Archive for May 4th, 2013

PM for all-party interim govt

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said she had no objection to the formation of an interim government with representatives from all parties but ruled out the idea of transfer of power to unelected people bypassing the constitution. ‘I am not rigid, I can accommodate and even in my personal life, I do things through understanding,’ she said about her […]

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Most of Hefajat demands met, says PM

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday urged Hefajat-e-Islam to call off its May 5 ‘Dhaka siege’ programme saying that most of their demands had already been implemented. Explaining the government steps regarding the Hefajat’s 13-point demand at a press conference at Ganabhaban, she said ‘Islam as the state religion’ and ‘Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim’ remained in the constitution. About Hefajat’s demand […]

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Rana Plaza: We were asked to design a commercial mall: architect

The eight-storey building housing five garment factories which collapsed late last month killing more than 500 workers was only designed as a six-store commercial building, New Age can reveal. Engineering plans of the building submitted to the local administration in 2004 and used by the army and fire brigade at the site of the rescue in recent days show that […]

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Death toll reaches 525

Rescuers continued pulling out bodies from the rubble of Rana Plaza that collapsed on April 24, taking to 525 the figure of death on the 10 days of the rescue job on Friday, with many more still being reported missing. The eight-storey building that housed five clothing factories, a shopping mall and a bank, collapsed after cracks had been spotted […]

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Khaleda may roll out next plan at rally today

The BNP-led opposition alliance has made all the preparations for its rally in Shapla Square in the capital today to push for its main demand for the next general elections under a non-party government. The BNP chairperson, Khaleda Zia, also the leader of the opposition in the parliament, in her speech at the rally is likely to roll out the […]

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Dhaka to allow Delhi to transship food grains without charge

Bangladesh will allow India to transship 10,000 tonnes of food grains without any charge under yet another ‘special transit’ facility, officials said. A meeting, held at the shipping ministry on April 29 with prime minister’s economic adviser Mashiur Rahman in the chair, decided not to impose any fee on the transshipment of the food grains on humanitarian ground. The shipping […]

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Trade union right still illusive

Trade union rights for workers in Bangladesh remain illusive as only 3.88 per cent of the employed workforce in the country are unionised. Legal barrier to informal sector workers, wholesale privatisation, strong opposition of owners, opportunism, undue political interference, workers’ disunity and ideological divide among the leaders have stalled the trade union movement in Bangladesh for decades, allowing the workers’ […]

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Qoumi madrassah edn law planned

The government has planned to make a qoumi madrassah education law aimed at modernising and controlling religious instructions hundreds of institutions now provide, the education minister, Nurul Islam Nahid, told New Age. A qoumi madrassah education authority will be set up immediately after the Bangladesh Qoumi Madrassah Education Authority Law 2013 is passed, according to the draft of the law […]

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Govt, recruiters to arrange female workers’ jobs abroad

The government has decided to distribute between certain recruiting agencies the aspirant female migrant workers registered with the overseas employment ministry and task them with sending the migrant job seekers to work in Hong Kong, Singapore and Middle East countries, said officials at the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training. Out of the 29 recruiting firms authorised by the BMET […]

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Dipu Moni off to Jeddah

Bangladesh is likely to make a proposal to Saudi Arabia to institute the bilateral relationship under a framework agreement by means of which and the two countries would follow up bilateral issues every year. Foreign minister Dipu Moni will make the suggestion when she meets her Saudi counterpart Saud al Faisal in Jeddah today. Dipu flew to Saudi Arabia on […]

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Disney pulls out from Bangladesh

The Walt Disney Company has stopped production of branded merchandise in Bangladesh, in the wake of a series of factory disasters that reflect poorly on workplace safety, media reports say. New York-based CNNMoney in a report on Thursday said that the company sent a letter in March to vendors and licensees to take away production from ‘highest-risk countries,’ like Bangladesh, […]

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Govt fixing existing RMG sector problems: PM

Mentioning that condition now in Bangladesh is good for investment, the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, has said her government is moving rapidly to fix the existing problems of the readymade garment sector. ‘There are some problems in the RMG sector. But, we have been trying our best to improve the situation,’ she said this in an interview with CNN on […]

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Garment workers postpone grand rally

Garment Sramik Rakkha Andolan, a combine of garment workers’ rights organisations, has postponed its grand rally scheduled for today at Motijheel Shapla Square in the city. A fresh schedule for the rally in protest at the 13-point demand of the Hefajat-e-Islam will be announced later, garment workers’ leader Abul Hossain told New Age on Friday. ‘We have postponed the programme […]

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CHCEC offers setting up oil refinery of 3.5-tonne capacity

China Huanqiu Contracting and Engineering Corporation has offered to install with buyer’s credit an oil refinery in Chittagong with the capacity of refining at least 3.5 million tonnes of crude oil a year on turnkey basis. The state-run CHCEC of China has handed over the loan at a 2.7 to 2.9 per cent soft interest rate on condition of refunding […]

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25 killed in political violence: Odhikar

Odhikar Human Rights Monitoring Report April 2013 said that 25 people were killed in political violence and eight people in extrajudicial killings during the last month. A total 25 persons were killed and 1,450 injured in political violence, according to information gathered by the human right organisation, Odhikar, in April 2013. Odhikar Human Rights Monitoring Report said that Section 144 […]

May 4, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

JL occupation of venue forces Towki Mancha to relocate rally

As leaders and activists of Juba League, the youth front of the ruling alliance leader Awami League, all on a sudden occupied the venue of the Santrash Nirmul Towki Mancha’s rally, forcing the Towki Mancha to hold the rally at another place in Narayanganj city on Friday evening. The Santrash Nirmul Towki Mancha (the Towki Platform for eliminating terrorism) on […]

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Ershad slams MKA, Khaleda

The Jatiya Party chairman, Hussain Muhammad Ershad, on Friday slammed the home minister, Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir, for his remarks that the multi-storey commercial building at Savar might have collapsed due to shaking of its vulnerable pillars by opposition activists. He also criticised the leader of the opposition in parliament, Khaleda Zia, for her remarks that the government was not being […]

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Hefajat men to be deployed at 6 entry points

Hefajat-e-Islam Bangladesh nayeb-e-amir Nur Hossain Kasemi said their activists (tauhidi janata) will be deployed at six entry points of the capital on Sunday to lay siege to Dhaka peacefully. Kasemi, also the Dhaka city Hefajat convenor, at a briefing at Hefajat’s office at Lalbagh Madrassah on Friday, said that their men would gather at Gabtali, Baliarpur of Aminbazar, Demra, Buriganga […]

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JU syndicate meet postponed amid teachers’ protests

A meeting of the Jahangirnagar University syndicate scheduled for Friday was postponed in the face of protests made by a section of teachers. A large number of Awami League-backed teachers also besieged the vice-chancellor’s office at the same time, censuring his rough comments about two teachers of the university. The agitating teachers lay siege to the VC office and put […]

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Left parties demand punishment for Rana Plaza culprits

Different left-leaning political parties on Friday demanded exemplary punishments for the owners of Rana Plaza and the garment factories housed at the building for the killings of more than 500 workers. Democratic Left Alliance, a combine of the seven left-leaning political parties and the Bangaldesher Samjtantrik Dal factions led by Khalequzzaman and Mubinul Haider Chowdhury and Communist Party of Bangladesh […]

May 4, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

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