The highest fire death-count was recorded at Sodepur in North 24-parganas district, bordering Kolkata, where a blaze claimed 13 lives in a ready-made garment centre on 16 August, 2008. 11 workers were charred to death in a locked room during a fire at a leather goods factory at Topsia in east Kolkata on 12 November, 2006. န Photos : Avijit Mondal
Dhaka, 28 March : Bangladesh government, if necessary, will seek help from Interpol to track down the accused and identified war criminals now in abroad.
Home Minister Sahara Khatun told reporters while attending an annual sports programme at a city school on Sunday, reports ATN Bangla. She also urged all to cooperate the newly formed war crimes tribunal by giving information about the war criminals.
New Delhi, 28 March : India and Bangladesh will launch a joint programme, the first such in South Asia, to save the Sundarbans from the onslaught of climate change.
Ramesh and his Bangladeshi counterpart Dr Hasan Mahmud will launch the joint programme in Kolkata next week, during which officials from the two countries will work out details of the programme. "They (forest officials) will work in close coordination to conserve the fragile ecosystem of the Sundarbans". According to the ministry officials, the two countries would work on conducting a joint census of tigers in the Sundarbans, 60% of which are in Bangladesh.
"As tigers migrate from India into Bangladesh and vice-versa, correct estimation of population may not be possible without a coordinated effort," an official said. Indian Sundarbans have 60-70 tigers. Another area of cooperation is adaptation to climate change.
PTI, Kolkata, 28 March : Though Maoists have sent an e-mail to Orissa chief minister's office hinting towards injuries sustained by their top leader Kishenji in an encounter, the West Bengal police is not sure if he was indeed injured and suspect it might be an attempt to divert attention.
"We still don't have any information about injury to Kishenji or Bikram and so I cannot tell anything about this," West Midnapore superintendent of police Manoj Verma told PTI. He said this could be a ploy by the Maoists to divert attention of the police from the operation against them on Bengal-Jharkhand border so that they get time to prepare for a bigger assault.
"They have done it before and so this is not a new thing for them," Verma said.
Agartala, 28 March : As many as 44 Buddhist monks from Thailand were stranded Sunday at the Agartala airport after their Kolkata-bound Air India flight was cancelled due to technical snag, officials said here.
'The monks came to Tripura from Thailand last week to visit Buddhist religious places in the northeastern state. On Sunday they were scheduled to go to Bodh Gaya in Bihar via Kolkata but their Air India flight was cancelled due to a technical hitch,' an Air India official told Bengal Newz here.
'The four-member commission, constituted Saturday, would formulate guidelines for efficient, effective, responsive and accountable policing and identify performance indicators,' the police official told IANS. Former Tripura advocate general D.P. Kundu was appointed as its chairman while social worker Champa Dasgupta, and legal experts Bimal Bhowmik and Dipak Kumar Chowdhury are its members.
The official said: 'The commission will look into allegations of serious misconduct against police personnel or any other case referred to it by the government, the director general of police or any member of the public.' He said Tripura was the second state in northeast India after Assam to constitute such a commission. န File Photo : Parthajit Dutta
Chittagong, 28 March : Dock Workers’ Federation of Chittagong Port started an eight-hour work abstention programme from 8:00am(BDST) on Sunday demanding reinstatement of terminated workers.
The workers gathered in front of Bandar Bhaban and besieged the building in the morning to press their demand, reports our staff correspondent in Chittagong. Cargo handling activities inside the port remain suspended following the siege. The workers said an inter-ministerial meeting between labour and shipping ministries on 26 October last year decided to appoint the terminated workers and also formed a committee in this regard.
The dredging of 20-kilometre stretch of the river at a cost of Rs 35.68 crore would be conducted from Pipili area of West Bengal to Goga, an bordering area in Benapole. Indian North 24 Parganas District Board President Bharat Das presided the inauguration ceremony of the dredging project. A joint delegation of the two countries on 9 March visited 20 km stretch of the Ichamati. Considering the mid-stream the border, it was decided that 7.5 metres of each side of the river would be widened.
Indian Ganges Flood Control Commission's Prashanto Kumar and Executive Engineer Sushanto Chatterjee of West Bengal Irrigation Department and Bangladesh Water Develop Board Executive Engineer Motaher Hossain and Executive Engineer (mechanical) Abdul Hye would supervise the dredging work.
The first phase of the dredging would be done from Bornoberia to Pipili (11km) before the rainy season sets in. The second phase would start form November. န Photo : Courtesy
Dhaka, 28 March : Tripura is keen to export a major chunk of its gas-generated power to energy-hungry Bangladesh after meeting its own demand, its Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said Saturday.
The landlocked Indian state can export 304 megawatt of its surplus electricity to Bangladesh only after Dhaka and New Delhi strike a deal, the visiting chief minister told the reporters in the city.