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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Left parties will lose in West Bengal polls : P Chidambaram

New Delhi, 27 March : Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram said Saturday that the Left parties will be defeated in the next year's assembly elections in West Bengal.
Responding to questions after his address at the national convention of Congress-affiliated lawyers, he said that it was a myth propagated by Left parties that 77 percent of the country's population lives on Rs.20 a day. 'It is a myth that Left parties propagate. They will meet their Waterloo in about 12 months,' he said.

Fresh gunfight between joint forces-Maoists in Salboni area
PTI, Kolkata, 27 March : A fresh gun battle today broke out between Maoists and the joint forces in Salboni area, even as police remained tight-lipped over reports that top leader Kishenji was injured in Thursday's encounter at Hatiloth forest in West Midnapore district.
The fire-fight began when the special anti-Maoist CoBRA personnel were carrying out a search in Hatiloth and Bhalukbasa forests, both in Salboni area, besides Chotokalsibhanga forest in Lalgarh area, police sources said. There were no immediate reports of any casualty.
Asked whether Kishenji, who twice escaped arrest, was hurt in Thursday's gun battle with the joint forces, superintendent of police Manoj Verma told PTI, "A group of Maoists in Hatiloth forest were injured, but it cannot be said for certain whether Kishenji was present."

War crimes trial will be transparent,Govt assures opposition
Dhaka, 27 March : The Bangladesh government has assured the political opposition that the war crimes trial that is to begin shortly would be “hundred percent transparent”. Also, the government sought cooperation from the opposition parties.
Stating that nobody would oppose “a real trial” of the war criminals, main opposition Bangladesh nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain, however, said Friday: “The government is doing this only to execute “certain political intentions”.

War tribunal starts functioning Monday
Dhaka, 27 March : Bangladesh Law Minister Shafique Ahmed on Saturday said war criminals must be brought to justice under the International Crimes (Tribunal) Act, 1973 for their involvement in genocide, killings and arson during the country’s Liberation War in 1971.
“The government has already formed a tribunal maintaining international standards which will start functioning on Monday,” he told newsmen after attending a workshop organised by Aparajeyo Bangladesh at the IDB Bhaban in the capital. The law minister said the trial of the war criminals is necessary for establishing rule of law in the country.
No country, but Pakistan, was against the trial, he said adding the high commission of Pakistan is trying to create obstacles in some cases.

Confederation of Indian Industries organises 1st machinery mart expo in Assam
ANI, Guwahati, 27 March : With peace gradually returning to Assam, trade and commercial activities are gaining momentum.
Recently, the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) had organised “Machinery Mart 2010,” in Guwahati. The event benefited local entrepreneurs creating awareness making them about new technological innovations, new techniques of production and packaging of goods.

Bar extremist & criminals from joining Awami League : Moni
Dhaka, 27 March : Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni on Saturday called upon the leaders and workers of the ruling Awami League to remain alert so that no extremist or criminal can take shelter in the party.
She made the call while inaugurating a programme to recruit new members for the party at the Circuit House auditorium in Chandpur in the morning. Dr Dipu Moni said the trial of the war criminals was among the election pledges of the AL and everybody is eagerly waiting for the trial now.

Hundreds of striking coal miners in B'desh return to work
Reuters, Dhaka, 27 March : Hundreds of striking miners at a state-run Bangladeshi coal mine returned to work on Saturday after their demand for higher pay was met, the chief executive of the mining firm said.
More than 1,100 miners of Bangladesh's state-run Barapukuria Coal Mine Co Ltd (BCMCL) struck work five days ago to demand higher wages and shorter hours, affecting coal production at the Barapukuria mine.....READ FULL STORY

6 killed, 48 injured in bus mishap at Rampurhat in Birbhum
Rampurhat, 27 March : Six persons were today killed and at least 48 others injured when an overcrowded bus, on way to a fair, overturned on NH 60 near Rampurhat in Birbhum district.
Two persons died on the spot as the vehicle turned turtle in an adjacent paddy field, police said, adding two others succumbed to their injuries at a hospital in Birbhum district. At least 48 passengers, injured in the accident, were admitted to Rampurhat Hospital in Birbhum district from where 40 were referred to Baharampur State General Hospital in neighbouring Murshidabad district, police said.
The bus was hired by a group from Nabagram in Murshidabad district to visit the famous Patharchapi rural fair near Mollarpur.

International expert roundtable on climate change tomorrow
UNB, Dhaka, 27 March : Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS) will organise a two-day international expert roundtable on Security Implications of Climate Change in South Asia at a hotel in the city on Sunday.
Climate Change experts and scientists from Norway, Germany, Britain, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh will attend the roundtable.

CPI(M)-worker shot dead by Maoists at Bandwan in Purulia
Purulia, 27 March : A former activist of the CPI(M) was shot dead by Maoists in Purulia district, police said today.
The bullet-riddled body of Tarani Kumbhakar (50) was found this morning at Kandua forest under Maoist-affected Bandwan area. A Maoist poster found beside the body said Kumbhakar was killed as he was a police informer. Kumbhakar, a resident of Kaira village in Bandwan police station, had quit the CPI(M) about six months ago following the dictat of the Maoists.