Kolkata, 15 October : Former India captain Sourav Ganguly batted for Railway minister Mamata Banerjee's ambitious indoor stadium project in Kolkata and said the facility would help sports persons represent the country.
"I am personally very excited about the project," the ace cricketer said addressing the gathering at the foundation stone-laying ceremony for the stadium to be named after film maestro Satyajit Ray at Behala in Kolkata. "I have seen the ground from very close quarters for the last 10 years as this place is very near to my home. When I was playing international cricket, it used to be an open ground and I would practice here ... I am very happy as the stadium will have indoor as well as outdoor facilities," Ganguly said.
The Satyajit Ray Railway Indoor Stadium will have an athletic track to cater to outdoor sports as well. Thanking Railways for promoting sport, the southpaw said, "I hope Kolkata sports persons from various fields benefit from the stadium and get to represent India in future. For sports persons, job security is very important and the Railways Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) is ensuring that." န Photos : Indrajit Dutta
Kolkata, 15 October : The West Bengal government today denied the Trinamool Congress claim of a "conspiracy" to kill party chief Mamata Banerjee when a car trailed her convoy while she was returning home from a meeting at Salt Lake on Tuesday night.
"The complaint filed by the Trinamool Congress is not true," Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen said here. The police had earlier said that the car with a press sticker belonged to Bengali news channel, 24 Ghonta. TMC general secretary Mukul Roy alleged yesterday that there was a "conspiracy to kill Mamata". Sen said that he had received a report on the incident from IGP (Law and Order) Surojit Kar Purokayastha and was expecting another from DIG (Presidency Range) S N Gupta tomorrow.
Malda, 15 October : The first batch of BSF woman constables today took charge at Mahadipur in Malda district of Indo-Bangla border.
DIG, Malda range of BSF, P S Tomer told Bengal Newz the woman constables were recruited to frisk and search the belongings of women intruders in border areas. It was difficult to search the belongings of women intruders due to lack of woman constables, he said. Six constables each joined work at Malda and Murshidabad sectors, he said. One thousand woman constables were recruited in BSF for deployment in Indo-Bangla and Indo-Pak borders.
Dhaka, 15 October : Counsel for Bangabandhu murder convicts, Barrister Abdullah-al Mamun today told the Supreme Court (SC) that national and international conspiracy was involved in the killing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Bangabandhu is the Father of the Nation, and if he would be alive now, Bangladesh would have been turned into a country like Singapore or Malaysia. It cannot be imagined that anybody can enter Bangabandhu's house to kill him without wearing any mask, he said. He added that even, the law enforces wore masks while they went to arrest political bigwigs after political changeover in January 2007. Mamun placed some contradictions in the statements of the witnesses of the case, saying that if the killers wore masks, they would not be recognised and identified.
It is a question how the witnesses could identify the accused, he said, adding that his clients were innocent and they were not involved in the incidents of 15 August, 1975.
The oath was administered by senior judge of Guwahati High Court Amitava Roy at Raj Bhawan. “Dr. Beniwal is the first woman governor of any northeastern state,” a senior Tripura government official told Bengal Newz. Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, his cabinet colleagues, leaders of different political parties, and top civil, army and police officials were present in the brief oath taking ceremony.
Immediately after the swearing-in-ceremony, Beniwal said: “I shall do my best for the all round development and welfare of Tripura and its people. The centre and state have common aim to flush-out militancy from the northeastern states.” န Photo : Parthajit Dutta
Judge ANM Bashirullah of Dhaka Metropolitan Special Judge Court issued the arrest warrant against Jalil. Embattled Jalil resigned from the Awami League on 21 July, two days ahead of the party's council session as he was not given any responsibility by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for organizing the council session. Recently, Jalil made certain remarks in London about the party's "entente" with the caretaker government in the last parliamentary election in December 2008 that brought Awami League to power.
Earlier on Thursday Deputy Tax Commissioner Bazlur Raman of theNational Board of Revenue filed the case against Jalil on charge of dodging income tax amounting to 400,000 taka (about 5,700 U.S. dollars) during 2003-2008. န File Photo
Kolkata, 15 October : West Bengal Forest Department on Thursday recovered two deer skulls at east Gurguria of 24 Parganas dist.
Acting on a tip-off, the forest officials nabbed a person identified as Swapan Sardar in this connection. The officials recovered two deer skulls and wires from the possession of Sardar. Sardar is suspected to be the poacher in East Gurguria near Raigidhi forest range of 24 South Paraganas district. “Through a confidential report, the skulls and wires have been recovered from Swapan Sardar,” said Somanth Sarkar, Range Officer, Raidighi Forest Range. Poaching is the main threat to the survival of Sunderban's Deer, which is illegally killed for its skin and antlers.
Proposals readied for approval by the cabinet include raising 15 new battalions and 60 Border Outposts (BOPs) and reduction of recruitment age from the present 23 years to between 17 and 19 years. The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), which would be renamed Border Guard Bangladesh with a new logo and a new uniform, also wants its men to retire when they reach the age of 45. At present, they all retire at 57, The Daily Star said Thursday. The proposals also suggest setting up four regional headquarters across the country to decentralise the BDR administrative hub from Pilkhana in Dhaka. The southwestern regional headquarters will be set up in Jessore, the northwestern regional headquarters in Naogaon, the northeastern regional headquarters in Sarail and the southeastern regional headquarters in Khagrachhari district.
Bangladesh has an over 4,300 km long largely riverine land border with India and a 300 km border with Myanmar.
Jalpaiguri, 15 October : Three women were crushed to death and four others, including two children, were injured by an elephant that went berserk in Jalpaiguri district Thursday, a forest department official said.
“Three women were killed and four, including two children, were seriously injured when a berserk elephant entered a village near Ambari forest area in the district,” a forest official said. “All four villagers were admitted to a nearby district hospital with critical injuries,” he said. According to sources, the agitated villagers staged an angry protest when forest department official and police arrived after the incident, alleging inaction on the part of government machinery. Later, the elephant was chased back into forest with the intervention of the forest officials.
Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock Sharful Alam while addressing a press conference here said the hilsha production stood up to around 2.98 lakh tonnes in 2008-09 from 1.99 lakh tonnes in 2002-03. "Now the production of hilsha has to be raised to 300,000 tonnes in 2009-10 fiscal year to meet the growing demand for protein in the country," Alam said.
The press conference was organized by the Department of Fisheries (DOF) on the eve of the 10-day (15 to 24 October) hilsha breeding place preservation drive. The secretary said elaborate programme was also chalked out to implement the act on preserving the hilsha breeding places during the next ten days beginning today.
Chittagong, 15 October : Burglars looted about Tk 1.90 lakh from the Chittagong bureau offices of two leading Bengali dailies - the Janakantha and the Amar Desh early today.
Sources said the burglars entered the newspaper offices on the first floor of Mannan Bhaban on Jubilee Road in the city by cutting window grill any time between 12:00am to 5:00am(BDST). They took away Tk 1.60 lakh from the offices of Janakantha and Tk 30,000 from Amar Desh. Some important documents of Janakantha office also remained missing, said the reporters of the office.
The European Commission has sought public comments on the proposal from India seeking the 'Geographical Indication (GI)' protection for Darjeeling tea, spokesperson for Agriculture and Rural Department Michael Mann told Indian media here. The Darjeeling tea producers have sent a complete "dossier" on the product to the EC. Under the WTO dispensation, if a GI is granted to a product specific to a climate area or a region like Champagne, it should not be allowed to be patented for exclusive use.
Mann said six months have been given for objections and comments before a decision is taken for grant of GI to Darjeeling tea which, when brewed, has a distinctive, naturally occurring aroma and cannot be replicated.
Secretary of Bangladesh's Industries Ministry Dewan Zakir Hussain told Xinhua Thursday, the South Korean company 'Tagaz Korea' has already procured 350 acres of land near the country 's capital city Dhaka for establishing its plant. "We welcome the company's mega investment plan in Bangladesh," he said, adding "Our doors are open for any sorts foreign investment in the country." READ FULL STORY