Paresh Barua, the head of the military wing of the United Liberation Front of Assam (Ulfa), told the BBC that any talks "must be free and unfettered". Barua's comments came days after a leader of his group was handed over to Indian authorities by Bangladesh.
The Ulfa rebels have fought for a separate Assamese homeland since 1979. Barua is the only senior Ulfa leader still at large - almost the entire top leadership of the rebel group is now in jail. READ FULL STORY
"In order to celebrate 200 years of Mexico's independence and 100 years of their revolution, they have selected Kolkata," Kolkata Book Fair general secretary Tridib Chattopadhyay said here today.
The Publishers and Booksellers Guild, which organises the fair, would also celebrate the 150 years of the birth of Rabindranath Tagore.
Cox's Bazar district police chief Sakhawat Hossain told AFP around two dozen pirates stormed the vessel on 1 December, and threw the 20 fishermen onboard into the sea. "Fourteen fishermen are still missing and we have asked all nearby police stations to remain alert in search of them. We have also sought assistance from the coast guard," he told AFP.
"Apparently the motive of the pirates, whose identity is still unknown to us, was to rob the boat's engine, fish and fishing nets," Hossain added. န Photo : AFP
PTI, New Delhi, 10 December : Indian Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee today presented in Lok Sabha the supplementary demand for grants of her Ministry worth over Rs 731 crore for 2009-10.
The amount of Rs 731.30 crore has been sought for execution of various projects identified as 'National Projects' and taking up some 'out of turn' works during the period. The national projects identified include construction of the 290 km Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla line in Jammu and Kashmir, Kumarghat-Agartala line in Tripura, Bogibeel bridge in Assam and several other such projects in the Northeast.
Kolkata, 10 December : West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today directly accused the opposition Trinamool Congress in the state assembly of patronising Maoists.
Maoists were operating in six to seven states under patronage from some political parties. The Trinamool Congress was assisting the Maoists in West Bengal, the Chief Minister said while replying to a question by Congress Chief Whip Manas Bhunia. Stating that the overall situation in the state was alarming, he said not a day passed without casualty or killing.
The Chief Minister said, altogether 69 persons were killed in clashes between 1 Januar to 13 November this year, including in the three Maoist-hit districts. Of them, 47 were from the CPI(M), 15 TMC, 4 Congress, 2 Jharkhand Democratic Party and 1 from Jharkhand Party (Naren), he said.
Officials told the parliamentary standing committee on post and telecommunications ministry on Wednesday that the postal department was set to run the e-banking services on an experimental basis through post offices in Comilla from January 2010. Once launched, people will be able to send money on mobile phones from all post offices.
The parliamentary body also finalised the draft of the Post Office Act, 1898 for launching of the service. The century old act was a barrier to start the e-banking services through post offices. As per the suggestion of the watchdog, the post and telecommunication minister will table the Post Office (amendment) Bill-2009 in parliament soon.
Vijay Diwas to mark India's victory over Pakistan in the 1971 Bangladesh liberation war would be celebrated here on 16 December with a flypast for the first time by IAF's Sukhoi-30 MKI supersonic fighter aircraft on 14 and 15 December. The programmes would span four days and would include participation by 14 Mukti Joddhas and three service officers from Bangladesh, Major General Munish Sibal, MGGS, Eastern Command said here Wednesday.
Several former Indian Army generals have also been invited to participate in the celebrations, including Gen J F R Jacob, known as one of the masterminds in India's win over Pakistan and the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971. န Image credit : IAF
A group of heavily armed extremists called out the three victims - Bijay Mahato, Manik Mahato and Brihaspati Mahato - from their homes in Jhitka village in the wee hours of Thurdsay and shot them at point blank range, a police officer with the police control room said here. The bodies were found near a college with a handwritten note alongside that accused the three of being “police informers”. “A people’s court has given them the extreme punishment,” said the note.
In a separate incident, the radicals triggered a landmine to blow up an office of the state forest department at Jhitka in Lalgarh. န Photo : PTI
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BSS, Dhaka, 10 December : Bangladesh Minister for Cultural Affairs Advocate Promod Mankin On Wednesday urged the people to develop the habit of reading books for enrich their knowledge.
The state minister made the call while leading a book rally in the capital in the morning. The rally was arranged on the occasion of Dhaka International Book Fair beginning 11 December.
The 15-day Dhaka International Book Fair will be held at Suhrawardy Udyan, opposite to the Bangla Academy.
UNI, Port Blair, 10 December : The lone Member of Parliament of Andaman and Nicobar Islands has urged the Centre to sent a Parliamentary Team to these tsunami-hit islands to assess the rehabilitation work, which according to him, was still unsatisfactory.
''More than 10,000 hectares of land are estimated to have been submerged due to ingress of sea water, of which 5000 were house sites,'' the MP added. The MP has asked for immediate compensation for the tsunami victims besides providing them free ration till they are given alternative land. န Photos : AP