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Watchdog, Ministers Fight Over Tk 10m Deal PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Home minister Sahara Khatun and the parliamentary watchdog on her ministry on Wednesday argued heatedly over the planned purchase of fire equipment worth around Tk 10 million.

The disagreement surfaced at the meeting of the standing committee on home ministry after its members demanded a freeze in the purchase over alleged corruption in the tender process.

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Khaleda Served Legal Notice to Withdraw Strike PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Opposition leader Khaleda Zia has been sent a legal notice asking her to withdraw the June 27 general strike. The notice, served by three persons on Wednesday, warns her that if the strike is not withdrawn, a petition will be filed with the High Court.

The BNP chairperson called the dawn-to-dusk strike from the Paltan meeting on May 19.

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FM Hopes For Unified SA Identity PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Foreign minister Dipu Moni said Wednesday that the security concerns in south Asia would bring deeper cooperation and closeness among the countries in the region.

While delivering her speech as chief guest at a discussion meeting on the just-concluded SAARC summit in Bhutan, the minister said the lack of institutional capacity at the national levels had been hindering the implementation of the SAARC decisions.

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HC Stays Case Against Nizami PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 May 2010

The High Court on Wednesday stayed two cases for hurting religious sentiment. The cases were filed against high-ranking leaders of the Islamist fundamentalist outfit Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir.

Notable defendants in the two cases are Jamaat amir Matiur Rahman Nizami, his deputy Delwar Hossain Sayedee, the party's Dhaka Metropolitan chief Rafiqul Islam Khan and former Shibir president Shafiqul Islam Masud.

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JMB Chief Remanded PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Chief of banned Islamist outfit Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh Saidur Rahman on Wednesday appeared before a Dhaka magistrate and was remanded into custody for six days.

Saidur, his aide Abdullahel Kafi and Kafi's wife Ayesha Akhter were taken before Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrates Court around 4pm in relation to a case field under the Antiterrorism Act.

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PM Inaugurates Flyover in Gazipur PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 23 May 2010

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated Ahsan Ullah Master Flyover in Tongi on Sunday afternoon.

She unveiled the plaque at the west part of the flyover shortly before 4pm.

Communications minister Syed Abul Hossain, the prime minister's adviser HT Imam and MPs AKM Mozammel Haque, Zahid Ahsan Russel and Meher Afroze Chumki were present during the inauguration.

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Khaleda Wants Hartal to Succeed PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 23 May 2010

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has urged the people to make the general strike on June 27 a success. Khaleda said, "People have no faith in this government anymore. So the people, being united, must make the movement successful to remove the government."

The opposition leader last week announced a three-day programme, protesting the government's activities and failures to govern, including a dawn-to-dusk general strike.

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Police, RAB 'to Work Together' on SI Gautam Case PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 23 May 2010

Police and RAB have been directed to work together and resolve their differences over who killed SI Gautam Kumar Roy.

The two law-enforcement agencies have been at loggerheads over who actually killed Bangshal police station's sub-inspector Gautam Roy last month as RAB and police made separate arrests in connection with the murder.

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'MPs Must Submit Wealth Statement' PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 23 May 2010

A parliamentary watchdog has recommended that the government make it mandatory for MPs and other elected representatives to their wealth and income statement from the next fiscal year.

It also suggested that the ministry enact a law authorising the National Board of Revenue to confiscate wealth if it finds any anomalies in their tax return statements.

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BNP to Move for Trying the Ahmeds PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 23 May 2010

BNP will constitute a 'national mass-probe commission' to prosecute former caretaker government head Fakhruddin Ahmed, former army chief general Moeen U Ahmed and former home adviser major gen MA Matin and three others, a senior leader has said.

The commission will investigate the 'illegal activities' of the 2007-8 military-installed interim government, Moudud Ahmed told reporters at his office in Motijheel in the city on Sunday.

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Nahid Sees No Crisis in College Admissions PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 15 May 2010

Despite increased success rates in the SSC and equivalent examinations, there would be no admission crisis at the higher secondary level, the education minister said on Saturday.

Nurul Islam Nahid said this while declaring the results in the ministry's conference room. The pass rates in the SSC and equivalent exams have increased this year along with those who obatained GPA-5.

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EC Plans TV Debate for CCC Mayor Hopefuls PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 15 May 2010

The Election Commission will arrange televised electoral debate among the mayoral candidates of Chittagong City Corporation next month, an official said.

Commissioner Sakhawat Hossain told bdnews24.com that the debate might be held on June 7 and 8, and will be aired live on BBC Bangla and state-run Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar.

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BNP to Hold Govt Responsible PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 15 May 2010

BNP will hold the government responsible for any incident over its planned rally in Dhaka on May 19.

The opposition party's secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain said on Saturday that his party would not accept any responsibility of what he hinted might be untoward incidents if the government tried to create obstructions.

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82% Drop Out by SSC Exams PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 15 May 2010

Results of the SSC and equivalent exams with an 80 percent success rate is being projected as a success of the new government.

A total of 916,180 candidates appeared in SSC exams under eight boards—the conventional educational system, apart the Madrasa and the Technical boards.

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Arrest, Vandalism Prevent SQ Chy Rally PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 May 2010

A Chittagong rally where the senior BNP leader Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury was due to attend was cancelled when one of its organisers was arrested and its stage was vandalised.

Local BNP leaders accuse AL activists and the police of working hand in hand to prevent the meeting which was due to have taken take place on Sunday at Gachhbaria College intersection of Chandanaish upazila in Chittagong

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Manju Gets Ittefaq, Mainul Building PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 May 2010

The daily Ittefaq ownership has changed.

Children of the newspaper's founder Tofazzal Hossain Manik Mia signed a deal on Sunday at the Sheraton Hotel's Top of the Park to that effect.

This deal essentially gives ownership of Ittefaq's title and goodwill to Anwar Hossain Manju and his sisters, while his brother Mainul Hosein was given ownership of the building.

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Flood Lighting Banned in Elite Clubs PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 May 2010

A High Court bench has imposed a ban on three of Dhaka's elite clubs from using floodlights. A High Court bench of Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury and Md Delwar Hossain ordered the Dhaka, Officer's and Uttara club not to use flood lights for three months.

The ruling was ordered on Sunday after the NGO, the Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh, filed a public interest writ petition.

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EC to Give Jamaat Second Deadline PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 May 2010

The Election Commission on Sunday decided to ask Jamaat-e-Islami to amend its constitution so that it conforms to the electoral laws.

The commission told the fundamentalist Islamist party to amend certain sections of its constitution by May 31 in such fashion that they do not contradict with the laws.

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Amar Desh Editor Challenges ACC Notice PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 April 2010

Former energy adviser Mahmudur Rahman has filed a case against the Anticorruption Commission (ACC) challenging the legality of a notice issued on him last month.

Rahman, now acting editor of the daily Amar Desh, filed the case with Dhaka's 1st Joint district Sessions Judge's Court on Monday.

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Police Quiz Bashundara Boss PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 April 2010

Bashundhara chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan (Shah Alam) was quizzed at the Detective Branch office for almost 2 hours on Sunday night.

He was asked to report to the police for interrogation about the murder of Ahmed Hossain, a ward commissioner from Old Dhaka.

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BSF Kills Bangladeshi at Wahedpur Border PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 April 2010

A Bangladeshi citizen was shot dead by India's Border Security Force at the Wahedpur border of Chapainawabganj, a BDR officer said on Monday.

The deceased was identified as Habibur Rahman, 30, a cattle trader.

He is the second Bangladeshi civilian killed by Indian border guards in ten days, despite BSF's repeated assurances in recent months to exercise "restraint" with regard to border shootings.

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