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Thursday, October 1, 2009

5 from West Bengal among 'Kerala's Periyar boat' victims

Kolkata, 1 Ocotber : Five persons from West Bengal were among the 41 people killed in a boat capsize in Thekkady lake in Periyar sanctuary in Kerala, a senior government official said here today.
Of the five victims, four have been identified as residents of Behala area in the metropolis while the identity of the fifth victim is yet to be ascertained, state Chief Secretary Asok Mohan Chakraborty said. Chakraborty said the Kerala government sources have informed the state administration that the bodies would be sent to Kolkata by air in the day after post mortem.
The double-decker boat had sunk in the lake yesterday when the tourists rushed to one side of the vessel to have a glimpse of a herd of elephants, causing it to tip. The tragedy took place about 5 km from the boarding point. Photo : Reuters

Top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant arrested in Dhaka
PTI, Dhaka, 1 October : The top most Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant in Bangladesh, overseeing the group's militant movements across the Indian borders, was arrested by the police in a midnight swoop from the capital, the police said
28-year-old, Emdadullah alias Mahbub was captured by the police when they raided his hideout at Gabtali area of Dhaka on a tip off. He was described as the main co-ordinator of the Pakistan based LeT who the police said had sneaked into the country in 2006, implying that he was not a Bangladeshi national. Emdadullah, the police said, was also involved in transportation of bomb making materials across the border.

Assam Rifles deployment for protection of railway workers
Agartala, 1 Ocotber : Deployment of Assam Rifles personnel has been requested by Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar for providing security to railway workers engaged in conversion of the Lumding-Badarpur railway line from narrow gauge to broad gauge.
"I have requested Assam Rifles GOC 3 Corp N K Singh to deploy AR personnel in the North Cachar hills for protecting railway workers working in gauge conversion from Lumding to Badarpur," the Chief Minister said today. "If the Lumding-Badarpur line is converted from narrow gauge to broad gauge, it would be easier for converting the line from Badarpur to Agartala," he said.
The GOC, who was here yesterday told the chief minister that the overall situation has improved in the North-East as insurgency had declined.

4,000 bottles phensidyl seized in Bogra, One held
Bogra, 1 Ocotber : Bangladesh Police seized a consignment of 4,000 bottles of phensidyl from a truck and arrested its driver at Jhautala in Bogra Sadar upazila early today.
Acting on a tip-off, a team of Bogra police intercepted the Dhaka-bound truck coming from Hili at about 5:00am(BDST) and seized the contraband syrup in 27 packets. They arrested truck driver, while his assistant managed to flee the scene. The truck along with the phensidyl was taken to the police custody.

Congress wins Siliguri Mayor's post with LF support
Siliguri, Kolkata, 1 Ocotber : In a dramatic turn of events, Congress today won the post of Mayor in the Siliguri Municipal Corporation in North Bengal with the support of Left Front councillors, pipping ally Trinamool Congress whose party chief Mamata Banerjee alleged that money was involved.
Corporation sources said Congress candidate Gangotri Dutta received 32 votes against Trinamool Congress aspirant Goutam Deb's 15 in the 47 member corporation board. Dutta received the support of all the 17 Left Front councillors - CPI(M) 15 and RSP and Fowrard Bloc one each. Congress has 15 councillors, Trinamool 14 (one Independent later joined TC) and Left Front 17 in the corporation.
Since Congress and Trinamool Congress failed to field a joint candidate for the post of Mayor, the UPA allies had put up their own nominees in the election.
Congress breached faith by aligning with CPI(M) in Siliguri : Mamata
Kolkata, 1 Ocotber : Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee Thursday accused the Congress of breaching the rules of alliance politics, hours after the latter formed the civic board in the Siliguri Municipal Corporation with support from the West Bengal’s ruling Left Front (LF).
Swine flu attacks Andaman NCC cadets during camp
PTI, Port Blair, 1 Ocotber : Six NCC cadets of Andaman and Nicobar Islands were diagnosed with Swine Flu and ten others were hospitalised with symptoms of H1N1 virus during an annual camp here.
"Blood samples of six cadets tested positive for Swine flu in regional medical research centre here. They were admitted last night in the isolation ward of G B Pant Hospital," Director of Health, Port Blair, N Sadasivan told PTI. He said ten other cadets with symptoms of Swine Flu were admitted in G B Pant hospital today and were given Tamiflu capsules.
A total of 306 cadets hailing from islands of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and 36 other NCC staff gathered at Island Tourism Festival (ITF) ground here on 24 September.
Seized timber worth Tk 10cr rot in CHT forest offices
Khagrachhari, 1 Ocotber : Huge quantity of timber worth around Tk 10 crore has been getting rotten for seven years at the range offices in Chittagong Hill Tracts due to negligence of forest officials and lengthy procedure in inviting tender to sell those.
The forest officials seized the timber planks during the drives on different occasions. With the valuable timber turning into firewood, both the government and the timber merchants are counting huge losses, forest officials said. Khagrachhari Divisional Forest Office sources said they have recovered about 20,000 cubic feet (cft) timber worth about Tk 2 crore. The seized illegal timber kept at four range offices under Khagrachhari DFO office are getting rotten as tender could not be floated due to legal complications following a writ petition filed with the High Court by timber merchant Md Manirul Islam Bhuiyan, divisional forest office sources said.
Over 80,000 cft of seized timber worth Tk 8 crore are lying under the open sky at six forest range offices of Jamtali, Hazachhara, Merung, Bagaihat and Rangamati Forest Range , under the Conservator of Forest in Rangamati, said the sources. News and Photo : Jasim Majumder

PM Sk Hasina Returns home from USA after 10 Days
Dhaka, 1 Ocotber : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina this morning returned home from the United States where she went to attend the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Deputy Leader in Parliament Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, members of the council of ministers, advisers to the prime minister, the chiefs of three services, diplomats and high civil and military officials received Hasina as she arrived at Zia International Airport at about 8:20am(BDST) on a Qatar Airways flight.
On 21 September, the prime minister left Dhaka on a nine-day visit to the US where she held bilateral talks with different heads of states and governments including US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the UNGA session. Photo : PID

Five died as bus rams auto-rickshaw in Comilla
UNB, Comilla, 1 Ocotber : Five people, including a baby girl, were killed and three others injured as a bus rammed into an auto-rickshaw in Chouddagram upazila in Comilla this morning.
The identities of the deceased could not be known immediately. Police said the Feni-bound bus from Comilla hit the auto-rickshaw at Miabazar at about 9:45am(BDST), leaving three male passengers dead on the spot. A four-year old baby girl and the auto-rickshaw driver died at Comilla Medical College Hospital. The other injured were also admitted to the medical college hospital where their condition was stated to be critical.
PBCP Janajuddha outlaw killed in Bagerhat shootout
UNB, Bagerhat, 1 Ocotber : An outlawed party leader was killed in a 'shootout' between his cohorts and Rapid Action Battalion and police at Chulkathi Palpara village in Sadar upazila in Bagerhat early Thursday.
Four police and Rab members were also injured during the gunfight. The deceased was identified as Riazul Haq Masud alias Bidi Masud (32), regional leader of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (ML-Janajuddha). Acting on secret information, a joint team of police and Rab conducted an operation in Chulkathi Palpara area when the outlaws were holding a meeting at about 5:00am.(BDST). Police recovered three firearms, 29 rounds of bullet, five cartridges and one sharp weapon from the spot. The body was sent to hospital morgue for autopsy.
Mamata demands Centre's intervention in W Bengal !
PTI, New Delhi, 1 October : Accusing the ruling CPI(M) of targeting workers belonging to other political parties and unleashing a reign of terror in West Bengal, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee today sought Centre's intervention to stop the "violence" in the state.
I have taken up the issue of "state-sponsored terrorism unleashed by CPI(M) in West Bengal" with Home Minister P Chidambaram and sought Centre's immediate intervention to stop it, Banerjee said here. The Union minister said she has also drawn the Home Minister's attention towards the alleged nexus between a section of police and CPI(M) in the continuous violence against Trinamool workers in the state.
Earlier she had written a letter to the Home Minister on the issue and asked why Centre was keeping mum even after the Left Front government failed to protect people of the state.
2 from W Bengal held with Heroin worth Rs 80 lakh
PTI, New Delhi, 1 Ocotber : Two persons from West Bengal were arrested in the national capital allegedly with 750 grams of heroin worth about Rs 80 lakh in the international market, police said today.
Nurul Sheikh and Mohd Hussain were caught by Crime Branch yesterday when they came to Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar allegedly with the contraband, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sanjay Tyagi said. He said 400 grams of heroin was allegedly recovered from Sheikh and another 350 grams from Hussain.
Andaman to get first Bio-Park at Chidiyatapu region
Port Blair, 1 Ocotber : The Andaman and Nicobar Islands will get its first Biological park at Chidiyatapu region of South Andaman.
The Biological park will be inaugurated by the Lt Governor of A&N Islands, Bhopinder Singh, on the eve of 55th Wildlife Week on 1 October. Spread over forty hectares of lush green Tropical forest, the Biological park will showcase the rich bio-diversity of the islands to the visitors coming from mainland and to local people alike. ''In the beginning, animals like Salt Water Crocodile, Andaman Wild Pig, Water Monitor Lizard and Spotted Deer are displayed in large and open enclosures in natural settings. More animals and birds unique to these islands will be displayed subsequently,'' an official release of Andaman’s Forest Department said here yesterday.
Biological park is a new concept in India. Unlike Zoos, in Biological park, animals and birds could be seen living in natural surroundings. Chidiya Tapu, one of the favourate tourist destinations in Andaman, is located in South Andaman, about 26 kms away from Port Blair.

Folk singer Hari Prasanna(80) passes away at CMCH
UNB, Chittagong, 1 Ocotber : Hari Prasanna Pal, Bangladesh's eminent folk singer, died at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) last night. He was 80.
He was admitted to CMCH on 22 September as he was suffering from brain hemorrhage. Hari Prasanna left behind his wife, one son, two daughters and a host of relatives to mourn his death. He will be cremated at his village home at Fatehabad in Hathazari upazila today. Different socio-cultural organizations, including Udichi Shilpa Gosthi and Bodhon Abritti Sangathan, expressed deep shock at his death.

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