Archive for June 16th, 2013

BNP takes 4 cities by storm

The candidates backed by the BNP-led alliance were unofficially declared elected mayors of the cities of Rajshahi, Khulna, Barisal and Sylhet that went to polls on Saturday in a peaceful atmosphere and monitored by local and foreign observers. Huge turnout marked the four city corporation polls with voters casting their ballot in a festive mood. Bangladesh Nationalist Party-backed mayoral candidate […]

June 16, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Polling in Barisal largely peaceful

People in the Barisal city cast their vote peacefully on Saturday to elect their mayor and councillors for a term of five years barring a few stray untoward incidents. Voting began at 8:00am and continued till 4:00pm without any break although tension prevailed. The turnout of female voters was remarkable in almost all the polling stations. The BNP-backed mayoral candidate […]

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Peaceful voting amid huge turnout in Rajshahi

Polling in the elections to Rajshahi City Corporation on Saturday closed peacefully amid a huge turnout of voters to elect a new mayor, 30 councillors and 10 women councillors. Hundreds of voters queued up at the polling centres in Rajshahi city as voting began at 8:00am continued till 4:00pm without break. Returning officer Subhash Chandra Sarker told New Age that […]

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Deaths in custody continue

The police continue torture, kill and maim citizens in custody with impunity flouting Supreme Court directives. Arrests of citizens on suspicion under the controversial Section 54 of the Code of Criminal Procedure also continues defying the superior court order said rights lawyers. Custodial torture and deaths continue to occur as the government failed to enact a law as directed by […]

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Festive mood in Sylhet during polling

The polling in Sylhet City Corporation elections ended peacefully with the city dwellers casting their votes in a festive mood. No incidents of violence and or major irregularities were reported from anywhere in the city during the polling. The two major candidates for mayor – the opposition-backed Ariful Haque Chowdhury and ruling party-supported Badruddin Ahmed Kamran –expressed satisfaction with the […]

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Polling peaceful amidst widespread code violation in Khulna

Voting in the Khulna City Corporation elections on Saturday was largely peaceful amidst heightened security and the widespread violation of the electoral code of conduct. Polling in Khulna along with Rajshahi, Sylhet and Barisal on the day began at 8:00am and continued till 4:00pm without any break, with voters reaching polling stations to elect their from among three candidates for […]

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Treat people with respect PM asks SSF

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Saturday asked the members of the Special Security Force to give importance to the matter of public relations of the heads of state and the government and designated VIPs while providing them security. ‘As people’s representatives, we are accountable to the people. So, you have to be careful so that none is hurt at […]

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Draft of new road traffic law hits snags

A government initiative to make a new and environment friendly road transport and traffic law three years back hit snags. The task was taken at hand under an environment and forest ministry project for ‘Clean Air and Sustainable Environment’, in short CASE, officials said. They said that the government wanted to replace the outdated 1983 Motor Vehicle Ordinance with the […]

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Three Bangladeshis shot at by BSF

The Indian Border Security Force shot at three Bangladeshi day labourers on Beaurjari-Dharmagarah frontier in Baliadanghi upazila early Saturday, just a day after it had offered an apology for the killing of two cattle traders near Benapole. BSF had made an apology for the killing of two Bangladeshi citizens in Jessore border on June 12 and suspended three of its […]

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Nasim terms polling free, fair

Ruling Awami League presidium member Mohammad Nasim on Saturday said that elections to the four city corporations being held in a free and fair manner again proved that it was possible to hold credible and peaceful national elections under an elected government. Nasim, who was addressing a press briefing on Rajshahi, Khulna, Barisal, and Sylhet city polls at the party […]

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Bangladeshi girl vies to be Miss USA

Paromita Mitra, originally from Bangladesh and currently Miss Mississippi USA, headed to Las Vegas to participate in the 2013 Miss USA Pageant. Paromita grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and is currently a senior at Mississippi State University studying Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. She credits her interest in space and engineering to her brother and her determination and […]

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Man chased by RAB dies of heart attack in Khulna

A man died of a heart attack in Khulna after Rapid Action Battalion and other law enforcers on Saturday had chased him and others trying to bring out a procession in breach of the electoral code of conducts. The elections to the Khulna City Corporation and three others — Rajshahi, Sylhet and Barisal, were held on the day, with the […]

June 16, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

C’wealth women affairs meeting held

A three-day congress on ‘10th Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministerial Meeting Partners’ Forum’ began at Savar BRAC Centre for Development and Management in Dhaka on Saturday. On the opening day, women affairs ministers from more than 10 commonwealth countries shared their ideas with women entrepreneurs, policymakers and activists from around the world. Keynote presenter of the programme Salma Khan said that […]

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Elections held amid stray incidents: Odhikar

xHuman rights organisation Odhikar said that the elections to four city corporations were held peacefully excepting some stray incidents. Ohikar said this in its instant reaction after observing he elections to Rajshahi, Sylhet, Khulna and Barisal city corporations. Four teams, each consisting five observers, observed the elections. The observers found some irregularities in some polling centres despite presence of the […]

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CEC, 3 commissioners walk in office late

The chief election commissioner, Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad, and three other commissioners reached the Election Commission about 12.30pm on the polling day of four city corporations on Saturday. Polling began at 8:00am. The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party claimed that the commissioner’s reaching office late only spoke of the carelessness of the commission about the city corporation elections as the party’s […]

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3 women die in Rajshahi road mishap

Three women were killed and at least six others injured Saturday morning at Nawdapara bus terminal under Boalia police station in Rajshahi. One of the deceased was Farida Yeasmin, 38, wife of late Sirajul Islam of Daspukur. Identity of two others is yet to be known. Sub-inspector of Boalia police station Amirul Islam said the accident took place when a […]

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Govt trying to manipulate results: BNP

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Saturday expressed fear that government might have prepared the results of elections to four city corporations in advance. At a briefing at the party’s central office, BNP standing committee member Mirza Abbas warned that they would launch all out resistance if the polls results were manipulated in favour of the ruling Awami League-backed candidates. He […]

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One held for kidnapping, raping Hindu girl

The police recently arrested a man for kidnapping a minor Hindu girl from Gazipur, forcibly converting her to Islam and raping her while the main accused is still at large. The Class VI student was kidnapped from Tongi in Gazipur on April 6. The police rescued her from Chakaria in Cox’s Bazaar on May 30. The main accused, Manik lived […]

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NHRC chief urges US not to stop GSP benefits for Bangladesh

National Human Rights Commission chairman Mizanur Rahman on Saturday urged the USA to continue to provide Bangladesh with preferential duty-free entry of products under generalised system of preferences, better known as GSP The women apparel workers’ job opportunities would shrink in Bangladesh unless it continued to get the GSP benefits from US, Mizan told a workshop in the city. Around […]

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Police stop garment workers’ march

The police on Saturday stopped garment workers’ march in front of the National Museum at Shabagh. Garment Sramik Sangram Parishad, a combine of the seven garment workers organisations, were marching towards Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association Bhaban at Karwanbazar pressing for three-point demands including safety of the workers in the garment factories, Tk. 8,000 as monthly minimum wage for […]

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