န Book Release by : Mani Shankar Aiyer (former Indian Minister and Senior Congress Leader)
န Discussion : The release will be followed by a panel discussion featuring;
န Chair : B.G. Verghrese (Honorary Visiting Professor, Centre for Policy Research)
န Panelists : E.N. Rammohan (Former Director General, Border Security Force) and Tiplut Nongbri (Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University)
Midnapore, 1 December : People's Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCPA today enforced a general strike in Maoist-affected West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura districts of West Bengal in protest against alleged police atrocities and traded gunfire with BSF in a jungle leaving a border guard wounded.
Asit Mahto, spokesman of PCPA which called the five-day strike, said the bandh had been called to demand suspension of anti-Maoist operations till completion of harvesting season. Villagers, he said, were facing harassment when they went to their fields for harvesting.
The exhibition, organised by Chittagong Womens Chamber for the third year, aims at expansion of the market for goods produced by small and medium enterprises from both local and international arena. The fair was inaugurated by Afsarul Amin, minister for primary and mass education.
Organisers said initially there are few local and international stalls in the exhibition, although provisions have been made for accommodating 4,000 stalls and pavilions.
Asked about the demand put forth by GJM, Madan said: “There is nothing called absolute victory. Even America did not have absolute victory. I am a soldier and I have come here to find a solution for this issue (Gorkhaland). There are many stakeholders and I will have to speak to all of them. And only then will I submit my report to the Central government,” said the interlocutor.
The tripartite meeting is going to be held at Darjeeling on 21 December.
The teacher, Satya Kinkar Hansda, of Sirisboni village, who had been warned by Maoists for being a member of a rival organisation, was picked up by an armed cadre last night and his decapitated body was found in a nearby jungle this morning, they said. Mahato, a teacher at the Purulia Vivekananda High School, was an active member of Gana Pratirodh Committee, which is a rival of the Maoist-backed People's Committee against Police Atrocities.
Meanwhile, a BSF personnel Chandrip Singh was injured in an exchange of fire with Maoists in a jungle near Pirakulli at Salboni in the district. န File Photo
"The charges would be fixed depending upon the duration of the sortie. If the venture becomes successful, we will continue it and even expand it. Otherwise, it would have to be discontinued", Rae said, pointing to the involvement of subsidy outflow from government during initial stages of operation.
Truly speaking, this river has deserted me having been devouring all wealth and presently, I have no other options. The turbulent current of the river Brahmaputra washed it all away during the rainy season, when the river becomes turgid. READ FULL STORY