(L) Customers purchase vegetables at a wholesale market in Agartala on Saturday. (R) A vendor waits for customers at a wholesale vegetable market in Siliguri Today.Rising food prices are a matter of concern, but the country has comfortable food stocks to deal with any difficult situation, India's Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said on Thursday.
Prisoners are wanted by the Jharkhand police. Four prisoners have been identified as Dharampur Paswas, Santosh Burnyal, Bijoy Singh and Vicky Khan. န Photos : Niraj Modi
Rajshahi, 8 August : Some 40 people, including journalists and police, were injured as followers of two football teams involved in a clash at Rajshahi district stadium to night.
Photojournalist Abdus Samad of local Bengali daily Sun Shine was admitted to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital with bullet injury on his left thigh. Photojournalists Iqbal, Kabir Tuhin, Dukhu and another person Apel were also treated at the hospital.
Police said Joynal, a drive of police vehicle, was also injured in the incident. Police brought the situation under control at around 9.30pm(BDST) and the football tournament went on.
Two police zeeps were torched by the mob during the lathicharge. The administration imposed prohibitory orders under section 144 in seven villages in and around Mangolkote to stop any rally in the area two days ago. The administration made elaborate police bandobast to avoid any trouble during the TMC meeting today.
The TMC men were stopped today near Kudrun village near a school when they were marching towards Mangolkote. The TMC began a meeting near the school. According to reports, the TMC men hurled stones injuring some policemen. This resulted in a clash between the police and TMC supporters. Police vans parked nearby were set on fire during the clash which continued for near an hour. The police initially lathicharged and then teargassed the TMC workers to disperse.
The situation was brought under control after more policemen cordoned off the area. The TMC has called another Mangolkote march on 25 August. န Photos : Dipankar Chatterjee
Kolkata, August : Condemning the "unprovoked" police action on her party supporters at Mangalkot in Burdwan district, the scene of repeated political clashes in the past few weeks, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today called for immediate sacking of the Left Front government.
"The Left Front government should be immediately sacked. I will hold a meeting at that very stage. Let the police try and stop me," she vowed. "Our tolerance should not be seen as a sign of weakness.
Dhaka, 8 August :
The Dadanchhari army camp, at Moghaichhari in Laxmichhari Upazila, and Dashbil army camp, in Manikchhari Upazila, under Guimara Brigade were withdrawn, deputy commissioner Mohammad Abdullah told UNB. The camps accounted for 80 army personnel, including Ansar members, who were brought back to the army brigade's headquarters in Matiranga Upazila, he said.
Chhanpila army camp in Panchhari Upazila might also be withdrawn by Saturday or early Sunday, he said.
IANS, Kolkata, 8 August : Two doctors were Saturday admitted at the Infectious Diseases (ID) hospital here with symptoms of swine flu.
The medicos Ranjit Mandal and Prashanta Sarkar, had fever and cough and cold. "Their samples have been sent for testing," state health department's nodal officer for swine flu Tapas Sen told IANS. Meanwhile, the test results of another doctor Tapati Mandal of the ID hospital have been found to be negative. "Tapati Mandal had visited a fellow doctor Manas Saha who was earlier admitted to the hospital after tests confirmed the presence of the H1N1 virus," said a hospital official. Saha was released after completing the prescribed course of Tamiflu.
Now the swine flu ward at the hospital has 11 patients. Three of them Japanese national Yuki Nakazawa (22), Bahadur Firoze Shah and six-year-old girl Pranjali Mandal have tested positive. Meanwhile, as the rush of people to the ID hospital for swine flu tests increased following the death of Pune girl Reeda Shaikh on 3 August, the state health department has opened two more specialised influenza clinics in the city. The clinics will be housed in the state-run NRS Medical College and Hospital and RG Kar Medical College and Hospital.
Since the outbreak of the disease in India, nine confirmed cases have been detected in West bengal. န Photos : Reuters & AP
Subhomoy Bhattacharjee, Agartala, 8 August : 45 shutter-bugs from India and abroad, ninety-four stunning pictures from different wings of photojournalism and one and only steady chief minister of the state, (in present Indian political context) at the venue of Rabindra Shatabarshiki Bhawan, this was the scenario of the inauguration ceremony of “Moments” – first ever attempt of International Photography Exhibition at Agartala, the capital of Tripura by Tripura Photojournalists Associtaion on Friday.
“I am amazed to see such beautiful works of the photojournalists. Photos are evidences of history. We should be careful to maintain this culture,” reacted Manik Sarkar, Chief Minister of Tripura after inaugurating the exhibition. The Chief Minister also informed that a modern photographic laboratory is under construction in Tripura where all necessities will be provided to the photojournalists.
Starting form the conflict zones of Northeast India to pictorial and news photographs of Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and USA by different renowned photographers attracted the visitors. “This is our first attempt. By the end of December this year, we are planning to organise a photo exhibition with the works of SAARC country photographers in Agartala with the initiative of the government of Tripura,” said Ramakanta Dey, General Secretary, Tripura Photojounalists Association.
Indian Photojournalists form Assam, Manipur Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura, West Bengal, New Delhi and Uttar Pradesh have contributed their works in the three days long International Photography Exhibition organised by Tripura Photojournalists Association, which will end on 9 August. န Photo : Parthajit Dutta
"They were kidnapped for ransoms by a gang of pirates, known as the 'Abbas gang', while they were fishing in the Baleshwar River on Wednesday," said Bipul Das, assistant forest officer of Sharankhola range. A group of forest guards led by Moshiur Rahman, officer-in-charge of the Chandeshwar beat in Sharankhola, rescued them from the Darjar Canal area at around 3am (BDST), said Das.
But none of the pirates could be apprehended, he added. The fishermen are from Tafalbari in Sharankhola and from Charduani and Gyanpara in Patharghata Upazila of Barguna district.
Ahead of Indian Independence Day
Malda, 8 August : Security has been stepped up along the India-Bangladesh border ahead of Indian Independence Day.
‘On the occasion of 15 August, we are conducting a special operation. In this, we are sending some battalions close to the border as there are intelligence reports that some militants will try to cross over from Bangladesh to India,’ said S.S Davas, Company Commandant of the 87th Battalion of Border Security Force (BSF). ‘We have alerted our troops along the border. We are directing our manpower to the border,’ added Davas.
Every year, before the country’s national days, insurgent groups operating in eastern and northeastern India mount attacks on security forces and state installations. န Photo : AP