Saturday, April 29, 2006

Bangladesh Army to manufacture Type 81 rifles locally

Type 81

The Bangladesh Army is going to manufacture Chinese origin Type 81 automatic assault rifles locally under license from NORINCO, China.

These rifles will replace the old & obselete semi automatic Type 56 rifles and also probably the G-3's. Visit the links posted below to find out the full details.




Bangladesh losing huge landmass in river erosion due to India's obstinate attitude

Bangladesh losing huge landmass in river erosion due to India's obstinate attitude
DHAKA, April 27 (BSS) - Hundreds of acres of land along the river Mahananda in Bholarhat upazila(sub-district) of Chapainawabganj district is under constant threat of erosion as the riverbank protection work has been remaining incomplete since April last year due mainly to India's obstinate attitude.

Besides, India has been illegally occupying a newly raised Bangladeshi char of 350 acres in the same river, driving away the farmers of this country from entering the vast area for cultivation.

Officials of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) in Rajshahi said the Border Security Force (BSF) of India has been opposing the river bank protection work, which has begun under the supervision of BWDB.

As the BSF jawans(soldier) opened fire on the Bangladeshi workers in April last, they said the issue was raised in the Joint Rivers Commission (JRC) meeting for a solution as it has mounted immense tension with trading of bullets subsequently between the two border forces along the Bholarhat frontier.

The issue, however, still remains unresolved due to the obstinate attitude of India in the past JRC meetings, the officials said adding that the landmass in Bangladesh along the river have virtually been left unprotected in the face of continued erosion.


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Bangladesh Air Force purchases two VIP helicopters

Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) has purchased two choppers worth Tk 70.93 crore mainly for the use of the prime minister in tours within the country, sources said.

Procured from Russia through local agent M/S Avn Sp Ltd, the VIP helicopters, Mi-8MTV-1 (Mi-17-1V), were transported to Dhaka by plane on March 4, said a airforce headquarters report placed before the parliamentary standing committee on defence ministry on April 16.

"The choppers are expected to be commissioned by April," said the report. But officials at the BAF headquarters said the aircraft were already commissioned on April 2.

Earlier the airforce had purchased three MI-171 choppers for Tk 78.19 crore and commissioned those in January last year. Besides, the airforce has made an acquisition of 16 F-7 fighters from China at a cost of $117.9 million.


Thursday, April 06, 2006

Remittance looks set to exceed $4 billion this fiscal

Remittance inflow during the first three quarters of the current fiscal year recorded $3.47 billion, posting 23.1 per cent growth over the same period of last fiscal.
The total inflow in July-March period of the fiscal year 2005-06 crossed the gross inflow worth $3.37 billion in the fiscal year 2003-04, showed the central bank statistics.
In March, non-resident Bangladeshis sent home $478 million, which is the highest ever inflow in a single month and up by 19.5 per cent from March 2005 amount of $400 million.
The robust growth of remittance become the strongest component of the current account as well as continuously giving support the country’s balance of payment to stay safe.
‘It is very encouraging that good amount of remittances are coming in the country and to some extent it is beyond expectation,’ said a senior official of the central bank.
He was of the view that several factors have contributed to the huge jump in inward flow of remittance.
‘The illegal fund transfer through unofficial channel is now under tighter vigilance globally, which helps the countries to get higher remittance inflow,’ he said.
The central bank official also added that Bangladesh Bank has implemented the anti-money laundering act to encourage official remittance inflow.
Commercial banks’ frantic drive to increase their foreign exchange earnings also gave a boost the recent growth in remittance inflow, banking sources said, hoping that the amount would cross $4 billion in the current fiscal year if the current trend continues.
Inward remittance maintained a seady growth for the last few years.
In the last fiscal year, expatriate workers sent home $3.85 billion, which was 14 per cent higher over the total earnings of the previous fiscal.
The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific last week urged governments in recipient countries to cut the costs of sending money home and help the workers’ families channel the funds into more productive endeavours. It also urged banks in the workers’ home countries to establish branches in host nations and allow micro-credit institutions and credit unions to transfer funds to rural households.
Migrant workers in high-income countries remitted a record of more than $167 billion to their families last year.
In countries including Bangladesh and the Philippines, annual remittances exceed official development aid and foreign direct investments, it said in its latest report, advising countries exporting migrant workers to take steps to improve their skills and tighten policies to ensure they do not fall prey to unscrupulous recruitment agencies.
Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are among the major recipients of remittances.

Khaki uniform no more for jail police

Staff Correspondent

The jail police will shed the familiar khaki uniform, the last vestige of the British colonial rule, and replace it with green shirt and trousers next week.

The change in uniform is aimed at restoring credibility of and confidence in the jail police, and is part of different steps to transform prisons into correction centres by eliminating all sorts of irregularities and malpractices.

A committee of representatives from the police, army, navy, air force, coastguards, Bangladesh Rifles, law ministry and the Directorate of Prison finalised the colour of the new uniform at a meeting on Wednesday.

'We hope to introduce the new uniform during the first-ever prison week, expected to start on April 10,' the inspector general of prisons, Brigadier General Zakir Hasan, told New Age. 'Once the government approves the colour, we will place order for the uniforms for the police personnel who were selected from different prisons on March 10 for the prison week march past.'
The uniforms will be supplied to the rest of about 7,000 members of the jail police at 66 prisons across the country in phases, he said.

The jail police do not look decent and feel well in the century-old khaki dresses, said Zakir Hasan, who took over as the inspector general of prisons five months back. 'The new uniform will make them look smart and thus feel better and confident.’

He said he wanted to dispel the misgivings about the prisons and the jail police,
The overcrowded prisons have earned a bad name for widespread malpractices such as drug trade and reign of jailed criminals inside the prisons, irregularities in providing food to inmates, and so on.

Zakir Hasan claimed that the problem was no longer there. 'I have taken a number of steps to bring a drastic change in the prisons.’

Indian BSF kills one, abducts four Bangladeshis

Staff Correspondent

The Indian Border Security Force shot dead a Bangladeshi farmer and injured another at a frontier village in Meherpur early Wednesday.

The Indian guards also abducted three Bangladeshi farmers from Chapainawabganj border along with six cattle-heads on Wednesday and another Bangladeshi from Sherpur on Tuesday.
In Meherpur, the BSF men fired shots at two farmers, Jhantu and his cousin Mona, when they went to water their paddy filed at village Nazirakona under Mujibnagar upazila near the border pillar no 108.

Jhantu died on the spot while Mona sustained serious injury.
The BSF men then dragged the body along the injured to the Indian territory.
The Bangladesh Rifles had sent a letter to the BSF authorities, asking them to give back the body along with the injured.

In Chapainawabganj, the BSF men abducted three farmers, Tayeb Ali, Humayun and Fayez Ali after entering into the Bangladesh territory while they were grazing their six cattle-heads in their field near the sub-pillar no 3 and 4 of the main pillar no 31 at Faridpur frontier Wednesday morning.
The BDR sent a letter to their Indian counterparts protesting at the incident.
Meanwhile in Sherpur, the BSF men picked up Abdul Jalil, 40, of village Rangtia under Jhenaigati upazila when he went to his paddy field near pillar no 1107 Tuesday noon.

The BDR said they sent a protest letter to the BSF on Wednesday but did not get any response till 6:00pm.

Bangladesh seeks seat on new UN Council

Associated Press . United Nations

Twenty-one countries have declared their candidacy to be members of the new United Nations Human Rights Council, including Bangladesh, Algeria, Pakistan, Ukraine, Peru, Nicaragua and Switzerland, United Nations officials and diplomats said Monday.

Last month, the assembly voted overwhelmingly to replace the often criticised Human Rights Commission with a new entity, ignoring American objections that not enough was done to bar abusive countries from becoming members.

The new council is to be elected by the General Assembly on May 9.

Algeria is the only African candidate so far. The only Asian candidates are Bangladesh and Pakistan. Five countries have submitted their names for six Eastern European seats - the Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Ukraine and Latvia. Five are seeking eight Latin American and Caribbean seats - Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Peru and Nicaragua.

BDR captures JMB top terror Saifullah

Rab rushes to C'Nawabganj to take control

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) captured the sixth Majlish-e-Shura member of the outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Khaled Saifullah at a bordering village of Shibganj upazila in Chapainawabganj last night.

Lt Col Lutfar Rahman, commanding officer (CO) of BDR 6 Rifles Battalion, acknowledged the arrest, reports our staff correspondent in Rajshahi.

With the latest arrest, six out of seven members of the JMB top decision-making tier have been put behind bars. Salahuddin is still at large with a Tk 10 lakh bounty on his head.

A BDR patrol team of Telkupi border outpost (BOP) led by Havildar Yakub arrested Saifullah at a tea stall, 500 yards off the BOP around 12:30am when he was having tea. The outpost is about one and a half kilometres away from the Indian border.

BDR members were quizzing the top terror at their Chapainawabganj headquarters before Rapid Action Battalion (Rab)-5 took him in its custody around 2:00am today.

BDR sources said the government sent photographs of the two absconding Shura members to the border areas on March 15 and alerted the border guards.

A source seeing resemblance with the photograph informed the nearby outpost guards, who immediately raided the area and trapped him.

Saifullah first did not admit his identity but eventually confessed that he was the JMB Shura member.

He went to the locality on March 31 and was staying at different mosques and madrasas, a BDR source said. Saifullah lived in the area on donation, the source added.

Saifullah claimed he did not have any intention to cross the border.

Name: Md Faruk Hossain alias Khaled Saifullah

Father: Nurul Islam, a freedom fighter, who was killed by Pakistani occupation forces in 1971.

Permanent address: Goalata village in Kaukhali upazila in Pirojpur.

Occupation: Teacher of Aysha Siddique Salafiya Islamia Girls' Madrasa in Chhoto Gurgola in Dinajpur.

Links unfolded: JMB members during interrogation said their chief Abdur Rahman and Khaled Saifullah trained them up how to make and detonate bombs.

Investigators believe the JMB supremo and Saifullah learned bomb making in Afghanistan when they visited the Taliban-ruled country.

The investigators have an authentic piece of information that Saifullah was a leader of outlawed Harkatul Jihad al Islami (HuJi) in Bangladesh before he joined the JMB.

Maj General Mostafa Noor made Ambassador to Kuwait

DHAKA, April 5 (BSS) - Major General A I M Mostafa Reza Noor has been appointed as the Ambassador of Bangladesh to Kuwait.

He served as the Principal Staff Officer, Prime Minister's office, before being appointed as the Ambassador, a foreign ministry press release said today.

Noor was commissioned in the Bangladesh Army on 11 January 1975. He graduated from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology(BUET). In addition to attending a number of courses at home, he also attended courses in Japan, Netherlands and USA.

During his distinguished military career, Major General Noor held various higher command and instructional appointments including the Commandant Army aviation and Quarter Master General, Army Headquarters.

BCB announces bid for 2011 World Cup

Bangladesh to set up academy

Cricinfo staff

April 4, 2006

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced it will be setting up a cricket academy to promote the development of the game in the country. Mahbub Anam, the BCB's secretary, told reporters the news after a committee meeting in Dhaka.

That was just one of the decisions made by the committee. Others included:-

  • An extension of central contracts for six national players - Shahriar Nafees, Syed Rasel, Shahadat Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Mushfiqur Rahim and Alok Kapali - until September 30.

  • Confirmation of a bid to host the World Cup in 2011, the Champions Trophy in 2012 and the Under-19 World Cup in 2014.

  • Confirmation that a domestic Twenty20 tournament will almost certainly be introduced in 2006-07

  • News that the post of manager for the national team will be advertised.

  • News that the post of trainer for the national team would be filled within a fortnight as Stuart Karpinnen is contracted to leave at the end of May.


    PM says govt takes plan for expansion of Bangladesh Air Force

    UNB/Staff Correspondent, Dhaka

    Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked the Air Force members to be more active for making the force more disciplined and dynamic.

    She was addressing a function marking the inclusion of F-7 BG fighter aircraft into the fleet of Bangladesh Air Force's fighter planes at BAF tarmac at Kurmitola in the city yesterday.

    Sixteen F-7 BG fighter aircraft with maximum speed of 2170 km per hour have been procured from China and eight of them included into the fleet of Air Force.

    "There is no alternative to training for achieving professional skill. I do believe that the meritorious pilots who will run the new fighter aircraft will be able to build themselves as efficient officers through training and practice," she told the Air Force members.

    "A consolidated national security is necessary for steering the country towards peace and progress," she said, adding that Bangladesh Air Force has been raised through a bloody independence war and now it has been recognised as a disciplined and professional force.

    Khaleda recalled the contributions of late President Ziaur Rahman, who first took steps to form a modern and strong air force fit for an independent and sovereign country.

    "We have been working for strengthening the force and subsequently new F-7 fighter aircraft have been added to its fleet," the PM said.

    She said Bogra and Moulvibazar radar units have already been included to the air force while Bogra airfield handed over to it for building up a modern air force in addition to procuring MIs-171, a VIP helicopter, some GSA radar and weather satellite receivers.

    Khaleda thanked the Chinese government for its cooperation in strengthening Bangladesh Armed Force and the country's economic development.

    She praised the Air Force members for their service to the country as well as the nation since its establishment.

    She thanked them for safeguarding Bangladesh skies and working together with the people during any emergency situations, including natural disasters.

    "Our Air Force members are also acclaimed for their role in UN peacekeeping missions abroad," the Prime Minister pointed out.

    According to official sources, eight F-7 BG fighter aircraft were added to the Air Force fleet yesterday.

    On her arrival at the BAF tarmac, she was received by Chief of Air Staff Air Vice Marshall Fakhrul Azam and Air Office Commanding the BAF base, Kurmitola, M Delwar Hossain.

    The Prime Minister reviewed a smartly turned out parade and took salute from an impressive march past.

    Apart from the parade commanded by Wing Commander Reza Emdad Khan, there was a spectacular fly pass by F-7 fighter aircraft. One F-7 aircraft also carried out aerobatics.

    She also witnessed a static display of the fighter aircraft.

    Ministers, diplomats, MPs, Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Chai Xi, chiefs of Army and Navy were present.

    The rest of the 8 F-7BG fighter aircraft are expected to be inducted into the Bangladesh Air Force in June this year.

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