To build the international airport, the government has started acquiring land but villagers say they will lose homes and croplands.
Kolkata, New Delhi, 31 January : The ICC today approved BCCI's proposal to hold the India-England Cricket World Cup tie at Bangalore after Eden Gardens was stripped of the right to host it and said the match will be held on the scheduled date of 27 February.
The Indian Cricket Board had yesterday recommended Bangalore as the alternate venue after the ICC decided to shift the match out of Eden Gardens after an inspection team of the world body had found the stadium to be under-prepared for the tie. READ BBC STORY
Agartala, 31 January : An official of National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) was today shot dead by rebels of outlawed NLFT and his driver injured at a remote tribal hamlet near the Indo-Bangla border, police said.
SP (Police control) Tushar Kanti Das said a group of NLFT ultras from inside the Bangladesh side of the border opened fire at the jeep in which C N Muni, in-charge of Shewapara border fencing site of NBCC in North Tripura district, was travelling this afternoon. Muni died on the spot while driver Narayan Roy was admitted to Kanchanpur sub-divisional hospital with injuries.
PTI, Kapurthala, 31 January : To combat Maoist problem in West Bengal, 200 young recruits of Kolkata Police underwent a six-month basic training from the Punjab Armed police here.
The policemen, who completed the training, will be put on VVIP security duty and given special assignments, Kolkata Police Senior Deputy Commissioner S K Gazmer told reporters on the sidelines of their passing out parade. He said the West Bengal government was raising a combat battalion and these recruits would be given assignments in this battalion after a six-week rigorous commando course.
Dhaka, 31 January : UK Border Agency enforcement operations have arrested 47 Bangladeshi nationals for working illegally in the UK in December and January.
Besides, in Scotland a Bangladeshi man has been jailed for 16 months this month for facilitating the unlawful entry of migrants to the UK, a release of the British High Commission here said today, adding he will be liable to deportation on release from prison. The 46 Bangladeshi men and one woman were found with other nationalities working illegally in widespread enforcement operations in England, Scotland and Wales over two months.
13-year-old Rouvanjit Rawla had been found hanging at his residence on 12 February last, four days after being allegedly caned by Principal Sunirmal Chakravarti for misbehaviour and disobedience.
The chief judge, city civil court, Kolkata, Dipak Saha Roy, rejected the prayer of the four teachers and upheld the order of a metropolitan judge to try them under more serious charges than those earlier framed by the police. Rouvanjit's father Ajay Rawla said he was "happy" to hear the judgement.
PTI, Imphal, 31 January : Police have seized arms and ammunition from the Wabagai Makha Leikai area in Thoubal district, official sources said today.
The police commandos seized three AK-56 rifle, one WGb rifle, two M-16 rifle, one 303 rifle, two M-23 rifle, some magazine and ammunition from the area last night during a raid, the sources said.
UNB, Sylhet, 31 January : A special court here Monday convicted 61 BDR jawans and sentenced them to different jail terms in BDR mutiny case.
Among the convicts, six were awarded seven years imprisonment while the others get different terms of imprisonment. The Special Court-14, headed by Col SM Farhad, also fined the convicts Tk 100 each. The three-member court also included Lt Col Akhtaruzzaman and Major Mohammad Maksudul Alam.
Kolkata, 31 January : RPG Group company Phillips Carbon Black Ltd (PCBL) will persist with its bid to acquire Germany-based Evonik Industry, world's second largest carbon black maker, its top executive said here Monday.
"Is it an opportunity (Evonik acquisition) that you should let go off," RPG group chairman Sanjiv Goenka said while talking to reporters here Monday.
New Delhi, 31 January : CPI today alleged that both BJP and Congress were on the same page on "saving" those having black money stashed abroad and demanded that the government should insist on an international pact forbidding deposits from any country with the intention of cheating the other.
In a statement, CPI Central Secretariat said the latest attempt of the government is aimed at making the depositors change their mind and go for voluntary disclosures.
The decision was taken at the inter-ministerial meeting on security on observance of the Ekushey February and International Mother Language Day held at the Home Ministry with Home Minister Sahara Khatun in the chair.
Besides, 24 CCTV will also be set up at different strategic points and sniper dog squad will also be on duty as part of tight security measures.
The meeting was told that the strict security measures have been taken keeping in mind of the hosting of the ICC World Cup peacefully.
Briefing to reporters after the meeting, the Home Minister said strict security will be in place to avert any kind of unpleasant situation.
The meeting proposed consideration of erecting more than one temporary altar alongside the Central Shahid Minar to handle the massive crowd as well as facilitate all mourners to pay their homage to the language martyrs smoothly.
Home Secretary Abdus Sobhan Sikder and officers concerned attended the meeting.