Superintendent of police Rezaul Karim, of the Jheinidah district, told AFP the men were members of a group called Allahr Dal (Allah's party), a splinter outfit of the banned Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB). "They were holding clandestine meetings at a house in Jheinidah town. They rented a corrugated iron hut. We found Islamic religious books," he said. "They seemed very aware of government security arrangements. It seems they are having some kind of plan. We are interrogating them and we think they are a splinter group of the JMB." He said Allahr Dal's leader Matin Mehdi had been arrested three years ago for letting off bombs in Jheinidah in 2005, as part of a nationwide plot where 400 blasts went off in one day. Mehdi was now on death row, he added.
The country has been on high alert in the past week after the Supreme Court rejected on Thursday the final appeal of the convicted killers of the country's founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who was assassinated 34 years ago. န File Photo : AP
D.Y. Patil, an educationist from Maharashtra, was appointed as the governor of Tripura in place of Kamla, who took oath as Tripura governor 15 October, 2009. Eighty-three-year-old Tripura governor Kamla, was earlier the deputy chief minister of Rajasthan and was also the first woman governor of any northeastern state.
The appointments will take effect from the dates they assume charge of their respective offices, the statement issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan said.
Dhaka, 21 November : The BBC World Service Trust has developed English language courses for mobile phones and is currently offering them to over 50 million mobile phone users in Bangladesh. The idea behind the project is to extend BBC’s existing learning tool to mobile, in addition to TV and Internet, and reach more people.
For the endeavor, BBC has teamed up with all six of Bangladesh’s networks, which have agreed to cut the cost of calls to the service by up to 75%. Speaking of the course, it consists of over 250 audio and SMS lessons, and each lesson is a three-minute phone call, costing about 3 taka.
According to The Financial Times, more than 300,000 people have already signed up for the service.
Agartala, 21 Novemver : Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram met Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar in New Delhi Saturday and discussed ways to resolve the 12-year-old deadlock on the repatriation of 35,000 Reang refugees to Mizoram following the recent ethnic violence in the northeastern state, officials said.
"Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram held an urgent meeting with Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and talked about the possible steps to be taken to solve the stalemate over the repatriation of tribal refugees from Tripura to Mizoram," a senior official told newspersons in Agartala.
The official said: "During the meeting, the Tripura chief minister explained the socio-economic problems facing the state over the long stay of the tribal refugees and the recent exodus of tribals from Mizoram following the ethnic skirmishes."