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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Indian govt to release 51 Sri Lankan fisherman : SL Press

Daily Mirror, Colombo, 11 November : The Indian central government has made a decision to release with immediate effect 51 Sri Lankan fishermen who had been in Indian police custody at the Andaman islands the past 8 months for breaching international maritime border laws, Sri Lanka's Deputy Fisheries Minister Neomal Perera said.
The fishermen are reportedly from the areas of Negombo, Puttalam, Trincomalee and other coastal areas in the south of Sri Lanka.

Kamrup Express driver electrocuted in Katwa Station
Katwa, 11 November : The assistant driver of Kamrup Express was electrocuted in a mishap at Katwa railway station tonight in Burdwan district, GRP sources said.
The accident occurred when P Haldar (45) was checking the water level at about 9 pm. He came in contact with a high tension line, the sources said. Haldar, a driver of the Howrah division of Eastern Railway, died on the spot. A spokesman of the Eastern Railway said in Kolkata that the train had to wait for about 1.30 hours on platform no two before a fresh engine was arranged for its onward journey.

PCPA procession baton charged, 30+ people injured
Jhargram, 11 November : At least 30 people were injured today when police and security forces baton charged and tear gassed Maoist-backed PCPA supporters who attacked them at Jhargram town in West Midnapore district.
The People's Committee against Police Atrocities supporters attacked the joint forces with stones and 'tangis' (spears), after taking out a procession to Jhargram town in violation of prohibitory orders, the police said. At least 30 people were injured in police action, they said. Forty PCPA supporters were detained, they said.
Maoists also fired on security personnel at Kolaboni, near Jhargram and at Lakshmanpur near Salboni and at Dharampur near Lalgarh. No casualty was reported, the police said.

Anti-Maoist operations at Lalgarh to continue : Pranab
Kolkata, 11 November : The operation to flush out Maoists from Lalgarh in West Bengal would continue till the situation was "completely under control", senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee said on Wednesday, notwithstanding ally Trinamool Congress' demand that it be called off immediately.
Asserting that the security operation to flush out the extreme Left wing rebels from the Lalgarh belt in West Midnapore district was a joint initiative of the central and the West Bengal governments, the union finance minister said: "The operation would continue till the entire situation is brought under control."

Ceasework at Kolkata High Court to end on Monday
Kolkata, 11 November : The situation at the Kolkata High Court was expected to return to normal from Monday, with the Bar Association deciding to call off its ceasework after Friday.
"The agitation, which was to end on November 10, will continue till Friday as resolved by the members of the association," Kolkata High Court Bar Association president Sardar Amjad Ali said. The ceasework, which began on November three, was launched to demand appointment of judges to vacant posts and to protest alleged misbehaviour by a section of the bench.

Indian Railways to open 'Jan Ahar' outlets at stations
New Delhi, 11 November : With an aim of providing food to passengers at reasonable rates, Railways is launching special outlets in stations across the country.
To begin with four Jan Ahar (People's Food) outlets are going to be operational at Howrah, Bangalore, Chennai and Secunderabad stations this month and seven more at different stations including Patna, New Jalpaiguri, Lucknow and Mysore next month. An initiative of the Railway Passenger Services Committee, the food prices at the Jan Ahar outlets will be in the range of Rs 10 to Rs 35.
"These outlets will not be outsourced to private contractors. It will be run by IRCTC itself under the strict monitoring of the committee," said Derek O'brien, chairman of the passenger services committee.

Maoists release Joint force's 2 kidnapped sweepers
Jhargram, 11 November : Two sweepers attached to security forces, who were kidnapped by Maoist-backed tribals in West Midnapore district, have been released unharmed.
While one of them identified as Rajendra Hela was released last night, the other Ramswarup Heal was released this morning. Both of them have reached their camp at Dharampur, near Lalgarh, a senior district police officer said. The duo kidnapped yesterday was part of the joint forces, DIG (Law and Order) Surajit Kar Purokayanstha had said. Maoist leader Kishenji had yesterday said they had been kidnapped by "the people" to protest alleged police atrocities on people of Harina and Brindabanpur villages near Dharampur camp.
A few hours later, he said that one of them had been released on grounds of humanity.

Tk 300 crore Five-star hotel in the making in Chittagong
Chittagong, 11 November : AK Khan and Company has started construction of a five-star hotel in Chittagong at a cost of nearly Tk 300 crore.
Chairman of the company AK Shamshuddin Khan yesterday laid the foundation stone of International Niketan Hotel at Batali Hills in the port city. Owners expect the hotel to be opened partially before the ICC World Cup 2011 will provide services to the cricket players and other visitors. Khan said Chittagong with its natural beauty, the largest seaport and increasing business prospects has become a favourable choice for businesspeople and tourists, both from home and abroad. He said the hotel with all international amenities would provide resort atmosphere and services to the businesspeople and tourists.
Mentioning the two group-stage matches of the ICC 2011 World Cup Cricket in Chittagong, he hoped to complete some segments of the project by the time the world cup cricket comes to Bangladesh.

Four killed and Four injured in Comilla road crash
UNB, Comilla, 11 November : Four people were killed and four others injured in a road accident at Kalakachua on Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Burichong upazila Tuesday night.
Highway police said the truck hit a microbus coming from opposite direction after one of its front wheels deflated at about 9:00pm(BDST), leaving eight microbus passengers injured. The injured were taken to Comilla Combined Military Hospital where three died last night. The microbus, which was hired on rental basis, was going to Feni from the capital. A case was filed with local thana.


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