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Monday, June 29, 2009

Zia seeks Hasina's help for team's visit to 'Tipaimukh'
Dhaka, 29 June : Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia Monday sought the help of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for sending a separate team to visit the Tipaimukh dam project site located in India's northeast.
She accepted a suggestion made last week by Hasina that the opposition was free to send its own team, Star Online reported. Hasina's government has offered to compare the report of the team sent by the opposition party and that of a parliamentary delegation that it plans to send. India may now have to host the visits of two separate teams to the site of the proposed dam on the Barak river in Manipur state.
Zia's move, made through a formal letter sent to Hasina, adds a new dimension to the raging controversy. Opposition parties and sections of environmentalists, NGOs and experts on river valley projects say that the lower riparian Bangladesh stands to lose in terms of its share of water if India builds the dam to produce power. Zia had earlier this month addressed a letter to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urging him to drop the project.
Part of the Brahmaputra river system, Barak flows from India into Bangladesh where it divides into two and eventually flows into the Meghna.

Indian Security forces reach Maoist hub "Katapahari"
PTI, Katapahari, 29 June : Further consolidating their position in the Maoist-infested areas of West Midnapore district, central forces on Monday stormed Katapahari, the hub of the Naxal-backed tribal agitation.
Completing one third of the operations, 1,600 personnel from the BSF, CRPF and special anti-naxal force COBRA converged on the hamlet from Lalgarh and Ramgarh which were captured by paramilitary forces after remaining under control of the Maoists for eight months. A helicopter hovered in the air to spot the Maoists and help the personnel carry out their operation with precision.
DIG CID (Special Operations Group), Siddhinath Gupta said that the forces were now in Katapahari, where a police camp existed in 2005 before being withdrawn. "A camp will be established here after all these years," he said. DIG (Midanpore range) Praveen Kumar said the operations had not ended. "Entering Katapahari was part of it." A senior police officer, however, told PTI that one third of the operations were complete. Midnapore SP Manoj Verma said "There was no police in Katapahari for the past several months. People have come forward to cooperate. We hope this cooperation will continue. We will establish the rule of law to solve the problem that has been plaguing this area for several months."
Katapahari, besides the surrounding villages of Boropelia, Chottopelia and Dalilpur Chowk, were the places where the tribals backed by Maoists had launched their agitation in protest against police atrocities in November last year. Photos : PTI

Some 1,000 Rohingyas evicted from makeshift huts
Source : United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs - Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)
Reliefweb.int, Dhaka, 29 June : Over the past two months the local authorities in Cox's Bazaar District, southeastern Bangladesh, have torn down scores of makeshift huts belonging to an estimated 1,000 Rohingya refugees.
"Accurate data is very difficult to gather but we guess around 200 huts were destroyed," Pia Prytz Phiri, country representative for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), told IRIN in Dhaka. READ MORE
Hoax bomb threat shuts down Dhaka Stock Exchange
Dhaka, 29 June : A bomb threat forced the Dhaka Stock Exchange to shut down an hour earlier than the scheduled close of trading on Monday, an official said.
Authorities halted transactions at 1:15pm and then evacuated the building. An unknown caller said that a bomb had been kept inside the building, according to the official. Bomb experts of RAB arrived at the spot at about 1pm(BDST) and were searching the building.
Nobel prize proposal for Prime minister Sk Hasina !!
Dhaka, 29 June : Awami League MP Akhteruzzaman Babu has proposed that the parliament adopt a resolution urging the Nobel Committee to honour prime minister Sheikh Hasina with the Nobel prize.
"I have been in politics with her for 26 years. I think she should get the Nobel Prize," Babu said as he spoke on the proposed national budget for 2009-10 fiscal year on Monday. The proposal was greeted with table thumping by the ruling MPs in the House being boycotted by opposition MPs since the start of the budget session.
"Let us adopt a resolution urging to award Nobel prize for Sheikh Hasina and send it (to the Nobel Committee)," Babu said just winding up his speech.

Ashulia workers burn down factory
Ashulia, 29 June : Hundreds of angry apparel workers set ablaze a 10-storey building of Hamim Group around 9:45am(bdst) on Monday in protest at the death of two of their co-workers in Ansar and police firing over the past two days at Ashulia in Savar.
The ground and first floors that housed the sweater factory in the 10-storey building were burnt to ashes. Three buses and a lorry of the factory were burnt at the time. The workers of Bangladesh Export Processing Zone also joined the demonstrators. The demonstrators also set fire to a vehicle of Alpha Group, one of the many export-focused readymade garment factories on the outskirts of the capital.
Police and firefighters sweated to bring the flames under control at 2:30pm(BDST). Photo : Firoz Ahmed
Malaria, viral fever, enteritis outbreak in Tripura
Agartala, 29 June : Outbreak of gastro-enteritis coupled with viral fever and malaria has taken a worst turn in some areas of West and North Tripura districts, claiming at least three lives in a week. According to a report, a few tribal dominated localities under Kanchanpur sub-division in North Tripura along Tripura-Mizoram border were wriggling under severe gastro-enteritis threat as three people died in Dasda Primary Health Centre (PHC) last week. Meanwhile, malaria and viral fever spread in some areas of West Tripura district.
Tripura Health Minister Tapan Chakraborty asserted the department had been organising health camps with specialist doctors in all the revenue blocks frequently and urgent camps were also conducted in remote localities. The situation deteriorated because of inadequate rainfall and high humidity, he added.
Angry garment workers block Dhaka-Tangail highway
Ashulia, 29 June : Hundreds of garment workers blocked the Dhaka-Tangail highway at Jamgarah on Monday in protest at the death of two of their co-workers in Ansar and police firing over the past two days at Ashulia in Savar.
The police tried but failed to disperse the demonstrators who obstructed traffic on the 1.5 kilometre road from 9am(BDST). The workers at a rally led by Montu Ghosh, a leader of a garment workers' association, in front of Fantasy Kingdom demanded justice for the killings.
Two workers died and scores were injured on Saturday and Sunday while demonstrating for pay hike. The police stopped the demonstrators as they were marching towards Export Processing Zone with a procession. Photo : Firoz Ahmed

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