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PM seeks UN assistance to try war criminals PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Dhaka, Jan 27 ( – Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has sought assistance from the United Nations in holding trial of war criminals, the PM's office said on Tuesday.

"Prosecuting the war criminals has become a national demand and we have included the issue in our election manifesto," said the prime minister in a meeting with UNDP's resident representative Renata Lok Dessalien at PM's office on Tuesday.

New seating order from Wednesday: Hamid PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Dhaka, Jan 27 (—Members of parliament will sit in the House on Wednesday according to a new seating plan, speaker Abdul Hamid said on Tuesday.

Both the treasury and opposition benches are holding firm to their opposing stances on front-bench seats for the opposition, said the speaker.

Procurements to 'go online': Muhith PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Dhaka, Jan 27 ( – Government purchases will go online to prevent corruption and bring transparency in procurement, finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith has said.

"Online purchases will also remove red tape," said Muhith at the launch of the five-day BASIS SoftExpo 2009 on Tuesday.

Ashraf confirms opposition dy speaker PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Dhaka, Jan 19 (—The Constitution will be amended to create the post of a second deputy speaker in line with the Awami League's pre-polls pledge to offer the job to an Opposition MP, party spokesperson Syed Ashraful Islam said on Monday.

"The constitution will have to be amended to create two posts (of deputy speaker), of which one will be offered to the (main opposition party) BNP," Ashraful, a cabinet minister, told

BNP expects 'positive climate' in parliament PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 January 2009

Dhaka, Jan 16 ( – The BNP will play its role in parliament to fulfil the people's hopes, but expects that the ruling Awami League-led alliance will create a positive climate, said a senior BNP leader on Friday.

"Although the party's lawmakers are small in numbes, it will be playing its role as the opposition party in the Sangsad," said BNP standing committee member barrister Moudud Ahmed.

Israeli forces intensify Gaza offensive PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 January 2009

GAZA, Jan 13( - Israeli forces tightened their hold around the city of Gaza on Tuesday and Israel's top general said "there is still work" ahead against Hamas in an 18-day-old offensive that has killed more than 900 Palestinians.

Explosions and heavy machinegun fire echoed through the city of 500,000 after Israeli tanks drew closer to its densely populated center but did not enter, local residents said.

BNP may not attend maiden session PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Dhaka, Jan13 ( – BNP lawmakers may not join the maiden parliament session on Jan. 25 since the day coincides with the introduction of one-party rule in 1975, Khandaker Delwar Hossain has said.

"BKSAL was established in the country by killing multi-party democracy on Jan. 25, 1975. This day has been etched into the memory of the people as a 'black day'.

New RAJUK plots deadline April 30 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Dhaka, Jan 13 ( – Aspirants for the Rajuk plots in Purabachal and Uttara will get three more months to apply.

The chairman of the city development authority told on Tuesday night the deadline for filing application had been extended to April 30.

Zillur Rahman hospitalised PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 11 January 2009

Dhaka, Jan 10 ( — Sheikh Hasina's presidential pick and deputy leader of the House Zillur Rahman has been admitted to Square Hospital on Saturday, general manager John Gomes said.

A diabetic, Zillur came to the city hospital in the afternoon for some tests after he had complained of weakness.

Satyam scandal highlights emerging market risks PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 January 2009

NEW YORK, Thu Jan 8, ( - A vast accounting scandal at India's Satyam Computer Services may increase investor nervousness about weak corporate governance and oversight in emerging markets.

Satyam founder and chairman Ramalinga Raju admitted on Wednesday to inflating Satyam's reported cash and bank balances by over 50 billion rupees ($1 billion), but little is known about how widespread the problem is and things could get worse if other frauds are uncovered.

AL didn't promise rice at Tk 10: Ashraful PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 January 2009

Dhaka, Jan 8 ( –Awami League spokesperson Syed Ashraful Islam has buffed rival BNP's claims that the party had promised before the elections to make rice available at Tk 10 a kg and give farmers fertiliser free of cost.

Referring to BNP's propaganda against AL, he said, "BNP is spreading lies against Awami League. Nowhere in our manifesto has it been said that people will be given rice at Tk 10 and fertiliser for free."

Rockets from Lebanon hit Israel amid Gaza offensive PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 January 2009

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JERUSALEM, Jan 8 ( - At least four rockets fired from Lebanon exploded in northern Israel on Thursday, wounding two people, police and medics said, in an attack likely linked to Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip and raising fears that the conflict could spill over.

New parliament will convene on Jan. 25 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 January 2009

Dhaka, Jan 8 ( – The new parliament will convene on Jan. 25, an aide to the president said on Thursday.

"The order of the president has been sent to the Parliament Secretariat. The first session will begin at 3pm on January 25," Md Sirajul Islam, Bangabhaban secretary in-charge of public affairs, told on Thursday.

Hasina unveils her surprise team PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 January 2009

Dhaka, Jan 6 ( — Prime minister Sheikh Hasina sprang surprises as she named her 31-strong team on Tuesday, dropping almost her party's entire policymaking presidium from the cabinet.

In a move termed revolutionary by some in a 1000-strong audience at the Bangabhaban swearing-in, Hasina appointed Dr Dipu Moni foreign minister, and another street veteran advocate Sahara Khatun home minister.

Police drop graft case against Hasina PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 January 2009

Dhaka, Jan 4 ( - Prime minister-elect Sheikh Hasina has been cleared of charges in an extortion case brought against her by businessman Tazul Islam Faruq, as police on Sunday signed off on the final report in the case.

"We submitted the report to Dhaka Metropolitan Judge's Court in the afternoon," investigation officer of the case and the Tejgaon Police Station's officer-in-charge Lutfar Rahman told

Hasina to back Zillur for president PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 January 2009

Dhaka, Dec 3 (—A day after the row over the largely ceremonial presidency between Awami League and Jatiya Party reached its peak, Sheikh Hasina Saturday put to rest all speculations: The next occupant of the Bangabhaban will be Zillur Rahman.

"When the time comes for us to choose the president, we will nominate Zillur Rahman," the prime minister-elect disclosed her decision at a press briefing after the first meeting of the Awami League parliamentary party.

AL, allies take oath on Saturday PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 January 2009

Dhaka, Jan 2 ( – The newly-elected lawmakers are scheduled to be formally sworn in on Saturday and Sunday, said the secretary at the parliament secretariat on Friday.

"The gazette of the ninth parliamentary elections results has reached the JS secretariat," Ashfaque Hamid, secretary, Jatiya Sangsad Secretariat, told on Friday noon by telephone.