Archive for May 8th, 2013

Govt committees fail to respond to violence

Local level committees the government had set up across the country to deal with violence and acts of sabotage remained ‘dysfunctional.’ Bureaucrats overseeing the committees said the issues involved were too political to be addressed by them. Several deputy commissioners and upazila nirbahi officers told New Age that in early March they had formed the committees comprising of representatives of […]

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Ban calls for halt to violence

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on all parties in Bangladesh to put an end to the violence following clashes in capital Dhaka over the past two days. ‘The Secretary-General has been following the recent wave of violence in Bangladesh with increasing concern and is saddened by the loss of life, including during the events that unfolded in Dhaka throughout […]

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Hartal begins today

A two-day dawn-to-dusk general strike called by Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance begins today. The opposition alliance called the general strike in protest against ‘the killing of Hefajat-e-Islami activists.’ Besides, Hefajat on Tuesday called a countrywide daylong shutdown for Sunday protesting against the joint operation on its leaders and activists at Shapla Square in Dhaka on early Monday leaving a number […]

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Five Hefajat supporters died from ‘bullet wounds in head’

Doctors at a private hospital in Dhaka have confirmed that five out of six people taken to the hospital ‘practically dead’ on the evening of the Hefajat protests in Dhaka had ‘bullet wounds in their heads.’ The total number of the people who died during the operation by the police and other law enforcement agencies to remove the Hefajat protesters […]

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6 top Hefajat men, 1 lakh activists sued

More than one lakh people, including six senior leaders of Hefajat-e-Islam, have been sued for killing, arson, vandalism, burglary and bomb attacks during Sunday’s daylong violence in downtown Dhaka and in Narayanganj, Chittagong and Bagerhat on Monday that left more than 30 people killed and hundreds injured. Hefajat secretary general Junayeed Babunagari was remanded in custody for nine days after […]

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BNP wants int’l probe into May 5 ‘genocide’

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party has demanded an ‘international neutral investigation’ into the ‘genocide’ committed in the operation early Monday to flush Hefajat-e-Islam activists out of Shapla Square at Motijheel in the city. The BNP standing committee in a statement on Tuesday urged people irrespective of opinion to raise their voice ‘peacefully’ against the ‘killings’ and demand for a ‘fair trial’. […]

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Rana Plaza death toll reaches 735

The death toll from the Rana Plaza collapse reached 735 by Tuesday night as the rescue operation, with heavy equipment since April 29, ran to the 14th day. The eight-storey Rana Plaza, housing five clothing factories, a shopping mall and a bank, collapsed in the morning on April 24. Executive magistrate Jitendrakumar Nath at the district administration control room about […]

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Rana Plaza RMG factories: Workers rally for wages

Apparel workers who survived the Rana Plaza collapse or were rescued alive and their families on Tuesday went on demonstrations on the Dhaka–Aricha Road at Savar demanding payment of their wages in arrears and compensation. Five clothing factories were housed in Rana Plaza at Savar that collapsed in the morning on April 24, leaving 735 dead by Tuesday evening. About […]

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Train torched in Ctg

Miscreants set fire to the inter-city train Subarno Expresson at the Chittagong railway station leaving five of its carriages badly damaged on Tuesday morning. The Bangladesh Railway authorities suspended four of its employees, including the station master on charges of negligence while seven persons were arrested on suspicion of their involvement in the act of sabotage. Railway’s eastern zone general […]

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Rana Plaza collapse: Missing rescuer in DMCH found dead

A Rana Plaza rescuer who went missing on Sunday from the bed in Dhaka Medical College Hospital, where he was admitted on April 30 after being injured in the rescue operation, was found dead on a trolley inside the hospital on Tuesday. The eight-storey Rana Plaza at Savar, which housed five clothing factories, a shopping mall and a bank, collapsed […]

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58,000 illegal domestic gas connections to be legalised

The government, after a three-year moratorium, on Tuesday decided to allow the gas utilities to provide new connections to households, energy division secretary Md Mozammel Haque Khan said. ‘The gas distribution companies will be asked to give priority to the applicants who had paid the charges seeking connections before the government had decided to suspend providing new gas connections,’ he […]

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Padma Bridge: Govt to float tender in June

Communication minister Obaidul Kader on Tuesday said the government is working to invite international tender for selection of a contractor for the Padma Bridge project in late June. In the same month, he said, the government is expected to start construction of the elevated metro rail with financial assistance of Japan. Kader was talking to reporters after a meeting with […]

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BSF kidnaps Bangladeshi in Thakurgaon

The Border Security Force of India kidnapped a Bangladeshi from Mundumala border in Baliadanga upazila of Thakurgaon early Tuesday. The victim was Abul Hasan, 30, son of Shahed Ali of Lakshmidangi village of the same upazila. Lieutenant Colonel Abu Bakr Abu, commanding officer of BGB-30 Battalion, said BSF members after a chase caught Hasan when he entered India through the […]

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SSC results Thursday

The results of the Secondary School Certificate and equivalent dakhil and vocational examinations will be released on Thursday amid general strike called by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led opposition alliance. The Inter-Education Board Coordination Sub-Committee chief, Taslima Begum, also Dhaka Education Board chairperson, told New Age on Tuesday evening that the results would be released on Thursday despite the general strike. […]

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No rally, procession in Motijheel: BB

The Bangladesh Bank on Tuesday urged all the political parties and Dhaka Metropolitan Police to keep the country’s commercial hub Motijheel free from all types of rally and procession for smooth business operation. ‘The central bank is one of the key point installations…such programmes shouldn’t take place around it. That’s why the central bank is making the call,’ BB assistant […]

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Kaikobad buried with full state honours

Mohammad Ejajuddin Chowdhury Kaikobad, a volunteer who suffered serious burn injuries during the rescue operation at the collapsed Rana Plaza in Savar was laid to rest with full state honours at Banani graveyard Tuesday. Kaikobad, 35, passed away at a Singapore hospital on Saturday, struggling for life for six days. A contingent of army troops simultaneously fired to the air […]

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Gulshan Lake: HC bans fencing, disposing of rubbish, construction

The High Court on Tuesday issued an injunction for a month banning earth-filing or disposing any rubbish or constructing any building or pathway or putting up any fence in the water ‘on the east and northern boundaries of the Gausul Azam Mosque or in any part of the Gulshan Lake’. The bench of Justice Md Ashfaqul Islam and Justice Md […]

May 8, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

CPB blames BNP, Jamaat, Shibir for attack on its office

The Communist Party of Bangladesh on Tuesday held the Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir responsible for the attack on its office and the violence carried out on Sunday during a rally of Hefajat-e-Islam. At a briefing, CPB president Mujahidul Islam Selim said that the Bangladesh Nationalist Party also cannot avoid blame for the attack and mayhem as it had extended […]

May 8, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

40 Bangladeshi housemaids scheduled to leave for Hong Kong on May 9

Some 40 housemaids are scheduled to leave Dhaka for Hong Kong on May 9 under the sponsorship of a private recruiting agency, officials of Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training said. They said the government has offered each of the female workers to avail migration loan of US$ 1,300 from the state-run Probashi Kallyan Bank which would be repaid from […]

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Warrant for arrest of MK Anwar issued

A court in Dhaka on Tuesday issued a warrant for the arrest of BNP standing committee member MK Anwar on charge of making comment to instigate communal disturbance and defaming a Swechchhasebak League leader. Metropolitan magistrate Hasibul Haque passed the order after accepting a petition filed by Swechchhasebak League leader Debashish Biswas in this regard. In his complaint, Debashish said […]

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