"The Chief Minister and IT Minister Debesh Das is persistent enough to make this happen. We have seen a lot of talent here involved with the IT sector and enough employment opportunity could be generated from the sector in the region," Gopalakrishnan said after a 30-minute meeting with Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Das.
"We need support from everybody here, as we have received in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune to make it happen for the benefit of young talent from this region," he said.
Talking to reporters in the Shipping Ministry, he said the government is monitoring round the clock the movement of the ship and has opened various channels seeking its rescue. The ship with 25 Bangladeshi mariners and the spouse of a mariner on board at the time of piracy in the Arabian Sea, 170 nautical miles from Lakkha Island of India and about 300 nautical miles from the Kochin port. The ship carrying 43,150 tons of nickel ore was scheduled to arrive in Greece from Indonesia through the Suez Canal.
Shahjahan Khan said different international agencies including Dubai- based anti-pirates agency UKMTO and Singapore-based ReCAAP were informed about the incident and the Indian coast guards are keeping watch on it. န File Photo : AP
Dhaka, 6 December : Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni today launched the Diplomatic Machine Readable Passports cell in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Henceforth, all Diplomatic Passports (both manual and Machine Readable) will be issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said a press release. Preparations are also underway to issue Machine Readable Passports in all Bangladesh Missions abroad. In the first phase, Bangladesh Mission in Abu Dhabi and Consulate Generals in Dubai will start issuing Machine Readable Passports by the first half of January 2011.
Kolkata, 6 December : The Calcutta High Court today asked the West Bengal government whether the Maoist-backed People's Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCPA) was banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
The court was hearing the bail petition of former PCPA convenor Chhatradhar Mahato. A division bench comprising Chief Justice J N Patel and Justice Asim Roy directed the state government to also produce the statements of Chhatradhar during interrogation by the police, which it claimed had led to seizure of arms and ammunition in Maoist-hit Lalgarh.
Jhargram, 6 December : A Trinamool Congress supporter was shot dead, allegedly by Maoist cadre, at Nayagram in Maoists-hit West Midnapore district, the police said today.
Forty-year-old Asit Bera was picked up by Maoists last night when he was having dinner with family members at his home in Bachur Khoar village. He was later shot dead from close range just outside his residence in front of his family members. Maoists had also pasted posters on the walls saying that they had killed Bera for allegedly spying on the Maoists, the police said.
According to Home Department sources, the state government had already sounded out the CBI, though the investigative agency was yet to respond. CID, which had been earlier assigned to probe the murder of the popular Gorkha leader, though filed the charge sheet, many things still remained to be investigated, state home department sources said today.
For one thing, they pointed out, the main accused Nicole Tamang's disappearance from custody still remained to be solved. ADG (Law and Order) Surajit Kar Purakayastha said that only 7 or 8 persons were arrested in the case while several others were absconding. န File Photo : AFP
IANS, Guwahati, 6 December : Two paramilitary troopers killed each other following a heated altercation over a personal matter in Assam, police said Monday.
A police spokesperson said the two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers were on duty at a road patrol post at Tetelitol in Golaghat district in eastern Assam late Sunday. ‘Probably the two got engaged in a verbal duel and fired at each other with their service weapons,’ a senior police official said.
Kolkata, 6 December : La Martinere student Srijan Banerjee, who was denied re-admission after he failed twice in Class IV, today returned to school after the Supreme Court asked its authorities to take him back and grant him promotion on humanitarian grounds.
"Srijan has joined school today. He has been promoted to Class V in keeping with the orders of the Supreme Court," secretary of the school Board of Governors Supriyo Dhar said. Nearly seven months ago, Srijan's father Partha Banerjee moved the Calcutta High Court after his class teacher Sanjay Smart allegedly demanded a laptop to promote him to Class V.
Guwahati, 6 December : Militants belonging to the banned Dimasa National Democratic Front have allegedly abducted four persons who were conducting seismic survey for the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) from North Cachar Hill district.
The militants belonging to the Dimasa tribal insurgent outfit abducted three surveyors Bandip Siva Garuda, Santosh Ashok Rai Chandra and Wilfred and cook Ranjit Das from Langting area near Manza railway station last night.
AFP, Dhaka, 6 December : Abdur Razzak grabbed four wickets as Bangladesh thrashed Zimbabwe by 65 runs in the third one-day international on Monday to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
Zimbabwe suffered early blows in their run chase, losing three top-order batsmen inside the first 10 overs. Shakib introduced spin in the fourth over and the move yielded immediate results as Razzak removed opener Chamu Chibhabha with his fourth delivery. Razzak had Hamilton Masakadza stumped by Rahim, before dismissing the other opener, Brendan Taylor, for 15. Utseya tried to repair the damage with his 101-ball knock but ran out of partners in the end. န Photos : AP