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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

India government convenes meeting of CMs of Naxal-hit States

PTI, New Delhi, 6 July : To chalk out a cohesive strategy to counter the Maoist violence, India government has convened a meeting of Chief Ministers of Naxal-affected States on 14 July which is expected to be addressed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The day-long meeting of the Chief Ministers of West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar will take stock of the situation arising out of the recent Maoists violence and will fine tune a fresh strategy being worked out to curb the Left wing extremism. The plan to redeploy the paramilitary forces engaged in anti-Naxal operations and development schemes undertaken under the aegis of the Planning Commission are expected to be discussed threadbare.
Home Minister P. Chidambaram will brief the Chief Ministers about the government’s plans, seek their suggestions and discuss how to go about it.

Seven bodies of Sitalakhya River's trawaler capsize rescued
UNB, Narayanganj, 6 July : The bodies of seven people drowned in trawler capsize in Sitalakkhya River were found floating on the banks of the river today. Police rescued the bodies.
The trawler with about 200 passengers on board capsized on Sunday night after it was hit hard by a sand laden cargo. The trawler was going to Shitalkhya port from Tanbazar Gudara Ghat at about 11:45 pm(BDST). At least 16 people remained missing after the trawler capsize, of them seven bodies were recovered today.

Dhaka asks Delhi to stop tribesmen’s intrusion into B'desh
Associated Press of Pakistan, Dhaka, 6 July : The Home Ministry in Dhaka has called in Indian high commissioner in Bangladesh Rajeet Mitter and asked for measures to restrain Khasia tribesmen of India who were attacking Bangladeshis in Sylhet border areas. he ministry called in the Indian diplomat after Sunday’s armed attacks by Indian Khasia tribesmen on villagers inside Bangladesh territory along Jaintapur border in eastern Sylhet district.
The government has taken the matter seriously. We have discussed the incidents taking place in Sylhet’s Jaintapur border with the high commissioner so that a situation of peaceful co-existence prevails in the border areas. READ FULL STORY

Two shot dead by alleged Maoists in Murshidabad district
Baharampur, 6 July : For the first time ever, Maoists seem to have struck in West Bengal's Murshidabad district.
Two persons were found shot dead at Dudhsar village on Tuesday morning. Their throats were also slit. Posters left at the site claimed the two had been given the 'ultimate punishment' for working as police informers. Two weeks ago, Murshidabad police had arrested one person from this village on suspicion of Maoist links.

RMG worker’s minimum wage too little to meet basic needs
Dhaka, 6 July : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said the present minimum wage for a garment worker is too little to meet the basic needs of life.
The government will soon announce the much-expected new wage structure for the garments workers, she said at a function at Ganobhaban in the morning. The function was arranged as the leaders of Mahila Sramik League and Mahila Jubo League came to meet the Prime Minister on the occasion of their 7th and 8th founding anniversary respectively.

JSW Energy to commission 1600-Mw Salboni plant by 2014
Kolkata, 6 July : JSW Energy (Bengal) Limited will commission 1600 MW of power at Salboni in West Bengal by September 2014.

The expected date of completion is 31 March, 2014 for the first unit and 30 September, 2014 for the second unit, mentioned JSW Energy’s latest annual report. The power plant is being set up at the site of JSW Steel’s 10 million tonne integrated steel project. JSW Energy (Bengal) Limited (JSWEBL) was incorporated on Februrary 2010 as a special purpose vehicle (SPV) between JSW Bengal Steel Limited (JSWBSL) and JSW Energy. JSWBSL has a 26% shareholding in JSWEBL as a captive consumer, with remaining 74% shares being held by the company. To the extent of 51% of power generated, the SPV will sell power to JSWBSL and West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited while the balance 49% is proposed to be sold on merchant basis.
The power plant, proposed to be set up as two units of 800MW each, would cost about Rs 9680 crore, including Rs 2,000 crore for the mines.
JSWEBL has entered into sole and exclusive long term coal supply agreement with the West Bengal Mineral Development Corporation Limited on 31 March, 2010, for supply of thermal coal from Ichhapur mine to its proposed power plant.
Work on the Salboni steel project is also expected to start this year. The 10 million tonne project would be implemented in phases, with the first phase of four million tonnes. The first phase would cost Rs 15,000 crore. The Bengal project was part of JSW’s target to take its capacity 32 million tonnes.

Bangladesh Islamists to counter 1971's war crimes charge
IANS, Dhaka, 6 July : Top leaders of Bangladesh's Jamaat-e-Islami, who have been detained, have said they will counter the charge of being engaged in targeting unarmed civilians during the 1971 freedom movement.
They have reportedly confessed to allocating Taka 6.6 million for a three-month campaign to counter the charge as government prepares to hold what it calls "war crimes" trial. Jamaat's chief Motiur Rahman Nizami, its secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid and deputy chief Delwar Hossain Sayedee told investigators Monday that they have also prepared a list of 50 "war criminals" who are now part of the ruling Awami League. A 10-member committee headed by a Supreme Court lawyer has prepared the list.
Nizami was the chief of Al-Badar, a militia formed with local collaborators of the then East Pakistan government "to eliminate the intellectuals of Bangladesh", The Daily Star newspaper said Tuesday.
Committed to holding the trial, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government has not fixed a time table for the exercise for which it has sought to garner support from foreign governments and human rights bodies. The JeI trio was arrested last month following a court order in a case and seven more cases were slapped on them.