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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Mamata lays foundation for perishable cargo centre in Singur

Singur, 29 November : Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee Sunday laid the foundation stone for the railway's first perishable cargo centre to benefit farmers in Hooghly district, where she had led a agitation against the Tatas' small car project.
The centre is part of Banerjee's 'Kisan Vision' project that provides for setting up production clusters for perishable products like fruits and vegetables and ferrying tehse to consumer centres in air-conditioned containers by special trains. Dedicating the Rs.3 crore centre to farmers, Banerjee said: "This is a pilot project. If it is successful, we will launch similar projects across the country. Among other places where we have plans to set up such centres are Nashik, Mandi, Delhi, New Jalpaiguri, Dankuni and Mecheda".
Banerjee said every year Rs.35,000 crore worth of fruits and vegetables get decayed due to lack of proper storage facilities. The Kisan Vision project will be implemented in the public-private participation model by Container Corporaiton of India, a railway PSU. Photo : Sanjay Bhaduri

9 killed, 30 injured in road accident in Mymensingh
Mymensingh, 29 November : Nine persons were killed and 30 others wounded in a road accident at Bangladesh's Bhaluka sub-district of northern Mymensingh district, at early hours on Sunday, police said.
Police office of the sub-district Abul Bashar told Bengal Newz by telephone that the accident happened as a Myensingh-bound passenger bus from the capital Dhaka lost control as it veered at high speed to avoid a truck coming from opposite direction. The bus then slipped off the road and hit two roadside trees.

Three die, six taken ill from food poisoning in Kolkata
Kolkata, 29 November : Three people a woman, a girl child and a teenaged boy died and six others were critically ill in two incidents of suspected food poisoning in Kolkata Sunday, police said.
According to police, the woman and her niece died in a government hospital Sunday after they ate biryani at their Samsul Huda Road residence in South Kolkata’s Park Street area Saturday. Two other members of the family are in hospital and their condition is said to be serious. The second incident was reported from Canal West Road in north central Kolkata’s Rajabazar area, where a 15-year-old boy died and four other members of his family were battling for life in a government hospital.
Crucial CPIM state committee meeting begins today
Kolkata, 29 November : In a bid to retrieve lost ground in West Bengal where it suffered successive poll setbacks, the CPI(M) is holding a two-day state committee meeting from today to discuss issues affecting the party's fortunes.
Attended by party general secretary Prakash Karat and politburo member Sitaram Yechury, the meeting would chalk out a future course of action to regain the turf it lost to the Congress-Trinamool Congress aliance in West Bengal where the party has been ruling since 1977. A state secretariat meeting was held last evening which was attended by Karat, Yechury and S R Pillai.
A report with regard to the state party unit, that was adopted earlier by the politburo and the party's central committee, is to be placed at the meeting today by Karat.
Maoists kill Jharkhand Party's tribal leader in Lalgarh
Jhargram, 29 November : In escalating Maoist violence in West Bengal’s Lalgarh belt, a tribal leader was found murdered in West Midnapore district Sunday. Meanwhile, gunbattles broke out between the joint security forces and Maoist rebels in several areas in and around Lalgarh in the morning.
The death takes to seven the number of people killed in Lalgarh since Friday. While six of them were killed by the Maoists, one Maoist supporter died during an exchange of fire with the security forces. The body of Dhanapati Murmu, a member of the Jharkhand Party (Aditya), was found lying on the road near the Labkush jungle Sunday morning. He had been abducted by suspected Maoists Sunday night from his village in Ramgarh.
Climate change threatens to push more B'deshis into India
Sahil Makkar, IANS, Dhaka, 29 November : Many people from coastal areas of Bangladesh forced out of their homes by the effects of climate change have started migrating towards already over-populated and infrastructure-crippled cities - and to India for their survival.
“The climate refugees are moving towards cities. After Cyclone Aila in May 2009 many from Khulna (one of Bangladesh’s coastal districts) have moved to Dhaka and India,” Ainun Nishat, senior climate change adviser and one of those who drafted the Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy And Action Plan 2009, told IANS in an interview.
“Another impact of climate change would be in the form of increase in river bank erosion. This will also push people out of their original settlements. For a densely populated country like Bangladesh, any further concentration of population in safe areas will not be desirable. Thus migration, first within the country, then to areas far beyond, is not to be ruled out,” he said.
Siddarth Shankar Ray to write to centre on Lalgarh
Kolkata, 29 November : Former West Bengal chief minister Siddhartha Shankar Ray will write to Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram suggesting the central government involve social bodies for the welfare of the people Lalgarh, who are reeling under acute poverty and underdevelopment.
'My analysis about the whole situation is that the tribals are very dissatisfied with various issues such as underdevelopment in the region. There's has been no development in all three tribal-dominated districts of the state - Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore. 'I suggest that social welfare bodies like Ramkrishna Mission and Bharat Sevashram Sangha should be involved carrying out massive developmental works in tribal-dominated areas. And the centre should take the entire expenditure for that,' 89-year-old Ray said in an interview on a Bengali television channel here.

Andaman's pristine beauty on display
PTI, Ahmedabad, 29 November : Noted landscape photographer and bureaucrat Varun Maira will put up an exhibition Andamans A Transformed Legacy' to launch with a specially choreographed dance drama showing the transformation of Kaala Paani' into India's most exciting beach destination, on 1 December.
His photographs to be on show at Hutheesing Visual Arts Centre will have all the facets of Andamans beaches, forests, mangroves, backwaters and spectacular sunsets over the Indian ocean. This is Maira's 17th solo show. Strung along the aquamarine waters of the Bay of Bengal, the An-daman & Nicobar Islands weave a magical spell on visitors. Its isolation enhances the mystery that surrounds the emerald archipelago of 572 islands, islets and rocks in the Indian Ocean.
In British times, the Andaman Islands acquired the notoriety of Kaala Paani' where Indian freedom fighters were condemned to be incarcerated in the cellular jail where they were subjected to the most horrific forms of torture, cruelty and injustice known to mankind.
Female bison mowed over by speeding train in Jalpaiguri
Jalpaiguri, 29 November : A female bison died on the spot after being mowed down by a speeding train passing through the Chapramari forest range in Jalpaiguri on Saturday.
The incident took place at 9 am in the morning in Jalpaiguri district. "The bison collided with the speeding train and was thrown 19 meters away due to the impact. It died on the spot," said Sudhama Oraon, member of the forest protection committee. The forest officials also blamed the callousness of the train drivers for repeated accidents. "It is written here that trains have to slow down when they reach this area. This is the third bison killed like this in this year," said Dhoni Oraon, beat officer of Nagrakata.


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