Archive for May 28th, 2013

Legalising domestic gas connections: Titas gets lukewarm response

Titas gas distribution company received a lukewarm response from illegal domestic consumers to legalise their gas connections the deadline for which ends on May 30, officials said. The authorities estimated that 57,414 domestic consumers had obtained illegal gas connections during a three-year suspension till May 7. The consumers, however, have been paying the monthly bills to Titas on fake accounts. […]

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Sherman cancels meeting with Khaleda

US under secretary of state for political affairs Wendy Sherman cancelled her scheduled meeting with Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia due to Sunday’s hartal. Wendy who came to Dhaka on Sunday to lead the US delegation at the Bangladesh-US second partnership dialogue was scheduled to meet Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan residence on Monday. It was learnt that the US […]

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Violence slows Bangladesh’s progress: Sherman

US under secretary of state for political affairs Wendy Sherman on Monday said she was worried over a cycle of violence in Bangladesh saying that the country must free itself of this long-standing cycle of election year violence. ‘…I worry about a cycle of violence that shuts down a city of millions on what seems like a daily basis, that […]

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DMCH to open Bone Marrow Transplantation centre by year-end

The Dhaka Medical College Hospital said on Saturday that it would open the country’s first Bone Marrow Transplantation centre possibly in the year end. Opening of the centre, set for next month, had to be deferred as the accommodation built for housing it was undergoing renovation, DMCH director Mustafizur Rahman told New Age. ‘Initially we planned to open the centre […]

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BNP calls hartal for Wednesday

The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance on Monday called a nationwide dawn-t-dusk general strike for Wednesday demanding withdrawal of ‘false’ cases filed against senior BNP vice-chairman Tarique Rahman and allowing him to return home as a free man. BNP standing committee member Abdul Moyeen Khan announced the programme after an hour-long meeting of the opposition alliance at BNP chairperson Khaleda […]

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Sluggish project work retards edn progress

The sluggish implementation of the development projects under the education and the primary and mass education ministries till March in the current fiscal year is frustrating and contributed little towards enhancing the quality of education in the country, said education experts. They said although finance minister AMA Muhith in his budget speech said the government had attached priority to conducting […]

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More than 70 killed in Baghdad bombings

More than 70 people were killed in a wave of bombings in markets in Shi’ite neighbourhoods across Baghdad on Monday in worsening sectarian violence in Iraq. No group claimed responsibilty for the blasts. But Sunni Muslim Islamist insurgents and al-Qaeda’s Iraqi wing have increased attacks since the beginning of the year and often target Shi’ite districts. More than a dozen […]

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1971 INTELLECTUAL KILLINGS: Mueen, Ashraf to be tried in absentia

Al-Badr ‘operation in-charge’ Chowdhury Mueeniddin and ‘chief executioner’ Md Ashrafuzzaman Khan alias Nayeb Ali would be tried in absentia on charges of crimes against humanity, the International Crimes Tribunal-2 ordered on Monday. The duo face charges of killing intellectuals in December 1971, towards the fag end of the Liberation War. The tribunal appointed Supreme Court lawyers Abdus Shukur Khan and […]

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RMG unrest hits Dhaka, Gazipur

Garment workers’ unrest hit the capital Dhaka and Gazipur on Monday as protesters in their hundreds took to the streets at Mirpur and Kalabagan in the capital and blocked Dhaka-Mymensingh highway at Shreepur, to press for wage hike, lunch bill and other facilities. Workers vandalised shops and vehicles in the city while police fired tear gas to break up demonstrations […]

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SNC-Lavalin offers amnesty to whistleblowers

Canadian engineering giant SNC-Lavalin, facing mounting bribery allegations, on Monday offered amnesty to employees who come forward with knowledge of wrongdoing. In a statement, the company guaranteed whistleblowers that it would not make ‘claims for damages or unilaterally terminate employees who voluntarily, truthfully and fully report violations of its code of ethics and business conduct.’ The offer, however, does not […]

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Electioneering begins in four city polls

Hectic electioneering by 12 mayoral candidates began in the cities of Rajshahi, Khulna, Barisal and Sylhet on Monday shortly after they received election symbols from the Election Commission. The four cities go to polls on June 15, each having three mayoral aspirants in the race. Candidates backed by ruling Awami League and opposition BNP are the front-runners in the race. […]

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MK Anwar sent to jail

A Dhaka court on Monday sent BNP standing committee member MK Anwar to jail after he surrendered in a defamation case filed against him for his comment against Swechhasebak League leader Debashish Biswas. The octogenarian retired bureaucrat-turned-politician, Anwar, also a lawmaker from Comilla, was given division status in the jail, the jail officials told New Age. The BNP leader on […]

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Padma Bridge scam: ACC keeps mum over investigation

The Anti-Corruption Commission kept mum over the Padma Bridge corruption conspiracy case after its investigation officer Mirza Jahidul Alam returned home from Canada early on Monday. Jahidul Alam on Monday denied making any comment to reporters about the outcome of his Canada tour as part of investigation into the Padma Bridge corruption case. ACC chairman Ghulam Rahman also denied to […]

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BDR CARNAGE CASE: Accused named as witness too

A defence counsel on Monday told the court trying the BDR carnage case that the investigators put the name of a person on both the lists of accused and witnesses. Counsel Faruk Ahmed, who represented more than 400 accused, said cook Habibur Rahman was enlisted as the 555th accused and 997th prosecution witness in the charge sheets submitted in the […]

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JCD holds demos against warrant for arrest of Tarique

Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal on Monday brought out a number of processions, vandalised about 50 vehicles, blasted dozens of crude bombs, and torched two buses in the capital in protest against the issuance of a warrant for arrest of Tarique Rahman. A Dhaka court issued the warrant for arrest of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party senior vice chairman, who is now living […]

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HC asks BB to submit bank statements of Rana, 5 others

The High Court on Monday directed Bangladesh Bank to submit to it in two weeks the bank statements of Rana Plaza owner Sohel Rana and the owners of five clothing factories that were housed in the collapsed building. The court asked the central bank to submit their bank statements of three months beginning March. A bench of Justice Mirza Hussain […]

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WB to lend $1.2b next fiscal: Muhith

Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith on Monday disclosed that the World Bank would give a $1.2 billion loan to Bangladesh in next fiscal year as the government’s strained relations with the bank had finally come to an end. Of the amount, $500 million will be given as budgetary assistance for running the safety-net programme, he told reporters after a […]

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No nod given to India for container port: govt

The government Monday said they did not give any approval to the Indian government or any individual or organisation of the country to set up inland container port in Narayanganj. In an official statement of the shipping ministry, the government clarified its stand on some news items published in different national dailies on May 22, 24 and 26 on floating […]

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Opposition to participate in polls, hopes PM

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, Monday hoped that the opposition would take part in the next Jatiya Sangsad elections like the upcoming city corporation polls. The prime minister expressed this hope when visiting US under secretary for political affairs Wendy R Sherman called on Hasina at her official Ganabhaban residence in Dhaka in the afternoon. Briefing reporters after the meeting, […]

May 28, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

HC rejects Mahmud’s plea for quashing wealth statement case

The High Court on Monday rejected a petition of detained Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman for quashing the proceedings of a case against him for not submitting his wealth statement. A bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Mostafa Zaman Islam pronounced the judgment after discharging the rule issued earlier on the Anti-Corruption Commission to explain the legality […]

May 28, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

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