Archive for October 28th, 2013

4 killed in violence on 1st day of hartal

Four people were killed and several hundred injured in violent clashes between the opposition activists and the police and ruling party men across the country on the first day of the 60-hour countrywide general strike enforced by the BNP-led alliance on Sunday. The deaths were reported from Faridpur, Jessore, Pabna and Pirojpur districts. Of the four killed, two were activists […]

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Hanif removed as PM’s special assistant

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Sunday removed her special assistant Mahbubul Alam Hanif from the office. ‘The contractual appointment of Mahbubul Alam Hanif as special assistant to the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, has been cancelled,’ senior secretary to the public administration ministry Abdus Sobhan Sikder told New Age. The public administration ministry issued an official order in this regard, […]

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Students bear brunt of political crisis

Students, especially of primary and secondary levels, and their guardians as passing their days in anxiety over disruption in academic activities before the year-final examinations because of the political crisis. Schoolteachers feared that they may not be able to complete the syllabus in time although they are taking special or makeup classes at weekends because of the frequent general strikes. […]

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BNP activist killed in Bogra factional clash

A Bangladesh Nationalist Party activist was beaten and chopped to death and nine others injured in a factional clash in Bogra on Sunday. Locals said that the clash erupted at Gabtali upazila at about 1:30pm following a dispute over who would bring out procession first. The victim was identified as Md Shahjahan, 40, a supporter of Gabtali upazila chairman Jahidul […]

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AL MPs flay Khaleda in JS

Senior ruling alliance lawmakers on Sunday criticised the opposition alliance’s continuing with the general strike even after the prime minister’s initiative for talks and asked whether the leader of the opposition in the parliament wanted to invite ‘others’ to push the country in another direction. A number of ruling alliance lawmakers also questioned the statement that the leader of the […]

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10th JS election: EC awaits political consensus: CEC

The Election Commission still hopes that the big political parties would reach a consensus on free, fair and credible polls, chief election commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad said Sunday. ‘I think there is still time for a political consensus,’ he told reporters at the EC office. ‘If we shut the doors beforehand, it would only complicate the situation and that is […]

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Anti-violence drives if necessary, says MKA

Home minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir on Sunday said that law enforcement agencies would conduct special drives if necessary against those who are creating an unstable situation to foil the coming general elections. Inaugurating a newly constructed RAB-6 complex at Labonchora in Khulna city, he said that the government was determined to continue drives against ‘miscreants undermining peace and stability’ in […]

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BNP doubts govt sincerity about dialogue: Fakhrul

Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Sunday said there was no alternative to discussion with the issue of ‘non-party’ neutral government on top of the agenda, otherwise the government’s call for dialogue would not be credible to the people. BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir at a news briefing at the party central office said the government was talking about […]

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Hefazat threatens tougher movement

Islamist outfit Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh on Sunday announced three-day programmes and threatened to wage a tougher agitation if the government proceeded with the plan to control qoumi madrassahs. The programmes include demonstration on November 1 across the country, grand rally at Hathajari and rally at every divisional headquarters on November 2. The programmes were announced at a briefing at a community […]

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Bismillah Group scam: ACC probe team submits report

An Anti-Corruption Commission probe team on Sunday submitted it report on Bismilla Group’s embezzlement of Tk 1,200 crore from five banks. Probe team leader ACC deputy director Syed Iqbal Hassain submitted the report to the ACC director general. He sought the permission to sue over 40 persons, 10 Bismillah Group bosses and 30 bank officials for their alleged involvement with […]

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2 more housing projects for defence officers

The government has undertaken two more housing society projects for defence officers in Narayanganj and Comilla, the planning minister, AK Khandakar, told the parliament on Sunday. A similar project will also be implemented for junior commissioned officers and officers in other positions in phases. ‘The government is implementing another DOHS project at Khillapara in Chittagong,’ Khandakar, also a minister in […]

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Muhith places Grameen Bank Bill in JS

Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith on Sunday placed in parliament the Grameen Bank Bill 2013 to ensure absolute government control on the specialised bank, 75 per cent of which is owned by 83 lakh rural poor women, by reducing requirement for quorum in policy bodies, changing procedure of appointing its managing director. The bill made it mandatory for the […]

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BB’s new pay scale, common pay structure for SCBs at final stage

A committee led by the cabinet secretary at its last meeting on Sunday decided to recommend a new salary structure for Bangladesh Bank and a common pay structure for the three state-owned commercials banks. Cabinet secretary Mohammad Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan told New Age that the committee would recommend a separate pay scale for the BB and a common pay structure […]

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Officials visit Khaleda’s house to repair red phone

Officials concerned visited Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaeda Zia’s Gulshan house on Sunday to fix her red phone that remained out of order for a long time. Khaleda, also the leader of the opposition, however, asked the officials to go again today and fix the phone, BNP chairperson’s special assistant Shimul Biswas told New Age. The telephonic conversation between the […]

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US, Japan worried over violence, deaths

The United States on Sunday urged the major parties in Bangladesh to engage in constructive dialogue to find an agreed way forward to hold free, fair and credible elections while Japan expressed concern over escalation of violence and hostility. US ambassador Dan Mozena in a statement said he was encouraged by developments, including the telephone conversation between prime minister Sheikh […]

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22 RMG workers hurt in clashes

At least 22 readymade garment workers were injured on Sunday in separate clashes with the authorities and law enforcers in Narayanganj and Gazipur. In Narayanganj, at least 20 workers of Abir Fashions at Katherpool under Fatulla were injured as the workers clashed with the factory staff in the morning. The workers were locked in an altercation with the officials as […]

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Khaleda avoiding dialogue: Inu

The information minister, Hasanul Haq Inu, on Sunday said that the leader of the opposition, Khaleda Zia, also the Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, was avoiding the prime minister’s invitation to a dialogue over the mode of the election-time government. He alleged that the BNP wanted to change the constitution by force to reinstate the non-party caretaker government system. ‘It is […]

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Workers allege owners delay wage decision process

Labour leaders on Sunday said that apparel factory owners were delaying the decision on worker’s minimum wage by repeatedly seeking time for the submission of the proposal to the wage board. The owners were scheduled to submit a revised proposal to the wage board at its seventh meeting Sunday but the owners’ representative did not attend the meeting. The date […]

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3 Bangladeshi killed in South Africa

The foreign ministry officials confirmed the death of three Bangladeshi expatriates in ‘fire’ by ‘miscreants’ in South Africa’s capital Pretoria on Sunday. They, however, said the Bangladesh High Commission in South Africa could identify only two victims — Selim Dewan and Faruk Dewan. Identity of the third victim is yet to be confirmed, said Shameem Ahsan, the external publicity director general of […]

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Low forms in Bay

A low has developed over Northeast Bay and adjoining area, the Met Office said. Under its influence a deep convection is taking place over North Bay and squally weather may affect North Bay, adjoining coastal area of Bangladesh and the maritime ports. The maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar and Mongla have been advised to keep hoisted local cautionary signal […]

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