Archive for June 28th, 2013

JB flouts banking rules in sanctioning loans

Violating banking rules, Janata Bank has sanctioned and disbursed Tk 1,932.92 crore in loans to Chittagong-based S Alam Group against mortgages of only Tk 12.59 crore, an investigation of Bangladesh Bank revealed. A special inspection of the central bank also found that Sadharan Bima corporate branch of Janata Bank in Chittagong engaged in repeated anomalies in granting loans to seven […]

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Death threat to PM on facebook: Former BUET teacher gets 7yrs in jail

A Dhaka court on Thursday sentenced a former teacher of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology to seven years in jail for issuing death threat to prime minister Sheikh Hasina on his facebook wall. Dhaka’s metropolitan sessions judge Jahrul Haque delivered the verdict in absence of the teacher, Hafizur Rahman Rana, of mechanical engineering department as he was on the […]

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Ershad meets Hasina

Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad met with the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, at her office in Parliament on Thursday afternoon. The one-on-one meeting lasted for about 40 minutes, Asif Kabir, the prime minister’s assistant press secretary, told the news agency. The meeting took place amid speculations about Jatiya Party’s position in the current political landscape ever since Ershad returned from […]

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Polls-time govt: Treasury, opposition benches stick to their guns

With the general debates on national budget for 2013-14 fiscal nearing an end, senior members of treasury and opposition benches on Thursday stuck to their respective guns over the issue of an election-time government. Both the camps put their respective arguments for and against the non-party caretaker government to oversee the next general elections. Senior BNP member Moudud Ahmed told […]

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Rawshan urges PM to initiate move for talks

Minutes after a parley between prime minister Sheikh Hasina and Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad, the latter’s wife Rawshan Ershad on Thursday called on Hasina to initiate discussions for resolving the ongoing political impasse. Amid applause from all parties, Rawshan said, ‘You [Hasina] have bigger responsibility since you are the daughter of Bangabandhu and hold the office of the prime […]

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SQC TRIAL: Justice Hasnain, Salman Rahman named as defence witnesses

Sitting High Court judge, Justice Shamim Hasnain and Beximco group vice chairman Salman F Rahman, were among four, named on Thursday as defence witnesses for war crimes accused Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, MP. The two others named by Salauddin’s lawyer as defence witnesses include Asia Pacific University trustee board member Qayum Reza Chowdhury and Nizam Ahmed. Quyum is brother of former […]

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US cuts trade privileges for Bangladesh

The United States withdrew key trade privileges from Bangladesh Thursday, citing dangerous conditions for workers in the wake of a factory building collapse that killed over 1,100 people. An order by the president, Barack Obama, removed Bangladesh’s duty-free trade privileges under the ‘GSP’ programme, increasing pressure on Dhaka to boost workplace safety after a series of disasters in the country’s […]

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Promotion to JS rank on cards

The Superior Selection Board after a series of meetings has finalised a list of around 200 deputy secretaries for promotion to the rank of joint secretary in the civil bureaucracy. The public administration ministry is expected to send a summary containing the list of aspirants to the Prime Minister’s Office in a couple of days for approval, a senior official […]

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Gazipur City Polls: AL, BNP leaders brave rains in campaigns

Central leaders from both ruling Awami League and opposition BNP rushed to Gazipur for campaigning for their nominees for the July 6 city corporation election. They participated in day-long massive campaign on Thursday and urged the voters to vote for their respective mayoral candidates. Observers said the coming Gazipur City Corporation election has become a big challenge for both the […]

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OQ pulls up Muhith for Padma Bridge remarks

Communications minister Obaidul Quader on Thursday pulled up finance minister AMA Muhith for what he called the latter’s ‘incorrect statements’ on Padma Bridge construction from time to time. Muhith is often oblivious due top his old age, he said. He said that Muhith gave incorrect statements on Padma Bridge at different times. Being an octogenarian, he is at times forgetful, […]

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War crimes trial: Nizami was involved in killing of intellectuals: witness

A freedom fighter on Thursday told the International Crimes Tribunal-1 that he came to know through freedom fighters and intelligence sources about detained Jamaat-e-Islami amir Motiur Rahman Nizami’s involvement in forming Al-Badr and killing intellectuals in 1971. The freedom fighter, Md Shamsul Huq Nannu, now 60, of Pathail Hat village under Santhia in Pabna, stated this while he had been […]

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WAR CRIMES: Mir Quasem’s charge framing postponed

The hearing for framing the charges against war crimes accused Jamaat leader Mir Quasem Ali scheduled for Thursday was postponed until July 18. The International Crimes Tribunal-1 on Thursday postponed the hearing following a prayer from Quasem’s lawyer Mizanul Islam seeking an adjournment for eight weeks saying he needed the time to take preparations. Mizanul submitted that 109 pages of […]

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Suranjit warns against foul play with minorities

Minister without portfolio Suranjit Sengupta on Thursday warned the opposition political parties against foul play with religious minorities. Taking part in the discussion on the 2013-2014 budget, he told parliament that the religious minorities of Bangladesh should not be undermined as religion had no frontiers. ‘I am talking about the unfortunate minorities here. The Buddhists are minority here but they […]

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Mahfuza Khanom made NHRC member

Women rights activist Mahfuza Khanom, also the wife of law minister Shafique Ahmed, has been appointed the National Human Rights Commission honorary member. Mahfuza Khanom replaced Niru Kumar Chakma, also a Dhaka University professor. ‘The seven-member select committee headed by speaker selected Mahfuza Khanom, a retired principal of the Manikganj Government Mahila Degree College, and another one for the appointment […]

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Village court bill placed in parliament amid opposition objection

The government on Thursday placed in parliament the Village Court (Amendment) Bill – 2013 increasing financial jurisdiction of the courts from Tk 25,000 to Tk 75,000. State minister for local government and rural development Jahangir Kabir Nanak placed the bill proposing a provision of a compulsory woman representative in the five-member panel of village courts. He also made a provision […]

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Couple, son burnt to death in city

Three members of a family were burnt to death as a fire broke out at their house at Taltala of Khilgaon in the capital on early Thursday, The deceased were identified as Japan International Cooperation Agency consultant Sirajullah, 56, also former government official, his wife Kaniz Fatima Koli, 43, and their son Rashidul Hasan, 24. Rashidul had finished post graduation […]

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BISHWAJIT MURDER: Trial deferred to July 21

A Dhaka court on Thursday deferred to July 14 the commencement of the formal trial of Bishwajit murder case as the prosecution said that the case was likely to be transferred to a Speedy Trial Tribunal. Metropolitan sessions judge Md Jahrul Haque passed the order after hearing the plea of public prosecutor Md Abdullah Abu. The court was scheduled for […]

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Temple collapse kills two siblings

Two siblings who used to live near an old temple died as the temple at Chansra under Jessore Sadar Upazila suddenly collapsed at around 10pm on Wednesday. Local people said the temple was built about 275 years ago. The dead were identified as Shibu Ghosh, 50, and his brother Nirod Ghosh, 55, who used to live in a thatched house […]

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Biman staff stage demo at Balaka

Employees of Biman Bangladesh Airlines were protesting at Balaka Bhaban premises demanding efforts to involve private operators in ground handling services at airport be stalled immediately. Witnesses said some 300 employees were chanting slogans outside and inside the Balaka Bhaban since Thursday morning. Biman’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Steele tried to pacify the protestors in vain in […]

June 28, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Fakhrul meets Yunus

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, who met with Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus on Thursday, has asked the government not to intervene into the micro-credit institution. Fakhrul met with Yunus at the Yunus Centre in Grameen Bhaban at Mirpur in the capital. Last Sunday, BNP vice-chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury and advisory council member Osman […]

June 28, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

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