Archive for May 16th, 2013

Mahasen headed for south-east coast

Tens of thousands of people have been moved to safety and air and sea ports have been closed as Cyclonic Storm Mahasen from the Bay of Bengal was headed for the south-east coast threatening to pound Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar and adjoining districts. Government agencies were working as part of a preparation to evacuate about 4,00,000 people having made preparations […]

May 16, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

BNP leaders upset with chairperson, annoyed with her staff

Some senior BNP leaders appear to have been upset about their top leader Khaleda Zia as they believe that she has recently made some public statements without proper consultation with her colleagues on the party’s standing committee, which has proved to be politically damaging for both the party and her own public image. The leaders believe that ‘a section of […]

May 16, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

474,660 killed in 9 cyclones since 1965

At least 474,661 people have died in nine major tropical cyclones accompanied by storm surges lashing out at the country from the Bay of Bengal since 1965, according to the disaster management department. A posting on the department’s website said nine devastating cyclonic storms had swept over the country in 1965 to 2009. ‘The country is one of the worst […]

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War crimes trial: Witness alleges state abduction

A witness at the international crimes tribunal in Dhaka who defence lawyers claim to have been abducted from outside the court in November 2012 by law enforcement agents has been found in a Kolkata jail. Sukhranjan Bali, a Hindu man from the southern district of Pirojpur, has confirmed that on the morning of November 5, 2012 he was taken from […]

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rana plaza collapse: Relatives of missing workers still gather

People still continued to gather at different places in Savar till Wednesday evening in search of their relatives who were feared missing in the collapse of Rana Plaza even after the rescue operation was officially called off on Monday. The relatives were seen roaming around the office of Upazila Nirbahi Officer, Adhar Chandra High School, Thana Stand and near the site of […]

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private coaching: 811 teachers blacklisted

The government has blacklisted 811 teachers of 286 secondary schools and madrassahs for continuing with coaching business flouting rules, education ministry officials said. An education ministry official told New Age on Tuesday that notices had been issued to all these teachers to explain their position and anyone giving unsatisfactory reply to the notices might not receive their salaries or even […]

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Imran Khan to work with Sharif on Pak terrorism

Pakistani politician Imran Khan on Wednesday vowed to cooperate with incoming prime minister Nawaz Sharif on terrorism and other major challenges following key elections. Khan made the remarks from his hospital bed, where he is laid up with a fractured spine after falling at a campaign rally, after his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) polled third place, behind Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-N […]

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Don’t invite crocodiles by digging canals, Hasina tells Khaleda

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Wednesday likened the caretaker government to a crocodile and urged opposition leader Khaleda Zia not to invite the crocodile by digging canals. ‘Do not invite the crocodile by digging canals. It will bite you. So stay with the democratic system,’ she urged the opposition leader. Hasina, while delivering her inaugural speech at an extended […]

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ICT made some progress but still unsatisfactory: Rapp

US ambassador at large for war crimes Stephen Rapp said on Wednesday that he was ‘not yet satisfied’ with fairness issues at the International Crimes Tribunal but that ‘progress’ had been made. ‘Fundamentally, I think progress has been achieved and I am very gratified that some of the recommendations that I have made [earlier] have been incorporated,’ he said. ‘But […]

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BNP, allies call off hartal for May 19

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance on Wednesday withdrew its call for a countrywide dawn-to-dusk general strike for May 19 cyclone Mahasen was feared to make landfall in Bangladesh either on Wednesday night or Thursday morning. BNP spokesman Shamsuzzaman Dudu, who called the hartal at a briefing on Wednesday morning, told New Age in the evening that the general strike for […]

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Today’s HSC exam deferred to May 25

The education ministry on Wednesday deferred to May 25 the Higher Secondary Certificate and equivalent examinations scheduled for today as cyclone Mahasen was feared to make landfall in Bangladesh today. The ministry also asked all education offices and educational institutions in the coastal districts to remain alert before, during and after the possible disaster, if any, caused by Mahasen. The […]

May 16, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Plight of neighbours overlooked

The three-storey residence-cum-office of Rabindranath Sarkar beside the ill-fated Rana Plaza at Savar has now turned into a ruin. Objects infused with the memories of expatriate children and grandchildren of the aged couple of Rabindranath and his wife and remains of plush furniture and fixtures can be seen jutting out of the debris here and there. The couple lost a […]

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70pc female migrant workers face torture: BOMSA

About 70 per cent of the Bangladeshi female migrant workers face torture in the hands of their employers abroad mostly for demanding wages at end of the month, according to Bangladeshi Ovibashi Mohila Sramik Association. BOMSA, formed by women workers on return home, said it receives 45 or 50 complaints on an average each month from the female workers about […]

May 16, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

PM swipes at Prothom Alo

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Wednesday castigated vernacular daily Prothom Alo for publishing what she said a misleading survey report on the caretaker government issue. ‘One paper wrote 90 per cent of the total population back caretaker government…those who believe in democracy need to be alert about this newspaper,’ she said. The prime minister, also the president of the […]

May 16, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Rana Plaza disaster: Germany pledges 2.5m Euro for job reintegration for disabled survivors

As part of its engagement with the clothing industry of Bangladesh, the German government has pledged 2.5 million Euro, equivalent to approximately Tk 25.6 crore, for the ‘Promotion of Social and Environmental Standards in the Industry.’ The project would be implemented by the German Development Organisation GIZ and the ministry of commerce, a press release of the German embassy here […]

May 16, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

UP chairman among 3 killed in gunfight

Three people, including a UP chairman, were killed and 25 injured in a gunfight between two rival groups under Ratankhil village in Laxmipur sadar upazila on Wednesday. The deceased were identified as Nur Hossain Shamim, 35, chairman of Dattapara union of the same upazila, his bodyguard Delwar Hossain and Muslim Uddin, 30, a resident of Jamirtali village. The police said […]

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ACC to interrogate five more Jamuna Bank officials

The Anti-Corruption Commission on Wednesday summoned five more officials of Jamuna Bank Limited for interrogation over their alleged involvement in embezzling around Tk 1,100 crore from five banks by Bismillah Towels Group through producing fake documents. The officials were senior assistant vice-president AKM Rashiduzzaman (monitoring division), senior executive vice-presidents Samsul Arifin (corporate division), M Habibur Rahman (credit division), Mozharul Islam […]

May 16, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

RAILWAY SCAM: HC halts withdrawal of freeze on Faruk’s bank account

The High Court on Wednesday stayed for a month the Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court’s order cancelling a freeze on a bank account of Omar Faruk, the suspended assistant personal secretary to minister without portfolio Suranjit Sengupta. A bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Akram Hossain Chowdhury also asked the metropolitan sessions judge to explain the legality of his […]

May 16, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Call for end to children’s use in political activities

A group of lawyers and child rights groups at two programmes on Wednesday urged all political parties to stop using children in political activities. The Bangladesh National Women Lawyers’ Association held a press conference on ‘Using Children in Political Activities, Violence News with Videos and Pictures in Media and Negative Impact on Child Development’ at the National Press Club. Bangladesh […]

May 16, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

War crimes trials: No scope for questioning transparency: Shafique

The law minister, Shafique Ahmed, on Wednesday once again said that there was no scope for questions about the the transparency, objectivity and standard of the trial of crimes committed against humanity during the independence war in 1971. ‘The trials of those who committed crimes against humanity during the liberation war would help establish democracy as well the rule of […]

May 16, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

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