Archive for June 17th, 2013

JRC meeting postponed at last minute

The India-Bangladesh Joint Rivers Commission meeting scheduled for June 18-19 has been postponed because of the ‘Indian water resources minister’s inability to attend the bilateral talks in Dhaka at the moment.’ Dhaka was expecting the final list of delegation members from Delhi on Sunday for the 38th JRC meeting with the signing of the River Teesta water sharing treaty, among […]

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BSF again kills Bangladeshi in Chuadanga

India’s Border Security Force shot dead a Bangladeshi young man in the Medinipur frontier at Jibannagar in Chuadanga early Sunday two days after it had offered apologies for killing of two cattle traders at Benapole in Jessore. The Indian border guards offered apologies for killing the two Bangladeshis in Jessore on June 12 and suspended three of its personnel for […]

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No elections under any unconstitutional govt

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Sunday told the parliament that the next general elections would not be held if there was any unconstitutional government in the name of a non-party, caretaker system. She said that the opposition BNP continued pushing for their demand for the reinstatement of the caretaker government system. Countering BNP lawmaker Moudud Ahmad’s demands for the […]

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BNP wins most of councillor positions

Candidates backed by the opposition alliance won a majority of councillor positions in the four city polls held on Saturday when candidates backed by the opposition won all the four mayoral positions. BNP-backed Moniruzzaman Moni won the mayorship of Khulna, Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul of Rajshahi, Ariful Haque Chowdhury of Sylhet and Ahsan Habib Kamal of Barisal, defeating their rival AL-backed […]

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CUET closed after BCL infighting

Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology was closed on Sunday till June 24 following an infighting of Bangladesh Chhatra League on the campus on Saturday night that left two students injured. The university authorities asked male students to vacate their dormitories by 3:00pm on Sunday and females by 9:00am today, university officials said. Security on the campus was tightened with […]

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AL’s city polls debacle: Nat’l politics, smear campaigns blamed

The ruling party-backed candidates who lost the mayoral race in the four city corporation polls on Sunday attributed their shock defeats to influence of national politics, apart from a few local issues. According to the candidates and local Awami League leaders that national issues like the government’s failures in fulfilling the expectations of the people in running the country, allegation […]

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City polls results: Ominous sign for AL: Muhith

Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith on Sunday said the defeat of all the Awami League-backed candidates in four city corporation elections was an ‘ominous sign’ for the ruling alliance. ‘It gives a very important message,’ said AMA Muhith at a post- budget parley with the Economic Reporters’ Forum at CIRDAP auditorium. He made his views a day after the […]

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BNP to use no indecent words: speaker

The speaker, Shirin Sharmin Choudhury, on Sunday said that opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party lawmakers assured her of using no `unparliamentary’ and `indecent’ words in parliament. A 20-member delegation of the BNP lawmakers led by Moudud Ahmad gave the assurance while they called on the speaker at her office in the afternoon, she said. ‘BNP lawmakers talked to me on my […]

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People’s no confidence in govt: BNP

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party has claimed that results of elections to the four city corporations sent out a signal that there was no alternative to holding the next general elections under a non-party, neutral government. People have shown ‘no confidence” in the government in the city corporation elections and the government should now resign, the acting BNP secretary general Mirza […]

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Next polls critical for Bangladesh: Canadian HC

Canadian High Commissioner in Dhaka Heather Cruden on Sunday praised Bangladesh’s free, fair and violence-free city elections but reminded that the coming national elections would be critical in the country’s history. ‘It is an opportunity to reset the country on a path towards sustainable democracy,’ Cruden said. She was speaking at a meet the press hosted by Diplomatic Correspondent Association, […]

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Separate attacks kill 32 across Iraq

A string of nearly a dozen apparently coordinated bombs and a shooting in cities across Iraq killed at least 32 and wounded dozens Sunday, extending a wave of violence that is raising fears of a return to widespread killing a decade after the US-led invasion. Violence has spiked sharply in Iraq in recent months, with the death toll rising to […]

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Number of diarrhoea patients increases

The number of diarrhoea cases increased across the country in recent weeks due to the rising ambient temperature and shortage of pure drinking water, physicians said. They said gas and power supply crises only worsened the situation as people in many places were unable to boil drinking water. The International Centre for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research, Bangladesh doctors said on an […]

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100 RMG workers fall sick after drinking water

More than 100 workers of three garment factories in Gazipur were hospitalised after drinking water from taps inside the factories on Sunday. To avoid any untoward incident the authorities declared holiday at the factories. Witnesses and workers said that some workers of the Olive Fashion Sweater, and Rumana Fashion Sweater at East West Industrial Park in Signboard area under Gazipur […]

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Khondakar Ashraf Hossain dies

Poet Khondakar Ashraf Hossain, also vice-chancellor of Jatiya Kabi Nazrul Islam University in Mymensingh and former professor of English in Dhaka University, died from heart diseases in LabAid Hospital on Sunday. He was 63. Family sources said that he had been admitted to LabAid after he had felt pain in the chest on Friday. He died about 11:30am His namaz-e-janaza […]

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10 BUET students sent to jail

A metropolitan magistrate’s court on Sunday sent to jail 10 students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology on completion of their interrogation in police custody. Metropolitan magistrate Atiqur Rahman passed the order rejecting their petition seeking bail. The police on June 13 raided Star Hotel and Restaurant at Thataribazar in the city and picked up 72 people, mostly students […]

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Don’t leave, raise prices

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Sunday urged the foreign buyers not to ignore Bangladesh’s RMG products, but raise the prices so that the factory owners could pay their workers more. She made the request when foreign trade and development cooperation minister of the Netherlands Lilianne Ploumen met her at her Sangsad Bhaban office in the evening. ‘Leaving Bangladesh by […]

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Ansar man held for raping girl

A member of Ansars Force was arrested at Gazaria upazila in Munshiganj on early Sunday on charge of raping a 15-year girl. Gazaria police sub-inspector Sakhawat Hossain said that the accused, Minhaz Mia, 30, was arrested at about 12:30am from a room at Kashem Ali Textile Mills, where he had been confining the girl since Tuesday and raped her several […]

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The agonies of Asma

It was around noon. On the road in front of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), a shabby young woman was lying on the footpath with her hands tied behind her back and her feet in chains. She was exhausted with her face telling a lot about her agony. Asma Akhter, a 25-year-old mentally challenged woman, was abandoned by her […]

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5-member panel to pick ACC chief

The government on Sunday formed a five-member committee, headed by Justice Hasan Fayez Siddiqui, an Appellate Division judge, for choosing the new chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission as the position will fall vacant soon. The committee will recommend two names to president Abdul Hamid for appointing the ACC chairman, said an official announcement. The other members of the committee are […]

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Building safety task force: Rajuk recommendation ignored for years

A recommendation made eight years ago by the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha that a ‘task force’ should be established to identify unsafe buildings housing garment factories appears to have been ignored by successive governments. RAJUK had made the recommendation in its report after an investigation into the collapse of the nine-storey Spectrum Sweater and Knitting Industries factory building at Savar in […]

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