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Border Disputes, Infiltration, February 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 9, 2009

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‘No interference from China
in Arunachal’(SHT, 6-2-08)

New Delhi: Arunachal Pradesh Governor J J Singh on Tuesday said there
was "no interference" from the Chinese side into the border state and said
government was taking necessary steps to ensure national security interest. "I
dont think there is any interference from their (Chinese) side," Singh, former
army chief, told reporters on the sidelines of a seminar here.

scoffs at China protest(TEL_9_2_K8)

New Delhi, Feb.
today reacted sharply to China’s informal objection to Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh at a time talks are on to resolve the border
dispute. “Arunachal is an integral part of our country. We are having elected
representatives in Parliament from the state. Therefore, it is quite obvious
that the Prime Minister can visit any part of the country,” foreign minister
Pranab Mukherjee said in Mumbai. The protest, at a “junior level”, was
registered with the Indian mission in Beijing. China has not followed it up with
an official note yet, sources in the foreign ministry said. What was conveyed
informally was the unhappiness over the visit at a time both sides are in the
process of “settling the border question” and “differences” in perceptions still
exist, the sources said.


BSF steps
up border vigilance(TEL_26_2_K8)

Shillong, Feb. 25
(PTI): The Border Security Force deployed along the Indo-Bangladesh
border in Meghalaya and neighbouring Assam has been put on alert in view of the
Assembly elections in Meghalaya slated for Monday. The inspector-general of
BSF’s Assam-Meghalaya frontier, P.K. Mishra, today said troops along the border
had been instructed to step up vigil to thwart attempts by anti-national
elements who could try and cross the border to derail the poll process. The BSF
has also requested villagers along the border to co-operate with the force to
ensure a peaceful election and inform it whenever they spot any unknown person
in the area. The BSF has also set up additional patrol bases along the border.

Trouble on
Assam boundary(TEL_29_2_K8)

Guwahati, Feb.
Assam will lodge a
protest with Nagaland for the neighbouring state’s move to set up polling
stations in the disturbed Assam border (DAB) areas. Nagaland has already set up
election offices in the A, B and C sectors of the disturbed areas and has now
initiated the process of setting up polling stations as well. Flags of political
parties are seen fluttering at Old Leukha, New Leukha, New Runi Basti, Old Runi
Basti, Haiyan and in the foothills of D sector. Assam home commissioner Rajib
Bora visited the state’s border areas with Nagaland on Tuesday after the
Golaghat district administration apprised Dispur of the development. Golaghat
additional superintendent of police B.B. Gogoi said an inquiry was on to
ascertain how many polling stations Nagaland was planning to set up and exactly
where. “We have seen them setting up election campaign booths in the disputed
areas,” he confirmed. He said if Dispur gives the go ahead, police would
dismantle the polling stations inside Assam’s territory.


fumes at Beijing stand (TEL_9_2_K8)

New Delhi, Feb.
today reacted sharply to the informal objection from

against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh when the two
countries are engaged in talks to resolve territorial disputes along the border.
The protest comes a week after Singh’s maiden visit to Arunachal Pradesh where
he said the state was “our land of the rising sun”. In Mumbai, external affairs
minister Pranab Mukherjee said: “Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of our
country. We are having regular representation in our Parliament, elected by
people of Arunachal Pradesh. Therefore, it is quite obvious that the Prime
Minister will visit any part of the country.” The protest was at a “junior
level” and was registered with the Indian mission in Beijing. China has not
followed it up with an official note yet, sources in the ministry of external
affairs said here today. What was conveyed informally was China’s unhappiness
over Singh’s visit at a time when the two sides are still in the process of
“settling the border question”, and the “difference” in perceptions exists,
sources said. Sources said this was the “minimum possible that China could have

fails to ward off fear on boundary(TEL_10_2_K8)

calls public meet OUR CORRESPONDENT

Imphal, Feb. 12:
Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh’s assurance that his government would
protect the state’s boundary has failed to erase apprehensions about the
Nagaland Congress election manifesto that backs the Naga demand for integration.
The manifesto, released on Friday, courted controversy by stating that the
Nagaland Congress would continue to remind Delhi about the need to implement the
16-point statehood agreement, including the controversial Clause 13 on
integration of all contiguous Naga-inhabited areas. When AICC secretary
Siddharth Patil said the Congress was committed to implementing the 16-point
statehood agreement “in letter and spirit” it was seen as an AICC seal on
integration and evoked sharp reactions in Manipur.


gang robs family(TEL_11_2_K8)

Shillong, Feb.
A gang of Bangladeshi
criminals killed a civilian on Friday night after robbing him of his belongings
at Bholaganj in the East Khasi Hills along the Indo-Bangla border, police said
today. The police said the gang had entered Lumjurmy village with the intention
to commit a dacoity. They looted cash and other belongings from the local
resident identified as Bosting Nongrbi. They murdered him later.


Indian villager killed by B’deshi national(NPT, 11-2-08)

Shillong, Feb 10: An Indian villager
was killed, and por by a group of armed Bangladeshi nationals in Meghalaya’s
Lumjyrmi village, bordering the porous Indo-Bangla border, police said today.The
incident occurred on Friday night, when a group of 50 Bangladeshi nationals
entered Lumjyrmi village and looted from the house of one Jobel Malngiang and
then later stabbed Bosting Nongbri to death. "They (Bangladeshi nationals)
robbed all my money and belongings and killed Bosting before us, and fled from
the village to Bangladesh," Jobel Malngiang said.



survey on eastern border (TEL_13_2_K8)

New Delhi, Feb. 12:
The intelligence agencies are conducting a discreet survey to verify the extent
of change in the demographic profile of areas bordering Nepal and the Northeast.
According to highly placed sources, the survey is going hand-in-hand with a
fresh study to find out if the number of madarsas and mosques along the borders
has gone up. “There have been reports that more madarsas and mosques are
sprouting along the borders, which in itself is an indication of increased
Muslim population in the area,” disclosed an intelligence official. The study is
using the 2001 census as its benchmark and has a clear political edge to it.


Bangladeshi attack in Meghalaya village embarrasses BSF
SHILLONG, Feb 11 – The killing of a villager by suspected Bangladeshi
marauders in Lumjyrmi village under the Bholaganj sector of the Indo-Bangladesh
border has put the BSF in an embarrassing situation.
The BSF has been reiterating that border patrolling has been enhanced, but the
Saturday incident in Bholaganj, about 80 kms from Shillong, where a villager was
stabbed to death and another seriously injured has put a question mark on the
BSF claims.
The decased has been identified as B Nongbri while the others injured include
his wife and brother-in-law.
The police refused to confirm or deny the Bangladeshi intrusion three kms inside
the Indian territory, yet the statement given by the injured categorically
mentioned that it was a 40-50 odd Bangladeshis who intruded and committed the
crime. The duo also stated before the police that the Bangladeshis decamped with
money and property after committing the crime.
The Superintendent of Police, East Khasi Hills district AR Mawthoh told NNN
today, “We are trying to ascertain the statement where Bangladeshis are reported
to have intruded as far as two kms inside the Indian territory.”

Assam-Arunachal border people
hold awareness meet

SILAPATHAR, Feb 20 – Under the banner of VDPs of Silapathar police
station, an awareness programme was held at Surandabasti Hari Mandir premises in
the border area of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh on February 17.
The main aim of the awareness programme was to stop the antisocial activities in
the present society, to keep peace and harmony among the people of Assam and
Arunachal Pradesh, preserve the forests of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh etc.
On the occasion, a plantation programme was taken up at Nilok Hari Mandir
premises, which was led by O/c of Silapathar police station Sivaram Morang and
president of Silapathar PS Committee Dimba Kachari.

PM should rebuff Chinese claim:
(AST, 21-2-08)
From Our Correspondent
 AGARTALA, Feb 20 – Taking a serious view of the Chinese Government’s objection
to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s recent visit to Arunachal Pradesh, the BJP
has demanded the Prime Minister should rebuff the neighbouring country’s claim.

Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India and the BJP will not let anyone
occupy it at any circumstance, said party’s stalwart Dr Murli Manohar Joshi here
on Wednesday.
The former Human Resource Development Minister, who arrived here for party’s
electioneering, said the BJP wants friendly relation with the neighbouring
country but it doesn’t mean that the BJP would allow anybody to occupy its
“Perhaps, the Prime Minister keeps mum because of his close association with
Leftist parties”, he said adding that the BJP would raise the issue in the next
Parliament session.
“The party’s stand is clear to protect country’s territorial integrity at any
cost. It seems the Prime Minister is soft on CPI (M) and neighbouring countries.
He only talks tough in case of violence in West Bengal”, he said.
Veteran BJP leader lashed out at Congress as well as CPI (M)- led Left Front for
failing to uplift Tripura from its backwardness.

Bangla nationals nabbed by BSF(AST_23-2-08)
From Our Correspondent
 HATSINGIMARI, Feb 22 – Border Security Force (BSF) jawans of Mankachar Sahapara
BOP nabbed two Bangladeshi nationalists recently while they were going towards
Bangladesh from India through the open border near Mankachar in Dhubri district.
The Bangladeshies were identified as Rosul Sardar (25) S/o Zakir Sardar and
Anowar Islam S/o Awal SK. Both are inhabitants of village Alukandi under
Kashiani police station of Gopalganj district (Bangladesh) Both the
Bangladeshies were sent to Dhubri jail after questioning.
Two other Bangladeshies were caught by BSF of Dewaner Alga BOP recently. They
had come to India illegally. The Bangladeshies were identified as Eusuf Ali (22)
S/o Iman Ali and Mofiz SK (35) S/o Miarchand, both inhabitants of village
Namazerchar under Olipur police station of Kurigram district. They were also
forwarded to Dhubri jail through local police of Sukchar Patrol Post.

BJP seeks more security along
NE border(AST_23-2-08)

By A City Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Feb 22 – The national president of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP),
Rajnath Singh today called upon the Government of India to increase surveillance
in the borders of North East in view of reported infiltration of Maoists from
neighbouring Bhutan. Addressing media persons in the capital city after
completing his hectic campaigning schedule in Meghalaya, Singh said that with
Bhutan paving its way to democracy and its royal army taking a tough stand
against the Maoists, Assam was emerging as the destination of the Maoists who
were facing the heat from the Royal Bhutan Army.
“It is a matter of grave concern that the Maoists are entering Assam after the
Royal Bhutan Army has dismantled many of their camps,” said Singh adding that
the Governments both at the State and the Centre should realise the gravity of
the problem and beef up security.

China protests PM’s
assertion on Arunachal(SEN,9-2-08)

NEW DELHI, Feb 8: In a brazen act, China has taken exception to Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh’s assertion that Arunachal Pradesh belongs to India and
has lodged a protest over it.
China has conveyed to India that it was not proper to make such a comment at a
time when the two countries were engaged in talks over the boundary question,
sources said.
The protest over the visit and comments was informally conveyed to the Indian
Embassy by Chinese Foreign Ministry earlier this week, they said.
Officials on both sides were tightlipped about the issue, which has the
potential to turn into a controversy here.
China has been claiming that entire Arunachal Pradesh belongs to it and the two
countries are holding talks to resolve the dispute.
Singh, during his maiden visit to Arunachal on January 31, had said that the
State was “our land of rising sun”, in a clear message to China that it belongs
to India.
Chinese claim over Arunachal has been nagging the ties between the two countries
for long. The issue gets flared up when the Chinese troops at regular intervals
intrude into the Indian territory to demonstrate their claim on the land.

Arunachal is a
part of India: Mukherjee

NEW DELHI, Feb 9: Reacting to China’s outburst against Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh’s recent speech in Arunachal Pradesh, External Affairs Minister
Pranab Mukherjee told reporters in Mumbai that India was aware of China’s
position on Arunachal and even Beijing was aware of New Delhi’s stand.

Smuggled rice seized(SEN, 7-2-08)

From our
TINSUKIA, Feb 6: Evidence that illegal rice trade is going on in full swing in
Tinsukia and its adjoining areas in upper Asom came out in the open with the
police seizing a truck (AS-01-E-4184) loaded with 400 bags of rice on February
3. The police also took into custody the truck driver, Barju Roy.
According to police sources, the seized rice was brought from the godowns of a
company in Jorhat, Sunil Traders, to Padmawati Traders here. The police suspect
that the rice, however, belong to the FCI godowns and has thus entrusted the
case to an official of the Food and Civil Supplies department.





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Border Disputes, Infiltration, Transnational Januray 2008

Posted by buraluit on April 24, 2009

Dhubri fencing inspected

fencing inspected(TEL_15-1-k8)


Dhubri, Jan. 14:
The BSF has apprised officials visiting the Indo-Bangladesh border in Assam’s
Dhubri district of the problems in manning it.


conference mulls fresh vision on N-E(TEL,18-1-k8)


Guwahati, Jan. 17:
A two-day conference on Northeast
India and its Trans-national Neighbourhood began today at IIT, Guwahati.

. ………….More


China for
‘equitable, fair’ solution to boundary issue
Beijing, Jan 16: China on Tuesday favoured an “equitable and fair”
solution to the boundary issue with India in the overall interests of both
countries, saying it should not be allowed to hamper progress in bilateral ties.

. ………….More


Chakmas demand
suspension of border fencing
AIZAWL, Jan 16:
Chakma residents in Mizoram, near the Indo-Bangla border, today demanded
immediate suspension of the ongoing border fencing unless an appropriate
rehabilitation programme was made.


Assam Accord failed to address infiltration: Sangma
Shillong, Jan 18:
Expressing his opposition to the alarming influx from Bangladesh, Nationalist
Congress Party (NCP) general secretary PA Sangma today said the Assam Accord had
failed to resolve the issue.


Avian flu: BSF
intensifies vigil

SHILLONG, Jan 18: The Asom-Meghalaya stretch of the international border with
Bangladesh has come under Border Security Force (BSF) patrolling to check the
spread of bird flu.


BSF-BDR meet in
Our Correspondent
SHILLONG, Jan 25: A delegation of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) will arrive in
Shillong to discuss issues pertaining to the Indo-Bangladesh border in February.
According to a highly-placed source, the delegation, led by the BDR Deputy
Director General MA Bari, will meet Border Security Force Inspector General PK
Mishra here.
. ………….More


Jamir for closer ties among Asian nations

PANAJI, DEC 17: Asian countries
should strengthen their bonds with each other for mutual economic and cultural
benefits, said Goa Governor Dr. SC Jamir on Monday.
Interacting with the Consul General of South Korea, Dong Yern Kim, who paid a
courtesy call on the Governor Monday evening, Jamir said the 21st century might
become the century of Asian nations and underlined the need for closer ties
among the countries of the continent. Jamir also told the Consul General that
Asia was proud of Korea, which was fast becoming the most progressive country of
South East Asia.


nations aiding jehadi activities: Gogoi
GUWAHATI, Jan 9: Assam’s
neighbouring countries, particularly Bangladesh, are encouraging insurgency and
jehadi activities in the State where a “third force” with suspected Naxalite
links is working behind the growing Adivasi uprising, says Chief Minister Tarun
. ………….More


Rijiju tells PM
to maintain status quo of McMohan Line
From our Correspondent
NEW DELHI, Jan 9: The populated areas on either side of the McMohan
Line or the Line of Actual Control (LAC) along the Sino-Indian border in
Arunachal Pradesh should not be altered and the status quo needs to be
maintained in letter and spirit, Arunachal Pradesh MP and BJP’s national
secretary Kiren Rijiju told Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in a letter today. The
Prime Minister is leaving for China next week.


Bilateral ties with China poised for vibrant change: PM
Beijing, Jan 13:
Commencing his three-day-long visit to China on an optimistic note, Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh today said Indo-Sino relations are poised to enter a
vibrant and dynamic phase.


BSF nabs
infiltrators, M’laya cops let them go

SHILLONG, Jan 1: The Border
Security Force (BSF) today expressed surprise after the Meghalaya police
released six persons, including two women for illegally entering into India from
Bangladesh without valid documents.


BSF expresses
concern over infiltration
Our Staff Correspondent
SHILLONG, Jan 3: Continued illegal intrusion of Bangladeshi nationals from
across the border into Asom-Meghalya is a matter of serious concern for the
Border Security Force (BSF).


Gen Panag to
meet Antony over his proposed transfer
NEW DELHI, Jan 4: In what is
being perceived as a direct confrontation with Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor,
Northern Command head Lt Gen H S Panag will meet Defence Minister A K Antony
here tomorrow to “lodge a protest” over his proposed recommendation of transfer
from the country’s most prestigious and sensitive command. Top defence sources
said here that the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) of the
Northern Command had sought an appointment with the Defence Minister following
his proposed recommendation of transfer to the Central Command.


China protests
Indian military activity in Sikkim(AST_29_1_k8)
 GANGTOK, Jan 28 – Within days of Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh’s return from a “successful visit” to Beijing, China has
stumped India by lodging a diplomatic protest over Indian military activity in
Sikkim, claiming that Indian troops are trying to be active on the Chinese side
of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Myanmar frees 4 Indians(AST_29_1_k8)
 IMPHAL, Jan 28 – Myanmar authorities have
released four Indian nationals who were arrested six months ago for entering the
neighbouring country without valid documents, official sources said today. They
were handed over to immigration officer at Moreh border town in Manipur’s
Chandel district yesterday, they said. All the four persons were kept in a
Myanmar jail for six months, the sources said. –


BSF-BDR firing
leaves one dead(AST_30_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 29 – In a major flare-up
along Indo-Bangladesh border, a school student was killed today and five
persons, including three Bangladeshis, were injured as Border Security Force and
Bangladesh Rifles traded gunfire in West Bengal’s Malda and South Dinajpur
districts. A class seven student was injured in South Dinajpur district when the
BDR fired on the BSF, BSF officials and Superintendent of Police Kalyan Mullick
said. The student, identified as Pinku Roy, succumbed in a hospital, Mullick
said. The BDR resorted to heavy firing along the South Dinajpur border which
lasted for 15 minutes from 1300 hours, BSF sources said adding the Indian border
guards also returned the fire.

polls (AST_30_1_k8)
 THIMPHU, Jan 29 : Polls to elect five
members to Bhutan’s National Council (NC) or Upper House were conducted in a
peaceful manner today, the country’s Election Commission said. Five districts –
Gasa, Trashiyangtse, Lhuentse, Thimphu and Haa – went to the polls that ended at
4 pm. – PTI
. ………….More


peace mission to Bangla(AST_21_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 20 – Twenty-five
schoolchildren from India would proceed to neighbouring Bangladesh on a peace
odyssey leaving behind past memories of border skirmishes between the two
neighbouring nations.

Concern over inter-state check gates security(AST_23_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 22 – Security of the
inter-state check gates has become a matter of serious concern with hundreds of
trucks carrying essentials entering Assam from West Bengal, and the blast at the
Srirampur check gate in Kokrajhar district this morning once again highlighted
the problem. A powerful improvised explosive device (IED) planted on a cycle in
front of the MV gate went off at around 11.30 am today and two persons were
seriously injured in the incident. Both of them have been sent to the Alipurduar
hospital for treatment. With different militant groups active in the area,
police is yet to identify the group involved in the blast.


 War on drugs
in Indo-Myanmar border village(AST_24_1_k8)
 RIMA (Indo-Myanmar border), Jan 23 – It was in 2006, a group of
people of Rima village along the Indo-Myanmar border launched a campaign against
growing drug trafficking problem in the area for which they had to face a lot of
difficulties, even life threats. But, now their campaign has started gaining
momentum. Many youths in the area have stopped consuming opium. Not only that,
the youths have joined hands with the villagers to intensify the campaign to
other areas. . ………….More


Al Qaeda is ‘well entrenched in Bangladesh’: Barbora


Outgoing Air Officer
Commanding in Chief, Eastern Air Command (EAC), Air Marshal PK Barbora warned
that the Al Qaeda which is "well entrenched in Bangladesh" is waiting for an
opportune moment to strike in the northeast.


Bhutan holds
first parliamentary polls(AST_1_1_k8)
 SARPANG (Bhutan), Dec 31 – The isolated Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan
today held its first parliamentary elections aimed at transforming the country
from absolute monarchy to constitutional democracy, reports AFP. “Polling has
begun in 15 districts with the response quite enthusiastic. This is a historic
moment for all of us,” Bhutan’s chief election commissioner Dasho Kunzang Wangdi,
said by telephone from the capital Thimphu. .


Council elected in Bhutan(AST_2_1_k8)
 THIMPHU, Jan 1 – Bhutan today received its New Year gift — 15
elected representatives to its National Council or upper house following the
first parliamentary elections as the country is nearing its aim of embracing
democracy, reports PTI. Chief Election Commissioner Kunzang Wangdi termed the
election as historic and a huge success. “We are pleased to say that the NC
elections were a success. We are confident that our switchover to a democratic
set up will be smooth and according to our plans,” Wangdi told PTI. .


Bird flu alert
along Indo-Bangla border(AST_3_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 2 – With yet another outbreak of avian flu in
Bangladesh, Meghalaya has sounded an alert in all districts, especially Jaintia
Hills, which share borders with the neighbouring country. “All border points
have been alerted and reports are being obtained … The district veterinary
officer has been instructed to take necessary action,” Jaintia Hills deputy
commissioner FR Kharkongor said. The State Government had set up 21 temporary
check gates last year along the international border and also constituted a
rapid response team to keep a check on cross-border movement of poultry and
poultry products. . ………….More


Bangla, Myanmar
aiding ultras of NE: AR(AST_5_1_k8)
From Sanjoy Ray
 DIMAPUR, Jan 4 – Asserting that a host of militant outfits active in the North
East region, including the proscribed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA)
have taken refuge in the neighbouring countries like Myanmar and Bangladesh,
Director General of Assam Rifles Paramjit Singh today said that Assam Rifles has
urged the respective Governments of the neighbouring countries to deal with the
matter effectively before the scenario aggravates. .



encroachment continuing along Assam-Nagaland border(AST_5_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 GOLAGHAT, Jan 4 – The reserved forests within Golaghat district are Diphu
Reserved Forest, South Nambor, Rengma and Doyang which are situated along the
Nagaland border. In 1963, Nagaland became the 16th state of India. In 1972, the
KV Sundaram Commission submitted a report regarding the border dispute between
Assam and Nagaland. But the Nagaland government refused to accept the
recommendations of the Sundaram Commission. As a result, the boundaries of Assam
and Nagaland have remained unsettled till today. Taking advantage of this
situation, Nagaland has all along encroached upon large areas of the four
reserved forests. . ………….More

carrying on businesses, working illegally: BSF(AST_5_1_k8)
Newmai News Network
 SHILLONG, Jan 4 – The arrest of two Bangladeshi nationals at Lantilla in
Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya has opened a new window on how Bangladeshis
have been carrying on businesses and working in the major towns of the State. .

 SHILLONG, Jan 5 – A rustler was shot dead by the Border Security
Force (BSF) at Gudligaon village near Mankachar in Assam’s Dhubri district,
police said today. Bakul Ali, a 35-year-old man of Mankachar died on the spot.
The other rustlers fled. – PTI .


US Marines training Bangla commandos(AST_7_1_k8)
From Raju Das
 DAWKI (Indo-Bangla border), Jan 6 – The US Marines is training army and
paramilitary forces of Bangladesh at different parts of that nation to raise a
new battalion – Border Security Para-Commando Special Force, a top Border
Security Force (BSF) official said here today. The training, which started early
last year, is being held at South Bangladesh in Cox Bazaar, Rangamati and Kaptal.
Select personnel from the Bangladesh infantry, medical corps, Bangladesh Rifles,
ANSAR (an armed village defence paramilitary group) and Rapid Action Battalion
are part of the training exercise, the BSF official told The Assam Tribune.

. ………….More


3 ISI agents
arrested in Golaghat(AST_7_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 DERGAON, Jan 6 – In a significant development, the Golaghat police today
arrested three suspected ISI agents with American currency in their possession.
According to police, the three persons were arrested while they were trying to
exchange a bank draft of American dollar with a person in Golaghat. .


gadgets help BSF kill smuggler(AST_8_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 SHILLONG, Jan 7 – Technology helped the Border Security Force (BSF) shoot down
a cattle smuggler after the border guards managed to spot a gang along the Indo-Bangla
border using High Tech Thermal Imagers (HTTI), early last morning. .


border talks progressing well(AST_9_1_k8)
 BEIJING, Jan 8 – Ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit,
China today said negotiations on the boundary issue with India had made
“positive and important progress” and Beijing was willing to reach a “fair and
reasonable resolution framework” acceptable to both at an early date, reports
PTI. “…. ………….More


countries encouraging jehadis: CM(AST_10_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 9 – Assam’s neighbouring countries, particularly
Bangladesh, are encouraging insurgency and jehadi activities in the State, where
a “third force” with suspected naxalite links is working behind the growing
Adivasi uprising, says Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. On the see-saw peace process
with the ULFA, the Chief Minister expressed his Government’s readiness to hold
talks with the insurgents provided they dropped the sovereignty condition. “We
are not putting up conditions. It is the ULFA which is placing conditions. We
are ready for talks within the framework of the Constitution,” he said. .


Smuggler shot

From Our Correspondent
 HATSINGIMARI, Jan 9 – A smuggler Bokul Miah (25) identified as the son of Awal
Sheikh of Godligaon under Mankachar police station of Dhubri district has been
shot dead by Border Security Force (BSF) men in the wee hours of Saturday while
a gang of smugglers were trying to cross the Indo-Bangla border through the
fencingless border near pillar No 1057 on the outskirts of Mankachar town with a
herd of cattle and other goods. The BSF jawans on duty had asked them to stop
but the smugglers ignoring the order instead threatened the jawans with dao and
lathi. Finally, the BSF fired shots killing one on the spot. The BSF recovered 3
kg ganja, one dao, a lathi and Bangladeshi currency from the dead smuggler. The
other smugglers managed to escape from the spot with the cattle and proceeded
towards Bangladesh. . ………….More



BSF launches
operations against ultra outfits(AST_13_1_k8)
By A City Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Jan 12 – In view of possibilities of the insurgent groups active in
Karbi Anglong and Golaghat intensifying their offensives against security forces
in their Republic Day run up, Border Security Force (BSF) has launched proactive
operations against the militant outfits. .


34 pc domestic
workers in Mizoram from foreign countries(AST_13_1_k8)
Newmai News Network
 AIZAWL, Jan 11 – A survey by the National Domestic Workers Movement Welfare
Trust, Mizoram Unit has revealed that 34 per cent of domestic workers employed
in Mizoram are from outside the country. .

ISI network
concern for Meghalaya(AST_14_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 13 – Meghalaya may have seen an almost continuous
diminution in trends of insurgent violence since 2003, but the Pakistan-based
ISI’s consolidation of its network in the state remains a major concern,
according to an Indian think tank. In its latest assessment on the state, the
South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP) says, “the ISI is also known to have tried to
consolidate its network in Meghalaya, with the wider objective of destabilising
the economy and has funded terrorist groups by means of circulating fake Indian
currency notes in the entire northeast.” .


External forces
aiding NE ultras: CRPF(AST_14_1_k8)
By Our Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Jan 13 – The Director General (DG), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF),
SIS Ahmed, today said that the militancy scenario in the Northeast was
compounded by “external forces” aiding and abetting the insurgent outfits in the
region. “Militancy in the Northeast has been aggravated by external forces
aiding the militant outfits in the region,” Ahmed said during an interaction
with the media. . ………….More


intensifies vigil in border areas(AST_18_1_k8)
By Our Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Jan 17 – The international border with neighbouring country
Bangladesh is under the scanner of the State Veterinary Department as well as
the district administration of all the districts of Assam, which shares border
with the neighbouring country as well as with the State of West Bengal, where
the outbreak of avian influenza or bird flu was confirmed a couple of days back.
A State level meeting between the Commissioner and Secretary of Animal Husbandry
and Veterinary Department which took place here today has also asked the
district administration of all the districts that share its border with the
neighbouring State of West Bengal to intensify its vigil to ensure that no
poultry product from the neighbouring State enter the State boundary. .

JJ: Progress
in resolving Sino-Indian border dispute(SHT, 5-1-k8)

There has been
progress in the talks for resolving the Sino-Indian border dispute, particularly
in the Arunachal sector, newly appointed Arunachal Pradesh Governor, General (retd)
JJ Singh has said.


‘China does not have legal claim on Tawang’(SHT, 5-1-k8)

In New
Indicating that
China does not have a solid legal claim on Tawang as it withdrew from there
after capturing it in 1962, former Foreign Secretary Kanwal Sibal has said its
withdrawal from the area in Arunachal Pradesh was a de facto acceptance of the
McMahon Line. "In 1962
had captured Tawang and yet it withdrew from it and the rest of Arunachal
Pradesh largely to what is the McMahon Line, thereby de facto accepting its
validity," he said. (PTI)


Cattle smuggler shot(SHT, 7-1-k8)

By Our

A cattle smuggler was shot
dead by BSF personnel in the wee hours of Sunday near Indo-Bangla border at
Mankachar in Dhubri district of Assam. While a cattle smuggler was shot dead the
others managed to escape and they crossed over to Bangladesh along with the
cattle. Use of High Tech Thermal Images (HTTI) helped the frontier agency to
spot the gang of cattle smugglers, BSF said. The BSF also recovered five kg
ganja from the deceased.


Two Bangladeshi nationals arrested(SHT, 7-1-k8)

The Tripura Mobile Task Force (MTF) officials have arrested two suspected
Bangladeshi nationals and recovered Indian currency and fake Indian citizenship
certificates from their possession. Police said here on Sunday that acting on a
tip-off, the MTF officials carried out the operations at the Nagerjala motor
stand area and detained two suspected Bangladeshi nationals on Saturday.
Interrogations were on. However, the motive of their movement could not yet
could be known, the MTF officials said, adding that the police and BSF had
stepped up vigil along the bordering locations of the State to check the cross
border movement. (UNI)


BSF post attacked(SHT, 7-1-k8)

The 29th Battalion of Border Security Forces post, located at Nongpok Sekmai in
Thoubal district of Manipur, came under attack from well-armed unidentified
gunmen in the wee hours of Sunday. No casualties was reported from both sides.

. ………….More


Assam CM blames neighbouring nations for jehadi activities(SHT, 10th January

Assam’s neighbouring
countries, particularly Bangladesh, are encouraging insurgency and jehadi
activities in the State, where a "third force" with suspected naxalite links is
working behind the growing Adivasi uprising, says Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. On
the see-saw peace process with the ULFA, the Chief Minister expressed his
Government’s readiness to hold talks with the insurgents provided they dropped
the sovereignty condition.


Insurgents driven out of Manipur border villages: AR(SHT, 12th January

Security forces have driven out insurgents of the Manipur People’s Army, armed
wing of the United National Liberation Front, from border villages in Chandel
district in Manipur. The sources in the Assam Rifles said on Friday that MPA
insurgents and other militants were ejected from two villages bordering

Myanmar – New Samtal and New Lajang –
yesterday by the Army and Assam Rifles personnel.


‘ISI network a concern in Meghalaya’(SHT_14_1_k8)

Meghalaya may have seen an almost continuous diminution in trends of insurgent
violence since 2003, but the Pakistan-based ISI’s consolidation of its network
in the state remains a major concern, according to an Indian think tank.

. ………….More


India, China agree to maintain status quo(SHT, 15-1-08)
Boundary dispute

PM’s Special Aircraft: India and China have decided to keep away "contentious"
issues outside the purview of discussions their Special Representatives are
having on the festering boundary issue.

Security Advisor and India’s Special Representative, M K Narayanan and Chinese
Vice Foreign Minister and Chinese Special Representative Dai Bingguo held
discussions in
on the sidelines of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit.


Snap ties with Myanmar, India urged(SHT_19_1_k8)

A public meeting for restoration of democracy and human rights in Myanmar here
on Friday appealed to the Centre to snap all ties with the military rulers of
the country as economic cooperation with it would never benefit the people
unless democracy was restored.


Role on Myanmar(SHT_21_1_k8)

He also said
New Delhi has an important role to play with regard to Myanmar’s transition to
democracy and end to problems there.

Brown, who
will discuss the issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday, said
international action is necessary to persuade the Myanmarese government that
"they got to take seriously all the problems that exist in their country."

. ………….More


‘India-China ties win-win for both’(SHT_17_1_k8)

New Delhi:
The emerging "substantive" political and economic relations between India and
China is a "win-win" situation for the two countries, Commerce Minister Kamal
Nath has said.
. ………….More

border well-protected’(SHT_22_1_k8)

BSF has ruled out any threat from militants from across the border or foreign
nationals to the Republic Day celebrations and Assembly polls scheduled for
March 3. . ………….More

BSF balm
for villagers(SHT_22_1_k8)

In a bid to build a healthy relationship with civilians in border areas and also
to provide them some kind of entertainment, the BSF band troops are touring the
villages along Indo-Bangladesh border, BSF IG PK Mishra said on Monday.

Mr Mishra said the
BSF bands troop were touring the villages in border areas with a view to
entertaining the villagers with songs and also to showcase the skills of playing
different kinds of instruments by the band members. Balm .


New Delhi:
The BSF and BDR will hold its next high-meeting in mid-February in Shillong.
This was decided at a meeting between the frontier agencies at Bogra town in
Bangladesh at the end of their three-day-long talks on Tuesday. The meeting also
decided that the two forces would restrain from firing on the border during
daytime and that infiltrators would be be treated in humane way. .

clash, 12 hurt(SHT_24_1_k8)

At least 12 persons were injured a clash between the villagers and BSF personnel
on Tuesday at Masima village on the Indo-Bangladesh border in Tripura West
District. Among the injured, eight were women and an Assistant Commandant of the
19th Bn of BSF. The incident was triggered when a local woman tried to force her
way in opening a ‘gate’ manned by the BSF personnel, which annoyed the jawans,
who later assaulted her. (NNN) .

for Thai-NE cooperation pursued(SHT_24_1_k8)

In total, 42 proposals for Thai-North East Trade Cooperation in investment and
trade sector mostly in tourism are being actively pursued under the overall
aegis and coordination of the Indian Chamber of Commerce, according to official
sources here on Wednesday. .

children on Bangladesh tour(SHT_28_1_k8)

SHILLONG: Twenty-five children of BSF schools have left for Dhaka on a
"goodwill mission" through land route from Kolkata. The wards of BSF officials
will participate in cultural programmes and sports activities with their BDR
counterparts during the tour. As per the goodwill mission, the BDR will also
send their school children later, BSF IG Pk Mishra informed on Sunday adding the
tour had been sponsored by the Assam and Meghalaya Frontier headquarters .



BSF troopers today seized 114 cattle heads being smuggled to Bangladesh from
along the Indo-Bangla border in Dhubri district. A BSF statement here said the
cattle, worth Rs 20 lakh, were brought from Haryana to be smuggled to
Bangladesh. The smugglers, however, fled to Bangladesh. Last year, the BSF
seized 6311 catle worth over Rs 8 crore enroute to the neighbouring country. (PTI)
. ………….More


An official-level meeting between the BSF and BDR was held at Dawki on Sunday to
discuss the agenda of the scheduled conference between the two border forces in
Shillong on February 11. Official sources on Monday said during the proposed
three-day conference, issues like cattle smuggling, cross border crimes and
militants of North-east taking shelter in Bangladesh are likely to be discussed.

. ………….More

frees four Indian nationals(SHT_29_1_k8)
: Myanmar authorities have released four Indian nationals who
were arrested six months ago for entering the neighbouring country without valid
documents, official sources said on Monday. They were handed over to immigration
officer at Moreh border town in Manipur’s Chandel district yesterday, they said.
They were identified as Lal Bahadur (36) from Uttar Pradesh, Mohd Hussain (40)
from Assam, Salam Taung (35) from from Manipur and Mang Aijamang (30) from
Mizoram. All the four persons were kept in a Myanmar jail for six months, the
sources said. (PTI) . ………….More

student killed in BSF-BDR fight(SHT_30_1_k8)

In a major flare-up along Indo-Bangladesh border, a school student was killed on
Tuesday and five persons, including three Bangladeshis, were injured as Border
Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) traded gunfire in West Bengal’s
Malda and South Dinajpur districts. A class seven student was injured in South
Dinajpur district when the BDR fired on the BSF, BSF officials and
Superintendent of Police Kalyan Mullick said. .

BJP plea
to PM on Sino-Indian agreement(SHT_30_1_k8)

Two BJP MPs from Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh to announce implementation of a 2003 agreement between India and China not
to alter the status of populated areas on either side of the line dividing the
two countries for arriving at a solution to their border dispute. .

BSF, villagers
clash at Sonamura, 12 injured(AST_24_1_k8)
 AGARTALA, Jan 23 – At least 12 villagers
including students and women were injured when BSF personnel lathi-charged them
at Padmarpur in Sonamuara subdivision in West district today.

Bhutan holds first parliamentary polls(AST_1_1_k8)
 SARPANG (Bhutan), Dec 31 – The isolated
Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan today held its first parliamentary elections aimed
at transforming the country from absolute monarchy to constitutional democracy,
reports AFP. “Polling has begun in 15 districts with the response quite
enthusiastic. This is a historic moment for all of us,” Bhutan’s chief election
commissioner Dasho Kunzang Wangdi, said by telephone from the capital Thimphu.
. ………….More

currency found, 3 held in Tripura(AST_1_1_k8)
 AGARTALA, Dec 31 – Police arrested three
youths with Indian fake notes worth Rs 39,500 from Debasthal under Kailashahar
police station in North Tripura district.

Based on specific information, SDPO and Officer in Charge (OC) along with staff
laid an ambush at Debasthal on Kailashahar -Dharmanagar road, 15 km from the
police station on Sunday morning. Around 8.45 am, security personnel spotted
that three youths were moving suspiciously at Debasthal. As the police chased
three suspected youths, they tried to escape from the clutch of cops but could
not. . ………….More

Indians freed(sex_28_1_k8)
 IMPHAL, Jan 27 : Four Indians who were imprisoned in Myanmar for a
long time have been freed today and handed over to Moreh police station, reports
our correspondent. They have been brought to Imphal. The four Indian prisoners
who have been freed today are identified as Lal Bahadur (35) s/o Anil Bahadur of
Murshidabad, Uttar Pradesh, Md Hussain (40) s/o Puba Ali of Silchar Assam,
Salamtuang (35) s/o Leinkhothang of Khang-khai village, Chura- chandpur and Mang
Aijama s/o Talaidphanga of Champhai village, Mizoram. All the four were
apprehended by Myanmar military under its Passport Act. .


BSF to
permanently stay in State(SEX_29_1_k8)
 Lamka, Jan 28 : The Nation’s border sentinel, Border Security Force
will soon make their presence felt in the State once again as the Government has
decided to permanently station them and sought for a requisition of two more
battalions for deployment in Jiribam area. .


One found dead,
mishap claims one(SEX_29_1_k8)
 MOREH, Jan 28 : One Manipuri was found shot dead in no man’s land
along the international boundary between India and Myanmar under Moreh police
station today.
The spot where the corpse was recovered is located in between Angala Prameshwari
temple and the Sunrise Youth Club under Moreh ward no 2.
On receiving information of the recovery, a police team led by SDPO Rameshwar
and OC Abdul Kalam went to the spot after informing their Myan-marese counter
parts. . ………….More

20 injured in Tripura clash

Agartala, Jan 23 (IANS): At
least 20 people were injured, 12 of them seriously, when Border Security Force (BSF)
troopers and a violent mob clashed along Tripura’s border with Bangladesh,
officials Wednesday said.
A police spokesperson said the trouble began late Tuesday at Kathalia in western
Tripura, 60 km from here, over the opening of a gate along the border to allow
Indian villagers to cross a barbed wire fencing.


B’desh hub of
anti-India activities: BJP(SEN_29_1_k8)
 NEW DELHI, Jan 28: Like Pakistan,
Bangladesh is also becoming a hub for anti-India activities. Apart from the ULFA,
many insurgent groups of the North-east operate from Bangladesh and Myanmar,”
said BJP president Rajnath Singh at the party’s national executive meet here
. ………….More


exchange points for Shillong meeting(SEN_29_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 28: The Border Security
Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) has together exchanged agenda points for
the next four-day biennial conference. The preparatory meeting was held at the
BSF outpost in Dawki on Sunday. BDR’s Staff Officers, Major Md Humayun Kabir
Sarker and Major Ahmed Tariq Someen attended the preparatory meeting where both
the frontier guards agreed to exercise utmost restraint along the
India-Bangladesh border to avoid any untoward incidents and to keep a greater
vigilance with a view to check and prevent the illicit flow of drugs, narcotics,
arms and explosives across the border.


joint committee to combat human trafficking(SEN_29_1_k8)
 KOKRAJHAR, Jan 28: The Nedan Foundation,
Kokrajhar, which organized a two-day joint consultation between the Bodoland
Territorial Council (BTC) and the Bhutan Government to combat the transborder
human trafficking and cases of HIV/AIDS along the border areas came to an end
today. The joint consultation included representatives from Bhutan, BTC, Tripura,
Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Manipur and a member of the South Asian
Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Dr Rinchen Chopel stressed on
transborder collaboration in countering human trafficking and HIV in the porous
border districts near Bhutan and BTC and drafted the Standard Operational
Procedure (SOP) in terms of rescue and rehabilitation of victims of trafficking
. ………….More

 Respect pact with China signed by Vajpayee: Rijiju (SEN_30_1_k8)
 NEW DELHI, Jan 29: Just a day before
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reaching Arunachal Pradesh, two BJP MPs from the
State — Kiren Rijiju and Tapir Gao — have made some points on Sino-Indian border
and border trade with the neighbouring country before the Premier.


Four Indian
nationals released from Myanmar jail (IFP_28_1_k8)

Moreh, Jan 27 : Four Indian nationals were
released today by the Myanmar authorities after undergoing six months
imprisonment in the neighbouring country.


Avian flu: BSF
intensifies vigil(SEN_19_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 18: The Asom-Meghalaya
stretch of the international border with Bangladesh has come under Border
Security Force (BSF) patrolling to check the spread of bird flu.
Bird flu spreading to West Bengal from Bangladesh has raised serious concern for
States bordering Bangladesh. While States like Meghalaya, Tripura and even Asom
taking contingency plans to combat the spread of the disease, the Shillong-based
BSF Frontier Headquarters has asked all its battalions posted in Asom and
Meghalaya to carry a special intensity patrolling to check entry of smuggled
chickens from the neighbouring country.


BSF steps up
vigil ahead of Republic Day(SEN_21_1_k8)
GOLAGHAT, Jan 20: As the Republic Day is
approaching fast 16 Bn Boarder Security Force (BSF) deployed in Golaghat has
stepped up its operational activities and launched several pro-active operations
in Golaghat to foil the nefarious designs of the insurgent groups like Adivasi
National Liberation Army (ANLA), United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and
Karbi Longri National Liberation Front (KLNLF).


allowing entry of poultry from West Bengal’(SEN_22_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 21: Vigil along the Asom-West
Bengal border has been intensified following the seizure of vans loaded with
chicken from the neighbouring State at Bijoy Nagar and Gouripur on January 19
night despite the imposition of a blanket ban on the movement of poultry and
poultry products across the international and inter-State borders.

evasion at Srirampur and Chagolia checkgates(SEN_22_1_k8)
Cross-checking of papers produced in WB, Asom may check the practice
 GUWAHATI, Jan 21: Srirampur and Chagolia
checkposts have once again triggered a controversy of tax evasion, with many
enquiry commissions of the past failing to tackle the problem. Coming to power
in 2001, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had assured that his government would put an
end to the tax evasion and extortion at these checkgates, but the discrepancies
are mounting up with gross misappropriation of tax revenues and mafia-style
money extortion by the police and other officials from the truckers.

Serial blasts rock Bhutan(SEN_22_1_k8)
THIMPU, Jan 21: A woman was injured and
some property damaged as four serial blasts rocked poll-bound Bhutan yesterday,
including one in the capital, police said. The four blasts took place within a
span of three hours between 11 am and 2 pm, a spokesman of the Royal Bhutan
Police said. PTI


People across
borders strengthen traditional bonds(SEN_22_1_k8)
ITANAGAR, Jan 21: In an effort to cement
the traditional ties between Myanmar and India, hundreds of Myanmarese citizens
thronged Nampong, the last Indian post in Changlang district of Arunachal
Pradesh, to participate in the three-day Pangsau Pass Winter Festival.


Khandu defends
his visit across Chinese border(SEN_22_1_k8)
ITANAGAR, Jan 21: Reacting to a report
telecast by a national TV channel, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee
Khandu claimed that there was nothing wrong in his participating in the Chinese
national day celebrations on the other side of the border in October, 2006, “as
a civilian”. In a communique, the Chief Minister referred to a news telecast by
a private channel yesterday, which sought to project his visit as “detrimental
to national interest”.


Children of BSF
and BDR to cross borders as a goodwill (SEN_23_1_k8)
On Republic Day, 15 boys and 10 girls will go on a six-day trip to B’desh
SHILLONG, Jan 22: The school-going
children of officers of the Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR)
will tour each other’s country as part of a goodwill gesture between the two
On Republic Day, 15 boys and 10 girls will go on a six-day trip from Kolkata to
Dhaka from where they will tour other parts of Bangladesh.


Ban on poultry
business along inter-state, international borders(SEN_24_1_k8)
Poultry traders suffer heavy loss in Asom
 GUWAHATI, Jan 23: In view of the high risk due to outbreak of avian
influenza in West Bengal, the districts of Asom along its inter-State and
international borders in both Brahmaputra and Barak valleys have been brought
under 144 CrPC. Asom Government has today imposed a ban on purchase and sale of
poultry and poultry products within ten km of its borders.


Mob attacks BSF
for delay in opening border gates(SEN_25_1_k8)
AGARTALA, Jan 24: At least 20 people were
injured during a clash between BSF troops and civilians at Masima village of
Sonamura town following a delay in opening of the gates along the
Indo-Bangladesh border in West Tripura today.
Police said a temporary picket has been set up to look into the incident. The
clash erupted after an irate mob attacked the security forces for a delay in
opening the gates along the border.


fanatics hell-bent on snatching NE, claims youth body(SEN_25_1_k8)
‘Foreign powers have an eye on the rich petroleum resources and the immense
power potential of the region’ (SEN_25_1_k8)
 DIBRUGARH, JANUARY 24: The Hindu Yuva
Chatra Parishad (HYCP) claimed that Muslim fundamentalists were hell-bent on
snatching away the North-east from the nation and turning it into an Islamic
In a press meet held at Dibrugarh today, the president of the state unit of HYCP,
Brajen Kakoty, said that there were twenty to twenty-five Islamic armed groups
active in the northeastern States. He further stated that the ISI of Pakistan as
well as Bangladesh had a hand in the terror activities being carried out in the
border regions of the nation.


pact on human trafficking on cards(SEN_25_1_k8)

 KOKRAJHAR, Jan 24: India and Bhutan have
reached an agreement to contain trans-border human trafficking and the spread of
AIDS along the borders of the two countries by establishing standard operational
In this regard, Nedan Foundationan,an NGO will be organizing a two-day workshop
from January 28, where representatives from India and Bhutan would be present.
Steps with regard to rescue and repatriation of traffic victims along the border
areas, and in BTC areas would be discussed and drafted in the workshop.


BSF-BDR meet
to hone talks agenda(TEL_29_1_k8)

Shillong, Jan. 28:
Officers of the BSF and the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR)
held a preparatory-level meeting at Dawki yesterday to discuss the modalities of
a proposed four-day meeting between the two border forces beginning here on
February 11.

Maj. Md Humayun Ahmed Sarker and Maj. Ahmed Tarik
Someen of the BDR held discussions with BSF officers on the agenda of the
February meeting, a BSF officer confirmed today.


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