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Nahid Urges Strong Movement Against Stalkers PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 13 June 2010

Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid has asked students to wage a social movement against stalking to ensure a congenial atmosphere at the educational institutes.

He made the call while administering an oath to hundreds of students at the premises of the Central Shahid Minar Sunday, which marked Anti Stalking Day.

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Shah Alam Slugs Minister PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 13 June 2010

Bashundhara Group boss Ahmed Akbar Sobhan on Sunday laid it heavy on the state minister for public works at a government meeting with realtors.

The row broke out during a discussion on the Detailed Area Plan (DAP), the capital's real estate blueprint of sorts, developed by the city development regulator Rajuk, at the Secretariat.

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Tk 1321bn Budget Eyes 6.7pc Growth PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 June 2010

Bangladesh will spend Tk 1321.70 billion or US$ 19 billion next fiscal, hoping to grow nearly 7 percent banking on a post-recession positive world economic outlook.

Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith proposed the budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year in the parliament on Thursday, accounting for 16.9 percent of the GDP.

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EC Sues SQC PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 June 2010

An Election Commission official on Thursday night sued senior BNP MP Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury for making 'false allegations' on voter roll.

Farhad Hossain, assistant returning officer for the Chittagong city polls, filed the complaint with the Kotwali police at around 11:30pm, the bdnews24.com Chittagong correspondent Mintu Chowdhury said.

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Mahmudur Sued for Sedition PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 June 2010

The government has sued Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman for sedition.

Airport Police Station officer in charge Abu Saleh Mohammad Shamsuddin confirmed bdnews24.com that the former energy adviser to the ex-prime minister Khaleda Zia had been charged.

The former head of the Board of Investment was arrested on June 1 in a fraud case filed by the paper's publisher Hashmat Ali Hashu.

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Govt to Strike down Illegal Chemical Storages, Structures PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 June 2010

The government is preparing to form two taskforces, one to prevent the illegal storage of chemicals in residential buildings in Old Dhaka and the other to identify those responsible for building unauthorised structures and high-rises across the city.

"The industries ministry and public works ministries will separately form the two taskforces in a few days," disaster management minister Abdur Razzaque told reporters on Sunday.

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Jamaat Formally Backs Hartal PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 June 2010

Jamaat-e-Islami has formally decided to back the June 27 hartal called by the main opposition BNP.

Party secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed told reporters at its Moghbazar office on Sunday evening that the decision came from a meeting of the executive committee in the morning.

But the active participation of the Jamat supporters has yet to be decided, he added.

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Huge Obstacles Faced by Fire Fighters PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 June 2010

Narrow lanes, the lack of available water and the indiscriminate establishment of factories and chemical warehouses with no independent fire fighting equipment have made it very difficult for fire fighters in old Dhaka, according to experts. A huge fire in Old Dhaka's Nimtali area on Thursday has resulted in the deaths of at least 117 people.

"The narrow roads and lanes are the main obstacles to fire-fighting in the area. Fire service vehicles cannot reach the houses in case of a blaze," fire service and civil defence director general Abu Nayeem Mohammed Shahidullah told bdnews24.com.

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Death Counts Swell to 117 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 June 2010

The death counts from Thusday night's roaring blaze at Old Dhaka's Nimtali has swelled to 117.

Dhaka's district commissioner Muhibul Haque said magistrates overseeing search operations gave the counts.

Firefighters are still looking for bodies underneath the debris.

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Police Quiz Mahmudur at Jail Gate PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 June 2010

Police have questioned recently closed Amar Desh newspaper's acting editor Mahmudur Rahman at the jail gate for just over half an hour in a case accusing him of assault on police.

Tejgaon police sub-inspector Rezaul Islam questioned him from 12:55pm until 1:28pm on Thursday.

Police did not divulge the details of the interrogation for the sake of investigation.

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Old Dhaka Blaze Kills 13 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 June 2010

At least 13 people, including four women and seven children, have died in a fire at a plastic factory and several buildings at Kayettuli of Agamasi lane in Old Dhaka.

The fire broke out around 9pm on Thursday.

Six of them have been named as Shamsunnahar, 35, her daughters 'Aditi', 7, and 'Seuti', 9; 'Babu', 35, Hassan Siraji, 35,

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Chevron to Drill Gas Field in October PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 June 2010

U.S. oil major Chevron and a joint venture of South Korea's G S Caltex will start drilling for hydrocarbons at a Bangladeshi gas field in October this year, a senior official said on Tuesday.

The firms had begun preparatory works for oil and gas exploration in block seven located in southern Patuakhali district, 320 kilometres (200 miles) from Dhaka two months ago, Mohammad Hussain Monsur, chairman of the state-run Bangladesh Oil, Gas and Mineral Corporation, or Petrobangla, told Reuters.

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Amar Desh Editor Arrested after Closure PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 June 2010

Police early on Wednesday morning stormed the Amar Desh newspaper office and arrested acting editor Mahmudur Rahman on fraud charges, hours after the government closed the BNP-leaning daily.

The newspaper's deputy editor Syed Abdal Ahmed told bdnews24.com that Mahmudur was taken away minutes before 4am after police had talked with his lawyer at his Karwan Bazaar office.

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Shafique Vows War Crimes Trial will Proceed PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 31 May 2010

The law minister says the government is determined to do away with the 39 year-old wound afflicting the country by holding trials for crimes against humanity during the 1971 liberation war maintaining international legal and human rights standards.

Shafique Ahmed made the remarks on Monday at the Review Conference of the Rome Statute of International Criminal Court at Kampala in Uganda on Monday, the ministry's information officer told bdnews24.com.

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Mandatory Primary Schooling up to Class 8 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 31 May 2010

The government has approved a new national education policy, extending free and compulsory primary schooling up to class eight from grade five.

The decision came from a weekly meeting of the cabinet on Monday chaired by prime minister Sheikh Hasina, her press secretary Abul Kalam Azad told a briefing.

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AL Meets with Allies Tuesday PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 31 May 2010

The allies of Awami League view the joint meeting between them and the ruling party's working committee, its advisory council and the parliamentary party as a 'positive' development.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will chair the meeting on Tuesday at her official residence, Gono Bhaban, at 7pm, Awami League joint general secretary and the prime minister's special aide Mahbub-Ul-Alam Hanif, told the media on Sunday.

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War Crimes Trial will 'Vanish into Thin Air': Mojaheed PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 31 May 2010

The government's move to hold war crimes trial will disappear without trace, Jamaat-e-Islami secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammed Mojaheed has said.

"War crimes trial is a falsehood. We don't take it seriously. God willing, it will be vanished into the thin air," he told a press briefing at the party's Moghbazar headquarters on Monday.

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Mohiuddin Won't Tolerate Plot Over Port PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 May 2010

Awami League backed Chittagong mayoral candidate Mohiuddin Chowdhury said he would not tolerate any conspiracy over Chittagong port.

He said, "Extending transit to India does not mean giving it away."

Regarding a previous controversial bid by the little-known Stevedoring Services of America, he said, "I was the first to oppose that move."

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Ashraf Sounds Caution for AL PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 May 2010

Evidently alluding to the excesses of its student and youth wings, a top leader of the ruling Awami League has cautioned his party again.

The 'associate bodies' — as the Juba League and the Bangladesh Chhatra League are called — continue to worry the mother party, which has been reflected in the statements of Awami League's top leaders almost since the party came to power early 2009.

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Facebook Blocked PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 May 2010

Facebook has been blocked in Bangladesh for a brief period, a senior BTRC official told bdnews24.com Saturday evening after hundreds of users reported the social networking site was down.

The official, speaking on condition anonymity, admitted that elite crime busters RAB requested temporary closure of the site in the country.

"Yes, it's been blocked for a while," the official told bdnews24.com at 8:50pm.

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Musa's Feat Enters The Books PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Its official now!

Musa Ibrahim is the first Bangladeshi to scale Mt Everest.

He has been given the official certificate for his feat.

Komal Aryal, who was maintaining communication with Ibrahim in Mt Everest, in an e-mail, confirmed bdnews24.com about the official recognition.

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