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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Three CPI(M) men killed, one injured by Maoists in Salboni area

Kolkata, 23 January : Three CPI(M) members, including a local-level leader, were killed and one injured by Maoists in Salboni are in West Midnapore district today.
Police said a group of Maoists appeared suddenly and fired from close range at four persons having tea at a stall this morning at Maturapur village. While three of them died on the spot, the third person was injured seriously and was rushed to Midnapore Medical College and Hospital.
The killed CPI(M) leader was identified as Karamchand Mahto, a local CPI(M) leader, and the injured as Sambhunath Samanta, a resident of Anadapur village in Keshpur area, the police said. There was a mine blast at a distance from Maturapur after the firing. It is apprehended to be a handiwork of the attackers to divert the attention of the police while fleeing.
Police rushed to the spot and recovered the bodies. File Photo : AFP

Bangladesh to probe share market crash : Finance Minister
Reuters, Dhaka, 23 January : Bangladesh will probe the recent series of collapses in share prices that have triggered violent protest by investors and forced trading to halt, Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith said on Sunday.
Trading will resume in the Dhaka and Chittagong stock exchanges on Tuesday, after they were shut for two consecutive days. The minister said that from Tuesday trading would be held with no circuit breaker, to restore investors' confidence. The circuit breaker limit of 225 points for the benchmark index of the Dhaka Stock Exchange .DGEN was imposed on Wednesday, an official measure aimed at calming a market that has been volatile for weeks.... READ FULL STORY

Ammonia leak at cold storage at Dum Dum in North Kolkata
Kolkata, 23 January : Ammonia gas leaked from a cold storage today at Dum Dum in the northern fringes of the metropolis, fire brigade officials said.
Four fire tenders were trying to detect the leakage, they said, adding that efforts were being made to contact the owners of the facility. The storage was closed as it was a Sunday. There was no report of casualties as of now, the fire officials said.

ULFA pro-talk group want ouster of C-in-chief Paresh Barua
Guwahati, 23 January : The 'pro-talk' group of ULFA today demanded immediate suspension of its 'commander-in-chief' Paresh Barua for taking arbitrary decisions violating the outfit's discipline.
"At a time when the meeting of the ULFA executive committee and the general council are about to be held in the backdrop of the overwhelming desire of the people for talks, the recent announcement of Barua against the talks process is uncalled for," Mrinal Hazarika, a pro-talk ULFA leader, told reporters here.
The recent video footage released by the outfit which shows the Barua celebrating Bihu amid slogans against talks, revealed the "true nature of the so called leader", he said.

NE militant groups call general strike on Ind' Republic Day
UNI, Imphal, 23 January : Six militant groups of Northeast have called general strike on the Republic Day and boycott the celebrations.
Kamatapur Liberation Organisation general secretary Kh Pambei, 'convenor' Manipur People's Liberation Front (MPLF) G Rifikhang, 'vice-president National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB), 'general secretary', National Liberation Front of Tripra and Tripura People's Democratic Front (TPDF) Poresh Baruah, CS and 'executive member' of United Liberation Front of Asom today said in a joint statement that the strike would begin at 0100 hours and ends at 1730 hrs.

Human rights activist Dr Binayak Sen hearing on Monday
PTI, Raipur, 23 January : The Chhattisgarh High Court at Bilaspur shall hear a petition for the suspension of sentence and grant of bail of celebrated human rights activist and pediatrician Dr. Binayak Sen on Monday.
Exactly a month ago, on 24 December last year, Dr. Sen, Kolkata businessman Pijush Guha and alleged Maoist ideologue, Narayan Sanyal, were convicted of participating in a criminal conspiracy to commit sedition and sentenced to life imprisonment by the Additional District and Sessions Court at Raipur.

SAARC meet to discuss on 'visa exemption', 'terror issues'
PTI, New Delhi, 23 January : A proposal to exempt certain categories of people from visa requirement for travel within South Asia is expected to be one of the main issues along with initiatives to forge greater integration and end terror in the region at the upcoming SAARC meet in Thimphu.
The SAARC Foreign Ministers' meeting in Thimphu on February 8 is also expected to take stock of various other initiatives, including economic integration, utilisation of the SAARC Development Fund and the Food Bank and formation of the South Asian Forum.
The SAARC Visa Exemption Scheme is expected to be one of the major issues on the agenda of the meeting which would be attended by External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and his counterparts from other seven member nations, sources said here.

Chief Minister Buddha demands unearthing of black money
Kolkata, 23 January : West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today demanded action against a section of capitalists who have allegedly amassed over Rs 100 lakh crores of unaccounted money in foreign banks.
Bhattacharjee said that some rich people in the country had deposited in Swiss or German banks over Rs 100 lakh crores of black money, while a large section of people remained in poverty. "Who are they? We demand steps against them," he said at a function marking the 114th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose as 'Desh Prem Divas'.
Seven KCP (Laheiba group) activists arrested in Manipur
PTI, Imphal, 23 January : Seven activists of the Kangleipak Communist Party (Lalheiba group) were arrested and two pistols seized from them from Sagolband Moirang Leirak area in Imphal West district today, officials said.
The seven activists of the KCP (Lalheiba group) were involved in the bomb blast at Telipati area on Friday last in Imphal East district, they said.
Due respect not shown to Netaji: Infosys' Narayana Murthy
Subhas Bose's Birth anniversary celebrated in WestBengal‎
PTI, Kolkata, 23 January : Infosys founder N R Narayana Murthy on Sunday criticised the political leadership of the country for failing to show due respect to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and said it is “time this is corrected”.
“We have not paid due respect to Netaji. It is time this is corrected,” entrepreneur-cum-thinker Mr. Murthy said here voicing concern over the leadership lacunae. Delivering the Netaji oration on the occasion of his birth anniversary at the Netaji Research Bureau, Mr. Murthy said, “I was shocked to learn that there is not single a major avenue named after Netaji in Delhi. Correct me, if I am wrong. I hope our wonderful Prime Minister will correct this lacunae.”
Describing Netaji as the most courageous leader of his time, the iconic corporate leader said that his presence would have spearheaded India to become the second most powerful economy of the world ahead of China.
Had he been present at the post-Independent reconstruction era along with Nehru, Rajaji, Patel and Shyama Prasad Mookherjee, India’s destiny would have been different, he observed. “India would have also done a much better job in terms of people management as he foresaw the negative impact of a burgeoning population on a country’s economy,” Murthy said.
“Netaji had all the smartness to take India far from what it is now today,” he said and observed sarcastically that “nowadays, we talk loud even about very mediocre achievements”.
Meanwhile, West Bengal governor M K Narayanan said that Netaji’s birthday on 23 January should be observed as ‘Desh Prem Divas’. “I hope that from next year onwards, the day will be observed as Desh Prem Divas,” he said. Photo : Avijit Mondal

Shillong pays glowing tributes to "Subhash Chandra Bose"
PTI, Shillong, 23 January : The city paid rich tributes to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and slogans like 'Netaji Zindabad' and 'Vandemataram' filled the air on the 114th birth anniversary of the veteran freedom fighter today.
People held portraits of Netaji and took part in 'Prabhat Pheris' (morning processions). Floral tributes were paid at the Netaji Square at Jail Road, the Netaji statue at State Central Library premises and other parts of the city. Hoisting the National Flag in front of the Netaji statue, state Power Minister Abu Taher Mondal called upon the people, especially the youth to learn from the life of Netaji.