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Sunday, September 19, 2010

PM Hasina urges Bangladeshi expatriates invest more in country

UNB, Brussels, 19 September : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged Bangladeshi expatriates to invest in a big way in various development sectors to speed up the country’s socio-economic development.
Hasina who had a 20-hour stopover here on way to New York made the call while exchanging views with Bangladeshi expatriates living in different European countries at Hotel Sheraton International Saturday evening. A large number of expatriates including Awami League leaders who came here to greet her from Britain, Belgium, Sweden, Netherlands, Austria, France, Switzerland and Germany were present.
The expatriates thanked the Prime Minister for being successful to keep prices of essentials within the reach of commoners and law and order situation stable during the Ramadan and the Eid-ul-Fitr festival. File Photo : Reuters

Snipe at Rahul, Mamata says she not a 'seasonal flower'
PTI, Nanoor, Burdwan, 19 September : After her 'cuckoo' remarks, Trinamool Congress chief and Union Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee says she is not a "seasonal flower" in another apparent snipe at Rahul Gandhi.
Mamata also said she does not do politics from a "bed of gold". "Amra dumurer phool noi (We are not a seasonal flower rarely seen) that we will appear like cuckoos before elections, chirp and fly away," Mamata said yesterday without making any reference to the young AICC General Secretary but comments seen as directed at his two recent visits to West Bengal.
"The road I travel is at my finger tips. I know its characteristics. Throughout the year I am with the people. I know their problems and they know me. I understand their language," she said. File Photo : PTI

Crackdown against illegal Myanmar immigrants launched
IANS, Aizawl, Agartala, 19 September : The Mizoram government has launched a crackdown against Myanmar nationals living in the state without documents, officials said Sunday.
“The Mizoram Armed Police in the past two days have apprehended 52 Myanmarese from Aizawl and outskirts where (they) have set up colonies,” a police spokesman said. The official said the illegal entrants would be pushed back soon to Myanmar. The number of Myanmarese living in different parts of Mizoram has now been estimated at around 50,000.

BD Jatiya Sangsad body meets constitution experts 23 Sep
Dhaka, 19 September : The parliamentary special committee for Bangladesh constitutional amendment has set Thursday to sit with the constitution experts for their opinions and recommendations.
The meetings will start at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban, Suranjit Sengupta, co-chair of the committee, told reporters after holding a meeting on Sunday. The parliamentary body however cancelled the meetings fixed for 20 and 21 September. The committee held today's meeting to review the constitution and make necessary recommendations.
The committee at its third meeting on 24 August decided to hold closed-door talks on 4 September and a series of meetings on 5 and 6 September. Later, the committee cancelled the programme because of the Eid-ul-Fitr.

Urea output suspended at AFCCL factory in Brahmanbaria
Brahmanbaria, 19 September : Urea production at Ashuganj Fertiliser and Chemical Company Limited (AFCCL) remain suspended since Friday night due to technical glitch at the plant.
Managing Director of AFCCL Md Osman Gani said the authorities shut down the production after a leakage developed in its HTCC vessel. The factory that produces around 1150 metric tonnes (MT) of urea daily will be able to restart production on 21 September, the MD said.

A'tala purified water supply project runs into rough weather
UNI, Agartala, 19 September : The project to ensure supply of purified potable water to the dwellers of Agartala has run into rough weather because of poor infrastructure and short-sighted planning of the state government.
The review of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) under CSE's 10th Media Fellowship programme has revealed that only 17% of the population of Agartala was getting access to municipal water so far. According to the Tripura Urban Development Department records, the main water source of the city has production capacity of 80 million litres a day (MLD) if the water is accessible for 16 hours and this resource is enough for the needs of the city's population up to 2011 (projected population is about 44 lakh plus), but storage of water has become a major problem now.

PM arrives in Brussels early Sunday
BSS, Brussels, 19 September : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived at the Brussels International Airport early Sunday on her way to New York to join the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
On her arrival at the airport at about 2:00pm (local time), Bangladesh Ambassador in Brussels Ismat Jahan and high officials of the Belgium foreign ministry received the prime minister, PM's Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad told BSS by phone from the Belgian capital. Sheikh Rehana, younger sister of Hasina, her son Redwan Siddiqui Boby and daughter Ajmina Siddiqui were present at the airport.
Earlier on Saturday morning, the prime minister left Dhaka for New York to lead a Bangladesh delegation at the 65th session of the UNGA. Photo : BSS
South Korean delegates meet arsenic victims in Chandpur
BSS, Dhaka, 19 September : A two-member delegation from the Skip A Meal Save A Life (SAMSAL) South Korea, under the leadership of Ms Kim Jin Hee, Team Manager, SAMSAL international today visited Ichhapura village under Chandpur district of Bangladesh to see the arsenic situation.
The visit took place at the invitation of the national non government organization Development Initiatives Trust (D-Trust), said a release.

Microsec Ltd open to acquisitions, to expand retail footprint
PTI, Kolkata, 19 September : City-based Microsec Financial Services Ltd, a non-banking financial company which has received a strong response to its maiden public offer, has said it is open to acquisitions and will invest Rs 120 crore for organic growth.
"We are open to acquisitions as we are looking at organic and inorganic growth in broking and financing activities," Microsec Chairman B L Mittal told PTI. The company will invest around Rs 113 crore in loan against share activities and Rs 8 crore in subsidiary Microsec Capital to set up 200 additional retail broking branches across the country in the next two years, he said.
At present, the brokerage firm has 239 branches in the country, of which 178 are in West Bengal. The public offer through the book-building route, which opened on 17 September, has been oversubscribed 1.5 times. The price band for the IPO is Rs 113-118 and the public issue of 1,25,00,000 equity shares of Rs 10 each will close on 21 September.

2 drug peddlers injured in BDR firing at Noorpur in Comilla
UNB, Comilla, 19 September : Two alleged drug peddlers sustained bullet injuries as Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) members fired on them at Noorpur in Comilla Sadar upazila Sunday morning.
Arbindo, company commander of 33 Rifles Battalion, Kotbari, said local drug traders confined seven BDR jawans, who were conducting an anti-narcotics drive at Noorpur, for nearly four hours since 3:45am(BDST). On information, the BDR troops, led by Subedar Karim of the battalion, launched a drive to rescue their colleagues at about 7:00am(BDST) and chased a pickup van of the drug peddlers. They seized the pickup van along with two cartons containing 200 bottles of phensydile.
TDP contesting local polls in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
IANS, Hyderabad, 19 September : Andhra Pradesh's main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) will step out of the state's borders for the first time when it contests the local body elections in Andaman and Nicobar Islands this month.

62000 hec to be brought under Aman cultivation in Pirojpur
UNB, Pirojpur, 19 September : A scheme has been taken up to bring 62,000 hectares of land under Aman cultivation in six upazilas of the district in the current season with an output target of 1,09,392 mts.
Of the total land, 15,000 hectares will be brought under high yielding variety while the rest under local variety.
Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) sources said of the total land, 10,300 hectares will be cultivated in Sadar upazila, 5,900 hectares in Kaukhali, 9,000 hectares in Nesarabad, 7,700 hectares in Nazirpur, 8,000 hectares in Bhandaria and 21,100 hectares in Mothbaria upazila.
To achieve the target DAE will distribute 565 mts high yielding seeds among the farmers while BADC will provide necessary fertilizers at fair prices.