Archive for June 10th, 2013

Govt edn institutions: 1.2cr students suffer as 29,200 teaching positions vacant

An acute teacher shortage in government educational institutions, from primary schools to colleges, is hampering education of more than 1.2 crore students, education officials and teachers’ leaders said. The institutions have about 29,200 positions of teacher vacant. Primary education directorate officials said that government primary schools have about 22,700 positions — including 6,700 for headteachers, 16,000 for assistant teachers — […]

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Spectrum inquiry committee advice: BGMEA admits failure in implementation

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association has admitted that it failed to implement the recommendations proposed by its own inquiry committee following the collapse of the Spectrum Sweater Industries factory in 2005, New Age can reveal. ‘The BGMEA should have done what was said in the report earlier,’ admitted Md Shahidullah Azim, a BGMEA vice-president. ‘Rana Plaza was the […]

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Editors’ Council concerned over proposed newsprint duty

The Editors’ Council on Sunday expressed concern over the rise in duty on import of newsprint in the proposed national budget for 2013-14 fiscal and urged the prime minister and the finance minister to withdraw the proposed duty hike. A statement issued by the council president Golam Sarwar said that the crisis in the newspaper industry would deepen if the […]

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Victim’s brother in ‘hiding’ after suing Tazreen owner

The brother of a victim of the Tazreen fire, who had filed a case against the owner of the garment factory and 30 others in May, has alleged that he had gone into hiding for fear of life after being threatened by unknown persons. ‘Since I filed the case, unknown callers started threatening me with dire consequences …’ said Motikul […]

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Govt gets stricture for inaction in arresting Tazreen owner

The High Court on Sunday expressed its disapproval over the authorities’ failure to initiate criminal prosecution against Tazreen Fashions owner for his culpability over the devastating factory fire in which 112 workers were killed and scores of others were injured on November 24, 2012. Annoyed over Tazreen owner and managing director Md Delwar Hossain roaming free, the court asked the […]

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Rana Plaza construction: More flaws spotted

The engineer whose name was given as the person responsible for the design of the structural engineering plan which was submitted to the Savar municipality does not appear to be a real person, New Age can reveal. The structural design stated that it was prepared by Sajjad Hossain with Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh membership serial number of M 1006380. The […]

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Rana Plaza collapse: 7 officers under labour ministry suspended

The labour and employment ministry has suspended seven officials after an investigation of the deadly Rana Plaza collapse, in which they were found guilty of negligence of duties, officials said on Sunday. The ministry also held a retried official responsible. ‘Now, we will launch departmental proceedings against the people identified and they will be punished if the allegations are proved,’ […]

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Bribery allegation against DB DC Nazrul: ACC launches probe

The Anti-Corruption Commission on Sunday set up a team to investigate alleged corruption of former Detective Branch deputy commissioner Mollah Nazrul Islam. The commission’s deputy director Nasim Anower will investigate the matter with the help of director Tawhidul Islam, commission official told reporters. Mollah Nazrul was on June 1 transferred to the protection and protocol division of the Dhaka Metropolitan […]

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Jamaat enforces daylong strike today

The Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami has called a nationwide dawn-to-dusk general strike for today in protest at wholesale arrests and torture of Jamaat leaders and activists. The party announced the general strike on Sunday hours after International Crimes Tribunal 2 had sentenced Jamaat leaders Hamidur Rahman Azad and Rafiqul Islam Khan to three months in prison and fined them Tk 3,000 each, […]

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Another arrested in Rana Plaza case

A judicial magistrate in Dhaka on Sunday allowed an engineer to be remanded in police custody for three days in a case filed with the collapse of the Rana Plaza that took place on April 24. The police arrested the site engineer, Md Sarowar Kamal, 55, at Fultala in Khulna on Saturday. After the arrest, the Criminal Investigation Department produced […]

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Treasury, opposition lawmakers trade invective

Parliament on Sunday witnessed exchange of invective between the treasury and opposition benches on the first day of the discussion on the supplementary budget for the outgoing fiscal. Heated exchange took place after two women lawmakers of BNP – Syeda Ashifa Ashrafi Papiya and Rehana Aktar Ranu – launched into a tirade against the treasury bench members and whip ASM […]

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Jamaat MP, two other leaders jailed for contempt of court

The International Crimes Tribunal 2 on Sunday sentenced fugitive Jamaat leaders Hamiudur Rahman Azad and Rafiqul Islam Khan to simple imprisonment for three months on charge of contempt of court. The tribunal fined central executive council member Hamidur, also a lawmaker, and acting secretary general Fariqul with Tk 3,000 each. If they fail to pay the fine, they will need […]

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Crude bomb hurled at Inu’s house

Three crude bombs were hurled at the house of information minister Hasanul Haq Inu at Darus Salam in the capital’s Mirpur on Sunday afternoon. The minister’s personal staff and the police said that four unknown miscreants riding on two motorbikes hurled the bombs and went away. The minister’s personal assistant Sazzad Hossain said that Inu’s spouse Afroza Haq was at […]

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Rajshahi gas connections: EC asks Petrobangla chair to explain

Rajshahi returning officer Shuvash Chandra Sarker on Saturday asked the Petrobangla chairman, Hossain Monsur, to explain his allowing gas connections to city people only a week before the city polls ‘in breach of electoral code of conduct.’ The returning officer asked Monsur to reply to the show-cause notice in 48 hours. The notice referred to an allegation levelled by Mosaddek […]

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Balcony of two-storey building collapses in Ctg

A balcony of a two-storey building, which was being used as staff quarter of Class IV employees of the Chittagong Medical College Hospital, collapsed on Sunday. Atique Ahmed Chowdhury, officer-in-charge of the Chawkbazar police station, said the balcony of the first floor collapsed at about 11:00am. However, none was injured during the incident, he said. He also said the building […]

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Mugger dies in ‘gun battle’ with police

An unidentified youth died during what the police described as gunbattle with a ‘gang of muggers’ near Dhaka’s Ramna area early on Sunday. The police said they recovered machetes, pistol, some bullets and fake number plate from the car used by the ‘muggers’. A tip-off about the gang going around in a white car led to a detective police raid […]

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Rural mobile users to hear PM

The grassroots-level people of the country will get a recorded call from prime minister Sheikh Hasina from today with an appeal to them to get healthcare services at nearby community clinics. The 30-second address, in which Haisna has urged the rural people to take healthcare services from community clinics and keep themselves healthy, has already been recorded, said Revitalisation of […]

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Govt orders prevention of money laundering by Jamaat

The government has directed the Bangladesh Bank and the ministry of finance to take necessity measures to prevent possible money laundering by leaders of the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir. The Prime Minister Office made the directive in a letter to the ministry in the last week after it was warned by intelligence agencies that the […]

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Charge framing against Fakhrul, 28 others July 17

A sessions judge on Sunday deferred till July 17 the hearing on the charge framing in a case filed against 29 leaders and activists of the BNP-led alliance leaders, including the acting BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, in connection with bombs being exploded at the Secretariat in April 2012. Dhaka metropolitan sessions judge Md Jahrul Haque posted the […]

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WAR CRIMES TRIAL: FF says Razakar men led by Mobarak abducted him

A group of five or six armed Razakar men led by war crimes accused Mobarak Hossain had abducted freedom fighter Mohammad Khadem Hossain Khan in Brahminbaria towards the end of November 1971, Khadem himself testified on Sunday. In his testimony as the fourth prosecution witness Khadem told the International Crimes Tribunal-1 that he was abducted near the Radio and Television […]

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