Archive for May 15th, 2013

The wait not over yet as Rana Plaza lies in ruins

The families of the workers feared missing and their fellows on Tuesday staged demonstrations at the site of the collapsed Rana Plaza in Savar, demanding the bodies as weary rescuers left the site after 20 days of relentless operation. The peaceful protesters chanting ‘return the missing bodies’ also demanded highest punishment of the people responsible for the deadly building collapse. […]

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Ban calls for atmosphere for fair polls

UN secretary general Ban ki-Moon has expressed his optimism over prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s offer for dialogue with the opposition on modalities for the interim government and renewed his call on all major political parties to engage in dialogue for creating a congenial atmosphere for holding free and fair elections as scheduled. Foreign minister Dipu Moni who met Ban at […]

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BNP, allies may call general strike

The BNP-led alliance may call a general strike as the government did not allow it hold a rally at Naya Paltan in the capital Dhaka today. A BNP standing committee member told New Age late Tuesday night that next course of action would be announced today. In reply to a question, he said that the opposition alliance would enforce a […]

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JS panel for action against risky building owners

A parliamentary panel on Tuesday asked the government to take action against owners of risky buildings in Dhaka and Chittagong. The standing committee on housing and public works ministry made the recommendation and said that henceforth the agencies concerned must be sure about the purpose of construction of buildings while approving designs. The committee chairman ABM Fazle Karim Chowdhury after […]

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Rana Plaza disaster probe: Govt report next week

Unable to complete the probe into the Rana Plaza disaster in stipulated one week, a home ministry committee said it would submit its findings next week. The investigation could not be completed as the situation was developing over rescue and recovery operations at the disaster site, the head of the probe body, additional home secretary Main Uddin Khondaker told New […]

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BNP waits for letter for dialogue: Mosharraf

Bangladesh Nationalist Party thinks mediation of the United Nations has paved the way for dialogue between the government and the main opposition. The party is now waiting for a written offer from the ruling Awami League for dialogue on election-time government. UN assistant secretary general for political affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, during his four-day Dhaka visit from May 10, met with […]

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New Domestic gas links: Ministry, Petrobangla face-to-face

Petrobangla is annoyed over an Energy Division move to oversee the new gas domestic connections across the country bypassing the state-run oil-gas corporation, officials said. They said 1,58,000 applications seeking new connections remained pending with the gas utilities until February. They also said that 57,414 of the applicants took illegal connections during the ban the government imposed on new connections. […]

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AL prepares groundwork for dialogue

The Awami League has already drafted a letter to be sent to Bangladesh Nationalist Party inviting it to a dialogue on the modalities of an election-time interim government, party insiders said. The insiders hinted that the AL would send the letter after consultation with its working committee that would meet today and then with leaders of its allies. The Awami […]

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Jamaat’s hartal lacks lustre

A bus was set on fire and some other vehicles were vandalised as the flow of traffic was almost as usual in Dhaka during the dawn-to-dusk general strike enforced countrywide by Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami on Tuesday in protest at the arrest of its leader AKM Yusuf. Pickets also torched a covered van and an auto-rickshaw at Narayanganj and in Chittagong during […]

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Mahasen likely to cross over Ctg Thursday morning

The cyclonic storm Mahasen as moving towards the Bangladesh coast with an erratic movement on Tuesday and is likely to cross the Chittagong region and part of Myanmar on Thursday morning. Local meteorologist said that the cyclone, lying over the west central Bay of Bengal, was moving northwards sometimes at 12 kilometres an hours and sometimes at 20 kmph. It […]

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general elections: EC to set up 7,000 new polling stations

The Election Commission is planning to set up about 7,000 new polling stations rearranging the previous ones to facilitate over one crore and 10 lakh new voters to exercise their franchise in the next general election to be held by January 24, 2014. After updating the voters role over the last year, the number of the country’s total voters stood […]

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JS session begins June 3

The parliament will go into session on June 3 to approve the national budget for the 2013–14 financial year. The budget will be the last of the current Awami League-led government. The president, Abdul Hamid, has convened the session at 5:00pm on the day. It will be the 18th session of the ninth parliament and the last budget session of […]

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Shahbagh protesters bring out anti-hartal procession

Shahbagh protesters brought out a procession against the general strike enforced by Jamaat-e-Islami on Tuesday. Jamaat had called the strike in protest against the arrest of its leader AKM Yusuf, who allegedly founded Razakar Bahini during the war of independence in 1971. Several hundred protesters joined the procession that set out from Shahbagh at about noon and paraded different roads. […]

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Return to politics of peace

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, has renewed her call to the opposition leader, Khaleda Zia, to ‘return to the politics of peace’ shunning the path of destruction for the sake of the welfare of countrymen. She made the call while distributing cheques of donation to 333 hawkers, small businessmen and shop owners of Baitul Mukarram and its adjacent areas whose […]

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Mozena hopeful of TICFA

The US ambassador in Dhaka, Dan Mozena, on Tuesday expressed hope that Bangladesh and America would ‘soon’ be able to sign TICFA. He made the comment when Bangladesh was grappling to retain its GSP facility in the US market that allowed some of its products duty-free access. The foreign minister, Dipu Moni, is in Washington now and expected to meet […]

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College admission process begins Saturday

The process of admission to higher secondary colleges will begin on May 18. Students will be enrolled based on their secondary exam results and online admission process must be followed by the colleges were more than 500 students will be enrolled. The education ministry at meeting with the officials of Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education and education boards and […]

May 15, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Hasina, Khaleda greet Nawaz for poll victory

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, and the leader of the opposition and BNP chairperson, Khaleda Zia, extended her congratulations to Pakistan Muslim League (N) leader Nawaz Sharif on his party’s victory in May 11 general elections. In a message, the prime minister hoped to work for mutual cooperation between Bangladesh and Pakistan saying relations between the two countries would get […]

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Govt mulls sending abroad qualified workers for better jobs

The government is contemplating to send qualified workers from Bangladesh for better jobs in destination countries, Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said on Tuesday. He told a seminar that the stress would be not on quantity but on quality. Now, the government sends female workers abroad after providing intensive training at its technical training centres mainly […]

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Ahle Sunnat to hold rally in Dhaka May 25

Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat on Tuesday said that it would hold a rally in Dhaka on May 25 in protest against the release of two bloggers on bail. The Sunni Islamist outfit member secretary Mosaheb Uddin Bakhtiar announced the programme at a press briefing at Dhaka Reporters Unity. It will also hold rallies in Munishiganj on May 16 and Narayanganj […]

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The Economist committed no contempt by phoning ICT chairman: lawyer

The Economist, a British weekly, committed no contempt of court by contacting on phone the then chairman of the International Crimes Tribunal-1, Justice Niuzamul Huq, submitted lawyer Mustafizur Rahman on Tuesday. He was defending the chief editor Rob Gifford and the South Asia bureau chief Adam Roberts of the Weekly in the ICT-1. On December 6, as the chairman of […]

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