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Monday, April 26, 2010

First phase of Census 2011 starts in Tripura with details of CM

Agartala, 26 April : The 2011 Census officially started in Tripura on Monday, with the details of state Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and his wife, Panchali Bhattacharjee, being recorded by officials.
'An estimated 10,000 enumerators and supervisors have been appointed to visit every household in urban, rural and interior areas in Tripura to carry out the task of door-to-door headcount for the National Register of Indian Citizens (NRIC),' Deputy Director General of Census Operations S.K. Chakraborty told reporters here.

Govt sign contracts for setting up 5 peaking plants 420 MW
UNB, Dhaka, 26 April : Bangladesh government today signed contracts with foreign EPC contractors to set up 5 peaking power plants in the public sector.
The power plant projects are Bera 70 MW, Hathazari 100MW, Dohazari 100MW, Gopalganj 100MW and Faridpur 50MW. Peaking plants means these plants will be run during the peak hours from 4 pm to 11 pm when demand for electricity is excessively high. Furnace oil will be used to run the plants because of the gas crisis. Per kilowatt hour (per unit) electricity production cost at the plants will be between Tk 8-12 while the present average production cost is Tk 2. As per the contracts, the EPC contractors will complete the supply, install and commission of the plants within 15 months from the signing of the contracts on turnkey basis. This means the plants are expected to come into operation by August 2011.
The state-owned Power Development Board (PDB) will implement the projects with funds from the public exchequer. PDB secretary Md. Azizul Islam signed the contracts with the representatives of the contract winning companies at a function at the DPDC head office in the city.

Ban on Indian films to stay, Hasina asked comm'rs ministry
Dhaka, 26 April : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday asked the commerce ministry to repeal the decision to withdraw a ban on import and display of Indian films in cinema halls.
A minister revealed it to Daily Star seeking anonymity, emerging from a cabinet meeting at the Cabinet Division of the Bangladesh Secretariat. The prime minister also expressed her dissatisfaction over the decision regarding to the ban slapped in 1972, the source added. The commerce ministry recently lifted the embargo in a bid to inject a momentum into the country's waning cinema industry.

Protest on lifting ban on Indian films
Dhaka, 26 April : Bangladeshi cinema producers and artistes on Monday staged a demonstration on the FDC premises in the capital demanding cancellation of the government’s decision to withdraw ban on import and display of Indian films in cinema halls.
The industry people under the banner Bangladesh Chalachitra Oyko Parishad staged the demonstration on the premises of the Film Development Corporation (FDC), which continued for over 15 minutes. Eminent actors and actresses, including Razzak, Shahnoor, Anwara, Mizu Ahmed, and film director Mohammad Hannan participated in the demonstration.
The government recently in a draft import policy allowed import of Indian and other South Asian movies in the country. But the decision is yet to become effective. The ban on import and display of Indian films in the country’s cinema halls was slapped in 1972.... READ BBC STORY
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi asks militant outfits to come forward for talks
Kokrajhar (Assam), 26 April : Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today asked militant outfits in the state to shun violence and come forward for talks.
"No problem can be solved through weapons. The militants must realise this and return to the democratic process," Gogoi told reporters here today. Citing example of Bodoland Peoples Forum leader Hagrama Mohilary, the chief minister said, "Mohilary was a member of militant outfit, but he came forward for talks and the Bodoland Territorial Council was formed."
He urged other militant leaders to follow Mohilary and come forward for talks to redress their grievances. Photo : Chinmoy Roy
CPI(M) supporter shot dead by Maoists in West Midnapore
Jhargram, 26 April : A CPI(M), supporter was killed and another seriously injured by Maoists in Lalgarh area of West Midnapore district, police said on Monday.
Armed Maoists late Sunday night entered Bammal village in Lalgarh area and forcibly took away Aditya Lohar (50) and Mihir Singh, both CPI(M) supporters, from their home, they said. The bullet-riddled body of Lohar was found in the outskirts of the village while Singh was found in a seriously injured condition this morning, they said, adding Maoist posters were found in the spot in which the CPI(Maoists) claimed that the victims were punished for being police informers. Singh has been admitted to Midnapore Medical College Hospital.
Malaysia keen to invest in B'desh power, telecom sectors
BSS, Dhaka, 26 April : The visiting Malaysian business delegation today expressed keen interest to invest in communication, telecommunication and power sectors in Bangladesh.
They showed the interest at a meeting of the Bangladesh-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BMCCI) held at a local hotel. President of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) Annisul Haque and BMCCI President Syed Moazzem Hossain addressed the meeting, among others. The FBCCI president highlighted the present investment opportunities and incentives offered by the Bangladesh government.
He urged the Malaysian investors to come forward to invest in the infrastructure development sector in Bangladesh. The eight-member Malaysian business mission arrived in the city earlier in the day on a three-day visit to explore the possibilities of business opportunities in infrastructure development and related services including construction of rail line, roads, highways and bridges.

Normal life partially affected in Assam's N-Cachar Hills dist
PTI, Haflong, 26 April : Normal life was partially affected in Assam's North Cachar Hills district following a 24-hour bandh called by the NC Hills Indigenous Women Forum (NCIWF).
Official sources said there was no untoward incident from any part of the district so far but security has been tightened and a strict vigil was being maintained. The bandh has been called by the NCIWF to protest against police firing on bandh supporters here on 9 April in which five supporters, including a woman, were injured. The 9 April bandh was called to demand bifurcation of NC Hills district into two autonomous districts following its renaming as Dima Hasao district.

44 Rifles Battalion led mutiny : Prosecutor Lt Col Aniruddha
Dhaka, 26 April : Thirty of the mutineers identified as to be involved in Pilkhana carnage belong to 44 Rifles Battalion, Prosecutor Lt Col Kazi Aniruddha told the BDR Special Court-5 on Monday.
Sepoy Selim Reza played the key role when a group of mutineers entered the Darbar Hall to kill the BDR high officials, including the then director general, on 25 February last year, he added. The three-member court, led by BDR DG Major General Md Mainul Islam, started the trial proceedings at Pilkhana Darbar Hall of BDR headquarters.
The special court asked the authority concerned to haul all the 675 accused of the battalion before the court on Tuesday when the trial proceedings resume. The prosecutor said the mastermind of the massacre was the BDR personnel belong to the 44 Rifles Battalion. From deputy assistant director to ordinary jawans were involved in the killings, he added.
Of the accused, 189 BDR personnel were present at the Darbar Hall during the 25 February carnage, the prosecutor said. Subedar Md Ismail Hossain of the battalion filed a case against 675 BDR men with the special court after the court proceedings began on Monday.

'All Tripura Tiger Force' men surrender and deposited arms
Agartala, 26 April : Two insurgents of outlawed All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) have surrendered and deposited arms and ammunition in West Tripura district, police said on Monday.
Barun Debbarma and Nirmal Debbarma, who fled from their base camps in neighbouring Bangladesh surrendered to the police in Khowai sub-division Sunday and deposited one revolver and some cartridges. The surrendered insurgents, during interrogation, told police that there has been large scale desertion of the insurgents in the past year due to raids by Bangladesh security forces and non-payment of wages by the insurgent leaders.
Since January last year, about 400 insurgents of two banned outfits, ATTF and National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT), have surrendered to security forces in the state.
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