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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Football legend Mathhaus to visit Kolkata with FIFA World Cup

Kolkata, 6 January : As a part of the Coca-Cola FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour, German football Legend, Lothar Mathhaus will be on a three-day visit to Kolkata from 15-17 Januaary.
The authentic FIFA World Cup Trophy, being brought to India for the first time will provide football enthusiasts once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the real solid 18-carat gold trophy. As part of the celebrations, plans have also been drawn to have an exclusive showcase of the FIFA World Cup Trophy at the Salt Lake stadium on 16 January. On 17 January, at the stadium, Lothar Mathhaus would lift the original World Cup Trophy once again, reminding his fans in Kolkata about Germany’s historic World Cup win in 1990.
The three-day trophy tour will culminate into an extravagant evening of music and entertainment by Chandrabindoo, a leading Bangla band, followed by an electric concert by Euphoria, India’s popular rock band.

Bangladesh won’t be base for another 'Nation’s Terrorists'
Dhaka, 6 January : Bangladesh will not allow its territory to be used by “militants and terrorists of another country”, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said.
Hasina Tuesday said she would “not invite trouble for the country” by allowing militants and terrorists to use Bangladesh for carrying out terrorism in another country. She is heading for New Delhi next week for summit level talks where cooperation against militancy and terrorism, both bilaterally and in the South Asian region, is high on the agenda.
PETA writes to Mamata Banerjee on elephants' death
PTI, Guwahati, 6 January : People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on Wednesday wrote to Indian Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee urging her to take immediate steps to stop accidental killing of elephants by trains.
Referring to the death of four elephants, including two calves, in Assam's Karbi Anglong district on 2 January, the animal rights organisation in its letter said that the recent incident was the latest in a long line of railway accidents that have killed and injured many elephants. PETA's representative Ashish Verma pointed out that elephant herds travel long distances in search of food along traditional migration routes, which possibly have been in use for centuries.
PETA also recommended various measures which include reducing train speeds in forest areas, improving visibility, regulating garbage disposals and restoring migration corridors without railway tracks among others.
Some positive change in Jyoti Basu's health : Docs
Kolkata, 6 January : The condition of CPi(M) leader Jyoti Basu, in hospital with pneumonia, continued to remain critical on Wednesday but doctors attending on him said he has shown some 'positive changes'.
"Basu's condition deteriorated in the morning and he was put on ventilator. His condition is still critical but he has shown some positive changes since the last bulletin at 1130 hrs," a medical bulletin issued by the hospital at 6:00pm said. "His blood pressure has been controlled a bit and one urine output was OK," AMRI Hospital Executive Director told reporters when asked about the positive changes.

PM Sk Hasina launches 'Web Portals' for 64 districts
Step forward towards creating a 'Digital Bangladesh'
Dhaka, 6 January : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday inaugurated web portals for 64 districts in a bid to bring the country's administration system under e-governance.
The web portals will ensure the excess of people to all necessary information about the government services and district wise data. While inaugurating the portal at her office in the morning, Sheikh Hasina termed it 'step forward towards creating a digital Bangladesh'. She said, “As our goals are to improve the living standard and people’s empowerment, we want to introduce digital systems to all irrespective of rich, poor, educated and illiterate people”.
Later, the prime minister talked with the people of Panchagarh and Rangamati districts on different issues through videoconferences.

Committee formed to face Earthquake Disaster in BD
Dhaka, 6 January : The Bangladesh government has formed a 39-member committee for taking necessary steps in case of any earthquake disaster in the country.
Advocate Manzill Murshid, President of the Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB) revealed it to reporters at a press briefing at the Supreme Court Bar Association chamber this afternoon. The food and disaster management minister will lead the committee formed on 30 December as per a High Court directive. The higher court on 29 July last year issued the directive asking the government to procure necessary rescue equipment in case of any earthquake disaster in the country.
It will also examine the list of government equipment to be used in case of any earthquake disaster in the country.

Jyoti Basu put on ventilator, Condition serious
Kolkata, 6 January : Veteran CPI(M) leader and former West Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu was put on ventilator this morning after his condition turned serious.
Superintendent of AMRI hospital in Salt Lake Debashish Sharma, where Basu is admitted said, "He has been put on ventilatory support this morning and his condition has turned serious". 96-year-old Basu, who was admitted to the hospital on Friday last following a "moderately severe" pneumonic infection, is under special observation at the ICCU, Sharma said.
A special medical board has been constituted to review Basu's condition. Dr AK Maity, Basu's personal physician and also a member of the board, said his condition was "unstable".

Burma and Bangladesh Sit for Maritime Dispute on Friday
Narinjara News, Dhaka, 6 January : Delegations from Burma and Bangladesh will sit on Friday in Chittagong, the second largest city of Bangladesh, to solve a maritime dispute, according to an official report.
The report said, “Bangladesh and Burma have scheduled to begin a two-day bilateral meeting on maritime boundary disputes in Chittagong on Friday. The meeting is likely to solve the problem peacefully." READ FULL STORY
HM Ershad hints at quitting alliance, But not now !
Dhaka, 6 January : Bangladesh Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad on Wednesday called upon the leaders and activists of his party to strengthen their organisational capacity to contest the next parliament election independently.
“Boost up your organisational capacity to take the party in a position to contest the next parliamentary election independently, if necessary,” Ershad said in his address at a rally at Paltan Maidan. The rally was organised to mark the 24th birth anniversary of Jatiya Party.
But Ershad clarified that his party was not leaving the 14-party grand alliance right now despite his vow to contest the election alone. Photo : UNB
Students ransack principal's office in Purulia college
Purulia, 6 January : Angry students today allegedly ransacked the principal's office, torched furniture and documents after they were asked to attend more classes in Jagannath Kishore College here.
The police said guardians and students, mostly of Commerce stream, stormed the principal's chamber and began to damage furniture in a meeting at the college premises today. The principal had insisted on more than 50% attendance to allow the students for final examination, the police said.

Buriganga cleaning drive begins...
Dhaka, 6 January : The drive to remove the garbage including polythene from the bed of the Buriganga began on Wednesday with much enthusiasm and a festive mood among the people.
The clean up drive led-by Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) and the Ministry of Shipping started at Badamtali Bridge near the Sadarghat Launch Terminal of the capital. Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan formally inaugurated the drive after a discussion meeting at Sadarghat in the morning. Around 150 labourers and a grad excavator are struggling to pull out the sludge from the riverbed.
"Initially, we will remove the garbage from one kilometre area. We'll launch the drive in a 500-metre stretch from Badamtali Bridge towards Sadarghat and in another from the Bridge to Kamrangairchar," said a BIWTA official on Tuesday. Photo : Firoz Ahmed
Hearing on Chittagong arms haul case on 21 January
Chittagong, 6 January : A Chittagong court on Wednesday fixed 21 January for the next hearing of the sensational Chittagong arms haul case.
The court of Metropolitan Magistrate Md Fazlul Bari fixed the date after nine detained accused of the case were produced before it. The nine accused include two former director generals (DG) of National Security Intelligence- (NSI) Maj Gen (retd) Rezzaqul Haider Chowdhury and Brig Gen (retd) Abdur Rahim, Public Prosecutor Advocate Kamal Uddin said. The other accused were NSI ex-director (Security) Wing Commander (retd) Shahab Uddin, ex deputy director (Engineering) Maj (retd) Md Liakat Hossain, NSI field officer Akber Hossain, Chittagong Urea Fertilizer Company Limited (CUFL) former managing director Mohsin Talukder and former general manager (Admn) Enamul Haq and two principal accused Hafizur Rahman and Din Mohammad.
Earlier on Monday, Metropolitan Session Judge Bhabani Prashad Singha extended the time for further investigation into the case for the sixth time till 22 March. Investigation made into the case so far revealed link of United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) with the smuggling of the deadly consignment. File Photo

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