"With limited fixed line coverage unable to adequately serve the widely dispersed Bangladesh population, more focus must be given to releasing the urgently needed spectrum for mobile broadband," Tom Phillips, Chief Government and Regulatory Affairs Officer at the GSMA said in a statement. READ FULL STORY
Guwahati, Agartala, 21 January : A massive security alert was sounded across northeast India after separatist rebels announced a boycott of the Republic Day celebrations on 26 January, officials said.
"We have placed security forces on high alert to ensure that militants are not able to create violence ahead of the Republic Day celebrations," Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said. Five frontline separatist groups in the region have called a boycott of the Republic Day and also a general strike from 1 a.m. to 6 p.m. that day. The call has been given by the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), Manipur People's Liberation Front (MPLF) - comprising several major militant outfits in the state, the Kamatapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) and the Tripura People's Democratic Front (TPDF).
These groups are active in Assam, Tripura and Manipur. The five rebel groups announced their boycott Wednesday through a statement e-mailed to journalists.
"It should not only be a general strike, but a black day for the entire oppressed people of the region. We appeal to our freedom loving people to display their solidarity against the colonial occupation of the region by India, the common enemy, by making the boycott and general strike a complete success," the rebel statement received by Bengal Newz said. န Photos : Parthajit Dutta, Chinmoy Roy
PTI, New Delhi, 21 January : The alleged kignpin of an immigration racket, who was evading arrest for the past six months and has a Rs 50,000 reward on his head, was arrested in Kolkata by Delhi Police.
His arrest comes six months after the city police caught seven members of his gang for allegedly cheating several people by taking money for arranging jobs in Europe and Australia and not keeping their word. Mohd Khushnood, the alleged kingpin, was arrested from Park Circus in Kolkata on 13 January on a tip-off, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Alok Kumar said. Police have recovered 21 passports, job agreements and fake contracts. Twelve bank accounts operated by Khushnood has also been detected.
Dhaka, 21 January : The trial of BDR mutiny of 7 Rifle Battalion at Nildumur in Shyamnagar upazila of Satkhira was adjourned till 21 March with the deposition of five witnesses on Thursday.
The court so far took depositions of 15 witnesses since Tuesday. On Wednesday, 16 BDR jawans of the battalion admitted their involvement in the BDR mutiny on 26 February last year and begged for mercy in writing before BDR Special Court-1. A three-member committee of the Special Court-1 headed by BDR Director General Maj Gen M Mainul Islam recorded the statements of the witnesses at the makeshift court at 41 Rifles Battalion headquarters.
The trial of the accused BDR members is being held under the BDR Act. As per BDR law, the accused cross-examined the prosecution witnesses with the assistance of a BDR officer and a lawyer. The court appointed advocate Zahid Hossain to assist the accused during the trial.
Kolkata, 21 January : Bengal Aerotropolis will start work on the proposed airport at Durgapur in Burdwan district in April and expects to complete it by 2011-end, the company said here Thursday.
'We want to create similar amenities and facilities that have been created at Singapore,' said Wong Woon Liong, chief executive of Changi Airports India, which holds 26 percent in Bengal Aerotropolis. He was addressing a conference organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry.
PTI, Kolkata, 21 January : Kolkata police dog squad will soon have an air-conditioned operation theatre to provide better medical facilities for the canine patients.
"For serious ailments, ranging from mammary gland tumour, cyst in uterus, intestine the patient has to be rushed to the state-run veterinary hospital at Belgachhia where they are put under the scalpel," Dog Squad Officer in-Charge, under the Kolkata Police Detective Department, Pradip Pandey told PTI. Since the veterinary college was far and there could be problems in transporting the dogs, it has been decided to set up an air conditioned operation theatre for them at the dog squad premises at the Kolkata Police Training School, he said.
At least three to four dogs have been treated at the veterinary hospital in past few years, while two died when cysts turned carcinogenic, he said.
India picked wickets at regular intervals on the final day and eventually sealed a 113-run victory over Bangladesh at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong. Bangladesh were all out for 301 runs in the second innings. Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim hit the fastest test century (101 runs of 112 balls) among Bangladeshi cricketers in test cricket. Mushfiqur remained Tigers' standout performer and warrants a promotion up the order, given his solidity and sound technique. Bangladesh scored 242 against India in the first innings.
The second and final test of the series starts on 24 January at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. န Photos : AP and Reuters
Kolkata, 21 January : Tension ran high in Kolkata’s eastern fringes of Tiljala area as a poster of deceased CPI(M) icon Jyoti Basu was found torched Thursday.
‘A poster of Jyoti Basu was seen torched this morning at Tiljala’s C.N Roy Road. We highly condemn this incident,’ senior CPI(M) leader and the party’s central committee member Shyamal Chakraborty said. He said people would definitely raise their voice against such an undignified act. ‘Public outrage is quite obvious,’ he said.
Dhaka, 21 January : The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) has recommended imposing night-time restrictions on the movement of Bangladeshis within 150 yards of zero point inside the Bangladesh territory aimed at stopping the killing of innocent people in the border by India’s Border Security Force.
The Bangladesh border force in a report sent to the home ministry in the first week of January has also recommended formation of committees with public representatives in bordering villages. The BDR personnel and the proposed committees will identify the places where restrictions should be imposed, the report said.
The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, which comes under the ministry of agriculture, notified the avian influenza outbreak in Hazrabati and Nagar villages in Murshidabad 14 January. "Culling of birds has started and so far 26,963 birds have been culled and 1,286 eggs have been destroyed," said a statement issued here. The union health ministry has stationed a three-member central rapid response team at Murshidabad to assist the state health authorities. Officials said that containment measures have been initiated. "Situation is being monitored on a daily basis," the statement said.
About 353 poultry workers involved in culling operations have been put on chemoprophylaxis - a medicine given to prevent the disease or infection from spreading to humans. န File Photo
Chittagong, 21 January : A lighter vessel containing 380 metric tonnes of urea sank near Patenga coast in Chittagong Wednesday night.
Sources said the vessel, ‘the Sea Samrat’, capsized, while it was heading towards Chittagong port carrying the fertiliser from Panama flag carrier 'MV Constantous' at outer anchorage. However, no casualty was reported, reports our staff correspondent in Chittagong. The vessel sank at the northernmost end of Alfa point of outer anchorage and it would not affect vessel movement, said Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) Secretary Syed Farhaduddin Ahmed.
The early morning blaze ravaged 200-odd shanties and rendered more than 600 people homeless in the slum area. CPI(M) leader and state Tourism Minister Manab Mukherjee and Kolkata Mayor Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharyya visited the spot to assess the situation. Temporary relief camps were put up by civic authorities for the homeless people of the area.