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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

President Zillur Rahman calls for 'Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant'

UNB, Dhaka, 17 August : Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman on Tuesday called for implementing Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, the dream of late Dr. MA Wajed Miah, a reputed nuclear scientist and husband of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
“We find the identity of Dr Wajed Miah as a devoted scientist,” he said while unveiling `Sudhasmarak’, a memorial book on the noted nuclear scientist by Bangabandhu Education and Research Council, at Bangabhaban in the morning. Addressing the function, President Zillur mentioned that late Dr Wajed Miah was devoted to developing the country and also building the nation through the development of science and its application.
He said Dr Wajed, by dint of his wisdom and sincerity, enabled the Atomic Energy Commission to make more progress. Dr Wajed cherished the concept of building a modern Bangladesh through the expansion of science education. “He (Dr Wajed) wanted to fulfill Bangabandhu’s dream of `Sonar Bangla’ (Golden Bengal)’ through the (Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant) project" the President said.
Maoists leader Kishanji set new terms for talks with govt
BBC News, Kolkata, 17 August : A senior leader of India's Maoists has said that the government will have to declare a "simultaneous" ceasefire in order to enable talks between the two sides.
Koteswara Rao said this was the government's last "chance for peace". India has asked the rebels in the past to unilaterally declare a 72-hour ceasefire to enable talks. READ FULL STORY

Bangladesh's imports surge over 7 % in 2009-10 fiscal
Dhaka, 17 August : Bangladesh's overall imports surged 7.11% to nearly 23 billion U.S. dollars in last fiscal year 2009-10 (July 2009-June 2010) the central bank data showed Tuesday.
According to statistics of the Bangladesh Bank (BB), the settlement of letters of credit, generally known as actual imports, stood at 22.969 billion U.S. dollars in 2009-10 fiscal year, and overall import orders, however, increased by 31.44% over the previous fiscal year to 28.656 billion U.S. dollars. The South Asian country's actual imports grew 5.26% to 21.444 billion U.S. dollars in the previous 2008-09 fiscal year.

Sikkim cut off after landslides at Sevok near Kalimpong
IBNS, Siliguri, 17 August : Sikkim on Tuesday was cut off from the rest of the country following landslides on the main artery, 31A National Highway, linking Gangtok and Siliguri.
Border Roads Organisation (BRO) officials said the link between Gangtok and Siliguri, the nearest railhead of landlocked Sikkim, was breached early on Tuesday after mudslides washed away a portion of the metal road at Hatisur on Sevok under Kalimpong sub-division, resulting in suspension of traffic of Sikkim and Kalimpong. Barring road transport, Sikkim has no other alternative mode of traffic to keep link with other parts of the country. They said bulldozers have been deployed to clear the debris and efforts are on to restore the link.
The Sikkim Nationalised Transport (SNT) have stopped movement of passenger buses, and trucks carrying essentials were stranded on the highway.

Tripura, BD trade to get a boost with opening of land port
PTI, Agartala, 17 August : With the opening of the new land port at Akhaura in Bangladesh border trade between the neighbouring country and Tripura would enhance, secretary of Tripura Chamber of Commerce and Industries, ML Debnath said today.
"The Akhaura land port in Bangladesh is just near our land port which is also named as Akhaura land port. With the opening of the land port in Bangladesh on August 13 the trade and commerce between Tripura and neighbouring Bangladesh would enhance," Debnath said.
Daimary remanded to judicial custody for 2008 serial blasts
PTI, Guwahati, 17 August : NDFB anti-talk faction chairman and 2008 Assam serial blasts mastermind, Ranjan Daimary, was on Tuesday remanded to judicial custody by the Guwahati TADA Court. Daimary was asked to be produced in the court again on September nine for further orders. Daimary was brought to Guwahati on Tuesday from Goalpara jail and incarcerated in the Guwahati Central Jail in connection with plotting the serial blasts killing nearly 100 people.
Daimary alias DR Nabla, who was hiding in Bangladesh, was handed over to the BSF by Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) on 1 May near Dawki international border in Meghalaya.
Hindjua Global Solution launches 2nd global centre in WB
PTI, Chennai, 17 August : BPO firm Hinduja Global Solutions, part of diversified Hinduja Group, today opened its second global delivery centre at Durgapur in West Bengal.
This was its 30th global delivery centre worldwide, the city-based company said in a statement here. The centre would primarily cater to expansion in the telecon customer contact centre operations. The centre spread across 8,500 square feet has 220 seats and uses hi-tech electronic facilities, it said. The first facility at Durgapur employees about 1,700 local employees, it said.
"Durgapur has provided us multiple advantages in terms of access to good talent, cost arbitrage and considerably lower levels of attrition. This new centre would enable us to take care of increased domestic business demands. I am sure both the centres would witness continued growth and sustained excellence," Hinduja Global Solutions CEO Partha De Sarkar said.
Jyoti Basu’s Barodi house to converted into a tourist centre
Associated Press of Pakistan, Dhaka, 17 August : Bangladesh is going to honour veteran Indian Communist leader and former West Bengal Chief Minister late Jyoti Basu by setting up a library and a tourist centre at his ancestral house in Chowdhury Para, Barodi, under Sanargaon sub-district, about 20 km from the capital. Following a directive from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to this effect, the Ministry of Cultural Affairs finalised the decision in a recent meeting with its Secretary Hedayetullah al Mamun. The tourism ministry has also given consent to the proposal. READ FULL STORY

Bandh in hills to protest against tripartite talks in New Delhi
Siliguri, 17 August : The 'Amra Bangali' and 'Bangla Morcha' sponsored 24-hour bandh in North Bengal, protesting the tripartite talks on Gorkhaland to be held in New Delhi today, affected life. In Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and Coochbehar districts educational institutes, shops and markets remained closed. Bandh supporters burnt effigies of GJM president Bimal Gurung and general secretary Roshan Giri in Siliguri town where the bandh was total. They also held road and rail blockades. Private and public buses were not plying on the roads.
Tea gardens, however, functioned normally in the hills, police said. Nine bandh supporters had so far been arrested from Siliguri town, police added.

Moderate 5.2 intensity earthquake hits Andaman Islands
PTI, New Delhi, 17 August : A moderate intensity earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter Scale has hit Andaman Islands today, Meteorological Department said.
The epicentre of the quake, that struck around 7.09 am at the depth of 10 kilometres, was centred at 11.7 degree North latitude and 95.0 degree East longitude in the Andaman Islands region, it said. There was no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami alert had been issued.
Tripura asks central govt to bear special police officers’ pay
Agartala, 17 August : The Tripura government has asked the central government to reimburse the entire salaries and allowances of the state’s 4,011 special police officers (SPOs), an official said here Tuesday.
The SPOs, recruited from among the local youth, are mostly tribals and they have been assisting the Central Para-Military Forces (CPMF) and state forces to combat terrorism in the northeastern state since 2001. “Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and three MPs (Member of Parliaments) separately met Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram in New Delhi recently and strongly suggested that the Centre bear the entire salaries and allowances of the state’s 4,011 SPOs,” a home department official told reporters.

Indian BSF killed 2 Bangladeshi cattle traders, says Dhaka
Dhaka, 17 August : Troops from India's Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead two Bangladeshi cattle traders near Shingnagar along the Bangladesh's northwestern border Monday night, authorities here claimed tuesday.
BSF troops from the Doulatpur camp in Malda district in India's West Bengal state opened fire at a group of cattle traders when they reached the international border around 10.30pm (BDST) Monday, killing two traders on the spot. Night-time movement along the border is unauthorised as per an understanding between the two governments.

BNP will observe its 32nd founding anniversary on 1st Sep
UNB, Dhaka, 17 August : BNP will observe its 32nd founding anniversary on 1 September and the day of Vice-chairman Tarique Rahman’s release from jail on 3 September.
Tarique, now in UK for medical treatment, was arrested in extortion case during the army-backed caretaker government on 7 March, 2007. The party will also observe release day of chairperson Khaleda Zia from the prison within ten days after 11 September. The observance of the occasion was deferred by 10 days because Eid is likely to be on that day (11Sep). She was arrested on September 3 in 2007 on corruption charge.
14 inmates get remission by Tripura Governor DY Patil
Agartala, 17 August : Tripura Governor DY Patil has given the approval for the remission of jail term of 14 inmates on the occasion of 64th Independence Day celebrations.
The inmates were released last evening, officials said here today. According to report, eight inmates from Agartala Central Jail and three each from Belonia and Sonamura Sub-jails were released with the approval of the Governor for their good conduct and behaviour.
Use of varmicompost increasing in Bangladesh's Narsingdi
BSS, Narsingdi, 17 August : The use of varmi-compost in the six upazilas of Narsingdi district is increasing day by day as it has multi-dimensional positive impact on crops as well as soil.
Experts say varmi-compost is a natural organic manure and its chemical composition is superior to compost made from conventional composting pits. Its manure value is 8 to 10 times higher than farmyard manure. They say because of using chemical fertilizer in agriculture fields for long years, the soil lost its fertility and day by day and becomes unsuitable for producing crop. For this reason, researchers put emphasize on using earthworm and varmi-compost. Moklesur Rahman, a former deputy director, Department of Agriculture Extension, Narsingdi told that chemical fertilizers usually had one or two ingredients, but a plant requires at least 13 ingredients for its survival and proper growth.
He said varmi-compost fertilizer has almost all the ingredients that plant needs. Varmi-compost consists of humus which is the basic building block of fertile soil.