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STATE SIGNS ROAD DEALS WITH MALAYSIA 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Nov. 30: 
The state government today signed a memorandum of understanding with the Malaysian government to implement a number of infrastructure development projects in the state, especially in the roads sector.

Among the first off the block will be two expressway schemes — Haldia-Uluberia and Kulpi-Calcutta.

The Haldia-Uluberia expressway, which will provide a direct link with Calcutta, is proposed to be a four-lane road with limited access. It will be about 65 km long.

The other expressway will link Kulpi, where a new port under private sector initiative is expected to come up, to Calcutta. This 56-km stretch will have four lanes.

The Malaysian government will implement it on build-own-transfer basis.

The state government has also invited the Malaysian government to participate in the Kulpi port project, said S. Swamyvelu, the Malaysian minister for works.

He added that the feasibility study will be completed in three to four months.

   

 
 
JAWANS HIT BY CASH CRUNCH 
 
 
FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
 
Kadamtala (Siliguri) Nov. 30: 
Acute shortage of manpower and funds has become major constraints for the Border Security Force, which mans the 1,067-km Indo-Bangla border in north Bengal.

Due to insufficient manpower, inadequate funds and lack of latest surveillance gadgets, the BSF is finding it difficult to man the porous Bangladesh border properly, North Bengal Frontier inspector S.K. Vora said at the 37th raising day function of the force.

“Out of the sanctioned strength of 17 BSF battalions for manning the 1,067 km-long international border with Bangladesh in this frontier, we have a deployed strength of only 11 battalions spread over 179 border outposts. The remaining six battalions are currently on duty in Jammu and Kashmir,” Vora said.

   

 
 
SANGH COMMITS GROUND SUPPORT IN UP POLL 
 
 
FROM RADHIKA RAMASESHAN
 
New Delhi, Nov. 30: 
The BJP has added one more plus to its list of assets for the Uttar Pradesh elections by securing the support of