Archive for October 30th, 2013

One more killed as 60-hr hartal ends

The 60-hour general strike enforced by the opposition BNP-led alliance across the country ended on Tuesday evening with fighting claiming one more life on the last day taking the death toll to 19 in clashes between the opposition activists and the police and ruling party men in five days since Friday when the violence broke out. Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson […]

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electioneering: No official facilities for VIPs

The Election Commission has put into the final form the draft of the electoral code of conduct denying ‘privileged very important persons,’ including the prime minister, the leader of the opposition in the parliament and ministers official facilities during electioneering for the 10th parliamentary polls. ‘It will be made public tomorrow after a commission meeting,’ election commissioner told New Age […]

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Hasina-Khaleda phone talk leaked

The telephone conversation between the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, and the leader of the opposition in the parliament, Khaleda Zia that took place on Saturday evening got leaked on Monday night. The information minister, Hasanul Haq Inu, hours earlier on Monday said that the conversation should be made public. Neither the government nor any organisation or person claimed responsibility for […]

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Rubel treble gives Tigers lead

Rubel Hossain picked up from where he left off to claim six wickets and a hat-trick as Bangladesh crushed New Zealand by 43 runs in the first One-Day International, drawing first blood in the three-match series in Dhaka on Tuesday. Rubel had bowled Kyle Mills to earn a narrow three-run win in the last match of Bangladesh’s unprecedented 4-0 series […]

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Polls to be held in time: ministers

Home affairs minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir and information minister Hasanul Haq Inu on Tuesday said that the next general election would be held in time no matter Bangladesh Nationalist Party participates in it or not. They said that BNP would miss the opportunity if they do not respond to the call of the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, for a dialogue […]

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FBCCI calls for consensus over poll-time govt

Business leaders on Tuesday urged the leaders of the ruling and the opposition parties to reach a consensus over the election-time government so that a ‘third force’ could not take over. ‘We call upon the political parties to renounce politics of confrontation and instead follow the path of restraint and compromise as the businesses and general people are bearing the […]

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BDR carnage verdict postponed

Delivery of the verdict in the case of killings in a rebellion in the border force headquarters in Dhaka in 2009 has been postponed, official sources said on Tuesday night. Additional metropolitan sessions court judge-III Md Akhtaruzaman was scheduled to deliver the verdict today in the case against 846 accused. ‘The court will set a fresh date later on,’ public […]

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SQC appeals against death sentence

Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, MP, on Tuesday filed an appeal seeking acquittal from death sentence on 1971 genocide and war crimes against humanity charges. On October 1, the sentence was handed down by the International Crime Tribunal-1. Now in the Kashimpur Central Jail, the death row convict cited 27 grounds in his 1,323-page appeal seeking the acquittal. Senior Supreme Court lawyer […]

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BNP mulls 3-day blockade or hartal from Nov 4

Bangladesh Nationalist Party was thinking about enforcing a three-day road-rail-waterway ‘blockade’ or another spell of hartal from November 4 to press for an election-time ‘non-party’ government. A meeting of BNP national standing committee, the party’s policymaking body, with its chairperson Khaleda Zia in the chair at her Gulshan office on Tuesday night discussed the options after a 60-hour hartal imposed […]

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PM discusses next poll with left parties

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday warned that a defeat of the pro-liberation force in the next election would be a big blow for democracy as well as development. Referring to the political changeover after 1975, she said continuation of the present government was required for development and sustained democracy. In a meeting with leaders of Communist Party of Bangladesh […]

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2 dead as Jamaat, police clash at Kutubdia

At least two activists of Jamaat-e-Islami died and 25 sustained bullet injuries as the police fired into Jamaat activists after they had attacked a police patrol team at North Dhurung of Kutubdia in Cox’s Bazar on Tuesday. Jamaat claimed that four of their activists had been killed in police firing but the district administration confirmed the death of two without […]

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9-year old Rahima severely injured by cocktail

Just like other day, nine-year old Rahima Aktar was playing with other kids at Jurain Balur Math near her house on Tuesday now knowing what awaited her. She picked up an abandoned ball like object. Curiosity led her to torch it and she fell down in no time as an explosion followed rocking the area. Rahima suffered severe injuries hit […]

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Labour rights for EPZ: Draft in final stages

The government has plans to enact the EPZ Labour Act 2013 aimed at fully-fledged labour rights, including right to association and collective bargaining activities, that other workers enjoy outside the export processing zones. The move, with the draft of the law now being in final stages, has been taken as part of the implementation of a United States Trade Representative […]

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Patients suffer most for strike

The patients, especially from out of the city, suffered most for severe transport crisis due to 60-hour general strike enforced by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led opposition alliance. Hospital officials said they received fewer patients during the last three days, while many admitted patients could not leave hospitals for the hartal. Afzal Hossain from Brahmanbaria was admitted at the Dhaka Medical […]

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Juba League activist hacked to death in Ctg

A Juba League activist was hacked to death by miscreants at Ambagan under Khulsi police station in the Chittagong city early Tuesday. The deceased was identified as Humayun Kabir Murad, 30, a local activist of the youth front of the ruling Awami League. Witnesses said Murad was attacked by some unidentified miscreants at Ambagan while he was returning home on […]

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Political unrest halts first bone marrow transplantation

The first bone marrow transplantation in the country, which was scheduled for October 26 at the lone bone marrow transplantation centre at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, has been halted due to ongoing political unrest. The transplantation was halted as most of the experts from Massachusetts General Hospital, the teaching hospital of the Harvard Medical School in United States, had already […]

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Mozena, Pankaj meet again

Amid the fast-deteriorating political situation, two diplomats of the USA and India in Dhaka met on Monday for the second time within a week and reportedly discussed various issues, including Bangladesh’s politics and its next national elections. The meeting between US ambassador Dan Mozena and Indian high commissioner Pankaj Saran was held at Mozena’s residence, diplomatic sources said. They expressed […]

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7 Bangladeshis return dead from South Africa each month

The bodies of at least seven dead Bangladeshis are brought home every month from South Africa, according to data of Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training. They died mostly in indiscriminate shootings by miscreants in South Africa with its law and order deteriorating, said officials and migrants’ rights bodies. Three Bangladeshis were killed in ‘firings’ by ‘miscreants’ in Pretoria, South […]

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18kg gold recovered from Biman flight

Customs officials on Tuesday night recovered around 18 kilograms of gold from a toilet of a flight of state-run Biman Bangladesh Airlines. Customs assistant commissioner Quamrul Hasan said the customs team raided the Biman flight from Hong Kong which landed at Shahjalal International Airport at around 10:45pm. He said the team found 180 bars of gold weighing around 18 kilograms […]

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CEC urges politicians not to turn politics into business

The chief election commissioner, Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad, on Tuesday said that the onus is on the politicians to prevent commercialisation of politics and trading of candidature before elections. He said this while responding to reporters’ query whether the repeal of the provision that had made it mandatory for a candidate to be a member of a registered political party for […]

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