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Monday, January 10, 2011

Bangladesh, Bhutan ties need to be mutual benefits: Sk Hasina

UNB, Dhaka, 10 January : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the extraordinary relation between Bangladesh and Bhutan now needs to be turned into truly meaningful ties for mutual benefits.
Speaking at a banquet hosted by her in honor of Bhutan Prime Minister Jigme Y. Thinley at Sonargaon Hotel Monday evening, she mentioned the areas of cooperation in trade, tourism, hydro-power, climate change, health, bio-diversity, agro-processing, agriculture, forestry, IT, education and water resources management. “Both the countries should, of course, be working in close cooperation to harness our synergies on these and other areas for the good of our two nations,” Hasina said.
Hasina said Bangladesh has observed with great admiration the transformation Bhutan had undergone under the visionary guidance of the Fourth King, King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. “It is today a democratic, modern and a progressive country.” File Photo

Mamata Banerjee born on Indian Railway!
PTI, Karnal, 10 January : A baby girl was born in a moving train near here, prompting her elated parents to name her after Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Aarti, hailing from Bihar, gave a birth to a girl in Barauni Express bound for Delhi on Saturday between Kurukshetra and Karnal railway stations. She had boarded the train from Jalandhar in Punjab and her father-in-law was also travelling with her.
Aarti already has two girls who were travelling with her children in the train.

Somnath Chatterjee bats for 'IPL discard' Sourav Ganguly
Kolkata, 10 January : Mass support poured in from all quarters for city's star son and former India captain Sourav Ganguly as more effigies of Shah Rukh Khan and Kolkata Knight Riders were burnt in the streets here today after all the 10 franchises had rejected the iconic cricketer for IPL IV.
Former Indian Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee said the ace left-hander was a victim of politics by the private teams who had opted not to bid for Ganguly during the two-day IPL players auctions that eneded in Bangalore yesterday.

Dipu Moni calls for resolving sharing of common river water
UNB, Dhaka, 10 January : Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni called for resolving all outstanding water related issues, including sharing of the Teesta river.
She made the remarks when Indian Water Resources Secretary Dhruv Vijai Singh called on her at the Foreign Ministry today. Dipu said the people of Bangladesh had great expectations that the two countries would be able to reach an agreement on equitable sharing of the waters of the Teesta, which was essential for the wellbeing and economic development of the people of northern Bangladesh.
She also called for expeditiously beginning discussions on sharing of all other common rivers, particularly Dharala, Dudhkumar, Manu, Gumoti and Khoai.
The Foreign Minister observed that all the countries of the region, including Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and India should work together for a common approach to the management of water resources. She expressed her satisfaction that the Secretary level talks of the Water Resources Ministries were being held between Bangladesh and India. =

"KKR" to find a role for Ganguly : Owner Shah Rukh Khan
PTI, Durban, 10 January : Kolkata Knight Riders' owner and Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan today said he would try and find a role for Sourav Ganguly in his IPL team after the former India skipper remained unsold.
Ganguly, who led KKR in the last edition, was left red-faced as none of the 10 franchisees showed interest in buying him at the two-day auction in Bangalore. "I would love it, I would love Sourav to be an integral part. You don't have a team in Kolkata without him. So, I will speak to Dada when I get back," Shah Rukh said.

HC asks to remove structures from Cox’s Bazar sea beach
Dhaka, 10 January : The High Court on Monday ordered the government to remove all temporary and permanent structures from Cox's Bazar sea beach.
Passing the interim order upon a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) writ petition, a High Court division bench, headed by Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury asked the Deputy Commissioner (DC) and the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Cox’s Bazar to submit a follow-up report within seven days.

Opposition shutdowns hit life in parts of WBengal' districts
IANS, Midnapore, 10 January : Normal life was disrupted following shutdowns called by several opposition parties and a Maoist backed tribal outfit in West Bengal’s West and East Midnapore districts Monday to protest the 7 January carnage near Lalgarh.
The Congress called a 12-hour shutdown in the two districts against the deaths of seven villagers of Netai village in West Midnapore in violence allegedly triggered by assailants supported by the ruling CPI(M). The Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) observed a 12-hour shutdown in Junglemahal – Maoist-affected forested areas of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts.
The state’s main opposition Trinamool Congress supported the shutdown calls. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) called a separate 12-hour shutdown in West Midnapore on the same issue while the pro-Maoist People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) began a 72-hour shutdown from Monday dawn. With so many political parties calling for shutdowns, life came to a halt in West Midnapore district and was partially hit in East Midnapore. န Photo : AFP

CM Buddhadeb criticises FM Pranab on high food inflation
Kolkata, 10 January : West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today criticised the Centre for high food inflation asking it to take adequate measures to tackle price rise.
"The Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee says the problem will be resolved soon and later says it is a major problem," Bhattacharjee told a programme of bank employees association BEFI here.
Resilient economy reflected India's economic management
Kolkata, 10 January : Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said the resilience shown by the Indian economy during the global crisis reflects a maturing of the economic management of the country and the growing competitiveness of enterprise.
Addressing at the inaugural session of Second International Finance Conference at IMA, Joka, Mukherjee said: "This resilience has happened even as the economy has become more integrated with global markets. It shows that globalization and economic resilience can go hand in hand."
7100hectares brought under mustard cultivation in Satkhira
Satkhira, 10 January : Some 7,100 hectares of land have been brought under mustard cultivation in the district in the current ‘robi’ season exceeding the target of 6,408 hectares.
Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) sources said 3440 hectares were cultivated in Sadar, 1,700 hectares in Kolaroa, 1,290 hectares in Debhata, 475 hectares in Tala, 175 hectares in Kaliganj and 20 hectares in Shyemnagar upazila.
DAE officials are expecting a bumper yield of mustard in the current season. They said several demonstration plots have been set up in the district to acquaint the farmers with the modern methods of cultivation.
The agri officials said they have ensued supply of quality seeds, fertilizers and other necessary inputs among the farmers at fair prices to make the cultivation scheme a success.