Archive for June 18th, 2013

Cabinet clears way for TICFA signing with US

The cabinet on Monday cleared the way for signing of the much-discussed ‘Trade and Investment Cooperation Forum Agreement’ with the United States, including a provision for setting up a bilateral body to address trade-related issues between the two countries. The commerce ministry placed the draft TICFA at the weekly cabinet meeting for approval with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the […]

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Rana Plaza victims: DNA tests may be delayed for money

The DNA profiling of Rana Plaza victims and their relatives to determine the identities of unnamed bodies might be delayed as the authorities concerned are reluctant to provide the fee of Tk 50 lakh to the National Forensic DNA Profiling Laboratory. Immediately after the deadly building collapse in Saver on April 24 which killed at least 1,131 people, mostly garment […]

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Govt puts off reply to WB

The government on Monday put off its reply to the World Bank’s probe report on graft conspiracy in the Padma Bridge project until later in the week. The government was scheduled to send a reply on Monday. The government expects to send the reply towards the end of the week, finance minister AMA Muhith told reporters on Monday at his […]

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Teacher arrested for allegedly molesting student

A teacher of a higher secondary school at Laxmibazar in the Old Town of Dhaka was arrested on Monday for allegedly molesting a girl student more than one year ago. ‘We have arrested Basudev Kumar Roy, 38, after a former student of the school brought the allegation of sexual harassment against him,’ said Sutrapur police officer-in-charge Rafiqul Islam. The victim […]

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SC upholds new college admission system Notre Dame College exempted

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Monday vacated a High Court stay and upheld with minor modifications a government order on enrolling students into colleges on the basis of SSC results. The Appellate Division ruling paves the way for enrolling students into colleges without holding admission tests. A five-member Appellate Division bench chaired by Chief Justice Md Muzammel […]

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BNP, allies announce countrywide demo for June 22

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led opposition alliance will hold demonstration at upazila and thana headquarters across the country on June 22 to press for restoration of election-time non-party caretaker government. The alliance also criticised the prime minister’s statement made in parliament on Sunday that there would be no election if the opposition insists on caretaker government. BNP acting secretary general Mirza […]

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Hefajat damaged Tk 24cr property of 22 banks, Muhith tells JS

Hefajat-e-Islam’s violence on May 5 at Motijheel in the city damaged property worth Tk 24.51 crore of 22 banks and financial institutions, the finance minister told parliament on Monday. All the affected banks and financial institutions are located at Matijheel and in nearby areas. Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited, which is also located in the same area, was spared by the […]

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War crimes trial: SQC begins testimony defending himself

Detained BNP lawmaker and war crimes accused Salauddin Quader Chowdhury on Monday began his testimony from the witness box as the first defence witness defending himself. Salauddin, who was in the dock, took oath as a witness after he came to the witness box at around 11:25am. But, he himself withdrew it as prosecutor Sultan Mahmud Simon opposed it saying […]

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TAZREEN FIRE: 33 noted citizens concerned about justice

A group of 33 noted citizens, including university teachers and cultural and rights activists, on Monday expressed deep concern over the home ministry’s alleged attempts to protect the people responsible for fire at Tazreen garment. In a joint statement, they demanded immediate arrest of Tazreen Fashion Limited owner Delwar Hossain and exemplary punishment for him. At least 112 workers were […]

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4,126 nurses to be recruited directly

The cabinet on Monday approved a proposal for ‘direct appointments’ of nurses to 4,126 vacant posts at the government hospitals across the country on an urgent basis. The age limit for joining the nursing service was extended to 36 years from 30 years, fulfilling the demand of aspirants holding diploma degree in nursing. The health and family welfare ministry placed […]

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25 RMG workers injured in police actions in Dhaka, Gazipur

At least 25 people were injured as police charged batons and opened fire on apparel workers who were demonstrating in Tejgaon industrial area in the capital and Gazipur on Monday to press their demands, including hike in attendance bonus and other benefits. At least two workers sustained injuries from rubber bullets. The police, however, denied the charge. In the capital, […]

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JP, Islami Oikya Forum withdraw candidates for Gazipur mayor

Kazi Mahmudul Hasan of the Ershad-led Jatiya Party and Md Fazlur Rahman of Sammilita Islami Oikya Forum withdrew their nominations for the Gazipur mayoral polls on Monday, the last day for withdrawal of candidature. The Election Commission will distribute symbols among the candidates today. The Awami League-backed candidate Ajmat Ullah Khan, also former mayor of Tongi Paurasabha, and the Bangladesh […]

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New Govt gazette clarifies ACC chief’s tenure of office

The Anti Corruption Commission on Monday submitted to the High Court that the four-year tenure of its chairman Ghulam Rahman began on June 24, 2009, when he reported to duty. The ACC also submitted at a HC hearing a new gazette notification issued by the cabinet secretary on Sunday to clarify that tenure of office of Ghulam began on the […]

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Alim key behind mass killings in Chakpara : Witness

A prosecution witness against war crimes accused Abdul Alim on Monday told the International Crimes Tribunal-2 that Alim was the key person behind the mass killings committed at his neighboring locality, Chakpara in Jaipurhat, on April 26, 1971. Ajit Mohanta, now 53, of village Madarganj in Jaipurhat, testifying as the 25th prosecution witness against Alim, also said that he was […]

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Arafat’s tax evasion case: Trial deferred as prosecution fails to submit documents

A Special Judge’s Court on Monday deferred to July 11 the recording of deposition of a prosecution witness against Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s youngest son Arafat Rahman in a tax evasion case. The judge of the Special Judge’s Court 7, Monir Ahmed Patwari, passed the order after the prosecution sought time for the hearing in the case as […]

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Be vocal for equal rights of women

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, has called upon all Commonwealth states to be vocal in and outside the national territories to ensure equal rights of the women. ‘We will also have to formulate coordinated and united strategies to achieve our goal, while the activities of the women in the global arena should be strengthened.’ she said. Sheikh Hasina also added […]

June 18, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

HALLMARK-SONALI BANK SCAM: 4 Sonali Bank officials interrogated at jail gate

The Anti-Corruption Commission on Monday interrogated four Sonali Bank officials at the gate of Dhaka central jail over their alleged involvement in embezzlement of around Tk 3,700 crore from Ruposhi Bangla Hotel branch of the bank by the Hallmark Group. The seven-member probe team led by deputy director Mir Joynal Abedin Shibli interrogated former general manager Mir Mahidur Rahman and […]

June 18, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Newsprint import duty: Proposal to be reconsidered: Muhith

The finance minister, AMA Muhith, has assured the Newspaper Owners’ Association of Bangladesh of reconsidering the budgetary proposal to increase duty on newsprint import from 3 per cent to 25 per cent in the fiscal year of 2013-14. ‘As the budget is not yet passed in parliament, the finance minister assured us of reducing the proposed import duty on newsprint,’ […]

June 18, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

ICT asks for report on investigation against Qaisar July 18

The International Crimes Tribunal 2 on Monday asked the prosecution to report the progress in the investigation against the detained former Jatiya Party state minister Syed Md Qaisar on July 18. The tribunal, instituted for the trial of the 1971 war crimes, also asked the prison authorities to produce Qaisar before it on July 18. The tribunal led by Justice […]

June 18, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Indefinite transport strike in 10 districts of Khulna begins

Transport workers have enforced an indefinite strike on all routes of ten districts in Khulna division since Monday morning to press home their 13-point demands. Khulna divisional unit of Motor Sramik Union called for the indefinite strike, transport workers said. The 13-point demands include immediate withdrawal of all kinds of human haulers such as Nasimon, Karimon and Bhatvatis from Khulna–Dhaka […]

June 18, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

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