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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Maoists-backed PCPA calls bandh in West Bengal's 3 districts

Jhargram, 17 June : The Maoists-backed PCPA has called for a bandh in West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia district tomorrow.
PCPA banners found in the town today said the bandh has been called as the joint forces would complete their one year of anti-Maoist operation in the area tomorrow.
The PCPA has also called for 'Protest Day' on 19 June and 20 June.
Meanwhile, the Maoists have decided to observance a 'Condolence Day' on 20 June and 21 June in the memory of their cadre killed yesterday in the encounter with the joint forces in Salboni area of West Midnapore district. Photos : AP

Maoists to protest against encounter killings in WMidnapore
Subir Bhaumik, BBC News, Kolkata, 17 June : India's Maoists say they will observe a two-day protest against a security operation in West Bengal state in which eight of their fighters were killed.
The rebels, including three women, were killed by security forces in West Midnapore district on Wednesday. Rebel spokesman Comrade Khokan said the protest would be held during the weekend. Comrade Khokan told the BBC that the rebels could not have a dialogue with the authorities if "there is systemic and continuous police action".... READ FULL STORY

Chittagong City Corporation polls concluded peacefully
UNB, Chittagong, 17 June : Polling in Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) concluded peacefully at 4 pm(BDST) today. Both candidates-Awami League-backed ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury and BNP-backed Mohammad Manzur Alam said the elections were held in a peacefull maner. Returning Officer Jesmin Tuli said the allegations of capturing polling centres in some places and driving out of the agents is not true.
There was no report of major untoward incident from the 674 polling centres. Turnout of voters was almost satisfactory. ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury cast his vote at Ahmed Mia Government Primary School while Mohammad Manzur Alam at Haji Daud Government Primary School. After dropping his ballot, ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury told journalists that whatever be the results of Chittagong City Corporation elections, he will accept readily. Talking to newsmen after castiong his vote, Manzur Alam said that he will accept the results if polls are held in free, fair and neutral manner.
Meanwhile, BNP leader Abdullah Al Noman and Manzurul Alam told UNB that many voters failed to cast their votes at 6/7 centres due to lack of similarity between number of Voter ID card and voters’ list. Photo : UNB

Bangladesh government may reopen embassy In Brazil
Dhaka, 17 June : Bangladesh is considering reopening its embassy in Brazil soon aiming to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said this when Brazilian Ambassador to Dhaka Ricardo L Viana de Carvalho paid a courtesy call on her at the Prime Minister's Office in the capital, Dhaka on Wednesday. Brazil recently reopened their embassy in Dhaka.
Tripura Finance Min flown to Delhi for admission to AIIMS
Agartala, 17 June : Tripura Finance Minister Badal Chowdhury was today flown to Delhi for admission at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), official sources said.
Chowdhury fell ill last evening and was admitted to Agartala Government Medical College, they said, adding he was advised by doctors to get admitted at AIIMS. The 60-year-old minister, who had undergone a bypass surgery a few months ago, was suffering from heart ailments and high blood pressure, doctors said.
Four more arrested in Tamang murder case
Siliguri, 17 June : Four suspected GJM activists have been arreAdd Imagested in connection with the murder of Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League chief Madan Tamang, police said today.
Puran Rai, Asish Tamang, Suni Rai and Tilak Sctang were arrested yesterday in connection with the murder of Tamang. They are believed to be the members of GJM and its frontal organisations, the sources said. The four arrested were produced before court which remanded them to police custody for 10-days. Three persons including chief of Gorkha Personnel (GLP), 'police' wing of GJM Ramesh Ale have earlier been arrested in connection with the murder of Tamang.
Madan Tamang was killed in Darjeeling town by a group of unidentified persons on 21 May. File Photo
Landslides,blockade hit trains services in North Cachar hills
PTI, Haflong (Assam), 17 June : Train services in central Assam's North Cachar Hills district have been disrupted due to heavy landslides and a three-day railway blockade called by a students organisation today.
The landslide and blockade affected the Agartala Special, Cachar Express, Barak Valley Passenger, Hill Queen and several other goods trains, railway sources said here today. Landslides between Jatinga and Longrangjao as well as Mahur and Wadringdisa yesterday stopped rail traffic in the district, the sources said. A 72-hour railway blockade sponsored by the Indigenous Students Forum had also halted movement of the trains in the district, the sources said.
GJM's bandh disrupts normal life in Kurseong, Darjeeling
Siliguri, 17 June : A day-long bandh called by the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) disrupted normal life in Kurseong sub-division of Darjeeling district today.
The GJM had called the bandh to protest the alleged police lathicharge on the Jamune camp of Gorkha Personnel (GLP), 'police' wing of GJM, in Darjeeling last night. GJM assistant general secretary Benoy Tamang demanded that the police officer responsible for the action should be arrested failing which the outfit would call an indefinite bandh in the Darjeeling hills from tomorrow.

ULFA militant killed in encounter with forces in Lakhimpur
Guwahati, 17 June : An ULFA militant was shot dead in an encounter with security forces in Lakhimpur district, police said on Thursday.
On a tip off, the joint team went to look for the ULFA rebel in interior Ghilamora Bolahigaon village along Lakhimpur-Dhemaji districts border, Lakhimpur Additional Superintendent of police Mrinal Talukdar said. In the ensuing encounter, the utra was shot dead. The militant was suspected to be self-styled ‘sergeant major’ Darika Saikia of the 28th battalion of ULFA. A Chinese grenade, a 9-mm pistol, a land mine, AK-47 ammunition, a large quantity of live cartridges, four mobile sets, Rs 1.19 lakh in cash were recovered from the militant.

CBI names 3 PCPA activists in Gyaneshwari Ex derailment
Kolkata, 17 June : The CBI on Thursday named three activists of Maoist-backed PCPA as key accused in connection with Gyaneshwari Express derailment that left 148 people dead and announced a reward of Rs one lakh each for information leading to their arrest.
"CBI has declared a reward of Rs one lakh each for information leading to the arrest of three prominent accused - Umakant Mahto, resident of village Banksole, Manoj alias Bapi Mahto, resident of Rasua village and Asit Mahto, resident of Krishnanagar village," CBI spokesperson Harsh Bhal said.
While Asit is the convenor of People's Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA), allegedly supported by Maoists, Umakant and Bapi too are senior activists of the outfit, he said, adding a manhunt has been launched for them.

200+ villages affected by Assam floods
Guwahati, 17 June : At least 200 villages in Assam's worst-affected Lakhimpur, Karimganj and Cachar districts were flooded, throwing normal life out of gear as hundreds of families were forced to leave their homes.
Officials said heavy downpour submerged Lakhimpur, Naoboicha and Bihpuria revenue circles while the Kakoio dyke was washed away by swirling Brahmaputra's tributaries - Ranganadi, Singora, Kakoi, Boginade, Gavaru, Bogolee, Subansiri and Dikmong. More than 30,000 people were marooned in Lakhimpur, the officials said.
In the twin districts of Karimganj and Cachar in Barak Valley, normal life was disrupted as hundreds of families were forced to leave their homes with the rivers Barak, Longai and Kushiara in spate. The flood water of the Dikmong river submerged part of national highway 52 near Harmoti, disrupting road links. In Karimganj, a 100-metre long barbed wire fencing along neighbouring Bangladesh went under water of Kushiara. Photos : Chinmoy Roy

Bangladesh cabinet acts to galvanize use of jute in country
UNB, Dhaka, 17 June : Bangladesh cabinet has approved the draft of the ‘Compulsory usage of jute in packaging of all products- 2010’ to galvanize the use of jute in the country.
The 23rd cabinet meeting of the year, chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, took the decision on Thursday, in the Cabinet Division at the Secretariat. The cabinet also approved the draft of ‘Policy and Startegy for Public-Private Partnership (PPP) 2010’ and its draft guidelines. Press Secretary to the Prime Minister Abul Kalam Azad briefed reporters after the meeting at the PID conference room.
Andaman tour company ends human safaris
Survival International, London, 17 June : Following Survival International’s condemnation yesterday of human safaris to the Jarawa tribe on the Andaman Islands, the company Andaman Island Adventure has said it will stop promoting the tours.
The company was one of four highlighted by Survival for promoting illegal visits to, or sightings of, the Jarawa. It appears to have removed the relevant page from its website. Three other companies, Explore Andaman with Kariappa, Rhino Jungle Adventures and Offbeat Andaman Vacations, promote the tours online.
Many more companies sell such tours from their shops in the Andaman Islands. The Indian government issued a public warning to tour operators after Survival alerted it to the safaris. READ BBC STORY