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Matin 'breached law' to raise service age PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 October 2009

A parliamentary probe has found that the former shipping adviser to the caretaker government, M A Matin, violated a law in increasing the service age of 'pilots' of Chittagong port and misused his office.

The probe report, made by the parliamentary standing committee on shipping, recommended the ministry refer the Anticorruption Commission to investigate the 'power abuse' by Matin and four other public servants involved in the process.

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Shibir Seen To Be Active At CU Despite Politics Ban PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 October 2009

The authorities of Chittagong University are accused of "patronising" activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir—the pro-Jamaat-e-Islami student organisation—who continue with politics on the campus despite an ongoing ban.

University authorities say they are unable to curb the activities of Shibir, who are taking advantage of "regulatory loopholes". The ban on campus politics was imposed on March 12 and has been maintained for eight months, other student organisations allege, in the interests of Chhatra Shibir.

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SC Asks Lawyers, Media To Be Careful PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 October 2009

The Supreme Court has asked all including the media and lawyers to be careful in delivering briefing on the Bangabandhu murder appeals hearing. The court ended second day's hearing at 1:30pm on Tuesday.

The five-judge bench of the Appellate Division gave the directive on the second day of hearing on Tuesday that began shortly after 10am at the more spacious second trial room of the court building.

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Kohinoor Miah Suspended For 'Misconduct' PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 October 2009

Controversial deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Kohinoor Miah has been suspended on charges of professional misconduct, according to a home ministry statement.

Kohinoor, an influential police officer in the 2001-06 BNP-Jamaat coalition government, currently stands accused in a case of police brutality against a pregnant woman.

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New BDR Uniforms to be Introduced in Phases PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 October 2009

Bangladesh Rifles are going to get black, brown, khaki and ash coloured camouflage uniforms in phases, a BDR statement said Sunday. The statement said the old uniforms will also be used alongside the newly issued ones until they are exhausted.

BDR chief Maj Gen Moinul Islam faced some criticism after he was seen waering the new uniform in public last month without government approval. 

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House Opens Probe Into BNP Govt 'Irregularities' PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 October 2009

A parliamentary watchdog has formed a five-member committee to inquire into the alleged irregularities that took place in the social welfare department during rule of the BNP-led alliance.

The parliamentary standing committee on social welfare ministry on Sunday constituted the committee headed by ruling Awami League MP Monirul Islam, according to the paper on the decision of the committee.

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New Bench to Hear Bangabandhu Trial Appeals PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 October 2009

Chief justice M M Ruhul Amin has formed a new five-member Appellate Division bench to hear the appeals against the High Court verdict on Bangabandhu murder trial beginning Monday.

The bench headed by justice Mohammed Tafazzal Islam is also composed of justices Mohammed Abdul Aziz, B K Das, Mohammed Mozammel Hossain and Surendra Kumar Sinha.

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Sugar Hoarding Suspects Sued in Jessore PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 October 2009

The government late on Thursday sued two sugar-importing companies and a few dealers for hoarding sugar and pushing prices abnormally high.

Mahibul Haque, deputy commissioner of Jessore, said two cases had been filed against them with Abhaynagar Police Station after receiving a faxed message from the commerce ministry at 10pm.

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Govt 'Will Introduce MRPs by April Deadline' PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 October 2009

Home ministry officials have said that the government will be able to introduce machine-readable passport (MRP) by the international deadline of April 2010. The assurance came at a meeting of the parliamentary standing committee on home ministry on Thursday.

Bangladeshi nationals would not be able to travel abroad if the government failed introducing the new form of passport by the deadline that the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) set for all countries.

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'Disagreement' Remains Over Offshore Sites PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 October 2009

Disagreement has surfaced with India and Myanmar over maritime boundary of the three blocks earmarked for oil and gas exploration in the deep Bay, the foreign secretary conceded on Thursday.

"India has claimed that two blocks, 5 and 10, have overlapped their maritime boundary while Myanmar made the same claim about block 11," Mohamed Mijarul Quayes told reporters on Thursday afternoon.

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Hasina Returns After 10 Days PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 October 2009

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina returned home on Thursday morning, ending a hectic but "successful" trip to the United States and said on arrival she was "fine".

She spent 10 days in the US when, on Sep 26, she addressed the 64th session of the United Nations' General Assembly.

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Jalil Vows to Keep Talking PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 September 2009

Abdul Jalil, who hit the headlines last week with his outrageous claims that the Dec 29 vote results had been fixed, says he will come up with more and "always speak the truth".

The Awami League MP, who sidelined into the party's showcase council of advisers with no executive role, also disclosed he had been suffering from kidney ailments.

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RAB unearths JMB training camp in Khagrhachharhi hills PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 September 2009

RAB members have unearthed a JMB militants' training facility in the remote hilly area at Matiranga in Khagrhachharhi district, a senior officer of the elite force Sunday said.

RAB media and legal wing director Abul Kalam Azad told bdnews24.com that they also arrested five alleged militants, including Jahid aka Saiful, a top leader of the banned militant organisation Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) of Chittagong region from the spot.

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Decision on Jalil in Oct 3 Meeting: Matia PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 September 2009

The Awami League will decide on Oct 3 what is to be done about the controversies former general secretary Abdul Jalil stirred through his statements in London recently, AL presidium member Matia Chowdhury has said.

In an interview given to bdnews24.com on Thursday and an ethnic TV station the day before, the Naogaon MP made certain comments about the party and its leaders, including party president Sheikh Hasina, which created ripples of shock and anger at home and abroad.

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Path to 1972 Law Now Clear: Shafique PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 September 2009

The law minister, Shafique Ahmed, says the High Court verdict scrapping the Fifth Amendment is good enough to take Bangladesh back to its original constitution written in 1972.

"There will be no need to amend the constitution (through an act of parliament)," the minister told reporters Sunday at his secretariat office.

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`Gangster` Killed in Mirpur `Gun battle` PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 September 2009

An alleged gangster was killed in a so-called 'gun battle' with the police in Dhaka's Mirpur early on Saturday. 'Johnny' alias 'Pathan Johnny', 28, was a member of 'Bikash terror gang', the police claimed.

Al Amin, 30, an associate of the slain gangster, was arrested, while two others escaped.

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After Father, Hasina Set for Address in Bangla PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 September 2009

After Father, Hasina Set for Address in BanglaPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set to address the United Nations General Assembly in Bangla on Saturday, between 8:00pm and 12:00am BdST, as the eighth speaker.

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Pledges will Be Met, But Don't Expect at Once: Hasina PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 September 2009

Sheikh Hasina has said her government will fulfill all pledges it made before elections, but it would not be right to expect everything at once.

During a meeting with the New York chapter leaders of the Hindu, Bouddha and Christian Oikya Parishad, she said on Friday night that all the accumulated problems of the past are being addressed.

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After 35 Years, UNGA Set for Address in Bangla PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 September 2009

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set to address the United Nations General Assembly in Bangla on Saturday.

She will be only second head of Bangladesh government to address the Assembly in Bangla after her father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who delivered his speech on Sep 24, 1974.

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Nation Celebrates Eid Monday PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 20 September 2009

Nation Celebrates Eid MondayMuslims in Bangladesh will celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr on Monday.

The public relations officer of Islamic Foundation S M Alauddin told bdnews24.com that the National Moon-Sighting Committee made the announcement during a meeting on Sunday evening.

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Eid Already being Celebrated in Some Parts PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 20 September 2009

Hundreds of families around the country are celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr on Sunday, along with Muslims in other parts of the world, and at least a day ahead of the rest of the country.

The National Moon-Sighting Committee sits Sunday night to announce whether the majority in Bangladesh will celebrate Eid on Monday or Tuesday, depending on the sighting of the Shawal moon.

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