Speaking about his new assignment after the oath-taking, the former intelligence chief said, "I am a civil servant. So it came as a surprise to me. It is a high point in my career. I am confident of justifying my assignment by the President and the Prime Minister." 76-year-old Mayankote Kelath Narayanan, hailing from Palakkad district of Kerala, succeeds Gopal Krishna Gandhi.
From 1987 to 1990, Narayanan was chief of Intelligence Bureau (IB) before heading the Joint Intelligence Committee. He became the IB chief again in 1991 and retired in 1992. He was also Special Advisor for Internal Security to the PM. န Photo : PTI
A meeting of four of the world's fastest-growing carbon emitters on Sunday ahead of a 31 January deadline for countries to submit their action plans to fight climate change may discuss a climate fund for poorer nations. The meeting would be attended by the environment ministers of Brazil, South Africa, India and China -- the so-called BASIC bloc of nations that helped broker a political accord at last month's Copenhagen climate summit. န Photos : Reuters
They also sought mercy from the Special Court-3 of Bangladesh Rifles after prosecutor Lt Col Gazi Md Salah Uddin, commander of the 19 Rifle Battalion in Feni, read out the charges brought against the BDR men. Twenty-two others accused pleaded not guilty, saying they were not involved with the mutiny, reports a correspondent from Feni. The three-member court headed by BDR Director General Maj Gen M Mainul Islam began the hearing on the charge framing at the 19 Rifle headquarters at Joylaskar.
Earlier, On 21 December last year, the court fixed Sunday for framing charges in the case and adjourned the trial proceedings till the day.
Guwahati, 24 January : Passengers of the Arunachal Express had a narrow escape Sunday as a powerful explosion ripped apart a stretch of the railway track some 30 minutes before the train was to pass that area in Assam, officials said. Two militants were also killed in separate shootouts in the state.
A police spokesperson said the blast occurred early Sunday near Dekamishing village in Dhemaji district, about 370 km east of Assam's main city of Guwahati. "The explosion led to a big crater with at least 10 metres of the railway track damaged in the blast," a police official said.
The four-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice Md Tafazzul Islam, fixed Monday morning for further hearing on the petitions. The apex court adjourned the hearing following separate time prayers moved by the lawyers of the convicts --Syed Farooq Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan and Mohiuddin Ahmed. Their counsels Khan Saifur Rahman and Abdur Razzak Khan appealed to the court to adjourn the hearing so that they can take preparations for placing arguments on behalf of their clients.
Meanwhile, barrister Abdullah Al Mamun, counsel for convicts Bazlul Huda and AKM Mohiuddin, prayed to court to give any other punishment except death sentence to his clients.
"He is stable. And there is no immediate cause for concern," AMRI hospital Dhakuria medical superintendent Sumon Ghosh told Bengal Newz. The 80-year-old Chatterjee was admitted to a private cabin late on Saturday with fever, cough and cold under the treatment of chest specialist Subhasish Ghosh. "He has been put on antibiotics. He is fully conscious," Ghosh said.
Chatterjee, a former parliamentarian of repute, presided over the Lok Sabha from 2004 to 2009. He was expelled from CPI(M) in 2008 for presiding over a Lok Sabha trust vote in mid-2008 disregarding a diktat from the party to step down from the speaker's post after it withdrew outside support to the Manmohan Singh-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government over the Indo-US civil nuclear deal.
Dhaka, 24 January : Bangladesh's lawmakers are getting back the privilege of importing duty-free vehicles.
They will however not be allowed to bring in luxury cars as many legislators in the past did so only to sell those for tidy sums, rendering the privilege controversial. This time MPs will be entitled to cars with engines measuring up to 1800cc, SUVs 3000cc and microbuses 2000cc, officials at Parliament Secretariat said yesterday. They will receive Tk 40,000 a month to pay for chauffer's salary, fuel and maintenance.
The decisions were made at a meeting chaired by Speaker Abdul Hamid on Tuesday. Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shafique Ahmed, establishment and finance secretaries and National Board of Revenue (NBR) officials were present at the meeting.