Mahato, leader of the People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA), was nabbed from Birka near the headquarters of Lalgarh block in West Midnapore district, Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) Surajit Kar Purakayastha told Bengal Newz.
Following the arrests, irate Maoists tried to trigger a landmine blast in the Kantapahari area. Later, Maoist leader Kishanjee said their organisation has called a nationwide shutdown 3 October. န Photo : ANI
Mahato, the leader of People's Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA), was arrested from Birka near Lalgarh when he was preparing to give an interview to a journalist, who was trailed by the police, a top police official said. The tribal leader, who had been giving regular interviews to local television news channels when the anti-Maoist operations by central para-military forces and the state police at Lalgarh began on 19 June, had gone underground shortly afterwards.
The tribals under Mahato had demanded that the then Superintendent of Police Rajesh Singh should appear before them and apologise for the "atrocities" committed by the police. န Photo : ANI
The actress will arrive here tomorrow on a two-day visit. "She (Azmi) will open a fortnight-long painting exhibition of Shahabuddin Ahmed on Sunday at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts,"said a spokesman of the gallery. The exhibition titled "Joy Bangla" (long live Bangladesh) will showcase the collection of some rare paintings by Shahabuddin Ahmed based on the 1971's Bangladesh Liberation War.
Ahmed, who also fought the war of country's independence, has been living in Paris for the past three decades. န Photo : Nashirul Islam
The invitation to the Cricket Board to send the under-21 squad for the multi-discipline event, scheduled from 29 January to 9 February, 2010, has been forwarded by the Indian Olympic Association, according to informed sources. The South Asia Olympic Council has introduced cricket as one of the 22 disciplines in the SAG, IOA secretary-general Randhir Singh has informed the Board.
The appreciation came when Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina attended bilateral meetings with prime ministers of Sri Lanka and Kenya, and secretaries general of Commonwealth and OIC on Friday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly Session 2009. During the bilateral talks at the UN booths, Sheikh Hasina discussed various issues and matters of development. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayke described Sheikh Hasina’s plans and programmes as wise and visionary in the process of attaining the Bangladesh people’s long-cherished wellbeing and prosperity. He mentioned the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord signed during the last Awami League government that had been successful in reinstating peace in the hill districts.
Sheikh Hasina was also hailed for her role in making the world community beware about the dire impacts of the global climate change and providing guidance for finding out the solutions to protect people from natural disasters.
Durga puja has been a low-key affair in the deltas this year after cyclone Aila destroyed the livelihood of the 4 million residents of Sundarbans deltas driving bread winners to cities. Thousands of people, mostly working men, toiling as construction workers, gardeners or daily-wage labourers in the cities, are likely to miss puja festivities this year. "The sadness that surrounds the day of Durga idol immersion is evident everywhere in Sundarbans before the pujas," MP of Jaynagar Lok Sabha constituency in Sundarbans, Tarun Mondal told Bengal Newz.
"More than 40 per cent of residents have left their homes to work in Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Mohon (42), member of the banned Purbo Bangla Communist Party (ML) 'red flag', was the 19th victim of the ongoing crackdown against outlawed extremists in the country's south and south-western districts. Squad commander of RAB-12 Kushtia unit Flight Lt Nazrul Islam said, "Acting on a tip-off that a gang of terrorists had assembled for a secret meeting near Trimohoni Bazar in Lalnagar village under Doulatpur Upazila, a RAB contingent raided the spot at around 3:15am.(BDST).