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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Controversial law "AFSPA" extended for Six months in Tripura

IANS, Agartala, 29 September : Tripura has extended for another six months the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), citing militant activities along the border with Bangladesh, an official said Wednesday.
"Though terrorism has come down in Tripura significantly, the government is averse to taking any chances for some more time," a home department official told IANS. The controversial anti-terror law enacted 52 years ago gives sweeping powers to the security forces to curb terrorism. "In some areas of the state bordering Bangladesh, the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) and All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) are active," the official added. Of the 64 police stations in Tripura, the AFSPA is in force in 34 police stations and partially in six since 1997.
"The state level coordination committee, supervising the anti-insurgency operation, reviewed the overall situation and suggested to extend AFSPA's term by six months. The government has accepted the recommendation," the official said. Human rights activists and tribal based political parties describe the act as "draconian" and want its repeal.

B'desh hopes for shooting gold at Commonwealth Games
Dhaka, 29 September : Bangladeshi shooters who win a gold in the Commonwealth Games will get a reward of one million taka (over $14,000). The 10m Air Rifle is Bangladesh’s hope for a gold medal. The shooters will also compete in individual events, The Daily Star said Wednesday.
“Our shooters have put up good performances in training and all of them have improved their scores. Now it is time for them to prove their mettle on the stage,” said shooting federation general secretary Istiaque Ahmed Bablu.

Indian Foundry Association to start foundry park in Howrah
Kolkata, 29 September : The Indian Foundry Association (IFA) would begin production at its proposed foundry park on the Ranihati-Amta Road in Howrah district in the next six to 12 months, a top IFA official said here Wednesday.
"Out of 926 acres, 552 acres has been purchased out of which only 77 acres have been received by the route of acquisition and the balance has been bought by direct negotiation and amicable settlement with the land owners," Pawan Sureka, IFA chairman, said during the 59th annual general meeting of the company. The construction work for setting up foundries is expected to start from December 2010.
Sureka said the lease deed of 77 acres is yet to be received from West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation, without which, "the 67 plots allocated cannot commence setting up of foundries."