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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Basu's death leaves political vacuum in sub-continent : H
Kolkata, 19 January : Bangladesh Prime minister Sheikh Hasina paid her last respects to former chief minister of West Bengal Jyoti Basu in Kolkata on Tuesday.
She went straight to the Bidhan Sabha (lower house of the state legislature) after landing in the Dum Dum Airport, to lay a wreath on Basu's coffin and sign the condolence book. In her message, Hasina wrote, "We deeply mourn the loss of Jyoti Basu, the veteran Indian politician and a true friend of Bangladesh. An active life has come to an end of one who worked for common people all through his life. "The death has left a vacuum in the political arena of the sub-continent," she wrote. Photo : Shankar Mondal

Bangladesh PM Sk Hasina pays tributes to Jyoti Basu
Kolkata, 19 January : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina early afternoon placed a wreath at the coffin of eminent leader and former West Bengal chief minister Jyoti Basu.
The premier was accompanied by Deputy Leader of the House Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, Foreign Minister Dr.Dipu Moni, Industries Minister Dilip Barua and West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee during the placing of the wreath. Earlier, West Bengal Acting Governor Konwar, its Finance Minister Washim Dasgupta and chief secretary Asok Mohon Chakrabarty received Sheikh Hasina as she arrived at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata at about 12:10 PM.
Leading a 30-member high-profile delegation that includes Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad, Deputy Leader of parliament Syeda Sajeda Chowdhuty, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam, Foreign Minister Dr. Dipu Moni, Workers' Party President Rashed Khan Menon, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal President Hasanul Haque Inu, Samyabadi Dal President and Industries Minister Dilip Barua, Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif and Deputy Office Secretary Mrinal Kanti Das. Photo : Sanjay Bhaduri

Bond sold by KKR in IPL bidding war
Mumbai, 19 January : New Zealand's premier fast bowler Shane Bond has been sold to the Kolkata Knight Riders for an undisclosed amount after a frantic bidding war. It was fascinating to watch the live auction unfold on Cricinfo.com, as Bond's base price of $100,000 quickly shot up to the maximum bid of US$750,000. Chennai Super Kings and the Deccan Chargers bid furiously for the Kiwi quick and the pace of the auction was lightening before the $750,000 mark was reached. At that stage the process went into what's called a 'silent tiebreaker' between the vying teams, Chennai, Deccan and late entries Kolkata. Under the silent tiebreaker, the remaining teams that are still bidding, can submit bids to any amount they wish. The final sum which Kolkata paid, which is kept undisclosed, goes to the IPL and not Bond. Photo : AP

Foreign friends of 'B'desh Liberation War' to be honoured
Dhaka, 19 January : Bangladesh government has taken an initiative to honour foreign organisations, journalists, singers, politicians, and poets who stood beside Bangladesh during the Liberation War.
State Minister for Liberation War Affairs Ministry Capt (retd) ABM Tajul Islam said this to the House yesterday while replying to a call attention notice of Awami League lawmaker Abul Kalam Azad. He said his ministry has asked the foreign ministry to communicate with them and their family members and bring them to Dhaka to honour them on the occasion of Victory Day 2010.
He said this is the right time to show respect to them for their immense support and contribution to the country's Liberation War. He mentioned a few names like Edward Kenedy, Joan Baez, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Rabi Shankar, Gobinda Halder, Deb Dulal Bandyopadhyay, Peter Sore, Simon Drink and Mark Tally.

31 Alimuddin Street gives a touching farewell to Jyoti Basu
Kolkata, 19 January : It had been part of Jyoti Basu's daily routine until just a few years ago. On Tuesday, the hushed silence that fell over 31 Alimuddin Street as the Left patriarch's body came to the headquarters of the CPI(M) West Bengal unit was broken only by cries of "Lal salaam" and "Amar rahe".
A sea of humanity awaited as the hearse carrying the former chief minister's body, draped in the party's red flag, reached the doorstep of Muzaffar Ahmed Bhavan after covering the two kilometre distance from the funeral parlour Peace Haven. The hearse, decorated with party flags and flowers, had to slowly wade through the milling crowd on the road to reach the building, as all members of the CPI(M)'s politburo came out, their fists clenched in traditional red salutes.
With tears in their eyes, party general secretary Prakash Karat, his colleague Sitaram Yechury, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, his Kerala and Tripura counterparts VS Achutananadan and Manik Sarkar as well as other leaders carried the body of the last surviving member of the party's founding politburo on their shoulders to place it on a makeshift platform raised on the portico. Photo : Avijit Mondal

Salboni blast case WB police interrogate Kobad Ghandy
PTI, New Delhi, 19 January : The West Bengal police today interrogated top maoist leader Kobad Ghandy in a jail here after obtaining permission from a Delhi court in connection with a criminal case registered at West Midnapore district in 2008.
A team of CIDs sleuth arrived at Tihar central jail and questioned the incarcerated central committee member of the banned CPI-ML (People's War Group) for about two hours, a jail official said. The West Bengal police had yesterday filed an application in the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja seeking direction to the jail authorities to allow them to interrogate Ghandy for his alleged involvement in the case registered at Salboni police station in West Midnapore district.
"It is essential to interrogate the accused for the purpose of investigation of the present (Salboni) case. Photos : PTI

Tripura CPI(M) activist dies, Shocked by Jyoti Basu’s death
IANS, Agartala, 19 January : A 45-year-old activist of the CPI(M) died of shock in Tripura after hearing the news of patriarch Jyoti Basu’s death, his family said Tuesday.
“After the death of the veteran leader, Nandan Chakraborty suffered a massive heart attack Sunday. He was admitted to Udaipur district hospital where he died late Monday,” Nandan’s father Dinesh Chakraborty said. Government offices, educational institutions, banks, shops and business establishments remained closed Tuesday across Tripura to mourn the death of Basu.

Chhatradhar Mahato fighting for a just cause: Suman
PTI, Kolkata, 19 January : With the Trinamool Congress having distanced itself from his songs eulogising Peoples Committee Against Police Atrocities leader Chhatradhar Mahato, its controversial singer-MP, Kabir Suman, has distributed copies of his album to friends and uploaded the songs on the Internet.
"Mahato is fighting for a just cause. I demand his immediate release ... It's laughable that I have to get clearance from the party for the songs," Suman, who recorded the album containing eight songs at home, told PTI. Chhatradhar, who spearheaded the tribal movement in West Midnapore district, has been arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
Suman, who has worked for the Radio of Germany, besides the Voice of America and also in Nicaragua during the Sandinista revolutionary movement from 1975-1989, said, "My conscience is more valuable to me than my political identity.

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina to visit 'China' soon
Dhaka, 19 January : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will visit China soon to sign deals on road and rail links between Kunming and Chittagong, and the use of two seaports.
"The agreement on the use of Chittagong and Mongla ports will be signed with China like India, Nepal and Bhutan," Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam told journalists yesterday at the party chief's political office in Dhanmondi. Ashraf, also LGRD and Cooperatives minister, said the signing of agreement with China on the use of the ports, would make it clear that Bangladesh doesn't want to remain isolated from the rest of the world.

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