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Friday, February 18, 2011

Calcutta High Courts hands over Netai killings CID probe to CBI

Kolkata, 18 February : The Calcutta High Court on Friday directed the CBI to investigate the 7 January Netai firing in which nine persons were killed.
Nine villagers were killed in Lalgarh's Netai village after gunmen fired on a crowd, allegedly from inside a CPI(M) "camp" on the morning of 7 January. The carnage shocked everybody and triggered demands for a CBI probe. On 19 January, Calcutta high court turned down the plea for a CBI investigation but asked the home secretary to file a report on the progress of the CID probe.
The high court had sought to know from the agency about the steps taken to find out the missing accused. The Chief Justice had warned state advocate general Balai Roy that the court would hand over the probe to CBI if the CID failed to make any headway. A court of law does not dwell on hope, it wants results, the Chief Justice had observed when Roy failed to satisfy the court in the Netai killings probe.
The state CID on 13 February put media insertions of six fugitives accused in the Netai carnage announcing Rs 50,000 cash prize to those who would help the police trace them. However, the court today ordered to hand over the investigation to the CBI. File Photos : AFP, PTI

Netai massacre case : WB govt may move Supreme Court
Kolkata, 18 February : West Bengal government today said it will consider moving the Supreme Court after it gets the copy of the Calcutta High Court order directing it to hand over the Netai massacre case to the CBI.
“We have not yet received the copy of the High Court order. We have to go through it. Then decision to move the Supreme Court will be taken after studying the ground,” state Chief Secretary Samar Ghosh said here on Friday.

Birdflu in Tripura, culling begins
Agartala, 18 February : At least 3,000 poultry, including chicken and ducks were today culled in a state-owned poultry here following an outbreak of birdflu in Tripura.
State animal resource minister Aghor Debbarma told newsmen over two thousand chicken and ducks have died in the area since 3 February last and blood samples of some of them, which were sent to Regional Animal Diseases Diagnostic Centre in Kolkata tested positive for H5N1 virus.
The administration has also banned selling of any poultry in and around R K Nagar Poultry, six kms from here.
Avian influenza was first reported from Kamalpur, a subdivision in Dhalai district bordering Moulavi bazar district of neighbouring Bangladesh in April 2008.

Talks with ULFA a good beginning, says Manmohan Singh
PTI, Guwahati, 18 February : Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the recent discussion with the ULFA leadership in New Delhi was a “good beginning” and gave him hope for the future of Assam and the northeast.
“I was happy to meet representatives of the ULFA recently in New Delhi. The discussion was a good beginning and has given me hope for Assam and North East,” he said after presenting the Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Memorial awards for 2008 and 2009 at the Pragjyoti ITA auditorium here. Dr. Singh said he firmly believed that dialogue was the only method for fostering greater understanding and resolving vexed social, political and economic problems.
The top ULFA leadership, led by chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa had called on the prime minister on February 14 after meeting Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and holding the preliminary round of talks with Union Home Secretary G K Pillai on 10 February.
“Assam has witnessed turbulent times in the recent past and it is to the credit of the people of the State that they have been able to successfully combat fissiparous forces,” Dr. Singh said. It goes without saying that peace and harmony are a pre-requisite for a meaningful development, he noted saying “I am happy that a number of initiatives have been taken by both the central and State governments under Mr. Gogoi towards this end.”
He said establishment of territorial/hill councils has provided a forum to address genuine needs. Photo : PTI

CM Buddhadeb commits to development of "Sundarbans"
Kultali, 18 February : Ahead of the upcoming Assembly elections, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today assured his government's commitment to uplift the poor and downtrodden in the remote Sundarbans region.
"The government was alive to the problems of poor road transport, health and education sectors in the region and had been able to do something for them, but there was a lot still to be done," the chief minister said at a Left Front rally here.

Outlaws of Jasad GonoBahini killed in shootout in Jhenidah
UNB, Jhenidah, 18 February : Two outlaws including second-in-command of Jasad Gono Bahini were killed in a shootout between their cohorts and RAB-Police members at Joyontonagar Para in Basantapur village in Shailakupa upazila early Friday.
The deceased were identified as Madhu alias Shanti alias Mishti, 35, second-in-command of Jasad Gono Bahini and son of Abdur Rashid Mollah of Shantidanga village in Kushtia and Dulal alias Koshai Dulal, 40, son of Gopal Bapari of Padmanagar village in Harinakundu upazila.

Landscape mg, habitats needed for sustainable Agricultural
UNB, Dhaka, 18 February : Agricultural productivity varies on climatic regions, so knowledge about management of landscape, habit and habitats of plants and animals are critical factors for adaptation and sustainable agriculture, according to an expert.
Dr. Mohammad Ataur Rahman, faculty of Agriculture Science of IUBAT- International University of Business Agriculture and Technology, recently spoke about the challenges of adaptation of agricultural crops to cope with climate change.
He said scientific and technical responses and ecosystem services are required to have sustainable agriculture. Biodiversity is the root of plenty and provides greater scope for agriculture in the quickly changed climatic conditions.
Describing agriculture as the science and art of producing crops and animals under supervision of humans in a specific location, Dr Rahman said it is the practice by which people began to grow plants on purpose and domestic animals from the start of colonization and civilization of the ancient humans who survived by hunting animals, fishing and gathering plants for food, termed “hunter-gatherers”.
He noted that views on agricultural origins are diverse, ranging from mythological to ecological, prompted humans to purposely raise their plants or domesticate the animals, was an evolutionary process that eventually transformed plants from being independent, wild progenitors, to fully dependent and domesticated cultivars, with concomitant economies.
Dr Rahman said humans and other animals require energy, amino acids, hormones, vitamins and minerals for growth and development. The energy of sun is harnessed by plants which are used as food and fuel and crop plants are major sources of food, feed, oil, fiber and medicine for modern societies.
He said there are some 30 most important crops in the world including cereals, roots, fruits, vegetables, legumes and corms and yams are widely distributed in the phyto-geographic areas. These are wheat, rice, corn, potato, barley, sweet potato, cassava, grapes, soybean, oats, sorghum, sugarcane, millets, banana, tomato, sugar beet, rye, oranges, coconut, cottonseed oil, apples, yam, peanut, watermelon, cabbage, onion, beans, peas, sunflower and mango.