Archive for December 26th, 2013

Tension mounts at arrest of opposition leaders

Tension mounted after law enforcers on Wednesday began arresting opposition leaders and activists at places across the country immediately after the opposition’s announcing a ‘march for democracy’ towards Dhaka for December 29 amid a threat from the ruling camp to resist the ‘programme of destruction.’ The joint forces, composed of the police, the Rapid Action Battalion and the Border Guard […]

December 26, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

AL violates poll pledges

The Awami League-led government has not initiated any move to disclose wealth statements and income sources of ministers and lawmakers and their family in five years that it promised in its election manifesto. The Awami League in its 2008 manifesto said, ‘Wealth statements and sources of income of the prime minister, members of the cabinet, parliament members and of their […]

December 26, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

COP KILLING: Fakhrul, 39 others prosecuted

Dhaka Metropolitan Police on Wednesday filed a murder case against 40 opposition leaders including acting BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir for arson attack on a bus in which a constable was burnt to death at Banglamotor on Tuesday night. Traffic police constable Ferdous Khalil, 42, was burnt to death and another constable Failzul Islam and the bus driver […]

December 26, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

AL plans to resist Dhaka march

The ruling Awami League is planning to resist Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s ‘march for democracy’ to Dhaka using the law enforcers and its party men, a senior policymaker of the party told New Age. The policymaker said that the BNP set all strategies to foil the January 5 elections in the name of their march to Dhaka scheduled for Sunday. ‘The […]

December 26, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Photojournalist Aftab killed

Ekushey Padak winner photojournalist Aftab Ahmed was killed on Wednesday. The police found him dead in his flat at Pashchim Rampura in the capital Dhaka about 10:00am. His hands and legs were tied and mouth was taped shut. The police suspected that he had been strangled in the flat on WAPDA Road where he had lived alone. Aftab, 79, a […]

December 26, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Army on election duty from today

The armed forces will be on election duty from today till January 9 to help the law enforcement agencies to keep law and order for the 10th parliamentary polls scheduled for January 5, according to an Election Commission announcement of December 20. When approached, Armed Forces Division director general (operation and plan) Brigadier General Abu Sayeed Khan refrained from making […]

December 26, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Cop killing: PM orders immediate arrest of arsonists

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Wednesday ordered the law enforcers to immediately arrest the culprits behind last night’s arson attack on a bus at city’s Bangla Motor that left a traffic constable dead. PM’s press secretary Abul Kalam Azad said the prime minister also directed the law enforcement agencies to bring the criminals to book. Sheikh Hasina expressed deep […]

December 26, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Reducing System loss in power sector: All but DESCO fail to achieve target

Five out of six utility agencies involved in power transmission and distribution have failed to achieve targets in reducing system loss in four months from July to October of 2013-14 financial year, leading the overall loss to 15.48 per cent against the target of 13.75 per cent, officials said. The failure in achieving the target caused a loss of over […]

December 26, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

REB begins boosting distribution capacity from Jan

The state-run Rural Electrification Board is set to start the implementation of a Tk 5,011 crore five-year project to upgrade and enhance its rural distribution network In january, officials said. The mega project was taken to boost the power distribution capacity of REB’s 37 Palli Bidyut Samitis in the wake of overloading of nearly 1.18 lakh out of its 6.49 […]

December 26, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Khaleda warns govt against obstruction

The BNP chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Wednesday warned the government of dangerous consequences if it would stop her joining the ‘march for democracy’ towards Dhaka on December 29. “If the government has the courage, it will not obstruct the programme and stop me from joining the programme. Any such obstructions will prove that the government is weak, frightened and has […]

December 26, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Joint forces’ drive in 2002: Govt unaware of HC order questioning indemnity

The government is not aware of a High Court order questioning the legality of the indemnity given to the army-led joint forces involved in Operation Clean Heart conducted between October 16, 2002 and January 9, 2003. On July 29, 2012, the bench of Justice Mirza Hussain Haider and Justice Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akondo had asked the authorities to explain […]

December 26, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Khaleda to drive out T20 World Cup, says Muhith

The finance minister, Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, on Wednesday alleged that the Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, took initiative to drive out the upcoming T20 World Cup cricket competition from Bangladesh. ‘We would have nothing to do, if the international competition is not held here because of political unrest,’ he said responding to a reporter’s question while he was […]

December 26, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Ban approaches eight countries for troops in S Sudan

Sheikh Hasina was amongst eight leaders the UN secretary general spoke to Tuesday for additional peace keepers to tackle the emergency facing South Sudan, according to Ban Ki-moon’s office. Earlier, on Thursday, a resolution adopted unanimously, the UN security council endorsed ‘the recommendation made by the Secretary General to temporarily increase the overall force levels of [the UN Mission in […]

December 26, 2013 · 0 comments · Front Page

Growers not getting sufficient fertilizer due to blockades

The growers feel disenchanted with blockades as they are not getting sufficient fertilizers supplies for their standing wheat crop and the just begun boro rice planting. The fertilizer supply shortage is acute particularly in the northern districts, said growers. Dealers and officials said that the nationwide blockade hampered fertilizer supplies to buffer stocks, especially in the northern districts. The dealers […]

December 26, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

AL to unveil its polls manifesto on Dec 28

The ruling Awami League will unveil its election manifesto on December 28 without bringing any major changes to the manifesto the party had prepared for the 9th parliamentary polls. The ruling party had published its manifesto 17 days before the 9th parliamentary polls held on December 29 in 2008, but this time the party is going to publish the election […]

December 26, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

BNP seeks DMP permission for Dhaka march rally

The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Wednesday submitted an application to the Dhaka Metropolitan Police seeking permission to hold a rally in front of the party’s central office at Naya Paltan on December 29 for its ‘march to Dhaka.’ The BNP’s publicity secretary Zainul Abdin Farroque, also the opposition chief whip, along with two other leaders went to the […]

December 26, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Nepal extends deadline for Maoists to name MPs

Nepal’s election commission Wednesday gave the former ruling Maoists a five-day extension to propose members of a new parliament, a day after the party finally agreed to join the assembly. ‘We have extended the deadline until December 30,’ election commission spokesman Bir Bahadur Rai said as he confirmed that the Maoists had requested more time to agree on a list […]

December 26, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

4 hurt while making bombs in Gazipur

Four people were injured, one critically, in an explosion while making crud bombs in the Gazipur city’s Dattarapara Himardighi under Tongi on Wednesday. The critically injured Shahidul Islam, 35, son of the late Yousuf Ali of Mothbaria Upazila of Pirojpur, was sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital. He lives in a rental house of one Ibrahaim in the area. But […]

December 26, 2013 · 0 comments · Back Page

Two AL activists killed in 2 dists

Two activists of the ruling Awami League were killed in separate incidents at Lalpur upazila in Natore and Gangni upazila in Meherpur on Wednesday. In Natore, Shakhawat Hossain, 40, son of Shukur Mollah, of Dilalpur village, was hacked to death in an attack by his rivals. Witnesses said that a gang of miscreants armed with sharp weapons intercepted a motorcycle […]

December 26, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Arrest of Aftab killers sought

Bangladesh Photo Journalists’ Association on Wednesday demanded immediate arrest of the killers of Ekushey Padak winner photojournalist Aftab Ahmed. Aftab, 79, a former chief photojournalist of the daily Ittefaq, was found dead in his flat at West Rampura in the capital Dhaka about 10:00am on the day. BPJA president Safiuddin Ahmed Bitu and its general secretary Nuruddin Ahmed also demanded […]

December 26, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

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