Archive for September 9th, 2013

Accept CG or face nonstop strike, blockade: Khaleda

Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia on Sunday asked prime minister Sheikh Hasina to accept the demand for an election-time non-party government or face a ‘nonstop’ general strike and blockades. ‘If you do not concede to the demand, say goodbye and find an escape route,‘ she asked her arch political rival in hard-hitting words at a huge public meeting in […]

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Zubayer killing at JU: 13 expelled BCL men indicted

A trial court in Dhaka on Sunday framed charges against 13 expelled Chhatra League activists of the Jahangirnagar University unit in the killing of their fellow activist Zubayer Ahmed in 2012. Zubayer, a final-year bachelor’s student of English at the university, was tortured and stabbed by the accused on January 8, 2012. He died in hospital the next day, triggering […]

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Constitution change aimed at stopping undemocratic forces: PM

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Sunday said that after winning the 2008 elections by an overwhelming majority, her government amended the constitution to consolidate democracy and to close roads for undemocratic forces to capture power. ‘People gave us the chance with a three-fourths majority in the parliament to change the constitutional provisions that martial law ordinances had introduced,’ she […]

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Bangladesh to miss literacy goal: UNSECO

UNESCO estimates that Bangladesh will fail to reach its target of the percentage of adults who in 2015 will be able to read and write by ‘more than 5 percentage points.’ The fourth Education for All goal, set by the UN agency, states that adult literacy in 2015 should be 50 per cent more than the level was in 2000, […]

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Four mobile operators win 3G licences

All of the four mobile operators who applied for 3G licences bought spectrum in an auction the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission held on Sunday. Grameenphone, Banglalink, Robi and Airtel that bought a total of 25MHz spectrum of the available 40MHz for $21 million a MHz will now need to offer 3G services, which allows a high information transfer rate, in […]

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Energy div okays Santos-Kris bid for block 11

The energy division on Sunday approved a proposal of Santos-Krisenergy joint-venture for oil and gas exploration in hydrocarbon block 11 in the shallow of the Bay of Bengal. The decision was made at a meeting the energy division secretary Md Mozammel Haque Khan presided over on the day, officials said. They said that a summery of the Santos-Krisenergy proposal was […]

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Dhaka-Moscow Arms Deal: Price yet to be settled

A Russian government delegation has arrived in Dhaka to finalise the cost to the Bangladesh government for purchasing 24 advanced jet trainer fighters and six helicopters for the Armed Forces Division, officials said. Bangladesh has a difference of opinion with the Russian authorities about the appropriate rates for the fighter planes. The local negotiation committee, led by a Bangladesh air […]

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WB’s integrity dept must be punished, shouldn’t exist: Muhith

The finance minister, AMA Muhith, on Sunday again slammed the World Bank for its action regarding Padma Bridge project, saying ‘its integrity department must be punished. This is a highly inefficient body that should not exist.’ Defending the government’s stance on Padma Bridge project that there was no corruption in the project, he, however, admitted that initially there was an […]

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Postal department faces image crisis due to theft

The postal department is facing ‘image crisis’ due to continuing theft of postal items at the airport cargo at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, officials said. ‘The postal department is also losing its clients… and the government losing its revenue,’ reads a letter of the department. The department’s air sorting office has recently sent letters to Indian Jet Airways, one of […]

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10 injured in police-Shibir clashes

Al least 10 people were injured and three activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir were arrested as they clashed with police on Sunday in the capital, Rajshahi and other places. Shibir activists hurled crude bombs on police during their procession at Mohakhali in the city Sunday morning. They blasted four crude bombs and police arrested two activists from the spot. The […]

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NBR spots 1.38 lakh tax-evading house, shop owners

The National Board of Revenue has detected around 1,38,000 house owners and businessmen in the country, mainly in Dhaka and Chittagong, who do not have Taxpayer Identification Numbers, NBR chairman Ghulam Hussain said on Sunday. Of the people, some 73,000 are house owners while the remaining people are businessmen, particularly shop owners. At a view exchange meeting with journalists on […]

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BNF fails to meet registration conditions

The Bangladesh Nationalist Front, which hogged the headlines having sought to be registered with Election Commission, has failed to meet the registration conditions while its expelled convener Nazmul Huda has levelled an allegation of a ‘vested-interest quarter’ being behind the revival of the party in 2011. Nazmul Huda, however, declined to specify the interested quarters as ‘it would be a […]

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Ambulance ship’s arrival delayed

The arrival of the ambulance ship bought by the Chittagong Port Authority would be delayed as the liner vessel carrying it faced mechanical problem at Singapore port, port officials said. ‘Now it may reach Chittagong port by September 12 if the liner problem is settled’ said Chittagong Port Authority director (security) Moazzem Hossain. A big liner vessel is carrying the […]

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Commission receives allegations against JU VC

The inquiry commission set up to investigate the alleged corruption of the Jahangirnagar University vice-chancellor, Anwar Hossain, on Sunday ended receiving allegations in a box put up at the administrative building on Thursday. University Grants Commission member Md Muhibur Rahman, also a member on the inquiry commission, put up the box asking teachers, students and members on the staff to […]

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Tense situation prevails at IU

A tense situation has been prevailing at the Islamic University in Kushtia after Saturday’s fierce fighting between activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal backed by Islami Chhatra Shibir. The six-member committee formed on Saturday to investigate the incident held its first meeting on Monday, said vice-chancellor Abdul Hakim Sarkar. A case was filed with Islamic University police […]

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Biman gets landing permission for leased plane at Jeddah

Saudi authorities on Sunday gave Biman the permission to land its leased B-747 carrying Hajj pilgrims at Jeddah. On Sunday, the second day of its Hajj flights, Biman off loaded 268 pilgrims with confirmed tickets due to shortage of capacity of its aircraft. Biman officials said that two extra flights would fly the stranded pilgrims to Jeddah within 36 hours. […]

September 9, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Librarians begin sit-in for MPO

Braving heavy shower on Sunday morning, member of Bangladesh Assistant Librarians Association began a non-stop sit-in in front of the National Press Club pressing for inclusion of their job in the Monthly Pay Order. The association leaders said that the education minister, Nurul Islam Nahid, took one month time to resolve the issue in July but he was yet to […]

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WAR CRIMES TRIAL FF: says his father was chopped to death in Nizami’s presence

A freedom fighter on Sunday testified that his father was chopped to death near Central Jame Mosque at Ishwardi in Pabna in presence of the detained Jamaat chief Motiur Rahman Nizami on April 17, 1971. The 62-year-old freedom fighter, Tahurul Alam Mollah, said this in tears as he made deposition as the 20th prosecution witness against Nizami before the International […]

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BSF kills one, picks up another

The Indian Border Security Force have beaten a Bangladeshi national to death along Panchagarh border and picked up another along Jhenidah border. In Panchagarh, the BSF men dragged the body of a Bangladeshi cattle trader into India after beating him to death along Pradhanpara border in Sadar upazila at noon. The deceased was identified as Mantajul Islam, 26, son of […]

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Rivers in north rising sharply

Officials of the Water Development Board (WDB) fear a flood situation as the major rivers marked sharp rises following onrush of huge water from upstream in the Brahmaputra basin during the past 24 hours till 6:00am on Sunday. According WDB and local sources, a flood-like situation is slowly being created in the low-lying and char areas in Kurigram, Gaibandha, Nilphamari, […]

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