He reached the summit at 6:00am Bangladesh time today, Musa's wife Sorabon Tahura Rimi told Daily Star. She was citing an e-mail sent by the manager of Himalayan Guide, the firm that arranged the expedition. The news came at around noon in Dhaka. Soon, greetings began pouring in on different blogs and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
All 26 members of the expedition including 14 Sherpas got to the summit (8,848 metres), Anik said quoting Iswari. Besides Musa, three Montenegrins, six Britons, one American and a Serb are in the team. Musa, founder of the North Alpine Club in Bangladesh, left Dhaka for Nepal on 8 April.
Jhargram, Kolkata, 23 May : Maoists and joint security forces exchanged heavy firing in trouble-torn Lalgarh of West Midnapore district Sunday.
“An encounter took place between the Maoists and the security forces near the Bakisol forest. There are no reports of casualties or arrests,” said West Midnapore Superintendent of Police Manoj Verma. The gun battle happened close to the spot between Ramgarh and Pingboni where the Leftwing guerrillas had triggered a landmine blast, killing five Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers 19 May.
The joint forces have been deployed in the area for over 11 months to flush out Maoists, who had earlier turned Lalgarh into a virtual free zone by torching police camps and driving out the civil administration for about seven months.
Guwahati, 23 May : Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Sunday launched a vicious attack on the main opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) by saying the regional party had “ruled like Hitler” and functioned like the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA).
“The AGP is party of fascists and during their two previous tenures (1985 to 1999 and 1996 to 2001) they ruled like Hitler. I would say the AGP is like the ULFA,” the chief minister said. Gogoi was addressing a mammoth public rally here to mark the fourth anniversary of the second straight term in government.
"We have to work collectively to handle natural calamities like flood, drought, earthquake, Tsunami along with environmental degradation through exchanging data of weather and climate as well as technological and IT- knowledge," he said while inaugurating the 9th Apex Body Meet of SAARC Diploma Engineers Forum (SDEF) at Institute of Diploma Engineers of Bangladesh (IDEB) here.
Mentioning that poverty is a curse of the people of SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) region, consisting 1.5 billion people who are the one-fifth of total civilization, the President said it needs collective efforts to free the people from this suffering.
PTI, Dibrugarh, 23 May : One kg RDX and other explosives, suspected to have been hidden by ULFA, was today recovered from Joypur Reserve Forest in this Assam district, officials said.
Acting on a tip-off, troops of 310 Field Regiment launched an operation in the reserve forest and found a bag containing the explosives. One kg of RDX, an improvised explosive device weighing 1.5 kg, five gelatine sticks, a remote antennae, a fused wire cap, a rubber stamp with ULFA logo and some track suits were found in the bag, which was handed over to police.
Sugar and grain producers in India have used jute sacks since the enactment of the law. Experts here say Indian jute farmers benefited from the law. India is now the No.1 jute-growing country ahead of Bangladesh, Bangladesh produces 5.5 million bales (1 bale equals 180 kg) of raw jute every year compared with 7 million bales produced a decade ago.
Guwahati, 23 May : At least twelve people have been killed and three others were injured when a speeding truck mowed them down in Assam's Goalpara district last night.
According to sources, the mishap occurred when the driver lost control of his vehicle and hit the people on a national highway in Dudhnoi town in Goalpara, about 90 km Guwahati. The victims were returning home after attending a cultural show held at a local field.