Archive for September 4th, 2013

15 apparel workers hurt in clash with police

At least 15 apparel workers and labour leaders were injured in a clash with the police on BB Road at Chashara in Narayanganj on Tuesday. The clash broke out when the police charged with truncheons at workers of Fuji Knitwear who were rallying for their payment after the factory had been closed on August 27 for an indefinite period. About […]

September 4, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Apparel sector: Much lower wage for highest export earners

Workers in the apparel sector, which is the highest export earner, rank the 20th among 29 sectors having legal monthly minimum wages effected or revised since 2007. Of the 38 sectors having set minimum pay, wages in five were effected between 1983 and 1994. Wages in four of the sectors are calculated on a daily work basis. There are four […]

September 4, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Islamist allies of BNP press for hard-line stance

Islamist allies of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party want it to take a hard-line stance to speed up the current movement after the prime minister outlined the framework for an election-time government, a leader of the opposition alliance said. Some partners of the ‘18-party’ alliance, including Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh, during a secretary general-level meeting of the alliance on Tuesday suggested a hard-line […]

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WB offers conditional loan to bail out state banks

The World Bank has offered help for the government to bail out the state-owned banks (SoBs) on the condition of less control over the banks. The World Bank, officials said, has made the offer after its fact-finding mission found that more than one quarter of the banking system was ‘insolvent’ because of a huge capital shortfall in the state-owned banks […]

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PM calls for communal harmony at any cost

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Tuesday said no true Muslim could be involved in militancy or favour militancy. She said a pious Muslim could not burn the holy Quran. But, the cadres of Jamaat-Shibir, Hefajat and BNP burnt hundreds of copies of the Quran and hurt the religious sentiment of the true Muslims. ‘They not only torched the temples […]

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BNP, allies say PM statement an overstay plot

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led opposition alliance on Tuesday said that the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, blocked the road to dialogue to resolve the ongoing political crisis through her outline of the election-time interim cabinet and elections without dissolving the outgoing parliament. Such a decision of the government is a conspiracy to overstay in power, said acting BNP secretary general Mirza […]

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Workers detained in Malaysia: Home coming would be arranged at their costs: Minister

Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain said on Tuesday that the government would take steps to bring back the undocumented Bangladeshi workers detained in Malaysia unless they faced sentences. He told reporters at his office that the government was in touch with Malaysian authorities and requested them not to initiate action against the detained Bangladeshi workers immediately. […]

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Govt terminates Bibiyana 1 project contract

The government has terminated a contract with a Summit Group subsidiary that required the company to install a 341MW gas-fired power plant at Bibiyana in Sylhet 27 months after the parties had signed a power purchase/sales deal. In the past few days, the power ministry approved a power cell proposal for he termination of the contract with Summit Bibiyana 1 […]

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EC prepared to hold even ‘sudden’ polls: CEC

The chief election commissioner, Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad, on Tuesday said the Election Commission had the arrangement for holding even a ‘sudden poll’ apart from its preparations for conducting the 10th parliamentary polls by the deadline as the constitution stipulated. When enquired about the possible time limit for the 10th parliamentary polls, the CEC, after a marathon meeting of election commissioners […]

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10 injured as police fire on workers’ procession

At least ten employees of different hotels and restaurants were injured as riot police opened fire on them at Shaheb Bazar in the Rajshahi city on Tuesday. The restaurant employees brought out a procession in protest against the death of one of the hotel employees named Rojob Ali who died from injuries on Monday. Two months ago Rojob Ali, employer […]

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New voters to get NID cards next month

About 70 lakh new voters, enrolled since March 10, 2012, would get their national identification cards by next month, Election Commission officials said Monday. The new voters in Dhaka would get their NIDs later this month, director operations at EC National Identity Registration Wing Mohasin Ali told New Age. ‘We expect to complete the upazilawise distribution of NID cards by […]

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GB deplores ministers’ calling Yunus ‘traitor’

Grameen Bank has deplored some ministers’ remarks branding Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus as a ‘politician’ and ‘partisan’. ‘Many of them [ministers] do not even hesitate to call him a ‘traitor’, the bank said while reacting to several allegations recently brought gainst Yunus by the ministers. Tahsina Khatun, one of the nine elected directors of the bank, gave the reaction on […]

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Cop gets 2 yrs in jail for graft

A court here on Tuesday convicted a sub-inspector of police for graft and sentenced him to two years’ rigorous imprisonment. Judge Motahar Hossain of Special Court-3 also fined SI M Rakibul Hasan Tk 10,000, in default, to suffer two months more rigorous imprisonment. According to the case statement, M Rakibul Hasan, an SI of Mirpur Police Station in 2010, demanded […]

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Taindong victims still panicked

Victims of the arson attacks on four villages of hill people at Taindong of Matiranga in Khagrachari, were passing their days panicked and failing to go anywhere to earn their livelihood even a month after the incident. They alleged that the administration was negligent about their rehabilitation. The charred houses were yet to be rebuilt. The victims also said that […]

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PM’s outline of interim govt not alliance’s view, says JP

The Jatiya Party on Tuesday said that the prime minister’s outline of election-time interim government and elections without dissolving the outgoing parliament was not the view of the ruling alliance. ‘We want a credible election with participation of all parties and this is the position of my party chief HM Ershad,’ Jatiya Party secretary general ABM Ruhul Amin Hawlader told […]

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Khaleda demands Mufti Wakkas’ immediate release

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Monday expressed deep concern over the arrest of Mufti Mohammad Wakkas, secretary general of Jamiatul Ulema-e-Islam, a component of the BNP-led 18-party alliance, and demanded his immediate release. In a statement, she said, ‘The government has pushed the country’s political situation towards an unpredictable state through the arrest of a national leader like Mufti Wakkas. […]

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Three militants put on 10-day fresh remand

A court in Bogra on Tuesday placed three militants on 10-day remand afresh for interrogation in connection with an arms case. Investigation officer of the case Tuesday placed Sanaullah, Rafiqul Islam Rubel and Bagha Sheikh Babu before the court of additional chief judicial magistrate Abdul Hamid with a prayer for 15 days remand. The court granted 10 days remand. Rapid […]

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WAR CRIMES TRIAL: Prosecution pleads for Azhar’s indictment on six charges

The prosecution on Tuesday pleaded for indicting detained Jamaat leader ATM Azharul Islam on six charges of 1971 crimes against humanity. The prosecution said he allegedly committed the crimes in Rangpur during the Liberation War in collaboration with the occupation army of Pakistani and his cohorts. Reading out the formal charges against him at the International Crimes Tribunal-1, prosecutor Saiful […]

September 4, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Child-marriage is one of the main impediments in women empowerment: Chumki

State minister for women and children affairs, Meher Afroz Chumki Tuesday said child-marriage is one of the main impediments in women empowerment and implementation of the government’s vision-2021. ‘Equal participation of women and their male counterparts in all the national development process could be ensured and Bangladesh could play an important role as a middle-income country if the child and […]

September 4, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Mufti Wakkas sent to jail

A Dhaka court on Tuesday sent Hefajat-e-Islam nayeb-e-ameer Mufti Wakkas to jail. Police produced him before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s court in the afternoon and sought a 20-day remand in two separate cases filed with Motijheel police station. Magistrate Mohammad Erfan Ullah fixed September 9 to hear the plea. The detective police arrested Wakkas from Malibagh Chowdhurypara in the city […]

September 4, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

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