Archive for May 13th, 2013

700 RMG units found faulty on safety count

The authorities have found faults with at least 700 export-oriented apparel units on workplace safety and other compliance issues out of 2,400 factories inspected recently in Dhaka and Chittagong. In addition, 243 such factories out of a total of 797 visited by the fire service were also marked as ‘risky’ on fire safety ground, according to the findings placed at […]

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Mahasen weakens but may intensify

The cyclonic storm Mahasen that was created over the southeast Bay of Bengal has weakened but it might intensify again in 48 hours to move toward Bangladesh, met officials said. Bangladesh Meteorological Department deputy director Shamsuddin Ahmed told New Age on Sunday that the storm had weakened as it was headed northwest. The latest satellite image shows a disorganisation of […]

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Savar death toll reaches 1,126

The death toll from the Rana Plaza collapse at Savar reached 1,126 by 8:00pm on Sunday as the rescue job ran to the 19th day with only three bodies being pulled out between midnight past Saturday and Sunday evening. Rescuers, meanwhile, on the day searched the major portion of the basement and continued with their final search of bodies to […]

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Jamaat’s hartal Tuesday as AKM Yusuf lands in jail

The Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami on Sunday called a dawn-to-dusk general strike for Tuesday – its second in three days – in protest at the arrest of its nayeb-e-amir AKM Yusuf, who had allegedly founded Razakar Bahini during the liberation war in 1971. The country has already experienced at least 24 countrywide hartals and scores of regional shutdowns since the beginning of […]

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Reshma feels better: doc

The condition of apparel worker Rashma Begum, who was pulled out alive from the Rana Plaza rubble on Friday was better on Sunday but she could not move alone, said the chief of Combined Medical Hospital in the Savar Cantonment. ‘She moves with the help of nurses as she is feeling dizzy,’ said Lieutenant Colonel Sharif Ahmed, the commanding officer […]

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Call for memorial at Rana Plaza site

Survivors, families of the people who died in the Rana Plaza building collapse and labour leaders demanded that the government should set up a memorial at the collapse site to commemorate the disaster, which has so far left more than 1,100 people dead. Labour leaders and others feared that the land would be reoccupied for other purposes after the rescue […]

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JAMAAT’S HARTAL: 3 vehicles torched, 3 jailed

Two buses and a truck were set on fire in Dhaka and Narayanganj, a number of vehicles were vandalised and a mobile court jailed three pickets in Dhaka as the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami enforced a countrywide dawn-to-dusk general strike on Sunday. The Jamaat enforced the general strike in protest against an International Crimes Tribunal verdict delivered on May 9 sentencing its […]

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credible polls: Govt to accept int’l support, says Dipu

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni said on Sunday that the government wants to take critical steps for the next national elections under a political dispensation managed by elected people. ‘We would like to assure our friends in the international community that Bangladesh would remain open to any support for ensuring the credibility of the entire election process,’ she told foreign envoys […]

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Amnesty for Bangladeshi workers: Hamid thanks Saudi king

The president, Abdul Hamid, has expressed deep gratitude to Saudi Arabia King for declaring of amnesty for foreign workers, including Bangladeshi workers, that allowing them to regularise their stay in that country. In a letter to King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, the president said: ‘I write to you with deep gratitude for your gracious announcement of amnesty for foreign […]

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Shahbagh protesters hold procession against Jamaat strike

Shahbagh protesters brought out a procession on Sunday against the general strike Jamaat-e-Islami enforced on the day. Jamaat enforced the dawn-to-dusk general strike in protest at its assistant secretary general Mohammad Kamaruzzaman being sentenced to death by International Crimes Tribunal 2 on Thursday. Several hundred protesters joined the procession that set out from Shahbagh about midday. The procession marched down […]

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100 RMG units closed amid unrest at Ashulia

The authorities of at least 100 apparel factories in the Ashulia industrial belt announced an unscheduled holiday for Sunday as several thousand workers took to the streets protesting at the news of a worker’s death in a Ha-Meem Group factory. The workers also demanded capital punishment of owners of Rana Plaza and the five clothing factories housed in the building […]

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Shibir activist killed in ‘gunfight’ with RAB

An activist of Islami Chhatra Shibir, student wing of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with the Rapid Action Battalion at Binodpur in the city early Sunday, the RAB said. According to RAB officials, the man, identified as Shahadat Hossain, 25, died in the ‘encounter’ near the wireless tower of the radio relay station adjacent to Rajshahi University. He […]

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BSF picks up 6 Bangladeshis

The Border Security Force of India picked up six Bangladeshi nationals from borders in Sunamganj, Panchagarh and Thakurgaon on Sunday and Saturday night. The BSF members picked up four Bangladeshis when they were collecting woods along Laurergarh border in Tahirpur upazila of Sunamgnj on Saturday night. Local BGB confirmed the matter. The four Bangladeshis are Pahar Ali, 40, son of […]

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Nizami TRIAL: Witness declared hostile

The prosecution on Sunday declared Pradip Kumar Dev, the seventh witness against Jamaat-e-Islami amir Motiur Rahman Nizami, hostile and cross-examined him. This was for the first time after initiating the tribunal, better known as the war crimes tribunal initiated to try 1971 war crimes, on March 25, 2010 that the prosecution had declared its witness hostile. Nizami, facing the war […]

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Arson attack on temple in Lakshmipur

Unidentified miscreants have set fire to a temple in Ramganj upazila of Lakshmipur. The incident took place in Brahmanparha in the late hours of Saturday. The fire has burnt the temple’s six idols, said OC Monjurul Karim Akon. Miscreants poured petrol to set fire to the temple after midnight, damaging the gold chain and silver crown on the idols. The […]

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Two bloggers granted bail

A Dhaka metropolitan sessions judge’s special court on Sunday granted bail to two bloggers in connection with hurting religious sentiments. Senior special judge Mohammad Jahurul Haque allowed the bail after hearing the bail plea of pleaders of two bloggers. The bail granted bloggers are Russell Parvez and Subrata Adhikari Shubho. Lawyers for another two bloggers, Asif and Moshiur, did not […]

May 13, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Experts favour cropping pattern change to offset climate change effects

Experts on Sunday called for changing the country’s cropping pattern and intensity to enable farmers adapt and neutralize the adverse effects of climate change on agriculture. At an interaction with agriculture reporters they favoured the measures for achieving the objectives of national food security. Change of the pattern of cropping and increased intensity, they said would go a long way […]

May 13, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

BCL rival faction calls indefinite strike at SUST

A group of Bangladesh Chhatra League activists ignored its new committee of the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology on Saturday and called for an indefinite strike in the campus from Sunday. After an hour-long sit-in in front of the campus main gate, the rival group of BCL called the nonstop strike demanding cancellation of its newly formed committee for […]

May 13, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Dialogue will ease conflicts: speaker

The speaker of parliament has expressed hope dialogue between the two main political parties would help ‘ease the current deadlock’. ‘Both the parties are positive about a dialogue. Just the place, time and topic of their discussion are yet to be decided. The deadlock will end when the dialogues begin,’ Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury said. She made the remarks on Sunday […]

May 13, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

KILLING of INTELLECTUALS IN 1971: Publish notice asking Mueen, Ashraf to appear in 10 days: ICT

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 on Sunday ordered publication of a notice in two well circulated newspapers, one Bangla and the other English, asking Al-Badr ‘operation in-charge’ Chowdhury Mueeniddin and ‘chief executioner’ Md Ashrafuzzaman Khan alias Nayeb Ali to surrender. The tribunal asked its registrar to take necessary measures for an early publication of the notice asking the duo to appear […]

May 13, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

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