Archive for February 20th, 2014

Stuffing, boycott mark upazila polling

The suspension of polling in several stations, boycott by BNP and Jamaat leaders contesting the polls and widespread allegations of ballot box stuffing by ruling party men marked elections to 97 upazila councils that were held on Wednesday in the first phase. BNP and Jamaat leaders running for the positions of chairman were leading the results in 62 upazilas till […]

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Nation set for Amar Ekushey

The nation pays homage to the martyrs of the language movement of 1952 a minute after midnight past today by placing wreaths at shaheed minars across the country. The Central Shaheed Minar has been decorated for the observance of Shaheed Dibas, or February 21, which has also come to be observed as International Mother Language Day since 2000 after a […]

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BNP alleges massive rigging

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party alleged massive vote rigging in the first phase of the elections to upazila parishads held on Wednesday and termed the elections ‘mockery’ like the January 5 general elections. In protest against the massive vote rigging, local BNP called daylong general strike for today at 10 upazilas in eight districts — Meherpur sadar upazila, Bakerganj and Gouranadi […]

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Results: BNP 28, AL 24, Jamaat 9, UPDF 1

Leaders of the BNP-led alliance contesting the upazila elections took a lead in 62 upazilas, according to results New Age received half an hour after midnight past Wednesday. According to the unofficial results, announced by assistant returning officers, of 62 upazilas out of 97 that went to polls in the first phase on the day, BNP-backed chairman candidates won in […]

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AL terms upazila polls free, fair, peaceful

The ruling Awami League on Wednesday claimed that the first phase of the elections to 97 upazila parishads were held in a free, fair, transparent and peaceful manner. Party advisory council member HT Imam, also prime minister’s political adviser, made the party’s primary observation on the polls at a briefing at the party chief’s Dhanmondi office. He said that voters […]

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Textbooks for nat’l minorities: Govt misses deadline

A government plan taken up in 2012 to publish textbooks for children of national minorities or small anthropological groups in six such languages towards the beginning of 2014 has failed. The government earlier decided to publish textbooks in Chakma, Marma, Santali, Tripura, Garo and Sadri for national minority children so that they could begin their education in their first language […]

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Most JP MPs avoid Ershad

Most of the Jatiya Party lawmakers are avoiding party chairman HM Ershad and are grouped together unofficially under his wife Raushan Ershad, also the leader of the opposition in parliament, some of the lawmakers said. They said that the lawmakers loyal to Raushan, also the party senior presidium member, were also venting their anger terming autocratic various decisions made by […]

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AL govt works as servant of people, not as ruler: PM

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said that her government always works as the servant of the people, not as the ruler and never spares anybody when the question of corruption arises. ‘We never spare anybody when the question of corruption comes; we established the rule of law,’ she said while addressing the graduation ceremony of the Defence Services Command […]

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Major labour markets closed to Bangladeshis: minister

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Malaysia and Bahrain have virtually stopped recruiting Bangladeshi workers, expatriates’ welfare overseas employment minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said Wednesday. Replying to questions at a news conference he said the prevailing situation resulted from sending ‘excessive workers’ to these countries by recruiting agencies in Bangladesh in lieu of ‘higher migration charges.’ He said the workers who […]

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US to remain engaged with new govt: Nisha

US assistant secretary of state for south and central Asian affairs Nisha Desai Biswal has again assured that though there was low voters turnout in January 5 elections in Bangladesh, Washington would continue to remain engaged with the Bangladesh government in working towards a stable democratic country. During a meeting with Nisha in Washington on Tuesday, visiting Bangladesh foreign secretary […]

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Cuba, Algeria, Azerbaijan congratulate Hasina 

President of the Councils of State and Minister of the Republic of Cuba Raul Castro Ruz congratulated prime minister Sheikh Hasina on her re-election as the prime minister of Bangladesh. In a similar message of felicitation, Algerian prime minister Abdelmalek SELLAL also congratulated her, saying that the re-election as the prime minister is a testimony to the trust reposed on […]

February 20, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

WAR CRIMES TRIAL: Quasem was an Al-Badr commander: witness

War crimes victim Tuntu Sen’s ne[hew Pradip Talukder on Wednesday told the International Crimes Tribunal 2 that the detained Jamaat leader Mir Quasem Ali was an Al-Badr commander at Dalim Hotel torture camp in Chittagong during the 1971 liberation war. Testifying against Quasem as the seventh prosecution witness, Pradip said that his maternal uncle Tuntu was picked up by Al-Badr […]

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922 BD workers abroad died unnatural deaths in 2013

Working abroad could be worrisome for many Bangladeshis with approximately 922 of them meeting unnatural deaths in 2013. Traffic fatalities, workplace accidents, suicide, murder and fire were identified as the main causes of the unnatural deaths in a document presented at a news conference of expatriates welfare and overseas employment minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain Wednesday. In the same year, 2,154 […]

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SAARC FMs meet in Male today

The 35th sitting of the SAARC foreign ministers will be held in Male, the capital of the Maldives, on Thursday with a focus on regional connectivity and enhancing trade ties among the SAARC countries. State minister for foreign affairs Shahriar Alam, who will lead the Bangladesh delegation to the meeting, left here for Male on Wednesday afternoon, said an official […]

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2 houses burnt in Sylhet

Two houses were gutted in a fire in the Sylhet city on Tuesday night. Local people said the fire originated from a room of Zahir Miah’s house at Bhatalia around 9:4pm on Tuesday and soon spread to other rooms of the house. The fire also engulfed the nearby residence of Alauddin within minutes after it broke out and destroyed valuables, […]

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Canada pushes for dialogue without precondition

Canada has once again urged the government to open talks with the Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance without bringing Jamaat issue as precondition for the dialogue. The Canadian high commissioner in Dhaka, Heather Cruden, on Wednesday made a courtesy call on civil aviation and tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon at the secretariat where she expressed her government’s view on Bangladesh politics. […]

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Easy-bike, nasimon, karimon on highways defying HC order

Increasing number of slow moving and unstable easy-bike, nasimon and karimon continue to carry passengers and goods on highways defying a recent High Court ban. The ban was imposed on the three types of unauthorised three-wheelers as they cause accidents obstructing the movement of faster vehicles. Battery run easy-bikes and shallow engine-run nasimon and karimon are better known as human […]

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1 killed in ‘gunfight’ with police

A member of Purba Banglar Sarbahara Party was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with police at village Bagmara under Shibchar in Faridpur early Wednesday. The deceased was identified as Kiran Bepari, 29, son of the late Afu Bepari of village Uttar Daulatdia under Goalanda upazila in Rajbari. Officer-in-charge of Shibchar police station AKM Masud Khan said Kiran, on behalf of the […]

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Govt, non-govt bodies make presence felt at book fair

The stalls of government service providers and autonomous institutions have drawn a good crowd at the month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair. Besides their own publications, most of these stalls have been displaying books brought out by others, as the writers belong to the institution which has a stall in the fair. Among the 43 participating government, non-government and autonomous institutions […]

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JU VC panel poll today

The election to nominate a three-member vice-chancellor panel for Jahangirnagar University is going to be held today, as a section of teachers say it may lead to further crisis on the campus. The tenure of 78 out of 93 members of the senate has expired and 11 posts in the senate remained vacant as their holders were promoted to different […]

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