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Monday, October 11, 2010

6 killed under train while going to attend Khaleda Zia’s meeting

UNB, Sirajganj, 11 October : Six people were killed and 60 others injured being hit by a train when they came to attend Khaleda Zia’s meeting near Mulibari rail gate in sadar upazila on the west side of the Bangabandhu Multipurpose Bridge Monday afternoon.
Witnesses said the Dhaka bound train from Dinajpur, intercity ‘Drutajan’ ploughed through a crowed at about 3pm(BDST) when they gathered near Mulibari rail gate to attend a meeting of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s on the occasion of Shaheed Jehad Day, leaving six people dead. Twenty six of the injured were rushed to sadar hospital and various clinics. Condition of the 10 injured people was stated to be critical.
Agitated people set the whole train on fire soon after the incident but the passengers managed to get off the train before the arson. They also severely beat up the train drive and its guard. Photos : Reuters, UNB

IAF & British Air Force wargames from 18 Oct at Kalaikunda
PTI, New Delhi, 11 October : Indian Air Force's frontline Su-30 MKI fighter jets will engage the Eurofighter Typhoons of the British Royal Air Force during the 17-day wargames codenamed 'Ex-Indradhanush' at Kalaikunda air base in West Bengal starting 18 October.
This will be the first time when IAF's AWACS will fly in a joint air exercise with any country. During the exercise, the IAF will field its aircraft such as the Su-30 MKI, Mirage 2000s, MiG-27s and the Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft.
The RAF would also be deploying its AWACS (E-3D) and Air to Air refuellers (VC-10) along with its Typhoons. The Typhoon is also one of the contenders for IAF's deal for 126 multi-role combat aircraft along with five other companies.

Bangladesh to hand over top Tripura insurgents : Sahay
Agartala, 11 October : The process for repatriation of top insurgent leaders from Tripura who had taken shelter on Bangladeshi soil was on, outgoing state police chief Pranay Sahay said today and praised "proactive" steps by the neighbouring country against the extremists.
"Now it is clear that two chiefs of two insurgent outfits -Ranjit Debbarma of All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) and Biswamohan Debbarma of National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) are in Bangladesh. The process for handing them over to the security forces is on," Director General of Tripura Police said.
One of the main reasons for containment of insurgency in Tripura was the proactive actions taken by the Bangladesh security forces against the Indian insurgent outfits who have their base camps in the neighbouring country, he said. File Photo : Parthajit Dutta

Rail Minister flags off trains for Ajmer & Anandpur Shaheb
Kolkata, 11 October : Indian Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee today flagged off two long distance express trains connecting the city to Ajmer Sharief and Anandpur Shaheb. "We will connect the country through our work," she said at Sealdah station here.
The Kolkata-Ajmer Up 9605/ Dn 9606 Saare Jahan Se Achchha Weekly Express would run via Bhopal and leave Kolkata on Saturday and Ajmer every Wednesday. The Kolkata-Anandpur Shaheb-Nangal Dam 2325 Up/ 2326 Dn Gurmukhi Weekly Express would leave the city every Thursday and Nangal dam on Saturday.

At least 11 injured in acid attack during bandh in Assam
PTI, Mangaldoi, Tezpur (Assam), 11 October : At least 11 people were injured today when protesters supporting a 12-hour bandh in Bodoland Territorial Council allegedly hurled an acid bomb at a bus near here, the police said.
The bandh call was given by All Assam Adivasi Students' Association, they said, adding the bandh enforcers threw a bomb at the vehicle in Lalbagh Orang at Udalguri district after which 11 passengers sustained burn injuries. The condition of seven of the injured was stated to be critical and five of them have been shifted to Guwahati Medical College Hospital and two to Kanaklata Civil Hospital in Tezpur, they added.

Hasina greets cricket team for consecutive wins against NZ
UNB, Dhaka, 11 October : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has congratulated Bangladesh Cricket Team’s players, coach and coaching staffs, all BCB officials and sports-loving people as the Tigers notch two consecutive wins against New Zealand in the five-match ODI series.
In a message of felicitation, Hasina said the consecutive wins against a test playing nation like New Zealand has set up another milestone in the cricket history of the nation. In this regard, she recalled achieving the test status by Bangladesh in 2000 during the last regime of Awami League government. The Prime Minister said new achievement of the Tigers in cricket will inspire people of all walks of life to make their best efforts to turn Bangladesh into a modern digital country.
Hasina in her message reiterated the government’s strong commitment for extending all out support for further development of sports in the country. Photo : Reuters

Four cadres of banned PBCP(J'juddha) lynched in Kushtia
UNB, Kushtia, 11 October : Four cadres of banned outfit Purbo Bangla Communist Party (ML-Janajuddha) were lynched by mob at Nolkhola village in sadar upazila late Sunday night.
Informed sources said Purbo Bangla Communist party chief Mofakkar Chowdhury was killed in confrontation with RAB during the BNP led alliance government. Dada Tapan, leader of Janojuddha faction of PBCP(ML), was killed in encounter with RAB during the caretaker government. Death of leaders and subsequent arrest of their cadres have weakened the outfit.

Mizoram govt to hold talks with underground "Hmar" outfit
PTI, Aizawl, 11 October : Mizoram government would soon hold talks with the underground Hmar People's Convention-Democrats (HPC-D), Home Secretary Lalmalsawma said here today.
Lalmalsawma said the HPC-D had approached the state government, which agreed to engage the outfit for negotiations. The HPC-D is a Hmar outfit, operating mainly in neighbouring Manipur and demanding a separate Hmar Autonomous District Council comprising Hmar-inhabited areas in the north eastern part of Mizoram.

Workshop on 'Public Procurement' in Tangail on Tuesday
Dhaka, 11 October : A district-level advocacy workshop on issues related to public procurement begins Tuesday in Tangail.
Organized by the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED), the workshop titled ‘Future Search Conference’ (FSC) will be conducted by the Bangladesh Center for Communication Programs (BCCP). The Deputy Commissioner of Tangail is expected to inaugurate the workshop, according to a press release.

Aggrieved convict throws shoe at the Judge in Noakhali DC
UNB, Noakhali, 11 October : Angered by conviction a young man in the dock today threw shoe at the judge in the district court that missed the target.
With a sense of humiliation, Judge Kazi Abdul Hannan of the third joint judge’s court immediately returned to his chamber. But some Lawyers present in the court demonstrating too much loyalty to the judge badly roughed up Alauddin making him semi-conscious in the court room.
Alauddin, 28, a peasant of Char Amanullah in Hatiya upazila, was convicted in an arms case and sentenced to 12 years rigorous imprisonment in a verdict pronounced by the judge. “There was no valid witness against me. Why should I go to jail?” murmured Alauddin on hearing the verdict. Aggrieved and annoyed he pulled his sandal and threw at the judge that fell in front of his table.
His counsel Abdur Rahman expressed surprise at the verdict. “The case was filed by the police and none but police were prosecution witnesses. There was no convincing witness. Prudence of the court failed to see it was a cooked up case to harass the innocent poor peasants,” said the lawyer.
Police prosecutor said the three young men were held on suspicion at Naler Char Ghat on 29 November, 2008. On search, a firearm was recovered from Alauddin and some ammunition from Jasimuddin and Jahangir. They were prosecuted to the court for trial under the Arms Act.
After lengthy trial, the verdict was pronounced today. File Cartoon