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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

PM demands immediate establishment of Climate Change Fund

UNB, New York, 21 September : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Tuesday appeared critical of world leaders for being unable to take bold actions on issues of climate change and demanded immediate establishment of ‘International Climate Change Fund’ and make it operational.
“Most of the countries like ours are resource strapped and possess frail institutional capacities to meet such crises… therefore, the demand should be focused on the urgent establishment of an `International Climate Change Fund’ and make it immediately operational as agreed to by the world community at COP 15 in Copenhagen,” she said. Hasina raised her strong voice at a meeting of South Asian leaders on Climate Vulnerability and its Impacts on the MDGs at the North Lawn Building in the UN Headquarters here.
She urged the major emitters of Green House Gases responsible for global warming and creating a turbulent world of natural disasters must quickly agree on a legally binding agreement on emission cuts for stabilizing the earthly elements soon. Referring to the International Climate Change Fund, the Prime Minister stressed that the contributions of the rich and developed world to the “Fund” would need to be generous.
“In all fairness and justice, the “Fund” should be distributed based on per capita, and the climate vulnerability index,” she said, adding that the fund must also be separate from their commitment of 0.7 percent of the GNI for the developing countries, and 0.2 percent of the GNI for the LDCs, which were reaffirmed in the Brussels Program of Action.
Hasina also urged the developed nations to agree to free transfer of green technology to the developing world. “Unless these measures are taken, it would be difficult to achieve the MDGs by 2015,” she said in categorical terms.

India arrests Burmese fishermen for 'endangering tribes'
Subir Bhaumik, BBC News, Kolkata, 21 September : Indian coastguards have arrested more than 100 Burmese fishermen in a month for endangering aboriginal tribespeople in India's Andamans archipelago.
Some of the fishermen were caught off the North Sentinel island, where the Sentinelese tribe lives, officials say. Numbering fewer than 100 in all, the Sentinelese have always attacked those approaching the islands. Campaigners say Burmese and Indian poachers also threaten another aboriginal tribe, the Jarawa. The Jarawas have had contact with outsiders only since 1998. Only 320 Jarawas are living today. READ FULL STORY

Director general- level BDR-BSF meeting from 22 Sept
Dhaka, 21 September : The director general-level meeting of Bangladesh and Indian border forces will begin on Wednesday.
Border forces of the countries, Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Border Security Force (BSF) - will continue the meeting till 27 September at Peelkhana BDR headquarters, said a statement on Tuesday. A 22-member BDR delegation, led by BDR director general Mohammad Rafiqul Islam, and another 20-member BSF delegation, led by BSF director general Shri Raman Srivastava, will attend. The BSF delegation includes senior BSF headquarters officials, frontier inspectors general, home and foreign ministry officials.

WB Chief Minister not invited by Rlys to Metro programme
Kolkata, 21 September : West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has not been invited to the foundation laying ceremony of a Metro Rail project tomorrow, while invitation for the transport minister reached the state secretariat after he had left.
"I received no invitation," the chief minister said when asked if he had been invited by the Railways for the programme at Joka in adjoining South 24 Parganas district for the Joka-BBD Bagh Metro Railway project, whose foundation will be laid by President Pratibha Patil. Bhattacharjee said he also did not have any information about any of his cabinet colleagues being invited to the programme.

Khaleda Zia's nephew Duke remanded again for two days
Dhaka, 21 September : A Dhaka court has granted two days' remand for Khaleda Zia's nephew Saiful Islam Duke in the 21 August grenade attack case.
Dhaka's Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court judge M Ali Hossain on Tuesday gave the order in response to a petition for seven-day remand by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). CID's special superintendent Abdul Kahar Akand, also the investigation officer (IO) of the case, did not mention any new reason for the second remand. Earlier on 26 August, Duke was remanded for four days.

Budhadeb to lay foundation stone of "AMU Murshidabad"
Kolkata, 21 September : For the first time in its 136 years history and in a historic moment to extend its vistas to other parts of the country, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is laying the foundation stone of AMU Murshidabad Center in West Bengal on 26 September.
The Chief Minister of Bengal, Budhadeb Bhattacharjee, whose initiative and personal interventions was instrumental in removal of numerous roadblocks, will be laying the foundation stone for the Murshidabad AMU Center. Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will be the Chief Guest of the function. The AMU dream project aimed at changing educational scenario of the region could not have seen the light of the day but for the keen interest and support extended by Pranab Mukherjee.
Prof. P.K. Abdul Azis, Vice Chancellor, Aligarh Muslim University whose relentless efforts have ultimately bring into reality the establishment of the state-of-the-art, educational hubs will preside over the function. The West Bengal Government has facilitated transfer of 288 acres of Farakha Barage land from Water Resources Ministery to Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on September 3 this year and the Government of West Bengal and Aligarh Muslim University jointly decided to hold the Foundation Stone Ceremony at Ahiron, Murshidabad District.