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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Madan Tamang murder's prime accused Nicol Tamang escapes

Siliguri, Kolkata, 22 August : Nicol Tamang, a Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader and prime accused in the murder of All India Gorkha League president Madan Tamang today escaped from CID custody in Darjeeling district just five days after he was arrested, police said here.
Superintendent of Police, Darjeeling, Debendra Pratap Singh said Tamang, who was in CID custody after his arrest on 16 August, escaped on the plea of going to the toilet. Tamang was kept at CID custody at Pintal village, near here, after he was produced in the Darjeeling district court on 17 August. The SP said borders with Nepal at Panitanki and Pashupatinath had been sealed to prevent his escape to the Himalayan country. After the news of Nicol Tamang's escape spread, AIGL supporters stormed the district police station demanding his rearrest, the police said.
AIGL leader Madan Tamang was hacked to death on 21 May by an armed mob at around 9:20am at the Upper Clubside Stand in Darjeeling. A cell phone had been recovered from the spot belonging to Nickol Tamang, who is also a GJM Central Committee leader. File Photos : AFP, PTI

CEPZ ranks 3rd in cost-effectiveness free zones category
Chittagong, 22 August : The Chittagong Export Processing Zone (CEPZ) ranked third in the category of the world's best cost-effectiveness free zones, according to magazine of London-based Financial Times (FT).
The FT magazine in its first Global Free Zones of the Future- 2010-11 also ranked the CEPZ fourth in the world's top 10 best economic potential zones. The magazine took more than four months to compile data from nearly 1000 free zones of the globe and published the ranking its June-July-10 issue. However, Clark Freeport of the Philippines has been recognised by the magazine as number one in the category of cost effectiveness in the world.
Togo Export Processing Zones of Togo is ranked second in the cost effectiveness category. San Luis Potsi of Mexico is ranked as number one in best economic potential category, according to the survey. CEPZ is the country's first EPZ that launched operation in 1983 at Halishahar area in the port city.

It cost more than Rs 11 L to fly files for Mamata Banerjee
PTI, New Delhi, 22 August : Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee's prolonged absence from her ministry has cost the exchequer more than Rs 11 lakh over a one-year period.
Expenses for travel of five officials between Delhi and Kolkata to meet Mamata for clearing files have cost the Railways Rs 11,23,550. The officials in question are Officer on Special Duty to Railway Minister Gautam Sanyal, Private Secretary Santanu Basu, Executive Director (Public Grievance) J K Saha, Additional PS S Ashok and APS Ratan Mukherjee.

Two Arambagh youths held for making hoax mobile calls
Kolkata, 22 August : Two youths were today arrested from Arambagh in Hooghly district for allegedly making hoax calls claiming that a bomb has been planted in a flight.
Srikant Paramanik (30) and Shyamal Paramanik (19), both friends, had been arrested from Arambagh for making two calls from a mobile phone to Chandigarh airport claiming that bombs were planted in a private aircraft on 18 August. No bombs were found after search operation.

Huji's Mufti Hannan remanded for 2 days in Mollahat case
UNB, Bagerhat, 22 August : A court here Sunday placed Mufti Hannan, chief of banned Islamist outfit Harkatul Jihad-al- Islami (Huji), on a two-day demand in a case for bomb attack on Sheikh Helal's public meeting at Mollahat upazila in 2001.
Judicial Magistrate court judge M Nur Nabi granted the bail at noon after hearing when CID police produced him before the court seeking a seven-day remand for interrogation. CID police started investigation again as the case was revived on 28 January, this year.

Railway minister gives green signal to GPS-based project
PTI, New Delhi, 22 August : Indian rail passengers can look forward to on board infotainment services and enhanced safety with Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee giving the green signal for a GPS-based project.
The Satellite Imaging for Rail Navigation (Simran), which went through some exhaustive trials could also reduce accidents at unmanned level crossings, besides avoiding collision. The project, which uses a satellite imaging software along with the global positioning system, was developed as part of the Railway Safety Technology Mission to provide correct train information to passengers.
A train locator unit installed in a train identifies its latitudinal and longitudinal values and speed by receiving information through GPS satellites, Railway sources familiar with the project said.

49 anthrax patients given clinical treatment in Bangladsh
UNB, Dhaka, 22 August : Forty-nine people, recently identified as infected by anthrax in some areas of Shahjadpur upazila in Sirajganj district, have been initially given clinical treatment, according to the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) in Dhaka.
Another seven days will be required to get it confirmed through laboratory test of the specimens collected from the patients and bones of the infected cows, IEDCR director Prof. Mahmudur Rahman said today. Taking to UNB, he said the people identified as infected by anthrax have been given clinical treatment and specimens collected from the affected parts of the patients’ body are now under examination. “Everything is now under control.”

Karat wanted to teach Manmohan, Sonia lesson : Somnath
PTI, New Delhi, 22 August : CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat had decided to teach Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi a lesson for the 'insult' meted out to him on the nuclear deal issue by withdrawing support to the government in 2008.
With their larger-than-life image and influence on governance with 62 MPs, Karat, CPI's A B Bardhan and other Left leaders were of the belief that their decision would be the last word for the government, says former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee.
These are his views on the bitter period in his last days of his parliamentary career contained in his autobiography "Keeping the Faith: Memoirs of a Parliamentarian", which was released by Prime Minister Singh yesterday. File Photo

Two injured in police firing on ULFA militants in Assam
Guwahati, 22 August : A class IV student and a rickshaw puller were today seriously injured in alleged police firing during an encounter with ULFA militants in Assam's Kamrup (rural) district, officials said.
Police intercepted two ULFA militants when they were going in a rickshaw to a gas agency in Swalkuchi to extort money. An encounter broke out and the rickshaw puller and a ten- year-old student, who was standing nearby, were injured in police firing, they claimed.

Aman harvest has exceeded target for this year in Bangladesh's Thakurgaon district
UNB, Thakurgaon, 22 August : Farmers cultivated Aman paddy on 1.33 lakh hectares of land in the district this season exceeding the target.
Farmers of the district became anxious due to absence of rain in the beginning of August but the last week’s rain brought relief among them. Department of Agriculture Extension sources said a target was set to bring 1.29 lakh hectares land under Aman cultivation but the enthusiastic farmers cultivated 1.33 lakh hectares exceeding the target.
Some 3.46 lakh mts of paddy are expected to be produced in the district, DAE sources said.