Archive for June 12th, 2013

Promotion to JS rank: Over 600 officials lobby govt as polls near

The government has initiated a process for yet another round of promotion in the civil bureaucracy just six months before the next general elections although there are no vacancies in the approved organogram. Around 600 aspirants from three batches—1984, 1985 and 1986—of the Bangladesh Civil Service have come under the scrutiny of the Superior Selection Board for promotion to rank […]

June 12, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

No trace of Kalpana even 17 years after abduction

Authorities concerned have failed to trace or confirm whether Kalpana Chakma, who was kidnapped 17 years ago, even after several police investigations and reinvestigation by the Criminal Investigation Department and the police. Kalpana, organising secretary of the Hill Women’s Federation, was abducted from her village home at Natun Lalyaghona, Baghaichari in Rangamati on June 12, 1996 several hours before the […]

June 12, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Courts to accept online bits as evidence

The parliament on Tuesday passed the Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) Bill-2013 which would allow the courts to accept videos, still photographs, and audio clips used in facebook, twitter, skype and other social media for trial of cases. The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party staged its fourth walkout from the House since June 3 protesting the passage of the ‘controversial’ anti-terror law. At least 15 opposition […]

June 12, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

MKA advises BNP to hold rallies ‘inside walls’

The home minister, Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir, on Tuesday said that the government could consider granting permission if the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party would seek to hold rallies ‘inside boundary walls or in office.’ ‘The government will not allow the opposition to practice the so-called democracy by creating sufferings to people, killing law enforcers and damaging public property in the name […]

June 12, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

No improvement in clothing factory fire safety

The authorities concerned are yet to significantly improve fire safety system in apparel factories because of lax oversight, exposing thousands of workers to threat, even after the recurrence of fire incidents. The officials concerned, however, blamed the lack of manpower and logistic supports in their inspection that allowed the factory owners to continue with their apparel production amid poor fire […]

June 12, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Global clothing companies can’t pull out: 3 TI chapters

Global clothing companies must work with governments and local groups to improve factory safety and working conditions, the Bangladesh, Cambodia and Indonesia chapters of Transparency International said in a joint statement on Tuesday. Media reports that some companies are turning away from Bangladesh send the wrong signal about their commitment to worker’s rights and fighting corruption, the three TI chapters […]

June 12, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Iraq violence kills 70

A wave of violence, mostly in Sunni areas of Iraq, killed at least 70 people on Monday, shattering hopes that tensions had been eased by a recent series of symbolic political gestures. The attacks, which left more than 230 people wounded, are the latest in a surge in bloodshed that, coupled with a long-running political paralysis, has stoked fears of […]

June 12, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Taliban bomber kills 15 at top Afghan court

A Taliban suicide car bomber on Tuesday targeted staff at Afghanistan’s top court, killing 15 civilians and wounding 40 others in the second attack in two days in the heavily fortified capital, the police said. Women and children were among those killed and injured in the powerful explosion at the entrance to the Supreme Court, near the US embassy as […]

June 12, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

BNP allowed to hold rally at Suhrawardy Udyan

Dhaka Metropolitan Police has permitted the Bangladesh Nationalist Party to hold a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan instead of Naya Paltan on Wednesday. Dhaka city BNP member-secretary Abdus Salam told New Age that DMP commissioner had given them permission to hold the rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on the western side of the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh. In reply to a question, […]

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HC questions legitimacy of office of ACC chairman

The High Court on Tuesday directed the government and the Anti-Corruption Commission to explain in two days why Ghulam Rahman has still been serving as chairman of the ACC after expiry of his tenure on May 1 this year. The High Court also wanted to know from Ghulam Rahman why he would not be directed to refund salaries and other […]

June 12, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

No govt initiative to prevent children from 38 risky jobs

The government has taken no initiative as yet to keep children way from 38 listed risky jobs, child right activists said. The government inaction only tends to make the National Child Labour Elimination Policy it had adopted in 2010 a hollow promise, they said. Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum president Emranul Haque told New Age that after making a list of […]

June 12, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

WB hands over final probe report on Padma Bridge graft to govt

Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith on Tuesday said the World Bank has handed over the final probe report on graft in the Padma Bridge project. The new WB country director, Johannes Zutt, handed over the report to the finance minister at a meeting at secretariat. AMA Muhith told reporters after the meeting that he did not know whether the […]

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RMG unit closed amid protests

A garment factory at Baipail in Ashulia industrial belt was closed for an indefinite period on Tuesday amid workers’ protests demanding wage hike. Witnesses and police sources said that the workers of Fountain Garment Ltd went to the factory in the morning and saw a notice at the gate declaring the closure of the factory. The workers then tried to […]

June 12, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Khaleda exchanges views with professionals

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Tuesday night exchanged views with professionals supporting the party on the present political situation and the party’s next course of action. The meeting behind closed doors was held at her Gulhsan office. Khaleda held the meeting with the professional groups to reduce the gap between the BNP and different professionals before taking […]

June 12, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

2011 Viqarunnisa student rape: Court hears victim in camera July 4

A Women and Children Repression (Prevention) Tribunal in Dhaka on Wednesday decided to record the deposition of a Viqarunnisa student who was raped by her teacher in camera on July 4. Zillur Rahman, the counsel for the victim, a Class X student of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College who was raped by her teacher Parimal Jayadhar in May 28, 2011, […]

June 12, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Tuhin Malik threatened Driver beaten

Armed miscreants on Monday night attacked the car of Supreme Court lawyer Tuhin Malik in front of a private television channel in the capital’s Karwanbazar while he was attending a live television talk show. The armed ‘goons’ beat up his the driver, Shah Alam Matbabbar, leaving him critically injured. Tuhin said that the miscreants asked the driver to convey a […]

June 12, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

electoral code violation: Actions against violators take time as number of offence too many

Election commissioner Shah Nawaz on Tuesday said that action could not be taken against the electoral code violators as the number of allegations of breaching the code in city corporation polls was huge. He, however, said none of the code violators would be spared and actions would be taken even after the elections. Shah Nawaz was replying to questions from […]

June 12, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

BCC ELECTIONS: Kamal threatens to besiege EC if billboards not removed

Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance-backed mayoral candidate Ahsan Habib Kamal on Tuesday threatened to lay siege to Barisal divisional office of the Election Commission today if the billboards of ruling Awami League-led alliance-baked candidate Shakhawat Hossain were not evicted. Kamal visited the office of the returning officer in the elections to the Barisal City Corporation on Tuesday noon and filed a […]

June 12, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Quamrul asks Tarique to withdraw legal notice

The state minister for law, Quamrul Islam, on Tuesday replied to the legal notice issued by Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Kaheda Zia’s eldest son Tarique Rahman for making derogatory remarks about him. Quamrul gave the reply through his lawyer Abdul Matin Khasru to Tarique’s lawyer Kayser Kamal. On April 27, Tarique’s lawyer served a legal notice on Quamrul stating that […]

June 12, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

7th round of talks with Myanmar from tomorrow

A Bangladesh delegation led by the foreign secretary, Md Shahidul Haque, will attend the 7th round of the talks with Myanmar in the new capital city Nay Pwi Taw from Thursday. Myanmar’s deputy foreign minister U Thant Kyaw will lead the Myanmar-side in the talk. During the meeting, ministry of foreign affairs says, Bangladesh is expected to raise the whole […]

June 12, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

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