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Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

Postby shyamd » 20 Jan 2012 23:47

And they say India is sleeping.

India tip-off foils coup to dislodge Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

Attempt by rebels to oust Sheikh Hasina is thwarted
By Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury
India has helped Bangladesh avert what could have been reminiscent of the bloody military takeover in the wake of the assassination of the country's founding father, Sheikh Mujibur Rehman, more than 36 years ago.

An attempt by rebels in the Bangladesh army, with the help of 'a foreign power', to stage a coup to dislodge Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was foiled.

Though the news of the failed attempt was made public on Thursday, the plot is believed to have been unearthed last month. A military court of inquiry was set up on December 28.
Foiled: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed smiles under a huge portrait of her father Sheik Mujibur Rhaman. An attempt to stage a coup to oust her was thwarted

Foiled: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed smiles under a huge portrait of her father Sheik Mujibur Rhaman. An attempt to stage a coup to oust her was thwarted

Survivor: Mutiny in Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) was an attempt to destablise Hasina government less than two months after coming to power

The Bangladesh army has assured stern legal measures against all masterminds and conspirators.

Senior minister and Awami League general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam has vowed to punish the conspirators.

Sources said a reported tip-off from India helped the army preempt the bid by middle-ranking serving officers with active support from retired armymen.

It is believed that New Delhi alerted the Hasina government, which enabled the Bangladesh army to trace the plotters by tracking the cell phone call records.


Acting swiftly, the government arrested retired officers Lt-Col Ehsan Yusuf and Major Zakir. Army spokesperson Brigadier General Muhammad Masud Razzaq said the duo had 'admitted to their role in the plot'.

The army is also pointing to the role of banned Islamist outfit Hizb ut- Tahrir. But the key plotter, Major Syed Mohammad Ziaul Huq alias Zia, a serving officer, is absconding.

He was allegedly in touch with the serving officers through cell phone and internet to hatch the conspiracy.

The role of Major- General Kamruzzman is also under the scanner. He may have been put under house arrest.

Brigadier Razzaq said at the instigation of some nonresident Bangladeshis, some serving as well as retired officers with 'extreme religious views have tried to create disorder in the army riding on the religious sentiments of other officers'.

'Such heinous attempts are being foiled by the army,' he stressed at a press conference on Thursday. Brigadier Razzaq said Major Zia tried to provoke a 'senior officer into using the army against the state and democracy'.

The officer informed the appropriate authorities and Zia’s leave and transfer order was cancelled.

But he did not return to work and is still engaged in trying to organise subversive activities.

As many as 14 to 16 people are believed to be linked to the coup attempt.

Though the army did not name the 'foreign power' that is suspected to have a hand, it is understood that Bangladesh is closely monitoring the recent visit of a senior Pakistani diplomat to Kolkata.

Hardliners and Islamists in Bangladesh and their supporters in the army are believed to be wary of the country’s close relations with India since Hasina’s return to power in 2009.

Sources said the ongoing war crime trial of top Jamaat-e-Islami leadership, who collaborated with the Pakistan army in 1971, could also be a reason behind the coup attempt.

The Jamaat’s link with Pakistan is no secret.

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Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

Postby brihaspati » 21 Jan 2012 00:10

Its called smoking up the wrong tree. Yes some Pakis might be involved, but the real machinations would have come from China. The contact was based in Hong Kong. If Kolkata would be such a good spot to manipulate happenings in BD by Paki diplomats, then the Kol journalists would have smelt the coffee long ago, and spilled the beans long ago. This is all trying to get credit after the deed was forced to be revealed. The BD army acknowledged this most reluctantly - and perhaps even they either do not know everything and just got caught out - or something much deeper is still brewing.

The real ones are still sleeping and waiting.

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Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

Postby fanne » 21 Jan 2012 00:33

If Chin, can it be that this summer there is something planned on both the fronts and they were trying to secure the third one?

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Postby shyamd » 21 Jan 2012 01:03

Initial comments:

TECHINT saves the day once again. I dont think this plot was sophisticated and it was probably someone known to us - It does appear there was some sort of Indian link here - not clear where though. Although some news items say that this has been brewing since december and one major reported plans afoot. So they were still gathering support.

Decision in Delhi is to secure BD & Myanmar and to move fast and take advantage of this opportunity while it exists.

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Postby brihaspati » 21 Jan 2012 01:40

fanne wrote:If Chin, can it be that this summer there is something planned on both the fronts and they were trying to secure the third one?

If China, then there are factions there who would each separately play the two conflicting sides in BD. What you suggest is a plausible tactical move by the Chinese faction that sees the current leadership as "corrupted" by "capitalism" and compromising. Khaleda Zia was hosted by the CCP separately some time ago.

Myanmar junta is playing it up to China. The junta probably asked for something that the CCP baulked at, and therefore the junta is making noises that it may choose to kiss the west instead. This should be sufficient for CCP to get nervous and think more seriously about securing BD.

For those who are thinking that the danger is over - and that Indian intel saved the day - should hold their word really. This appears too amateurish. Its being denounced because it got leaked. The intel that can onlee warn after public explosions happen - is unlikely to have provided forward intel - and what is it called - the "actioanable" type - to prevent a coup. The BDR uprising was not even an attempted coup, and it still could not be forewarned against.

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Postby shyamd » 21 Jan 2012 06:23

This was at a mid level wheer they are sending feelers to each person - building a case for coup. So its clear old regime supporters were backing the coup. Already 5 Hizb ut tahrir guys arrested handing out fliers saying "they have arrested your colleagues". Delhi's role is obviously not being spoken about - Paki propaganda press pieces already running that India designed this coup etc.

Plotters kept Bangla army brass in the loop on govt overthrow?
The failed military coup in Bangladesh may have been more serious than what has emerged in public, with sources here saying senior officers in the army knew of the coup plan.

At least some senior officers, including a major general, were aware of the coup plotted by a group of junior serving and retired officers, all of them linked to the hardline Hizb-ut-Tahrir, to overthrow PM Sheikh Hasina's regime, they said.


Senior Indian intelligence officers said their information showed that junior officers who were plotting the coup regularly informed several of their seniors. It was one of those senior officers who alerted the authorities, sources said. However, indications are that many other senior officers were regularly briefed about the progress of the coup planning, and kept the information to themselves. Among those who was regularly briefed and kept the secret was a serving major general, sources said.When asked if the coup would have been successful if they went ahead, a senior official said, "In a small country, you only need to target the prime minister and a handful of key personalities."

Indian officials said the latest coup attempt is both a warning of the fragility of Bangladesh's democracy and possible Islamisation that is creeping into the army ranks. Any coup would have completely wrecked the growing bilateral ties between India and Bangladesh.

Dhaka on Thursday made public what it called a failed coup attempt and arrested two retired officers, Lt-Col Ehsan Yusuf and Major Zakir. The Bangladesh army said 14-16 officers were under surveillance for their possible role in the coup attempt.

On Friday, the Rapid Action Battalion, Bangladesh's counter-terrorism force, arrested five members of the Hizb-ut-Tahrir including Major Ziaul Haq for their links to the failed coup. In fact, Major Haq, a serving army officer, is believed to be a key part of the conspiracy. It was Haq who contacted the senior officer, who in turn alerted the authorities. This is the latest in a series of rebellions and coups that have ravaged Bangladesh's democracy.


More operations being conducted against Paresh Baruah's network in BD

Billionaire Baruah powers insurgents, Maoists' supply

Friday, 06 January 2012 00:16
Rakesh K Singh | New Delhi
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With an investment of more than $20 million in real estate firms, restaurants, textile companies and shipping establishments in Bangladesh, notorious ULFA leader Paresh Baruah has emerged as a major supplier of arms and ammunition to the insurgent groups of the Northeast, besides the Maoists operating in different parts of India.

Baruah is estimated to be earning $1.5 lakh every quarter from his investments in Bangladesh, besides receiving $5 lakh every quarter through Western Union money changer, which the fugitive is using for terrorist activities, including sale and purchase of weapons.

The ULFA leader has significant investments in other countries like Singapore, Thailand and Philippines and is estimated to be worth `2,000 crore. He has invested about $14 million in Basundhara Real Estate, Dhaka, Eastern Housing Project and Jamuna Group Housing Project. Other firms in which he possesses 30 per cent or more shares include Samrita Hospital, Kasem Textile, Chaudhary Shipping, Dhaka’s famous Wimfray Chinese Restaurant, Samit Group and One Group Dilkusha.

An intelligence report says, “The National Security Intelligence (NSI) and the Revenue Board of Bangladesh have carried out operations against these firms and the agencies of that country have recommended initiation of action against Barua and the businessmen/organisations linked to him. The NSI has also reportedly brought the matter to the notice of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.”

Barua received two consignments of arms and ammunition comprising 1,600 pieces of AK 47 assault rifles, rocket launchers, light machine guns and eight lakh pieces of ammunition from two Chinese firms located in South and North China recently. The Northeast insurgent groups receiving arms and ammunition from Barua include the ULFA faction under his control, NSCN (IM), NLFT (BM), KLO and NDFB (RD), besides the Maoist outfits.

The first consignment originating from South China, from the National Ordnance Factory, was transported through sea by a Singapore-based shipping company Inter Marine Shipping Company to deep sea territory of Bangladesh near Maheshkhali Gulf and further brought to land by trawlers, says a classified intelligence dossier.

The second consignment of arms and ammunition was brought from North China through land route with the help of two rebel groups of Myanmar.

The consignments were later on brought from South Bangladesh to North Bangladesh, closer to the Tripura border with the help of Giyasuddin Kader Chowdhury, brother of powerful BNP leader Salauddin Kader Chowdhary, a known anti-Indian and chief political advisor to former Bangladesh Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia.

The two consignments of arms and ammunition were transported to Kailachhara in Bangladesh in late April this year was divided into six parts for distribution to Indian insurgent groups like NLFT at Feni border, NDFB at Sylhet border, GNLA at Sherpur border, ULFA at Haluaghat, NSCN (IM) at Moulavi Bazar and for KLO leadership at Charankhola.

The value of the consignment is estimated at $25 lakh out of which $2 lakh was paid by the Pakistan’s ISI operatives in Bangladesh and the consignment is suspected to have been delivered to the insurgents by mid 2011.



Fake notes come via Pak diplomatic bag
Jan 12, 2012 - Rajnish Sharma |

Age Correspondent
The National Investigation Agency and other outfits have established that the network running India’s biggest fake currency racket is being operated with the aid of officials at Pakistan’s high commission in Dhaka.

Classified reports accessed by this newspaper show high commission staff in Dhaka are using diplomatic bags to transport high-quality fake Indian currency from Karachi to Bangladesh. Using both technical and human intelligence sources, the NIA has confirmed that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence was printing fine-quality fake Indian currency notes at a high-security press at Karachi’s Maler Cantonment. This is then airlifted to Bangl-adesh via diplomatic bags to bypass any inspection.
Indian intelligence even mounted surveillance on some airlines frequently used by the mission staff.
Some consignments are routed through the Pakistani embassy in Kathmandu using similar a modus operandi.
Once in Bangladesh, the fake currency is smuggled into India through the porous Indo-Bangladesh border, with Malda in West Bengal being a major hub.
In a massive operation across 12 states, the NIA has arrested 13 persons and seized a huge quantity of fake currency. It is suspected the entire network is run by 30 people. “The ISI is printing the fake Indian currency at four presses — in Karachi, Quetta, Lahore and Peshawar. But Maler Cantt is the most sophisticated, where currency not-es are of very good quality with a proper security thre-ad and optically variable ink,” a senior official said.
The sources confirmed Hyderabad is a key transit point for smuggling the fake currency into South India: four arrests were from that city.

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Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

Postby brihaspati » 21 Jan 2012 08:11

IT was most likely a testing of waters. So now they know who will leak what. Next time, things will just happen. Innocently. Almost as if by accident rather than design. The sense/images of direct action is just not going away. Even Pak may have some surprises in store for us in the west.

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Postby shyamd » 21 Jan 2012 15:56

Khaleda Zia's exiled son in aborted plot to dislodge Sheikh Hasina government in Bangladesh

There is more to the aborted coup attempt in Bangladesh than meets the eye. The conspiracy to dislodge the Sheikh Hasina government did not involve only anti-India and pro-Islamist armymen.

Investigations point towards former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's exiled son Tareque Rahman's role in trying to trigger a mutiny within the army with the aim to remove its top brass and the government that wants better ties with India.


Rahman, now exiled in London, is alleged to have coordinated part of the conspiracy with UK-based operatives of Hizbut-Tahrir, which was banned in Bangladesh 2009. Though he was neither party MP nor a minister, Rahman's writ ran large with say in every major political and business decision in the country when his mother was in power between 2001 and 2006.

Hizbut-Tahrir, that is banned in India and the US as well, is emerging as the key element in the plot to instigate a coup through "rightwing and hardline" officers, investigations indicate.

Unconfirmed reports hint at Hizbut-Bangladesh National Party (BNP)- Jamaate-Islami axis behind the plot. Jamaat, which collaborated with the Pakistan Army in 1971, is desperate to topple the Hasina government as it tightens the noose around the party by fast-tracking trial of its leaders on war crime charges.

While the coup plot was unearthed last month, initial indications surfaced seven months ago with the arrest of two midranking officers in Dhaka on charges of links with a terror group. Sources said two high-ranking officers - Major-General Kamruzzman and Brigadier Tareque - have been placed under house arrest.

The army had on Thursday said 16 people were linked to the plot, there are unconfirmed reports that 50-60 officers have been put under watch or detained.

The rebels, in a note circulated among some fellow officers, described the Hasina government as "Indian agent" and claimed that "senior army officers are on India's payrolls and New Delhi wants to convert Bangladesh into a protectorate". The note, circulated at the beginning of this year, has been seized. Two retired officers, who reportedly admitted to their role in the plot, will be tried. These renegade officers were members of the Hizbut.

The army is alarmed over the outfit's penetration in its ranks. Hizbut is also operating in Bangladesh through its frontal arm, 'Brothers of Islam' and has been spreading its network. On Friday, five of its men were nabbed in Dhaka.


More coming out. Army will be under blanket surveillance from now on (if it wasnt already after that incident a few years ago). Hasina will do everything to ensure she has loyalists in the right places. Maybe hike salaries for the army, purge the extremists from important positions will probably be the next move. Its obvious this was an operational plot and it was unearthed via TECHINT and confirmed when a major reported it. I'd say our intelligence cooperation is reaching levels of our relationship with Nepal.

Major Zia used UK mobile SIM to talk to officers
Star Report

One of the main suspects of the recent coup attempt in the army, Maj Syed Mohammad Ziaul Haque, who is absconding, used a roaming UK mobile SIM card to speak about the plot with at least 11 army officers of different ranks, army sources said.

He also used hi-tech software to operate on the internet through his laptop, said the sources adding that his detailed bio-data along with his photo has been sent to different cantonments and other law enforcement agencies to track him down.

A senior official in the army told The Daily Star yesterday that Zia, a former student of the Military Institute of Science and Technology, is very intelligent and an expert in information technology, and that is why it has been hard for the authorities to trace him.

He was commissioned as an army officer through the 41 long course of Bangladesh Military Academy.

Zia had long telephone conversations with some mid-ranking and junior officers at different cantonments and tried to inspire them to move towards Dhaka with their forces to make the plot successful on the night of Jan 10 or 11, the sources said.

Army investigators found involvement of Zia, who hails from Mostafapur village of Moulvibazar district, while interrogating Lt Col (retd) Ehsan Yusuf after his arrest on December 15 from his Matikata residence near Dhaka Cantonment along with his laptop.

Another suspect Maj (retd) Zakir is also currently detained.

The suspected planners of the coup attempt were propagating among some army officers establishment of Islamic rule in the country by toppling the incumbent elected government, the sources said.

They also planned to make senior army officers ministers of their government if their plot became successful, the sources added.

Army investigators are now trying to unearth the detail of the plan.

The army on Thursday said it foiled a "coup attempt to overthrow the present democratic government".

A band of religious fanatics, comprising mid-ranking officers and their retired colleagues, was involved in the failed putsch, Brig Gen Muhammad Mashud Razzaq said at a press briefing.

At the instigation of some non-resident Bangladeshis, they sought to "disrupt democracy by creating anarchy in the army, cashing in on the fanaticism of others", said an army statement.

Father of Zia, Syed Zillul Haque, a businessman, told The Daily Star over the phone last night that he was urging his son, through the media, to report to his senior officers immediately to show respect to the army and the law of the country. "None including my son is above the motherland and its law," he said from his Baridhara DOHS residence in the capital.

Zillul claimed that he has no contact with Zia since December 23 last year. He said many people wanted to know about Zia's whereabouts but he does not know.

He said Zia used to be a moderate practicing Muslim, but he submerged himself in hardline religiosity after his first wife died of cancer. Asked whether he believes Zia was involved in the plot against the army and the government, Zillul said he could not say for sure until he talks to his son.

The army sources said Maj Zia had been absent from work for 21 days once without any permission. Back then his unprofessional behaviour was forgiven because he is a recipient of the sword of honour.


The pak link
Ishraq had army link since 1980s
His 2 sisters live in Pakistan
Rabiul Hasan, back from Naogaon

Ishraq Ahmed, one of the conspirators behind the army coup attempt as described by the army on Thursday, studied at Rajshahi Cadet College during the 70s and maintained connections with many of his friends who joined the army during the 80s.

Sources in the army said they have information that Ishraq had been involvement in many instances of army indiscipline in the past.

Ishraq became a drug addicted after completing his Higher Secondary Certificate examinations in 1980, according to locals.

The Daily Star yesterday went to Ishraq's house, Din Monjil of Chakdebpara in Naogaon town, to get details on Ishraq but none of his family responded. Contacted over mobile phone, Ishraq's father refused to say anything about his son.

Locals say Ishraq's father MA Rakib sent him to Dhaka in 1981.

His elder brother Ishtiaq Ahmed is now in Australia while his two sisters Iku and Tonu are now in Pakistan with their husbands.

Ishraq's father served as the president of National Awami Party (Nap) of Naogaon district unit several times. Locals still know him as a Nap leader although he is now inactive in the party. He was elected chairman of Naogaon municipality in 1977.

Ishraq's mother Umme Kulsum Jannatun Ferdous is the retired headmistress of Naogaon Government Girls High School.

According to the army statement made on Thursday, one of the main plotters of the coup Maj Syed Mohammad Ziaul Haque on January 10 communicated with Ishraq, who is possibly living in Hong Kong, about “developments and execution process of the coup”.

Locals told The Daily Star that a Bihari man, Aftab, rented their house before the country's independence. During the Liberation War, Aftab became the chief of Al-Badr in Naogaon.


The district was freed on December 18 from the Pakistani occupation forces when the freedom fighters caught Aftab and confined him to a room of KD High School in the town. Two days later, when Aftab was freed, he fled from the town and went to Pakistan through India.

Aftab and Ishraq's family had good relations. After the weddings of Ishraq's two sisters, they went to Pakistan with their husbands--elder sister Iku in 1980 and younger sister Tonu in 1988. Aftab helped them to go to Pakistan and also managed jobs for the two husbands.

The neighbours said they only know Ishraq is involved in business in Dhaka. They learnt about Ishraq's involvement in conspiracy against the government after watching TV reports and reading newspapers.

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Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

Postby gakakkad » 21 Jan 2012 19:33

>>More coming out. Army will be under blanket surveillance from now on (if it wasnt already after that incident a few years ago). Hasina will do everything to ensure she has loyalists in the right places. Maybe hike salaries for the army, purge the extremists from important positions will probably be the next move. Its obvious this was an operational plot and it was unearthed via TECHINT and confirmed when a major reported it. I'd say our intelligence cooperation is reaching levels of our relationship with Nepal.


One must congratulate RAW .

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Postby sum » 21 Jan 2012 22:02

Classified reports accessed by this newspaper show high commission staff in Dhaka are using diplomatic bags to transport high-quality fake Indian currency from Karachi to Bangladesh. Using both technical and human intelligence sources, the NIA has confirmed that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence was printing fine-quality fake Indian currency notes at a high-security press at Karachi’s Maler Cantonment. This is then airlifted to Bangl-adesh via diplomatic bags to bypass any inspection.
Indian intelligence even mounted surveillance on some airlines frequently used by the mission staff. Some consignments are routed through the Pakistani embassy in Kathmandu using similar a modus operandi.
Once in Bangladesh, the fake currency is smuggled into India through the porous Indo-Bangladesh border, with Malda in West Bengal being a major hub.

Wish there was some coercive action from our side( not just watching what was happening and not doing anything) and some of these bags were damaged in mysterious fires, accidents etc.

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Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

Postby brihaspati » 22 Jan 2012 00:46

Tareque is not intelligent enough to run this. He has been given shelter in UK. That is the key to note. However, I would still not be reassured with the supposed intel skills of Indian agencies. They have never been able to forewarn real Islamist onslaughts - either they are prevented from doing it, or they lack the network.

But as I pointed out before, there is always a curious pattern to so-called intel performance over islamist plans in the subcontinent. Indians get air of something - to the degree of the so-called notorious "actionable" intel - onlee, onlee after the atrocity is over. They always have much more details when it is a case of non-Islamic atrocities - even planned ones - especially if such atrocities are supposedly being planned on non-Islamic non-Christian behalf.

Which can be due to one of several different reasons
(1) the intel agencies are under sufficient political or rashtryia pressure to protect islamist organizations or long term plans

(2) intel agencies in all five primary subcontinental countries - India, Pak, BD, Nepal and SL, are essentially penentrated by agents of either Islamists or a third foreign power or both of the latter in coordination. The voices representing this foreign+islamist interest carefully manages the flow of information that is allowed to reach the intel of these countries - in accordance with immediate as well as long term interests of these external sources. Thus actionable intel on 26/11 was never allowed to reach in proper time, or the BDR uprising or the attempt on Hasina in BD, or BB being liquidated and even perhaps the various assassinations of the SL leadership - not to mention India's own assassinations.

The very dependence shown by Indian intel on foreign intimation is a revelation of how intel can be manipulated by external sources.

I would propose that this particualr BD exposure is simply a dry run. It was deliberately done on a thin cover to test out the weak links in any such plan. BD will face coups and a low intensity civil war.

The thing to look for is what and whose purpose does it serve. For that it is better not to drop the usual suspects from consideration - those who had the longest recent time at state power over the subcontinent, and whose even selective release of old material - reveals that they had long a plan to establish a base on the subcontinent using devoted and faithful Islamic lackeys of the empire.

The post US world empire is up for grabs, and because of their continued links and perhaps underhand presence on the subcontinent - the Brits are ahead of the others in the race.

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Postby NRao » 22 Jan 2012 07:15

The focus of Indian intel, until very recently, has never been such small groups. Indian Intel will mature over the next few years. They should get to be as good as anyone out there.

The question is Indian politics. Will they mature enough to take care of small groups, specially when it come to being funded by China. My fear is that India will back out due to that CBM thinking.

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Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

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Dhaka to abandon projects under Delhi credit line
Bangladesh has planned to abandon eight of the 21 projects to be implemented under the Indian $1bn credit line due to complexities arisen out of lender’s “tough conditions”.
An inter-ministerial meeting yesterday decided that the eight projects might be dropped and replaced with “easily executable” fresh ones, if agreed by the lender, media reports said today.
The Samakal and several other newspapers reported that the decision came as the ministries concerned reported that it became difficult for them to execute projects as the credit conditions required the recipient to procure 85% of the goods and services from India, which were available in the country, in many cases, at a much cheaper cost.
“If the goods and services particularly like sands, bricks and workforces are to be procured from India, which are available in Bangladesh at a much cheaper price, the project cost will be very high,” a senior finance ministry official said.
The official said the inter-ministerial meeting yesterday discussed the problems as the executing ministries and government agencies raised the issue of harder conditions attached to the loan.
The Samakal newspaper quoting the Economic Relations Division’s senior assistant secretary, Zinat Rehana, said Bangladesh would convey the plan to a visiting Indian delegation which was expected in Dhaka next week.
Bangladesh earlier undertook 20 projects under the Indian credit for upgrading its infrastructure after the Indian government in August 2010 confirmed $1bn loan for Bangladesh.
The Financial Express newspaper reported the largest recipients of the loan — the railway and the communications ministries — so far failed to receive funds from the Indian credit line as they took up 17 projects under the credit, but they are yet to complete tender process for most of the schemes.
The report said Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) is the lone government agency, which was able to start spending some Indian credit to procure bus from India.
“Only one project has been running smoothly. The money for the rest 19 schemes under the $1bn credit could not be utilised due to procurement complexities,” a joint secretary at the finance ministry told the newspaper.
According to the loan deal, Bangladesh will have to procure 85% of the goods, works and services from India for the schemes and the rest 15% can be procured from Bangladesh if the contractor fails to source it from India. Agencies

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Postby Suppiah » 22 Jan 2012 16:33

It is interesting to read BR garu's post in his blog on this affair. The HuT's statements show a unprecedented concern about China and western efforts to 'contain' it. That also explains why Beijing puppets in India and their yellow media mouthpieces are in cahoots with jehadi terrorists - because they serve Beijing's interests.

By promoting jehadi terror directly and indirectly by selective news blackout, selective condemnation, sowing anger and hatred by biased and fake reporting etc., these 'liberal' liars serve their paymasters in Beijing.

Their calculation must be that once jihadis take over and bring Mughal era attrocities against Hindus to Indai such as jizya, forced conversions, tortures etc., there will be sufficient chaos and disorder to set India back by several centuries and also facilitate the implementation of the Stalinist rapist goons' agenda for the subcontinent.

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Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

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NEW DELHI: A trial court has criticized the government for indulging in "petty votebank politics" and preventing action against three crore Bangladeshi nationals, who are illegally staying in the country and enjoying the benefits meant for the citizens of this land.
"It is unfortunate that while genuine citizens of this country continue to suffer in abject poverty, it is petty votebank politics which prevents a firm, resolute and intense government action against the three crore Bangladeshi nationals staying illegally in our country, enjoying the benefits which otherwise are the entitlements of citizens, thereby compelling the courts to step in," additional sessions judge Kamini Lau said.
The court's remarks came while awarding a four-year jail term to a Bangladesh-based man, who was convicted for illegally staying in the national capital. The court said Fazlu, who was also involved in various other criminal cases in the national capital, was maintaining a family in Bangladesh but had taken advantage of the "porous border" tofrequently come to India.
"I may observe that convict Fazlu is a foreigner being a Bangladeshi.
"He is maintaining a family in Bangladesh but in an attempt to create his rights in India, is also maintaining a family consisting of two wives (whose citizenship he has withheld from the court) and seven children in India.
"Further, as per information from the investigating officer, Fazlu, taking advantage of the porous border frequently crosses over and while in India has involved himself in a number of criminal cases," it said while directing the authorities to deport Fazlu to Bangladesh after his jail term ends.
The court said the 47-year-old man placed before it a "fake" ration card in order to prove himself a citizen ofthis country.
The judge also referred to a Delhi high court order saying even the division bench had wondered how ration cards were being issued to illegal migrants whereas foodgrainswere to be supplied to the needy.
Fazlu was arrested on January 9, 2004, at Haiderpur along with five others for allegedly preparing for dacoity.
Out of the six accused, four were Bangladeshi nationals.
Two of them were declared proclaimed offenders during the trial while one died during the pendency of the case.
The court, which convicted Fazlu under the provisions of the Indian Foreigners Act, acquitted him and one Mohan of the charge of preparing for dacoity, as the prosecution failed to prove its case against the accused.

Link:http://m.timesofindia.com/city/delhi/Court-Bangla-immigrant-votes-hamper-eviction/articleshow/11622875.cms

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Postby shyamd » 27 Jan 2012 16:05

India offered help to Bangla
Jan 27, 2012 | Age Correspondent | New Delhi

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Having alerted Dhaka about coup plans being hatched by some serving and retired officers of the Bangldesh Army, India is also learnt to have offered whatever assistance was required by the authorities there.
While it’s unclear what kind of assistance was offered to the Sheikh Hasina government by India and at what stage, the help was offered in view of the fact that Bangladesh is a “friendly country,” said sources. The coup plot, incidentally, was hatched by officers who were said to harbour anti-India sentiments.
While the coup plot was unearthed late last month, it was made public by the Bangladesh Army only about a week ago.
So far, five members of the banned Islamist outfit, the Hizb ut-Tahrir have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the plan to overthrow the civilian government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The officers involved in the coup plot, some of whom have been arrested, are said to have held extreme religious views. Major Syed Mohammad Ziaul Huq, is said to have links with the banned Islamist outfit.
The leader of the plotters is said to be Major Syed Mohammad Ziaul Huq, who is now absconding.
What appears to have raised the hackles of religious fundamentalists in Bangladesh following three years of Sheikh Hasina’s government is not only her government’s crackdown on extremist elements but also the growing warmth in Indo-Bangladesh relations.
Moreover, the friction between Sheikh Hasina’s government and the pro-Islamists BNP, which is supported by the fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami, has further queered the pitch for the ruling party.

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Postby brihaspati » 28 Jan 2012 01:21

http://vivekajyoti.blogspot.com/2012/01/minority-persecution-in-bangladesh.html
After this government came to power, a legal aid non government organization, Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh filed a writ petition on 6 may 2009. High court had directed the government to form a judicial probe commission. Government had formed three-member commission headed by retired judge Muhammad Sahabuddin. Commission submitted their report to the home minister on 29 April of this year. Government has formally disclosed it on 1 December 2011.
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The probe commission found the involvement of 26,352 people including 26 minister and lawmakers of the previous Bangladesh nationalist party (BNP) – Jamat alliance government. According to the probe commission the accused six ministers are Ruhul Quddus Talukder Dulu, Abdus Salam Pintu, Motiur Rahaman Nizami, Altaf Hossain Choudhury, Tariqul Islam and Hafizuddin. Altaf Hossain Choudury was the then home minister. It is enough to understand that, when home minister himself is involved or take part in violence then what can happen in a country! Out of six ministers, two are arrested now in another case. Motiur Raman Nizami was arrested as an accused war crime charge and Abdus Salam Pintu was arrested in a grenade attack case. According to the investigation report of that grenade attack case, Abdus Salam Pintu is a leader of Islamic terrorist group. War criminal Motiur Rahaman Nizami is also a leader of Islamic terrorist because all the Islamic terrorist Group of Bangladesh is linked with Jammat or a sister orgnization of Jammat Islami Bangladesh (Jammat). Another War criminal of 1971 is an accused person, he is Salauddin Quader choudhury. He is now in the jail as an accused war criminal. His trial is on going.


Interestingly, the obvious patterns are not noted - the fact that all this BNP-Jamaat stuff could not have happened if the majority of BD society was really free of Islamism or islamist sentiments against the non-Muslim. The "liberals" can only come to power with some degree of external intervention to suppress or neutralize the mullahs and their lackeys in BD. It was true in '71, and it has remained true ever since - even in 2008.

Its not so surprising for me that some people who claim to stay in close societal touch with Muslims pretend that they never hear anything of the underlying anti-non-Muslim viciousness that lies within the Islamic consciousness. They do not listen in on chat discussions between Islamic callers-in on talk shows that discuss such issues on regional or dialect specific Islamic regional channels [even in "liberal" UK], they have littel or no knowledge of the cultural expressions or their historical social contexts of use among various Muslim communities, and they do not have sufficient linguistic or societal knowledge to identify where the real sentiments in Islamics lie.

Time and again the false whitewashing of the underlying instincts of Islamic social mobilization, and its theology - as started by the Hindu Khilafatists of 1920's - has come back to haunt us badly in our foreign policy with respect to Islamist neighbours.

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Postby brihaspati » 28 Jan 2012 01:28

http://hinduexistence.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/protest-to-protect-bangladesh-temple-properties-from-the-jaws-of-islamic-land-sharks/
15th January, 2012.
Afterwards, his four sons Gobinda, Ananda, Moni Mohan & Nadia Chand duly registered all these 22 Cottha of land to the Deity Divine as Devettor Property on 11/09/1889 through a Deed bearing No. 2735. Form then an un-interrupted Puja has been conducting with full veneration and active participation of all concerned.

But, since 2008, some notorious Islamist groups headed by the land shark and terrorists like Hazi Islam, Sarowar Hossian Alo, Ibrahim Molla, Arif Mallu have jointly been trying to grab many Hindu Shrines and its property in Dhaka (Capital of Bangladesh), old Dhaka area and adjacent places by ransacking the Hindu temples, bombing and looting of Hindu properties time and again. The perpetrators made fake deeds to capture the SREE SREE RADHA KANTO JEO TEMPLE and attacked the temple and its inmates on 11-08-2010 with bomb sword and other lethal weapons. A diary was also made then for the protection of the Temple properties and its inmates. It may be mentioned that the world famous Hindu Organization and prime Vaishnava Order ISKCON is presently looks after the premises of this complex and consequently ISKCON is also being targeted by the Muslim fundamentalist with a deadly design.

In March 2011, the land sharks threatened that Hindu Temples will not be allowed in Islamic Republic Bangladesh, and Hindus cannot be allowed for any religious program publicly henceforth. The resident Hindus and many Hindu organizations retaliated then vehemently and registered a diary for this in Ramna Model Police Station vides GD NO. 1842 dt. 28.03.2011. But the threatening is still going on and the present BD Govt rather is allowing the land shark Muslim Fundamentalists by not arresting them to stop teir designs to capture many heritage and old Hindu Shrines at Goal Ghat, Jolapur, Ranking Street, Woari and Tipu Sultan Road. It is reported that the present “Sanai Community Center” of Hazi Islam at Woari area is built after a force encroachment of Manik Ghosh Trust property. The Sankha Nidhi Temple complex of Tipu Sultan Road or the ISKCON complex at Swamibag Road are also under the scanner of these fundamental Islamic groups who want to drive away all Hindus from Bangladesh under a severe persecution and conspiracy of ethnic cleansing.

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Postby shyamd » 28 Jan 2012 05:56

Interesting

Ishraq admits arrested men are his friends
Star Report

Ishraq Ahmed, a non-resident Bangladeshi accused of involvement in plotting the recent coup attempt foiled by the army, has said he and “other nationalists” are trying to oppose Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's “letting Bangladesh be 'turned into a Bantustan' run by India”.

His remarks came in an article in The Economist's January 28 issue. The British weekly newspaper spoke to Ishraq, who is currently holed up abroad, for its story on the failed plot, which the army said was meant to overthrow the government.

In the report, titled “Politics in Bangladesh; Turbulent house”, Ishraq “concedes that the arrested men are his friends, but denies religious extremism”.

The article read, “He [Ishraq] says he fought 'with great responsibility' for Bangladesh's independence. Now he and other nationalists are merely trying to oppose what they see as a coup-by-stealth by Sheikh Hasina, who is letting Bangladesh be 'turned into a Bantustan' run by India.”

(According to Wikipedia, a Bantustan used to be a territory set aside for black inhabitants of South Africa as part of the policy of apartheid.)

At a rare press briefing in Dhaka on January 19, the army said it had thwarted an attempt to topple the government. It claimed that some religious fanatics, mostly mid-ranking officers and their retired colleagues, were involved in the bid.

“At the instigation of some non-resident Bangladeshis, the schemers wanted to disrupt democracy by creating anarchy in the army, cashing in on religious fervours of others," the force added.

Two retired officers -- Lt Col Ehsan Yusuf and Major Zakir -- have been arrested in connection with the plot and are now being interrogated. Another alleged plotter, a serving major named Syed Mohammad Ziaul Haque alias Major Zia, is on the run.

According to a statement read out at the briefing, some “undisciplined and disgruntled officers” had been involved in the attempt to execute the scheme by staying in contact with Major Zia by email and mobile phone. It added that Zia was relentless in his efforts to influence the officers into executing the plan on January 10.

On the same day, Zia called Ishraq and discussed the “developments and execution process of the coup”, the army statement continued. “Zia also told Ishraq to ask local and international media to telecast and publish reports on the coup.”

At the briefing, the army could not provide the whereabouts of Ishraq but said he was possibly living in Hong Kong.

It also said high government officials had already taken measures to locate Ishraq.

The Economist article did not mention the name of the country or the place where Ishraq might be living at this moment.

It carried some of Ishraq's claims regarding the role of Indian intelligence agencies in Bangladesh.

“He [Ishraq] makes many claims. Among the more plausible and specific is that spies from India's Research Analysis Wing (RAW) operate in the country,” it read.

“He claims, too, that for two years RAW has had an office within the headquarters of Bangladeshi Intelligence in Dhaka and a 'direct submarine cable for communications' back to India.

“He claims that Indians conduct electronic surveillance in the country and kidnap suspects from Bangladeshi cities. Indian prodding, he adds, encourages the government to crack down on 'anyone with beards. Any practising Muslim is vilified and portrayed as Taliban'.”

The Economist also spoke to Gowher Rizvi, an adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in the context of Ishraq's claims.

It wrote: “Mr Rizvi denies all this, saying he is 'totally unaware of any Indian presence in Bangladesh'. Yet he accepts that many are uneasy about Bangladesh's rapprochement with India under Sheikh Hasina.

“Bangladesh has also met Indian demands to root out Islamists' training camps, and he concedes that some individuals -- though not Bangladeshis -- are taken over the border for prosecution in India.”

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Postby brihaspati » 28 Jan 2012 06:58

Its actually hilarious when Islamist BD voices are interpreted as indicating proof positive of supposed Indian penetration of BD apparatus. By that logic, if RAW really had penetrated BD intel years ago - then it was RAW or its precursors which helped to liquidate Sheikh and bring Zia to power, it was RAW and Indian intel which helped BNP+Jamaat combine to be in power for the major portion of time since 1971.

If it was India again which brought Hasina to power once onlee before, then it was Indian which decided to remove her from power after just one term and bring BNP+Jamaat to power for the next term.

One needs to follow a country or society for years, its details stacked into one's brain for years - its cultural ambience sensed to the point that subtlest of changes in its political direction is noticed - in a word, a whole culture needs to be absorbed - before one should start talking about where that society was headed. This is not done simply by being in touch with self-proclaimed top/inner bosses or so-called inner-circles. A lot of those guys are false ones, or are under severe self-delusions or have been deliberately put out with false info having been fed into their tremendous egos.

For example the "submarine cable" issue, or "penetration of BD intel" are taken from a certain particular Islamist position and campaign that originated a long time ago during the BNP+Jamaat combine. It was part of the islamist campaign to try and seal off BD from outside communication networks and was used to persuade the then BD gov not to partake of the submarine cable offer for net. It has more to do with the core Islamist perceptions and tactical response rather than any real penetration.

That such penetration simply does not exist will be amply proved by the situation on the ground, the successful attempts of AL leadership before [in which senior leaders were eliminated], and many other issues.

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Postby shyamd » 28 Jan 2012 15:46

NSA seeks Sushma, Jaitley support


Making fresh efforts to bring the Opposition on board on the issue of land swap with Bangladesh, National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon on Friday called on leaders of Opposition Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley last week to explain government position and seek their support on the issue.

Menon, according to sources, told the Opposition leaders that the Indo Bangladesh land transfer agreement, which entails exchange of enclaves under each other’s possession, would help the country as it would firm up the border with Bangladesh, resulting in a less porous one.

As part of the agreement which was finalised in the PM’s Manmohan Singh’s visit to Dhaka last September, India has agreed to hand over 55 enclaves in exchange for 111 enclaves that Bangladesh will hand over. It is imperative for the government to get the backing of the Opposition as the land exchange will require a constitutional amendment or a reference to Parliament, given that the issue deals with ceding land to a foreign nation. Such a process had been followed earlier when India had ceded Berubari in West Bengal to erstwhile East Pakistan.

The BJP, however, does not appear inclined to support the government on the issue. In its national executive held in October last, the party had strongly criticised the India-Bangladesh land transfer agreement, charging that it had severely compromised interests of local population in the name of rationalisation of adversely possessed lands.

A party committee headed by BJP deputy leader in the Rajya Sabha S S Ahluwalia had visited affected border districts in Assam and WB and submitted a report which was critical of the government move. The BJP then demanded the government should place details of the land transfer protocols with all relevant survey maps before Parliament.

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Postby brihaspati » 28 Jan 2012 19:18

As the debate with lord of the Moon showed a long time ago, Menon's overt logic, if really delivered so, is a highly deceptive one. it was clearly shown during that debate that on both sides of the enclave, it is the Islamic which dominates, and it is the Islamic networks which stand to benefit from the so-called regularization.

On the Indian side, the enclaves' dominant Muslim population already has developed connections with the political apparatus and biz interests, under special protection of course that is accorded by the congrez+left+even TMC to Muslims this side of the border - a special treatment that is not available to the non-muslim on either side of the border.

So by the regularization, on the Indian side, the BD muslim establishment gets another stronghold now legally protected by Indian political interests. Muslim criminal networks already rule significant strips along the border inside India and are systematically carrying out their time-tested techniques of ethnic cleansing [which they know will be hushed up by the strong islamophile shakers and movers in India's north] with what can only be dubbed a virtual collaboration or connivance of the regional rashtryia machinery [even police and other postings in those zones are made on a particular communal basis in such a way so that it helps the Muslim ].

On the BD side of things, its a continuous process of elimination of the Hindu - from the land, from possessions, from their women, from their religious or cultural sites.

Somehow Islamophiles among us never happen to catch sight of reports on Muslim atrocities or their inherent ghazwa tactics on either side of the border. it amazes me, that, no Islamic atrocity or demographic cleansing strategy ever catches their attention - all the while they trawl through the web for nuggets of information on our Islamic neighbours. Strangely, such nuggets will onlee be highlighted if they somehow claim to show "cooperation" between regimes, person-to-person entente, all at the overt top-dressing rashtryia agitprop level. Most of which always prove to be idle speculation by media personalities or self-proclaimed interfaces to inner circles.

Never is the social reality, the ground forces, the networks of Islamists and their orgnaizational institutional strategies - analyzed. When cornered, typically a deeper commitment to particular political party-lines and dogma comes out - indicated in repetation of classic phrases used in respective party agitprop, and classic party-reactions.

The pattern of this propaganda in favour of the official line - usually of the congrez or the left - gets repeated over and over again, with a persistent refusal to bring up the real activity and strategy of Islamists on ground - something that is a better predictor of how political parties connected to islamism or its whitewashing, will actually behave. The official agitprop is devoid of reality, usually full of pretense, and is aimed at creating a false sense of "control" over the situation - among the aam.

When s*** hits the fan, these rashtryia inner-circle spokespersons usually do not get hit, it hits the commons who have been deliberately misled into assuming things about the islamic structures that are patently false - and therefore leaves them unprepared for the onslaught on the ground. The rashtryia inner-circle spokespersons or top-cats of course can then pompously and callously declare all the misfortune on commons to be the product of some natural process - birth pangs of a delivering mother for example - and wash their hands off the crime they have committed in preventing the commons to get prepared.

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Postby Prem » 31 Jan 2012 01:16

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16781277
Bangladesh signs $1.5bn power deal with India
Bangladeshi and Indian electricity companies have signed a deal to build a $1.5bn (£950m) plant to help address Bangladesh's chronic power shortages.The coal-fired plant will produce 1300 megawatts of electricity, about one fifth of the country's daily needs.
Bangladesh relies on old gas-fired plants for its power and experiences daily electricity shortfalls.However environmentalists say the proposed site for the plant is too close to famous Sundarbans forests.
They argue that discharge from the power plant, like sulphur dioxide and fly ash, will have disastrous consequences for the fauna and flora of the mangrove swamps - a Unesco World Heritage site."If excess pressure is put on the [Poshu] river, that means less water for Sundarbans, which will mean that it will have a definite negative impact on the forests," environmentalist Rizwana Hossain told the BBC.
However, officials say they will take steps to mitigate the impact of the planned plant on the environment.
Sunday's deal was signed in Dhaka by Bangladesh's Power Development Board and India's National Thermal Power Corporation.

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Postby brihaspati » 31 Jan 2012 02:31

When BNP returns to power - severe faults will be found in the agreement, and the whole thing set in limbo or quashed.

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Postby abhishek_sharma » 31 Jan 2012 07:06

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From The Hindustan Times

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Postby Agnimitra » 02 Feb 2012 01:41

Protests mar Taslima Nasreen book launch in Calcutta
Controversial author Taslima Nasreen has faced protests at the launch of her latest memoir, with an event at the Calcutta Book Fair cancelled.

Ms Nasreen is not at the event, and tweeted that her publisher was forced to launch the book outside the hall.

Ms Nasreen blamed "some religious fanatics" who opposed the launch.

She fled her native Bangladesh in 1994 after receiving death threats from Muslims. She went to India but left for Sweden in 2008 after further protests.

She has since returned to India.

The protest comes in the wake of an intensified debate over artistic free speech in India.

UK writer Sir Salman Rushdie recently had to abandon plans to attend a literary festival in Jaipur amid security concerns.

On Sunday an artist was assaulted in a gallery in Delhi, where he is exhibiting a number of nude paintings.

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Postby Varoon Shekhar » 03 Feb 2012 00:07

Anyone notice the sour, even slightly demagogic sounding article in the Economist about Indian intelligence being involved in Bangladesh?

Notice there is no mention of the possible good that India might have done, in preventing a coup against the government. Or that India is getting constructively involved in Bangladesh's economy? Perhaps that's the reason for the negative article-India is making headway. Perfidious Albion up to its old tricks. The Dassault deal may have something to do with it as well.

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Postby brihaspati » 03 Feb 2012 03:20

^^The next elections may bring BNP back to power. Will that prove that India wants Khaleda too in power?

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Postby shyamd » 04 Feb 2012 18:51

RAW/IB were clueless about coup plot per some sources. One operative was in an ISI honey trap

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Postby rohitvats » 04 Feb 2012 18:55

^^^Recent article on Coup says that it was Army's MI which had the lead.

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Postby sum » 04 Feb 2012 21:03

shyamd wrote:RAW/IB were clueless about coup plot per some sources. One operative was in an ISI honey trap

Which part of our neighbourhood is RAW clued in about since i keep seeing this same type of chaiwallah post after any major event? :?:

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Postby SBajwa » 04 Feb 2012 21:17

RAW/IB were clueless about coup plot per some sources. One operative was in an ISI honey trap


Is it true that most of the RAW appointees are due to nepotism?

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Postby brihaspati » 05 Feb 2012 02:55

SBajwa wrote:
RAW/IB were clueless about coup plot per some sources. One operative was in an ISI honey trap


Is it true that most of the RAW appointees are due to nepotism?

No there are quite good brains. Mixture perhaps. No wing is free of special interest recruitment. Better perhaps not to discuss this here?

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Postby member_19686 » 11 Feb 2012 09:39

Temples, shops of Hindus attacked at Hathazari

Fri, Feb 10th, 2012 7:09 pm BdST

Chittagong, Feb 10 (bdnews24.com) – Authorities clamped Section 144 banning public gathering at Hathazari on Friday amid mounting tensions after several Hindu temples were vandalised and torched there.

Local people claimed religious bigots of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Chhatra Shibir incited the vandalism and arson of the temples from Thursday evening to Friday noon.

Tensions that boiled over into violence originated Thursday morning following rumours that a mosque had been attacked. Allegations have it that houses of Hindus in the area were also attacked. The leaders of the Hindu minority there blamed the 'indifference' of the administration for the situation.


Another group of people took to the Chittagong-Rangamati road blocking traffic from Nandirhat to Hathazari Sadar upazila around 11am Friday. They also said their Friday prayers on the road.

They alleged a mosque had allegedly been hurled with brick bats from a procession of Loknath Sebashram Thursday morning. The blockaders demanded arrest of those linked with 'hurling brick bats on the mosque'.

After simmering tensions through the day, primary and mass education minister Afsarul Ameen, city Awami League president A B M Mohiuddin Chowdhury, Chittagong Development Board chairman Abdus Salam and city Awami League's joint secretary Ibrahim Hossain Chowdhury Babul went to the area and calmed the agitated locals in the afternoon.

"Tensions mounted following a misunderstanding. Security in temples and mosques in the area has been strengthened and the law enforcers have been alerted," Ameen said.

Chittagong district deputy commissioner Faiz Ahmed told reporters about the ban on public assembly through the imposition of Section 144.

"Police will take action if they see any gathering," he said.

TIT FOR TAT: THE ORIGIN

According to the local people, Hindus in the area took out a procession to celebrate the founding anniversary of Loknath Sebasram Thursday morning.

They used microphone and drums in the procession.

When the procession was passing a mosque, Muslims in the mosque forbade them to drums. At one stage, someone hurled a brick bat on the procession.

An altercation took place at once which turned into chase and counter-chase when someone from the procession responded by throwing a brick bat.

Police organised a meeting between the two parties which was allegedly delayed with ill-intention. A group of Muslims said that the meeting will be held in the mosque and the Hindus agreed.

The meeting started in the evening. Requesting anonymity, several of those who attended the meeting told bdnews24.com that a handful of miscreants vandalised a temple on the Loknath Sebasram premises when the meeting was underway.

They also vandalised seven to eight cars of the temple's visitors.

Puja Udjapon Committee convenor Ashok Kumar Deb told bdnews24.com that someone broke a windowpane of the mosque after the incident in the morning and a rumour that Hindus vandalised the mosque spread in the area.

On Friday morning, temples in the area were vandalised and shops owned by Hindus were torched and looted after madrasa students in the area gathered following an announcement through a PA system.

A bdnews24.com correspondent in Chittagong said he saw tell-tale signs of vandalism in three other temples in the area. They are the Sri Sri Jagadeshwari Ma Temple and Jagannath Bigroho Temple at Nandirhat and Kalibari Temple at Sadar upazila.

The Sri Sri Jagadeshwari Ma Temple was burnt, too.

JAMAAT-SHIBIR BLAMED

Many of the people in the area said a quarter is provoking the incident and Zila Parishad administrator M A Salam pointed the finger at Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir.

As the area is only three kilometres away from the Chittagong University (CU), many of the leaders and activists of Chhatra Shibir's CU unit live there.

Moreover, the largest madrasa of the country is located in the area and Shibir allegedly controls it.

Zila Parishad administrator Salam said adequate police were not deployed in the area to tackle the situation after Thursday's incident.

Salam, an Awami League leader, said Jamaat and Shibir leaders were fuelling the tension to destabilise the situation after CU was ordered shut on Wednesday following deaths of two Shibir men in clashes with activists of pro-government students.

Hathazari Thana BNP chief S M Fazlul Haque blamed the administration for the unpleasant events.

"The situation would not have been like this in the first place had the administration been on alert at the beginning," he said.

Haque added that all local supporters and activists of BNP were asked to work together to protect communal harmony in the locality.

Local MP and Jatiya Party presidium member Anisul Islam Mahmud went to the area in the morning but failed to get the situation any better.

The disturbing developments prevented the annual festival of the Loknath Temple to begin Friday morning. A large number of Rapid Action Battalion members and police have been deployed there.

http://bdnews24.com/details.php?cid=2&id=218015&hb=top


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35 injured while Muslim fanatics destroyed Hindu temples in Bangladesh. bengalinews.org/news333.html

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Postby Aditya_V » 11 Feb 2012 20:13

Surasena wrote:
Temples, shops of Hindus attacked at Hathazari

Fri, Feb 10th, 2012 7:09 pm BdST

Chittagong, Feb 10 (bdnews24.com) – Authorities clamped Section 144 banning public gathering at Hathazari on Friday amid mounting tensions after several Hindu temples were vandalised and torched there.

Local people claimed religious bigots of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Chhatra Shibir incited the vandalism and arson of the temples from Thursday evening to Friday noon.

Tensions that boiled over into violence originated Thursday morning following rumours that a mosque had been attacked. Allegations have it that houses of Hindus in the area were also attacked. The leaders of the Hindu minority there blamed the 'indifference' of the administration for the situation.


Another group of people took to the Chittagong-Rangamati road blocking traffic from Nandirhat to Hathazari Sadar upazila around 11am Friday. They also said their Friday prayers on the road.

They alleged a mosque had allegedly been hurled with brick bats from a procession of Loknath Sebashram Thursday morning. The blockaders demanded arrest of those linked with 'hurling brick bats on the mosque'.

After simmering tensions through the day, primary and mass education minister Afsarul Ameen, city Awami League president A B M Mohiuddin Chowdhury, Chittagong Development Board chairman Abdus Salam and city Awami League's joint secretary Ibrahim Hossain Chowdhury Babul went to the area and calmed the agitated locals in the afternoon.

"Tensions mounted following a misunderstanding. Security in temples and mosques in the area has been strengthened and the law enforcers have been alerted," Ameen said.

Chittagong district deputy commissioner Faiz Ahmed told reporters about the ban on public assembly through the imposition of Section 144.

"Police will take action if they see any gathering," he said.

TIT FOR TAT: THE ORIGIN

According to the local people, Hindus in the area took out a procession to celebrate the founding anniversary of Loknath Sebasram Thursday morning.

They used microphone and drums in the procession.

When the procession was passing a mosque, Muslims in the mosque forbade them to drums. At one stage, someone hurled a brick bat on the procession.

An altercation took place at once which turned into chase and counter-chase when someone from the procession responded by throwing a brick bat.

Police organised a meeting between the two parties which was allegedly delayed with ill-intention. A group of Muslims said that the meeting will be held in the mosque and the Hindus agreed.

The meeting started in the evening. Requesting anonymity, several of those who attended the meeting told bdnews24.com that a handful of miscreants vandalised a temple on the Loknath Sebasram premises when the meeting was underway.

They also vandalised seven to eight cars of the temple's visitors.

Puja Udjapon Committee convenor Ashok Kumar Deb told bdnews24.com that someone broke a windowpane of the mosque after the incident in the morning and a rumour that Hindus vandalised the mosque spread in the area.

On Friday morning, temples in the area were vandalised and shops owned by Hindus were torched and looted after madrasa students in the area gathered following an announcement through a PA system.

A bdnews24.com correspondent in Chittagong said he saw tell-tale signs of vandalism in three other temples in the area. They are the Sri Sri Jagadeshwari Ma Temple and Jagannath Bigroho Temple at Nandirhat and Kalibari Temple at Sadar upazila.

The Sri Sri Jagadeshwari Ma Temple was burnt, too.

JAMAAT-SHIBIR BLAMED

Many of the people in the area said a quarter is provoking the incident and Zila Parishad administrator M A Salam pointed the finger at Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir.

As the area is only three kilometres away from the Chittagong University (CU), many of the leaders and activists of Chhatra Shibir's CU unit live there.

Moreover, the largest madrasa of the country is located in the area and Shibir allegedly controls it.

Zila Parishad administrator Salam said adequate police were not deployed in the area to tackle the situation after Thursday's incident.

Salam, an Awami League leader, said Jamaat and Shibir leaders were fuelling the tension to destabilise the situation after CU was ordered shut on Wednesday following deaths of two Shibir men in clashes with activists of pro-government students.

Hathazari Thana BNP chief S M Fazlul Haque blamed the administration for the unpleasant events.

"The situation would not have been like this in the first place had the administration been on alert at the beginning," he said.

Haque added that all local supporters and activists of BNP were asked to work together to protect communal harmony in the locality.

Local MP and Jatiya Party presidium member Anisul Islam Mahmud went to the area in the morning but failed to get the situation any better.

The disturbing developments prevented the annual festival of the Loknath Temple to begin Friday morning. A large number of Rapid Action Battalion members and police have been deployed there.

http://bdnews24.com/details.php?cid=2&id=218015&hb=top


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35 injured while Muslim fanatics destroyed Hindu temples in Bangladesh. bengalinews.org/news333.html


Why not covered by Indian media, Oops karnata BJP ***** clips are more news worthy.

Well by trying to black out such news rather than debating this, one has to come to the conclusion that Indian Left Liberals who control to media appreciate and condone such activities not only in Bangladesh but also in WB.

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Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

Postby Lilo » 18 Feb 2012 04:33

Another monkey farce ? - TOIlet starts "Maitree Bandhan" with Pratham Alo of Bangladesh


Two years ago, The Times of India launched Aman Ki Asha, our first major endeavour towards the goal of creating better synergies with our neighbours. We feel honoured that the campaign has created a noticeable momentum for peace, and paved the way for important initiatives such as the recent trade delegation to Pakistan led by commerce minister Anand Sharma. On the back of several people-to-people initiatives like trade meets, health camps and cultural festivals, the campaign seems to be helping usher in a new chapter in the difficult bilateral relationship.

TOI believes the time has come to take the next step in our journey of strengthening our relationships in the neighbourhood. We feel that as an emerging superpower, India has been so focused on securing a place at the high table on the world stage, we don't seem to have woken up adequately to the potential for strong win-win relationships within South Asia. For instance, the intra-region trade in the sub-continent is a measly 5% of all trade undertaken by the member countries - while the corresponding figure stands at a quarter to two-thirds of all trade, for trading blocs like NAFTA, the Euro zone and ASEAN.

Emboldened by the success of Aman Ki Asha, we announce today our second major step in the goal of building a stronger and more united South Asia: Maitree Bandhan, a major initiative to forge stronger bonds of friendship with Bangladesh.

Bangladesh and India are brothers separated by the tumult of history. Six decades of independently carved destinies may have taken us on a slightly different path in terms of economics, politics and sociology; but the deep ties born of a common bloodline can't be erased through a few decades of a man-made divide. Language is a great binder between our peoples across the border, as are commonalities in food, dress and custom.

Unfortunately the two nations don't seem to have adequately recognized the innate strength of these genetic bonds, to build a strong, symbiotic and mutually beneficial bilateral relationship. Despite an over 4,000km land border and similar tastes (and therefore a fair demand for each other's products), trade between Bangladesh and India stands at a modest $4 billion.

Similarly, the absence of well-developed platforms for cultural exchange has limited our appreciation of each other's culture to well below its natural level.

While the governments of the two countries will do their bit -- albeit in fits and starts -- to foster closer ties, we felt it was time for our civil societies to directly come together to this end. We have found in our experience with Aman ki Asha that media can play a big role in representing civil society and are proud to announce that Pratham Alo, the leading newspaper of Bangladesh, will be joining us shoulder to shoulder in this important journey. Both newspapers will discuss the opportunities and bottlenecks that affect the bilateral relationship and will seek to develop new windows for our readers, into each other's worlds.

Maitree Bandhan kicks off with an eclectic cultural festival that will feature the best of Bangladeshi and Indian artistes on a common stage, in Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai from February 23 to 29. Over the next three months, we will work towards mounting the biggest bilateral trade meet in Dhaka, in partnership with CII and the apex trade bodies of Bangladesh. Besides, we will develop opportunities like student exchange programs and strategic summits for the peoples of the two countries to interact and develop a stronger Maitree Bandhan, a lasting bond of friendship.

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Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

Postby Gaurav_S » 18 Feb 2012 06:13

Five Bangladeshi immigrants detained

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Ahmedabad: The Special Operations Group (SOG) detained five illegal immigrants from Bangladesh near Naroda-Patia on Thursday night. The patrol team saw five persons standing near Naroda-Patia crossroads late in the night and questioned them. While talking to them, the officers grew suspicious of their nationality as all five of them spoke very little Hindi and that too with a heavy Bangla accent. On further questioning, they confessed to being Bangladeshis staying illegally in the city.


Problem of illegal migration and circulating fake currency has become rampant from BD now in Ahmedabad. Some areas like Chandola talav are hotspots for this people.

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Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

Postby Singha » 18 Feb 2012 07:37

and all of them no doubt have voter id cards. nobody can really prove anything because politicians will always stand up for them. in the worst case, 'enraged mobs' in WB will halt any deportation vehicle and free their comrades!


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