IB officer Partha Biswas and NGO worker Surojit Bose have been missing since Saturday. Purulia police superintendent Rajesh Yadav told Bengal Newz, joint forces along with the Combat Battalion for Resolute Action (COBRA) personnel were carrying out the search operations.
PTI, Guwahati, 24 October : Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi asked Union Minister for Civil Aviation Praful Patel to ensure flights from Lokopriyo Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport here to Jeddah for Haj pilgrims.
Gogoi, in a letter to Patel, said 700 pilgrims whose passports were cleared by the Central Haj Committee in Mumbai were still waiting for departure from Guwahati to Jeddah as flights were unavailable. The chief minister thanked the union minister for taking the initiative for the passage of 3100 pilgrims of the North East, particularly Assam, by providing special flights from LGBI to Jeddah.
UNB, Dhaka, 24 October : Bangladesh government has opted for an extension of social safety net programmes, further defying the apprehension of budgetary pressure.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith Sunday hinted at this while addressing the ‘State of the economy’ discussion at the Jatiya Press Club. Economic Reporter’s Forum (ERF) organized the programme with its President Monwar Hossain in the chair.
“Commodity prices in the international market have increased a lot, and that is affecting the local market. We are looking forward to extending the social safety net programmes to address this, and that may put pressure on the budget,” Muhith told the economic reporters.
Bhowmik said Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar had reviewed the progress of road development activities in the state yesterday and asked the officials to explore alternative options for transporting bitumen. The state government is targeting to connect about 800 habitations having population less than 250 by next three years. All the habitations with more than 250 people would be connected under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) scheme.
''Despite our sincere efforts, the supply of raw materials, including bitumen, stone chips and quality bricks, has become inadequate thus hampering the road building works,'' Bhowmik added.
UNB, Satkhira, 24 October : A special court here Sunday adjourned the trial proceedings of 105 suspected BDR mutineers of 41 rifles battalion till 6 February.
All the accused were produced before the three-member Special Court-1, headed by Rajshahi Sector Commander Lt Col Yahiya Azam. Prosecutor Lt Col Enayet Karim read out the allegations against the mutineers. After hearing, head of the judges’ panel Col Azam Khan declared the trial procedings adjourned till on 6 February ordering the prosecution to bring all the accused before it when the trial resumes.
As part of the on going programmes, a day-long workshop on 'Role of fish sanctuaries and fingerlings stalking in enhancing fish production in open water bodies' was held at the conference room of district fisheries officer of Nilphamari on 18 October.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) M. Zillur Rahman attended the workshop as the chief guest and project director (PD) Mohammad Nazrul Islam as the special guest. With district fisheries officer Shah Imam Jafar Sadeque in the chair, it was addressed, among others, by assistant director of the project M. Shafique Uddin, Jaldhaka Upazila fisheries officer Badruzzaman Manik and fisherman Aghur Nath Das.
All fisheries officers of the district, fish cultivators and public representatives including the journalists took part in the workshop.