Archive for September 27th, 2013

Cox’s Bazar Heavy Mineral Deposits: High-level radioactivity found in water, soil

Researchers have found a high level of radioactivity in the soil, vegetables and drinking water extracted from permanent deposits of heavy minerals in areas around Cox’s Bazar. The level of radium, thorium and uranium found in the food chain in the area pose potential health risks to the surrounding inhabitants, according to the experts, although short-term exposure to such radioactivity […]

September 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

BCB plans to host ICC tourney on ‘radioactive’ zone

The government is preparing a cricket ground to host the forthcoming ICC T20 tournament on a radioactive heavy mineral deposit at the Laboni point in Cox’s Bazar coast. Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission officials at the Beach Sand Mineral Exploitation Centre in Cox’s Bazar confirmed that the-under construction stadium on the beach is one of the 17 heavy mineral deposits in […]

September 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

RMG protests over wages on

Ignoring the government’s call for returning to work, garment workers in Narayanganj, Ashulia and Kaliakoir staged violent demonstrations for the sixth consecutive day on Thursday to push their demand for Tk 8,100 in minimum monthly wage. Workers went on the rampage in Narayanganj even after the government asked the law enforcement agencies to take stern action against ‘outsider creating disorder’ […]

September 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Nuclear disarmament is crucial for human survival: PM

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Thursday urged the world leaders to renounce nuclear weapons, saying that nuclear disarmament is crucial for the survival of humanity and the earth. She termed the honing of nuclear weapon as a suicidal psyche and sought security and prosperity through empowerment of the people. ‘Nuclear weapons are still being polished to make them more […]

September 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

REMARKS ON SQC TRIAL: Contempt notices served on Zafarullah, Mahafuzullah, others

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 on Thursday issued contempt notices to Gonosastho Kendro’s Zafrullah Chowhdhry and Center for Sustainable Development chief and journalist Mahfuz Ullah, Channel 24 managing director and five other respondents. They have been asked to reply by October 10 as to why contempt proceedings would not be drawn against them for the remarks Zafrulla and Mahfuz Ullah made […]

September 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Govt seeks cooperation to install Rampal power plant

The government in a press note on Thursday sought cooperation of the people to implement the planned Rampal power plant project. The press note said the government has taken initiatives to install the 1,320 MW coal-based power plant jointly with India at Rampal in Bagerhat. But, a segment of people and few organisations are spreading propaganda against the initiative to […]

September 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Shibir calls strike in 4 dists for Sunday

Chhatra Shibir has called a down-to-dusk general strike for Sunday in Rajshahi, Chapainawaganj, Natore and Pabna in protest at the arrest of eight of its leaders, including the secretary general of the Rajshahi University unit of the organisation. The Rapid Action Battalion arrested eight activists Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, in a drive on early Thursday on charge of […]

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HC declares contempt of court law unconstitutional

The High Court on Thursday declared the Contempt of Court Act 2013 ‘unconstitutional.’ The impugned law seeks to protect the interests of the journalists and a section of government officials and curtail the Supreme Court’s powers, said the court in its observations. A two-judge bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice ABM Altaf Hossain delivered the verdict following a […]

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Long march asks govt to drop Rampal project

Several thousand left-leaning activists who joined the Dhaka-Sundarbans long march on Thursday demanded the government should not to go ahead to set up the planned 1,320MW coal-fired power plant at Rampal in Bagerhat near the Sundarbans. Hundreds of people joined the Dhaka-Sundarbans long march raising their voice for cancellation of the Rampal project which reached Jessore town on the evening […]

September 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Over Tk 300cr production hampered in unrest: BGMEA

Production of more than Tk 300 crore was hampered in the garment sector in the five days of labour unrest and vandalism in Gazipur, Savar and Narayanganj, said leaders of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association on Thursday. Besides, the garment makers counted Tk 200 crore in losses as many of them would be forced to make air shipment of […]

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Nasim’s remark causes adverse reactions in admin

Civil servants have reacted to Awami League leader Mohammad Nasim’s remark that the bureaucrats not following government directives would be ‘sent home forever.’ More than a dozen senior bureaucrats on Thursday contacted the cabinet secretary and the law minister to express their concern about the remark Nasim, also a former home minister, made on Wednesday, an official told New Age. […]

September 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

SRDI clarification

The agriculture ministry on Thursday issued a clarification on some of the points in a report published in New Age on Wednesday under the headline ‘Sample tests find 40 per cent of fertilisers adulterated’. The clarification issued by Md Khorshed Alam, director of Soil Resource Development Institute, said that the first line of the report that read ‘SRDI has found […]

September 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

construction Gulistan-Jatrabari flyover: Public sufferings mount

There seems to be no end to public sufferings due to traffic congestions on the ever busy potholed road on way to the under construction Gulistan-Jatrabari flyover, from either side. The sufferings of the thousands of people who have to shuttle every day between their homes in the eastern part of the city and workplaces at the city centre increased […]

September 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Blasts, arson mark hartal in Ctg

Islami Chhatra Shibir activists exploded at least four crude bombs and set fire to a CNG-run three-wheeler during a half-day hartal in Chittagong on Thursday. Police arrested at least four people in this connection. Chhatra Shibir enforced the half-day general strike demanding the release of their leaders picked up from their office at Chandarpura under Kotwali police station on Monday […]

September 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Khulna BNP seeks security for Khaleda’s rally

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party Khulna district unit has demanded that the government direct the law enforcement agencies to take security measures on arrival of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in Khulna on Sunday. Khaleda, also the leader of the opposition in parliament, would address a public meeting scheduled to be held at the circuit house maidan. Khulna city BNP president Nazrul […]

September 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Importuning quarters haunt Obaidul

Communications minister Obaidul Quader said on Thursday that he was under pressure from various importuning quarters persuing him for transfers and other works under his ministry at the fag end of the government’s tenure. ‘It is very tough to carry on with transparency and honesty due to persuasions from different quarters as the government’s tenure is nearing an end. Some […]

September 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

BNP’s electoral roll claim based on NGO observation: Rizvi

The claim the Bangladesh Nationalist Party made about massive anomalies in the current electoral roll was based on observation of a non-governmental organisation and the party’s findings. The BNP’s joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi told New Age on Thursday that they had found the anomalies and irregularities in the current electoral roll from the observation and survey of non-governmental […]

September 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

SC rejects Sayedee’s recusal petitions

The Appellate Division on Thursday rejected two petitions of death row convict and Jamaat leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee seeking recusal of Justices SK Sinha and AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury from the bench hearing his appeal. A three-judge bench, chaired by chief justice Md Muzammel Hossain, passed the order. Sayedee’s chief defence lawyer Abdur Razzaq had moved his petitions. Later, Justice SK […]

September 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Reported mismatch in voters’ number ‘clerical one’, says Shah Nawaz

Election commissioner Shah Nawaz on Thursday termed the reported mismatch in the country’s voters’ number a ‘clerical’ or ‘technical’ mistake and claimed there was no chance of having any mistake in the number of voters. He said the electoral roll is preserved in the national database after cross-matching each of the voters through Automated Fingerprint Identification System leaving no scope […]

September 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Madan Mohan College: Authorities to serve notice to bachelor students next week

The authorities of Madan Mohan College have decided to serve notice next week to the bachelor students, who are yet to pay their fees, asking them to settle the issue within a week since the issuance of the notice. They also directed the officials and employees concerned to submit a list of the students whose fees still remain unpaid. The […]

September 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

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