Archive for February 18th, 2014

Rana Plaza collapse: 10 months on, charges yet to be pressed

Nearly 10 months have passed since the country witnessed its worst factory disaster in April 2013, but the police investigators are yet to submit charge sheets of the two cases related to the Rana Plaza building collapse in Savar in which at least 1,135 people, mostly women garment workers, were killed. As the investigators were delaying submission of the charge […]

February 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page

AL using ‘Zawahiri video’ to malign BNP: Fakhrul

Bangladesh Nationalist Party termed ‘false, illogical and ridiculous’ the ruling party’s claim that BNP had links with the ‘so-called’ video statement of al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri. The BNP said the allegation was made at a time when the government itself was not sure about the authenticity of the statement. It said the Awami League had made the allegation in a bid […]

February 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page

Implementation of Bengali language act: Govt asked to explain delay

The High Court on Monday asked the government to explain in two weeks why the Bengali Language Introduction Act 1987 would not be implemented immediately in all its offices and courts. In an interim order, the court directed the government to immediately install Bangla name plates in all its offices. The respondents, the cabinet secretary, the home secretary, the law […]

February 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page

Many lawmakers, ministers found irregular in JS PM annoyed

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday expressed her annoyance at the cabinet members and Awami League lawmakers for not attending the parliament session on a regular basis. Presiding over the weekly cabinet meeting at the secretariat, Sheikh Hasina asked the ministers and state ministers to be present on time in parliament session without fail. ‘I do not want to listen […]

February 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page

Jeweller left unconscious six days after abduction

The police rescued a jeweller from Comilla on Monday, six days after he was abducted by unknown people from Chittagong. The Jeweller, Mridul Chowdhury, 58, was found in an unconscious state with his hands tied round his back at Kangshanagar Bazar under Burichang upazila of Comilla early Monday. Mridul was abducted from Hazari Lane area of Chittagong on February 11. Chittagong […]

February 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page

97 UZs go to polls tomorrow

Aspirants spent a hectic day wooing voters in 97 upazilas in 40 districts as the electioneering ended on Monday midnight in the first phase of the local government polls set for tomorrow. In the first phase of the staggered local elections, 102 upazilas were set to go to polls, but the elections in four were suspended by the Election Commission […]

February 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page

Speedy trial law gets 5 years extension

The cabinet on Monday approved a proposal for extending the effectiveness of the Law and Order Infringing Offences (Speedy Trial) law by five more years. The home affairs ministry placed the draft of the ‘Law and Order Infringing Offences (Speedy Trial) (Amendment) Bill – 2014 in the cabinet meeting at the secretariat with the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, in the […]

February 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

PROYASH School starts operation in Tangail

PROYASH School has started functioning at Shaheed Salauddin Cantonment in Tangail Monday morning. The school was inaugurated by Rokshana Shafiq, along with her husband and GOC of 19 infantry Shaheed Salauddin Cant at Ghatail Major General Shafiqur Rahman, while other army high officials were present. Motto of the school is ‘Special child special right’. The School runs under the patronisation […]

February 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

RWP demands early elections

Revolutionary Workers Party of Bangladesh has called on the Awami League-led government to hold an early general election dissolving the parliament formed after the general election of January 5. Saiful Huq, the general secretary of the party, at a press conference at Nirmal Sen Auditorium in the city on Monday, alleged that the greater section of voters rejected the January […]

February 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Adequate compensation for Rana Plaza victims demanded

Leaders of National Garment Workers Federation, on Sunday demanded that the authorities pay adequate compensation to the families of workers killed in the Rana Plaza collapse. The NGWF, formed a human chain in front of the National Press Club in the city on Sunday morning to press its demands. The federation president Amirul Haque Amin said the proposal of the […]

February 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

6 Juba League men sent to jail

A court here on Monday sent six Juba League men to jail in a case filed in connection with the killing of their fellowman Humayun Kabir Murad. Metropolitan Magistrate Ahmed Sayeed passed the order when they surrendered to his court seeking bail. Those who were sent to jail are Juba League central committee member Ali Hossain, Kokan Chandra Tanti, Ziaul […]

February 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

30 posts of dept chiefs made Grade I

The government on Monday upgraded 30 top posts in various departments under different ministries, including health, agriculture, home affairs, information, education and environment, to Grade I. The move came apparently in the wake of pressure from cadre officials other than those of administration for upgrading posts of director generals or chiefs of various departments, including the Directorate General of Health […]

February 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

One killed in ‘gunfight’ in Jessore

An alleged criminal was killed in a gunfight with law enforcers near Mirzanagar Primary School in Keshabpur upazila here on Sunday. The deceased was identified as Razab Ali, 42, son of Abdul Kader of Mirzanagar village. Keshabpur police officer-in-charge MA Jalil said that Razab Ali was wanted in several cases, including robbery and murder. Razab was arrested on Saturday night. […]

February 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Ministers, MPs’ wealth probe not an eyewash: ACC

The ongoing probes into wealth of ministers and MPs is not an eyewash, Anti-Corruption Commission secretary M Faizur Rahman Chowdhury said Monday ‘You will see the results of our inquiry, we are not eye specialists and the inquiry is not an eyewash, wait and see,’ he told a monthly news briefing at the ACC media centre. ‘A criminal always claims […]

February 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

UPAZILA POLLS: Most candidates are businessmen: report

About 51 per cent of the chairman candidates in the first phase of elections to upazila councils are business man by profession and 21.03 per cent belong to agricultural sector. Citizens For Good Governance revealed it in its report published on Monday on the affidavits submitted by the candidate along with their nomination papers. Disclosing the report at a press […]

February 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Painters, artists have their shares in book fair

Many visitors to the Amar Ekushey Book Fair are found gathering around painters and artists to get their face painted with pictures in different colours. Around 50 painters are found every day at the fair ground — both at the Bangla Academy premise and its extended part of Suhrawardy Udyan — who paint picture of national flag, Shaheed Minar and […]

February 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Picnic bus accident: Pry students mourn fellows’ death

Students of all primary schools on Monday mourned the death of seven of their fellows who died in a traffic accident at Chaugachha in Jessore. The government on Sunday declared mourning in all primary schools for Monday after the seven schoolchildren – Ankhi, 10, Suriya, 8, Shanta, 6, Mithila, 7, Shahanara, 9, Sabbir, 8 and Aakil, 7 – died when […]

February 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Krishak Samiti rallies for fair price of potato

Bangladesh Krishak Samiti, a farmers’ rights body, on Monday held demonstrations near the Bangladesh Secretariat demanding compensation for the potato farmers. The farmers dumped potatoes on the road to express their grievances during a rally in front of the Jatiya Press Club. Leaders of the organisation urged the government to take immediate steps to save the potato farmers. They also […]

February 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

AL-QAEDA AUDIO CLIP: BTRC blocks website

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has blocked Jihadology.net, which released the reported Al-Qaeda audio clip on Bangladesh, said BTRC officials. The BTRC officials on Monday said the commission barred the viewing of the website from the country which released a video massage named ‘Bangladesh: A Massacre behind a Wall of Silence’. The massage was reportedly released on the internet by […]

February 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

WAR CRIMES TRIAL: Survivor testifies Quasem threatened to kill captives at Al-Badr torture camp

A torture survivor on Monday testified from the witness stand that on December 14, 1971 detained Jamaat leader Mir Quasem Ali threatened to kill him and other captives at the Al-Badr torture camp at Dalim Hotel failing to extract information from them. In the International Crimes Tribunal-2, Sunil Kanti Bardhan, better known as Dulal, recounted his harrowing experiences of torture […]

February 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

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