Archive for February 5th, 2014

Khaleda urges end to killings

The BNP chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Tuesday urged an early end to ‘state terrorism’ marked with killing, disappearances and repression to eliminate the BNP-led alliance. Khaleda said the fresh general elections should be held very soon under a non-party government to reinstate the democratic system. Addressing a press conference at the Westin Hotel in the afternoon, she claimed that about […]

February 5, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page

10-truck arms smuggling: Plotters also to face trial: PM

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said the government would launch a fresh investigation into the conspiracies behind the smuggling of 10 truckloads of arms using Bangladesh as transit. ‘The trial of 10 truckloads of arms haul is over. We will now probe afresh the conspiracies behind it, from where the arms came, how it was brought to Bangladesh and […]

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Ctg Arms haul: Event put country’s foreign policy under question: court

The Chittagong court that dealt with the 10 truckloads of arms smuggling cases observed that evidence and statements of the witnesses had proved that the arms were meant for United Liberation Front Asom and the event tarnished the image of the country’s policy towards its neighbours. The observation came in the text of the verdicts in the two cases filed […]

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PM defends RU Chhatra League

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Tuesday defended the acts of Chhatra League at Rajshahi University saying that they had protested against attack on them and all of those who were carrying arms were not Chhatra League activists. ‘Students were demonstrating for their demands and the authorities had met their demands. Chhatra League brought out jubilant procession to celebrate it […]

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11 burnt alive as boat catches fire

At least 11 people, including 5 children, were burnt to death and more than 40 were injured as a engine boat caught fire in Surma River at Chhatak upazila in Sunamganj on Monday night. Five more children remained missing till Tuesday afternoon, sources in the local administration said. Chhatak upazila police officer-in-charge Shahjalal Munsi said 11 bodies were recovered while […]

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Fin min waives fine on 9.6 lakh vehicles

The ministry of finance has decided to waive the surcharges incurred by commercial transport operators for failing to pay annual tax and fees against their vehicles timely, officials said. They said intense pressure by Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Sramik Federation led by shipping minister Shajahan Khan and lobbying by state minister for LGRD Mashiur Rahman Ranga forced the finance ministry to waive the fine […]

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Road-map to ease foreign exchange regulations on cards

The finance ministry plans to bring in reforms on foreign exchange regulations to help implement a phased opening of capital account along with regulating and updating the current account transaction rules to allow local businessmen to invest abroad. A multi-stakeholder high-profile consultative body for recommendation on phased opening of capital account will be established soon, a senior finance official said. […]

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Thai opposition seeks to annul election, disband ruling party

Thailand’s opposition Tuesday launched a legal attempt to annul a controversial weekend general election, as the US warned against any attempt at a military coup to end months of political agony. A lawyer for the opposition Democrat Party filed a petition in the Constitutional Court to invalidate Sunday’s protest-hit polls and disband the ruling party — the latest in a […]

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No RU action yet against BCL men

The Rajshahi University authorities are yet to take any action against Chhatra League activists involved in attacking general students, who were protesting against increased fees and the introduction of evening courses, on the campus on Sunday. The students and some teachers alleged that at least four assistant proctors had also joined Chhatra League activists, aided by the police, in attacking […]

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Indian police arrest 5 Bangladeshis

The Indian police early Tuesday arrested five Bangladeshi nationals from the Khosalpur bordering area under Moheshpur upazila in Jhenaidah. The arrestees are Babul Manadal, Chhuti Mandal, Sultan Ahmed, Tuhin and Kamal Hossain of village Mailbaria under Moheshpur upazila. They entered into the Indian territory to bring cattle heads. Camp commander of the Border Guard Bangladesh Subeder Shahid Hossain of Kushumpur […]

February 5, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

ACC official visits Patuakhali to investigate wealth of Mahbubur

An Anti Corruption Commission investigator reached Patuakhali to investigate illegal wealth of former water resources state minister Mahbubur Rahman Talukder, also Awami League lawmaker from Patuakhali 4 constituency, and his wife Pritee Rahman. The commission’s deputy director Khairul Huda reached Patuakhali on Tuesday morning. The commission assigned Khairul Huda to investigate into the allegation that was raised over Mahbubur’s two […]

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4 senior BNP leaders freed on bail

Four senior leaders of Bangladesh Nationalist Party were on Tuesday released from jail on bail nearly three months after being arrested in different cases involving violence during rallies of BNP and Hafazat-e-Islam in the capital. Of the four, the BNP chairperson’s adviser Khandker Mahbub Hossain, also Bangladesh Bar Council vice-chairman, the party standing committee members Moudud Ahmed and Rafiqul Islam […]

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ACC summons Badi

The Anti-Corruption Commission on Tuesday asked Abdur Rahman Badi, the lawmaker of Cox’s Bazar-4 constituency, to appear before the commission on February 16 to submit his statement on his ‘unsolicited wealth’. ACC deputy director Ahsan Ali sent the notice to Badi, asking him to appear before the commission on February 16 at 10:00am, commission official told reporters. The commission on […]

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Menon says extremist groups were being created in CHT

Civil aviation and tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon on Tuesday accused unidentified interested quarters of trying to create some extremist and fundamental groups in Chittagong Hill Tracts. He said that they want to obstruct the efforts of the pro-liberation government for creating peaceful conditions in the hill tracts. Menon was speaking as the chief guest at a reception accorded to […]

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More compensation for Rana Plaza victims demanded

Labour leaders on Tuesday demanded Tk 18 lakh compensation for the family of each of the workers killed and Tk 5 lakh compensation for each of the workers injured in the Rana Plaza collapse. The demand was made at a human chain formed by National Garment Workers Federation in front of the National Press Club. Addressing the human chain, the […]

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JP in disarray over picking UZ poll candidates

Jatiya Party field level leaders and activists are in total disarray over selecting candidates for the upazila parishad elections. Field leaders and activists blamed the conflicts between the party chief HM Ershad and leader of the opposition Raushan Ershad for the situation. They said that Raushan had little control over field leaders and activists while the party grassroots were suspicious […]

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Local TV operators for imposition of levy on Indian channels

Finance minister AMA Muhith on Tuesday lauded a proposal by the local private television operators for imposition of levies on the foreign channels operating in the country. ‘It is a good proposal,’ he said while meeting with members of the Association of Television Channel Owners at the secretariat. ATCO made the demand for protecting the satellite-based local TV channels from […]

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RAB detains Shahid

The Rapid Action Battalion on Tuesday arrested a former Dhaka City Corporation ward commissioner, Saidur Rahman Shahid known as Shahid Commissioner, at his Gendaria house in the capital and recovered firearms and ammunition from his possession. Shahid, who was an independent candidate from Dhaka-6 constituency, in the 10th parliamentary elections on January 5, was convicted for several offenses including murder. […]

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EKUSHEY BOOK FAIR: Sales up amid Saraswati Puja celebrations

The celebrations of Swaraswati Puja, a major religious festival of the Hindus, gave a different colour to the Amar Ekushey Book Fair on Tuesday. Welcoming Swaraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge, book lovers thronged the fair ground both at Bangla Academy and at Suhrawardy Udyan. Book enthusiasts, among them the Hindu devotees in colourful dress, were found cheering and leafing […]

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1 held with Tk 52 lakh foreign currencies

Customs officials arrested a young man along with 240,000 Saudi riyal and 25,000 dirham at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital Dhaka on Monday night. The arrested was identified as Jewel, 30. Assistant commissioner (customs) Ghulam Mustafa Kamal said Jewel’s flight was scheduled to depart for Singapore about 10:30pm. The customs officials found the Saudi and UAE currencies after […]

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