Archive for August 27th, 2014

Intake at public univs exceeds capacity

Intake at public univs exceeds capacity

Top public universities have taken more students than their capacity while some 40 to 50 per cent seats in the private universities and 5 to 12 per cent seats in National University-affiliated colleges remained vacant in the last four years…

August 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page, National, TOP STORIES

Nazrul’s death anniv today

The 38th anniversary of the death of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam will be observed across Bangladesh today.
The anniversary will be observed in keeping with the Bangla calendar.
Nazrul died at the age of 77 on Bhadra 12, 1383, which was August 27, 1976…

August 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page, National, TOP STORIES
Green activists criticise govt decision

Green activists criticise govt decision

Green activists and environmental experts on Tuesday criticised the government approval of 40 development projects ignoring the Detailed Area Plan of Dhaka city…

August 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page, National, TOP STORIES

Quality of education at stake: academics

Introduction of a single examiner system replacing the second or double examiner system for evaluation of answer-scripts of the four-year bachelor’s (honours) and master’s courses of the colleges affiliated with the National University, has drawn wide criticism from academicians…

August 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page, National, TOP STORIES
People in low-lying areas on the eastern party of Dhaka city remain stranded as overflowing of River Balu inundated the area. The photo was taken on Tuesday. — Sony Ramany

Swelling rivers flood more areas

Major rivers swelled in the northern districts breaching embankments and flooding more areas on Tuesday.
Shortage of food and drinking water increased the sufferings of marooned people.
Erosion by the rivers rendered many families homeless…

August 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page, National, TOP STORIES

Vested quarters won’t be allowed to taint Islam’s image: PM

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Tuesday said that her government would not allow the vested quarters to destroy the image of Islam by creating militancy and terrorism in the name of religion…

August 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page, National, TOP STORIES

Palestine, Israel reach deal on ceasefire

The Palestinians said Tuesday they had reached agreement with Israel on a ‘permanent’ halt to seven weeks of bloodshed in and around Gaza although Israel was silent on the claimed deal…

Pak PM meets army chief amid crisis

The Pakistani prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, met the powerful army chief on Tuesday, a source in his administration said, as a political deadlock over mass protests for the government’s resignation showed no signs of resolution…

August 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Front Page, International, South Asia

B’desh to export 50,000 tonnes of coarse rice to Sri Lanka

The government’s decision to start commercial export of rice will not be economically viable as Bangladesh grows rice with huge state subsidy, according to agricultural experts…

August 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Back Page

Govt asks Tuba Group owners to compensate workers

The government on Tuesday asked the owner of Tuba Group to pay the benefits and compensation as per the law to workers of the factories closed by the group.
A tripartite meeting organised by the labour minister rejected the notice issued by the group managing director declaring closure of the apparel factories under Section 13(1) of the Bangladesh Labour Act 2006 claiming the recent labour movement at the factories were illegal…

August 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Back Page, National

Navy warship catches fire in Ctg

A fire broke out in a Bangladesh Navy frigate anchored in a navy harbour in the port city of Chittagong on Tuesday.
No casualty was reported as navy personnel were evacuated immediately after the fire started in the kitchen of BNS Omar Faruk at about 2:00pm, a navy officer told New Age…

August 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Back Page, National

RAB detains 3 over AL leader killing

The Rapid Action Battalion on Monday night arrested three people in the capital’s Agargaon area in connection with the killing of a city Awami League leader.
The battalion in a briefing on Tuesday said they suspected that Jahangir Alam, a ward-level leader of Awami League, was killed in a family feud over property and also domination over the area…

August 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Back Page, National

Chinese envoy makes farewell call on Khaleda

Chinese ambassador in Dhaka Li Jun made a farewell call on BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan residence on Tuesday night.
The BNP chairperson office said the ambassador met Khaleda at around 8:00pm…

August 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Back Page

BNP-led alliance to hold rally today

Bangladesh Nationalist Party–led alliance will hold a protest rally at only one place instead of earlier announced 15 points in Dhaka city today as the party did not get permission from Dhaka Metropolitan Police…

August 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Back Page, National

Freedom for capital, not people

Libertarianism is a philosophy of might makes right. The natural philosophy for the age of neoliberalism, as well demonstrated by the Koch brothers, but also, it would appear, a justification for the ugliest elements of United States history.
Consider the following words of Ayn Rand..

August 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Editorial
A teacher in Kabul

A teacher in Kabul

Here in Kabul, one of my finest friends is Zekerullah, who has gone back to school in the 8th grade although he is an 18-year old young man who has already had to learn far too many of life’s harsh lessons.
Years ago and miles from here, when he was a child in the province of Bamiyan, and before he ran away from school, Zekerullah led a double life, earning income for his family each night as a construction crew labourer, and then attempting to attend school in the daytime…

August 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Editorial

How far Russia’s star has fallen from Soviet ‘glory’

Russia’s just not the same under President Vladimir Putin. It was not long ago that Russia did not need to paint its military convoys a pale white to cross international boundaries…

August 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Editorial

Dhaka land use plan shouldn’t be changed

The government continues to approve development projects flouting the detailed area plan of the capital Dhaka. As New Age reported on Tuesday quoting the minister, the inter-ministerial committee headed by the public works minister to review DAP approved 40 such projects, including two residential projects of Bashundhara Housing and almost all projects of Eastern Housing, changing the original DAP land use plan at a meeting at the ministry on Monday…

August 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Editorial

Power indemnity act tenure extension unacceptable

The cabinet’s endorsement of a proposal on Monday for extending the tenure of the special provision for speedy supply of power and energy by four more years to protect all involved in awarding contracts in the sector without tenders is unacceptable…

August 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Editorial

Claim that NGOs are a threat to national security

This is a very troubled period for civil society. The free space for activism that is outside of the government sphere has shrunk due to the policy of centralisation adopted by the government. Institutions of the state that are meant to be relatively independent of the government have come under political control. This has had the effect of weakening the system of checks and balances that ensures good governance…

August 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Editorial, Op-Ed

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