Archive for December 15th, 2013

AL closer to majority before voting

The ruling Awami League is inching closer to winning majority in parliament before the polling scheduled for January 5. The Awami League now requires only 24 seats to have a majority in the 10th parliament without help from its allies as at least 127 of its candidates have been elected unopposed to the 300-seat parliament setting a record in Bangladesh’s […]

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Ten killed in police firing as violence rages

At least ten people were killed in police firing as law enforcers battled with bomb-throwing Jamaat-Shibir activists at Basurhat of Noakhali and in Nilphamari where they attacked the motorcade of ruling party lawmaker Asaduzzaman Noor on Saturday amid raging violence all over the country ahead of a daylong shutdown announced by Jamaat-e-Islami for today. Another person who had suffered injuries […]

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Jamaat leader ‘killed’ in Lakshmipur

Lakshmipur district Jamaat-e-Islami nayeb-e-ameer Fayez Ahmed was found dead on Lakshmipur Sadar Hospital premises on early Saturday. The family claimed that plainclothes law enforcers broke into the house of Fayez, took him on the rooftop, shoot him in the head, threw the body from the rooftop of the three-storey house and then dumped the body on the hospital premises. A […]

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Some JP men still in polls race

A section of Jatiya Party candidates including five members are contesting the 10th parliamentary polls scheduled for January 5 in defiance of the decision of the party chief, HM Ershad, on polls boycott. Ershad, however, keeps standing his ground of not contesting the polls, Ershad’s advisor Bobby Hajjaj said at a press conference at Gulshan in the capital on Saturday […]

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Nation recalls martyred intellectuals

The nation observed Martyred Intellectuals Day on Saturday pressing for trial and execution of people who killed the best sons of the soil at the fag end of the liberation war in 1971. Paying homage to the country’s leading intellectuals who were killed by the Pakistani marauding forces and their collaborators to cripple the nation intellectually, the nation also demanded […]

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Tuku’s house in Pabna set ablaze

The house of state minister for home Shamsul Hoque Tuku at Dilalpur-Pathartala in Pabna district was set ablaze by unknown assailants hurling four to five petrol bombs at the house at about 4.00am on Saturday. The state minister has rented out the three-storey building that now houses the regional passport office. No one was reported injured in the incident. Witnesses […]

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Boycott polls, BNP urges people

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Saturday said that the government got most of its candidates elected uncontested arranged was making arrangement for electing candidates uncontested knowing well that people would not go to polling centres to see the farce on unilateral elections. The party said that the Election Commission at the behest of the government was staging election drama through […]

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MPs elected unopposed on understanding with parties: PM

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Saturday said that the Awami League had reached an understanding with parties joining the general elections scheduled for January 5 and as part of the understanding, candidates had withdrawn their nominations to pave the way for unopposed election in many constituencies. ‘The objective of the understanding and the withdrawal of candidature is to create […]

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Number of killing fields still not known

The government does not have a comprehensive list of mass killing fields and mass graves where the Pakistani occupation forces and their collaborators slaughtered people and dumped the bodies during the independence war in 1971. The government, private organisations and independence war researchers came up with different numbers of identified killing fields ranging from 204 to 1000. Researchers said that […]

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Resignation of JP ministers kept pending

The government has kept pending resignation of Ershad-led Jatiya Party’s ministers from the ‘polls-time cabinet’ of Sheikh Hasina for more than a week with the ruling Awami League intensifying efforts to negotiate with its partners over the national elections scheduled for January 5. All the six ministers from the Jatiya Party did not attend the last weekly cabinet meeting that […]

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Jamaat Pakistan holds janaza for Quader Molla

The Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan held funeral prayers for Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami’s assistant secretary general Abdul Quader Molla in places across Pakistan on Friday after Quader Molla’s execution on Thursday night for committing crimes against humanity in Bangladesh’s war for independence in 1971. Pakistan’s Jamaat in its official page on Facebook said that various chapters of the party had held ghayebana janaza for […]

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BNP-led alliance to stage protest today

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led opposition alliance would stage its prescheduled countrywide demonstrations today although Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, a key ally of the alliance, enforces nationwide dawn to dusk general strike. The alliance would organise protest processions at thana level in Dhaka city instead of holding prescheduled rally at Suhrawardy Udyan to mark Victory Day to be observed on December 16. BNP […]

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Ranks of Navy, Air intel chiefs upgraded

The Bangladesh Navy has upgraded the post of its intelligence chief and posted a newly promoted commodore to the office, officials said. Commodore M Rashed Ali will join the office of director of the naval intelligence at naval headquarters today, replacing Captain Mohammad Sohail, the officials said. Commodore Rashed, who was senior instructor at Defence Services Command and Staff College, […]

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Group wants attacks on newsmen to be war crime

The global group Reporters Without Borders is proposing that attacks on journalists be considered war crimes by the International Criminal Court. The UN Security Council held informal talks on Friday on the protection of journalists amid alarm at the more than 50 killed so far this year. An estimated 90 per cent of those deaths go unpunished. France, which holds […]

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Doubts buried, says Syed Ashraf

Awami League general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam on Saturday said that all doubts and speculations over whether the Awami Leagu-led government could prosecute the war criminals had been buried with the execution of the death sentence of Abdul Quader Molla. ‘Many were doubtful about the trials of the war criminals. Doubts persisted even after the verdicts were pronounced about whether […]

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Government out to burry democracy: BNP leaders

Accusing the government of trying to burry democracy, BNP leaders on Saturday urged the government to back off from holding one-sided polls and thus avert dire consequences. The Liberation War spirit was to establish democracy in the country, but now Awami League is going to kill democracy and it wants to burry democracy by holding unilateral polls, the leaders said. […]

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Pak minister criticises execution, hails Molla’s collaboration

Pakistan has severely criticised Bangladesh for executing war criminal and Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami assistant secretary general Abdul Quader Molla, but recognised that Molla remained supporter of a united Pakistan till the creation of Bangladesh. ‘It would have been better if the Bangladeshi government had shown farsightedness, bigheartedness and magnanimity instead of opening old wounds,’ said federal minister for interior Chaudhry Nisar […]

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Jatiya Party calls hartal

Local units of Jatiya Party on Saturday called a daylong general strike for today in different areas in Sylhet and Rajshahi divisions pressing for cancellation of the general election scheduled for January 5, 2014 and release of the party chairman HM Ershad. Local leaders of Naogaon and Chandpur unit also call a general strike in the districts for today. The […]

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Stop unilateral polls: DLA

Democratic Left Alliance on Saturday called on the government to refrain from holding unilateral national elections scheduled for on January 5, 2014. The coordinator of the alliance of eight left leaning political parties, Saiful Huq, at a press conference at Nirmal Sen Auditorium at Segunbagicha called on the Election Commission to postpone the election schedule. He also urged the government […]

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Wanted criminal killed

A wanted criminal was shot dead by his rivals at Jahanabad under Sreenagar upazila in Munshiganj Friday afternoon. The deceased was identified as Akash, 24, a leader of the local gang — Akaksh-Bikash Group — and son of Abdur Rab of village Rudrapara of the upazila. Quoting local people, Sreenagar police station officer-in-charge Sheikh Mahbubur Rahman, said a group of […]

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