The Maoists direct support as well as its over-ground group’s backing will further sharpen opposition charges against Mamata Banerjee and her party of maintaining links with this so-called Maoists who have been unleashing terror across the country, including West Bengal. န Photos : Reuters, PTI
“We (India) are committed to assisting Bangladesh in addressing its priorities for development,” Mukherjee said in an arrival statement. His visit will be marked by the signing of a $1 billion loan deal, the largest line of credit received by Bangladesh under a single agreement.
“A forward looking and comprehensive joint communique been adopted by the two leaders (Sk Hasina and Indian PM Manmohan Singh). I am happy that considerable progress has been made in the implementation of several important initiatives taken in the communique,” he said. န Photos : UNB
IANS, Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh), 7 August : CPI(M) has admitted that the party is facing "an unfavourable situation" in the party-ruled states of Kerala and West Bengal after suffering reverses in the Lok Sabha elections.
Both the states are likely to go for polls in mid-2011. "The party is under attack in West Bengal where it has suffered electoral reverses," says the draft political resolution of the CPI-M presented before the four-day extended central committee meeting began here Saturday. Describing West Bengal as its strongest base, the draft resolution said "after the Lok Sabha elections, the Trinamool Congress-led combine has launched an offensive against the party."
This commitment was made when Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee called on Dr. Dipu Moni Dhaka today. The two ministers discussed overall direction of bilateral relations and in particular reviewed progress in the implementation of the decisions taken during the historic visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister to India.
Expressing his happiness at the signing of the Credit Line Agreement, Pranab Mukherjee said this is yet another leap forward in Bangladesh-India relations. Now the challenge is to identify the projects and implement them to bring mutual benefits for the peoples of the two friendly countries, added the Indian Finance Minister. န Photo : UNB
Kolkata, 7 August : A foreigner, suspected to have links with drug traffickers in Bangkok, has been arrested by Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police.
Acting on a tip off, Cathinone was picked up from Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road near Hotel Majestic International, said the police on Saturday. “Interrogation revealed he has links with people arrested in mid-June at Bangkok for drug trafficking,” the police said. In a separate incident, based on a case registered at New Market police station under Section 22 (c )/29 NDPS Act, the STF arrested one J Shaul Hameed (40) with 3kg 400 gms of psychotropic substances.
BSS, Narsingdi, 7 August : At least six people were killed and 20 others injured in a head-on collision between a bus and a truck on the Dhaka-Sylhet Highway in Shibpur upazila of Narsingdi Saturday morning.
The accident occurred around 9:15am(BDST) when the Dhaka-bound bus from Bhairab collided with the rice-laden truck from opposite direction in Kundarpara area of the upazila, Shibpur police said adding that six passengers of the bus died on the spot. The injured were taken to Narsingdi Sadar Hospital.
The landslide blocked all road links from Siliguri in the foothills to various other places in Darjeeling District. No human casualties, were, however, reported from Gayabari village, where the landslide caused extensive damage. “The trends of landslide are very dangerous here. We have 15 households here and all of them have been shifted to the Jawahar Jyoti Primary School nearby due to fear of further landslides,” said Dhan Bahadur Pradhan, a local resident of Gayabari.
Pradhan further complained that the concerned authorities have not come forward with any help other than providing very less quantity of food. Meanwhile, the truck drivers, who operate along this highway, insisted that the reconstruction of the road should be entrusted to a reliable and professional contractor since driving on NH-55 has been a dangerous venture, particularly during the monsoon.
The armed men stormed into the Urma railway station last night and forced the station master, Aditya Kerketta, to ring up some reporters in Purulia district to tell them that none from the Purulia district should attend Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee's 9 August rally at Lalgarh. They then disconnected the phone and took him and three other railway employees to some distance from the station, before releasing them with a warning that they or any other railway employees from the district should not attend the TMC rally, the Urma station master told reporters this morning.
Chittagong, 7 August : At least 40 readymade garment workers were injured in a stampede as they, panicked by a false fire alarm, rushed to get out of their factory at Kalurghat industrial area in Chittagong city Saturday afternoon.
Witnesses said over 4,000 workers of two factories of Azim Group housing on the 4th and 6th floors of a six-storey building tried to get out in a hurry when the fire alarm rang at about 12:30pm(BDST). Some of the workers fell on the narrow staircases and were trampled by fellow workers when they were coming down to get out of the factory, leaving 40 injured.
The event will provide a good platform to the budding designers of the region to showcase their collection and talents. Leading Indian designers such as Rina Dhaka, Ritu Kumar, Wendell, and Rodericks will be a part of the fashion event along with local designer Nandini Baruwa.
Speaking at a press conference in Kolkata, fashion designer of the region, Atsu, said, “Many youngsters from the region will get a chance to move forward following this fashion week”. He added, “I am sure the event will take the region forward. The people of northeast are very talented and have beautiful faces”.
Supermodel Shruti Agrawal is the face of the fashion show. She was present at the press conference along with prominent designer Ritu Kumar, who would also showcase her collection at the fashion event in Guwahati.
A contest titled ‘Emerging Designer of North East’ will be organized to select the talented and rising designers from the region. This contest will take place in Shillong, Guwahati, and Dimapur. ။ File Photos : Reuters