Archive for May 26th, 2013

3 govts fail to formulate coal policy in 8 years

Three successive governments have failed to finalise the much talked-about coal policy in long in eight years because of a controversy over the method of coal extraction, particularly at Phulbari coal site. The coal extraction method for three out of the five big reserves discovered in the country, however, is beyond any dispute as they are located at levels deeper […]

May 26, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

16 children die in Pakistan school bus fire

Sixteen children and a teacher were killed when their school bus caught fire in central Pakistan on Saturday, the police said. Seven other children were injured in the blaze which destroyed the vehicle. The van was carrying 24 children to a private school in Gujrat, about 112 kilometres north of the eastern city on Lahore, when it caught fire, local […]

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Editors’ Council launched

A 19-member Editors’ Council was formed on Sunday aiming at safeguarding the independence of the newspapers and freedom of expression and strengthening editorial institution. Editors of the country’s leading dailies in a meeting with Mahbubul Alam, editor of The Independent, in the chair took the decision at the office of the Daily Star. The Editors’ Council to be headed by […]

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No let-up in RMG unrest at Ashulia

At least 20 people were injured as police charged batons to break up demonstrations by apparel workers at Ashulia on the outskirts of Dhaka while protesters damaged about a dozen vehicles in Board Bazar area of Gazipur on Saturday. The clashes at Ashulia erupted after several hundred garment workers blocked Dhaka-Tangail highway in protest at the closure of several factories […]

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18-party calls 12-hr hartal for today

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led opposition alliance has for a countrywide dawn-to-dusk general strike for today in protest at the restrictions on rallies and processions for one month. The hartal has been called also to push restoration of the constitutional provision for an election-time non-party government, release of the alliance leaders, trial of the ruling party men people involved in ‘corruption’ […]

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PM renews call for Khaleda to join JS, place proposal

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Saturday renewed her call for the opposition leader Khaleda Zia to join parliament and place her proposals on an election-time interim government to resolve the ongoing political crisis. ‘Come to parliament, say whatever you wish and place your proposals,’ said Hasina while addressing leaders of the Awami League’s Kishorganj district unit at Ganabhaban. The […]

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Incentives fail to revive ailing capital market

The government move to support the country’s ailing capital market by providing budgetary incentives has failed to make any difference as share prices on Dhaka bourse have continued to nosedive. DGEN, the benchmark general index of Dhaka Stock Exchange, plummeted to a five-year low of 3,617.35 points on April 29. The DGEN stood at 3,383.23 points on November 11, 2009, […]

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BNP mulls courting arrest, civil disobedience

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party leaders and activists would ‘court arrest’ and go for ‘civil disobedience’, if necessary, to protest at the ‘repression’ and realise its demand for a non-party government to oversee the next polls. BNP spokesperson Shamsuzzaman Dudu spelt out the plan at a news briefing at the party’s central office on Saturday. Asked about the prime minister’s call […]

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A high price for leather

Fifty-year-old Emdad Hossain had to have three fingers of his left hand amputated when he met with an accident running a machine in a leather processing factory about two decades ago. After he had joined work again, he was given the task of processing ‘wet blue’ leather in a machine and the job is considered hazardous when done without precaution. […]

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NEC may okay Tk 73,968cr ADP today

The National Economic Council is likely to approve today an annual development programme attaching top priority to communication, power and education sectors under the next budget. The Planning Commission from an extended meeting on May 19 proposed a Tk 73,968 crore ADP, which is now awaiting approval of the NEC. Commission sources said 1,047 projects would be included in the […]

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Dhaka, Washington dialogue on Monday

Dhaka is set to host its second partnership dialogue with Washington on Monday focusing on four agenda issues of development and governance, trade, labour and investment, security cooperation and regional integration. US under secretary for political affairs Wendy Sherman and foreign secretary Shahidul Huq will lead their sides at the talks at state guesthouse Meghna. The two sides would issue […]

May 26, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Nazrul’s birth anniv: Hasina for building secular, democratic country

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, has urged all to work together to build a secular, modern and democratic Bangladesh to make the dream of Nazrul true. ‘The dream of Nazrul will come true if we can build a secular, democratic and exploitation free Bangladesh ensuring equal rights to everybody,’ she said adding Nazrul professed for equality which annoyed the British […]

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30 housewives contesting BCC polls

More than two-thirds of the 47 candidates for 10 seats of councillors reserved for women in 30 wards of the Barisal City Corporation have introduced themselves as housewives by profession. Of the remaining 17 candidates for the seats reserved for women, two have registered their profession as students, five as entrepreneurs, and one has mentioned herself as a development worker […]

May 26, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Farmer killed in Khulna clash

A farmer was killed and 10 others were injured in a clash between residents of two villages at Moukhali village in Dakop upazila of Khulna on Saturday. The deceased was Peer Ali Gazi, 65, a resident of Hoglabunia village of the same upazila. The police said the clash took place between the residents of Moukhali and Hoglabunia villages as a […]

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US move to scrap GSP utterly unfair, says Muhith

Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Saturday called the US move to withdraw the generalized system of preferences benefits for Bangladesh products as ‘utterly unfair, unjust and illogical.’ United States Trade Representative’s move to withdraw the GSP benefits could deprive Bangladesh products duty free access to US market. Muhith was holding a pre-budget meeting with the representatives of the International Business […]

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BCL activists force police to free Shibir man

The police were forced reportedly by leaders and activists of Chhatra League to release a man after he was arrested at a community centre on Sunday on suspicion he was an activist of Islami Chhatra Shibir. The BCL men, led by Hasan Murad Biplab, allegedly hurled abuses at the officer-in-charge of Panchlaish police station Pradip Kumar Das during the incident. […]

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Minor boy killed in attack

A minor boy was killed in an attack allegedly by his uncle at Rambhadrapur village in Bhedorganj upazila of Shariatpur on Saturday. The deceased was Lokman Hossain, 11, son of rickshaw van puller Kalu Hawladar of the same village. The police said Kalu’s brother Mintu Hawladar aided by his wife Rashida Begum beat up Kalu’s wife Parvin Akhtar on Friday […]

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Rana Plaza toll goes up

The death toll in Rana Plaza building collapse tragedy rose to 1,129 on Saturday with two injured workers succumbing to their wounds despite medical treatment. Mohammad Ashraful, 18, died at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital around noon. He used to work at New Wave Fashion, which was situated on the seventh floor of the ill-fated building. Ashraful came from Jhauganj […]

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50 Cox’s Bazar villages flooded

Around two lakh people were marooned in 50 coastal villages of Cox’s Bazar inundated by seawater due to a tidal surge and heavy rainfall on Saturday. The ovens and tube-wells of the villagers went under two to three feet deep water while the coastal embankment in the district also developed creaks at a number of points. Bangladesh Water Development Board […]

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Call for govt to end enforced disappearances

Right activists, civil society actors, journalists and political leaders at an exchange of views on Saturday recommended the enactment of a law to stop enforced disappearances and urged the government to sign the relevant UN convention. Rights organisation Odhikar organised the exchange of views titled ‘Divisional awareness meeting against impunity and enforced disappearances’ at the Parjatan Motel in Rangpur. Te […]

May 26, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

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