Archive for February 15th, 2014

1,000 college teachers attached in Dhaka

Education in government colleges in remote areas stumbles amid severe crisis of teachers as about a thousand of them are attached to renowned colleges in Dhaka and other cities and some towns. Teachers said that most of such teachers, who go to the capital through heavy lobbying, remained attached to colleges in Dhaka, where no teaching positions were vacant. They […]

February 15, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page

Upazila polls: BNP, Jamaat men allege harassment

The Election Commission has apparently failed to create a level-playing field for all candidates in the ensuing upazila parishad elections with law enforcers and ruling party men allegedly obstructing the campaigns of candidates backed by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance. New Age correspondents from different districts reported that law enforcers continued hunting the BNP-Jamaat men accused in different cases, most […]

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JS secretariat run by officers on deputation

The Jatiya Sangsad Secretariat has become dependent on officers on deputation as 65 of the 117 first-class officials are on deputation from administration, education and information cadres and the rest 52 are its permanent officials. Such dependence has made the parliament secretariat activities sluggish as the deputed officials concentrate less on their tasks as they are not permanent officials of […]

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No reforms in land administration

The government has not taken any steps to reform the land administration since the country’s independence although recommendations were made in this regard about 13 years ago. The Bangladesh Land Administration Reform Project submitted its final report in 2001 with a number of recommendations including the introduction of a plot-based certificate for land ownership—which would be a single authoritative record […]

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Padma Bridge project: ADB says ‘no’ to technical help request

The Asian Development Bank has expressed its reservation in providing technical assistance sought by the government for construction of the Padma Bridge with its own finance, officials said. The Manila-based multilateral donor agency expressed the reservation in a letter to finance minister AMA Muhith in late January. Muhith had sought the technical assistance in October 2013 after the government decided […]

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BB decides funding mode for Padma bridge

Bangladesh Bank has finalised the financing modalities of foreign currency to be spent in five years, banking solely on internal resources in constructing the country’s largest Padma multi-purpose bridge. Foreign currency worth nearly US$ 2.35 billion would be sourced from and spent by a state-owned commercial bank to construct the bridge, instead of directly meeting the cost from the country’s […]

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5 lakh drivers without licence

About five lakh drivers are driving motor vehicles without licenses posing threat to passengers, said officials and experts. Experts said that there should be strict enforcement of law to handle the matter. According to the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority, till 2013 there were 19,81,444 registered motor vehicles all over the country. BRTA director (engineering) Mohammad Saiful Hoque told New Age […]

February 15, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Philippines president, Georgian PM greet Hasina

Philippines president Benigno S. Aquino III and Georgian prime minister Irakli Garibashvili have congratulated Sheikh Hasina on her re-election as the prime minister of Bangladesh. In a message to Hasina, the Philippines president wished the prime minister all the best in promoting development for the people of Bangladesh. He also expressed his country’s commitment to maintain and further strengthen the […]

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Conference of Garments Sramik Front held

Politicians and garment labour leaders on Friday at a programme in the capital said the Awami League-led government was turning autocratic after the ‘unilateral’ national elections held on January 5. Khalequzzaman, general secretary of the Socialist Party of Bangladesh faction, said the major section of voters had rejected the national polls of January 5. Terming the elections ‘farcical’, he said […]

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UAE postpones execution of 3 Bangladeshis

The United Arab Emirates authorities have temporarily postponed the execution of death sentence of three Bangladeshis, according to foreign ministry officials. The death penalties were scheduled to be executed on January 22, 2014 in Sharjah, they said. The three convicts are Mohammed Nayeb Ali from Pabna, Kamrul Islam from Mymensingh and Atique Ashraf Hossain from Meherpur districts. Officials at the […]

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Girl found dead in city

The police recovered the body of a young girl kept a suitcase which was left abandoned near the Saidabad inter-district bus terminal on Friday. Jatrabari police recovered the body after local people informed them. Sub-inspector Emranul Islam said local people at first saw the black coloured luggage on the south-side road of Saidabad bus terminal and informed the police. A […]

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BSF picks up Bangladeshi

Indian Border Security Force picked up a Bangladeshi cattle trader from Dharmagarh border in Haripur upazila early Friday. The victim was identified as Kabirul Islam, 18, son of Motaleb Hossain of Deldangi village in the upazila. Thakurgaon BGB-30 operation officer Major Kazi Alamgir Hossain said that BSF troops of Kokradah camp caught Kabirul when he went near main border pillar […]

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AL fears defeat in UZ polls: BNP

Bangladesh Nationalist Party standing committee member Gayeswar Chandra Roy on Friday alleged that Awami League was plotting to snatch away vote in the upazila elections as it was afraid of free election and disappointed by BNP’s participation in the polls. ‘Awami League is disappointed by BNP’s decision to take part in the upazila elections. They are desperate to snatch away […]

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Mild tremor jolts northern region

A mild earthquake jolted the country’s northern region Friday evening. According to Met Office, the 4.1-magnitude quake shook the region, including Sirajganj and Bogra districts, at 7:10pm. The epicentre of the earthquake was in Gaibandha-Rangpur region, some 156km north-northwest of the seismic centre at Agargaon in the capital. However, there was no report of any casualty.

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Quamrul tells BNP to reorganise party

The food minister, Quamrul Islam, on Friday said that the Bangladesh Nationalist Party needed to wait for five years to join the next parliamentary elections. ‘We have come to power for five years and the next general elections will be held after five years in accordance with the constitution,’ he said at a discussion at National Public Library auditorium.

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Motijheel parking lot: City corpn invites bids for lease

The Dhaka South City Corporation recently invited tenders to lease out its off-street multi storied parking lot at Motijheel Commercial Area five years after completion. For parking cars the 37-story building named, City Centre, has seven dedicated floors. DSCC estate department is to blame for leaving the badly needed parking lot in the busy down town unused for so long, […]

February 15, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

One Billion Rising End: to violence against women demanded

People in their hundreds staged protests at places in the capital and across the country on Friday as one billion people in 207 countries rose and danced to demand an end to violence against women and girls. People from all walks of life joined the mass gatherings held at places in the capital and 66 districts across the country. One […]

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Resistance Day against Autocracy observed

Resistance Day against Autocracy was observed on Friday recalling the students uprising of 1983 that forced the cancellation of the Mazid Khan Education Commission report and forged a student unity against the military rule of HM Ershad was observed on Friday. Dhaka University students on February 14, 1983 brought out a procession against the martial law regime, Majid Khan Education […]

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3 fire incidents in capital

Three fire incidents took place in the capital on Friday in which a tannery factory, a shop and a house were burnt. A man sustained burn injuries after a house caught fire at Dhanmondi, said fire service and civil defense headquarters duty officer Mohammad Ali. Fire broke out at a factory at Hazaribagh around 2:45pm. Seven units of firefighters rushed […]

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Fakhrul brands ministers as ‘clowns’

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party acting secretary general, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, on Friday asked the government to hold an inclusive election or it could not stay in power by pulling out guns. ‘The ministers of the government elected through voter-less polls are boasting that they would stay in power for five years. Enough is enough. Arrange elections in which all […]

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