|| Bengal Newz (Bengali: বেঙ্গল নিউজ) is the first 24X7 online English language news daily portal - exclusively dedicated to entire Bengali speaking region and the world. ||

Sunday, August 29, 2010

15 killed, 25 injured after minibus falls into pond in Coochbehar

PTI, Coochbehar, 29 August : At least 15 people were killed and 25 others injured when a minibus in which they were travelling overturned and fell into a pond at Dewanhat in Coochbehar district today.
Fifteen bodies were brought out from the submerged bus and taken to the morgues in MJN Hospital and Dinhata Sub- Divisional Hospital for postmortem, police said. The vehicle was later hauled up from water with the help of a crane as fire brigade, disaster management and police personnel joined rescue work along with locals.
Police resorted to mild lathicharge to disperse a mob which damaged a police van near the block hospital at Dewanhat to protest the alleged delay in treating the injured. Locals alleged tear gas shells were also burst but this was denied by authorities. Four of the 25 injured had to be shifted to MJN Hospital. Photos : PTI
Maoists call bandh in 3 dists in Jangalmahal area tomorrow
Purulia, 29 August : Maoists have given a call for a 24-hour bandh in Purulia and Jangalmahal area of Bankura and West Midnapore districts tomorrow to protest the killing of a top Peoples Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCPA) leader Umakanta Mahato.
To enforce the bandh call, Maoists stormed into Urmi station, 20 km from here, yesterday and threatened that Railway property would be targetted if trains functioned on the section during the bandh, station manager Bimal Kumar Ghosh told newsmen. They also pasted posters on the station walls, he said.
PCPA leader Umakanta Mahato, carrying a reward of Rs one lakh on his head and a prime suspect in the Jnaneswari train mishap case, was killed in an encounter with the joint forces at Mohanpur near Lodhasuli jungle in West Midnapore district on 27 August. File Photos : PTI

'Mamatas statement on Azad's killing justified' says Pranab
Kolkata, 29 August : Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee facing flak from the Opposition for her statement on the killing of Maoist leader Cherakuri Rajkumar alias Azad, today received support from Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee who found "nothing wrong" with it.
When asked at Kolkata Press Club today, whether Banerjee, being part of the UPA government, was unjustified in saying that the killing of Azad was not correct at a public meeting, Mukherjee said, "I don't think so. We had a detailed discussion with the Prime Minister, Home Minister and Mamata Banerjee and she has explained her position. She has said if Azad was killed because of the fact that he was trying to initiate talks with the Centre then that should be explained."

Bangladesh would be developed country many years back
Had Bangabandhu’s programmes implemented : President
Dhaka, 29 August : Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman on Sunday said Bangladesh would have become a developed country like Singapore and Malaysia many years back if there was continuation of the implementation of Bangabandhu’s dream and programmes.
The President made the remark while addressing a function, titled `The Bangabandhu Memorial Lecture’, at Osmani Memorial Auditorium, which was organized by Bangladesh Foundation for Development Research. Former West Bengal Chief Minister Siddhartha Shankar Roy, was scheduled to deliver the memorial lecture but could not attend the function due to illness. However, his address recorded in DVD was presented at the function.

India government declares Tripura as malaria drug resistant
Agartala, 29 August : Indian Health Ministry has declared all the four districts of Tripura as malaria drug resistant and suggested to administer second generation drug to fight against Plasmodium Falciparum.
According to report, alarmed at the increasing incidences of malaria death in Tripura National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDC) had conducted a comprehensive study in malaria prone areas on effectiveness of conventional medicines for malaria treatment in 2007 and with the report of NVBDC Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI) categorised the state as Chloroquine (malaria drug) resistant.

Accordingly, the ministry had distributed 1.66 lakhs mosquito nets in worst affected locations of the state in 2009-10 while more than Rs 10 Crore was spent for precautionary measures and awareness generation in past four years, officials stated.
Maoist arms suppliers held from Chatna in Bankura district
IANS, Kolkata, 29 August : Two arms suppliers who allegedly catered to the Maoists were arrested early Sunday from Bankura district, police said.
Biswanath Mondal and Sheikh Amjad were arrested from Bankura district’s Chatna area. “We have arrested two arms suppliers from Chatna area early Sunday,” Bankura Superintendent of Police Pranab Kumar told IANS over phone. Fifteen gelatin sticks and 20 detonators were recovered from them, he said.
35,000 MW power to be proudced by 2020 : S Banerjee
UNI, Indore (MP), 29 August : Chairman of Indian Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Srikumar Banerjee said that the commission has set a target of producing 35,000 MW electricity by 2020.
''At present 4,500 MW electricity are being produced by nuclear plants and two new units will be ready in two years from where another 7,500 MW power will be available,'' Dr Banerjee told media here.
Six killed, 30+ injured in road crash
UNB, Jhenidah, 29 August : At least six people were killed and over 30 others injured as a bus overturned at Kanthaltola on Jessore-Chuadanga road in Moheshpur upazila here Sunday morning.
The identities of the deceased could not be known immediately. Witnesses said a Jessore bound speedy bus turned turtle after hitting a log that fell on the road from a logs-laden van, leaving four people dead on the spot. Two other passengers died at hospital.
The injured were rushed to Jibannagar Hospital and Moheshpur upazila health complex. Among the injured, condition of four people was stated to be critical.
"NBPTOCC" calls for indefinite strike from 31st August
Jalpaiguri, 29 August : The North Bengal Passenger Transport Owners Coordination Committee (NBPTOCC) today announced an indefinite strike from Tuesday in Jalpaiguri and CoochBehar district and Siliguri sub-division of Darjeeling district.
The secretary of the NBPTOCC, Pranab Mani told a press conference here that the indefinite strike has been called to protest the bad condition of roads especially the NH 31 in the three districts. No buses would ply in the three districts during the strike, Mani claimed. The condition of the roads especially the NH 31 in the three districts is miserable, he claimed.
Natl Food Composition Database prepared for Bangladesh
UNB, Dhaka, 29 August : A food composition database has been prepared for Bangladesh after extensive research on 75 local foods that will help develop a comprehensive National Food Composition Database (NFCD).
A total of 23 nutrients - macro-nutrients, micro-nutrients and anti-nutrients - of the 75 selected foods including 25 ethnic tribal foods were analyzed during the research. The nutrients and anti-nutrients studied were protein, fat, carbohydrate, energy, moisture, fatty acids, crude fiber, ash, dietary fiber, carotenoids, beta carotene (Vitamin A), Vitamin C, minerals (copper, zinc, iron, manganese, calcium, magnesium sodium, potassium and phosphorous), and anti-nutrient phytate.

A 15-member high profile research team, led by Prof Dr Sheikh Nazrul Islam of Institute of Nutrition and Food Science (INFS), Dhaka University, as principal investigator, carried out the extensive research works from November 2008 to 20 August 2010.
The objectives of the research study, titled `Preparation of Food Composition Database with Special Reference to Indigenous and Ethnic Foods’, included identifying the most frequently consumed foods of the local or indigenous and ethnic people of Bangladesh through Comprehensive Food Consumption Survey. The study objectives also included preparing a key food list that contributes 75 percent of any one nutrient need and providing recommendations for food policy programme planning in the country.
The research was supported by FAO-NFPCSP funded by European Commission and USAID. The 75 foods items under study were selected from 136 foods by comprehensive food consumption survey (CFCS) and Focus Group Discussion (FCD). Foods consumed by 5 percent or more than 5 percent households were selected in the study.