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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

31 October deadline for bus replacement in West Bengal

Kolkata, 6 October : The WB government has decided that bus operators who fail to submit applications for replacement of vehicles by 31 October will lose their permits from November.
Operators whose applications for replacement are cleared will receive a state subsidy of Rs 50,000 for private buses and Rs 30,000 for mini buses. Those running four cylinder buses would also receive a subsidy of Rs 30,000. After a meeting with bus operators of Kolkata, Howrah, South and North 24-Parganas at Writers' Buildings on Tuesday, state transport minister Ranjit Kundu said, "It has been decided that all bus operators will have to apply for replacement of their vehicles by 31 October if they want to stay on the road. So far, only 465 such applications have been submitted while orders for replacing 200 buses have been cleared. Twenty new buses have already started running," Kundu said.
Since the crackdown was started on pre-1993 buses after a Kolkata High Court order, there is a shortage of about 2,000 buses in the Kolkata Metropolitan Area (KMA), the minister said.

Press sealed in Kolkata for storing 'Maoist literature'
Kolkata, 6 October : The Special Branch of the Kolkata Police sealed a publishing press here after its sleuths seized Maoist literature allegedly stored there.
According to police sources, Kolkata Graphics - the printing press located at Industrial Estate in Ultadanga in northern Kolkata - was sealed after Maoist posters, leaflets and literature were seized from the press. Though there was no printer's line in the posters and the leaflets so it was impossible to trace where they were printed but the banned materials were stacked there, the source said.
The printing house was raided and sealed, a top police source in the Special Branch of Kolkata Police said.

Centre wants 'Calcutta High Court' renamed 'Kolkata
High Court' as Bengal Newz spell from the beginning
Kolkata, 6 October : The India govt wants the name of Calcutta High Court changed to Kolkata High Court and has asked West Bengal state government for its opinion on the proposal.
Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee will himself decide on the state's response in consultation with state law minister Rabilal Moitra. According to an official of the Chief Minister's Office, no decision has yet been taken though the state government, apparently, has no problem with the proposal.
The official said a central Act governing this needs to be amended. The Centre has also proposed changing the names of Bombay and Madras high courts to Mumbai and Chennai respectively. And official said the particular amendment Bill needs to be passed by the Parliament as Kolkata High Court was formed in 1862 under the High Courts Act, 1861, passed by the British Parliament. Kolkata High Court is the oldest high court in the country.

These aspects would also be taken into consideration when the CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee takes a view on the matter, an official said.

Dhaka Stock Exchange's Index hits all-time high
Dhaka, 6 October : Benchmark index of the Dhaka Stock Exchange hit an all-time high at 3215.79 today. The index rose by 28 point or 0.88 percent.
Earlier, the index hit an all time high when it closed at 3,207.89 on 1 June last year. DSE introduced the general index on 27 November, 2001 with a base of 817.62 points. The index, which excludes 'Z' category companies, is calculated on the basis of individual stock price movement under 'A', 'B', 'G' and 'N' categories. Previously, there was only one index that included all securities of the stock exchange. Starting with a base of 350 points, the index rose as high as 3,648.75 points on 5 November, 1996, when the market witnessed a 'bubble and bust'.
I am unaware of Chhatradhar's Maoist identity : Mahasweta Devi
Kolkata, 6 October : As the West Bengal government insists that arrested PCPA leader Chhatradhar Mahato has links with Maoists, Magsaysay awardee writer Mahasweta Devi said on Tuesday that she was not aware of his Maoist connections.
"I am unaware whether Chhatradhar is a Maoist. Once, he came to my house with a group of women and crew of a TV channel. When I was told that the women were Maoists, I drove away all of them, including Chhatradhar," she said. Mahasweta said she had, however, met Mahato several times and "in all the meetings, I asked him to campaign against SEZs, or to demand ration cards for the poor."
On Monday, the writer had said Bengal Newz, the intellectuals would organise a rally in the city in support of Mahato.
Yesterday, asked whether intellectuals like Mahasweta Devi would be arrested for their reported links with Mahato, state Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen had evaded a direct reply, saying if evidence was found of anyone's association with Mahato, he or she would be questioned.

5 JMBs get 14 yrs in explosive case in Kishoreganj
UNB, Kishoreganj, 6 October : A special tribunal here yesterday sentenced five members of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to 14 years of rigorous imprisonment in an explosive case.
According to the prosecution, Shafiqul Islam, JMB regional commander of Mymensingh district, was arrested on 15 July, 2007 in a murder case filed with Muktagachha thana. Following his statement, police raided Satuta village on 17 July and arrested the four others alongwith 15 grenade covers and six packets power gel. After examining the records and witnesses, Special Tribunal-2 Judge SM Abdus Salam handed down the judgment.
Bengal Auto park work likely from 2010 : WBIIDC
Kolkata, 6 October : The construction of the proposed auto park in West Bengal is likely to begin from next year, a top official of West Bengal Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation said.
"In the next five years a lot of infrastructure development will take place in the state. The work for the auto park will begin from next year," WBIIDC CEO Sumanta Chaudhuri said on the sidelines of a CII seminar on infrastructure. He, however, did not gave any details on the progress of the auto park project. WBIIDC and Bengal Srei Infrastructure Development Ltd had formed a joint venture, Bengal Integrated Auto Park Ltd for development of Auto Park over 500 acres at Guptamani, Kharagpur, including Auto SEZ over 250 acres.
However, the shift of Tata Motor's Nano project from West Bengal to Gujarat had created doubts over the project.

Bangladesh PC to spend $1.6 bn to dredge 53 rivers
Dhaka, 6 October : Bangladesh's Planning Commission has approved a $1.69 billion mega plan to dredge 53 of its major waterways over the next eight years and has invited investment proposals to implement it.
Rivers around the national capital will get priority in the plan that envisages dredging 237 million cubic meter in 53 waterways, parliament was informed, The Daily Star reported Tuesday. Work would begin with dredging in the Balu and Turag rivers in the current fiscal year at a cost of $7.6 million. Silting of riverbeds is a major problem in riverine Bangladesh that has over 300 rivers flowing through it. In most rivers, de-silting has not taken place since the British era.
Bangladesh shares the Ganga-Jamuna river system with India and the Brahmaputra system with China and India. File Photo : STAR

Demanding the release of Chatrodhar & other leaders
Maoists behead kidnapped Police on Ranchi Highway
Ranchi, Kolkata, 6 October : Jharkhand Police on Tuesday said they had found the decapitated body of kidnapped police inspector Francis Enduwar.
Deputy Inspector General of Police (Jharkhand Range), R.K.Malik, said that Enduwar’s headless body was found at around 9.15 am. on the Jamshedpur-Ranchi Highway with a note from the Maoists saying that they could expect more of the same treatment if their demands were not acceded to. They claimed full responsibility for the killing of Enduwar. DIG Malik said that Enduwar, who was kidnapped by the Maoists five days ago, appeared to have been executed by a method popularly associated with the Taliban.
He confirmed that the Maoists had been demanding the release of two of their prominent leaders Kobad Ghandy, C Yadab and Chatrodhar Mahato, who have been arrested by law enforcement authorities in Delhi and West Bengal respectively. Enduwar’s execution was carried out after the Government refused to release Ghandy.
Photo : PTI
Keep children out of political activities : Sheikh Hasina
Dhaka, 6 October : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has vowed to take measures to keep children out of political activities.
Deploying children for political rallies, particularly during agitations and elections, is a common phenomenon across South Asia. “Children would be aware of politics but should not be used in political activities,” she said Monday on the occasion of World Children’s Day and Child Rights Week 2009. She said her government was committed to take measures to address the issue properly as mental growth of those children is affected and they have often become victims of violence. “All children are entitled to have their rights but it is a matter of regret that many children in the country can not even get opportunity to meet their basic needs,” The Daily Star quoted her as saying.
According to UNICEF’s 2007 report, there are 19 million children under the age of five in Bangladesh. The chance of these children surviving to their fifth birthday has increased by 10 percent in the last 20 years. File Photo : STAR
2 held in city for funding Chhatradhar Mahto and Maoist connections
Kolkata, 5 October : Two members of the city-based 'Lalgarh Sanhati Mancha' were arrested here for allegedly funding Maoist leader Chhatradhar Mahto, police said Tuesday.
Prasun Chattapadhyay and Raja Sorkhel of Lalgarh solidarity platform were arrested late Monday for allegedly backing People's Committee against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) leader Mahto, a police officer said. "They were arrested from southern Kolkata's Jadavpur locality last (Monday) night," the officer said. He said both Chattapadhyay and Sorkhel were arrested on the basis of information provided by Mahto.


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