"There is a possibility that the death toll will increase because the trawler was overcrowded," South 24 Parganas Superintendent of Police L N Meena said. န File Photos
"If there is a will, there is a way. Development cannot be made with the help of guns," Banerjee said taking a dig at the Left Front government. န Photos : Niraj Modi
UNB, Narayanganj, 30 October : Jamaat-BNP, the defeated forces of liberation war, will not be allowed to exist in Bangabandhu’s Sonar Bangla, said ruling Awami League front ranking leader Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury MP here today.
Speaking as chief guest at a function in memory of Afzal Hossain, former MP of Awami League at Narayanganj club she urged the freedom fighters and progressive forces to remain united. Spitting venom against Jamaat and BNP the sharp tongued Sajeda said,”They (Jamaat-BNP) should not exist in Bangabndhu’s Sonar Bangla; they shall not be allowed to exist.”
“The joint forces will operate in Maoist-hit areas of West Bengal and other Maoist-hit states as long as they continue to violate law and order and keep challenging the government,” Mr. Mukherjee told reporters here in Murshidabad district at the end of a National Integration camp.
The Trinamool Congress chief has been demanding withdrawal of joint forces from Maoist-hit areas in West Bengal alleging that CPI(M) cadre were taking their help in committing atrocities on the people.
PTI, Shillong, 30 October : After holding the nation spellbound with western chorals and Hindi classics on a TV reality show, the Shillong Chamber Choir will now have a very special audience - US President Barack Obama.
The young group of singers from Shillong, dubbed as the 'rock capital of India', is scheduled to perform for the US President and his wife Michelle at President Pratibha Patil's presidential banquet at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on 8 November.
UNB, Rajshahi, 30 October : Trial proceedings of 93 alleged mutineers of Rajshahi 37 Rifles Battalion will begin in a special court set up at the battalion headquarters on 13 November.
The accused 93 jawans were arrested a day after filing of a treason case against them on 17 May last year for their alleged involvement in 25-26 Feb mutiny. The three-member court, led by BDR Kushtia zone Sector Commandar Col Nazrul Islam.
'The situation has not reached that level that there is no potato, but cashing in on fears of poor supply in the next few weeks, cold storage owners and hoarders are making windfall profits,' a wholesaler in Dhaka's Karwan Bazar said.
Early harvested potatoes usually start arriving in the market at the beginning of November and that forces release of more stocks from hoarders and eventually push down the price. Market observers said a good harvest last year pushed down potato price even as cold storages had built up huge stocks.
All this is a far cry from the situation two years ago when Bangladesh had a record potato crop that necessitated exports. And while the exports were picking up, the then army chief Gen Moin U. Ahmed launched a campaign on behalf of the caretaker government and called upon the people, for whom the staple diet is rice, to change their food habits. န File Photos