Archive for February, 2014

Upazila polls: Violence, capture of polling stations mark phase II

Violence, stuffing of ballot boxes, capture of polling stations, suspension of polling and boycott of election by Bangladesh Nationalist Party-backed candidates marked the second phase of upazila council polls on Thursday that left one person killed and scores injured. The Election Commission, however, termed the irregularities and violence ‘isolated incidents’ and said the election was largely fair and peaceful. One […]

February 28, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page

HR situation in Bangladesh remains bleak: US

The United States on Thursday said the most serious human rights problems in Bangladesh were arbitrary arrests, regulation of online speech, and poor working conditions and labour rights. Other pressing human rights issues referred to in the US human rights country report 2013 included extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detentions, weak judicial capacity and lengthy pretrial detentions. The report was released in […]

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RESULTS: BNP 32, AL 28, Jamaat 7

Candidates, backed by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance, have maintained the lead in the second phase of the staggered upazila elections held on Thursday. Bangladesh Nationalist Party-backed chairman candidates won the polls at 32 upazilas, ruling Awami League-backed chairman candidates at 28 upazilas and Jamaat-e-Islami-supported candidates at seven upazilas, Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samiti at three, HM Ershad-led Jatiya Party […]

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AL holds festival of rigging: BNP

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party alleged that the ruling Awami League had held a ‘grand festival of vote rigging’ after occupying the polling centres in the second phase of upazila council elections on Thursday and demanded re-election in polling centres that ‘ruling party terrorists’ captured. The party claimed that ruling party goons, while capturing polling centres had shot dead BNP-led alliance […]

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Cell-phone use by prisoners angers cabinet committee

Appointment of a new taskforce is under the government’s consideration to unearth the sources of financing domestic militancy and terrorism, officials said Thursday. The taskforce could include officials from the home ministry, the police, the intelligence agencies and Bangladesh Bank, they said. ‘The cabinet committee on law and order on Thursday asked the home ministry to send the proposal for […]

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Polling free, fair: AL

The ruling Awami League claimed that the elections to 115 upazila council in he second phase on Thursday were held in almost free, fair and usual atmosphere. The Awami League held the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami responsible for the suspension of polling in different centres and for stray incidents of violence in different areas. The party’s advisory […]

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Gas shortage makes 8 new power projects uncertain

Manjurul Ahsan At least eight new gas-fired power projects with a combined generation capacity of 2,512 MW are facing uncertainty due to shortage of gas supply, officials said. On Thursday, Petrobangla, the state-run Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources Corporation, could not guarantee the power division of supplying natural gas to those new power plants. At a meeting on Thursday, Petrobangla […]

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Gen Manzur murder case: Court orders further investigation

A sessions court in Dhaka trying the Major General Manzur killing case on Thursday at the stage of arguments ordered further investigation into the killing in 1981, in response to a prosecution appeal which stated that the previous investigation was ‘faulty’ and ‘incomplete’. Khandakar Hasan Md Firoj, the newly assigned first additional sessions judge, also asked the Criminal Investigation Department […]

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2 ministers seek increase in primary stipend

Two cabinet members, educationalists, high government officials and donors on Thursday called for an increase in stipend amount for primary students to cover the increasing education cost and minimise the drop-out rate. The primary and mass education minister, Mostafizur Rahman, and the state minister for women and children affairs, Meher Afroze Chumki, former adviser to the caretaker government in charge […]

February 28, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Govt plans incentives for doctors in rural areas

The government is planning to provide incentives to the doctors posted in the remote rural areas so that they feel encouraged to stay there and serve poor rural people, health minister Mohammad Nasim told Parliament on Thursday. Replying to a supplementary question from Habib A Millat, who is also a doctor of Square Hospital, the minister said, ‘We are planning […]

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PM to visit Sylhet today

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is due to formally inaugurate the Sylhet Divisional Stadium today (Friday). Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to arrive at the Sylhet Airport at noon and inaugurate the stadium in Lakkatura Tea Garden area in the city at 3pm after visiting the shrines of Hazrat Shahjalal and Hazrat Shah Paran. The Sylhet Divisional Stadium, which has been recognised […]

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Daserkandi sewage treatment plant: Construction delay irks ministry

A government committee on Thursday expressed disappointment at the delay in the construction of the proposed Daserkandi Sewage Treatment Plant as the delay hampers the Hatirjheel-Begunbari project, officials said. Housing minister Mosharraf Hossain at a review meeting on the Hatirjheel-Begunbari project on Thursday wanted speedy measures for the construction of the treatment plant. He told the officials of different ministries […]

February 28, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

JMB MILITANT SNATCHING: Probe bodies take time, blame police, jail authorities

Two probe committees formed by the home ministry and the police headquarters on the incident in which militants were snatched from police have primarily found that both the prison and the jail authorities were responsible for their negligence in duty. The committee also found that the fugitive militants of Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh had contacted through mobile phones from inside the […]

February 28, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

PM urges South Asian writers to work together for poverty alleviation

Terming poverty the main enemy of South Asia, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged all, including poets and littérateurs, to work together to ensure peace in the region by freeing it from poverty. ‘The main enemy of this South Asian region and the SAARC countries is poverty and we’ll have to come out of its vicious cycle, and this […]

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General Masud recalled again

Bangladesh high commissioner in Australia retired Lieutenant General Masud Uddin Chowdhury was recalled again and was asked to report Dhaka by March, the official told New Age on Thursday. Talking to New Age, a senior foreign ministry official confirmed the matter without disclosing further. General Masud went on retirement in 2011 but got contractual extension for two years. In June, […]

February 28, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Eminent people recalled at book fair

Ten years back on February 27 popular author Humayun Azad came under attack, which eventually led to his death, but writers, publishers and booklovers have still to demand for the trail of the perpetrators. A human chain and long candle light procession at the Amar Ekushey Book Fair ground every year recall the day to show respect to the Dhaka […]

February 28, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

BR to buy coaches, no more DEMU railcars

Bangladesh Railway has dropped the idea of buying 10 DEMU rail cars from India and would instead like to procure 120 train coaches, said officials. The idea of buying the Diesel Electric Multiple Unit trains, better known as DEMU rail cars has proved less satisfactory in the wake of BR’s recent experience with 20 DEMU rail cars imported from China, […]

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Four cops suspended

Four policemen were suspended as a submachine gun was stolen during election duty at a polling station in Shalikha upazila here early Thursday. One of them was identified as Anwar, assistant sub-inspector of Shalikha police station while the identity of the rest, all constables, could not be confirmed immediately. Superintendent of police Zihadul Kabir said that a team of law […]

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None to be spared, govt or opposition leaders: ACC

The Anti-Corruption Commission on Thursday said it was looking into the corruption committed allegedly by leaders of the previous governments, including the immediate past opposition parties, as graft was an unending phenomenon committed by successive governments. ‘Corruption is nothing new. Investigating alleged irregularities of only an immediate past government would not be fair, rather we will have to look into […]

February 28, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

3 killed in Khulna road accident

Three people, including a young woman, were killed and two others were critically injured in a fatal road accident at Armaner Morh under Arhongghata police station in the Khulna city on Thursday morning. The dead were identified as Pripa (22), Jyoti (23) and Zakir Hossain (25). The injured, now undergoing treatment at the Khulna Medical Hospital, are Pratap Kumar Rudra […]

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