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Relatives Block Highway at Bhairab PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 February 2011

EXPATS IN LIBYA

Relatives of Bangladeshis trapped in Libya have blocked the Dhaka-Sylhet highway at Bhairab demanding government steps to ensure their security.

Traffic on the highway came to a halt as over 1,000 people put blockade on it at Jagannathpur point of the district around 10am on Saturday, causing a three-kilometre tailback, witnesses said.

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All Set For WC Fiesta PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 February 2011

WORLD CUP 2011

The cricket World Cup extravaganza is set to open with all razzmatazz in the Bangladesh capital city of Dhaka on Thursday.

Promising to be a grand gala event, the opening ceremony begins at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here at 5:50pm. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will declare open the biggest cricket event, co-hosted by Bangladesh for the first time.

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All Roads Lead to Bangabandhu Stadium PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 February 2011

WORLD CUP 2011

The opening programme starts at 5:45pm. However, Kazi Shahrin Haque, an enthusiastic cricket lover, has set out around 9am from the city's Tejgaon.

Like Haque, an employee of a private company, all the city dwellers have set their destination to the Bangabandhu National Stadium at Gulistan, where the dazzling opening ceremony of the Cricket World Cup commences on Thursday evening.

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Cricketers Get Stranded in Ctg for 3hrs PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 13 February 2011

AIRCRAFT GLITCH

Bangladesh and Canada cricket teams have left Chittagong for Dhaka after remaining stranded at the Shah Amanat International Airport for about three hours because of a technical glitch in a Biman flight.

Bangladesh team manager Tanjeeb Ahsan Saad told bdnews24.com that they were scheduled to leave Chittagong on board the flight, BG-0022, around 11:30am on Sunday.

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Shamim Osman Secures Bail PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 February 2011

The High Court has granted bail to former ruling party MP Shamim Osman, who was convicted in two cases and has been under jail custody.

The bench of justices Mohammad Shamsul Huda and Abu Bakar Siddiquee on Thursday gave the order.

On Feb 6, a Narayanganj court sent him to jail in the cases.

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HC Orders Probe into Autopsy Reports PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 February 2011

WHIPPED TO DEATH

The High Court has ordered investigation into the dissimilarities between the two autopsy reports for Hena Akter, who was recently whipped to death at Naria in Shariatpur.

The bench of justices A H M Shamsuddin Chowdhury and Sheikh Mohamad Zakir Hossain on Thursday gave the order after hearing statements from Hena's father Darbesh Ali, sister Minu Begum and several others.

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UK Trained RAB on Human Rights: Envoy PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 February 2011

The British high commissioner says his government trained Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) personnel to help them understand and respect human rights.

"The UK training to RAB was aimed to improve compliance with human rights and is beneficial to Bangladesh," Stephen Evans said in Dhaka on Tuesday.

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Court Sentences 21 BGB Mutineers PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 February 2011

A special court on Saturday gave the verdict in a mutiny case releasing two soldiers and sentencing 21 others of Rangamati 18 Rifles Battalion to different prison terms.

Special court-15 in Rangamati headed by Border Guard Bangladesh Chittagong sector commander Col Jahedur Rahman passed the verdict.

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BNP's Conditions to Call off Hartal PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 February 2011

BNP has said it may call off its Monday's hartal if all of its demands, including cancellation of the airport project in Munshiganj, are met.

Party secretary general Khandker Delwar Hossain on Thursday also said the government would be responsible for any consequences if the daylong shutdown was obstructed.

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Chief Justice in Parliament PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Chief justice A B M Khairul Haque set a curious precedence visiting the parliament in session at a time when the legislature and judiciary are in a tussle over accountability.

Haque was seen at the audience corner, reserved for high government officials, during the inauguration of the eighth session of the current parliament on Tuesday. President Zillur Rahman was giving the customary speech at that time.

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'RAB, Police Violate Human Rights' PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 January 2011

The ruling Awami League government has broken its election pledge towards showing "zero tolerance" for abuses by its security forces, a human rights organisation says.

Two years on, new extrajudicial killings have been reported, and those responsible have not been brought to justice, according to the World Report 2011 by Human Rights Watch.

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Polls in 13 Centres of Noakhali Suspended PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 January 2011

The Election Commission has suspended polls in almost half of the 25 centres in Noakhali municipality over violence.

Voting was stayed in thirteen centres in the municipality where clashes took place since Tuesday morning between BNP supporters and law enforcers.

The agitators took to the streets alleging that ruling Awami League supporters occupied centres and also attacked on BNP activists.

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Inefficiency Hinders Govt Pledges: NHRC Chief PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 January 2011

The human rights commission chief considers bureaucratic red tape the main obstacle to the government's promised change.

Mizanur Rahman told a seminar in Dhaka on Friday that the government would need efficient human resources, mainly bureaucrats, to fulfil its promises. "But it does not have such a workforce."

"What is worse, there are reactionary elements within the bureaucracy," said Rahman. These elements will have to be identified and removed if the government wishes to fulfil its promises, he said.

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RBI: Frequent Reviews Cut Off-Cycle Action Need PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 January 2011

More frequent policy reviews reduce the need for off-cycle moves and minimise the surprise element, said Reserve Bank of India Governor Duvvuri Subbarao at a conference in New Delhi on Friday.

"While we have not surrendered our flexibility to take policy action as and when warranted, more frequent scheduling of policy reviews reduces the need for off-cycle action and thereby minimizes the surprise element," Subbarao said.

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Manmohan Due in Dhaka this Year PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 January 2011

Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh is due to arrive in Dhaka some time this year in reciprocation of his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina's visit to New Delhi in 2010.

India's external affairs minister S M Krishna said on Friday that Singh would visit Bangladesh in 2011. "We are trying to work out a mutually convenient date for the prime minister's visit to Dhaka," he told reporters in New Delhi.

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Trying but Need More Time: PM PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 January 2011

TWO YEARS OF GOVT

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has claimed success in two years of her government and asked the people of more time, saying her administration is trying.

"I request the people to please bear with us and assist us. (God willing), we will fulfil our promises," she said in her address to the nation as the ruling coalition headed by her Awami League party stepped into third year on Thursday.

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Four Female Tahrir Members Held PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 25 December 2010

Police have arrested four female members of the banned Islamist outfit Hizb-ut-Tahrir.

They are Bakul Begum, 50, and Asma Akhter, 28, of Shahgira village under Gouranadi Upazila; Farzana Akhter, 19, of Charhoglapati village of Babuganj Upazila and Jebun Nahar, 19, from Gondeshwar village under Uzirpur Upazila.

Police said they were arrested from Goila village under Agoiljhora Upazila around 10:30am on Saturday.

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Now Mines Recovered in Sherpur PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 25 December 2010

After the recovery of over 13,000 bullets last week, law enforcers have recovered seven live mines from the same Bankakura cluster village in frontier Sherpur district.

BDR members recovered the mines along with 97 rounds of bullet from a forest at Bankakura under Jhenaigati Upazila around 11am on Saturday. However, there was no arrest in this connection.

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No Hartal Sunday PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 25 December 2010

Sammilito Ulama-Mashayekh Parishad has declared withdrawal of their countrywide dawn-to-dusk shutdown on Sunday after negotiations with the government.

The alliance of islamist groups had declared the hartal on Dec 8 protesting a government move to 'secularise' the education system. The main opposition BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami lent their supports to the general strike.

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UK, US active to change madrasas PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 December 2010

WIKILEAKS EXPOSÉ

The UK and the US government are working hand-in-hand to influence Bangladesh's madrasa curricula in a bid to achieve a 'common counterterrorism goal', WikiLeaks has revealed.

British government officials have made moves towards influencing Islamic education in Bangladesh as part of regional counterterrorism strategies.

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UK Trained RAB PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 December 2010

WIKILEAKS EXPOSÉ

Officers of Rapid Action Battalion, the elite force of Bangladesh raised to fight crime and terrorism, were trained in the UK, according to a US embassy cable leaked by the WikiLeaks.

RAB is held responsible for hundreds of extra-judicial killings despite objections from different human rights organisations, both in home and abroad, The Guardian newspaper reported on Tuesday.

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