Archive for October 23rd, 2013

$24 million safety campaign launched for RMG sector

The government and the International Labour Organisation on Tuesday launched a $24.21 million initiative aimed at improving working conditions in the ready-made garment industry in Bangladesh. The three-and-a-half-year initiative, ‘Improving working conditions in the ready-made garment sector,’ would focus on minimising the threat of fire and building collapse in the apparel industries and on ensuring fundamental rights and safety of […]

October 23, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Tension runs high as AL, BNP prepare for Oct 25 rallies

Tension is running high in Dhaka, Chittagong and Khulna as the ruling Awami League and opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party are gearing up for holding their respective rallies in the three major cities on October 25. Both the political camps have intensified organisational activities for the rallies although Dhaka Metropolitan Police has imposed restrictions for an indefinite period on rallies, processions […]

October 23, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Constitution to guide polls: Hasina

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Tuesday apparently rejected the proposal of the BNP chairperson, Khaleda Zia, for the formation of an election-time, non-party government as she said that Khaleda did not want elected representatives. ‘A few days ago, I proposed an all-party interim government composed of elected representatives. But she [Khaleda] did not like it. She does not want […]

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Gold seized at Shahjalal Airport

The airport customs authorities seized 280 gold bars weighing 33 kilograms from a return flight from Dubai at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital on Tuesday. The airport customs assistant commissioner, Kamrul Hasan, told New Age that the gold bars were found abandoned in a toilet of Fly Dubai which arrived at the airport at about 10:45am. On secrete […]

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Khaleda’s polls-time govt proposal: Opposition MPs’ joining JS depends on govt response

The government’s response to the proposal of the leader of the opposition in the parliament, Khaleda Zia, for a polls-time government would decide whether opposition lawmakers led by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party would join the current parliament session, a BNP lawmaker said. Khaleda, also the BNP chairperson, had a meeting with the lawmakers of her party and allies in her […]

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Ashraful, Fakhrul talk over phone

With the political atmosphere heating up centring on the uncertainty over the next general elections, the top secretaries of the two major parties talked to each other on Tuesday. Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, the secretary general of main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, sent a letter to Awami League on Tuesday with a request for talks on the proposal for an […]

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JS session resumes today

The session of the Jatiya Sangsad resumes today after a 12-day recess and it is likely to continue after October 24, when the countdown to the next general election will begin. The session was adjourned on October 9, when senior treasury bench lawmakers had called for continuing the session after October 24 amid threats from opposition to wage severe movement […]

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EU, Australia urge Hasina, Khaleda to engage in constructive dialogue

The European Union delegation in Dhaka on Tuesday said that they were encouraged by the fact that the top leaders of both the major parties made proposals in the last few days aimed at finding a political solution to the current problems in Bangladesh. It is good to see both parties seeking to avoid the path of confrontation and the […]

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Nation awaits consensus for polls: CEC

Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad said on Tuesday the nation ‘anxiously await a political consensus for which the ice has started melting.’ ‘The people of the country do not want to see violence. They want peace. They anxiously await a political consensus,’ he told waiting reporters at the Election Commission. Asked whether the EC would go ahead with a […]

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UN welcomes Khaleda’s proposal: BNP

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Tuesday evening claimed that the United Nations assistant secretary general for political affairs, Oscar Fernandez Taranco, welcomed BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s proposal for election-time government. ‘He [Taranco] made the phone call to acting BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in the evening and welcomed the BNP chairperson’s proposal,’ Khaleda’s press secretary Maruf Kamal Khan […]

October 23, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Tuku remanded in custody

A metropolitan court in Dhaka on Tuesday remanded Bangladesh Nationalist Party assistant student affairs secretary Sultan Salauddin Tuku in police custody for six days for interrogation in a case filed by the police on Monday. However, two cases were filed with the Paltan police against Tuku, also former Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal president, following scuffles with the law enforcers in front […]

October 23, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Secy committee okays qoumi madrassah authority

The secretary-level committee on administrative development on Sunday approved the draft of qoumi madrassah education act 2013 to set up a qoumi madrassah education authority, the cabinet secretary, Muhammad Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, who presided over the meeting, told New Age on Tuesday. Amid threats from Islamist leaders to resist the move, the proposed qoumi madrassah authority has been planned to […]

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Bangladesh praised for reducing open defecation

A three-day South Asian Conference on Sanitation, better known as SASOCAN, began in the Nepalese capital on Tuesday with Bangladesh getting praised for its success in reducing open defecation. The 5th ministerial level SASOCAN drew politicians, government officials, civil society representatives and grassroots people from the region besides experts from the rest of the world. The national delegations are mostly […]

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Bangladesh, US sign counterterrorism cooperation deal

Bangladesh signed an agreement with the USA on Counter Terrorism Cooperation Initiative in Dhaka on Tuesday. Senior secretary of the home ministry CQK Mustaq Ahmed and the US ambassador to Bangladesh Dan W Mozena signed the deal at a ceremony held at the home ministry on behalf of their respective sides. Home minister Muhiddun Khan Alamgir, state minister for home […]

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MOBARAK TRIAL: Recalled prosecution witness Malek cross-examined

Prosecution witness Abdul Malek was back on the stand on Tuesday to face cross examination by the defence lawyer of war crimes accused Mobarak Hossain. Defence lawyer Ahsanul Huq Hena completed the cross-examination of the sixth prosecution witness. Mobarak, facing trial on five counts of crimes against humanity, was in the dock. On July 14, Malek gave evidence against the […]

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BSF nabs trader from Kusumpur frontier

The Border Security Force of India picked a Bangladeshi cattle trader from Kusumpur frontier under Moheshpur upazila in Jhenaidah Tuesday morning. The person was identified as Sher Ali, 22, son of Wadul Seikh of Shyamkur Kalyanipara village of the upazila. Lieutenant Colonel Gazi Asaduzzaman, commander of Border Guard Bangladesh 6 battalion of Chuadanga, said BSF detained Sher Ali Monday night […]

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Lalu Prasad, Jagdish Sharma disqualified from Lok Sabha

The Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad and Janata Dal (United) leader Jagdish Sharma have been disqualified as Lok Sabha members following their conviction in the fodder scam, reports Times of India on Tuesday. While Prasad stands disqualified for a total of 11 years — five years of jail term and six years subsequent to his release, Sharma stands disqualified […]

October 23, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Women’s role crucial for next elections: PM

Terming the role of women very crucial in the next general election, the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Tuesday said that the womenfolk must be careful in future about their own progress as well as country’s development. ‘Poverty is declining in the country owing to development of the women and the condition of the women is improving in the country […]

October 23, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

WAR CRIMES TRIAL: FF says he never heard about Nizami’s involvement in war crimes

A freedom fighter on Tuesday told the International Crimes Tribunal 1 that he had never heard about Jamaat chief Motiur Rahman Nizami’s involvement in atrocities during the 1971 liberation war. Making depositions as the second defence witness for Nizami, the freedom fighter, Md Shamsul Alam, 62, of Gobinda area under sadar upazila in Pabna, said that hundreds of people used […]

October 23, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

COMMENT ON SQC VERDICT: Mahbub gets four weeks to reply to contempt notice

Senior Supreme Court lawyer Khandaker Mahbub Hossain on Tuesday got four weeks’ time from the International Crimes Tribunal-1 to reply to its contempt notice. Earlier he was served the contempt notice for his remarks on the verdict in the war crimes case of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury. The tribunal set November 20 to hear Mahbub’s reply. It adjourned the hearing for […]

October 23, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

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