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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Bangladesh orders Army pullout from restive Chittagong region

Dhaka, 29 July : The Bangladesh government has ordered its biggest troops pullout from Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), its restive southeastern region that is home to minority Buddhist tribals. The decision to withdraw a brigade of troops including three infantry battalions and 35 security camps was announced Wednesday, honouring a treaty signed 12 years ago.
"This withdrawal process will start immediately and will conclude in September 2009," an Inter Service Public Relations department release said. With this, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina pushed forward a reconciliation process she initiated by a signing a treaty in 1997 during her earlier tenure. Withdrawal of troops was among the pledges made by Hasina's 1996-2001 government which concluded the peace deal aiming to end two decades of bloody insurgency that began in mid-1970s when the army was deployed to help settle the Muslim population. Many of the ethnic minority rebels immediately surrendered their arms.
While the government withdrew 200 temporary army camps, most of the pledges remained shelved, causing dissatisfaction among the communities living in the hilly terrain.
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CBI conducted raids at Tripura University, But officials unaware
Agartala, 29 July : A team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has conducted raids at the Tripura University, a central institute, here following complaints of financial irregularities, an official said on Wednesday.
"A CBI team led by deputy superintendent of police Biswajit Das conducted raids and interrogated university officials on Tuesday and Wednesday following complaints of financial irregularities," a university official told reporters on condition of anonymity. The official was unable to disclose the nature and degree of irregularities besides other details of the probe.
Tripura University Vice-Chancellor (VC) Arunoday Saha told sources, "I am in complete dark about the CBI inquiry and raids. Nobody from CBI till late afternoon told me anything or questioned me." The Tripura government and state police are also unaware about the purpose of CBI raids. "We have heard about the CBI raids, but officially not informed about the investigation," deputy inspector general of police (headquarters) Nepal Das told Bengal Newz.
Bangladesh team visits dam site
Mark Dummett, BBC News, Dhaka, 29 July : A delegation of Bangladeshi parliamentarians has arrived in north-east India to examine plans to build a hydroelectric dam.
Many Bangladeshis worry that, if built, the Tipaimukh dam in the state of Manipur will reduce water flowing into its own north-eastern region. Work on building the dam has not yet started. But this is already a sensitive issue in Bangladesh, a country normally associated with having too much water. The leader of the main opposition party in Bangladesh has called on India to cancel the project for the sake of the millions of people in both countries, who she said would be harmed by it. READ MORE
There is no such thing as "perfect" justice : Amartya
"I am on Left" says Amartya Sen
Hasan Suroor, The Hindu, London, 29 July : Amartya Sen has called for the Indian Left to regard him as a friend saying that his criticism of the Left parties over their stand on the India-US nuclear deal did not detract from the fact that he was very much a man of the Left.
I am on Left and if Left want me I’m delighted,” he said noting good-humouredly that he was criticised in India for questioning the Left’s fury over the nuclear deal when, in his view, there were more pressing issues such as poverty and malnutrition to be furious about.
2 Trinamool activists killed at Natungram in Burdwan
Burdwan, 29 July : At least two Trinamool Congress activists were killed and four others critically injured in Burdwan district Wednesday, police said. "No one has been arrested so far in connection with the incident. We're carrying out raids in the district to nab the perpetrators," a senior district police officer said.
According to officials, the incident took place in Natungram area of Burdwan Wednesday. Sheikh Samsur Rahman and Sheikh Zafar Ali were killed in the attack. Four others were severely injured during the violence and taken to Burdwan Medical College Hospital.
"The situation has been brought under control now. A police picket has also been set up to prevent any further violence in the area," the official said.

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