"We have already attended three rounds of talks and in the fourth round we are expecting that our one-point demand for statehood will be granted," he told a rally at Darjeeling on the occasion of second foundation day of GJM. GJM, he said, had been conducting the movement for a separate Gorkhaland in a non violent way and would stick to it "till the last". The fourth round of talks between GJM, West Bengal government and the Centre is scheduled to be held in Darjeeling.
Gorkha Land Personnel (GJM's security wing) held a march past and Gurung took the salute before the foundation day programme which was attended by about 100 gorkha representatives from across the state. န Photo : Himalaya Darpan
To launch this new destination, Kuwait Airways has chosen Surf board as a tool and surfing as an experience to connect both the port cities - Chittagong and Kuwait. The airline has chosen Jafar Alam the award winning Bangladeshi surfer as the brand ambassador. So Kuwait and 38 destinations are just a surf away from Chittagong. On the occasion of launching the new destinations, Kuwait Airways organised a press conference at a city hotel on Wednesday.
Addressing the conference, Samiur Razzak, Sales Manager-Passenger, Kuwait Airways said that "Chittagong has enormous commercial potential and we are the first and only full-service carrier to start flights. န Photo : Firoz Ahmed
The no-nonsense woman, an Economics graduate of Jadavpur University, was first posted as assistant SP (Town) of South 24-Parganas. She rose to be additional SP of the district before moving to the city police as deputy commissioner (special) of the detective department. She then served as DC (north) and DC (central).
The list of some of the most successful detective department chiefs also includes the present commissioner of police Gautam Mohan Chakrabarti. Sen who was DC Central, has been replaced by DC (ESD) Tripurari.
Jhargram, 7 October : ACJM of Jhargram court Wednesday remanded Chhattradhar Mahato, tribal leader arrested from restive Lalgarh, to police custody for three more days.
Mahato, leader of the People's Committee against Police Atrocities (PCAPA), was brought to the Jhargram court in West Midnapore district and the court sent him to three days of police custody. The Lalgarh leader, who has been spearheading a movement protesting the alleged police excesses in the region, was arrested 26 September near Lalgarh by a Kolkata Police Special Task Force (STF) team.
Later, the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) brought him in to Kolkata for interrogation. On 27 September he was remanded in police custody till 1 October. န Photo : PTI
"On Tuesday morning, we received a tip-off that six persons hailing from Katwa would come to Murshidabad to meet Madhab Mondal, a resident of Kamnagar village, with a consignment of explosives," Murshidabad SP B L Meena told Bengal Newz. "Accordingly, officers of Behrampore police station intercepted a Bolero and Maruti Omni near the Mankara crossing. There were six passengers in the two cars, from whom we seized 380 grams of a chemical substance, which they are claiming to be uranium. We, however, aren't sure about their claim and have thus sent it to a Kolkata lab for testing."
After interrogating the six people, police arrested Madhab Mondal from Rejinagar, to whom they would allegedly sell their consignment, said the SP. န Photo : Moinak Mukherjee
Kolkata, 7 October : Indian Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran on Wednesday mentioned that a workgroup has been formed for the development of National Fibre Policy, which is expected to be ready by end of 2009. "Hopefully, by the end of this year, a comprehensive policy on all fibres will be in place," said Maran, who was addressing a textile industry seminar in Kolkata. He mentioned that NFP will provide equal opportunities to all the players of textile industry. In India, manmade fibres provide 40% of the industry while natural fibres constitute 60%.
Dhaka, 7 October : Bangladesh has cancelled leave of its border guards and stepped up army deployment on its border with Myanmar, alleging large-scale intrusion and to protest against the eastern neighbour erecting a border fence.
Dhaka has from time to time received Rohingyas, the Muslim tribals who oppose the military junta in Yangon. The official said intrusion of Myanmar citizens into Bangladesh was damaging Bangladesh's labour market and reputation of Bangladeshi workers. န Photos : AP
Kumar Sangakkara, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and Mashrafe Mortaza will share the same stage in January, 2010 when the WC mascot is revealed to the cricket lovers around the world. However, a notable absentee in the above elite company may be Younis Khan as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been stripped off their rights to host the quadrennial showpiece.
Also, several hundred trees and some electric poles were ripped up. Thirty-five people were injured under collapsed roofs of houses. Two of the injured were admitted to the local health complex. The most affected places are Gopal, Bishnupur and Kursha villages and Lengrar Bazar market place, Mahiruddin, chairman of Kursha Union Parishad, told UNB. Officials including the upazila project implementation officer went to those areas, said Rangpur district relief and rehabilitation officer Moklesur Rahman.
PTI, Mumbai, 7 October : Maoist guerrillas should give up their "armed liberation struggle" to pave the way for dialogue and the development of violence-hit states, home minister P Chidambaram said here on Wednesday, a day after the decapitated body of a Jharkhand police officer who had been abducted by guerrillas was found.
Addressing a press conference here, Chidambaram refused to term actions against the guerrillas as "war" and said : "It is Naxalites who believe in violence, who use words like war and war preparation. We do not treat it as war.
Bhola Roy and his pregnant wife Rinku boarded Tata-Chhapra Express from Tatanagar on Tuesday night. When the train was running between Gamaria and Birrajpur stations, the women went to toilet and delivered the baby, who slipped down the outlet, officials said on Wednesday. Rinku, in a state of shock, immediately jumped off the train, even before her husband could pull the alarm chain. By then, the train had already travelled about two kilometres. When the train stopped, the passengers walked back to the spot where Rinku and her child were lying, they said, adding both were brought back to the train. A medical team attended on them at the Purulia station, when the train reached around midnight.
The mother and baby were referred to the Purulia Sadar hospital where their condition was stated to be out of danger, hospital superintendent Swapan Kumar said. န File Photo : Unicef
When last reports came in late in last night, work to repair the highway had been called off because of darkness and rainfall and no rescuer had reached the spot. The district administration in Pithoragarh said it was helpless. The tourists, among them five children, were travelling in a bus as part of a conducted tour organized by a Kolkata-based company. The bus left Pithoragarh at 9 am but the tourists said no one warned them about the dangers ahead. “Landslides had hit the highway since morning but we weren’t aware of it,” said Suman Bhattacharya of Agartala, whose family, too, was on the bus.
“Till Ghat, some 35 km before Lohaghat, there was no problem. All hell broke loose after that. Huge chunks of rock have been falling, trees have got uprooted. At least 100 cars are lined up behind our vehicle.” said a Bengal tourist.
PTI, Itanagar, 7 October : Two allies of the Indian UPA govt - Congress and the Mamata's Trinamool Congress are at loggerheads in poll-bound Arunachal Pradesh.
TMC, contesting the 13 October assembly elections for the first time in the state (as Bengal Newz break the news a month back), is trying hard to give a tough fight to the ruling Congress which has all 60 seats in the outgoing House. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu today accused the TMC of creating confusion by claiming that the party had the blessings of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. Trinamool leader and Union minister of state for Urban Development Saugata Roy, on the other hand, claimed that the Congress would not be able to form the government on its own and would have to take the help of his party.
He also accused the Congress government in the state of being corrupt !
The confessional statement was placed before the apex court by Abdullah-al Mamun, counsel for two other convicts, Bazlul Huda and A.K.M. Mohiuddin Ahmed, on the second day of the trial that has resumed under tight security.