Archive for June 20th, 2013

Frequent power cuts add to sufferings

Frequent power outages amid scorching heat have added to sufferings of people across the country for the past few days. Power distribution agencies are causing outages for four to six hours a day in urban areas while the situation is worse in rural areas as they keep facing outages up to 15 times a day, officials said. They said that […]

June 20, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Dismantling illegal gas networks: Titas faces resistance in different areas

Dismantling illegal gas distribution networks has slowed down in and around Dhaka city as the beneficiaries in many areas are creating obstacles to removing illegal distribution networks forcing the Titas officials to retreat, officials said. Titas officials have already faced severe resistance in Nandipara, Keraniganj, different areas along town protection embankment in Mirpur and Mohammadpur in Dhaka and Rupganj and […]

June 20, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

If caretaker govt comes, it will stay for indefinite period: PM

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Wednesday told the parliament that if a non-party caretaker government was installed it would stay in power for an indefinite period and no elections would be held. ‘In 2007, the army-backed caretaker government came to power for three months but it stayed for two years. We were arrested and had been put in jail […]

June 20, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

WB report not to affect Padma bridge construction

The communications minister, Obaidul Quader, on Wednesday said that the report of the World Bank investigation of the Padma Bridge corruption conspiracy would not affect the implementation of the Tk 22,000-crore project. He said that the tender for the construction for the main bridge would be floated by June as the construction of the approach road had already begun. ‘Prime […]

June 20, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Tarique’s Dandy Dyeing, 5 other units owe Tk 321.52cr to Sonali Bank: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told parliament that Tarique Rahman’s Dandy Dyeing Limited and five other units owned by other BNP leaders owed Tk 321 crore and 52 lakhs as bad loan to Sonali Bank. Replying to a question from BNP member Begum Nelofar Chowdhury Moni, the prime minister, in her written answer tabled in the House without discussion also said […]

June 20, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

PM’s statement seditious: Fakhrul

The acting Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, on Wednesday said that it was seditious to say that there would be no election. Addressing a rally of professionals at the National Press Club auditorium, he said that in a democracy none can make such a seditious statement as made by the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina. Combined Professional Council, a BNP-backed […]

June 20, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

TAZREEN FIRE compensation: HC asks for report

The High Court on Wednesday asked for reports from the government and the garment owners association detailing compensations given to the workers injured and the families of the workers killed in a fire at Tazreen Fashions Limited at Ashilua of Savar. The bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice ABM Altaf Hossain asked the chief inspector of factory, Md […]

June 20, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Corrupt people financially, politically powerful, says outgoing ACC chief

The outgoing chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission Ghulam Rahman on Wednesday called the ACC ‘a toothless tiger’ which was yet to grow claws and teeth even in four years of its operation, thanks to many loopholes in the laws. ‘Most of the corrupt people are powerful, financially and politically, so legal system works in their favor,’ he said at the […]

June 20, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

GB recapitalisation: Govt releases Tk 13cr

The finance ministry has released about Tk 13 crore for investment in Grameen Bank as the government wants to regain its 25 per cent stake in the micro-credit organisation, officials said. The funds have been allocated to the banking and financial institutions division as it sought the funds for the purpose, they said. The government took the move after many […]

June 20, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Bangladesh, Kuwait hold first JC meeting

Bangladesh and Kuwait have agreed to intensify cooperation in political, economic and cultural fields at the first ever Joint Commission meeting in Kuwait City on Tuesday. Freign minister Dipu Moni and her Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah led their sides in the talks held in the Kuwaiti foreign office. The Kuwaiti foreign minister acknowledged the recent developments in […]

June 20, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Lightning kills 11 people

AT least 11 people were killed and 14 others injured in separate lightning strikes in Dhaka and Chapainawabganj, Rajshahi and Sherpur on Wednesday. Two labourers were killed and eight others got burn injury as lightning struck them near the British High Commission office in Baridhara on Wednesday afternoon. The deceased were identified as Sohel, 20, and Wasim, 19. Gulshan police […]

June 20, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

WAR CRIMES TRIAL: SQC claims he was studying at Punjab University in 1971

The detained BNP lawmaker Salauddin Quader Chowdury on Wednesday told the International Crimes Tribunal 1 that he was in his final year honours in political science at Punjab University in Pakistan in 1971. In his deposition for the third day as the first defence witness for himself, Salauddin also claimed that he was a resident in London on December 16, […]

June 20, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Global warming to hit Bangladesh hard: WB

Bangladesh will be among the most affected countries in South Asia by an expected 2 degree Celsius rise in the world’s average temperatures in the next decades, a new scientific report of the World Bank Group said Wednesday. Bangladesh would be among the ‘potential impact hotspots’ threatened by extreme river floods, more intense tropical cyclones, rising sea levels and very […]

June 20, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

JU teachers declares VC unwanted on campus

Jahangirnagar University teachers have declared the vice-chancellor, Anwar Hossain, persona non grata on the campus for his alleged irregularities and reluctance to punish a Chhatra League leader who had assaulted a teacher. The Jahangirnagar University Teachers’ Association at a general meeting on Tuesday decided to return to classes after about two months’ work abstention. They decided that no administrative activities […]

June 20, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Address gender inequality: CWAMM

The 10th Commonwealth Women Affairs Ministers’ Meeting ended in Dhaka on Wednesday agreeing to work with a twin-track approach for addressing the gender inequality in the context of post-2015 development agenda. The three-day CWAMM revealed a 20-point Dhaka Declaration which termed the violence against women a critical issue affecting women’s empowerment and recommended that the new development framework should address […]

June 20, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Police arrest 5 Shibir men after gunfight

The police arrested five Islami Chhatra Shibir activists after a gunfight in a remove village of Satkania, 35 miles away off the Chittagong city, on Wednesday. The Satkania police officer-in-charge, Abdul Latif, said that they had seized three guns and some lethal weapons after the fight that continued for an hour from 3:00am. A Shibir activist and three policemen were […]

June 20, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Alim’s followers, Pak army killed 370 people: Witness

A prosecution witness testified on Wednesday that he heard that about 370 people were killed by the followers of war crimes accused Abdul Alim and the Pakistani occupation army in the two neighbouring villages, Kadipur and Karai Palpara in Jaipurhat on a Monday in the second week of Bangla month Baishakh during the Liberation War. Jogen Chandra Paul gave his […]

June 20, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Maternal Health Voucher Scheme at every upazila: PM

The government has initiated expansion of the ‘Maternal Health Voucher Scheme’ in all upazilas to ensure healthcare services for poor mothers during pregnancy and pre and post delivery periods. In each phase, twenty upazila will come under the innovative project, a specialised form of demand-side financing programme launched about two years back, the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, said while distributing […]

June 20, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Hefajat plans programme after Ramadan

Islamist group Hefajat-e-Islam Bangladesh is planning countrywide programmes after Ramadan to push for its 13-point demand. Hefajat-e-Islam will start strengthening its organisational activities especially after the group’s siege of Dhaka and a rally in Shapla Square in May 5 and subsequent police action to clear the areas by the police on May 6. The leaders also decided to bring about […]

June 20, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

SC questions govt appeal applicability to Quader sentence

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the attorney general whether the amended international crimes tribunal law regarding the government’s right to appeal against any sentence in war crime cases would apply to the case of Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Molla. The court pointed out that the tribunal had sentenced Quader to life in prison on February […]

June 20, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

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