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December 16, 2005 – Khamiruddin died in Panchagarh  – United News of Bangladesh
People of Panchagarh has lost a devoted BNP activist Khamiruddin who died at his Panchagarh residence.

December 10, 2005 – Bangladesh may join Asian Highway through Banglabandha land port of Tetula – Time of India

DHAKA: Bangladesh may now ratify the 32-nation Asian Highway agreement without change in the original route plan following refusal by all other countries to toe its proposal for an alternative route avoiding India. The communications ministry this week opted for linking up the country with the 140,000 km road network, keeping the stretch from Tamabil to Benapole or Banglabandha as the Asian Highway route in Bangladesh, a senior official said.

The foreign ministry favoured the ratification of the agreement because of the importance of the road network in trade and commerce and relations with neighbouring countries. Under the original plan, Dhaka would join the highway through India. Earlier it tried to avoid India and wanted to join the highway with an alternative route through Myanmar for which Dhaka sought support from other countries.

Dhaka had proposed a change in the route through Yangon via Teknaf (AH-41 route) instead of the existing route from Tamabil to Benapole or Banglabandha (AH-1 route), which involves India. Bangladesh had reservations about the original plan and feared it would eventually turn out to be a transit route for India. In the Asian Highway map, Tamabil in Sylhet has been shown as the proposed entry point for the highway into Bangladesh and the exit point through Banglabandha in Panchagarh. The entry and exit points are linked with India and a length of 1,804 kilometres goes through Bangladesh. Earlier, in November, seven countries - China, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Sri Lanka - refused to back Bangladesh's proposed amendment plan to recognise the proposed Dhaka-Yangon Road as the Asian Highway in Bangladesh instead of the AH-1 route from Tamabil to Benapole or Banglabandha on the ground of time constraints. The foreign ministry had sent letters to these countries asking them to support its changed plan at the joint working committee meeting on the highway, to be held in Bangkok on Dec 14 and 15. Twenty-seven countries, including Japan, China, Malaysia, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and all the South Asian nations except Bangladesh, signed the agreement in 2004.

October 1, 2005 – 3 more JMB men arrested, security alert in Panchagarh – Daily Star
Our Dinajpur correspondent adds: Instructions have been given to the law enforcers of Panchagarh to step up security at important establishments and cinemas following intelligence report that a wave of further bomb attacks might be carried out by Islamist militants. The officer-in-charge (OC) of Kotwali Police Station told The Daily Star over phone they have beefed up security since Thursday at important establishments including DC office, courts, local press club, post office, Panchagarh Sadar Hospital, bus terminal and Panchagarh Electrification Office. Police are also checking incoming and out going transport including buses and tracks, the OC added. Eleven check posts have also been set up at different points of the district.

September 10, 2005 – BSF pushes in eight Indian nationals through Panchagarh border – United News of Bangladesh
Indian border guards pushed eight Bengali-speaking Indians, including three children, into Bangladesh early today, official sources said. On information by locals, police arrested Borhan Matbar, 30, his wife Parveen, 28, their three children - Salma, Setara, and Mariom--and Layek Sheikh, Babul, and Lokman.

August 30, 2005 – Two suspect arrested
BDNEWS reports from Panchagarh: Police arrested two more suspects - Md Badiuzzaman, 32, superintendent of Panchagarh Satmera Darulfalah Dakhil Madrasa, and Khalilur Rahman Pradhan alias Khalil Pradhan -- on Sunday night.

August 5, 2009 – Jessore DSA meet Panchagarh DSA in final Saturday – United News of Bangladesh
Jessore DSA and Panchagarh DSA advanced to the final of The Bengal Plastic Under-19 Women's Handball Tournament eliminating their rivals in the semi-fianls at the Outer Stadium handball ground here today (Friday).

July 19, 2005 – China To Setup Textile Mill In Bangladesh – T&G Supply

At least 3,000 people will get jobs after the mill gets rolling into production. US$ 100 million is to be invested setting up a textile mill at Panchagarh district in Bangladesh. The move is carried out by a Chinese business group Jiangsu Redbud Dyeing Technology Co Ltd of China. Textiles and Jute Minister Shajahan Siraj at his secretariat office held talks with a 5-member Chinese delegation led by Frank Liu, Chairman of the company. During the meeting, Liu informed the Minister that they want to set a jute-based textile mill as a joint venture at Panchagarh district in the premises of Gem Jute Ltd. They will produce fabrics from jute and then use it for garments, he said adding, at least 3,000 people will get jobs after the mill gets rolling into production.

July 18, 2005 – Film actor Rahman passes away – United News of Bangladesh
Renowned film actor, director and producer Abdur Rahman, better known as only Rahman, died at Central Hospital here early today due to old age complications. He was 68.

July 18, 2005 – BSF hands over body of Bangladeshi youth – United News of Bangladesh
The body of Bangladeshi youth, who was shot dead by BSF at Darkhor frontier in Atoari upazila Friday morning, was handed over to Bangladesh Rifles on Sunday.

May 30, 2005 – Bangladesh Grandparent poultry farm starts operation in June in Tetula
With a target to reduce import dependence on broiler-breeder parent stocks by 20 percent, Bangladesh's first grandparent (GP) poultry farm in Tentulia, Panchagarh hopes to start operation from next week. Aqua Breeders Ltd., set up on 180 bighas of land, targets to produce and market 4,000 pieces of one-day-old broiler-breeder parents daily.

May 14, 2005 – Potters live in poor condition in Panchagarh – New Age

About 400 potters of Malipara and Kazipara under Panchagarh sadar upazila have been living a sub-human life as their income from the sale of earthen kitchenware is grossly inadequate to sustain them. In the past, the potters had brisk business with the pottery. Dishes, pots, flower vases, pitchers, dolls and many other kitchenware made from clay had great demand to all classes of people. The income of all the potters from the sale of different earthen products was good enough for the livelihood of their families. With the appearance of plastic and aluminum products in the markets, the heyday of the people associated with the pottery industry started fading. Even the people of low income bracket of this district as elsewhere in the country now prefer to buy plastic and aluminum products because of their durability, cheap prices and attractive design.
A potter of village Malipara under Dhakkamara union said the prices of all kinds of inputs such as clay, dyes, mould and other materials for making kitchenware have soared and as a result, they have lost their competitive edge over the plastic and aluminum products. He pointed out that it has now become very difficult to realize production cost by selling earthenware.
Talking to New Age, Gonesh Pal of village Malipara said as many as 250 potters belonging to 50 families have been struggling for existence following drastic fall in the demand of their products. Many of them have to remain half-fed almost everyday due to their acute financial crisis, he added. Kurmar Sri Biswanath of village Kazipara spoke in the same frustrating tone about the plight of the plotters of his village. Most of the potters of the two villages said they needed loan on easy terms to stay afloat in this industry.

April 30, 2005 – Police arrest six along with a bronze statue, fake notes – United News of Bangladesh
Six people were arrested along with a bronze statue of Buddha and 22 packets of fake notes at Khutamara village in Debiganj Upazila on Friday. The arrested were identified as Lebu Mollah alias Milon of Noakhali, Humayun Kabir of Comilla, Bajlur Rahman of Shariatpur was identified.

April 20, 2005 – Panchagarh theatre group felicitated – New Age

Bidrohi Theatre, a young theatre group based in Panchagarh, organised a reception for the children who participated at the 6th Juvenile Theatre Festival 2005 in Dhaka recently.
Chairman of the organisation, Ataur Rahman Robi presided over the function. Among others who spoke were General Secretary Abdur Rahim, District Education Officer Akhteruzzaman, District Children Affairs Officer Maulana Altaf Hossain and children’s representative Saddam Hossain. Panchagarh district has for the first time, participated in the national juvenile theatre festival this year.

April 11, 2005 – BSF pushed in seven Bangla speaking Indian Muslims – United News of Bangladesh
Indian BSF pushed in seven Indian Muslims through the Modelhat border of sader upazila early hours Monday.

April 5, 2005 – Crop cultivation is likely to face a setback in Panchagarh – United News of Bangladesh
IRRI-boro cultivation may face a setback in the district this season due to fertilizer shortage. Farmers apprehended that they could not harvest a bumper output this year as they yet to get sufficient fertilizers from the Agriculture Department.

April 2, 2005 – Power crisis hits IRRI-boro cultivation in Panchagarh – United News of Bangladesh
Farmers of the district have been facing problems in operating their irrigation pumps due to acute power crisis. Capacitors and motors of pumps are being damaged due to frequent power outage and voltage fluctuations, hampering irrigation in the crop fields seriously.

March 30, 2005 – BSF agreed not to tea plantation within 150 yards of the border – United News of Bangladesh
Tension in the border defused today following Indian BSF at a flag meeting with BDR agreed to refrain from tea plantation and digging bunker with 150 yards of the border.

March 24, 2005 – Irri-Boro production target may not be achieved in the district – United News of Bangladesh
Farmers of the district apprehend that the target of Irri-Boro production may not be achieved this season for lack of adequate water supply.

February 28, 2005 – 2 BSF men killed in firing on Bangladesh border – The Hindu
By Haroon Habib - DHAKA, FEB. 27. In an exchange of fire between the Border Security Force and the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), two men of the BSF were killed on Saturday at Barshalupara frontier in northern Panchagarh. A commander of 20 Rifles Battalion, BDR, however, said that he heard only about some BSF men being struck by bullets. He was "not aware of any death."  Local dailies quoted officials as saying that hundreds of rounds were fired in the BDR-BSF clash. Both sides flew white flag on Friday afternoon and decided to hold a flag meeting at zero point of the Barshalupara border at 9.30 a.m. on Saturday. At the meeting BDR officials were told that a dam would be constructed to check the erosion caused by the Nagar river at Barshalupara. However, tension gripped the frontier areas as firing began after the flag meeting, media reports said. Several villagers on the border fled their homes during the eruption of clash, the reports said.

February 26, 2005 – Border-Fighting – United News of Bangladesh
Thakurgaon, Feb 26 (UNB) - In a major skirmish in recent times, intermittent exchange of fire between Bangladesh and Indian border guards at Barshalupara frontier in Panchagarh continued for a second straight day today. Villagers said two BSF men were killed during the border fights on Friday.

January 13, 2005 – 22 BDR men hurt in road crash – Daily Star
BSS, Rangpur - At least 22 members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) were injured in a road accident on the Panchagarh-Dhaka highway near Birganj of Dinajpur district yesterday morning. Police and hospital sources said the accident occurred when a bus carrying the BDR personnel of Panchagarh Battalion skidded off the road and fell into a ditch after its driver lost control over the steering. The BDR men were going to Khalahati under Parbatipur upazila of Dinajpur to attend the winter training programme. The injured were admitted to Dinajpur Medical College Hospital. The commanding officer of Panchagarh Battalion and senior BDR officials visited the spot.

January 8, 2005 – Privatising Five Land Ports, Minister sees no scope now to revise proposals – Daily Star
Rafiq Hasan - Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain has said he would not comply with the directives of the cabinet division on economic affairs to revise his ministry's proposals on privatising five land ports. The five land ports are Sonamasjid in Rajshahi, Hili and Birol in Dinajpur, Banglabandha in Panchagarh and Bibir Bazar in Comilla. The shipping ministry had proposed to develop the land ports by private sector on build, operate and transfer (BOT) basis while the cabinet division has asked the ministry to follow Bangladesh Private Sector Infrastructure Guidelines. The proposal is at the final stage and it will take a long time to revise it according to private sector infrastructure guidelines, the minister said on Monday. "I am not going to revise the proposals after so much work for the last two years," he said. "Had the government approved the proposal, privatisation process of the five land ports would be completed by one year and the government would get increased revenue," he said, adding, "The plan can not be implemented during the present government's tenure if we revise it." Claiming that the proposals were prepared on the basis of government's existing rules and regulations, the minister said its consultation and documentation process has already cost around Tk 25 lakh.

A vested quarter in the government was responsible for delaying every development initiative, he said. On the basis of a decision to build 11 land ports taken at an inter-ministerial meeting on November 9, 2002, the shipping ministry finalised the process to develop five land ports on BOT basis in the first phase and submitted the proposals to the cabinet division on December 12 last year. The Infrastructure Investment Facilitation Centre helped the shipping ministry to prepare the tender documents and many private operators have agreed to invest in the sector, sources said. The decision to privatize land ports was taken following the World Bank suggestions.


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