Archive for June 4th, 2013

BNP joins JS, walks out

Opposition lawmakers walked out just two hours after returning to parliament ending an 83-day boycott, in protest against the home minister’s verbal order for restrictions on rallies in the capital. Senior Bangladesh Nationalist Party lawmaker Moudud Ahmed after question hours rose on a point of order and initiated an unscheduled discussion condemning the imposition of restrictions on rallies by home […]

June 4, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

PM for steps to let RMG workers unionise

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Monday asked the cabinet to take steps to introduce trade union activities in the export-oriented apparel factories. She said that the workers’ right to unionise was essential in dealing with labour issues ‘more effectively’ in the face of unrest in the garment industry that employs over 40 lakh workers, mostly women. Hasina told her […]

June 4, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

CPD for feasible Padma Bridge funding

Centre for Policy Dialogue on Monday advised the government to adopt a feasible financing plan for building the Padma Bridge. CPD economists described the government’s plan to build the bridge across the Padma River in the coming fiscal with its own resources as ‘impractical.’ Speaking at a pre-budget news conference at CPD office in the city they advised the government […]

June 4, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

A unique moment

It was a unique moment in Bangladesh’s parliamentary history on Monday when a woman speaker chaired the sitting with a woman prime minister and woman leader of the opposition attending the house together. Newly elected speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury chaired the first sitting of the current budget session while opposition leader Khaleda Zia joined the session on the day ending […]

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BNP MP withdraws notice for adjournment motion

A lawmaker of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Monday withdrew the adjournment motion he had submitted earlier seeking discussions on restoration of the caretaker government system. BNP lawmaker Mahbub Uddin Khokon on May 22 submitted the notice to the parliament secretariat seeking adjournment but took it back on Monday after a meeting of the opposition lawmakers at the Sangsad […]

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UK minister Alan Duncan arrives

Alan Duncan, the UK’s Minister of State for International Development, arrived in Dhaka on Monday to discuss challenges facing workers and businesses in the garment industry. Alan will call on prime minister Sheikh Hasina, foreign minister Dipu Moni and the opposition leader Khaleda Zia, a release of the UK high commission in Dhaka said. Alan previously visited Bangladesh in July […]

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China poultry slaughterhouse fire kills 119

A blaze at a locked poultry slaughterhouse in northeast China killed at least 119 people on Monday with several still unaccounted for, officials and state media said, triggering online outrage in a country with a grim record on fire safety. The fire broke out just after dawn near Dehui in Jilin province. The provincial government said it sent more than […]

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Iron ore found in Dinajpur

Geological Survey of Bangladesh has identified the sign of iron ore at three layers about 1,888 feet beneath the surface at Mashidpur of Hakimpur upazila of Dinajpur. ‘We have found the presence of oxides of iron in the samples from three different layers for the first time in Bangladesh,’ Geological Survey of Bangladesh director Md Nehal Uddin told New Age […]

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land boundary deal: Indian govt to table bill in next parliament session: Pankaj

The government of India said that it was now contemplating to table the 1974 Bangladesh-India Land Boundary Agreement in the next session of parliament for ratification. The Indian government said it failed to table the agreement in the last session of parliament due to lack of support from the opposition. ‘Well you see as the government of India we will […]

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Cabinet okays changes to CHT land commission law

The cabinet on Monday approved a draft bill seeking amendments to the Chittagong Hill Tracts Land-Dispute Resolution Commission Act 2001 to ‘settle longstanding land disputes more effectively’ in the hill districts of Bandarban, Khagrachari and Rangamati. The land ministry submitted the draft at the weekly cabinet meeting with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair proposing major changes in the […]

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60 injured in police-workers clashes in Ashulia, Gazipur

At least 60 people including seven cops were injured in clashes between the police and apparel workers who demonstrated in Ashulia and Gazipur on Monday pressing for pay hike. The police charged batons, fired rubber bullets and tear gas shells to disperse the protesters, who retaliated with stones and bricks. The clashes at Ashulia erupted after several hundred garment workers […]

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Bill tabled to check terror financing

The home minister, Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir, on Monday tabled a bill seeking amendment to the Anti-Terrorism Act 2009 making provisions for inter-state cooperation in combating terrorism. Tabling the Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) Bill, the minister told the house that the 2009 act needed to be updated to maintain global interaction as well as Bangladesh’s commitment to address terrorism. The bill also aims […]

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National Committee to march toward Rampal Sept 24

National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports will march from Dhaka to Rampal in Bagerhat in September 24-28, pressing for its seven-point demands including cancellation of the proposed coal-based Rampal Power Plant. The member secretary of the national committee, Anu Muhammad, announced the programme at a press conference at Tajul Auditorium at Moni Singh-Farhat Trust in […]

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Rajuk cancels tender

Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha on Monday cancelled a Tk 85 crore tender as ruling Awami League activists had took away the tender box on May 29 from Rajuk building. Rajuk chief engineer Emdadul Islam told reporters that the tender evaluation committee had cancelled the tender. He said that Rajuk would re-invite the tender for construction of a road in the Rajuk […]

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ELECTIONS TO DHAKA CITY CORPORATIONS: EC caught again in ‘minor mistake’

A ‘minor mistake’ in the gazette notification regarding incorporation of Sultanganj union in the Dhaka South City Corporation has pushed the Election Commission into uncertainty over holding the elections to Dhaka South and North City Corporations before the month of Ramadan. The EC, however, is actively scrutinising options whether or not it can hold the much-talked-about stalled elections to the […]

June 4, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

HC grants bail to Ruhul Kabir Rizvi

The High Court on Monday granted bail to detained BNP’s joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi in connection with a case relating to recovery of bombs from the central office of BNP on March 11 this year. The High Court bench of Justice Borhan Uddin and Justice KM Kamrul Kader granted Rizvi’s bail until disposal of the explosive case by […]

June 4, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Permanent pay panel in this budget: Muhith

The finance minister, Abul Mal Abdul Muhith, has revealed that the government will propose formation of a permanent pay commission in the forthcoming budget for government employees. Muhith made the disclosure when a delegation of the leaders of Bangladesh Sachibalaya Karmakarta and Karmachari Oikya Parishad called on him at his office on Monday. After the meeting, Muhith told reporters that […]

June 4, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

US embassy provides anti-terrorism training on tactical management

The U.S. government, through the department of state’s antiterrorism assistance programme and the U.S. embassy’s regional security office, concluded a nine-day training programme focusing on tactical management of special events in May. The training, offered by the department of state’s bureau of diplomatic security and taught by U.S. instructors, took place at the police staff college in Dhaka. Officials from […]

June 4, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Jamal Uddin murder: ‘Key conspirators not in charge-sheet’

The plotters who killed my son have been left out of the charge-sheet, says Abdul Alim, father of murdered Jessore journalist Jamal Uddin. ‘We don’t accept this charge-sheet’. Abdul Alim said the police had been bribed into shielding the real culprits. ‘All police are same. Smugglers killed my son with help from police. I will not stop until I have […]

June 4, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

People lose faith in judiciary: Quamrul

People lose faith in the judiciary when they come seeking for justice and do not get it, says the state minister for law, Quamrul Islam. ‘Remember, people come to you (judges) hoping for justice. Nothing is more embarrassing if they are denied justice,’ he said during the inauguration of the 119th training programme of judges and judicial officers on Monday. […]

June 4, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

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