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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Dipu Moni goes to Myanmar to ease border tension
Dhaka, 14 May : Bangladesh Foreign minister Dipu Moni leaves on Thursday for Myanmar to ask her counterpart not to mobilise troops along the border to implement a recent decision to fence the frontier, a top foreign ministry official says.
Myanmar on 15 March brought fencing equipment and put troops on standby along Bangladesh border to raise barbed-wire fence just across Naaf river in Cox's Bazar district without informing Dhaka.
Bangladesh foreign secretary Md Touhid Hossain said on Wednesday the foreign minister will discuss with Myanmar officials all bilateral issues such as maritime disputes and construction of the proposed cross-country highway to boost up trade. The foreign minister and her three aides will have talks with her Myanmar counterpart and other government officials on 16 and 17 May in Naypyidaw, the former Burma's new capital.
This is Dipu Moni's first visit to a reclusive country since she took office on 6 January this year.
Electronic Tea auction system to kicks off in Kolkata
Kolkata, 14 May : Electronic auction of tea at Kolkata auctions is expected to kick off from 19 May. To begin with, only dust variety of tea will be routed through the e-auction system, which will gradually pave the way for putting an end to the age-old outcry system in tea auctions. Tea producers are hopeful that introduction of e-auction will make the auction system more transparent and fair.
Chairman of Calcutta Tea Traders Association (CTTA) Gopal Poddar, said : "The South Indian auction centres have started using the e-auction system from 6 May. Next week we are going to introduce the e-auction platform at Kolkata auctions. The system will be introduced at Guwahati and Siliguri auctions subsequently."
Initially, though, dust varieties will be routed through e-auctions, but the plan is to gradually trade other varieties like orthodox and leaf in the long run.

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