''We want to go with Triamool against the CPI(M). But we are not going to bow our heads, nor shall we get along (with Trinamool) at the cost of our respect,'' he told reporters. Rahul Gandhi who was on a three-day visit to the state between 14 and 16 September in connection with the membership drive for the Youth Congress, had repeatedly talked on the same issue.
In reply to a question on a section of Trinamool Congress leaders reportedly describing Rahul as a 'youngster', Mr Bhunia said the Youth leader was the 'symbol of sacrifice' as he declined a ministerial berth and instead dedicated himself to building up the organisation and build connectivity with the common people. န File Photo : AFP
UNI, Patna, 18 September : The CPI(M) today alleged that the UPA government at the Centre was contemplating to destabilise the Left Front government in West Bengal by patronising the nexus between Maoists and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee.
CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat, who was here in connection with a function of the party and to discuss the strategies for the coming assembly elections in Bihar, said,'' The Maoists and the Trinamool Congress have developed a nexus and the Centre was patronising it to get political mileage.'' The Centre was doing it with the sole motive to dislodge the Left Front government in West Bengal during the Assembly elections due next year, he charged.
On her way to New York, Hasina will make a 20-hour stopover in Brussels. She will reach New York on 19 September. The premier will also attend the high level plenary meeting on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on 20 September. The PM will attend a reception in the evening of 20 September in honour of women who will be representing their respective countries at the 65th UNGA. Hasina will attend the heads of LDCs breakfast meeting on MDGs on Sept 21, where Nepal will chair the session. The same day, Saarc heads of state will gather for a meeting on 'Climate vulnerability and its impact on MDGs'. Bangladesh is the lead sponsor of the event and the PM is expected to chair it.
The premier along with her younger sister, Sheikh Rehana, will also attend a reception to be hosted by US first lady Michelle Obama. Hasina will visit the new chancery of Bangladesh Permanent Mission to the United Nations on 26 September. She will formally inaugurate the chancery as she laid the foundation stone during the 64th UNGA. The PM is scheduled to deliver her UNGA address on 27 September. On 28 September, she will leave New York for Dhaka via Dubai and reach Dhaka the next day. န Photo : Focus Bangla
Food & Beverage News, Mumbai, 18 September : ITC Ltd might soon start work on its proposed integrated foods factory in Howrah district as the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC) is to hand over about 18 acres of land to the company at Ulberia in Howrah on 25 September.
“WBIDC will hand over about 18 acres of land to ITC by 25 Septembe,” Dr Subrata Gupta, managing director, WBIDC, said while talking to newspersons on the sidelines of a seminar on asset reconstruction by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) in Kolkata. READ FULL STORY
IANS, Jhargram, 18 September : A folk singer, suspected of being a Maoist linkman, was arrested Saturday in West Bengals West Midnapore district, police said.
"Ajit Mahato of Golbandi village near Manikpara in Jhargram sub-division of the district was arrested for acting as Maoist informer. He was detained by the joint forces during a search operation in Manikpara area Saturday morning and arrested after interrogation," Jhargram Superintendent of Police Praveen Tripathi told IANS. "Mahato, a folk singer by profession, used to pass on the information regarding the movement of the joint forces to the Maoist leaders. He used to give shelter to them," a senior police officer said.
Dhaka, 18 September : Fourteen people were killed and 26 others injured in separate road accidents in Comilla, Tangail, Gopalganj, Brahmanbaria, Manikganj, Gaibandha Narayanganj and Laxmipur districts in Bangladesh today.
In Jamalpur, Jamuna River was flowing 14 centimeters above danger level at Bahadurabad Ghat point, Water Development Board sources told UNB in the morning. Brahmaputra recorded an alarming rise. The river rose by 16.15cm in the last two days, recording an overnight increase of 8cm engulfing fresh areas on its banks. The two premier rivers inundated hundreds of villages of 50 unions in Dewanganj, Islampur, Melandaha, Motherganj, Sharishabari, Bokshiganj and Sadar upazlas affecting about 1 lakh people and damaging standing crops on 27,292 hectares of land
In Sherpur, floods worsened in the district with continued rise of water level of Ol Brahmaputra River. WDB sources said the river swelled by 9cm at Sherpur Ferry Ghat point in the last 24 hours. Thirty-five villages of seven unions of Sadar and Sribordi upazilas went flood waters that damaged standing crops on 4,000 acres of land.
Meanwhile, river erosion due to onrush of hill water caused 43 more families homeless. In Kurigram, overall flood situation improved in the northern district as water of major rivers decreased overnight. န Photo : AKM Rahaman