Archive for May 20th, 2013

Over Tk 150cr spent on 3,605 OSDs in 9yrs

Three thousand, six hundred and five bureaucrats were made officers on special duty in nine years beginning in 2004 and the government spent Tk 150.91 crore on salaries and other benefits for them. The public administration ministry on Sunday said this in its report submitted to the High Court in compliance with its June 2012 order asking authorities to submit […]

May 20, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

SUKHARANJAN BALI: HC defers hearing

The High Court on Sunday adjourned for two weeks the hearing in a writ petition seeking allegedly abducted war crimes witness Sukharanjan Bali to be produced before it. The bench of Justice Md Moazzam Hossain and Justice Shahidul Karim passed the order after the petitioner’s counsel sought time for the hearing saying that the petitioner would file a supplementary petition […]

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No rallies, processions for a month: ministers

The government in a harsh move has banned all forms of political gathering and procession in the country for one month with effect from Sunday, drawing protests from opposition parties and groups. Ruling Awami League general secretary Syed Ashfarul Islam and home minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir announced the decision on Sunday citing two objectives – ensuring smooth relief and rehabilitation […]

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Rally ban termed ‘attack on democracy’

Opposition political parties on Sunday condemned the government’s decision to impose a one-month ban on public meetings and processions terming it ‘unconstitutional’ and an ‘attack on democracy’. Some of the allies of the ruling Awami League also protested at the move as ‘authoritarian’ after the government on Sunday imposed restrictions on holding public meetings across the country for one month […]

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Tazreen owner barred from leaving country

The High Court on Sunday directed the government and the police to explain why they should not be asked to arrest Tazreen Fashions managing director Delwar Hossain by prosecuting him for committing homicides by the November 24, 2012 factory fire that left at least 112 workers dead. The HC bench of Justice Quazi Rezaul Haque and Justice ABM Altaf Hossain […]

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Ashraful asks BNP to place proposal in JS

The ruling Awami League on Sunday urged the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party to place its proposal in the parliament so that a consensus could be reached on the head of an interim administration to oversee the next general elections. ‘Attend parliament sessions and place your proposal for the head of an interim administration,’ the Awami League’s general secretary Syed […]

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BNP to ‘watch’ events for now

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party is learnt have decided to ‘watch’ the political events in the face of the government’s ‘mounting repression’ on the opposition. The BNP standing committee, the party’s policymaking body, at a meeting with Khaleda Zia in the chair at her Gulshan office on Saturday night took the decision considering the ‘ground reality’, according to the meeting sources. […]

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Speaker ready to sit with opposition

The newly elected speaker, Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, on Sunday said she was ready to sit with opposition members of the house exclusively, if required. ‘The speaker can discuss anything with any member of parliament. If it becomes essential, I would like to sit with opposition members exclusively,’ she said while exchanging views with the Parliament Journalists’ Association. She thanked the […]

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RANA PLAZA: Police foil human chain of missing workers’ relatives

The police on Sunday foiled a human chain formed in front of the National Press Club by the relatives of the missing victims of the collapse of Rana Plaza at Savar. At least 100 relatives of the missing workers of apparel factories, which were housed at the eight-storey Rana Plaza, formed the human chain pressing for enlisting the names of […]

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Envoys meet Khaleda, call for dialogue

Four foreign envoys called on Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia on Sunday and welcomed the openness of the two major political parties to engage in a constructive dialogue to find out a way for holding free, fair and credible elections in the country. Canadian high commissioner Heather Cruden, Japanese ambassador Shiro Sadoshina, German ambassador Albrecht Conze, and ambassador and […]

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Govt to simplify power connection process before polls

The government is planning to simplify the process of providing new power connections keeping elections in the view and also to accelerate electrification across the country. Asked by the power ministry the Rural Electrification Board and the West-Zone Power Distribution Company submitted proposals in this regard, a power division official told New Age. After receiving the suggestions from three other […]

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EC in a hurry to hold DSC, DNC mayoral polls in July

The Election Commission seems to be suddenly in a hurry to hold the stalled mayoral elections in the newly created Dhaka South City and Dhaka North City. Officials said that the EC might announce the elections schedules on Thursday. The EC wants to hold the polls on any day in the first week of July before Ramadan begins on July […]

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Padma project graft: PM denies her family’s involvement

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, in an interview with Canadian television CBC has denied any involvement of her family members and that of the Awami League with corruption in the Padma Bridge project. ‘Absolutely not (involved in corruption), all concocted,’ she said in her 14.55 minutes interview with CBC correspondent Terence McKenna. The CBC aired the interview on Thursday. Hasina […]

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Tk 73,968cr ADP proposed

An extending Planning Commission meeting on Sunday proposed a annual development programme of Tk 73, 968 crore for 2013-14 fiscal year. The original size of the proposed ADP is Tk 65,870 crore, 20 per cent higher than the current original ADP of Tk 55,500 crore. Autonomous bodies will provide an additional amount of Tk 8,098 crore to the proposed ADP […]

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2 cattle traders injured as BSF men open fire

Two Bangladeshi cattle traders suffered bullet wounds as Indian Border Security Force BSF opened fire near the main pillar No 855 at Jhalongi border area of Patgram Upazila in Lalmonirhat early on Sunday. The bullet injured Bangladeshi men were admitted at Patgram Upazila Health Complex, BGB sources said. The injured Bangladeshi cattle traders were identified as Jafor Ali, 26, son […]

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Berne-Dhaka political consultations on May 21

The first bilateral political consultations between Bangladesh and Switzerland will be held in Dhaka on May 21 with expansion of trade and investment and long-standing development cooperation high on the agenda. The consultations would be one of the major outcomes of a Memorandum of Understanding the foreign ministers of the two countries signed in Berne, the capital of Switzerland, in […]

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Classes resume at Savar Adharchandra school

Classes resumed at Savar Adharchandra High School on Sunday, 24 days after the deadly collapse of nearby Rana Plaza on April 24. The school premises turned into a virtual morgue where bodies retrieved from the rubble of the collapsed building had been kept for identification by the relatives who crowded the premises day and night looking for their dear ones. […]

May 20, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Trial of Biswajit Das killing begins on May 26

The trial of Biswajit Das (24) murder case will begin on May 26 through formal charge-framing against 21 activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BLC) of Jagannath University unit. Dhaka Metropolitan Session’s Judge Mohammad Zahurul Haque set the date on Sunday taking cognizance of the charges against them and fixed May 26 for framing charges against the accused. Seven of the […]

May 20, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

HC questions maintainability of writ petition over Shapla Chattar operation

The High Court on Sunday questioned the maintainability of a writ petition filed in public interest by a Supreme Court lawyer seeking a directive on the government for holding a judicial inquiry into the joint forces operation at Shapla Chattar in Motijheel to flush Hefajat-e-Islam people out of the capital in the early hours of May 6. The writ petition […]

May 20, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Jamaat calls hartal in Jaipurhat for Wednesday

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami Jaipurhat unit has called a dawn-to-dusk general shutdown in the district for May 22 Wedne day demanding that the unit’s missing general secretary Md Nazrul Islam be traced. Jamaat Jaipurhat unit assistant general secretary Md Samshul Islam announced the hartal through a press release on Sunday. According to party sources, a group of plainclothesmen allegedly picked up Nazrul […]

May 20, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

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