“The process of the trial already began. Inshallah, we will complete the trial on the soil of Bangladesh,” she said addressing the installation and oath taking ceremony of Bangladesh Freedom Fighters’ Central Command Council- District and Upazila Command at Bangladesh Army Stadium. Hasina said the trial of the killers of four national leaders will also take place on the soil of Bangladesh.
The Prime Minister requested the freedom fighters to extend all out cooperation to the ongoing trial of war criminals for upholding the spirit of the liberation war.
Agartala, 27 October : Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar today appealed to the insurgents to shun the path of violence and join hands in the development of the state.
"Thousands of tribal youths who joined insurgency after being misguided by some quarters in the past few years have came back home. The state government provided them with economic packages for rehabilitation," Sarkar said while addressing a gathering at Tamakari, a tribal hamlet in West Tripura district, about 50 km from here.
"The Trinamool Congress ransack of the campus yesterday is reminiscent of the 70s when there were murders there and examinations stalled in the Calcutta University and the then vice-chancellor of Jadavpur University killed," Left Front chairman Biman Basu told a rally of Sishu Siksha Kendra and Madhyamik Siksha Kendra teachers.
The attacks had occurred when recruitment process was on, he said, adding though all transparency was maintained the attackers had tried to disrupt it by setting fire and destroying university property. န Photos : Dipankar Chattterjee
PTI, New Delhi, 27 October : Indian Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee today said efforts were on to make railway operations accident-free by introducing new technology which is expected to be operational in 6 months to one year.
“We have undertaken steps for installing anti-collission device (ACD), train protection warning system (TPWS) and SIMRAN (Satellite imaging rail navigation system) to prevent train accident,” Mamata said at the Economic Editors’ Conference. “Within six months to one year, these devices will be operational to prevent accidents,” she said adding “our policy is to make railway zero-tolerance zone for accidents. Despite heavy odds, we are going ahead with these projects for the safety of passengers.”
New Delhi, 27 October : Indian Railways will come out with a 'smart card' for rail users shortly.
"We are negotiating with SBI for issuing smart card for rail passengers," said Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee today at the economic editors' conference here. It will be a composite card which can be utilised in metro, suburban and passenger trains. The card can be utilised for e-ticketing also.
Dhaka, 27 October : Bangladesh Press Council on Wednesday recommended an entrance examination for those who want to take up journalism as profession.
Press Council came up with the recommendation in a verdict of a case against a weekly. In its verdict, the Press Council said the time has come to stop taking up journalism as a profession without having certificates through an examination like advocates, doctors and dentists. It observed that the code of conduct set by the Press Council for the journalists is not enough in this regard.
The apex court made it clear that it had only stayed the Calcutta High Court order directing the CBI to initiate the criminal proceedings against the police officials allegedly responsible for the firing in which 14 persons were killed. “Despite the order directing the State to pay compensation as regard to those injured, the State has not paid compensation,” a Bench comprising Justices R V Raveendran and A K Patnaik said.
Following the firing on March 14, 2007, the High Court had directed the West Bengal Government to pay a uniform compensation of Rs 5 lakh to families of each of the 14 persons killed and Rs 2 lakh and Rs 1 lakh to those raped and injured. န File Photo : Raghunandan Mallick
Kolkata, 27 October : The final voters' list in West Bengal will be published on January five, about five months ahead of the Assembly elections scheduled in May.
The draft electoral roll would be published on 30 October and the amendment process would continue till 23 November, state's chief electoral officer Sunil Gupta told reporters here today after an all-party meeting. Seeking the cooperation of all political parties in the preparation for the final electoral roll, the CEO said full efforts were being made to publish an error-free final list.
Guwahati, 27 October : Three bogies and a trolley of Barak Valley Express were derailed after militants blew up a portion of rail track in a powerful blast in central Assam's North Cachar Hills district, where ultras have called for an indefinite bandh.
There was no casualty in the incident, Northeast Frontier Railway headquarters spokesman S Hajong said in Guwahati. The explosion on the rail tracks occurred around 12.30pm, causing the 5693 down train, proceeding from Lumding to Silchar in Cachar district, to jump the rails in a remote place between Lower Haflong and Bagatar railway station, Hajong said.
UNB, Chittagong, 27 October : Bangladesh Commerce Minister Faruk Khan said here on Wednesday that transit facilities to the neighboring countries would have to be given to ensure proper utilization of Chittagong seaport and accelerated growth of country’s economy.
“The government is working on the infrastructure development of roads, railway and river-ways. Transit facilities will have to be given to the neighboring countries for proper utilization of Chittagong port and country’s economic growth,” he said at a seminar in the port city. Suchinta Foundation, a social organization, arranged the seminar titled ‘Regional Cooperation: Transit Deal and Its Impact on Bangladesh’s Economy’ at the Chittagong Press Club auditorium with its executive director MA Arafat in the chair.
The Commerce Minister said if the neighboring countries are given the facility of using Chittagong port through transit, Bangladesh and its people will be equally benefited. န File Photo : AFP
"Experience of companies and officials here will help us overcome the growing housing problem in Bangladesh," visiting Bangladesh Housing and Public Works minister Abdul Mannan Khan told reporters after a meeting with state Urban Development Minister Asok Bhattacharya. "Since we don't have sufficient land for construction, we have to go for vertical expansion. We need expertise in the area," Khan, who was heading an eight-member delegation, said.
He said they would meet ministers, agencies under the housing department and private companies developing housing projects in the state.
The delegation would also meet officials of the West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Company (WBHIDCO) to share their experience in developing New Town in Rajarhat area, Khan said.
Dhaka, 27 October : Industries Minister Dilip Barua today dismissed speculation of fertilizer scarcity in the ensuing boro season and assured the farmers of reaching them the essential input for which Tk 5,000 crore subsidy provided on count of import.
Allaying the fears of short supply of fertilizer Barua told a press conference in his office that government has arranged adequate stock in meeting the farmers demand through proper management. “We’ve taken precautionary measures…farmers won’t face fertilizer crisis in the peak season as we’ve all arrangements to meet fertilizer demand,” said the Minister.
The deaths have been reported since late Tuesday, although most victims were down with the disease for the past week. "The problem is the victims were brought to hospitals very late, once their condition deteriorated. They were either ignoring the disease or resorting to self-medication, with some even relying on quacks," said a doctor at Biswanath Chariali Civil Hospital.
Although no definitive cause of the cholera outbreak has been determined, doctors said the epidemic was a result of poor sanitation, unhygienic living conditions and contaminated drinking sources. A team of doctors and paramedics have been rushed to the area to deal with the disease.