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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Pro-Maoist, PCAPA leader Manoj Mahato in our custody : Police

Jhargram, Kolkata, 4 September : A day after a pro-Maoist tribal body claimed that its leader and spokesman Manoj Mahato had been taken away by security personnel, West Bengal police Saturday admitted that he had been arrested during a two-day-long joint operation in West Midnapore district.
The Peoples Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) Friday alleged that Manoj, spokesperson of the pro-Maoist group had been picked up by a group of policemen in plain clothes from his residence at Birkara near Lalgarh in West Midnapore. However, till late Friday night, police denied they had taken him into custody. "The spokesperson of the PCAPA, Manoj Mahato along with a Maoist cadre Nabakumar Mahato was arrested by the joint forces personnel during their two-day-long search operation in Lalgarh, Salboni, Goaltore, Binpur and parts of Kotwali areas," West Midnapore Superintendent of Police Manoj Verma said at a press conference. Verma asserted that there was no difference between the PCAPA and the Maoists.
Manoj Mahato, also a key accused in the 28 May Gyaneshwari Express derailment, which took a huge toll of innocent civilian lives. File Photos

BD govt working to project real history of country to children
BSS, Dhaka, 4 September : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said her government is working relentlessly to project the real history of the country's War of Liberation to the children for the greater national interest.
"It is our responsibility to let the new generation know the actual history of the country as vested quarters have been distorting the nations' history indiscriminately by proclaiming martial law and grabbing state power on various occasions," she said. These while distributing prizes among the winners of different children and juvenile competitions organised by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Museum on the occasion of birthday of Bangabandhu on 17 March at Osmani Memorial auditorium here.
Sheikh Hasina also the Chairperson of the trust handed over the prizes of different competitions to the winners in various categories for the year 2006, '08.'09 and 2010. Photo : BSS

3 held for assaulting Journalists in West Midnapore district
IANS, Kolkata, 4 September : Three alleged CPI(M) activists were arrested for assaulting six journalists in West Midnapore district, police said Saturday.
"We have arrested three people of Buripala village involved in assaulting the journalists Friday and also snatching their belongings. All the three will be interrogated to nab the others involved in the case," West Midnapore's Superintendent of Police Manoj Verma said. The police chief, however, said that he had no information about the trio's political antecedents. "We are yet to verify their political identity," said Verma.
At least six journalists and photo-journalists of two national news channels and one daily newspaper were assaulted Friday by alleged CPI-M activists at Buripala near Pirakanta, while they were returning from Trinamool Congress leader Arati Baskey's house in Choto Kalshibangha of Lalgarh.

SAARC Charter of Democracy being finalized in Dhaka
Dhaka, 4 September : A two-day inter-governmental meeting to deliberate on the idea of the SAARC Charter of Democracy began here today.
Representatives including parliamentarians, high commissioners and high officials from all eight SAARC member states are attending the meeting. The SAARC leaders, during the 16th Summit while appreciating that all the member states had evolved into multi-party democracies, underlined the challenge faced by them in ensuring an effective, efficient, transparent and accountable governments.

18 electronic billing machines in Guwahati railway station
PTI, Guwahati, 4 September : North East Frontier Railway has installed 18 electronic billing machines in catering service stalls in Guwahati railway station to ensure prompt and accurate billing for passengers.
All catering service stall operators at various railway stations under the NF Railway have also been advised to install such electronic machines at the earliest, a NF railway press release said here today. With the use of electronic billing machines, it will be possible to issue accurate bills in a faster way and will also eliminate the complaint of overcharging any item purchased by travelling public.

Maoists again kill school teacher in West Midnapore dist
Kolkata, 4 September : A school teacher, who was a member of the CPI(M), was Saturday shot dead by Maoists in West Midnapore distruct, police said.
Dibakur Mahato, a CPI(M) member of Aguboni local committee and a teacher of Salboni Primary school, was shot dead during school hours Saturday morning, said Superintendent of Police (Jhargram) Praveen Tripathi. According to locals, a group of five-six armed Maoists came to Salboni school on motorbikes and dragged Dibakar out of the classroom, took him to the State Highway-9 and shot him dead.

52,828 cattle, poultry birds vaccinated in Magura district
BSS, Magura, 4 September : A total of 52,828 cattle and poultry birds were vaccinated during the current fiscal year in four upazilas of the district against various diseases.
The district veterinary department sources said, of the total vaccinated cattle and poultry birds, 18,820 are cows, 325 buffaloes, 10,050 goats, 61 sheep, 80 horses, 47,520 hens and 5,308 ducks. Local people said every year a large number of cattle are attacked with various kind of diseases. And the vaccination drive will help them protect majority livestock.

Third "Kolkata's fashion week" cancelled
Kolkata, 4 September : The third edition of the Kolkata Fashion Week (KFW), scheduled to begin here next week in its new avatar as the Indian Fashion Carnival, has been postponed indefinitely.

"The event has been postponed for the time being due to certain unavoidable circumstances and operational difficulties, but we promise to return to you soon to announce the new dates for the Indian Fashion Carnival," Pratik Sen, Director of Mindscapes One, the organisers of the event, said in a statement on Saturday.
With a spotlight on Mahatma Gandhi and his love for traditional Indian fabric Khadi, the three-day event slated for a 10 September beginning was billed as the city's biggest fashion extravaganza. Besides renowned Bangladeshi designer Bibi Russell, the event had announced names like Zubair Kirmani, Rohit Kamra, Bhairavi Jaikishan, Riyaz Gangjee and Soumitra Mondal.
After two back to back editions of KFW in 2009, the February season was also cancelled as a result of a feud between ramp managers of the event. A breakaway faction of the KFW, was similarly cancelled days ahead of the event after the sponsors backed out.