Archive for December 30th, 2013

BNP march fails to take off as police, AL men rule roads

The ‘march for democracy’ to Dhaka that the BNP-led opposition alliance planned for Sunday failed to take off as law enforcers and ruling party activists ruled the city roads blocking all its entry points and thwarted all efforts opposition activists made to join the rally. Violent clashes took place at Abdullahpur, Rampura, Malibagh and Kamalapur, Supreme Court premises, National Press […]

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Road, rail, waterways ‘sit-in’ from today

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance on Sunday announced countrywide road-rail-waterways ‘sit-in’ beginning today, which would continue until the government cancelled the schedule for January 5 general election and accepted the demand for polls under a non-party administration. It also announced that the alliance’s ‘march for democracy’ would continue. BNP vice-chairman Hafizuddin Ahmed at a news briefing at the National Press […]

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Commuters’ woes mount as transports vanish

Sufferings of commuters mounted in chilly weather as public transports stayed off the roads in the capital and elsewhere in the country for the second consecutive day on Sunday apparently at the government’s instructions to foil the BNP-led opposition alliance’s ‘march for democracy’ programme. Buses operating on long routes did not leave the capital while train services also remained almost […]

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March for democracy a damp squib: Ashraful

Ruling Awami League general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam on Sunday said that Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s ‘march for democracy’ turned out as a ‘damp squib’ with no people and even her party men responding to it. At a briefing at AL chief’s Dhanmondi office, he said that in the media coverage in last few days about the ‘march […]

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Hafiz Uddin detained soon after declaring programme

The police detained Bangladesh Nationalist Party vice-chairman M Hafiz Uddin Ahmed immediately after the declared programmes at a briefing on Sunday. They also detained BNP chairperson’s adviser Enam Ahmed Chowdhury, who was, however, released in the evening. The police picked up Hafiz Uddin at about 6:30pm, when he was coming out from National Press Club after holding a briefing in […]

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March for democracy to continue: Khaleda

Confined by police to her house, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Sunday branded the government illegal and undemocratic asking it to step down and announced that the ‘march for democracy’ would ‘continue’. ‘This government is illegal and undemocratic. It should leave office if it has any sense of dignity,’ she told a few newsmen who managed to […]

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PM swipes at eminent citizens

Taking a swipe at a section of the country’s eminent citizens who suggested the government to defer the January 5 polls, the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Sunday said the actors of 1/11 have become active again. ‘I have seen in today’s newspapers that some eminent citizens have given some suggestions to us. I don’t want to say anything about […]

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AL activists flout govt order on double riding

Ruling Awami League activists on Sunday sped through the city streets on motorbikes to intimidate opposition leaders and workers trying to join the ‘march for democracy’ on Dhaka. The bikers flouted government order against double riding. Hundreds of bikers sped through the city in a showdown of strength chanting anti BNP slogans. The opposition called the march in protest against […]

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4 organisations contradict Syed Ashraf

Four civil society bodies on Sunday contradicted part of the statement made by Awami League general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam saying no representative of the AL was invited to the dialogue organised by them ‘is not true’. In a joint statement, the civil society bodies – Centre for Policy Dialogue, Ain O Salish Kendra Civic Movement for Good Governance and […]

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Two minors injured in bomb explosion in Rajshahi

At least two children were injured in a crude bomb blast at Budhpara in Rajshahi city on Sunday noon. The children got injured while playing at a mango orchard. The injured were identified as Hasanul Banna, 10, son of 30 ward councilor of Rajshahi City Corporation and also ward Jamaat-e-Islam president Abdus Samad, and Mosanna, 5, daughter of Abdus Samad’s […]

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Nat’l Control Lab to open in Jan

The National Control Laboratory set up to test drugs and vaccines is likely to begin operation without adequate preparations in January. The lab has already started testing drugs, pending a formal inauguration, with inadequate manpower but the regular tests would begin in January, the director of the drug administration directorate general, Selim Barami, who is in charge of the lab, […]

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Give space for views, use it peacefully: US

The United States has urged the government to give space for political parties to express their views and the opposition to do so in a peaceful manner. Replying to journalists, the US embassy spokesperson Kelly McCarthy on Sunday said the US believed that in a democracy all parties and citizens ‘have the right to freely and peacefully express their views’. […]

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Man commits suicide after killing son

A man committed suicide after killing his minor son over family feud in Chouddagram municipality area early Sunday. The victims were identified as Mafiz Miah, 35, and his son Arafat, 5. Mafiz hails from Sylhet district. Locals said Mafiz had been staying at the house of his father-in-law Mokhles Miah at Natapara village under the Chouddagram municipality since he married […]

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57 arrested in joint forces drive in Ctg

Joint forcers in Chittagong arrested at least 57 activists of the Bangladesh National Party and Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student front of the Jammat-e-Islmai at Sitakunda, Satkania and Lohagara upazilas in overnight drives on Saturday. The police claimed that they recovered explosives substance from their possession. The police also claimed that the arrested were accused in cases filed following recent […]

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EC lets 2 more candidates to contest polls

The Election Commission on Sunday allowed to two more candidates to contesting the January 5 parliamentary polls following High Court orders. The returning officers concerned had earlier cancelled the nomination of Zafar Iqbal Siddiqui for Nilphamar 1 and Mahfuzur Rahman for Chittagong 3 parliamentary constituencies on allegation of their failure to show necessary documents against their claims that they had […]

December 30, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Journalists asked not to contact ICT judges for information

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 judges on Sunday asked journalists not to approach them directly or over telephone to get information of any under trial case. This was one of the five guidelines for collecting news by journalists covering an under trial case. The tribunal gave the guidelines in its observations while disposing of a contempt motion against two journalists of […]

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B Chy wants Hasina quit

Denouncing the government for creating obstacles to the opposition’s ‘peaceful’ Dhaka March programme, Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury on Sunday asked the prime minister to quit forthwith paving the path for holding the election under a non-party caretaker government. ‘People both at home and abroad have surprisingly witnessed the strategies adopted by the government to foil the […]

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Journalist Mahfuz dies

Veteran journalist and poet Mohammad Mahfuz Ullah died of old-age complications in the city’s Al-Helal Hospital on Sunday. He was 81. He breathed his last around 11.40 am. The Ekushey Awarded journalist was admitted to the hospital recently as he was suffering from cardiac ailments. He is survived by wife, two sons, a daughter and a host of relatives. Mahfuz […]

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67,000 tonnes of aman rice procured amid political unrest

The government has so far procured about 67,000 tonnes of aman rice amid the countrywide blockade and ongoing political unrest, food department officials said on Sunday. Collecting paddy from farmers to mills as well as taking rice from mills to the warehouses is being hampered by acute transport crisis amid political unrest, they said. According to the department of food, […]

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No environment for credible, inclusive poll: EWG

The Election Working Group on Sunday expressed concern that the environment required for a transparent, inclusive and credible election does not currently exist in Bangladesh and announced that it would not undertake comprehensive election observation. ‘Given the current situation, the group will not undertake comprehensive election observation as initially planned,’ the EWG, said in a press statement signed by its […]

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