"I don't reply to such questions (on Banerjee's reported charge). It is a case of juvenile disorder," Bhattacharjee told reporters. To a question on Trinamool Congress chief's opposition to the joint operations against Maoists, he said, "it is unfortunate. A Union minister should not speak such language, especially when the prime minister himself has called Maoist threat as the greatest challenge to internal security." "When the prime minister himself is making an observation, ministers should follow," he said, adding Manmohan Singh knew who was making what kind of statements. "I have been trying to avoid comments on what the Railway Minister says. I don't take it seriously," he said.
Asked about his opinion on Trinamool slogan of Ma, Maati, Maanush, Bhattacharjee said, "don't you know it is the name of a famous 'jatra' (open air theatre)? It is not her (Mamata) creation." န Cartoon courtesy : The Telegraph
New Delhi, 12 October : After much hype and drama surrounding new coach selection for the beleaguered IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders, Australian Dav Whatmore has been chosen for the controversial post, sources said.
The Australian, who cleared as head of National Cricket Academy by BCCI, will replace John Buchanan in the Kolkata outfit. Whatmore has coached the 1996 World Cup winning Sri Lankan team and also the Indian U-19 World Cup winning team in 2008 and also Bangladesh.
"My only demand was that the 17 companies (about 1,700 personnel) continue to remain stationed in the state and carry out the joint operations with the state police. The Home Minister (P Chidambaram) has accepted it," West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee told reporters here. The decision came after Bhattacharjee met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today and Home Minister P Chidambaram and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee here yesterday.
Bhattacharjee strongly recommended continuance of the joint operations in his state along with simultaneous action in Jharkhand, saying West Bengal Police would otherwise not be able to consolidate the gains made against Maoists in West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura. န File photo : Arpan Mukherjee
Malda district Police Superintendent Bhuban Mondal said the fake currency notes were in the denomination of Rs 500 and the two men were arrested for allegedly possessing counterfeit notes. The arrests were made following a tip off as the two men were waiting near a school to hand over the fake notes to another person. Both of them are residents of Kaliachak in Malda district, Mondal said.
Malda has become a transit point for entry of fake currency from Bangladesh and counterfeit notes of face value of Rs 28 lakh have been seized since January this year.
Confirmation has been received from the iconic left-hander that he would be the chief guest at the function to be held near his residence in Behala, a spokesperson of the Eastern Railway said. "The stadium will be of international standard and will have facilities for indoor and outdoor games. The city had only the Netaji Indoor Stadium so far, but this will meet the long-felt need of sports aspirants," the spokesperson said.
The Railway Minister said the Rs 56 crore stadium would have an approximate seating capacity of about 20,000.
Port Blair, 12 October : The Andaman and Nicobar Administration has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Maritime University (IMU) to boost maritime education in the islands.
The MoU was signed by the Principal Secretary (Education) and Vice-Chancellor, Indian Maritime University (IMU), in presence of the Chief Secretary, A&N Administration. IMU, the only Maritime University in the country, established under an Act of Parliament, will assist by providing faculty for training the Maritime students of Polytechnic.
The Administration is also discussing for long term association with the IMU in terms of opening a University Extension Campus in the islands and is also exploring the possibility of developing/earmarking training ship exclusively for the training of the cadets and the maritime students which create greater avenues for their employment.
PTI, Ranchi, Midnapore, 12 October : Following the Centre's decision to extend full support to West Bengal's Left Front government to combat Maoist terror, the Maoists have called a two-day bandh in Jharkhand and Bihar in protest.
Earlier on late Sunday night, the suspected Maoists also set ablaze a truck full loaded with ‘Sal’ leaves in Kotwali area of West Midnapore district in West Bengal. According to local police, a mob, suspected to be the activists of CPI (Maoists), stopped the truck and asked the driver and his helper to alight. Later on, the group of people set the truck into fire and ran away into nearby forest. Although there was no casualty report from the incident but it took place despite the presence of joint security forces of West Bengal police and CRPF in certain nearby Maoist pockets including trouble-torn Lalgarh.
Some reports mentioned that the Maoists also raised slogans at the incident site, demanding the release of tribal leader Chhatradhar Mahato, who is arrested from Lalgarh on 26 September. But there was no official confirmation of such slogans or demands. န Photo : PTI
Dhaka, 12 October : The interest rate on 30-Day Bangladesh Bank Bills increased slightly on Monday as commercial banks are not interested to buy the monetary instrument with lower interest rate, treasury officials said.
The rate of weighted yield, generally known as interest rate, of the bills rose to 1.07 per cent on the day from 1.00 per cent of the previous auction, held on 5 October last, according to auction results.
Midnapore, Purulia, 12 October : Suspected Maoists killed a Jharkhand Party-Naren activist in West Bengal's Maoist-hit Binpur area. The body was found lying near a canal Monday, police said.
Kanai Murmu was abducted late Sunday from Shalpatra village in West Midnapore district by a group of six unidentified Maoists. The locals found his body near the Kapatkata canal. 'We've already begun investigation into the case,' a police officer said.
In another incident, a group of armed Maoists ransacked a local CPI(M) leader's house in Purulia district Sunday night. The incident took place at Serenghetu village when the rebels set Chandra Shekhar Layer's house on fire and injured him severely, police said.
Darjeeling, 12 October : Tourists by droves have flocked to Darjeeling after the suspension of agitation by the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJMM). The inflow of tourists has jumped after the end of the Durga Puja.
“All of a sudden there has been a big boom in the tourism inflow. Just after the Durga puja there is a huge number of tourists who have come in. They haven’t come with previous booking of the cars or the hotels. So there is chaos in the whole availability of services for the tourists. We are trying our best to ensure that these tourists get good service and go back,” said Raj Basu, a tour operator.
Tourism in the Darjeeling hills was hit earlier as the GJMM called for a shutdown pressing for its demand for a separate Gorkhaland hill to be carved out of West Bengal. But with talks resuming between the Indian government and the GJMM, the agitation was put on hold, giving a window of opportunity to tourism, the mainstay of the region’s economy, for the last couple of months.