"It is a loss indeed," Mukherjee told reporters here when asked whether Mukherjee's quitting the party is a setback for the party. "Mukherjee had left the party before. He had done it again," he said.
PTI, Dhaka, 10 May : Tropical Bangladesh is planning to enact tougher anti-poaching laws to protect its endangered wildlife, including the Royal Bengal Tiger, and has drafted a legislation that seeks life imprisonment for repeated offenders.
"We have drafted the wildlife conservation act afresh suggesting life imprisonment for those who repeatedly poach," Wildlife Conservator of Bangladesh's Forest Department Tapan Kumar Dey told PTI. The country's existing Wildlife Conservation Act of 1974 prescribed maximum two years of imprisonment for a poacher or smuggler alongside a penalty amounting to only Taka 2,000 taka (30 dollar).
Dey, however, said the draft law would apply only for endangered wild animals listed under Schedule 1 of the wildlife inventory of the government that included elephants, Deer Sambar, burking and hog deer, the Royal Bengal tiger and dolphins.
"Why are you asking me to withdraw? This is wrong," Banerjee, the Railway Minister, angrily told a correspondent when he sought her reaction on the Samajwadi Party reportedly offering to support the UPA if the Congress looked to replace ally Trinamool Congress. "No, there is no distrust," she said to a question.
Speculation over Banerjee parting ways with the UPA were rife after she decided go it alone in the 30 May Kolkata Municipal Corporation election, holding the Congress responsible for the collapse of the seat-sharing talks.
The cabinet meeting was held with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair at the Bangladesh Secretariat on Monday. Briefing journalists at the Press Information Department, Press Secretary to the Prime Minister Abul Kalam Azad said according to the approved IMLI Act 2010, the institute will be headed by a 23-member governing body. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on 21 February this year formally inaugurated the International Mother Language Institute with a declaration that her government wants to make it an autonomous institution furnished with modern facilities for research on all languages, equipped with a world-class library.
The Press Secretary said the International Mother Language Institute will be an autonomous institution which will run lots of research to preserve the world’s languages, as well as all historical documents and souvenirs of the 1952 Language Movement.
In an e-mail to the media, elusive ULFA 'commander- in-chief' Paresh Barua said, "ULFA and sovereignty are two sides of the same coin and there can be no negotiation on this issue." He said the group would not sit for talks "just for the sake of peace but we want a permanent solution of Assam's problems. We are not chasing a dream aimlessly."
Earlier in the day, ULFA advisor Bhimakanta Buragohain too asserted that the group would not compromise on the issue of sovereignty and ruled out any immediate talks.
Kolkata, 10 May : The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will study the demand pattern of food and look into the causes behind the rise in food prices, Subir Gokarn, the central bank's deputy governor, said today.
"We are studying what is causing food inflation, and a report will be submitted shortly," Gokarn told reporters on the sidelines of the ICC Banking Summit here. Gokarn said that there have been certain structural changes in the demand pattern of food. "There is a need to understand whether it is a long-term phenomenon, or a monsoon-based short-term one," he said.
Court officials said Helaluddin and his wife Rupa Chowdhury were escorted to Dhaka Central Jail as Special Judge Mohammad Mozammel Hossain rejected their bail plea.
A special graft court in February 2008 during the previous military regime sentenced Helal to 13 years in jail for amassing wealth beyond his known sources of income and concealing wealth information to the Anti-Corruption Commission. Rupa was sentenced to three years' imprisonment for abetting him in acquiring the wealth.
Dhaka, May 10 (UNB) : Major General Md Rafiqul Islam joined Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) as its new Director General Sunday.
He took over from outgoing director general Maj Gen Mainul Islam, says an official release from the BDR headquarters Monday. Deputy DG, directors and senior officers of BDR welcomed Gen Rafiq when he reached the BDR headquarters on Sunday. Earlier Gen Rafiq served as DG of Ansar and VDP before he joined BDR.
PTI, Mumbai, 10 May : The escalating debt crisis in Greece and the fears of the contagion engulfing a few other Eurozone economies may prompt the Reserve Bank to slow the pace of its exit from the monetary stimulus measures, say leading experts.
"With the uncertainty in the markets, the RBI may not prefer to withdraw the support at this stage. The calibrated withdrawal of stimulus may be reviewed," Citi India chief financial officer Abhijit Sen told PTI here today.
The controversy-prone starlet, who is the grand-daughter of legendary actress Suchitra Sen says that she is a true Bengali at heart who adores the 'Gitanjali' poet. "I grew up with Tagore and nobody ever expresses the emotion of love like he did and he understood women so well. He is the perfect man everybody dreams of, including me," Sen told PTI.
The actress who is as well known for her sultry good looks as her acting skills will be seen in a totally deglam avatar in Rituparno Ghosh's 'Nauka Dubi', based on a story of the same name by the Nobel prize winning poet. "I am working with my sister Raima in the film, though we do not share any scenes in it. The story is different from the one written by Tagore, but it is based on the same elements," said the 29-year-old actress. Then too will join the celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of Tagore in Kolkata today, a city which is dear to her heart.