'It won't be possible for us to fully check Maoist activities in our state till a similar security operation is started in Jharkhand and Orissa,' Bhattacharjee told Bengali Tv news channel 'Chobbis Ghanta' Wednesday night. He added that there was no need to deploy the army to check the Left radicals. 'I don't need the army to tackle Maoists. The police are already working (in Maoist-infested areas).'
Those killed included three constables besides the driver of the 'Mahindra Bolero' in which they were travelling. The vehicle was badly damaged in the explosion. န Photo : Reuters READ BBC STORY
PTI, New Delhi, 19 May : In a bid to strengthen surveillance in the maritime zone, Coast Guard is planning to procure 14 twin-engine helicopters capable of operating from patrolling vessels.
"We are planning to procure 14 shore-based helicopters for maritime surveillance and search and rescue operations," Coast Guard officials told PTI here. The helicopters would be above medium-weight class and the twin engines on them would help in providing additional safety to the air crew while operating over the sea.
"We need to find new solutions for the present, conform our own economic policies and shield ourselves from the uncertainties of the external financial system to protect ourselves from unexpected economic upheavals in future," she said.
The Bangladesh Premier was delivering her special speech at the opening ceremony of a two-day the 6th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIFE). Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Abdul Razak inaugurated the WIFE at Kuala Lumpur Convention Center here this morning. န Photo : Reuters
Dhaka, 19 May : A Dhaka court on Wednesday asked the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to submit by 30 June the probe report of the 2009 Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) carnage case.
The case was filed after at least 74 people, including 57 army officers, deputed to the paramilitary force, were killed in the bloodbath on 25-26 February in 2009 by the border guards. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate AKM Enamul Haque passed the order after the CID's Special Superintendent of Police Abdul Kahar Akand, also the investigation officer of the case, failed to submit the report by Wednesday, the scheduled date for submission of the report. Earlier on 21 April, the same court asked the CID to submit the probe report by Wednesday.
The election to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and 81 other municipalities in West Bengal will be held 30 May. "Ten companies of TSR comprising 800 troopers would leave Tripura Thursday. They would stay in Bengal till the end of the election process," a senior police officer told IANS. According to the officer, the TSR troopers led by their commandant Bharat Paul would be deployed in different parts of Bengal.
"The West Bengal state election commission has sought additional forces from the union home ministry for the local bodies elections. The ministry asked the Tripura government to send the TSR to Bengal to provide security during the civic bodies polls," the officer added.
Jhargram, 19 May : Two days after the Dantewada massacre in Chhattisgarh, Maoists have struck again, this time in West Midnapore. Reports say a landmine blast took place around 2.00am this morning between Gidhni and Khathura stations near Jhargram.
A goods train was derailed - its driver and a couple of others injured. Rail services along the route have reportedly been disrupted and long-distance trains are stranded. Reports say, police have reached the spot and work is on to repair the tracks.
UNB, Dinajpur, 19 May : Four people, including three of a family, died in separate lightning incidents in Kaharol upazila on Wednesday.
Chandana Roy and her two sister-in-laws (nanad) Ratna and Sadhana died on the spot when struck by thunderbolt when they were talking to each other on the veranda of Chandana’s house during rainfall at Boigaon village at about 10:30am(BDST). In another incident, Ishaque, a student of class III of Jony Hat Madrasah of same upazila, was killed as thunderbolt struck him while he was playing on Madrasah playground during rainfall in the morning.
PTI, Dhaka, 19 May : Bangladesh has won a landmark verdict against US energy giant Chevron in an international court for investment that saved its state-run Petrobangla corporation around USD 240 million following a decade old dispute over payment for carrying gas to national gas grid.
The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) of the World Bank yesterday announced the verdict after one half years of hearing rejecting the Chevron demand for refunding the wheeling charge that Petrobangla used to deduct from its gas bills. The three member ICSID Tribunal in London unanimously rejected Chevron's claim "on the merits" of the case.
Under the package, a 1,800-seat Tagore Memorial Centre in Agartala would also be built up at a cost of Rs.275-million, a full-size statue of Tagore would be installed in front of the centre, and the under construction government degree college at Bishalgarh in western Tripura would be named after Tagore. The present Raj Bhavan would be shifted to the capital complex on the city's outskirts, where the civil secretariat - the headquarters of the Tripura administration - was shifted last year.
"Through year-long commemorative programmes, we would take Tagore's works to every place and every man, woman and youngsters," said chief minister Manik Sarkar.