Archive for February 19th, 2014

Electricity price to go up again

At least three distribution utilities have taken a move to increase the price of electricity for the retail consumers by up to 20 per cent to make up their losses, officials said. On Tuesday, state minister for power and energy Nasrul Hamid Bipu told reporters that electricity price would be increased in a month following energy commission formalities. Bangladesh’s all […]

February 19, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page

97 upazilas go to polls today

Ninety seven Upazilas in 40 districts are going to polls today (Wednesday) in the first phase of staggered Upazila Parishad elections amidst allegations of ‘attacks and harassment’ on candidates belonging to the opposition camp. Though it is a non-partisan election, both the ruling Bangladesh Awami League and opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party are taking part in the Upazila election, prompting a […]

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Padma graft case: WB takes a suspect to Canada secretly: law minister

The law minister, Anisul Huq, on Monday said that the World Bank had taken a Padma Bridge graft suspect from Bangladesh in secret to a foreign country to get his confessional statement ‘on condition of immunity from prosecution.’ He said that the suspect, Mohammad Mustafa, an engineer of a private firm, later gave a confessional statement to a Canadian court. […]

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Canada calls on govt to hold talks

Canada has urged the Bangladesh government to begin a move for dialogues with major political parties soon to resolve the current ‘political crisis’ so that violence and general strike would not take place. The Canadian high commissioner in Dhaka, Heather Cruden, on Tuesday conveyed the message to law minister, Anisul Huq, during a meeting at the secretariat. She said that […]

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USTR review on GSP for Bangladesh negative

A US review of Bangladesh’s meeting an action plan for the reinstatement of GSP facilities projected a negative outcome as the plan was not fully implemented. Bangladesh has now been given till April 15 to comply the plan as the US Trade Representative will review the compliance next in May, a senior foreign ministry official said. Bangladesh lost GSP facilities […]

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Sagar-Runi murder probe: HC summons IO to explain headway

The High Court on Tuesday summoned the investigation officer to explain what headway he could make in the probe in the sensational case twin murders of journalist couple Sagar Sarwar and Meherun Runi. A bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Mohammad Ullah also directed the Rapid Action Battalion director general to ensure the presence of investigation officer Zafar […]

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Deep sea port at Sonadia: Govt prefers consortium for maximum benefits

The government is desperately looking for an international consortium instead of a single country to award the construction works of the proposed deep-sea port at Sonadia island in Cox’s Bazar. Shipping ministry officials said the government had taken the decision so that the country should not rely only on a single country, especially China, a strong contender to win the […]

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Youth nabbed for propagating al-Qaeda audio clip

A young man was detained on early Tuesday by the Rapid Action Battalion in on charge of spreading an audiovisual message reportedly of al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri. The battalion, however, was yet to confirm the authenticity of the audiovisual message that called on the Muslims in Bangladesh to ‘wage war to protect Islam.’ The youth, Rasel Bin Sattar, 21, was […]

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Newspaper sector becomes industry

The industry minister, Amir Hossain Amu, on Tuesday said that the government had decided to declare newspaper sector as an industry. At a meeting with the leaders of the Newspaper Owners Association of Bangladesh at his Shilpa Bhaban office, Amu also said that the ministry would issue a gazette notification soon in this regard. Amu told the meeting that the […]

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BNP warns govt against polls results manipulation

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Tuesday threatened that the party and its allies would give a fitting reply if the government manipulated upazila election results in favour of the candidates who are leaders of the ruling alliance. The BNP’s joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a news briefing at the party’s central office in Dhaka in the evening said […]

February 19, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

6 PMO officials get job extension

Six officials of the Prime Minister’s Office appointed on contract basis have got extension of their services. The public administration ministry issued separate notifications in this regard on Tuesday. The officials are prime minister’s assistant personal secretary-2 Saifuzzaman, assistant press secretary Asif Kabir, assignment officers Rakib Hossain and Gazi Hafizaur Rahman, protocol officer Monazila Faruq and photographer Md Habibur Rahman. […]

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Girl dies as scarf tangles with wheel

A college girl died after her scarf tangled with the wheel of an auto-rickshaw in Nandipara of Sabujbagh in the capital on Tuesday. The deceased was identified as Sanjida Akhter, 22, final year student of Uttara Polytechnic College. She died as her scarf tangled with the wheel of the auto-rickshaw she was riding when it reached near Nandipara footbridge. Sanjida’s […]

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Cancellation of deals with Indian joint venture demanded

Different left leaning political parties and the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports on Tuesday urged the government to cancel the gas exploration deals signed with an Indian joint-venture. The government on Monday signed two contracts with an Indian joint-venture between state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Videsh and Oil India for oil and gas […]

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4 injured as gas line explodes

Four members of a family, including two women, sustained burn injuries in a gas explosion at their rented house at Ibrahimpur in the capital’s Karful area Tuesday, family and hospital sources said. The injured were school-van driver Md Rubel, 35, his sister, Rekha Akhter, 20, brother-in-law, Md Asadul Haque, and Laily Akhter, 25. Asadul said there was a leakage in […]

February 19, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

HAJJ AGENCY LICENCING BRIBERY: ACC grills ex-minister Shahjahan Mia’s APS

The Anti-Corruption Commission on Tuesday interrogated Samarendra Chandra Shoilen, former assistant personal secretary of ex-state minister for religious affairs M Shahjahan Miah, for alleged illegal wealth accumulation and laundering money to India, an official told reporters. The commission deputy director Ahsan Ali grilled Samarendra at the ACC office for two and half hours from 10 AM, he said. The ACC […]

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WAR CRIMES TRIAL: Al-Badr men led by Quasem abducted, killed Ranjit, son testifies

The notorious Al-Badr Bahini men led by Mir Quasem Ali abducted and killed Ranjit Das in Chittagong in November 1971, the victim’s son Shibu Das said in his testimony on Tuesday. From the witness stand Shibu told the International Crimes Tribunal-2 that Ranjit, better known as Latu, was abducted from his port city residence. He said that his father was […]

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CHT commission condemns rape, killing of Chakma woman

The Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission on Tuesday condemned the killing of an indigenous woman in Khagrachari and called on the government to bring the perpetrators to book. Expressing grave concern over continued impunity in cases of violence against ethnic minority women in the hill districts, the commission called on the government to undertake immediate and effective measures to stop such […]

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Petition challenges police action on RU students

Five academics and a rights activist on Tuesday filed a public interest litigation writ petition challenging the legality of police shooting into students rallying against increased fees and the move for the introduction of evening master’s courses in Rajshahi University on February 2. The petitioners are Nijera Kori coordinator Khushi Kabir, former Chittagong University professor Swapon Adnan, Dhaka University Bangla […]

February 19, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

MP’s aide attacked in Sirajganj

Md Ekramul Haque Rizvi, a close associate of Sirajganj-2 Awami League lawmaker Habib-e-Millat Munna, came under attack of the local ruling party men Monday noon while he tried to enter the local office of Roads and Highway Department again showing his licensed shot-gun. Sources said Rizvi was attacked as he ignored the locals’ and ruling party men’s warning against show […]

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EKUSHEY BOOK FAIR: Light titles lead tally, serious books lag behind

Volumes of poetry, novels and story clinched the highest position in the tally of new books that arrived so far till the 18th day of the month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair on Tuesday. But serious books like volumes of essays and research-based publications witnessed a poor sale with their poor number among the new arrivals. A total of 396 collections […]

February 19, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

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