"We successfully fought Congress misrule, the violence of the Naxals and now we have taken on the Trinamool and its accomplice - the Maoists. We will surely win,"Bhattacharjee told a rally of CPI(M)'s youth wing DYFI here. Lambasting TMC for blocking the state's industrialisation by resisting Tata's Nano project at Singur, he asked partymen to be vigilant about the sinister design of Mamata Banerjee's party to create unrest through its politics of violence and murder.
"We have in our state a totally irresponsible Opposition party (Trinamool Congress) which has hatched a plot to create total lawlessness and unrest and to foil any development. We have to be prepared to ensure that there is no conspiracy to undo our efforts for industrialisation", he said. န Photo : Dipankar Chattterjee
Dhaka, 29 November : Bangladesh opposition BNP is set to enforce countrywide dawn to dusk hartal (general strike) tomorrow protesting the government failures, misrule and repression on political opponents.
Jamaat, IOJ, BJP - partners of BNP led 4-party alliance - and likeminded parties including Khelafat Majlis, JAGPA, NPP, NDP, NAP, NAP (Bhasani) and Labour Party extended total support to the hartal called by BNP.
The apex court dismissed the leave-to-appeal petition filed by the former prime minister. The petition challenged the Dhaka High Court verdict earlier that had declared valid the government notice asking her to leave the Dhaka cantonment residence. Zia had lived in that house since 1972. The three-member full bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice A.B.M. Khairul Haq also turned down the petitions filed by Zia for staying the higher court verdict and seeking status quo over the house issue.
The court verdict could be a major political setback for her as she plans a dawn-to-dusk strike Tuesday against the Sheikh Hasina government. န Photo : UNB
Kolkata, 29 November : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Monday submitted its charge sheet to a court in the 28 May Gyaneshwari Express accident, holding the pro-Maoist tribal Peoples' Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) responsible for the crash in which 148 people were killed.
The CBI, which took over the case from the state police's Criminal Investigation Department (CID) following repeated demand of Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee, submitted a 103-page charge sheet in the West Midnapore district court against 23 senior members of PCAPA.
Steel Guru, 29 November : Dr Asim Dasgupta finance minister of West Bengal blamed the centre for its partisan behavior and for denial of coal royalty amounting to over INR 4,800 crore.
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IANS, Agartala, 29 November : The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has found huge coal reserves in the northeastern state of Tripura, officials said here Monday.
“We have found coal reserves of sub-bitumen grade (in the third layer of the earth) in five locations of Tripura,” GSI Tripura-Mizoram region director T. Rajakumar told IANS. He said the sample of the coal has been sent to the Coal India laboratory in Kolkata for testing. “We are expecting the laboratory testing report of the collected sample within a month,” the official said.
UNB, Tokyo, 29 November : Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has assured Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of by Bangladesh in its quest for a “Digital Bangladesh” and achieving the position of a middle income country by fulfilling “Vision 2021.”
The assurance came when the two Prime Ministers held summit-level talks at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Monday evening. “Earlier, we had an excellent meeting where we identified new areas of cooperation, besides ways to expand and strengthen the existing ones. I am convinced Japan and her generous people will stand by our side in our quest for a “Digital Bangladesh,” the Prime Minister said at the official banquet hosted by the Japanese PM that took place at the PMO after the summit talks.
The Prime Minister said they had an excellent meeting where they identified new areas of cooperation, besides ways to expand and strengthen the existing ones. Hasina also said an Economic Partnership Agreement between Bangladesh and Japan now could help reap mutual benefits by exploiting much of the two countries’ untapped potentials.
“I take this opportunity to request you to encourage Japanese investors to invest in investment friendly Bangladesh,” the Prime Minister said. They could relocate their not-so-profitable industries to Bangladesh, which is now being considered the second most profitable economy among South Asian countries, she said. န Photo : Reuters
Kolkata, 29 November : Trinamool Congress Monday demanded the resignation of West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee after he asked his party cadres to shun arrogance and admitted that the ruling Left Front was getting alienated due to the ‘arrogance’ of some cadres.
‘When Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee himself has admitted that the tendency of leaders and cadres to boss over the common people has alienated them from the masses, then he should resign as chief minister taking moral responsibility,’ said Trinamool heavyweight and opposition leader Partha Chatterjee.
Rik Sundar Sasmal, Jhargram, 29 November : Villagers in West Midnapore district have complained that police are subjecting them to torture on the suspicion that they are Maoists.
Villagers complained that they are not allowed to go to the nearby forests to collect leaves and other forest produce. Most of the villagers earn their livelihood by collecting leaves for making plates, bowls and hand-rolled cheroots.
The militants in army uniform, armed with AK-47 assault rifles, intercepted the trucks carrying cinnamon and decamped after forcibly taking Rs 3,000, vehicle documents and mobile phones from the truckers on Saturday, Superintendent of Police of Mamit district, Dingluaia said. He said Bru militants had planned to attack an India Reserve Police outpost at Kolalian last week, but the attempt was foiled after the arrest of three rebels who were sent to recee the outpost.
Security has been beefed up along the Mizoram border with Tripura and Assam after the two incidents and police parties were sent to patrol the border areas.
Noted Bengali filmmaker Gautam Ghose, whose films like "Paar" and "Yatra" have been critically hailed, says his team has managed to crack the Bangladesh distribution market barrier for the first time since 1952, with his film "Moner Manush", an India-Bangladesh production.
In the past, the industry could not generate a market. Young distributors, however, are now looking beyond the borders in places like Bangladesh and other parts of the world, Ghose said, adding the Bengali-speaking Bangladeshis were scattered in large numbers across the world.
Nearly 110 prints of 'Moner Manush' have been released worldwide. It will have a big release even in Bangladesh, Ghose said, adding that being an Indo-Bangladesh co-production helped a big deal to distribute and market the film in the other country.
The partition was a great tragedy and a terrible part of history for both countries. But the younger generations do not have a sense of partition. We must use films and the arts to bridge the gap (between the people of the two nations), Ghose said.
If Ghose already made inroads into the Bangladeshi film market, other filmmakers and production houses have already picked up cue, and are looking at ways to breach the Bangladesh barrier. Somnath Gupta, whose film "Ami Aadu" was also screened at IFFI, said the Bangladesh film market was in his sight. That is the way forward. It is such obvious Bengali speaking market. We are making efforts to release the film simultaneously there, said Gupta.