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Govt to Give Away 30 mln Green Light Bulbs PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 February 2010

The government has approved a project to give away more than 30 million energy saving bulbs countrywide, at a cost of Tk 279 crore, in a bid to save national power consumption.

A meeting of the Executive Committee for the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved the 'Efficient Lighting Initiative for Bangladesh' project on Tuesday.

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Babar Shown Arrested in Kibria Murder Case PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 February 2010

Former BNP state minister for home affairs Lutfuzzaman Babar has been shown arrested in the Kibria murder case.

Public prosecutor Akbar Hossain Jitu told journalists in Habiganj on Tuesday that Babar "confessed" in connection with the killing of former finance minister SAMS Kibria, while being interrogated in the August 21 grenade attack case.

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JS Body Seeks Clarity On Press Bill PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 February 2010

A parliamentary watchdog has returned a bill, aimed at preventing harassment of journalists in defamation cases, to the law ministry for further clarification.

The parliamentary standing committee on law at a meeting Sunday night sought clarification from the ministry on the bill to revoke warrant orders against journalists and publishers.

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PM Gives Ultimatum to Absconders PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 31 January 2010

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has said that absconding convicts in Bangabandhu murder case will be brought back and punished.

Her words sounded more like an ultimatum, coming just days after the five captured convicts of Bangabandhu murder case were executed.

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BNP Hints At Return To Parliament PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 January 2010

Main opposition BNP may join parliament next week ending a boycott since June last year. Opposition chief whip Jainal Abdin Farrouque dropped the hint at a press briefing at his Gulshan residence on Friday.

"BNP wants to return to parliament. A meeting of parliamentary party (of BNP) will be convened in one day or two. I hope a positive decision on joining the assembly will come out from the meeting," he told reporters.

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SQ Chy Wants father's 'Murder' trial PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 January 2010

Senior BNP leader Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury has demanded trial for his father Fazlul Quader Chowdhury's 'murder'.

He made the statement in a reaction to the execution of the five convicts found guilty of murdering founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, at Chandpur circuit house on Friday.

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Section 144 Imposed in Ctg Amid Clashes, Arson PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 January 2010

Chittagong Police imposed a Section 144 ban on public gatherings in the city's Riazuddin Bazar area on Thursday in a bid to control furious clashes between businessmen and hawkers that left 30 people, including 12 policemen, injured.

Police were forced to fire over 200 rubber bullets, throw teargas shells and charge with batons to disperse the rioters.

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BNP Expels Ex-MP Salahuddin PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 January 2010

Dhaka metropolitan BNP leader and former MP Salahuddin Ahmed has been expelled from the party on charges of breaching discipline, a senior party leader said.

He was the cooperative affairs secretary of the newly formed central committee.

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Five Executed Killers Buried PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 January 2010

The five convicts executed for the murder of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman have been buried, and with them many feel, a dark chapter from Bangladesh's history.

The executions came swift on the heels of the Supreme Court's dismissal on Wednesday of the review petitions of the five detained convicts in the Mujib murder case, their last legal scope for deferral of the death sentences.

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Ershad's Dream Comes True PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 January 2010

H M Ershad's dream of seeing Rangpur become a division has finally come true. It has been a long-cherished dream of the former military dictator, currently part of the Awami League-led ruling coalition as Jatiya Party chairman.

Originally from the district of Rangpur, Ershad had previously wanted to see it upgraded to higher administrative unit of division.

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None Above The Law: PM To Party PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday warned her party MPs against breaching laws, saying her government was trying to restore the rule of law.

Addressing the Awami League parliamentary party meeting, Hasina said the government's activities were focused on creating employment opportunities through enhanced economic activities.

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EU 'Against Death Penalties' In Major Bangladesh Cases PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 23 January 2010

The European Union says it has been following the judicial proceedings of the Bangabandhu murder case, BDR mutiny cases and preparations for trying 1971 war crimes, but it opposes death penalties in any of these cases of "politically motivated murders".

The statement issued Saturday by Catherine Ashton, high representative of the EU for foreign affairs and security policy, comes against the backdrop of preparations for hanging the convicted killers of the country's founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

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SC To Review Bangabandhu Appeals Verdict PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 23 January 2010

The Supreme Court on Sunday will hear petitions, of the five former army officers sentenced to death for the 1975 murder of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, for review of the verdict last November that rejected their appeals and upheld their death sentences.

Convicted killers Syed Faruk Rahman, Mohiuddin Ahmed, Bazlul Huda, AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed and Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan face death by hanging in the case, possibly days away.

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Dhaka Proposed Tipaimukh Dam: ex-FM PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 January 2010

Dhaka Proposed Tipaimukh Dam: ex-FMFormer foreign minister Anisul Islam Mahmood has said it was Bangladesh that proposed the controversial Tipaimukh dam in 1988 to control flooding.

Speaking at a discussion meeting on prime minister Sheikh Hasina's India visit, the Jatiya Party MP said the hydro-electric dam may not reduce Bangladesh's water availability in the downstream.

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PM Urges Imams To Prevent Communalism, Militancy PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 January 2010

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged imams and religious leaders on Wednesday to come forward and prevent bids to spreading communalism and militancy in the country.

Speaking as chief guest at an imam training convention, she told the religious leaders to unmask the culprits using the true interpretation of Islam as a peaceful religion.

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Govt Can't Subdue Opposition: BNP PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 January 2010

BNP secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain has said the government's policy of pressing charges to silence the opposition will not succeed.

His sounded the warning at a meeting organised by Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal marking the 74th birth anniversary of late president Ziaur Rahman at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh auditorium on Wednesday.

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Bigger Dhaka Metro Planned PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 January 2010

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has said the government is looking at a significant expansion of the Dhaka City Corporation area, and more satellite towns in the suburbs, as part of the capital's 20 year mega-city plan.

The expanded DCC coverage area would take in municipalities of Narayanganj, Tongi, Gazipur, Savar, Kadam Rosul, Siddirganj and Tarabo.

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Top JCD Men Sued Over DU Riot PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Shahbagh police on Tuesday filed a case against eight top Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal leaders and 200-300 unnamed people in connection with the pro-BNP student front's factional clashes on Dhaka University campus the previous day that left 20 people injured, including the Shahbagh police chief and DU proctor.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner Shahidul Islam told reporters that Shahbagh police sub-inspector Nasiruddin had filed the case.

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Panel Backs DTH TV To Break Cable Monopoly PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 January 2010

A parliamentary panel has recommended introduction of 'direct to home' television service which may break the monopoly of the cable TV operators in Bangladesh.

The information ministry-related standing committee on Tuesday observed that the DTH service will give the viewers better picture quality and more options on satellite channels.

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AL Terms Khaleda Speech 'Info Terrorism' PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Ruling Awami League on Monday condemned the statement of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on the prime minister's visit to India, terming it "absolute propaganda" and "information terrorism".

Khaleda, in a televised press conference on Sunday, said Sheikh Hasina "brought nothing back" from her recently-concluded tour of India. She said the visit has been successful for India, not for Bangladesh. The opposition leader said far from benefiting Bangladesh, the prime minister's visit had harmed national interests.

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Basu's Death Leaves Political Vacuum: Hasina PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Jyoti Basu's death has left a political vacuum in the region, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said as she paid her last respects to the former chief minister of West Bengal in Kolkata on Tuesday.

The lion of Indian communism, who died on Sunday at the age of 95, was given state honours and a gun salute on his last journey before his body was handed over to a hospital in Kolkata for medical research.

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