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Sunday, May 10, 2009

န Over 150 suspected BDR mutineers arrested in Bandarban

Bandarban, 10 May : Over 150 border guards, including a deputy assistant director of Rifles Battalion-10 in Bandarban, were sent to jail after police arrested them in BDR mutiny case.
The mutiny that had taken place on 25 February in BDR headquarters spread to various sectors and battalions in the country the following day. Rifles Battalion-10 of Baliapara was also among the places where the border guards had mutinied.
"They were arrested in a case filed by the officer in charge of Thanchi Police Station," Mohammad Shamsuddin, superintendent of police of Bandarban, told Bengal Newz. The 108 arrestees were charged with mutiny and looting armoury and assaulting army officers, he said.
The arrested BDR men were brought to Bandarban Sadar in army and police escort in the afternoon before they were sent to jail. The carnage at the BDR headquarters in Dhaka left 60 people, including 57 army officers deputed to the paramilitary force, killed.

Asha Bhonsle attends Rabindra Jayonti
"Ami Marathi, kintu Bangali...Ami apnar bou achi," said Asha Bhonsle

Kolkata, 10 May : Back in Kolkata after over 15 years, the queen of melody said, “I’m one of the kanyas of panchakanya. Gurudev ke janamdin ke liye na kehna mere swabhav mein nahin hai. I last sang Rabindrasangeet on stage 19 or 20 years ago. I want to speak in Bengali but I’m scared. I’m out of practice and am forgetting it slowly.” What she isn’t out of touch with, is music, but the legend refrained from taking the mic until Sunday, when she performs along with Lopamudra Mitra, Aditi Mohsin, Srabani Sen and Subhamita Banerjee.
“Suspense,” she said, and passed the mic to legendary Carnatic musician Balamurali Krishna. “Next time, I’ll try to address you in Bengali,” he quipped, before revealing that Tagore has been his inspiration as a poet-musician. Pt Ajoy Chakraborty, who is a part of Panchaputra along with Srikanto Acharya, Pt Mohan Singh and Suprotik Das, said he hoped Ashaji would come down to Kolkata far sooner than another 15 years. With her new Bengali album due during the Pujas, that will happen for sure! Besides those performing at the event, the others who addressed the gathering were Gouri Ghosh, Goutam Ghose, Pt Kumar Bose, Subho Dasgupta and Durbadal Chattopadhyay. Photo : PTI

Bomb-making materials seized at Barisal madrasa
Barisal, 10 May : Rapid Action Battalion on Sunday seized bomb-making materials and propaganda leaflets of Islamist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir from a Kaomi madrasa in Barisal.
Rab officer lieutenant commander KM Mamunur Rashid told reporters that they seized electric circuits, six-volt batteries, timing devices, marble, splinter, 500g chemical substance, capacitors, a remote control and 13 leaflets of Hizb ut-Tahrir from Jamia Arabia Khaza Mainuddin Madrasa in Bazar Road in Barisal city.

West Bengal Governor speaks up on Nandigram again
Kolkata, 10 May : Violence in trouble-torn Nandigram seldom escapes his attention. He had reacted strongly soon after the police firing on 14 March, 2007 that prompted the high court to start a case, suo motu, and order a CBI inquiry. Three days before the third and final round of elections, WB's Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi expressed anguish over post-poll violence in Nandigram that has killed four people, including a two-and-a-half-year-old child. In a statement issued from Raj Bhavan, he called post-poll violence a “matter of the greatest regret”. The day, however, passed without any major incident.
“The electing of lawmakers ought not to be accompanied by the breaking of the law of land. I urge contestants and their supporters to neither provoke violence nor respond to such provocation with counter-violence,” Gandhi said.
After three days of unabated violence, the state and district administration, too, reacted sharply and took steps for initiating peace. Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, who took part in several poll campaigns during the day, rushed to Writers’ Buildings and held a meeting on Nandigram with chief secretary Asok Mohan Chakrabarti, DGP S Sarkar and IG (law & order) Raj Kanojia.
“The CM is worried. The situation has been reviewed. If required, we will ask the Centre to send forces for Nandigram,” said Chakrabarti.

World leaders condole Dr. M A Wazed's death
Manmohan calls Hasina, Zaradari mourns Wazed
BSS, Dhaka, 10 May : The Indian prime minister and the Pakistan president and prime minister have expressed their condolences to prime minister Sheikh Hasina on the death of her husband Dr M A Wazed Miah.
Manmohan Singh called Hasina on Sunday morning to express his condolence, her deputy press secretary Mahbubul Haque Shakil said. Pakistan's president Asif Ali Zardari and prime minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani also expressed their condolences a message released by the Pakistan high commission in Dhaka on Sunday.

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