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SQ Chy Vows To Stop India Using Ctg Port PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 January 2010

Senior BNP leader Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury on Friday vowed to prevent India from using Chittagong port. He said prime minister Sheikh Hasina had put Bangladesh's security at risk by allowing India to use Bangladesh's ports in a deal sealed in her recent trip to that country.

The BNP policymaker said this move would gradually isolate Chittagong port from the rest of the country and observed that it was 'successful' only for India.

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BCL, ICS Clash In Khulna, Meherpur PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 January 2010

Students activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League and Islami Chhatra Shibir clashed at Khulna and Meherpur on Friday, with BCL adherents setting ablaze the office in Meherpur of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami that backs Shibir.

At least 50 students were injured when the two student organisations fought each other at Khulna Government BL College.

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Khaleda Briefing Delayed For A Day PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 January 2010

Opposition chief Khaleda Zia's news conference scheduled for Saturday has been postponed by one day.

A release from the BNP chairperson's press secretary Maruf Kamal Khan on Friday evening said, the press briefing was delayed because another press conference was scheduled on the same day by the prime minister.

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India Trip 100 Percent Successful: PM PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 January 2010

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has said her India trip has been '100 percent successful' and it consolidated efforts for regional development and elimination of poverty.

Speaking at a news conference at Zia International Airport on her return on Wednesday, Hasina said the four-day visit was aimed at establishing peace in South Asia and strengthening relationship between neighbours.

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Hasina Dedicates Indira Prize to People PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 January 2010

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has dedicated the Indira Gandhi prize she received on Tuesday to the people of Bangladesh.

She made the announcement at a briefing at Zia International Airport on Wednesday on her return from India tour. She received the prestigious Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development in New Delhi, which carries 25 lakh rupees.

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Extradition Treaty Likely Anytime Soon PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 January 2010

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina, on the last day of her India visit, indicated that Dhaka and New Delhi were mulling a formal extradition treaty.

"We have signed three agreements (on combating crime). Side by side, discussions are being held on an extradition treaty," she told a news-conference in New Delhi as her four-day tour of India drew to a close.

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'No Tipai Steps Harming Bangladesh' PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh has said his country would not take any step on Tipaimukh dam that would adversely affect Bangladesh.

She gave the assurance at his meeting with prime minister Sheikh Hasina at Hyderabad House in New Delh in the evening, Hasina's press secretary Abul Kalam Azad told journalists at 10:00pm local time.

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'No Tipai Steps Harming Bangladesh' PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh has said his country would not take any step on Tipaimukh dam that would adversely affect Bangladesh.

She gave the assurance at his meeting with prime minister Sheikh Hasina at Hyderabad House in New Delh in the evening, Hasina's press secretary Abul Kalam Azad told journalists at 10:00pm local time.

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Three Deals, 2 MoUs Signed PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Bangladesh and India on Monday signed three agreements on combating crime and two MoUs on power cooperation and cultural exchange during prime minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to India.

Just prior to the signing ceremony, Hasina had a one-on-one meeting with her Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh at Hyderabad House.

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Hasina Seeks 'Serious Collaboration' For Peace PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has offered India to forge 'serious collaboration' with Bangladesh in fighting terrorism to ensure peace in the region.

"To ensure also our sustained commitment to peace, serious collaboration is essential in countering terrorism," she said while addressing a banquet hosted by Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Monday evening.

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Hasina Seeks Fair Share of Water, Trade PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina sought on Monday India's cooperation in fighting terrorism, guaranteed water of Teesta water and duty-free access of Bangladesh products.

"To ensure also our sustained commitment to peace, serious collaboration is essential in countering terrorism," she said, while addressing a banquet hosted by Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Monday evening.

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Slum Fire Victims Face Winter Under Open Skies PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 09 January 2010

Jahanara Begum, 60, lost everything in the fire that destroyed her home along with hundreds of others at Dipikar Mor slum at south Begunbari on Friday.

"Nothing is left. Everything has been burned down. I spent the night awake by the side of a small fire lit by neighbours to protect themselves against cold," she told bdnews24.com on Saturday in the aftermath of the devastating blaze that burned down over 120 shanties and left an estimated 1,000 homeless.

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PM Launches Web Portal For 64 Districts PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 January 2010

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina launched web portals of the country's 64 districts from her office on Wednesday, marking the first anniversary of her government.

The web portals will play a significant role in the implementation of the government's pledge to build a digital Bangladesh, Hasina said as she switched on the portals.

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River Authority Begins Buriganga Clean-Up PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 January 2010

River authorities began the massive task on Wednesday of extracting hundreds of thousands of tonnes of garbage from Dhaka's Buriganga river that being slowly choked by waste, mostly non-biodegradable polythene bags.

The three-month pilot project will cost Tk 5.75 crore, funded by Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA), and span 500 metres on either side of the Second Buriganga Bridge at Nayabazar.

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Cold wave takes deadly tolls PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 January 2010

21 die in accidents, 25 children in cold

A cold wave sweeping over northern and central Bangladesh, causing deaths and disrupting communications due to fog and poor visibility, looks set to continue, the met office said on Saturday.

The north was hardest hit. At least 21 people died in road accidents over 24 hours in Faridpur, while 25 children died of cold-related diseases over the last ten days in Rangpur alone.

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Ship-Breaking Policy A Top Priority: PM PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 January 2010

Sheikh Hasina has said the government will formulate a policy for the hazardous ship-breaking industry "immediately".

The prime minister's statement, at the national convention of the Institute of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) in Chittagong on Saturday, comes in the wake of deaths of four workers in an explosion at a ship-breaking yard last month and continued environmental concerns regarding the industry.

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Hasina Replies with Own Barbed Comment PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 January 2010

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina, in a barbed retort to the opposition leader on Saturday, elaborated on an analogy of thorns that BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia had made during a speech in Dhaka the day before.

Hasina, speaking in Chittagong, said those who had turned the people's lives miserable during their own tenure in government between 2001 and 2006, are now out to make it more difficult for the ruling government.

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Executions at Start of New Year: PM PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 January 2010

The prime minister, on New Year's Eve, said the five former army officers convicted of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's 1975 assassination would be executed "at the start of the new year".

"We are determined to carry out the death sentences at the very beginning of the New Year," Hasina said in a New Year message.

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BRAC Chief Abed to be Knighted PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 January 2010

BRAC founder and chairperson Fazle Hasan Abed will be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services in tackling poverty in Bangladesh and other parts of the world.

Abed's name was included in the Queen's New Year's Honours List released on Dec 31, the NGO said in a statement on Thursday.

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2009: Mutiny to Milestone Verdict PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 December 2009

Bangladesh will remember 2009 for two very distinct events – a mutiny that shook the nation at the start of the year and a milestone verdict towards the end of the year that brought long-awaited legal closure on a dark episode of history.

The shocking BDR massacre threatened to destabilise the nascent government in February, while November's landmark judgment by the Supreme Court finally offered the nation a sense of justice 34 long years after the 1975 assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the nation's founding leader.

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Sahara Sees No Truth in India Mission Report PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Home minister Sahara Khatun has refuted reports about India sending extra security forces to protect its mission in Dhaka. After days of mounting newspaper reports, Sahara denied any knowledge of the matter just two days ago.

But she told reporters Wednesday: "I have enquired about the matter. The news appearing in different dailies and telecast on different channels is absolutely false."

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