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UK Charity Body Probing Bangladesh Madrasa Arms Haul PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 March 2009

The British body responsible for overseeing charities says it has launched a formal inquiry into alleged UK links to an arms haul in Bangladesh.

A spokesperson for the Charity Commission said they were investigating the "very serious" allegations, reported BBC Online on Thursday.

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'Militancy' Trying To Undermine Our Defences: Nizami PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 March 2009

Militancy has been unearthed in Bangladesh, trying to stall the country's development and leave its border insecure, Jamaat-e-Islami chief Matiur Rahman Nizami said on Thursday.

"There was a plot to undermine the country's defence through the Peelkhana carnage. It is those who do not want the Bangladesh Army self-reliant who hatched the plot," he said, while addressing an Independence Day discussion at Al-Falah Auditorium in the city's Moghbazar.

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Mar 26 Marked With Calls For Peace, Progress PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 March 2009

Bangladesh was commemorating the 38th anniversary of its independence on Thursday amid renewed steps to try war crimes and calls for peaceful progress.

Thousands of people streamed to Savar National Memorial from early morning to commemorate the three million people who made the ultimate sacrifice to realise the dream of a new nation.

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JS Body Finds CAA 'Graft' Of Tk 1132 Cr PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 March 2009

A parliamentary watchdog has uncovered evidence of graft worth Tk 1132 core within the Civil Aviation Authority during the last eight years.

The parliamentary standing committee on public undertaking gave the CAA 10 days on Wednesday to submit replies to the allegations of financial irregularities, which came to light after examining audit objections since 2001, said committee members.

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Four-Lane Project To Start By June: Minister PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 March 2009

The stalled work to make a four-lane Dhaka-Chittagong highway will start by June, the communications minister said Wednesday.

The government will soon float tender for implementation of the project once the scrutiny of pre-qualification of the construction firms ends, Syed Abul Hossain told reporters at the ministry.

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London-based 'NGO' Runs Bhola Madrasa: RAB PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Links to a London-based NGO were found to the madrasa at Borhanuddin Upazila, from where the Rapid Action Battalion seized Tuesday a huge cache of arms and ammunition, bomb-making materials and equipment.

The elite anticrime force detained four suspected militants including two staffers of Green Crescent Madrasa and Orphanage at Ram Keshobpur in Sachra union, some 20 kilometres from Bhola district headquarters.

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Railway To Start SMS Ticketing PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Bangladesh Railway will introduce a ticket reservation system by SMS from mobile phones, the top railway official said on monday.

Director general Belayet Hossain told bdnews24.com that passengers would be able to book tickets of all 46 inter-city trains, operating from Dhaka and Chittagong, by SMS on GrameenPhone and Banglalink services.

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BDR Chief Heads Panel For New Border Force PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 March 2009

BDR chief Moinul Islam will head a new committee to reform Bangladesh's border force.

A three-hour meeting, chaired by commerce minister Faruque Khan, coordinator for post-mutiny affairs, decided on Monday that a new frontier force would be formed with a change of name.

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Govt Bars 'War Criminals' From Leaving Country PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 March 2009

The government has imposed bar on travelling abroad for 'suspected war criminals', law minister Shafiq Ahmed said Sunday.

"War crimes trials have not kicked off, but are in the process...that's why the government has ordered some people not to leave the country," the minister told a press conference at his office.

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BNP Won't Sit On Sircar Probe Panel PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 March 2009

BNP decided Sunday not to remain on the committee formed to probe irregularities of former speaker Jamiruddin Sircar, an official said.

The main opposition party called the detention order of former deputy speaker Akhtar Hamid Siddiqui 'unnatural' and demanded the order be revoked.

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Dhaka For Regional Water Plan PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 March 2009

Bangladesh faces a sever water crisis by 2025 and will press for a regional policy to solve management issues, a minister said Sunday.

"We are facing a water crisis because of poor water management as there is plenty of water during the rainy season," local government state minister Jahangir Kabir Nanak told a seminar on 'Water from cross-border rivers into Bangladesh'.

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Siddiqui Detained Under Special Powers Act PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 March 2009

Former deputy speaker Akhter Hamid Siddiqui was sent to jail after being arrested under the Special Powers Act, in Naogaon on Saturday, for allegedly voicing 'anti-state' sentiments.

"He has been shown arrested and will be detained for a month under Section 2/3 of the 1974 Act," Naogaon police superintendent Mofazzal Hossain told bdnews24.com.

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CID Probe May Take Another 90 Days PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 March 2009

Criminal investigators may take up to three months more to conclude their work as they face an unprecedented task of dealing with thousands of witnesses, says a senior police source.

The source, who is familiar with the CID investigation process and cannot be named for obvious reasons, says the time will be spent in quizzing witnesses, collecting and analysing finger prints, corroborating video footages and examining evidence in preparation of the charge sheet.

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No Decision Yet On Mutiny Trial: Shafiq PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 March 2009

The government will take a final decision on the trial process of the BDR mutiny case only after reports of ongoing investigations are in, the law minister repeated on Friday.

"There is no decision so far to hold the trial under the Army Act," Shafiq Ahmed told bdnews24.com after a number of newspapers, quoting the law minister, reported that his ministry had given the go ahead to try the BDR accused by "court martial".

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Probe Needs More Time, Trial Will Be Fast: Faruq PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 March 2009

The government probe into the BDR mutiny needs more time, but "realistic steps" will be taken to bring the accused to justice as fast as possible, says the minister in charge of coordinating all post-mutiny affairs.

"The report of a neutral and transparent investigation will be published soon, making clear who were behind the incident and how they carried out it," Faruq Khan told reporters Friday.

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Machine-readable Passports In July PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 March 2009

All Bangladesh passports issued from this July will be machine readable and no one will be allowed to travel without such a document after Apr, 2010, the planning minister said Thursday.

"The International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) has stipulated that all countries introduce machine readable passports (MRP) and visas (MRV) by Apr, 2010," A K Khandaker told reporters after an ECNEC meeting, chaired by the prime minister. "This has compelled us to take up this project as quickly as possible."

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AL MP Fazle Rabbi To Lead Sircar Probe PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 March 2009

Awami League MP Fazle Rabbi Miah will head an all-party parliamentary probe into the charges against former speaker Muhammad Jamiruddin Sircar, the chief whip Abdus Shahid said on Thursday.

"The speaker will announce the full 11-strong committee in parliament shortly," Abdus Shahid told bdnews24.com.

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Govt Moving On N-power: PM PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 March 2009

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina said Wednesday the government was talking with donors and development partners to expedite nuclear power plans in a bid to solve the ongoing power crisis.

The country's ambitious but chronically-stalled Rooppur Nuclear Power Project was originally conceived in 1961 but past governments have all failed to follow through.

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Low-cost Rice For Garment Workers From May 1 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 March 2009

The government will start selling cheaper rice to 30 lakh garment workers from May 1 as textile exporters reel under the global financial meltdown, the labour minister says.

Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said Wednesday after a meeting with a BGMEA delegation that they would sell the staple to workers, mostly women, at Tk 18 a kg against the retail price of Tk 24.

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PM Resolves To Foil 'Plots' PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina says she will scuttle the bids of the schemers as long as she is alive.

"They'll never ever succeed until I am alive," she said at a discussion on the 89th birth anniversary of independence leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and National Children's Day in the city Tuesday.

She urged people to watch out for conspiracies.

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ACC Sues Coco Over Money Laundering PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 March 2009

The Anticorruption Commission sued Tuesday Arafat Rahman Coco, younger son of opposition leader Khaleda Zia, on charges of money laundering, police said.

The officer in charge of Kafrul Police Station, Salahuddin Arshed, told bdnews24.com ACC deputy director Abu Sayeed filed the case at around 4:30pm.

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