Archive for May 9th, 2013

Death toll reaches 819

The death toll from the Rana Plaza collapse reached 819 on Wednesday as rescuers were still recovering bodies in the second phase of rescue operation that began on April 29 with heavy equipment. Seventy-five bodies were recovered between midnight past Tuesday and 9:00pm on Wednesday, according to the district administration control room. Rescuers, officials said, are now pulling out bodies, […]

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Kamaruzzaman verdict today

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 is set to deliver today the verdict in the 1971 crimes against humanity case against Jamaat leader Mohammad Kamaruzzaman. This will be the fourth war crimes case verdict in independent Bangladesh. For the ICT-2, it would be the third verdict. On April 16, on completion of closing arguments by the lawyers of the two sides, the […]

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Rana Plaza collapse: RMG workers face problems in collecting wages

Apparel workers who survived the Rana Plaza collapse or were rescued alive and their families on Wednesday faced problems when they were collecting wages for April and benefits from Bangladesh Garment Manufactures and Exporters’ Association representatives. Workers waited for hours under the open sky amid rainfall to receive wages and other benefits near the the Army Shooting Club in the […]

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First day of hartal passes peacefully

The first day of the two-day dawn-to-dusk countrywide general strike passed almost peacefully barring some stray clashes between pickets and police in some areas. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led 18-party opposition alliance called the hartal for dawn to dusk on Wednesday and Thursday in protest against alleged killing of Hefajat-e-Islam activists early Monday by law enforcers at Shapla Square in the […]

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Fire breaks out in Mirpur sweater factory

A fire broke out in a sweater factory at Mirpur in the capital Dhaka late Wednesday night. At least 10 people, including its owner and a high police official, who were inside the building fell ill because of suffocation. The fire broke out on the first floor of the 11-storey building of Tung Hai Sweater Limited near the Technical Crossing […]

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election-time govt: EU for politically acceptable, constitutionally viable mechanism

The envoys of European Union countries here on Wednesday expressed the hope that the country’s political parties would reach a consensus soon on the form of government to be in place during the general elections. ‘We believe that a politically acceptable and constitutionally viable mechanism can be agreed on,’ EU ambassador William Hanna told a press conference on the eve […]

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BNP claims 15 leaders, activists killed since May 6

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Wednesday said that 15 leaders and activists of the party were killed by law enforcers and ruling Awami League goons in different parts of the country since May 6. The BNP chairperson’s advisory council member Shamsuzzman Dudu at a news briefing at the party’s central office said that 15 BNP leaders and activists were killed […]

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18 RMG units shut so far on safety grounds: cabinet body

The cabinet committee on readymade garment industry on Wednesday said it so far had shut 18 apparel factories on safety grounds, mostly in Dhaka, after the April 24 Rana Plaza collapse at Savar. ‘We’ve already shut 16 apparel factories in Dhaka and two in Chittagong on safety grounds. We will not allow operations of any readymade garment units in risky […]

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DMP rejects casualty claims

Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner Benazir Ahmed on Wednesday said that none was killed during the early Monday operation that flushed out Hefajat-e-Islam men from Shapla Sqaure in the capital. At a briefing at the DMP Media Centre, he said that no lethal weapons were used in the operation titled ‘Operation Secured Shapla Chattar.’ The commissioner alleged that some vested quarters […]

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Investigate deaths in protest clashes: amnesty

The London-based Amnesty International has urged Bangladesh to immediately set up an independent and impartial investigation into police use of force in the late-night combined operation to evict tens of thousands activists of Hefajat-e-Islam’s from Shapla Square in Dhaka city. The human rights watchdog said at least 44 people died in violent clashes between protesters and the police on May […]

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Mushfiq resigns as Tigers’ captain

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim quit his post after his team’s 2-1 loss to Zimbabwe in the three-match one-day international series in Bulawayo on Wednesday. ‘I just have one thing to add before we finish. I will be stepping down as captain after the last two [Twenty20] matches,’ he said in an emotion-choked voice after team’s seven-wicket loss. ‘I personally believe […]

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Children’s use to political gains put their lives at risk

The use of children in political programmes, especially in picketing during general strikes and associated vandalism, has been on the increase in recent times, putting their lives at risk and violating child rights . The latest incident of such use of children has been manifest to an extended proportion in the rally of the Islamist group Hefajat-e-Islam in Shapla Square […]

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Petrobangla to offer more stakes for IOCs in deep sea gas

The law ministry has approved a Petrobangla proposal on increasing stakes of international oil companies on deep sea gas of the country through amending Model Production Sharing Contract 2012. Besides, the energy division on Tuesday sent a letter to Petrobangla, the state-run Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources Corporation, allowing it to accept bids from the IOCs for six shallow sea […]

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WAR CRIMES TRIAL: Prosecution asked to submit formal charge against Azhar by June 30

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 on Wednesday ordered the prosecution to submit the formal charge and progress report in the case against detained Jamaat leader ATM Azharul Islam by June 30. The tribunal, better known as war crimes tribunal, also ordered the prison authorities to produce Azharul before it on the day. The tribunal issued the order after prosecutor Zead Al […]

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WAR CRIMES TRIAL: Prosecution seeks arrest of Yusuf

The war crimes prosecution on Wednesday submitted formal charge on 15 counts of crimes against humanity against Jamaat-e-Islami nayeb-e-amir AKM Yusuf, allegedly the founder of Razakar during the 1971 War of Independence, to the registrar of the International Crimes Tribunal. The prosecution also filed an application seeking Yusuf to be arrested and detained till disposal of the case, prosecutor Hrishikesh […]

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Shahbagh sit-in resumed

The Shahbagh protesters began sit-in at the Shahbagh crossing on Wednesday evening to press their demands including capital punishment for all war criminals. The protesters gathered at the crossing and started holding cultural programmes on the street in front of National Museum. A release signed by Shahbagh Ganajagran Mancha spokesperson Imran H Sarkar said that the protesters would stay there […]

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Police raid houses of Khoka, Partha

The police on Wednesday night raided Dhaka city Bangladesh Nationalist Party convenor Sadeque Hossain’s houses at Gopibagh and Gulshan, he was not found. Sadeque close aide Monir Hossain told New Age that about 30 to 40 uniformed and plainclothes police first went to Sadeque’s Gopibagh house at about 10:00pm. The house was locked and police tried to find out the […]

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Hajj flights to begin on Sept 7

Hajj flights carrying Bangladeshi pilgrims to Saudi Arabia will begin on September 7 and end on October 9. The return Hajj flights will begin on October 20 and continue till November 21, said an official handout. The final schedule for the flights was declared on Wednesday at a meeting held at the conference room of the ministry of civil aviation […]

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Power plant worker electrocuted

A worker of the National Engineering Development was electrocuted at Saidabad, the western side of Bangandhe Bridge in Sirajganj, Wednesday morning. The deceased was identified as Liton Sheikh, 25, a sub-contractor of 150mw peaking power plant project and resident of Dinajpur. Sohel Ahmed, an engineer of the project, said Liton was electrocuted while he was welding some iron-bar in the […]

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Dipu meets Kerry in Washington May 17

Foreign minister Dipu Moni will hold her first meeting with new US secretary of state John Kerry in Washington on May 17, in which the two foreign ministers would discuss the gamut of bilateral issues including US GSP facilities enjoyed by Bangladeshi goods and government steps to avoid recurrence of the Savar tragedy. ‘Since it is my first meeting with […]

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