According to a message received from the expedition leader Basanta Singha Roy Friday, the team has reached camp one at an altitude of around 20,000 feet beyond Khumbu Icefall on 21 April. The expedition , organized by Mountaineers Association of Krishnanagar (MAK), earlier set up their base camp on Khumbu glacier at an altitude of about 16,000 feet after seven days’ trek from Lukla where they arrived from Kathmandu by air.
Bolpur, Kolkata, 24 April : One person was killed in clashes between CPI(M) and Trinamool Congress supporters at a number of villages in Birbhum district today.
In Kolkata, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said she had apprised the Union Home Ministry of the incident and demanded that a central team be sent. "I have apprised the Union Home Ministry. I want them to ask the West Bengal government to behave," she said while accusing the police of remaining silent spectators. She said that her party was preparing a list of police officers who were "colluding" with the CPI(M). န Photos : Timir Raha
UNB, Dhaka, 24 April : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves here for Bhutan on 27 April to attend the 16th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in Thimpu.
The two-day summit with “Climate Change” as its theme will begin on 28 April. This is for the first time the landlocked Bhutan is hosting the SAARC Summit. With the holding of the summit, Bhutan will assume the Saarc chair of the eight-member regional forum representing Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the Maldives and Pakistan.
Noting that efforts were being made since 2002 for Davy's extradition from Denmark, he said the Danish government has now agreed to send him to India. Pointing out that Davy has filed an application against his extradition in Denmark, he said, "as the judicial process in Denmark is not lengthy, we think we will be able to get him here in the near future. "But, it is true that the entire process will not be an easy one," Kumar said inaugurating a training module for press correspondents here.
The case relates to the airdropping of a huge cache of arms and ammunition from an AN-26 aircraft in Purulia district in December 1995.
Dhaka, 24 April : Awami League leader Suranjit Sengupta on Saturday said Bangladesh government is considering to formulate a law to protect witnesses, who will give depositions during the trial to prove the offences committed by the war criminals.
He was speaking at a discussion on “Trial of War Crimes and Rehabilitations of War Criminals” organised by Bangabandhu Academy at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity auditorium in the morning. While speaking on the occasion, State Minister for Home Shamsul Haq Tuku urged all to resist the war criminals socially and politically.
Baharampur, 24 April : Fourteen persons were injured when bombs exploded in a private bus at Basudebpur on the National Highway 34 in Murshidabad district on Saturday, police said.
The bombs kept in a bag under the rear seat exploded when a passenger accidentally stepped on it when the driver applied the brakes to avoid a lorry, they said. The condition of nine of the injured at Jangipur hospital was stated to be serious. The remaining passengers were admitted to other hospitals. The bus was going from Shamshergunj to Chanchol in neighbouring Malda district.
BSF jawans of Gede camp kidnapped Shaheen Alam at about 7am(BDST) when he went there for grazing cattle. Later, BDR jawans held an Indian national, Shuvankar, on chare of illegal infiltration. Local BDR authorities sent a letter to BSF authorities protesting the abduction of Bangladeshi and demanding his return immediately. The incident created tension along the border.
Amitava Banerjee, Darjeeling, 24 April : The joy ride service from Darjeeling to Ghoom has become irregular because of the sub-standard coal supplied by Coal India Ltd. In the past five days, the service had to be cancelled twice. The 16-km round trip needs 600 kg of coal.
“The Darjeeling train will be supplied the grade (of coal) it requires. The problem will be sorted out,” Coal India Chairman Partha Sarathi Bhattacharyya said. A two-bogie train carries 44 passengers for 8 km from Darjeeling town (6,710 feet) to Ghoom (7,400 feet) and back in a ride that exudes old-world charm - a puffing steam engine and its traditional whistle. There are two round trips a day. The coal often fails to generate adequate steam after a journey starts. On Thursday afternoon, the trip was cancelled after the passengers waited for three hours.
Steam engines are used for these rides, which are a favourite with tourists. “As coal can’t be purchased locally, there is very little we can do except wait for the next consignment, which we hope will be of good quality. The new consignment is expected to arrive only after 20 days,” said P. P. Roy, director, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was accorded world heritage site status by the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organisation in 2000.
Dhaka, 24 April : Zahirul Ahsan Tipu, news editor of the Bhorer Kagoj, a Bangla daily, passed away due to a cardiac arrest at a city hospital in the early hours of today at the age of 47.
He left behind his mother, wife, a son, a daughter and a host of relatives and well-wishers to mourn his death. Tipu had also worked with the daily Amader Shomoy, daily Shamokal and the daily Destiny.