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Monday, February 14, 2011

GJM' indefinite Darjeeling hills bandh to continue, no relaxation

PTI, Jalpaiguri, Kolkata, 14 February : The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha today reversed its earlier decision to relax its indefinite bandh in Darjeeling hills, which entered the sixth day today.
GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said in Kolkata that the indefinite shutdown would continue.
"Earlier it was decided to relax the bandh. But people do not want this due to torture unleashed on them by police with the help of BSF and CRPF who broke their houses and ransacked them," Giri told PTI.
GJM president Bimal Gurung had earlier in the day announced in Jalpaiguri that the bandh would be relaxed for 24 hours from six am tomorrow to enable people to stock up provisions and other essentials.
Gurung also said that its proposed Kumani-Sankosh padayatra to press for a separate Gorkhaland would be called off subject to police allowing GJM supporters from Dooars and other areas to meet him. န File Photos

Bangladesh reverse plan to offload govt enterprises shares
Reuters, Dhaka, 14 February : Bangladesh on Monday reversed a decision to offload shares in dozens of state-owned enterprises, while angry investors took to the streets again in response to a continuing stock market tumble.
The government's decision to offload shares in 26 state-owned companies had led the stock market to panic further, a stock market official said... READ FULL STORY

"Border Guard of Bangladesh" to raise 19 new battalions
UNB, Feni, 14 February : The Border Guard of Bangladesh (BGB) will shortly raise 19 new battalions as part of a grand plan to strengthen the force and restore people’s confidence shattered badly on the border force after the BDR mutiny at its Peelkhan headquarter two years ago.
This was disclosed by BGB Director General Maj Gen Mohammad Rafiqul Islam while opening the new building for Noapur border outpost at Kalikapur in Phulgazi upazil today.
In his bid to raise the morale of the troops Gen Rafiq informed the jawans that observation tower will be constructed to monitor the movement of the Indian BSF. Proposal has been made to the government for procuring 17,000 motorbikes for use of the troops posted at border outposts to improve their mobility. Distance between the outposts will be brought down to 5 km. Four regional headquarters will be set up with fresh recruitments.

Bangladesh Cabinet approves National Child Policy 2011
Dhaka, 14 February : Bangladesh cabinet Monday approved the National Child Policy 2011, aiming to provide more facilities for children.
The approval was given at the regular weekly meeting of the cabinet held at Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. After the meeting Press Secretary to the Prime Minister Abul Kalam Azad briefed the reporters at the PID conference room.
With fielding improved, India are favourites: Vivian Richards
Kolkata, 14 February : West Indian legend Vivian Richards feels that Indian cricket team has improved in the fielding department in recent times and that increases the chance of Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men winning the World Cup.
"India has improved in the fielding department recently.
I see change in psyche among the Indian players. Today the players are more committed on the field. People like (coach) Gary Kirsten should be given credit for that," Richards said while participating at a cricket programme "Power Play" here last night.
"I think a good fielding unit will win this World Cup," said Richards, considered the most destructive batsman of modern cricket.
Richards praised Dhoni for leading from the front. "If you are a leader, you have to perform. And Dhoni is leading the side from the front. Photo : AFP