Archive for May, 2013

Apparel factory building reports: Most factories miss deadline

More than a half of 4,500 apparel factories now in operation across the country have not yet submitted their structural designs and soil test reports to the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association as the deadline expired on Thursday. After the collapse of Rana Plaza on April 24 which left at least 1,127 people, mostly apparel workers, dead, the BGMEA […]

May 31, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Tazreen Fire: HC asks for govt probe report on June 9

The High Court on Thursday expressed dissatisfaction with the home ministry’s failure to submit the government’s probe report on the deadly fire at Tazreen Fashions Limited in Ashulia on November 24 last year that had left 112 workers dead. Expressing its dismay, the bench of Justice Quazi Rezaul Hoque and Justice ABM Altaf Hossain again asked home secretary CQK Mustaq […]

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N-power project: Dhaka, Moscow yet to decide mode of operation

Bangladesh and Russia are yet to decide which side should start the preliminary work on the Rooppur nuclear power project though an initial agreement is likely to be signed in June. The Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom are trying to shift responsibilities for initiating the project work onto each other, officials said. Earlier, on […]

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Garment wage review board finalised

The ministry of labour and employment has finalised the names of six members of a board to review the minimum wages of readymade garment workers. The chairman of the Minimum Wage Commission and Judge of Dhaka’s Special Judge’s Court, Amulya Kumar Roy, has been made board chief. An official of the ministry, seeking anonymity, told the news agency that a […]

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Govt servants demand pay hike

Government officials and employees are pressing for pay hike ahead of the national budget and the general election, officials said. They demanded 50 per cent increase in basic pay or at least two increments. The lowest paid employees ought to get a monthly raise of Tk 3000, they said Prime Minister’s adviser HT Imam forwarded the demand in a recent […]

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Bangladeshi teen to play Malala

A teenage girl from Bangladesh will be playing Malala Yousafzai in movie ‘Gul Makai’ by director Amjad Khan. Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani activist for education and girls’ rights, has emerged as a global symbol of the struggle against the Taliban. Filmmaker Amjad Khan finally found his Malala in Dhaka’s Fatima Sheikh, The Times of India reported on Thursday. The […]

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No PPP paper work completed in 4 years

The government has failed in the past four years to complete the paper work for projects under the public-private partnership scheme. Officials told New Age that they were hoping to seek a cabinet approval for a draft law called the Public-Private Partnership Bill in the next month. ‘This will be the final paper work paving the way for the appointment […]

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Delhi clarifies position over tender notice

Delhi has clarified its position over a tender notice for a feasibility study on a container port in Narayanganj that appeared on the Indian foreign ministry web site which was unknown to Dhaka. ‘We received the mail (seeking clarification) on Tuesday and clarified the matter on Wednesday. It was an email communication,’ a senior official at the Indian High Commission […]

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DU teachers in row over heading exams committee

Two Islamic studies teachers in Dhaka University have picked up a row over heading exams committee of the department. Professor Muhammad Yousuf, one of the teachers, lodged a general diary with the Shahbagh police on May 25 against the department chair, Muhammad Shafik Ahmed, saying that Shafik had ‘threatened his life.’ The Shahbagh police officer-in-charge, Md Serajul Islam, directed subinspector […]

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Four city polls: Keep watch on mosques, madrassahs

The Election Commission on Thursday asked the law enforcement agencies and the local administrations to keep vigil on mosques and madrasahs to prevent any religious campaign by Hefajat over civic polls in Rajshahi, Khulna, Barisal and Sylhet. The mayoral polls in the four cities are set for June 15. The EC gave the instruction at a closed door meeting with […]

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Ban on rally logical: NHRC

The National Human Rights Commission on Thursday said that the ban on rallies in Dhaka was logical and not against the constitution since it was imposed in the wake violence. At a briefing at the commission, its chairman Mizanur Rahman called on the political parties to work out peaceful alternatives to ‘violence’ during political demonstrations like general strike as it […]

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Rana Plaza collapse: Mourners build temporary memorial

Mourners, including colleagues and relatives of the workers killed, maimed and missing in the Rana Plaza collapse, set up a memorial at the site of the disaster to pay homage to the dead. Locals, including teachers and students of educational institutions, joined the workers in erected the temporary four- feet high memorial on Thursday morning and placed wreaths there. They […]

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Be united to avoid 1/11 again: PM

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, has called upon leaders and workers of the Awami League and others who believe in the spirit of the Liberation War to be united so that 1/11 does not come again in Bangladesh and none could capture the state power unconstitutionally. ‘The leaders and workers of the party will have to remain more vigil so […]

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death of colonel’s wife: Court of inquiry formed: ISPR

Inter-Service Public Relations issued a release on Thursday stating that a lieutenant colonel of Bangladesh Army had been relieved of his duties and a court of inquiry had been formed to investigate into the death of his wife at Comilla cantonment. Shejadi Apsa, the wife of Lieutenant Colonel Mohammad Shafiqul Islam, had died at their official residence Nilima at Comilla […]

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BNP leaders meet speaker for release MK Anwar, Bulu

A delegation of BNP lawmakers, headed by the opposition chief whip, Zainul Abdin Farroque, on Thursday met the speaker, Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, and sought her intervention so that two BNP lawmakers, now in jail, could be released before the budget session of the parliament beginning on June 3. The speaker assured the BNP delegation that she would discuss the matter […]

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Minor boy’s tendons cut

Unidentified people cut tendons of both hands of a four-year old boy at his house at Demra in the city on Thursday afternoon. The victim Ishfaq Ahmed Bulbul, son of Shah Alam Patwari, is undergoing treatment in the city’s Shahid Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital. Ishfaq’s mother Parvin Akhter said her son was watching television when she went to sleep in […]

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polls time govt: BNP won’t place proposal in JS: Moudud

Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader Moudud Ahmed on Thursday said they would not place any proposal on an election-time government during parliament’s budget session as BNP wanted restoration of the non-party caretaker provision. Moudud, member of the BNP standing committee, said BNP’s stand was very clear – that it wanted restoration of the provision for a ‘non-party’ government in the constitution […]

May 31, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Proceedings in Manzur murder case deferred

A sessions judge’s court in Dhaka on Thursday deferred till July 18 the hearing on the closing argument in the Major General Abul Manzur murder case after the prosecution had filed a petition seeking time. Dhaka’s additional sessions judge 1 Badrul Alam Bhuiyan passed the order after assistant public prosecutor Abul Kashem had sought time. Major General Manzur, the then […]

May 31, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

HC rejects Shah Alam’s plea for quashing embezzlement case

The High Court on Thursday rejected a petition the Bashundhara Group chairman, Ahmed Akbar Sobhan, also known as Shah Alam, filed seeking to be quashed a case filed against him and five others of his company on charges of embezzling Tk 3.95 crore by not handing over plots to buyers. Justice Md Nizamul Huq pronounced the verdict after discharging a […]

May 31, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

1971 WAR CRIMES: Probe report against Faridpur BNP leader submitted

The war crimes investigation agency on Thursday submitted its investigation report against Nagarkanda municipal mayor Zahid Hossain Khokon, also the Nagarkanda upazila Bangladesh Nationalist Party vice-president. ‘We have submitted a 607-page investigation report, including main report, documents, seizure list, list of witnesses and statements of the witnesses, to the war crimes prosecution,’ investigation agency member Satya Ranjan Roy, who conducted […]

May 31, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

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