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One More Front Row Seat Won't Bring BNP Back: Moudud PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 December 2009

One more seat on the front row in parliament will not be enough to make BNP join parliament in the forthcoming winter session, front-ranking BNP leader Barrister Moudud Ahmed said on Wednesday.

He said, "Other pending issues, such as withdrawal of false and harassing cases filed against BNP leaders, including chairperson Khaleda Zia and senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman, will have to be settled. We will join parliamentary sessions only when a congenial environment is created."

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Last Campus Unrest Charges to be Dropped PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 December 2009

A Dhaka court on Wednesday ordered police to drop charges against the last seven students of Dhaka University over torching a military vehicle during the August 2007 campus unrest.

The latest order means all the cases filed in connection with the student unrest during the caretaker government have been withdrawn.

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Dhaka Eyes 2010 Rebound in Manpower Export PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Bangladesh policymakers hope that the country's manpower exports will grow substantially in 2010, despite a huge fall this past year.

"Several countries have emerged from the impacts of the global recession. New labour markets are being created and we're being asked to send workers," overseas employment minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain told bdnews24.com.

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Strike in Bajitpur for a New District in the Upazila PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 December 2009

A citizens group enforced a half-day strike in Bajitpur Upazila in Kishoreganj district on Tuesday demanding the Upazila be made a district.

The 6am-12noon strike suspended all traffics in the Upazila. Shops and businesses were also shut down.

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Sahara has 'No knowledge' of Extra Indian Mission Forces PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Home minister Sahara Khatun on Monday said she did not know anything about the presence of 'Indian forces' brought to provide extra security to the Indian High Commission premises in Dhaka.

Responding to queries from the reporters the minister said, "I have heard this for the first time from you. My ministry is not aware about this."

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Seats are Not the Issue: SQ Chy PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Senior BNP leader Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury, in reaction to the speaker's nominal offer on Monday of another front row seat in parliament for the abstaining opposition party, said the seating dispute was not the only issue at stake.

Chowdhury told bdnews24.com: "It's not right to say that the opposition is absent from parliament only because of the seat dispute. Nor is it correct to assume that BNP will return to parliament just because one more seat is offered on the front row."

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Speaker Says BNP May Get One More Front Seat PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Speaker Abdul Hamid said on Monday main opposition BNP may get one more seat on the front row in parliament, a move that could be seen as holding out an olive branch to lure the boycotting party into the house.

According to the speaker, this will fulfill one demand of the BNP, which has been absent from parliament since June this year.

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Myanmar Deputy Minister Arrives For Talks PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Myanmar deputy foreign minister Maung Myint arrived in city on Monday to lead his country's delegation at foreign secretary-level talks, which are likely to feature the thorny issue of Rohingya refugees entering Bangladesh from the neighbouring state.

The two-day talks between Bangladesh and Myanmar starts on Tuesday at foreign ministry.

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Govt to Create Ship-Breaking Zone PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 December 2009

The government will set up a specific zone for ship-breaking yards at Sitakunda in Chittagong and introduce greater regulation for better environmental and safety standards, Hassan Mahmud, state minister for environment, said on Monday.

He said a meeting between officials of the environment and forest, industries and shipping ministries will be held soon to discuss establishment of the zone.

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5th Amendment Hearing on Jan 3 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 December 2009

The Supreme Court will hear on January 3 an appeal against a landmark High Court judgment that declared the fifth amendment to the constitution illegal.

Appellate Division chamber judge S K Sinha set the hearing date on Sunday following an appeal of the petitioner's counsel Ajmalul Hossain QC.

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Police Hold 7 Tawhid Members for `Militant Ties` PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 December 2009

Police in Noakhali on Sunday arrested seven members of the blacklisted Islamist outfit Hijbut Tawhid, including three women, on suspicion of involvement with militant activities.

The men were arrested from a house situated at Uttar Fakirpur area of Noakhali town. Police also arrested the gatekeeper of the house suspecting him too.

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PM Eyes Water Sharing With India PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 December 2009

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina said on Sunday her government will talk with India over sharing the waters of 54 common rivers, including the all-important Teesta.

Hasina said the technical committee had already met on the issue, and the Joint River Commission will sit soon. The prime minister will fly to New Delhi on Jan 10 for a much-anticipated summit with Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh.

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RAB Seeks Two More Battalions PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 December 2009

Rapid Action Battalion is seeking to expand its forces with two more battalions, on top of the current 12 each comprising around 800 troops.

The home ministry, after a meeting on Sunday, returned a proposal by the elite crime force, asking it to resubmit it with more details.

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Ship Yard Owner, Contractors Sued After Blast Kills 4 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 December 2009

Sitakunda police lodged a case Sunday against the owner of a ship breaking yard and five contractors after an explosion aboard a scrap oil tanker killed four workers the day before.

Sitakunda police sub-inspector Azam Khan told bdnews24.com the case was filed against Md Israfil, the owner of Rahim Steel and Ship Breaking Yard, and labour contractors Md Alam, Mohammad Alam, Zafar Ahmed, Md Yusuf and Abu Saleh, for failing to ensure safety of workers.

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PM Seeks Special Care for Disabled PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 December 2009

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has warned that actions will be taken against authorities of the educational institutes which do not enroll disabled students.

"If the handicapped are received cordially in educational institutions they will recover fast from their disability," Hasina said in her address at a programme marking the 18th International Disability Day at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on Saturday.

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BNP to Mark 1/11 as Black Day PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 December 2009

BNP has decided to mark January 11 as 'black day' and January 25 as 'democracy killing day', BNP secretary general Delwar Hossain said Saturday.

"Some army personnel entering Bangabhaban on January 11, 2007 compelled the then president Iajuddin Ahmed to impose emergency rule in the country and thus foiled the process of democracy," Delwar said at a press briefing.

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Hassan Hits Back at BNP PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 December 2009

BNP's criticism of the role of Bangladesh at Copenhagen climate conference came from ignorance, the state minister for environment said on Friday.

Hassan Mahmud hit back at the main opposition party after its standing committee member Abdul Moeen Khan claimed that Bangladesh had failed to effectively raise its interest at the recent conference.

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Prayers For Peace on Christmas Eve PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 December 2009

Prayers For Peace on Christmas EveChristians prayed for God's blessings on the country in the capital's main Christmas Eve mass, led by the Archbishop of Dhaka Paulinus Costa, at St Mary's Cathedral in Kakrail on Thursday.

Costa wished Christmas greetings to people of all faiths in a special reception at the Archbishop's House in Kakrail before conducting the 'midnight mass', which actually began just before 9pm.

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Clocks Go Back Again Dec 31 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 December 2009

Clocks will go back again on Dec 31 night, the government decided on Thursday, with mornings getting darker as winter draws in.

The prime minister's press secretary Abul Kalam Azad told reporters after a cabinet meeting that the government also decided to introduce Daylight Saving Time on an annual basis.

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Huda Faces Another Murder Charge PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 December 2009

A Dhaka court passed an order for further investigation on a 19-year old murder case in Mymensingh in which Major (retd) Bazlul Huda, one of the death sentenced convicts in Bangabandhu murder case, along with 29 others, is accused.

Dhaka's Second Speedy Trial Tribunal judge Md Asgar Ali on Thursday passed the order and also asked the Kotwali Police of Mymensingh to submit the report by February 1.

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Dhaka Moves to Revive Nepal Transit PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Bangladesh has sent a draft deal to Kathmandu, ahead of prime minister Sheikh Hasina's India visit next month, to activate a 1976 transit treaty allowing Nepal to use Mongla port for export of goods to a third country.

Government officials say Bangladesh and Nepal are ready to sign the deal to activate the transit agreement, which will also allow goods-laden trucks and trains to enter each others' territory.

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