"On 4 November, in response to a question that was raised (in the House), I never said that we are going to claim Andaman Islands or any of the Islands belonging to India," Bogollagama told the Sri Lankan Parliament. He was responding to a query from senior UNP opposition leader Ravi Karunanayake about Sri Lanka's claim for its sea bed rights under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. The UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf will decide the Lankan case for extending the outer limit of legal continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles, which will also cover some undersea areas near the Andamans.
The minister said that five rounds of consultations have been held with India in this regard since the work commenced on Sri Lanka's submission.
Agartala, 18 Novemver : A jawan of Tripura State Rifles (TSR) was killed and another injured in an encounter today with insurgents of the banned National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) at Dhumacherra in Dhalai district, about 70 km from here.
A contingent of Tripura State Rifles which was returning from an anti-insurgency search operation in Longterai valley was fired upon by the ultras at around 8:30 AM, DIG Police (Control) Nepal Das said. The TSR personnel immediately retaliated which led to a 30-minute gun battle after which the insurgents fled, he said. Of the two injured jawans, one later succumbed at the Agartala Medical College Hospital here.
The week-long festival will screen 18 foreign films, along with an Indian film at Dinabandhu Mancha in Siliguri. The film festival ends on 25 November. Radio Misty 94.3FM has partnered with The 10th Siliguri International Film FestivalThe film festival will be inaugurated by eminent director Tarun Majumdar. "Documentary films based on environment, wildlife and other burning issues of the contemporary age will be shown during the festival. Apart from the 19 films, Madhumati and Do Bigha Amen, directed by Bimal Roy, will also be screened at Ramkinkar Hall during the event," said Siliguri Cine Society chief patron and WB's urban development minister Asok Bhattacharya.
A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court is scheduled to give its ruling Thursday on the appeals filed by five former army officers who were awarded death sentence. Special security forces are deployed around the Dhaka Central Jail where all the five condemned prisoners are kept.
Sheikh Mujib, officially addressed with the honorific Bangabandhu, led the movement that culminated in Bangladesh's independence following separation from Pakistan in 1971. န Photo : AP
Kolkata, 18 Novemver : Three suspected Bangladeshi militants, arrested for having alleged links with terror outfits Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), were Wednesday remanded in police custody till 2 December, police said.Abdullah Baki, Abdul Rahman alias Nafeez and Md Tahsidul were presented before assistant Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Bankshal Court, Rabi Ranjan Chakraborty Wednesday.
The three were arrested from Kolkata’s Esplanade area Tuesday evening by a team of Kolkata police’s Special Task Force (STF).
The A&N administration further informed the media that apart from routine operations, JLR is involved a variety of other activities related to wildlife and eco-tourism.
Agartala, 18 Novemver : Two insurgents of the banned All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) along with their family members have surrendered to the police at Raisyabari, a remote tribal hamlet in Dhalai district.
Police said, Chamajoy Tripura (35), self-styled second lieutenant and Samparai Debbarma (35) fled from their base camp at the neighbouring Chittagong Hill Tract of Bangladesh surrendered to the officer-in-charge of Raisyabari police station yesterday. The wives of the ultras and one children of each insurgent also fled from the base camp. They did not deposit any weapon during the surrender.
The IAF is using armoured Mi-17 helicopters to transport state and central police forces in Maoist zones. Arming would involve weaponising the Mi-17s with light or medium machine guns. The guns will be manned by the Garud special force, whose main task is to protect the assets of the IAF. The Union home ministry’s recommendation comes after the Indian Air Force sought the permission of the government to open fire in self-defence.
Indian Air chief marshal Pradeep Vasant Naik disclosed on 1 October that he had sought the permission of the ministry of defence but that “it was really up to the home ministry” because the IAF’s helicopters were being deployed as aid to civil administration.
IANS, Jhargram, 18 Novemver : Two men were found shot dead near a forest area in Maoist-hit West Midnapore district Wednesday and police said they suspected that the Maoists had killed them.
"We've got reports that two bodies were found near Mohanpur area in Lodhashuli forest region this (Wednesday) morning. We've already sent our teams to the spot," West Midnapore Superintendent of Police M.K. Verma told IANS. "The identity of the two is not yet known," he said.
Dhaka, 18 Novemver : Bangladesh Power Secretary Abul Kalam Azad is visiting New Delhi on Wednesday to hold a preliminary round of energy cooperation talks ahead of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s India visit next month.
Azad, who is also accompanied by a delegation, will hold preparatory talks with Indian Power Ministry officials. Interacting with the media, Azad said the delegation would discuss the modus operandi of importing at least 100 megawatts power from India as offered during the September visit of Foreign Minister Dipu Moni to New Delhi. Azad said the talks with Indian officials would also include the SAARC power grid connectivity and other issues of concern to the people of both countries.
Besides, the Bangladesh delegation is expected to hold talks on equity sharing in a power project in Tripura as Dhaka had earlier agreed to offer overland transport facilities through Bangladesh for carrying equipment for the installation.