Archive for December 24th, 2013

C’wealth, US join EU in not sending polls observers

The United States and Commonwealth joined the European Union in their decision not to deploy observers for the upcoming 10th national parliamentary polls on January 5. A spokesperson of the US state department said on Monday that since more than half of the parliamentary seats in Bangladesh are uncontested, the US will not deploy observers for these elections. Jen Psaki […]

December 24, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Stray incidents mark opposition blockade

Clashes between opposition pickets and police, and arson and bomb attacks on vehicles and houses marked the third day of opposition enforced 83-hour nationwide road-rail-waterways blockade on Monday. The opposition alliance enforced the fifth spell of blockade, demanding general election under a non-party caretaker government and cancellation of the January-5 ‘farcical’ election, that began at 6am on Saturday and would […]

December 24, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Tax return of every fifth candidate not available on EC website

Income tax return statement of every fifth candidate taking part in the 10th parliamentary election was not available on the Election Commission website. A total of 540 candidates are contesting the general elections scheduled for January 5 and income tax return statements of over 100 candidates were not available on the EC site till Monday, New Age learnt. The commission […]

December 24, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Making wealth statements off limits to people: EC searches ways to entertain AL request

The Election Commission is searching ways to make the wealth statements of candidates for the 10th general elections off limits to the people following the ruling Awami League’s request to do so. The election commissioners on Monday held a series of meetings at the EC secretariat to find how the ruling camp’s request could be accommodated. Recent revelations of unusual […]

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Khaleda to spell out new programmes today

Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia is likely to spell out today the next programmes of the ‘final phase’ of the movement to ‘resist’ the government’s move to hold the 10th parliamentary polls on January 5 without the main opposition, the party sources said. The next course of action might include a mass procession in the capital led by Khaleda […]

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ACC to probe into wealth of ministers, lawmakers

The Anti-Corruption Commission chairman M Badiuzzman on Monday said that the commission would launch investigation into upsurge in wealth of ministers, lawmakers and candidates in the January 5 parliamentary polls. ‘The commission is now collecting data from newspaper reports on the wealth of ministers, lawmakers and candidates and we will start probe in accordance with the law after scrutinising the […]

December 24, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Hefazat calls off today’s rally

Hefazat-e-Islam on Monday said that the Islamist outfit on Monday postponed its rally in the capital scheduled for today as the government did not give it permission to hold the rally on security reasons. The announcement of postponement of the rally came at a press conference held at Jamea Madania Madrassah at Baridhara in the city just half an hour […]

December 24, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Blockades hit rural, urban economy alike

Business and economic activities in both rural and urban areas have been badly affected by protracted blockades and political violence that paralysed transports across the country and reduced export-import trades at the main seaport. Chamber leaders of Chittagong, Rajshahi, Khulna and Sylhet said business and trades in various sectors – agriculture, manufacturing, poultry, fisheries and services – bore the brunt […]

December 24, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Gopibagh murders: Detectives still clueless

The investigators were carrying out probe into the murder of six people at Gopibagh in the capital Dhaka, focusing on three motives such as crime against property, contradictory religious views and robbery. However, police could not yet arrest any suspect even two days after the gruesome murders. Detectives said that the killers were known to the ‘pir’ as they had […]

December 24, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

37 FOREIGNERS DETAINED: Huge amount illegally transected: RAB

The 37 detained foreigners have claimed that they came to Bangladesh over a year ago after being offered handsome amounts of money by some Bangladeshis, Rapid Action Battalion said on Monday. RAB suspected that the foreign gang has already transected over Tk 150 crore from the country through VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) equipment. The foreigners were interrogated by RAB men […]

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FM briefs diplomats on security, elections

The foreign minister, AH Mahmood Ali, on Monday briefed the envoys from the SAARC and ASEAN countries about various security measures undertaken by the government preceding the elections scheduled for January 5, 2014. At the briefing at the foreign ministry, he reaffirmed the government’s strong resolve to thwart any attempts of terrorism by the ‘enemy of the state’ in the […]

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Civil admin remains unchanged ahead of ‘one-sided polls’

The central and the field administrations have remained almost wholly unchanged ahead of the January 5 elections as there has so far been hardly any demand from the election contestants to reduce partisanship within the government machinery as has normally been required to assist in ensuring a free and fair polls. No key civil servants, including secretaries and heads of […]

December 24, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Polls will be all right without foreign observers: CEC

The chief election commissioner, Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad, said on Monday that media and local observers would oversee the January 5 elections in absence of foreign observers. ‘We had invited them to observe the polls. But every organisation has its own guidelines and policy. They will decide whether they will send the observers considering those policy and guidelines,’ the CEC said […]

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Govt increases its contribution to employees’ gratuity

The government on Monday increased its contribution to employees’ gratuity by Tk 30 ahead of the January 5 poll. A finance ministry circular said that the government’s contribution has been enhanced to Tk 260 from 230 for the employees in service for 10 to 15 years. The contribution has been enhanced to Tk 245 from 215 for the employees in […]

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Satkhira turned into Death Valley: BNP

Bangladesh Nationalist Party standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan on Monday alleged that Satkhira district had turned into a ‘Death Valley’ because of the ‘state terrorism’ going on there. ‘In the operations conducted in the last three days by joint forces along with ruling Awami League activists, Satkhira has turned into rubble as though a devastating earthquake destroyed the district,’ […]

December 24, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Abdur Razzak’s death anniv observed

The second death anniversary of veteran Awami League leader and freedom fighter Abdur Razzak was observed on Monday with due respect. In observance of the day, AL and its associate bodies and social organisations placed wreaths at his grave at Banani Graveyard at 9:00am and offered munajat seeking salvation of his departed soul. After offering wreath, AL advisory council member […]

December 24, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Monirul new envoy to Morocco

The government has decided to appoint M Monirul Islam, now the consul general at New York, as Bangladesh’s new ambassador to Morocco. In his diplomatic career, Islam served in Bangladesh Embassy, Madrid, Bangladesh High Commission Singapore, Bangladesh Embassy, Beijing and Bangladesh High Commission in Ottawa in various capacities. He also worked as director general (East Asia and Pacific) at the […]

December 24, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Bombs blast at Rowshan’s village home

Miscreants blasted two crude bombs in front of the village house of Begum Rowshan Ershad, health minister of the polls-time government and also a Jatiya Party presidium member, at Kachari Road in Mymensingh town Sunday midnight. Mymensingh Kotwali model police station officer-in-charge Ghulam Rahman, said a group of miscreants suddenly came at about 12:15am and exploded two crude bombs in […]

December 24, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Seven held with bomb-making materials

Detective Branch of police arrested seven people with eight kilograms of bomb-making materials at a house in the capital’s Khilgaon area Sunday afternoon. A team of detectives raided a four-storey building at Purba Goran around 4:30pm and arrested them, said Monirul Islam, joint commissioner of DB, at a press briefing at its media centre on Monday. He said that four […]

December 24, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

BNP man killed

An activist of Bangladesh Nationalist Party was stabbed to death allegedly by Awami League men at Masna Khanpur under Monirampur upazila in Jessore on Monday. The deceased was identified as Habibur Rahman, son of Shahar Ali, of the village. Victim’s elder brother Abdur Rahim told journalists that a group of AL activists, led by Tauhid, Alamgir and Lincoln, attacked Habib […]

December 24, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

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