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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Military commander of Bangladesh 'Gono Mukti Fouz' arrested

Kushtia, 2 January : Bangladesh Police arrested the 'military commander' of outlawed Gono Mukti Fouz (GMF), Jahangir Alam alias Arfen alias Doyal, on Friday night.
Police said they raided his house at Alampur in Sadar upazila at about 7:30 pm(BDST) and arrested him. Arfen was later quizzed at the police line for all night for extracting information regarding his long involvement with underground parties. At a briefing at the office of Kushtia superintendent of police (SP), police said Arfen hailed from Alampur village in Sadar upazila in the district. Son of late Ansar Ali, he knows several languages including English and Chinese. Arfen became a worker of United Communist League in 1979 when he was student of class X, police said. In course of time, he turned towards 'armed struggle' and joined the outlawed Biplobi Communist Party (BCP) in 1988. He left BCP in 1999 and joined Shromojibi Mukti Andolon as a close aide to its founder Mir Ilias Hossain Dilip. Arfen was later made district convener of Shromojbi. He became general secretary of Shromojibi in 2001. Arfen used to train cadres and organise Gono Mukti Fouz (GMF), the armed wing of Shromijibi Mukti Andolon.
Arfen concurrently held the posts of military chief and secretary of GMF, he (Arfen) told newsmen during Saturday's press briefing. Arfen said he gave statements on TVs and his interviews with two private channels were telecast in August last year. Photo Courtesy : STAR

15-member Indian cricket team arrived in Bangladesh
Dhaka, 2 January : A 15-member Indian cricket team arrived in Dhaka on Saturday to play the tri-nation ODI series hosted by Bangladesh scheduled for 4-13 January at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
The team, led by wicket kipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, landed at Zia International Airport in a Jet Airways flight at about 12:00pm(BDST) Team Coach Gary Christen will arrive here in the evening. The other team of the tournament, Sri Lanka, will arrive in Dhaka in the evening. During the tri-series, Sri Lanka will play the opening match against Bangladesh on 4 January, their 2nd match against India on 5 January, 3rd match against Bangladesh on 8 January and against India on 10 January. The final match of the tri-series is slated for 13 January.
After the tri-nation meet, India will play the first Test against Bangladesh on 17-21 January at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong and the 2nd Test on 24-28 January at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. Photo : Reuters
Jyoti Basu's condition stable, Pneumonia to be controlled
PTI, Kolkata, 2 January : The condition of CPI(M) patriarch Jyoti Basu, who is being treated for pneumonia at a hospital in Kolkata, was stable on Saturday.
"Basu's condition is more or less stable and doctors are trying to check his pneumonic infection," 95-year-old Basu's personal physician AK Maity told PTI in Kolkata. Since Basu is too old, it would take some time to control the infection, he said. The veteran leader was yesterday admitted to AMRI Hospital in Kolkata with chest congestion and infection. A thorough examination had detected slight pneumonia.
Maoists, PCAPA cadres torch three trucks in W Midnapore
Jhargram, 2 January : Suspected Maoists and members of the People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) today set three trucks on fire at Goaltore in West Midnapore.
According to the police, a 200-strong mob blocked the road at Bulanpur village under Goaltore police station this morning. They stopped three trucks and set them ablaze after forcing out the drivers. West Midnapore SP Manoj Verma said a large contingent of police has been deployed. Verma also said two women were seriously injured at Kehsi village in the same area in a crossfire between the joint forces and Maoists. Both of them Jharna Ahir and Rekha Karmakar have been admitted to a hospital at Bankura.
Meanwhile, the Maoists have called for a bandh tomorrow in West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Orissa, Chattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh to protest alleged police atrocities and violation of human rights and price rise. File Photo

BDR carnage probe to take more time : HMin Sahara
Dhaka, 2 January : Bangladesh Home Minister Sahara Khatun on Saturday said the investigation into the 25-26 February BDR carnage at the Pilkhana headquarters will take more time.
"Investigation is a matter of time. It can take more time and I cannot tell you any specific date," the home minister told newsmen. She was talking to reporters after inaugurating the national curriculum English version at Bir Shrestha Nur Mohammad Rifle Public School and College inside the BDR Pilkhana headquarters.
Earlier on 8 December, Sahara said the final charge sheet in the BDR headquarters killings case would be submitted by December 2009.

Dhaka, Delhi measuring Ganges, Padma's water level
Dhaka, 2 January : Monitoring of water level at different points of the Ganges and the Padma has been undertaken jointly by India and Bangladesh under the Ganges Water Sharing Treaty.
Every year, two joint experts committees, one in India and one in Bangladesh, record the water level for five months from 1 January to 31 May. In accordance with the treaty, Bangladesh is to get 67,650 cusecs of water every day on average in the first cycle of 10 days of January. A four-member team led by hydrologist Abdul Hye has been to India for taking part in the measurement at two points of Farakka.
The Bangladesh team will come back after two and a half months and another team will replace them. Another team of Bangladesh has gone to examine the water level at 10,000 feet upstream of the Padma from the Hardinge Bridge.

A two-member delegation from India comprising Deputy Director of Water Commission Shyam Narayan Singh and Assistant Director Sunil Kumar Saha and a three-member Bangladeshi delegation, headed by Kabibur Rahman visited the Hardinge Bridge area.

Notice served on Bangladesh govt to form river commission
Dhaka, 2 January : A legal notice has been served on the Bangladesh government to constitute "National River Protection Commission" by the next seven days according to the High Court directives.
President of the Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB) Advocate Manzill Murshid issued the notice to the secretaries on seven ministries - planning, finance, forest and environment, LGRD and Cooperatives, shipping communications and water resources. In the notice, Manzill Murshid said a contempt of court case will be filed against them if they do not constitute the commission by the next seven days.
In a verdict, the High Court in June last year directed the government to form the commission consisting of experts concerned within three months to preserve and protect the country's rivers. The court also urged the government to make long-term and short-term plans based on the commission's recommendations.
Train services disrupted after Maoists create landmine hoax
Jhargram, 2 January : Train services in the Kharagpur-Tatanagar route of South-Eastern railway were disrupted today after a landmine hoax created panic in West Midnapore district.
A pilot train and a team of joint security forces rushed to a spot near Jhargram railway station after a driver of the Howrah-bound Sambalpur Express noticed some banners and a tiffin-box with wires spread out lying on the railway tracks in the wee hours today, police said. Later in the day, an inspection by the bomb-disposal squad revealed the absence of any explosives.
Tripura CM urges media to strengthen 'Editorial' and 'Post Editorial's
Agartala, 2 January : Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar urged media to be objective in reporting and strengthen letters to editor and post editorial page in building of public opinion for expediting the process of development.
Addressing a gathering during the inauguration of modern printing unit of the state's leading daily Dainik Sambad at the outskirts Agartala city last evening, Sarkar said,''Advertisement and views based news items had been getting priority in today's newspapers, which is not expected in democracy.'' ''We are ready to accept all constructive criticisms from all sections, including media, but help us in governing the state in welfare direction.'' Photo : Parthajit Dutta
Bangladesh's "National Cricket League" rescheduled
Dhaka, 2 January : Bangladesh's first-class competition, the National Cricket League, has been rescheduled and will commence on 13 January due to unavoidable circumstances, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has stated. The tournament was initially set to begin yesterday, but hit a major roadblock after leading players threatened to pull out unless the BCB increased their match fees and reverted to the previous format of the four-day competition.
The BCB, however, added that there will be no changes to the format, and that a new itinerary will be announced in due course.
Debobroto Paul, the general secretary, said earlier this week that the players preferred to play more longer-version games in a bid to improve cricket, but were waiting for the board to respond.

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