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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Cracks in alliance for separate states in North Bengal

Darjeeling, Kolkata, 10 October : Cracks have surfaced in the three-party alliance fighting for separate states in North Bengal with sharp differences among top leaders of Gorkha Janamukti Morcha, Kamatapur Progressive Party and Greater Cooch Behar Democratic Party.
The GJM, KKP led by Atul Roy and GCBDP led by Asutosh Barma which joined hands last year for a common fight for separate states in North Bengal do not see eye to eye any more, GJM president Bimal Gurung told Bengal Newz. "Unke saath humlog ka taal mil nahin ho raha hai. Unke kaam karne ka tarika alagh, aur humara alagh (We are not getting along well with them. We work differently)," he said.
"Our movement is to create a separate state within the Indian constitutional framework by 2010 through non-violent Gandhian form of protest and not through armed struggle," Gurung also said.
File Photo : Arnab Mitra
Armed operations against Maoists won't solve problem : Mamata in Star Ananda
Kolkata, 10 October : The Union Home ministry may have approved an offensive against Maoists and the IAF set to open fire in self defence but Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee tonight said this would not solve the problem.
"A political problem cannot be solved by deploying the army," Banerjee told private Bengali news channel Star Ananda. "The Centre should talk to the Maoists to know what they want while Maoists should stop the politics of individual killing. It is also not right to kill policemen. Violence cannot bring any solution. I am for a peaceful solution to the problem," she said. "The Maoists in Nepal have embraced democracy. The Maoists here should also be given the scope", she said. Suggesting that intellectuals could also act as mediators between Maoists and government for talks, she said in reply to a question that "if Maoist leader Kishenji has trust in me, I will say let us find a solution."
Reiterating that Trinamool Congress was against the anti-Maoist operations in Lalgarh in West Midnapore district, Banerjee said the Centre did not talk to the party on the issue. "I told them you are not doing the right thing."

SC's Apex court’s nod to students’ admission in
Tripura medical college
Agartala, 10 October : After a three-month impasse, the Supreme Court has okayed admission of students to a 100-seat medical college in Tripura that was opened as the first case of public-private-partnership (PPP) in health care education, an official said Saturday.
Tripura Health Minister Tapan Chakraborty said a division bench of the apex court, comprising Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan and Justice B.N. Agarwal, Friday granted special permission to enroll students in the Tripura Medical College and B.R. Ambedkar teaching hospital. “The college, set up by the Kerala-based Global Educational Net (GENET) in collaboration with the Tripura government in 2004, was the first public-private partnership (PPP) model in health care education in India,” Chakraborty told newsmen.
The Supreme Court judgement removed all speculation about the future of the medical college and 200 undergraduate students studying in the college. The college is also a 500-bed hospital.

PCB against playing 2011 World Cup matches in India
ANI, Lahore, 10 October : The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is against playing its matches in India during the 2011 World Cup, and has reportedly asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to shift its matches to Sri Lanka or Bangladesh.
Sources said PCB chief Ijaz Butt, during the recent ICC executive board meeting, had apprised the game’s governing body regarding its stance. “Even the ICC is aware of the tense relation between the two countries and not keen to take any risks. Pakistan has also indicated it would be more comfortable playing maximum number of matches in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh,” The Nation quoted PCB insiders, as saying.
Two 'NLFT' insurgents surrender at Dhalai in Tripura
PTI, Agartala, 10 October : Two insurgents of banned National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) have surrendered to Assam Rifles at Hrankhawlpara in Dhalai district, the police said today.
The ultras, identified as Dhananjoy Reang and Motaraham Reang, surrendered unconditionally to the camp-in-charge of Assam Rifles at Hrankhawlpara yesterday, police said, adding the duo did not deposit any arms. During interrogation, they stated that they fled from their camp in neighbouring Chittagong Hill Tract in Bangladesh as food and economic crisis gripped the camp inmates due to non-payment by the organisation, police said.
Staying in camps in Bangladesh also became tough due to raids by the security forces after the new government led by Sheikh Hasina came to power, police said quoting the insurgents.

100M embankment breached,yellow signal @ Fulohar
Malda, 10 October : The yellow signal has been hoisted on the Fulohar river and about 100 metre of the embankment at Bhalukapoint in Malda district's Harishchandrapur II Block has been breached by flood waters, official sources said today.
Due to heavy downpour in the upper catchment areas the yellow signal has been hoisted at the Fulohar river at Teljala Harishchandrapur, the sources said. Many low lying areas in Harishandrapur II Block and Ratua I Block have been flooded due to the rise in the water level, they said. Around 100 metre of the embankment at Bhalukapoint in Harishchandrapur has been breached and flood water was gushing in through the breached area, Mahananda Embankment Division sub-divisional officer Salil Kumar Pal told Bengal Newz today. Pal said work was going on repair the breach. Photo : Misbaul Haque
5 'Khetur Mela' pilgrims killed in Rajshahi road crash
UNB, Rajshahi, 10 October : Five people were killed and at least 30 injured in a road crash on Saturday, as a bus carrying Hindu pilgrims crashed into a roadside ditch on the outskirts of Rajshahi city, police said.
The officer in charge at Rajpara Police Station in the city, Afzal Hossain, told UNB the accident occurred near Kashiadanga Rail Crossing. He said two people died on the spot and three others died after being taken to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital. The bus was carrying Hindu pilgrims home from the Khetur Mela, a festival at Premtali in Godagari Upazila of Rajshahi, he said. Police, Rapid Action Battalion and fire servicemen joined in the rescue work, the police officer added.
Chattradhar Mahato gets 14 day 'judicial custody'
Jhargram, 10 October : Jhargram sub-divisional court Saturday remanded arrested People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) leader Chattradhar Mahato in judicial custody for 14 days, police sources said.
The Jhargram sub-divisional court in West Midnapore district ordered that Mahato be kept in judicial custody till 23 October, turning down the appeal of the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) which had sought 15 days more police remand of the tribal leader. Mahato, who has been spearheading a movement against alleged police excesses, was arrested 26 September near Lalgarh. Later, the CID brought him to Kolkata for interrogation.

Bangladesh's Grameenphone IPO "oversubscribed"
AFP, Dhaka, 10 October : Bangladesh's largest ever initial public offering by mobile phone provider Grameenphone was oversubscribed by several times, officials said Thursday, as the window for local subscriptions closed.
"The response from retail investors has been overwhelming," Silmat Chisti, head of the issue manager company, Citigroup Global Markets, said. Thousands of people have queued at banks around the country since Sunday when subscription opened for the IPO, an event seen as a key test for the national stock market. Grameenphone plans to raise 70.4 million dollars through the IPO sale of 69.44 million shares. The company, 62 % owned by Norway's Telenor Group, has raised the same amount from institutional investors. It says the money will be spent on network expansion and developing its information technology infrastructure. And 38 % owned by Grameen Telecom, a subsidiary of micro-finance giant Grameen Bank, which was set up by 2006 Nobel peace prize winner Muhammad Yunus.
Non-resident Bangladeshis have until 18 October to submit their applications for shares and the company is expecting to start trading on the stock exchange next month.

UAE-India non-oil trade worth $44 bn, says Tharoor
WAM, Abu Dhabi, 10 October : Bilateral trade between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and India was worth $44.5 billion in 2008-2009, WAM news agency reported today, citing India’s Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor.
This accounts for about half of India’s total trade in the Gulf region. The figure is excluding the oil sector. India’s trade with the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) reached $86.9 billion, putting it ahead of the European Union ($80.6 billion) and ASEAN countries ($44.6 billion). ‘The UAE is, therefore, well ahead of the US and China whose trade with the subcontinent were valued at $40.6 and $38.9 respectively,’ the Indian minister told reporters here during a recent visit to the country.

Maoists getting foreign fund through NGOs : Police
Kolkata, 10 October : The Maoists are getting foreign funds through some non-governmental organisations, a top official of the West Bengal Police claimed here Friday.
"A portion of foreign funds routed through some NGOs for the welfare of tribals is going to the Moists," state Director General of Police Bhupinder Singh told mediapersons. Bhupinder said the Maoists had links with the Bhoomi Uchched Pratirodh Committee (Anti Land Acquisition Committee) which spearheaded the movement against the state government's proposed chemical hub project. Several opposition parties, including Trinamool Congress and the Congress were part of the BUPC.
Asked about the recent killing of Nandigram Trinamool Congress leader and Sonachura gram panchayat chief Nishikanta Mandal, he said: "It was a fall-out of an unholy nexus."
IHOF welcomes 1st inductee from Bangladesh
Lamp, Singapore, 10 October : The first officer from the People's Republic of Bangladesh was inducted into the International Hall of Fame on 1 October at the Lewis and Clark Center, home of the Command and General Staff College.
Chief of Army Staff of Bangladesh Gen. Moeen Uddin Ahmed was inducted into the IHOF along with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Chief of Singapore Defense Staff Ng Yat Chung. Lee and Ng were unable to attend the ceremony.
Moeen graduated from CGSC in 1987. Seventy countries were represented in the 111 international military students that year and 34 are known to have attained the rank of general officer, said CGSC Deputy Commandant Brig. Gen. Edward Cardon. Three of Moeen's classmates have already been inducted into the IHOF. READ FULL STORY Photo : Prudence Siebert ( Lamp)


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