Archive for June, 2013

Hasina rules out polls under CG

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Saturday reiterated that the next national elections would be held the way they were conducted in other democracies. Rejecting the opposition’s demand for restoring the provision for caretaker government, the prime minister said the forces the opposition wanted to invite by making such demands would stay for long. ‘Elections will be held in line […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

GSP suspension: US State Dept spokesman draws barrage of questions

US state department deputy spokesman Patrick Ventrell drew a barrage of questions after he told a press briefing in Washington on Friday that the suspension of GSP benefits was an ‘opportunity’ for Bangladesh to improve its labour and safety standards. Replying to a question over the suspension of the GSP benefits for Bangladesh, Ventrell said that the US believed that […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Election-time govt: Khaleda asks govt to open talks

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Saturday urged the government to take steps for initiating a dialogue to settle the issue of an election-time government through understanding. Khaleda, the leader of the opposition in parliament, made the call while delivering her statement on the proposed national budget for fiscal 2013-14 in the house. “I hope the next general […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

JS passes Finance Bill 2013

The Finance Bill 2013 was passed by the parliament on Saturday keeping scope for legalising undisclosed money through investment in industrial sector, but not in purchasing lands or flats. The finance minister, AMA Muhith, told the House that the provisions were made due to demands by the businesses. He said that the undisclosed money, also known as black money, might […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Conservative backlash greets US immigration bill

Conservatives have drawn a bull’s eye on the immigration bill passed by the US Senate, insisting the landmark measure will fail as is and vowing political retribution against Republicans who voted for it. The bipartisan immigration reform bill passed 68-32 in the Senate Thursday with support from 14 Republicans, many of whom now face accusations they let down conservatives opposed […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Gazipur city polls: RMG workers, Hefajat, JP to influence polls

Garment workers’ issues, local problems, regionalism, the stance of Jatiya Party and the Hefajat-e-Islam factor and outcome of the four city polls could influence the Gazipur civic polls, according to the voters. As far as the competence of the two heavyweight mayoral candidates –Ajmat Ullah Khan and MA Mannan – are concerned, the voters say allegations of corruption were levelled […]

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ICC concerned over WT20 preparation

The International Cricket Council on Saturday formally expressed its concern over Bangladesh’s preparation for the ICC World Twenty20 in 2014. ‘The ICC reviewed an inspection report on the venues for the ICC WT20 2014 and expressed its concern regarding the progress of Cox’s Bazar and Sylhet venues,’ it said in a statement after the annual conference in London. ‘The Board […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Rains continue to batter life: Landslide kills 1 in Cox’s Bazar

Incessant rains disrupted the public life and businesses in the capital and south-eastern region of the country including Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar for the third consecutive day on Saturday. The met office in Dhaka predicted more rainfalls in the next 72 hours commencing from 6:00am on Saturday across the country. Heavy downpour in Cox’s Bazar caused landslide on early Saturday […]

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BIDS favours renewal of contract with quick rental power suppliers

Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies on Saturday said that the government could renew its power purchase contracts with a select group of the privately run quick rental plants that were running on ‘good’ operational conditions. BIDS made the recommendation in a research paper in the back drop of setbacks in setting up low-cost conventional power plants for meeting the acute […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

JL activist found dead in Ishwardi

A Juba League activist was found drowned in a pond at village Piarakhali of Ishwardi upzila in Pabna. The victim Md Likhon Malitha, 28, son of Jakir Hossain Malitha of village Dublachora under Muladuli union of Ishwardi upzila, was an activist of Juba League, said police and the family sources. Officer-in-charge of Ishwardi police station Biman Kumar said police recovered […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Buyers’ unease led to GSP cut: Yunus

Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus says the US suspended Bangladesh’s preferential trade status because buyers in that country were not convinced enough about what was being done to improve working conditions and industrial safety. ‘The GSP facility has been cancelled as we failed to convince the buyers,’ the former Grameen Bank managing director said on Saturday in an obvious dig at […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Rights groups lodge complaint with ICC against PM, others

Two rights organisations have lodged complaints against the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, and 24 others with the International Criminal Court for ‘violating’ human rights, said a BBC Bangla report. According the report aired at 7:30am on Saturday, the two US-based organisations are Human Rights and Development for Bangladesh and Greater Washington DC Bangladeshi-Americans. The home minister, state minister for home […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Shibir calls off Sunday’s strike

Bangladesh Islami Chhatra Shibir on Saturday called off their Sunday’s countrywide general strike. In a press release, Shibir said they withdrew their strike because of inclement weather and National University’s Masters final examination scheduled for June 30. They also threatened to commence tougher programmes from July 3 if their activists and leaders, including their central president Delwar Hossain, were not […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Meshquat Uddin made pro-VC of NSU

ANM Meshquat Uddin has joined as the pro-vice-chancellor of North South University. His appointment has been approved by the president and chancellor of the university, Abdul Hamid. Before joining NSU, Professor Meshquat served as pro-vice-chancellor and acting vice-chancellor of Southeast University. From 1997-2008, he held the position of director BBA and MBA programmes, dean of school of business and acting […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Health budget squeezed during present government: Ruhal Haque

The health minister, AFM Ruhal Haque, on Saturday said that the budget allocation for his ministry was squeezed in every year during the incumbent government although he tried to pursue the finance ministry to increase the allocation. ‘Maybe we’ve failed to make finance ministry understand about the importance of health budget though several times I sent them letters and my […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Ershad asks if govt afraid to quit power fearing reprisals

The Jatiya Party chairman, Hussain Muhammad Ershad, on Saturday asked the ruling Awami League whether it was afraid to quit the power fearing death and repression. He posed the question while addressing a rally organised by of greater Dhaka district unit of the party at Banani play ground in the capital. Ershad said that his party, a major partner of […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

China assures easing visa, trade concessions

China has assured Bangladesh of easing visa procedures for tourists and particularly business persons and trade concessions. The assurance came at a bilateral consultation held between Bangladeshi delegation led by foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque and Chinese delegation led by Chinese vice-foreign minister Liu Zhenmin in China on Wednesday, said a release. The new Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi, termed […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

WP, CPB condemn GSP suspension

The Workers Party of Bangladesh, an ally of the ruling Awami League-led alliance, and the Communist Party of Bangladesh on Saturday condemned the United States’ unilateral suspension of Generalised System of Preferences for Bangladesh. Workers Party president Rashed Khan Menon and general secretary Anisur Rahman Mollick, in a joint statement, said that the suspension of the GSP facilities was completely […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Man commits suicide

A young man allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree at Ghechua village in Zakiganj upazila on Saturday. The deceased was identified as Abdul Kuddus, 32, son of Sonohar Ali of the village. Sources said neighbours found the body of Kuddus hanging with a tree near his house and informed police. The police recovered the body and sent […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

RMG right groups demand workplace safety

Garment worker rights bodies on Saturday urged the government to take steps for ensuring safety of the workers at their work places in the garment sector. National Garment Workers Federation and Bangladesh Garment and Industrial Workers Federation made the demand at a joint press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity to mark international day of action to end death-traps observed worldwide […]

June 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

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