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Monday, July 5, 2010

Nation-wide Bharat Bandh disrupts normal life in West Bengal

Kolkata, 5 July : The nation-wide bandh called by the Left and opposition parties against rise in prices of petroleum products was peaceful in West Bengal, but paralysed normal life totally.
MP Tarun Mondal along with 109 supporters of SUCI, a left opposition party, were arrested for violating permanent prohibitory orders in force before the Raj Bhavan, IGP (Law and Order) S Karpurakayastha said. The bandh was peaceful throughout the state, he said, adding tea gardens and the IT sector functioned normally.
Though Metro Rail services operated normally in the metropolis, trains services, including long-distance and EMU local trains were stopped by the bandh supporters at various stations.
Air-India operated five domestic flights, including Kolkata-Delhi and Kolkata-Mumbai and the Kolkata-Singapore international flight from the N S C Bose International Airport, Airport sources said, adding private airlines did not operate flights. READ BBC STORY Photos : Reuters, Shankar Mandal

Bharat bandh : Life normal in Tripura
Agartala, 5 July : Life continued normal in Tripura as the CPI(M) led ruling Left Front did not take part in today's bandh against rise of prices of petro products as it had observed a shutdown on the issue on 28 June.
The Left Front, however, morally supported today's nation-wide bandh. The Tripura unit of the BJP, which also called a bandh today, had failed to disrupt normal life.
Rare artefacts stolen from Bangladesh National museum
BBC News, Dhaka, 5 July : A number of rare objects, including a gold cross of Queen Victoria, have been stolen from Bangladesh's National Museum, it has emerged.
The stolen artefacts include 26 rare objects, among them nine gold medals and ancient silver coins. The director general of the museum, Prakash Chandra Das, told the BBC he learned of the theft in April. READ FULL STORY

72 per cent voting recorded in Durgapur-1 Assembly Bypoll
Durgapur, 5 July : The bypoll to Durgapur-I Assembly constituency in West Bengal went off peacefully today with 72 per cent voting recorded, officials said.
District Magistrate of Burdwan Omkar Singh Meena said 72 per cent of voters exercised their franchise. The polling began 45 minutes late in four booths after EVMs developed a technical problem, he said. The area was exempted from the 12-hour 'Bharat bandh' called by the NDA and Left parties to protest fuel price hike.
The bypoll was necessitated following the death of West Bengal Power Minister Mrinal Banerjee, who was a CPI(M) MLA here. Congress has fielded a retired industry worker Bansi Badan Karmakar, who was also supported by Opposition Trinamool Congress. CPI(M) has fielded Archana Bhattacharya. Photo : Niraj Modi

50 people missing as boat capsizes in Shitalakkhya river
Dhaka, 5 July : At least 50 people, including women and children, remained missing as an engine boat capsized with over 100 passengers Sunday night after a sand laden cargo rammed it in the river Shitalakkhya.
Aktar Hossain, officer-in-charge of Narayanganj Sadar Police Station, told Daily Star that the engine boat with around 100 passengers left the Tanbazar ghat for Bandar area around 10:00pm(BDST). As it reached in the middle of the river, a sand-laden cargo rammed it, he said. Around 20 to 30 passengers have been rescued immediately after the incident while six of the injured were admitted to different local hospitals," the OC said. Golam-e-Nur, master of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA), said the passenger boat capsized after a sand laden cargo hit it.
Divers from Fire Service and Civil Defence and BIWTA were carrying out rescue operation in cooperation with police and personnel from the district administration. No body was recovered till the rescue operation was suspended at 1.30 pm, he said. They will resume rescue operation at 8:00am Monday. Photos : AP

7 days NIA custody for DHD-J military chief Niranjan Hojai
Guwahati, 5 July : The National Investigation Agency probing the terror funding case in Dima Hasao gets remand of DHD-J military chief Niranjan Hojai for 7 days after he was produced before a special court in Guwahati on Monday.
Earlier in the afternoon he was taken to Guwahati two days after he was captured in Nepal. CBI also is set to approach the court seeking his remand.
'TATA' plans ACE truck plant's joint venture in Kishoreganj
Dhaka, 5 July : TATA Group plans to join hands with Nitol Motors its car distributor in Bangladesh to set up a truck plant in Kishoreganj. The facility will make 30,000 to 40,000 of its 'Ace' brand pick ups a year.
According to a report published in the Telegraph the report estimated such a manufacturing plant would cost about INR 1,000 crore. The paper quoted Matlub Ahmad chairman of Nitol Niloy Group the parent company of Nitol Motors as saying that "What we are looking at is a core plant in Kishoreganj near Dhaka around which an ancillary industry will grow up.” Ahmed said his company is planning to sell about 12,000 trucks in Bangladesh, while the rest will be exported to India, Myanmar and other countries where engineering goods from Bangladesh have duty-free access, such as Turkey or other European nations.
Nitol runs a joint venture with the TATA that assembles vehicles of the Indian company at Jessore. The proposed Kishoreganj plant will be a large-scale set-up with a supporting auto ancillary hub capable of exporting vehicles to India. While the details of the joint venture are not yet clear, TATA will possibly settle for a 50:50 joint venture with Nitol.
Nitol Motors sells about 700-800 Ace trucks a month in Bangladesh.