(L) A dancer performs to mark the autumn season during a programme titled 'Sarat Utsob' organised by Chhayanaut at the Rabindra Sarabar in Dhaka on Friday. (R) Dancers perform to mark the autumn season during a programme titled 'Sarat Utsob' . န Photos : Firoz Ahmed
"We had not heard anything from them since 31 July and our visit to Lalgarh on August three drew a blank. There had also been no news from the police authorities about their whereabouts for a long time afterwards," Samad Mollah, the elder brother of kidnapped constable Sabir Mollah, said. Sabir and Kanchan Garai, two constables of West Bengal police posted in West Midnapore district as part of the joint security operations, were forcibly taken away by armed suspected Maoists while travelling on a bike in Lalgarh.
Relatives of Sabir and Kanchan were handed over Rs 50,000 as compensation each by Director General of Police Bhupinder Singh at Writers Building, in Kolkata, yesterday.
To be located at Tipaimukh, 200 km upstream of Bangladesh’s border, the dam will be for flood control and power generation only. This is contained in the report submitted to parliament by a team of lawmakers and water resource experts who visited India earlier this year amid protests by a section of political parties and environmentalists.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is to visit India soon, said that an experts’ committee will examine the data Delhi has supplied about the river dam project that has caused protests here.
Abdul Aziz, assistant station master of Srimangal, said a rescue train from Kulaura pulled up the two carriages to resume normal service. Inter-city Paharika Express left for Chittagong from Shamsher Nagar Station and Kushiara Express for Akhaura from Kulaura station, he added.
The Indian home ministry has put the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government on alert to strengthen his security, whether he is in West Midnapore or at his Minto Park apartment in Kolkata. The risk to him has increased manifold after the spurt of Maoist killings in West Bengal and neighbouring Jharkhand in the last few weeks.
Several CPI(M) leaders, including chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, have long been on the Maoist hit list. The West Midnapore district police have drawn up a list of CPI(M) leaders who need special protection. CPI(M) district secretary of West Midnapore, Dipak Sarkar, is also among the primary targets.
BSS, Rajshahi, 9 October : An anti-militancy team of Special Branch of police arrested seven top leaders of banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in the last couple of days in Rajshahi.
Police identified the arrestees as Rajshahi division chief of the JMB Ashraf alias Haider, its Ehsar (full-time) members Md Momtaz, Asadul Islam, Rohidul and Esarul Islam, Naogaon district chief Abdur Rahim and Natore district chief Sahabuddin. The police said they arrested Ashraf at Maldah Colony in the city on 7 October, reports STAR correspondent in Rajshahi. Following his confession, they arrested the other leaders of the militant outfit at different places of the city during the last few days.
The police announced the arrests of the JMB leaders at a press briefing at Rajshahi Metropolitan Police headquarters this morning. The police also recovered a number of books on jihad, mobile phone sets and computers and CDs from their possession. န Photo : BSS
Kolkata, 9 October : US Ambassador Timothy Roemer will meet West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee 13 October, the first day of his maiden two-day visit to the city, American Consulate sources said.
Roemer will also meet representatives of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), and visit the ancestral home of Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore at Jorasanko, the sources said. Roemer, who took over his present assignment in August, will 14 October pay tribute to Mother Teresa at Mother House - the global headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity (MoC) founded by her. Later in the day, he will go round Shishu Bhavan, a children's home run by the MoC.
Children and other needy people receive a daily meal that is funded in part through the United State Agency for International Development (USAID) food aid program, the sources said.
BSS, Rajshahi, 9 October : The Rajshahi Education Board (REB) is going to enter the digital era through on-lining the registration process this year for the first time in its 46 years of journey.
Chairman of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Rajshahi Prof Dr Depakendra Nath Das told BSS that a total of 15 colleges would be brought under the online registration for only HSC examination this year on a pilot basis. He, however, said that the total registration pro-cess for SSC and HSC examinations would be brought under the online system from the next year.
Dhaka, 9 October : Bangladesh has officially asked for arbitration under the United Nations Convention on Law of the Seas for its maritime boundary dispute with India and Myanmar.
“We have decided to go for arbitration as the issue was not resolved through bilateral discussion with the two neighbours in the last 35 years," Foreign Minister Dipu Moni told reporters here. The bone of contention are three hydrocarbon rich blocks in the Bay of Bengal, where India and Myanmar had reportedly sent notices to multinational companies not to explore those areas. US-based company ConocoPhillips and Irish company Tullow had been leased out those blocks by the Bangladesh government. “With a view to preserving our national wealth and sovereign rights in the Bay of Bengal, the government has decided to submit the maritime boundary dispute to compulsory arbitration under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea,” Bangladeshi Foreign Secretary Mirajul Quayes said in a statement Thursday.
The foreign office summoned the high commissioner of India and ambassador of Myanmar, where they were handed the notification and statement of claim initiating arbitration before a tribunal, which has to be constituted as per the convention.