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Monday, January 24, 2011

Bangladeshi court sentences 25 more border guards for mutiny

UNB, Naogaon, 24 January : A special court here Monday sentenced 25 BDR men of 43 Rifles Battalion to various terms of imprisonment ranging from four months to seven years for their involvement in BDR mutiny.
The Special Court-12, headed by Rajshahi Sector Commander Col Ehia Azam Khan, also fined them Tk 100 each.

The convicts are: subedar major Khalid Hossain, nayek subedar Shaikh Atiar Ali, lance nayeks Rezaul Karim, Aminuzzaman and Akram Hossain Biswas, nayeks Shaikh Farid Hossain and Hedayet Ali, sepoys Alim Al Fuad, Fayez Ahmed, Munshi Nazmul Haque, Masum Billah, Motiar Rahman, Biplob Hossain, Ariful Islam, Nur Mohammad, Khondakar Mamun Hossain, Shahinur Alam, Moshtak Ali, Kohinur Islam, Jabed Younus, Iqbal Hossain, Moshiur Rahman, Mehdi Hasan, Najmul Haq, Jamal Hossain and Shahidul Islam.
Deputy Attorney General Sri Sasanka Shekhar, two other members of the special court are Lt Col Gazi Mohammad Khalid Hossain and Lt Commander (BN) Muhammad Touhidul Islam were present, among others, when the verdict was delivered.
A mutiny case was filed against 25 BDR jawans of 43 Battalion with the Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court on 17 May, 2009. The mutineers were later arrested and produced in the court that sent them to jail hajat. File Photos

Ammonia gas leakage: owner of cold storage to be arrested
Kolkata, 24 January : The West Bengal government today ordered arrest of the owner of the cold storage where an ammonia gas leakage affected nearly 3,000 people in Nager Bazar area here.
"Many names came up as the owner of the cold storage. But we have found that the actual owner is Kishore Sambani. I have ordered his arrest. We will have to see that he is not released on bail once he is arrested," state Fire Services Minister Pratim Chatterjee told newsmen.

59 Indian nationals languishing in Bangladesh' Satkhira jail
UNB, Satkhira, 24 January : Fifty-nine Indian nationals, including women, have been languishing in the district jail long after completion of their prison term.
They were held by members of Bangladesh Rifles, Coast Guard and police either on charge of trespassing or smuggling in separate drives at different places of the country several years ago. They were convicted and sentenced to suffer rigorous imprisonment on various terms by the concerned courts. Later the authorities sent them to Satkhira jail from different districts.
Trapped in trick of law they are leading inhuman life in the prison even years after expiry of their jail term. Jail authorities attempted several times to hand them over to concerned authority in India after expiry of their term but the Indian authorities refused to take them back without showing any reason on several occasions.
The Indian nationals are: Mantu Pramanik, 33, Ashraf Sheikh, 45, Shabbir Rahman, 35, Shahjahan Ali Molla, 35, Binoy Kumar Pandit, 35, Chandan Das, 46, Bijoy, 42, Ashrafuzzaman Sharif, 44, Shyamsundar Saha, 42, Jomrathi Mia, 60, Shri Bijoy Raja, 40, Ramchandra Mahatman, 35, Sri Chandip, alias Sandip, 30, Reva Tampa, 39, Sri Ramjee, 35, Mohammad Mokku, 35, Asadul Haq, 33, Sri Uday Malo, 33, Mohammad Zakir, 27, Nazir Hossain, 32, Anjali Devi alias Manju, 40, Sri Bijoy Kumar, 34, Smriti Mandal, 40, Bappu Mandal, 38, Sri Madan Karmakar, 35, Bhaskari Neyeki, 32, Nazrul Mandal, 33, Yakub Ali Khan, 30, Mantu Chang, 38, Boddi, 45, Maharu Kalasingji, 28, Sri Harmaji Pandi, 38, Mohammad Rojario, 70, Sriram Milon alias Rami Milon, 50, Sri Ramsingar, 35, Zinkao, 37, Ashik Sheikh, 27, Mohadev Ghosh, 60, Noresh Chengshi, 40, Sombori Wang alias Shambhu, 28, Sri Ganesh Goswami, 35, Sufal Kanti Mandal, 45, Major, 35, Jinnah, 36, Rajpaul, 33, Ajit, 44, Kanna Pahe, 44, Rajkumar, 24, Sohrab, 70, Shariful Islam, 38, Sanyasi Das, 36, and Chunna Singh, 50.
Commercial "Seaplane Service" begins in Andaman Islands
PTI, Port Blair, 24 January : Commercial operation of the country's first seaplane - Jal Hans - began today at Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Inaugurated by Lt Governor Bhopinder Singh, the seaplane took its first trip to Havelock Island in the Andamans. "The Jal Hans will help to promote tourism in Havelock Island, which is gaining popularity as the most sought-after tourist destination," Singh said.
"The seaplane service, a joint venture between the public sector Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited and Andaman and Nicobar administration, will connect Port Blair with Havelock," director of tourism Binay Bhusan said, adding that it has a seating capacity of nine people and a speed of 280 km/hour.
Its services will later be extended to other parts of the islands, he said.
Bhaichung Bhutia questions S Ganguly's "ouster" from IPL
Kolkata, 24 January : Indian football icon Bhaichung Bhutia today batted for IPL discard Sourav Ganguly, saying that his age cannot be a factor for being overlooked in the Indian Premier League auction.
"Age cannot determine how long a player can play. It should always be performance oriented," Bhutia said when asked to react on Ganguly's exit from IPL IV after he found no takers in the players' auction.
Save flora and fauna of Sundarbans delta : PM Sk Hasina
UNB, Dhaka, 24 January : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the government’s ministries and departments to give their best efforts to saving the flora and fauna of the Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world.
Prime Minister gave the directive while chairing the 99th cabinet meeting at the Bangladesh Secretariat on Monday. Briefing newsmen at the PID conference room, Press Secretary to the PM Abul Kalam Azad said a proposal was made at the cabinet meeting to collect Garan wood from the Sundarbans to supply materials for Khulna Hardboard Mills Ltd.
The Prime Minister categorically told the meeting that Garan wood must not be collected from the Sundarbans. At the same time, the Prime Minister also directed the authorities concerned not to close the hardboard mill under any circumstances.
“The mill will have to be kept operational at any cost for sake of employees and workers of the mill,” the Prime Minister was quoted as saying by the Pres Secretary.
Regarding necessary materials to operate the hardboard mill, the Prime Minister asked the authorities concerned for collecting all materials from the market, Azad said.