Myanmar has started erecting barbed-wire fence along its border with Bangladesh in November last year as its naval ships intruded into Bangladesh maritime boundary for oil and gas exploration.
Yadav, a self-styled squad commander, was arrested on Friday night. န Photos : Sanjay Bhaduri
"We are discussing the subject. We will come out with a changed APMC Act this year," Minister for Agricultural Marketing Mortaza Hossain said here. State Finance minister Asim Dasgupta said the character of the land ownership should not be changed. "There should be contract between farmers self help groups or co-operatives rather than direct contract with industry and farmers. A mechanism for pricing would also be devised,"he told Bengal Newz.
Keventer group chairman M K Jalan said the company will sign a memorandum of understanding in a few days with the State Marketing Board for a joint venture to modernise terminal markets.
The estimated cost for rail-road bridge was raised as authorities plan to add other utility lines on the bridge, they said. The cost for the 6.15 km (3.84 miles) bridge -- the country's largest - planned early this year, to be built by 2013 at Mawa, 50 km (31 miles) south of Dhaka was revised for the second time to $1.9 billion from an initial $1.5 billion in August. The World Bank, Asian Development Bank and Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank are the major financiers for the bridge at Mawa. Bangladesh will provide some $200 million.
The first bridge will cut travel time between the capital and the Sundarbans mangrove forests, the UNESCO World Heritage site, by several hours, officials at the tourism ministry said. န Photo : Reuters
IANS, Guwahati, 3 October : An influential tribal separatist group in Assam Saturday for the first time openly admitted to using Bangladesh as a base to carry out their hit-and-run guerrilla strikes in the region, a rebel leader said. He urged the neighbouring country to help them.
“I would like to request the government of Bangladesh to extend helping hands in our struggle for freedom. Particularly, I would like to request the security forces of Bangladesh not to harass or arrest our cadres and members when they sometimes cross to Bangladesh for their safety and security,” D.R. Nabla, president of the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), said in a statement to IANS.
Nabla’s statement was made on the NDFB’s 23rd foundation day Saturday. The NDFB is fighting for an independent homeland for the Bodo tribe in Assam since 1986.
The new two routes will be Dhaka-Kuala Lumpur and Dhaka-Kathmandu. Besides these two routes, the airliner is going to add Dhaka-London route in its list by the end of this year. “We are ready to start the Dhaka-Kuala Lumpur and Dhaka-Kathmandu routes by this month. On the other hand, we will try to start the Dhaka-London route in November. If we fail to do so then we will start the route by December,” Deputy Manager (Marketing Support and PR) of the United Airways M Kamrul Islam told UNB.
United Airways entered into the international arena on 24 September, 2008 by launching its Dhaka-Kolkata flight.
Siliguri, 3 October : GJM activists foiled an attempt by a youth to attack their leader Bimal Gurung at a public meeting in Kalimpong in Darjeeling district, police said today.
The youth, Anuj Rai, carrying a knife, was intercepted by the GJM activists at the meeting venue yesterday and handed over to police, Superintendent of Police D P Singh said. Angry GJM supporters last night ransacked three houses, including that of Rai, but the situation was brought under control by the police. Police suspect that Rai attacked Gurung to revenge forced ouster of his brother, a former GNLF councillor, from the hills by GJM.
The Detective Branch of Dhaka Police said that with Wednesday’s arrest Emdadullah alias Mahbub, a suspected member of the Pakistan-based Islamist terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the group’s network had broken down. Deputy Commissioner of Metropolitan Detective Branch (south) Monirul Islam said the militant network in Bangladesh had taken a hit after the arrest of Mufti Sheikh Obaidullah and Maulana Mohammad Monsur Ali last July.
He said Emdadullah is a suspected member of Harkatul Jihadia Islamia Azadia, a Pakistan-based militant group. He is also the Bangladesh chief of Asif Reza Commando force and member of the LeT, the official said.
Kamrul Hasan, acting district election officer of Bandarban, told STAR correspondent they had been directed to update the voter list before 31 December. A letter issued by EC in this regard directed the authorities concerned to re-examine the voter lists of Sadar upazila, Lama, Alikadam and Naikhongchhari upazilas of Bandarban and Sadar upazila, Ramu, Ukhia and Teknaf upazilas of Cox's Bazar.
Upazila level committees headed by respective Upazila Nirbahi Officers (UNO) will oversee the voter list updating work, an EC official informed STAR.
Maoists have given the bandh call today in protest against the arrest of the convener of Maoist-backed People's Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) Chhatradhar Mahato in West Midnapore district of West Bengal on 26 September.
Khulna, 3 October : Two outlaws were killed in 'shootouts' between their cohorts and police in Khulna and Chuadanga early today. Two policemen were also injured during the gunfight in Khulna.
The dead were identified as Abu Sayeed Sarkar alias Ranga Sayeed (32), an armed cadre of New Biplobi Communist Party and Abdur Rashid alias Mollah Rashid (42), a regional leader of Janajuddho, one of the factions of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML). Acting on a tip-off, police raided playground of Ambhita School in Dumuria where the outlaws were holding a meeting.
Chittagong, 3 October : Banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) planted a bomb in front of the residence of Khagrachhari superintendent of police and left a slip on it.
In the slip, the militants warned the government officials against bribery and corruption. "You stop bribery and corruption immediately. Otherwise, we will take our actions," the slip read. Talking to STAR, Assistant SP Maksudur Rahman, who is overseeing the matter, said police recovered the bomb at about 11:00pm (BDST) yesterday. ASP Maksudur said they have called in an expert team for examining the bomb.