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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Security force camps in Maoist areas need protection : MKN

Kolkata, 27 February : West Bengal Governor M.K. Narayanan Friday met the families of the 24 security personnel killed in a Maoist ambush 15 February and said that the camps of security forces in Maoist-affected areas should be better protected.
“All the camps in Maoist regions should be more protected,” Narayanan said. He said that during his interaction with the family members of the 24 slain security personnel, killed in the Shilda Maoist attack they had asked for better security infrastructure and better positioning of the police camps located in Maoist belts.

CPI(M) organised protests in Tripura against union budget
Agartala, 27 February : Tripura's CPI(M) activists Saturday organised demonstrations across Tripura, protesting against the 'deprivation of the northeastern region in the central budget'.
The CPI(M) and its frontal organisations, including youth wing Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), organised protest rallies across the Left-ruled northeast state. DYFI Tripura unit president Tapas Datta told, 'The protest demonstrations and rallies would continue till Sunday. The state committee of DYFI would hold an emergency meeting Monday to chalk out a stronger agitation against the union budget.' In a protest rally in Agartala, CPI(M) state secretary Bijon Dhar, who is also a CPI(M) central committee member said, 'Rates of subsidies in different sectors, including food grains and fertilisers, are being lowered.The union budget for the coming fiscal is only to crush the poor and to help the affluent people.'
Terming the general budget 'anti-people,' Tripura Finance Minister Badal Chowdhury said it has largely neglected the northeast region.

T Muivah arriving in New Delhi tonight : Home Secy Pillai
PTI, Dimapur, 27 February : The NSCN (IM) general secretary T Muivah would arrive in New Delhi Saturday night to carry forward the stalled Naga peace process, Union Home Secretary GK Pillai said in Dimapur.
"Muivah accepted the invitation from the Government of India communicated through the new interlocutor RS Pandey to resume the peace dialogue," Pillai told newsmen after attending a passing out parade of Assam Rifles. The NSCN leader will meet the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister by next week, he said.

Rhino, bison census conducted in Gorumara & Chapramari
ANI, Jalpaiguri, 27 February : A two-day wildlife census of the One-Horned Rhinoceros and Indian Bison recently began in Jalpaiguri. Forest officials began 2010 census at Jalpaiguri Wildlife Division-II.
The West Bengal Forest Department, with the aid of 23 non-governmental organisations dealing with wildlife conducted the census. The team surveyed the region for two days in search of the rhino and Indian Bison, species for which the region is noted. The survey is being conducted through the forestlands of Gorumara and Chapramari.
"We haven't yet received the statistics of the total number of bison. But what I have heard from the groups, some are saying that they are about 40, some are saying 50. We can't see all the bison together but we hope they are in good numbers," said Tapas Das, District Forest Officer.
West Bengal's Duars region of the Jalpaiguri district of the state is noted for a variety of wild of which the One-Horn Rhino and the Indian Bison are claimed to be rare varieties.