Archive for September 29th, 2013

Drop Rampal project by Oct 11

The Dhaka- Sundarban long march ended on Saturday giving the government until October 11 to drop the Rampal thermal power plant project or face a ‘strong movement’. On the last day of the five day march, activists held a rally at Digraj in Bagherhat and adopted the ‘Sundarban declaration’. The marchers started their return journey to Dhaka on Saturday night. […]

September 29, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Youth rally online against Rampal project

Many young people rallying against the government move to set up the Rampal thermal power plant near Sundarban are carrying out campaigns on social networking and video-sharing sites demanding an early cancellation of the project. They are holding signature campaigns and requesting petitions against at project to save Sundarban as ‘it has always protected the country from natural calamities.’ The […]

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RMG workers resume protests

After a lull for the weekend, apparel workers resumed demonstrations in Gazipur and Savar on Saturday stoning factories and battling with the police to push their demand for Tk 8,100 in their minimum monthly wage. At least eight apparel units were shut for the day at Kathgara and Jirabo in Savar on the outskirts of Dhaka following fresh tension. Workers […]

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Khaleda in Jessore on way to Khulna

Leaders, activists and supporters lined the road at places and cheered as Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia left Dhaka for Khulna on Saturday afternoon. Khaleda, also leader of the opposition in parliament, will address a public meeting at the circuit house maidan in Khulna this afternoon. The local unit of the BNP-led ‘18-party’ alliance will organise the rally. It […]

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Govt appoints US lobbying firm to support ICT

The government has appointed a Washington-based firm to lobby for the next five months on issues relating to the International Crimes Tribunal, New Age can reveal. A filing made to the US department of justice by the lobbying firm, BGR Public Relations, states that a contract was signed between the company and the Bangladesh government on September 13, four days […]

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UN resolution orders Syria chemical arms destroyed

The UN Security Council unanimously passed a landmark resolution on Friday ordering the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons and condemning a murderous poison gas attack in Damascus. The UN leader, Ban Ki-moon, who called the resolution ‘the first hopeful news on Syria in a long time,’ said he hopes to convene a peace conference in mid-November. The major powers overcame […]

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20 per cent DA implementation: Govt facing resource crunch

Due to resource crunch the government is finding it difficult to implement 20 per cent dearness allowance for public servants which is expected to cost Tk 4,000 crore a year, officials said. The final calculations done last week took all by surprise, said finance ministry officials, as the extra expenditure surpassed their expectatiomns. The amount accounts for more than 60 […]

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The NY gaffe

An unattended package containing copies of prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s UN speech left outside the Bangladesh Permanent Mission in New York sparked off a huge security alarm after the police mistook it for a bomb and shut down the 2nd Avenue for traffic and pedestrian movement on Thursday. The package was mistakenly left by two officials at the mission’s entrance […]

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Miss Philippines crowned Miss World amid Muslim anger

Miss Philippines was on Saturday crowned Miss World 2013 in a glittering finale on the Indonesian resort island of Bali amid tight security following weeks of hardline Muslim protests. As hundreds of Muslim hardliners held a prayer session in a mosque near the capital to express their anger at the contest, Megan Young wept as she won the coveted title […]

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Aftershock kills 15 in quake-hit Pakistan province

At least 15 people were killed on Saturday when an aftershock hit a Pakistani province where hundreds were killed in an major earthquake earlier this week. Saturday’s 6.8 magnitude aftershock destroyed most of the town of Nokjo in the western province of Baluchistan, police said. The town is home to at least 15,000 people. At least 515 people were killed […]

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Mamata not to oppose LBA

Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh will have a face-saving ‘good news’ to convey to Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina when the two meet in midtown Manhattan on Saturday. He will tell Hasina of his government’s resolve to introduce the 119th constitutional bill to enact the land boundary agreement between the two countries during the winter session of the parliament in […]

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79 Bangladeshis held in Iraq’s Kurdistan

Seventy-nine Bangladeshis have been detained for months without trial in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region for illegal entry, and now their biggest fear is that they will be deported to Iran instead of being sent back home, says online newspaper Rudaw, published from the capital of the autonomous region in Iraq. ‘We are waiting for the court order to deport them all […]

September 29, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

TV personality Humayun Chy passes away

Noted television personality and former head of news of Bangladesh Television Humayun Chowdhury is no more. He was 74. He breathed his last in the state of Iowa in the US on Friday and is expected to be buried there today, a BTV press release said quoting the family sources. One of the pioneers of broadcasting journalism in the subcontinent, […]

September 29, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Munni Saha accused of secretly recording PM

Journalist Munni Saha has been accused of secretly recording Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during a meeting in New York. The ATN Bangla chief reporter, a member of the Prime Minister’s entourage, however denied the allegation saying a security official merely asked for her video tape following orders from the Prime Minister’s information advisor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury. The incident took place […]

September 29, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Hunger strike observed for vested property return

Members of the minority religious communities on Saturday observed a two-hour symbolic mass hunger strike in support of their demand for removal of all sorts of obstacles for the implementation of the Vested Property Return (Amendment) Act 2013 and withdrawal of Debottar (Endowment) Property Management Bill 2013 at the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka. Bangladesh Hindu-Bouddha-Christian Oikya Parishad and Bangladesh […]

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Former DU mosque imam passes away

Dhaka University central mosque’s former imam and khatib Maulana M Khalilur Rahman died of heart diseases at 1:45am on Sunday at Labaid Hospital in the city. He was 78. He left behind wife, two sons, four daughters and a host of admirers to mourn his death. Dhaka University vice-chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique expressed profound shock at the death of Maulana […]

September 29, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Rampal power plant to doom Sundarban: study

The proposed Rampal power plant project will bring more harm than good for the country destroying the world heritage Sundarban, according to an independent Environmental Impact Assessment. The EIA of physical, biological, social and economic environment indicates that most of the impacts of the coal-fired power plant are negative and irreversible, which can’t be mitigated in any way. So the […]

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Sheikh Hasina’s 67th birthday celebrated

The 67th birthday of the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, eldest of the two daughters and three sons of Bangladesh’s founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was celebrated on Saturday in the city as elsewhere in the country with elaborate programmes. On this day in 1947, Sheikh Hasina was born to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Begum Fazilatunnessa Mujib at the remotest Tungipara village […]

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Group beats up restaurant owner for asking for payment

A group of people, putting on badges campaigning for AL-backed candidates in the elections of registered graduate representatives to the Dhaka University senate, beat up a restaurant owner and damaged fridges and utensils at Chankharpool in the capital after the owner asked for bill payment on Saturday afternoon. The incident took place at about 2:30pm at the Aftab Restaurant. Witnesses […]

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Rooppur nuclear power plant design: BAEC, Rosatom to ink $265m deal Wednesday

Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and Russian state-run Rosatom will sign a $265 million contract Wednesday for the engineering design of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant. Rosatom is Russian Federation’s Moscow based nuclear power authority. The contract signing takes place a day after prime minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurates an information centre on the Rooppur power plant at Bangabandhu Novotheatre in the capital. […]

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