Gruesome murder in city

January 30, 2009

Staff Correspondent
Police yesterday recovered 14 pieces of the body of a man brutally murdered by unknown criminals in the city.
The bare pieces of the body were recovered from a two square kilometre area of Lalbagh. However, the head and a hand, severed from the wrist, are still missing.
The victim has been identified as Md Asgar Ali, 32, owner of a payphone shop on RNG Road in Lalbagh who has been missing since Wednesday night.
Meanwhile, locals including Asgar’s relatives laid siege to the Lalbagh Police Station in the evening for about an hour demanding arrest and punishment of Asgar’s killers. Police later dispersed the agitating crowd on assurance that Read more

Real state business faces setback for lack of proper rules

January 30, 2009

Illegal land grabbing by developers continues
Real state business faces setback for lack of proper rules
Staff Correspondent
Real Estate and Housing business continues to face severe setback in absence of proper guidelines in this sector and mistaken plans of the Ministry of Public Works and Housing as well as RAJUK.
To The Bangladesh Today, REHAB President Tanveerul Haque Probal said “There is no initiative to ensuring necessary facilities for landowners and buyers of apartments to protect this business. So, the government needs to monitor the real estate sector, by establishing a monitoring cell and enact new laws providing for urbanisation in Read more

Design deal signed for Padma Bridge

January 30, 2009

Staff Correspondent
The government yesterday signed an agreement with the New Zealand-based consultant firm Maunsell AECOM Ltd for preparing the design of the Padma Bridge.
The first major contract signed by the Awami League-led government after three weeks of taking office is also a significant step towards fulfilling the long-awaited desire of the people of 19 southwestern districts to get connected with the capital.
The 5.58km long and 25m wide bridge on the Padma will connect the country’s southwest with Dhaka at Mawa in Munshiganj and Janjira in Madaripur. The construction of the bridge with four lanes and a railroad in the middle is expected to Read more

Govt eyes rice price at Tk 18 per kg

January 30, 2009

Bdnews24.com, Dhaka
Food Minister Abdur Razzak said yesterday the government would be “satisfied” if it could bring the price of rice down to a around Tk 18-19 per kg.
“But, the price will not fall abruptly as the process depends on the overall food production,” Razzak told a press conference at the food ministry on his return from the FAO Madrid summit on food security. The minister hoped that with the steps taken by the government, including fertiliser cost cuts, subsidy in fuel and other sectors, production would be boosted. “With bumper production, prices will fall automatically,” Read more

ACC Act amendment proposal returned for reconsideration

January 30, 2009

Staff Reporter
The third proposed amendments of the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) Act -04 has been returned to the ACC by the government for more revision if needed.
The commission recommended – four amendments ranging from seeking specialists in investigations, inclusion of ACC as a party in the lawsuits that is filed by the commission, repeal of Section 408 and conduct of investigation by the police themselves in appropriate cases.
Hanif Iqbal, Director General (DG) of ACC yesterday said this at the commission’s office. He said, on the proposed amendments ACC recommended to include ACC’s lawyer as a party of the cases filed by it. ACC had recommended repealing Read more

EC asks banks not to make NID mandatory for clients

January 30, 2009

Staff Correspondent
The Election Commission (EC) has directed banks and other service oriented organisations not to make National Identity (NID) card mandatory for clients and service seekers while providing their services, including opening a bank account, until distribution of NIDs is fully completed.
The EC directive came as some banks and service organizations are asking the service seeker to show NID or submit its copy for opening the bank account.
Some service-oriented organisations, including Directorate of Immigration and Passport and Rajdhani Unnayan Kartipakkha (Rajuk) are Read more

Mumbai terror attack planned outside Pak territory

January 30, 2009

Says Islamabad
Cnn-ibn, Islamabad/new Delhi
After weeks of dithering, Islamabad has now rejected the 26/11 evidence dossier provided by India. Reports indicate that Pakistan’s internal probe has concluded that the Mumbai terror attack was planned outside its territory.
The report that was to be submitted to India by Wednesday is now likely to be communicated to India by the end of this month.
Pakistan appears all set to declare that no group or organisation in the country carried out the Mumbai attacks. Sources in Read more

Kuwait parliament okays new labour law

January 30, 2009

Agence France-Presse . Kuwait City
Kuwait’s parliament on Thursday approved in principle a new labour law that provides the emirate’s 2.35 million foreign workers better conditions but fails to scrap the controversial sponsor system.
Of the 44 members present, 43 voted for the bill while one abstained. If approved in the second and final reading after two weeks, the bill will replace a 45-year-old law that was criticised as being favourable to employers.
The bill, which has been under revision in parliament for more than a decade, stipulates more rights for labourers working in the Read more

Multi-party JS body to check ordinances

January 28, 2009

15-member special body to work till standing committees formed; Hasina, Khaleda may sit to decide business before session resumes today; PM to answer lawmakers
Shakhawat Liton
Parliament will constitute a 15-member special committee today to scrutinise the ordinances to be tabled as bills and make recommendations on those. To be comprised of senior lawmakers from different political parties, the committee will be authorised to examine legislative proposals till the standing committees are formed.
Officials at the parliament secretariat said the matter has been included in the orders of the day. The legislature sits at 4:45pm today after Read more

EC suspends polls results of seven upazilas

January 28, 2009

Staff Correspondent
The Election Commission on Tuesday suspended the results of seven upazilas, although, according to sources, it found proof of irregularities, stuffing of ballot boxes, capturing of polling centres and intimidation in at least 41 upazilas.
The seven upazilas are Banchharampur in Brahmanbaria, Araihajar in Narayanganj, Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar, Kaliganj in Gazipur, Mehendiganj in Barisal, Muradnagar in Comilla and Raipura in Narsingdi. Awami League backed candidates were declared Read more

Govt goes for 4-lane Dhaka-Ctg highway

January 28, 2009

Restarts the project, fresh tender likely today
M Abul Kalam Azad and Hasan Jahid Tusher
The project for upgrading Dhaka-Chittagong Highway to a four-lane road is about to get a new lease of life, as the Awami League (AL) government is scheduled to publish an international invitation for pre-qualifying tender for it today, following cancellation of the immediate past bids. Initiated in September 2006, tender for the much needed project were cancelled twice, first in April and then in July of 2007.
The first tender was scrapped by the last caretaker government reportedly due to various loopholes in the procedure while the second one was also Read more

Students-cops fierce clash: 100 injured: Jagannath Varsity closed sine die

January 28, 2009

Staff Reporter

A scene of the clashes between police and Jagannath University students at the University area on Tuesday. NN photo

A scene of the clashes between police and Jagannath University students at the University area on Tuesday. NN photo

Jagannath University was closed sine die after massive campus violence that left nearly 100 people, including 25 policemen, injured Tuesday. The university authority also asked the residents to leave the dormitories immediately as tensions gripped the Read more

PM seeks UN support to try war crimes

January 28, 2009

bdnews24.com, Dhaka

UNDP resident representative Renata Lok Dessallien calls on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday. Photo: PID

UNDP resident representative Renata Lok Dessallien calls on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday. Photo: PID

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has sought assistance from the United Nations in holding trial of war criminals, the PM’s office said on Tuesday. “Prosecuting the war criminals has become a national demand and we have included the issue in our election manifesto,” said the prime minister in a meeting with UNDP’s resident representative Read more

Administration cringes at lobbying

January 28, 2009

Promotion, Posting, Contract
Administration cringes at lobbying
M Abul Kalam Azad
The government officials, including those who were ‘deprived of due promotion and postings’ during the BNP-led coalition government are now lobbying frantically at the secretariat for getting better postings and promotion in the administration.
Some retired bureaucrats, who maintained close contacts with Awami League (AL) president Sheikh Hasina and other AL leaders in the last seven years, are also in the frantic race of getting contractual appointments, sources at the secretariat said. A group comprised of both serving and retired officers, is involved in the overall reshuffling process and is influencing the administrative shake-up, according to the Read more

US not your enemy

January 28, 2009

Obama tells Muslim world
Afp, Washington
US President Barack Obama Monday told the Muslim world that “Americans are not your enemy” and renewed his pledge to travel to make an address in the capital of a major Muslim nation.
Obama noted that he had lived in Indonesia for several years while growing up, and said his travels through Muslim nations had convinced him that regardless of faith, people had certain common hopes and dreams.
“My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy — we sometimes make mistakes — we have not Read more

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