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Monday, August 30, 2010

Introduce special rules in examinations for children with autism

UNB, Dhaka, 30 August : Bangladesh's renowned school psychologist Saima Wazed Hossain requested the Education Ministry to introduce special rules and regulations particularly in examinations for children with autism and other mental and physical challenges.
She said these special children needs flexible rules to appear in examinations and pass the academic hurdles. “Children with special needs have to be facilitated with special education laws.” Saima Wazed, member of US National Association of School Psychologists (UNASP,) came up with the suggestions during a meeting on the sideline of her visit to ‘Proyash’, a school of the children with special needs at the Dhaka Cantonment.
Teachers and other staffs of the school shared their experiences and views with Saima, the school psychologist, who is the daughter of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
On relaxed examination rules for these special children, Saima said there are many special children who cannot stay in seat for long and need breaks amid the hours-long examination while there are many others who write very slowly in comparison with the general children.

No spl tax status for women, rebate for sr citizens in India
PTI, New Delhi, 30 August : While senior citizens will continue to enjoy greater tax exemption, women tax payers will lose their special status under the proposed Direct Taxes Code.
The Bill proposes to raise the tax exemption limit for senior citizens above 65 years to Rs 2.5 lakh per annum from Rs 2.4 lakh at present. The income tax exemption limit for general tax payers has been proposed at Rs 2 lakh, up from Rs 1.6 lakh at present.

BPDB & NTPC sign MoU for development of power sector
BSS, New Delhi, 30 August : The Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) and the Indian state-run National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) signed here today a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for improving power stations in Bangladesh.
The NTPC, as government utility of India, as per the MoU will assess the feasibility of establishing coal-based power stations in Bangladesh. It will also make endeavour to improve human resources through training and development and look into the possibilities for developing power generations projects especially one coal-based project in Joint Venture.
Abul Quasem,Chief Engineer (generation) of BPDB and A K Sharma, General Manager, of NTPC signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organizations at the NTPC Bhawan here this morning.

Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani engine derails,sabotage suspected
Kolkata, 30 August : Passengers aboard the New Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani Express had a narrow escape Monday when two front wheels of the train's engine derailed on the Howrah-Burdwan cord line at Baruipara in Hooghly district. An Eastern Railway spokesperson said sabotage could not be ruled out.
No casualties were reported. "Two front wheels of the engine derailed around 9.25 am near Baruipara station. None of the coaches derailed," Eastern Railway's CPRO Dr Samir Goswami told Bengal Newz.
Quoting preliminary information, Dr Goswami said: "Three hundred pandrol clips (used to fix the rail firmly to the sleeper) were found removed. We suspect these were removed before the train passed the stretch. However, only a probe can confirm our suspicion". "So, sabotage cannot be ruled out at least at this moment," he said. A relief train and an empty EMU (electrical multiple unit) train have been sent to the spot to bring the stranded passengers to Howrah.

Cabinet congratulates Hasina for being among 10 top women leaders of d world
BSS, Dhaka, 30 August : Bangladesh cabinet at its regular meeting today congratulated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on her placement in the list of 10 top women leaders of the world prepared by internationally reputed Time magazine.
The list was published in the current week's online edition of the magazine.

Tripura to boost tea cultivation through NREGA scheme
Agartala, 30 August : The Tripura Government has initiated a new project of tea cultivation by creating man-days under the NREGA scheme.
"We want to create man-days by creating permanent assets and this project of tea plantation is one of them,"said Tripura Industries&Commerce Minister Jitendra Chowdhury after inaugurating a project at Kalkrisnanagar Gaonsabha area in West Tripura district. "Small tea planters would have to surge forward towards better stabilisation of their economic stature,"he said and added no land can remain vacant in the state without producing anything.
A target of 1 lakh tea plants was taken by the Tripura Tea Development Corporation (TTDC) during the last financial year and tea plants have been brought up with an expense of over Rs 12 lakh, sources said adding these plants will be given to 15 small tea planters at Kalkrishnanagar for cultivation.

Hasan Mahmud Khandaker new police chief of Bangladesh
BSS, Dhaka, 30 August : Bangladesh government today appointed elite-anticrime Rapid Action Battalion's (RAB) director general Hasan Mahmud Khandaker as the country's new police chief.
"Hassan Mahmood Khandker has been appointed as the new Inspector General of Police," a home ministry spokesman told BSS. He said the service of Khandker's predecessor Nur Mohammad, who served as the police chief for the past three and half years, was placed under the foreign ministry for a subsequent diplomatic assignment abroad.

Nicole Tamang declared absconder, GJM withdraws strike
PTI, Darjeeling, 30 August : The main suspect behind the 21 May killing of Gorkha leader Madan Tamang in the town was today declared an absconder by a Darjeeling court.
Nicole Tamang, who escaped from the custody of the CID from Pintail village near Siliguri on 22 August, was among the 30 named in the chargesheet filed by the investigating agency in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate H Rashid here. The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, meanwhile, withdrew an indefinite strike called in Darjeeling from today to press for Nicole's production in the court in view of the tripartite talks with the Centre and West Bengal government on 7 September.
The decision was announced by GJM General Secretary Roshan Giri here after a meeting with Darjeeling District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police Devendra Pratap Singh.

Bangladesh, China discuss road link
Dhaka, 30 August : China is ready to sign a pact with Bangladesh on a road link via Myanmar, a visiting Chinese official has said.
China had expressed its support to build a 111-km road covering the three nations in March this year. It will link the southern Yunnan province with Bangladesh via Myanmar. Qin Guangrong, governor of Yunnan province, told Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday that China was ready to sign memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with Bangladesh on road and rail communications.
The official is on a two-day visit to the country following an invitation from the prime minister during her visit to China in March this year. She had discussed the project with Chinese officials during her visit.

Tripura filmmaker seeks justice from Chief Justice Kapadia
UNI, Agartala, 30 August : A young filmmaker of Tripura has sought the intervention of Chief Justice SH Kapadia against alleged corrupt practices of Doordashan Kendras (DDKs) in Northeastern states.
In a complaint to Mr Kapadia, an emerging film talent of the region Sanjib Das, based in Agartala, alleged that DDK authority had appointed unprofessional and untrained personalities for commissioned programmes depriving genuine film producers. Das, a recognised filmmaker of the Mumbai International Film Festival pointed out that as per the Prasar Bharati guidelines, 75% of the total programmes would be commissioned from people of the Northeastern states, while only 11 out of the 40 empanelled producers were from the region.
''I applied for Direct Assignment as an Eminent Producer/Director of Tripura in July as per the advertisement but DDK Agartala did not receive my proposal because I am not empanelled. However, I have come to know that no applications are being entertained at present by DDK authority,'' Das mentioned.
According to report, the main objective of Commissioned Programme was to offer opportunity to the regional talent of North East to promote and provide a platform to deserving Producers/Artists, but there were allegations of malpractices in DDK programme distribution.


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