Archive for February, 2014

AIUB’s 14th convocation held

The 14th convocation of the American International University Bangladesh was held on Thursday at the capital’s Bangladesh Military Museum. A total of 2,730 graduates were conferred degrees in various disciplines of the bachelor’s and Master’s degree. At the convocation, president Md Abdul Hamid conferred the degrees on the students. Addressing the convocation, the president said the country’s development depended on […]

February 28, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

RAB ATTACK ON LIMON: Revision petition hearing deferred again

A court in Jhalakati deferred for the seventh time the hearing of a review petition filed by Henoara Begum, mother of Limon Hossain who was shot at in the leg by the Rapid Action Battalion in March 2011 resulting in an amputation, challenging the dismissal of a case against six RAB personnel involved in the shooting. The acting district and […]

February 28, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Ghulam Azam trial: ICT again allows HRW to reply to contempt notices on April 10

The International Crimes Tribunal–1 on Thursday set another date on April 10 for New York-based Human Rights Watch to submit the reply to the notice served by the tribunal as to why contempt proceedings would not be drawn against them. The tribunal on September 2, 2013, responding to a prosecution petition served the notices upon HRW’s New York-based board of […]

February 28, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

SUST to hold nat’l green convention

The two-day first ever National Green Convention in the country is going to begin at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology on March 28. SUST geography and environmental science department and Geography School of Bangladesh have jointly taken the initiative. There will be sessions including green talk with experts, green game, green photography contest, green film festival, green innovation, green […]

February 28, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

ACI warehouse looted in Jessore

A warehouse of ACI Ltd in Noapara industrial area in Jessore was looted in the hours of Thursday. About 20 armed thugs entered the warehouse around 2:00am by breaking locks and stole poultry, cattle and fish feed. Owner of the warehouse Sheikh Asadullah, also a former councillor of Noapara Municipality, told New Age that armed robbers had looted about 300 […]

February 28, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Samyabadi Dal faces crisis

Bangladesher Samyabadi Dal, a partner of the Awami League-led alliance, is facing a crisis over some organisational issues. The issues were raised at the two-day central committee meeting of the party at its central office in the capital on Saturday and Sunday. The meeting decided to hold a plenary session of the central committee in the last week of April […]

February 28, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Drowning prevention interventions needed: experts

Speakers on Thursday said high exposure to water hazards and lack of supervision and education and poverty are the main causes of children’s death from drowning in Bangladesh. Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit director Adnan A Hyder said that proper drowning prevention interventions were necessary to reduce the drowning rate. Centre for Injury Prevention and Research, Bangladesh director Aminur […]

February 28, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

2 jailed for selling dead chickens

A mobile court here on Thursday sentenced two people to two years’ imprisonment for selling dead chickens in city’s Tejgaon area. The court also fined the two convicts — Salma, 45, and Delu, 46 –Tk one lakh each, in default, to suffer three months more imprisonment. Executive magistrate AHM Anwar Pasha said they came to know that around 2000-3000 dead […]

February 28, 2014 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Mahyco ‘owns’ Bt Brinjal, not BARI and never the farmers!

The transnational companies are out to destroy the farmer seed system in order to create the corporate seed market. The revealed agreement between Mahyco, Sathguru and BARI shows that Bt Brinjal is a gross violation of people’s sovereignty over natural resources, writes Farida Akhter ON OCTOBER 30, 2013, the Bangladesh National Committee on Bio-safety approved the application of the Bangladesh […]

February 28, 2014 · 0 comments · Editorial

When excessive wealth meets dysfunctional politics

THE election is months away but figuratively, at least, the billionaires are voting early and often. Paul Singer and Art Pope, and, of course, the brothers Charles and David Koch are busy punching ballots for the Republicans; George Soros and Tom Steyer, meanwhile, are arranging votes for the Democrats, or at least most of them, since Steyer, an environmental advocate, […]

February 28, 2014 · 0 comments · Editorial

Not a mark of seriousness about road safety

THE decision of the cabinet committee on road safety on Wednesday to revive the two committees, which were assigned on July 24, 2012 the task of removing illegal bazaars and locally made three-wheelers from the national highways but failed to deliver, is open to be construed as the Awami League-led government’s general indifference to road safety. The communications secretary was […]

February 28, 2014 · 0 comments · Editorial

A time-befitting call

THE call by participants in a three-day international conference in the capital Dhaka on Wednesday, for the formation of a national institute to raise awareness among workers in different sectors of their rights, including occupational safety, and to conduct health-related study, sounds both logical and time-befitting. According to a report published in New Age on Thursday, the conference on safety […]

February 28, 2014 · 0 comments · Editorial

Trouble at JnU

IT IS hard to believe that, when public universities are struggling to provide accommodation to students, as many as 12 halls of residence at Jagannath University remain under illegal occupation, that too, for years now. It is even harder to believe that, instead of initiating a process to evict illegal the occupants from these halls, or at least sort out […]

February 28, 2014 · 0 comments · Editorial

RMG factory: North American buyers too begin safety inspection

Technical teams engaged by North American retailers on Wednesday started inspection of about 800 factories in Bangladesh from where they procure their products. The American teams came within a week after European retailers began their safety inspection in about 1500 factories. Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, the North American retailers’ platform, has appointed seven firms for the safety inspection, the […]

February 28, 2014 · 0 comments · Business

Govt advises businesses to borrow from foreign sources

Planning minister AHM Mustafa Kamal on Thursday suggested businesses that they should borrow from foreign sources as interest rate in the country’s banking sector is high. ‘Interest rate in Bangladesh is quite high. So, why are you not borrowing from overseas sources provided that you have scope to do so?,’ he said at a meeting on the current government’s future […]

February 28, 2014 · 0 comments · Business

Muhith suggests injecting more institutional fund into stock market

Suggesting more institutional investment in stock market, finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith on Thursday asked a state-owned development bank to prepare a strategic paper in this regard in next 6 to 9 months. The finance minister made this suggestion at the annual business conference 2014 of the Bangladesh Development Bank at Sonargaon Hotal in the capital city. He was […]

February 28, 2014 · 0 comments · Business

SCBs, specialised banks still reluctant to promote online banking

The state-owned and the specialised banks are lagging behind in promoting online banking under the Bangladesh Bank’s green banking programme as they are not taking adequate initiatives in this regard, the central bank officials said. They said there was also a shortage of skilled manpower in the banks required to promote online banking. According to the latest BB data, only […]

February 28, 2014 · 0 comments · Business

BTCL seeks tax exemption on payment for outgoing int’l telephone calls

Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited has sought exemption from deducting tax at source on payment to foreign countries as revenue sharing for outgoing international telephone calls, the National Board of Revenue officials said. The state-owned telecommunications organisation last week requested the revenue board for providing exemption from deducting income tax at source to avoid complexities in revenue sharing with other countries. […]

February 28, 2014 · 0 comments · Business

DSEX finishes flat, turnover rises

Dhaka stocks finished flat on Thursday, the last trading session of the week, with an increased turnover amid corporate declarations from a number of companies. The benchmark general index of Dhaka Stock Exchange, DSEX, closed at 4,749.86 points, shedding 0.018 per cent or 0.39 points. DS30, the blue-chip index of the bourse, increased by 0.30 per cent, or 5.17 points, […]

February 28, 2014 · 0 comments · Business

IDRA gets new member

The government has appointed Md Kuddus Khan, a retired additional secretary, as member of the Insurance Development and Regulatory Authority for three years, an IDRA news release said. The public administration ministry issued a gazette notification is this regard on Tuesday. Three posts at the regulatory body — chairman and two other members — still remain vacant, creating stagnancy in […]

February 28, 2014 · 0 comments · Business

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