Archive for March, 2015

RAB seeks purchase of new spy tech

Rapid Action Battalion is seeking to purchase advanced surveillance equipment that monitors social network communications, analyses mobile phone call records, and ‘recognises’ voices on mobile phones.
It is also trying to buy equipment that jams mobile phone use in designated areas…

March 31, 2015 · 0 comments · Front Page, National, TOP STORIES
Locals catch two suspected killers of blogger Oyasiqur Rahman after they hacked him at Begunbari of Tejgaon in Dhaka and hand them over to police on Monday. — New Age photo

Online activist killed over ‘anti-Islamic’ writings

An online activist was hacked to death in the capital’s Tejgaon Industrial area on Monday morning for what the assailants claimed his ‘anti-religion’ and ‘anti-Islamic’ write-ups on social media…

March 31, 2015 · 0 comments · Front Page, National, TOP STORIES

AL busy tackling crowd of aspirants for city wards

The Awami League might find it tough to pick single candidates for the councillor posts in the elections to Dhaka North and Dhaka South city corporations as more than one aspirant from the party and alliance have filed nomination papers…

March 31, 2015 · 0 comments · Front Page, National, TOP STORIES

BNP to name mayoral candidates after scrutiny

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party would decide on candidates to be supported by the party for the two mayors in Dhaka after scrutiny of the nominations…

March 31, 2015 · 0 comments · Front Page, TOP STORIES

Abbas richest candidate in Dhaka south, also in most legal trouble

Dhaka South City mayoral aspirant, BNP leader Mirza Abbas, is currently facing 37 cases while his prime rival Awami League-backed Sayeed Khokon has faced three cases in the past…

March 31, 2015 · 1 comment · Front Page, TOP STORIES

Madrassah education directorate in limbo

The government has failed to start a separate directorate for government controlled aliya madrassahs one and a half years inside the decision in this regard…

March 31, 2015 · 0 comments · Front Page, TOP STORIES

Ruling party-backed candidates violating electoral code: BNP

Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance on Monday alleged that ruling Awami League-backed candidates were already campaigning for the three city polls, violating the electoral code of conduct…

March 31, 2015 · 0 comments · Front Page, Politics

Hartal, blockade passes peacefully

The first day of fresh 48-hour general strike, running alongside the 84th day of ongoing road-rail-waterways blockade, passed off almost unnoticed across the country on Monday…

March 31, 2015 · 0 comments · Front Page, Politics

Govt trying to cover up Salah Uddin’s whereabouts, says Shawkat

The president of a faction of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists, Shawkat Mahmud, on Monday alleged that the government was trying to cover up the whereabouts of BNP joint secretary general Salah Uddin Ahmed although he was in the hands of the government…

March 31, 2015 · 0 comments · Front Page, National

There can be another election anytime after city polls, says FBCCI president

An election with participation of all political parties can be held anytime after the city polls, Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries president Kazi Akram Uddin Ahmed said on Monday…

March 31, 2015 · 0 comments · Front Page, National, Politics

Surge in rice import from India worries govt

Several ministers at a cabinet meeting on Monday expressed worries at a sudden increase in imports of coarse rice from India by private traders, which they feared would hit the local growers hard…

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A file photo shows containers at the Inland Container Depot at Kamalapur in Dhaka. Shortfall in revenue collection target by the NBR swelled to Tk 2,968 crore in the first eight months of the current fiscal year 2014-2015 mainly due to political unrest-hit sluggish economic activities in the country. — New Age photo

Revenue collection shortfall swells to Tk 2,968cr in Jul-Feb

Shortfall in revenue collection target by the National Board of Revenue swelled to Tk 2,968 crore in the first eight months of the current fiscal year 2014-2015 mainly due to political unrest-hit sluggish economic activities in the country, officials of the NBR said…

March 31, 2015 · 0 comments · Business

Haji Selim’s resignation letter ‘torn up’

Independent lawmaker Haji Mohammad Selim on Monday claimed in parliament that he had submitted a resignation letter to speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury but someone tore it up…

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Four Bangladeshis among 21 charge-sheeted

The National Investigation Agency of India on Monday submitted a charge sheet to a special court against 21 people, including four Bangladeshi nationals, in the Burdwan blast case, reports Indian media including Times of India and the Hindu…

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Air raid kills 45 at Yemen displaced camp

An air strike killed dozens of people at a camp for displaced people in northwest Yemen on Monday, aid workers said, as Arab warplanes bombard rebels around the country…

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Cabinet okays bill to impose surcharge on cell-phone use

The cabinet on Monday approved the Development Surcharge and Levy (Imposition and Collection) Bill 2015 seeking enactment of a law to impose 1 per cent surcharge, initially on cell phone talk-time and other services, to raise funds for development in health and education sectors…

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Hartal observed peacefully in Khagrachari

Daylong general strike of Parbatya Nagarik Parishad and Bangali Chhatra Parishad passed off peacefully in Khagrachai on Monday…

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New Maldives law strips Nasheed of party membership

The Maldives’ parliament has passed a law that strips people serving prison sentences of their political party memberships, a rule critics say is designed to oust jailed former president Mohamed Nasheed from politics…

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Thailand detains 76 migrants including Rohingya

Thai authorities said on Monday they had found a group of 76 migrants from neighbouring Myanmar, including six suspected Rohingya, in a sign that one of Asia’s busiest smuggling routes is still thriving despite Bangkok’s vow to stamp out trafficking…

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How many bloggers to face attack before action taken: AI

The murder of an online activist who was hacked to death in Dhaka, the second violent killing of a Bangladeshi blogger in a month, must be a ‘wake up call’ to the authorities on the need to create a safe environment for journalists and activists to express their views, said Amnesty International Monday…

March 31, 2015 · 0 comments · Inner Pages, National

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