Archive for May 30th, 2013

Hardly any progress in big infrastructure projects

Big infrastructure projects aimed at bolstering the economy have hardly made any progress in the outgoing financial year as they did in the past financial years. Projects involving the construction of Padma Bridge, deep sea port in Sonadia Island and Elevated Express Highway in the capital, according to observers, became uncertain amid scams and fund constraints. The elevated metro rail […]

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RPO amendment: Govt disagrees with half of EC proposals

The law ministry has disagreed with 20 out of 40 proposals the Election Commission brought seeking amendments to the Representation of People Order 1972. The law ministry sent the proposals back to the EC, said officials. To come into force the amendments proposed would need vetting by the law ministry and finally parliament’s approval. EC officials are skeptical that the […]

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Inland depot: Dhaka says knows nothing about Indian tender

Dhaka has sought clarification from New Delhi as to how the latter invited an international tender for conducting a feasibility study to set up a container port in Bangladesh. ‘We are not aware of it…we have sought an explanation…,’ Tarique Mohammad Ariful Islam, director, south Asia at the foreign ministry, told New Age on Tuesday. Dhaka sought clarification more than […]

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Zia’s death anniv today

Bangladesh Nationalist Party and different socio-political organisations will observe the 32nd anniversary of death of late president Ziaur Rahman today. The party and its associate bodies have also taken up a two-week programme to observe the anniversary of the death of Zia, who was a sector commander in the war of liberation and adorned with gallantry award Bir Uttam. Ziaur […]

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Rana Plaza collapse: Govt reports 379 workers missing

The chief inspector of factories and establishment has submitted to the High Court a list of 379 missing workers after the April 24 collapse of Rana Plaza in Savar that housed five clothing factories. Dhaka deputy commissioner, however, submitted a list of missing 376 workers. The deputy commissioner, Shaikh Yusuf Harun, told New Age on Wednesday that they reported missing […]

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RMG workers clash with police in city for pay hike

Two female apparel workers sustained injury as they were hit by rubber bullets on Wednesday when police tied to disperse agitating workers and clear road blockade at Shewrapara in the city’s Mirpur area. The workers were agitating to press for pay hike and other financial benefits, workers and witnesses said. Several thousand workers from nine garment factories came down to […]

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Stray incidents mark hartal

Pickets clashed with the police, hurled bombs and vandalised vehicles in sporadic violence as the opposition alliance enforced a daylong countrywide general strike on Wednesday. Police arrested 13 pro-hartal pickets, one with crude bombs, in the capital while five others were injured in clashes with law enforcers elsewhere. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led ‘18 party’ alliance enforced the hartal in protest […]

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Babunagari released

Hefajat-e-Islam’s secretary general Zunayed Babunagai was on Wednesday remanded on bail in all the three cases filed against him in connection with the May 5 violence and released as his health condition deteriorated. Metropolitan magistrate Shahriar Mahmud Adnan remanded Zunayed, who has been in the intensive care unit in BIRDEM Hospital since Tuesday night, on bail in the three cases […]

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DAE fails to assess crop damage by Mahasen

No assessment of crop damage by the recent cyclone Mahasen in the coastal belt was done areas by the Department of Agriculture Extension, officials said. They said that ground nut, oil seeds, chili, vegetables and other seasonal crops were damaged mostly in Barisal, Barguna, Patuakhali and Bhola districts. The seasonal boro and other local rice verities grown in limited scale […]

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Execution of war criminals in August: Inu

The information minister, Hasanul Haq Inu, expects death penalty against war criminals to be implemented by August. ‘Verdicts on appeals would be end by June. So the punishment would be meted out by July or August,’ he said at his Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal party office on Wednesday. ‘When it is happened, the country will get rid of a poison.’ Pointing […]

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EC bars Khaleda, Ershad from visiting Gazipur

The Election Commission has asked opposition leader Khaleda Zia and Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad not to visit Gazipur before the city corporation elections as the electoral laws ‘do not permit any political campaigns in local government polls’. EC on Wednesday also issued a show-cause notice to Awami League-backed mayoral aspirant Ajmatullah Khan why legal actions should not be taken […]

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Two crude bombs exploded at ACC

Two crude bombs were exploded inside the main gate of the Anti-Corruption Commission on Wednesday during the countrywide general strike enforced by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance. Commission officials said that at about 9:30am someone threw the crude bombs. Officials inside the building informed that they heard two explosions, one after another, but no one was injured, Dhaka Metropolitan […]

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Govt plans higher education commission with more control

The government is setting up a higher education commission replacing the University Grants Commission to strengthen the higher education watchdog. The new commission will have authority to improve and widen the scope for higher education, officials said. The University Grants Commission in most cases has only the authority to make recommendations for the education ministry to take action against any […]

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Khaleda won’t retire after Tarique’s return: Dudu

The BNP spokesman Shamsuzzaman Dudu on Wednesday ruled out any perception that the party’s chairperson Khaleda Zia would retire from politics after the return of her son Tarique Rahman. ‘Who told you that Khaleda Zia would retire from politics after Tarique Rahman returns home?’ Shamsuzzman Dudu said in reply to a question at a press briefing at the party’s central […]

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BPC team to go to Singapore on June 2 for talks on fuel oil supply deals

A high-powered team of state-owned Bangladesh Petrolium Corporation (BPC) is scheduled to go to Singapore on June 2 for talks with fuel suppliers from eight foreign countries to strike deals on import of petroleum products, concerned officials said. The four-member team led by secretary of energy ministry Mozammel Huq, will include BPC chairman Eunusur Rahman, secretary Dipak Chakraborty and director […]

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Protests at Ashulia: 118 workers sacked

A garment factory in Ashulia industrial belt sacked 118 workers causing the workers to take to the street blockading the Dhaka-Tangail highway on Wednesday, while another garment factory was declared closed for the day. At least 10 workers were injured as the police charged baton on the workers of IDS Fashion at Jamgara of Ashulia who blocked the Dhaka-Tangail highway […]

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PM urges local nuclear engineers to improve management skill

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Wednesday urged local nuclear engineers and related manpower to improve their management skill and update the knowledge. ‘You will have to take the total responsibility of the Rooppur nuclear power plant one day. So, please develop your capacity to take the responsibility,’ she said. While inaugurating an international conference in Dhaka on nuclear power, […]

May 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Govt to blame if anything happens to Zunayed: Shafi

Hefajat-e-Islam chief Shah Ahmed Shafi on Wednesday said the authorities concerned would be responsible if anything happens to the health of Hefajat secretary general Zunayed Babunagari. In a statement, Shafi said that Zunayed was arrested in sound health in false cases, but his life was now at risk due to torture in custody in the name of interrogation. It is […]

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1971 WAR CRIMES: Probe report on Faridpur BNP leader to be submitted today

The war crimes investigation agency will submit its investigation report against Nagarkanda municipal mayor Zahid Hossain Khokon, also the Nagarkanda upazila Bangladesh Nationalist Party vice-president to the chief prosecutor. Investigation agency member Satya Ranjan Roy said this at a briefing at its Dhanmondi office adding that the investigation found indisputable evidences to prove crimes against humanity committed by Zahid in […]

May 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Bulu, Salauddin’s denied bail again

The court of chief metropolitan magistrate’s court in Dhaka on Wednesday denied bails to detained BNP leaders Barkatullah Bulu and Salauddin Ahmed. The CMM court rejected their bail petitions earlier also. On May 16, metropolitan magistrate Md Mstafizur Rahman rejected Bulu’s bail petition. On May 22, metropolitan magistrate Sabrina Ali rejected bail petition of Salauddin, a former state minister. Later, […]

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