West Bengal Police prepare to retreat amid possibility of Maoist backlash
Lalgarh, Kolkata, 21 June : A day after reclaiming the Lalgarh block headquarters, security forces started combing the surrounding villages in this West Bengal area on Sunday to search for hiding Maoist rebels, weapons and leaders of a tribal group that have declared the zone "liberated".
On the fourth day of the operation launched by the state government to flush out Maoists from this troubled zone in West Midnapore district, senior officials were holding a high level meeting in Kolkata to take stock of the progress made by the joint forces of the centre and the state and chart out a roadmap for the future.
Security reinforcements comprising several companies of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Border Security Force (BSF), as also state armed police started off from district headquarters Midnapore for the Bhimpur camp, about five km from this town. The forces were searching cars at Pirakulli village, where the Maoists had engaged the security personnel in heavy firing Friday. န Photos : Arpan Mukherjee
Kolkata, 21 June : Rejecting the charge levelled against her party of having ties with the Maoists, Mamata Banerjee angrily demanded that West Bengal Chief Minister and CPI(M) leaders withdraw the charge within the next 48 hours, failing which, Trinamool supporters would start movement against the Left Front government and demand its sacking.
Dhaka, 21 June : Bangladesh and Myanmar could share each other’s under sea cable system, used for running the internet, whenever their own cable connectivity breaks down, according to a proposal put forward by Yangon.
Bangladesh is examining the proposal received from Myanmar, New Age newspaper said Sunday quoting an official. Myanmar said it wanted to use Bangladesh’s submarine cable in case of the failure of its cable and Bangladesh could use Myanmar’s system in a similar situation. Yangon’s proposal was sent to the Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited in the first week of June, an official told the newspaper. A Myanmar delegation has visited Bangladesh in this regard, he said. Myanmar says inter-connectivity will foster growth in information and communications sectors with uninterrupted telecommunications services.
Bangladesh got connected to the global submarine cable system 21 May, 2006 at an approximate cost of $35.1 million.
India to complete Bangladesh border fencing soon
Siliguri, 21 June : The 1,000 kms long Bangladesh border fencing work along West Bengal would be completed by October, a top official of India's paramilitary Border Security Force confirmed on Sunda. Nand Kishore, Inspector General of BSF, said the fence would deter large-scale illegal immigration, rampant smuggling and insurgents.