He said these foreign powers had worked before and are working now in different countries to see that red flags do not flutter any more. "They are afraid of red flags. We are warning these foreign forces not to meddle into the affairs of our state."
Evidently happy at the huge turnout, Bhattacharjee said there was no alternative to Leftism and the coming election would give the direction which way West Bengal would go - towards anarchy or towards development of people. He, however, cautioned party cadres against behaving arrogantly which, he observed, had led to resentment among people. "I call upon them to correct themselves and go to the people and admit mistakes," Bhattacharjee said asking party supporters to fight to win the coming elections. န Photos : Bidhan Bhattacharjee, PTI
Kolkata, 13 February : Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today described the ruling Left Front's rally at the Brigade Parade Ground here as its "farewell meeting" and said the LF government was on its way out.
The rally was the left Front's last-ditch attempt to supply oxygen to a dying entity, Banerjee said, but, she predicted, "this will prove to be a grand failure". Mamata, also the Railway Minister, is confident that this is the LF's last Brigade rally before it gets dethroned.
Dhaka, 13 February : Frustrated investors again took to the street staging angry protest on Sunday following sharp fall in the share prices on the first trading day of the week at Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE).
The demonstrators brought out procession in front of the country’s premier bourse in the capital’s commercial hub Motijheel to vent their angers.
Tension prevailed in Kurseong of the Darjeeling Hills as the body of Nita Khawas (22), who died of bullet wounds at a Siliguri hospital yesterday after getting injured at Sikchu police firing on February 8, was taken out by GJM and cremated at Sitai, official sources said.
Besides Kurseong, where very few people other than Morcha supporters ventured out, life remained paralysed in Mirik, Kalimpong, Darjeeling town and elsewhere in the hills with all shops downing shutters and passenger vehicles staying off the road, the sources said.
PTI, Gangtok, 13 February : A convoy of 94 vehicles left Rangpo in Sikkim for Siliguri today via National Highway 31A which passes through Darjeeling district where Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) sponsored indefinite bandh enters fifth day.
The convoy left Rangpo with police escort in view of the bandh, police said. They said for the last few days GJM picketers had only allowed Sikkim National Transport (SNT) vehicles to pass on the highway and private vehicles and taxis were plying at their own risk.
They also urged the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to cancel the licenses of those operators who are dillydallying in renewing the license as per the proposed new guidelines and to invite new international bids to give mobile phone operating licenses in Bangladesh. This demand was placed at a press conference by Citizens Rights Movement Secretary General Tushar Rahman held at the National Press Club.
He also demanded cancellation of the licenses of those operators who were fined for illegal VoIP business and for tax-evasion violating the conditions of the BTRC.
He said that the mobile phone operators in Bangladesh began their business giving minimum license fee although mobile phone operators in neighbouring India and Pakistan had to give Rs 1,500 crore and Rs 1790 crore respectively. “Mobile phone operators in these two countries are charging rational call rates, but operators in Bangladesh charge the highest rates in the world,” he added.
PTI, Shillong, 13 February : Two top NDFB militants,arrested along with three other cadres and a sympathizer in Meghalaya, have admitted their involvement in a number of killings and blasts in Assam, besides links with smallermilitant groups, police said.
Lachit Boro alias Langana confessed to have killed 26people, including those in the serial strikes that the outfitcarried out in western Assam districts, mainly in Sonitpur,killing more than 20 people in November last year, after acadre was gunned down by security forces, a top policeofficial told PTI today.
PTI, Mangaldoi (Assam), 13 February : Two persons were crushed to death by the security vehicle of so-called Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev here today, police said.
The mishap occurred at the weekly market area of Janaram Chowk when Ramdev's security vehicle ran over and killed two people on the spot, they said. While an agitated crowd gathered at the spot, unperturbed Ramdev, currently on a visit to the state since 7 February, moved on to attend a nearby Yoga camp under Sipahjar police station limit.
Dhaka, 13 February : Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman has said that Bangladesh will soon open its embassy in Kabul to strengthen bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
The President said this when newly appointed Afghan Ambassador to Bangladesh Abdul Rahim Qraz presented his credentials to him at Bangabhaban today. President Zillur expressed the hope that Bangladesh’s trade and commerce with Afghanistan would increase in the coming days.
IANS, Kolkata, 13 February : A CPI(M) leader in West Midnapore district was shot dead by Maoists Sunday for acting as a police informer, police said.
"We were informed that a bullet-ridden body was lying near a forest in Beliabera village of Jhargram sub-division," Superintendent of Jhargram Police district Praveen Tripathi told IANS over phone. "The body was recovered and identified as that of Rameshwar Bag. He was a local CPI(M) leader," he added. Maoist posters, claiming responsibility for the crime, were recovered from the spot. They read that Bag was given 'capital punishment' for acting as police informer, Tripathi said.
Dhaka, 13 February : The Bangladesh government has decided to recognize the ship breaking sector as an industry.
The decision was taken at a high level meeting on ship breaking and ship recycling with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair at her office Sunday noon. According to the decision, the ship breaking sector has been placed under the Ministry of Industries, PM’s Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad said.
BNS’s inaugural function will be held at 10 am at the stadium. Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) been renovated and modernized at a cost of nearly Tk 35 crore. The renovation and modernization works for the new look of BNS includes ICC hospitality box, BCB hospitality box, expansion and improvement of VIP lounge, renovation of floodlight, expansion and improvement of media center with air cooler and gallery shades.
The renovation also include , installation of about 26,000 chairs in the gallery, three decorated entry gates to the stadium, VIP car parking area, installation of World Cup replica at the gate of Baitul Mukaram Mosque and installation of CCTV, and 82’ giant TV screen.
Besides the opening ceremony, Bangladesh will also host eight World Cup matches - four matches including two quarterfinals at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium at city’s Mirpur and two group matches at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.