Archive for June 15th, 2013

4 city polls today amidst fear of violence

The stage is all set for polling in elections to the four city corporations today with election authorities having made all arrangements for the exercise amid fear for violence and varied speculations. Polling in the Rajshahi, the Khulna, the Barisal and the Sylhet City Corporation will begin at 8:00am and run without any break till 4:00pm. The government has already […]

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Six pirates lynched in Noakhali

Six members of a pirate gang, including the ringleader, were killed and another was injured in a attack in Subarnachar upazila of Noakhali early Friday. One of the deceased was Mohammad Selim, 40, the lynchpin of ‘Selim Bahini’ and a resident of Char Majid area. The police said locals chased a gang of 15 to 20 pirates when they took […]

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BSF suspends 3 for killing Bangladeshi cattle traders

The Border Security Force of India has suspended three of its members for killing two Bangladeshi cattle traders at Putkhali frontier near Benapole. Border Guard Bangladesh public relations officer Mohsin Reza told New Age on Friday that the BSF of Angrail camp informed the BGB about the suspension. Two Bangladeshi cattle traders were shot dead and two others by BSF […]

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Cop arrested for raping schoolgirl

A police sub-inspector was arrested in Sirajdikhan of Munshiganj district on Friday on charge of raping a schoolgirl. Sirajdikhan police officer-in-charge Abul Basar said sub-inspector Jahidul Islam was arrested after the victim’s father filed a case against him for raping the schoolgirl. Jahidul was closed with Munshiganj district police lines on Friday morning before the complaint was received. According to […]

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Khaleque, Moni on vote buying spree

Khulna city goes to polls today to elect a new mayor among three contestants amid growing allegations of use of money to buy votes. Election observers, political activists and locals told New Age that the votes of slum dwellers, workers, minorities and people of Bagherhat living in the city could be decisive in electing the new mayor. Awami League-backed Talukder […]

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Sylhet city polls: Arif fears violence, Kamran hopes fair polls

The opposition-backed Sylhet mayoral candidate Ariful Haque Chowdhury on the eve of elections on Friday iterated his fear that violence could take place and the polls could be rigged while the ruling alliance-backed candidate Badruddin Ahmed Kamran said that the polling environment was all right. The voters are ready to exercise their franchise beginning 8:00am today to elect their mayor […]

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Study finds cadmium in rice samples

A study found high concentrations of cadmium in rice samples from 12 upazilas. Bangladesh came at the top followed by Sri Lanka for concentrations of cadmium in a listing of 12 countries where rice was tested for toxic metals. Cadmium had been linked to a mysterious chronic kidney disease the origin of which is still not conclusively known. The chronic […]

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10 BUET students remanded after arrest

xA metropolitan magistrate on Friday allowed 10 BUET students to be remanded in police custody for interrogation for a day after their arrest at a restaurant in the capital Dhaka for their ‘suspicious movement.’ Magistrate Tanvir Ahmed passed the order after the police had produced the students, arrested under Section 54 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, in court. The […]

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SC lawyers fear arbitrary use of Anti-Terrorism Act

Some senior Supreme Court lawyers are worried about the possible misuse of the amended Anti-Terrorism Act that says that any discussion or conversation or still photographs or videos on facebook, Skype, Twitters or any means of internet can be accepted as evidence in the courts. The parliament on June 11 passed a bill making amendment to Anti-Terrorism Act 2009 amid […]

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It’s up to US companies to sign fire, building safety accord in Bangladesh, says State Department

The US government has said the American companies need to make their own decisions regarding signing of binding fire and building safety code in Bangladesh’s apparel industry. Jen Psaki, the State Department spokesperson, made the remark at a daily press briefing in Washington on Thursday when asked whether the U.S. government has a position about whether American retailers doing business […]

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People to reject ‘zaminder-lilke’ representatives: Obaidul

The communications minister, Obaidul Quader, has said country’s people will give a lesson to the public representatives who behave like zaminders (landlords) forgetting public interests. ‘In many cases, public representatives put obstacles to the way of demolishing illegal roadside structures and stopping plying of illegal vehicles on the national highways. They behave as if they were zaminders of different states. […]

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Bangladesh’s initiatives recognised in countering extremism: Dipu

Foreign minister Dipu Moni has said that the multi-pronged initiatives of Bangladesh in countering extremism and radicalisation have been recognised as an international good practice. She was speaking at the International Counter-Terrorism Focal Points Conference in Geneva on Friday organised by Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force Office of UN in partnership with the Switzerland government. Dipu urged CTITF to explore the […]

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BNP-backed candidates will win despite threats: Rizvi

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Friday said that despite various threats, people had decided to vote BNP-backed candidates in the four city corporation elections. The BNP’s joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said this at a hurriedly called news conference at the party’s central office at Naya Paltan about 9:30pm. He demanded an immediate deployment of army in the four […]

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Mob attacks truck owner’s house after mishap

Angry locals vandalised and looted the house of a truck owner after his lorry killed a madrassah student in Sirajganj Municipality area on Thursday night. The police said Zakaria, 13, son of Ruhul Amin of Soidabad village in Sadar upazila, was killed on the spot as the sand-laden truck knocked him down on Ranigram Wapda Embankment under the municipality around […]

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Police raid houses of Alal, other BNP men in Barisal

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party-backed candidate for Barisal mayor has accused the law enforcers of being biased towards his rival and demanded deployment of army to ensure free and fair polls. Ebayedul Huq Chan, district BNP convener and chief election agent of the Jatiyatabadi Nagorik Parishad-nominated mayoral candidate Ahsan Habib Kamal, said at a press conference on Friday that they expected […]

June 15, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Inu enhancing IT knowledge for sustainable dev

The information minister, Hasanul Haq Inu, has called upon all concerned to enhance knowledge of information technology to ensure country’s sustainable development. He made the call while addressing as the chief guest the inaugural session of a two-day international seminar on ‘Global Meet on Sustainable Development 2013’ at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban in Dhaka University on Friday. DU […]

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Over 36,000 Bangladeshi workers get permission to leave Saudi Arabia

More than 36,000 undocumented Bangladeshis have so far been allowed to leave Saudi Arabia with emergency travel permits under an amnesty declared by the Saudi government. The departure of the undocumented Bangladeshi workers started since May 11 under the amnesty that allowed them to try to sort out their papers or leave without paying any penalty, officials said. A total […]

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Human-elephant conflict escalating: experts

Continued destruction of habitats, unplanned expansion of human settlements in forests and obstruction to their movement corridors are putting elephants under great stress, triggering a ‘human-elephant conflict’ in the country. A minor girl was killed and her three siblings were injured in an attack by wild elephants at Churamoni village in Satkania upazila in Chittagong on June 11. On March […]

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Arson can’t protect labour interest: Shahjahan

The shipping minister, Shahjahan Khan, has said interest of workers couldn’t be protected through arson, vandalism, destructive and sabotage activities. ‘Everyone should be united to save the garment industry,’ he said while addressing a rally in front of Fantasy Kingdom at Ashulia in Savar on Friday. The minister said legal and peaceful movement should be conducted to realise logical demands. […]

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‘Policy needed to stop bad journalism’

Speakers at a discussion in Dhaka have held lack of professionalism responsible for ‘wicked journalism’ that is being pursued in the name of the freedom of press. They say a set of unambiguous guidelines is needed to stop the trend. The observations came at a discussion, titled ‘Mass media: Freedom and responsibilities’, organised by Journalism and Peace Foundation at Dhaka […]

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