Katwa, Kolkata, 15 July : Eight Congress legislators of West Bengal were injured when they were allegedly attacked by CP(M) members at Katwa in Burdwan district on Wednesday afternoon. Seven journalists and three policemen were also injured in the attack.
An eight-member delegation of Congress legislators had visited Dhanyarukhi village, about 150 km from Kolkata, to distribute relief to opposition party workers rendered homeless following clashes with CPI(M) cadres.
The area has seen trouble since CPI(M) district committee member Falguni Mukherjee was shot dead 16 June. The CPI(M) alleged the attackers had links with the Trinamool Congress, but the party denied this. န Photos : Ashit Banerjee
Satkhira, 15 July : A tiger killed a woodcutter in Naikati area of the Sundarbans yesterday. Police said victim Abu Moral, 50, son of Shukchand Moral of village Dalnekhali, went to the Sundarbans in the early morning to collect fuel wood. All of a sudden a tiger swooped on him and dragged him into the deep forest. Local people recovered the body in the afternoon.
UNB, Sharm El-Sheikh (Egypt), 15 July : Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today assured Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that New Delhi would not take any step regarding their planned Tipaimukh Dam that might affect the bilateral relations between Bangladesh and India.
Hasina informed journalists accompanying her of the outcome of her meeting with Singh on the sidelines of the 15th Non-Aligned Movement Summit, reports UNB from Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. Hasina said the friendly relations between the two countries would remain unaffected and the two countries would move forward maintaining their own dignities. The Bangladesh prime minister had the meeting with her Indian counterpart at Jolie Ville Golf Resort meeting room on the sidelines of the NAM summit, mainly discussing issues of bilateral interest.
The meeting took place at a time when there have been controversies in Bangladesh over the Tipaimukh dam planned by India on the common river Borak. န Photo : Bangladesh PID
Siliguri, 15 July : The director general, Border Security Force, ML Kumawat, today said here that a large volume of counterfeit Indian currency was being printed in Pakistan with Inter-services Intelligence (ISI) support. The DG was addressing the media at the BSF North Bengal Frontier office, Kadamtala, Siliguri, today.
“We have information that certain agencies are using the Bangladesh route to smuggle fake Indian currency to India and these are being printed somewhere in Pakistan,” said Kumawat. “The matter was discussed at the director level meeting between the BSF and the Bangladesh Rifles on 14 July in Dhaka,” also said Kumawat.
The police said that an 8-member bike-borne gang of armed Maoists shot at Gangaram Mahato (45), who was returning from market on his motorcycle, from a point blank range at Bediamore at Burrabazar. He died on the spot.
Lalgarh, 15 July : Two days after attacking the Dharampur camp of the joint forces, the Maoist ultras again raided the same camp tonight besides another at Andharjora in Lalgarh region tonight, police said.
At about 11.30 pm, the Maoists simultaneously attacked the two camps where the state police and paramilitary forces, engaged in the operation to flush out Maoists from Lalgarh, are staying. The encounter is still on and casualty, if any, was not known, the sources said.
Since Saturday, the government has been selling potatoes at Rs 13 per kg in some city markets. It has now been extended to the districts like Burdwan as well. Dasgupta said the city police commissioner and the district magistrates will talk to all traders' bodies and make them aware of this new directive.
Patit Paban De of the West Bengal Cold Storage Owners' Association said: "Other than Punjab and Haryana, production of potatoes everywhere has been lower than the optimum this year." န Photo : Dipankar Chatterjee and PTI
N. Akhtar, governing council member of Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF), speaking with journalists in Guwahati on Wednesday said that the idea was to hand out an opportunity to the youths of the northeast. The team consists of three climbers from Manipur, two from Arunachal Pradesh, three from Meghalaya, two from Meghalaya, two from West Bengal, two from Sikkim, 12 from Assam and one from Delhi. They will leave for Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday for a month-long training. In the second phase, the trainees will scale some peaks in Darjeeling and will then scale about 7,000 meters in Sikkim in the early part of next year.
“The training will give them an idea about climate and height at such high altitude,” Akhtar added.
CPI's Bengali mouthpiece Kalantar editor found dead
Howrah, 15 July : Chandan Chakraborty, the editor of CPI’s Bengali mouthpiece Kalantar who had been missing since Sunday, was found dead on the banks of the Hooghly in Shibpur on Tuesday. The 52-year-old’s family had lodged a complaint on failing to contact Chakraborty after he left home on Sunday morning.
“On Sunday evening, we received a phone call from North Port police station saying they had recovered his bag from a vessel that plies between Bagbazar Ghat and Howrah,” said elder brother Samarendra. “The crew of the vessel told the police that Chakraborty had jumped from the vessel,” said Samarendra, adding that the family was however not convinced that he committed suicide. While CPI's West Bengal state secretary Manju Mazumdar described the death as an accident, party sources said he was suffering from depression.