Archive for December 8th, 2013

Ferries torched at Mawa as blockade begins

Stray incidents of violence and arson marked the first day of the third spell of the opposition-enforced blockade of road, railway and waterways on Saturday as pickets clashed with the police and torched vehicles and ferries to push for a non-partisan polls-time government. At the end of its last 131-hour blockade on Thursday, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party joint secretary general […]

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Businessmen vent anger against parties

Business leaders on Saturday threatened taking to the streets along with their workers and employees if major political parties failed to reach a consensus in three to four days. Asking political parties why businessmen would fall victim to their politics of confrontation, they said that miscreants had already burnt Standard Garments factory and owners were still burning in the fire […]

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Warrant for execution of Quader’s death sentence likely today

The warrant for the execution of the death sentence of Abdul Quader Molla on war crimes charges is likely to be issued today by the International Crimes Tribunal-2. On September 17, the Appellate Division sentenced Jamaat leader Quader to death overturning his life term awarded by the ICT-2 on February 5. The death row convict has been shifted from the […]

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BNP calls hartal in Dhaka for today

Dhaka city unit of Bangladesh Nationalist Party enforces a 24-hour general strike in the capital while BNP-backed student and volunteer fronts have also called dawn-to- dusk hartal in different districts for today in protest at the arrest of its leaders. The general strikes coincide with the BNP-led opposition alliance’s 72-hour countrywide blockade of road, railway and waterways that began on […]

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I’ll head JP as long as I live: Ershad

The Jatiya Party chairman, HM Ershad, on Saturday lambasted media reports which said that Ersahd had been removed and Rawshan Ershad had been made the party’s acting chairperson. Ershad just appeared in the waiting room on the ground floor of his Baridhara house at noon and told newsmen that he would remain the Jatiya Party chairman as long as he […]

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Constitution to be followed

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Saturday told UN assistant secretary general for political affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco that she would act in accordance with the constitution and follow democratic process in holding the 10th parliamentary elections. Gowher Rizvi, foreign affairs adviser to the prime minister, informed reporters after a one-on-one meeting between Sheikh Hasina and Fernandez-Taranco that the UN official […]

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Taranco meets Khaleda

The visiting United Nations assistant secretary general for South and Central Asian affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco called on Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia on Saturday and discussed different issues, including the next general election. After the meeting at Khaleda’s residence at Gulshan, BNP vice-chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury told reporters that both sides had agreed to hold another round of discussion […]

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Biased TV coverage of parties, leaders identified

Significant levels of political bias in the reporting of news by the state-owned Bangladesh Television have been identified in the ongoing monitoring of the channel by the international NGO Democracy International. The NGO, whose Democratic Participation and Reform programme is funded by the American and British aid bodies USAID and UKAID, has captured and analysed all news broadcast on BTV […]

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SILT UP OF KOBADAK RIVER: Marooned people demand effective river management

The marooned people living on the side of the River Kobadak in the southwest of the country are demanding an immediate excavation of the silted up river and an effective river management to remove the water that collects there for months every year. The water stagnation in the Kobadak basin began in late nineties but it became severe in recent […]

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10th parliamentary polls: 42 appeal against cancellation of candidatures

Forty-two aspirants have so far appealed to the Election Commission against the cancellation of their nominations by the returning officers till Saturday. During the two-day scrutiny that began on Thursday, the returning officers cancelled nominations of 260 candidates keeping 847 valid for the polls scheduled for January 5, according to the commission’s draft list of valid candidates. Of 847 valid […]

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PM urges Khaleda to call off blockade programme

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Saturday urged the opposition leader, Khaleda Zia, to call off the ongoing blockade programme amid the three-day national mourning to pay respect to Nelson Mandela, the revered icon of South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle and a towering figure of 20th century politics. The premier made the call in a statement, PM’s press secretary Abul Kalam […]

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US for dialogue, credible election in B’desh

The United States has again underlined the urgent need for major political parties in Bangladesh to engage immediately in constructive dialogue to hold credible elections that reflect the will of Bangladeshi people. ‘So we believe the need is now even more urgent for the major political parties to engage immediately in constructive dialogue to find a way forward to hold […]

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ADB to evaluate Padma tenders: Muhith

Though it had pulled out of financing the $2.9 billion Padma bridge project, the Asian Development Bank has now agreed to evaluate tenders for it. The finance minister, Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, told the news agency after participating in the ADB annual conference in Delhi between May 2-5 that there was a strong possibility of ADB and JICA returning to […]

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Hearing on maritime boundary case begins tomorrow

The hearing on the case related to the Bay of Bengal maritime boundary dispute between Bangladesh and India will begin at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in the Netherlands on Monday. A Bangladesh delegation is scheduled to leave Dhaka for Hague today to join the eight-day hearing at the five-member tribunal. Foreign minister AH Mahmud Ali, former foreign minister […]

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JL-BCL clash leaves 6 injured

At least six people were injured in a clash between the activists of Juba League and Chhatra League on Saturday at east Rupsha under the Rupsha police station in Khulna. The severely injured Chhatra League activists Kamrul and Mukul were admitted to the Khulna Medical College Hospital and Juba League activists Hamid and Mithun were admitted to Khulna General Hospital. […]

December 8, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

BNP asks govt employees not to be used as AL’s tools

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Saturday urged government employees not to take part in unilateral elections activities under the current administration. ‘We urge you all [government employees] as trusted employees of the state not to let yourself be used as a tool of any anyone or any party. You will serve the state and people neutrally as honorable employees of […]

December 8, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Kazi Zafar demands Hasina’s resignation

The ‘expelled’ Jatiya Party presidium member Kazi Zafar on Saturday iterated his earlier demand for the resignation of the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, and also an initiative of the president for a dialogue for a non-party government. Kazi Zafar at a press conference at his house at Gulshan also said that he had come to know from a reliable source […]

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CPB, SPB stage protest against violence

Politicians, academics and labour leaders at a rally on Saturday demanded that the next general election be held with the participation of all political parties. Holding the unilateral election would not end the current political deadlock rather it would deepen the crisis and hamper the democratic system, they said at the rally after staging a sit-in. Communist Party of Bangladesh […]

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Crystallographic assoc elected

Professor Altaf Hussain of the Department of Chemistry, Dhaka University and DR Dilip Kumar Saha of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission have been elected president and general secretary respectively of the Bangladesh Crystallographic Association Executive Committee for 2014-2015 term. Other elected office-bearers Professors of the organisation are: vice-presidents Kazi Ali Azam of Jahangirnagar University and Md Qumrul Hassan of Dhaka University, […]

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Aggressive baby food marketing hampers child nutrition: experts

Health experts on Saturday said that aggressive marketing tactics by the formula producing companies and their attractive market policy were hampering child nutrition in the country. Different international agencies also were now taking up public-private partnership schemes to eradicate malnutrition for the sake of their own business interest, they said while addressing an interaction meeting between media people and issue […]

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