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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Third 'brave Bengali' climbed to the top of the "Mount Everest"

Musa listed as Mt Everest conqueror
Dhaka, Kolkata, 26 May : Musa Ibrahim, who conquered the Mount Everest as the first Bangladeshi on Sunday, received an official certificate on Wednesday.
Tibet Mountaineering Association, the authorised issuing authority of Everest summiteers on the northern Tibetan side, handed over the certificate to brave Musa at base camp of the Mount Everest about 1:00pm (local time). Mahbuba Rahman, executive member of the North Alpine Club Bangladesh who is now in Katmandu, the capital of Nepal, confirmed the news to Daily Star.
Musa, the first Bangladeshi to climb the highest mountain, will return to Dhaka on 2 June. Musa, also a sub-editor at English news paper Daily Star, scaled the Everest at 6:00am(BDST) on 23 May.
Another two brave Bengali, Basanta Sinha Roy and Debashis Biswas, members of the first civilian expedition from West Bengal, reached the top of Mount Everest on 17th May !

68 companies of central force for West Bengal civic polls
Kolkata, 26 May : A total 68 companies of central force will be move to West Bengal for 30 May civic polls in West Bengal, where security personnel have begun route march in sensitive areas to build confidence among the people.
"The Centre had assured the state government that 71 companies of central force would be sent as against its demand of 130 to 140 companies. But now we have come to know that the state will get only 68 companies of central force," state DGP Bhupinder Singh told reporters here. "Of the 68 companies, the metropolis will get nine companies and the rest will be sent to the districts," he said.
Apart from the central force, about 84,000 security personnel from state and city police would be deployed for the polls to 81 municipalities and municipal corporations, Singh said.

Tension persists in Darjeeling hills
Darjeeling, 26 May : Tension continued in Darjeeling town Wednesday after Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung threatened to retaliate if party workers were attacked in the wake of anti-GJM sentiments triggered by the killing of Gorkha leader Madan Tamang.
Gurung, who has demanded a CBI inquiry into the killing, will hold a rally in Kurseong during the day to demonstrate that he has not lost the people's mandate. Facing a public outcry over the brutal killing of Tamang, Gurung had yesterday claimed that he had not lost the "mandate" in the hills and threatened to retaliate if his party workers were attacked.
Prohibitory orders, clamped yesterday were withdrawn, and shops and markets reopened. In another development, the All India Gorkha League met last night and appointed Tamang's widow Bharati as the party's new chief.

JMB's chief Maulana Saidur Rahman on six-day remand
Dhaka, 26 May : A Dhaka court on Wednesday placed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Maulana Saidur Rahman and two of his associates on a six-day remand each.
Two others are ehsar (full-time) member Abdullah Hel Kafi and his wife Ayesha Khatun. Metropolitan Magistrate Konika Bishwas granted the remand when Sheikh Mahbubur Rahman, the DB inspector also the investigation officer of the case, produced them before the court seeking a 10-day remand for each of them.
Police station to exclusively deal with Kolkata's cyber crimes
Kolkata, 26 May : With cyber crimes on the rise, the Kolkata police is mulling setting up a police station exclusively to deal with such complaints.
"Apart from a cyber crime cell of the city police, which was set up a couple of years back, an exclusive cyber police station is in the process of being set up to handle the ever-rising cases," DC (Detective Department) Damayanti Sen said. The investigation into the new-age crimes required skill as it is different from a routine criminal inquiry, the senior official emphasised.
"There has been a phenomenal rise in obscene e-mails, credit card frauds, hacking of net surfers' profiles, identity theft and even child pornography," a senior official of the cyber cell told Bengal Newz.
Maldives National Defence Forces delegation in Port Blair
PTI, New Delhi, 26 May : In the process of setting up joint services on the lines of India, a Maldives National Defence Forces (MNDF) delegation is paying a three-day visit to Port Blair this week. "The aim of this visit is to understand the Indian tri-service setup at the Andaman and Nicobar Command and to take inputs as the Maldivian government is in the process of establishing a joint service on similar lines,"Navy officials said here.
The Andaman and Nicobar Command is the only operational tri-service command in India and has elements of Army, Navy and Air Force.
Moni for unified South Asian identity
Dhaka, 26 May : Bangladesh Foreign minister Dr Dipu Moni said Wednesday that the security concerns in south Asia would bring deeper cooperation and closeness among the countries in the region.
While delivering her speech as chief guest at a discussion meeting on the just-concluded SAARC summit in Bhutan, the minister said the lack of institutional capacity at the national levels had been hindering the implementation of the SAARC decisions. "There are security perceptions in the region (South Asia). Perhaps, these security concerns will bring us closer to each other," Dr Dipu Moni told the meeting at the national press club, indicating the perceived security threats within the region. "I got such a feeling at the 16th SAARC summit in Thimhpu," she said.
Dr Dipu Moni expressed hope that the South Asian countries would be able to promote a unified South Asian identity in future. The foreign minister's comment is at variance with the widely-held perception that the eight-nation South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) could not exploit its potential during its 25 years of existence due to Indo-Pak enmity. Photo : Rasheduzzaman
Maoists kill teenager at Pingboni in West Midnapore dist
Jhargram, 26 May : Maoists allegedly opened fire indiscriminately early Wednesday in West Midnapore district killing a teenaged boy, police said.According to police, the Maoists barged into a village near Pingboni and let loose a hail of bullets. Santosh Mal, a teenager, died on the spot.
“The Maoists entered the village and started firing indiscriminately. Santosh Mal was killed on the spot,” said Inspector General of Police (Western Range) Zulfiqar Hasan.
Assam to initiate talks ULFA, with or without Paresh Barua
PTI, Guwahati, 26 May : The Assam government on Wednesday decided to initiate the process of talks with the banned ULFA, irrespective of whether the group’s ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Barua comes for negotiations or not.
In a meeting, the Cabinet agreed in principle to hold talks with the ULFA and the Centre was informed about it, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi told reporters here. On Tuesday, Home Minister P. Chidambaram had given Mr. Gogoi a free hand to decide on matters relating to talks with ULFA. “We have agreed only in principle to initiate talks with the ULFA and modalities are being worked out,” he said, adding the majority of ULFA’s 15-member central committee, six of whom are in judicial custody and two on bail, are in favour of talks.
“We wanted to include everybody in the talks, including Paresh Barua. We waited for sometime for him but we cannot wait indefinitely. If he comes well and good, but if he does not come we will proceed,” Gogoi said, adding security operations to maintain law and order in the state would, however, continue. Photo : PTI

Tripura gov to act against unauthorised non-banking bodies
Agartala, 26 May : The Tripura government Wednesday decided to take action against unrecognised non-banking financial institutions (NBFIs) which are collecting deposits from people violating the Reseve Bank of India (RBI) guidelines.
'The state government has undertaken an inquiry against the 84 NBFIs functioning in the northeastern state. The state government would also seek advice from the RBI and the finance ministry about the state government's possible steps,' State Finance Minister Badal Choudhury told reporters here.

Seven, including two children die in Nadia dist car accident
PTI, Krishnagar, 26 May : Seven persons including two children were killed and eight injured today when their car collided with a speeding truck on NH-34 at Nakashipara in Nadia district.
"Six people died on the spot at Nagadi village where the accident took place at about 8 pm. One woman died in Bethuadahari Hospital later," Superintendent of Police Champak Bhattacharjee told PTI. The victims included four women, two children and the driver of the car, the police said. Bhattacharjee said the driver of the speeding car hit the truck coming from the opposite direction.
The car carrying 15 people of Rajwar clan was tossed on the side of the highway following the accident. After attending a family function, they were returning to Matiari Baraataki from Shantipur, the police said.
50 Elephants go on rampage and kill one in W Midnapore
Midnapore, 26 May : A herd of 50 elephants went on a rampage, destroying standing crops and killing a farmer at Nayagram village in West Midnapore District on Tuesday.
The elephants came from the nearby Orissa border and killed a farmer when he was working in his field. Local people said that they tried to herd the elephants back where they came from.
DLF seeks to revive its Kolkata 'Spl Economic Zone' project
PTI, New Delhi, 26 May : With improvement in the sentiment in the real estate sector, the country's largest developer DLF wants to revive its plan for a special economic zone in Kolkata.
The company which surrendered four SEZ projects last June due to demand shrinkage for commercial space has approached the commerce ministry for reviving the Kolkata project, an official said today. "The board of approval will take up the DLF request for re-notification of the SEZ in its next meeting on 8 June," the official said.
The tax-free enclave, meant for the IT and ITES units, was notified in June 2008 over 10.48 hectare and at the request of the developer it was de-notified this February.