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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Two top ULFA leaders arrested in Dhaka’s Uttara area

Dhaka, Kolkata, 4 November : The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), an influential separatist group has claimed that two of its top leaders were arrested in Bangladesh and then handed over to India, a spokesperson for the outlawed group said. There is, however, no confirmation from Dhaka or New Delhi.
ULFA said armed men in civilian dress entered their safe house in Dhaka and took away the two men at gunpoint. Dhaka has arrested ULFA leaders in the past. Separatist commander Anup Chetia served almost 12 years in jail there. The group was founded on 7 April 1979. The rebels are fighting for a separate homeland for the Assamese people.
ULFA's finance secretary Chitrabon Hazarika and foreign secretary Sasha Chaoudhary were taken from a house in Dhaka’s Uttara area just past midnight on 2 November, senior Ulfa leader Raju Barua said in an e-mailed statement. READ BBC News STORY

Hasina vows retrial of those who killed leaders in '75
Dhaka, 4 November : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said, her government will seek retrial of former army officers responsible for killing four leaders who were part of the country's government-in-exile during the 1971 freedom movement.
At a function on their death anniversary Tuesday, Hasina accused opposition leader Khaleda Zia and her husband and slain former president Ziaur Rahman of 'rewarding' the killers.
The four leaders - Syed Nazrul Islam, acting president of 1971 Bangladesh government-in-exile, Tajuddin Ahmed, prime minister of the same government, M. Mansoor Ali, finance minister, and A.H.M. Quamruzzaman, minister for home affairs, relief and rehabilitation - were killed inside the Dhaka Central Jail 3 November in 1975, less than three months after the assassination of country's founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Indian mission introducing E-token from 15 Nov.
Dhaka, 4 November : The Indian High Commission in Dhaka is introducing a new system for visa applicants - 'E-token' from 15 November.
The system would allow applicants to confirm their date and location of submission of papers beforehand on the net, says a press release issued on Wednesday. The applicants will have to browse
www.ivacbd.com and log in to the 'E-token' service. The service will be available three days prior to the effective date of the E-token system. After filling up all mandatory fields, the applicants can choose date of submission of visa application from a list of available dates and any one of the Indian Visa Application Centres (IVAC) located at Gulshan and Motijheel.
Mamata Banerjee predicts early polls in West Bengal
Khanakul, 4 November : Trinamool Congress chief and railway minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday predicted early assembly elections in West Bengal and asked her party workers to hold their patience for some more months to see the end of CPI(M)’s misrule.
Mamata’s observation on early assembly elections in the state is significant as she is now an important minister of the Union cabinet and an integral part of the UPA government.
Addressing a Trinamool Congress gathering at Arambagh in Hooghly district, where her party activists and CPI(M) supporters had clashed in many areas like Khanakul in the past few days, Mamata said, "Who can predict that elections to the state assembly would not take place within the coming two to six months. I am telling you that we will have an early assembly elections this time and I request you to fight the CPI(M) politically."

CPI(M) Importing Maoists from Nepal : Mamata
Khanakul, 4 November : Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today claimed that the CPI(M) was importing Maoists from Nepal and providing them with arms to terrorise the people.
"The CPI(M) is bringing Maoists from Nepal and supplying arms to them. The CPI(M) and the Maoists are twin brothers. They were resorting to killings to terrorise people. Both of them are killers and both have no place in the land of West Bengal," she told a party rally here. The railway minister before concluding her speech asked her party supporters to shout in chorus with the slogan Lal Hatao, Desh Bachao, Mao Hatao Desh Bachao (Remove both the Left parties and the Maoists to save the country).

WB civil service split over armed security for BDO
Kolkata, 4 November : The two associations of West Bengal Civil Service Officers are divided on the issue of providing personal security officers for Block Development Officers (BDOs) in Maoist-affected areas of Purulia, West Midnapore and Bankura in the state.
The state government had yesterday announced it would provide security to BDOs in view of the recent abduction of Sankaril officer in-charge and subsequent intelligence inputs that more such abductions could be carried out by the Maoists in remote tribal belts as a bargaining tool. While one association says they want more officers to be covered by the state security, the other association says the present arrangement is enough and that no security is enough if Maoists target someone in the remote pockets of the state.
In West Bengal there are 342 BDOs, all WBCS officers and of them 70 are posted in the three Maoist-hit districts. Yesterday, Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen had said 10 BDOs in that area would be provided with armed escorts.

Dismantle 90 camps of northeast militants, BSF to tell Bangladesh
Agartala, 4 November : India’s Border Security Force (BSF) will ask its Bangladesh counterparts to dismantle around 90 camps and hideouts set up by northeastern Indian militants on their territory, officials said here Wednesday.
A four-day meeting between senior officials of BSF and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), that began Wednesday in Sylhet in eastern Bangladesh, will also seek to adopt strategies to jointly tackle infiltration, border crimes and other border related problems.
“Though BDR and Bangladeshi security forces have of late taken some action against the Indian militants taking shelter in their territory, there are about 90 camps existing in Chittagong Hill Tracts of southeast Bangladesh and Sylhet besides other regions,” a BSF official told newspersons before leaving for Bangladesh.
Dada Sourav regales physically challenged cricketers
Kolkata, 4 November : Batting on a different turf, former India captain Sourav Ganguly today appeared to be a tentative starter but displayed the same elegance of his heydays as he enthralled the physically challenged cricketers of Bangladesh and West Bengal here.
After inaugurating an exhibition cricket match between physically challenged cricketers of Bengal and Bangladesh today, Ganguly faced two overs and he was caught at the mid-on in the first over of the visiting side. But, from there on the left-hander got his exquisite timing back as he charmed the thousand-odd school children who turned up at the Eden Gardens.
"It's a good cause to come and I am really happy to be a part of it.
One nabbed with a UK-made pistol in Agartala town
Agartala, 4 November : One person has been arrested with a foreign made loaded pistol from Kunjaban area near the state capital, police said today.
Two persons, speeding past the locality, were intercepted by residents last night. While the pillion rider ran away, the motorcyclist was apprehended and the UK-make loaded pistol found in his possession. The man, who was later handed over to the police, was involved in incidents of snatching of gold ornaments from women which had been witnessing a spurt in such cases.
High Court Bar Association criticised for ceasework
Kolkata, 4 November : The Bar Council of West Bengal today criticised the Kolkata High Court Bar Association for going ahead with a week-long ceasework demanding filling up of vacant posts of judges.
"Their grievance is justified, but the method of protest is wrong," Bar Council chairman Arun Kumar Sarkar told reporters on the ceaswork by the association from 3 to 10 November. Stating that the ceasework has caused harassment to thousands of litigants, Sarkar said "the strike will not solve the problem."
There are 40 judges at present apart from two judges who sit at the Andaman and Nicobar circuit bench, while the stipulated strength is 58 posts, officials said. High Court Bar Association president Sardar Amjad Ali said that Chief Justice S S Nijjar had invited him today for a discussion on the issue and asked for withdrawal of the ceasework.

Bhutan may give free trade facility for most Bangladeshi items
Dhaka, 4 November : Bangladesh is likely to enjoy free trade facility for most of the items imported from Bhutan when the bilateral trade agreement is renewed during the four-day visit of the Bangladesh Prime Minister.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will visit the monarchy country on 6 November where commerce ministers of Bangladesh and Bhutan will sign the agreement on behalf of the respective countries. “Both sides examined the free trade agreement issues and Bhutan has already agreed to give the facility for their products exported to Bangladesh,” said an official preferring anonymity.
Though Bhutan is likely to seek similar facility from Bangladesh during the prime minister’s visit to that country, no decision has been made yet.
Northeast to have new mechanism to tackle militants
IANS, Agartala, 4 November : To tackle guerrilla groups operating in India's northeast more effectively, a Regional Cooperation Mechanism (RCM) would soon be set up under which the police of the eight states, the central paramilitary forces and intelligence agencies would work in close coordination, a senior official said here Wednesday.
The proposed RCM will be of help to the security agencies since guerrilla groups have developed links with each other and were using each other's territory to move about easily.
"Under the proposed RCM, district police chiefs of all the eight northeastern states, intelligence and Central Para Military Force (CPMF) officials would work in close coordination and share information among each other," Tripura Director General of police (DGP) Pranay Sahay told IANS.

36 Rohingyas held at Roangchhari in Bandarban
Bandarban, 4 November : At least 36 Rohingyas were arrested at Betchara bazarpara in Roangchhari upazila in Bandarban early Wednesday.
Acting on secret information that a large number of Rohingyas have entered Bangladesh territory, Roangchhari police raided Betchara bazarpara and caught them. The arrested Rohingyas include 18 children, 14 female and four male. They will be taken to Roangchhari Police Station, police said.
"Air Zaidi" shoe is top seller in Bangladesh's market
AFP, Sylhet, 4 November : It isn't really called "Air Zaidi," but it is damn popular in Bangladesh, apparently. The "Zaidi shoe," a black and brown lace-up named after the reporter who threw similar footwear at former US President George W. Bush in 2008, is apparently all the rage in Sylhet.
"It's the latest fad in Sylhet - everyone wants to be wearing the Zaidi," a shoe-store owner with absolutely no motive to exaggerate told AFP News. "It looks like your average men's dress shoe but it's been sold for up to 2,200 taka (30 dollars) which is at the very top end of the market in Bangladesh." The cost of the shoe may be explained by the fact that it is carefully weighted to stabilize it when thrown at Bush.
The shoe-thrower himself, Muntader al-Zaidi, was sentenced to 18 months in jail for each shoe he flung at JW Bush, but was released early for good behavior. File Photo : AFP
Patuakhali MP Moula Rony sues 4Editors, 7Journalists
Patuakhali, Dhaka, 4 November : Awami League (AL) lawmaker from Patuakhali-3 Golam Moula Rony yesterday sued editors of four national dailies and their seven journalists for defamation, and claming Tk 100 crore in damages.
His counsel Mizan Sayeed lodged the case with the Third Joint District Judge's Court, Dhaka. The defendants in the case are Manabjamin Chief Editor Matiur Rahman Chowdhury, its Editor and Publisher Mahbuba Chowdhury, two reporters Abu Zafar and Zia Shaheen, Jugantor Editor and Publisher Salma Islam, its Executive Editor Saiful Islam and Barisal Bureau Chief Akhter Faruque Shaheen, Samakal Editor Golam Sarwar, its Publisher AK Azad and Patuakhali district correspondent Mufti Salahuddin, and Prothom Alo Editor and Publisher Matiur Rahman.
The plaintiff said he was hurt and defamed by a series of defamatory news and editorials published in the four dailies on different dates.


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