Archive for February 27th, 2014

115 upazilas go to polls today

One hundred and fifteen upazilas in 52 districts go to polls today in the second phase of the staggered upazila council elections amid allegations of ‘harassment’ of BNP and Jamaat leaders who are in the race. The local government elections have taken centre stage in national politics after the success of BNP-led alliance leaders in the first phase of the […]

February 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page

Attacks on religious minorities: Assign CID or RAB to probe 27 cases HC asks IGP

The High Court on Wednesday directed the inspector general of police to assign the Criminal Investigation Department or the Rapid Action Battalion to investigate cases relating to attacks on religious minority people, their houses and temples in 10 districts after the national elections. A bench of Justice Quazi-Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice ABM Altaf Hossain also asked the police chief to […]

February 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page

AL takes hard line against rebels in upazila polls

The ruling Awami League has backtracked on its decision and started expelling its rebel candidates in the elections to upazila parishads. The party leaders at a meeting at the party chief’s Dhanmondi office on Tuesday decided to take stern actions against the rebels and to invest all out efforts to win the upazila polls, said an organising secretary. Another organising […]

February 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page

Tough movement if EC fails to ensure fair polls: BNP

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Wednesday threatened to launch tough movement if the Election Commission failed to ensure an atmosphere congenial to the second phase of elections to upazila parishads. The second phase of elections to 116 upazila parishads is scheduled for today. BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a briefing at the party central office said that […]

February 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page

Joint anti-militancy programme with US

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Wednesday told the parliament that the government had taken a joint initiative with the United States under the Global Fund for Community Resilience and Engagement to eliminate militancy and terrorism. In reply to a question of Awami League member Shamsul Hoque Chowdhury, Hasina said that Bangladesh would play an active role in the new […]

February 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page

Number of people with at least Tk 1cr bank deposit rises to 34,354

Clients having deposit above Tk one crore in the private sector increased by 20.67 per cent to 34,354 in the last fiscal year from that of the FY12. According to Bangladesh Bank data, all the banks opened 6,06,25,059 accounts as of June 30, 2013 for their private sector clients of which 34,354 accounts held deposits above Tk one crore. The […]

February 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page

Mahmood made foreign minister

Two new faces were inducted Wednesday in the second reshuffle of prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s new cabinet about a month and a half since   the Awami League-led coalition took office for the second consecutive term. Immediate past foreign minister AH  Mahmood Ali took oath as minister while ruling AL MP from Narsingdi-1  retired Colonel Nazrul Islam as a state minister. […]

February 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page

Finance, planning ministries in a row over fixing revised ADP

The finance ministry has proposed to revise the size of the current annual development programme to Tk 55,000 crore, down by Tk 10,872 crore or 16.50 per cent from its original outlay amid poor performance in revenue earnings and dismal foreign aid disbursement. The planning ministry, however, declined to revise the ADP downward as it argues scaling back allocation from […]

February 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page

JnU teachers to boycott classes from today

Jagannath University teachers will boycott classes and examinations between 11:00am and 4:00pm everyday for an indefinite period from today pressing for reclaiming university halls. Jagannath University Teachers Association president Sarker Ali Akkas said that the association at a general meeting on Wednesday decided to go for boycotting classes. The education minister, Nurul Islam Nahid, however, said that steps would be […]

February 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Caretaker to die for killing female physician

A Dhaka speedy trial tribunal court on Wednesday awarded death penalty to a caretaker of a clinic in the city for killing a female physician after failing to rape her. The victim, Sajia Afrin Eva, 28, was found dead in her Amtoli Brac Clinic office room after caretaker of the clinic Mohammad Faysal had murdered her on November 29, 2012. […]

February 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

AL–led alliance protests against Mozena’s Barisal visit

Local leaders and activists of the ruling Awami League-led alliance and non-government organisations on Wednesday formed a human chain and staged a rally in Barisal city protesting against the visit of US ambassador to Bangladesh Dan W Mozena to the southern district. They staged the protests under the banner of ‘Protibadi Nagarik Samaj (Protesting Citizens Society) in front of Ashwini […]

February 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

BRINGing BACK TASLIMA: NHRC chair slates silence of women right activists

National Human Right Commission chairman Mizanur Rahman on Wednesday criticised the role of the country’s women rights activists for keeping silent about bringing back writer Taslima Nasrin from exile. Taslima has been living in exile since1994 who raised her voice for establishing equal rights of women in society. Mizanur wanted to know what right the state had not to allow […]

February 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Safety at workplace demanded

Speakers at a conference on Wednesday called for forming a national institute for workers from various sectors to ensure their occupational safety along with other rights and conducting health-related study. They stated this at the closing session of a three-day international conference on safety and health awareness training to improve working conditions in the garment, tannery and construction industries beginning […]

February 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Women journalists keep facing workplace harassment: rights activists

Rights activists on Wednesday said that women journalists were still becoming victims of sexual harassment at their workplaces in Bangladesh. They called for continuing the fight against the patriarchal system at an opinion sharing meeting. The meeting was organised by the Bangladesh Mahila Parishad at its head office in the capital. BMP chairperson Ayesha Khanam claimed that many women journalists […]

February 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Hill students protest at rape, attack on minorities

Leaders and activists of Pahari Chhatra Parishad on Wednesday ralliedon the Dhaka University campus against the rape and muder of a Chakma girl and attacks on the minorities by the Bengali settlers at Khagrachari. At a rally, the hill students’ forum demanded immediate punishment of the miscreants and the rapist, deployment of law enforcers in the affected areas to ensure […]

February 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Afil’s motorcade attacked during AL infighting in Jessore

A motorcade of ruling Awami League leader Sheikh Afil Uddin, whose election result for Jessore 1 parliamentary constituency remained suspended by the Election Commission, came under attack at Jhikargachha on Jessore- Benapole Road on way to Sharsha on Wednesday. Locals said that the motorcade came under attack in the afternoon, when it reached Krishnanagar, where two groups of local Awami […]

February 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Traffic officer withdrawn for assaulting three-wheeler driver in Sylhet

The Sylhet Metropolitan Police on Tuesday night closed a traffic wing assistant subinspector to the police lines after battery-run three-wheeler drivers rallied for his withdrawal for assaulting one of their fellows. Additional deputy commissioner Rahmat Ullah told New Age that assistant sub-inspector Borhan Uddin had been withdrawn to the police lines. Witnesses said that Borhan Uddin had beaten up three-wheeler […]

February 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

No trace of fleeing JMB convicts

The law enforcers have yet to track down two convicted militants of Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh, Jahidul Islam Mizan and Salahuddin alias Salehin, who were snatched away from a prison van at Trishal in Mymensingh on Sunday. The police and intelligence agencies said that they were trying to detect the locations of the two convicts and their fellows ambushed the prison […]

February 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Absence of writers makes book fair lacklustre

The Amar Ekushey Book Fair this year lacks the presence of writers sharing moments with their fans and readers. Though at times the writers — both popular and young ones — were found roaming the fair premises, they could hardly draw attention of the readers. No corner for the writers has been set up this year and the Lekhak Adda, […]

February 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Scrapping of power plant at Rampal demanded

Oil, Gas committee on Wednesday reiterated the demand for scrapping coal fired power plant at Rampal saying if implemented it would destroy the Sunderbans. Speaking at a protest rally in front of the National Press Club, committee lkeaders asked the Awami League–led government to immediately give up the idea of implementing the controversial project. They said that a movement would […]

February 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

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