"A similar situation occurred when an officer was asked to take charge as DIG (Darjeeling range) but refused. The post is still vacant," an official said. Never before has a routine transfer of IPS officers in the state and city police departments generated so much heat. Even three days after home secretary Ardhendu Sen announced some of the transfers, no formal order has yet been announced. Sources said the reason behind the delay is the pressure created by two lobbies led by some top IAS and IPS officers. Most of the IPS officers are now divided into two groups and exerting pressure on the government to get a posting of their choice. Posts are being upgraded to satisfy senior officers, leaving some others fuming. Officially, the government has blamed the delay on the Assembly bypolls scheduled for next month.
A senior IPS officer said that it was some lobbies which were behind the creation of two special commissioners' posts for Kolkata Police.
A seamless cash-dispensing facility froze in fear in Kolkata today as a strike crippled ATMs of even non-unionised banks. The bank strike, which will be in place for 24 hours more till Friday night, left countless people scrambling for currency in the city as ATMs of new-age banks also downed shutters after pickets outside their cash-dispenser sites. This is the first bank strike since the RBI allowed people from 1 April to withdraw cash without charge from even ATMs of banks in which they did not hold accounts.
PTI, New Delhi, 6 August : Ahead of Independence Day, Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba is planning to target three major cities including Delhi where Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will unfurl the tricolour from the historic Red Fort, home ministry officials said.
Besides the national capital, other cities on LeT target are Kolkata and Hyderabad, a top home ministry official said. Intelligence agencies have given specific inputs that LeT, responsible for innumerable terror strikes including 26/11 in Mumbai, is planning to target the three metros in the run-up to the Independence Day, the official said.
The Centre has already shared the information with the governments of West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh besides informing Delhi Police for necessary action.
Dhaka, 6 August : The 68th death anniversary of Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore is being observed in Bangladesh on Thursday with the rendering of his literary creations.
Many organisations in Dhaka and elsewhere across the country have taken up programmes marking the day. The Bangla Academy will hold a discussion on Tagore's life and works in its seminar hall, which followed by a cultural programme. Presided over by Tagore specialist Sanjida Khatun, professor Hayat Mamud will read out a special essay on the world poet.
State-run Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television and private radio and TV channels broadcasted strings of diverse programmes in remembrance of the great poet throughout the day.
The national anthem of Bangladesh and India was composed by Tagore.
Kolkata, 6 August : The city will soon get its second BS-III laboratory for research and detection of bird flu. Being imported from Hong Kong, the modular laboratory will be set up at the University of Animal and Fisheries Sciences University, Belgachia, at a cost of Rs 5 crore.
"We need a modern laboratory for quick detection of bird flu. Hopefully, we will be able to get faster reports in case bird flu breaks out again," said Dhruba Chakraborty, a senior teacher and researcher of the university. The poultry industry in the country has lost Rs 700 crore due to bird flu so far. West Bengal has been one of the worst affected with 55 blocks being severely affected since 2006.
Dhaka, 6 August : Bangladesh Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the water resources ministry to form an expert committee to examine available data on India's planned Tipaimukh Dam project, and give an assessment of the project's likely impact on Bangladesh.
Abdur Razzak, who led a parliamentary delegation to India to gather data on the project, said on Thursday that they had submitted a report to the prime minister of their findings on the trip. Razzak, whose team returned from New Delhi just two days ago, said he and his delegation members had sought further relevant data and Indian government officials had agreed to provide Dhaka with all information required.
He said the expert committee would then give an opinion of the likely impact, environmental or otherwise, of the dam that is slated to cross the Barak River in the India's northeastern Manipur state.
Agartala, 6 August : Tripura Police arrested four minor Bangladesh nationals from the western part along the Indo-Bangladesh border, who had escaped from a juvenile home in Agartala late last night.
Police today said nine minors, including seven Bangladeshis, all inmates of the remand home, escaped by breaking the window grill and the matter was reported immediately to the police. A manhunt was launched and police arrested four of them from near the Indo-Bangladesh border but the others managed to flee.
Tripura Social Welfare minister Bijita Nath said the government had ordered an inquiry into the incident and they were also inquiring as to how the children managed to escape from the home under tight security. She said all the police stations as well as Border Security Force personnel were alerted following the incident.
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Kolkata, Lalgarh, 6 August : The security operation carried out by the police and paramilitary forces to flush out Maoists from the trouble-torn belt of Lalgarh has not received satisfactory results, the West Bengal government conceded Thursday.
“Initially, we received significant success in establishing the rule of the law in Lalgarh, but in the latter half of the operation the result has not been very satisfactory,” Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen told reporters after a meeting with senior state police officer.
“As the central paramilitary forces would not stay in Lalgarh permanently, we’ll have to plan for a time-bound operation, say for next 15-25 days, to improve the law and order situation in the region,” Sen said. န Photo : PTI
PTI, New Delhi, 6 August : Controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasrin, who was dramatically bundled out from West Bengal in November 2007, returned here on Thursday for extension of her visa which is ending on 17 August.
The 46-year-old Bangladeshi writer, who has been a target of Islamic fundamentalists, arrived at the Indira Gandhi International airport in the morning from a European country and was immediately whisked away by security agencies to an undisclosed destination, official sources said.
Her visa is valid till 17 August. She has been requesting for permanent residency in the country, but the government has not taken any decision on the issue. Taslima had left India on 18 March last year for Sweden after she was kept in a safe house in the national capital for more than four months. Taslima, who had not been allowed to see any visitors during the period, had described her confinement as living in "a chamber of death". She has periodically travelled abroad with the last trip being in November 2007 when she was asked to leave West Bengal. န Photo : Guardian
ANI, New Delhi, 6 August : The Government of India has sanctioned fencing over 3436 kilometres along the Indo-Bangladesh border in phased projects.
Up to March 2009, a total of 2650 km. of fencing has been erected. “The single row type of fencing erected under Phase - I project is being replaced by the composite multiple row type concertina fencing with the improved design and higher specifications. “About 861 km of fencing has been sanctioned for replacement, out of which 367 km has already been replaced up to March 2009,” Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Mullappally Ramachandran told the Parliament today.
The fencing procedure has been facing many challenges, including many non-feasible and problematic stretches like riverine, low-lying and waterlogged areas, hilly terrains, villages and population till International border (zero-line) and 150 yards problem with Bangladesh, the minister said.
Dhaka, 6 August : A banned Bangladeshi Islamist outfit hired "a dozen operatives from India" to eliminate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her rival Khaleda Zia in a failed bid to foil the parliament elections held last year, The Daily Star newspaper said Thursday.
Details of a nexus between the Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and its operatives in West Bengal, were provided during interrogation of militant Zahidul Islam Sumon alias "Boma" Mizan, an investigator of the elite Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) told The Daily Star newspaper Today.
Agartala, 6 August : The Congress-led Assam government is learning from the Left Front government in Tripura how to effectively run autonomous district councils for the tribal people.
A five-member ministerial team led by Assam Revenue Minister Bhumidhar Barman is on a three-day visit to Tripura to study the functioning of the politically important Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), which provides tribals constitutional rights to develop their socio-economic position. “Various ethnic groups in Assam have demanded separate autonomous district councils, but since the tribals are scattered in the different areas it is becoming difficult to constitute autonomous bodies for them,” Barman told journalists.
The visiting Assam ministers said Tripura’s tribal areas autonomous district councils are seen as role models in the country. “We have learnt many things about the functioning of the TTAADC in Tripura and it would help us to constitute autonomous councils for the tribals in Assam,” Barman said.
The team visited several parts of Tripura in the past three days and held a series of meetings with Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and functionaries of the tribal autonomous district councils.
Savar, 6 August : Six people were killed and 30 others injured on Thursday when a bus carrying garment workers and a goods-laden truck collided on the Dhaka-Tangail highway at Baroipara in Savar.
Ashulia police said, Nusrat Enterprise bus carrying employees of Experience Clothing at Dhaka Export Processing Zone coming from Kaliakoir collided head-on with the truck laden with spices at around 7:30am (BDST). Traffic movement was suspended for two hours on the highway and it became normal after the bus and truck were removed by a crane.
The condition of 10 employees were said to be critical. They were taken to clinics and hospital in Savar, police said. The police seized the bus and the truck.