Kolkata, Dhaka, 18 September :
(L) Kolkata devotee perform Tarpan an offering to the encestors at Bagbazar Ghat, on the ossasion of Mahalaya on Friday morning. (R) A aged man waits to receive free food for iftar (breaking fast) inside the Baitul Mokarram national mosque in Dhaka Today, the last Friday before Eid. Muslims tradi tionally give more alms during the Ramadan holy month, but this year, the global economic crisis has made some in largely impoverished Bangladesh less generous. နနနနနနနနန န Photos : Avijit Mondal and Reuters
Agartala, 18 September : Centre is considering amendment in Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 following a suggestion from Tripura government.
Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Tushar A Chowdhury during his visit to the state capital on 16 September said that necessary amendments were being considered in the Act following a request from the state government, Forest Minister Jitendra Choudhury told reporters here today. "We demanded to reconsider the cut-off date to accommodate the people who migrated to India from then East Pakistan after partition in 1947 and settled in the forest areas," he said.
The union minister expressed satisfaction over performance of the state regarding Forest Act implementation and agreed for amendment for giving rights to the dwellers who have been residing in forest areas for 25 years, Choudhury said.
Dhaka, 18 September :
Bus, launch terminals, rail stations in city witness huge crowd as Eid holiday begins today in Bangladesh. A father cautiously picks up his child on a launch from a crowd of homebound people at Sadarghat launch terminal as mass exodus from the capital begins ahead of the Eid and Durga Puja.
Howrah, 18 September : Seven persons were feared drowned in the Hoogly river today while offering 'tarpan' (obeisance) on the occasion of Mahalaya at Ghusuri ghat in Howrah.
Sixteen persons were swept away in the river while offering tarpan this morning, police said, adding eight of them were rescued and four others were hospitalised, the police said. Four persons, including a six-year-old child, were yet to be traced and search for them were continuing, the police said.
Thousands of people gathered on the banks of the Hoogly river on the occasion of Mahalaya to offer obeisance to their forefathers. န Photo : Reuters
Chittagong, 18 September : Loading and unloading activities at the Chittagong port was suspended this morning as lacing workers went on work abstention demanding Eid bonus.
The lacing workers engaged by the berth operators for staffing and un-staffing of containers suspended the work at about 8:00am(BDST) a day after stevedoring staffs enforced strike, which was later withdrawn, at the port demanding an increase in their Eid bonus. The workers went into work abstention as they are yet to receive any announcement about their Eid bonus. The authority was putting its efforts to settle the issue, STAR Chittagong correspondent reports. The stevedoring staffs, who are engaged by the berth operators, were demanding Eid bonus of Tk 6,000 per head instead of Tk 3,000.
Following a tripartite meeting with berth operators and port authority, stevedoring staffs withdrew the strike last night.
Khulna, 18 September : A BNP leader died after hitting a tree while trying to escape arrest at Ghatbhog union in Rupsha upazila in Khulna early today.
The dead was identified as Arbindo Mandol (45), BNP general secretary of Ghatbhog union. He was an accused in a case filed in 2008. Khulna Police said a team of law enforcers went to arrest Arbindo at his Ghatbhog residence at about 2:30am(BDST). Arbindo informed police that he was earlier released on bail in this case. When police wanted to see his court order, he entered the house and tried to flee through the back door of the house. Police said he was injured critically after being struck by a tree while trying to flee away. He died at Khulna Medical College Hospital later.
Arbindo's wife Nilima however claimed that police beat him to death.