Archive for September, 2013

AL-led alliance wants inclusive elections

The Awami League-led alliance does not want the next general elections to be held unilaterally rather it wants a free, fair and inclusive polls. Alliance spokesman Mohammad Nasim stated this at a press briefing after a meeting of the 14-party alliance held at the AL president’s Dhanmondi office. He said that the alliance leaders urged BNP to place its proposal […]

September 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

RMG wage assessment tour: Wage board members leave left Dhaka for three countries

Members on the minimum wage board for apparel workers left Dhaka on Sunday to see for themselves the apparel-sector wage structure in Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand. All the six members of the board along with a labour ministry official and an International Labour Organisation official would first visit Cambodia. They will then visit Vietnam and Thailand. The wage board chairman, […]

September 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Govt seeks stay on contempt verdict

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday posted for October 3 the hearing in the provisional petition the government filed seeking a stay on the High Court verdict that had declared the Contempt of Court Act 2013 ‘unconstitutional.’ The Appellate Division chamber judge, Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, referred the matter to a full court hearing by all the […]

September 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Maulana Shafi behind RMG labour unrest: labour minister

Labour minister Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju alleged on Sunday that Hefajat-e-Islam chief Ahmed Shafi was behind the latest labour unrest in the export-oriented apparel industry. ‘The Demand for wage hike was not the main issue,’ alleged the minister. ‘Moulana Shafi instigated the latest labour unrest,’ Rajiuddin told reporters after a meeting he had with the representatives of the industry owners at […]

September 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

JS panel clears ICT amendment bill

The parliamentary standing committee on the information and communications technology ministry on Sunday cleared the Information and Communication Technology (Amendment) Bill 2013 as it was placed in the house but recommended the establishment of cyber tribunals in districts and the training for the police in latest technologies. The government on September 19 placed the bill in the parliament increasing the […]

September 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Rampal project suicidal: Ershad

Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad on Sunday said the government’s move to set up coal-fired power plant at Rampal is a suicidal decision as it will destroy Sundarban, the world’s largest mangrove forest. ‘It’s a suicidal project …it’ll destroy the Sundarbans. The people of the country stood against the government’s imprudent decision,’ the former president said in a statement urging […]

September 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

PM returns today

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, left New York Sunday morning for home after wrapping up her eight-day official visit to the United States to attend the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly. An Emirates flight carrying the prime minister and members of her entourage took off from John F Kennedy International Airport at 11:20am (local time). Bangladesh Ambassador […]

September 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

WAR CRIMES TRIAL: Razakar men led by Mobarak killed Brahmanbaria youth in 1971: witness Chaman

An 18 or 20- year old youth was killed by Razakar Bahini men commanded by Mobarak Hossain for refusing to say ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ in October 1971 on the outskirts of Brahminbaria town prosecution witness Chamon Sikandar Julkernine testified on Sunday. In his testimony in the International Crimes Tribunal-1, the 11th prosecution in Mobarak’s war crimes case said that the incident […]

September 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Body of housewife found at morgue

Body of a housewife, who went missing on Friday, was found at the Mymensingh Medical College Hospital morgue on Saturday. The victim was identified as Sanjida Haque, wife of a transport worker Shamsul Haque, a resident of Burapir Mazar Road area in Mymensingh town. Kotwali Model Police officer-in-charge Golam Sarwar said Sanjida went out of the house for shopping Friday […]

September 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Lawmaker, his wife injured in Tangail road accident

The ruling Awami League lawmaker from Bagra-1 constituency Abdul Mannan and his wife were critically injured in a road accident at Analiabari under kalihati upazila on Dhaka-Bangabandhu Setu highway on Sunday morning. Officer-in-charge of Bangabandhu Setu east Harechali said the accident took place when a North Bengal-bound truck from Tangail collided head on with the lawmaker’s private car. Mannan and […]

September 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Relaxed hartal passes off in 4 northern districts

A dawn-to-dusk hartal called by Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, passed off in four districts of Rajshahi division on Sunday amid some stray incidents. Shibir observed the shutdown protesting the arrest of eight of its leaders and demanding their immediate release. In Rajshahi, pickets set fire on tyres and staged protest at Talaimari crossing in the divisional […]

September 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

2 killed as train hits them in Ctg

At least two men died as a train hit them early Sunday in Komoldoho under Mirossorai upazila in Chittagong. The deceased were Md Harunur Rashid, 55, hailing from Feni municipality and Md Raja Mia, 56, from Borotakia area of Mirossorai upazila, and both the victims were railway eastern zone employees. The Railway police officer-in-charge, Easin Faruque, said a railway eastern […]

September 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

3 idols broken in Munshiganj temple

Unidentified miscreants vandalised three idols in a temple at Chotto Shikarpur in Sirajdikhan upazila early Sunday. Head of the temple committee Keshab Thakur said the incident came to light when worshippers went into the temple on Sunday morning and found three idols of Hindu god and goddess Ganesh, Katrik and Durga damaged. He said the temple was open till 11:00pm […]

September 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Obama and Rouhani about to clasp on the trapeze

That a casual meeting with US president Barack Obama on the margins of the UN General Assembly did ‘not’ take place is, by the admission of Iranian diplomats, a ‘good outcome’ because a ‘casual’ meeting at such a delicate juncture would give out misleading signals. The ball is in play and in the foreseeable future a dour, defensive game should […]

September 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Editorial

Safe runway approach

A FRONT-PAGE report and the photograph alongside, published in a local English-language daily on September 28, said it all. Building heights along the runway approach ‘funnel’ is a very important aspect for civil aviation safety. It is critical particularly for the approach of aircraft having engine, flaps, rudder, etc. The approach funnel is a cone so that damage, due to […]

September 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Editorial

Govt owes an explanation for UNGA extravagance

IF ANYTHING, the prime minister’s trip to New York this time around, to attend the United Nations General Assembly, is likely to be remembered for her jumbo entourage and, of course, at least two embarrassing episodes given rise to by some members of the entourage. The ruling Awami League and the government that it leads could definitely argue otherwise and […]

September 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Editorial

Incumbents need to discard Rampal power plant project

THE five-day Dhaka-Sundarban long march, organised by the National Committee To Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports, to push for its seven-point demand, including cancellation of the Rampal power project, ended Saturday with a rally held at Digraj in Bagerhat. According to a New Age report on Sunday, the rally attended by several thousand people adopted a declaration […]

September 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Editorial

PART XXX: Colonialism, politics of language and partition of Bengal

MEANWHILE, Kazi Imdadul Huq (1882-1926), a scholarly Muslim prose writer, dedicated his literary abilities to enlighten the Muslims of Bengal about the great Islamic past, and thus inspire them to lead a spirited Muslim life. His Prabandhamala, a collection of essays, includes discussions on Alekzandriar Prachin Pustakagar (Ancient library of Aleczandria), Franse Moslem Adhikar (Muslim rights in France), Al Hamra […]

September 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

THE BIRTH OF BANGLADESH: Blood meridian

A new history sheds fresh light on a shameful moment in American foreign policy [The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger and a Forgotten Genocide. By Gary Bass. Knopf; 499 pages; $30] UNTIL 1971 Pakistan was made up of two parts: west and east. Both Muslim-dominated territories were born out of India’s bloody partition 24 years earlier, though they existed awkwardly 1,600km […]

September 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Op-Ed

Revised EU GSP scheme may help B’desh in export race: study

The revised GSP scheme of the European Union which will come into force on January 1, 2014 may create a favourable competitive environment for Bangladeshi exports to the region due to reduction of the number of beneficiary countries and product coverage, a government study revealed. ‘The revised generalised system of preferences scheme may not be a cause of serious threat […]

September 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Business

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