Archive for May, 2013

Dhaka proposes common platform of media

Bangladesh on Thursday proposed to build a common platform of media in cooperation with Bangladesh Betar, private FM commercial radios, community radios and international radios operating in the country. ‘This type of platform is necessary for their own technical and professional development,’ said director general of Bangladesh Betar Kazi Akhtar Uddin Ahmed. He was delivering the keynote speech on ‘Small […]

May 31, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Slain BNP leader’s mother-in-law abducted in Jhenaidah

An elderly woman, the mother-in-law of a ward unit Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader in Dhaka who was abducted from in-law’s house and killed, was allegedly abducted in Jehanidah on Thursday. Her son-in-law Dhaka city ward unit BNP leader Rafiqul Islam, also a businessman at Bangabazar in Dhaka, were abducted allegedly by the rapid Action Battalion from her house at Anandanager […]

May 31, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Death of ICT witness

The family of the deceased Sayad Wahidul Alam Junu, who was witness against BNP leader Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury in the International Criminal Tribunal, on Thursday demanded that the government should find out the reason for his death. ‘My father had died mysteriously on February 22. There has, however, been no headway so far in the case,’ said Shamima Wahid, daughter […]

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CITY CORPORATIONS POLLS: Most candidates businessmen: Sujan

Shushasoner Jonno Nagorik, an organisation working for good governance, on Thursday revealed that most of the contestants in the elections to four city corporations scheduled for June 15 were businessmen. Ten of the 12 mayor aspirants in Rajshahi, Khulna, Barisal and Sylhet city corporations are businessmen, the organisation said at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity. Its secretary Badiul […]

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Engineer arrested over Rana plaza collapsed

A judicial magistrate in Dhaka on Thursday remanded former Savar municipal sub-assistant engineer Rakibul Hasan in custody for five days for interrogation in a case filed following Rana Plaza collapse on April 24. The judicial magistrate, Taiyubur Rahman, passed the order after the police produced Rakibul before the court after arresting him on Wednesday. Rakibul, now serving at the Gazipur […]

May 31, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Tarique faces legal action for breaking promise: MKA

The home minister, Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir, on Thursday said the government had recently taken legal action against BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman as he broke his earlier promise. ‘Tarique Rahman went abroad for treatment by giving an undertaking that he won’t get involved in politics again. But he has broken his promise and that’s why the Bangladesh government has taken […]

May 31, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Ganajagaran’s Shahbagh rally off

The Ganajagaran Mancha, the platform seeking maximum penalty for war criminals and a ban on Jamaat-e-Islami, has suspended a rally planned for Friday at Shahbagh intersection. Maruf Rasel, an organiser for the platform, said they would stage the rally once they were done with mass contact programmes in the districts. The platform of youths had suspended a rally in Mymensingh […]

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Zia’s death anniversary observed

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party observed the 32nd death anniversary of late president Ziaur Rahman across the country on Thursday paying rich tributes to the party founder. The BNP, its associate bodies and different social and cultural organisations observed the day with elaborate programmes, including discussions, prayer sessions, distribute food among poor, blood donation and free medical service. The BNP’s flag […]

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BSF picks up Bangladeshi

Members of the Border Security Force of India picked up a Bangladeshi cattle trader from Madenipur border in Jibannagar upazila of Chuadanga on Wednesday. The victim was Rezaul ,30, son of Tahajol Vangri, resident of Hariharanagar village of the upazila. Major Mehedi Hasan, deputy commander of Chuadanga-6 Battalion of Border Guard Bangladesh, said a BSF team from Putkahali border picked […]

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100,000 Bangladeshis get consular services over KSA amnesty

Bangladesh missions in Riyadh and Jeddah have extended consular services to over 100,000 Bangladesh nationals till Thursday evening since the declaration of an amnesty by the Saudi government. The Bangladesh embassy in Riyadh and its Consulate General in Jeddah have been working round-the-clock from a number of stations in Saudi Arabia to extend consular services to Bangladesh nationals who need […]

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Last date for Hajj fee now June 10

The government has extended the last date to deposit fees for those wanting to go for Hajj this year either through the government or through private channels. The decision to extend the date until June 10 was taken at a meeting presided over by ministry of religious affairs secretary Kazi Habibul Awal at the secretariat, ministry’s spokesman Md Anwar Hossain […]

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Shabby underpasses fail to attract pedestrians

Underpasses in the capital city are in a shabby condition and are failing to serve the pedestrians for lack of proper maintenance. Users have alleged that neither the Dhaka South City Corporation, nor the Dhaka North City Corporation properly monitor and maintain the underpasses, so the pedestrians are reluctant to use these facilities and prefer crossing busy roads risking their […]

May 31, 2013 · 0 comments · Metro

Call for higher tax on tobacco products

Anti-tobacco activists in Rajshahi on Thursday urged the government to raise the supplementary duty of about 70 per cent on all tobacco products including cigarette, bidi, jarda and gul in the upcoming budget. They expressed their concern over increasing the trend of smoking in the poorer section and amongst youths. They made the demand at a human chain organised by […]

May 31, 2013 · 0 comments · Metro

More sufferings await Dhaka city dwellers: OQ

Additional sufferings await Dhaka city dwellers, communications minister Obaidul Quader said on Thursday. Speaking at workshop on ‘Improving the pedestrian environment in Dhaka,’ he was venting his annoyance over the absence of any representative from Dhaka South City Corporation, Dhaka North City Corporation and Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority. He said that two additional secretaries got additional difficulties getting the additional […]

May 31, 2013 · 0 comments · Metro

Sylhet city plunges in darkness as storm snaps power supply

Normal life in the Sylhet city was disrupted severely as the entire city and its outskirts remained without power for around 20 hours since Wednesday 8:30pm after a storm snapped the power supply system. Residents of different city areas alleged that they had to face troubles in maintaining the household and commercial activities for lack of power. ‘Power supply was […]

May 31, 2013 · 0 comments · Metro

National Environment Olympiad starts today

The National Environment Olympiad begins today to motivate students for saving environment to overcome the challenges of climate change. Dhaka University geography and environment department is organising the Olympiad at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban at 9:30am to mark World Environment Day 2013. Nearly 300 students of different educational institutions are going to attend the programme where they will […]

May 31, 2013 · 0 comments · Metro

Endangered Gharial released in Padma

An endangered species of Gharial, fish-eating crocodile, was released in the River Padma at Godagari in Rajshahi Thursday noon. The Gharial was captured by the local fishermen on Monday, said a press release. At around 2:00pm, Mollah Rezaul Karim, divisional forest officer of Wildlife Management and Nature Conservation Division Rajshahi, released the Gharial at Godagari point. On 27 May, local […]

May 31, 2013 · 0 comments · Metro

POTUS impotens

AN ARTICLE in the Washington Post on July 6, 2010, reported me standing before the White House, announcing a new epithet for President Barack Obama: ‘Wuss – a person who will not stand up for what he knows is right.’ The report is correct — and so, I believe, is the epithet. And after the sleight-of-tongue speech given by the […]

May 31, 2013 · 0 comments · Editorial

Affront to Bangladesh’s sovereignty

THE Indian external affairs ministry’s invitation, more than a week back, for international bids for techno-commercial study for setting up of an inland container port in Narayanganj gives rise to a few unpleasant questions for the Awami League-led government, especially in respect of its ‘too friendly’ relations with the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government of India. Since the news of […]

May 31, 2013 · 0 comments · Editorial

A welcome move

THE government’s plan to set up a higher education commission to replace the existing University Grants Commission is indeed welcome. As New Age reported on Thursday, quoting the education minister, following the proposal placed by the current UGC chairman before the prime minister last year to establish such a commission, a draft law has already been prepared to this end. […]

May 31, 2013 · 0 comments · Editorial

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