Archive for May 27th, 2013

Court issues warrant for arrest of Tarique

A court in Dhaka on Sunday issued a fresh warrant for arrest of BNP’s senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman, now living in London, in connection with a case filed against him for laundering money to Singapore. Dhaka Special Court-3 acting judge Mozammel Haque asked the authorities concerned to send the warrant to Tarique’s address in London. The court also granted a […]

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Court order, Quamrul comments linked: BNP

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party spokesperson on Sunday said the issuance of warrant for arrest of Tarique Rahman and the recent statement of state minister for law Qamrul Islam might be ‘correlated’. The spokesperson, Shamsuzzaman Dudu asserted that Tarique Rahman, BNP’s senior vice-chairman, had no involvement in the money laundering case, saying that none of the witnesses in the case had […]

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BNP calls strike in Sirajganj, Bogra for today

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party has called a dawn-to-dusk general strike in Bogra and Sirajganj for today in protest at the warrant for arrest of the party’s senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman. A Dhaka court on Sunday accepted an appeal of the prosecution seeking its directive to bring back Tarique after issuing the warrant for his arrest with the help of Interpol. […]

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Army to supervise Padma bridge project: PM

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, has said the government has given approval in principle for an engineer construction battalion and a composite brigade comprising two infantry divisions for supervision of the Padma Bridge Project. The prime minister said this while inaugurating the Army Headquarters Selection Board-2013 at AHQ Officers Mess in Dhaka Cantonment in the capital on Sunday. The prime […]

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Sherman sure of next elections being fair, inclusive, credible

United States under secretary of state for political affairs Wendy R Sherman, who arrived here on Sunday, said the upcoming general elections in Bangladesh would surely be free, fair, inclusive and credible. ‘We are very glad that Bangladesh is a vibrant democracy… We are sure that they [elections] will be free, fair, inclusive and credible,’ she told reporters after a […]

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Inflation drops but still shy of target

Although the government managed to reduce the inflation rate significantly in the first half of the current fiscal year by compromising economic growth, the commodity price hike over the past few months is set to dent its budgetary inflation target. The current budget set a target of easing inflation to 7.5 per cent by June 2013 from 8.56 per cent […]

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Four city polls: Battle line drawn as AL, BNP rebels pull out

The battle-line in the polls in four city corporations has been drawn between AL and BNP with candidatures of most of the rebel mayoral aspirants—either from the same alliance or from the same party—withdrawing on Sunday, the last day for doing so. The Election Commission will hold the polls in four city corporations—Rajshahi, Khulna Barisal and Sylhet—on June 15. Though […]

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Stray incidents mark hartal

A dawn-to-dusk countrywide general strike passed off by and large peacefully barring scattered incidents of arson, crude bomb blast and clashes between police and pickets in the capital and elsewhere on Sunday. At least 10 people were injured and a mobile court sentenced two pickets to one year each for illegally carrying explosives. The 18-party alliance led by Bangladesh Nationalist […]

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2 Juba Leagues activists killed by party rivals in Bogra

Two activists of Awami Juba League were hacked to death in the house of a local leader of the ruling party in Shajahanpur upazila of the district on Sunday after altercations in a meeting. Police suspected that rivalry over supremacy in the area had led to the killings. District Swechchhasebak League president Asadur Rahman was present in the meeting when […]

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Inspector, SI closed over custodial dearth in Narayanganj

An inspector and a subinspector of Sonargaon police station in Narayangan were withdrawn on Sunday for their alleged involvement in the custodial death of a youth on May 22. Inspector Arup Tarafder and subinspector Paltu Ghosh were attached to Dhaka range and Narayanganj police lines respectively, police sources said. The police superintendent in Narayanganj, Syed Nurul Islam, confirmed the news […]

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DB ‘responsible’ for a fourth of all disappearances

The Detective Branch of the police that Sukhranjan Bali claims was involved in his abduction from outside the International Crimes Tribunal in November 2012 is responsible for more than a quarter of all disappearances, according to rights organisation Odhikar that investigates disappearances. According to Odhikar, 19 out of the 75 people who disappeared in incidents between 2009 and 2012 were […]

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50 RMG workers, police injured in clashes at Ashulia, Gazipur

At least 50 people including six policemen were injured in Ashulia and Gazipur industrial belts on Sunday as readymade garment workers demonstrating in demand of wage hike, workplace safety and other compliances with industry standards clashed with police. Thirty people including a policeman were injured in Ashulia and the remaining 20 including five policemen in Gazipur. In Ashulia, workers of […]

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Govt fails to provide healthcare tips to outgoing workers

The government mechanism in Bangladesh does not provide the outgoing workers with the correct motivation or healthcare knowledge they need before departure. It makes the workers vulnerable to serious diseases in the destination countries, said officials. The workers also face other problems in the unfamiliar environment abroad as the authorities do not care to provide the correct motivation. The Bureau […]

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CASE AGAINST TARIQUE: Police asks witness to vacate house, claims BNP

Bangladesh Nationalist Party spokesperson Shamsuzzaman Dudu on Sunday night alleged the police asked Khadeza Islam, a prosecution witness in a money laundering case against Tarique Rahman, to vacate her home by today for not giving ‘false testimony’ against him. The Gulshan police officer-in-charge asked Khadeza on Sunday evening to vacate her house at Gulshan as she did not give ‘false […]

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AL men demonstrate at Gulistan as ward secretary arrested

Ruling Awami League activists staged demonstration, blocked roads in Gulistan area in the city and vandalised several vehicles as a ward unit leader was picked up by the Detective Branch on Sunday evening. The Detective Branch arrested Ward 56 unit Awami League general secretary Ruhul Amin in front of the party’s central office on Bangabandhu Avenue, a Dhaka Metropolitan Police […]

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French rights envoy arrives today

French ambassador-at-large for human rights François Zimeray arrives in Dhaka today on a two-day official visit to Bangladesh. During his visit, François Zimeray will hold meetings with the ministers concerned, high officials and all other stakeholders to assess the present labour rights situation as well as safety condition in RMG sector to see how France could support Bangladesh to improve the […]

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AL, allies to back common mayoral candidates

The ruling alliance components decided on Sunday to extend support to a common mayoral candidate in each of the upcoming city corporation polls. Leaders of the Awami League-led combine at a meeting at the AL president’s political office at Dhanmondi in the capital also finalised the mayoral candidates. They are Khairuzzaman Liton for Rajshahi, Showkat Hosssain Hiron for Barisal, Badruddin […]

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Maoist rebels kill 23 in India

A heavily-armed gang of nearly 300 Maoist rebels killed at least 23 people in an attack on a convoy of local Congress party leaders and supporters in central India, the police said Sunday. The land mine and gun attack on Saturday was the deadliest in three years, and the latest in a long-simmering conflict that pits the insurgents against authorities […]

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uniform row: Udayan school removes vice-principal

Authorities removed the vice-principal of Udayan Higher Secondary School Dhaka on Sunday night in the face of protests guardians held demanding removal of the principal and the vice-principal, who cut off full-sleeve uniforms of girl students to half-sleeve on May 22. The vice-principal, Mahbuba Khanam Kalpana, cut off a half of the uniform sleeves of about 50 girls, mostly students […]

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War crimes trial: Retired school teacher says Nizami went to his school to form Peace Committee

A retired school teacher and also the ninth prosecution witness against detained Jamaat amir Motiur Rahman Nizami on Sunday testified that some people including Nizami had gone to his workplace on May 10, 1971 to form Peace Committee in the area. The witness, Md Aynul Huq, better known as BBC, 72, of village Bausgati under Santhia in Pabna told the […]

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