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Postby A_Gupta » 15 Jan 2016 08:20

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 109277.ece
New envoy to Bangladesh to focus on agreed pacts
The new Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Harsh Bardhan Shringla, on Thursday said that he would work for taking bilateral relations to “new depths and heights”.

Mr.Shringla, who arrived in Dhaka on Thursday, said that he would focus on implementing the decisions agreed upon by the leaderships of the two countries.

His mandate, he said, was to “deepen and strengthen India’s relations with Bangladesh”.

Asked about his priority, Mr.Shringla said the leaders of the two countries had taken many “very intensive and flourishing decisions” that needed to be “implemented as soon as possible”.

The career diplomat has held a number of positions in New Delhi and in Indian missions in Paris, Hanoi and Tel Aviv in his over 30 years of career.

Prior to his appointment in Dhaka, he had been serving as the Ambassador to Thailand.

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Postby A_Gupta » 15 Jan 2016 08:23

Bangladesh: Cost of Padma Bridge project rises
http://www.worldhighways.com/categories ... ect-rises/
The cost of building the Padma Bridge in Bangladesh will be nearly three times the US$2.61 billion estimated in 2011.

Also on the rise is the cost of flood prevention work in the form of levee construction – called river training in Bangladesh. The addition of 1.3km of work at the Mawa end of the bridge means the total cost is now $1.2 billion, up from $1.1 billion.

Apart from $200 from the $1 billion loan from India the project is not using any foreign financing, according to a report in the Daily Star newspaper. Completion has now been pegged at 2018, an extension from the initial projection of 2015 following cost revisions earlier this month.

China Major Bridge Engineering Corporation is carrying out main work on the 6.15km road-rail bridge. It will be 18.1m wide and will have 15.1km of approach roads as well as toll plazas and service areas. When completed it will be the largest bridge in Bangladesh and the first fixed river crossing for road traffic. It will connect Louhajong, Munshiganj to Shariatpur and Madaripur, linking the south-west of the country to northern and eastern regions. The two-level steel truss bridge will carry a four-lane highway on the upper level and a single track railway on a lower level.

Meanwhile, in India, construction will soon start of a four-lane 150m bridge across Feni River to connect Ramgarh in the Indian state of Tripura with Bangladesh’s seaport of Chittagong. The Tripura state government will foot the $16.6 million bill for the bridge that was first announced in 2012.

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Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

Postby member_29325 » 25 Jan 2016 20:54

Khaleda Zia charged with treason

Hope the BNP is destroyed from the ground up -- they are pakistan's no-1 ally in Bangladesh and the reason for the HUJI and other Jamaat-based bangla terrorist groups to exist.

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Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

Postby A_Gupta » 27 Jan 2016 08:36

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city ... 736115.cms
A Wagah-like ceremony in the east
AGARTALA: The ceremonial retreat of the national flag on the 67th Republic Day assumed new significance on Tuesday as for the first time, Bangladesh joined India in celebrating the occasion on its territory. The entire stretch of Akhaura on both sides of the border was decorated with colourful flags and festoons by the border guards of the two countries.

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Postby A_Gupta » 05 Feb 2016 02:34

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/new ... 857090.cms
NEW DELHI: Praising the role of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in fighting terrorism, India today said it will "whole heartedly" support her government on all fronts and will jointly terrorism and violent extremism.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj conveyed this during her meeting with Bangladesh State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam here who is on a visit to attend a Counter Terrorism Conference in Jaipur.

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Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

Postby VinodTK » 08 Feb 2016 06:36

Dhaka cancels port to be built by China, India eyes another
New Delhi:With India's relations with Bangladesh on an upswing, New Delhi has expressed interest in developing the neighbour's newest deep sea port, Payra.

It's a big move by India and an expression of the trajectory of strategic ties between the two countries. Separately, Japan may develop another deep sea port, Matarbari, in Cox's Bazar.

As the Asian allies synergise converging interests, Bangladesh has quietly killed the Sonadia project in Cox's Bazar, which was to have been developed by China.

For India, the Sonadia port, as the Hambantota and Gwadar ports, were deemed to be part of China's much talked about "string of pearls" strategy to encircle India in its maritime neighbourhood.

The Payra seaport, which is on the south-western corner of Bangladesh, close to Chittagong, is much closer to the Indian coastline.

Dhaka has cancelled a port that China proposed to build at Sonadia, on the south-eastern corner of Bangladesh, which if completed would have brought the Chinese presence close to India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

While the official reason for cancellation of the Sonadia port was lack of commercial viability,the Japan-developed Matarbari is only 25km away. China had not only prepared a feasibility study for Sonadia, it had reportedly promised deep funding for the port. The cancellation of Sonadia is clearly a strategic decision by Bangladesh, doubtlessly helped along by India, Japan and the US.


The Payra port has gathered steam only since 2014, with a Payra Seaport Authority being setup under the Chittagong administrative authority.

The Bangladeshi government has decided the port will be built on a public-private partnership (PPP) basis and sources said a UK-based consultant is in the process of working out a feasibility study.

The port will take over seven years to build, but it's not just the port, a deep channel would have to be cut through the heavily silted port to allow big vessels to come through. The Chittagong port is so heavily silted that only small vessels, taking advantage of incoming and outgoing tides, can come in at present.

Indian companies have reportedly started taking an investment interest in the Payra project. Bangladesh has also invited Chinese companies to build the port, and reports from Dhaka say some 10 countries have expressed interest in the project. That, sources said, was very different from China designing, funding and building a port all on its own, which would have a commercial as well as a potential military role. The loss of Sonadia for China comes after it lost its competitive edge in Sri Lanka with the loss of Mahinda Rajapaksa's government.

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Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

Postby Kati » 12 Feb 2016 22:42

PM Hasina's biggest threat is not on her own soil, rather on foreign soil, -
especially while visiting some ME countries where some radical elements are plotting to eliminate her.

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Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

Postby Kati » 21 Feb 2016 11:56

Aaj (Today is) Oitihaasik (historic) Ekushey February (21st February) -
the day of Bhasha Aandolon when Pakistani military shot dead scores of
Bengalees in East Pakistan demanding Bengali as their official language.
.....
It was back in 1971, unrest had already broken out in East Pakistan
(now Bangladesh), over imposing Urdu superseding Bengali in East
Pakistan.

We were in third grade, ..... millions of refugees were pouring into Bharat
across the border. From our school we were collecting money, clothes,
food-grain to be sent across the border to help the Mukti Joddhas
(Freedom fighers). From our small town where we grew up (in north-East Bihar),
border is about 25-30 km, as the crow flies, and our town was getting flooded
with refugees. Since it was/is a major railway junction (connecting the entire
North-East through the chicken-neck with the rest of Bharat), it was also the
target of Pakistani Air Force from Rangpur-Rajshahi sector. Night after night we
had to observe blackouts as soon as the sirens rang out from the forward
observation posts. Entire North-Eastern sector's (Meghalaya-Assam-Tripura)
military hardware went through our small town. We crowded the railway
tracks to see the massive Rajput Regiment along with its artillery batteries
being transported through our railway station. .....
........ and then, after the war, we flocked to the railway tracks again to
watch thousands of surrendered Pakistani POWs were transported in
goods trains toward the interior of the country ........
........
It was the Bhasha Aandolon (language movement) which gave birth to
a new nation - Bangladesh.....

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Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

Postby arun » 29 Feb 2016 10:33

Support for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan’s cricket team by Bangladesh citizens during the match against India at Mirpur causes exiled Bangladeshi author Ms. Tasleema Nasreen to tweet "Bangladesh supporting Pakistan is like a rape victim supporting her rapist."

Tasleema Nasreen is also reported by DNA as saying “For those who are supporting Pakistan for 'non- sporting' reasons, Taslima asked why they are not supporting the country that helped Bangladesh get independence in 1971.”.

Presumably the “non- sporting reasons” being alluded to by Ms. Nasreen is the shared adherence of the majorities of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Bangladesh to Mohammaddenism while India which helped liberate Bangladesh from the rapacious and genocidal Punjabi dominated Military of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has a Non-Mohammadden majority. With foregoing kind of religion based acceptance of persecution as long as it is at the hands of fellow Mohammadden, is it any surprise that the world is awash with cases of Green on Green Intra-Mohammadden slaughter in places like Nigeria, Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan etc. etc.?

From DNA:

Like a victim supporting her rapist: Taslima Nasreen hits out at Bangladeshis supporting Pak against India

More on the same story from TOI:

Bangladesh supporting Pakistan is like a rape victim supporting her rapist, says Taslima Nasreen

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Postby member_19686 » 29 Mar 2016 03:13

For fans of "Bangladesh is moving in the right direction" snake oil narrative:
Bangladesh court rejects petition challenging Islam as state religion
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dhaka | Updated: Mar 28, 2016 16:48 IST

Bangladesh’s High Court on Monday summarily rejected a 28-year-old writ petition seeking the removal of Islam as the state religion of the Muslim-majority country.
Former military dictator HM Ershad declared Islam the state religion through a constitutional amendment in 1988 to win popular support in the face of a campaign by major political parties to oust him from power.
On Monday, a bench of three judges made the decision on the ground that the committee under which the petition was filed in 1988 had no legitimacy as it was not a registered body, said Murad Reza, an additional attorney general who opposed the petition on behalf of the government.
Also, almost half of the group of 15 eminent citizens who filed the petition have died, and Islamist groups have at various times described the petitioners as “atheists”.
The decision means Islam will stay as the state religion in the nation’s charter, which also speaks of equal rights for other religious minorities, Reza said.
“The writ petition was filed by the Autocracy and Communalism Resistance Committee but this committee was never registered with the government. The citizens filed the petition under this committee’s banner, they did not sign it individually. So I think the rejection was rightly done,” Reza said after the court gave its ruling.
In 2011, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina brought back secularism as a pillar of the Constitution, but retained Islam as the state religion, understandably because of its popular support in a country where more than 90% of the population is Muslim.
Subrata Chowdhury, the lead lawyer for the petitioners, said he had no clear idea why his petition was rejected.
“We will be able to talk about this in detail after seeing the full observation of the court,” Chowdhury said. “We have to wait for that.”
Hefajat-e-Islam, a major Islamist group, welcomed the court’s decision. “This is the victory of the Muslim ummah,” said Mujibur Rahman Hamidi, a leader of the group.
Fazlul Karim Kashemy, another leader of the group, said non-Muslims’ rights will not be affected by the decision.
“We have been living together for long, we will stay like this. Our co-existence will not be affected,” he said as his supporters surrounded him outside the court.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world/mar ... ign=social

HT reporter even finds it "understandable".

They rejected it in 2 minutes.

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Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

Postby Falijee » 31 Mar 2016 21:40

Bangladeshi opposition leader Khaleda Zia’s arrest warrant issued
DHAKA (Web Desk) – A Bangladeshi court has ordered the arrest of opposition leader Khaleda Zia over a fire-bomb attack on a bus that killed two people and injured dozens last year, a prosecutor said.

The Dhaka court accused Zia and 27 other leaders and officials of her Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) of instigating the petrol bomb attack as part of a deadly anti-government campaign of arson.
Bangladesh has long been roiled by feuding between the country’s two top politicians, current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her rival, Ms. Zia.
A political confrontation over the outcome of 2014 national elections between Ms. Hasina’s Awami League party and Ms. Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party threw parts of the country into turmoil on the anniversary of the polls early last year. Street clashes, firebombings and shootings killed more than 120 supporters of the two parties, according to police and human rights groups.
The prosecutors presented charges against Ms. Zia and 27 other members of her party over an arson attack on a local bus in January 2015 that killed one person and injured several others. A judge of the Metropolitan Sessions Court issued arrest warrants against the accused, including Ms. Zia, who prosecutors alleged had ordered the attack as part of a countrywide transport blockade aimed at forcing the government to step down and call new elections.
Sanaullah Mia, a lawyer for Ms. Zia, said his client had done nothing wrong and was under virtual house arrest when the arson attack took place.

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Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

Postby TSJones » 07 Apr 2016 23:16

yet another secular Bangladeshi blogger slaughtered.....with machetes....

http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/07/asia/secu ... index.html

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Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

Postby A_Gupta » 09 Apr 2016 06:24

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/ ... ian-states
BD keen to boost export to Manipur, other Indian States
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Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, now in the Indian State of Manipur, yesterday said Bangladesh wants to export its quality products to Manipur and adjacent region.

“Bangladesh’s exportable goods have earned reputation in the global market,” he said expressing Bangladesh’s interest to export furniture, readymade garments, pharmaceuticals, foodstuff and other products as per demand.

The commerce minister said this in a meeting with Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh at the latter’s office, said a PID handout yesterday.

Tofail said both Bangladesh and India would be benefited if Bangladesh’s export to Manipur and other North East States.

He mentioned that India is providing duty- and quota-free market access to Bangladeshi products for reducing trade gap between the two countries.

“But, the export didn’t reach expected level due to the imposition of countervailing duties in some cases,” Tofail said adding that Manipur will be able to import Bangladeshi products at a cheaper rates if the problem is resolved through discussions.

Countervailing duties (CVDs), also known as anti-subsidy duties, are trade import duties imposed under World Trade Organization (WTO) rules to neutralise the negative effects of subsidies.

Manipur chief minister appreciated Bangladesh’s socioeconomic development and said his State also keen to have stronger trade ties with Bangladesh. “There’s huge demand for Bangladeshi products in Manipur.”

The Bangladesh Minister attended the “Northeast Asean Business Summit 2016” in Manipur on Thursday.
- See more at: http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/ ... 5kN9k.dpuf

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Postby KrishnaK » 09 Apr 2016 09:07

A_Gupta wrote:http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2016/apr/09/bd-keen-boost-export-manipur-other-indian-states
BD keen to boost export to Manipur, other Indian States
UNB

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, now in the Indian State of Manipur, yesterday said Bangladesh wants to export its quality products to Manipur and adjacent region.

“Bangladesh’s exportable goods have earned reputation in the global market,” he said expressing Bangladesh’s interest to export furniture, readymade garments, pharmaceuticals, foodstuff and other products as per demand.

The commerce minister said this in a meeting with Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh at the latter’s office, said a PID handout yesterday.

Tofail said both Bangladesh and India would be benefited if Bangladesh’s export to Manipur and other North East States.

He mentioned that India is providing duty- and quota-free market access to Bangladeshi products for reducing trade gap between the two countries.

“But, the export didn’t reach expected level due to the imposition of countervailing duties in some cases,” Tofail said adding that Manipur will be able to import Bangladeshi products at a cheaper rates if the problem is resolved through discussions.

Countervailing duties (CVDs), also known as anti-subsidy duties, are trade import duties imposed under World Trade Organization (WTO) rules to neutralise the negative effects of subsidies.

Manipur chief minister appreciated Bangladesh’s socioeconomic development and said his State also keen to have stronger trade ties with Bangladesh. “There’s huge demand for Bangladeshi products in Manipur.”

The Bangladesh Minister attended the “Northeast Asean Business Summit 2016” in Manipur on Thursday.
- See more at: http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/ ... 5kN9k.dpuf

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Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

Postby Vipul » 20 Apr 2016 19:51

Indian garment companies help Bangla tiger roar.

It has been 12 years since Gurgaon-based and BSE-listed Pearl Global Industries set up a garment manufacturing unit in Bangladesh. The company, which has 4,000 machines across four factories in the neighbouring country, is planning to double its capacity in the next three years. Chennai-based Ambattur Clothing Co has two units in Bangladesh which employ 8,000 people. It supplies clothes to brands such as Zara, Gap and Taylor. While the units in Bangladesh account for 60 per cent of the company's business, Chennai accounts for only 15 per cent.

Orient Craft, a Delhi-based garment exporter which employs 32,000 people, has so far stayed away from Bangladesh. Now, even Orient Craft is thinking of setting up a unit in Bangladesh.

As India's garment exports stagnate at $17 billion a year, Bangladesh's apparel exports are growing at double digits and are likely to touch $27 billion this year, say Indian exporters. India's garment exports were $15.49 billion between April and February 2015-16, up only 1.5 per cent over the corresponding period last year.

Between July 2015 and February 2016, Bangladesh clocked $18.12 billion in apparel exports, growing by 9.52 per cent over the corresponding period last year. For the past four months, its exports have been between $2.2 billion and $2.6 billion per month.

Bangladesh overtook India in 2008 and its share of world trade began to climb from 2010 (4.19 per cent vs India's 3.16 per cent). Interestingly, India's share of the world trade in garments increased from 3 per cent in 2000 to 3.78 per cent in 2010. In 2014, India's share was 3.67 per cent while Bangladesh's share was 5.09 per cent, according to WTO data on clothing exports as of October 2015. "We were among cheapest source of manufacturing. For about eight years, we were sitting pretty, thinking who will dislodge us," says a senior executive with a large Indian garments exporter.

Indian garment companies help Bangla tiger roar "The government is not willing to do much (like bilateral trade deals with EU and others to drive competitiveness). If we can't beat them, join them," says Sudhir Dhingra, founder & chairman, Orient Craft.

Isn't Orient Craft already late for Bangladesh? "In India, we can grow from Rs 1,800 crore to Rs 2,000 crore. But if my aspirations are to grow faster, I have to look at low-cost production bases, which enjoy duty advantage," he says. The search for cheaper production bases is driven by retailers who are constantly looking for ways to cut costs.

"Exporters are shifting to Bangladesh as buyers want it. Bangladesh offers ease of doing business, importing-exporting is faster. R&D on new styles is faster as you can import fabrics in three days. In India, it would take 10 days. The more samples and styles you produce, the better the chances you stand to get an order," says Vijay Mathur, additional secretary general, Apparel Export Promotion Council.

Ambattur has units in countries like Bahrain and Jordan, apart from Bangladesh. Pearl Global has units in Indonesia, Bangladesh and one coming up in Myanmar.

"Every country offers a unique advantage. Indonesia is good at garments made with silk and fine fabrics while Taiwan, being closer to China, takes lesser time to execute orders," says Deepak Seth, group chairman, Pearl Global.

But not many Indian exporters have been able to set up bases in Bangladesh or elsewhere because a majority of them are small-time players. Only three-four Indian garment exporters do business in excess of $150 million.

Indian exporters have been losing their competitive edge; they no longer cater to the mass-market, and have capacity which is utilised for only four-five months in a year. Net margins of four-five per cent leave them with very little to invest in fresh capacity abroad.

No wonder, more than Indian exporters, it is Indian business families based in Sri Lanka and Hong Kong which have exploited the Bangladesh advantage. These include Hong Kong-based groups like Must Garments, Epic Garments and Sri Lanka-based groups like Brandix, MAS Holdings and Hydramani Groups.

Of course, its biggest advantage is duty-free exports to markets like the European Union, Japan, Australia and Canada under a preferential tariff system called Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), which provides an exemption from the more general rules of the WTO. Garment exports from India to Europe attract an import duty of 11-12 per cent.

Apparel-manufacturing is a labour intensive industry. And labour cost in Bangladesh is 25 per cent lower than India. A skilled worker in India, with two-hours of overtime, costs $200-$225 a month, while a similar worker in Bangladesh is available for $140-150 a month.

Labour is not just cheap, but also highly skilled - garment exports account for 82 per cent of Bangladesh's total exports. "It's single-largest industry in Bangladesh, and enjoys high priority. If there are any issues like strikes, they are quickly resolved," says Deepak Seth, chairman, Pearl Global.

The fact that many of Bangladesh's top politicians and bureaucrats own these businesses has also helped the industry immensely.

Earlier, power cost was 50 per cent lower than India due to abundance of gas, but that difference has come down. "There's still some difference as boilers, generators and vehicles run on gas. Oil has come down to $40/barrel, but in India government is still increasing fuel prices," says an Indian exporter.

"It's all about focus. In India, when you have consecutive holidays, like this week, the Customs is closed. In Bangladesh, it is open 24x7 throughout the year. Even if you have strikes, vehicles ferrying garments enjoy exemptions," says Dhingra.

Also, provident fund or medical cover for workers is not statutory in Bangladesh. Working conditions are also poorer than India. A recent study by US brands found that only 24 of the 700 factories inspected met international safety standards.

India's loss of opportunity is huge

Thanks to the duty disadvantage and higher costs, India became uncompetitive. It has vacated the mass-market for garments (shirts, trousers) and now largely plays in the fashion segment for value-added garments, like embroidery or in garments which need a lot of handwork, or premium garments that cost upwards of $15.

Growth in garment industry can add a lot of jobs but exporters feel the government is oblivious to the opportunity.

One way to drive competitiveness is to go for bilateral agreements with key countries, seeking duty-free exports. "Trade agreements are very important. One has been hearing about a free trade agreement (FTA) with the EU for ten years, but some industries want protection," says Seth of Pearl Global.

"The Indo-EU FTA got side-tracked, thanks to lobbying by the automobile and wine industry, who forced the government to not sign the agreement," rues another exporter.

"A bilateral agreement with European Union, which links foreign investment from EU to duty-free exports of garments from India, can grow exports to Europe 3-4 times to $24 billion-$26 billion in three years, from $9 billion today," says Dhingra.

Consider the potential: Maruti Udyog, with sales of Rs 48,605 crore, employs only 12,900 people while Orient Craft with Rs 1,800 crore sales employs 32,000 people. With exports of $16 billion, the garment industry employs about 37 million people. A majority of these are uneducated people, mostly women, who are trained for 90-days and can earn Rs 12,000-Rs 15,000 a month.

"The Chinese saw it 60 years back: Either you create jobs or give them doles. They chose to subsidise labour-intensive jobs," says Dhingra. At $117 billion, Chinese garment exports are nearly seven times that of India.

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Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

Postby Supratik » 05 May 2016 17:34

So they find the time to bring to international focus when atheists are murdered but didn't find the time to bring up the persecution and ethnic cleansing of Hindus since 1947.

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Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

Postby Supratik » 11 May 2016 19:23

Nizami, JEI chief has been executed.

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Postby A Nandy » 15 May 2016 10:19

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/indi ... 274994.cms

NEW DELHI: India has concluded a nuclear agreement with Bangladesh in a sign that the bilateral neighbourhood relationship is becoming special. The core of the new engagement is all 21st century — energy, connectivity, security.
"We are politically aligned, security sensitive and economic partners," said a top source in India.
The nuclear agreement is a three-document package that has been negotiated between the MEA and the Bangladesh department of science and technology over the past few months. But this is only a part of the bigger play the two countries are engaged in.
After Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina inaugurated a 100MW power transmission line from Palatana to Bangladesh, India is preparing to upgrade it to 500MW. Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who visited Dhaka recently, has promised to send diesel to Bangladesh from West Bengal.
India wants to transport LPG and LNG to the northeastern states — through Bangladesh. New Delhi has offered Dhaka a stake in this, letting them share LPG and LNG according to their needs, even as they allow transit of energy to Tripura. In the next stage, India has told Bangladesh, they want to generate power in the northeast and have it pass through Bangladesh, offering them an "offtake", that is allowing them to take power for own use from the transmission line.
Four Indian companies — BHEL, Reliance, Shapoorji-Pallonji and Adani — have bid to build power plants in Bangladesh. The Indian nuclear deal will equip and train Bangladesh to import their first nuclear power plant from Russia. It's a very big deal for Bangladesh and almost unique for India. Basically, once all these projects kick in, Bangladesh could be well on its way to becoming a middle-income country in a decade.

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Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

Postby Kati » 16 May 2016 08:17

Supratik wrote:Nizami, JEI chief has been executed.


Some tid-bits:

Nizami (Matiur Rahaman), head of JeI was instrumental in forming current Islamic Chattra Shibir (student wing of JeI) before BD was born. He also helped set up Al Badr and Razakars - the two notorious groups who carried out the massacre of bengali intellectuals before the birth of BD.

The execution of Nizami has brought in sharp reactions. Pakistan has moved a motion condemning the hanging, to which BD has reacted even more sharply - telling Pak not to poke its nose in BD's internal affairs. (Recall the expulsions of each other's High Commissioners in recent past.)

More extreme reaction has come from Turkey (under sultan Erdogan). It has withdrawn its ambassador from BD.

In all these hullabaloo US and UK have maintained a studied silence.

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Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

Postby Samudragupta » 16 May 2016 08:54

India's increasing withdrawal of Ganges water has led to an acute water crisis in Bangladesh in recent years.

India has built at least 26 water diversion projects upstream the Ganges which has led to crop failure and even desertification of certain areas in the lower riparian Bangladesh.

The crisis has worsened this year as regions upstream the Ganges in India have experienced decreased rainfall.

The decrease of water in the Padma, as the transboundary Ganges is called in Bangladesh, has also resulted in an intrusion of salinity in the south as sea water from the Bay of Bengal pushes towards the north.

Hydrologists say there is simply not enough water at the Farakka barrage point, where the water levels form the basis of the volume of water shared between Bangladesh and India.

Hydrologists in Bangladesh say the Ganges Water Sharing Treaty pegs the water sharing formula on availability at Farakka barrage point, implying that the treaty does not account for water diverted further upstream in northern India.

The Farakka barrage point on the Ganges received around 50,000 to 52,000 cusec (cubic feet per second) of water during March-April this year, according to the Joint Rivers Commission.

Of that, Bangladesh received less than a third at 15,606 cusec during the last 10 days of March and 18,282 cusec during April 11-20.

Last year, however, Bangladesh received more than 40,000 cusec during the same period, according to the provisions of the treaty.

According to “The Ganges Water Diversion: Environmental Effects and Implications” by M Monirul Qader Mirza published by Springer, New York in 2004, the Indian government has built at least 26 barrages in different states and territories along its journey down to Farakka.

This corespondent found that two gates were only slightly open in the middle of the Farkaka Barrage on April 16. All the gates of the feeder canal to the diversion canal were open and water flowed out in full.

January to May is considered the lean period of the year. According to the 30-year Ganges Water Sharing Treaty of 1996, both the countries will have equal share of water during the period from January 1-May 31.

However, another clause of the agreement says that during March 11 through May 20, both countries are alternately guaranteed 35,000 cusec of water for 10 consecutive days.

Seeking anonymity, a former member of the Joint Rivers Commission told the Dhaka Tribune that water discharge had been decreasing every day due to diminished levels of water at Farakka because of massive water withdrawals upriver.

Vast areas – mostly crop lands – in the Bangladesh basin of the Ganges are turning dry because of low water flow in the river and its tributary Mahananda.

For the past few years, farmers of the Barind tract – Chapainawabganj, Rajshahi and Naogaon districts – have had to rely on ground water for the irrigation-dependent Boro paddy. This dependency has increased due to the decreasing volume of water in the Padma and Mahananda.

“If the current situation continues, ground water will be exhausted within a decade or so and then the entire region will turn barren,” said Md Alam Abdul Mannan, senior sub-assistant engineer of Barind Multi-purpose Development Authority (BMDA) in Chapainawabganj.

Farmers of Sundorbari area of Rajshahi told this correspondent that before the commissioning of Farakka barrage in 1975, the Padma used to be around 100 feet deep during peak periods and approximately 60 feet deep during lean periods.

It is now as shallow as 15 feet deep during the peak season. It is bone dry during the dry season.

According to the Bangladesh Water Development Board data, the average water flow was 60,000 to 70,000 cusec during the dry season in the pre-Farakka barrage era.

Ainun Nishat, a civil engineer by training who was also a member of the rivers commission and part of the team that negotiated the Farakka deal, told the Dhaka Tribune that the would not have been what it is today if water was not diverted upriver.

“The current agreement will expire in 10 years. Bangladesh should begin looking beyond the current agreement,” he said.




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Postby Bhurishrava » 16 May 2016 16:12

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/05/14/asia/ ... bottomlist

A Buddhist monk was found dead with his throat slit in a monastery in Bangladesh on Saturday, police said.
Three people have been detained in relation to the attack, state media reported.

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Postby arun » 07 Jun 2016 06:26

Denial of the existence of religion motivated violence inherent in Mohammaddenism crops up yet again, this time in Bangladesh with that countries Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan claiming Israel and thus presumable Jews are behind the spate of killings of Non-Mohammadden’s and secular bloggers.

Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan in his own words:

"Bangladesh has become the target of an international conspiracy. And a foreign intelligence agency has joined the conspiracy," Mr Khan said.

When asked to elaborate, he said: "You must have noticed that an Israeli intelligence agent had a meeting with a politician, it does not need to be verified further, all Bangladeshi know about it."………………………

Opposition MP Aslam Chowdhury was recently arrested and charged with sedition after he was pictured meeting Israeli government adviser Mendi Safadi in India.


From here:

Bangladesh home minister suggests Israel behind spate of killings

Meanwhile in an earlier June 1 report title “Bangladesh: All about Israel-Hating” the Gatestone Institute writes about Bangladesh Politics and “Israel, the Mossad and Jews” :

Bangladesh: All about Israel-Hating

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Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

Postby wig » 10 Jun 2016 11:47

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36496443
Hindu monastery worker hacked to death in Bangladesh

A Hindu monastery worker has been hacked to death in Bangladesh, police said, the latest in a string of attacks on secular and minority targets.
Nityaranjan Pande, who was in his 60s, died on the spot after several people attacked him early on Friday, AFP news agency said citing police.
His murder comes after the body of a Hindu priest was found with his head nearly severed in a field on Tuesday.
Most of the attacks have been blamed on, or claimed by, Islamist militants.
"There was no eye-witness to the attack as it happened very early in the morning," the head of police in the north-western district of Pabna, Alamgir Kabir, told AFP.
No group has said they carried out the attack.
Mr Pande, who was attacked during his morning walk, had been working at the monastery for 40 years, officials said.
"He was a simple man. He had no enemies," local NGO worker Naresh Madhu told local news agency bdnews24.
Bdnews24 said the attack happened very close to the monastery.
More than 40 people have been killed since January last year in a wave of attacks, including secular bloggers, academics and gay rights activists.
Bangladesh has a majority Muslim population with Hindu's making up about 8% of the population.

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Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

Postby Picklu » 18 Jun 2016 17:43

http://fairplay.ihs.com/commerce/articl ... operations

India and Bangladesh began transhipment operations at Ashuganj port on Thursday to boost trade and facilitate seamless movement of goods in the landlocked region. A cargoship unloaded the first consignment to be transported to Tripura in India through Bangladeshi territory.


Potetially a game changer for NE

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Postby Hari Seldon » 18 Jun 2016 17:58

^PM's recent Burma and Thailand visits have also been firming up agreement for road connectivity and free movement of goods.

Am sure that must've helped make up BD's mind that holding out much longer ain't gonna help.

Pretty much like how the defence majors all rush to sell us stuff just as we are on the verge of indigenous developing the requisite capabilities.

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Postby Picklu » 18 Jun 2016 22:55

^ true but that will still take some more time. On the other hand, Hasina govt has been extremely pro India.

Whatever the reason may be, good for NE.

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Postby g.sarkar » 05 Sep 2016 01:49

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37268320
Bangladesh hangs Islamist Mir Quasem Ali for 1971 war crimes
A leader and financial backer of the biggest Islamist party in Bangladesh has been executed for war crimes committed during the war of independence from Pakistan in 1971.
Media tycoon Mir Quasem Ali, 63, of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was sentenced to death two years ago.
He had been convicted of offences including murder and torture.
The tycoon was hanged at a high-security prison outside Dhaka on Saturday evening.
He was arrested in 2010 and convicted in 2014. He declined to seek a presidential pardon, which would have required an admission of guilt.
A huge security operation was staged before and after his execution. Previous executions have led to huge crowds demonstrating both in support and against them.
An ambulance carrying Ali's body emerged from the jail in the early hours of Sunday and took it to his home village in Manikganj for burial.
Ali's wife Khandker Ayesha Khatun told reporters at the jail that the family wanted to bury him in Dhaka, but this request was refused by the authorities......
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http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/new ... 005672.cms
Don't interfere, Bangladesh tells Pakistan after remark on Mir Quasem Ali hanging
DHAKA: Bangladesh today summoned Pakistan's envoy here to protest its "interference" in the country's internal affairs after Islamabad said it was "deeply saddened" by Jamaat leader and 1971 war criminal Mir Quasem Ali's execution.

Bangladesh Additional Foreign Secretary for Bilateral Affairs Qamrul Ahsan summoned Pakistani High Commissioner Samina Mehtab and protested against the reaction.

"The opinion that Pakistan gave over the execution of Mir Quasem Ali was entirely tantamount to interference in Bangladesh's internal affairs," Ahsan said after the meeting......
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Postby g.sarkar » 23 Sep 2016 18:44

http://www.firstpost.com/world/months-a ... 17056.html
Months after Dhaka cafe siege, charity buries attackers as none claim bodies
Dhaka: The five militants and another suspected attacker killed in a raid on a cafe in Dhaka have been buried over two months after the terror attack on the eatery.
The charitable organisation Anjuman Mufidul Islam took charge of the bodies from the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) and buried them at Jurain Graveyard on Thursday, officials said, bdnews24.com reported.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia confirmed the bodies were handed over to the charitable organisation as 'unclaimed' ones.
"No one from among their relatives had contacted us to claim the bodies," he told bdnews24.com.
Inter Services Public Relations Directorate (ISPR) Director Rashidul Hasan said the coffins carrying the bodies were handed over to the police at CMH mortuary around 12 p.m. on Thursday.
Anjuman representatives and DMP counterterrorism unit Inspector Humayun Kabir, who is investigating the Gulshan attack case, were also present.
When contacted for confirmation, Anjuman Executive Director Ilias Ahmed evaded any clear reply to questions posed to him.
"Police give us bodies of unidentified persons and we bury them. They did so today too. We don't know whether they are the bodies from Holey Artisan," he said.
Another Anjuman official, requesting anonymity, said: "Our officials went to CMH with six carriers and two pick-up trucks. The bodies were buried in the afternoon following religious rules.".....
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Postby Vineetmehta_del » 23 Sep 2016 20:20

During my recent visit to Dhaka, i felt there was a sense of insecurity among the foreigners living their. Many Indians have either relocated their families or are planning to leave the country. Many international buyers of ready made garments are conducting meetings with manufacturers outside of Bangladesh. The recent killing episode would have some affect on their economy.

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Postby g.sarkar » 24 Sep 2016 01:11

One of my cousin's husband worked in an Indian computer company and was posted to Dhaka for about two years around 2002. My cousin went to visit him a few times. These visits lasted a month or so each time. She told me that their friends there advised her not to wear sindoor, as that identified her as a married Hindu woman. She also noticed subtle discrimination at shops etc, she just had to open her mouth and they knew where she was from. She also said that she never felt safe.
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Postby Vineetmehta_del » 24 Sep 2016 10:42

Numerous people have Hindu middle names, example Md Atul ... or Md मिट्ठु etc. Even marriages have certain Hindu like celebrations. Sad

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Postby g.sarkar » 24 Sep 2016 11:42

Vineetmehta_del wrote:Numerous people have Hindu middle names, example Md Atul ... or Md मिट्ठु etc. Even marriages have certain Hindu like celebrations. Sad

Most nick names are Hindu. Tagore worship is Hindu, language days are celebrated with alpona, women wear bindi, representing the third eye, marriage sarees are red, they apply turmeric a day before marriage. But all this will not stop them from chopping your head off if they get a chance. Pakistanis are better as you know from get go that they are Dushman. No bindis and sarees over there.
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Postby g.sarkar » 05 Oct 2016 03:15

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http://www.oneindia.com/international/d ... 27118.html
Dhaka cafe attackers got weapons hidden in mango baskets: Report Updated: Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 22:11 [IST]
Oct 4: A month before the terror attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery restaurant in the Bangladeshi capital, a consignment of AK-22 rifles and some small arms reached the militants in Dhaka hidden inside mango baskets, a media report said on Tuesday. Of these arms, three AK-22 rifles were used in the attack on the Dhaka cafe, while another rifle was used for the security of cafe attack 'mastermind' Canadian-Bangladeshi Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, who was also the head of New Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) terror outfit.
Investigators say they have finally been able to trace the route of the smuggled arms, the Dhaka Tribune reported. Sources in police's Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) Unit said these arms came from outside Bangladesh and the members of New JMB outfit used them in terror attacks, in Bogra and other northern districts. "We have finally learned the source of the AK22s supply and have been also able to identify the group primarily," Monirul Islam, chief of CTTC, told the Dhaka Tribune. "A drive is underway to arrest this group's members." The CTTC chief said these AK22 rifles, recovered at different times in drives, mainly entered Bangladesh through the Chapai Nawabganj border, located on the north-western part of Bangladesh. The consignment was received there by an arms smuggling group, which later sent it to Dhaka inside mango baskets, he said.
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Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

Postby Rudradev » 14 Oct 2016 00:44

Observe the Western Deep State in Action.

1) Modi and Sheikh Hasina arrive at a mutually acceptable modus vivendi based on economic cooperation, and cooperation against Islamic terrorists.

2) Sheikh Hasina joins India and Afghanistan in articulating the threat of Pakistan-sponsored Islamic terrorism, and boycotting SAARC summit in Pakistan.

3) Western Deep State steps in.
A ) Human Rights Watch starts making allegations of "disappearances/kidnappings" of "political dissidents" (read: BNP/JeI terrorist proxies) in Bangladesh
B ) BBC dutifully reports the same in its finest jihadi-pasand atrocity-literature voice:
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37618205

We owe the Awami govt our unreserved support and help on this issue. In every way possible.

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Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

Postby Agnimitra » 14 Oct 2016 10:20

China Counters India's $2 Billion With $24 Billion For Bangladesh

Hopefully more transparent than the 'game-changer' $45B promised to Pakhanastan.

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Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

Postby panduranghari » 14 Oct 2016 15:21

China invests in leaders. Just like Bakistan, the CPEC money will find home with the jernails, 11 Jinping will try to buy BD political class.

India invests in People. 1st step would be to get rid of Mamtabibi from WB. She probably is a deep state asset now, considering how close she is to Killary.

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Postby wig » 01 Nov 2016 10:19

http://www.dailyexcelsior.com/15-hindu- ... andalised/

15 Hindu temples in Bangladesh vandalized
At least 15 Hindu temples in Bangladesh have been vandalised over allegations of disrespect shown to Islam on Facebook, triggering panic among the minority community in the Muslim-majority nation.

Temples in Brahmanbarhia district’s Nasirnagar were vandalised yesterday besides over 100 houses of Hindus in the area have also been looted.

After the mayhem for hours, two temples in adjacent Habiganj’s Madhabpur also came under attack, police and witnesses said.

Six persons were arrested for their alleged involvement in the attack.

Paramilitary Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) have been deployed in Nasirnagar and Madhabpur Upazila headquarters along with the Rapid Action Battalion, police and Armed Police Battalion, bdnews24.Com reported.

The district’s Deputy Commissioner Rezwanur Rahman and Superintendent of Police Mizanur Rahman inspected the area later in the afternoon.

But the leaders of the local Hindu community say the panic that has gripped them is not going away.

Yesterday’s attack was carried out in a style followed by the attackers of Buddhist community in Cox’s Bazar in 2012 on a similar allegation of disrespect towards Islam through a Facebook post.

Locals said Nasirnagar incident started with a Facebook post by one Rasraj Das from Harinberh village under Haripur Union Parishad.

Police detained Rasraj on Friday immediately after the allegation of blasphemy had surfaced against him. He was sent to jail following a court order, SP Mizanur said.

Protests against Rasraj’s post were called under the banner of ‘Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat’ in Habiganj district headquarters and Nasirnagar. Demonstrations were also announced in Habiganj’s Madhabpur.

A group of madrasa students demonstrated on the premises of Brahmanbarhia Press Club while hundreds of people blocked Sarail-Nasirnagar-Lakhai road by torching tyres yesterday.

SP Mizanur, quoting witnesses, said a group of the demonstrators, armed with local weapons, vandalised the temples at Duttubarhi, Namashudraparha and Ghoshparha, and Jagannath Temple and Goura Temple.

They also vandalised and looted the houses of the Hindu families. Several priests were injured in the attack, he said.

One platoon of BGB was deployed first to bring the situation under control. The other forces joined them later. SP Mizanur said preparations to file separate cases over the attacks were under way. Six suspected attackers have been arrested, he added.

Deputy Commissioner Rezwanur told the media that those responsible for the attack would get ‘exemplary’ punishment after investigation.

Nasirnagar Upazila Parishad Vice-Chairman Anjan Deb said, “The situation is apparently calm now but the Hindu community is still panicked.”

Madhabpur Upazila Puja Udjapon Committee chief Sunil Das said the members of the religious minority community were pained by the attack, which was carried out a day after Kali Puja.

SP Mizanur blamed Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir for the attack.

“The opportunist quarter carried out this attack to embarrass the government. Those behind it will be found out and dealt with in a tough manner,” he said.

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Re: Bangladesh News and Discussion

Postby Neshant » 01 Nov 2016 12:33

Agnimitra wrote:China Counters India's $2 Billion With $24 Billion For Bangladesh

Hopefully more transparent than the 'game-changer' $45B promised to Pakhanastan.


All bogus numbers.


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