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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Mamata seeks end to anti-Maoist operations from jangalmahal

Kolkata, 21 July : Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee appealed to the Centre to halt anti-Maoist operations in West Bengal, alleging that the ruling CPI(M) was “conducting its own operation” in its garb.
“I urge the Centre to stop the joint-operations because in its name, the CPI(M) is conducting its own operations. I will meet Prime Minister Mammohan Singh and appeal to him. He is a good man. I believe he will listen,” Mamata told the annual 21 July rally here. The rally was held to mark ‘Martyrs Day’ to commemorate the 13 Youth Congress workers killed in police firing on this day in 1993. Mamata Banerjee was the Youth Congress president at the time.
Atrocities were being committed on tribals in the name of joint-operations at the behest of the CPI(M), she alleged.
The CPI(M) was supplying arms to party cadres in the name of joint-operations and setting up camps in Lalgarh and Salboni to terrorise people, Mamata claimed. Photos : Avijit Mondal, AFP
Bangladesh government to review country's '72 constitution
Dhaka, 21 July : Bangladesh's parliament Wednesday formed a 15-member parliamentary committee to begin a review of the country's 1972 constitution. The opposition parties opposed the move by keeping out.
The government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who recommended the committee to the House, hopes to amend the constitution and debate its basic tenets socialism and secularism that were altered by past military-led governments. Deputy Leader of the House Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury has been made the chairperson of the committee while Awami League lawmaker Suranjit Sengupta is the co-chairperson.
Maoists trigger landmine blast on Jhargram-Lodhashuli Rd.
Kolkata, 21 July : Maoists triggered a landmine blast in West Midnapore's troubled Jhargram area Wednesday, police said. No casualties were reported.
The landmine blast was triggered on the road between Jhargram and Lodhashuli. A portion of the culvert on one side of the road was partially damaged. "The Maoists triggered the blast. They wanted to cut off Jhargram from rest of the area. Also, they wanted to kill innocent civilians. But they have not succeeded," said Zulfiqar Hassan, inspector general, western range.
Chidambaram says Railway Ministry's response to Sainthia train crash slow
ANI, New Delhi, 21 July : Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday accused the Railway Ministry of responding slowly to Monday's train collision at Sainthia station in West Bengal.
Chidambaram said the first relief train after the Sainthia accident reached the site two and a half hours late. The second relief train was late by seven hours.
Chidambaram said there was a clear gap of mobility in case of the disaster relief teams. While the home minister did not name Mamata, the reference was obvious.
The accident caused the death of over 60 people and injuries to over 90. Photo : Timir Rah
Ultra-left 'Lal Pataka' extremists kill 3 policemen in Pabna
PTI, Dhaka, 21 July : Suspected ultra-left extremists overnight shot dead three policemen at a remote area in Bangladesh's northwest Pabna district, officials said today.
"The extremists suddenly fired gunshots killing instantly our camp in-charge and two other policemen at remote Daspara area in Pabna district," Pabna's Assistant Police Superintendent Jamil Ahmed told PTI over phone. Ahmed said police sub-inspector Kafiluddin and the two others came under the sudden attack of the suspected operatives of a faction of the banned Maoist outfit Burba Banglar Communist Party (Lal Pataka) as they went to a nearby village bazaar last night to collect fuels for cooking.
"They all were unarmed as the extremists gunned them down," Ahmed said, adding that an initial report said a police informant too was killed but it later turned out to be false. READ BBC STORY

Four students killed in police firing in Barpeta dist in Assam
PTI, Barpeta (Assam), 21 July : Four students were today killed when police opened fire to quell a mob which set ablaze a government office in the district.
The activists belonging to All Assam Minority Students Unions were demanding cancellation of updating of the National Register of Citizens, police said. They said the students went on the rampage and torched the building in the premises of the deputy commissioner's office. After a lathi-charge failed to disperse the students, who also set fire to several vehicles and indulged in stone-throwing, police opened fire, killing four students, they said.
Unidentified militants kidnap three persons in Manipur
PTI, Imphal, 21 July : Unidentified militants kidnapped three persons, including two children, from different parts of Manipur while a medical student who was abducted by the ultras has been rescued, police said today.
L Nganba Meitei (12) and N Kuber (10) were kidnapped when they were playing at a local playground near their houses at Chingarel in Imhal East district. Meitei and Kuber were in VIII and VI standards, respectively, police said, adding efforts were on to trace them.

Inquiry into Saithia train accident starts
Sainthia, 21 July : The guard of the Uttarbanga Express Somnath Sengupta, driver of the Vananchal Express Md Nayeem and his assistant driver on Wednesday appeared before the statutory inquiry here into Monday’s train disaster which claimed 66 lives.
Mostly railway employees appeared at the hearing held by Commissioner of Railway Safety (Eastern Circle) R.P. Yadav, railway sources said.
The statutory inquiry under the Civil Aviation Ministry would also be held tomorrow at the office of the Divisional Railway Manager, Howrah.
66 persons were killed and 89 others injured when the Sealdah-bound Uttarbanga Express rammed into the rear of the Ranchi-bound Vananchal Express in the early hours of 19 July. Photo : PTI
Jatiyo Sangsad passed Bangladesh Rifles(Amendment)Bill
UNB, Dhaka, 21 July : Bangladesh Parliament on Wednesday passed the Bangladesh Rifles (Amendment) Bill, 2010 that will allow a superior officer of BDR not below the rank of Director to preside over a Special Court apart from the BDR Director General.
As per the amended law, the BDR Director General may, by an order, constitute a Special Court consisting of not less than two superior officers. Piloting the bill, Home Minister Sahara Khatun said six Special Courts were constituted on November 24, 2009 to try BDR mutineers.
33 Trinamool Congress supporters injured in road accident
Barasat, 21 July : Thirty three Trinamool Congress supporters were injured, including five seriously, when the vehicle in which they were travelling overturned in North 24 Parganas district, police said.
The Trinamool supporters were on their way to attend the party's 21 July rally in Kolkata, when the driver of the mini-truck carrying them lost his control leading to the accident.
A&N tourism initiatives urged to avail government benefits
Port Blair, 21 July : The Director (Tourism), Administration has urged hoteliers, restaurant owners and other entrepreneurs in Tourism Sector like water sports operators, scuba dive operators in the, Andaman District to avail benefits of subsidy scheme announced by the A&N Administration.
The Director has drawn attention of all tourism entrepreneurs who have started their commercial operation with effect from 01.04.2007 to avail the 25% fixed Capital Investment Subsidy which is limited to a maximum of Rs.50.00 lakhs per unit in Andaman District to boost-up their operations. All upcoming entrepreneurs in hotel, restaurant, cafeteria, and scuba dive and water sports segments are also eligible for subsidy as per the norms notified by the District Industries Centre, Port Blair.
Foreign currencies worth Tk 1.22cr seized at Dhaka Airport
Dhaka, 21 July : Bangladesh customs officials at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport seized foreign currencies worth Tk 1.22 crore and arrested a man in this connection on Wednesday.
Arrested Babu Sarkar, who was scheduled to fly to Dubai, was carrying the money in seven types of currencies including US dollar, Saudi Riyal, Dubai Dirham and Kuwaiti Dinar. Babu was arrested from the departure lounge before getting on a Dubai-bound Qatar Airways flight. Later, the custom authorities found the wads of foreign currencies in carbon paper-made packets while checking his luggage.
Babu hailed from Gazaria in Munshiganj was being interrogated by the custom authorities at the airport. Photo : Enamul Haq

Four 'Kuki Liberation Army's militants nabbed in Manipur
PTI, Imphal, 21 July : Four militants were arrested from Imphal East and Imphal West districts of Manipur, police said today.
Three militants of the Kuki Liberation Army (United), KLA-U, were arrested during a search operation by police commandos at Khurai Ahongei area in Imphal East district here last evening.
Bangladeshi art filmmaker turns to Gandhi for inspiration
PTI, New Delhi, 21 July : Tanvir Mokammel, one of the top directors of Bangladesh's struggling art cinema, has been as much of an artist as an activist taking up the cause of peasants in villages. But when it came to espousing his belief in non-violence as key component of democracy, he could not but turn to Mahatma Gandhi.
The director of five nationally and international acclaimed feature films invoked the message of nonviolence propagated by the Mahatma at an international seminar in Australia earlier this month.
The seminar "Role of Cinema in the Process of Conflict Resolution" organised by Sydney University was held earlier this month.