Archive for May 23rd, 2013

Govt inquiry into Rana Plaza collapse: Probe suggests homicide charges against owners

The home ministry committee investing the Rana Plaza collapse on Wednesday blamed owners of the building and the five clothing factories housed there for the industrial disaster that left at least 1,127 people dead. The eight-storey Rana Plaza, which also housed a shopping mall and a bank branch, collapsed in the morning on April 24 after apparel workers had joined […]

May 23, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

BNP enforces hartal in 5 Dhaka upazilas

More than 50 vehicles were vandalised and 14 people arrested during the dawn-to-dusk general shutdown enforced by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party in five upazilas of Dhaka district on Wednesday. The BNP Dhaka district unit enforced the hartal in Keraniganj, Savar, Nababganj, Dohar, and Dhamrai upazila demanding release of party leaders and activists including BNP joint secretary general Amanullah Aman. Amanullah […]

May 23, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Two killed in BGB firing

Two men were killed as the Border Guard Bangladesh opened fire after allegedly been attacked by smuggling suspects at Kaya of Panchbibi in Jaipurhat on early Wednesday. The border guard commanding officer in Jaipurhat, Lieutenant Colonel Sabbir Ali Khasru, said that a border guard patrol team came under attack at Kaya, in side nearly 2.5km from the border line, at […]

May 23, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

higher secondary subjects: ICT made compulsory

The National Curriculum and Textbook Board has introduced information and communications technology as a compulsory subject this academic year for higher secondary students who would be taking the public exams in 2015. Students of higher secondary certificate and equivalent courses beginning sessions this year will be taking exams of 1,300 marks in place of the existing 1,200 marks. The textbook […]

May 23, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Govt not sure about Sukhranjan’s presence in Kolkata jail, says Dipu

Foreign minister Dipu Moni on Wednesday said the Bangladesh mission in Kolkata could not ascertain whether Sukhranjan Bali, a witness abducted from the International Crimes Tribunal premises, was among the 130 Bangladeshis detained in Kolkata jail. Responding to a question at a press briefing Dipu said the foreign ministry wanted to know about it from Bangladesh’s Kolkata mission. The mission, […]

May 23, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

BB finds Tk 82.70 lakh in 13 bank accounts of Sohel Rana

Bangladesh Bank reported to the High Court that it found only Tk 82.70 lakh in 13 accounts with different private banks operated by Sohel Rana, the owner collapsed Rana Plaza at Savar, said officials. As of May 9, the Central Bank, found only Tk 3,163 in the accounts with the Dutch Bangla Bank in the name of Rana Plaza Proprietors, […]

May 23, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Landmark US immigration bill clears key Senate hurdle

A sweeping overhaul of the US immigration system took a major step toward viability Tuesday when a Senate panel gave bipartisan approval to a landmark bill offering a path to citizenship for millions. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the contentious and potentially historic legislation by a 13-5 vote, following weeks of marathon hearings and meetings to consider more than 200 […]

May 23, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

BNP may enforce hartal this month

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party might call a general strike for a day this month in protest at restrictions on rallies and procession by the government. The party’s standing committee at a meeting on Wednesday night made the decision, a standing committee member said. The committee member told New Age that the meeting had also discussed the political tour of the […]

May 23, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

13 Ashulia RMG units close amid labour unrest

More than 13 readymade garment units in Ashulia industrial belt on the outskirts of the capital remained closed on Wednesday amid labour unrest with some of the factories declared closed for an indefinite period and the rest for the day. RMG workers of the area blocked the busy Dhaka-Tangail highway at different places at different times on the day demanding […]

May 23, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Ex-minister Qaisar denied bail

The International Crimes Tribunal -2 on Wednesday denied bail to former Jatiya Party state minister Syed Md Qaisar arrested on charge of war crimes. ‘We consider it expedient not to set the accused-petitioner at liberty, for the purpose of effective and proper investigation and thus the prayer for bail is rejected,’ ordered the presiding judge, Justice Obaidul Hassan. The three […]

May 23, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

20 hurt in stampede

At least 20 workers were injured in a stampede during a fire that broke out in an apparel factory at Narasinghapur of Ashulia, on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka, on Wednesday morning. Witnesses and fire fighters said that the fire had broken out on the ground floor of the multi-storey building of Bandu Design Ltd. The fire immediately burnt […]

May 23, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Udayan School cuts full sleeves of girls’ uniforms by half

The authorities of the Udayan School on the Dhaka University campus on Wednesday cut off half of the full sleeves of uniforms worn by about 50 girl students for ‘breaking school rules about uniforms’. The vice principal of the school, Mahbuba Khanam Kalpona, allegedly trimmed the uniform sleeves of the girls, mostly students of classes IX, X, XI and XII. […]

May 23, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

2 killed in ‘gunfight’ with RAB

Two youths were killed in an alleged gunfight with the Rapid Action Battalion at Uttara in the capital on early Wednesday. The battalion’s legal and media wing deputy director Avisheikh Ahmed at a briefing claimed that the deceased were identified as Jahirul Islam, 28, and Saju Akand, 25 were members of an armed gang. He said that the battalion members […]

May 23, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

RMG workers wage board next week: Shajahan

The shipping minister, Shahjahan Khan, on Wednesday said that a gazette notification would be issued in the next week forming a wage board for garment workers. He made the announcement after a meeting with the garments owners at the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association headquarters in the evening. Shahjahan Khan said, ‘We have talked to both workers and owners […]

May 23, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Political dialogue moves in right way but very slow: Mozena

US ambassador Dan Mozena said on Wednesday that the preliminary steps towards political dialogue have taken the right direction but it is very slow as people are not sure about the other side. ‘It is not easy… But I hope it will gain momentum because everybody wants free, fair and credible election and dialogue is probably the best way to […]

May 23, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

A rare meeting

Wednesday became special for three-year-old Raian Rahman Swapno as it was the first day he embraced his father in the dock of the makeshift courtroom at Bakhsibazar in the capital where the BDR carnage case was under trial. A scared Swapno met his father nayek Saidur Rahman, an accused in the carnage case and already convicted by another court for […]

May 23, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

BNP yet to pick SCC mayoral candidate

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party till Wednesday could not decide which mayoral candidate it should lend support to in the upcoming Sylhet City Corporation polls with only three days to go before the time for withdrawal of candidature expires on Sunday. BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, meanwhile, has asked the four party leaders who had submitted nomination papers to contest in the […]

May 23, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Buddha Purnima today

Buddha Purnima, the biggest religious festival of the Buddhist community, will be celebrated in the country today. The Buddhist community has chalked up various programmes to celebrate the day in a befitting manner. The day is a public holiday. Newspapers will publish articles, while television channels air special programmes, highlighting the significance of the day. As per the belief of […]

May 23, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

BDR CARNAGE CASE: PM asked armed services chiefs to face BDR mutiny, says IO

The chief investigator of the BDR carnage case told the trial court on Wednesday that intelligence agencies had informed prime minister Sheikh Hasina about the mutiny in the morning of the fateful day and she had asked the chiefs of the three armed services to ‘face the situation’. ‘The prime minister came to know from the intelligence agencies at around […]

May 23, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Babunagari’s confession managed by torture: Hefajat

Hefajat-e-Islam Bangladesh on Wednesday in a statement accused the authorities of torturing its detained secretary general Zunayed Babunagari to get a confessional statement as desired by the government. Zunayed Babunagari on Tuesday reportedly made a statement before a magistrate saying that opposition parties, including Bangladesh Nationalist Party, Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir, had tried to use the Islamist outfit’s rally […]

May 23, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

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