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Friday, October 8, 2010

BD Commerce Minister to sign border hat deal with India on 21

UNB, Dhaka, 8 October : Amid recent diplomatic breakthrough on trade issues with India, a Bangladesh business delegation led by Commerce Minister Faruk Khan will leave here New Delhi on 20 October on a four-day visit aiming at closer, mutually beneficial economic ties.
Discussions during the visit are likely to dominate a number of issues including formal inauguration of border `hat’ (market), removal of tariff and non-tariff barriers, duty-free access to Indian market, further reduction of the number of items from India’s negative list, Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and investment, officials said.
Meanwhile, a number of deals relating to investment, border `hat’ and removal of trade barriers are likely to be inked during the visit.
Leaders of the FBCCI, BGMEA, DCCI, BKMEA, MCCI, CCCI, IBCCI and other business bodies are included in the 22-member delegation who will visit New Delhi. Photo : AFP

Dola Banerjee & other archers win gold in women’s recurve
IANS, New Delhi, 8 October : India’s women archers struck gold in the recurve team event of the Commonwealth Games on Friday and attributed their success to the rigorous eight-hour daily training for the last one and a half years.
This was also the country’s first Commonwealth Games gold from the sport, which made its return to the Games after a gap of 28 years. The Indian trio of Dola Banerjee, Deepika Kumari and Bombayala Devi bagged the gold edging out tough opponents England 207-206 in a nail-biting finish. The English needed a perfect ten from the last shot to come on top but managed only an eight. Earlier in the day, India carved out an emphatic 213-185 win over Malaysia in the semifinal at the Yamuna Sports Complex.The archers said they held their nerve towards the end and were also helped by a stroke of luck.
“There is a lot of luck involved in archery and today it was on our side. We were lucky to scrape through. But we played consistent throughout the tournament and that is why are here. Our one and a half years of rigorous training has paid off,” said Kolkata's Dola, the seniormost in the team and the 2007 World Cup final winner. READ BBC REPORT Photo : AFP

CPI(M) branch committee secretary shot dead by Maoists
IANS, Kolkata, 8 October : A CPI(M) leader was shot dead by Maoists in West Midnapore district Friday evening, police said.
“Ranjit Duley, CPI(M) branch committee secretary for Silda area in Jhargram, was shot dead this evening near Orbonda village, while he was returning from the market,” said Jhargram Superintendent of Police Praveen Tripathi. “Duley was returning home when a gang of two-three Maoists riding on a motorbike shot him from point-blank range,” he said.

Deutsche Welle-Radio launches FM news in Bangladesh
Radioandmusic.com, Mumbai, 8 October : Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster, has officially launched DWRADIO/Bengali on FM in Bangladesh, making it available to listeners in Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet, Khulna, Rajshahi and Rangpur daily between 8:00 and 8:30 am and 8:00 and 8:30 pm.
DW-RADIO programming is broadcast via Bangladesh Betar’s FM network: 97.6 MHz in Dhaka, 105.4 MHz in Chittagong, 105.0 MHz in Sylhet, 102.0 MHz in Khulna, 105.0 MHz in Rajshahi and 105.4 MHz in Rangpur... READ FULL STORY

Tripura's Somdev Devvarman in men singles final of tennis
PTI, New Delhi, 8 October : Top seed Somdev Devvarman assured India at least a silver medal in the tennis competition of the Commonwealth Games by storming into the men's singles final with a straight set win over Australia's Matthew Ebden here today.
Tripura boy Somdev, ranked 97th, outplayed third seed and world number 165 Ebden, 6-3 6-1 in one hour and 11 minutes in the men's singles semifinals at the Centre Court of the R K Khanna Tennis stadium.
His next opponent will also be an Australian as the other semifinal is an all-Australian affair between second seed Peter Luczak and fifth seed Greg Jones. Unlike the previous matches, the semifinal featured long rallies but Somdev had strong enough legs and stamina to outlast his opponent. Photo : PTI

Tripura govt to hold polls with 50 percent quota for women
IANS, Agartala, 8 October : Tripura is the first state in northeastern India where elections to the urban local bodies would be held with 50 percent of seats reserved for women, officials said here Friday.
"Except Tripura, no state among the eight northeastern states has amended the law to reserve 50 percent of seats for the women in urban local bodies," Gobinda Chandra Bhattacharjee, secretary of the state election commission, told IANS. The politically important elections to the 15 "nagar panchayats" (urban local bodies) across Tripura and for the Agartala Municipal Council would be held in the second or third week of December.

Inclement weather kills 6,submerges Bangladesh coastline
BSS, Dhaka, 8 October : At least six people were killed because of inclement weather as the depression in Bay of Bengal roughened the sea inundating most areas of the country's southwestern coastlines.
Officials and local residents said two people were killed as a tornado lashed parts of Barguna and Patuakhali districts also leaving scores injured while the other deaths were caused by drowning, collapse of houses and cold. They said a five-year old girl child drowned in Barguna, two women died in cold when they were drenched in incessant rainfall and swelled water in Bhola where another man died as his house collapsed due to pressures of gushing waters.

According to the reports the tornado leveled over 300 houses in several villages while the swelled seawater submerged most parts of the entire southwestern coastlines. The local fishing businesses reported that at least three fishermen were feared drowned as three fishing trawlers capsized though 23 others onboard were rescued by boats nearby.
Barguna district fishing trawlers association reported that they could establish contacts with 27 missing seagoing small boats as they took refuge in Indian shorelines with some 360 fishermen and crew onboard.
The met office earlier asked "all fishing boats and trawlers" over the North Bay and deep sea to stay in shelter in shore till further notice while it kept in force the local cautionary signal number 3 in a scale of 10 for the three seaports of Mongla in southwestern coast and Chittagong and Cox's Bazar in the southeast.
The BSS correspondents from southwestern districts said the swelled waters, infuriated further by the new moon, breached embankments, washed away homes and fishing enclosures, inundated roads and knocked down pylons and trees and left thousands homeless in the region.
The met office in its second special weather bulletin of the day, issued here this afternoon, said the low over the northwest bay and adjoining West Bengal-Bangladesh coast moved further towards northeastward direction. Photos : UNB, BSS

Second ODI cricket washed out
Dhaka, 8 October : Rain has forced the second one-day international between Bangladesh and New Zealand to be abandoned.
Persistent rain in Dhaka led to the outfield becoming unplayable and with no signs of an improvement in the weather the match was soon lost.

Match officials held a final pitch inspection at 11am local time but it quickly became clear that the match could not go ahead.
Bangladesh are 1-0 up in the five-match series following their nine-run victory in Mirpur on Tuesday. The third ODI is due to take place in Mirpur on Monday. Photo : Reuters

Upazila chairman killed & Mayor, Journalists injured by AL
UNB, Natore, 8 October : An upazila chairman was killed and 29 others, including pourashava mayor and journalists, were injured in an attack allegedly by the activists of Awami League (AL) at Bonpara in Boraigram upazila on Friday.
The deceased was identified as Sanaullah Nur Babu (35), Chairman of Boraigram upazila and also president of pourashava BNP. Local BNP sources said as part of party’s central programme the BNP activists, led by Babu, brought out a procession from upazila parishad premises at about 11:30am. As the procession reached Bonpara Bazar, the AL activists swooped on the procession, attacked the opposition activists, leaving 25 people injured.
Rail services in Indian northeastern states restored partially
IANS, Silchar, 8 October : Rail services between the northeastern states of Tripura, Manipur, Mizoram and southern Assam and the rest of India were restored partially Thursday after 114 days of disruptions, a railway official here said.
The train services were suspended June 15 following heavy landslides caused by incessant rains and damage to tracks. "The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has resumed direct train services between Lumding in southern Assam and Agartala again. However, the authority has decided to suspend the running of the special daily express train between Lumding and Silchar due to some technical reasons," a NFR spokesman told reporters. The metre gauge railway line from Guwahati passes through southern Assam's mountainous North Cachar Hills district connecting landlocked Tripura's capital Agartala and parts of Manipur and Mizoram with the rest of India.
According to a senior Tripura government official, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had earlier asked Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrasekhar to personally ensure regular delivery of food grain, fuel and other essential items to the northeastern states. File Photo

Pranab Mukherjee hopeful of taming inflation down to 6%
Lalit K Jha, PTI, Washington, 8 October : Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday hoped that the steps taken by the government and those by the Reserve Bank of India would bring the inflation down to six percent by the end of this financial year.
"I do hope it would be possible for us to do and we can end the financial year with an inflationary rate around six percent," Mukherjee said here, expressing his concerns with inflationary pressures on food items.
Arunachal state to constitute special Tiger Protection Force
PTI, Itanagar, 8 October : The Arunachal Pradesh government has proposed to set up a 112-member special tiger protection force (TPF) for Pakke Tiger Reserve (PTR) to protect the big cat's declining population.
"The TPF would immensely help in protecting the big cats and containing poaching," conservator of forest (wildlife and biodiversity) M K Palit said here today.
The declining tiger population of 14 in 2006 against 61 as shown by the 2001-02 census was disputed as the census carried out by the Wildlife Institute of India was done in selected areas of the tiger reserve, he said. The next census is due this month, he added.
The Pakke Tiger Reserve in East Kameng district, home to a sizable number of tigers, has been appreciated by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest, he said.