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Friday, September 10, 2010

Nine Manipur policemen face arrest for killing 'unarmed' Sanjit

Subir Bhaumik, BBC News, Kolkata, 10 September : A court in India's north-eastern state of Manipur has issued arrest warrants for nine policemen charged with killing an unarmed man.
The men are accused of murdering Sanjit Meitei in "cold blood" in Imphal in July 2009. A pregnant woman also died. Manipur police said Meitei opened fire before police shot back in self-defence. Four other people were injured in the shooting. Video footage and photos later emerged, pointing to an unprovoked killing.
The images showed police taking Meitei, also known as Chungkham Sanjit, into a shop near the state legislative assembly and then dragging his lifeless body out.
The killing led to days of protests in Manipur, prompting the government to order a judicial inquiry. The investigation was later transferred to India's federal police, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). READ FULL STORY

Bangladesh Foreign minister Dr Moni defers Tripura visit
Agartala, 10 September : Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni's scheduled visit to Tripura has been deferred to 25 October, officials said today.
Tripura Minister for Industries and Commerce Jiten Chowdhury said Dr Dipu Moni, who was supposed to inaugurate a memorial park of the liberation warriors of 1971 at Chottakhola in South Tripura district on 14 September, has postponed the trip. Chowdhury said the visit was deferred at the last moment because the letter of invitation reached her late due to diplomatic formalities.
"I am very eager to visit Tripura but the holidays for Holy EID would begin from 14 September, so the visit was deferred," Dr Moni told Chowdhury over phone from Dhaka.

Amethi is poorer than Purulia, CPI(*M) tells Rahul Gandhi
Kolkata, New Delhi, 10 September : The CPI(M) Thursday hit back at Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi for calling Purulia in West Bengal as "most backward in the country".
"A comparison of the socio-economic indicators of Purulia with those in Rae Bareli and Amethi will tell the real story," CPI(M) organ Peoples Democracy said in an editorial, referring to the Lok Sabha constituencies of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul in Uttar Pradesh. "The number of people below the poverty line in Purulia is 31% compared to 54% in Rae Bareli and Amethi." Rahul made the comment about Purulia during a recent visit to Kolkata where he declared that the Left Front would lose power in next years assembly elections.

Bangladesh buys 10 Ton of gold from Intl Monetary Fund
Reuters, Washington, 10 September : The International Monetary Fund said, it sold 10 tonnes of gold to the central bank of Bangladesh this week, its first sale after a 10-month hiatus, as a volatile US currency draws holders to bullion.
An uncertain outlook for two of the world's major reserve currencies - the dollar and the euro - is seen providing a spur for central banks to buy gold, which has gained as much as 15 percent this year. The IMF transaction, at Tuesday's market prices, raised $403 million by disposing of gold that was part of 403.3 tonnes approved for sale by the IMF's executive board in September 2009.
Gold rose to a two-month high on 7 September within sight of a lifetime high around $1,264 an ounce struck in June. "The U.S. dollar doesn't look so good in the long term. The Chinese and everbody else want to diversify their portfolio," said Ronald Leung, director of Lee Cheong Gold Dealers in Hong Kong.

Two Maoists arrested in West Midnapore and Bankura dist
Jhargram, Bankura, 10 September : Two suspected Maoists were arrested by security forces from Maoist-affected areas of West Midnapore and Bankura districts, police said Friday.
Maoist Dilip Hembram was arrested from Koyena village in Sarenga of Bankura district Thursday night. Another Maoist activist Bullet Mahato was arrested by CRPF and police during a joint operation from Buripala area of Lalgarh in West Midnapore district late Thursday night.

Petrobangla to supply addl 45 mmcfd gas from two wells
Dhaka, 10 September : Bangladesh's state-owned Petrobangla would initiate supplying an additional 45 million cubic feet of gas per day (mmcfd) from two gas wells of its subsidiary Bangladesh Gas Fields Company Limited (BGFCL), said officials.
Meghna-1 and Titas-12 wells would initiate supplying some 20 mmcfd and 25 mmcfd of gas respectively to the national gas grid to ease the mounting energy supply crunch across the country, said a senior Petrobangla official. Bakhrabad Gas Systems Ltd (BGSL) would supply the new gas to the energy starved Chittagong region, said the official.
Waning gas supply from the country's lone offshore Sangu gas field has aggravated the already strained gas supply shortfall in the port city. Scores of industries remained shut despite investing billions only due to dwindling gas supply in Chittagong. Sangu, which once provided around 220 mmcfd of gas, is now supplying only around 24 mmcfd of gas to the national grid.
Country's overall gas output is now hovering around 1980 mmcfd against the demand for over 2300 mmcfd. Petrobangla, however, is supplying the maximum quantity of natural gas to the tune of around 850 mmcfd to ensure maximum electricity output.