Dhaka, 14 August : The killing of Bangladesh independence hero Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with his family in 1975 aimed at ruining the non-communal democratic state of a newly independent Bangladesh, said prime minister Sheikh Hasina, daughter of the slain leader, on Friday.
"Anti-liberation forces committed an ill act to destroy the tradition, culture, and progress of the Bengali nation through the killing," the prime minister said in her message to the nation on the eve of 15 August National Mourning Day. "Bangabandhu was killed as he was engaged in making a war-torn country into his dream of a Golden Bengladesh by uniting all," said Hasina in her statement. She reminisced about those killed on the day and wished peace for all of their souls. Hasina said the killers, anti liberation forces, were rewarded instead of brought to justice for the killings.
Mujib and members of his family were killed in their home by army officers on 15 August, 1975. Hasina and her younger sister Rehana, in West Germany at the time, were the only survivors of the immediate family. န File Photo : Firoz Ahmed
President Zillur calls for unity
Dhaka, 14 August : Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman, in a message to mark National Mourning Day on 15 August, called on the nation to work as one for the success of the Awami League government's Charter for Change, in which he said lay independence hero Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's dreams for a prosperous country,.
"Bangabandhu dreamt a dream of 'Golden Bangladesh'," said President Zillur Rahman.
Kolkata, 14 August : Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, who is tipped to return as Kolkata Knight Riders' skipper, today said rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) players are on the radar of the Shah Rukh Khan-owned outfit for the third season of Indian Premier League next year.
Talking to reporters after the conclusion of Knight Riders five-day camp at Eden Gardens here, Ganguly said, "We will try and get ICL players but there are other teams who will also be pitching for them." Asked about the chances of ICL players from Bengal, including former captain Deep Dasgupta, Ganguly said, "Yes, we have the Bengal ICL players in mind as well. We are looking for them as I said we are trying to make a better team and everybody will be seen."
The third edition of the IPl will be held from March 12-25 April next year. န Photo : AP
Kolkata, 14 August : West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Friday used the late Subhas Chakraborty's condolence meeting as a platform to give a clear message to the people that the Left parties and their government had started correcting their past mistakes and that "it is only the Left ideology that can challenge the forces that are talking about a change in the state."
The CPI(M) had organised a condolence meeting for its departed leader and former transport minister at the Netaji Indoor stadium on Friday. Addressing the gathering Bhattacharjee said, "A new situation has developed in West Bengal. Some are talking about bringing a change in the state." Without naming the opposition Trinamool Congress which has gained ground in West Bengal substantially after the Lok Sabha elections, the CM said "those who are talking about bringing about a change in West Bengal, perhaps think that the state will take a Rightist turn. But I can tell you that there is no alternative to Leftism in our state. Will it be possible for the people to accept a change which will be guided by the Rightist forces?," asked the chief minister.
PTI, London, 14 August : The romance of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway will be recreated at a station in sylvan Cornwall, England as the heritage train's oldest surviving locomotive will ferry visitors on 19 and 20 August.
Steam engine enthusiasts are looking forward to the event as the Launceston station in Cornwall will bear the sights and sounds of Darjeeling. Stalls selling Indian crafts and shehnai music will be played on the public address system during the two days. Organised by the UK-based Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society (DHRS), the money raised during the two days of 'Darjeeling ambience' will be used to support the needy through education and medical facilities in India.
Managing Director Nigel Bowman said the event had been publicised nationally in the specialist railway press, and hoped it would attract lots of visitors. During the previous DHRS annual event, the station of Sukna was recreated, but this year the society has decided to transform Launceston into Darjeeling.
Taslima expressed her gratitude to the Indian government for extending her visa till 16 February and said she would return to the United States to continue to work as a research scholar at New York University. "I just want to say that I am grateful to the Indian Government for extending my residential permit for another six months. Currently, I am working as a research scholar at New York University. The fellowship will end in December this year. I have to leave for New York but will be back in January to continue living in India, my adopted country", she told PTI in an e-mailed statement.
The India government had on Thursday extended Taslima's visa for six more months after consulting various security agencies.
The inaugural flight was flagged off by a host of dignitaries like Manop Mekprayoonthong, Consul General, Royal Thai Consulate General in Kolkata, R Srinivasan, Airport Director (Eastern) Airport Authority of India, and Vijay Arora, Head of Sales All India, Kingfisher Airlines Limited. The inaugural flight landed to a festive welcome at Bangkok Airport.
After London, Colombo, Dhaka and Dubai, Bangkok is the fifth international destination on the international route network of Kingfisher Airlines. The flights are conveniently timed with flight IT 021 departing from Kolkata, at 11:20 am and reaching Bangkok at 3:15 pm, local time. The flight departs Bangkok at 4:30 pm and reaches Kolkata at 5:45 pm.
Kolkata, 14 August : Associated Broadcasting Company Private Limited, that operates a bouquet of TV channels across the country under the brand name TV 9, has taken over Bengali news channel Kolkata TV.
A press note issued by TV 9 here today said the takeover was done through purchasing of 86 per cent shares of Kolkata TV approximately at Rs 25 crore. Kolkata TV went off the screen for quite sometime because of management problem and funds crunch.
'' We are in the process of finalising new investment plan which will rejuvenate this channel,'' the statement said.
Dhaka, 14 August : Authorities scaled up security across Bangladesh Friday ahead of the 34th anniversary of the assassination of the country's founder, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who along with most of his family was killed in a military putsch in 1975.
Some 3,000 security personnel drawn from police and elite crime- busting Rapid Action Battalion were being deployed in the capital in addition to normal security arrangements to ensure smooth observance of the day, said the Dhaka Metropolitan Police. Strong security vigilance will also be in place in other parts of the country, it added.
In Guwahati, numerous police and paramilitary personnel are keeping strict vigilance over the city. Going by the increase in number of infiltration attempts in the recent past, extra care is being taken to keep a check on such militant activities as well. In Assam, night running of all trains has been suspended for three days following the threat of extremists targeting passenger trains.
Meanwhile, the police and the paramilitary forces are also placed on a high alert in Tripura. Security has been beefed up in wake of boycott call given by various militant organisations on the Independence Day. Paramilitary forces are conducting search operations in the interior parts of the states and are checking all vehicles and passengers at different locations including the national highway. The Border Security Force (BSF) has intensified its vigil across the 856 kilometres long porous India-Bangladesh border to stop any possible trans-border movement.
“We also have coordination with the BSF. Security has been beefed up at the border and ambushes are being held more frequently,” said S S Chaturvedi, Inspector General of Police (IGP). န Photo : Reuters
UNB, Feni, 14 August : A passenger bus coming from Dhaka bound for Noakhali met with an accident early Friday near Feni town, killing 14 persons including women and children, police said.
"At around 3 am(BDST), as the bus carrying 35 passengers reached Mohammad Ali Bazaar near Feni town, the driver lost control of his vehicle. The bus then veered and crashed into a roadside tree and 13 persons died on impact," said Mohipal highway police post chief Nurul Islam. The fourteenth person died on the way to the hospital. The accident left 12 persons injured who are receiving treatment at Feni Sadar Hospital, Dr Sarwar Jahan, resident physician of the hospital said.
Police and locals recovered the bodies and rescued the injured passengers trapped inside the sunken bus. (CLICK THE MAP FOR BIG)