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.
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.
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.
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. န Photos : PTI
န 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
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.
"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.
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). န Photo : Firoz Ahmed
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.
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. န Photo : Firoz Ahmed