Dhaka, 11 October : Bangladesh is going to launch a global appeal to track down the fugitive killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Prior to leave for Singapore to join the 78th annual general meeting of Interpol, Home Minister Sahara Khatun said this to reporters last night reaffirming the government's commitment to track down the killers of Bangabandhu murder case. "I will definitely urge the international police organisation to track down the fugitive convicts of Bangabandhu murder case," said Sahara, who will lead a six-member delegation to the five-day conference slated for today, reports ATN Bangla. The minister said Dhaka would also reiterate its earlier call urging the foreign nations to extradite the killers and offer extradition of 'most wanted criminals' of other countries.
This is for the first time home ministers of the member countries are joining the annual Interpol conference while its earlier 77 meets were attended by police chiefs of member countries of the international police body having its headquarters in France, official sources said.
Silchar, 11 October : A group of intellectuals in Silchar want the statue of Lieutenant Colonel Eden Currie Showers, the late commandant of Surma Valley Light Horse Volunteers now known as Assam Rifles, re-erected here.
The historical statue, raised by public subscription, was erected in Showers memory at the heart of the town more than 100 years ago. But in 1976, Silchar municipal authorities dismantled the monument for widening the road. Since then, the statue has been lying unattended in the District Library Complex.
Port Blair, 11 October : Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and A and N Telecom Circle, Port Blair, have planned to launch 3G GSM mobile service in the islands by the end of December this year.
BSNL chief general manager P Parihar told Bengal Newz, the 3G GSM mobile service would enable video calls, video streaming as well as high-speed data services to the mobile customers. Initially, these services would be launched at Port Blair and later on at Rangat, Mayabunder and Diglipur, he added. Parihar said BSNL during its nine-year service in the islands has achieved substantial growth in telecom service. ''Landline, mobile and WLL connections have increased to 1,11,500 with an annual growth rate of about 20 %, while the telecom growth rate in the islands by BSNL together with other private operators has touched 50 %, higher than the all India growth rate of 43 % and BSNL alone has 47 % share,'' he added.
At present, 65 WLL BTSs were working as of now and there was plan to commission 23 more WLL BTSs, he said. Parihar said as many as 314 villages were covered with VPTs (Villages Public Telephone) and 50 more would be covered.
Moin Ansari, Pakistan Daily, 11 October : The Bharati press is full of stories of China’s “String of pearls” strategy. What it is missing is the simple calculation which shows India surrounded by nuclear Pakistan on one side and now a Nuclear Myanmar on the other side. While North Korea keeps Japan at bay, an Atomic Pakistan cuts down India to size. A Burma with nuclear missiles would further reduce Delhi’s designs of hegemony and regional power. Hemmed in by a belligerent Pakistan on the West and a resurgent Myanmar on the East, places Delhi in a bind. READ FULL STORY
Dhaka, 11 October : Bangladesh theatre troupe 'Nagorik Natya Sampradaya' is participating at the 21st Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre, beginning at the Egyptian capital today.
To participate at the festival, a 17-member team led by Ataur Rahman (general secretary of Nagorik) left Dhaka yesterday. Humayun Kabir Khan, joint secretary, Ministry of Cultural Affairs is the deputy team leader. Other members of the team are Aupi Karim, Shireen Bakul, Lufur Rahman George, Gazi Rakayet Hossain, Md Nasimul Haque Ripon, Md Khaled Anwar, Md Abdur Rashid, Rajib Dey, Kazi Anisul Haque Borun, Muhtasim Billah, Fakruzzaman Chowdhury, Md Nasirul Haque (light designer) and Md Shaiful Islam (set designer).
NNS's Ataur Rahman said, “Rabindranath Tagore's 'Rakto Karobi’ has had 88 successful shows so far and now the production is representing Bangladesh at a major international event. This is truly a reason to celebrate. We are very optimistic that the play will attain a good response and make Bengal proud at the festival. The theatre festival in Cairo will continue till 20 October.
The Washington-Kolkata flight from 1 December would have stops in New York and New Delhi, with the New York-New Delhi being non-stop, thus saving several hours for passengers travelling from the US Capital. Air India would deploy its latest state of the art Boeing 777 LR aircraft on this route. The flight from India will arrive at 9:30am and depart from the Dulles International Airport at 12:10pm. These timings are valid from 1 December to 14 December, 2009. The timings change from 15 December wherein flights arrive at 8:10 am and depart at 13:10.
The decision by Air India has been welcomed by the members of the fast growing Indian American community in Washington and adjoining areas, who have been demanding for such a flight for past several years.
North Bengal accounts for over 170 odd candle factories, which provide direct employment to over 3,000 workers and a living to their 20,000 dependents. “There is a great demand for candles. For the past three months, there is a huge sale. We are not able to meet the demand,” said Radheshaym Agarwal, a candle supplier. Huge demand for candles translates into more money. However, even though there is a huge demand for candles, this is much less than last year.
“The sale of candles is alright for Dipawali. However, since Chinese electric bulbs and decorative candles, which are being imported in India, there is far less demand for small and plain candles during this Dipawali as compared with last year,” said Sanjay Saha, another candle supplier.
Kolkata, 11 October : A junior commissioned officer (JCO) of the Indian Army has gone missing while on his way to Kolkata from Delhi by train. His family members in Kolkata have been running from pillar to post for the last 10 days, but have not succeeded in getting a missing diary registered at any police station. Intervention by officers of the missing JCO's unit has not helped, either.
Naib Subedar Rohtash Singh (45) was posted at the 5TTR Signals Regiment in Goa. He left his family wife Savitri Devi and two sons in Kolkata, where he was posted till 2007. His daughter studies near Delhi. According to his commanding officer in Goa, Major R S Kanwar, Singh proceeded on a month's casual leave on 19 September.
"We have land. It will not be a problem for making room for an automobile hub which promises huge investment and enough job opportunities," Banerjee told Star Ananda Tv channel. The proposal was under the active consideration of an expert committee, she said without elaborating.
Noting that there were many proposals with the Railway ministry for industrialisation of West Bengal, Banerjee said she had already suggested that the land at Singur in Hooghly district, where the Tatas had abandoned their small car project, be given back and the Railways could set up a coach factory on 400 acre.