"The Central Bureau of Investigation has taken over the investigation into the incident and has registered a case," CBI spokesperson Harsh Bhal said. The Central government had on 3 June issued a notification for a CBI probe into the tragedy. Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee had demanded a CBI probe after claiming that there was a "political conspiracy" behind the derailment. The West Bengal government has said the derailment was an act of sabotage by the Maoists. The state police has also made some arrests in the case.
The CBI said the West Bengal government had also issued a formal notification permitting it to investigate the train disaster. န File Photo
During the meeting, the delegation members thanked the Prime Minister for her enormous contribution in achieving UN recognition to make the 21st February as the International Mother Language Day. They proposed holding an international conference in Dhaka on the International Mother Language Day together with the expatriate Bangladeshis, who contributed a lot to achieving recognition of the International Mother Language Day.
Sheikh Hasina appreciated the proposal and assured them of providing necessary government cooperation to this end, Prime Minister's Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad told newsmen after the meeting The Prime Minister advised them to hold the conference in next February, the Month of the country's Language Movement. န Photo : BSS
Over the past decade the West Bengal government has moved to decentralise service delivery and governance responsibilities and resources to Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRIs), the bank said. Aggregate funding flows to these entities have increased significantly and Gram Panchayats now have the authority to directly employ workers in certain sectors.
The project will add substantially to the resources available to Gram Panchayats through supporting an annual, performance-based block grant to 1,000 Gram Panchayats within 9 districts for expenditure on local infrastructure and service delivery.
Kolkata, 9 June : Running of passenger trains during night on the Kharagpur-Rourkela and Kharagpur-Adra sections in West Midnapore district would remain suspended till 14 June due to security reasons in the aftermath of the Jnaneswari Express disaster.
Passenger train services in these two sections would not be operated between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am, South Eastern Railway sources said today. While several mail and express trains to and from West and Central India have been rescheduled, three trains would remain cancelled till 14 June, the sources said.
Guwahati, 9 June : Assam's Kaziranga National Park, home to highly endangered one-horned rhinos, was facing a serious flood threat with half of its area submerged by rising waters of the Brahmaputra in which a forest guard drowned today.
Officials said guard Mahendra Karmakar fell off an elephant while crossing a river at Betkhati under Kohora range of the park and was feared drowned. Meanwhile, nearly 50% of the about 800 sq km park was under water of the river Brahmaputra due to onset of monsoon and heavy rainfall during the past week.
The bus was returning to Salanpur, near Asansol town when the driver lost control over the vehicle at Barwa near GT road and hit a tree, killing 18 people on the spot. Three passengers died at a local hospital, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Sanjay Ranjan told PTI.
The marriage party had gone to Munda Basti in Gobindpur and was returning home when the mishap occurred at 6.30 am. All the injured have been admitted to a hospital. န Photo : AFP READ BBC STORY
The handing over ceremony was held in Jugkhola Muria Government Primary School in Pirojpur district here recently, said a Japanese Embassy release here today. These cyclone shelters will be used for 'Sidr'-affected areas of the country. Tamotsu said Japan's experience in natural disaster risk reduction can be a good example for Bangladesh.
Kolkata, 9 June : The West Bengal government is planning to introduce hi-tech ration cards to prevent circulation of fake ones, Finance Minister Asim Dasgupta said yesterday.
"These cards will be difficult to duplicate. State IT department has agreed to help in its introduction," Dasgupta told reporters after attending a meeting on prevention of fake ration cards. He said the government will submit this plan to the Calcutta High Court which had wanted to know its plans in preventing the circulation of fake ration cards. There are 2.64 crore BPL and over six crore APL cardholders in the state, he said.
He told Chidambaram that to maintain effective vigilance on the border, the distance between border out posts (BOPs) of the BSF should be cut from the present 4.5 km to 2.5 km, keeping in mind the region’s topography. ‘Chidambaram has responded positively to these demands,’ he said. The chief minister also requested the union home minister to allow the Tripura government to raise two more Tripura State Rifles (TSR) battalions to deal with the separatist outfits.