New Delhi, 24 February : Indian Railway will launch a new train service linking West Bengal with Bangladesh to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Ravindranath Tagore in May next year.
"In homage to this great savant and to strengthen the maitree (friendship) between Bangladesh and India, it is proposed to run a special train in consultation with the Government of Bangladesh across the border so that the two countries share the opportunity of celebrating his 150th birth anniversary jointly," she added. Officials of the Indian railway ministry said that the new train could be named the 'Sanskriti Express : Epar Bangla Opar Bangla".
CPI(M) that leads the Left Front slammed the budget for making fake promises without allocating funds. 'The projects announced in the railway budget would take 2,500 years to become a reality. They don't have money and they have already announced that they will build hospitals, universities and run hundreds of new trains. Where will the funds come from ?' CPI(M) central committee member Shyamal Chakraborty asked.
This is the seventh year in a row that passenger fares have not been raised.Announcing a slew of concessions for passengers, Banerjee proposed free travel for cancer patients going for treatment in three-tier AC and sleeper class and continuance of concessions for students of madrassas and journalists.
The minister said 101 new suburban services will be introduced in Mumbai and more services will be launched in Kolkata and Chennai. Special tourist trains called 'Bharat Teerth' will be started on 16 routes while six long-distance non-stop Duronto Express and four short-distance Duronto day trains will be introduced, the Railway Minister said.
The budget estimates for 2010-11 pegs the freight loading target at 944 million tonnes, an increase of 54 million tonnes over current year's revised estimates. The passenger traffic is likely to grow by 5.3 per cent. န Photos : Reuters, UNI
Kolkata, 24 February : A SIM card once belonging to a policeman was used by Maoist chief Kishenji's aide on Monday to call up media houses and offer a conditional 72- day ceasefire.
The police tracked the calls made on Kishenji's behalf by Raju and found that the SIM card owner was constable Shishir Kanti Nag who had been abducted by the rebels from Lalgarh last September. The Maoists had, in return, demanded the release of People's Committee Against Police Atrocities leader Chhatradhar Mahato. Nag was later released the night he was abducted.
Dhaka, 24 February : Bangladesh Law Minister Shafique Ahmed on Wednesday said the government has taken all necessary logistic arrangement for starting the trial of 1971’s war crimes.
The appointment of the investigators will be completed within March followed by the appointment of prosecutors, chairman and members of the tribunal, he said. He said this at a press briefing in the morning at the old High Court building where the tribunal will be set up. Shafique also expressed the hope that the trial would begin between March and April.
But she was not one to be deterred. "Where is Cuttack?" she shouted at opposition MPs. At various other points in the speech, during which her Bengali pronunciation led to some laughter, she sternly asked MPs to quieten down.While Speaker Meira Kumar asked the MPs to sit down and let Banerjee finish her presentation, the minister did her bit by frequently interrupting her speech to tell them to let her complete the job. "I am also a human," a frustrated Banerjee said at one point. And carried on gamely, not even stopping for a sip of water. န Photo : UNI
Mamata Banerjee while presenting the Railway Budget 2010-11 announced today that the Railway Line Project to connect Port Blair and Diglipur is under consideration. On getting the approval from the Planning Commission, it will be implemented, she said. It was also recorded that Mamta Banerjee while making the announcement looked at the Shri Bishnu Pada Ray with a smile, who has been raising his voice in the Lok Sabha for the fulfillment of this demand.
Agartala, 24 February : A banned cough syrup worth Rs 4 lakh has been seized from the cargo base of Agartala airport, officials said on Wednesday.
"Acting on a tip-off, a team of police personnel conducted a search operation at cargo base of the airport last evening and seized 4000 bottles of cough syrup, phensidyle," Officer-in-Charge of Airport police station, S S Kar said. The bottles kept in 20 trunks were smuggled from New Delhi airport in a flight, he said. "Nobody claimed the consignment and the bottles were handed over to customs authorities," Kar said. No one was arrested in this connection, the police said.
A total of 74 people including 57 army officers killed during the mutiny in Pilkhana headquarters on 25-26 February. န Photos : Nashirul Islam
Jhargam, 24 February : Maoists backed People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCPA) has called for a weeklong strike across West Bengal starting from Wednesday to protest against the killing of their top leader in an encounter.
On Tuesday, the PCPA leader Lalmohan Tudu was shot dead during a so-called encounter with security forces in trouble hit Lalgarh area. According to police, Tudu was killed while leading an attack on a camp of the security forces in Kantapahari. But the PCPA claims that the forces killed him near his house. Shops and other business establishments in Maoists dominated areas were closed and public transport also remained off road today.
The char people, who had never thought of power supply in their areas, now switch on lights to remove darkness from their houses and watch TV thanks to solar power. Some 3,800 solar power connections have so far been provided to nine villages in three upazilas by a Grameen Bank project named Grameen Shakti, according to project official sources. About 4,200 households and shops are benefiting from solar power by taking parallel connections, the sources said.
Many users, while talking to New Age, said solar power has greatly changed their lifestyle and that they are very happy with the solar power connections. “Now we can light our houses with bulbs, use electric fans and watch TV. There is no disruption in supply of solar power,” they said. န Photo : Grameen Shakti
PTI, Shillong, 24 February : Meghalaya Chief Minister D D Lapang will lead a 14-member delegation tomorrow to Dhaka, where he is expected to meet Bangladesh premier Sheikh Hasina and raise the issue of North east militants taking shelter in that country.
Lapang, who will be accompanied by his two deputies Mukul Sangma and B M Lanong, besides top government officials, will also discuss a host of issues ranging from improvement of connectivity and cooperation in tourism, health care and education with Hasina and Bangladesh foreign and industry ministers during the four-day visit, his advisor Anish Gandhi told PTI. "We will be attending the international trade fair organised by India Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
Khagrachhari Municipality Councillor Abdur Rab Raza was among the arrested, reports our Khagrachhari correspondent. The curfew, which was imposed Tuesday night following the eruption of fresh clashes between Bangalee settlers and indigenous people, withdrawn at about 7:00am(BDST).
The authorities however did not withdraw the section 144 that was also imposed on Tuesday. န File Photo : Focus Bangla