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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Ulfa is very much alive, Our struggle will never end : Paresh B.

People backing us, Baruah emailed another statement
Guwahati, Kolkata, 6 December : Ulfa’s ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Baruah on Sunday emailed another statement to the media describing the slogans in support of the banned organisation when Arabinda Rajkhowa was brought to court on Saturday as a ‘‘moral victory’’ for his outfit.
The email quoted Baruah as saying as it showed the ‘‘people’s support’’ for Ulfa. As Rajkhowa got off a bus at the court of the chief judicial magistrate on Saturday evening, he was greeted with slogans like ‘‘Ulfa zindabad’’, ‘‘Arabinda Rajkhowa zindabad’’, ‘‘Surrender nokoribo’’ (don’t surrender). Baruah said, ‘‘Ulfa is very much alive, our struggle will never end and the people of Assam are with us.’’ Baruah congratulated Rajkhowa for not surrendering and refusing to hold talks with the government in handcuffs. ‘‘This showed his strength despite being mentally and physically tortured,’’ he added.
As Paresh Barua spoke to BBC's East India Correspondent, Subir Bhowmik early on Friday, rejecting any talk unless the issue of Assam's sovereignity was discussed. He was hopeful that Rajkhowa would not fall into Indian trap. [ READ FULL COLUMN ] Photos : AP and BBC
Former Bangladesh ruler Ershadvisits ancestral home
Cooch Behar, 6 December : Former Bangladesh head of state Gen. Hussain Muhammad Ershad Sunday arrived at his ancestral home at Dihata in Cooch Behar district with his son Eric.
Emotional scenes were witnessed as Ershad's relatives received him on his first visit to Dinhata in 34 years with flowers and hugs. Udayan Guha, son of the ex-Bangaldesh president's childhood friend and former state agriculture minister Kamal Guha, called on Ershad who is now spending time with his relatives at his ancestral home. Earlier Sunday, Ershad came to this part of the border by road crossing Cangrabanda border check post from his present home in Rangpur in Bangladesh.
During his three-day stay at his ancestral home, Ershad will visit his school, Dinhata High School (Boys), from where he had completed his matriculation in 1946 before migrating to East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, to pursue higher education. He will return to Bangladesh Wednesday. Ershad last visited Dinhata in 1975. Photos : Aritro Roy

21 killed, 40 hurt in bus collision in Faridpur road
Faridpur, 6 December : At least 21 people were killed and 40 injured as two buses collided on the Dhaka-Barisal highway in Faridpur on Sunday, an official said.
Helal Uddin says the accident occurred Sunday about 64 kilometer southwest of the capital Dhaka. He says 15 people were killed at the scene. The injured have been taken to hospitals. The Bangladesh Road Transport Authority says vehicle accidents mainly blamed on poor roads and erratic driving kill about 4,000 people each year.
1971 War crimes spl. tribunal set-up begins in Dhaka
Dhaka, 6 December : Construction and renovation work for preparing the courtroom and other necessary enclosures of a special tribunal to try 1971 war crimes started in Dhaka on Sunday, officials said.
The work is in progress at house no. 14 on Abdul Gani Road near Bangladesh Secretariat, said deputy law secretary ASSM Jahirul Haque, who oversees the work. Authorities are also preparing a security-checking passage and an enclosure for journalists on the tribunal premises, he said. Meanwhile, Bangladesh law minister Shafique Ahmed told reporters at his office in the morning: "The trial will begin once the premises are ready."
The Awami League-led government headed by prime minister Sheikh Hasina had pledged to start the trial of suspected war criminals who collaborated with the Pakistani military during 1971 independence war. Photo : Firoz Ahmed
Mob beats up 8 forest staff after jumbo kills villager
PTI, Jalpaiguri, 6 December : Incensed over the death of a villager in an elephant attack, a mob beat up forest department employees injuring eight and set on fire some forest quarters at Lalitabari in Jalpaiguri district.
Divisional Forest Officer, Baikanthapur, K Balamarugan told PTI over phone that the mob became unruly last night after the body of Babulal Oraon was recovered from Lalitabari jungle in the evening. With Oraon's body bearing trample marks of a jumbo, the villagers turned towards the forest employees mercilessly beating up the beat officer and others. The mob also set ablaze two forest quarters, totally gutting the dwellings, Balamarugan said.

Sunderbans people use solar power to cut emissions
CNEWS, Sunderbans, 6 December : In the face of mounting pressure on world bodies to cut on their carbon emission, residents in Sunderbans delta of India’’s eastern West Bengal state are using electricity generated from solar power, thereby contributing their bit towards the carbon emission cut.
The lives of the people living in Sunderbans has changed ever since a solar power plant was first set up by the West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency (WEBREDA) in Sagar Island. And now a number of solar photovoltaic power plants have come up in various islands in the Sunderbans. Residents of Sunderbans, for whom even conventional electricity once remained a pipe dream, now use the electricity from solar power. READ FULL STORY

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