S.K Paul, coach of the winning side was elated. "We have very skilful players in the side. Though my boys lacked in physical strength, but they played much better."
Kolkata, 25 Octobr : Under assault from Maoists, the West Bengal government Sunday said it would spend Rs 7.5 crores to revamp security in and around 30 police stations across three rebel-dominated districts in the state.
“We have decided to revamp security arrangements in all 30 police station areas of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia district. We’ll strengthen these police stations with additional forces and will also provide special training to the police personnel so that they can combat any sudden Maoist attack in future,” state Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen told reporters here. “Initially the state director general of police (Bhupindar Singh) submitted a proposal worth Rs.7.5 crore which would be spent to revamp these 30 police stations across the Maoist-affected region,” Sen said. He said the government would also put up concrete walls to fence off these police stations areas. န Photo : AP
Dhaka, 25 Octobr : Bangladesh police are trying to identify the ship that carried 10 truck-loads of arms and ammunition meant for an Indian militant outfit in 2004, a media report said.
The police have been able to ferret out information from senior officials involved in shipping the contraband consignment, a media report said. The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) say that the identity of the ship could help get the information about who sent the arms and ammunition, The Daily Star said Sunday.
Earlier reports have said the consignment was meant for the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) that operates in India’s Assam state.
BSS, Dhaka, 25 Octobr : Dhaka University (DU), once the breeding ground for all national movements, is now losing the memories of its glorious past as the authorities are yet to take coordinated measures to protect and preserve those.
At least 20 teachers, 105 students and about 35 employees of the DU sacrificed their lives during the nine-month Liberation War, especially on 25 March night in 1971, according to a list prepared by the DU Central Students Union (DUCSU) collection centre. It, however, does not contain a complete account of the martyrs.
Midnapore, 25 Octobr : Tribals today set afire a power sub-station of the West Bengal State Electricity Board after a woman was electrocuted at Kolsonda village in troubled West Midnapore district.
Police said the woman died after she came in contact with a live wire hanging from an electric pole. As news spread, the villagers, just six km away from the area under the command of the Joint Security Force deployed to combat the Maoists, attacked the 133 KV power sub-station, ransacked it and set it on fire. They also torched two motorcycles and four private cars parked outside and blocked a road. Fire brigade engines reached the spot soon and doused the flame. Police used batons to disperse villagers and lifted the road blockade, police said.
The 29 rural road projects will come up in 10 districts of the state and will cover a road length of nearly 230 kilometres. The non-recurring employment generation is expected to be 44.52 lakh man days, NABARD said. The flood protection projects are expected to protect 12,473 hectares of land in 8 districts and create non-recurring employment of 8.35 lakh man days. The joint forest management project will be for the Buxa Tiger reserve in Jalpaiguri district. Lastly, the agricultural farm projects will enable six existing farms in Purba Medinipur district to increase production of seeds and proper storage of seeds, the apex development bank said.
Since inception, NABARD has sanctioned nearly 32,000 projects with a loan component of Rs 5,874.41 crore to the government of West Bengal, Mohanaiah said.
Dhaka, 25 Octobr : Shamprodaikota, Jongibad Birodhi Mancha (SJBM), a citizens' platform against militancy and communalism, will hold a mass procession and rally in the city on 12 November demanding stern actions against all religious extremism.
They also demanded ban on other religious extremist parties like Hizb ut-Tahrir who have been involved in promoting militancy in the country. The demands came from a press conference at Liberation War Museum in Dhaka. The speakers at the press conference blamed Jamaat-e-Islami for promoting militant activities in the county saying most of the arrested militants were involved in the politics of Jamaat in the past. Ajoy Roy, president of Sammilito Samajik Andolan, presided over the press conference. Prof Syed Anwar Hossain of Dhaka University read out a written statement at the press conference.
Advocate Khan Saifur Rahman, counsel for convicts Syed Faruque Rahman and Muhiuddin Ahmed in the case, placed his submission before the five-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Justice Md Tafazzul Islam. Starting at about 9:45am(BDST), the hearing concluded at about 1:30pm. The court will resume the hearing at 9:30am(BDST) Monday. Five convicts dismissed army personnel Syed Faruque Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Mohiuddin Ahmed, AKM Mohiuddin, and Bazlul Huda, now behind the bars, lodged the appeals with the SC in October 2007 against their death sentences pronounced by the High Court.
The Supreme Court started the hearing on the appeals on 5 October.
Siliguri, 25 Octobr : Two children were killed and 200-odd shanties destroyed when a fire broke out in Siliguri town in the wee hours of Sunday, a senior fire brigade official said.
“The fire broke out at Matangini Hazra colony at around 3.30 am Sunday. Altogether seven engines were pressed into service to extinguish the fire,” the state fire department official said. According to sources, the fire broke out when the colony was almost deserted early Sunday. “Most of the people went to Mahananda river to celebrate Chhath festival when the fire broke out. It soon spread and ravaged the entire slum area,” Siliguri Municipal Corporation mayor Gangotri Dutta said.
The sleepy subdivisional town of Teliamura, nestled in a valley on both sides of National Highway 44, is surrounded on three sides by two major hill ranges, Barmura and Athromura. For the past six months, large groups of monkeys have been almost daily descending on human habitations and destroying houses and crops, besides injuring people. “These monkeys are so aggressive that they are difficult to chase away with ordinary weapons like clubs and rods. They specially target women and have injured at least 15 of them in the past six months,” Teliamura divisional forest officer Rajat Kanti Das said.
He said following complaints and appeals from people, he had announced the cash prize of Rs 500 for catching a monkey alive within Teliamura nagar panchayat.
State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Yafez Osman yesterday told The New Nation after returning from Russia on Friday after a visit to Kalinin Nuclear Power Plant in Russia, about 200 kilometers north-west of Moscow. Russia installed two separate power plants having capacity of 1,000MW of Power each at Kalinin Nuclear Power Plant. The high powered team led by the state minister included Power Division Secretary Md Abul Kalam Azad and ICT Secretary AKM Abdul Awal Majumder. "We have convinced the Russian initiative to generate electricity from nuclear plant," he said, adding, "After talking with the Russian counterpart, we have proceeded another step to set up the nuclear power plant in Rooppur."
Terming his visit in Russia as 'a great progress', Yafez Osman said that Russia will form a technical team to visit the Rooppur site immediately.