Port Blair, 20 July : People in Andaman and Nicobar have started dreaming about first ever rail-link in the Indian Territoty after the Railway budget. The matter connecting Port Blair with Diglipur Island, linked through rail, was raised by the lone MP from Andaman and Nicobar Bishu Pada Ray in the Parliament recently.
"I met Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee and she assured me of all possible steps in this regard discussing it with the prime minister and Finance Minister for clearance," Ray told mediapersons here today.
"Earlier the matter was dropped saying the rail-link in the UT is not economically feasible but I have given an example of the rail-link between Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla, which is 292 km long, and was constructed without looking at the economic feasibility aspect. I have demanded to consider rail-link in Andaman on the same ground adding both the present road and sea links are time consuming," Ray added. န Photo : Discover India
The operation was led by Col Honey Bakshi, head of the Army Intelligence wing, Kolkata, and the New Market police station here, defence spokesman Wing Commander Mahesh Upasani said. He alleged that the touts, acting as recruiting officers, used to lure candidates willing to join the Indian Army. They used to conduct written tests, medical examinations and issue fake joining letters and charge the candidates for these.
The Wing Commander said the racket had spread to areas in Bihar, Orissa and Jharkhand. "Evidences are being collected," he said, adding the Indian Army does not have any recruiting agent.
PTI, Agartala, 20 July : About 85 per cent of the electorate today exercised their franchise to decide the fate of 11,831 candidates in the three-tier panchayat elections in Left-ruled Tripura, official sources said today.
The Left Front has already won unopposed 109 seats in six gram panchayats. The LF had contested all the seats and the Congress in 5544. According to DIG Police control Nepal Das, the elections were incident free. He said, the state home department made security arrangements for the elections and also alerted BSF to keep vigil along the 856-km porous border.
The results would be announced on 23 July. န Photo : Parthajit Dutta
Responding to Kalam, who is on a three-day visit here, Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus Sunday said that Grameen Bank would be delighted to help in any effort to set up micro credit programmes in India and is already involved in such an effort in Kerala. Yunus presented Kalam the Hindi translation of his book “Banker of the Poor” during his visit to the Grameen Bank.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Sunday hosted a dinner in Kalam’s honour. Kalam’s itinerary here includes visiting Dhaka University and the historic Viqarunnisa Noon School and College.
Kalam, along with President Zillur Rahman, will Monday attend the first convocation of the University of Information Technology and Sciences (UITS). န Photo : Mustafiz Mamun
PTI, Dubai, 20 July : Former cricketers Sourav Ganguly, Bishan Singh Bedi alongwith Angus Fraser, Clive Lloyd and Bob Willis will assess how the game has changed over the years at ICC History Conference in Oxford this week.
Leading administrators, academics, historians and statisticians will also gather to reflect on the past 100 years at the conference to be held on Wednesday and Thursday as part of the ICC's centenary celebrations. "One of the key themes of the ICC's centenary year is tradition, to use 2009 as an opportunity to look back at the game's rich history. The history conference should be a fantastic occasion," ICC President David Morgan said in a statement.
The ICC began as the Imperial Cricket Conference in 1909 with just three members – Australia, England and South Africa.
PTI, Lalgarh, 20 July : West Bengal Police lathicharged the students and guardians after they staged demonstration at the Gohomidanga High School in the Lalgarh police station area today in protest against the forcible occupation of the schools by the security forces who came here for Lalgarh Operation. Some of the students were injured.
The security forces forcibly occupied the class rooms in the school since they came to Lalgarh for the opration against Maoists. As a result, teaching in the school had to be stopped. Nearly 15,000 mob including students staged demonstration and tried to break the school gate. Police rushed to the spot and indiscriminately lathicharged the students. The injured studetns were lying in a pool of blood in the school compound for long time after they were lathicharged.
“Forces are staying here for the past one month. This hampered the study of students. Many times we urged them to leave the school but no steps have been taken”, one of the guardians said. န File Photo : Outlook
Dhaka, 20 July : Augere Wireless Broadband Bangladesh Ltd launches its operation today. Augere chairman and chief executive officer Sanjiv Ahuja arrived in Dhaka on Sunday to host the inauguration, said a press release of the organisation.
Augere is the parent company of Augere Wireless Broadband Bangladesh Ltd which successfully won a WiMAX licence in BTRC’s auction held in October 2008. Augere has already invested over Tk 210 million in Bangladesh to providecomprehensive WIMAX coverage throughout the major cities in Bangladesh.
Augere currently has access to spectrum in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Uganda.
Darjeeling hill shutdown to be relaxed for Ten hours
Siliguri, 20 July : The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM), spearheading a protest for a separate Gorkhaland state out of West Bengal, Sunday declared it will allow a 10-hour relaxation Monday in the ongoing indefinite shutdown in Darjeeling district.
“We’ve decided to give a 10-hour relaxation from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday to the ongoing strike in the hills. We’ll allow everything to be open during this time except for government and private offices in the three hill sub-divisions,” GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said. The GJM had Saturday allowed traffic blockade to be relaxed on the National Highway (NH)-31A, a key route connecting West Bengal and Sikkim.
The GJM called the indefinite shutdown 13 July for a carving of a separate Gorkhaland. The shutdown has paralysed life in Darjeeling’s three hill sub-divisions; Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong.
PTI, Lalgarh, 20 July : A landmine exploded on Monday at Lalgarh in West Midnapore district on the second day of the three-day bandh called by the People's Committee against Police Atrocities.
The landmine went off in a jungle at Bankisole village in the restive area when the security forces were on a routine patrol. However, no one was injured in the blast, police said. A gun battle was also reported between the Maoists and the security forces from the area in the morning, official sources said.
PCAPA had called the bandh to protest against "police atrocities on innocent people" for the past few months.
Her body will be cremated after her daughter arrives from Germany. The body will now be kept in a mortuary. Hena was a member of CPB's control commission, prior to which she had been a member of the CPB Politburo. She had been a pioneer joining anti-British demonstrations and political movements, subsequently taking part in all secular democratic movements in an independent country.
A forerunner in all women's liberation movements, Hena Das was also a teacher.
The official comments came a day after Indian high commissioner in Dhaka Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty called on acting foreign secretary Mijarul Quayes and requested Bangladesh to bring back the stranded people from the Andaman Islands.
Indian coastguards had rescued around 350 people from from a sinking engine-less boat in December 2008, allegedly set adrift with scant food and drink by Thailand navy after they made an abortive attempt to enter Malaysia in search of jobs. န Photos : AP
Agartala, 20 July : The ruling Left Front in Tripura faced a political test Monday as the state's three-tier local bodies went to the polls.
An electorate of over a million will decide the fate of 11,831 candidates, including 4,383 women, in the elections to the Gram Panchayats, Panchayat Samitis and Zila Parishads. The polls are being held under tight security.
Acting on a tip-off, a team from Kotwali Police Station arrested the two in the city's Cheragi Pahar Mor area, police said. Witnesses said the two were also inserting the leaflets into the newspapers the hawkers piled up before distribution. The leaflet had massages criticising the present administration system and the modern education system. In Rajshahi the Hizb-ut Tawhid men also gave money to the newspaper hawkers for insertion of their leaflets into the newspapers and distribute them among newspaper readers.