The 11th South Asian Games opened in Dhaka on29 January Around 2000 players from 8 South Asian countries and regions competed in 23 games. န Photo : Courtesy
Chidamabaram said the anti-Maoist crackdown in all these states had seen "slow but steady" progress, and cited the arrests of several key leaders of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist to back his assertion. "And contrary to what sections of the media and NGOs propagated a few months ago that there would be a massive carnage, no such thing has happened. We have made it very clear that the purpose of these operations is not to kill anyone.
"These are our own people, we care for them, we care for their lives. The object is to re-establish civil administration in areas now dominated by Maoists. I think progress will be slow but steady," he said.
He added: "You cannot measure the progress of the operation like a scoreboard in a cricket match. Progress is steady and slow. We will continue to make progress. In fact considerable progress has been made..."
The minister admitted that there were inadequacies in the security offensive but added that these would be overcome. န Photos : Avijit Mondal, AP
Speaking at the 58th NEC meeting here, Mr. Sarkar said the proposed outlay of Rs.1,002 crore for 2010-11 was not up to the expectation to attempt any desired and relevant action on most recommendations of the North Eastern Region (NER) Vision 2020 or to meet the 11th Five Year Plan targets.
He was also surprised that against an allocated outlay of Rs.7,394 crore for the 11th Five Year Plan, the actual allocation during the first three years was Rs.1,848 crore, a mere 25% of the total plan outlay. န Photos : Chinmoy Roy
Kolkata, 9 February : Hundreds of Maoist sympathisers, including “intellectuals” led by noted writer Mahasweta Devi, APDR's Sujato Bhadra today jostled with the police and burnt effigies of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee while a meeting to discuss strategy to combat the Maoists was on in the metropolis.
Shouting anti-government slogans, the sympathizers paraded through the city streets protesting against the proposed “Operation Greenhunt” and demanded an end to “torture of innocent people in the name of combating Maoists”.
Kolkata, 9 February : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his Jharkhand counterpart Sibu Soren today failed to turn up for a key meeting in Kolkata of chief ministers of four Maoist-affected states to fine tune the proposed offensives against the Maoists.
The meeting, convened by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram to help states to coordinate their campaign against Naxals, began an hour behind schedule as Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik arrived late. Soren, who did not attend due to illness, sent his two deputy chief ministers Raghubar Das and Sudesh Mahto, while the Bihar government was represented by its home secretary Amir Subhani and DGP Anand Shankar.
BSS, Dhaka, 9 February : Bangladesh Army has deployed a new contingent of 175 personnel at UN Peacekeeping Mission in Sudan (UNIMIS).
Members of the contingent, BANBAT-4, led by Major Jahangir Hossain of Artillery, left for Sudan on Sunday night by a UN chartered flight, said an ISPR release. Bangladesh Army contingents have been deployed at UN Peacekeeping Mission in Sudan since 2005. Now eight contingents of Bangladesh Army are working there, the release added.
UNB, Khagrachhari, 9 February : Parbatya Bangali Chhatra Parishad enforced a nonstop transport strike on two routes of Khagrachhari district on Tuesday.
The leaders of the parishad called the strike to press home their four-point demand, including ending torture on Bangalis. Transport movement on Dighinala-Baghaihat and Dighinala-Baghaichhari routes came to a halt following the strike. No untoward incident was reported till filing of this report at 1:00pm(BDST).
Opposition Chief Whip Zainul Abdin Farroque at a press briefing at the media center of the parliament told journalists that an intelligence agency tortured Md Hafizur Rahman to concoct the story. Hafiz is the prime accused in Chittagong 10-truck arms haul case. Farroque urged the intelligence agency not to assist the government in the plot against the family members of late president Ziaur Rahman.
Dhaka, 9 February : Bangalee Shamagra, a museum dedicated to preserving the works of best Bangalees, will celebrate its seventh anniversary tomorrow.
On the occasion, the museum will hold the publication ceremony of a book entitled 'Puber Janala', an autobiography of the first Bangalee Muslim artist Kazi Abul Kashem. Prof Kabir Chowdhury will launch the book at Nazrul Mancha at the Bangla Academy. Drama personality Atiqul Haque Chowdhury, litterateur Hasan Azizul Haque, Prof Anisuzzaman and Director General of Bangla Academy Shamsuzzaman Khan will speak at the programme.
Kalyani, 9 February : Four persons were arrested and a huge cache of arms and ammunition were seized from them at Kalyani in Nadia district today, just a day ahead of Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's visit to the town.
Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee is scheduled to visit here tomorrow to inaugurate Gayeshpur stadium and a community hall named after Jyoti Basu.
An amount of Rs. 12.52 cr has been sanctioned for nine rural bridge projects in Bardhaman, Malda and Paschim Medinipur districts of the State. A total bridge length of 289.14 metres will be created under these projects. The non-recurring employment generation under this is expected to be 5.31 lakh man days and the projects would benefit a population of 1.03 lakh in 78 villages.
Tangail, 9 February : Four people, including a four-year-old girl, were killed and another was injured as a train crashed into a tempo at Dantnazar rail crossing in Basail upazila of Tangail Tuesday morning.
Police said a Dhaka-bound train 'Silk City' from Rajshahi rammed a tempo at about 11:00am(BDST), killing the four people on the spot. The tempo was going to Korotia from Dantnazar.
The two countries inked the agreements on cultural promotion, economic and technical cooperation, tourism and joint commission on bilateral relations, said Prime Minister's Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad after signing of the deals. Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Engineer Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Foreign Minister Dipu Moni and State Minister for Forest and Environment Hasan Mahmud initialed the treaties with their respective Kuwaiti counterparts.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah witnessed the signing ceremony. န Photo : TV grab
Agartala, 9 February : Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has alleged that insurgent camps continue to remain intact in neighbouring Bangladesh and those infrastructures needs to be demolished. "Insurgent infrastructure continue to be intact in Bangladesh and insurgents and their leaders having permanent bases there have not been nabbed despite red corner notices against them," Sarkar said on 7 February at the conference of Chief Ministers on Internal Security in Delhi.