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Mizoram: Special task force looks for ways to tackle illegal immigrants from Bangladesh

A district-level special task force committee has decided to create a mechanism for identifying and deporting undocumented Bangladeshi immigrants from the border areas of the state.The committee held a meeting, chaired by district deputy commissioner Benjamin Lalzama, at south Mizoram’s Lunglei district to discuss ways to tackle the influx of immigrants, an official statement here said.Top police officers, representatives of the Border Security Force (BSF) and leaders of civil societies were present at the meeting, it said.Officials posted along the border areas were instructed at the meeting to take care while issuing birth and residential certificates to ensure that no foreign nationals were in possession of such documents, the statement added.Mizoram has been facing a democratic nightmare due to unchecked flow of Bangladeshi nationals, mainly from the Chakma community.

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British national suspected of recruiting youth for Al-Qaeda sent to judicial custody

A Delhi court on Tuesday sent a British national, arrested for allegedly recruiting youths for Al-Qaeda to carry out terror activities, to judicial custody while extending the period of investigation by NIA by a month.The court sent the accused, Shamiun Rahman, who is of Bangladeshi origin, to prison after he was produced before it from the National Investigation Agency’s (NIA) custody during an in-chamber proceeding, court sources said.It is also believed to have granted 30 more days to the NIA to complete its investigation after the agency moved an application seeking extension of the mandatory period of 90 days which ended today.27-year-old Rahman was arrested in September by the Delhi Police for his alleged involvement in recruiting Rohingya Muslims for the terror outfit and train them to fight against the Myanmarese army. The case was recently transferred from the Delhi police to the NIA.The accused had earlier moved an application before a city court through advocate M S Khan alleging that he was sexually harassed by the jail security personnel and inhuman behaviour was meted out to him by them.The court had sought a response from the jail authorities on that application.The Special Cell of the police had alleged that the process of radicalisation of Rahman alias Raju Bhai began in a jail in London where he was lodged on charges of rash driving.During this period, he stayed at various places in Kishanganj (Bihar), Hazaribagh (Jharkhand), NCR and other places, the Delhi police had claimed, alleging that the accused had plans to set up base in Mizoram or Manipur to train the radicalised youths.An FIR was filed by the special cell after his arrest under various provisions relating to the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Arms Act and Passport Act.

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Bangladeshi woman held for living without passport in UP

A Bangladeshi national has been arrested for allegedly living here without valid passport and visa, police said today.<!– /11440465/DNA_Mobile_Article_300x250_BTF_1 –>A case was registered against Khurshida for living in the country without a passport and visa, SHO of Civil Lines police station D K Tyagi said.Police and intelligence officials are interrogating her, the SHO said.

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Kolkata: Laptop, mobile phones recovered from Al-Qaeda suspects to be sent for forensic test

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Officials of the Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police have decided that the laptop and mobile phones recovered from the arrested alleged linkmen of Al-Qaeda, would be sent for a forensic test.Sources said that they expect a lot of interesting details would be recovered once those are decoded. “Mails and conversations on different messaging and calling apps would be scanned to get details of their plans and activities,” said a senior STF official.Since November 21, three persons, members of banned Bangladeshi group Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) which has direct link with Al Qaeda, had been arrested by STF and one of them possessed a fake Aadhar card.Sources also said that the ABT arrested members were here to recruit more people for their groups and especially women, which is why each of them had married two or three women. It was also found out that in far-flung rural areas, they posed as members of different NGOs which would help women become socially and financially independent.STF sources said that the arrested accused had confessed that they faced problem carrying out operations in the absence of women members in their group.In another development, Samsad, one of the arrested has confessed that they had also been instructed to procure arms in Kolkata and to arrange for the money required they had intended to loot a nationalised bank.“Their main objective was to buy arms which is why they had gone to Kolkata Police Station to have a look at the sample arms and in the process, acting on a tip-off, STF officials arrested them red-handed.

Delhi High Court directs Tihar to take action in violence case against ISIS suspects

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court has directed the Tihar jail authorities to take appropriate action on a plea that alleged violence against some suspected ISIS operatives and other inmates in the high security cell of the prison.District and Sessions Judge Poonam A Bamba issued directions while disposing the plea filed by three persons, namely Suhail Ahmed, Mohd Obaidullah Khan and Imran, who have allegedly recruited and financed people to join the terror outfit ISIS.The application filed by advocate M S Khan on behalf of the accused claimed that on the night of November 21, the jail staff beat up the inmates of the high-risk ward without any provocation.The lawyer said that 26 inmates were injured but were not being provided medical treatment.”The violence in jail against the inmates by the jail staff is on the rise and every day the inmates are complaining of the same,” the plea had said.The application also contended that”whenever such incidents happen, the jail authorities come up with a plea that CCTVs were not working and this has become their habit” and sought direction to the jail superintendent to file a response in this regard along with the CCTV footage.In the recent past, several instances of inhumane treatment and violence have been reported from Tihar jail.On November 20, the Delhi High Court had taken cognisance of the media reports where a foreign court had struck down India’s extradition request stating that there would human right violation at Tihar due to the conditions.In another matter, 27-year-old Shamiun Rahman, a British national of Bangladeshi origin arrested for allegedly recruiting Rohingya youth for Al-Qaeda to carry out terror activities, had moved a Delhi court alleging sexual harassment inside the jail.

Three Al-Qaeda terror suspects arrested in kolkata sent to police custody till Dec 5

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The three suspected Al-Qaeda linkmen arrested on Tuesday by Special Task Force (STF) officials of Kolkata Police have been sent to police custody till December 5.Sources said that they had put up at different places across the country such as Bihar, Telangana, Karnataka and Jharkhand but they had been most active from Hyderabad where they had spent the maximum time.Interrogation so far had revealed that the two Bangladeshi citizens had been part of a plan to kill a blogger belonging to Mokto Mona, an internet community for freethinkers, atheists, and rationalists.It was found out that Samsad Mia alias Tushar Biswas was the head of the explosives section of banned Bangladeshi group Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), which was earlier responsible for the murder of several bloggers in Bangladesh and has direct links with Al-Qaeda. After entering India illegally, they had been touring the country where they worked as masons and other daily labourers which they would use as a smokescreen and in the backdrop would network and meet people in connection to their plans and would work on computer hardware as well.STF has informed Central Intelligence Bureau about the developments and Bangladesh officials will also be contacted and updated on the latest findings. Police are also looking into the possibility of presence of others of the group in Kolkata or rest of Bengal.A team of STF, if need be, would also visit places where they had been allegedly staying, to corroborate the information the duo had given out to police.On Wednesday, Deputy Commissioner, STF, Murlidhar Sharma at a press conference said that the three – Samsad Mia (26) alias Tushar Biswas, Riazul Islam (25) alias Riaz alias Suman and Manotosh Dey (46) – had been arrested from Kolkata Railway Station in north Kolkata. Of them Samsad and Riazul were Bangladeshi citizens and Dey was an arms dealer hailing from Basirhat in North 24 Parganas.

Rajasthan: NIA busts fake note exchange gang in Dholpur, three detained

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Sunday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) busted a gang and detained three men in Dholpur involved in cheating people on pretext of exchange of Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN). The NIA had been investigating a case and after developing a lead, the men were detained and later handed over to Dholpur police. Moreover the NIA officials even recovered two kilogram gold from the possession of the men.While investigating a case last year, the NIA had learnt that an inter-state gang was active for past several years in Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Delhi and West Bengal which used to lure people in exchanging high quality fake Indian currency notes or provide unbilled golf biscuits at throwaway rates. Interestingly the gold recovered by NIA is in shape of biscuits numbering twenty and weighing hundred grams each. The NIA has sent the biscuits for testing to verify the genuineness. While investigating the FICN related case, the NIA had recovered fake currency of face value Rs. 9.80 lakhs on 31st March last year from the possession of Nasir Sheikh near Indo-Bangladesh border. He was arrested on the spot, however his associate from Bangladesh namely Darul Sheikh escaped. A reliable input was received on Saturday that the same Bangladeshi absconder Darul Sheikh along with other associates were trying to strike a deal in fake currency at Dholpur. The NIA teams swung into action and detained three suspects. The accused have been identified as Rashid Khan alias Biza,Gagan Kumar Vyas alias Tiwari and Iqbal Ahmad Ansari. The accused have been handed over to Dholpur police.

Nadia nun rape case: Kolkata court sentences prime convict to imprisonment till death.

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A city court on Wednesday sentenced a Bangladeshi man Narul Islam to imprisonment till death for raping a septuagenarian nun in West Bengal’s Ranaghat town during a dacoity at a convent in 2015. He was convicted along with five others on Tuesday. Others have been given 10-years-of imprisonment. This case had created a major stir with commentators raising questions about safety of women and minorities in the country.Additional Sessions Judge Kumkum Sinha termed the incident as a matter of shame in a state where Sister Nivedita and Mother Teresa had worked for the people. Noting that the charge of gangrape was not established, the judge said only Nazrul Islam was found guilty of rape.Five accused, including Nazrul Islam, were found guilty of dacoity at the convent. A sixth person — Gopal Sarkar was found guilty of harbouring the five criminals at his residence. All the six were also found guilty of criminal conspiracy for committing dacoity at the convent in Ranaghat, an otherwise quiet town about 80 km from here, in Nadia district bordering Bangladesh.Other than Nazrul Islam and Gopal Sarkar, the other four persons found guilty are Milan Kumar Sarkar, Ohidul Islam, Mohd Selim Sheikh and Khaledar Rahman. Apart from Gopal Sarkar, the five others are Bangladeshis and cases against them under Foreigners’ Act are pending before another court.The nun was raped at the convent on March 14, 2015 where the six persons barged in for committing dacoity. They had decamped with cash from the safe of the convent. One accused is absconding.The trial was shifted from a court in Ranaghat to the Kolkata Sessions court in May 2016 by the Calcutta High Court on a petition by the nun. The nun, who had relocated to Delhi following the incident, had sought transfer of the case to Kolkata stating that she feared for her safety as the accused allegedly had strong links in Ranaghat. The prosecution charged all the accused with gangrape, dacoity and criminal conspiracy among others.

PM Modi advised Suu Kyi not to ‘destroy’ her image over Rohingya crisis: Swaraj tells Hasina

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has advised Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi not to “destroy” her image over her stance on the Rohingya issue as Myanmar’s military actions in Rakhine state sparked a global outrage.Swaraj referred to Modi’s advice as she called on Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina after joining the 4th Bangladesh-India Joint Consultative Commission meeting with her counterpart AH Mahmood Ali. “He (Modi) told her (Suu Kyi) ‘you have a very good international image, don’t destroy it’,” the Bangladesh premier’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim told PTI, quoting Swaraj as saying during her meeting with Hasina at her residence. It is not clear when Modi made the comments, however, Bangladeshi media reports claimed he said this last month when he met Suu Kyi during his first bilateral visit to Myanmar.Karim said Swaraj extended her full support to Bangladesh’s stance that Myanmar must take back its nationals and must not punish innocent people while fighting terrorism. “Myanmar may punish the terrorists, not innocent people,” he quoted Swaraj as saying. Swaraj appreciated Bangladesh’s stand on the Rohingya issue but described the exodus of forcibly displaced people as a “big burden for Bangladesh”. “It’s a big burden for Bangladesh, and how long will Bangladesh bear this?” she said referring to the exodus of the forcibly displaced people who fled the violence in their homeland and took shelter in neighbouring Bangladesh.Swaraj added there should be a permanent solution of the Rohingya issues and international community should contribute to social and economic development of Rakhine state. Karim said she praised Premier Hasina for extending all humanitarian support to the displaced people. He said Hasina narrated the situation after the beginning of the Rohingya exodus since August 25 and her government’s initiatives for their shelter.”We have given them shelter upon the confidence that we would be able to feed the distressed Rohingyas on humanitarian ground,” she told Swaraj. Hasina said Bangladesh had already established an engagement with Myanmar and the Bangladeshi home minister was set to visit the neighbouring county over the crisis.Nearly 600,000 minority Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since late August to escape violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state where the Myanmarese army has launched a crackdown against militants. Myanmar doesn’t recognise the Rohingyas as an ethnic group and insists that they are Bangladeshi migrants living illegally in the country. Bangladesh has sought India’s “sustained pressures” on Myanmar for resolution of the crisis.Hasina recalled India’s contribution during Bangladesh’s 1971 Liberation War as well as support to her and her sister Sheikh Rehana after the 1975 assassination of their father – the nation’s founder ‘Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman – along with most of their family. Swaraj informed the prime minister about her official talks with her Bangladeshi counterpart saying the entire gamut of bilateral relations came up in their discussion and she was very satisfied at the state of bilateral relations.She said she had a very fruitful discussion with Bangladeshi officials on the projects under India’s Line of Credit (LOC) whose implementation has been delayed. Bangladeshi Foreign Minister A H Mahmood Ali, Premier’s Advisor on International Affairs Gowher Rizvi, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Moazzem Ali, Bangladeshi Principal Secretary Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, and Bangladeshi Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque were present along with India’s Foreign Secretary Joy Shankar and Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsha Vardhan Shingla.Swaraj also handed over some memorabilia of the 1971 Liberation War to Hasina as a gift to the Bangladesh National Museum. The memorabilia includes an Mi-4 helicopter, a PT76 tank, 106 mm recoilless anti-tank gun and some of the military equipment used by the joint forces during the war and a number of artifacts and documents like historical photographs, archival audio and video clippings, maps, battle records, newspaper clippings and documentaries.

Sushma Swaraj to visit Dhaka, discuss Rohingya crisis

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the backdrop of the Rohingya refugee issue, External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj is leaving for Dhaka on a two-day visit from October 23, and is expected to inaugurate 15 projects financed by India. Her visit follows Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s visit to Bangladesh, during which he signed agreements for line of credit worth $4.5 billion.The two sides are also expected to discuss the Rohingya crisis. Bangladesh is impressing upon India the need to use its influence on Myanmar to create a situation to prevent migration and help in the return of Rohinhyas to their homes. Dhaka was earlier incensed, when India had announced its support for Myanmar security operations. But later, India recalibrated its stance.The India-Bangladesh joint commission, to be chaired by Swaraj and her Bangladeshi counterpart Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali would review the progress made in implementing the decisions taken when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Dhaka in June 2015. India is also participating in setting up a Russian-supported civil nuclear plant in Bangladesh. Swaraj has also sought a meeting with opposition Bangladesh National Party (BNP) chief Begum Khaleda Zia. With elections just about a year away, India is attempting to build bridges across a political spectrum.India and Bangladesh have recently finalised the $4.5 billion Line of Credit (LoC) that had been announced during Sheikh Hasina’s visit to New Delhi in April. The 2016 LOC was at $2 billion. But Bangladeshi media has been agog with news reports that the progress on the LoC was disappointed. Also the issue of Teesta is once again haunting ties between the two countries.With the Sheikh Hasina government in a tight spot over multiple issues, Opposition BNP has upped the ante. It has raked up the Rohingya issue to show India and the Hasina government in bad light.Gautan Sen, a retired IAS officer who has served in North-Eastern states believes that Rohingya issue may add a more contentious factor in Bangladesh’s domestic milieu. “With respect to India, the anti-India elements in Bangladesh have been able to capitalise on New Delhi’s initial non-committal posture in taking note of the anti-Rohingya stance in Myanmar and providing relief assistance to deal with the refugee influx. At the global level, the failure of the Bangladesh government to convince the UNSC to pass a resolution on the Rohingya situation has given the BNP-led opposition an opportunity to berate the government,” he said.The indian pushBangladesh is impressing upon India the need to use its influence on Myanmar to create a situation to prevent migration and help in the return of Rohinhyas to their homes.

Wheelchair-bound man will write to CJI over ‘Pakistani’ barb

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Guwahati-based man who is bound to the wheelchair and was called a ‘Pakistani’ when he could not stand up for the national anthem at a movie theatre has now said he will write an open letter to CJI Dipak Misra and seek a legal recourse into the matter.Arman Ali, who is the executive director of disability rights NGO Shishu Sarothi, said the incident took place on September 28, when he had gone with his family for a movie at the Centre Mall. As the national anthem was being played, his family stood up, but Ali, who couldn’t, heard two men behind him say, “Saamne ek Pakistani baitha hai (There’s a Pakistani sitting in front).”Ali said that the duo smirked when he turned back at them. In a Facebook post, which got some light, Ali wrote, “Movie halls seem to have become the new battlefield of the Nation, where people prove their patriotism and nationalism (sic).”Speaking to DNA, Ali said the point that he is trying to make is beyond that of disability rights. “I find the idea of singing the national anthem inside a movie hall rather funny to prove one’s patriotism. Why was I called a Pakistani, why not a Chinese or Russian or Bangladeshi? Why is it necessary to prove our patriotism in movie halls and not in Parliament or at government offices? I’m a tax-paying citizen of this country, and don’t need to prove my patriotism to anyone,” said Ali.Ali, who is suffering from cerebral palsy,added that on that day he had to be lifted to seat inside the hall by four men. He said the men who passed the remark were well-to-do and educated.The Supreme Court had, in November last year, passed an order that playing of the national anthem is compulsory in all movie halls before a movie play. In February this year, however, the apex court said that if the national anthem is in the form of a documentary or a film, people need not necessarily stand up.Ali said he will not let the matter die and will take it up with the CJI. “At this point, I am carrying out research and speaking to a diverse set of people to look at realities to write a letter to the CJI. The apex court passed the judgement to instill patriotism, but how does one prove their nationalism by calling another Pakistani,” he said.

Why you doubted an army man’s nationality, Assam top cop asks local police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Assam Director General of Police Mukesh Sahay has asked a senior official to explain why Mohd Azmal Hoque has been asked to prove his nationality, who retired as a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) after serving the Army for 30 years. The Army’s Eastern Command has also pledged support to its retired officer.The move follows widespread outrage after DNA first reported on Sunday that Hoque has been asked by the Assam police to prove he is an Indian national and not an illegal Bangladeshi immigrant.Sahay said that he has asked the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Kamrup (rural) to explain why a letter was sent to Hoque in the first place. “We will look into the matter and find this was done. There will be action taken in case of any error on the part of the police,” Sahay told DNA.Hoque is a resident of Kalahikash in Assam, a state where infiltration from Bangladesh has been a sensitive issue. He has been declared a “doubtful voter” by a Foreigners Tribunal which has summoned him to furnish proof of his nationality. The tribunal will hear the matter on October 13. The police have registered a case against Hoque, alleging he had entered Assam illegally without any valid documents. Hoque said that the SP had in May come for a verification to his house because he has applied for a franchisee of the customer service point of a local bank. “The same officer had cleared the police verification in the application process and verified my credentials,” Hoque told DNA.The Army’s Eastern Command said “necessary help” will be provided to Hoque, after an Army officer tweeted his story to it. The Eastern Command tweeted back: “Thanks for your concern. The JCO has been contacted and necessary assistance will be provided till the issue is resolved.” In another tweet, the Eastern Command said, “Thanks for the input. We certainly reach out to our veterans in need of assistance & a bit of courtesy from our citizens helps.”It is learnt that officers from the Eastern Command called Hoque on Sunday and pledged any form of help that they can provide.Aman Wadud, lawyer-activist from Assam who has taken up Hoque’s case, said that he has dealt with similar cases of government officials, who have spent years on the job, being asked to furnish details without any prior investigation.”Hoque was never approached by any investigation agency and now he is being accused of being an ‘illegal immigrant’. If a person who served the Indian Army for three decades can be harassed and humiliated in this manner, one can imagine what normal citizens go through,” said Wadud.”This is the story of lakhs of genuine Indian citizens in Assam who face harassment on a daily basis. At this point of time, there are more than 1,000 people lodged in detention centres without the probability of parole. Many of them will even breathe their last in these camps,” said Wadud.

India, Russia joining hands to build nuclear power plant in Bangladesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India said on Wednesday it is collaborating with Russia to build the Rooppur nuclear power plant in Bangladesh, the first initiative under a Indo-Russia deal to undertake atomic energy projects in third countries.This will also be India’s first atomic energy venture abroad.”We are collaborating with our Russian and Bangladeshi partners on establishing Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Bangladesh,” Atomic Energy Commission chairman Sekhar Basu said at the 61st general conference of the global nuclear watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).Basu’s remarks are significant given that the Indian nuclear establishment for years has not been able to grow, internationally, due to sanctions imposed on New Delhi post the 1974 Pokhran tests.It was, however, not clear what kind of “collaboration” India was doing since it is not a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group– a 48 member grouping that controls the export of materials, equipment and technology that can be used to manufacture nukes.According to the December 2014 ‘Strategic Vision for Strengthening Cooperation in Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy’ between India and Russia, the “two sides will explore opportunities for sourcing materials, equipment and services from Indian industry for the construction of the Russian- designed nuclear power plants in third countries”.India signed a civil nuclear cooperation deal, along with two more agreements, with Bangladesh in April under which the two sides can supply and manufacture equipment, material for the atomic power plant.The Rooppur project, which is being built by the Russians near Dhaka, will be Bangladesh’s first atomic energy project.After commissioning of two units, each with a capacity of 1200 MWs, Bangladesh will be the third South Asian country after India and Pakistan to harness energy from atomic fission.The Indian government has approved construction of 10 new indigenously built nuclear power projects, Basu informed the IAEA.”With these reactors we will now have 21 reactors under construction and 22 reactors in operation. This will increase the capacity to over 22,000 MW by the end of next decade,” he said.To cater to the needs of the country’s expanding nuclear power programme, the Department of Atomic Energy is also stepping up exploration and mining operations for uranium production, Basu added.

No country more humane than India, don’t lecture us: Kiren Rijiju to rights group over Rohingya issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Union minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday slammed human rights groups for criticising the Centre’s move to deport Rohingya refugees, saying India has given shelter to maximum number of migrants, more than any other nation, and advised them not to “lecture”.He asked the rights groups not to “demonise” India as a country hostile to refugees and said New Delhi is not going to “throw” the Rohingyas into the “ocean” or “shoot” them but will follow due process of law before their identification and deportation. “India is the most humane nation in the world. Millions of refugees live in India. There is no other country in the world which hosts so many refugees. So, don’t demonise us, don’t give us lecture,” he told reporters here.He was referring to the criticism by some human rights organisation to the government’s move. The minister of state for home said all those who had entered India were liable to be deported after following a proper process of law. “We are not going to shoot them nor we are planning to throw them in the ocean. India is not a signatory to UN human rights convention but still the country has been hosting millions of refugees,” he said. However, Rijiju said, these continuous influx cannot go indefinitely, there has to be an end to it.”Please don’t accuse us as intolerant. We value human rights, we act as per law,” he said. Early this month, the Centre had said illegal immigrants like the Rohingyas pose grave security challenges as they may be recruited by terror groups, and asked state governments to identify and deport them. In a communication to all states, the Union home ministry had said the rise of terrorism in last few decades has become a serious concern for most nations as illegal migrants are more vulnerable to getting recruited by terrorist organisations.”These illegal immigrants not only infringe on the rights of Indian citizens but also pose grave security challenges,” the communication said. The infiltration of (the Rohingyas) from Rakhine state of Myanmar into Indian territory, especially in recent years, besides being a burden on the limited resources of the country also aggravates security challenges posed to India, the home ministry said.Rijiju had said in Parliament on August 9 that according to available data, more than 14,000 Rohingyas, registered with the UNHCR, are presently staying in India. “However, some inputs indicate that around 40,000 Rohingyas are staying in India illegally and the Rohingyas are largely located in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan,” he had said. On November 16, 2016, the government had informed the Parliament that according to available inputs, there were around 20 million (two crore) illegal Bangladeshi migrants staying in India.

Bangladesh Police kills one Neo-JMB man

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> One operative member from the banned militant outfit Neo-Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) was killed in an encounter by the Bangladeshi police on Friday. The deceased has been identified as 42-year-old Arman Ali, who was a caretaker of a militant den which was busted earlier on June 1, where the police arrested wives of two Neo-JMB leaders, reported The Daily Star. The Officer-in-charge (OC) of the Daulatpur Police Station, Shah Dara Khan, said that two police teams conducted a drive after getting information about a ?secret meeting? of the militants at the Boalia intersection point. ?Sensing the presence of police, the militants opened fire at the law enforcers. In retaliation, the police also fired gun shots at them, triggering the gunfight,? Khan said. The police found the bullet-riddled body of Ali, whereas the other militants fled the scene after the encounter. The police have also recovered a foreign-made pistol, three machetes, and two bullets from the spot. Khan said, three security personnel got injured in the firing exchange and they were sent to the Daulatpur upazila health complex for medical assistance. Ali worked as a cable line operator in Bheramara upazila town. He hailed from Thakurpur village in Bheramara upazila of Kushtia. Earlier on August 22, three operatives of “Sarwar-Tamim” of the Neo-JMB were arrested by the police from two upazilas of Narayanganj. A team of RAB-11 arrested the three suspected militants from the Rupganj and Bandar upazilas.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Three Bangladeshi nationals arrested in Tripura

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three Bangladeshi nationals were arrested from the Indo-Bangla border at Puratan Rajbari area near here, a police officer said today. Three Bangladeshis identified as Hossai Miah, Babul Miah and Iqbal Miah were arrested by police during patrolling in the international border area at Puratan Rahbari on Saturday last. They were produced before the Sub-divisional Judicial Magistrate court here. During the court hearing Hossain Miah managed to escape, Officer-in-charge of Belonia police station, Firoz Miah said. Superintendent of Police of South Tripura, Ipper Monchak has ordered an inquiry into the incident.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bangladeshi man jailed for illegal stay dies in hospital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 55-year-old Bangladeshi national, who was arrested in 2016 and was to be deported after completion of his jail term last month, died at a hospital in Mumbai, a police official said today. Mohammad Noorbani Sirajulkhan, hailing from Noakhali district in Bangladesh, was arrested by the Bhiwandi police here in July last year for staying in India without a valid passport and visa, he said. A Thane court last year convicted him under relevant sections of The Foreigners Act-1946 and The Passports Act-1967 and sentenced him to one-year imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 1,000, the official said. During the jail term, Sirajulkhan suffered from paralysis and was admitted to J J Hospital in neighbouring Mumbai on July 21 this year, he said. His jail term ended on July 27, but he could not be moved out of the hospital for deportation as he developed further health complications, he said. Khan died in the J J hospital on August 16 and later the postmortem was done, the police official said. Subsequently, the J J Marg police station in Mumbai informed the Bhiwandi police about the man’s death. The Bhiwandi police registered a case of accidental death and were trying to contact the deceased’s family members, the official added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NC supports deportation of Rohingya Muslims: Rana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Under attack from the BJP, the opposition National Conference today said it always supported deportation of Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar and Bangladeshi nationals illegally settled in the state. The party said it, however, would resist with “full might” any attempt to tinker with Article 35A of the Constitution, empowers the Legislative Assembly to determine the issues with regard to permanent residence. “The BJP is in government at the Centre and in the state and it is intriguing that the party is not taking a call on this sensitive issue (Rohingyas) and is instead generating passions by hoodwinking the people,” National Conference provincial president Devender Rana said in a statement here. Union Minister Jitendra Singh had yesterday questioned the “selective silence” of the National Conference (NC) on the “settlement of Rohingyas, Burmese and Bangladesh nationals” in Jammu and Kashmir. Hitting out at NC working president Omar Abdullah for raising “a hue and cry” on the issue of Article 35A of the Constitution, Singh said, “Let the discussion start from the settlement of the foreigners who have for the last 10-15 years settled here without any reason.” “It was the National Conference-Congress government at that time. What is the stand of this political party, which maintains selective silence on the settlement of Rohingyas, Burmese and Bangladesh nationals, but raises hue and cry over the settlement of Indian nationals? That means it is mala fide intention,” Singh told reporters. Reacting to Singh’s statement, Rana said the National Conference leadership had time and again sought repatriation of illegal Rohingyas. He said that mixing the issue of settlement of Rohingya refugees with Article 35A “reveals and reflects the weak stand of the BJP”. He alleged that the BJP was using the issue of Rohingyas as “diversionary tactics”. Rana said the BJP should do some “introspection rather than indulging in anti-Jammu machinations”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bangladeshi national residing illegally in India arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Bangladeshi national allegedly residing illegally in Meerut was arrested today by the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF), according to an official statement. “The arrested has been identified as Abu Hannan alias Abu Hanna, a resident of Dharampur in Banglasdesh’s Rajshahi district,” it said. He was residing in an area under the Falwada Police Station area in Meerut, the statement issued by the STF said here. The STF has seized an Aadhaar card, a voter ID, a local address proof, a mobile phone, a SIM card of Bangladesh and Rs 210, it said. During interrogation, the man said that he had fled from his home some years ago, and illegally entered India, the statement claimed. He came to Falwada in Meerut in 2006 after working in Kolkata, Muzaffarpur, Delhi and Ludhiana, the STF said. “He married a girl, a local resident, and his in-laws helped him in get a local address proof, which was subsequently used by him to get a passport, PAN card and voter ID illegally,” they said. “On the basis of his passport, he brought the ID of his brother Masood Rana, and obtained a month-long visa to Bangladesh. “He stayed in Bangladesh for a month with his family members. His wife works in a beauty parlour in Saudi Arabia, and is likely to come after some time. He has also confessed that he was planning to build a house,” the STF said. During this, some people in Falwada allegedly threatened him suspecting him to be a Bangladeshi. He was planning to move again but this did not materialise, they said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kolkata: New Imam of Tipu Sultan mosque will be guided by norms to avoid controversy, says board

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Members of Wakf Estate of Prince Golam Mohammad on Sunday said the new imam of Tipu Sultan Masjid would be guided by strict norms to avoid any kind of controversies. The decision comes after the previous imam Syed Md Nurur Rahman Barkati was ousted for his controversial statements and fatwas.Shahzada Anwar Ali, the patron manager of the trustee board said that about half a dozen profiles had been zeroed in upon for the post and appointment would be done soon after Bakri Eid. “A panel of officials would be made soon after Eid to start the proceedings of appointment. One of the criteria would be to stick to Shariya or Islamic law in his preachings,” Ali said while speaking to DNA.He said that the namaz for Bakri Eid would be led by acting Imam Haroon Rashid who had done the same for Id-Ul-Fitr as well.It was found out that apart from a monthly allowance of about Rs 10,000, the imam would also get a room with a collection of religious books within the premises of the masjid.Sources said that he would not be allowed to use the place like his office. The board of trustees was likely to avoid putting up of any signboard on the outside walls of the room.Sources also said that there would be a restriction of the imam on attending political rallies and meetings, citing that he would need the board’s permission if he was to attend a gathering.One of the reasons why Barkati, who had been the imam of the masjid since 1989, was removed was his indulgence in politics and close proximity with political leaders. Barkati had hit the headlines for his acerbic comments and fatwas against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen and Canadian columnist Tarek Fateh. Many had objection to Barkati’s ‘politically motivated press conference’ within the masjid premises. Committee members had, however, maintained that the decision of Barkati’s removal was owing to his anti-national remarks.

Prostitution racket busted in Thane; 6 held, 4 women rescued

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane police busted a flesh trade racket being allegedly run at a lodge in the district and arrested six men and rescued four women from there. Based on a tip-off, the anti-human trafficking cell of the Thane police’s crime branch raided the lodge in Kalyan township on Tuesday evening, a police official said in a release issued late last night. The six nabbed persons included the contractor who used run the lodge, its two managers, cashier, waiter and an agent who was part of the prostitution racket, senior police inspector Ravindra Daundkar said. The police team also rescued four women, including a Bangladeshi national, from the place, he said. The arrested men were booked under IPC sections 370(2)(3) (trafficking of persons) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) and relevant provisions of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, Daundkar said. They were produced in a local court which remanded them in police custody till August 19, he said. The rescued women were sent to a rehabilitation centre in Thane, the police official added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

10 accused acquitted in Hyd Task Force office bomb blast case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A court today acquitted 10 persons for lack of evidence in a case of bomb blast nearly 12 years ago at Hyderabad police’s Task Force office in the city, in which a home guard was killed. T Srinivas Rao, judge of the seventh additional metropolitan sessions court here, absolved the accused, nine of whom were in jail. A Bangladeshi bomber had walked into the Task Force office located in Greenlands area here on October 12, 2005 and detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), killing the home guard and himself. A special investigation team (SIT) of the Central Crime Station conducted an inquiry and suspected the role of an international terror organisation in the blast. The investigating team later filed a charge sheet and named a total of 20 persons in it. The SIT arrested 10 persons and claimed that three other accused died in different incidents and the remaining seven were absconding. The counsel representing six of the 10 arrested accused, Mohammed Abdul Azeem, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Fake currency racket: Suspected Ansar Bangla terrorist Raza-ul-Ahmed arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi police and security forces on Thursday arrested suspected Ansarullah Bangla terrorist while he was trying to flee to Nepal.The suspect has been identified as Raza-ul-Ahmed​.Raza-ul-Ahmed was involved in fake currency racket. He has been handed over to West Bengal police which had filed a case against him.Last Sunday, a suspected Bangladeshi terrorist associated with Islamic extremist group Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Anti Terrorist Squad from Muzaffarnagar.Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) is an al Qaeda-inspired Islamic extremist group in Bangladesh.

Bangla national reveals how several others entering India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Arrested Bangladeshi national Abdullah has revealed that several youngsters from his country have come illegally to India on the pretext of pursuing studies and with the help of agents manage get identification documents, a senior police official said today. “During interrogation, Abdullah revealed that a number of youngsters from Bangladesh, on the pretext of pursuing studies, come to India illegally through Tripura, Assam and West Bengal. And then with the help of brokers or agents, they manage to make identification documents,” Inspector General of Police, (IGP), UP, ATS, Aseem Arun said in a statement released here. “Abdullah said that he had entered India in 2011 through Tripura. He also admitted giving Rs 9,000 to an agent in Saharanpur for preparing a passport. Efforts are on to trace the agent,” he said. Abdullah was arrested on Sunday from the Muzaffarnagar district of UP. He was brought to Lucknow on a transit remand, and yesterday produced before the court of Special CJM Customs, Chavi Asthana, who sent him on five days of police remand, the ATS said. Abdullah, the police have claimed, is associated with Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) and was involved in preparing fake identity proofs of terrorists, especially of Bangladesh and help them get safe hideouts in India. ABT is an Al Qaeda inspired Islamic extremist group in Bangladesh.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

ATS gets transit remand of suspected Bangladeshi terrorist

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A local court today granted the transit remand of a suspected Bangladeshi terrorist to Uttar Pradesh police’s Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS), a day after his arrest here. Chief Judicial Magistrate Gopal Tiwari allowed the ATS transit remand of Abdullah after which it took him to Lucknow. Abdullah is allegedly associated with Islamic extremist group Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT). He was living in the area for the past one month, IG, ATS, Asim Arun said. Earlier, Abdullah had been residing in the Deoband area of Saharanpur district since 2011. He had managed to get an Aadhaar card and passport prepared on the basis of fake identity, the officer said. He was associated with the ABT and involved in preparing fake identity proofs of terrorists, especially from Bangladesh, and help them find safe hideouts in India, Arun alleged. According to the police, ABT is an Al-Qaeda inspired Islamic extremist group based in Bangladesh. ATS teams from Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar and the district police team from Shamli conducted searches after Abdullah’s arrest, the police said. During interrogation, Abdullah told ATS sleuths that he used to prepare fake identity proofs with the help of one Faizan, resident of Deoband, IG Arun said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Uttar Pradesh ATS arrests Bangladeshi terrorist from Muzaffarnagar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Sunday arrested a Bangladeshi national from Kutesara village of Muzaffarnagar district over allegedly carrying out terror activities.The suspect, identified as Abdullah, was allegedly arranging fake IDs and giving shelter to other terrorists.Abdullah was associated with Bangladesh terror group ‘Ansarullah Bangla team’.He was residing in Muzaffarnagar since the past one month and earlier used to live in Saharanpur in 2011.As per the preliminary inquiry, it was found that Abdullah was arranging fake Ids and passports for the Bangladeshi terrorists so that they can safely live in India to carry out their terror activities.The team also summoned three more people for detailed inquiry.The UP ATS along with Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar and Shamli police carrying out an arrest and investigation drive in three districts on the order of Saharanpur Deputy inspector general of police.

TMC torturing families in B’deshi enclaves: Sengupta

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two years ago, on July 31, 2015 at midnight, 14,856 residents of Bangladeshi enclaves in India were declared citizens of India and about 921 came over from Bangladesh. They had been residing as residents of Indian enclaves in Bangladesh three months later.At present, Deeptiman Sengupta, who had spearheaded the movement in Cooch Behar district with his organisation, has now joined the BJP and is allegedly not being able to visit these enclaves because of security reasons and repeated threats by a TMC leader.Sengupta has been heading the Bharat Bangladesh Enclave Exchange Coordination Committee (BBEECC), which was later rechristened as Citizens’ Rights Coordination Committee (CRCC) after India and Bangladesh signed the historic Land Boundary agreement (LBA). It has been alleged that TMC MLA Udayan Guha has threatened Sengupta and that his musclemen are all over the enclaves to prevent Sengupta from entering the place.”At midnight tomorrow, there will be candles lit at all the enclaves to mark the occasion. We will refrain from any celebration because our leader has been barred from coming over,” said Jainal Abedin, one of the enclave-dwellers.Talking to DNA, Sengupta said that he had cut down on his visits to the enclaves for the sake of residents there.”The families that I visit have been invariably targeted and subjected to atrocities of the TMC. Thus I have cut down on my visits,” Sengupta said.Guha, on the other hand rubbished all allegations. “He is talking as if there is no police or administration. If I pose as a threat to his life, why doesn’t he complain to the police? In fact he knows that he has lost his foothold at the enclave with the TMC being more popular now,” he said.

JKNPP protests against govt’s ‘failure’ to deport Rohingyas

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) staged a protest here today against the state government’s “failure” to deport the Rohingyas and Bangladeshis from Jammu. Led by JKNPP chairman Harsh Dev Singh, the workers of the party staged a protest at the Exhibition Ground and raised anti-government slogans, besides shouting “Rohingyas, quit Jammu” and “Bangladeshis, go back”. They also torched an effigy of the Group of Ministers (GoM) constituted to look into the issue. Addressing the media, Singh later claimed that the government acknowledged that Rohingyas and Bangladeshi immigrants had unlawfully settled in clusters on the outskirts of Jammu city and Samba with the help of NGOs and madrassas. He further claimed that these settlers were under the continuous surveillance of the intelligence agencies. Singh accused the settlers of indulging in drug- trafficking, flesh trade, abductions and other crimes, in spite of the state government saying that 17 FIRs were lodged against 38 Rohingyas for various offences, including illegal border-crossing. He described the “soaring population” of Rohingyas as a “potential threat” to the demography of the Jammu region.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP Govt. sincere about preventing Bangladeshi infiltration Sonowal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Union Government is sincere about preventing infiltration of Bangladeshis into Assam. “This particular issue (infiltration of Bangladeshi citizens into Assam) is handled by the Indian Home Ministry, and it is sincere. I have particularly visited both sectors ? Dakshi Salma Mancachar and Dhubri, that?s a Brahmaputra valley sharing this Bangladesh border and near Barak Valley Karinganj and Cachar – twice. I have visited personally and now we had an interactive session with all the agencies which are in-charge of the construction (of border fencing),? Sonowal said. The Chief Minister asserted that his government was not going to compromise with corruption and denied reports that showed a sting operation of reviving of illegal extortion from vehicles entering Assam in the name of entry pass which used to happen during the Congress Government?s tenure. Sonowal expressed that the random indents of road blockage in Manipur were a matter of worry as not only do they incur huge economic losses for the state, but also the public and the government are against it. The Assam Chief Minister also asserted that the North-East region has witnessed development after the BJP Government came to power at the Centre.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bangladesh rescues 24 more cyclone survivors from sea

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bangladesh navy said today it has rescued 24 more fishermen from the Bay of Bengal, bringing the total to 80 since a cyclone pounded the country’s coastline three days ago. Two naval vessels plucked the fishermen from waters near Cox’s Bazar and Kutubdia island — two of the areas worst hit by the storm. “Members of the navy rescued them as they were floating in the sea,” a spokesman for the navy said. At least 70 fishermen are still missing. The navy has deployed 18 ships to conduct an extensive search and rescue operation across Bangladesh’s entire maritime territory in the Bay of Bengal after Cyclone Mora killed seven people and destroyed thousands of homes. The ships are also carrying food, emergency relief and two medical teams to hard hit Kutubdia and Saint Martin’s Island. A navy helicopter and a maritime patrol aircraft are conducting aerial searches for survivors, it said. As the cyclone advanced on Bangladesh, local authorities increased the maritime threat to its highest level and ordered all fishing vessels to remain at port. Mushtaq Ahmed, a fishing industry representative in Cox’s Bazar, said eight boats had failed to return. “We thanked the navy for rescuing our men. But still 70 fishermen and eight boats are missing. We hope they’ll continue the search operation until the last fisherman is accounted for,” he told AFP. He said the fishermen could be moored on a island or adrift at sea. In the past most of the fishermen returned to their fishing ports within a week or two. Bangladesh suffers frequent cyclones and fishermen are often reported missing only to be found in their villages after the storm has subsided. Ahmed said it was the first time the navy had conducted such an extensive search operation for missing fishermen after a cyclone. Earlier this week an Indian navy ship rescued 33 Bangladeshi survivors and handed them over to the local authorities. Cyclone Mora came after heavy rains in Sri Lanka caused the worst flooding the island has seen in well over a decade, killing more than 200 people. South Asia is frequently hit by flooding in the summer with the arrival of the annual monsoon rains.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cyclone Mora: India hands over relief materials to Bangladesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India today provided relief materials to cyclone-hit Bangladesh and handed over 33 fishermen who were rescued by the Indian Navy after they got trapped in the storm. Indian High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla handed over to Bangladeshi authorities in Chittagong 33 fishermen who were rescued by the Indian Navy 96 nautical miles south west of the Bangladeshi port city yesterday. The fishermen were rescued by the Navy’s Marine commandos on board its ship INS Sumitra which was sent to the cyclone- battered country as part of India’s assistance in relief and rescue operations. “They were rescued by the Marine commandos on board the ship in a daring operation. The commandos jumped into the sea to rescue the fishermen as the boats could not be lowered on account of the sea state,” the Indian Navy said in a statement. Shringla also handed over relief materials to the Deputy Commissioner of Chittagong. The Indian Navy has also deployed P-81 aircraft as part of its rescue operations in the country. Cyclone Mora killed at least nine persons and rendered over 50,000 families homeless besides causing widespread damage in coastal regions. The cyclone has affected over a quarter million people in the country, the disaster management ministry said. As many as 286,000 people in 16 coastal districts were affected by the storm, Additional Secretary Golam Mostafa was quoted as saying by bdnews24. Around 54,500 families have lost properties in the storm as nearly 60,000 houses have been damaged along with 1,592 acres of farmlands, he said. Cox’s Bazar, the longest unbroken sea beach in the world, bore the brunt of the cyclone, with five people dead, over 20,000 houses destroyed and hundreds of trees uprooted, blocking roads all over the district. Mora, packing winds of up to 150 kilometres per hour, made landfall in the country on Tuesday, tearing through the southwest districts including low-lying areas.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

4 Bangladeshi nationals held with 2.3 lakh US Dollar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four Bangladeshi nationals have been arrested and US dollars worth Rs 1.32 crore seized from them at a checkpost in Tripura when they were returning to their country, police said today. The four persons, who entered India on May 8, were carrying valid travel document and later told police that they were ‘carriers’ of international currencies. Acting on a tip-off, BSF personnel had yesterday detained the four Bangladeshis at Srimantapur checkpost in Sipaijala district of Tripura and recovered 2.3 lakh US dollar from their possession, the police said. They were arrested after they were handed over to the police by the border guards. Subdivisional Police Officer of Sonamura, Babul Das said the four persons, who entered India from Comilla district of Bangladesh, went to Kolkata and returned with the currency on the same day. “The Bangladeshi nationals have admitted to be ‘carriers’ of international currencies from one country to another,” he said. During preliminary interrogation, the accused said some people had given them the money in Kolkata for carrying it to some Bangladeshis in the neighbouring country. Senior intelligence officials were interrogating them and exploring the possibility of their involvement with terror groups, the officer said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

FICN worth Rs 1 lakh seized from Indo-Bangla border in Assam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fake currency with a face value of Rs one lakh in Rs 2000 denomination notes was seized by BSF personnel from the Indo-Bangladesh international border in south Salmara district of Assam. Based on intelligence inputs regarding infiltration of Bangladeshi FICN (Fake Indian Currency Notes) racketeers from the area under Border Out Posts (BOPs) of 174 battalion of BSF, the troops carried out a special operation there at Khagrachar village yesterday. BSF Guwahati Frontier, Dhubri also took part in the operation. The BSF observed movement of suspected persons near the international boundary at Charland (riverine area) and tried to apprehend them. But the men ran away to the Bangladesh side leaving behind a bag containing the 50 fake notes of Rs 2000 denomination and other items. The seized FICN has been handed over to Sukhchar police station for further legal action after lodging an FIR, the BSF spokesman said. The Guwahati Frontier personnel also seized 49 cattle valued at approximately Rs 4.40 lakh on the intervening night of April 22 and April 23, the BSF spokesman added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SC examining issue of citizenship to immigrants in Assam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today commenced hearing to examine the constitutional validity of various aspects of a provision of the Citizenship Act 1955, including the cut-off date for awarding citizenship to Bangladeshi immigrants in Assam. A five-judge bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur said it would deal with 13 questions related to the constitutional validity of section 6A of the Act, which were referred to it for consideration by a two-judge bench in December 2014. Section 6A of the Act relates to special provisions for citizenship of persons covered by the Assam Accord, which was a memorandum of settlement signed between representatives of the Centre and the leaders of Assam movement in August 1985. The bench, also comprising Justices R K Agrawal, P C Pant, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, said that apart from these 13 questions, it might also deal with related issues raised by the parties if required. The apex court asked the Centre and other concerned parties, including Assam government, to file their written submissions in the matter by May 1 and fixed the matter for hearing on May 8. It said after going through the written submissions, it would decide on the dates when the matter would be heard in detail. “All the parties will file their written submissions on or before May 1… With regard to the time that will be required for hearing, there seems to be some impression that the hearing will take considerable time,” the bench said. “We will consider it after going through the written submissions filed by the parties,” it said. In December 2014, a two-judge bench of the apex court had framed 13 questions for deliberation by a larger bench which included as to whether section 6A violates the Articles of the Constitution by diluting the political rights of citizens of Assam. It had also framed a question about scope of fundamental right contained in Article 29(1), relating to the right to conserve a distinct language, script or culture, and also about the meaning of expressions ‘culture’ and ‘conserve’. The two-judge bench had formulated questions whether section 6A violates Article 14 (equality before law) and 21 (right to life) of the Constitution. “Whether section 6 A violates the basic premise of the Constitution and the Citizenship Act in that it permits citizens who have allegedly not lost their citizenship of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) to become deemed citizens of India, thereby conferring dual citizenship to such persons,” it had said. During the hearing today, senior advocate Shyam Divan, appearing for one of the petitioners, told the bench that the main issue relates to challenge to the vires of section 6A of the Act. The bench was told that these 13 questions were framed by the two-judge bench after the parties had given their suggestions on the issue. The apex court initially told the parties that it would start hearing the matter in summer vacation from May 11 and the arguments might be concluded by May 19. The lawyers, however, said that arguments would take time after which the bench said it would go through the written submissions and would then decide on May 8 about the dates for hearing the matter. The two-judge bench, which was hearing various petition arising out of its judgement on PILs on influx of illegal Bangladeshi migrants to Assam, had decided to keep monitoring the implementation of directions given by it earlier. It had earlier passed a slew of directions, including an order to the Centre to complete the fencing work along the India-Bangladesh border within three months to check cross-border influx of illegal Bangladesh nationals into Assam and streamline the process to deport them back. The apex court had also laid down a time-table for updating of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam so that the entire updated register is published by the end of January, 2016. The apex court’s December 2014 verdict had come on the pleas of Assam Sanmilita Mahasangha, Assam Public Works and All Assam Ahom Association filed in the aftermath of large- scale riots in 2012 and 2014 resulting in the death of a large number of persons. In their writ petition, the petitioners have said the sovereignty and integrity of India is itself at stake as a massive influx of illegal migrants from a neighbouring country has affected the core constitutional value.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mamata Banerjee tells Hasina: Leave Teesta, take Torsa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The charm offensive to woo West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was very much on display as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina held talks at the Hyderabad House in the Capital on Saturday.Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj gave full indication of this, as she walked in holding hands and wearing the same colour white sari as the West Bengal Chief Minister at the Hyderabad House, just as talks between the two premiers were concluding. The smiling faces of Sushma and Mamata said it all — the PM’s diplomatic coup had worked.Sources privy to the talks said that though the West Bengal CM continued to emphasise that since there was little water in Teesta river, even in April, she agreed that there was a need to look at parallel proposals too. For this, Mamata said other trans-national rivers could be diverted to attend to Bangladesh’s water needs. “Your problem is water, not Teesta. I am willing to look at any alternate proposal to address your issues,” she was quoting as telling the Bangladeshi PM in the presence of Modi. Mamata later reiterated this proposal at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in the evening. She also mentioned that the River Torsa can be allowed to flow unhindered to Bangladesh.Mamata was present at many of the functions organised by Modi for the Bangladesh PM. Modi had invited her for lunch on Saturday; she was also present during the joint press interaction of both the premiers, and for the launch of the new train and bus services.Her presence at all these functions ensured that there would be no repeat of 2011 when she humiliated then PM Manmohan Singh, by pulling out from his delegation to visit to Dhaka over the Teesta water-sharing deal, scuttling the historic agreement.Sheikh Hasina too was anxious to charm the West Bengal CM. Even before the Bangladeshi PM had set her foot on Indian soil, sources said that she had expressed her desire to meet the West Bengal CM in a quiet corner to exchange pleasantries in their common language — Bengali. And thanks to the PM’s diplomatic efforts, Sheikh Hasina got her wish.The Prime Minister’s efforts were unofficially aided by President Pranab Mukherjee. Sources reveal that the Bangladesh PM has a special affinity for the President, who is understood to have mentored her during a long spell when she lived in New Delhi’s Pandara Road after the assassination of her father, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975. Ahead of the banquet, which the President arranged for the visiting dignitary on Sunday, he invited Hasina and Mamata for a quite dinner at Rashtrapati Bhavan, along with selected guests.The fact that Sheikh Hasina was keen on breaking the ice with the West Bengal CM was evident from the start. Soon after her arrival, at a reception hosted by Bangladesh High Commissioner here on Friday evening, she said that she was very keen to meet Mamata at the President’s dinner.At the bilateral talks, though the two sides succeeded in taking ties to a new level, they could not finalise the long-pending Teesta water- sharing agreement. Though this agreement has been fiercely opposed by Mamata, some analysts feel that her proposal at the sidelines of the official ceremonies could be a way out.At the joint press conference on Saturday, Modi said the agreement was important for Indo-Bangla ties and expressed hope that the West Bengal Chief Minister would eventually support it. “I am very happy that the Chief Minister of West Bengal is my honoured guest today. I know that her feelings for Bangladesh are as warm as my own. I assure you and the people of Bangladesh of our commitment and continuing efforts (with regard to finalising the treaty),” he said. The PM added he “firmly” believed that an early solution to the issue “can and will” be found.This charm offensive by the PM did not happen overnight. Earlier, Mamata was also offended that her approval had been taken for granted and Modi has been trying to persuade her to agree to the pact for two years. However, relations between the two leaders have been frosty, and the fact that the BJP has been trying for some time to expand its footprint in the state that could eat into the Trinamool Congress’ vote bank did not help matters.Originating from the Teesta Kangse, a glacial lake in Sikkin, the Teesta river is the most important water source for north Bengal. It later enters Bangladesh.

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>We all want peace but one nation wants to spread terrorism: PM Modi slams Pak in Sheikh Hasina’s presenceFurther stating that India has always extended the hand of friendship to every nation, PM Modi opined that the ties of friendship between India and Bangladesh are testament to that fact. Read more. Gaikwad’s travel ban lifted: FIRs have been filed, justice will surely be delivered, says Jayant SinhaJayant Sinha explains on Twitter why Ravindra Gaikwad’s travel ban was lifted. Read more.26-year-old Indian killed in Washington; Sushma Swaraj says coordinating with investigative agenciesA 26-year-old Indian man was on Friday shot dead allegedly by two masked armed robbers at a convenience store of a gas station in the US’ Washington state. Read more.India-Bangladesh sign 22 agreements; Modi-Hasina honour Indian soldiers martyred in 1971 warPrime Minister Narendra Modi held extensive discussions with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina on ways to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries. Read more. Election manifestos become mere piece of paper, political parties must be accountable: CJI JS KheharThe Chief Justice of India was speaking in the presence of President Pranab Mukherjee. Read more.

A ‘thought process’ in South Asia is inspiring, nurturing terrorism PM Modi @ 4/8/2017 6:35:16 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Asserting that a ?thought process? in South Asia was inspiring and nurturing terrorism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a veiled swipe on Pakistan stated that India has always wanted its neighbors to progress along with itself, but certain elements in the region are thriving on destroying instead of developing. Speaking in the presence of his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister Modi expressed his desire to see other nations proceeding along India on the path of development. ?India?s development alone is incomplete and we can?t even imagine that we will go forth and succeed alone in this region. We want peace, prosperity and progress for our neighbors as well. ?Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas? is not only limited to India but our neighbors development as well,? he said at the ‘Sommanona Ceremony’ honoring the Indian Martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the liberation war of Bangladesh. Further stating that India has always extended the hand of friendship to every nation, the Prime Minister opined that the ties of friendship between India and Bangladesh are testament to that fact. In a veiled attack on Pakistan, he then proceeded to state that there is a ?thought process? in South Asia, which is inspiring and nurtutring terrorism, whose value system is based on violence instead of humanity. ?Their only objective is to spread terrorism, destroy instead of develop and betray instead of trust. This thought process remains a steady challenge to us. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi continued his diplomatic warfare on Islamabad without naming the nation outright. While addressing a joint-presser with visiting Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he said that ?India liberated Bangladesh from terrorism?. The statement was a clear reference to the 1971 war when India had intervened between East Pakistan and West Pakistan, ultimately leading to the formation of Bangladesh. Meanwhile, India and Bangladesh today signed 22 agreements and four agreements were exchanged in presence of both Prime Ministers in New Delhi after delegation level talks. The areas in which the agreements have been inked include bilateral judicial sector, earth sciences, navigation, peaceful uses of outer space, passengers and cruise services on the coastal and protocol route and motor vehicle passenger traffic. In a joint press statement, Prime Minister Modi announced the Line of Credit of 500 million dollars to Bangladesh for defence purchases, stating that the spread of radicalization and extremism poses grave threat to India, Bangladesh and entire region. He expressed greatest admiration for Prime Minister Hasina?s ?zero-tolerance? policy to deal with terrorism.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PM Modi, Hasina inaugurate two rail, road connectivity projects

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina on Saturday inaugurated two rail and a road connectivity project via video conferencing. ?Building the ties that bind, one step at a time. The two leaders inaugurate two rail and a road connectivity project via video conf,? Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted. Khulna-Kolkata Maitree Express was inaugurated which will run from Khulna (Bangladesh) to Kolkata via Petropole-Benapole (Bangladesh). Kolkata-Khulna-Dhaka bus service was also inaugurated on the occasion. The trial runs of the bus service were conducted on October 30-31 last year. It will be further extended to Dhaka as requested by Bangladesh. There was inauguration of Radhikapur-Birol rail link and flagging off a cargo consignment of High Speed Diesel from Numaligarh Refinery Limited. It is the fourth rail link to be operational between the two nations. It will reduce the cost of freight by half as the distance covered will be shorter. The two leaders also released the Hindi translation of founding leader of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman?s ?The Unfinished Memoirs. ?An invaluable glimpse into the life of an inspiring leader. The leaders release Hindi translation of Bangabandhu’s ‘The Unfinished Memoirs’,? Baglay tweeted. Prime Minister Modi also wished the people of Bangladesh on upcoming new year and noted that Hasina?s visit marks a golden era in India-Bangladesh friendship. Shaping the future of bilateral ties, Prime Minister Modi and the Bangladesh Prime Minister led delegation level talks. Strengthening all-round cooperation, the two leaders witnessed exchange of four agreements/MoUs out of 22 signed in a wide range of bilateral relations.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bangladesh advisors hopeful of PM Hasina’s visit to India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Expressing confidence in Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina?s visit to India and holding talks with Indian counterpart Prime Minister Narendra Modi, various advisors from Bangladesh on Saturday said that positive result can be expected from the meet, adding that it will cover terrorism and peace issues as well. ?We do hope for good results to come out of the Prime Minister Hasina?s visit to India. There has been a rise in terrorism in the recent times in both the countries. Both the governments have been doing the hardest to put it down and they need to exchange information and ideas to tackle terrorism,? Journalist and writer Syed Badrul Ahsan told ANI. He further said that Bangladesh and India are prepared to sign as many as 22 deals which will make the ties more strong. ?Traditionally Bangladesh-India relations have been friendly since the Modi government came to power the relation has been strengthened further,? he added. He further said that the visit will be looked upon with great interest especially in relation to defence as there is the question of how these two governments will deal with the peace issue. Meanwhile, Bangladesh’s Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said that it is expected that these two countries will possibly sign a MoU on sharing of information and a close corporation of audio-visual joint production which is necessary. ?We are expecting that with this follow-up meeting we will go for certain more close cooperation in the areas of trade and commerce, information and other areas as well, so that these two countries can work more closely on the areas of concerns which matters to both of them,? he added. Meanwhile, political advisor to Bangladesh Prime Minister, Hossain Toufique Imam said the visit will be a landmark for both the nations. ?Both the Prime Ministers understand each other well. So, all together this visit will be really a landmark. I am very hopeful that this visit will bring a lot of good things,? he added. Bangladesh Prime Minister Hasina today received ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Prime Minister Modi said he will hold talks with his Bangladeshi counterpart during which they will discuss ways to further deepen ties between India and Bangladesh. Bangladesh Prime Minister Hasina also paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat, the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi. The two leaders will discuss the entire gamut of bilateral relations. More than 20 pacts are set to be inked after the delegation-level talks. Two agreements are expected to be signed in the area of defence. India will also extend Line of Credit of 500 million dollars to Bangladesh for defence purchases. Besides, India will enter into an inter-governmental agreement with the neighbouring country on civil nuclear energy. Train services, involving West Bengal and Bangladesh and bus service connecting Kolkata and Dhaka will also be launched during the visit. Bangladesh Prime Minister Hasina along with her Indian counterpart will also attend ‘Sommanona Ceremony’ in the evening to honour the Indian martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the liberation of Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Prime Minister arrived in the national capital yesterday on a four-day visit to India.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bangladesh PM Hasina receives ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhawan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday received ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he will hold talks with his Bangladeshi counterpart during which they will discuss ways to further deepen ties between India and Bangladesh. Bangladesh Prime Minister Hasina along with her Indian counterpart will also attend ‘Sommanona Ceremony’ in the evening to honour the Indian martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the liberation of Bangladesh. Prime Minister Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart will hold talks later in the day. The two leaders will discuss the entire gamut of bilateral relations. More than 20 pacts are set to be inked after the delegation-level talks. Two agreements are expected to be signed in the area of defence. India will also extend Line of Credit of 500 million dollars to Bangladesh for defence purchases. Besides, India will enter into an inter-governmental agreement with the neighbouring country on civil nuclear energy. Train services, involving West Bengal and Bangladesh and bus service connecting Kolkata and Dhaka will also be launched during the visit. She will visit Rajghat, the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi to lay wreath. The Bangladesh Prime Minister arrived in the national capital yesterday on a four-day visit to India. In a special gesture, Prime Minister Modi drove to the Delhi airport to receive her. Later, in a tweet, Prime Minister Modi said he and his Bangladeshi counterpart are determined to take the relationship between the two nations to a new level.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PM Modi, Bangladesh PM Hasina to hold delegation level talks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina will hold talks in New Delhi today. The two leaders will discuss the entire gamut of bilateral relations. More than 20 pacts are set to be inked after the delegation-level talks. Two agreements are expected to be signed in the area of defence. India will also extend Line of Credit of 500 million dollars to Bangladesh for defence purchases. Besides, India will enter into an inter-governmental agreement with the neighbouring country on civil nuclear energy. Train services, involving West Bengal and Bangladesh and bus service connecting Kolkata and Dhaka will also be launched during the visit. The Bangladesh Prime Minster will be accorded ceremonial reception at the forecourts of Rashtrapati Bhawan in the morning. She will visit Rajghat, the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi, to lay wreath. Bangladesh Prime Minister Hasina along with her Indian counterpart will also attend ‘Sommanona Ceremony’ in the evening to honour the Indian martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the liberation of Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Prime Minister arrived in the national capital yesterday on a four-day visit to India. In a special gesture, Prime Minister Modi drove to the Delhi airport to receive her. Later, in a tweet, Prime Minister Modi said he and his Bangladeshi counterpart are determined to take the relationship between the two nations to a new level.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Constitution bench to hear citizenship plea of Bangladeshi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The issue of forced exodus owing to alleged religious persecution of minorities, including Hindus, from Bangladesh and their plea for Indian citizenship will be heard by a Constitution bench during the summer vacation, the Supreme Court said today. The 2012 PIL will now be taken up along with other petitions relating to questions including whether the children of illegal Bangladeshi Muslim migrants can avail the benefit of Indian citizenship in Assam. A two-judge bench had earlier asked the Centre to detect and deport all illegal migrants who have come to Assam after March 25, 1971 and hold discussions with the Bangladesh government to ensure that illegal migrants are sent back. It had also decided to keep monitoring the work of border fencing to ensure no foreigner comes to India illegally. However, the court in December 2014 had referred to a five-judge bench the issues relating to the cut-off date for granting citizenship to illegal Bangladeshi migrants and the status of children of such illegal migrants under the existing law. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar today decided to tag the PIL seeking citizenship or refugee status to thousands of displaced persons of minorities including Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and Christians due to their alleged religious persecution in Bangladesh with the cases of illegal Muslim migrants in Assam. During the brief hearing on the PIL filed by NGO ‘Swajan’ and others, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, said that the Bill on granting Indian citizenship to members of religious minorities of Bangladesh is pending in the Parliament. The bench, also comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul, said that the present plea should be heard together with similar other petitions and fixed April 19 for framing of issues to be deliberated upon by a Constitution bench during the summer vacation. A Constitution bench consists of a minimum of five judges. The petition filed by the NGO had stated that in spite of a specific mandate of Section 2 of Immigrants (Expulsion from Assam) Act, 1950 protecting from expulsion victims of civil disturbances, no measures have been taken either by the Centre or the Assam government to provide “ameliorative” steps for displaced persons. It has said that citizenship was granted to similarly affected persons from Pakistan and Bangladesh by Citizenship (Amendment) Rules, 2004, for minority Hindu community people who were displaced as a result of the 1965 and 1971 wars between India and Pakistan and they were settled in Rajasthan and Gujarat.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India to export diesel to Bangladesh from tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India will formally commence the commercial supply of High Speed Diesel (HSD) to Bangladesh from Saturday, said MInister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday. Interacting with Indian and Bangladeshi media on the sidelines of an event at a hotel here, Pradhan said that an inaugural consignment of 2200 metric tonnes of HSD would be sent to Bangladesh. India plans to build a pipeline to carry HSD to Bangladesh and move a formal proposal on the friendship project during Hasina?s meeting with Modi, diplomatic sources said. Until the project is completed, HSD will be transported from Assam?s Numaligarh Refinery to Bangladesh via rail and one such consignment will be flagged off by the two prime ministers. Talking about current state of relations between Bangladesh and India, Minister Pradhan said, ?There is a holistic cooperation between the two countries and our relations is moving towards a new era.? He said that the issue of water sharing of the River Teesta is important, but in the Indian riverine system, the opinion of all states through which the river flows needs to be considered before a final decision is made.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Peace talks with ULFA(I) if Centre comes forward: Chetia

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Peace talks with ULFA (Independent), led by Paresh Axom (Baruah), is only possible if the Centre comes forward for a dialogue process, pro-talk ULFA leader and its general secretary Anup Chetia today said. “Talks with the Paresh Baruah-led faction of ULFA is possible if the Central government comes forward honestly,” Chetia said at the general meeting of the pro-talk ULFA cadre. The ULFA founder leader declined to comment when asked if he has received any indication from Paresh Baruah for the peace talks. The ULFA general secretary also expressed concern at the alleged “apathetic attitude” of the Central Government towards the peace talk process with the ULFA. “Dialogue cannot be a one way traffic and the environment for talks should be created from the government’s side,” he said. “Discussion with the ULFA depends upon the goodwill of the Central Government,” Chetia said. Referring to the proposed settlement of Hindu Bangladeshis in Assam, Chetia said that “the issue is a complete political agenda of the BJP government.” “The issue is being politicised by several forces. Not a single Hindu Bangladeshi family is willing to come to Assam when much hullaballoo is about the proposed amendment of the Citizenship Act,” Chetia claimed. Chetia was incarcerated in Dhaka after being arrested on December 21, 1997 under the Foreigners Act and the Passports Act for illegally carrying foreign currency and a satellite phone. On being asked about Subudh Biswas, the prime accused of Silapathar incident, Chetia said that any move against the state must be opposed by the people of Assam. The Silpathar violence took place on March 6 during the procession taken out by NiBBUSS leading to the destruction of an office of the local unit of AASU, Swahidbedi (memorial to Assam Agitation martyrs) and also causing damage to public and private properties and disruption of law and order situation in the area. Anup Chetia was sentenced to seven years imprisonment by a Bangladeshi court and held at Kashimpur Jail till November 11, 2015 before he was handed over by Bangladesh Government to India. Chetia was then lodged in Guwahati Central Jail from where he was released on bail on December 24, 2015.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mamata to meet Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina on Apr 8

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is likely to meet Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during a dinner hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee on April 8 here. Mamata, who will arrive in the capital on April 7, is also likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discuss several issues including central funds to her state and the contentious Teesta water-sharing issue, sources said. Bangladesh PM is arriving here on April 7 on a four-day visit during which she will have a series of meetings on various issues including on enhancing rail, road and water connectivity. The sources said Mamata, who had raised objections over the Teesta water-sharing agreement, is expected to meet Modi in the banquet. However, TMC sources said there is no confirmation if it will be an exclusive meeting between Modi and Mamata.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

FEATURE-As deluges threaten crops, Bangladesh’s hill farmers shift tactics

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>By Rafiqul Islam FARUKPARA, Bangladesh, April 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – For a long time, slash and burn agriculture was a way of life for Funghkal Bawn. Like other farmers from the ethnic Bawn community, in the Chittagong Hill Tract area of Bangladesh, he used to clear a new strip of land every season on the slopes near his village of Farukpara. On it he grew a single crop such as paddy rice, pineapple, ginger or turmeric. But two years ago, a flash flood triggered by torrential rains damaged his entire crop of rice, leaving him short of food and money to buy new seeds. The setback forced Bawn to rethink his traditional method of farming and find a more sustainable way to grow crops, to hedge against the growing likelihood of extreme weather. Now Bawn sows a mixture of traditional crops and other plants on the hill slopes, to minimise his losses if any natural disaster hits his crop land again. Other farmers are following his lead to help improve their resilience against the worsening impacts of climate change. “I started mixed cultivation of crops, including pineapple, ginger, mango and coffee together,” Bawn told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. He sows and harvests the crops at different times. If one is damaged by floods or erratic rainfall, there is a chance that another will survive, and he will be able to sell that one instead, he explained. Ten of the 22 families in Farukpara’s Bawn community are now practising similar mixed cultivation. Zarmoy Bawn, one of Fungkhal’s neighbours, said that along with traditional crops he has planted coffee saplings on his land. He hopes that once the trees start fruiting, he will be able to earn more money selling the cash crop. Another farmer, Nu Ang Bawn, intends to plant coffee and mango saplings on her hill slopes from next season. “Now I sow only ginger and pineapple on my land. But I want to start mixed crops cultivation from next season to get more benefit from farming,” she added. MORE HEAVY RAIN Weather services and climate experts say the frequency of heavy rain is increasing in South Asia, including Bangladesh, while lighter rainfall is becoming less common. The Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), situated in Bangladesh’s south-east and bordering India and Myanmar, are the country’s only largely hilly region, with slopes prone to problems in heavy rain. A 2014 study by the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology found that rainfall has been increasing in recent decades, both during and before the annual monsoon. In 2007, the Chittagong region received 480 mm (19 inches) of rain in a single day, leading to flooding and landslides that killed more than 100 people. Malik Fida A. Khan, deputy executive director of the Dhaka-based Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services, a think-tank, said that as the rainfall pattern shifts in South Asia as a result of climate change, the hill tract area can expect monsoons to bring more intense rain over shorter periods. This could lead to massive soil erosion and flash floods, he said. Reducing the use of traditional shifting cultivation – which can lead to the removal of trees or plants that help hold soil and trap water on slopes – could help reduce risks, and not just in the hills, he said. “As a result of soil erosion due to shifting cultivation, the streams, rivers and tributaries are rapidly silted up, resulting in flash floods in the CHT region,” said Abdul Mannan, a programme officer for the Arannayk Foundation, a joint initiative of the Bangladeshi and U.S. governments that works on forest conservation and biodiversity in Bangladesh. Mohammad Qudrat-E-Ghana, a director of Bangladesh’s Department of Agriculture Extension (Horticulture), said there is great potential for growing fruit and other new crops to replace shifting cultivation in the hill tracts. The agriculture department has opened 15 fruit tree centres in three hill districts, distributing high-quality saplings to farmers to encourage them to change their farming practices, cut soil erosion and slow land degradation. He said about 60 percent of farmers living in the hill areas had already started making changes in how they grow crops.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Taslima questions Srijato, Mandakranta’s ‘selective’ stand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Exiled Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen today said she supports the poets who were vilified for their criticism of Yogi Adityanath, but questioned their silence when she was “bundled out” of West Bengal in 2007. She said that she had always fought for freedom of speech, but at the same time one cannot be “selective” while exercising that freedom. Her remarks came a day after a case was registered against unknown persons for threatening eminent Bengali poet Mandakranta Sen with gangrape for expressing solidarity with fellow poet Srijato who recently was embroiled in a controversy after writing a poem allegedly hurting “Hindu sentiments”. “Where were these two when I was forced out of West Bengal by ‘fundamentalists’ for my writing in 2007?” Nasreen told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

250 Pak nationals, 1,750 Bangladeshis deported in last 3 yrs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 250 Pakistani nationals and 1,750 Bangladeshis were deported in last three years, Rajya Sabha was informed today. Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju also said some Bangladeshi migrants “may be prone to Islamic fundamentalism and become easy prey for militancy, communal conflicts and anti-India elements like Pakistani agency ISI”. During the last three years, 2014, 2015 and 2016, more than 250 Pakistani nationals and 1,750 Bangladeshi nationals were deported to their respective countries after due process of identification, he said in a written reply. The Minister said illegal immigrants enter the country without valid travel documents in clandestine and surreptitious manner. “There is no accurate data with regard to number of Bangladeshi citizens illegally residing in the country,” he said. Rijiju said many illegal Bangladeshi immigrants are found to be involved in cases relating to theft/burglary, smuggling, human trafficking and drugs trafficking etc. The government has been strengthening Indo-Bangladesh Border to prevent infiltration of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. Besides, bilateral mechanisms such as Joint Working Group on Security, Director General-level talks between Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), Home Secretary-level talks and Home Minister-level consultations are in place between the two countries to address problems arising from illegal border crossing, transborder crimes like smuggling of drugs, Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN), human trafficking, he said. Further, deportation of illegal Bangladeshi migrants is also undertaken by the state governments who have been delegated the power of detection and deportation of the illegal foreign migrants under the Foreigners Act, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

VHP demands law to construct Ram temple in Ayodhya

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Pravin Togadia today asked the Centre to tread the path of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and enact a law to pave way to build Ram temple in Ayodhya. Addressing a ‘Hindu Sammelan’ held at GMDC ground here, Togadia asked the VHP cadres to be prepared to march to Ayodhya if the Centre does not make such a law soon. “The only way to construct Ram temple in Ayodhya is to walk the path shown by Sardar Patel. Instead of engaging in deliberations with Muslims, he just went ahead and constructed Somnath temple with the consent of Central government at that time,” said Togadia. “The political leaders who just talk about Sardar, need to walk on that path too. To construct Ram temple, the Parliament must enact a law. This is the only way to realise our dream. “If the government does enact such a law soon, then get ready to march to Ayodhya,” said Togadia, who is VHP’s international working president. In his address, the VHP leader announced various schemes for poor Hindus, such as collection of food grains from affluent families and distributing it among the poor. “I also urge the workers to eradicate unsociability from our society by making one friend from Dalit community,” said Togadia, who then gave a slogan “Hindu First.” Thousands of VHP and Bajrang Dal workers from across the state had converged at GMDC ground to listen to Togadia and many other leaders, including VHP’s joint general secretary Surendra Jain and Bajrang Dal chief Manoj Verma. Referring to the BJP’s victory in Uttar Pradesh and the subsequent appointment of Aditya Nath Yogi as the state chief minister, Jain said the country is embracing the saffron colour. “The entire nation wants to see a grand temple in Ayodhya. We are entering into the saffron era as people who were against Ram temple were defeated,” said Jain. Togadia also asked the government to enact a law to control Muslim population as he claimed the community members were extended benefits from the taxes paid by the Hindus. “As per my knowledge, around 95 lakh Muslim students get free education from the taxes paid by us. The Muslim population is also rising. To stop it, a law should be enacted. I am not talking anything communal here, as this law will be applicable to everyone,” said the firebrand leader. He also asked the government to deport illegal Bangladeshi immigrants, saying it will ensure employment to more than 3 crore Indians. “The government must send 3 crore illegal Bangladeshi immigrants back to their country. If you do that, 3 crore Indians will get employment. Similarly, action must be taken against 1.5 lakh Rohingya Muslims settled in Jammu. Many of them are now having their Aadhaar cards too,” said Togadia.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

After complaint of hurting ‘Hindu sentiments’ for poem mocking Adityanath, poet Srijato says he won’t stop

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A police complaint has been filed against poet Srijato Bandopadhyay for a poetry which has posted on his Facebook wall. The poetry, headlined ‘Abhishap’ or curse has, according to the complaint by Arnab Sarkar, a member of Hindu Samhati, hurt Hindu sentiments.“It appears that the poetry has been aimed against the new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath but my objection is on the use or rather misuse of the word ‘trishul’ in the poetry. ‘Trishul’ essentially signifies Hinduism. Poets and intellectuals like these can only insult Hinduism but they keep quiet when there is an offence created by members of some other religion,” Sarkar said.The complaint, filed at Siliguri’s Cyber Crime Police Station, said that the post was an attempt to deprive Hindus from their fundamental right to preach, practice and propagate their religion and that the poet should be immediately arrested. He also said that if police didn’t take any action against the poet they would move court.
ALSO READ Poem against Yogi Adityanath: Police complaint against noted Bengali poet Srijato for ‘hurting Hindu sentiments’Bandopadhyay, however, said he had only exercised his fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression. “I think everyone should protest against anything that goes amiss in society and I, as a poet have only my medium of poetry to put up a protest. I had written a series of poems protesting against the killing of Bangladeshi bloggers and even at that time I had received several threats,” he said.Asked if such complaints would deter him from posting in future, he said, “I would not have written any poetry if I was afraid of these. Even in future my pen would speak for me against anything which I find I should protest against.”The 12-line poetry was posted on March 19 at 8.25 pm. Interestingly, that very day Adityanath had been sworn in as the CM of Uttar Pradesh after the landslide victory of BJP in the last Assembly polls there. By 6 pm on March 21, the post had received over 8000 likes and 1853 shares, followed by a barrage of comments, of which many had been highly acerbic, criticising the poet in unparliamentary terms. Many others have congratulated the poet and said that the nail has been hit on the head and that is why religious fanatics were reacting that way.Theatre artist and state IT minister Bratya Basu said that it was the handiwork of the Sangh parivar to spread communal violence. “Just like they have done in other parts of the country, they want to spread communal violence here through acts like these but they will not be successful in their attempts in Bengal,” he said.

Delhi HC dismisses Zakir Naik’s plea, says Centre’s decision to ban IRF taken to safeguard sovereignty & integrity of India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court on Thursday dismissed controversial Islamic leader Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation’s plea challenging the Centre’s decision to ban the organisation and freezing of accounts.The Court observed that the Centre’s decision to ban Naik’s organisation was taken to safeguard sovereignty and integrity of India. “Immediate action appears to have been taken in interest of integrity and public order maintenance,” the HC observed.The Court also said that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has sufficient material for ban the IRF. On November 15, the Centre had banned the IRF for five years under the anti-terror laws.On November 17, MHA had issued a notification banning IRF under provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). The Home Ministry showed confidential documents to the court on the basis of which decision was taken.The National Investigation Agency (NIA) later followed up with raids on its premises in Mumbai on November 19.According to the Home Ministry, Naik has allegedly made many provocative speeches and had engaged in terror propaganda.The Maharashtra Police has also registered criminal cases against Naik for his alleged involvement in radicalisation of youths and luring them into terror activities, officials said.Zakir Naik He came under the scanner of the security agencies after Bangladeshi newspaper ‘Daily Star’ reported that one of the perpetrators of the July 1,2016 terror attack in Dhaka, Rohan Imtiaz, ran propaganda on Facebook in 2015 quoting Naik.In February, the ED had arrested Aamir Gazdar, a close aide of Naik, in connection with the money laundering case. The central probe agency had registered a criminal case against Naik and others in December, 2016 after taking cognisance of an NIA complaint under the UAPA. Naik (51) is said to be staying in Saudi Arabia to evade arrest after some perpetrators of the Dhaka terror strike last year claimed that they were inspired by him.

Indefinite hunger strike for Bodoland enters 5th day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The indefinite hunger strike, undertaken by ABSU and other Bodo groups, today entered the fifth day for a separate Bodoland. “We’ll not withdraw the agitation till talk starts at the political level. We need a separate Bodoland state,” All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) President Pramod Boro said. “The government should not treat us like Bangladeshi or Pakistani. They should decide whether they want to talk to us or they want to fight. They don’t need to make attempts to befool us,” Boro said. Stating that the government had sent a “half-hearted” letter yesterday requesting to end the hunger strike with no specific time and date for political dialogue, he said the union government and Assam did not have time to address the issues of the indigenous people. He said “we are warning all the forces working against the interest of the Bodos and other indigenous communities to refrain from such activities.” Led by ABSU, National Democratic Front of Boroland (Progressive) NDFB-P) and People’s Joint Action Committee for Boroland Movement (PJACBM), besides a number of Bodo groups started the indefinite hunger strike on March 10. A big rally was organised pressing for the demand this morning in Kokrajhar town.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP-CPM MPs clash in Lok Sabha over death threat to Kerala CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Members of the CPI(M) and the BJP today indulged in heated exchanges in the Lok Sabha over the alleged death threat issued to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan by an RSS member who was later sacked from the outfit. Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, CPI(M) member P Karunakaran said an RSS functionary from Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh had announced a hefty reward for anyone who would come forward to kill the Kerala Chief Minister. “Is this a government policy to attack chief ministers of other parties,” Karunakaran asked, provoking noisy protests by BJP members. The CPI(M) leader was joined by other opposition members in his attack against the government and to vociferously counter the BJP members. Parvesh Varma, BJP member from Delhi, alleged that RSS and BJP members were being attacked in Kerala and the Left was resorting to violence in this ideological fight. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar also got up and said something which could not be heard in the din. Raising another issue, Dharamvira Gandhi (AAP) welcomed the government’s move to cap the prices of stents for heart surgeries and said similar caps should be imposed on diagnostic tests also. TMC’s Protima Mondal demanded that the Human Resources Development Ministry take steps to provide vending machines for sanitary napkins for adolescent girls in co-ed schools. Referring to an incident in Rohtak in Haryana where two youth were arrested on charges of eve-teasing but released later, INLD’s Dushyant Chautala said the two youths had cleared army’s examination. “But after the incident, there was an uproar in Parliament and the army has debarred them. Now that they are acquitted, the Defence Ministry should ensure that they are taken into the force,” he said. BJP’s Nishikant Dubey demanded that Aadhaar be linked to National Population Registry to avoid illegal Bangladeshi immigrants taking benefit of the government schemes. Krupal Tumane (Shiv Sena) said micro-financing companies have been wreaking havoc on poor families. He said, in his Ramtek constituency in Maharashtra, seven women have committed suicide allegedly due to harassment at the hands of the agents of these companies and demanded a probe into loans given by such micro-financing firms.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Centre should assure that Naga accord will not affect Assam:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terming the BJP-led Assam government as “courage-less”, former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today demanded assurance from the Centre that the Naga Peace Accord will not affect the state. “Has the Sarbananda Sonowal government informed the Centre that there has been widespread resentment against privatisation of oilfields? Has they told that it will go against the interest of the people? They simply do not have courage,” Gogoi said at a press conference at Assam Assembly complex. He alleged that the proposed amendment to Citizenship Act will go against the people of the state as it will allow Bangladeshi immigrants to settle in Assam. On the agreement signed with militants of Nagaland, Gogoi said, “The Naga Peace Accord has been kept under the wrap for so long. Why? Not Make it public. It must be confined to constitutional boundary of Nagaland. Let Assam government make it clear and we want assurance from Modi government.” Nagaland peace accord was signed in August 2015 by the Government of India and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) to end insurgency in Nagaland. Talking about the law and order situation of Assam, Gogoi alleged it has deteriorated since the BJP-led coalition came to power in the state. “When Sarbananda Sonowal became Chief Minister, he announced he would take minimum security and remain a common man. Now he has taken Z Plus security. Why? What does this mean?” the veteran Congress leader quizzed. Gogoi also alleged that the BJP government working for big capitalists and privatisation at the expense of the poor people.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sarkar warns of attempts to break cultural, communal fabric

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar today asserted that constant attempts were being made by some quarters to destroy the country s cultural, communal and creative fabric. The chief minister said that India was a pluralistic country, but constant attempts were being made by some quarters to rupture the country s cultural spirit, communal harmony and creative thinking. Sarkar was speaking as a chief guest in the three-day Sahitya Sammelan (literary conference) organized by a cultural group in sssociation with the state government. There is a persistent effort also to implant seeds of communal hatred and intolerance in the minds of young people. With the fast-changing political scenario even litterateurs are being influenced and losing their capability to think, he observed. In a state of fear psychosis, the writers and poets are bound to lose their creativity, because they will not be able to properly express what they want to. I will tell the young writers not to be afraid of raising their voice against any kind of fear or scare, Sarkar appealed. State Minister for Information and Culture Bhanu Lal Saha, Janab Asad Mannan, a noted Bangladeshi writer, and Ramkumar Mukherjee, an eminent litterateur, were among others speaking in the programme. Two hundred writers from different parts of the country and Bangladesh are attending this year’s Sahitya Sammelan(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Jaishankar meets Hasina to review ties, Bangladesh PM to visit India in April

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will visit India in the first half of April, her close aide said today after Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar called on the Bangladeshi leader here.”This will be a reciprocal visit of our Prime Minister which will take place in the first half of April,” Hasina’s Deputy Press Secretary M Nazrul Islam told PTI. Jaishankar, who arrived here on a two-day trip after wrapping up his China visit, called on Hasina at her office and the meeting lasted for nearly 30 minutes during which the Foreign Secretary briefed her on recent developments in India-Bangladesh relations and the region.He also discussed preparatory aspects of Hasina’s proposed visit at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who had invited her during his Dhaka visit in 2015. Hasina was expected to travel to India in December 2016 but her visit was postponed amid speculation that it was not a suitable time to discuss Teesta water sharing issue given the preoccupation of the Indian government post-demonetization and the unease in relations between the Centre and West Bengal, a key stakeholder in the issue.During the talks, Jaishankar raised the issue of SAARC and drew her attention to its current deadlock when the premier said “we should not let it die”. Hasina told Jaishankar that the two neighbours so far settled different outstanding issues like Land Boundary and enclave problems and “we could solve any problem through discussion if we have good intention”, the spokesman said.Officials earlier said the long pending issue of the Teesta water sharing and the proposed Ganges Barrage were the major yet to be settled concerns of Dhaka. “Jaishankar told the Prime Minister that Dhaka-Delhi ties would be strengthened further through her visit,” Islam said.Hasina, he said, also sought more discussions on the implementation of the BBIN (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal) motor vehicle agreement alongside enhanced cooperation in other sectors for peoples’ welfare. “The BBIN initiative should be effective and we should solve any problem regarding the initiative through discussion,” the spokesman quoted the premier as saying.He said Jaishankar conveyed India’s willingness to take more development projects in Bangladesh as per its need. State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, PM’s Principal Secretary Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque and Indian High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla were also present at the meeting.Jaishankar also met his Bangladeshi counterpart Shahidul Haque and reviewed the areas of bilateral cooperation. “Both sides noted with appreciation that there has been excellent implementation of decisions taken during the visit of the Prime Minister of India to Bangladesh,” External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said in New Delhi.He said both sides took stock of decisions taken during the recent meetings of various bilateral mechanisms in the areas of Security & Border Management, Trade and Commerce, Power, Energy, Shipping, Railways etc.

ED won’t accept Zakir Naik’s proposal to respond to summons via video conferencing Sources

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Enforcement Directorate is unwilling to accept proposal of controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, seeking to record statement and respond to summons via video conferencing or e-mail, said sources. The Enforcement Directorate on January 20 issued summons to Zakir Naik and his organization Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The foundation had first come under the scanner after the terrorist responsible for Dhaka attack earlier this year, in an online post had said, that he was inspired by Naik’s speeches. Naik has been out of the country since reports emerged that his sermons influenced a few Bangladeshi attackers, who targeted an eatery in Dhaka on July 1. The Dhaka cafe attack, where 10 gunmen had taken several people hostage had left 28 people dead. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had in November registered a case against Naik and others under sections 10 (Penalty for being member of an unlawful association) and 13 (Punishment for unlawful activities) and other various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and section 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), said the spokesperson. The Union Government had declared the IRF as an “outlawed organisation” under the anti-terror law for its alleged terror activities, following which the Maharashtra Government said it would keep a close eye on locals and organisations funding the IRF and would be treated as “anti-social elements”. However, the IRF said it would be arguing before a Central government tribunal against the validity of the ban imposed on it and invoking of the UAPA.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BSF seizes 100 fake Rs 2,000 notes from Bangla border in WB

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BSF today seized 100 fake Rs 2,000 currency notes from Malda district in West Bengal, making it the biggest such haul from the Indo-Bangla border region post demonetisation. Officials said a Border Security Force search party laid a trap at about 2 am in a mango orchard in the Churiantpur area and found a packet containing 100 Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICNs) of the face value of Rs 2,000, which were minted by the government post the scrapping of old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes last year. The BSF personnel challenged a suspected smuggler on the Indian side, who was set to receive the bundle from the Bangladeshi side, but he “managed to escape taking advantage of the darkness and thick growth in the orchard”, they added. “The packet, flung from across the border, landed in the orchard and it was recovered by the BSF team. The notes were neatly packed in a polythene bag. This is the biggest seizure of fake new currency post demonetisation at this frontier,” officials said. There have been seizures of one or two fake Rs 2,000 notes post the currency ban, but the quality of those was poor and they were possibly smuggled in to test the acceptability, they added. The quality of the seized fake notes was found to be “good” as a preliminary examination detected that eight-nine features, out of a total of 17, were copied even as the paper quality was found to be “not too good”, officials said. The latest seizure was made on the basis of a tip-off from an FICN smuggler who was arrested yesterday, they added. BSF and NIA, in a joint operation, arrested Umar Faruk (21) alias Firoz from the Golapganj area of Kaliachak in Malda yesterday and three fake currency notes of Rs 2,000 face value were seized from his possession. Firoz, a resident of Mohanpur village in Malda, was absconding in a case registered by the NIA involving a seizure of fake currency of Rs 5.94 lakh face value. The Kaliachak and Malda areas of West Bengal along the Indo-Bangla border are notorious for FICN smuggling and in 2016, BSF’s South Bengal Frontier (comprising five border districts of West Bengal) seized fake currency of over Rs 1.47 crore face value and arrested 19 smugglers in this regard. On February 8, West Bengal Police had arrested a youth with 40 fake Rs 2,000 currency notes from Murshidabad district, which till now was the biggest such haul from the Indo-Bangla border region post demonetisation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Under proposed new Bangladesh citizenship law, expats may contest local polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Bangladesh?s Law Minister Anisul Huq on Thursday announced that the government will soon come out with a draft of new citizenship law that will allow Bangladeshi expatriates to take part in local government elections, but not lawmakers, president or a Supreme Court judge. Addressing a roundtable on the Proposed Citizenship Act 2016 organised by Centre for Non-Resident Bangladeshis at the Hotel Sonargaon here, Huq was quoted by the Daily Star, as saying that no law would be made that would be harmful for Bangladeshi nationals at home and abroad. He said all rules and sub-rules of the proposed Citizenship Act 2016 would be thoroughly scrutinised before steps were taken to create and announce what he called a people-friendly law.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pak’s empathy for Kashmir is just ‘crocodile tears’:Bangla min

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terming Pakistan’s “empathy” for Kashmir as “crocodile tears”, a senior Bangladeshi minister today said Pakistan should apologise for 1971 genocide it committed before talking about Kashmir. “The Pakistani rulers’ empathy for Kashmir is in fact nothing but crocodile tears while they repeatedly plead innocence instead of seeking apology for the 1971 brutality and genocide they committed,” Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said. He said Pakistan should apologise for 1971 genocide they committed before talking about Kashmir. The minister also commented that the history of Pakistan had always been one of oppressing ethic groups besides Bengalis. Inu made the remarks while responding to a journalist on the reported observance of ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ at the Pakistan High Commission here, according to an official statement. Inu, a member of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Cabinet, called the “celebration” in Dhaka “beyond diplomatic norms and a mischievous move” by Pakistan to drag Bangladesh into “what is basically a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan”. Inu’s left-leaning Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JASOD) is a partner in the ruling Awami League-led grand alliance. Pakistan has been observing ‘Kashmir Day’ every year on February 5 since 1990.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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