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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Dhaka-Delhi to ink deals on transit and fighting terrorism, crime

Dhaka, 14 November : Bangladesh and India are poised to sign deals on fighting international terrorism, organized crime and drug trafficking next month, officials said in Dhaka Saturday. The agreements are to be inked during a forthcoming visit by Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed to New Delhi.
The neighbours would also strike deals on the transfer of prisoners and on cooperation in criminal matters, Foreign Secretary Mijarul Quayes said after a meeting with his Indian counterpart Nirupama Rao in Dhaka. "This is going to be a significant visit, Rao told reporters of the Bangladeshi premier's planned visit.

Dhaka seeks Tokyos support for river dredging in BD
BSS, Dhaka, 14 November : Bangladesh State Minister for Environment and Forest Dr Hasan Mahmud has sought Japanese assistance in river dredging in Bangladesh to allow uninterrupted flow of water for stopping shrinkage and erosion of the river.
"Attempt if could be taken under the Japanese assistance can reduce meandering of the river letting enough land/area for cultivation and other uses," he said during a meeting with Minister for Environment of Japan Sakihito Ozawa at his office in Tokyo on Thursday. The state minister sought the support of the Japanese government to supply the specially designed vehicle for the coastal areas in order to produce safe drinking water for the inhabitants of the coastal belt.
Dr Mahmud thanked his counterpart for the invitation in Japan to attend the 3R programme where he informed the strong desire of the Bangladesh government to combat the global warming that has been seriously deterring the environment of Bangladesh.

WBengal Police arrest 2 suspected Kashmiri terrorists
Kolkata, 14 November : West Bengal police arrested two suspected Kashmiri terrorists from Barasat in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal on Friday night.
The local police made the arrests on a tip off from central investigation agencies. The men are suspected to have connections to an international terrorist network in which David Headley was also allegedly involved, according to police sources. The suspects, Kader Ahmed Bhatt and Ramesh Sambhu, were produced in Barasat court today and remanded to six days police custody. They have been charged under Section 25, 27, 35 of the Indian Penal Code and the Arms Act.

Indian foreign secretaries meet ahead of Hasina' visit
Dhaka, 14 November : The foreign secretaries of Bangladesh and India met here Saturday to prepare for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's three-day visit to New Delhi next month.
Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, who arrived here on a two-day visit, had a round of talks with her Bangladeshi counterpart Mohammed Mijarul Quayes at state guest house Padma. Rao is also scheduled to meet Sheikh Hasina and Leader of Opposition Khaleda Zia. She called on Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni at her ministry office. Although details were not announced, Moni has already said a transit facility pact that India has sought for long will be signed during the visit.
India needs the transit through Bangladeshi territory to open up its isolated northeast where seven states are bottled up. Lack of development and isolation have fanned militancy in some of them.

BNP plans major changes in party constitution
Dhaka, 14 November : BNP is planning to bring massive changes to the party constitution bolstering the chairperson’s authority, in light of its experience during the immediate past emergency regime when it almost split.
The amendment proposals also include one for electing the secretary general through the national council, and another for expansion of the central executive committee. The party’s constitution and declaration amendment sub-committee that had been formed as a part of the preparations for the national council scheduled for 8 December, came up with the proposals, after collecting reform proposals from workers and leaders of all levels. Now the streamlined proposals will be submitted to the chairperson for discussion in the standing committee which will finalise those for submission to the national council.
Permission of immediate supervisory committees will become mandatory for all units to use portraits of party founder also late president Ziaur Rahman, Chairperson Khaleda Zia, and their son Tarique Rahman in posters or leaflets. The sub-committee led by former minister Tariqul Islam is expected to meet today to finalise the proposals for submission to the chairperson.

Rubber cultivation to be pushed in Tripura and NEast
Agartala, 14 November : Area under rubber cultivation in the north-eastern region would be doubled to make India the number one natural rubber growing country in the world, rubber board chairman Sajen Peter said here Saturday.
Kottayam, Kerala-based Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII) has identified 450,000 hectares as being suitable for rubber cultivation in the north-east region, he said. "Future expansion and growth of natural rubber in India lies in the north-east, which is agro-climatically most suitable for rubber cultivation," Peter told newsmen after the 161st meeting of the Rubber Board here.
An estimated 72,000 hectares are under rubber cultivation in the seven north-eastern states with Tripura accounting for 46,600 hectares and Assam for 19,000 hectares. Tripura is the second largest rubber producer in the country after Kerala.
TMC writes to HM alleging torture on Lalgarh tribals
Kolkata, 14 November : The Trinamool Congress yesterday wrote to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram alleging that atrocities were being committed by joint forces in the name of anti-Maoist operations in West Midnapore district.
The letter written by Trinamool Congress leader and Union minister Mukul Roy alleged that joint forces set ablaze about 70 houses of poor tribals at Bakshibandh village under Kotwali police station on the night of 11 November.
"The forces came from Chandra and Bhimpur camps. Mortar shells were fired before the forces entered the village. A mortar shell fell on the house of one Khudiram Soren and another house were gutted. The forces conducted a house-to-house search and seized a mobile phone and a motorbike," the letter said.


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