Archive for June 27th, 2013

Muhith terms Yunus a ‘real politician’

Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith on Wednesday told parliament that Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus had been engaged in a smear campaign against the government for over last three years and acted as a ‘real politician’ by attempting to mount pressure on the government by ‘asking’ women directors of Grameen Bank to hold press conference. Muhith said the Grameen Bank […]

June 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

GB employees to wage movement

Grameen Bank Employees Association on Wednesday said that they would launch movement if government did not put off its move to split the Nobel peace prize winning micro-credit entity. At a briefing at Grameen Bank headquarter at Mirpur, the association leaders urged the government to stop ‘conspiracy’ against the bank. The association president Mohammad Shamsul Alam said that around 4 […]

June 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Padma Bridge project: Govt floats tender

The government on Wednesday invited international tender for construction of the main structure of the ambitious Padma Multipurpose Bridge project, said officials. Bangladesh Bridge Authority floated the tender after almost two years of delay after selecting the pre-qualifiers for the same component of the project on July 5, 2011, because of a series of events that followed the World Bank’s […]

June 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Muhith doubts if Padma Bridge work will start under present govt

Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith on Wednesday expressed doubt whether the present government would be able to start construction of the Padma Bridge before serving out its tenure in January. He expressed the doubts hours after the bridge authority floated international tender on the day to pick a contractor from five pre-qualified bidders selected almost two years back. He […]

June 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Steps taken to let expats cast votes from overseas, PM tells JS

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday told parliament that steps had been taken so that Bangladeshis living overseas could cast their votes in elections. In reply to a question from Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, Awami League lawmaker for Narsingdi-4, she said measures had been taken to make necessary amendments to the Representation of the People Order 1972, to let expatriate […]

June 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Rana Plaza collapse: BGMEA blames bldg, factory owners

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association has primarily found the owner of Rana Plaza at Savar responsible for its collapse and then also accused the owners of the five clothing factories housed in it for the disaster and death of the workers, according to the probe report of the trade body. Besides owners of the building and factories, the BGMEA […]

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Dhaka-Delhi exploring power trade from Tripura

Dhaka and Delhi are exploring whether a viable way could be found for India to sell surplus electricity from its north-eastern province of Tripura to Bangladesh, officials said. India expects that Tripura would soon have surplus power of up to 150MW, they said. A joint technical committee comprising of officials from the two countries is expected to submit a report […]

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Savar building sealed off for cracks

Savar upazila administration on Wednesday sealed off an eight-storey commercial building housing two garment factories and a market near Savar bus station located a few yards away from the recently collapsed Rana Plaza. The administration took the measure following media a report that said on Tuesday that the building, Razzak Plaza, developed cracks. Eight-storey Rana Plaza had collapsed on April […]

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4 city polls were not fair: Khaleda

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Wednesday said that had the June 15 elections to four city corporations been fair, the ruling Awami League-backed mayoral candidates would have lost their deposits. Addressing a function of exchanging greetings with newly elected BNP-backed Sylhet mayor-elect Ariful Huq Chowdhury and councillors-elect at her Gulshan office at 10:45pm, Khaleda claimed that the […]

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Do not kill Bangladeshi trespassers

The Indian Border Security Force killed 214 Bangladeshis and wounded 323 others since 2009 and most of the killings took place in connection with the cattle trading, said the Border Guard Bangladesh chief, Major General Aziz Ahmed. ‘This figure should come down to zero level… not a single killing is acceptable,’ the BGB director general told a press conference held […]

June 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Bodiuzzman new ACC chairman

M Bodiuzzman, the interim chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission, has been appointed chairman while former chairman of the National Board of Revenue Nasiruddin commissioner of the corruption watchdog. The cabinet secretary, Mohammad Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, confirmed the appointments of the two Wednesday night. Bodiuzzman, member of the commission, took over the charge on Monday as its acting chairman as the […]

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Gazipur city polls: Jahangir’s pullout not violation of electoral code: EC

Election commissioner Shah Nawaz on Wednesday said that Jahangir Alam’s pullout from the mayoral race in the Gazipur city polls at the prime minister’s instruction does not breach any electoral law. The election commissioner said he was not sure whether or not Jahangir is still a mayoral candidate, but he said his election symbol ‘pineapple’ is valid and votes to […]

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HC extends Tarique’s bail in two cases

The High Court on Wednesday extended bail for three months to BNP leader Tarique Rahman in connection with two cases relating to extortion and tax evasion. HC vacation bench of Justice M Moazzam Hosain and Justice Md Jahangir Hossain passed the order following two petitions filed by Tarique’s lawyer Nazmul Huda seeking extension of a previous order granting bail and […]

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Dhaka backs Beijing’s proposal for transnational highway

Dhaka has given its consent to a proposal of Beijing for construction of a transnational highway connecting the Indian state of West Bengal and the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming through Myanmar and Bangladesh. ‘Bangladesh has given its consent to a proposal of China for construction of a four-nation highway, which is not part of Asian Highway,’ communications minister Obaidul […]

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Felani killing: Father to testify in Indian court in July

The father of Felani Khatun, who was shot dead by the Indian Border Security Force in Kurigram border, will go to India in July to make his deposition on the killing of his daughter, officials said on Wednesday. Felani’s father Nur Islam Nuru and uncle Hanif Ali would make deposition about the killing in the General Security Force court in […]

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290 tortured, 71 killed in custody since 2009: Odhikar

At least 290 people were tortured by law enforcers in custody and 71 of them were tortured to death across the country from January 2009 to May 2013. Rights organisation Odhikar revealed the information at a discussion meeting on Wednesday that urged people to wage a movement against torture and enforced disappearance. Odhikar organised the discussion was organised marking the […]

June 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

JL-BCL GUNFIGHT: JL central leader Helal, 5 others held in capital

The police arrested Juba League central committee member Helal Akbar Chowdhury Babar and five of his associates in Dhaka on early Wednesday for Monday’s gunfight in Chittagong over dropping of tenders for railway renovation works that killed two. Helal and Juba League activists Chotan Barua, Sah Alam, Palash Dash, Robi Dey and Mazharul Islam were arrested at a house at […]

June 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Minister admits futility of decisions on traffic issues

The communications minister, Obaidul Quader, on Wednesday admitted that there were hardly any implementations of decisions on traffic related issues. ‘Is there any benefit if we take decisions calling meetings,’ he asked at the 38th meeting of the Road Transport Advisory Council held at the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority. The question was raised after the Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation […]

June 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

JUTA declares fresh agitations

Academic activities at Jahangirnagar University remained stalled for the sixth consecutive day on Wednesday, with the teachers announcing fresh protest programmes against vice-chancellor Professor Anwar Hossain. JU Teachers’ Association in a press release spelled out the agitation programmes. In it, the JUTA president Professor Ajit Kumr Masumder said they would continue their blockade until VC’s removal. The fresh protest programme […]

June 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

DC, ADC sued in Chuadanga

A case was filed with a local court on Monday against the deputy commissioner, the additional DC (Revenue) and the assistant commissioner (record room deputy collector) in Chuadanga. Six members of the local bar association filed the case in the form of public interest litigation. Taking the case into cognizance, Judge M Sanaullah of Alamdanga Assistant Judge Court summoned the […]

June 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

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