Archive for October 22nd, 2013

Hasina, Khaleda open door for dialogue: Mozena

The US ambassador in Dhaka, Dan W Mozena, on Monday said that proposals over election-time government made by prime minister Sheikh Hasina and leader of the opposition Khaleda Zia opened the door for a constructive dialogue. He made the remarks after meeting with Khaleda Zia, also the Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, at her Gulshan office in the evening. Hours after […]

October 22, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Police detain Tuku stopping Khaleda’s convoy

The police on Monday night attacked a vehicle in the convoy of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and arrested her party’s assistant student affairs secretary Sultan Salauddin Tuku in front of the party office at Naya Paltan in the capital. At least three people were injured and several others were manhandled by the police led by the Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Motijheel […]

October 22, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Khaleda unveils proposal for polls-time govt

Opposition leader Khaleda Zia on Monday made an alternative proposal for forming an election-time, ‘non-party’ government with 10 former advisers drawn from the caretaker governments of 1996 and 2001. She proposed that from out of the 20 advisers to the two caretaker governments of 1996 and 2001, the ruling party would propose five names and the opposition five others. These […]

October 22, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

1996 and 2001 CG advisers in the spotlight

The names of advisers to the caretaker governments of 1996 and 2001 came in the spotlight immediately after Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia on Monday floated her proposal for forming election-time government with 10 people from amongst them. At a press conference, Khaleda, also the leader of the opposition made the proposal saying that the Awami League might choose […]

October 22, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

AL, allies reject Khaleda’s proposal

Senior leaders of the ruling Awami League and its allies rejected Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s proposal for election-time government comprising former advisers to caretaker governments. The Awami League would, however, come up with official reaction to Khaleda’s proposal on Tuesday or Wednesday. The Awami League general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam found Khaleda’s proposal ‘backward and did not hint […]

October 22, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Tension mounts over AL, BNP rallies in Ctg

Tension mounted in the port city of Chittagong as the ruling Awami League and major opposition BNP stuck to their announcement of holding rallies at Laldighi Maidan on the same day on October 25. ‘We are apprehending confrontation if both the parties are allowed to hold rallies at Laldighi maidan at the same time. So we are trying to resolve […]

October 22, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

visiting Bangladesh: 7 countries issue alert for their citizens

The governments of at least seven developed countries have asked their citizens not to visit Bangladesh due to political instability. Developed countries including USA, UK, Germany, France, Japan, Canada and Australia have issued notice on the website of their respective foreign ministries in this regard. Bangladesh Tourism Board chief executive officer Aktaruzzaman Khan Kabir told New Age that the board […]

October 22, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Ershad ditches Ashraf’s claims

Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad on Monday said that his party would not contest the polls if the election-time government was headed by Sheikh Hasina. At a press conference at his Banani office, a day after he had held a meeting with the prime minister, Ershad brushed aside Awami League general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam’s claims that Jatiya Party would […]

October 22, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

NIZAMI TRIAL: Proceedings adjourned for 2 hours to ascertain DW’s identity

The proceedings against war crimes accused Motiur Rahman Nizami had to be adjourned for about two hours on Monday over the identity of his first defence witness. The International Crimes Tribunal-1 adjourned the proceedings at around 12 noon as during the cross examination it was found that the first defence witness KM Hamidur Rahman was someone whose name was not […]

October 22, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

UK welcomes positive aspects of Khaleda’s speech

The British high commissioner in Dhaka, Robert W Gibson, on Monday welcomed the positive aspects of the BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s speech, and hoped that all sides would approach the dialogue in a spirit of compromise and trust. ‘We hope that the suggestions made in her (Khaleda) speech will be considered by the government and that meaningful dialogue will quickly […]

October 22, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

purchasing luxury jeeps: Ministries, div flout rules

Several ministries and at least a division misused project aid for buying fuel-guzzling luxury cars flouting the procurement guidelines, said finance ministry officials. A good number of costly cars meant for development projects are used by ministers, secretaries and even junior ministry officials, they alleged. The finance ministry recently detected that the local government division and several ministries including communications […]

October 22, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Petroleum products from imported condensate: Govt to offer higher price to a private firm

The energy division is planning to set the price of imported condensate three per cent higher than ‘Attaka’ standard, the only recognised standard for condensate pricing, officials said. The planned price would force the government to pay between Tk 2 and Tk 3 more for each litre of refined petroleum products to a private company than the amount it would […]

October 22, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

PM for regular research on agriculture

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Monday laid importance on constant and intense research on agriculture to meet the food demand of growing population and achieve the cherished goal of making the country hunger and poverty free. ‘Without new innovation in the agriculture sector to produce more food and its diversification, it’s not possible to maintain the present pace of […]

October 22, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Struggle to defend rights to continue, says Adilur

Human rights organisation Odhikar secretary Adilur Rahman Khan on Monday said that his struggle to defend human rights would continue despite all sorts of persecution by the government. ‘Odhikar firmly believe that it will continue the fight to uphold human rights,’ Adilur told reporters after a routine appearance before the Cyber Tribunal in the old Dhaka in the morning. The […]

October 22, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

UN leader calls for speedy Maldives vote

The UN leader, Ban Ki-moon, on Monday joined international opposition to the cancellation of a presidential election in the Maldives that has heightened tensions in the Indian Ocean nation. Ban is ‘deeply concerned’ by the new delay in the vote and called for ‘political leaders and state institutions to live up to their responsibilities, respect the democratic process and participate […]

October 22, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Cabinet satisfied with its performance

The cabinet on Monday expressed satisfaction over its performance especially over the high implementation rate of its decisions during the last four years and nine months of the present government. The satisfaction was voiced during the regular weekly meeting of the cabinet held at Bangladesh Secretariat with the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, in the chair. Briefing newsmen after the meeting, […]

October 22, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Cabinet to continue meeting after Oct 24

The cabinet will continue to hold its regular meetings after October 24, the day the 90-day countdown to next general election begins, cabinet secretary Muhammad Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan has said. Bhuiyan said to journalists Monday’s cabinet meeting was not the final one under the present government. The 15th constitutional amendment mandates holding of the general election from October 25 to […]

October 22, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

China offers 600 million RMB for Bangladesh

China will provide 600 million RMB as development assistance for Bangladesh next year. This was conveyed by Wang Yi, foreign minister of China, to foreign minister Dipu Moni during their bilateral talk in Beijing on Sunday. This amount includes 400 million RMB that has been under discussion for different development projects between the two countries. Both the foreign ministers discussed […]

October 22, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

DMP says it won’t allow rally on Oct 25

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police said that they would not allow political parties to hold programmes on October 25 which might worsen the law and order situation in the capital. ‘If anyone tries to defy the ban, it will be considered as an offence under the Code of Criminal Procedure,’ said DMP joint commissioner Monirul Islam while talking to reporters on […]

October 22, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

RMG owners get more time to submit revised proposal to wage board

The representative of the apparel factory owners to the minimum wage board on Monday sought three more days to put forward an ‘acceptable and realistic’ proposal for minimum wages for workers. Quoting the owners’ representative, the minimum wage board chairman, AK Roy, told reporters that the representative sought few more days to submit a ‘better’ proposal. ‘The BGMEA representative told […]

October 22, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

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