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Friday, July 24, 2009

India will achieve 9% GDP in 18 months : FM Pranab
PTI, Panaji, 25 July : Indian Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said India would be back in the 9 per cent growth trajectory in the next one and a half years as a result of stimulus measures announced by the government.
"There are certain economic measures taken which will start showing their results in the next one and a half years. Over this period, we will be able to come back to the 9 per cent GDP growth," Mukherjee told a gathering of industry captains in Goa. The Finance Minister accompanied by Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat addressed two official functions in the state today that also included inauguration of India's unique museum conceptualised and executed by the Customs and Central Excise Department.
Mukherjee, during the interaction with Goa's top-most industrialists, said that the government has injected substantial money into the system that will start showing the results in months to come.

Tripura LF govt launches job scheme for urban poor
IANS, Agartala, 25 July : The Left Front government in Tripura has launched a special employment guarantee scheme for the urban poor, modelled on the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA).
The Tripura Urban Employment Programme (TUEP) said to be the first of its kind in India, was launched by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar here late Friday. “The TUEP would provide 50 days’ guaranteed employment in a year to about 52,000 poor families living in 16 urban civic agency areas, including the Agartala Municipal Council,” state Urban Development Minister Manik Dey told IANS.

India & Kolkata to celebrate "Kargil Divas" tomorrow
An army officer stands in the backdrop of Muskoh valley and Tiger Hill during a programme to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Operation Vijay.
Kolkata, 25 July : The city is all set to celebrate Kargil Divas on Sunday. It was on 26 July, 10 years ago that officers and jawans of the armed forces successfully reclaimed the Indian land on the icy slopes of Kargil from Pakistani infiltrators.
Hundreds gave up their lives in this short but bitter war while others bear the scars to this day. To mark the occasion, the Indian Ex-Servicemen's Movement (IESM) has urged Kolkata to pay tribute to the heroes. Some of them, including Captain Kanad Bhattacharya, were from the city itself. A recipient of the Sena Medal (posthumous), he was barely 22-years-old when he gave up his life. "Unlike Vijay Divas, no programme is held in Kolkata to mark Kargil Divas. When it was being fought, people sat glued to their television sets, watching officers and men in action. Today, 10 years later, people seem to have forgotten the sacrifice. We urge the residents of Kolkata to join others across the nation in paying homage to the heroes by placing flowers/wreaths at the Cenotaph near Raj Bhavan, between 11 am and 1 pm on Sunday.
In addition, people can recognize their sacrifice by lighting a candle or a Pradip in front of their homes and place a garland of marigold beside it at 8 pm," an IESM member said. Photo : PTI

China-Bangladesh Relations and Potential for Regional Tensions
< Bangladesh Ambassador Munshi Faiz Ahmad (L) and Chinese President Hu Jintao
Pakistan Defence News, 25 July : The geographic area encompassing South Asia and its contiguous maritime spaces are of growing strategic importance to China, as reflected in China’s web of partnerships and coalitions with states in the region. The dynamics of these relationships appear on the surface to be based on interdependence, but are actually driven by long-term political, economic and strategic interests. Among the South Asian states, Bangladesh is an important player in Beijing's political-military calculus and provides China with added leverage to check Indian forces. This is evident from the regular political exchanges and enhanced military cooperation between the two countries. According to Munshi Faiz Ahmad, Bangladesh's ambassador to China, Bangladesh and China have enjoyed a "time-tested, all-weather friendship". READ MORE
Murmurs of dissent as Sk Hasina re-elected AL chief
Dhaka, 25 July : Muffled complaints of absence of intra-party democracy surfaced as Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was elected president of the country’s ruling Awami League for the seventh time, media reports here said Saturday.
Hasina and her hand-picked general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam were elected without a contest Friday at the 20th national council meeting of the party that country’s founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman helped establish during the Pakistan era. After the council meeting, “some of the councillors, who had been cheering on the bandwagon of complacency during the session, were, however, seen and heard complaining about a lack of democracy in the process of electing the party leadership”, said The Daily Star newspaper.
The council elected Friday was vested with the authority to choose leaders for 45 posts in the ruling party’s 73-member central working committee, the highest decision-making forum. Photo : Firoz Ahmed

Sourav Ganguly to lead Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL3
Kolkata, 25 July : Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly will lead Kolkata Knight Riders in Indian Premier League season 3. New Zealand wicket-keeper and vice-captain Brendon McCullum who led KKR in the IPL season 2 in South Africa will not be available for the IPL 3 due to the national duties.
Sourav led the side in the inaugural edition of IPL in 2008. But he was ousted by the KKR led by former coach John Buchanan before the start of the IPL 2 in 2009. Six New Zealand cricketers including Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum, Kyle Mills, Jesse Ryder, Jacob Oram and Ross Taylor have signed the new contracts for the 2009-10 season, New Zealand Cricket said on Friday. The players, who represent their respective teams in the Indian Premier League were given extra time to make a decision as their was a clash in the schedule of the IPL and the players’ national commitments.
IPL's season 3, which kicks off in March 2010 will clash with the schedule of Australia's tour of New Zealand.

B'desh HSC results to be out, Pass rate drops to 70%
Dhaka , 25 July : The Bangladesh Higher Secondary Certificate and equivalent examinations results have been published on Saturday. The HSC pass rate this year stands at 70.43 %, down more than four percentage points from last year (74.85 %).
Results will be simultaneously published on the website, at all the examination centres, educational institutions, education boards and through SMSs on mobile phones. The website address is
www.educationboardresults.gov.bd. The combined pass rate for Higher Secondary Certificate and equivalent exams is 72.78 percent, according to papers obtained by source ahead of the official release of results due at 1pm(BDST) Today.
Some 18,222 students achieved GPA-5s in the HSC exams under the eight general education boards. The total number of GPA-5 achievers under all 10 boards, including the madrasah and technical boards, was 20,136.
A total of 618,308 candidates from the 10 boards sat the HSC and equivalent exams this year beginning 16 April.
Photo: Mustafiz Mamun
Combined forces begin combing in "Ayodhya hills"
Purulia, 25 July : The combined security forces commenced the anti-naxal operation on Saturday in West Bengal's Purulia district from Kerua Ghatbera. The combing operations covered the forests adjoining Ayodhya hills under Bagmundi police station, which were considered to be the den of the insurgents, Rajesh Kumar Yadav, the SP of Purulia told Bengal Newz.
The combined forces had launched anti-naxal operations in Midnapore district about a month ago, which was gradually extended to neighbouring Purulia and Bankura districts and subsequently to Jharkhand.

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