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Friday, January 8, 2010

Bangladesh and Myanmar talk sea border demarcation method

Dhaka, 8 January : Bangladesh and Myanmar discussed methods for demarcation of the maritime boundary between the two counties as a two-day high-level meeting began in Chittagong on Friday.
A 13-member team from each side participated at the meeting that started at a hotel of the port city at about 9:30am(BDST), reports ATN Bangla. Deputy Foreign Minister U Maung Myint of Myanmar and Additional Foreign Secretary (UNCLOS) Rear Admiral Md Khurshed Alam of Bangladesh are leading their respective sides, reports our staff correspondent in Chittagong. Bangladesh Ambassador to Myanmar Major General Anup Kumar Chakma and Myanmar Ambassador to Bangladesh U Phae Than Oo are also attending the meeting as members of respective delegations.
The meeting was the first one after Bangladesh lodged complaint to the United Nations (UN) in this regard against Myanmar and India in October 2008. Photo : PID

All Centre and DGHC offices closed in Darjeeling hills
PTI, Siliguri, 8 January : All offices of state government, Centre and Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC) remained closed in Darjeeling hills as GJM-sponsored indefinite 'office bandh' demanding Gorkhaland began.
"Railways and banks were exempted from the bandh. Post offices were allowed to function on Monday, Thursday and Friday and offices of food department would remain open on Monday and Tuesday," Gorkha Janmukti Morcha general secretary Roshan Giri told PTI. He said GJM would intensify the movement if political level talks between GJM and state government were not initiated by the state government before February five.

Dhaka, Delhi agree on long-term cooperation in Agriculture
Dhaka, 8 January : Bangladesh and India have agreed on long-term cooperation in agricultural research and technologies, meant to save crops from natural disasters in vast parts of the two neighbouring countries.
“We have agreed to share our experiences in order to increase productivity of pulse, vegetables, fruits, rice, wheat and oilseeds,” Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury said on Friday after a meeting with her Indian counterpart Sharad Pawar at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel. Matia said the climatic condition of many parts of India and Bangladesh was similar. "We both have problems of salinity, drought and floods," she added. Sharad Pawar, minister of agriculture and consumer affairs, food and public distribution of Indian Union, arrived in Dhaka on Thursday on a three-day visit.
Matia, who agreed to visit India soon on the invitation of India’s invitation, said scientists from Bangladesh and India would share their expertise on the latest agricultural technologies and see how best they could use them for their own countries to increase productivity.

Amitabh Bachchan's "Paa" tax-free in WB
IANS, Mumbai, 8 January : After Gujarat, Amitabh Bachchan starrer 'Paa' has now been declared tax-free in West Bengal.
The tax exemption will help reduce ticket prices and will further help the movie business in its long run, said a statement. Produced by AB Corp and distributed by Reliance BIG Pictures, 'Paa' is an emotional story of a father-son relationship that had Amitabh playing Auro, a 12-year-old child suffering from progeria, a disease that accelerates ageing.
Directed by R. Balakrishnan, the film also stars Vidya Balan and Abhishek Bachchan who play Amitabh's parents.

2 TMC workers killed in West Midnapore
Jhargram, 8 January : Maoists allegedly abducted and killed two Trinamool Congress workers after they refused to join a rally in troubled West Midnapore district, police said.
Mintu Ali alias Sekh Manjur Ali and Nirmal Bhakta were abducted last night from their houses at Akhrasol village under Jhargram police station after the duo refused to join the rally by Police Committee Against Police Atrocities. The bodies of the two were later found. Posters found near the bodies claimed both were police informers

Seven killed after CNG-Bus plunged
Bandarban, 8 January : At least sevenpeople were killed and 45 others injured as a bus fell into a roadside ditch at Kashempara in Bandarban Sadar upazila Friday morning.
Sources said the Bandarban-bound bus from Hathazari of Chittagong plunged into the ditch at about 11:30am(BDST) after its driver lost control over the steering. The bus caught fire as its compressed natural gas (CNG) cylinder exploded after the crash, killing three passengers on the spot. The injured were rushed to Bandarban Sadar Hospital where two of them succumbed to their injuries.
Condition of seven other injured was stated to be critical. Photo : Focus Bangla

Birth centenary celebration of Binod Bihari Ch begins today
BSS, Chittagong, 8 January : The three-day birth centenary programme of anti-British Movement veteran Binod Bihari Chowdhury, a close comrade of Master Da Surya Sen, will begin in the port city today.
The centenary celebration committee has chalked out elaborate programmes. Former chief justice and chief adviser to a caretaker government Mohammad Habibur Rahman will inaugurate the programme at Shaheed Khudiram Manch at Shaheed Minar today. The programmes include procession, cultural function, exhibition of photographs on the life and activities of Binod Bihari, who turns one hundred years.

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