Archive for December, 2013

AL men hold sway in ‘govt blockade’

The second day of an ‘undeclared blockade’ of the capital Dhaka by the government and the ruling party passed off on Monday with activists of Awami League continuing to guard the entry points and intersections of the city to resist possible attempts by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its allies to march into Dhaka. The capital remained cut off […]

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BNP calls for indefinite blockade from Jan 1

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led opposition alliance on Monday called nationwide blockade of roads, railway and waterways for an indefinite period from January 1 pressing for election under a non-party government cancelling the ‘farcical’ election slated for January 5. Khandker Mahbub Hossain, adviser to the Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia, announced the new programme at a hurriedly called briefing at […]

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Bureaucracy politicised, poll pledges breached

The Awami League-led government’s brazen politicisation of the civil administration has further polarized it. The AL-led government took no initiative to fulfill its election pledge to introduce the system of ‘merit-based administration’ free from political interference. Pursuing the policy of doling out promotions and prized postings only to those who toed its political thinking by leaving the others to rot […]

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Stop killing people, Hasina tells Khaleda

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, has called upon opposition leader Khaleda Zia to ‘stop killing people’ during protests. ‘You can wage anti-government agitation. But make sure people are not killed and children’s education are not hampered by your movement,’ she said while receiving results of Primary Terminal Examinations and Ebtedayee exams on Monday. Hasina said there was no ban on […]

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Khaleda barred from going out again

Opposition leader Khaleda Zia virtually remained in confinement in her Gulshan house as the police prevented her from going out to join the ‘march for democracy’ programme for the second straight day on Monday. Police picked up former minister Selima Rahman, lawmaker Rasheda Begum Hira and former lawmaker Halima Newaz Arali from in front of the house when they went […]

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Hafizuddin placed on two-day remand

A metropolitan magistrate court in Dhaka on Monday remanded Bangladesh Nationalist Party vice-chairman Hafizuddin Ahmed in police custody for two days for interrogation in a case filed for the killing of a police constable in an arson attack on a parked bus in the capital’s Banglamotor on December 24. The metropolitan magistrate, Harun-or-Rashid, passed the order after hearing both the […]

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70 journalists killed on the job in 2013: report

At least 70 journalists were killed on the job around the world in 2013, including 29 who died covering the civil war in Syria and 10 slain in Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The dead in Syria included a number of citizen journalists working to document combat in their home cities, broadcasters who worked with media outlets […]

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BNP leader killed in joint forces drive

A local leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party was killed in Satkhira and several hundred activists were detained as the joint forces continued their drives in different districts from Sunday midnight to Monday. New Age correspondent in Satkhira reported that local BNP leader Anwarul Islam, 42, also chairman of Agardari union parishad in Stakhira, was killed in ‘shootout’ between joint […]

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3 youths killed in Jaipurhat

Police recovered the bodies of three youths from a paddy field at Sorail village under Panchbibi upazila in Jaipurhat Monday afternoon. The identity of the youths, aged between 22 and 25, could not be known immediately. Two of them were beheaded. Panchbibi police said that locals found the bodies of the three, wearing jeans pants, shirts and jackets, at the […]

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PM to address 3 polls rallies in city on Jan 1

The Awami League will hold election rallies at Mirpur, Pallabi and Uttara in the capital on January 1, three days before the 10th parliamentary polls. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, is scheduled to address the rallies. A press release issued by the AL office secretary said that the first rally would be held on Adarsha High […]

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India’s Bangladesh study to help US: Indian FM

Mentioning that India is ‘right next to’ Bangladesh, Indian external affairs minister Salman Khurshid has said its understanding of Bangladesh should be helpful to the US. ‘While the US is at some distance from Bangladesh, we’re right next to it. So our understanding of the region and understanding of sentiments of the people in the region should be helpful in […]

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ACC says it would scan candidates’ wealth statements

The Anti-Corruption Commission said Monday it would scan the wealth statements of MP candidates for the January 5 poll from this week. ACC collected the wealth statements of at least 100 candidates published in newspapers, deputy director Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told New Age. He said he made a file of newspaper clippings in this regard and that he would submit […]

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200 factory inspectors to be appointed by March

The government needs three more months to appoint 200 factory inspectors, labour ministry secretary Mikhail Shipar told five western ambassadors on Monday. The government was scheduled to complete by December, the appointments, a key aspect of Bangladesh Action Plan given by the US for restoring the country’s GSP status. The labour secretary informed the ambassadors about the progress in addressing […]

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Shilpakala Padak conferred on 7 artistes

The president, Abdul Hamid, handed over the first ever Shilpakala Padak to seven senior artistes at a colourful programme at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Monday. The Shilpakala Padak 2013 was conferred on dancer Amanul Haque, classical musician Ustad Matiul Haque Khan, traditional singer Saidur Rahman Bayati, artist Samarjit Roy Chowdhury, Tagore singer Fahmida Khatun, filmmaker […]

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Battles rage in South Sudan as ceasefire hopes fade

South Sudanese rebels allied to ex-vice president Riek Machar sought to retake control of a key town Monday, the army said, as hopes faded that an upcoming ceasefire deadline will be met in the violence-wracked nation. United Nations peacekeepers said they were concerned over claims that thousands of armed youths from Machar’s Nuer tribe were readying to attack Bor, the […]

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Assaults on lawyers on SC premises

The Supreme Court Bar Association on Monday urged the judges and lawyers across the country to abstain from work today in protest at Sunday’s brutal assaults on lawyers by ruling party men on the apex court premises. SCBA president AJ Mohammad Ali announced the programme at a press conference in the Bar Association Building. He also demanded of the authorities […]

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PRESS CLUB ATTACK: Journalists’ leaders blame each other

Journalist leaders of both factions backed by ruling Bangladesh Awami League and Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Monday blamed each other for Sunday’s attack on the National Press Club. Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists and Dhaka Union of Journalists factions backed by the AL and the BNP organised two rallies at the same time, with a close distance of twenty feet […]

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EC to hold polls to Comilla 8 now

The Election Commission is going to hold the polls to Comilla 8 constituency, which had a single candidate, as the EC following a High Court order on Monday allowed an independent candidate to contest the 10th parliamentary polls. Following a writ petition by the independent candidate, ASM Kamrul Islam, the High Court on December 26 asked the EC to allocate […]

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AL won’t bring out procession carrying sticks any more, says Obaidul

Communications minister Obaidul Quader said on Monday that the Awami League activists would not bring out processions carrying sticks any more. He, however, said that Awami League would take ‘disciplinary action’ against its activists involved in Sunday’s attacks on pro-BNP lawyers on the Supreme Court premises. ‘We are looking into the incident. The party will take disciplinary against its activists […]

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Worker in fear of losing sight in bomb blast

A worker was in fear of losing his sight as crude bomb damaged his eye severely on Monday afternoon in the city’s Nawabpur area. The victim, Shariful Islam, 20, a worker at a shoe factory, is now undergoing treatment at the National Institute of Ophthalmology in Sher-e-Banglanagar area. Shariful said that he was going to work when two crude bombs […]

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