Archive for December 7th, 2013

Nelson Mandela dies

Nelson Mandela, the icon of South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle and a colossus of 20th century politics, died late Thursday aged 95, prompting mass mourning and a global celebration of his astonishing life. The Nobel Peace laureate, who was elected South Africa’s first black president after spending nearly three decades in jail, died at his Johannesburg home surrounded by his family, […]

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3-day mourning announced for Mandela

Bangladesh has announced three-day national mourning from today to pay homage to South African leader Nelson Mandela, who died at the age of 95 on Friday. The national flag will be flown at half-mast during the mourning period, the cabinet secretary, M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, said. The president, Abdul Hamid, the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, the leader of the opposition […]

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Prisoner, president and father of ‘Rainbow Nation’

South Africa’s first black president spent nearly a third of his life as a prisoner of apartheid, yet he sought to win over its defeated guardians in a relatively peaceful transition of power that inspired the world. Mandela’s stature as a fighter against apartheid — the system of white racist rule he called evil — and a seeker of peace […]

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72-hour blockade begins today

The BNP-led opposition alliance enforces a 72-hour countrywide blockade of road, railway and waterways beginning this morning demanding the cancellation of the national elections schedule and the holding of the elections under a non-party, election-time government. This is the third spell of blockade after the second one for 131 hours beginning on November 30 and the first one for 71 […]

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6 ministers, 33 others likely to be elected unopposed

At least 33 ruling Awami League candidates, six of them are ministers, are likely to be elected unopposed in the 10th parliamentary elections as they emerged single candidates for the constituencies after the scrutiny of nomination papers that ended on Friday. During the scrutiny that began on Thursday, the Election Commission cancelled candidature of 260 candidates keeping 847 valid for […]

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6 parties deny having submitted nomination papers

Top leaders of six registered political parties, including three opposition alliance partners, were taken aback by the disclosure of Election Commission that candidates from their parties had submitted nomination papers for contesting the next general elections. All six parties said they had not fielded any candidates or issued any nomination letters. Three opposition alliance partners said it was a ‘plot’ […]

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AL hopes JP will eventually contest polls

The Awami League is still hopeful the Jatiya Party chief HM Ershad will withdraw his decision to boycott the next general elections and is party will eventually contest the polls, scheduled for January 5. Leaders of the ruling party say that Ershad changes his mind frequently, so they believe he would eventually change his latest decision and participate in the […]

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Many stream out of Dhaka

Thousands of people who had been left stranded in Dhaka and elsewhere for days swarmed railway stations and bus and launch terminals on Friday finding a day’s gap between two spells of blockade enforced by the BNP-led opposition alliance. People were left stranded as they did not find the scope to get to their destinations as the opposition alliance have […]

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Changes in RAB, BGB

The government has changed some important posts in the Border Guard Bangladesh and the Rapid Action Battalion, officials told New Age on Friday. Brigadier General Anisur Rahman, now at army headquarters on return from UN peace keeping mission, will replace BGB additional director general Brigadier General Golam Mustafa, who will return to the army headquarters. Brigadier General Habibul Karim, now […]

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Taranco arrives, meets Hasina, Khaleda today

The UN assistant secretary-general for political affairs, Oscar Fernández Taranco, arrived in Bangladesh Friday evening amid the country’s murky political situation that has cast a shadow on its general election. Taranco reached Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 7:55pm by an Emirates flight. His visit is aimed at encouraging ‘dialogue and conditions’ conducive to parliamentary elections scheduled for January 5, said […]

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Silt up of Kobadak river: Thousands in southwest marooned

Thousands of people living in the Kobadak river basin which covers parts of three districts in the country’s south-west continue to suffer as their homesteads have been under water for more than four months. The areas—parts of Tala upazila in Satkhira, and a some parts of Keshobpur upazila in Jessore and Paikgachha upazila in Khulna—became waterlogged from monsoon rain as […]

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Elderly woman burnt in petrol bomb attack

A pentagenarian woman sustained serious burn injuries in the upper part of her body as unidentified assailants hurled petrol bomb at a CNG-run auto-rickshaw at Shyampur WASA gate point under Kadamtoli police station in the capital on Friday evening. The injured, Jahanara Khatun, was immediately rushed to burn unit at Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Witnesses and the police said that […]

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Medical college teacher found dead in Sylhet

The body of an associate professor was found in his chamber at Ragib-Rabeya Medical College in Sylhet city Thursday evening. The deceased was identified as Shubhagata Baidya, 35, a teacher of surgery department at the medical college, police said. Hospital sources said that despite repeated attempts, Abul Hossain, attendant of Baidya’s private chamber in city’s Stadium Market, failed to contact […]

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Toys contaminated with high level toxic elements: study

A high level of toxic materials was found in many types of toys in the markets, according to a recent study. ‘It contains high concentration of toxic heavy metals that is harmful to children and can cause brain damage, learning disabilities, hormone problems and cancer to young children,’ the study report says. These toys have lead, cadmium, bromine and chromium […]

December 7, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

BCL man stabbed

A Bangladesh Chhatra League activist was critically injured in an attack by miscreants at Burir Bazar village in sadar upazila of Lalmonirhat on Friday. The injured BCL man was identified as Abul Kalam, 25, of the village. He was first admitted to Lalmonirhat Sadar Hospital and later shifted to Rangpur Medical College Hospital as his condition deteriorated. Police and locals […]

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Call for govt to stop attack on minorities

The Bangladesh Hindu, Buddhist and Christian Unity Council and Bangladesh Abivasi Forum at a human chain in the capital on Friday urged adequate measures to stop attacks on religious and national minorities in pre-election violence. The leaders at the human chain in front the National Press Club alleged that minorities in different parts of the country were facing attacks. Rana […]

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Students pass unusual Friday

Students in the capital passed a hectic Friday as educational institutions were open holding primary completion and annual examinations at the weekends between two spells of the blockade by the opposition alliance. School authorities also said that if the political turmoil continued it would be difficult for them to complete annual exams this year. Guardians said that St Joseph Higher […]

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Shaheed Milon’s mother urges AL, BNP to dump Ershad

Selina Akhter, mother of Shaheed Dr Milon, on Friday urged both the ruling and the opposition parties to end the politics of violence and dump ‘fallen autocrat’ HM Ershad. Addressing a rally at the Shaheed Minar, she also demanded that ‘fallen autocrat’ Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad be punished for killing her son. The rally was organised by Gano Forum […]

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Youth killed in RAB ‘crossfire’

A youth was killed by the Rapid Action Battalion in ‘crossfire’ on Friday in the capital’s Maghbazar area. The victim, Shafikul Islam, 35, son of freedom fighter Abdur Rahim, died at the Square Hospitals when he was admitted there after being shot at by battalion personnel. The battalion also arrested three others during his treatment. Ramna police sub-inspector Nazmul Ahsan […]

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Democracy Day observed amid AL-BNP tussle over Ershad

The country on Friday passed Democracy Day, marking the fall of military dictator HM Ershad, with the ruling Awami League and the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party taking no programme but tussling over Ershad. Ershad was forced to step down on December 6, 1990 in the face of a mass uprising. Jatiya Party faction led by Ershad, however, observed the […]

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