BSF director general Raman Srivastava, who arrived in Dhaka yesterday, is leading a 20-member delegation while BDR chief Mohammad Rafiqul Islam is heading the team of Bangladesh. Dhaka is expected to raise the issue of alleged killing, wounding and torture of "unarmed Bangladeshi nationals" by BSF and Indian civilians at the border, BDR sources said. န File Photos
BBC News, New Delhi, 23 September : The Supreme Court of India has delayed a ruling expected on Friday on the long-running Ayodhya dispute.
It said it was allowing a deferral until next week to allow Hindus and Muslims time to resolve the 150-year-old dispute on their own. "The court felt a last attempt should be made to resolve this amicably," lawyer Mukul Rohatgi said.
The High Court was to have ruled on who owns land where a 16th Century mosque was destroyed by Hindu mobs in 1992. READ FULL STORY
"We will be able to deal with Maoists politically and that is the only way out," Bhattacharjee told a primary teacher's rally while stating that the administration and police had failed to counter the problem. The chief minister said he would spare no effort to deal politically with the menace which was receiving the "direct backing" of the state's main Opposition party.
"The Left Front government is determined to rid West Bengal of Maoists and there will be no looking back." Without naming the Trinamool Congress, he alleged that the main opposition party was providing direct support and patronage to the Maoists.
"The new MDG will be the base and core of all MDGs for economic and financial emancipation of the developing world," she said while addressing the First Roundtable on Poverty, Hunger, and Gender Equality on the sidelines of 65th UN General Assembly in General Assembly Hall in the United Nations. The Prime Minister expressed her belief that once economic emancipation is achieved, social development would follow as a natural course.
Dibrugarh, 23 September : The Dibrugarh University Post Graduate Students Union (PGSU) demonstrated in front of the University gate prior to Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi's visit there this afternoon.
Wearing black badges and holding banners, the PGSU members accused the vice-chancellor of inviting Gandhi for an interactive session with the students without consulting them or the faculty. They also opposed the Amethi MP's visit to the University stating that it was for political reasons. The PGSU claimed that NSUI members from some colleges of the city were brought to fill up the 'empty' Ranghar Auditorium of the University due to PGSU's boycott call.
These benefits would be available to those with a family income of below Rs 24,000 annually, Home Secretary Samar Ghosh said while reviewing implementation of the rehabilitation package for the Maoists announced two months ago in Maoist-hit West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts. Ghosh said the distribution of ration cards which had progressed satisfactorily, would be completed by the month end. Additional foodgrains would be supplied through PDS along with rice at Rs 2 per kg, he said.
West Midnapore district alone had 1.45 lakh beneficiaries, while another 45,000 would be added from Bankura and Purulia districts. While a hostel each for boys and girls have come up in Ramgarh area under West Midnapore district with the help of sports and education departments, 24 other hostels would come up in the three districts, he said.
Home minister Shahara Khatun made the call in a meeting with Raman Shrivastava, chief of the Indian Border Security Force, at her office on Thursday, secretary Abdus Sobhan Sikder told reporters after the meeting. In reply, the BSF chief assured her of stopping shooting along the border. "We are considering whether something else can be used instead of firearms," he said.
Sikder said the BSF authorities were also requested to ensure that any member of the Khashia community or other Indian nationals do not move along the border with arms. The Indians, for their part, urged Bangladesh that no one moves along the border at night. န Photo : PID
PTI, Aligarh, 23 September : The Aligarh Muslim University's move to set up its outstation centres has hit a road-block with the Human Resource Development Ministry directing the University "to hold back" the opening of a centre at Murshidabad in WB.
A senior University official said the University had received a directive from the Ministry earlier this week for "postponing the opening" of the Murshidabad centre, which was scheduled for 26 September. The HRD Ministry's directive has apparently come in the wake of a long-drawn controversy over the issue. A section of members belonging to the University's Executive Council and the University Court had earlier approached the Ministry and raised serious objections to opening outstation centres. The members claimed that the opening of outstation campuses violates the constitution of the Central University.
Five elephants were killed on the spot late Wednesday night while two others succumbed to their injuries this morning, Divisional Forest Officer (Wildlife) Sunita Ghatak said. A herd of elephants was crossing the railway tracks while going from Moraghat forest to Diana forest last night, when two baby elephants got trapped on the tracks, she said. When other elephants came to the rescue of the baby elephants, a goods train which was passing through at that time hit them, killing five elephants on the spot and injuring three, the DFO said.
Three months ago, another elephant was run over and killed by a train near the same spot. Speeding trains often hit elephants in the area as the railway line crosses the elephant corridor, forest officials said. Railway officials have been requested a number of times to restrict the speed limit of trains plying in the area to 40-km/hr for the safety of the elephants, they said.
The Forest Department has lodged an FIR under the Wildlife Protection Act against the Railways alleging that the train was running at about 70 kmph, violating the speed restriction of 25 kmph to 40 kmph in the area.
However, state Forest Minister Ananta Roy said the Railways were not cooperating with the forest department "as it is insensitive to the issue." The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Atanu Raha said that the Railways had been time and again requested to restrict the speed of the passing trains to 20 kmph in the Elephant Corridor, but no response had been received so far. န Photos : Arnab Mitra, Reuters
IANS, Kolkata, 23 September : A security force trooper was detained by the Trinamool Congress leaders in West Midnapore district Wednesday on charges of snatching mobile phones and cash from local people, police said.
Locals alleged that Anil Kumar, a jawan of 205 battalion of the Combat Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) and two other jawans allegedly snatched mobile phones and cash from people, who were standing in front of a restaurant in Jhargram. The jawans went there to take food and while coming out from the restaurant, threatened the villagers and snatched away their belongings.
Inspired by Syed Manzoorul Islam’s novel, ‘Tin Parber Jibon O Kichhu Bastab Case Study’, the film is about interrelationships among a convict serving a life sentence, his wife and a singer. The Daily Star said the film poses a question: ‘Can a woman, on her own, lead a dignified life in our society?’ န Photos : Courtesy