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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Eid celebrated in Bengal with prayers & exchange of greetings

Dhaka, Kolkata, 11 September : The holy Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the two biggest religious festivals of the Muslims, was celebrated across Bangladesh today after a month-long fasting. West Bengal, Tripura also joined the rest of India in celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr with prayers and exchange of greetings.
In Bangladesh capital Dhaka, the main Eid congregation was held at the National Eidgah at 8:30am. President Zillur Rahman offered his Eid prayer at the National Eidagh. Five Eid congregations werel also held at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque - at 7:30am, 8:30am, 9:30am, 10:30am and 11:15am.(BDST) The biggest Eid congregation of the country was held at Sholakia Eidgah in Kishoreganj district.In West Bengal, the biggest Eid congregation was held on the sprawling Red Road in central Kolkata, where over 42,000 devotees took part in prayers. Verses from the Quran were read and explained to the masses before Nakhoda Mosque Imam Fazlur Rahman conducted the prayers.
People greeted and embraced one another, visited relatives and friends on the occasion. Heavy security arrangements were made across the Bengal and all districts to prevent any breach of peace.
The holy Eid was also celebrated at the Bangladesh missions abroad. State-owned Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television as well as private television channels and radio stations broadcast special programmes on the occasion. Photos : Reuters, Demotix
Six killed in lightning in Purulia and Bankura districts
Purulia, Bankura, 11 September : Six people were killed today when lightning struck them in Purulia and Bankura districts, police said.
Three members of a family were killed on the spot when a lightning struck a tree under which they had taken shelter during heavy rains at Sutaboi village in Purulia district. Two persons were killed when a lightning struck them while they were working in a field at Dhansingla village in Bankura district. Another man at Mogra village in the same district was killed when a lightning hit him while he was grazing cows in a field.
IAF Chetak copter crashes at WB-Bihar border, three dead
Kolkata, 11 September : Three Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel, including a pilot and a co-pilot, were killed today when a Chetak helicopter carrying them crashed near the Bihar-West Bengal border.
The chopper was on its way to Baghdogra air base from air force station Kalaikunda in West Midnapore when it encountered bad weather and crashed near Sinharsi air base along the border of Pakur and Godda districts of Jharkhand, Eastern Command spokesperson and a senior state police official said. Crash took place in an area under Sundarpahari police station around 4pm. Bad weather was stated to be the cause behind the crash.

Whistleblower exposes Rs. 5000 crore Ind Railways scam
NDTV, Kolkata, 11 September : When you board a train, ever wondered about the cost of curtains in an AC-2 tier coach? Ever noticed a pleasant smell in the toilet? Or is it the stink of corruption?
NDTV has access to documents showing how crores are gifted to vendors by Railways which lets them charge exorbitant rates - in return for kickbacks - for curtains, odour control systems and hundreds of other items that it buys every year. Atul Kumar, an Indian Railway Store Service officer, wrote a letter to Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee in March, detailing the modus operandi for the leakage of around RS. 5000 crore rupees each year.
"The Railways buys from pre-approved vendors. After getting approved, the vendors take advantage and form cartels and quote exorbitant prices. They dictate prices and this problem is known to all. But due to kickbacks involved or perhaps more due to normal bureaucratic apathy, nothing fruitful is done," said Atul Kumar, IRSS Officer. READ FULL STORY
Rising prices a worry, RBI must step in, says FM Pranab
Kolkata, 11 September : Ahead of the Reserve Bank’s monetary policy review next week, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday expressed concern over the rising food prices and advised the central bank to take “whatever” measures required to bring them down while keeping options open on the fiscal front. He, however, added that India could not go on a “reverse growth path”.
Mukherjee was speaking a day after data showed industrial output in July accelerated much faster than expected, strengthening the case for further monetary tightening by the central bank to tame near double-digit inflation.
Moderate intensity earthquake shook in North-East India
PTI, Shillong, 11 September : A moderate intensity earthquake shook parts of North-East this noon.
An earthquake measuring 5 on the Richter Scale was felt in Assam-Meghalaya region at 12:32 pm, Central Seismological Observatory here said. The epicentre was located in Meghalaya’s Garo hills region near Assam border, Meteorological department sources said. Meanwhile, another earthquake had shook some parts of the region at 5:54 p.m. on Friday. The epicentre of the earthquake that measured 4.8 on the Richter Scale was located along the Indo-Bangladesh border in Tripura. No loss of life or damage to property has been reported so far.
PM seeks support to build a povertyfree digital Bangladesh
UNB, Dhaka, 11 September : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Saturday sought cooperation from all classes of the enabled golden Bangladesh as dreamt by the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The Prime Minister sought the cooperation through the media personnel at Ganobhaban after exchanging Eid greetings with her cabinet colleagues, MPs, foreign diplomats, judges, leaders and workers of Awami League (AL) and cross-section of the people. Men, women and children thronged Ganobhaban in a long queue and conveyed their Eid greetings to the Prime Minister. Smiling Hasina entertained the guests with sweets and fruits. She also exchanged greetings with a number of disabled and crippled persons including children and women in particular who were also entertained on the occasion.
Hasina also greeted the Bangladeshi people living in abroad on the occasion.
Kidnapped Bangladeshi rescued from Sonamura in Tripura
Agartala, 11 September : A Bangladeshi national, who had been held captive in a house for ransom, was rescued from village Sonamura on the western border of Tripura, police said here today.
Acting on a tip-off, police yesterday conducted a search in the house of one Shah Alam, resident of Tamsabari in West Tripura, and rescued a Bangladeshi youth identified as Yakub (23), resident of 14 Gram police station limit under Comilla district of Bangladesh.
Youth arrested for clicking woman’s photo in Metro Railway
Kolkata, 11 September : A youth was arrested for clicking a photograph of a woman inside the Netaj Bhavan station of the Kolkata Metro Railway here Saturday, an official said.
A Metro Railway spokesman said the youth, Ganesh Rao boarded the train from Park Street and started clicking photographs of the woman with his mobile phone. The woman objected and reported the matter to the police, who arrested the youth.
Equipment foundation of Salboni project by December, '10
Kolkata, 11 September : Steel manufacturer JSW Bengal Steel expects equipment foundation of the Salboni project in West Midnapore district to begin in December, a top official said here.
“Equipment foundation for the project, which was to start in October, will now take place in December,” Biswadip Gupta, joint managing director and chief executive officer of the company told reporters recently on the sidelines of a seminar organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry.
Rahul to visit WBengal on 14 Sep
Kolkata, 11 September : AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi will make a three-day whirlwind tour of nine districts in West Bengal from 14th September in a bid to rejuvenate the party in the state, which is going to the polls next year. This would be his second visit to the state within a fortnight.
"Gandhi would begin his tour from Visva Bharati University in Santiniketan on 14 September after which he would interact with party workers from Birbhum, Burdwan, Durgapur, Berhampur and Jangipur who wanted to contest the Youth Congress election," State Congress president Manas Bhunia told reporters in Kolkata. On the same day he would visit Basirhat in North 24 Parganas and Garden Reach in South 24 Paraganas and interact with potential YC candidates.
Gandhi would visit Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar and Balurghat on 15th September. He would interact with tea and tribal workers and candidates in Jalpaiguri district. Similar interactive session would be held at Balurghat in Dakshin Dinapur district and a scheduled caste convention in Cooch Behar district on the same day.
Gandhi who would address a press conference in Kolkata on 16th September and would visit Howrah district. He would hold an interactive session with potential YC candidates at Howrah, Asansol and Garbeta in West Midnapore district before leaving for Delhi. File Photo : AFP
Moderate 4.8 quake hits Tripura and adjoining Bangladesh
Agartala, 11 September : A 4.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Tripura and adjoining Bangladesh late Friday night, but no casualties were reported, officials said Saturday.
According to meteorological department director Dilip Saha, the tremor was felt twice at around 11pm Friday in most parts of Tripura and Bangladesh with its epicentre at Madaripur-Gopalganj, 71 km southeast of Dhaka. No loss of life or property has been reported. India’s northeast is considered by seismologists to be the sixth worst quake-prone belt in the world.