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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan wins Wisden magazine award

Reuters, Dhaka, 8 October : Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been named The Wisden Cricketer magazine's 2009 World Test Player of the Year.
The magazine said on Thursday that Shakib topped the performance table of all test players based on marks awarded by Wisden Cricketer correspondents. "I guess I owe my performance to keeping things simple. I don't lose sleep over disappointments and rather look ahead to seize the next opportunity," Shakib said.
Shakib, who led Bangladesh to their first overseas test series victory against West Indies in July, is the first Bangladeshi cricketer to win the award. Photo : Carl Recine (Action Images)

US-Bangladesh Military Exercise
Dhaka, 8 October : The US and Bangladesh militaries are participating in a joint “Tiger Shark” exercise in the Chittagong Division through November. Units from the Bangladesh Navy and the US military will train on counter terrorism and combatting piracy and maritime and coastal threats during this exercise.
In particular, the US forces will be working with the Bangladesh Navy’s Special Warfare Dive and Salvage unit. This Tiger Shark exercise is one of many joint activities conducted by the US armed forces and the Bangladesh military. Our militaries have a long history of working in partnership for humanitarian assistance and medical training and have also conducted air, land and and sea exercises said a Bangladesh Army officer.

Dhaka seeks access to Nepal & Bhutan through India
Dhaka, 8 October : Bangladesh has urged India to give it transit to Nepal and Bhutan to boost bilateral and South Asian regional trade and connectivity.
The subject will be high on the agenda when Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visits New Delhi shortly. India too is expected to raise its pitch for better connectivity to its northeastern region through Bangladesh. The opinion in Bangladesh is divided on the twin issue that involves a quid pro quo. Some sections see Indian access a security threat while others want Dhaka to drive what they call a hard bargain with New Delhi since its access to the northeastern region deprives Bangladesh of a potential market.
Hasina Wednesday said Bangladesh ‘always’ requests India to give it transit facilities to Nepal and Bhutan.

Unique tender by Coal India for reopening 18 mines
Kolkata, 8 October : The world’s biggest coal miner, state-owned Coal India Ltd (CIL), will select joint venture (JV) partners for reviving its 18 abandoned mines through a unique tender to be floated within a month, under which bidders will be ranked on the basis of their assessment of the revenue potential and the cost of producing coal from these mines.
For the first time, the Indian government is going to allow foreign players to start mining coal in India through JVs with CIL. From 13 firms that had evinced interest in partnering it, CIL has shortlisted 10 global miners and metals firms for bidding for its 18 abandoned mines, which have a combined coal reserve of 1.6 billion tonnes. CIL refused to name the bidders because it has signed a confidentiality agreement with them.
“The tender is dovetailed to suit the requirements of the situation,” said CIL chairman Partha S. Bhattacharya. “It would have taken us years to evaluate the worth of these mines. But those who are going to bid for these mines can do it much faster… They would be given four months to submit their bids.” CIL would select a partner for each mine within two-three months of receiving the bids, he added. Photo : Indranil Bhoumik

Japan trade fair to begin, 15 October in Bangladesh
Dhaka, 8 October : Aiming to promote bilateral trade and investment: Japan trade fair to begin on 15 October in Dhaka.
The Japan-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JBCCI) announced ‘JIC launching of the 4th Japan Trade Fair 2009 through a meet the press at a city hotel on Wednesday. The biennial fair, will be held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) from 15 to 17 October this year. Tom Hisabayashi, Vice President of JBCCI, T. Uehara, Embassy of Japan, T. Kinomoto of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Dhaka and officials from JBCCI and Management Company Windmill Advertising’s representatives were present in the Meet the Press.
Snag hits Kolkata Metro, disrupting services for 3 hrs
Kolkata, 8 October : A major technical snag disrupted services of Kolkata Metro for nearly three hours during peak hours on Thursday.
Several trains got held up inside tunnels and a few plunged into darkness as the power supply to the third rail tripped. Smoke was spotted from a train when it entered the Rabindra Sarobar station in south Kolkata. Taking no chances, the authorities evacuated the entire train. The smoke, followed by evacuation and deployment of security personnel sparked panic among the commuters. General Manager of Metro Railway, D N Tripathi has ordered an enquiry into the incident.
A Kolkata Metro employee, however, revealed a metal strip that connects the rake to the third rail that carries electricity broke and damaged the third rail. This tripped the power, and the crucial third rail was damaged. A similar kind of snag had hit the metro on 6 September. Passengers had spotted sparks beneath the compartments after a loud thud. Photo : Indrajit Dutta
140 Bangladeshi female police to join "UN peacekeeping mission"
Xinhua, Dhaka, 8 October : A unit of 140 Bangladeshi female police will be sent soon to UN peacekeeping mission following a request of UN secretary general Ban ki-Moon as the country is the second largest contributor of the peacekeepers.
UN Under Secretary General Alain Le Roy said to journalists after a meeting with Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni at Bangladeshi Foreign Ministry Thursday afternoon. Roy who had also met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Mobin Chowdhury said he discussed with the Bangladesh leaders about the new challenges faced by UN peacekeeping in Congo and Sudan. READ FULL STORY
14 women journalists leave Dhaka for Pakistan today
BSS, Dhaka, 8 October : Fourteen women journalists will leave Dhaka for Pakistan today to attend a media conference scheduled for 10 and 11 October in Lahore.
The delegation, led by Rasheda Amin, will speak in the two-day conference on South Asian Women in Media (SAWM), a newly formed forum that intends to build bridge among female journalists in eight member states of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). The other delegate members are: Nasimun Ara Huq, Parveen Sultana, Mahmuda Chowdhury, Rozi Ferdous, Farida Yeasmin, Dil Monwara Monu, Angur Nahar Monty, Rozina Akhter, Nadira Kiron, Akhter Jahan Malik, Farzana Rashid Laboni, Dilruba Khan and Chinmepur Marma.
More than 200 female journalists are expected to join the conference, first of its kind in south Asia, and are scheduled to discuss issues like 'breaking the stereotype : women portal in media', society and gender relations in south Asia in the context of rising extremism and women representation in decision making in south Asian media.

Chemical factory gutted at Khardah in N24 Parganas
Barrackpore, 8 October : A massive fire broke out at a chemical factory at Dangadingla beside Kalyani-Sodepur Expressway under Khardah police station in North 24 Parganas district today.
Four fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the blaze. Large amount of chemicals, including hydrochloric acid and chlorine, were destroyed in the fire. Fire Brigade officials here said the firemen, under the guidance of the divisional officer, were still fighting to control the blaze. However, no casualty was reported so far. The quantum of losses and cause of fire were yet to be ascertained, the officials added.
Indian Air Force turns 77
Air Chief Marshal P V Naik inspects the parade during the IAF Day Parade in Hindon, Ghaziabad.
PTI, New Delhi, 8 October : The Indian Air Force (IAF) turned 77 Thursday with an elaborate parade and aerobatics display.
The event commenced with a hang glider show after which flag bearing sky divers of Akash Ganga team dropped out of an AN-32 transporter. The commencement of the parade involved three Mi-17 helicopters, three Mi-25/Mi-35 helicopters, a Dornier aircraft, two Avro and two AN-32 aircraft. On view for the first time was the newly acquired Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft, escorted by two SU-30 MKI. The fighter flypast was led by three Jaguars, three Mig-21 Bison, Mig-29 Baaz, Mirage 2000 Vajra aircraft and a SU-30 MKI combat aircraft.
The grand finale included aerobatics by Sarang Advanced Light Helicopters and synchronized low level manoeuvring by HJT-16 aircraft of the Surya Kiran Aerobatics Team. Photo : PTI
Bangladeshi Co. to invest $3.960m in Iswardi EPZ
Dhaka, 8 October : A Bangladeshi company will invest US$ 3.960 million in Iswardi Export Processing Zone to set up a chemicals limited, said a press release.
The 100 percent local owned company, German Euro chemicals limited, will produce chemicals for textile industries. The company will also create employment opportunity for 121 Bangladeshi nationals. An agreement, to this effect, was signed between the Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority and German Euro Chemicals Ltd in BEPZA complex on Wednesday. Md Moyjuddin Ahmed, member (investment promotion), of BEPZA and Md Tarif Uddin, managing Director of German Euro chemicals Ltd, signed the agreement on behalf of their respective organisations.
ULFA camps may shift to China from BD & Myanmar
ANI, Guwahati, 8 October : In a startling revelation, Prabal Neogi, leader of the powerful separatist group in Assam, has said that the ultras may plan to set up camps in China consequent to their losing bases in Bangladesh and Myanamar.
He said this while interacting with the media persons on the sidelines of a symposium on Conflict Management and Transformation of Ethics Nationalist and Societal Conflicts held at Guwahati on Wednesday. Neogi’s disclosure is of great significance since he reportedly spent nearly ten years in Myanmar training insurgents for the cause of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA).
“I don’t know if the ULFA is able to create a direct link with the Chinese government but I think we can from our long experience that, as a long time dweller of Myanmar, there was no direct connection but there was an indirect connection, not only with the ULFA but with all the groups of the North East,” said Neogi.

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