These men will be in addition to the 60,000 Central security personnel currently deployed to assist the state governments to counter the Maoists. The men, who are now being acquired from forces like CRPF, BSF and ITBP, will first get a six-week training on jungle warfare before being deployed on the ground, a Home Ministry official said.
Kolkata, 18 February : India managed to thwart a stubborn resistance from South Africa's Hashim Amla and the tailenders to clinch a series-levelling innings and 58 runs victory in the final cricket Test to retain their status as the number one Test team at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday.
The hosts, who needed to pick up the remaining seven wickets to draw the series 1-1, were made to wait till the very fag end of a dramatic fifth day's play for their moment of glory with Hashim Amla nearly carrying the proteas to safety with a defiant unbeaten 127.
Resuming at 115 for three after conceding a mammoth 347-run first innings lead, the South Africans were all out for 289 with just 15 minutes remaining on a nail-biting last day. Spinners Harbhajan Singh (5/59) and Amit Mishra (3/84) were the wreckers-in-chief as they ripped through the South African middle order but it was the stout resistance from Amla and the tailenders which delayed the victory. န Photos : Reuters, Indrajit Dutta
In a report released today, MSF calls for an immediate end to the violence, along with urgent measures by the Government of Bangladesh and United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to increase protection to Rohingya seeking asylum in the country. READ FULL STORY
PTI, Raiganj, 18 February : At least 17 people were killed and 20 others injured in a collision between a private bus and a truck in West Bengal's North Dinajpur district today, police said.
The incident took place on the national highway at Karandighi area in the district when both the vehicles veered to avert hitting two boys riding a bicycle, they said. All of the 17 killed were bus passengers, including its driver and cleaner. While 10 died on the spot, four persons who were rushed to a nearby hospital were declared brought dead, police said. The bus was en route to Siliguri from Balurghat in South Dinajpur district, they said, adding three of the injured were women.
‘The committee will look into various aspects like how the entire incident happened, how many Maoists participated in the operation, what was the level of alertness on the part of the security personnel etc,’ Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee told reporters here, three days after the most brazen Maoist attack in the state so far. He said the enquiry would also throw light on the nature of the attack and the modus operandi of the Maoists.
‘According to initial reports, we came to know that the operation was organised by different Maoist squads. Some people from outside the state also participated in the attack. We are investigating every possible aspect of the case,’ Bhattacharjee said. He declined to divulge any further details about the enquiry committee and post-attack intelligence inputs. He also admitted that ‘lack of alertness’ on the part of security personnel caused the attack. န Photo : Reuters
Dhaka, 18 February : The counsellor of Thailand embassy in Dhaka, Pannee Lickanajule, 55, who was injured in a road accident in Tangail Thursday afternoon, has been declared dead at Mirzapur Kumudini Hospital.
Pannee, who was traveling in the motorcade of visiting Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, sustained severe injuries as a pickup van collided with her microbus. Mirzapur police said the accident occurred around 1:00pm(BDST) on the Dhaka-Tangail highway when the princess was returning to Dhaka from Gaibandha.
Dr Dipu Moni said this after US Ambassador to Bangladesh James F Moriarty proposed for singing of the TIFA or the UBETCF at the launching ceremony of US Trade Show at a city hotel. The foreign minister urged the US government to continue Generalised System of Preference (GSP) for Bangladeshi products to enable it to be a self-sufficient nation.
“Its focus has been changed from a aid dependant nation to a self-sufficient country. In this process, US GSP is keeping a vital role,” Dr Moni added.
Paul Chowdhury revealed the movement was rechristened under the banner of Cachar State Reorganization Committee and a memorandum on the mass demand as “Purbachal Reconsidered” was submitted to New Delhi for taking decision on the issue. He further said on the eve of the formation of Meghalaya in 1967, another memorandum signed by the prominent leaders of the time which included Mahitosh Purkayastha, Jyotsna Chanda, Nihar Ranjan Laskar, MPs and MLAs was presented to New Delhi, but there was no response. When the Mizoram Accord was signed between Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and MNF Chief Laldenga, the demand was placed in front of the Prime Minister.
Again, when Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram were made Union Territories in 1971, the movement for separation was spearheaded under the banner of the Union Territory Demand Committee, Paul Chowdhury said.
"This institute will be the first of its kind in our country in a government set-up," Prof R N Dutta, head of the department of dermatology of SSKM Hospital, said. "This will become a referral centre of the neighbouring states and also for Bangladesh," officials of the hospital said. LASER therapy, chemical peels, botulinum toxins therapy, fillers, vitiligo surgery, acne management, hair, dark patches and mole removal, facial rejuvenation would be dealt with in the new institute to be located within the hospital premises.
"It will not only deliver the latest in healthcare services in dermatology, but also in allied sciences like STIs, leprosy, AIDS, dermatosurgery, dermatopathology, onychology, trichology, cosmetic dermatology etc," Dutta said.