Archive for June 6th, 2013

Muhith places budget today amid slowing economy

Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith will present the national budget for fiscal 2013-14 in parliament today amid mounting pressure to lift the falling private investment and overall economic growth. The 80-year old bureaucrat-turned-politician will place the last budget of the Awami League-led government when the economy shows signs of slowing because of political tension before the next general elections […]

June 6, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

1,000 RMG workers fall ill after drinking water

More than a thousand workers of a clothing factory at Bhogra in the Gazipur district headquarters fell ill after drinking water at the factory on Wednesday. They were all sent to hospital with complaints of stomach disorder. Physicians suspect that the water was contaminated. None from the management of Starlight Sweaters, a factory of the Labib Group, and the district […]

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Dhaka engaged with Washington to host Kerry

Dhaka is positively engaged with Washington to host secretary of state John Kerry a foreign office official told New Age Wednesday. ‘We want to welcome him. We are in the midst of discussions,’ he said. There is speculation that Kerry could come to Dhaka on a brief visit on June 25 from New Delhi, but neither the foreign ministry nor […]

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New Pak PM calls for end to US drone strikes

Pakistan’s new prime minister Nawaz Sharif called Wednesday for an end to US drone strikes in the country’s northwest, after lawmakers endorsed him for an unprecedented third term in office. Some 13 years after he was deposed in a coup and sent into exile, the 63-year-old was formally chosen by a vote in the National Assembly and will take the […]

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WAR CRIMES TRIAL: Mojaheed verdict any day

The International Crimes Tribunal 2 on Wednesday reserved its judgement in the case against the detained Jamaat-e-Islami secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed until a later date. After completing the hearing in the case, the tribunal chairman, Justice Obaidul Hassan declared a CAV (curia advisari vult) meaning reserving the verdict until some subsequent day for more consultations among the judges. […]

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ACC relieves MK Alamgir of corruption charge

The Anti-Corruption Commission on Wednesday relieved the home minister, Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir, and four others of a charge involving an alleged misappropriation of about Tk 94 crore from the 2001 national census project. The other accused are former Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics director general Syed Tanvir Mahmud, former BBS (RDP division) joint director SM Tazul Islam, and the Elite Printing […]

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YouTube access unblocked

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission on Wednesday withdrew bar on access to video-sharing web site YouTube. The telecoms regulators blocked people’s access to the site from Bangladesh on September 17, 2012 because of a 14-minute video clip from a controversial film by the name of the Innocence of Muslims. ‘The commission unblocked access to the site on assurance from YouTube […]

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50 injured as police, BCL men attack Rana Plaza survivors

At least 50 people were injured as alleged activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League and police on Wednesday attacked the survivors and relatives of the workers feared missing after the Rana Plaza collapse . Witnesses said that the police and BCL activists launched the attack when over 1,000 survivors and relatives of missing workers were demonstrating in front of the collapse […]

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BNP walks out amidst heated debate

The parliament on Wednesday witnessed a heated debate and walkout by opposition members twice as the speaker switched off the microphone of BNP lawmaker Syeda Asifa Ashrafi Papiya when she wanted to speak on a point of order. The speaker, Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, wanted to know under which rule she would be speaking, Papiya said that she wanted to speak […]

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DAP review begins

The government on Wednesday took up the much-talked about Detailed Area Plan of Dhaka city for review following appeals from aggrieved persons. ‘The DAP as a whole will remain in force to protect environment in keeping with the land use provisions,’ housing and works ministry secretary Khondker Shawkat Hossian told reporters after the first meeting of sub-committee for the review […]

June 6, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Britain to be happy to offer advice if invited: UK minister

UK minister of state for international development Alan Duncan on Wednesday said they would be happy to offer any advice if invited and if it could be helpful for peaceful conduct of elections in Bangladesh. ‘Clearly this is an important period of Bangladesh as it looks to hold parliament elections. Bangladesh’s influence is growing around the world and therefore more […]

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Labour bill placed in JS

A bill was tabled in the parliament on Wednesday seeking amendment to the Bangladesh Labour Act 2006 aiming at simplification of the process for the forming trade unions. The labour and employment minister, Raziuddin Ahmed Razu, placed the Labour (Amendment) Bill and it was sent to the parliamentary standing committee on labour and employment ministry for scrutiny. Labour right activists, […]

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ADB to give $198m to upgrade highways, land ports

The Asian Development Bank will provide US$ 198 million in loans for Bangladesh to help upgrade a critical regional highway and two land ports to boost connectivity and trade across South Asia. In this regard, the government and ADB on Wednesday signed a loan agreement. Economic Relations Division secretary Md Abul Kalam Azad and ADB country director Teresa Kho inked […]

June 6, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Govt has no plan to ban rallies if opposition plays responsible role: home minister

The minister for home affairs, Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir, on Wednesday said the government has no intention to ban meeting-rally in the capital if the opposition gives assurance of playing a responsible role under the existing law. While making a statement under the Rule 300 of the Rules of Procedure, the home minister made it clear that the government is committed […]

June 6, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

40 Malaysia-bound job seekers held in Cox’s Bazar

The Detective Branch of police on Wednesday arrested 40 people, who were allegedly preparing to go to Malaysia illegally, at Balokhal station on Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf. The police said that the 40 people were waiting for their middlemen who had allegedly hired a mechanised boat to send them to Malaysia through the Bay of Bengal. The arrested people are Mohammad Sohag […]

June 6, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Regent Airways set to launch its first international flight from July 7

Regent Airways, a subsidiary of Habib Group, is set to launch its first international flight from July 7 to fly beyond the border to Malaysia. Regent Airways officials on Wednesday said at a press conference at Lakeshore hotel that after two years of successful domestic operations the company is going to operate its daily flights to Kuala Lumpur amid growing […]

June 6, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Contract for Janjira approach road to Padma Bridge signed

The Communications Ministry on Wednesday signed a Tk 1,097.39 crore contract with a joint venture firm for constructing a four-lane approach road to Padma Bridge. The firm won the contract to build the 10.5 km four-lane dual carriage approach road with five bridges, 19 box culverts, eight under-passes, 12 kms of service roads and three kms of local roads and […]

June 6, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Legal notice issued to ACC chief

A Supreme Court lawyer issued a legal notice on the Anti-Corruption Commission chairman, Ghulam Rahman, on Wednesday asking him to leave his office in two days as ‘his tenure expired on May 1.’ The lawyer, Mirza Al Mahmood, sent the notice through registered post, saying that legal action would be taken against Ghulam Rahman if he failed to step down […]

June 6, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

BDR Carnage Case: Offenders made witnesses, says defence counsel

A defence counsel on Wednesday told a court trying the BDR carnage case that many people who had confessed their involvement in the offences before magistrates had eventually turned up as prosecution witnesses. Many people who were named by a number of prosecution witnesses in their statements recorded either by the investigators or by magistrates had also been prosecution witnesses, […]

June 6, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

War crimes trial: Witness says he took photos of Alim and Pak army with 26 detained freedom fighters

A retired headmaster from Jaipurhat told the International Crimes Tribunal-2 on Wednesday that he, being directed by war crimes accused Abdul Alim, had taken photographs of 26 detained freedom fighters along with Alim, Pakistani occupation army major Afjal and armed occupation army personnel towards the end of June 1971. The schoolteacher, AHM Mutasim Billah, now about 80, of village Baniapara […]

June 6, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

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