Archive for May 29th, 2013

Titas gave 1,861 irregular connections in 3 years

A syndicate led by a former managing director and a general manager of Titas gas distribution company gave 1,861 gas connections to industries, CNG stations, commercial spaces and households bypassing regular process in three years since July 2010, officials said. Out of the 1,861 connections, the then Titas managing director provided 120 fresh connections and allowed load increase to 302 […]

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Policy mismatch slows down GDP growth

A mismatch between the fiscal and the monetary policies coupled with the ongoing political unrest have hit the country’s industrial sector hard resulting in a lower than expected growth in the Gross Domestic Product this fiscal year, said experts. The Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics has recently estimated that the country’s GDP growth in the current fiscal year has dropped to […]

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Major changes in police admin before city polls

The police administration will reshuffle some ranking police officials in Rajshahi, Khulna, Barisal, Sylhet and Gazipur in view of the city polls. Elections to the city corporations will be held simultaneously on June 15 while the mayoral poll in the newly formed Gazipur City Corporation will be held on July 6. The police headquarters earlier sent a letter to Election […]

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EU-Bangladesh pledge to work for RMG safety standards

European Union and Bangladesh on Tuesday pledged to safeguard ‘everything but arms’ benefit through determined action to improve health and occupational safety standards in export oriented garment factories in Bangladesh. A joint statement issued by EU trade commissioner Karel De Gucht and foreign minister Dipu Moni after their bilateral meeting in the EU headquarters in Brussels urged foreign buyers, in […]

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Violence precedes today’s hartal

Opposition activists blasted bombs, torched vehicles and fought pitched battles with the police in Chittagong causing panic across the port city on Tuesday on the eve of a countrywide daylong shutdown it has called for today. Unknown miscreants hurled crude bombs at the foreign minister’s house while pickets vandalised and torched several vehicles in the capital Dhaka and in many […]

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Bombs hurled at FM’s residence

Unidentified people hurled three crude bombs at the official residence of foreign minister Dipu Moni in the capital early on Tuesday but she was not in the house at that time. Two bombs hit the office room while the third one dropped on a tree inside the compound of ‘Pararastra Bhaban’, the official residence of the foreign minister, at 37, […]

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You can’t topple govt by killing people: PM

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, has called upon the leader of the opposition to follow the democratic norms in politics shunning the politics of destruction, killing and arson. ‘I want to make it clear that you cannot topple the government by killing people. As you are doing politics, you should maintain democratic norms,’ she said. The prime minister was addressing […]

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Pak SC sacks graft watchdog chief

Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Tuesday sacked the head of the national anti-corruption body, declaring his appointment unlawful, and asked the government to appoint a replacement quickly. Fasih Bokhari, chairman of the National Accountability Bureau, had also been facing contempt of court charges for not taking action against former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf over controversial power projects. Corruption is rampant […]

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Budget for FY2013-14: Tk 73,984cr ADP approved

The National Economic Council on Tuesday approved an ‘election-centric’ annual development programme of Tk 73,984.42 crore for the 2013–2014 financial year. The 2014 financial year figure is Tk 18,984.42 crore, or 34.52 per cent, higher than the figure of the past financial year although government agencies are struggling to implement the annual development programme. The budget monitoring and resources committee […]

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Confusion over size of ADP

Officials of the planning ministry appeared to be confused about the actual size of the annual development programme for the coming fiscal year 2013-14 which was approved by National Economic Council on Tuesday. The ministry documents showed that the ADP size was Tk 73,984.42 crore as the individual budget of autonomous bodies totalling Tk 8,113.99 crore was included in the […]

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Health condition of Babunagari deteriorates

The health condition of Hefajat-e-Islam’s secretary general Zunayed Babunagari deteriorated on Tuesday afternoon after a surgery on the right leg in BIRDEM hospital in the capital Dhaka. Zunayed, who was suffering from old-age complications, was admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital in jail custody after he had given a statement to a magistrate on May 21. Hospital […]

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Biman’s service quality earns it poor Skytrax rating

Biman’s deteriorating service standards earned it the bottom category of ‘Two-Star’ rating in 2013 from London based Airline Star Ranking programme Skytrax. At the very top end of the Quality scale is the 5-Star Airline category. Skytrax airline and airport review and ranking research organization published its report on May 6. Skytrax ranks airline product and service standards worldwide on […]

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Former BCL leader killed in capital

A former Bangladesh Chhatra League leader was stabbed to death by some unidentified miscreants at Lalbagh in the capital on Tuesday morning. The Lalbag police sub-inspector Awal said a man named Rusell was being interrogated in connection of the killing of former Lalbagh unit Chhatra League organising secretary Hasanuzzaman Ratan, 35. He said some unidentified criminals stabbed Ratan severely in […]

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3 garment units closed at Savar amid protests

At least three garment factories at Aukpara of Ashuli in Savar, on the outskirts of the capital, were closed for an indefinite period on Tuesday amid workers’ protests. Witness and the police said that the workers of three units of Dynasty Group at Aukpara took to the street as they saw the notice hanging on the main gate declaring the […]

May 29, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Aman, Zahid sent back to jail, bail rejected

A metropolitan magistrate’s court in Dhaka on Tuesday rejected the bail petitions of BNP leader Amanullah Aman and DAB leader AZM Zahid Hossain and sent them back to the jail. The court also rejected police petitions to remand the two leaders for 10 days. Metropolitan magistrate Keshab Roy Chowdhury passed the order after hearing both the sides. They are among 32 […]

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Ctg arms case: Court cross examins IO

A Chittagong court on Tuesday cross examined the investigation officer in two cases related to the recovery of 10-truck arms and ammunition. Lawyers of accused Hafizur Rahman and former managing director of Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Limited Enamul Hoque cross examined IO Mohammed Muniruzzaman, an additional superintendent of police at the Criminal Investigation Department. The metropolitan sessions’ judge SM Majibur Rahman, also judge of the special […]

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Tarique sends legal notice to Quamrul

The BNP senior vice-chairman, Tarique Rahman, on Tuesday sent a legal notice through his counsel to the state minister for law, Quamrul Islam, for making ‘defamatory comments’ against him. Tarique’s counsel, Kaisar Kamal mailed the notice by registered post to the junior law minister a day after sending identical legal notice to the environment and forests minister, Hasan Mahmud. The […]

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Safe Motherhood Day observed

Bangladesh observed the Safe Motherhood Day on Tuesday in the backdrop of 194 mothers still dying per 100,000 childbirths each year as over 68 per cent of them still give birth unattended by trained personnel. According to the recent nationwide Bangladesh Demographic Health Survey 2011 and Bangladesh Maternal Mortality Survey 2010, still 71 per cent mothers gave birth at home […]

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AG hopes Britain would send Tarique back

The attorney general, Mahbubey Alam, on Tuesday hoped that the British government would send Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s eldest son Tarique Rahman back to Bangladesh respecting a court’s warrant for his arrest in a money laundering case. He told reporters at his office that there was a precedent that Dhaka had deported a Bangladesh-origin British citizen to the […]

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DLA, BSD demand withdrawal of ban on rally, procession

Democratic Left Alliance and Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal faction on Tuesday demanded immediate withdrawal of ban on rallies and processions in the city. The DLA, a combine of seven left leaning political parties and the BSD faction led by Mubinul Haider Chowdhury made the demand at a joint press conference at alliance’s temporary office on Topkhana road. Addressing the press conference, […]

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