Archive for May 11th, 2013

Reshma rescued alive 17 days after collapse

Apparel worker Rashma Akhter was on Friday afternoon pulled out alive from the Rana Plaza rubble 17 days after the building collapse, with the death toll reaching 1,053, including 12 who died in hospital after being rescued alive, till 10:00pm. Before this, the last person who was rescued alive was Sadik and it was on the fifth day of the […]

May 11, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

An hour of miracle

It was a quarter past three in the afternoon on Friday when some rescuers suddenly noticed something moving in the middle inside the rubble of Rana Plaza at Savar that collapsed in the morning on April 24. Rescuers rushed in, stopping all heave equipment they had been carrying out the operation with and found some sobbing inside the debris. They […]

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Rana Plaza collapse: Legal experts, rights activists say FIR weak

The offences set out in the original first information report of the police against owners of Rana Plaza and five other clothing factories housed in the eight-storey building at Savar are too lenient, according to lawyers and rights activists. More than a thousand workers died with bodies still feared buried under the rubble of Rana Plaza that collapsed in the […]

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Rural-urban disparity in education acute

Results of the Secondary School Certificate and equivalent examinations published on Thursday show that rural-urban disparity is acute in the education system although education ministry keeps brushing aside the fact. Students in urban areas did well than students in rural areas as they did in the past although the government has claimed that it has taken measures to address the […]

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UN mission in city to assess political situation

A five-member UN team headed by assistant secretary-general for political affairs Oscar Fernández-Taranco arrived in Dhaka on Friday on a four-day mission to persuade political parties to create a congenial atmosphere ahead of the next general elections in Bangladesh. On the first day of the visit, they exchanged views with representatives of the civil society. The UN mission is visiting […]

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SSC results: No improvement in English, maths

Education bigwigs often claim that a hike in pass percentage and the number of high scorers in public examinations, such as SSC and HSC, reflects a marked improvement in the quality of education. Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid has repeatedly claimed at press briefings that the overall quality of education has improved considerably thanks to some government steps. He has […]

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Motijheel operation: Govt bins reports of scores of deaths

The government on Friday in a press note refuted media reports that scores of people had been killed in the May 6 operation to eject Hefajat-e-Islam men who had dug in at Shapla Square in the capital, and put the figure at 11, including police men and pedestrians. It said 11 people were killed in the daylong violence on May […]

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Govt documents sold out: Departmental enquiry underway

Power division employees allegedly have sold out a large chuck of the ministry documents as discarded papers violating government rules. The division has initiated a departmental enquiry in this regard, officials said. According to a primary report of the division, Md Ziaur Rahman and Md Shamsuddin on April 18 sold out the papers of 15 files containing the documents of […]

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SAVAR TRAGEDY: 3 RMG owners denied bail, sent to jail

The owners of three garment factories housed in the collapsed Rana Plaza were sent to jail after they were produced before a court in Dhaka on Friday on completion of their remand in two cases filed in connection with the disaster. Senior judicial magistrate Wasim Sheikh passed the order as police did not submit any fresh prayer for remand to […]

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HC for extended retirement age also for others

The High Court has recommended that the extended retirement age of public servants should be applicable to ‘all employees and officials of autonomous bodies, corporations, and others organisations and institutions directly or indirectly controlled by the government’. A bench of Justice Mamnoon Rahman and Justice Md Abu Zafor Siddique made the recommendation in the judgment delivered on December 5, 2012 […]

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Kamaruzzaman spends first day in condemned cell

War crimes convict Jamaat leader Mohammad Kamaruzzaman spent the first day of his solidarity confinement in Kashimpur jail in Gazipur putting on prisoner’s outfit. He was put up in a condemned cell in Dhaka central jail just after International Crimes Tribunal-2 had sentenced him to death on Thursday on charges of war crimes he had committed in 1971. ‘We’ve kept […]

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More foreign friends to be honoured in Oct

Bangladesh will honour another batch of foreign friends with awards on October 1 in recognition of their outstanding role in its Liberation War in 1971. This will be the seventh phase of awarding of foreign friends and organisations after conferring of ‘Bangladesh Freedom Honour’ posthumously on Indira Gandhi on July 25, 2011. The foreign ministry has already started work on […]

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69,000 hectares of agri land shrinks each yr: study

Pushing the country’s food security at risk, nearly 69,000 hectares of agricultural land have been shrinking annually due to rapid industrialisation, unplanned urbanisation and increase in rural settlements, according to a recent study. The study reveals that annual loss of agricultural land in Bangladesh was 13,412 hectares during 1976-2000 and it reached 68,760 hectares in 2010. More than 30,000 hectares […]

May 11, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

KAMARUZZAMAN JUDGEMENT: Jamaat played proactive role in 1971 genocide: ICT-2

The Jamaat-e-Islami, in collaboration with the Pakistani occupation forces, was significantly proactive in carrying out its mission of wiping out the Bengali nation and stood firm against the onslaught of freedom fighters in 1971 in the name of shielding Pakistan, observed the International Crimes Tribunal-2 in its judgment against Jamaat leader Mohammad Kamaruzzaman. The tribunal on Thursday sentenced Jamaat assistant […]

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Hamid, Hasina, Khaleda greet rescuers

The president, Abdul Hamid, the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, and the BNP chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Friday congratulated the rescuers for their sincere and successful efforts in saving alive a trapped female garment worker from the ruins of Rana Plaza. In a message, the president said: ‘It’s a glorious example and it’ll ever be remembered in the history of the […]

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Jamaat’s hartal illegal: Muhiuudin

The home minister, Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir, on Friday said that Sunday’s nationwide general strike called by Jamaat-e-Islami was illegal and unfair and it would not be successful. After inaugurating a bridge at Hayatpur village of Kachua upazila in Chandpur, he warned all the ‘miscreants’ of Jamaat against any vandalism during the general strike and said that the government would resist […]

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Hatia cut off from rest of country

Residents of Hatia are cut off from rest of the country as their only link with outside world — sea-truck services run by Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation —remained suspended for last six days. Services are grounded after a sea-truck met with an accident on May 5. Hatia upazila nirbahi officer Mahidul Rahman confirmed that sea-truck services had been stopped […]

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cotton cultivation: Govt to intervene in coastal, drought-prone regions

The government is contemplating to expand cotton cultivation areas in the chars, valleys, coastal and drought prone regions to boost local production of cotton, officials at the cotton development board said. Cotton, the basic raw materials for textile sector, could have multipurpose use and could also play an important role in the national economy to ensure food security, they said. […]

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3 of a family killed in Bogra road accident

Three members of a family were killed as a bus hit a motorcycle they were travelling in at Nungola supazila on Friday. The deceased was as Bayezid Alam, 42, a teacher of Pallimongal Baroipara High School, his wife Monwara Begum, 35, and their daughter Risha, 4, of the area. Police and witnesses said the Namuja-bound bus crashed into the motorcycle […]

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DLA holds worker rally at Ashulia

Left-leaning political parties at a rally in Dhaka on Friday demanded an immediate implementation of trade unions in apparel factories and adequate steps to ensure the safety of workers at workplace. Democratic Left Alliance, a combine of seven left political parties, held the worker rally in front of the Fantasy Kingdom demanding an end to workers being killed, security of […]

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