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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Bangladesh wants to set up permanent missions in all countries

UNB, Tokyo, 28 November : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said her government wants to establish Bangladesh’s permanent missions in all countries concerned to intensify the countries diplomatic activities.
“We’ve already decided to set up embassies or local consul offices in 16 countries which will also provide permanent address for the expatriate Bangladeshis,” she said after laying the foundation stone of Bangladesh Embassy building here this morning. The embassy building will be constructed on 714 sq meter and completed by June 2012.
Speaking on the occasion, Hasina said that her government wants to ensure opportunities for Bangladeshis both at home and abroad so they can contribute to make Bangladesh a modern and digital country. She mentioned that the government is constructing mission offices in four countries including the office in Japan. Photo : Reuters

Buddhadeb asks CPI(M) party workers to shun 'arrogance'
IANS, Barrackpore, 28 November : Blaming a section of party workers for the debacle of the CPI(M) in recent elections, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee Sunday asked the cadres to shun arrogance as this would further alienate the common people from the party.
“It’s true that in the last Lok Sabha elections people have voted against us. A section of party workers and leaders have tried to act as a boss over the common people. We have taken action against them. Don’t try to act like a boss over the common man,” said Bhattacharjee while addressing a public rally at Barrackpore in North 24 Paraganas district. “If you want to act as a boss over the common man then you have to go out of the party. If common people say something then you have to give a patient hearing to it,” he said.
The Congress-Trinamool Congress alliance defeated the ruling Left Front led by CPI(M) in the last Lok Sabha elections, winning more than two-thirds of the state’s Lok Sabha seats. Photos : Dip Majumdar

GJM calls bandh from 21Dec if Interim Con' not introduced
UNI, Siliguri, 28 November : Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) today called for a 48-hour bandh in the hills from 21 December if Interim Council is not introduced by 20 December. Announcing this at a rally in Chowk Bazar area of Darjeeling, GJM president Bimal Gurung said, ''Meeting, rally and public gathering from 4 to 20 December will be held, demanding imposition of Interim Council in the hills.
''A massive movement will be launched for a separate state here from 22 November,'' he added. ''Lands of tea gardens will have to be brought under the Interim Council,'' he added. Meanwhile, Gokha National Liberation Front (GNLF) president Subhash Ghising, who is in Siliguri now, told reporters that he will soon visit the hills.
Stating that he was against the Interim Council, Ghising said ''Sixth Schedule is the only solution to the raging Darjeeling issue.'' The hill would get more benefits if Sixth Schedule came into being instead of the Interim Council, he opined. ''The GNLF will regain power in the hills after 2011,'' Ghising claimed. File Photo : AFP

Coast Guard nabs Myanmarese boat, 15 poachers in A&N
PTI, Chennai, 28 November : Indian Coast Guard has apprehended a Myanmarese boat with 15 poachers off Andaman and Nicobar islands.
"During routine surveillance of Northern group of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Coast Guard ship Durgabhai Deshmukh apprehended a Myanmarese boat off Interview Island at 2.15am on 27 November, a Coast Guard press release said. The boat was towed to Diglipur Harbour in Andaman and the poachers were handed over to police for further action, it said. The Coast Guard ship has so far apprehended six boats with 51 Myanmarese poachers. In the last eight months, 26 ships have been apprehended, including 242 foreign poachers, the release added.

Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz U faces attack in Kolkata
'POTA' effective in fighting terrorism in Kashmir : Farooq A.
Kolkata, 28 November : After facing a severe attack fron Kashmiri Pandits at Chandigarh, "Hurriyat Conference" Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farook has faced another protest in Kolkata on Sunday.
Mirwaiz Umar Farook was greeted by protest from Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) supporters while he attended a seminar in Kolkota. Police arrested more than fifteen BJP workers in connection with the protest. Earlier, on Thursday, 25 November, Mirwaiz was attacked by Kashmiri Pandits and activists of Hindu groups for so-called anti-India speech.
In this seminar, Union Minister and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Farooq Abdullah said that laws like the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) would be effective in fighting terrorism.

WB govt must come clean on Rajarhat: Left Front partners
PTI, Kolkata, 28 November : Two major ruling Left Front partners, RSP and Forward Bloc have said West Bengal government must come clean on the land controversy at Rajharhat, a fast growing township on the outskirts of the metropolis conceived during chief ministership of Jyoti Basu.
"We should steer clear of the controversy. It should be transparent how land was acquired at Rajarhat from the mid 1990s and whether force was applied and at what price the land was acquired and sold," RSP leader and the state PWD minister Kshiti Goswami told PTI on the allegation by Trinamool Congress that the government bought the land at a throwaway price and sold it at a premium.
10 PCJSS members held with arms in Rangamati hill rigion
UNB, Rangamati, 28 November : Ten members of Parbattya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) along with arms were arrested from Hazaribag Cremation Ghat in Sadar upazila on Saturday.
Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of police and army personnel raided the area at about 4pm when the miscreants fired on the team sensing their arrival. The security men also fired back, which forced the criminals to surrender. One SMG, one pistol, four guns, 36 bullets, documents and other materials were recovered from the possessions of the arrested.

Director Bidyut Sarkar to make film on "Mamata Banerjee"
ANI, Kolkata, 28 November : A Bengali filmmaker has decided to make a film based on the political life of Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee. Director Bidyut Sarkar will begin the shooting for the film on 4 December. The film's budget is 10 million rupees.
The film, in which the protagonist is called Maya Banerjee, will trace Banerjee's life from the early 1970s to the 2011 provincial assembly polls. "I wanted to do a political film and Didi's (Mamta Banerjee) character impressed me a lot. Actually, I am a big fan of hers. That's why I came up with this story. It was a novel earlier, but my friends insisted on converting it into a film. I am making this film with the title 'Didi'," said Sarkar.
"Story starts from 1970s and ends up with the political scenario in 2011, covering all the political incidents of Bengal of Sainbadi, Suchpur, Keshpur, Shingur, Nandigram, Kolkata, her 26 days fast, everything," he added. Actress Ruma Chakrabarty has been offered the role of Mamata Banerjee for her build, which is similar to Banerjee's.
Chakrabarty said she is excited to play the role of such a popular personality. "I was very excited when I got the film and this character of Mamata Banerjee to play as she is very famous. Even a two-year-old child knows who she is. Then Bidyut Babu told me to study how she speaks, her mannerisms. I started viewing news channels and I'm practicing very hard," she said. File Photo : AFP