployment of more Border Security Force (BSF) to check infiltration of illegal migrants, insurgents and illegaltrade.
Kolkata, 2 February : Keventer Agro Ltd, the food processing arm of food major Keventer Group, will set up a Rs.25 crore food testing laboratory in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district in collaboration with CARSO of France.
"The laboratory will cater to testing requirements of sectors like food, water, beverages, meat, fish, tea, spices and several other agricultural products," M.K. Jalan, chairman of the group, told reporters. The Rs.25 crore Barasat plant is part of a Rs.400 crore expansion plan of the group spread across Gujarat, Bihar and Karnataka.
Constituting the committee with DG of the department of archeology as its head, a division bench asked it to submit a report within two months. Other committee members are Bogra Deputy Commissioner (DC) and Superintendent of Police (SP), Superintending Engineer, Curator, president of Mazar committee, Dhaka University teacher Dr Muntasir Mamun, journalist-writer Shahriar Kabir, a representative of the National Museum and Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor.
The division bench headed by Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury also asked the DC and SP of Bogra to submit a report within a fortnight on what steps taken against the persons responsible for damaging the historical site.
On 7 December last year, the HC following a PIL writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB issued rule asking the government to explain why its inaction in taking legal steps to stop construction within the vicinity of Mahasthangarh should not be declared illegal.
Advocate Manzill Murshid appeared for the PIL petitioner, while Deputy Attorney General Altaf Hossain stood for the government.