As news of Tamang's killing spread, a spontaneous shutdown began in the three Darjeeling hill sub-divisions of Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong. Vehicles in Darjeeling went off the roads, while shops and markets were closed. Tamang, a vocal opponent of the GJM, had earlier levelled corruption charges against its chief Bimal Gurung. The GJM had then threatened to banish him from the hills. န Photos : AFP READ BBC STORY
Kolkata, 21 May : The West Bengal government today ordered an inquiry into the killing of All India Gorkha League president Madan Tamang in Darjeeling.
Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee held an urgent meeting with state Chief Secretary Ardhendu Sen, Home Secretary Samar Ghosh, DGP Bhupinder Singh and Urban Development Minister Asok Bhattacharya and reviewed the situation in the hills. Tamang was killed by unidentified assailants in Darjeeling town this morning.
A foreign office statement issued here said State Minister for Science and ICT signed the Framework Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of the Use of Nuclear Energy for Peaceful Purposes with Director General of Russia's State Atomic Energy Corporation or "Rosatom" Sergey Kirienko, who is a former Russian prime minister, at Moscow. Foreign Minister Dr. Dipu Moni, also on a visit to Moscow, witnessed the signing of the agreement which, officials here said would kick off the detailed discussion on Russian assistance for Bangladesh's proposed Ruppur Nuclear Power Plant.
Atomic energy commission officials earlier said Bangladesh expected to produce at least 20,000 megawatt electricity by 2010 from two units of the country's maiden nuclear power triggered plant in Pabna.
Kolkata, 21 May : The outlawed ULFA today dubbed as "misinformation campaign" reports of the arrest of its 'commander-in-chief' Paresh Barua in Bangladesh.
In an e-mail statement, ULFA 'publicity wing in-charge' Anu Borgohain alleged that the spread of such rumours was "conspiracy by the government to create confusion in the minds of the people. "Neither Paresh Barua nor any other leader of the group has been arrested in any country. They are safe in their respective places where they are currently staying and are discharging their duties accordingly," he said.
Speaking at the BSF Investiture ceremony here, he said, ''Guarding a border is difficult in times of war. But it is even more difficult in times of peace and that is where the BSF has distinguished itself.'' ''India has a very long border. We share it with Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh. I receive reports everyday that tensions are building up with Bangladesh, Myanmar and Pakistan. Guarding the border during peace is not easy,'' he added.
The Minister decorated several BSF personnel with gallantry medals for their acts of bravery.
PTI, Paris, 21 May : Tripura boy Somdev Devvarman today became the first Indian in 13 years to qualify for the men's singles event of the French Open after scoring a 6-4 6-1 win over Adrian Mannarino here.
It took sixth seed Somdev one hour and 25 minutes to quell the challenge of his French rival in the third and final round and seal one of the 16 main draw spots up for grab. Kolkata boy Leander Paes was the last Indian to play in men's singles event of the French Open in 1997 when he made the second round of the clay court Grand Slam.
Dhaka, 21 May : Bangladesh government has decided to issue more than 3,500 licences to the local entrepreneurs for handling international calls to and from Bangladesh through voice over internet protocol technology, which is still prohibited under the existing law.
“The licences will be issued to the new entrants within next three months after the Telecom Regulatory Act 2010 gets parliament's nod,” Telecom Minister Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju said yesterday. The minister's disclosure is expected to bring all illegal VoIP operators under a legal framework.
A wildlife warden said a group of six poachers entered the park early on Friday and fired at an adult rhino near the Mihimukh range, although they failed to hit the target. "A six-member team of forest guards upon hearing the gunshots gave the poachers a chase and soon there was a gunfight between the two sides." Park warden D. Gogoi said. The encounter continued for about 30 minutes in which four poachers were killed, while two more managed to escape taking cover of the thick undergrowths.
"A massive hunt is on with forest guards riding on elephant backs on the trail of the two poachers" the warden said. A rifle along with a large quantity of ammunition, jungle boots, food stuff, and raincoats, were recovered from the dead poachers. "We believe the two poachers who escaped might have fled with the weapons carried by their colleagues," the warden said.
Agartala, 21 May : Two insurgents of ATTF and NLFT today surrendered before the Assam Rifles in Tripura, police said.
Miren Debbarma of The All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) gave himself up before the Assam Rifles camp at Chakma Para in West Tripura district. National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) insurgent Devendra Reang surrendered before the Assam Rifles camp at Chhamanu in Dhalai district, police said.
Held at the conference hall of Khagrachhari Hill District Council (KHDC) it was chaired by civil surgeon Dr Udoy Shankor Chakma while acting KHDC chairman Kujendra Lal Tripura attended as chief guest. Speakers said the actual figure of malarial death or attack might be two to three times higher as the figure has been compiled from various sources. They said, number of death and infection has declined in the recent years as Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) in collaboration with the Health Department started awareness campaign from early 2007 in Khagrachhari.
The international organisation is carrying out the programme through various activities to control malaria in the hill district.
PTI, Kohima, 21 May : The next round of peace talks between the Centre and the NSCN-IM will be held in Nagaland amid the ongoing stalemate over Naga leader T Muivah's resolve to visit his birthplace in Manipur.
Senior NSCN-IM functionary V S Atem said the Centre agreed to its proposal to have the next round of parleys in Nagaland but the exact venue and date are yet to be finalised.