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Monday, June 6, 2011

FB warns of parting company, CPI to stay in improved Left Front

PTI, Kolkata, 6 June : Two Left Front partners today blamed major partner CPI(M) for the Assembly elections rout, with the All India Forward Bloc bluntly asking it for a change in leadership while the CPI stated that it would continue in the coalition but it has to improve.
Referring to the CPI(M) leadership, All India Forward Bloc General Secretary Debabrata Biswas told newsmen here, "Will this leadership which gives diktats and does not listen to dissenting voice be able to give a new approach? Their know-all ego will not do."
"They will have to bring about change in leadership and in the ways of functioning and if they don't we will have to think of charting our own way," Biswas warned. He said a new approach was required to recover from the huge loss suffered in the recent elections.
"A new orientation is required, change of approach, leadership and attitude has to be brought for a turnaround from this huge loss in West Bengal," Biswas said after a three-day meeting of the party's central committee and central secretariat to discuss the the Assembly election debacle.
Speaking in a similar vein, CPI state secretary Manju Kumar Majumder told a separate press conference, "This debacle was not the result of a day's lapse. There was gradual resentment among the masses. Our party projected the diversion, flaws, weaknesses and loss of ground before the CPI(M), which was not given any importance."

Bangladesh-India Foreign Sec level consultations tomorrow
UNI, Dhaka, 6 June : Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao arrived here this (Monday) afternoon to lead the Indian side at the Foreign Secretary level consultations with Foreign Secretary Mohamed Mijarul Quayes who will lead the Bangladesh side. The consultations will focus on entire range of bilateral relations as well as sub-regional issues. The two Foreign Secretaries will take stock of the progress of implementation of decisions taken during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to India in January last year and chart out the way forward.

Alignment of Agartala-Akhaura via Bangladesh Rly line to be
Agartala, 6 June : The alignment of the railway line between Agartala with Akhaura via Gangasagar in Bangladesh would be finalised by an inter ministerial group during a visit here on 9 June.
The 8-member delegation would be headed by B N Rajsekhar, member Indian Railway Board, Tripura minister for Industries and Commerce, Jitendra Chowdhury told reporters here today.
The Railway Ministry has approved Rs 251 crore for laying 14 km of railway track to connect Agartala with Akhaura via Gangasagar in Bangladesh, he said. The Department of North Eastern region (DoNER) ministry would pay Rs 105 crore for construction the rail link on the Indian side and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Rs 146 crore for the project on the Bangladesh side, Chowdhury said. He said that another joint survey would be made next month to officially notify the proposed alignment.
Earlier, a joint team comprising representatives from both sides had made a joint survey in November last year. The Northeastern Frontier Railway (NFR) is likely to take up work for laying the tracks by October next year.
Sources in the NFR said, the Detailed Project Report (DPR) was almost ready and would be submitted to the Rail Ministry and the Railway Board for final approval. The railway extension from Agartala to Udaipur in South Tripura district was expected to be completed by December 2012.
The conversion of the broad gauge line from Lumding to Badarpur in Assam has started after which it would be extended from Badarpur to Agartala. The NF railway was also conducting a survey to extend the railway up to Sabroom, the southern border town of Tripura for connectivity with the Chittagong Port in Bangladesh.

Missing TMC worker's son lodges FIR against CPIM leaders
Midnapore, 6 June : The son of a missing Trinamool Congress worker today lodged an FIR against CPI(M) leader Sushanta Ghosh and two others alleging that they were responsible for his father's death.
The son of Ajay Acharya tonight lodged an FIR at Keshpur police station in West Midnapore district against Sushanta Ghosh, a former West Bengal minister and CPI(M) leaders Imtiaz Ali and Tarun Roy alleging that they were responsible for the death of Acharya, police said. Sushanta Ghosh is the CPI(M) MLA from Garbeta.
Ajay Acharya was missing since 22 September, 2002 after he was abducted allegedly by CPI(M) cadres following a clash between the CPI(M) and TMC. Yesterday Ajay Acharya''s son claimed one of the skeletons dug out from near the ancestral residence of Sushanta Ghosh''s, as that of his father''s. Skeletons, skulls and bones dug up on 4 June from near Sushanta's residence could be that of five to six persons.
A CID team led by SP Ashok Prasad Jain earlier in the day visited Piasala village to inquire about the persons missing since a clash on 22 September, 2002.
Trinamool Congress leader and MLA Mrigen Maity alleged that a number of his party supporters were attacked allegedly by CPI(M) men after a meeting in the village on that date. They were missing since then. Photos : Mitul Das

BJP dharna in Kolkata over crackdown on Ramdev's rally
Kolkata, 6 June : Protesting against the police crackdown on yoga guru Ramdev and his supporters at the Ramlila maidan in Delhi, BJP supporters today went on a day-long dharna here.
West Bengal party chief Rahul Sinha, secretary Ritesh Tiwari and others were present at the dharna at the Vidyasagar statue in College Square. Speakers condemned the Centre''s ''undemocratic action'' and said "the police crackdown reminds us of the dark days of Emergency in 1975 when people''s democratic and fundamental rights were drastically curbed.
Chartered accountants recommend more Dir Tax in budget
BSS, Dhaka, 6 June : Chartered accountants have recommended imposing more direct tax in the upcoming national budget to eliminate economic disparity as they think it has been rising despite the recent economic growth and development.
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB), the main platform of the country's professional accountants, made this suggestion today in their 47-point recommendations for the national budget of 2011-12 fiscal, to be placed in the Jatiya Sangsad on Thursday.
ICAB President Parveen Mahmud read out the recommendations at a press conference held at her office in the city's Karwan Bazar area. The government, she said, had initiated different programmes for poverty alleviation, but the economic disparity is still rising, which needs to be addressed in the upcoming national budget.
"To eliminate this economic inequality, the amount of the direct tax should be emphasized and increased instead of heavily depending on indirect tax," she said.
ICAB, however, observed that the tax process should be simplified with improving efficiency of tax administration to increase the collection of direct tax. The organisation suggested introducing a fee of Taka 2,500 for renewal of TIN (Tax Identification Number) for the person who does not declare any taxable income.