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Kolkata, Jhargram, 20 October : Armed Maoists killed two police sub-inspector and abducted OC in a daring daylight raid on a police station in West Midnapore district Tuesday. The Maoists also looted 9 lakhs in cash from a nearby State Bank of India and left posters demanding the release of a jailed Maoist leader.
A group of around 100 Maoists with 22 motorcycles, attacked the Sankrail police station under Jhargram sub-division and shot dead the second officer Sub Inspector Dibakar Bhattacharya, who was in his seat and ASI Swapan Roy, before kidnapping the Officer in Charge Atindranath Dutta, police sources said.
Owning up responsibility for the raid, Koteswar Rao alias Kishanjee, top leader of the banned CPI(Maoist) issued a threat to kill any senior police officer of the rank of director general or inspector general if they ventured to the area. "Yes, we conducted the raid. We killed the police officers and abducted the OC. And if the director general or any inspector general rank police officer goes there to free the OC, we will shoot them dead also," Kishanjee warned.
Inspector General of Police (Western Range) Kuldeep Singh confirmed the raid by the Maoists. According to police sources, the police were heavily outnumbered in the assault and many fled. The motorcycle-borne Maoists decamped after looting money from a bank close to the police station and pasted posters demanding the release of arrested tribal leader and People's Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) leader Chhattradhar Mahato.
WB Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee convened an emergency high-level meeting at the state secretariat Writers' Building which was attended by the chief secretary and senior police officials.
'The Testimony of Sixty', which depicts the crisis of Bangladesh during the Liberation War, will be send to the heads of states and governments, including the United States, United Kingdom and India, on 21 October, seeking their cooperation. Speakers at the press briefing said 'The Testimony of Sixty' will also be handed over to the leaders of the international community at the UN headquarters. They also called upon the government to start investigation into the war crimes.
Speaking the briefing, renowned actor Aly Zaker said the testimony would be placed to expedite the war crimes trial. "So that no question could arise." The speakers further said according to the crime tribunal act, an investigation agency will be appointed, which will frame the charge sheet.
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), the border guards, said it will lodge a protest with Myanmar authorities against snatching of a Bangladeshi fishing boat and nets by Myanmar naval force Sunday evening. Rescued fishermen alleged that at least 10 armed navy men of Myanmar took away their boat and fishing nets and left them in the sea though they were fishing in Bangladesh waters.
The land border has been tense as Myanmar has ignored Bangladesh's protests and has gone ahead with erecting a barbed wire fence along the 300 km border.
Kolkata, 20 October : With an aim to achieve total financial inclusion by 2012, the Indian National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) has joined hands with the Indian Institute of Banking & Finance(IIBF), Mumbai for training business correspondents and business facilitators.
It has introduced a scheme to support the capacity building needs of business correspondents and business facilitators of banks in association, under which it will reimburse the course fee of to those who successfully complete the certificate course offered by IIBF.
Dhaka, 20 October : BBC World Service Trust is going to launch a new youth entertainment show titled 'BBC Buzz' from 23 October highlighting the best of what is happening in Bangladesh today.
The weekly show will be aired in the private television channel ATN Bangla at 9:20pm(BDST) every Friday and will be re-telecast on every Monday at 3:10pm(BDST). The BBC Buzz will be a show about career, politics, fashion, music, the known and less unknown, seen and unseen and many other topics.
At a press conference at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel yesterday, Allan Freedman, country director of BBC World Service Trust, Bangladesh said, "We invested our time to find out what the young people would like most from the media. The result is BBC Buzz, a programme that truly reflects the interests and aspirations of young audience."
The judge said the managing director of Rid Pharmaceuticals Mizanur Rahman had a role in the preparation of the toxic medicine which killed 28 children. The infants, all aged between 11 months and three years, died after being given the medicine earlier this year. Doctors confirmed that the syrup contained diethylene glycol. READ FULL STORY
Police and witnesses said the two groups first locked into an altercation at about 7 pm local time as the football team of Mahail village brought out a victory procession after defeating Challain village team 1-0 in a football match earlier. Later, the residents of the two villages chased each others and hurled brickbats, leaving 100 people from both sides injured. During the melee, they also ransacked some 500 shops in the market and looted valuables. Seven of the injured were admitted to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital while others to local health complex.
On information, riot police and the elite-force Rapid Action Battalion members brought the situation under control by firing tear gas shells.
Howrah, 20 October : The sizeable amount of garbage collected from Howrah station may actually help the Indian Railways to earn carbon credits. If things go according to plan, Eastern Railway may soon start converting the garbage to gas and then electricity.
Experts in renewable energy both international and local have already studied the proposal and are expected to submit their reports soon. According to an ER official, nearly 35 cubic metres of garbage is generated daily from the station. The two nearby railway colonies generate another 28 cubic metres. Together, this garbage may generate enough gas and electricity to meet some energy requirement at the station. Both ER and South Eastern Railway have started using energy-efficient devices at all locations. ER also uses a locomotive that runs on bio-diesel.
"The garbage dump in Howrah's Belgachia is nearly saturated. Moreover, the garbage from the station and the colonies have to be transported over a distance of 2.5 km to the dump. န File Photo : AP