A heart-rending scene was created at that time as some family members burst into tears remembering the tragic deaths of their kiths and kin. Some prayed to almighty Allah for the punishment of the killers. န Photos : Nashirul Islam
Before leaving for his home at Nirjuli in lower Assam's Baksa district, an emotional Daimary said, "I am returning empty-handed to an empty home." Daimary's mother, elder brother, sister-in-law and younger sister were gunned down by unknown killers in 1998. န Photos : Chinmoy Roy
At the last tripartite meeting held in Darjeeling on 21 December, the GJM had sought that the next round of talks should be held within 45 days. "Many days have elapsed since then. We want the Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh) and Union Home Minister (P Chidambaram) to see to it that the tripartite meeting at the political level be held without further delay," GJM general secretary Roshan Giri told PTI.
He charged the West Bengal government with trying to derail the talks by 'instigating' CPI(M) cadres to indulge in violence and blame the GJM for that. "The GJM is not indulging in violence like burning police stations.
The document, which assesses the state of the economy, warned that high food prices would rise further over next few months and criticised the food management policies that have led to "unacceptably" high prices of items like sugar. Food inflation is at present hovering close to 18 %.
The pre-budget Survey (2009-10), presented by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in Parliament, also recommended a "gradual rollback" of stimulus measures after assessing the impact on each sector.
Projecting the economic growth to touch up to 8.75% in 2010-11 and 9 % in the next year, the Survey said: "It is entirely possible for India to move into the rarefied domain of double digit growth and even attempt to don the mantle" of the fastest growing economy in the world within the next four years. န Photo : AP
This is the first instance of a police officer of the rank of inspector being killed by Maoists in West Bengal after Centre-State combined forces were pressed into service in the state on 18 June, 2009. The clash ensued after Maoists attacked the residence of Tarashankar Patra, a local CPI(M) leader. Patra was shot in the leg. The Sarenga police station is close to Patra's residence. After getting a phone call about the attack Mitra reached Patra's residence and engaged the Maoists in a fight. Initially, the Maoists retreated. But they retaliated and a bullet hit Mitra in his chest.
Police claim to have gunned down a Maoist called Jannath Duley. One Maoist is injured and has been admitted to the hospital.
Over 7,000 players and delegates from over 70 countries will reach New Delhi to be a part of the Commonwealth Games 3-14 October in the national capital. န Photos : Niraj Modi
PTI, New Delhi, 25 February : Indian government today invited applications from mobile operators to participate in the auction of 3G spectrum and allowed three private players in most of the circles while four in five states including Punjab and Bihar.
According to the Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) for 3G spectrum auction in 22 circles, most of the circles including four metros - Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai - would have three private players. Only five states of Punjab, West Bengal, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir would accommodate four private operators.
Clashes and arson attacks left at least three people dead in Khagrachhari and Rangamati districts in six-day violence following a land dispute between Bangalee settlers and indigenous people. Meanwhile, joint forces members in a raid arrested seven more people - 4 indigenous and 3 Bangalee settlers - from Khagrachhari district town and its adjacent areas from Wednesday evening to early Thursday in connection with Tuesday’s violence that left a Bangalee settler dead.
Tuesday night, the joint forces arrested 70 people - 42 indigenous and 28 Bangalee settlers - in this regard. န File Photo
The president, who left Dhaka Wednesday night, arrived in Singapore at about 6:00am by a regular Singapore Airlines flight, a message received from Singapore said. Singapore High Commissioner to Bangladesh Verghese Mathews and Bangladesh High Commissioner to Singapore Kamrul Ahsan received the president at Singapore international airport.
Family members and high officials at Bangabhaban including his personal physician are accompanying him. President Zillur Rahman is expected to return home on 4 March. In April last year, Zillur Rahman underwent medical check up at the same hospital.