Archive for September 1st, 2013

Political violence takes increasing toll on lives

Incidents of killing in political violence between rival parties and in intra-party conflicts have increased considerably in recent times. Several sensational murders were also committed in the capital and other parts of the country in last few months. Figures provided by human rights organisations suggest that the number of deaths in political violence have increased in the last year of […]

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JL leader hacked to death at Pallabi

A local unit Juba League leader was stabbed to death at Pallabi in the capital Dhaka on Saturday. Shah Alam Rocky, 25, a senior vice-president of the AL ward 92 unit, was stabbed indiscriminately near his house about 10:15am, Pallabi police subinspector Enamul Haque Khandker said. A gang of seven to eight people hacked Shah Alam. Shah Alam, who was […]

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Khaleda calls for ‘all-out movement’ for CG

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Saturday called upon her party activists to take all-out preparations for street agitation to force the government to restore the provision for the non-party caretaker government to the constitution. In a message on the occasion of BNP’s 35th founding anniversary, Khaleda Zia said the key objective of her party now was to […]

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PM to address secretaries tomorrow

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, is scheduled to hold a meeting on Sunday with top bureaucrats where she is expected to discuss the upcoming general elections and receive updates on the status of the government’s development programmes under various ministries. The meeting is considered crucial as the incumbent government serves out its five-year tenure in January, 2014. The last such […]

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Bangladeshis advised to leave Syria

Bangladesh has been closely monitoring the situation in Syria and has already advised its citizens to leave the country, a foreign ministry spokesman said in Dhaka on Saturday. Bangladesh would like to emphasize the centrality of the United Nations in resolving the Syrian crisis with immediate cessation of hostilities in Syria and to end the sufferings of the Syrian people, […]

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AL begins pre-election tour today

The ruling Awami League leaders are scheduled for today to begin week-long countrywide organisational and pre-election tour in a bid to strengthen the party at grassroots and evaluate the performance and popularity of the lawmakers or aspirants. Party insiders said that during the cross-country tour the teams of the leaders would inform the grassroots leaders and activists about the evolving […]

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Hasina defends charter change

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Saturday defended the 15th amendment to the constitution saying that it was aimed at running the country constitutionally and establishing people’s rights. ‘We have amended the constitution so that the country could be run constitutionally as without the constitutional process, it is not possible to earn economic freedom dreamt by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,’ […]

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BNP celebrates 35th founding anniv today

The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party celebrates its 35th founding anniversary today. Late president Ziaur Rahman founded the BNP September 1, 1978 on the slogan ‘politics of production and development.’ Zia had formulated 19-point programmes for the party. Khaleda Zia, wife of Ziaur Rahman, came to the helm of the party after assassination of Zia in 1981. The BNP has […]

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6 lynched in Hatiya

Six people were lynched on suspicion of robbery at Hatiya in upzila in Noakhali on Friday and Saturday. The police arrested eight other robbery suspects including four women. The deceased were identified as Altaf, 32, Younus, 30, Ashraf, 35, Kefayet, 28, Osman, 30 and Sarwar, 28. Of them, Altaf and Younus were killed at Sluice Gate bazaar on Friday night, […]

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Yunus for int’l standard minimum wage for RMG workers

Nobel laureate Muhammd Yunus has suggested that separate international standard minimum wages could be worked out for garment workers of each country. The minimum wage should be accepted as a non-negotiable compliance issue for pricing, he said. International buyers have to accept this as part of production cost and make sure price negotiations should not impact the workers’ wages in […]

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Tough time ahead, get ready: CEC

The chief election commissioner, Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad, on Saturday termed the time ahead ‘tough’ and called on the election officials to work impartially with transparency to earn the confidence of people. ‘The 10th parliamentary election is nearing. So, a tough time is ahead of us,’ he told commission officials at a general meeting of Bangladesh Election Commission Services Officers’ Association. […]

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Female student harassed at JU

A female student of Jahangirnagar University was sexually harassed near the university’s main gate on Friday evening. Witnesses said that some men, said to be Chhatra League activists, passed vulgar comments at the student, who lodged her protests, leading to an altercation. At one point, the group harassed her physically. Chhatra League leaders later went to the spot, apologised and […]

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Duties unpaid by Niko for eight years

The National Board of Revenue could not realise duties from the Niko Bangladesh against the import of machinery and chemicals for gas exploration at Chatak in Sylhet. Revenue officials said the Canada-based energy company had refused to pay the duties saying that the imported machinery and chemicals had been destroyed in the two blow-outs. The matter has remained unresolved for […]

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Indian ‘damage control’ on LBA

India is trying to stitch together a bilateral meeting between prime ministers Manmohan Singh and Sheikh Hasina in New York next month on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, Kolkata based ‘The Telegraph’ reports. It said the meeting would be aimed at mitigating ‘any diplomatic fallout of parliament’s failure to endorse a land swap pact electorally crucial for […]

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Bismillah Group scam: Probe team likely to submit report to ACC this week

The inquiry team of the Anti-Corruption Commission is likely to submit this week its report on the funded part of the Tk 900 crore embezzled by Bismillah Towel Group to seek the commission’s approval for filing cases, an ACC official has told New Age. The official said that the commission’s five-member probe team led by its deputy director Syed Iqbal […]

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RMG workers demand Tk 8,000 as minimum basic wage

Garments Sramik Sangaram Parishad, a combine of seven garment worker organisations, on Saturday demanded Tk 8,000 as the monthly minimum basic wage for garment workers. The leaders of the combine at a rally in front of the National Press Club said that the garment workers would not accept Tk.8000 as the minimum gross wage. The combine coordinator Rafiqul Islam Pathik […]

September 1, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Julhas Alam new AP bureau chief

Associated Press Bangladesh correspondent Julhas Alam became the New York-based global news agency’s bureau chief in Dhaka on Saturday. Immediate past bureau chief Farid Hossain retired on Saturday after 27 years of service with the news agency, said a release. Julhas has been with the news agency since 2004 after starting his career with The Daily Star and working for […]

September 1, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

US invite Bangladesh to join Trans Pacific Partnership

The United States ambassador in Dhaka, Dan W Mozena, on Sunday called on Bangladesh to join the proposed free trade block, Trans Pacific Partnership. ‘I hope that Bangladesh would think about joining the partnership and entry into the free trade block would be a huge boost to Bangladesh’s exports,’ said Mozena at a seminar on US-Bangladesh relations with special preference […]

September 1, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Daulatdia-Paturia ferry services yet to return to normalcy

Hundreds of vehicles still remained stuck on both sides of Daulatdia-Paturia river routes as the ferry services in the route are yet to return to normalcy as of Saturday evening. General manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation at Aricha Shahadat Hossain said nine of the 10 Ro-Ro ferries and three K-type ferries were operating across the Padma River with […]

September 1, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Myanmar jails 76 Rohingyas

An Arakan state court reportedly sentenced 76 Rohingya Muslims to lengthy prison terms last week for their alleged roles in an outburst of deadly inter-communal violence in Maungdaw Township in June last year, according to a human rights group and a local media report. At least seven were sentenced to life imprisonment, says ‘Irrawaddy’, a top Myanmar-related website. The Thailand-based […]

September 1, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

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