Kolkata, 15 August : An Air India Kolkata-Hyderabad flight with 31 passengers on board on Saturday made a "precautionary" landing at the NSC Bose International airport here half an hour after take-off as the pilot was alerted by an alarm about technical fault in the aircraft.
The flight, IC-7217, which also had a four-member took from the airport at 5:15 pm but returned half an hour later after the alarm, airport sources said. The pilot informed the Air Traffic Control and the aircraft was allowed to return and make a "precautionary" landing, one of the three categories of landing in aviation parlance. The plane was taken to an isolation bay and the passengers disembarked. However, no ambulance or fire fighter was requisitioned as is the normal practice during emergency landing.
Airport sources said the passengers and crew are safe. An investigation is on to find out why the alarm went off and what for, said the sources. The passengers were later accommodated in a Kolkata-Bangalore flight which took off at 6:15 pm.
Dhaka, 15 August : Bangladesh is observing the National Mourning Day on the occasion of the 34th death anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman today, with a vow to implement the longstanding High Court verdict in the case in connection with his murder.
The prime minister also went to Banani graveyard where most members of the Bangabandhu’s family killed in the 15 August carnage, national leaders killed in Dhaka Central Jail on 3 November, were laid to rest. She placed wreaths and offered fateha. Scheduled visit to Tungipara by Sheikh Hasina has been cancelled due to inclement weather.
The authorities have taken tight security measures on the occasion. National Flags were hoisted half-mast in government, non-government and private institutions. Today is a public holiday. န PhotoS : Firoz Ahmed, PIB Courtesy
PTI, Midnapore, 15 August : Tribals led by Maoists held protests with black flags at various places in Lalgarh in West Midnapore district on Independence day today inspite of presence of central forces and the police.
Villagers of Lalgarh, Salbani, Goaltore, Belpahari, Binpur stayed away from Independence Day celebrations and took out processions led by Maoists in various areas with black flags. Over 5,000 tribals including women, armed with traditional weapons also gathered at Madhupur, a Peoples Committee Against Police Atrocities stronghold, near Salbani and hoisted a black flag, the police said.
Bankura, 15 August : A CPI(M) activist, Ramakrishna Duley, was killed Saturday by suspected Maoist rebels at Saluka village in Bankura district, police said.
The 50-year-old Duley died in a hospital after he was fired upon by the ultras and a bullet hit him in the neck, Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) Surajit Kar Purakayastha told Bengal Newz. Maoists are active in the state's three western districts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia.
However, despite the nearly two-month-long security operation, the Maoist activities have been going on unabated, with several CPI(M) cadres and tribals - whom the radicals have described as police informers - killed.
Five separatist guerrilla groups in the region have called for a 17-hour general strike Saturday to boycott the Independence Day, even as the security forces were put on maximum alert. The militant groups that called for a boycott were the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), the Kamatapur Liberation Organisation (KLO), fighting for a separate homeland comprising parts of Assam and West Bengal, the Manipur People's Liberation Front (MPLF), an umbrella group of several Manipuri rebel groups, and the Tripura People's Democratic Front (TPDF).
Militant groups in the northeast have for years boycotted national events to protest New Delhi's rule over the region. န Photos : AFP
Rangpur, 15 August : Train communication between northern districts and the Dhaka was disrupted for three and a half hours after a fire broke out at a local train at Nachnia in Kounia upazila, Rangpur this morning.
The engine of the Parbotipur-bound train coming from Lalmonirhat caught fire at about 10:30am(BDST), halting the rail communication on Lalmonirhat-Dhaka route. The driver said he stopped the train and tried to extinguish the blaze. But as the fire extinguisher was empty, he could not put out the flame immediately, he added.
He finally doused the fire with the help of the locals.
PTI, New Delhi, 15 August : A moderate earthquake today hit the Andaman Islands, Met department said here. The tremor measuring 5.3 on the Richter Scale shook the islands at 0110 hrs.
There was no immediate report of any damage due to the quake, met officials said. This is the third earthquake in this week to hit the Andaman Islands.
A moderate tremor hit the islands on Thursday, while a high-intensity earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter Scale shook the islands along with many cities in southern and eastern India on 11 August.