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Hefajat preparing for April 6 ‘Dhaka siege’

Hefajat-e-Islam on Thursday formed a central coordination committee to make ‘successful’ its April 6 ‘Dhaka siege’ programme it has announced to ‘safeguard’ Islam and press for punishment of the ‘atheist’ bloggers of Shahbagh. After a meeting at its office at Lalbagh in the city, leaders of the platform of some Islamist parties renewed their threat to call a ‘nonstop nationwide […]

March 29, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Army chief visits India April 1-4

India will roll out the red carpet for Bangladesh army chief General Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan when he visits New Delhi in April 1-4 as part of the stepped up defence ties between the two countries. General Iqbal Karim, who will lead a delegation to India, is scheduled to hold talks with Indian defence minister AK Antony, national security adviser Shivshankar […]

March 29, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Presidential polls: EC to seek list of MPs next week

The Election Commission is likely to send a letter next week to the parliament secretariat seeking the list of the members of parliament for preparing the voters’ roll for the presidential election scheduled to be held by June 18, EC officials said. They said they had prepared a draft work plan for the polls and placed it before the commission. […]

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Filming tigers in Sunderbans: Guide Tours seeks permission to supply animals to US docu maker

A local logistics support company has sought the permission from Environment and Forest Ministry for supplying domestic animals as baits to an American film producer for shooting a documentary on Bengal tigers in the Sunderbans. The Guide Tours Ltd, however, denied that it sought the permission to supply domestic animals to White Mountain, the American film company, for its documentary […]

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Arson case: Proceedings against Fakhrul, others deferred

A Dhaka court on Thursday deferred the proceedings to April 21 in an arson case against 46 opposition leaders, including BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, in connection with the torching of a bus in front of the Prime Minister’s Office during the hartal on April 29 of 2012. Meanwhile, a Dhaka metropolitan magistrate court deferred the hearing […]

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Govt firm on containing vandalism, chaos: MKA

The home minister, Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir, on Thursday said that the government was determined to deal with vandalism and chaos in the name of general strike with a strong hand. He termed ‘illogical’ the general strike the BNP-led opposition alliance enforced and told reporters at his ministry that people had rejected the strike enforced in the past two days. The […]

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Hallmark scam: Muhith hints at reopening factories

Finance minister AMA Muhith on Wednesday said an assessment was under way to decide whether some of the manufacturing units of Hallmark Group could be reopened to recover the funds swindled by Hallmark executives from state-owned commercial banks. Top executives of the controversial group now in custody may be allowed bails as a part of a government plan to reopen […]

March 28, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Govt officials involved in Hallmark, Destiny scams: ACC chief

Anti-Corruption Commission chairman Ghulam Rahman on Wednesday said a number of government officials were involved in the Hallmark Group and Destiny Group scams. ‘Government officials may not have been the main actors in Hallmark and Destiny scams but without the help of some government officials such big frauds would not have taken place,’ he said while speaking at the ACC […]

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Rice procurement price set at Tk 29, wheat at Tk 25

The government on Wednesday set the purchase price of rice at Tk 29 per kilogramme and wheat at Tk 25. Last year, the government’s rice and wheat procurement prices were Tk 25 and Tk 24 per kg respectively. The Public Food Committee headed by food minister Abdur Razzak set the rates in a meeting on the day. The committee decided […]

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Defence lawyers allowed to meet Ghulam Azam

The International Crimes Tribunal -1 on Wednesday allowed two defence lawyers to have privileged communication with their client detained former Jamaat chief Ghulam Azam in the hospital prison cell. The tribunal directed the jail authorities to allow chief defence counsel Abdur Razzaq and junior defence counsel Shishir Monir to meet Ghulam Azam for three hours from 10 AM on March […]

March 28, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Hamid seeks co-op from Bangabhaban staff

The acting president, Abdul Hamid, on the first day of his office at Bangabhaban sought cooperation from the entire Bangabhaban staff in delivering his duties and asked them to work honestly to uphold the image of the office of the president and their own dignity. ‘I am completely new here. I want cooperation of the entire staff,’ he said in […]

March 28, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

BRTA wants relocation of number plate replacing work

Bangladesh Road Transport Authority has asked Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory Limited to fix new reflective registration plates to cars at places other than its Mirpur premises as the work causes huge traffic congestion and facilitates brokers’ involvement. BRTA director (engineering) Mohammad Saiful Hoque told New Age that they had made a request to the Retro-reflective Number Plate Project officials to […]

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Bangladesh on track to graduate from LDC list: UN chief

Given the remarkable progress made by the country in several key areas of development, Bangladesh is on the track to graduate from the ranks of the least developed countries, the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, has said. ‘People of Bangladesh have many reasons to feel positive about their future,’ Ban said in his remarks on Tuesday at the special meeting […]

March 28, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Nation must settle war crimes issue for progress: PM

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, has said the nation must settle the issue of the trial of the war criminals for its sound progress in future. Every nation has brought the elements against their independence to book. So, we have to finish the job for making the future of our next generation safe and sound and for their unhindered development, […]

March 26, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Former minister Majid-ul-Haq dies

Former cabinet minister M Majid-ul-Haq died of lung infection at Apollo Hospital in the city on Monday morning. He was 87. Majid, also a retired major general of the army, born in Magura in 1926 and grew up in Delhi, graduated from the Bengal College of Engineering in Shibpur and joined the Royal Indian Military Academy in 1947. In 1947, […]

March 26, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Blasphemy case filed against Imran, 7 others in Barisal

Eight bloggers, including Shahbagh protests convenor Imran H Sarkar, were prosecuted in Barisal on Monday on charge of blasphemy. A lawyer, Sultan Ahmed Khan, also a leader of Bangladesh Nationalist Party-backed Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum, field the case with the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court under Sections 295A and 109 of the Penal Code. The chief judicial magistrate in Barisal, Masudur Rahman, […]

March 26, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

MARCH 11 ARRESTS: Charge-sheet acceptance hearing on March 28

A Dhaka court on Monday set March 28 for hearing on acceptance of the charge-sheet pressed against 148 leaders and activists of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led 18-party opposition alliance for assaulting police and creating panic among people near the BNP Nayapaltan central office on March 11. The accused include opposition chief whip Zainul Abdin Farroque, BNP leaders Amanullah Aman, Ruhul […]

March 26, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Charges pressed against 23 senior BNP leaders

The police on Monday night pressed charges against 23 Bangladesh Nationalist Party leaders including Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Moudud Ahmed, Mirza Abbas and Abdullah Al Noman in case filed by the police with Shahjahanpur police station for pre-hartal violence on March 2. The investigation officer, subinspector Ruhul Amin Munshi, submitted the charge sheet with a Dhaka court office at about […]

March 26, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

BNP man among 2 killed in crossfire

A Bangladesh Nationalist Party activist was killed by Rapid Action Battalion in an alleged ‘crossfire’ in Chandpur while another man was killed in another gunfight with the police in Dhaka on Monday. The battalion claimed that the victim of Chandpur ‘crossfire’, Golam Gaus, also known as Moni Gaus, 40, was a robber and wanted for various crimes at Kachua upazila. […]

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Rajuk gets acting chairman

Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha member (estate) Akhter Hussain Bhuiya on Monday took over the charge at the acting chairman of the city development authority. The Ministry of Housing and Public Works on Sunday issued a notification stating that board member (estate) Akhter Hussain Bhuiya would work as acting chairman until appointment of a new chairman. The notification was issued after Nurul […]

March 26, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

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