The International Farakka Committee, Inc. New York, isorganising a human-chain and demonstration in front of the United Nationsbuildings in New York on 10 January at 11:30 am, chairman of IFC Atiqur Rahmanhas informed. Representatives of different organizations of expatriateBangladeshis in the US at a meeting at Club Sanam of New York Town Hall on 02January last decided that all expatriate Bangladeshis irrespective of party orpolitical affiliations will unitedly make the programme a success.
The meeting urged IFC units in Bangladesh and othercountries and all organisations of Bangladeshis to hold similar programmes onthe day to press the demand to stop the construction of the Tipaimukh Dam onBarak river at the upstream of the Meghna, Bangladesh's third largest riverthreatening it with the same fate of the Ganges in Bangladesh.
The meeting, held with Atiqur Rahman Salu, was moderated byIFC secretary general, Syed Tipu Sultan, was conducted by IFC adviser Dr. ShahAlam, and assisted by IFC organising secretary Ataur Rahman Ata. It wasattended by expatriate Bangladeshi poets, litterateurs, journalists, farmacistsand representatives of different professional groups, social and culturalorganisations.
The meetings called upon IFC units in Bangladesh and abroadand other organizations of expatriate Bangladeshis to organise human chains,demonstrations, discussion meetings or similar programmes at all towns on thesame day to press the demand.
Among others the meeting was addressed by president of theBangladesh society of New York, MA Aziz, its former general secretary FakhrulAlam, executive of ATN Bangla Dr. Mujibur Rahman Majumder, IFC adviser SabbirAhmed Laskar, president of Jakiganj Samity Badrunnahar Khan Mitha, president ofGreater Jalalabad Samity Alauddin, social worker Osman Chowdhury, organizingsecretary of Bangladesh Society Lutfur Rahman Latu, leader of Barisal BiBhagiyaSamity Engineer Fazlur Rahman, Voice of Bangladesh and BEN worker Abdur RahimHawladar, leader of Bangladesh Society Col (retd) Akbar Hossain, formerprincipal of Santos Islamic University College Afsar Uddin, and president ofthe Sylhet Metropolis Committee MA Chowdhury.
Eminent journalist and columnist Moinuddin Naser, FinancialExpress representative Rezaul Karim, social worker Mrs Kity Khondokar, eminentartist Syed Abdul Baten, Md Giasuddin and representatives of differentorganizations.
They decided to hold an Environment conference in Dhaka inJuly next. The meeting was told that over 30,000 signatures have so far beenput to the campaign against the Tipai Dam to be submitted to the UN and worldleaders. IFC leaders have urged all Bangladesh to sign the campaign at site:www.change.org/petitions/united-nations-Tipaimukh-dam-must-be-stopped.