On a tip-off, police raided the house of one person, Birsen Reang, at Shantipara and allegedly recovered the pieces from there yesterday. Police said Birsen and another person, Padmajoy Reang, were arrested and had confessed to have earlier smuggled ivory to neighbouring Bangladesh. Police suspected the duo was involved in the killing of wild tuskers for ivory.
People had waited for long 38 years and now we would like to see our 'blood debts' repaid : Pataka Michhil
Dhaka, 30 October : Pataka Michhil, a pro-Liberation War organisation, on Friday called upon the government to arrest and try the war criminals immediately.
Pataka Michhil activists took out a procession carrying national flags in the morning from the Central Shaheed Minar, assembled in front of the High Court building and held a rally there. Sculptor Ferdousi Priyobhashini kicked off the procession. Motahar Akhand, Sheikh Md Ali Aman, Firoza Begum, Lovely Yasmeen, Sohrab Uddin, Sharif A Kafi, Pataka Michhil president Sheikh Abdur Razzak and others addressed the processionists. The government and its ministers have only been making announcements from time to time, signifying nothing, they said. They should put an end to such mockeries, the speakers demanded. They said they have taken to the street to see the war criminals put on trial.
Pataka Michhil has announced that they will have a similar 'national flag procession' in November in Tangail which will be replicated all over gradually. န Photo : Mustafiz Mamun
Santiniketan, 30 October : The employees and teachers of Visva Bharati University, who are on strike since 24 October demanding a CBI probe into alleged corruption by Vice Chancellor R K Roy, today started a relay hunger strike to press the demand.
The employees and teachers union said the relay hunger strike would continue till the government announces a CBI probe. The CPI(M) MP from Bolpur Ramchandra Dom met the striking employees and teachers and heard their views.
Later talking to reporters, Dom said "I had come here to express my solidarity with the agitation by the employees and teachers of Visva Bharati University. I think some probe should be ordered into the allegations levelled by the employees and teachers against the Vice-Chancellor. 24 Oct. န Photo : Timir Raha
New Delhi, 30 October : Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, the senior most member of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s cabinet, Friday hinted his present tenure may be the last after which he would like to call it quits in politics and indulge in his “large collection of books” waiting for him in his study.
“By the time this tenure is over, ladies and gentlemen, I will be 79,” the finance minister told the audience at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, when asked where he saw himself after five years and if he had aspirations to become the president of the country. န Photo : Reuters
It has put the Centre in a piquant situation where two of its departments took disparate and contrary positions. The CPI(M) leaders, including their general secretary Prakash Karat, accuse the Trinamool Congress of having a clandestine link with the Maoists, which has been vociferously denied by both the TMC and its ally Congress.
Kolkata, 30 October : Suspected Maoists looted around Rs.4 lakh (Rs.400,000) from an irrigation department office in West Midnapore district Friday afternoon, police said.
“Five motorcycle-borne Maoist rebels looted a state irrigation department office at Jhargram sub-division this afternoon,” Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) Surajit Kar Purakayastha told Bengal Newz. He said one of the armed Maoists was caught by the locals and later handed over to police. Four fled from the scene with the money. In another incident, Maoists set a forest department outpost on fire in the wee hours Friday in Shilda forest near Binpur in the district. Maoists also set ablaze a CPI(M) office there.
"We've got nothing suspicious after interrogating Dutta. We called him to the CID headquarters for some routine questioning," Deputy Inspector General of CID (special operations) Ajoy Ranade told IANS Thursday. Asked about Dutta's frequent statements before the media following his release that was termed a violation of the police code of conduct by some quarters, Ranade said: "We're not looking into that aspect. There's a disciplinary committee of state police to address that issue."
Dutta, the officer-in-charge of Sankrail police station in West Midnapore district, was abducted by a group of armed Maoists 20 October and later released unharmed by the rebels after 51 hours of captivity. န Photo : Avijit Mondal
Dhaka, 30 October : India is considering granting passage to trucks from Nepal going to Bangladesh, media reports said.
The possibility of a trilateral arrangement was considered when commerce ministers of the three nations met at the South Asian Free Trade Agreement (Safta) ministerial council meeting in Kathmandu Wednesday, United News of Bangladesh (UNB) news agency reported citing an official release. The discussion took place between Bangladesh Commerce Minister Faruk Khan and his Indian counterpart Anand Sharma.
The Railway Minister Mamta Banerjee stated that Government is planning to extend Railway links to Darjeeling and Mirik in another phase. The Railway link to Sikkim is a big challenge since during monsoon the NH31A frequently gets blocked due to landslides as such the Rail link could be a justified alternative for such case CM said. The 53 kms broad gauge Sevok–Rangpo Rail link would be a big achievements since there shall be 100 bridges, 13 tunnels, longest of all tunnel would be around 2 km. န Photo : Sanjit Mitra
Dankuni, 30 October : The Kolkata-bound Rajdhani express was blocked by a group of passengers at Dankuni station in the Hooghly district, about 20 km north west of Kolkata.
The train was finally allowed to move at about 11:30 am. The incident happened at about 9-40 a.m. when the train, proceeding towards Howrah station, was stopped by a CPI(M)-backed passengers’ organization. They agitators were demanding inadequate infrastructure of the railways and lack of local trains resulting in passenger harassment. They demanded that senior officers of the railways should arrive at the spot to address their grievances.
'The PCPIR policy is a window to ensure the adoption of a holistic approach to the development of global scale industrial clusters in the petroleum, chemical and petrochemical sectors,' the coal ministry said in a statement. It said the idea was to set up industrial estates in a planned manner with a view to achieve synergies and ensure value-added manufacturing, research and development.
The West Bengal government has estimated an investment of Rs.93,180 crore in the proposed PCPIR, which will be spread over 250 sq km.
Rangamati, 30 October : An activist of United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF) was allegedly killed by the armed cadres of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) in Rajasthali upazila in Rangamati few hours after his abduction early Friday
UPDF, in a press release issued on Friday morning, said an armed gang of PCJSS men stormed into the house of Mithuching Marma at Khagrachharipara in Rajasthali and picked up Lanka Moni at gunpoint from the house at about 12:00am.(BDST). The kidnappers killed him after taking him to their den in the deep forest, the release said. No detail was mentioned in the press release.
According to on-duty forecasting officials, it hit at about 0:28 a.m. local time on Friday and the epicenter was monitored at Bhutan, 458 km north of Dhaka. Immediate report of damage of casualty has not been available. But a resident in northern Mymensingh town, said they felt the tremor and many people ran out of their houses. Mild and moderate earthquakes often shake Bangladesh as the country is sitting on an earthquake zone. The experts of the country are fearing a major tremor, which might kill hundreds of thousands of people in Bangladesh.