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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

GJM to withdraw from talks on Darjeeling-Dooars interim set-up

Jalpaiguri, 9 February : Blaming CPI(M) for the unrest in the Darjeeling hills and in adjacent Dooars, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha today said it will pull out from talks on the interim set-up and threatened to go back to its original demand for a separate state.
"CPI(M) goons are behind the chain of violence in Darjeeling hills and the Dooars. Instead of arresting the real culprits, the police are after GJM supporters and putting them behind bars on false charges," GJM spokesman Dr Harkabahadur Chhetri told reporters.
After a meeting with the district administration here, Chhetri said it had failed to justify yesterday's police firing leading to deaths. He said the hills people would not tolerate any police cover for the "trouble-makers patronised" by the Left Front government.
"The entire exercise was being carried out under the instruction of the Left Front government to defame the GJM," Chhetri claimed. Photos : AFP

High Court reserves ruling on Dr Binayak Sen’s bail plea
PTI, Bilaspur, 9 February : Chhattisgarh High Court on Wednesday reserved its order on the bail application filed by rights activist Dr Binayak Sen, who was sentenced to life imprisonment by a sessions court last year on charges of sedition and links with Maoists.
The High Court also reserved its ruling on Dr. Sen’s appeal against the conviction.

WB withdrawn request for army deployment in Darjeeling
PTI, New Delhi, 9 February : Indian defence minister AK Antony today said the West Bengal government has withdrawn its request for deploying army troops to control riots in Darjeeling.
"The West Bengal government has already withdrawn its request for army troops and the police and paramilitary personnel would look after the situation there," he told a press conference.

Fire arms recovered from private car from Burdwan village
Burdwan, 9 February : Three pistols and seven rounds of cartridges were recovered from a private car with Government of West Bengal sticker pasted on it from Sridhar village in Bardhaman district today, police said.
As the car, carrying six unknown people, was moving in the village, the locals suspected the occupants and intercepted it. Overpowering the six occupants, a huge number of people beat them up and informed the police. By the time police reached the spot, one of the six miscrreants fled the scene. The remaining were arrested.

Altogether 91 Bangladeshis held in Andaman-Nicobar Ilds.
Port Blair, 9 February : Altogether 91 Bangladeshi nationals have been arrested from Car Nicobar in Andaman and Nicobar islands for entering into India without valid papers.
Deputy Superintendent of Police G Lalu said the 91 Bangladeshis were arrested from Tamaloo hamlet in A & N islands on Sunday where they arrived in small boats. The Bangladeshis told interrogators that they had set sail from the neighbouring land on January two for a decent job in Malayasia.

Industries and Commerce Fair records Rs 8 crore sale
Agartala, 9 February : The 21st Industries and Commerce Fair-Agartala at Children’s Park ended on Tuesday with a record margin of business.
Official statement said, hundreds of stalls from various commercial houses including international companies recorded business above Rs 8 crore of sales and advance booking of several consumer goods including orders for private and commercial vehicles. On the closing ceremony, Industries and Commerce Minister Jitendra Chaudhury said, for the expansion of Industries and Trade fair from next year the fair would be organized in a bigger place at Hapania, near Jute Mill with a permanent pavilion.

NEDFi to back foreign investors' projects in Indian northeast
IANS, Agartala, 9 February : The state-owned North Eastern Development Finance Corporation (NEDFi) is keen to provide financial support to single or joint venture projects involving foreign investors, a top official said here Wednesday.
'If any foreign investor on his own or jointly with the Indian entrepreneurs is willing to set up any industrial or infrastructural or service sector projects in northeast region, the NEDFi would offer fiscal support,' NEDFi chairman Buru Paul Muktieh told IANS. 'However, the foreign investor or the overseas firm has to be registered in India to get the financial aid,' he clarified.

Buddhadeb Dasgupta's "Janala" to be released on 25 Feb
Kolkata, 9 February : Critically-acclaimed filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta's 'Janala', about a man's impulsive dream to repair a broken window of his old village school, is slated to release on 25 February.
Starring Indraneil Sengupta and Swastika Mukherjee in lead roles, 'Janala' (the window) touches on the nostalgia of childhood and the quest to return to roots, while struggling to keep one's neck above the waters of the present day muck.
"Janala is an attempt to be a reminiscent of the times when we sometimes try to make a simple dream come true, but the cogs of destiny leave us feeling unfulfilled. The film has been showcased at 15 film festivals across the world and been well received," Dasgupta said in a statement today.