The personnel in the two camps retaliated the Maoist firing which continued for around one hour, the sources said. However, IGP(Western Range) Kuldip Singh told Bengal Newz, "he has not received any confirmation about of any injury to any personnel of the Joint Forces from the spot. "Police reinforcements have been rushed to the area, the IGP added. The Joint Forces have been deployed in the area to conduct anti-Maoist operations.
Some people are against Kolkata Book Fair : Buddhadeb
Kolkata, 25 January : The shift in venue of the Kolkata book fair from the Maidan, where it had been held for years, to the Milan Mela ground due to environmental concerns was unfair, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said today.
The chief minister was speaking at the inaugural function of the 34th edition of the book fair. Referring to the shifting of the fair to the fair ground on the E M Bypass last year after the High Court had disallowed the 2007 fair, he said it seems that some people are against the holding of the international fair.
"Some people are against the Book Fair in the name of environment. Environment is important, undoubtedly environment is important, but only in the name of environment the book fair was stopped for an year," he said. န Photo : Avijit Mondal
IANS, Imphal, Guwahati, 25 January : Serial blasts rocked India's restive northeastern state of Manipur Monday, injuring two police commandos and two civilians, while security forces in adjoining Assam arrested a militant and seized two powerful bombs ahead of the Republic Day.
A police spokesperson said three blasts rocked Manipur in a space of just 20 minutes - two explosions in capital Imphal around 7.30 p.m. Monday close to a police commando housing complex and another at Nambol town in Bishenpur district, 20 km from the capital.
Dhaka, 25 January : Rangpur has been made the Bangladesh's seventh division after Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Khulna, Barisal and Sylhet.
The new division with headquarters in Rangpur comprises eight districts - Rangpur, Kurigram, Dinajpur, Lalmonirhat, Gaibandha, Nilphamari, Thakurgaon and Panchagarh. They were under Rajshahi division before. The announcement came on Monday after a meeting of the National Implementation Committee for Administrative Reorganisation (Nicar) chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
After the meeting, prime minister's Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad told reporters that it was on the election manifesto of the ruling Awami League.
Dhaka, 25 January : Dhaka stocks touched new record for a single-day turnover and key index once again on Monday amid concerns of sustainability without supply of new issues.
The premier bourse for the first time crossed the Tk 1.5 billion mark while the benchmark index closed on 5312.44 points, shooting up 3.02% or 155 points. On Sunday, shares worth Tk 14.52 billion changed hands against the earlier record of Tk 14.38 billion, while the benchmark general index or the DGEN closed on 5156.61 points, breaking the height of 5095.21 points in the past session on Thursday. Market experts, however, were sceptical about the sustainability of trend but ruled out a heavy price fall.
Jhargram, 25 January : A school teacher was gunned down today by suspected Maoists at Jhargram in West Midnapore district.
Guhiram Singh, a CPI(M) member and teacher at Chandabila primary school, was picked up from his house by a group of 40 Maoists and taken to nearby Kadakhota jungle. There he was shot in the head and chest, police said. Passersby noticed the body and informed the police. Posters stating that the teacher was "corrupt" and had been "punished" were recovered from the spot, they said.
This was the second killing in a fortnight under Nayagram police station. Earlier, Bhagwat Singh, a zilla parishad member and resident of Kalmapukuria, was killed by Maoists.
Port Blair, 25 January : In a bid to foster bond of friendship across the seas, a biennial conglomeration of Asia-Pacific maritime navies would be organised here on 3 February, Indian navy officials said today.
The six-day event 'Milan', which begins from 3 February, would have participation from Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. The meet assumes significance in view of the increasing maritime trade and security threats, the officials said.
Feni, Dhaka, 25 January : Five more BDR jawans, out of 62 accused, of 19 Rifle Battalion at Joylaskar of Dagonbhuiyan upazila in Feni pleaded guilty on Monday.
They also begged mercy during the second day's hearing on charge framing at the three-member special court, headed by BDR Director General Maj Gen M Mainul Islam. With this, total 58 jawans so far pleaded guilty since Sunday in Feni. Four other accused, however, pleaded not guilty, saying they were not involved with the mutiny. Two other members of the court are BDR officials Lt Col Md Akhteruzzaman and Major Md Maqsudul Alam. Earlier, On 21 December last year, the court fixed 24 January for framing charges in the case and adjourned the trial proceedings till the day.
Some members of the Rifle Battalion under Comilla sector took part in the mutiny by firing blanks and putting up barricades on the road on 26 February following the revolt at the Pilkhana headquarters in Dhaka. Dagonbhuiyan police filed the case against the BDR jawans in this connection.
The Commandant said the new station will help the Coast Guard for better coordination, operation and exercise in South Andaman region. ''This will also minimise the time needed to travel from Port Blair as from the new Hut Bay station our ships can move immediately,'' Commandant Singh added.
The new Coast Guard station has been established under the new coast security norms, in which the Andaman and Nicobar Coast Guard region has got sanction for two new Coast Guard stations. The first among these two is the one of Hut Bay. With this new station the Coast Guard is hoping to build a more strong information network with the local fishermen of Hut Bay for the intelligence gathering. Highly placed sources told UNI that the Coast Guard of Andaman and Nicobar Region is hoping to get more manpower and two ships sanctioned for the Hut Bay Coast Guard station.
The Coast Guard's new station will be commissioned by Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Bhopinder Singh on 28 January, at Hut Bay.