Thursday, February 09, 2006

Highlights 9th February 2006

BSF on guard over 'Bangladeshi women terrorists'

"We have alerted all our border outposts along Bangladesh though no red alert has been issued. We will take cognisance of any specific information provided to us and our troops are totally alert to prevent movement of any fundamentalist," BSF Inspector General (South Bengal) Somesh Goyal told IANS Wednesday. "We are going by intelligence accounts appearing here and there and also our sister intelligence agencies," he said. "I cannot share the reports but I wish they were a little more specific. We are alert on the border but the city and the state are the responsibility of Kolkata and state police forces who I am sure are as alert as us," Goyal said. According to intelligence reports of the state police, a women's suicide squad of Jaamat-ul-Mujahidin in Bangladesh might carry out subversive activities in West Bengal, especially Kolkata, and Pakistan's Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) is training them in Bangladesh....more in New Kerala

Neither Shaikh nor Bangla Bhai but PM is chief of JMB: SCBA

The leaders of Sammilita Ainjibi Samannay Parishad (SASP) and Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) said on Thursday that it is neither Shaikh Abdur Rahman nor Bangla Bhai but the Prime Minister who is the chief of the banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), reports BDNEWS. "The BNP-Jamaat alliance government created the JMB in order to cover its failures. The government has been using the JMB to carry out bombings with a view to divert attention of the nation from main problems." ....more in TFE

Defying predictions, Bangladesh's garment factories thrive

The garments sector is crucial for poverty-stricken Bangladesh, as it accounts for more than 80 percent of the country's foreign exchange earnings and employs mostly migrant women. "The principal reason we didn't lose out to China as everyone had predicted is because labor in Bangladesh is cheaper than anywhere else in the world," says Tipu Munshi, head of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association. According to Mr. Munshi, large buyers such as Wal-Mart and the British company H&M continue to "do business here because we offer the best combination of skilled work for cheap, cheap prices."......more in CSM

Junta Gathers Information on US Military in Bangladesh

The Burmese junta has collected important facts and information on US military activities in Bangladesh through its informers who are working for the Burmese Army in Bangladesh as spies, said a businessman close to a Burmese informer. Recently, the Burmese military authority dispatched a few informers to Bangladesh territory to collect information on the US military's activities in Bangladesh, and its military ties with the Bangladesh Army. The junta strongly believes that US forces may possibly attack and invade Burma from Bangladesh territory during the next year if the military junta fails to reform the Burmese political system in 2006, said a teacher from Maungdaw who is close to high Burmese army officials. Burmese authorities from Maungdaw always query some businessmen whenever they travel from Bangladesh regarding St. Martin Island, which is located at the mouth of the Naff River. The Burmese Army believes that Bangladesh rented to the island to the US Navy and Army and that a naval base is now being constructed there, the businessman said.....more in Narinjara

When the President wont protect the border

A Muslim man from Bangladesh, Fakhrel Islam was apprehended on the border near Brownsville, Texas. Also captured with him was an MS-13 gang member. This extremely violent criminal gang is paid up to $50,000 to smuggle each terrorist from Mexico into the U.S. In July Adnan El-Shakrijumah, a high ranking al-Queda leader was seen in Honduras meeting with members of MS-13. Former Attorney General John Ashcroft said “the El-Shukrijumah, who he described as a ‘clear and present danger to America’ was seeking to infiltrate the U.S. via the Mexican border.”...more in NewsWithViews

India mulls UN role in Nepal

The Indian government is worried about the fast deteriorating situation in Nepal and is seriously considering a UN intervention to bring all the warring parties to negotiate a new roadmap for peace. The UN proposal has been with India for three weeks, but it is uncomfortable with a UN intervention, although there is realisation that it is best placed to at least stop the fighting....more in NewsInsight

China's Strategy of Containing India

Three major developments which shook the ground beneath South Block (India's External Affairs Ministry building) in New Delhi recently were the emergence of a pro-China axis comprising Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh at the 13th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (S.A.A.R.C.) Summit in Dhaka, China's opposition to the July 2005 India-U.S. nuclear energy agreement, and Beijing's moves to confine India to the periphery of a future East Asia Community at the first East Asia Summit in Kuala Lumpur in mid-December 2005. Add to this Beijing's worldwide campaign against India's (and Japan's) bids for permanent membership in the U.N. Security Council, the continuing stalemate in the India-China border negotiations, coupled with their ever-expanding economies and widening geopolitical horizons, it is clear that the bilateral relationship between the two rising Asian giants continues to be characterized more by competition and rivalry than by cooperation.....more in PINR


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