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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Life imprisonment for 44 in decade-old Suchpur case in Birbhum

Suri, Kolkata, 11 November : Forty-four persons were sentenced to life imprisonment on Thursday by a local court at Suri in Birbhum district, for murdering 11 persons a decade ago.
The killings had created a political storm with the Trinamool Congress leadership claiming that the victims, supporters of the party, had been killed by activists of the CPI (M). The incident occurred at Suchpur village in July 2000. Among those sentenced is a CPI(M) district committee member. The local party leadership is considering appealing against the sentence. Additional District and Sessions judge Biswanath Konar, who on Wednesday convicted the 44 persons of murder and rioting with deadly weapons, handed down the sentence.
Describing the ruling as “historic,” Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee said people across the State were standing up to atrocities allegedly committed by the CPI(M) activists. The CPI(M) will have to face the consequences in the coming Assembly election, she added. Photos : Niraj Modi, Timir Raha READ BBC STORY

India, Bangladesh Chamber look to doubling bilateral trade
Agartala, 11 November : Leading industry chambers of India and Bangladesh have formed a task force to increase the trade between the two neighbours, officials said here Thursday.
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the India-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IBCCI) have recently constituted the 10-member task force, which would also study investment prospects in the two countries. "The task force would submit its report, along with proposals, to the Prime Ministers of the two countries within the next six months," CII principal advisor Sushanta Sen told reporters.

Migratory birds start flocking in sanctuary of JUcampus lake
BSS, Jahangirnagar University, 11 November : Migratory birds have started flocking to the lakes' sanctuary on the evergreen Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus and the area is resounding with their sweet twittering.
Welcoming the birds JU authorities would organize a grand gala of bird watchers this year, Vice Chancellor of the university Professor Dr Shariff Enamul Kabir told BSS today. Besides, the Department of Zoology will organize bird fair on January 2011 on the campus to display domestic and guest birds. The campus is considered as the safe paradise for the migratory birds coming from the cold region every year in the winter.
In the meantime, the JU authorities have cleaned its 25 lakes and ponds and taken measures to ensure safety of birds. The students of the university have already started leaving the campus following a 12-day vacation beginning today for celebrating Eid-ul Azha. Taking the chance the 697 acres of the uneven campus have resounded with chirping and twittering of the birds where 200 acres are covered with lakes and ponds.
The lake beside old arts and humanities faculty is now a paradise for the guest birds as vacation is going on. Students say that five species of birds are flocking to the lakes coming from the Haors and Tangaor Beel in Sylhet and the Chittagong Hill Tracts . Around 35 species of guest birds usually throng the JU campus every year in the winter from home and abroad.
Escaping the Siberian and Himalayan cold, birds have started flying to most of the lakes of Savar area and specially JU which is heaven for the guest birds. Among the local migratory birds that visit the campus are Desi Khanjana, pintail, lanja duck, tufted duck, spoonbill and moorhen.