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Saturday, May 1, 2010

NDFB chief Ranjan Daimary held in Bangladesh, handed to India

IANS, Guwahati, Shillong, 1 May : One of India's most wanted fugitives Ranjan Daimary, founder of the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), has been reportedly arrested in Bangladesh and handed over to India where he is wanted for ordering bomb attacks, a police officer said Saturday.
A senior intelligence official said that Bangladesh Rifles handed over Daimary, who is also chairman of NDFB, to the Border Security Force (BSF) at Dawki in Meghalaya Friday night. The BSF then handed him over to the Assam Police. 'Yes, we have heard about Daimary being handed over to the BSF, but I have not received any official information about it,' Meghalaya Director General of Police S.B. Kakati told IANS.

Famous Assam tea estate goes organic
Subir Bhaumik, BBC News, Gossainbarie, 1 May : Visitors making their way along the muddy track leading to the Gossainbarie tea estate in India's north-eastern Assam state will be greeted by huge mounds of cow dung, rotting water hyacinth, as well as and fish and meat waste.
But this is no cause for alarm - the tea-estate has gone organic and is following the principles of India's ancient plant medicine Vriksh Ayurveda. "This is our fertiliser because we don't use any chemical ones in our gardens," says Gossainbarie's owner Binod Saharia. He has enlisted the help of a hermit-like bearded figure - former management consultant Swami Valmiki Iyengara.
Mr Iyengara says he has studied Vriksh Ayurveda, a system of traditional medicine, and evolved a concept of organic farming that is both sustainable and profitable... READ FULL STORY
Congress-Trinamool alliance for Kol civic polls jeopardised
Kolkata, 1 May : The Trinamool Congress and Congress alliance that won the first non Left Lok Sabha Elections in West Bengal in thirty years has broken up for the Kolkata Municipal Elections.
The Congress and the Trinamool Congress alliance have decided to go their own way in the KMC elections scheduled for 30 May. The KMC elections described as the ‘semifinals’ in Mamata Banerjee’s own words, will see the Trinamool Congress contesting alone as the Congress Party declared a list of their eighty eight candidates today. Mamata Banerjee had earlier declared the Trinamool Congress list of candidates leaving just twenty seven seats for her alliance partner, the Congress party in the 141 seats of the Municipal Corporation. This comes as a major sign of relief for the ruling Left coalition at the KMC board that seems to be almost losing out to the growing mass support of the anti left alliance in the state.
It can be termed as a major blow to the anti Left alliance that had gained mass support last year in the Lok Sabha elections and was being considered strong enough so as to topple the thirty five year old Left regime in West Bengal in the coming Assembly elections.

Workers staging rallies for fair wages in capital on May Day
May Day being observed in B'desh
Dhaka, 1 May : The historic May Day is being observed in Bangladesh along with the rest of the world on Saturday with the pledge to establish the rights of workers. The day is observed to commemorate the struggle of workers for their rights.
On 1 May, 1886, ten workers were killed when police opened fine on a demonstration in the US city of Chicago near Hay Market demanding an eight rather than a 12 hour working day. But that sacrifice ultimately led to the authorities yielding to the workers' demand and the eight-hour day has come to be introduced universally. On 14 July, 1889 in Paris, an international workers' rally declared 1 May as the International Workers Solidarity Day in recognition of the Chicago workers' sacrifice and achievement and since 1890, the day has been observed globally as the International Workers Solidarity Day.
In Bangladesh, the day is a public holiday. All industries and factories remain closed. Red flags have been hoisted at the offices of the political organisations. Worker organisations are hosting various programmes marking the day including processions, discussion sessions, cultural events and film exhibitions. Roads in the capital have been decorated with placards, banners and festoons.
President Zillur Rahman, prime minister Sheikh Hasina and chief opposition leader Khaleda Zia gave separate addresses marking the day. Photos : Syed Ashraful Alom, Rasheduzzaman

150 gelatin sticks recovered by CID from Raniganj hotel
Durgapur, 1 May : A CID team has recovered 150 gelatin sticks and as many detonators from a hotel in Raniganj town in Bardhaman district, police said on Saturday.
Acting on a tip-off, a Criminal Investigation Department (CID) team from Kolkata reached in Bardhaman last night and arrested Mohammed Kamruiddin Khan during the raid. Sleuths recovered the gelatin sticks and detonators from the arrested, they said, adding Khan has been taken to Kolkata for interrogation.
Bangladesh Biman Airlines flight lands safely despite fault
Chittagong, 1 May : A flight of Bangladesh Biman Airlines Ltd from Muscat, Oman on Saturday made a safe landing at Shah Amanat Airport in Chittagong despite a damaged wing.
The passengers, however, were safe. Officer-in-charge of Immigration of the airport Shahabuddin Chowdhury told, that the Dhaka-bound flight, BG-022, en route to Chittagong landed at the airport with 303 passengers at scheduled time at about 9:54am(BDST). After the landing, the airport authorities found a portion of its right wing went missing, reports our staff correspondent from Chittagong quoting Shahabuddin.

NSCN-IM leader TL Muivah to visit native village in Manipur
Imphal, 1 May : National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM)’s General Secretary Thuingaleng Muivah will be visiting his native Somdal village in Manipur’s Tangkhul community dominated Ukhrul district, about 100 km north of state capital next month after nearly 40 years.
Hectic preparations are on for a public reception of the militant leader at the Ukhrul district headquarters, about 84 km north of Imphal. “A public reception will be held at the district headquarter ground on 8 May”, a source from Ukhrul said today. Tangkhul organisations are also setting up stages for the public reception at Tangkhul Long ground.
Though it couldn’t be confirmed when the NSCN leader will be arriving at Somdal, a Guwahati edition of The Telegraph on Wednesday reported that he will be driving down from Dimapur(Nagaland) on 3 May next after coming back from New Delhi on 1 May.

Skeleton recovered from Bhalukbasa jungle in Lalgarh area
Midnapore, 1 May : One skeleton was recovered today from Bhalukbasa jungle near Maoist-affected Lalgarh in West Midnapore district.
Acting on a tip-off from an arrested Maoist leader Nanigopal, the skeleton was found from near the spot where three more skeletons were spotted in the last one week, police said. Seven persons have been missing from the area in the past three months, they said. Family members of the missing have been informed to identify the remains, they added.
Teesta water deal soon : BD Water resources minister says
BSS, Dhaka, 1 May : Water Resources Minister Ramesh Chandra Sen said that Bangladesh is hopeful of signing the Teesta water sharing treaty with India soon.
Preparations in this regard are on to hold a secretary level meeting in Dhaka soon, he said while talking to BSS here yesterday. Ramesh said the meeting would discuss in detail the draft proposals placed by India and Bangladesh in the last Joint River Commission (JRC) meeting held in New Delhi to prepare specific proposals for the water sharing treaty.
Tripura govt hospital asks docs not to prescribe 'Antibiotics'
Agartala, 1 May : Gobinda Ballav Pant Hospital and Agartala Government Medical College (AGMC) authorities here have asked doctors of the casualty unit not to prescribe antibiotics for patients before admitting them to the hospital, official sources said.
Sources in the health department said the hospital superintendent in a recent circular had asked the doctors of the casualty block not to prescribe antibiotics due to a suspected nexus between some physicians and pharmaceutical companies. Doctors in the casualty block often presecribe a long list of antibiotics compelling the patients to buy them immediately, but when they are admitted to the hospital, specialist doctors often find those medicines as useless and change the prescriptions, the sources said.
Sources said, the decision for issuing the circular was taken in a review meeting of the senior doctors.

Santosh Trophy Football may be held in Barasat, Howrah
Kolkata, 1 May : India's premier national football tournament, Santosh Trophy, may be held here this year although the IFA is yet to finalise the venue.
According to sources, Goa which was scheduled to host the 64th edition of the meet in June, has expressed inability to do so with the monsoon hitting the state by that time. "GFA may not host the tournament due to monsoon, so Kolkata will be hosting the Santosh Trophy sometime in September after the IFA Shield. Dates are yet to be finalised," said a source. He said grounds like Howrah Stadium and Vidyasagar Krirangan in Barasat will be considered for the tournament.
Mizoram to take back 2,000 refugees from Tripura camps
IANS, Aizawl, Agartala, 1 May : On the union home ministry's advice, Mizoram has decided to take back 2,000 tribal refugees from six relief camps in Tripura where they have been living for the past 13 years, officials said Saturday.
'Before 15 May we will take back 462 tribal refugee families comprising 2,000 men, women and children. The union home ministry has asked the state government to repatriate the refugees from their camps in Tripura,' a Mizoram government official told reporters in Aizawl. 'We have not decided yet about the repatriation of the remaining refugees,' the official added.
Over 37,000 Reang tribal refugees have taken shelter in six camps in north Tripura, adjacent to Mizoram, since 1997 when they fled western Mizoram following ethnic clashes with the majority Mizos over the killing of a forest official. The Tripura government and the union home ministry have been asking the Mizoram government to take back the refugees. The union home ministry, through the Tripura government, has so far spent around Rs.1.74 billion on their upkeep.
The Reang tribal refugees, locally called Bru, are unwilling to return to their homes in Mizoram until their demands for adequate security and sufficient financial assistance for rehabilitation are accepted by the Mizoram government.