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Sunday, May 24, 2009

။ Bangladesh is ’safe haven for British Islamic terrorists’

Security experts wrote on "The Independent"
London, 24 May : Security experts have warned that extremists training in Bangladesh could pose a major threat to Britain, adding that the south-Asian country has become a “safe haven” for terrorists. According to a report in The Independent, a rising number of British-born fundamentalists are travelling to Bangladesh for jihadist training, prompting authorities in Dhaka to launch a database to monitor the movements of suspected terrorists.
UK security services are also turning their attention to the country, fearing it may become a magnet for would-be terrorists as security forces ratchet up surveillance on Pakistan. More than 4,000 British Muslims are thought to have travelled to Pakistan and Afghanistan for military training.
Senior Bangladeshi intelligence sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the paper that they were keen to crack down on growing fundamentalist activity. But they admitted that lack of technology limits the means they have to monitor suspected extremists. UK security sources confirmed they stepped up surveillance of Bangladesh after seeing spikes in travel to the country. Photo : STAR and AFP
3 workers die in gas leak at Haldia Petrochemicals
Haldia, 24 May : Three workers died when "poisonous" gas leaked at a unit of the Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd (HPL) in East Midnapore district early Sunday. District Magistrate S D Chhoten Lama told Bengal Newz, the three contract workers, engaged in maintenance work of the plant, died when gas leaked in the small hours.
HPL sources said prima facie it appeared that the "poisonous" gas leak was caused due to flouting of standard safety norms by the contractor engaged in maintenance work. Local people said few others, present at the spot, also fell ill but there was no official confirmation. Some reports suggested the leak was caused by a rupture in the gas pipeline. Further details were awaited. Photos : Raghu Nandan Mallick

Bangladesh Govt seeks Mamata’s cooperation to improve rail network
Kolkata, 24 May : Bangladesh has sought cooperation of Mamata Banerjee, the new Indian Railway Minister, for improving rail links between the two neighbours andalso invited her to the country.
Barisal : No JMB connection found with threatening
Of UNICEF, IFRC and WFP officials
UNB, Barisal, 24 May : The probe body, formed to inquire the threats given to the officials of the local offices of UNICEF, International Federation of Red Crescent (IFRC) and World Food Programme (WFP) by letters last month, has found no Jamaatul Mujahidin Bangladesh (JMB) connection with the threat.
Three letters written in English and signed in Bangla reached the offices of the UNICEF, IFRC and WFP in the police line area of the city by post on 30 April, 2009. In the letter, the sender, in the name of the banned Islamist outfit JMB, asked the chiefs of the three organisations to shut down their operations in the district and quit Bangladesh immediately.
Barisal Metropolitan Police (BMP) authority formed a three-member investigation committee, headed by its Deputy Commissioner Kazi Mortaz Ahmed, to probe the incident. The committee submitted their report to the authority. "We found no JMB connection with the incident. A section of people with ill motives has done this to create panic in the society. Police is trying to identify and nab them. We also beefed up security at the offices of the three international organisations," Hayat told the agency.
The organisations meanwhile limited their official activities as most of the officials left the station soon after receiving the threat.
Photos : AP
Cong-TMC alliance to continue till 2011 Assembly poll
PTI, Kolkata, 24 May : Upbeat over their alliance with the Trinamool Congress which secured them victory in Lok Sabha elections, the West Bengal Pradesh Congress on Sunday said that the party would fight the 2011 Assembly elections along with the party to dislodge the Left Front from power.
"The alliance we formed with the Trinamool Congress for the Lok Sabha polls will continue till the next Assembly elections to defeat the CPI(M)-led Left Front," WBPCC General Secretary and CLP leader Manas Bhuinya said here.

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