She said Bangladesh has been extending support to the UN’s efforts in establishing democracy, human rights, peace and security also by taking effective steps in combating terrorism and external threats worldwide. န Photo : AFP, Reuters
Patil said: “The (Indian) government has launched a National Skill Development Mission (NSDM) to create 500 million skilled people by the year 2022.” The president said: “Despite different cultural heritage of different communities and tribes in Tripura, through multifaceted interface they have mingled into a single whole, giving birth to a unique cultural genre, helping to forge a strong nation.” န Photos : Parthajit Dutta
“The Central forces are used to assist the CPI(M), not to flush out Maoists. They have planned to recapture Lalgarh and hold a victory rally in Lalgarh on 2 October. But we will not sit silent. We will also come on the road and will observe “black day” in the state protesting against the CPI(M) operations,” she said. န Photos : Sanjay Bhaduri
PTI, New Delhi, 25 September : Welcoming the government’s eight-point initiative on Jammu and Kashmir, the CPI(M) on Saturday said a review of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) should be positively considered by the Unified Command in the State.
“It is good that the government has taken these decisions, particularly on the release of the youths, review of cases of detainees under the Public Safety Act (PSA) and compensation,” party Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury told PTI here.
Benapole, 25 September : Export and import activities Between India and Bangladesh through Benapole land port remained suspended from noon Saturday due to strike by Indian truck drivers.
Kartik Chandra, general secretary of Petrapole C & Agent Welfare Trust, said BSF members assaulted Indian truck driver Ranjan Karmakar when he along with a goods-laden truck was coming to Bangladesh in the morning. Indian truck drivers halted import and export activities through the port at noon protesting the incident.
The defence sources today said the visit of the youths from Rajouri and Reasi districts, was also intended to instill a sense of awareness and national integration amongst the people of these areas. ''The youths have shown keen interests to know more about Kolkata after visiting its main landmarks like Vidya Sagar Setu, Victorial Memorial, St Pauls Cathedral, Dakshineshwar Temple, Science City, Nakhoda Masjid, Zoological Gardens and rode on the century old tram cars, a legacy of erstwhile British India,'' he said. Apart from these, they also visited various army establishments in the city.
The youths would visit Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Gangtok for the remaining part of their tour.
PTI, Jhargram, Midnapore, 25 September : A CRPF personnel and a Maoist were killed in an encounter, an elderly woman was shot dead by the ultras while the joint forces arrested two rebels and seized a huge quantity of gelatin sticks and detonators during raids in West Midnapore district.
The encounter took place near Jhargram town after the joint forces surrounded Bandarboni, Cheraboni and Tetuldanga areas last night following a tip-off that Maoists had taken shelter there, police sources said. The Maoists fired on the joint forces who retaliated, the sources said. The bullet-ridden body of a CRPF personnel and a Maoist were found from Bandarboni during a search today, the sources said. Arms were also seized from the spot.
UNB, Singapore, 25 September : Expressing satisfaction over the existing trade relations with Singapore, Bangladesh Commerce Minister Faruk Khan on Saturday said Singapore could import more products from Bangladesh including apparels and agro-products.
He made the remarks while talking to Singapore Minister for Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang at his office. The Commerce Minister is on a two-day visit to Singapore on his way back to Dhaka after attending the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China. During the meeting, the Commerce Minister expressed happiness at the current state of trade relations between the two countries and appreciated the development of Singapore.
He said the railway ministry has procured a two-coached toy train to popularise loco-motive traveling in the hills since traffic of DHR between New Jalpaiguri station and Kurseong has been suspended for many months now due to landslides at Paglajhora uprooting mini gauge line.
Besides attending the official functions, Banerjee is expected to meet a 25-member GJM delegation led by general secretary Roshan Giri.
UNB, Dhaka, 25 September : Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni held a bilateral meeting with Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna in New York last Thursday discussing follow-up actions on the decisions reached between the Prime Ministers of Bangladesh and India.
She expressed her satisfaction over the Indian government’s measures to facilitate electrification to Dohogram and Angorpota enclaves, according to a message received here Saturday. Dipu requested Krishna to ensure speedy construction of the proposed over-bridge on the Teenbigha corridor to be used by the Indians thereby facilitating unfettered access of Bangladesh citizens to the two enclaves.
UNB, Dhaka, 25 September : British Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Alistair Burt called on Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni last Thursday in New York and discussed matters of mutual interests.
Dipu praised British DFID development assistance in development processes in Bangladesh, particularly in the education, health and sanitation and in restructuring development sectors and climate change.