Confirming the kidnap, IG (Law and Order) Surajit Kar Purokayanstha said that they were posted at the Dharampur camp. "They are not jawans, but they are part of the joint forces definitely." The two were identified as Ramswarup and Rajendra. Claiming responsibility, Maoist leader Kishenji told PTI over phone that there were kidnapped by "the people" and handed over to them. "They are now our prisoners of war."
IANS, Agartala, 10 November : Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has assured tribal leaders from Tripura that the central government would suitably amend the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) 1958 that gives unlimited powers to the paramilitary forces to shoot on sight and arrest anybody without a warrant.
The assurance, say tribal leaders, came when a five-member delegation of Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) met the prime minister in New Delhi late last month and submitted a detailed memorandum. Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Tribal Welfare Minister Kantilal Bhuria, Minister of State for Planning and Parliamentary Affairs V.Narayanaswamy, National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan and Home Secretary G.K. Pillai were present at the meeting.
"Manmohan Singh and Chidambaram unambiguously assured us that the centre is now working to modify certain provisions of the AFSPA," said Rabindra Debbarma, former Tripura minister and INPT general secretary.
Dhaka, 10 November : Bangladesh will host the headquarters of a counter-terrorism training institute for South Asian countries, including India, to be established by the United Nations.
The government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has readily accepted the plan when visiting executive director of UN counter terrorism executive directorate (UNCTED) Mike Smith yesterday formally made the proposal to Bangladesh when he met Home Minister Sahara Khatun. Khatun said Smith has proposed to set up a counter-terrorism training institute in Bangladesh for SAARC region.
In this context, she directed the ministries concerned to finalize the list of those products along with preparing strategic papers to this end to further strengthen regional cooperation, national news agency BSS reported. Prime Minister's Deputy Press Secretary Nazrul Islam said the prime minister laid emphasis on a number of areas including road, rail and river links, people to people connectivity, environment, access to media and telecommunications, environment, agriculture, education, maritime boundary, power, agriculture, trade and business and regional tourism.
PM asked the ministries concerned to prepare outlines on the specific agendas ahead of her visit to India in the middle of December. She said India has an important role in increasing connectivity in the region.
Kolkata, 10 November : The ruling Left Front in West Bengal on Tuesday appeared heading for another debacle in the assembly bypolls at the hands of Trinamool Congress and Congress.
Out of the 10 seats, TMC won seven, Congress won one, Forward Bloc got one and independent one. The distribution earlier was TMC 5, Congress 2, CPI(M) 3. န Photos : Avijit Mondal, Misbaul Haque
Business Standard, Kolkata 10 November : Coal India has raised objections to having industrial projects in the Asansol-Durgapur belt in the Bardhaman district earmarked by the West Bengal government for three steel projects Bhushan Steel, Videocon and Abhijit group totalling investment of Rs 49,000 crore, on grounds that it is coal-bearing, though not part of its licensed area.
At a recent tripartite meeting with representatives from the government, Eastern Coalfields Ltd (ECL), Central Mine Planning and Design Institute (CMPDI) and the steel companies, the Coal India subsidiary indicated that the entire area was coal-bearing, though the depth was not known, so projects should be moved out of the area. READ FULL STORY
The fair will be held also at the premises of Azizul haq University College of Bogra, Murarichand University College of Sylhet and Michael Madhusadan University College of Jessore.
An official confirmed the dismissal or forced retirement of "some army officers recently" while the Daily Star newspaper quoting unidentified intelligence sources said the detained five junior officers named six of their former superiors as masterminds behind the attack on Taposh. The report said one of the six officers, Lt Colonel Saiful Islam Joarder, was on the run as he was believed to have provided funds for the attack on Taposh, also a key lawyer in the final appeal hearing of Bangladesh founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's murder trial at the apex Appellate Division of the Supreme Court.
The Star report named the six officers who ranked between Brigadier and Major while several local newspapers yesterday carried reports of the alleged links of several army officers in attack on Taposh, who narrowly escaped the hit which injured 15 others.
The 6.2-magnitude quake hit at 8:48 am (0248 GMT, 10.48am Singapore time) at a depth of 18 kilometres. The USGS said the quake's epicentre was 405 kilometres southwest of Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, an Indian territory which lies in the Bay of Bengal. No tsunami warning was immediately issued.
The region is hit by frequent earthquakes caused by the meeting of the Indian plate and the Burmese microplate along an area known as the Andaman trench.
The three nations have not clearly demarcated their maritime boundaries and are moving the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS), a UN body to deal with the law of the seas. The disputes require urgent solution because of the race for the hydrocarbons in the Bay of Bengal. "We have submitted our objection to the maritime commission of the UN on 29 October," Bangladesh's permanent representative to the UN M.A. Momen said.
India submitted its claim on maritime boundary to the CLCS in May 2009, one month ahead of its deadline. Bangladesh lodged its objection to Myanmar's claim this July.
Agartala, 10 November : In retaliation to the surrender of seven of their underground members, banned NLFT militants gunned down eight of their relatives at Pusparampara in North Tripura district early on Tuesday.
Militants of the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) raided the village, about 70 km from Kanchanpur police station, and kidnapped the eight persons including four women and killed them in a nearby jungle. The seven NLFT insurgents surrendered with arms and ammunition to the Deputy Superintendent of police, Amiya Chowdhury yesterday. A strong contingent of Tripura State Rifles, led by the Superintendent of Police of North district, has launched a combing operation there.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam, the government's top law officer, Monday prayed to the Supreme Court to pass "some observations that can help the government bring back the convicted accused hiding abroad," Star reported. There have been impediments in the past with foreign governments citing lack of evidence and technical hurdles to avoid handing over the fugitives to Dhaka.
Alam told the media later that he told the court that Syed Faruk Rahman and Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan were "self-confessed killers" of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. န Photo : Muktadhara
Midnapore, 10 November : A BSF jawan today allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle in West Midnapore district, police said.
The jawan, Rajkumar Singh, shot himself with his rifle in the camp at Birakati Phari area, they said. He was posted in the district as part of the BSF contingent deployed for anti-Maoist operations.
Seven ultras surendered yesterday to deputy SP Amiya Chowdhury at Kanchanpur in North Tripura district depositing an Insus rifle, 168 live cartridges and two magzines. The other three surrendered to the commandant of the 15 Battalion of Assam Rifles at Hrankhawlpara camp in the Teliamura police station area on the same day and deposited a hand grenade and 20 live cartridges. Earlier on Sunday, six insurgents of the same outfit had given themselves up to security forces. The surrender was triggered by frquent raids by Bangladesh security forces on their hideouts in the neighbouring country, specially in the Chittagong hill tracks, and also a food crisis in the camps, the police said.
In all 346 insurgents of the two banned outfits NLFT and All Tripura Tiger Force - have surrendered to the security forces this year.