Pakhiralay (WB Sunderbans), 7 June : A sense of relief swept across the Sunderbans after two weeks of living on the edge when the hungry tide that everyone had feared came without its appetite for destruction.
The tide vigil across the Sunderbans, which began last evening, ended this afternoon. န Photos : AP
Reports also said that the team would cover Dhamakhali, Sandeskhali, Gosaba, Hingalgunj and Patharpratima in the two worst-affected districts in North and South 24 Parganas. The team will return to New Delhi on 9 June.
West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee on Saturday met Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and asked for 1000 crore rupees for relief and restoration work in areas hit by Cyclone Aila. The request was made at a meeting held at Mukherjee’s Kolkata residence.
New Delhi, 7 June : In what might just put the "neglected" North-East on to the tourist map, the Centre is set to launch a Rs 1,400 crore programme aiming to build and revamp urban infrastructure in the far-flung area with the aim to make its natural wonders more accessible.
The Urban development ministry is making a concerted effort and has taken the initiative to showcase the scenic beauty and diverse culture by making cities modern and more liveable. The North East Urban Development Programme, for which the ministry has managed to get funds from Asian Development Bank, will cover five state capitals— Aizawl, Shillong, Gangtok, Kohima, and Tripura capital Agartala— in the first phase.
Additional deputy police commissioner Mahbub Alam of the DB said Arif had been sheltering in Dhaka since the murder of Bhaskar Shethi, a Mumbai businessman. "We suspect he was connected with several other murders also," Mahbub said.
At noon, Arif was presented before the reporters. He confessed to murdering Bhaskar Shethhi and said as soon as he had got bail in the case in 2001, he escaped to Bangladesh. န File Photo : PTI
Merchant had come to Tripura on 7 April and entered Bangladesh on 27 April with a fake passport, intelligence sources said today. Police are investigating into who helped Merchant, one of the contract-killers of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, arrange for his stay in Agartala between 7 to 27 April, the sources said. Investigations are on to know how he procured the passport.
Merchant was released on 23 March on 14-days parole. During the period, he managed to escape to Bangladesh via Tripura and was arrested along with another Indian Jahid Sheikh on 27 May from South Maurali, a village in Brahmanbaria district of that country, about 30 km from here.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner A.K.M. Shahidul Haq told reporters that Ibrahim’s accomplice Abdur Rauf Daud Merchant, caught here while in hiding in a village near Brahmanbaria in eastern Bangladesh, came to the country with a “mission” to form a terror group loyal to the underworld don. Bangladesh authorities have received several clues since the arrest of Merchant, a fugitive from Indian law convicted for the murder of Bollywood music baron Gulshan Kumar.
Analysts say what has come to light so far in investigations confirms New Delhi’s allegations about the reach of Ibrahim’s underworld network across South Asia. Ibrahim and his second-in command Chhota Shakil operate from Pakistan and Dubai, Indian authorities say.