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4 Indians held while entering Bangladesh 'to meet ISIS recruiter'

4 Indians held while entering Bangladesh 'to meet ISIS recruiter'

A day after it came to light that intelligence agencies in Kolkata had prevented four Hyderabad youths from crossing over to Bangladesh to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Indian police yesterday said more youngsters from the city could be in touch with recruiters from the terror outfit, an Indian...

A close shave

A close shave

An apparent mistake by an air traffic controller in Kolkata almost led to a mid-air collision between a United Airways Bangladesh aircraft and a Saudi Arabian Airlines plane in Kolkata on Monday. Captain Ariful Islam of the United Airways aircraft said his plane came within the “visual distance” of the other aircraft. He had...

United Airways flight averts mid-air collision

United Airways flight averts mid-air collision

A United Airways flight narrowly averted a mid-air collision with another airplane in Kolkata airspace while heading to Dhaka from Muscat yesterday with 148 passengers on board. Captain of the United flight MD83, Ariful Islam, said his plane almost came within "visual distance" of the aircraft flying towards him. The approaching plane, possibly of Saudi...

Nur Hossain's associate held

Detectives arrested a close associate of Nur Hossain, the key accused in Narayanganj seven-murder case, from Brahmanbaria yesterday. The detainee was identified as Ali Mohammad, son of Akbar Ali of Shimrail area in Siddhirganj of Narayanganj. He was the cashier of Nur's illegal money and a close aide in toll collection, drug dealing and other illegal activities of Nur Hossain. Acting on a tip off, a team of DB police raided Akhaura Bazar area and detained Ali, said Mamunur Rashid Mandal, officer-in-charge...

West Bengal governor resigns

West Bengal governor resigns

MK Narayanan has resigned as the governor of West Bengal after being questioned by the CBI in connection with an alleged swindle centered on the sale of 12 helicopters to India by AgustaWestland, an Anglo-Italian defence manufacturer, reports NDTV. Narayanan, 80, was interrogated for two hours as a witness on Friday at his official...

NUR HOSSAIN'S ARREST

Waiting for India’s response: Minister

Waiting for India’s response: Minister

Bangladesh is waiting to have an official detailed response from India over Nur Hossain, including his extradition process, State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam said today. "We have written to the Indian authorities, and are waiting for their response," the minister told reporters at Sonargaon Hotel in the city. Shahriar Alam said the...

Nur Hossain will be brought home

Nur Hossain will be brought home

The government has “started the process” to bring back Nur Hossain, the prime accused in the sensational seven-murder in Narayanganj, who was arrested in Kolkata on Saturday night. “… He [Hossain] will be brought back,” State Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan told reporters at the secretariat yesterday. He said Bangladesh and India have...

Rab official 'helped Nur Hossain flee'

Rab official 'helped Nur Hossain flee'

Col Ziaul Ahsan, additional director general of the Rapid Action Battalion, helped Nur Hossain flee to Kolkata, alleged the father-in-law of slain Narayanganj panel mayor Nazrul Islam yesterday. Shahidul Islam alias Shahid chairman claimed that Col Zia ensured "safe passage" for Nur Hossain, the principal accused in the sensational Narayanganj seven-murder case, in order to save the Rab from repercussions as the elite force's involvement in the abductions and murders has become clear. The Rab official, however, refuted the allegation. In support of his claim, Shahid referred to a newspaper report in which Zia had claimed that Nur fled to Kolkata three days after the incident and the Rab was trying to...

BYLINE

The political calculus of Bengal

WHY, and when, does a politician defect? The simplistic, but not all that simple, answer is money. We have good reason, of course, to be cynical about the morality of politicians. But if money alone was sufficient to buy the loyalty of legislators, there would be serial instability. Too many politicians, to paraphrase Oscar Wilde, can resist everything but temptation. Defection remains an occasional game because money is, at best, a one-time payoff. Politicians, like other professionals, prefer a...

Mamata's cherished march to Delhi

AS I was going by car to my hotel in the city centre from Kolkata's new airport on January 27, I noticed a large number of banners posted everywhere saying “Chalo, Brigade Chalo.” Each banner invariably carried a large picture of Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of Paschimbanga and leader of Trinamul Congress (TMC). Wherever I went in Kolkata, I found people talking about the meeting of TMC at the Brigade ground scheduled for January 30. Mamata left no stone unturned...

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