BNP reiterates demand for joint survey at Tipaimukh

BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has called upon the Indian government not to proceed with Tipaimukh dam project until a joint survey is done. At a press conference held at the party’s headquarters at Naya Paltan on Monday, Alamgir told this referring to Indian response to Khaleda’s November 22 letter to the Indian premier. He also underscored the need for forging public

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No harm if Tipai project goes ahead

Prime minister’s adviser Gowher Rizvi has rubbished the idea that construction of Tipaimukh dam on the River Barak in the Indian state of Manipur would harm Bangladesh.
‘Notions about the adverse impacts of Tipaimukh dam on Bangladesh are groundless’, Rizvi said on Monday, after meeting the Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh, on Saturday to discuss

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Tipai Dam will spell disaster: Rights group

Leaders of International Farakka Committee, a rights group, on Tuesday voiced deep concern at the singing of a deal by India with two companies to construct the proposed Tipaimukh Dam on the River Barak at the upstream of Bangladesh’s River Meghna.
In a joint statement, they said the deal singing by keeping the government and the people of

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Sundarbans voted out of 7 wonders race

The four-year-long waiting of the people in Bangladesh and India to see the Sundarbans, the world’s largest single-patch mangrove forest, among the new seven wonders of nature ended in frustration early today.
According to the results announced, the new seven wonders in alphabetic order are Amazon, Halong Bay, Iguazu Falls, Jeju Island, Komodo, Puerto Princesa Underground River and

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India launches cheapest tablet PC

India launched what it says is the world’s cheapest touch-screen tablet computer yesterday, priced at just $35. Costing a fraction of Apple’s iPad, the subsidised Aakash is aimed at students.
It supports web browsing and video conferencing has a three-hour battery life and two USB ports, but questions remain over how it will

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BSF says 7 killed in 2011, reports say 21

BSF assures BGB of ending border killing
India’s Border Security Force director general Raman Shrivastava on Friday reassured his Bangladesh counterpart of ending the killing of Bangladeshis in the frontiers.
Raman at a joint briefing at the Border Guard Bangladesh headquarters in Dhaka after the director general-level meeting between the BGB and the BSF said that the border killing was unfortunate and

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Biodiversity issue glossed over

Dhaka, Delhi signed 2 deals on Sundarbans, tiger; refrained from addressing rising salinity in Bangladesh rivers
None of the two agreements signed between Bangladesh and India on conservation of the Sundarbans and Royal Bengal Tigers addresses the issue of increasing salinity that continues to affect the biodiversity of the mangrove forest on Bangladesh side. Salinity in Pashur, Sibsa and Raimongal rivers running through the Sundarbans has increased over the years, as flow of water in the Gorai river has decreased due to the Farakka barrage on the upstream.
However, the agreement

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Vast tracts of land to go barren

Feni River water sharing
A large tract of cultivable land in the south-eastern parts of the country will face a serious irrigation crisis during the dry season if Bangladesh and India share waters of the river Feni, officials told The Independent, on Tuesday.
The river Feni, originating from a spring in the hills of South Tripura district in north-eastern

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Tiger Conservation: Reality, recognition and rights

Dr. Mohammad Ali
Tigers are maverick animals. They are supposed to live long in this world. Instead, they are disappearing rapidly. No doubt celebrating ‘tiger day’ will raise awareness to safeguard this majestic animal; however, we hope the affiliated institutions will continue creating a congenial environment for safety and sustainability of tiger population.
Commonly such safety and protection are provided through declaring protected areas (PAs) like game reserves, wildlife sanctuary, and even national parks. There are overlapping forest reserves and tiger reserves in the Sunderbans

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Shrinking Teesta wreaks havoc on life in North

Withdrawal of upstream water by India drastically reduces flow in last 25 years severely affecting people in the region
The withdrawal of Teesta waters by India continues to play havoc with the lives of the people in Bangladesh’s northern region.
During the dry season, the flow of water in the river’s downstream dwindles to 1,000 cusecs from around 5,000 cusecs (cubic feet per second), say sources at the Water Development Board’s hydrology department.
It has been like this for the last 25 years for Gazoldoba barrage and some other dams built by India in the upper

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Kolkata all geared up

While it is still all very hazy here about Argentina’s arrival and their schedule thereafter, Kolkata is gearing up in full swing for the September 2 friendly between Argentina and Venezuela.
Argentine football coach Alejandro Sabella and goalkeeper Estaban Andrada along with 15 officials arrived in Kolkata town yesterday morning heightening the football fever that has already

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Govt plans to cash in on Bimstech initiative

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Govt plans to cash in on Bimstech initiative
Bangladesh plans to import of another 500 megawatt of power from India under the Bimstec framework.
Officials said the proposal will be formally placed at the Bimstec technical committee meeting scheduled for August 23-24 in Dhaka under a trans-power exchange initiative.
The Bimstec (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) is

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Gambhir undergoes head scan

Opener Gautam Gambhir did not bat in his usual position as India began their reply to England’s 591 for six declared in the fourth and final Test at The Oval on Saturday after suffering concussion.
Gambhir sustained his injury when, trying to catch Kevin Pietersen the ball after the England batsman completed his century, he fell on his head at mid-on and dropped the chance shortly after

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West Bengal renamed as Paschimbanga

The Indian state of West Bengal will get a new name– Paschimbanga.
The decision was taken yesterday at an all-party meeting. Now a resolution would be moved in the House for adoption of the new name, and then referred to the federal Indian government, said Partha Chatterjee, state parliamentary affairs minister, to reporters after the meeting of the

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Dhaka to hand over Chetia by mid-Aug

Bangladesh will hand over the general secretary of United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), Anup Chetia, and others members of the front to India by the middle of August this year. Home minister Sahara Khatun on Wednesday said Bangladesh had started the legal process for the purpose. “We have asked the authorities concerned to complete the legal process of handing over Chetia to India

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BSF told to hold fire

Chidambaram speaks of Delhi’s firm instruction to border guards; deal signed to fight cross-border crimes together
India yesterday said it has ordered its Border Security Force not to shoot anyone crossing Indo-Bangla border no matter what the circumstances are.
Visiting Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram said this at a joint press conference with his Bangladesh counterpart Shahara Khatun

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BSF kills 187 Bangladeshis since Jan 2009

Indian Border Security Force has killed 187 Bangladeshi nationals on the frontiers since January 6, 2009 when the Awami League-led alliance assumed office.
According to figures available with rights organisation Odhikar, 976 Bangladesh nationals were killed, 990 injured, 226 arrested, 956 abducted and 14 were raped by BSF personnel and 184 went missing after

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HRW urges India to probe border killings by BSF

The government of India should undertake a speedy, fair, and transparent criminal investigation into fresh allegations of killings, torture, and other abuses by the Border Security Force (BSF) at the border with Bangladesh, New York-based organisation Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Monday.
Those against whom there is credible evidence of culpability should be prosecuted as part of an effort

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Dhaka rolls out red carpet for Sonia

She will attend conference on autism, receive first Bangladesh Freedom Honour for Indira Gandhi today
Sonia Gandhi was given a red carpet welcome last night on her first-ever visit to Bangladesh to attend a conference on autism.
She will receive the posthumous award to be given by Bangladesh to Indira Gandhi for her contributions to the 1971 Liberation War

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