Archive for October 27th, 2013

Hasina, Khaleda talk over phone

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition leader Khaleda Zia spoke to each other over phone on Saturday evening with the former inviting her arch political rival to a dialogue over dinner to defuse the crisis over an election-time interim government. Hasina invited Khaleda to a dinner at her official residence Ganabhaban on Monday. Khaleda accepted the invitation saying that she […]

October 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

One more killed as clashes continue

An Islami Chhatra Shibir leader died in Rajshahi and several hundred became injured in other places across the country in violence that took place on Saturday before the the 60-hour countrywide general strike the opposition alliance enforces from this morning. The leader of the opposition in the parliament, Khaleda Zia, at a rally in Surhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka on October […]

October 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Blasts targeting ministers, police and judges’ houses

A number of crude bombs were exploded on Saturday in front of houses and offices of ministers, politicians and judges in the capital’s Dhanmondi, Minto Road and Motijheel areas ahead of 60-hour called general strike called by the Bangladesh nationalist Party-led alliance from this morning. None was hurt and arrested in connection with the incidents. The police suspected that Jamaat-e-Islami […]

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Journalist Gias Kamal dies

Veteran journalist and journalists’ union leader Gias Kamal Chowdhury, better known as GKC, died at a city hospital Saturday morning after protracted illness. He was 74. Battling many complications including pneumonia and lung inflammation for several years, physical movement of GKC, known for his extraordinary mobility, became extremely limited rather early in life. He was on life support for the […]

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RMG owners likely to propose Tk 4,430 as minimum wage

Garment factory owners are likely to submit a revised proposal to the wage board suggesting Tk 4,430 as minimum wage for workers in the face of frequent protests and criticisms by workers and civil rights groups. Garment sector leaders said that they had made a revised proposal for a 30 per cent hike in the basic wage along with food […]

October 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

90-day countdown to polls begins amid uncertainty

The 90-day countdown to the 10th parliamentary polls begins today with uncertainty looming over holding of the elections as Awami League and Bangladesh Nationalist Party are yet to agree on the mode of an interim government. The Election Commission, in line with the constitution, will have to conduct the elections within 90 days preceding the expiry of the present parliament […]

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Talks delayed as Khaleda’s red phone left out of order

The phone conversation between prime minister Sheikh Hasina and leader of the opposition Khadea Zia was apparently delayed by about five hours as Khaleda’s official telephone was out of order. Khaleda, also the Bangladesh Nationalist Party chair person, told Hasina that her telephone had been out of order for long time. Hasina assured Khaleda that she would look into the […]

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Fund crunch impedes army land acquisition

Non allocation of funds for land acquisition impeded the expansion of the army’s barracks in Chitagong, Sylhet and Tangail and the Bangladesh Military Acadmy at Bhatiary, officials said. Quoting an armed forced division letter they said there was no allocation for acquisition of land in last three fiscal years. It said that due to lack of the budgetary allocation the […]

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2 TV stations bombed, 2 injured

Two private television stations came under bomb attacks in the capital on Saturday evening, injuring two journalists. Miscreants hurled crude bombs at Ekattor TV at Baridhara and Mohona TV at Mirpur. Ekattor TV head of output Shakil Ahmed said that senior Newsroom Editor Zakaria Biplab and camera person Alamgir sustained injury around 6:30pm when a bomb blasted near the main […]

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Drizzling disrupts life across country

Rain coupled with water-logging had been causing immense sufferings to people in different districts across the country since Thursday. It also caused flash flood in places and damage to crops, including Aman paddy and vegetables. Besides, rain disrupted road and river communications. Bangladesh Meteorological Department, however, asked maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar and Mongla to hoist local cautionary signal […]

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Elderly couple killed

An elderly couple was hacked to death by unidentified miscreants at Munshidanga village in Faridpur sadar upazila early Saturday. The deceased were identified as Shamsu Mir, 70, a retired member of Navy and his wife Shelly Begum, 60, of the village. The couple had two daughters and a son who have been living in Dhaka. Neighbours found their slaughtered bodies […]

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AL rally at Suhrawardy Udyan November 3

The ruling Awami League will hold a public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital on November 3 to showdown its political strength before the announcement of schedules for the upcoming general elections. The Awami League president, Sheikh Hasina, also the prime minister, will address the rally. The decision was made at a meeting of Awami League election steering committee […]

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AL, allies to remain on the street to face hartal

The ruling Awami League-led alliance activists will remain on the city streets during the 60-hour general strike beginning this morning to face the opposition parties ‘politically.’ The decision was made at a meeting of the leaders of the ruling Awami League-led alliance at Awami League president’s Dhanmandi office on Saturday with Tofail Ahmed in the chair. After the meeting, Tofail […]

October 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Security beefed-up at AL offices, leaders’ houses

Security was beefed-up in front of the Awami League offices and the houses of ministers, lawmakers and ruling party leaders across the country on Saturday. In the last three days, the offices and houses of incumbents were attacked. Several offices of Awami League were set on fire and the houses of its leaders and lawmakers were targeted for crude bomb […]

October 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Replacement of Congo peacekeepers begins

Replacement process of the military and air-force contingents involved in the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Congo has already begun, said an ISPR press release on Saturday in Dhaka. Under the process, a group of 215 troops of army contingent led by Colonel Sahid Mosaddeque Hossain left Dhaka for Congo on Saturday by a chartered aircraft of the UN. Director […]

October 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Govt pays lip service to dialogue to mislead people: Fakhrul

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Saturday accused the government of misleading people by talking about dialogues, on the one hand, and carrying out repression on the opposition, on the other. The acting BNP secretary general, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, at a briefing at the party central office said that the government was employing all strength and hatching conspiracy to suppress […]

October 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Former advisers see tough time ahead

Two former advisers to caretaker government at a citizens’ dialogue on Saturday warned that the clash among political parties was inevitable due to non-compromising attitude of the chiefs of the two major parties. They warned that the situation would be worse than that of ‘January 11, 2007 takeover’ and urged all to unite to resolve the ongoing political crisis. Civic […]

October 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

21 shops burnt

At least 21 shops were burnt in fire in Chandpur and Sirajganj on Friday and early Saturday. In Chandpur, 15 shops were burnt by a fire that broke out at Natun Bazar in Matlab (North) upazila on Friday. The people of the area said the fire originated from a short circuit around 4:00pm at a shop and soon engulfed 14 […]

October 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

WP calls for an end to political deadlock

Workers Party of Bangladesh, an ally of the Awami League-led alliance, on Saturday urged the government to resolve the issue of the election-time government for holding a participatory national election. Workers Party president Rashed Khan Menon told a press briefing at Nakhalpara MP Hostel that his party hoped the issue of the polls-time government would be solved through dialogue. He […]

October 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

BNP should reconsider PM’s offer: TIB

Transparency International Bangladesh executive director Iftekharuzzaman on Saturday said the telephonic conversation between two top national leaders has opened up a ‘bright and big chance’ for an amicable solution, and there will be nothing left except uncertainty if this chance is squandered. ‘It is a big and bright chance indeed. It is apparently the last chance. If the invitation (PM’s) […]

October 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

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