Dhaka, 1 February : Bangladesh Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has said, her government is working to include Bangla as the seventh official language of the United Nations.
Hasina, while inaugurating the Amar Ekushey Book Fair at the Bangla Academy on Monday, said she speaks Bangla in all UN assemblies.
Dhaka, 1 February : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday inaugurated the month-long Amar Ekushey Boi Mela 2010 on Bangla Academy premises in the city, commemorating the martyrs of the Language Movement, 1952.
In the fair, a total of 505 stalls have been distributed among 356 institutions. As well as the publication houses, several voluntary organisations, government and non-government organisations and media houses are participating in the fair. Book lovers will get 25% concession on the books published by the publishers and organisations while Bangla Academy will provide 30% concession on its own books.
Different spots of the premises have been named after Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Dhirendranath Dutta, Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad and Begum Rokeya. The corners for children and little magazine have been named after poet Sufia Kamal and writer Somen Chanda respectively. န Photos : Firoz Ahmed
PTI, Bankura, 1 February : Maoists and the PCPA on Monday attacked a police station triggering an exchange of fire with the security personnel in Bankura district, while in neighbouring West Midnapore district, they killed a CPI(M) worker after abducting him.
According to police, PCPA activists along with Maoists attacked Barikul police station, 70 km from Bankura district headquarters, triggering an exchange of fire in which three persons were injured. However, there was no report of any policeman being injured, Bankura SP Vishal Garg said, adding that additional police reinforcements have been dispatched there.
“There would be a discussion (during Milan-2010) on maritime terror and the means to counter the attacks like what happened in Mumbai,” Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Foreign Cooperation and Intelligence), Rear Admiral Sudharshan Shrikhande told reporters here on Monday. The seventh edition of the biennial Milan, being organised by the Indian Navy at Port Blair since 1995, would have nine naval ships from eight countries and representatives from four others participating in a tabletop exercises, apart from a passage exercise at sea and a seminar on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) from 4 February to 8 February.
Naval ships from Australia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore (two ships), Sri Lanka and Thailand, with representatives from Navies of Brunei, Philippines, Vietnam and New Zealand would join the exercise. န Photo : PTI
BSS, Dhaka, 1 February : The Bangladesh govt has appointed Swapan Kumar Saha, Chief News Editor of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS), as Minister (Press) at Bangladesh Embassy in Washington for a two-year term.
According to an official notification issued yesterday, the contractual appointment of Swapan Saha, who has been working in the national news agency for 38 years, will be effective from the date of his joining in the post. Saha, former general secretary of National Press Club, is now president of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad.
“The Bangladesh government is expected to allow case-to-case industrial projects to be set up in India or to commission joint venture projects (in India),” said Annisul Huq, president of SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI).
“A food processing plant and a tyre manufacturing industry would be set up in India. The Bangladesh government is likely to allow investment in India for these projects,” Huq and India-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IBCCI) president Abdul Matlub Ahmad told reporters here. န Photo : Parthajit Dutta
Dhaka, 1 February : The host Bangladesh achieved their first gold medal in the 11th South Asian Games in the weightlifting event on Monday.
Weightlifter Hamidul Islam won the medal lifting 257 kilograms of weight in the 77-kilogram category of the event. Bangladesh's Monoranjan Roy won the silver medal and Afghanistan's Mostafa Kamal bagged bronze in the same event. Hamidul won silver medal in the event in the 2006 edition of the meet.
The decision was taken at a regular cabinet meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair at the conference room of the Cabinet Division at Bangladesh Secretariat. After the meeting, prime minister's Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad told reporters that the decision would be implemented within the shortest possible time.
The present government has taken up a number of initiatives to ease the snarl-up of the city, Azad said, mentioning the government's earlier decision fixing the school timing in the capital to reduce the traffic jam.
Kolkata, 1 February : Nine people were killed and 30 injured Monday when a bus overturned in West Bengal’s Purulia district after its driver lost control of the vehicle, police said.
The driver lost control while overtaking a truck near Lalpur under Hura police station, District Superintendent of Police Rajesh Yadav told Bengal Newz. The bus was going to Manbazar from Adra. Several of the injured were still trapped in the bus and locals and police personnel were trying to rescue them, the official said.
Acting on a tip-off, Bandarban Sadar police raided a residential hotel named ‘Habib Boarding’ in the morning and rescued the children, said Sub-Inspector Mirza Mohammad Hasan. As per their statements, police later arrested the alleged trafficker, Mohon Tripura, a local church employee. Bashi Chandra Tripura, a guardian of one of the victims, alleged that the trafficker brought the children to the boarding in the name of admitting them to an institution in the town.
The 16 indigenous children were brought to the residential hotel from different villages of Lama upazila on Sunday evening. န Photo : UNHCR
PTI, Suri, 1 February : Suspected Maoists partly blew up a private mobile phone tower at Khairasole in Birbhum early today, in the first such attack in the district in recent times. Police said four-five unidentified persons triggered an explosion in the operator''s room, adjacent to the tower in the wee hours, destroying costly machinery.
The two security guards were forced to leave the spot and locked up in a nearby room out of the reach of the blast, police said. The blast was believed to have been caused using a detonator, a police officer said, indicating this could be the handiwork of Maoists.
Kolkata, 1 February : Maoists attacked a police posse in strife-torn Purulia district, injuring eight policemen, and killed a CPI(M) activist in West Midnapore district, police said Monday.
Three senior police officials, including an additional superintendent of police and a deputy superintendent of police, and five constables were wounded when the Maoists attacked them while they were preparing to raid Kumra village under Bandwan police station of Purulia district following a tip-off that the left-wing extremists were holding a rally Sunday.
UNB, Khulna, 1 February : Two fishermen were killed in separate tiger attacks in Bhromorkhali and Sapkata of Sundarbans in Koyra upazila, Khulna on Sunday.
Forest officials said Ujir Morol went to Brahmakhali area for fishing suddenly, a tiger swooped on him and dragged him into the deep forest. Later, his body was recovered by the fellow fishermen. In another incident, Sangkar while fishing in Sapkata area came under tiger attack. Later, other fishermen recovered his body after a hectic search. The bodies were later handed over to their respective family members.