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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

WB governor M K Narayanan calls for a halt to political violence

Kolkata, 12 October : In the backdrop of allegations by the Trinamool Congress and Congress about political violence in the state, West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan today expressed apprehension that it could mar the pujas and called for a halt to it.
"I cannot but remark that this unique festive season in our state is in danger of being marred by violence and the wail of grieving families who have lost near and dear ones to political clashes occurring in various corners of our state," the Governor said.
Noting that guns and bullets are 'anathema to a nation and people wedded to peace', he said, "Recent violent incidents have caused me and others like me a great deal of pain.

Three more bodies found, Turag accident toll reaches to 11
Dhaka, 12 October : Three more bodies of the sunken bus have been found from the accident site in near Aminbazar, Dhaka taking the death toll at 11.
Meanwhile, traffic movement on the highway that was suspended for more than an hour resumed around 5:45pm(BDST) on Tuesday. The ill-fated bus has been drawn out of the river. The ill-fated bus had plunged into river Turag with around 50 passengers around 11.30am on Sunday.

PM Sk Hasina felicitates Hindu community on Durga Puja
BSS, Dhaka, 12 October : Bangladsh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today felicitated members of the Hindu community on the occasion of Sharadiya Durga Puja.
In her message, the Prime Minister said Durga Puja is being celebrated with a call of establishing world peace and welfare of the humanity. The main feature of Durga Utsob is not only for annihilation of evil forces and worshipping truth and beauty it is also related with non-communal spirit for thousand year of Bengali, she added. Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is an abode of all religion irrespective of caste and creed. Our constitution ensures rights of all people, the Prime Minister said.
Climate change : local action speaks louder than global call
Guardian, Kelly Rigg, 12 October : International climate talks may be failing to make progress, but the grassroots movement around the world has never been stronger.
Post-Copenhagen gloom seems to be morphing in to pre-Cancún despondency. In the battle over how to combat climate change, world leaders have descended to the level of petty bickering. Progress at the latest round of talks in Tianjin last week was timid, and some pundits are already declaring December's COP16 summit in Mexico to be dead in the water. READ FULL STORY

Soumyadeep Roy in Table Tennis men's singles semifinal
Diganta Biswas, New Delhi, 12 October : Bengal's Soumyadeep Roy quelled some stiff challenge before overcoming Singapore's Xiaoli Cai 4-1 to storm into the semifinals of the Commonwealth Games' table tennis men's singles competition here today.
The Bengal paddler started on a positive note in the quarterfinal and clinched the first set 11-7, but Cai clawed his way back into the match by winning the second set 11-5.

9,500 unidentified people sued for Sirajganj Rly vandalism
UNB, Sirajganj, 12 October : Four separate cases were filed against 9,500 unidentified people on Monday night in connection with the vandalism during BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s public meeting here on Monday.
Six people were killed and 60 others injured being hit by a train when they came to attend the Khaleda Zia’s public meeting near Mulibari check-post rail line in western side of Bangabandhu Bridge in Sadar upazila Monday afternoon. Following the incident, agitated people set the train on fire, damaged it and other vehicles, beat up train driver and obstructed law enforcers in their official duties.
DAD of RAB-12 Abu Bakr Siddique filed a case with Bangabandhu Bridge West thana under the Special Power Act accusing over 2000 people for obstructing in their official duties and damaging their vehicles. Sub-inspector Aslam of same thana sued over 2000 others for obstructing in their activities and DAD of local fire service KM Saiful Islam filed another case against over 500 people under the Special Act for ransacking. Photo : UNB

ULFA's political advisor B Buragohain taken back to jail
PTI, Tezpur (Assam), 12 October : ULFA's political advisor Bhimakanta Buragohain could not be released on bail today as directed by a local court as two sureties to secure his bail were not deposited.
Granted bail by Judge Dinesh Chandra Choudhury on Friday, the ULFA ideologue was brought here from the Gauhati Central Jail, but bail petitioner, Buragohain's nephew Chandan Buragohain, could not deposit two sureties of Rs 25000 each, his lawyers said. The octogenarian insurgent leader was taken back to the Gauhati jail and would be produced in court again on October 26.
KKR Fans all set to receive blessings of 'Goddess Durga'
Kolkata, 12 October : This Durga Puja, the Goddess will be seen adorned in a sari resembling the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) jersey, a unique idea which the team believes would help them receive her blessings in the next IPL tournament.
The SRK Fan Club of Kolkata has come up with a six-foot- tall idol of Durga, attired in a purple and golden-coloured sari inspired by the jersey of the Shahrukh Khan-owned team. One hand of the ten-armed Goddess is seen clutching the team's flag. KKR is owned by Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment in partnership with actress Juhi Chawla Mehta and her husband Jay Mehta.
On all four days of Durga Puja, around 400 members of the fan club would worship the deity, installed at the club's premises at Rajarhat on the north-eastern outskirts of the city, praying for their team's success. File Photos