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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Myanmar BSF deployment mounts tension in Bandarban border

Chittagong, 3 October : Tension mounted on Naikhangchhari border in Bandarban as Nasaka, the border security force of Myanmar, has started erecting barbed-wire fence and made additional deployment of forces on its side.
Local sources said the Nasaka has started erecting barbed-wire fence from pillar No 41 to 45 on their side during the vacation of Eid-ul-Fitr. But the Myanmar border security force suddenly deployed additional forces on the border area yesterday, escalating tension on the border area. While contacted, Deputy Commissioner of Bandarban Mizanur Rahman said Bangladesh has also taken necessary steps after Myanmar strengthened its military force on the border. "The number of BDR personnel has also been increased in Bangladeshi Border Observatory Post (BoP)," he said.
Myanmar has started erecting barbed-wire fence along its border with Bangladesh in November last year as its naval ships intruded into Bangladesh maritime boundary for oil and gas exploration.

Maoist leader from Jharkhand nabbed in West Bengal
Kolkata, Chinsurah, 3 October : Maoist leader from Jharkhand, Chandra Bhusan Yadav, has been arrested from Chinsurah in Hooghly district, police said in Kolkata on Saturday.
During interrogation at the CID headquarters in in Kolkata, Yadav told them that he had come to West Bengal for treatment of chronic stomach ailments. About Rs 60,000 in cash and some Maoist documents were found on Yadav, but he was not carrying any arms, they said. Pointing out that 10 cases were pending against Yadav in Jharkhand, they said, there was, however, no case against him in West Bengal. A team of COBRA personnel on Saturday escorted Yadav to Chinsurah district court. After hearing he would be taken to Jharkhand.
Yadav, a self-styled squad commander, was arrested on Friday night. Photos : Sanjay Bhaduri

West Bengal Gov may amend APMC Act
Kolkata , 3 October : The West Bengal government today said it would not scrap the the Agricultural Producers Marketing ( Regulation and Development) Act, but modify or amend it this fiscal.
"We are discussing the subject. We will come out with a changed APMC Act this year," Minister for Agricultural Marketing Mortaza Hossain said here. State Finance minister Asim Dasgupta said the character of the land ownership should not be changed. "There should be contract between farmers self help groups or co-operatives rather than direct contract with industry and farmers. A mechanism for pricing would also be devised,"he told Bengal Newz.
Keventer group chairman M K Jalan said the company will sign a memorandum of understanding in a few days with the State Marketing Board for a joint venture to modernise terminal markets.

Bangladesh govt plans second bridge over 'Padma'
Reuters, Dhaka, 3 October : Bangladesh has raised the estimated cost for a bridge over Padma to $2.4 billion and plans to build a $1.9 billion second one on the same river, officials said on Saturday.
The estimated cost for rail-road bridge was raised as authorities plan to add other utility lines on the bridge, they said. The cost for the 6.15 km (3.84 miles) bridge -- the country's largest - planned early this year, to be built by 2013 at Mawa, 50 km (31 miles) south of Dhaka was revised for the second time to $1.9 billion from an initial $1.5 billion in August. The World Bank, Asian Development Bank and Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank are the major financiers for the bridge at Mawa. Bangladesh will provide some $200 million.
The first bridge will cut travel time between the capital and the Sundarbans mangrove forests, the UNESCO World Heritage site, by several hours, officials at the tourism ministry said. Photo : Reuters

Assam's "Bodo separatists" urged Bangladesh help
IANS, Guwahati, 3 October : An influential tribal separatist group in Assam Saturday for the first time openly admitted to using Bangladesh as a base to carry out their hit-and-run guerrilla strikes in the region, a rebel leader said. He urged the neighbouring country to help them.
“I would like to request the government of Bangladesh to extend helping hands in our struggle for freedom. Particularly, I would like to request the security forces of Bangladesh not to harass or arrest our cadres and members when they sometimes cross to Bangladesh for their safety and security,” D.R. Nabla, president of the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), said in a statement to IANS.
Nabla’s statement was made on the NDFB’s 23rd foundation day Saturday. The NDFB is fighting for an independent homeland for the Bodo tribe in Assam since 1986.

United Airways to operate flights to KL, Kathmandu
UNB, Dhaka, 3 October : United Airways, a private sector airline founded by non-resident Bangladeshis, is going to launch its operation on two new international routes by this month.
The new two routes will be Dhaka-Kuala Lumpur and Dhaka-Kathmandu. Besides these two routes, the airliner is going to add Dhaka-London route in its list by the end of this year. “We are ready to start the Dhaka-Kuala Lumpur and Dhaka-Kathmandu routes by this month. On the other hand, we will try to start the Dhaka-London route in November. If we fail to do so then we will start the route by December,” Deputy Manager (Marketing Support and PR) of the United Airways M Kamrul Islam told UNB.
United Airways entered into the international arena on 24 September, 2008 by launching its Dhaka-Kolkata flight.

Attempt to attack GJM chief Gurung foiled, 1 arrested
Siliguri, 3 October : GJM activists foiled an attempt by a youth to attack their leader Bimal Gurung at a public meeting in Kalimpong in Darjeeling district, police said today.
The youth, Anuj Rai, carrying a knife, was intercepted by the GJM activists at the meeting venue yesterday and handed over to police, Superintendent of Police D P Singh said. Angry GJM supporters last night ransacked three houses, including that of Rai, but the situation was brought under control by the police. Police suspect that Rai attacked Gurung to revenge forced ouster of his brother, a former GNLF councillor, from the hills by GJM.
Militant network in Bangladesh has collapsed : DP
Dhaka, 3 October : Islamist militant activities in Bangladesh have “collapsed” following a series of arrests of suspected Indian militants, a police official here has claimed.
The Detective Branch of Dhaka Police said that with Wednesday’s arrest Emdadullah alias Mahbub, a suspected member of the Pakistan-based Islamist terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the group’s network had broken down. Deputy Commissioner of Metropolitan Detective Branch (south) Monirul Islam said the militant network in Bangladesh had taken a hit after the arrest of Mufti Sheikh Obaidullah and Maulana Mohammad Monsur Ali last July.
He said Emdadullah is a suspected member of Harkatul Jihadia Islamia Azadia, a Pakistan-based militant group. He is also the Bangladesh chief of Asif Reza Commando force and member of the LeT, the official said.

Bangladesh EC to probe 'Rohingyas' on voter lists
Bandarban, 3 October : The Bangladesh Election Commission has decided to re-examine the voter lists of eight bordering upazilas of Bandarban and Cox's Bazar to find out if Rohingyas were included in the electoral roll.
Kamrul Hasan, acting district election officer of Bandarban, told STAR correspondent they had been directed to update the voter list before 31 December. A letter issued by EC in this regard directed the authorities concerned to re-examine the voter lists of Sadar upazila, Lama, Alikadam and Naikhongchhari upazilas of Bandarban and Sadar upazila, Ramu, Ukhia and Teknaf upazilas of Cox's Bazar.
Upazila level committees headed by respective Upazila Nirbahi Officers (UNO) will oversee the voter list updating work, an EC official informed STAR.

Maoists blast rail tracks in West Bengal, Jharkhand
PTI, Jamshedpur, Purulia, 3 October : Suspected Maoists blew up railway tracks at Poisaita in Jharkhand and Kantadih in Purulia district of West Bengal early on Saturday as the bandh called by CPI (Maoists) began to protest the arrest of their leaders.
Train services on Howrah-Mumbai route were affected due to the blast at Poisaita in Chakradharpur division of South Eastern Railway. Railway Police Superintendent Richard Lakra said, "Maoists triggered the blast to blow up about 18-metre rail track. Nobody was injured as the incident". Several long-distance trains, including Howrah-Bilaspur- New Delhi Rajdhani Express, were detained at several stations due to the rail track damage, railway officials said. They said Rajdhani Express was detained at Goilkera station. Besides, Howrah-Pune Azad Hind Express was detained at Chakradharpur, Sambleshwari Express at Sini, Hapa-Howrah Express at Tatanagar, Mumbai-Howrah Mail at Manoharpur, Pune-Howrah Express at Rourkela and Mumbai-Howrah Geetanjali Express at Jharsuguda and Ahmedabad-Howrah Express at Rourkela.
Maoists have given the bandh call today in protest against the arrest of the convener of Maoist-backed People's Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) Chhatradhar Mahato in West Midnapore district of West Bengal on 26 September.
Again two outlaws killed in "shootouts" in Chuadanga and Khulna
Khulna, 3 October : Two outlaws were killed in 'shootouts' between their cohorts and police in Khulna and Chuadanga early today. Two policemen were also injured during the gunfight in Khulna.
The dead were identified as Abu Sayeed Sarkar alias Ranga Sayeed (32), an armed cadre of New Biplobi Communist Party and Abdur Rashid alias Mollah Rashid (42), a regional leader of Janajuddho, one of the factions of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML). Acting on a tip-off, police raided playground of Ambhita School in Dumuria where the outlaws were holding a meeting.
'JMB' plants bomb at Khagrachhari SP's house
Chittagong, 3 October : Banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) planted a bomb in front of the residence of Khagrachhari superintendent of police and left a slip on it.
In the slip, the militants warned the government officials against bribery and corruption. "You stop bribery and corruption immediately. Otherwise, we will take our actions," the slip read. Talking to STAR, Assistant SP Maksudur Rahman, who is overseeing the matter, said police recovered the bomb at about 11:00pm (BDST) yesterday. ASP Maksudur said they have called in an expert team for examining the bomb.

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