Archive for November, 2013

AL names 297 nominees for elections

The Awami League on Friday named its candidates for 297 constituencies out of 300 to contest the next general elections, dropping at least 41 incumbent lawmakers. At least six former ministers, who were dropped from the cabinet in the reshuffle on November 21, were among the 41 missing from the list of the AL nominations for the 10th parliamentary polls, […]

November 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Ban sends letters to Khaleda again

The United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, again wrote a letter to the leader of the opposition in the parliament, Khaleda Zia, also the BNP chairperson, requesting her to end the ‘bitter disputes’ over the forthcoming national elections slated for January 5. BNP vice-chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury confirmed the receipt of the letter and said that Ban had sent a […]

November 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Another 72hr blockade from today

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance on Friday night announced another spell of nationwide 72-hour road railway and waterways blockade from this morning. On behalf of the alliance, The BNP’s joint secretary general Ruhur Kabir Rizvi Ahmed at a hurried news briefing on behalf of the alliance announced the blockade in protest at government repression, announcement of the election schedule for […]

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Int’l observers constrained by principles and past

US and European Union election observers will be constrained in their decision-making about whether to monitor the Bangladesh elections by a declaration of election observation principles to which they are signatories. The decision that will be taken by the EU and the International Republican Institute, which is planning to send election monitors funded by the United States Agency for International […]

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Khaleda asks govt not to choose path of autocrats

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Friday asked the government not to choose the path of autocrats and cautioned that its consequences would be like autocrats. Urging the government to release all the leaders and activists and to withdraw all ‘false cases’, she asked for opening the path for holding the national election under a non-party neutral government […]

November 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

They came to Dhaka never to return home

Two cousins, Nahid Morol, 22 and Robin Munshi, 25, came to Dhaka from Shibchar in Madaripur never to return home as mindless act of arson cut their lives short. The two cousins travelled to the capital to buy warm clothes for winter but who would know death was waiting on the way. They suffered terrible burns along with 19 others, […]

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BNP wants PM to resign for dialogue

Bangladesh Nationalist Party during recent behind-the-scenes talks with the Awami League gave the message that resignation of the prime minister was important should a dialogue take place over a polls-time government, BNP sources said. ‘The “bottom line” in a dialogue with the government is that the polls-time government should be formed without prime minister Sheikh Hasina as its chief,’ a […]

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RMG unit burnt over worker’s death rumour

A group of miscreants set fire to a multi-storey industrial unit of the Standard Group at Konabari in Gazipur on Thursday night, damaging the property that suspended the factory operation. No casualties, however, were reported as 27,000 people working there had left eight-storey building before it had been set on fire. Fire fighters took more than 15 hours to contain […]

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Procurement of aman rice would benefit millers: growers

The government’s decision to procure rice instead of paddy from December 1 would benefit the millers and not the growers. The government decision would deprive the growers of fair price for their aman crop, said their leaders. They said that the growers sell paddy and the millers sell rice. About 50 per cent of the aman crop has been harvested […]

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Court orders return of seized Odhiker materials

The Cyber Tribunal on Thursday asked the Detective Branch of police to return the materials seized from the office of right organisation Odhikar following arrest of its secretary in August. The judge, KM Shamsul Alam, passed the order after hearing a petition filed by Odhikar seeking 36 seized materials, including three laptops, two central processing units of two computers, in […]

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AL so far finalises candidates for 180 seats

The Awami League Parliamentary Board in its series of meetings for party nominations finalised candidates for about 180 constituencies till Thursday afternoon. Party insiders said that the parliamentary board might finalise the candidates for remaining seats by Thursday and start sending nomination letters to the candidates today. On Wednesday, the parliamentary board scrutinised the forms for party nominations and finalised […]

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Farmer Tajul awarded for saving train

The Chandpur police awarded Tajul Islam who saved an intercity train with 500 passengers on board from a possible accident in Shahrasti upazila on Wednesday. Tajul, a sexagenarian farmer of Paschim Upalata village in the upazila, was given Tk 20,000 in cash and a testimonial at a ceremony at the office of police super M Amir in the district headquarters on […]

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Indian foreign secy to arrive in dec

India’s foreign secretary Sujatha Singh will arrive in Dhaka on December 4 on a ‘brief and short-noticed’ trip amid escalating political violence in Bangladesh over the looming general elections. Observers see her visit as a crucial development as the Indian political leadership is busy with their own general elections, leaving the diplomats to navigate the foreign policy and manage India’s […]

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NYT carries Bangladesh rejoinder

The US-based global newspaper New York Times on Thursday carried the Bangladesh rejoinder days after it carried an editorial saying the country might be exposed to a sanction by the international community in view of its current political crisis. ‘I disagree with this editorial’s characterisation of my country’s situation,’ read the rejoinder by Bangladesh ambassador to Washington Akramul Qader in […]

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Arson attack on Bus: Fakhrul, 16 other BNP-Jamaat leaders prosecuted

Acting Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and 16 other leaders of the BNP-led alliance were prosecuted for the arson attack on a moving bus in the capital on Thursday that killed at least two persons and injured 17 others. The Dhaka Metropolitan Police filed the murder case with the Shahbagh police against 17 BNP-led opposition alliance […]

November 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

BNP leader Mir Nasir lands in jail

A Chittagong court on Friday sent BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s adviser Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin to jail in a case filed for obstructing cops from discharging their duties. Metropolitan magistrate Mushfiqul Islam passed the order when police produced him before his court. Meanwhile, the court granted bail in another case filed under the Explosive Substances Act. Police arrested Mir Nasir […]

November 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

JSD, Nagarik Oikya call for ending political crisis

A faction of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal and Nagarik Oikya want end of current political crisis for holding an inclusive national election with participation of all political parties. The JSD and Nagarik Oikya will hold rallies and white flag procession from Central Shaheed Minar, demanding end of the current political crisis. The JSD will hold a rally at Central Shaheed Minar […]

November 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Supporters of deprived aspirants on rampage

Supporters of people who failed to get nomination for polls from the Awami League went on the rampage in places across the country late Friday afternoon, reports reaching Dhaka said. In Jessore, supporters of the district AL general secretary Shahin Chaklader, also the sadar upazila chairman, and former state minister Rafiqul Islam went on the rampage at night in places […]

November 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Wait to get go-ahead

Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad has asked his candidates to wait for getting signal for contesting the 10th parliamentary polls as, he thinks, a level playing field has not been created yet. While exchanging views with nomination seekers at a city hotel on Friday, the JP chief also asked them to submit nomination papers on time. ‘If we see a […]

November 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Primary headmaster post to be upgraded

The government has decided to upgrade the post of headmasters of primary schools to second class and raise salaries of assistant teachers. SM Ashraful Islam, additional secretary to Primary and Mass Education Ministry, told the news agency on Thursday that they received a letter from public administration ministry in this regard. A gazette notification will be published after getting an […]

November 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

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