Archive for June 5th, 2013

Power cuts on rise amid mild heat wave

Suffering of electricity consumers multiplied with the increasing frequency of power cuts imposed by the power utilities across the country over last few days. Power sector officials said the demand for power had been growing steadily with the mercury climbing over last few days. Sudden increase in demand for power has caused transformer collapse in different areas of the country […]

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Surcharge on wealthy people to go up

The government is going to increase the surcharge on net assets of rich people while minimum income tax for poverty-prone areas may be decreased by Tk 1,000 in the coming national budget for fiscal year of 2013-14. Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith is going to propose the highest 20 per cent surcharge on the payable tax for those having […]

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Ashraful banned indefinitely

Former national skipper Mohammad Ashraful was temporarily banned from cricket for his alleged involvement in match-fixing during the Bangladesh Premier League, the Bangladesh Cricket Board president said on Tuesday. The ban will remain valid until the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit of the International Cricket Council submits its investigation report on the matter to the cricket board. The board introduced ACSU […]

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Talora municipal polls again proves govt’s neutrality: PM

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Tuesday told parliament that the Awami League-led government had proved that it did not interfere in any elections in past four years. She made the claim after BNP lawmaker Jamiruddin Sircar on a point of order sought her intervention so that the Talora municipality mayor could take oath. ‘It has been proved that we […]

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Army takes step to seek Interpol help to hunt 2 fugitives

The Bangladesh army has taken steps to seek Interpol help in hunding hunting two absconding people including a major involved in an alleged attempt of a coup to overthrow the government in 2011, the chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on the defence ministry, M Idris Ali, told New Age on Tuesday. ‘The army has informed the standing committee meeting […]

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Tarique no longer a political personality: Dipu

Foreign minister Dipu Moni on Tuesday said BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman is not a ‘political personality’ after giving ‘undertaking’ that he would not do politics before he left for London in 2008. She made the remark at a regular press briefing when a correspondent asked whether the foreign ministry has informed the UK government and the Interpol about the […]

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Bangladesh foreign policy: Dipu disagrees with US view

Foreign minister Dipu Moni on Tuesday disagreed with the US state department’s view that Bangladesh’s foreign and domestic policies are heavily influenced by the region’s major powers, particularly India. ‘Bangladesh’s foreign policy exclusively belongs to Bangladesh and is run to protect the interest of the people and the state. It’s not influenced by anybody,’ she told a regular press conference […]

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Budget 2013-14: Big block allocation on cards

The government is likely to set aside a substantial amount of fund in block allocation in the next budget scheduled to be proposed in the parliament on June 6. Finance ministry officials told New Age on Tuesday that the amount of block allocation might be around Tk 11,000 crore, or 4.9 per cent of the possible budget layout of Tk […]

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Next polls vital for Bangladesh reputation : UK minister

Alan Duncan, UK minister of state for international development, on Tuesday said it is critically important for Bangladesh’s reputation that the next parliamentary elections are judged to be free, fair, and credible. ‘Clearly this is an important period for Bangladesh as it looks to hold national elections,’ he said in a statement after a meeting with prime minister Sheikh Hasina […]

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Jatrabari flyover: Poor coordination blamed for delay

The under-construction Gulistan-Jatrabari flyover is yet to be completed even two months after the latest deadline with the construction firm Orion Infrastructure Limited now pointing to the delay in relocation of electricity lines from the project area as a reason. Several deadlines in the last eight years were missed in implementing the much-hyped project initiated to ease the capital’s nagging […]

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US tourist gang-raped in India

A US tourist was gang-raped by a truck driver and two accomplices after hitching a ride in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, the police said Tuesday. The incident follows the alleged rape of a 21-year-old Irish charity worker in Kolkata at the weekend and comes as the country attempts to tackle widespread sex crime with tougher anti-rape laws. […]

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Capital losing wetlands, forests to grabbers

Climate experts expressed deep concern over destruction of almost 90 per cent of the capital city’s wetlands, forests and crop lands due to illegal encroachment and unplanned urbanization. According to a study of Bangladesh Centre of Advanced Studies the city’s vast wetland, forests, water bodies and the rivers around became casualties of rampant encroachment and unplanned urbanization. The report said […]

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Rana Plaza collapse: BGMEA yet to announce damages for victim families

Families of the Rana Plaza collapse victims are passing their days through hardship as the BGMEA was yet to clearly announce the compensation planned for the families more than a month after the collapse. Many of them said that the association even could not collect the required fund. Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association leaders said that they were been […]

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Ex-bridges div secy suspension withdrawn

The government on Tuesday withdrew the suspension order on former secretary to bridges division Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, an accused in a ‘corruption conspiracy’ that had halted the Padma Bridge project. The public administration ministry issued an official notification in this regard after the release of Mosharraf from jail on bail. The secretary, who was made an officer on special duty […]

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Survivors block highway for compensation

Several hundred survivors of the Rana Plaza collapse blocked the Dhaka-Aricha highway in front of the site of the disaster on Tuesday to press their demands, including proper listing of injured and missing workers, adequate compensation and rehabilitation of the victims and trade union rights. Witnesses said the garment workers under the banner of Bangladesh Garments and Industrial Workers Federation […]

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Measures against Amar Desh, two TV channels temporary: Inu

The information minister, Hasanul Haq Innu, has said the government’s measures against the Daily Amar Desh, Diganta TV and Islamic TV are temporary and such actions have no relations with freedom of the media. ‘The measures the government has taken against the Daily Amar Desh, Diganta TV and Islamic TV are temporary and the authorities have no plan to cancel […]

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Schoolboy injured in crude bomb explosion at DU

A schoolboy sustained injuries as a crude bomb was exploded on the corrugated tin roof of a house at staff quarters at Dhaka University on Tuesday. The injured, Sayed Atik, 13, son of the Teachers Students Centre cleaner Mohammad Abdullah, was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Mohamamd said that Sayed, also a Class VI student of University Laboratory School […]

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Dhaka jt sessions judge faces contempt charge

The High Court on Tuesday issued rule asking a Dhaka lower court judge and another to explain by June 18 as to why contempt proceedings should not be drawn against them for flouting its order on a cheque bounce case. The contemners are 5th Dhaka Metropolitan Joint Sessions Judge Nurun Nahar Begum Sheuli and Gulshan branch officer of Brac Bank […]

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OQ places in JS road maintenance fund bill

The government on Tuesday placed a bill in parliament to create the Road Maintenance Fund Board. Placing the bill, communications minister Obaidul Quader said it was meant for maintenance, repair and renovation of roads under the Roads and Highway Department. The speaker sent the bill to Parliamentary Standing Committee on Communications Ministry for scrutiny. The committee has been asked to […]

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War crimes trial: ICT to hear on charge framing against Mueen, Ashraf

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 on Tuesday set June 16 for hearing on framing charges against two absconding Al Badr leaders, Chowdhury Mueeniddin and Md Ashrafuzzaman Khan alias Nayeb Ali, for their alleged involvement in killing intellectuals in the fag end of the war of independence in 1971. As the three-member tribunal led by Justice Obaidul Hassan started its proceedings in […]

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