Archive for March, 2013

Govt sees downslide in law and order

Serious crimes, including killing, rape and arson, increased during 2011-12 in comparison to statistics for the previous year, according to government statistics. The Cabinet Division’s 2013 yearly report showed that 4,135 murders had been committed in 2011-12, compared to 3,899 in the previous year – a six per cent increase. In its report, the home ministry claimed that tough actions […]

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War crimes charges: Probe against Mir Kashem completed

An investigation team of the International Crime Tribunal is likely to submit its findings on the crimes against humanity committed by Mir Kashem Ali, central leader of Jamaat-e-Islami, to the tribunal on April 24. Advocate Rana Dasgupta, a member of the ICT prosecution team, said at a press briefing at the Chittagong Circuit House on Saturday morning that during their […]

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Harkat-ul-Jihad regroups in country: police

A metropolitan magistrate on Friday remanded 16 people including four Pakistani nationals and an ophthalmologist in police custody for different periods in three cases filed with three police stations. The metropolitan magistrate, Joynab Begum, rejected the bail petition filed by six arrested Jamaat and Chhatra Shibir leaders while none attended in the remand hearing for rest of the ten arrested. […]

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People want govt to quit now: Khaleda

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Saturday asked the government to quit in deference to the people’s ‘desire’ and said the public had already shown ‘no confidence’ in the incumbents. Addressing a gathering at Chinair village in Brahmanbaria after visiting some tornado-hit areas of the district, she said,‘The government is trying shamelessly to cling to power and time […]

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Muhith flays media over Hallmark reports

Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith on Saturday took a swipe at the media for running what he said were fictitious reports on the ministry’s stance and his remarks on the controversial Hallmark Group. He issued a statement on the day explaining the government’s stance on Hallmark which was facing money laundering cases over embezzlement of around Tk 3,600 crore. […]

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Rumi Squad urges students to hold token hunger strike

Shaheed Rumi Squad members and their fellows on fast-unto-death at Shahbagh on Saturday evening urged all students to hold a token hunger strike in their educational institutions, expressing solidarity with the programme seeking a ban on Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir. The squad members, who began their fast-unto-death in front of the National Museum about 10:30pm on Tuesday, at the […]

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FFs urge PM not to hesitate to ban Jamaat

Freedom fighters on Saturday urged the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, not to hesitate to ban Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir. At a briefing at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, Amra Ekatturer Rananganer Muktijoddha, a platform of freedom fighters, also demanded immediate arrest and trial of all war criminals. Including about 10,000 war crime suspects, who had been […]

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UN rights experts call for immediate halt to violence

A group of United Nations independent human rights experts has called for an immediate stop to violence in Bangladesh and a return to peaceful demonstrations following reported large-scale protests since early February. The demonstrations are largely linked to the decisions of the Bangladesh’s International Crimes Tribunal which was established in 2010 to try people accused of committing atrocities, including genocide, […]

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Pvt power entrepreneurs face financial crisis

At least 18 private power plants with the potential to generate 1,283MW of electricity are set to miss their commissioning deadlines between June and December as they have failed to arrange financing for the projects, according to the latest progress report of the power division New Age has seen. The division has already started the process of realising a financial […]

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PROTESTING KILLINGS: 18-party hartal in 3 districts today

The Chapainawabganj and Sirajganj units of 18-party opposition alliance and the Khulna unit of Bangladesh Nationalist Party have called general strikes in the districts for today in protest against killings of alliance leaders and activists during and after the March 27-28 non-stop country-wide hartal. The Chapainawabganj unit of the BNP-led combine and the BNP Khulna unit have called a dawn-to-dusk […]

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Tk 6,852cr for Padma Bridge in next budget: Muhith

The government would set aside Tk 6,852 crore for building the much- talked about Padma Bridge in the next fiscal. finance minister AMA Muhith said on Saturday. The government allocated Tk 1,500 crore for the bridge in the revised budget of the outgoing fiscal, Muhith told reporters on the sidelines of a pre-budget discussion he had with a select group […]

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ACD ministerial: Dipu Moni seeks co-op in climate change, natural disasters areas

The foreign minister, Dipu Moni, who attended the 11th ministerial meeting of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue in the Tajikistan capital of Dushanbe identified climate change and natural disasters as key challenges for sustainable development in Asia and sought cooperation in the areas. She said this at the ACD ministerial held with the theme ‘Towards economic growth, stability and prosperity in […]

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Shahjalal Islami Bank sues Bismillah Towels

Shahjalal Islami Bank on Friday night filed a case against 11 top executives of Bismillah Towels Limited and former SIB Eskaton branch manager on the charge of embezzlement of about Tk 102 crore from the bank branch. The accused persons listed the first information report include Khaza Solaiman Anwar Chowdhury, managing director of Bismillah Towels, managing director of Network Freight […]

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Secretarial panel against separate pay-structures for BB, SCBs

A secretary-level committee has turned down a proposal for introducing separate pay-scales for the central bank and the state-owned commercial banks, saying it will be tantamount to discrimination against the overall public pay-structure, officials said. The committee headed by cabinet secretary Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan came up with the views in a recently held meeting. Other committee members, like the secretaries […]

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Danish minister arrives Monday

The Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Christian Friis Bach, arrives in Dhaka on Monday on a two-day visit. The minister will be accompanied by officials from the Danish ministry for foreign affairs. Christian Friis will see the results achieved by Danish development cooperation with Bangladesh over the last 40 years and discuss the outline of future cooperation. The Danish minister […]

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Appointment of Justice Shamsuddin to Appellate Division: Hamid violates own ruling: SCBA

The Supreme Court Bar Association on Saturday alleged that acting president Abdul Hamid Advocate violated his own ruling by appointing ‘controversial’ High Court judge AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury to the Appellate Division. The association’s outgoing president, Zainul Abedin, at a press briefing urged the chief justice not to administer oath of office of Justice Shamsuddin against whom Abdul Hamid, also the […]

March 31, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

18-party announces fresh protest programmes today

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led 18-party opposition alliance will announce a fresh set of protest programmes today after consulting the key coalition leaders, said BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday. He blasted the Awami League-led ruling alliance in a press briefing at the BNP Naya Paltan central office, alleging that the alliance government was not concerned at […]

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‘71 veterans for intensified campaign for banning Jamaat

Liberation War veterans has suggested for intensified pressures on government to a ban the Jamaat-e-Islami for 1971 war crimes as a youth group which stages a fast-unto-death strike said they would not break the hunger until the government comes up with a clear decision on their demand. ‘A complete ban will have to be imposed on their (Jamaat) politics . […]

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UN looks for women police from Bangladesh

The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, has asked for more women policemen from Bangladesh for global peace-keeping duties. Bangladesh’s permanent representative to the United Nations AKM Momen said Ban was aware of the hard work ’our peace-keepers are putting in.’ ‘All knows how hard the Bangladeshi police personnel are working for protecting life of people through the peacekeeping missions,’ Momen […]

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Ershad supports Dhaka siege

The Jatiya Party chairman, Hussein Muhammad Ershad, on Saturday came down heavily on the Shahbag protesters and extended his party’s support to the ‘Dhaka siege’ programme called by Islamist organisation Hefajat-e-Islam for April 6. Addressing the conference of the city unit of the party at Muslim Institute Hall in Chittagong, the deposed president said, ‘The Shahbagh protests divided the nation […]

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