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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Indian govt asks WB govt to ban CPI(Maoist) by act
New Delhi, 28 June : The Centre has asked the Left Front government in West Bengal to declare the CPI (Maoist) as an "unlawful association" under a 1908 Act as its scope is much wider than the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) enacted last year.
Home ministry officials said West Bengal government has been advised to declare CPI (Maoist) as outlawed because of the fact that the UAPA, under which it declared the outfit as banned on 22 June, is essentially directed against unlawful associations that support secession. "The Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1908 (CLAA) has a very different objective. It is directed against associations which encourage or aid person to commit acts of violence or intimidation. The power is vested in the state government to declare an association as unlawful," a home ministry official said.
Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram had said last week that the state government should ban the Maoists. "We think they (Maoists) should be banned in West Bengal as in other states," he had said. West Bengal is yet to take a decision on it. Photos : AP
Agitating garment workers shot, 1 killed, 25 injured
Dhaka, 28 June : A garment worker was killed and 25 others were injured as Ansars personnel yesterday opened fire on agitators demanding a pay hike at a sweater factory in Ashulia. Several hundred protesting garment workers set fire to the Ansars camp at the factory "S Suhi Industrial Park Ltd" in Jamgara and blocked the Dhaka-Tangail Highway for half an hour.
Police sources say they lobbed around nine teargas canisters to calm the situation. Bullet-hit Al-Amin (26), was rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) where he died during treatment. His colleague Rony also received a bullet and is undergoing treatment at DMCH. The other injured were taken to local hospitals and clinics, witnesses say.

Voting in West Bengal’s 16 municipal polls "peaceful"
Voting in Rajpur Sonarpur Municipality, this morning.
Kolkata, 28 June : Voting was held Sunday for 16 municipal bodies in West Bengal in polls seen as the first trial of strength between the ruling Left Front and the opposition Trinamool Congress and Congress combine after the Lok Sabha elections.
There were reports of a bombing at Maheshtala in South 24 Parganas and Kulti in Burdwan district during the polling, and a couple of policemen sustained injuries. Overall, the situation is peaceful in the 16 municipal areas. There have been only some minor incidents so far, said state election commissioner Meera Pandey.
Barely six weeks after its debacle in the parliamentary elections, the municipal polls have presented an opportunity to the ruling front to assess whether it has been able to regain any lost ground, while for the opposition they are a chance to consolidate the gains.
The Left controls 11 of the 16 municipalities in 10 districts, but going by the last Lok Sabha results it will be a tough ask for the ruling alliance to retain its strength. Photo : Indrajit Dutta
Don't build Tipaimuk before visit : D Moni tells India

Dhaka, 28 June : Bangladesh Foreign minister Dipu Moni has urged India not to go ahead with the controversial Tipaimukh dam construction until a Bangladesh parliamentary delegation visited the dam site.
She has also proposed that a Bangladesh-India joint survey on the project as people were raising concerns against the hydroelectric project. The foreign minister made the proposal as she met with India's state minister for foreign affairs Preneet Kaur in New York, according to a foreign ministry press statement. She and Kaur are now in New York to attend a UN conference on global economic crises. Dipu Moni told Kaur that Bangladesh was banking on the Indian assurance that New Delhi would not do anything "detrimental" to Bangladesh's interest, the statement said.
"She (Dipu Moni) proposed meeting of the Joint Rivers Commission and reminded the Indian state minister that joint assessment should be done of the project, as it was widely believed that this would harm the environment of Bangladesh," the statement said.

Andaman to get 500-passenger capacity vessel soon
UNI, Port Blair, 28 June : Remote islands of Andaman and Nicobar will soon be getting a 500-passenger capacity vessel named MV Campbell Bay, being built by a Shipyard at Surat.
The vessel is in the final stage of completion. ''The sixth and final stage of work is underway for which the vessel has been shifted from ABG Shipyard to Western Shipyard, Goa,'' sources in Andamans told UNI. The 500 passenger capacity vessel, once inducted, will further augment the shipping services, especially in far-flung southern group of islands. ''Being built at a cost of Rs 83 crore, the vessel is expected to join the shipping fleet by September this year,'' sources said.
Shipping is the lifeline of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a group of 572 small and big islands. Out of these, only 36 are inhabited. Most of the inhabited islands of A&N chain are connected only via ferry boats and ships.

Second confirmed Swine flu case found in Kolkata
Kolkata, 28 June : A five-year-old girl, who had arrived in Kolkata with her mother on Friday, has been confirmed as suffering from swine flu. The swab test report arrived at Beliaghata ID Hospital from NICED late on Saturday. The girl, her mother and four-month-old brother had gone to Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.
Another flu suspect, Salt Lake resident Sourav Lahiri, has been admitted there with the same symptoms. His swab test reports are awaited.

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