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‘Govt to formulate anti-terrorism Law’ PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Agency

The home secretary, Abdul Karim, has said the government is going to formulate anti-terrorism act to check all kinds of terrorism in the country.

The home secretary told a day-long conference that the act of terrorism by the outlawed groups including Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh had reduced to a satisfactory level after the government had intensified extensive security campaign since January 11, 2007.

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Notice seeking Khulna mayor’s wealth info okayed PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Anti-Corruption Commi-ssion on Thursday approved separate notices to be served on four corruption suspects, including detained Khulna city mayor Sheikh Tayebur Rahman, seeking their wealth statements in seven working days.

The ACC also approved a proposal for submission of charge sheet against Jumuna group chairman Nurul Islam Babul, his wife Salma Islam and son Shamim Islam, in a case filed against them, said the commission’s director for administration Hanif Iqbal at a news briefing on the day.

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Body planned to reduce gap between BBA, ICB PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

JAMUNA BRIDGE

Staff Correspondent

The government has decided to form a committee to resolve some differences between the Bangladesh Bridge Authority and the Investment Corporation of Bangladesh on planned securitisation of the Jamuna Bridge.

The committee to be headed by a senior official of the communications ministry will put forward recommendations within a month.
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Power staff asked to install meters PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Power Division has asked the officials and employees of all the power plants and grid sub-stations to install electricity meters at their residences by March after finding that most of them consume excessive electricity without paying bills and thus cause system loss at the transmission level.

The division sent a letter to the Power Development Board and the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh last week to ensure that officials and employees posted at 20 power plants and dozens of grid-stations install meters at their residences and power stations’ premises, said sources in the division.

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Nepal government agrees to give autonomy to southern plains PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Reuters, Kathmandu

Nepal’s government agreed on Thursday to give autonomy to its southern plains after the forthcoming national election in a deal to end an ethnic strike that had strangled the capital, officials said.

The move, which came after days of talks between government negotiators and ethnic Madheshi protest leaders, has cleared the way for a twice-delayed election set for April 10.

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5 killed in Gazipur road mishaps PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Our Correspondent

Five, including a primary school headmistress and her two brothers, were killed in separate road accidents in Gazipur on Thursday.

At least 11 were injured in the incidents.

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BRAC Bank MD dies at 45 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Agency

BRAC Bank managing director Imran Rahman died of a stroke at the age of 45 in Canada early Thursday, a bank official said.

‘It occurred when Imran was about to leave his Toronto home for Dhaka around 3.30am (BDST),’ Noman Reza, manager (branding and events) of BRAC Bank, told the news agency by phone.

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Govt officials hurry to submit wealth reports PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

Most officers and employees at the Bangladesh Secretariat on Thursday were found busy preparing their wealth statements as the deadline for submission of the reports expired on the day.

A large number of officials from the administration cadre thronged the office of the establishment secretary to submit their wealth statements on the last day.

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11 PBCP activists acquitted in BNP leader murder case PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Our Correspondent

A speedy trial court in Rajshahi acquitted 11 Purba Banglar Communist Party activists of the charge of killing Professor Abdul Wahed of Baghmara on Thursday.

The speedy trial court judge, ATM Mesbauddoulah, acquitted Abdur Razzak alias Art Babu, Ahsraf alias Razu, Asad alias Kamal, Mishon Kumar, Ashraful Islam alias Lal, Jahangir alias Jamal, Ataur alias Ata alias Mobarak, Ferdous alias Tamal, Badsha alias Badal, Masud, and Ratan alias Titas.

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$62.6m IDA loan to give boost to farm sector PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka

Bangladesh on Thursday signed a loan agreement with International Development Association under which it will receive $62.6 million to improve agricultural productivity and farm income by revitalising the national agricultural technology system.

The additional ERD secretary, Mohammad Mesbahuddin, and the World Bank acting country director, Mohamed Alhousseyni Toure, signed the agreement for their respective sides at the NEC auditorium.

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Two killed in road crash PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Our Correspondent

At least two persons were killed in a road accident in Kashiganj Bazar area on Mymensingh-Netrakona Road under Phulpur upazila on Thursday.

The victims were identified as Siddiqur Rahman, 45 and Dulal, 40, of Bishka under the upazila.

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GP replies to BTRC show-cause Notice PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

VoIP involvement

Staff Correspondent

Mobile operator Grameen-phone on Thursday replied to a show-cause notice served by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission which asked it to explain why its licence should not be revoked or suspended for agreement violation.

‘We have received the reply from Grameenphone,’ confirmed Man-zurul Alam, the BTRC chairman.

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Shuffle in admin PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

Md Mozammel Haque Khan, private secretary to the president, has been transferred to the education ministry as additional secretary.

The establishment ministry issued a gazette notification to the effect on Thursday.

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ACC allowed to question Moudud in jail on assets PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

A Dhaka court on Thursday allowed the Anti-Corruption Commission to interrogate detained former law minister Moudud Ahmed in the jail’s premises in a case lodged against him for possessing assets disproportionate to his legitimate income.

Additional chief metropolitan magistrate Golam Rabbani issued the order after hearing an application filed by Mohammad Ibrahim, the ACC’s deputy director and also investigation officer of the case.

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3 receive Bangla Academy Literary Awards PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Ekushey book fair ends

Staff Correspondent

The month-long Amar Ekushey book fair, that concludes, attracted large crowds on the Bangla Academy premises, the fair venue, with the booklovers hurrying for collecting their favourite titles on Thursday.

Three writers — Munzur-i-Mowla, Jatin Sarker and Lutfar Rahman Riton — received the Bangla Academy Award 2007 for poetry, essay and juvenile literature respectively at a function at the fair on the day.

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DCC to monitor waste collection PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Dhaka City Corporation has taken up an intensified plan to improve collection of solid waste through the monitoring of primary-level waste collection by community-based and non-governmental organisations.

Officials at the corporation said the daily garbage was still not dumped in the right place from where the DCC carried the waste to the landfill sites.

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South Korea to assist BBS to increase analytical capacity PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

The South Korean government will give the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics a grant of $1.58 million as technical assistance to increase its analytical capacity.

The assistance will be give under a project, titled ‘Strengthening ICT Training and System of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics’.

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NGOs demand formation of independent local govt commission PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

Formation of an independent local government commission is essential to strengthen the local government system, Governance Coalition, a combine of 27 NGOs, told a news conference in Dhaka.

The observation came at the conference on ‘Reviewing the proposed Local Government Commission Ordinance’ held at the Dhaka Reporters Unity on Wednesday.

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Int’l socio-scientific cancer confce Mar 21 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Agency

A four-day International Socio-Scientific Cancer Conference begins in Dhaka on March 21.

The Oncology Club and Federation of Anti-Cancer Activists of Bangladesh will organise the conference at the Radisson Water Garden Hotel, highlighting socio-economic aspects of cancer in developing countries with particular reference on Bangladesh and SAARC region and multi-modal management of cancer patients.

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