Archive for May 12th, 2013

Savar death toll reaches 1,121

The death toll from the Rana Plaza collapse at Savar reached 1,121 by 10:00pm on Saturday as the rescue job ran to the 18th day with 67 more bodies being pulled out between midnight past Friday and Saturday evening. The rescuers, who reached the ground floor on Saturday, were hoping to wrap up the rescue job on May 15, officials […]

May 12, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Reshma is improving: doctors

The condition of apparel worker Rashma Akhter, who was pulled out alive from the Rana Plaza rubble on Friday, 17 days after the building collapse, was improving, physicians said on Saturday. She was being treated for kidney complications in Combined Medical Hospital in the Savar Cantonment. ‘Her kidney was also improving… She now needs more sleep for recovery as she […]

May 12, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Cop killed in mob attack in Gazipur

A police man was killed and at least 15 people, including four cops, were injured in clashes with a mob of villagers at village Barkaw village under Kaliganj upazila of the district early Saturday. The clashes broke out after the police went to the village to arrest several wanted persons. The deceased, Azizur Rahman, 45, was a nayek in the […]

May 12, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Jamaat’s hartal today

The Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami has called nationwide dawn-to-dusk general strike for today in protest against International Crime Tribunal verdict sentencing its assistant secretary general Mohammad Kamaruzzaman to death. In a statement on May 9, Jamaat acting secretary general Rafiqul Islam Khan announced the shutdown programme after the International Crimes Tribunal 2 on the day sentenced Kamaruzzman to death for committing crimes […]

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More changes in field admin likely

The government as a part of its move to revamp field administrations is now going to reshuffle the lowest tier in civil bureaucracy at the upazila level, apparently against the backdrop of fluid political situation. The public administration ministry has initiated a process to give fresh postings to the field as upazila nirbahi officers, who are responsible for overall law […]

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Foreign debt repayment bill to rise by 50pc

Bangladesh’s foreign debt repayment bill would swell by around 50 per cent in the next fiscal due to its growing dependence on hard term loans and suppliers’ credit amid shrinking soft loans, officials said. To clear its annual debt obligations the government has to keep aside US$1400 million or v$466 million more than in the outgoing fiscal, according to a […]

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PM renews talks offer to Khaleda

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Saturday urged opposition leader Khaleda Zia to return to parliament to discuss all issues after her 48-hour ‘ultimatum’ over an election-time non-party government fell flat. ‘All your [Khaleda] attempts have gone in vain. Your 48-hour ultimatum has also failed. Now you should give up all these tactics…Come and join the upcoming budget session of […]

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‘Genocide’ claims of Hefajat, others unfounded: HRW

The Bangladeshi authorities should immediately set up an independent commission to investigate the ‘large numbers of deaths’ and injuries during the Hefajat-e-Islaam-led protests in Dhaka and elsewhere on May 5-6, New York based Human Rights Watch said. The commission should also investigate violence that killed dozens in February, March, and April after protests and counter-protests broke out after the announcement […]

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Women call for halt to religion-based politics

Thousands of women rallied in the capital on Saturday raising their voice against the ‘evil designs of fanatic and communal forces’ and demanding a law to stop use of religion in politics for protection of the rights of all citizens, irrespective of gender, race and faith. Women from all walks of life joined the rally in front of the National […]

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BNP bins govt press note on Shapla Chattar operation

The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party has turned down the government press note issued Friday on the joint force operation conducted in the early hours of May 6 to flush Hefajat-e-Islam men out of the city’s Shapla Chattar. ‘We have not received what we wanted and what we have received we did not want,’ the party’s acting spokesperson Shamsuzzman Dudu […]

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Storm Mahasen likely to hit Chittagong

A deep depression in southeast Bay of Bengal has been intensified into the tropical cyclone ‘Mahasen’ and it is likely to hit Chittagong on Wednesday or early Thursday. The Joint Typhoon Warning Centre of the US Navy forecast that the storm could move towards Andhra Pradesh-Odisha coasts in India on Monday or Tuesday before re-curving on its path and heading […]

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Private power generation: Tk 491cr in liquidated damages outstanding

The state-run Power Development Board is yet to realise about Tk 491 crore in penalty till April from 16 private power producers mainly because of High Court stay orders and the government’s instruction for the power board not to realise the penalty. A number of private power producers have also arranged to pay off the penalty in instalments, sometimes getting […]

May 12, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Taranco meets Khaleda

UN assistant secretary general for political affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco met BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Saturday and discussed ways to resolve the standoff over an election-time government. They had a meeting for about one hour and a half from 6:00pm at Khaleda’s Gulshan office. After the meeting, BNP vice-chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury told reporters that UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon […]

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Police Assoc blasts attack on cops

Bangladesh Police Service Association leaders Saturday blasted attack on policemen and thanas recently. They expressed concern over the vandalism of police property, set fire on vehicles, thanas and police posts by the miscreants of Hefajat-e-Islam recently, said a statement issued by the BPSA. In the statement, president of BPSA and commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Benazir Ahmed and general secretary […]

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Saudi Arabia allows iqama transfer

In a major development, Saudi Arabia has decided to allow Bangladeshi workers to transfer their residence or work permit. With nearly one-fourth of its expatriate workforce working in the oil-rich kingdom, Saudi Arabia is the largest manpower export destination for Bangladesh. But since 2009, officials say manpower export to Saudi Arabia almost stopped as it restricted issue of Iqama transfer […]

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Ban praises Hasina’s dialogue offer

The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, has highly appreciated prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s offer for dialogue with the opposition for resolving the current political impasse, saying ‘it’s a brave and noble initiative’. Visiting assistant secretary general for political affairs of the United Nations Oscar Fernández-Taranco conveyed Ban’s message to the prime minister when he met her at her official residence […]

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Rana Plaza survivors feel deceived

Hundreds of apparel workers who used to work at the readymade garment factories housed in the now-ruined Rana Plaza are feeling deceived as they see no sign of getting their unpaid wages and overtime bills. Standing in queues from morning to evening every day at the practice ground since Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association started paying the wages, most […]

May 12, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

UK retailer to extend support to Savar victims

British retailer Primark will extend its support to the victims of Savar building collapse under the framework developed by trade unions and trade associations, and accepted by leading non-government organisations. The retailer is now providing food packages to 750 households on a weekly basis, but will distribute to more if necessary. It said the programme will continue for as long […]

May 12, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Next polls might be held under CG-like govt: Ershad

The former president and Jatiya Party chairman, Hussein Muhammad Ershad, MP, has said the next general elections might be held under ‘caretaker-like government’ and his party will participate. The former president said this while exchanging views with local journalists after reaching his residence ‘Polli Nibas’ in Rangpur Saturday noon on a three-day visit. Leaders of the JP and its front […]

May 12, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

16 houses affected in Sylhet landslide

Sylhet district administration on Saturday asked 16 families to evacuate their houses as earth of a hillock in city fall on the houses due to heavy raining. Locals said that huge chunks of mud of a hillock at Hazaribag in Shahi Eidgah area in the city fallen on a shanty located at the bottom of the hillock early in the […]

May 12, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

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