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Uday Shankar Dance Festival sets off in Kolkata

Uday Shankar Dance Festival sets off in Kolkata

To pay homage to legendary dancer Uday Shankar on his 114th birth anniversary, a weeklong dance festival was inaugurated at Rabindra Sadan, Kolkata on December 8. Organised by the West-Bengal State Music Academy, the Uday Shankar Dance Festival 2014 is featuring dance pieces from different states of India. Several Bangladeshi dancers including Rachel Priyanka...

3 Rohingyas tied to Burdwan blast arrested: Cops

3 Rohingyas tied to Burdwan blast arrested: Cops

The three suspected militants arrested from Dhaka earlier were Rohingyas, militants of a Myanmar group, linked with the Burdwan blast of Kolkata, police said today. They were members of Rohingya Solidarity Organisation (RSO) and other Myanmar-based outfits, said Krishna Pada Roy, deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) organised in Dhaka this afternoon. Today morning,...

Burdwan Blast

Bombs 'meant for Bangladesh'

The explosives made in Burdwan were meant for use in Bangladesh against targets, head of the seven-member Bangladeshi team now visiting Kolkata told a Bangladeshi TV channel yesterday. The team quizzed the principal accused in the Burdwan blast case, Sajid Rahmatullah, whose actual name in police record is Md Masum Mia Soleman of Narayanganj. Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), who is leading the team, said they were not sure what event, person or people would have been...

Chair of Calcutta University to be named after Mujib

Chair of Calcutta University to be named after Mujib

The West Bengal government has planned to set up a chair in Calcutta University and name it after Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wants the chair to be inaugurated by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, reports our New Delhi correspondent. "We want to create a "Bangabandhu Chair" in the Calcutta University after Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and we want his daughter Sheikh Hasina to inaugurate it," Mamata told PTI news agency in Kolkata. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman studied at Kolkata's Islamia College (now known as Maulana Azad College) under the Calcutta University from where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1947.

'Sajid's wife' trained JMB women in India

'Sajid's wife' trained JMB women in India

Banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) trained its women operatives in India and the wife of prime accused in Burdwan blast case was the chief trainer, detectives said yesterday. Fatema Begum, wife of detained JMB commander Sajid, and three others were arrested with explosives from the capital's Sadarghat area on Saturday, they added.  "Fatema was the chief trainer. She used to train the group's women at Burdwan's Shimulia madrasa which has only 50 students," Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam of Detective Branch told the press yesterday. The three other arrestees -- Abdullah Kazi, Isharat Ali Sheikh and Shawkat Sarder -- joined JMB between 2004 and 2005 and had links with Sajid, believed...

JMB trained militants in India, police claim

JMB trained militants in India, police claim

Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) trained militants in India, Dhaka police claimed today after four members of the banned outfit, including the group’s women wing chief, were held. Detainee JMB women’s chief Fatema Begum is said to be the wife of Kolkata Burdwan blast prime accused Sajid, Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner (media) of Dhaka Metropolitan...

SRK, Bachchans provide grand start to Kolkata Film Festival

SRK, Bachchans provide grand start to Kolkata Film Festival

In a splendid show of Bollywood camaraderie and the mingling of politicians and celebrities, the 20th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) - India's second oldest movie festival - was inaugurated on Monday by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan and superstar Shah Rukh Khan, NDTV reports. It was light, camera...

Burdwan Blast

Key accused Sajid taken on remand

Key accused Sajid taken on remand

A court in Kolkata yesterday remanded Sajid, the main accused in the Burdwan blast case, in the custody of India's National Investigation Agency (NIA) till November 20. "Sajid, the mastermind in the Burdwan blast, admitted before the court that he had served several years in Bangladesh jails and fled to India earlier in the...

India's intelligence agencies sound terror alert to Kolkata police

India's intelligence agencies sound terror alert to Kolkata police

Indian intelligence agencies have alerted Kolkata police about the possibility of a terror attack in the city, especially in the port area, PTI reported today quoting a senior official of Kolkata police. "We have received inputs from central intelligence agencies that there might be a terror attack in Kolkata, especially in port area. We...

Second arrest warrant issued against Latif

Second arrest warrant issued against Latif

A Dhaka court today issued an arrest warrant against recently sacked minister Abdul Latif Siddique in a case filed against him for hurting Muslims' religious sentiments. Metropolitan Magistrate Meher Nigar Shuchona passed the order as Latif failed to appear before it as per its order issued earlier. The arrest warrant was issued four days after...

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