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Saturday, July 10, 2010

All foreign missions in Bangladesh to get list of 'war criminals'

Dhaka, 11 July : Bangladesh Foreign minister Dr Dipu Moni said on Sunday the government would send a list of people facing war crime charges to all foreign missions in Bangladesh so that the suspects could not escape.
"The foreign ministry is vigilant against the possible fleeing of the alleged war criminals," Dr Dipu Moni told reporters at a press conference at her ministry. Answering journalists, she said it was not possible for the government to know who applied for visa unless the foreign missions sought opinion from the foreign ministry before issuing visa to anybody. The home ministry used to send a list of wanted people to all foreign missions asking not to issue them visas, she said.
"We can also come to know when the missions seek our opinion on issuing visa to persons having name on the list of wanted people provided by the home ministry," said the foreign minister. "Such list is yet to be sent to the missions. We are in the process of sending the same," said Dr Moni. Foreign ministry officials say Bangladesh hosts 40 diplomatic missions.
2 women burnt to death by Maoists, 4 suspected arrested
Bankura, 11 July : Four suspected Maoists were arrested on Sunday for allegedly burning to death the mother and sister of a CPI(M) member at Bagdubi village in Bankura, police said.
"Jaisingh Baske, Mansingh Baske, Sripati Soren and Somlal Mandi were arrested for burning to death Kamala Hembram (85) and Saraswati (55)," police said. On 25 June, the four set on fire the house of CPI(M) zonal committee member Nabin Hembram, they said, adding, while Hembram managed to flee, the women were charred to death.
Everyone Counts : B'desh observes World Population Day
Dhaka, 11 July : World Population Day is being observed on Sunday in Bangladesh like elsewhere in the world with the slogan 'Everyone Counts'.
A colourful procession, led by family welfare minister AFM Ruhal Haque, was taken out from the National Museum that marched up to Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the city. Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman and prime minister Sheikh Hasina gave separate messages on the occasion. Different programmes have been undertaken to mark the World Population Day-2010.

Four swine flu cases in Kolkata : Health Minister
Kolkata, 11 July : Four swine flu cases have been reported in the city since Thursday and a child is among the victims.
West Bengal Health Minister Suryakanta Mishra said on Saturday that all the affected by swine flu were admitted to state-run Infectious Diseases Hospital in the city yesterday after their swabs tested positive. The victims have been quarantined and "They are kept under watch," the minister said. Asked about steps taken by the authorities to prevent the spead of swine flu, Mishra said "we are taking measures as per the international protocol."
"All hospitals in the city and districts have been asked to adopt preventive measures and open quarantine ward for admission of swine flu patients," officials said.

56,579 hect land brought under jute cultivation in Jamalpur
UNB, Jamalpur, 11 July : Some 56,579 hectares of land have been brought under jute cultivation in seven upazilas of the district in the current season with an output target of 5.68 lakh bales of jute.
Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) sources said a target was set to bring some 12,811 hectares of land. But the farmers brought 56,579 hectares under cultivation in the district exceeding the target due to fair price in the market. Jute growers are expecting bumper production this season due to the favorable weather. DAE officials said they have ensured supply of quality seeds and other agri-inputs at fair prices among the growers to make the scheme successful.
Sources said, to adopt ribbon cutting method for decomposing jute plants the government has allocated Tk 1.30 crore as subsidy for 58,000 farmers in the district during the current season and under the scheme each farmer will get Tk 200 in cash.