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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

P Chidambaram rules out military operations against Maoists

PTI, New Delhi, 11 May : Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram today ruled out military operations as an option to tackle the Maoist menace and said it is a matter of "ethical consideration" not to do so.
"Sri Lanka might have used the military to tackle the LTTE but we in India can't do that. We ought not try this in India," he said. Chidambaram said referring to the Maoist menace as one of the three major internal security threats plaguing the country. The Home Minister said "we may have the capability but we ought not do it."
Pointing at the terror threats from jihadi forces, he said the idea of cross border terrorism emanating from Pakistan needed to be redefined as the terrorists also took inspiration from the Middle-east.

1 Killed, Several Trapped in Bangladesh Coal Mine Accident
AFP, Dhaka, 11 May : A miner was killed and several others remained trapped Tuesday in a coal mine accident in northern Bangladesh, a media report said. The accident took place about 400 metres underground in Barapukuria coal mine at Dinajpur in northern Bangladesh.
Sources at Barapukuria Coal Mine Company Ltd said 13 workers were trapped when a roof collapsed around 8.30 am(BDST). Eight workers were rescued and rushed to the company’s hospital. The body of Ranjit was also recovered. The company is under the state-run Petrobangla and is engaged in coal mining since 1988.

No Bru refugee returns Mizoram from Tripura on day One
PTI, Aizawl, 11 May : Not a single Bru refugee arrived in Mizoram from relief camps in Tripura on the first day scheduled for repatriation of over 400 Bru families which fled the state last year in the wake of communal tension.
No Bru crossed the border since morning though all arrangements were made to welcome and identify them, Mamit Superintendent of Police Dingluaia said. On Monday, Elvis Chorkhy, president of the Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum (MBDPF) had said while the refugees were willing to return, they could not do so as they did not have money to hire vehicles. The refugees demanded that Rs 1,500 be given to each family as transport expenses in advance.

Cleaning certificate a must for scrap ship import in B'desh
Dhaka, 11 May : The High Court on Tuesday ruled that ships without cleaning and environmental certificates from the exporting countries must not be imported.
The department of shipping could issue no objection certificate to those ships if the importers have the cleaning and environmental certificates and fulfill other legal requirements. The court also ordered the director general of shipping department to take departmental action against assistant chemist Fawzia for misinterpreting a court verdict on closing operation of ship-breaking yards. The verdict came on 17 March, 2009.
The director general was also asked to inform the court within two months what action were taken against Fawzia. The HC bench of judges Md Imman Ali and Obaidul Hasan came up with the order following an appeal of Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers' Association (Bela) filed on 15 November, 2009. The appeal said the government had been arbitrarily authorising import of ships with hazardous substances. Photo : Shubasish Barua

Juice imported from B'desh found adulterated after test
Silchar, 11 May : A large consignment of soft drink imported from Bangladesh was found adulterated after it was tested at a Guwahati laboratory. The soft drink of a popular Bangladeshi brand was imported through the Sutarkandi trade centre in Assam's Karimganj district last week.
Officials in Karimganj on Monday said Sutarkandi land customs authorities had last week confiscated around 10,000 cartons of litchi juice, manufactured in Bangladesh, after the stock failed the quality test. "The market value of the seized bottles is Rs 30 lakh," an official said.
Anti-human trafficking campaign initiated by Kol police & CII
Kolkata, 11 May : In a joint venture, Kolkata police and Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) on Tuesday initiated an anti-human trafficking campaign with the release of posters and a film by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
Speaking on the occasion, Kolkata's police Commissioner Goutam Mohan Chakraborty said, "Human trafficking has wide range implications because apart from sex-based trafficking which is most common, there are other kinds of trafficking which also need to be addressed. We need to think seriously about the rehabilitation of the victims because we have to provide them with the opportunity of returning to the mainstream".
Chairperson of State Women's Commission Malini Bhattacharya said "Most of the people don't have an idea of the trauma that people suffer after being trafficked. They have a very superficial idea about trafficking and their rehabilitation".
"Trafficking is an international crime and it is not a problem which can be solved in a day and everybody should come forward to solve this menace" Bhattacharya said.

B'desh HC seeks clarification on Bangladeshis in Indian jail
Dhaka, 11 May : The High Court on Tuesday directed the director general of South Asian wing of the foreign ministry to inform it within 10 days what steps the government has taken so far to bring back 156 Bangladeshis who have been languishing in an Indian prison even after expiry of their jail terms.
An HC bench passed the order after holding hearing on a writ petition filed by advocate Md Shahidul Islam, a Supreme Court lawyer.
South Korea to hire more workers, offers to invest heavily
Dhaka, 11 May : South Korea will increase its quota for Bangladeshi workers from this year and make an investment that will generate jobs for 3.5 lakh people in the country.
Newly appointed Korean Ambassador in Dhaka Taiyoung Chao said this today at a press conference called ahead of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's three-day official visit to his country from 16 May. As the largest investor in EPZ, South Korea has so far invested more than $ 1 billion in Bangladesh creating jobs for over 1.55 lakh people, Chao said.

When Rabindranath Tagore turned to women in his family for ideas
PTI, New Delhi, 11 May : The Tagore family has long been the focus of public curiosity and like its men, women of this illustrious family have had a great and enduring influence on the life and people of Bengal and also on the Nobel laureate, says a new book.
"Women of the Tagore Household" by Chitra Deb and translated by Smita Chowdhry and Sona Roy reveals hitherto unknown aspects of women's emancipation in Bengal in which the women of the Jarasanko Tagore family were at the forefront.
Chandramukhi and Kadambini were the first two female graduates of India, Protiva opened up music and dramatics to women by preparing musical notations for Brahmo sangeet and Hindustani classical music, and Pragya's prefaces to her cookbooks are still considered storehouses of not only recipes but also homemaking skills.
Home Sec'try Pillai in Manipur, holds talks on Muivah issue
PTI, Imphal, 11 May : Indian Home Secretary G K Pillai on Tuesday held discussions with the Manipur government and senior officials on the situation arising from the economic blockade by Naga students and NSCN-IM leader Thuingaleng Muivah's attempt to enter the state to visit his ancestral village.
Official sources said the meeting discussed the counter blockade by some valley-based organisations preventing transport of essential items to hill districts as a protest against the All Naga Students' Association Manipur (ANSAM)- sponsored economic blockade on national highways. Besides Pillai, who reached Imphal by a special flight from Delhi on Tuesday, top officials from army, CRPF, Assam Rifles and BSF also attended the meeting. The state government had approached the Centre to provide security on the Imphal-Silchar National Highway 53 so that trucks loaded with essential items could ply without disruption since the ANSAM was blockading the Imphal-Dimapur National Highway 39.
In Delhi, Union Home Ministry sources said Pillai will return on Wednesday night. They, however, refused to reveal the nature of Pillai's visit.