Monday, June 26, 2006
Download State Funeral of Bangladesh War Hero
State Funeral of BS Shaheed Flt. Lt. Matiur Rahman, Bangladesh liberation War (1971) war hero
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Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Bangladesh Navy interested in Turkish stealth corvettes
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Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Bangladesh Navy denies report of Pak submarine gift
DHAKA: An official of the Naval Headquarters in Dhaka has dismissed a report that Pakistan has agreed to gift two of its old submarines to Bangladesh Navy.
The report, released by DNA website from New Delhi, said Pakistani authorities agreed to the gift when Bangladesh Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia visited Pakistan from February 12 to 14 this year.
The report said Pakistani authorities would refurbish and refit two of its old submarines for the Bangladesh Navy under the agreement.
The Pakistani gift would provide Bangladesh Navy its first underwater capabilities. This raises several questions regarding Bangladesh's strategic planning and forecast for the region, the report said.
"It's totally false and baseless," the official told newsmen.
Monday, June 05, 2006
Coast Guard commissions two modern patrol vessels
The Bangladesh Coast Guard on Sunday (28, May 2006) commissioned two modern patrol boats to beef up security in the Chittagong port area as well as to combat piracy at the outer anchorage, official sources said.
The Chittagong Port Authority provided the patrol boats at a cost of Taka 36 crore to help the Coast Guards in their efforts to step up security in port-limit areas in the sea, they added.
The two patrol boats — ‘Port Grade’ and ‘Shet Gong’ were commissioned by the Coast Guard Director General, Commodore Sarwar Jahan Nizam.
The CPA chairman, Shahadat Hossain, said that the coast guard would be given two more patrol boats to strengthen their anti-piracy drive.
‘We agreed earlier to provide the coastguards with patrol boats against the backdrop of frequent incidents of piracy at the outer anchorage,’ he said.
The vessels were built by the Ananda Shipyards of Bangladesh. This is the first time modern Coast Guard vessels were built locally by a private Bangladeshi shipbuilder. A number of other Naval and Coast Guard vessels are under construction in Bangladesh and there are plans to export them in the future according to the Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain.
Bangladesh govt to form special force to fight militancy
The government is raising a special force the sole task of which would be to combat Islamist militancy and prevent any possible spread of the menace in the country.
Brilliant and able officers from different law enforcing and intelligence agencies are being selected for the force and they would be given special training. They will also conduct research on militancy.
They will be spared all other tasks and concentrate on their specialised job so that Islamist militant groups like the banned Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh, could not grow in Bangladesh.
Disclosing the formation of the force, state minister for home affairs, Lutfozzaman Babar told journalists at his office on Monday that its only responsibility would be to deal with Islamist militancy.
‘Though we have achieved great success in combating militancy,’ Babar said, ‘we aren’t complacent. ‘Our efforts have not ended; we will have to be prepared to fight against the evil forces in future.’
Justifying the raising of the force, he said the country did not have the experience to fight evil forces like the JMB after it had carried out simultaneous bombings in 63 districts on August 17, 2005 and subsequent suicide attacks.
‘We never faced such problems before. It was new to us, but by facing them we have learnt,’ Babar said, adding that the team would comprise members from the police, the Rapid Action Battalion and other law enforcing and intelligence agencies.
The state minister said another team was being developed to fight terror financing. ‘A team is already working on financing of the JMB.’
About the allegation of terror financing against Islamic Bank, he said an investigation was going on.
He admitted to a downslide in law and order, and said he was holding a series of meetings with the police and the Rapid Action Battalion to find out the reasons for the sudden rise in crimes.
‘We are looking into the problem so that (law and order) improves immediately,’ he said but denied any reluctance among the law enforcers in this regard. He also denied that the police did not comply with the government orders.
‘I am trying to find out whether there is any problem with the forces,’ he told a questioner.
Babar termed Monday’s verdict in the twin judge’s murder case in Jhalakati a ‘great success of the government’. ‘The judgement reflects our seriousness in combating militancy.’
He claimed that the government had been successful in dismantling the organisational network, supply lines of arms and explosives and financing for terrorist groups.
Asked about execution of capital punishment for the militants, the state minister said, ‘our responsibility was to bring them to justice and the rest of the task lies with the law ministry.’
He claimed that during investigation no evidence was found that any one in the government had patronised the JMB. ‘If we get proof against any one, we must arrest them.’
Investigation is yet to find any international links of the JMB, but Babar said they would not rule out such connections.
It should be noted that the United States initially offered to provide $100 million to meet the expenditure of the counter terror unit. Sources stated that the US also wants to provide training and equipment for the new force.
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