Archive for December 13th, 2013

Quader Molla executed

War crimes convict Abdul Quader Molla, also an assistant secretary general of Jamaat-e-Islami, was hanged Thursday night at Dhaka Central Jail amid heightened security. The jail authorities executed Quader, convicted of committing crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War, after the government ordered it to execute his death warrant without applying the jail code. Sheikh Yusuf Harun, deputy ommissioner […]

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Jamaat calls strike for Dec 15

The Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami on Thursday called a countrywide dawn-to-dusk general strike for December 15 in protest at the execution of its assistant secretary general Abdul Quader Molla, convicted of committing crimes against humanity in the independence war in 1971. The acting Jamaat amir Makbul Ahmad in a statement called on people to build up resistance against ‘the government’s brutality’ and […]

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Shahbagh protesters happy

Shahbagh protesters, who started rallying in early February for the capital punishment of convicted war criminal Abdul Quader Molla, on Thursday expressed their delight after the Appellate Division cleared the way for the execution of Quader Molla. Activists of the youth-led platform, campaigning for the death penalty of all war criminals, also have continued sitting in at Shahbagh for the […]

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4 killed in Lakshmipur, 2 in other places

At least six people, four in Lakshmipur, died in violence as law enforcers fired into blockaders and blockaders attacked vehicles on the last of the 144-hour countrywide blockade of road, railway and waterways the opposition started enforcing on Saturday. Four died in Lakshmipur as the Rapid Action Battalion fired into blockaders; another died in Comilla in police firing. A trucker […]

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Life normal, law and order under control: Shamsul

The state minister for home, Shamsul Haque, on Thursday said that people were leading normal life despite the opposition’s nationwide blockade of road, railway and waterways in protest at the next general polls scheduled for January 5. He claimed that the law enforcement agencies had managed to keep order throughout the country. ‘The law enforcement agencies are trying hard to […]

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Ershad informs CEC of not taking part in polls

The Jatiya Party, led by HM Ershad, on Thursday officially informed the chief election commissioner that the party would not contest the 10th parliamentary elections scheduled for January 5. The party chairman, Ershad, in his letter to Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad also requested the commission not to allot the party’s election symbol Plough to anyone. The letter came in line with […]

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‘Indigenous’ groups fall badly behind in education

The participation rate in schools of children from national minorities is significantly below the national primary enrolment rate. The rate of literacy, the ability of a person to write a letter, amongst those belonging to national minorities is also far behind the national rate, government surveys and studies conducted by development partners and research organisations reveal. The dropout rate and […]

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BNP sees no signs of consensus even after UN intervention

The apparent failure of the UN-brokered negotiations between the ruling and opposition camps to make a breakthrough in the crisis over the next general elections has left leaders and activists of Bangladesh Nationalist Party frustrated. UN assistant secretary general Oscar Fernandez-Taranco who came to Dhaka on December 6 as a special envoy of UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, carried out […]

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Khaleda urges India to show respect to wishes of people of Bangladesh

The leader of the opposition and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday asked the government to facilitate the path of dialogue and consensus by releasing opposition leaders and activists and postponing the election. ‘It is very essential to create the atmosphere for dialogue to facilitate the path of consensus. It is very unfortunate that still opposition leaders and activists were […]

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Next polls as per constitution: PM

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Thursday reiterated that the next elections will be held in a free, fair and neutral manner as per the constitution. She said all the polls held in different tiers during the last five years of the present government were free, fair and neutral and many opposition candidates won in those elections. ‘The next elections […]

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Fertiliser supplies to dealers fall due to blockade

The supply of urea and non urea fertilisers to the dealers has drastically dropped due to severe road communication disruptions caused by the nationwide blockade, officials said. They, however, said that there were sufficient fertilisers in the stocks at the national level. They also said that unscrupulous fertilizer traders were charging higher prices from the farmers at different areas citing […]

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Displaying train locations, timings on cell phones

The Bangladesh Railway is facing uncertainties in launching its trial basis train tracking system on mobile phones for the benefit of the passengers. The launching scheduled for last month became uncertain due to political unrests, said BR officials. They said that the plan was to display the locations and timings of the trains on mobile phones using geographic information system, […]

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Schoolboy killed in road accident

A schoolboy was killed in a road accident in front of Lafarge Cement Factory colony in Chhatak upazila on Wednesday. The deceased was identified as Al-Nabin Sadik, 14, student of class IX of Kamar Ali High School and son of Saudi expatriate Chand Mia, hailing from Chhonkhair village of the upazila. Shahjalal Munshi, officer-in-charge of Chhatak police station, said a […]

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Raushan meets Hasina

A delegation of Jatiya Party (Ershad) led by Begum Raushan Ershad met the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, at Ganobhaban Thursday evening. A highly placed source at Ganobhaban said the Jatiya Party delegation reached the PM’s official residence in the evening and sat in a meeting with the prime minister. According to the source, Raushan Ershad discussed seat sharing with the […]

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Polls acceptability depends on voter turnout: CEC

The chief election commissioner, Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad, on Thursday denied terming the January 5 polls a ‘farce’ and said the acceptability of the polls would depend on the voter turnout on the polling day. The Election Commission had kept the armed forces on alert and they were ready to be on duty for maintaining law and order during the polls, […]

December 13, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

President returns from S Africa

The president, Abdul Hamid, on Thursday returned in the country after his three-day visit to South Africa to pay his last respect to anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. The president reached Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka by a special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airline at 11:15 am. Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, land, disaster management and relief minister Amir […]

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BRU ex-VC sued on graft charges

The Anti-Corruption Commission on Thursday filed a case against former vice-chancellor of Begum Rokeya University Professor Abdul Jalil Miah and acting registrar Shajahan Ali Mandol. Deputy director of ACC Rangpur office Abdul Karim filed the case against them with Kotwali police station in the afternoon. According to the case, during his tenure from 7 May 2009 to 5 May 2013, […]

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WAR CRIMES TRIAL: ‘I saw Khokon kill my mother, 2 siblings’: witness

Prosecution witness Kalom Sheikh on Thursday said that he himself saw war crimes accused Zahid Hossain alias Khokon Razakar shoot and kill his mother and his two siblings at midday on May 30, 1971. Khokon Razakar is absconding. The 65-year old farmer Kalom recalled in his testimony that the incident took place after his village Iswardy, in Nagarkanda, Faridpur was […]

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Transport workers’ bid to besiege Khaleda’s house foiled

A group of transport workers on Thursday took a move to lay siege to the house of opposition leader Khaleda Zia at Gulshan in protest at the ongoing blockade that affected their livelihood. The police, however, obstructed the procession at Gulshan-2 intersection on way to Khaleda’s house in Gulshan diplomatic zone. The BNP-led 18-party alliance has been continuing with the […]

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Discussion on political crisis held in N’ganj

Participants at a roundtable discussion on Thursday said that there was a crying need for a ‘democratic third force’ in the country to break the current political deadlock. The existing political crisis of the country could be resolved through a movement by the democratic third force, they said. News Narayanganj, an online news portal, organised the roundtable discussion titled ‘democratic […]

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