BSS, Dhaka, 5 November : Japan will provide Taka 113 crore as grant to setup a mobile saline water treatment plant for ensuring safe drinking water to four lakh people daily at 11 Aila affected upazilas in three south western costal districts Khulna, Satkhira and Bagherhat. Japan International Cooperation Service (JICS) will provide Taka 113 crore in favour of the Bangladesh government to setup the water treatment plant, Program Officer on Disaster Management of Japan International Cooperation Agency M Anisuzzaman Chowdhury told BSS today. The Japanese mobile treatment plant will purify saline water into fresh drinking water to serve four lakh people in a day, he said. The Public Health Engineer Department (PHED) will be act as the implementing agency of the project, will start on January and end by April next. န File Photo
Kolkata, 5 November : In a volte face, major Left Front partner, Forward Bloc, which had earlier opposed land acquisition at Singur, today backed West Bengal government's stand that the Tatas should return there. Pointing out that the Tatas had not given up its leasehold rights and not returned unutilised land to West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation, Forward Bloc state General Secretary Ashok Ghosh told that "we want Tata Motors to set up industry there. "The state government is surely taking initiatives. There is no problem in Tatas returning to Singur," the FB leader said.
UNB, Dhaka, 5 November : Bangladesh's GM Ziaur Rahman Zia of Biman and FM Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar of Destiny 2000 Limited retained their joint lead in the Berger Grandmasters Chess Tournament with 4.5 points each after the 7th round matches at the Tulip Lounge of Uttara Club in the city on Friday. GM Niaz Murshed and FM Abu Sufian Shakil of Biman share the second slot with four points each. In the day’s 7th round matches, Zia drew with IM Sahaj Grover of India, Sagar drew with FM Yee Soon Wei of Brunei, Shakil beat FM Mehdi Hasan Parag of Destiny 2000 Limited, Niaz drew with GM Vakhidov Tair of Uzbekistan and FM Sayantan Das of India beat Bitan Banerjee of India. The 8th round matches start tomorrow (Saturday) at 10:30 am at the same venue.