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Border Trade, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

Stillwell road could be Arunachal

road could be Arunachal`s bounty (IFP_30_1_k8)

PANGSAU, Jan 29: `Thanks to the Allied Forces of 2nd World War` are the words
often repeated with great expectation by the people of Arunachal Pradesh. The
praise is for the 1079 km long Stillwell road which connects Indian territory in
Arunachal Pradesh with Myanmar and China. In fact, there have been several
traditional trade routes existing at the border of Arunachal Pradesh with China
and Myanmar since early periods when the people of the three countries shared
economic and social affairs through these trade routes. But with intense
restrictions on passing through the area by the security forces of the
respective countries the age old trade exchange has gradually decreased.

B’deshis carrying on
businesses, working illegally: BSF
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. The Border Security Force personnel arrested two Bangladeshi
nationals at Lantilla in Jaintia Hills on Wednesday night and the revelation
confirmed the long suspected Bangladeshis prospering in the State. The BSF party
arrested Subhash Singha and Brij Mohan Singha, both from Maulvi Bazar. While Rs
22,463 in cash was recovered from them, the amazing fact is that one owned a
welding shop while the other is engaged in trade for the past two years in Jowai
town. …more…

CM woos Thai team to invest in

GUWAHATI, Jan 10 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today held a discussion
with a high-level Thai delegation led by its Deputy Industry Minister on
prospects of Thai investment in the State besides bilateral trade transactions.
Exhorting the Thai delegation to invest in sectors like power, road and air
connectivity, tourism, tea, coal, oil, etc., the Chief Minister also stressed
the need for enhancing greater bilateral business transactions in
food-processing, handloom and handicrafts including muga and cane and bamboo.

Antony: Look East policy not
targeted at China(SHT, 7-1-k8)

Kuala Lumpur
India on Sunday said closer relations with the US and other nations will not be
at the expense of any of its "old friends" while its growing ties with Southeast
Asia were not aimed at countering China’s influence in the region. India’s
growing ties with the countries of this region had already paid rich dividends
as could be seen in increasing trade between New Delhi and the Association of
South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), Defence Minister A K Antony, who arrived here
on Sunday evening on a two-day official visit, said.

Centre to upgrade LCSs to boost border trade(SHT, 7-1-k8)

New Delhi
With a view to boost border trade, over a dozen Land Customs Stations (LCSs)
along India’s borders with Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Nepal will be
upgraded into Integrated Check Posts (ICPs) in next three years for providing
better facilities to businessmen. he Centre will bear the entire cost of the Rs
853 crore project as per a decision taken at an inter-ministerial meeting here
recently, a Home Ministry official said on Sunday. The project to upgrade 13 LCS
is aimed at facilitating border trade by offering better and additional
facilities at ICPs for traders and businessmen.

Proposals for Thai-NE
cooperation pursued(SHT_24_1_k8)

NEW DELHI: 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. Following high level
visits and business summit in Bangkok few months ago several encouraging
proposals involving close cooperation between Thailand and India’s North East
have come, the sources said. The Bank of Bangkok has also expressed interest in
funding Indo-Thai ventures in the region. The Thai delegation consisted of
representatives from the Thailand Board of Investment, the Royal Thai Embassy in
New Delhi, the Thai Office of Commercial Affairs in New Delhi and Thai companies
in the food, construction, banking and steel industry. …more…

fest may set platform for enhanced Indo-Myanmar trade activity (IFP_31_1_k8)

Nampong, Jan 30: The recently held Pangsau Pass
winter festival at Nampong village of Changalang district Arunachal Pradesh has
a remarkable historical significance and celebrates the true relationship
between the Burmese and the local people. The festival kicked off on January 20
with the striking of the traditional gong by DoTC chairman Phusum Kimhun and
singing of `We stand and sing for peace and unity` to send a clear message that
the people crave for peace in the insurgency affected Changlang district of
Arunachal Pradesh. The PPWF was organised with an objective to rebuild the age
old relationship between the people of Arunachal Pradesh and nieghbouring
Myanmar. …more…

‘Checkgates 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. This was
stated by Dr AK Kataki, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Director, while talking
to The Sentinel here today. State Veterinary Minister Khorsingh Ingti convened a
meeting of the officials of the departments concerned at Dispur today to review
the prevailing situation arising out of the outbreak of avian influenza in West

Tax 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. …more…
Experts discuss policy(TEL,

Jan. 18:
The much-hyped
Look East policy came up for discussion on the concluding day of the two-day
conference on Northeast India and its Transnational Neighbourhood at IIT
Guwahati. Deliberating on Northeast India in a New Asia, experts said the
security establishments of the country have hijacked the Look East policy aimed
at economic development of the region. Sushil Khanna of IIM Calcutta said Indian
policy makers have used the “opening up” of its northeastern neighbours only to
strengthen ties with military regimes in Bangladesh and Myanmar to launch
counter-insurgency movements against the outfits in the Northeast.


Kaladan project nears completion
AIZAWL, Jan 3: The Kaladan multi-model project, a key route to
the Indo-Myanmar border trade, is nearing completion, says Myanmar Foreign
Minister U Nyan Win.
Speaking to Mizoram Lok Sabha member Vanlalzawma, in the presence of Union
External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi on Wednesday, Nyan said
this and added that the project is in its final stage and an agreement in this
regard would be signed when Myanmar vice-president visits India in next April.

Bangla FDI bar off(TEL_ 4_1_k8)

New Delhi,
Jan. 3:
India has lifted
the ban on foreign direct investment (FDI) from Bangladesh. A 1999 law had
barred FDI from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. But Sri Lanka was exempt in
2000, and with Bangladesh joining the club, Pakistan is the lone country on the
hot list. The Indian gesture, pending for some time but notified without fanfare
in November, comes at a time a $3-billion-dollar investment proposal by the
Tatas is pending with the Bangladesh government. Delhi’s sweetener may also help
speed up resumption of hilsa imports from Bangladesh.

Bangla bans Meghalaya coal again(TEL_ 4_1_k8)

Jan. 3:
The Bangladesh
government has placed an embargo on the import of Meghalaya coal, most of which
reaches that country through the trade centre at Suterkandi checkpost in
Karimganj district.  A senior official of the central excise and customs
department at the checkpost said it had received an order to that effect from
the department’s counterpart in Dhaka yesterday. The Bangladesh government has
stated that the high sulphur content in Meghalaya’s low-ash coal is the reason
for its embargo, which was clamped last Tuesday for an indefinite period.


Smuggler shot dead (TEL_7_1_K8)

Jan. 6:
The BSF shot dead
a cattle smuggler at Gudligaon village in the Mankachar area bordering Garo
Hills, adjacent to Dhubri district of Assam, on Sunday. The police said the use
of high-tech thermal images helped the BSF to spot a gang of cattle smugglers
along the border. The cattle smuggler, identified as Bakul Mia from Gudligaon
village, was killed in the firing. The other members of the gang escaped.


team in Assam for trade(TEL_10_1_k8)

Jan. 9:
An 18-member
delegation from Thailand is visiting the region to look for business
opportunities. The delegates, who represent various sectors including Bangkok
Bank, will visit Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.  They will be in the
region till January 13. “This is an opportune time to do business and one should
not lose opportunities now,” Assam industries minister Pradyut Bordoloi said
during a function held at Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra before an interactive
session with the delegation.

Bangladesh lifts ban on export of hilsa fish to India
AGARTALA, Jan 13: In news that will gladden
the hearts of many fish gourmands in India, Bangladesh has lifted the ban on the
export of the prized hilsa, six months after Dhaka clamped it to meet domestic
demand, officials said here on Sunday. “Considering all aspects, the government
has taken the decision last week to lift the ban on export of hilsa fish to
India,” said Monir Ahmed, first secretary and head of mission of Bangladesh visa
office here. Fish traders here expect that supply of the tropical fish from
Bangladesh would resume soon.
“The silver fish of Padma and Meghna rivers in Bangladesh has already hit the
markets in Kolkata and southern Asom three days back,” the traders said. Dhaka
stopped export of hilsa fish to India in an attempt to meet the local demand at
a reasonable price.

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