Archive for May 17th, 2013

15 killed as Mahasen makes landfall

Cyclonic storm Mahasen that had weakened before it could reach Bangladesh’s south-east coast made a landfall on Thursday morning whipping up sea water killing at least 15 people and flooding a vast expanse. Seven people died in Barguna, the district that was the worst hit, two in Bhola and one in Chittagong, according to a preliminary government report till 9:00pm […]

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23 bodies recovered in Bay at Teknaf

Twenty-three bodies were recovered from the coastline at Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar on Thursday afternoon. Eleven of them are children, six women and others are adult males, the Teknaf police said. The police also found 40,000 kyats from their clothes. The police suspected that they were all Myanmar citizens, known as Rohingyas in Bangladesh. The police and witnesses said that […]

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Life in Ctg turns normal

Life in the port city of Chittagong turned normal on Thursday evening with the tropical cyclone Mahasen crossing the coastal belt at a slow pace in the morning. Activities at the Chittagong port resumed in the afternoon while the Shah Amanat International Airport authorities decided to resume operations on Friday morning, a day after the closure, as the met office lowered the danger signal, […]

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Mahasen disrupts power supply, telecommunications

The cyclone Mahasen disrupted power supply and telecommunications in different areas of the country’s six coastal districts. The power transmission and distribution authorities had kept electricity supply to the areas suspended for different periods since early Thursday, officials said. The authorities kept power supply suspended for hours in a large number of areas of Bhola, Pirojpur, Barguna, Patuakhali, Barisal, Jhalokathi, […]

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GDP growth slumps to 6.03pc

Growth of the country’s gross domestic product slumped to 6.03 per cent in the current fiscal year as three major sectors – agriculture, manufacturing and wholesale and retail trade — struggled in the year, showed provisional data released by Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics on Thursday. The BBS data also revealed that the actual GDP growth in the previous fiscal year […]

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Ramu violence: Judicial probe finds no involvement of Uttam Kumar Barua

A judicial probe identified 298 people responsible for the September 29, 2012 sectarian attack on Buddhists that ruined their centuries-old temples, monasteries and households at Ramu Another investigation by the government, however, found that Uttam Kumar had tagged a photograph in Facebook on September 28 demeaning Quran which fomented the September 29 attack. Twenty six of Uttam’s Facebook friends had […]

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RANA PLAZA COLLAPSE: Victims demand speedy disposal of cases

Survivors, families of the people killed in the Rana Plaza collapse and labour leaders on Thursday demanded that the government should ensure speedy disposal of the cases filed in connection with the world’s deadliest building collapse that left 1,127 people dead, nearly 2,000 injured, and many more missing. They expressed the fear that trial of the cases would be delayed […]

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BNP urges PM to sit for dialogue

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party has urged the prime minister to sit across the table and arrive at a ‘logical stage’ for restoring peace and stability in the country. BNP spokesman Shamsuzzaman Dudu at a news briefing at the party’s central office on Thursday said if the prime minister is a real patriot and wants to achieve success in governance, she […]

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AL-led alliance won’t send letter to BNP for talks

The Awami League-led alliance has decided not to send any formal letter to the Bangladesh Nationalist Party to invite it to a dialogue on modes of an election-time, interim government. The alliance leaders at a meeting with the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, in the chair in her residence, Ganabhaban, on Thursday night made the decision. The meeting also decided that […]

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War crimes trial: ‘Abducted’ witness needs protection: HRW

Human Rights Watch said on Thursday that the Indian government should take all necessary steps to protect Sukhranjan Bali, a long missing witness in Bangladesh’s International Crimes Tribunal whom New Age revealed earlier was detained in a jail in Kolkata. ‘India should not return Bali to Bangladesh until he is interviewed by the Indian office of the United Nations High […]

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Schools lack fire safety

Over 2.64 crore primary and secondary school students and teachers are exposed to high risk of fire accidents as their institutions have no fire fighting system. Most of the students are not even aware of fire safety as the school managements do not provide them any training on how to tackle emergencies. All the schools should acquaint the students with […]

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Sharif free to rule without unwieldy coalition

Pakistan prime minister-elect Nawaz Sharif won enough seats in Saturday’s parliamentary election that he won’t need to form a coalition with other major parties to push through badly needed reforms, final figures showed on Thursday. Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) won 124 of a total 272 seats, with its nearest rival, the Pakistan People’s Party, winning 31, in the country’s […]

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Suranjit’s former APS Faruk indicted

Minister without portfolio Suranjit Sengupta’s sacked assistant personal secretary Omar Faruque Talukder was on Thursday charged with amassing illegal wealth disproportionate to his legal sources of income and hiding assets in his wealth statement submitted to the Anti-Corruption Commission. Dhaka Special Judge Court 4 framed the charges against Faruk with possessing illegal wealth of Tk 14.2 million, which was disproportionate […]

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Prosecution brings charges against Quasem on 14 counts

The prosecution on Thursday submitted to the International Crimes Tribunal registrar charges against the detained Jamaat-e-Islami executive council member Mir Quasem Ali on 14 counts of crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 independence war. The charges include murder, abduction, confinement, oppression, arson, and looting in Chittagong in 1971, prosecutor Zead Al Malum told reporters after submitting the charge-sheet. He […]

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ACC demands separate HC bench to deal with graft cases

The Anti-Corruption Commission on Thursday called on the president, Abdul Hamid, at Bangabhaban and demanded formation of a separate High Court bench for speedy disposal of cases filed by it. Commission chairman Ghulam Rahman and commissioners M Bodiuzzaman and M Shahabuddin placed the demand before the president while submitting a report on the commission’s activities in the last four years. […]

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RMG units at Ashulia to reopen today: BGMEA

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association president, Atiqul Islam, has said all garment factories at Ashulia will reopen today. The BGMEA president said this after a meeting with the labour and employment minister, Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju, at the latter’s office n Thursday. Atiqul said BGMEA took the decision to reopen the factories at Ashulia on the outskirts of the […]

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World Telecommunication Day today

Bangladesh will observe World Telecommunication and Information Society Day-2013 along with different countries of the globe with the theme of ‘ICTs and Improving Road Safety’. International Telecommunication Union has selected the theme as 1.3 million people died every year due to road accidents that caused estimated $518 billion in global economic loss. Road accident is also a regular phenomenon in […]

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PADMA BRIDGE CORRUPTION CASE: ACC records statements of 2 witnesses, Nixon seeks time

The Anti-Corruption Commission on Thursday recorded the statements of two witnesses in the Padma Bridge corruption conspiracy case, an ACC official said. The witnesses are: Bridges and Roads Department superintendent engineer M Kamaruzzman and of Bangladesh Bridge Authority superintending engineer (river engineering) Liaqat Ali. The ACC probe team granted more time to Mujibur Rahman Chowdhury alias Nixon Chowdhury for giving […]

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Hasina’s homecoming day today

The 32nd homecoming day of the Awami League president, now prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, will be observed today. On this day in 1981, the Awami League president returned home after six years in exile following the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members on the fateful night of August 15 in 1975. Both the daughters of […]

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12 ex-army men get bail in 2 cases relating to Hefajat mayhem

Twelve former army officers, who were accused in two cases relating to clashes between Hefajat-e-Islami activists and the police at Kanchpur in Narayanganj on May 6, a day after Hefajat’s sit-in at Shapla Square at Motijheel, secured bail from the High Court on Thursday. A bench of Justice Salma Masud Chowdhury and Justice Md Jahangir Hossain granted them bails for […]

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