The purpose of these schools is to enhance combat skills of jawans and enable them handle sophisticated weapons to tackle Maoists and terrorists. Army officials will oversee the training programmes. An army officer at the rank of a colonel is expected to head the school at Salua. The Centre however is yet to give clearance to the other schools, one of which is to be set up in Jalpaiguri. န Photos : PTI, Demotix
Filling stations in and around Dhaka will be closed for six hours a day from 16 August for about a month. READ FULL STORY
Silchar, 12 August : In Assam, the All India Radio, Silchar completes 38th year of broadcast. It was on 11 August, 1972 that the station started broadcasting programmes.
AIR correspondent reports that the Bangladesh crisis in 1971 and anti-India propaganda from across the border has prompted the government of India to set up a radio station at Silchar. A cultural programme will be held on 13 August to mark the occasion.
"The country fetched 33.5 million U.S. dollars by exporting software and ITES in the last fiscal year, which is 500,000 US dollars higher than the 2008-09 fiscal," Mahbub Zaman, president of Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services ( BASIS), was quoted as saying by national news agency BSS.
He said though the country's earnings from software and ITES slightly increased but not to the desired level as the sector suffered a setback due to global economic recession.
"We have sent our opinion to the MHA saying they can go ahead with the CBI probe into the Sainthia rail accident if they wanted. The state government will have no objection though the CID investigation ordered by the state government has already progressed a lot," Home Secretary Samar Ghosh said. The Ministry of Home Affairs in a recent communication had sought the state government's opinion on a CBI inquiry into the accident as demanded by Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Bangladesh suffered its driest July in decades, prompting farmers to turn to the centuries-old rain-making ritual of celebrating frog marriages, officials say. “There have been lot of frog marriages as there has been hardly any rainfall here even though it's monsoon season,” Sadullahpur district government administrator Ariful Haq said.
At a frog wedding in Ramchandrapur village, 300 villagers dressed in their best clothes attended the festivities, said Tajul Islam, who was at the wedding. “The frog bride and groom are highly decorated with a red streak of colour on their forehead and carried in a special basket to a banana-leaf stage,” he said. “Villagers sing songs, make offerings of rice and grass, then after the ceremony the married frogs are released in the village pond,” he said, adding that all the village children then got traditional sweets.
Monsoon rains normally sweep Bangladesh from June to September, with the country receiving more than 75 percent of its annual rainfall during this period. န Photo : AFP
Purulia, 12 August : Five Maoists have been arrested in Purulia district, police said Thursday. According to police, five Maoists Ananda Kumar, Bhabataron Mahato, Umacharan Mahato, Gobordhon Mura and Manasa Ram Mahato were arrested late Wednesday night from Ayodhya Hills.
Purulia district's Superintendent of Police Rajesh Yadav said: "Acting on specific intelligence inputs, the joint forces comprising state police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel conducted a raid in the Ayodhya Hills and arrested the five Maoists Wednesday night. They were presented before the Purulia district court Thursday afternoon."
Ajanta Chakraborty, Kolkata, 12 August : Come September, no diesel-driven cars will be allowed in the Gorumara National Park and the Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary. Enthused after the two parks were recently acknowledged as the country's best protected areas, the state forest department is working on a detailed upgrade plan for them. It wants to begin with stopping the access of vehicles that have turned out to be a real threat to the forest's fragile environment.
Forest officials claimed the ban would help restrict the number of vehicles plying inside the park. Only six people will be allowed to travel in these specially designed vehicles. Officials said these vehicles are being created with the chassis of Maruti Gypsy cars spared by the Army. And it's this part of the government order that has invited flak from local youths and tour operators. Kedar Gupta, secretary, Gorumara Parjotone Unnayan Committee, said: "We are not against the banning of polluting vehicles. Let the order be implemented in phases so as not to deprive tour operators. The committee will hold a meeting at Dooars on Friday to discuss the issue."
Forest minister Ananta Roy, though, is bent on banning the diesel-run vehicles. "The most polluting factor in these two biodiversity-rich and ecologically sensitive protected area are the vehicles," he said.