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Monday, November 23, 2009

Bangladesh Police arrests Lashkar-e-Taiba terror suspect

BBC News, Dhaka, 23 November : Police in Bangladesh say they have arrested a man suspected of being a senior member of the Pakistan-based militant group, Lashkar-e-Taiba.
The arrest brings to seven the number of men held in Bangladesh over the past month for suspected links to the group. Police believe the other six men, three of them Indian and three Pakistani, were plotting attacks on the US and Indian embassies in Dhaka... READ FULL STORY

Security beefed up in WB after Sunday Assam blasts
Siliguri, 23 November : Security measures have been stepped up in West Bengal, a day after bomb explosions rocked the neighbouring Assam state.
State administration and the top brass of the police in West Bengal decided to deploy armed personnel at all-important places like shopping malls, railway stations, market places, places of worship, etc., besides setting up check posts at vantage points on the roads to keep a tab on the vehicles. According to Inspector General of Police, North Bengal Range Kunda Lal Tamta, said that he had asked his counterparts in Assam to keep a strict vigil on the inter-state and India-Bangladesh border areas.
“We have spoken to our counterparts in Assam and alerted them to keep a strict vigil on the border areas. Apart from that Barobisha, Basirhat, Alipurduar and the adjacent areas are also under a strict vigil…..” said Tamta.

CPI(M) leaders body found at Boria near Jhargram
Jhargram, 23 November : Suspected Maoists shot dead a local leader of the CPI(M) in Jhargram area of West Midnapore district today, police said.
Tapan Mahto, a member of CPI(M)'s Salbani branch committee, was called out from his Sirshi village home by some people last night and was taken to an isolated place and gunned down. His body was found this morning at Boria near Jhargram, the sources said adding he was shot in the head thrice from a close range. Some Maoists posters found beside the body claimed that he was killed because he was a police informer.

ULFA trying to shift base to China : Assam CM Gogoi
PTI, New Delhi, 23 November : Hours after ULFA militants triggered the latest blasts in Assam, Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Sunday said the banned north-east terror outfit is trying to shift base to China.
"I don't know whether ULFA has support from Chinese authorities but they are undoubtedly trying to shift their base to China," Gogoi told a television channel. A question on reports of ULFA shifting base was also fielded by Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor. He said "All countries, we believe, understand the importance of cooperating with India in that regard."

Soybean farming to help meet 40 % oil demand
UNB, Dhaka, 23 November : Bangladesh could meet 40 per cent of its soybean oil demand by producing Soybean locally, as there is a bright prospect for its farming.
"There is a bright prospect for local soybean production and we could meet 40 per cent of our local demand of soybean oil if proper government support is available," said an official at the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE). He said the country's total demand for edible oil is around 13 lakh metric tonnes per year. Of the amount, 1.5 to 2 lakh tonnes come from mustard oil while the rest is met with imported soybean oil and palm oil. The Project Director said some 85,500 metric tonnes of soybean were produced on around 47,000 hectares of land in the 2008-09 under the project.
The project covered 29 upazilas of 16 districts. The districts are Barisal, Bhola, Faridpur, Patuakhali, Meherpur, Jessore, Rangpur, Kurigram, Thakurgaon, Tangail, Mymensingh, Jamalpur, Chandpur, Feni, Noakhali and Luxmipur. Of these, the bulk of the production came from Laxmipur followed by Noakhali and Barisal.

The project is jointly being implemented by the DAE, Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC), Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) and Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA). The major soybean-producing countries are the USA, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, China, India, Paraguay, Canada and Bolivia.

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