Archive for December 2nd, 2013

Rly sabotage marks blockade

Buses were burnt and railway lines sabotaged as clashes between demonstrators and the police were reported from different places across the country on Sunday, the second day of the fresh spell of rail-road-waterway blockade enforced by the opposition parties. The blockade virtually snapped communications between the capital and the rest of the country badly affecting life and taking a heavy […]

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UN rights chief slams political leaders for death in violence

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has warned politicians in Bangladesh that they risk facing prosecution at the International Criminal Court based in the Hague for election time violence. In a statement issued on Sunday, Pillary pointed out that Bangladesh is a State Party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. ‘In other situations, we […]

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Khaleda carrying out ‘genocide’, says PM

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Sunday, accused the opposition leader, Khaleda Zia of committing genocide saying that the BNP chief was instructing arsonists to kill people in the name of agitation. ‘She [Khaleda] lives a luxurious life and from her cosy, air-conditioned house, she is instructing her men to kill people. She is committing genocide by directing her men […]

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Supply chain strained

Vegetable farmers who send their produces to Dhaka and other cities from outlying areas have been badly affected by the opposition’s blockade programmes which have gone on since November 26 for six days with a day’s break. Farmers from districts such as Narsingdi, Munshiganj, Rajshahi, Bogra, Gazipur, Manikganj and Jessore said that prices of vegetables had fallen by as much […]

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BNP asks PM to resign to end crisis

Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Sunday asked prime minister Sheikh Hasina to resign to resolve the current political crisis over polls-time government. ‘The prime minister should resign respectfully to resolve the current crisis,’ BNP joint secretary general Salahuddin Ahmed said in a video statement on the second day of the 72-hour nationwide road-rail-waterway blockade. The 18-party alliance led by BNP enforced […]

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10th parliamentary poll: Last date of submission of nomination papers today

The time for the submission of nomination papers for the 10th parliamentary election expires today amidst the nationwide blockade called by the opposition. The Election Commission is unlikely to extend the time for the submission of nomination papers, chief election commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad hinted Sunday ignoring the demand from HM Ershad faction of Jatiya Party, a ruling coalition partner. […]

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Gazipur factory blaze probe: High-powered body set up

The government on Sunday set up a high-powered committee to investigate the fire in a complaint factory at Konabari in Gazipur on November 28, officials said. The labour ministry has made the decision amid continued protest by the business groups as a group of miscreants set fire to the apparel unit of the Standard Group, leaving more than 27,000 workers […]

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EU to support only credible and inclusive elections

The European Union’s ambassador to Bangladesh William Hanna on Sunday said that the EU had not yet decided whether it would deploy observers to monitor the forthcoming 10th parliamentary polls scheduled for January 5. After meeting the chief election commissioner, Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad, at the EC secretariat, the ambassador said that the deployment of EU observers would depend on the […]

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AL nominations: Deprived aspirants vent anger

Rivalries among Awami League leaders over nomination have come into the open in many constituencies after the announcement of the names of party candidates on Friday for the 10th parliamentary elections. With a hope to win AL tickets, a total of 2608 aspirants had collected party nomination forms against 300 constituencies. After the announcement of the names of the party […]

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India concerned over Bangladesh violence

Indian foreign minister Salman Khurshid has said India is worried over polls-related violence in Bangladesh. ‘I think there’re some developments that are worrisome. We’re all hopeful that Bangladesh democracy in transition will be as strong as it is in between elections. I know that there’re some issues in Bangladesh that make political parties very…sort of strongly divided in their opinions,’ […]

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Police besiege BNP headquarters

The central office of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party remained locked and confined by the police on Sunday after the police had stormed into the office breaking open the door on first floor, vandalised office equipments including computers and arrested its joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on early Saturday. No BNP leader or activist was seen at the party office […]

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RTV journalists beaten by JL men remanded in custody

A Dhaka court on Sunday remanded in police custody two journalists of a private television, who were beaten by Awami Juba League and handed over to the police, for four days for interrogation. Witnesses said that RTV staff correspondent Tanzib Rony and cameraperson Prashanta Modak were beaten by the activists of the ruling Awami League-backed youth organisation at the capital’s […]

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Offshore bidding for oil, gas: Govt defers contract signing amid political unrest

The government has deferred the signing of contracts with US oil company ConocoPhillips and Indian ONGC Videsh for oil and gas exploration in three shallow sea blocks for indefinite period due to ongoing political unrest, officials said. On Thursday, the energy division asked Petrobangla, the state-run Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources Corporation, to suspend the contract signing with Conoco scheduled […]

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Fuel oils for 2014: BPC signs import deals

Nurul Alam . Chittagong Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation struck fresh deals with eight Singapore based companies for importing 5.1 million metric tonnes of petroleum products from January to December 2014, officials said. Under the deals BPC would import 3.8 million tones of refined oil and 1.3 million tones of crude, they informed. The refined petroleum products will include 27 lakh tones […]

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Speaker not to contest polls to keep office above controversy

Jatiya Sangsad speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury on Sunday said that she had to drop the plan to contest the tenth national elections as the ruling Awami League wanted to keep the office of the speaker above controversy. ‘I had planned to contest the polls and a form was collected for me for party nomination for Noakhali 1 parliamentary constituency, but […]

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Juba Dal activist killed in Ctg

Miscreants killed a Juba Dal activist at Kali Bari under Patiya upazila in Chittagong early Sunday. The deceased was identified as Abdul Gafur, 38, son of the late Abdus Salam from Suvondondi union of the same upazila. Patiya circle assistant superintendent of police Shafiqul Isalm said that locals found his body lying beside the road. He was taken to Chittagong […]

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Imam holds ‘unofficial’ meeting at secretariat

The prime minister’s former adviser on public administration affairs HT Imam on Sunday held an ‘unofficial meeting’ at the secretariat saying goodbye to ministry officials and employees five days after his resignation. He asked the officials to deliver their constitutional responsibilities all the time no matter which party was in power. The retired bureaucrat-turned-politician called on the civil servants to […]

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Growers prepare for boro cultivation from mid-December

The growers have so far prepared seedbeds on about 1.10 lakh hectares of land for cultivation of boro, the largest food crop in terms of volume of production, according to Department of Agriculture Extension. The DAE has set the target of boro seedbed at 3.80 lakh hectares for current boro season as the cultivation of the crop would start across […]

December 2, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

BNP demands cancellation of election schedule

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Sunday urged the Election Commission to postpone the schedule for 10th parliament election and take necessary steps for holding meaningful election through participation of all political parties. Acting BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in a statement made the call and cautioned that otherwise the people of Bangladesh would not accept the unilateral staged-managed […]

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Absence of EU observers won’t question polls credibility: Muhith

The finance minister, Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, on Sunday said that there would be no question raised over polls credibility if the European Union would not send observers to monitor the forthcoming elections. ‘There will be no impact on the elections if if observers do not come. Earlier, there were no observers. Our elections would be very fair,’ Muhith said […]

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