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Tuesday, January 6, 2009


Bangladesh's 1972 Constitution to be restored Says Barrister Shafique
Dhaka, 8 January : Bangladesh's Parliamentary Affairs Minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed said his ministry will take steps to restore the 1972 constitution in order to reestablish the spirits of secularism, the great liberation war, rule of law, human rights and democracy in the country.
"As a lawyer and human rights activist I have certain commitments to the people. The government is also committed to restore the Constitution of 1972.
If those commitments are fulfilled, the religious militancy and terrorism emerged in recent years in the country will be rooted out," he said. In an interview with The Daily Star at his Indira Road residence Tuesday night immediately after taking oath as a minister, Barrister Shafique Ahmed said his ministry will take all necessary legal steps to try the war criminals who committed genocide, rapes and torture against the people of the country during the liberation war in 1971. The war criminals should be tried in the special tribunal under the International Crimes Tribunal Act 1973, he said.
Tripura Govt make Film on Sachin Dev Burman
Agartala, 8 January : The Indian Films Division will make a documentary film on the life of legendary musician Sachin Dev Burman, official sources said. The director of the Eastern Regional Centre of the Films Division, Rajiv Kumar has sent a letter to the Information Culture and Tourism (ICAT) department of the Tripura State Government informing about the decision. Tripura ICAT minister, Anil Sarkar said the State Government had already assured the Films Division of all possible cooperation for the project. Burman, a noted Bollywood musician and Bengali singer, was born in Comilla's Chortha village, now in Bangladesh, on 1 October, 1906. He was a descendant of Tripura's royal family.
WB Excise & Finance minister suggests more legal Bar to curb hooch menace
Kolkata, 8 January : The West Bengal government will open only as many liquor shops as “socially acceptable” as part of a new liquor policy that could also offer bootleggers other means of livelihood, finance minister Asim Dasgupta said today.
“We shall smash all illicit liquor dens and at the same time stop opening retail country liquor shops indiscriminately to discourage consumption. Under the new policy, we shall open as many shops as are required to meet the socially acceptable level of demand,” Dasgupta said.
The minister, speaking days after spurious liquor killed 28 people in Kolkata’s Kidderpore, didn’t explain what a “socially acceptable level of demand” would be. But it is being seen as an indication that fewer licences would be granted.
Hooch toll mounts to 28, six held
Kolkata, 7 January : The he crackdown on illicit liquor continued on Wednesday. Six persons were arrested and 94.5 litre hooch was seized by police. Also, the toll mounted with yet another person dying in hospital during the day.
Alerted by the fatal incident in the city, district police have also swung into action. In a special raid on Wednesday, the North 24-Parganas police destroyed 7,500 litre hooch in various parts of New Barrackpore and Ghola. Police demolished eight dens there. "The Leningarh area was notorious for hooch production," said a senior police officer. "We are trying to destroy the production units. Tension gripped the Baguiati area on Wednesday morning after a habitual drinker died," he added.
The angry mob, meanwhile, destroyed a few hooch dens of the area. South 24-Parganas district police have also started conducting raids in the fringe areas.

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