The PM also urged the Korean authorities to increase imports of various products from Bangladesh to offset the imbalance in trade between the two countries, and asked for Korean cooperation in setting up technical training institutes in fields ranging from IT to nursing. န Photos : PID
Kolkata, 16 May : West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Sunday rejected Trinamool Congress’ demand for advancing 2011 Assembly elections in the State, saying it was only the State government which could make a recommendation in the matter.
“We have thought over holding the elections on scheduled time. Only the State government can take a decision to hold elections early or not,” Bhattacharjee said. Addressing a press conference at the CPI(M) party office in Kolkata, the Chief Minister, without naming Mamata Banerjee, said the person who made this demand was not conversant with the Constitution. “The careless utterances indicate reckless and whimsical thoughts,” he pointed out. He alleged that forces like the RSS, Maoists, ultra-rightists and foreign forces have joined together to fight the Left Front.
Attacking the Trinamool Congress, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said whereas the Left parties want the progress of West Bengal, Trinamool wants to take the State backward.
Dhaka, 16 May : The High Court has rejected an application by Channel 1 authorities challenging the validity of a government order that had stopped it from broadcasting.
The bench of justices Syed Mahmud Hossain and Gobinda Chandra Tagore gave the order on Sunday. Channel 1 was represented by Barrister Rafiq Ul Haq and Advocate Ahsanul Karim at the hearing of the petition. Following the rejection, Ahsanul Karim told reporters that they will appeal the ruling if the channel's authorities agree. Channel 1 director Mazidul Islam filed the application on behalf of the TV station on 2 May.
BSS, Seoul, 16 May : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was accorded a red-carpet reception as she arrived here this morning on the first leg of her six-day official visit to South Korea and Malaysia.
Chief of Protocol of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Korea Chotae-Yong and Director General (Far East) Choichong Moon received the Bangladesh Premier as a Thai aircraft carrying Sheikh Hasina landed the airport in Seoul at 6.15 am (local time).
IANS, Shillong, 16 May : Founder and general secretary of militant outfit Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) Novembirth Ch Marak has been arrested from Siliguri railway station in West Bengal, dealing a blow to the group’s network, a senior Meghalaya police official said Sunday.
‘Novembirth is a prize catch for us in our operation against the GNLA,’ Superintendent of Police Dalton P. Marak, who is in-charge of the West Garo Hills district, told IANS. Luxmary Sangma, the militant leader’s girlfriend was also arrested while they were trying to board a train to Kolkata Saturday.
Novembirth, the 3 Number man in the tribal Garo militant outfit, fell into the trap of the Meghalaya Police after a cash reward was announced for any information leading to his arrest. On 30 April, the militant leader managed to give police the slip - though not without receiving an injury - following an encounter with the Special Operations Team at the Bolchugre village and had since been hiding in one place or the other.
Narsingdi, 17 May : At least nine people, including five children, were killed and 30 others injured in a head-on collision between two buses on the Dhaka-Sylhet Highway in Sadar upazila of Narsingdi today afternoon.
The accident occurred around 3:00pm(BDST) on Velanagar Bridge in the upazila when a Bhairab-bound bus from Mohakhali in the capital collided head-on with a Dhaka-bound bus from Kishoreganj. The Dhaka-bound bus skidded off the bridge and toppled down into a roadside ditch 20 feet down.
PTI, Jamshedpur, 16 May : Bhushan Power and Steel Limited (BPSL) today performed ground-breaking ceremony for its proposed steel plant amid mass protest and 'janata curfew' in several villages in Potka block in Jharkhand.
BPSL, which proposes to set up three million tonne steel and 900 MW power plant in Potka in east Singhbhum district, had to shift the venue 200 yards away following protest by villagers against the unit. Director BPSL H C Verma performed the ceremony.
UNB, Benapole (Jessore), 16 May : Members of Bangladesh Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested four people while mixing poisonous chemicals to make the mangoes ripe at a depot in Sharsha upazila and seized 30 maunds harmful fruits on Saturday.
RAB sources said, acting on a tip-off, they conducted a raid on Malek`s Arat (depot) in Bagachra Beltola area of the upazila in the afternoon. All the arrestees were residents of nearby Bagurey Beltola village. They said they were mixing poisonous carbon with mango in order to make the fruits ripe.
Talking to the BSS executive engineer of BMDA M Habibur Rahman said irrigation cost would be decreased to Taka 500 per hectare on an average in the district at the same time Boro production would be increased on an average 5.62 metric tonnes (MTs) to 6.52 MTs per hectare.
Initiative has been taken to popularize the AWD technology in farmers' level of the district and its neighboring areas to get more production by using less irrigation water in the Boro paddy field, he also said.