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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

First Bangladeshi to conquer 'Everest', Musa Ibrahim, returned

Returns from Mount Everest
People greet Musa Ibrahim as he arrives at the Hazrat Shahjalal Intl Airport in Dhaka. Musa Ibrahim, the first Bangladeshi ever to climb the summit of Mount Everest, returned home on Tuesday. Photo : Reuters
Dhaka, 1 June : The first Bangladeshi to conquer Mount Everest, Musa Ibrahim, has returned.
The special plane flying him home touched down at around 4.30pm(BDST) in Dhaka international airport. Secretary of the foreign affairs ministry, Mijarul Quayes, greeted Musa with flowers on behalf of the prime minister.
People crowded the terminal to catch a glimpse of the mountaineer and welcome him back home. Musa was accompanied by his parents, wife and son.
Musa Ibrahim summited Everest as the first Bangladeshi on 23 April.

Maoist promises Rly security
Subir Bhaumik, BBC News, Kolkata, 1 June : Police say they have "definite evidence" of Maoist involvement A Maoist leader has said that they will take "full responsibility" for the safety of trains travelling through areas under their control.
Comrade Akaash's statement comes after the rebels were blamed for Friday's train crash which left 148 people dead. Police say Maoist sabotaged the track, causing the derailment of the Howrah-Mumbai express in West Bengal. Maoists denied the charge. But Comrade Akaash also said they would investigate whether any rebels were involved.
Railway officials in eastern India have cancelled night trains in Maoist-affected areas after Friday's incident.
Comrade Akaash told the BBC that they were "appealing" to the railways to run trains through rebel strongholds even during the night. "We are promising total security to all trains. We will not allow anyone to attack any train anywhere in the country and those trying to do it will face stern punishment," he said. The railways have not reacted to the statement... READ FULL STORY

Magnitude-6.4 earthquake hits Andaman & Nicober Islands
Xinhua, New York, 1 May : A magnitude-6.4 earthquake hit Andaman and Nicober Islands in India on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey ( USGS) said.
The quake struck at 1:21:48 a.m. local time Tuesday (195148 GMT Monday) at a depth of 127.7 km with the epicenter 120 km southeast of Port Blair in India's Andaman Islands, according to USGS. There is no immediate reports of any casualties or property damages due to the earthquake.

South Kolkata's Patuli firing : Tripura trooper suspended
Agartala, 1 June : The Tripura government Tuesday suspended a Tripura State Rifles (TSR) trooper who fired during the Kolkata civic polls injuring a CPI(M) activist who has died.
The victim, Bapi Dhar, 43, succumbed to his injuries in a Kolkata hospital following loss of blood and cardiac arrest. "The Tripura Police has suspended TSR trooper Sandip Sharma, 27, for (the) firing Sunday," Tripura Police spokesman Nepal Das told reporters. Dhar sustained leg injuries near a polling booth when he was fired at by the trooper in Patuli area in Kolkata's southern outskirts.
Ten companies of TSR comprising 800 men went to West Bengal for the civic polls. Tripura has 13 battalions of TSR, nine of which can be deployed anywhere in the country as and when required.

Opposition BNP demands Facebook resumption in B'desh
Dhaka, 1 June : Bangladesh's main opposition BNP has demanded immediate reopening of Facebook. BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed made the demand at a discussion on Tuesday.
Moudud said, "The government has obstructed the people's freedom of acquiring knowledge and exchanging information by closing Facebook." He also demanded proper action against those who committed cyber crimes. On 29 May Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission shut down the popular social networking site which has over 875,000 users in Bangladesh. BTRC told the media that it had temporarily closed the website for publishing caricatures of prime minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition leader Khaleda Zia.

TSR police firing victim dies, row over Mamata's comment
Kolkata, 1 June : A CPI(M) worker, who was injured in police firing in Sunday's Kolkata civic poll, died Tuesday as Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee labelled him a "notorious criminal", sparking protests.
Bapi Dhar, 43, sustained leg injuries near a polling booth when he was fired upon by a Tripura Rifles constable in the Patuli area in Kolkata's southern outskirts. The jawan, who had come to the city on poll duty, has been placed under suspension and detained amidst allegations that the firing was unprovoked. Dhar died early Tuesday following blood loss and cardiac arrest. He is survived by his wife and a minor son. Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and CPI(M) secretary Biman Bose earlier visited him in hospital.
WB not to accept NCHER Bill till necessary changes made
Kolkata, 1 June : West Bengal Higher Education Minister Sudarsan Raychaudhuri today said the government would not accept the National Commission Higher Education and Research (NCHER) Bill, scheduled to be introduced in Parliament in the coming Monsoon session, till necessary changes were made.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a workshop, organised by the Merchants' Chamber of Commerce (MCC) here, the minister said, '' We are opposing the NCHER Bill, 2010, in its present form and we will not accept it till some necessary changes are made by the Union Human Resources Development Ministry.
We accepted the recommendations of Yashpal Committee report, but we cannot accept the Bill as it is now,'' he added. Union Human Resources Development Ministry is trying to introduce the NCHER Bill for the creation of the National Commission for Higher Education and Research, a regulatory body for higher education.
NCHER, once set up, will replace and subsume the University Grants Commission (UGC), the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and National Council for Technical Education (NCTE). NCHER will be set up on the recommendation of the Yashpal Committee.

Agriculture min Matia asks BBS to apologise for wrong info
Dhaka, 1 Jun : Bangladesh's Agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury has slated the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics for giving erroneous data on production of different crops.
She asked the BBS officials to apologise to the people and the media. The minister said on Tuesday the data were sent to the finance ministry without coordinating with the agriculture ministry and its related agencies As a consequence, the Space Research and Remote Sensing Organization (SPARSO) and the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) provided three different statistics over the same issue. Matia expressed her resentment to reporters after a coordination meeting among the ministry, BBS and DAE at her office.