Archive for October 20th, 2013

DMP slaps ban on rallies, processions in capital

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police has slapped a ban for an indefinite period on all forms of political rally, procession and human chain in the capital from Sunday morning. The DMP ordered the ban amid high tension in the political arena after both Awami League and Bangladesh Nationalist Party announced rallies in the capital for October 25. The ban drew protests […]

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People returning to capital braving hurdles

For thousands of the residents the way back to the capital on Saturday was no cakewalk. After celebrating Eid and Durga puja in the countryside they had to brave many hurdles on their way back. For many the journey back to the city with wives and children was nothing short of nightmares due to long traffic jams on highways, ferry […]

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400 civilians killed by drone strikes Pakistan tells UN

Pakistan has confirmed that of some 2,200 people killed by drone strikes in the past decade, at least 400 were civilians and an additional 200 victims were deemed ‘probable non-combatants,’ a UN human rights investigator said on Friday. Ben Emmerson, UN special rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism, also urged the United States to release its own data on the […]

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AL wants to retain power with people’s mandate: PM

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Saturday expressed the hope that the people would give the Awami League mandate in the next general elections, as they did in the 2008 polls, to rule the country for another term. ‘We want to come to power in the next polls with the people’s confidence and trust,’ she said pledging to complete the […]

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Analysts say PM should detail her offer

Political analysts on Saturday said that the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, should elaborate her proposal for an all-party interim administration to oversee the next general elections. They said a letter sent to the opposition in this regard would have indicated her sincerity and people would be convinced that her address to the nation was not mere rhetoric. Jurist Shahdeen Malik […]

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BNP to stage demo in dists today against rally ban

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party has announced demonstrations in district towns for today in protest against the imposition of restrictions on rallies, processions and human chains in the capital by Dhaka Metropolitan Police. The BNP national standing committee took the decision at a meeting with the party chairperson Khaleda Zia in the chair at her Gulshan office on Saturday night. The […]

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Promotion in bureaucracy on cards again

The government is gearing up to give another round of en masse promotions to senior assistant secretaries though there are no vacancies in the next level. The government’s latest bid at the fag end of its tenure and just ahead of the election raised many eyebrows. It took the move apparently under pressure from disgruntled officers who are aware that […]

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Illegal trading forcing turtles into extinction

Endangered marine, land and water turtles are regularly being hunted and their meat are being sold openly in many markets across the country, although one species have already become extinct and some are waiting for same fate. Turtles are being sold in the market in the capital and elsewhere although killing of any endangered wild animal, including all types of […]

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BNP HQ ‘off-limits’: Rizvi

The BNP’s joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi has blamed the government for making the party headquarters ‘off-limits’ even to its own leaders and activists’ through heightened police surveillance. ‘Our leaders and activists are prevented from entering the office over the last two days. Anyone trying to enter the office is facing police questioning,’ Rizvi told journalists at the BNP’s […]

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Hasina will head all-party interim govt: Mahmud

Forests minister Hasan Mahmud has said the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, will head the poll-time all-party interim government. His remark comes a day after PM proposed an all-party interim government to conduct the forthcoming parliamentary elections. Hasan made the comment at a discussion organised by Projanma Bangabandhu at the National Press Club. He said opposition’s ‘ill-intention would be exposed if […]

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Couple found dead in Manikganj

A couple was found dead at Dhalla village in Manikganj sadar upazila on Saturday morning. The deceased were identified as Dhalu Miah, 40, son of Mazed Ali, and his second wife Rokeya Begum, 32, of the village. It was suspected that Rokeya committed suicide after stabbing her husband to death. Already married to Monwara Begum, Dhalu Miah tied the knot […]

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1st bone marrow transplantation centre opens today

The first bone marrow transplantation centre in the country will be opened in Dhaka Medical College Hospital today. The health minister, AFM Ruhal Haque, will inaugurate the centre at the new extension building of the hospital. Massachusetts General Hospital, the teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School in the United States, has provided the technical support. The institute will also train […]

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Return Hajj flight begins

The return Hajj flight began on Saturday with the Biman Bangladesh Airlines’ own Boeing 777-300ER landing at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at about 5:30pm carrying the first batch of 416 returnee pilgrims from Saudi Arabia. Civil aviation and tourism minister M Faruk Khan received the first batch of hajj pilgrims at the airport. ‘We have taken all out preparations to […]

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Exchange of letters between two parties likely soon: Quamrul

The state minister for law, Quamrul Islam, on Sunday hinted that possibility of exchange of letters between the two major political parties for talks is soon. ‘At the talks, decisions will be taken as to how the Election Commission can be made more strengthened and as to which party will be entrusted with the extent of power,’ he said adding […]

October 20, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Justice Marzi-ul Huq dies

Former High Court judge justice Marzi-ul Huq died of heart attack Saturday morning in Dhaka. He was 68. Family sources said justice Huq complained of chest pain in the morning. He was taken to Square Hospital where the duty-doctors declared him dead. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. He will be buried at Azimpur Graveyard following a […]

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5 sued over murder at Kaliganj bank

Five people have been sued in connection with looting Tk 72 lakh killing the guard of the Islami Bank Kaliganj branch in Jhenaidah. Some unknown miscreants killed guard Ayub Hossain and looted Tk 72 lakh Thursday night, branch manager Mahmud Hasan said. Kaliganj police officer-in-charge Liakat Hossain said the IBBL manager filed the case against five people, including Mijanur Rahman, director of […]

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Salinity in coastal aquifers reaches alarming level: expert

Salinity intrusion into the aquifers of the country’s coastal districts has reached an alarming proportion due to unplanned use of groundwater in agriculture and seawater seeping into underground due to sea-level rise caused by global warming. ‘We’ve assessed the quality and quantity of data of groundwater up to 1,100 feet deep in 19 costal districts. But, we’ve found saline water […]

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BNP enforces Kachua strike

A daylong strike by opposition BNP, to protest against the death of one of its activists in jail, was enforced on Saturday at Kachua in Chandpur. Separate processions were brought out in the upazila town since morning in support of the strike. Tree trunks were used to block traffic on Comilla-Chandpur and Kachua-Dhaka roads. Opposition activists demonstrated at Subidpur setting […]

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BNP not distanced from Hindus: Khaleda

The BNP chairperson, Khaleda Zia, also the leader of the opposition in the parliament, on Saturday dismissed the notion that the BNP had distanced itself from with Hindu community and said that her party believed in communal harmony. She made the remarks as she exchanged greetings with the Hindu community at the Ladies Club in the capital Dhaka on the […]

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3 cops among 50 injured in Sirajganj clash

At least 50 people, including three cops, were injured in a clash between two groups of villagers at Bhangabari village in Belkuchi upazila Saturday morning. Witnesses said one Pavel of Adachaki village involved in an altercation with Risan of Bhangabari village over a trifling matter. As a sequel to the altercation, the people of Bhangabari and Adachaki villages attacked each […]

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