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Monday, March 8, 2010

Tripura University to confer D Lit on Bangladesh PM Sk Hasina

Agartala, 8 March : The Executive Council of Tripura Central University has decided to confer honorary D Lit degree on Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her leadership and initiative to improve bilateral relations between India and Bangladesh.
Vice-Chancellor Prof Arunoday Saha said here today that the authority's decision had already been conveyed to the Bangladesh PMO and her consent was awaited. Non-officially she agreed to receive D Lit and letter of confirmation is expected to reach soon. Prof Saha said Ms Hasina would be conferred the degree in the university convocation scheduled to come off in November this year. Indian President Pratibha Patil has consented to be the chief guest in the function.
Appreciating Tripura University's decision of conferring an honorary D Lit on Sheikh Hasina Tripura Industry Minister Jitendra Choudhury said the move as a way of cementing further the bilateral relation between India and Bangladesh.

Three Nigerians, Two Indians nabbed for credit card fraud
Kolkata, 8 March : A city court Monday remanded five people, including three Nigerian, in 14 days of police custody in a credit card fraud case.
The Kolkata Police arrested three Nigerian nationals, Peter Orenabi Olunwagbenga, Benson Oladetam Adams and Leena Orenabi Sunday night for their alleged involvement in a credit card forgery case. The police also caught hold of two Indians, Manish Agarwal and Ankik Shaw, who were involved in the racket. While Olunwagbenga was arrested from Kolkata Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport, the other members of the gang were arrested from Picnic Garden and Mullick Bazar area of Kolkata, police said.

Outfit seeking separate Gorkhaland state slams WB Govt
ANI, Siliguri, 8 March : Madan Tamang, the leader of the ethnic Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League, seeking creation of separate state of Gorkhaland slammed West Bengal Government for "discriminating against the Nepali-speaking people".
"Gorkhaland is nothing but aspirations of people, demand is genuine. There is disparity. There is discrimination that is why we are demanding separate state. We have tried our best but the West Bengal government whether it is CPI(M), whether it is Congress or Trinamool (Congress), they have one policy to discriminate (against) Nepali-speaking people," Tamang said here on Sunday.
Gorkhas have been demanding a separate state, to be carved out of West Bengal, to protect their culture and heritage.

Govt sends female police team to UN mission : Sahara K
Dhaka, 8 March : Bangladesh Home Minister Sahara Khatun on Monday said the government will send a team of women police to the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission soon.
She said while inaugurating the third international meeting of ‘Doctrine Development Group on Formed Police Unit’ jointly organised by Bangladesh Police and United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations at a city hotel. The home minister said Bangladeshi police have provided top contributions to the UN Peacekeeping Mission in the last three years. The meeting aims to set a unified curriculum of pre-training for the Formed Police Unit.
A total of 52 police representatives from Bangladesh and 34 other countries are participating at the programme.

Roads along China border top priority : Tripura CM Manik
IANS, Agartala, 8 March : The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has given top priority to constructing strategic roads along the China border, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said Monday.
"The BRO has also agreed to take up roads along the Bangladesh border as these are equally crucial for India's security," Sarkar told the Tripura assembly. The chief minister Saturday met BRO director general Lt. Gen. M.C. Badhani Saturday and discussed the upgrading of border roads. "The BRO chief told me that despite their highest commitment to build strategic roads along China, they would consider taking up the maintenance and development of border roads with Bangladesh," Sarkar said.
"Northeast in general and Arunachal Pradesh in particular have been given the highest importance for the development of road and bridge infrastructure. Around 2,770 km of roads, including border roads with China, are in various stages of construction by BRO," an official told IANS on condition of anonymity. Arunachal Pradesh shares a 1,030-km unfenced border with China.
1 CPI(M) worker shot dead, abducted teacher still traceless
Midnapore, Bankura, 8 March : Again a CPI(M) worker was shot dead by Maoists in West Midnapore district, police said today. The incident happened last night at Golbandhi area in the district when the man along with two others were on way to their home in bicycles, they said.
However, the two others were unharmed, police said.Meanwhile, in Saluka village in Bankura district, Golok Duley, son of abducted school teacher and local CPI(M) leader Ranjit Duley, today held a press conference reportedly under Maoist-backed PCAPA's duress where he reiterated the rebels' demand of releasing their eight cadre arrested for allegedly killing Sarenga police station in-charge on 25 February.
Golok has held the press conference at the instruction of Sidhu Soren, a leader of Sidhu Kano Gana Committee, militant wing of the People's Committee against Police Atrocities, sources said. Golok also demanded release of 37 villagers, detained by security forces after an encounter with Maoists in West Midnapore district yesterday.
No increase in fares : Govt, Taxis threaten strike in Kolkata
Kolkata, 8 March : The West Bengal government today turned down a demand for increasing fares of taxis, triggering protests from cab owners who threatened to call for an indefinite strike in the city.
Bengal Taxi Association President Bimal Guha said Transport Minister Ranjit Kundu turned down the demand for an increase in fares, forcing them to consider an indefinite taxi strike in the city shortly. "The BTA, Kolkata Taxi Association and Progressive Taximen's Union will have a joint meeting later in the day to fix the date to start an indefinite strike," Guha said after talks with Kundu failed. The minister was not available for comment.
Mujib planned separation from Pakistan in 1969: Sk Hasina
IANS, Dhaka, 8 March : Bangladesh's founding leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had made detailed plans for the liberation from Pakistan during a stay in London in 1969, his daughter and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said.
Sheikh Mujib discussed his plans at a meeting held a few months after his release from prison following a prolonged trial in the Agartala conspiracy case in which then Pakistan government had brought sedition charges against him and 34 others, Hasina told a meeting Sunday.