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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Official talks on Gorkhaland fail, Delhi rejects GJM proposal

New Delhi, Kolkata, 12 May : The central government of India has rejected the proposal of the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) to incorporate Dooars and Siliguri under the interim arrangement. A meeting held in this connection in New Delhi Tuesday night thus ended inconclusively.
In the tripartite talks between the central government, the West Bengal state government and GJM, the Morcha, which is fighting for a separate Gorkhaland state, had proposed the inclusion of Dooars and Silguri besides Darjeeling under the interim arrangement. But government officials even refused any discussion over the issue.
“They don´t want to give in, but we will not drop our demand. The talks thus ended inconclusively,” Dr Harka Bahadur Chettri, Morcha press secretary and member of the talks team, told Bengal Newz over phone.

Dhaka Stock Exchange turnover crosses 2000cr milestone
Dhaka, 12 May : The single-day turnover on the premier bourse crossed Tk 2,000 crore milestone on Wednesday.
At the end of the trading hours of Dhaka Stock Exchange, the total turnover stood at Tk 2,282 crore. Market insiders said the rising investor confidence had helped the market take a bullish trend.
Landslides hit road traffic to N-E states, including NH-44
PTI, Shillong, 12 May : Landslides triggered by heavy rains have blocked several roads, including the National Highway-44 at Sonapur in Meghalaya, disrupting traffic to Tripura, Mizoram and southern Assam.
Thousands of vehicles are left stranded on a long stretch of NH-44 due to landslides in two places of the landslide-prone Sonapur area of Jaintia Hills district. "Road clearance work is being carried out by the police and the General Road Engineering Force (GREF). Vehicles are stranded on the highway," district deputy commissioner T Dkhar said today.
Movement soon to oust Hasina's government : Khaleda Zia
UNB, Barisal, 12 May : BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Wednesday said a movement would be launched soon to oust the government that she said failed to tackle power, gas and water crises.
Addressing a huge public rally at Bangabandhu Udyan in Barisal as part of her countrywide anti-government campaign, Khaleda urged all to prepare for the movement. Citing newspaper reports on deploying Indian force at Indian High Commission in Dhaka, Khaleda said the government was letting in foreign soldiers as part of its conspiracy to weaken the opposition. The former prime minister said the government’s move to set up power plants on unsolicited deals was nothing but a gateway to corruption. She cautioned the government employees concerned not to sign any deal without having proper knowledge.
“If officials sign any such deals, they have to face corruption charges to be brought against them in the court of law,” Khaleda said.

PM Sheikh Hasina opens 55MW plant in Brahmanbaria
Brahmanbaria, 12 May : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday inaugurated a 55MW rental power plant at Ashuganj in Brahmanbaria.
After opening the plant at about 1:15pm(BDST), the premier left Ashuganj for the district town where she is scheduled to open the newly built 250-bed hospital. She will also address a public rally on Brahmanbaria College ground in the afternoon.
Landmine explodes during PCPA bandh in W Midnapore
Midnapore, 12 May : A landmine exploded on Wednesday at Bhat More area during the bandh called by Maoist-backed People's Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCPA), while security forces recovered similar explosives in the forested areas of West Midnapore district.
Acting District Magistrate Subhanjan Das told Bengal Newz, the landmine exploded at Bhat More under Salbani police station while the landmines were found at Kalaboni forest. However, no casualty or injury was reported. Vehicles remained off the roads and shops were closed in the forested area of the district following the bandh call, the duration of which remained unclear.
PCPA leaders were not clear about the duration of the bandh. Interestingly, the district administration did not have any idea of the bandh called to press for various demands, including "recovery of arms stockpiled by CPI(M)."
Two B'deshi nationals convicted for possessing explosives
PTI, New Delhi, 12 May : A Delhi court today convicted two Bangladeshi nationals for possessing explosives four years ago but acquitted them of the serious charge of being members of banned terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba and waging a war against the country.
Additional Sessions Judge S K Gautam held Alamgir Hussian Roni and Abdul Razzaq alias Aslam under the Explosive Substances Act.
Four Bengali tourists killed in Arunachal Pradesh' accident
PTI, Itanagar, 12 May : Four tourists from Kolkata were killed and four others injured when a vehicle in which they were travelling fell into a deep gorge in Arunachal Pradesh's Tawang district, police said today.
The incident occurred last night when the vehicle, travelling in bad weather, skidded off the road after crossing the 14,000-feet Sela pass, they said. Three families, all from Kolkata, had hired the vehicle in Bomdila to visit Tawang. Police rescued the injured and took them to Tawang district hospital, where the condition of the driver is said to be serious. West Bengal officials are in touch with district authorities.
Go back to work or face consequences: Ship Min Shajahan
Dhaka, 12 May : Bangladesh's Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan on Wednesday issued an ultimatum to the striking water transport workers to return to work by 5:00pm(BDST) on Thursday, or the government would go tough on them.
“If the workers don’t join work by the time, stern legal action will be taken against them including cancellation of their working licences,” he said. The minister, at a press conference, gave the ultimatum on the fifth day of the water transport strike enforced by Bangladesh Naoujan Sramik Federation.
Shajahan Khan also asked the launch owners to ply their launches without any fear saying that the government would provide all necessary assistance to the owners for plying their vessels. File Photo : Manirul Alam

At least 30 missing as motorboat capsizes in Kishoreganj
Kishoreganj, 12 May : At least 30 people went missing after a motorboat with 100 people on board capsized in river Dhaleswari near Bazitpur in Kishoreganj Wednesday morning.
The boat was on its way to Chatalpur, Brahmanbaria from Koytupi, Bazitpur, Kishoreganj. Around 70 people could have swum ashore after the boat capsized. Kishoreganj deputy commissioner, superintendant of police and upazila nirbahi officer visited the spot. A team of rescue divers was sent from Dhaka.
Stalemate over 'Muivah visit' on, Centre seeks more time
PTI, Kohima, 12 May : Talks between Centre and NSCN-IM on Wednesday over the proposed visit of T Muivah to his native village in Manipur failed to make any headway with the government seeking more time and the rebel group remaining firm that the Naga leader will go ahead with his plan.
Union Home Secretary G K Pillai and Centre's interlocutor for Naga talks R S Pande, accompanied by Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio met Muivah at Viswema village near the Nagaland-Manipur border, where he has been camping since 5 May enroute to Somdal village, and held a closed-door meeting to break the impasse.
Bangladesh handloom owners, weavers on indefinite strike
Dhaka, 12 May : Bangladesh's handloom owners and weavers on Wednesday began a countrywide indefinite strike protesting the continuous price hike of yarn.
The yarn price at different industries in Narsingdi, Narayanganj, Sirajganj, Pabna, Tangail, Kushtia and Gazipur has been doubled over the last two months, the protesters said. About five lakh workers in Narsingdi remain jobless following the strike, reports our district correspondent.
There are around 20 lakh handloom, power loom and weaving industries across the country in which about 1.50 crore people are involved. Following the price hike, most of the small yarn traders shut down their industries.