Goaltore, 26 June : Security forces on Friday reclaimed control of Kadasole village to the north of Lalgarh in West Midnapore district from Maoists during the second phase of operations against the naxals who set off two landmine blasts.
Led by CRPF, the troops including jungle warfare expert and personnel of the Indian Reserve Battalion and State Armed Police, who were helped by a helicopter, traded fire for 45 minutes with the Maoists who later fled the village, a senior CRPF officer told Bengal Newz. "There was no casualty and no arrest," the officer said. "The operations for the day is over and Kadasole has been secured. The forces will be stationed here."
The security force launched the operations from Goaltore in the morning, five days after taking control of Lalgarh police station and faced no resistance till Pingboni three km away. The security forces then moved another four km to Kadasole, where they spotted a group of 15 armed Maoists.
The landmines were set up beside the road connecting Pirakata and Midnapore, which had been santised by the security forces after 19 June, a senior security force official said. The bomb disposal squad had been alerted.
Earlier in the day, at Kadasole, two landmines went off, while two others were defused after being found in a nearby area. န Photos : Arpan Mukherjee
Yesterday, the district administration held a meeting to discuss its preparation.The horticulture department has been asked to take part in the festival and to organise a mango competition. The tourism department has been asked to focus on the tourist spots in the district in the course of the festival. The additional district magistrate, Indrani Saha, is chalking out plans and programmes for the event.
“The sericulture department has been asked to take part in the festival by displaying the famous Malda silk and its products," Malda district magistrate Sridhar Ghosh told Bengal Newz today. န File Photo : Misbaul Haque
In line with this, he said an IT village would be established in the city and preliminary works on the program has already been started.
On successful implementation of the program, he added that Rajshahi would be the third IT village city, by which, he said cross-sections of people including the students would get the opportunity of connecting them with the modern information technology. Mayor Liton made this observation while inaugurating the RCC's own website 'e-rajshahi' at the City Bhaban. Speaking on the occasion, he also said the city dwellers would collect their necessary information relating to the civic services and development activities from now on. န File Photo
Kolkata, 26 June : Three members of a family, including a baby, were admitted to a hospital with symptoms of swine flu on their arrival from Bangkok here on Friday.
Parthasarathi Das (37), his wife Samita Das (31) and their daughter Suchismita Das (5) were sent to hospital as they showed symptoms of swine flu, Airport Medical officer, S E Dey said. Their sputum and blood samples were sent to New Delhi for tests, he said. Suchismita suffered from high fever and cough in Bangkok, officials said. The family had gone on a holiday to Singapore, Malaysia and Bangkok on 15 June.
Botanical Garden renamed by Jagadish Chandra Bose
Howrah, 26 June : The 222-year-old Indian Botanical Garden has been renamed Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Botanical Garden. The one of its kind garden at Shibpur in Howrah was named after legendary Bengali scientist Jagadish Chandra Bose by Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh.
The largest and oldest botanical garden of South East Asia, the Indian Botanical Garden has been a premier institution for botanical and horticultural research in India. Founded in 1787 by Colonel Robert Kyd, an army officer of the British East India Company, the Indian Botanical Garden now has over 12,000 trees and shrubs belonging to 1,400 species together with thousands of herbaceous plants. The best-known landmark of the garden is The Great Banyan tree with a trunk having a circumference of more than 330 metres.
He had served in the Bangladesh missions in Thailand, Britain, India, Iran and South Africa, The Daily Star newspaper said quoting an official announcement.
Andaman, being a secluded part of the country, often gets cut off from the rest of India due to incessant rainfall. Both the seaway and airway remain closed till the Weather God smiles. Unless, you are an incredibly lucky traveller, chances are, you might get stuck in the islands for days. Much like the northeast, where landslides close the road, Andaman & Nicobar Islands too have its share of thorns !