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DCs, SPs from Indo-Bangla border districts to meet today

By Staff correspondent

SHILLONG, Aug 19 - Officials from India and Bangladesh would hold a bilateral meeting on August 20 in Meghalaya to discuss issues of common interest.

Official sources informed The Assam Tribune that Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police from seven districts from both countries would attend the day-long talks. All the DCs and SPs are from the border districts of both countries and therefore have a lot to share on issues of common interest.

From India, the DCs and SPs of East and West Jaintia Hills, East Khasi Hills, South West Khasi Hills, South Garo Hills, West Garo Hills and South West Garo Hills would take part in the meet. Bangladesh would be represented by DCs and SPs from Jamalpur, Sherpur, Netrokona, Mymensingh, Sylhet, Sunamganj and Kurigram districts.

Some of the agenda on the table would be cross-border movement of anti-socials, smuggling of cattle, land disputes, flood control, drug trafficking, theft in the border areas and cross-border deaths of citizens.

For India, the issue of cross-border movement of militants is a matter of concern. Bangladesh on the other hand has expressed concern over the killing of its citizens allegedly by security forces of India.

Cattle smuggling from India to Bangladesh has been a huge issue and continues despite vigil by security forces from both sides and so this issue would be dealt in length. Trafficking of drugs like Phensedyl and marijuana from India to Bangladesh is another issue.

One of the latest issues that might come up for discussion is pollution of the Myntdu river. There are reports of presence of heavy metal downstream of the river which flows through Bangladesh.

In Bangladesh, the Myntdu is known as Sari and flows through Sylhet district. There are reports that coal mining in the Jaintia Hills has polluted the Myntdu and life downstream in the river is dying. If the Bangladesh side can prove their claim, this could be a major embarrassment for the Meghalaya government since coal mining is banned and could mean that illegal mining is continuing in the state.

Additionally, officials from the land records and survey departments from both sides would also meet and discuss some of the nagging issues, sources said.

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DCs, SPs from Indo-Bangla border districts to meet today

SHILLONG, Aug 19 - Officials from India and Bangladesh would hold a bilateral meeting on August 20 in Meghalaya to discuss issues of common interest.

Official sources informed The Assam Tribune that Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police from seven districts from both countries would attend the day-long talks. All the DCs and SPs are from the border districts of both countries and therefore have a lot to share on issues of common interest.

From India, the DCs and SPs of East and West Jaintia Hills, East Khasi Hills, South West Khasi Hills, South Garo Hills, West Garo Hills and South West Garo Hills would take part in the meet. Bangladesh would be represented by DCs and SPs from Jamalpur, Sherpur, Netrokona, Mymensingh, Sylhet, Sunamganj and Kurigram districts.

Some of the agenda on the table would be cross-border movement of anti-socials, smuggling of cattle, land disputes, flood control, drug trafficking, theft in the border areas and cross-border deaths of citizens.

For India, the issue of cross-border movement of militants is a matter of concern. Bangladesh on the other hand has expressed concern over the killing of its citizens allegedly by security forces of India.

Cattle smuggling from India to Bangladesh has been a huge issue and continues despite vigil by security forces from both sides and so this issue would be dealt in length. Trafficking of drugs like Phensedyl and marijuana from India to Bangladesh is another issue.

One of the latest issues that might come up for discussion is pollution of the Myntdu river. There are reports of presence of heavy metal downstream of the river which flows through Bangladesh.

In Bangladesh, the Myntdu is known as Sari and flows through Sylhet district. There are reports that coal mining in the Jaintia Hills has polluted the Myntdu and life downstream in the river is dying. If the Bangladesh side can prove their claim, this could be a major embarrassment for the Meghalaya government since coal mining is banned and could mean that illegal mining is continuing in the state.

Additionally, officials from the land records and survey departments from both sides would also meet and discuss some of the nagging issues, sources said.