Tipaimukh issue can be resolved thru’ talks: PM

June 30, 2009

Khaleda seeks Hasina’s assistance to send BNP team to dam site
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has said the problems posed by the controversial Tipai-mukh dam project by India could be resolved through bilateral discussion .
“I believe I will be able to resolve the problem through bi-lateral discussions.”
She accused the main opposition BNP of making an issue of Tipaimukh dam in her speech on the proposed budget in the parliament on Monday.
Opposition chief Khaleda Zia earlier in the day sent a list to the prime minister containing Read more

Sequel to killing of 2 workers: RMG unit set on fire

June 30, 2009

Hundreds of angry apparel workers set ablaze a 10-storey building of Hameem Group yesterday in protest against at the death of two of their co-workers in Ansar and police firing over the past two days at Ashulia in Savar.
The two garment workers were killed in firing by Ansar and police and about 200 others injured on Saturday and Sunday during demonstration for wage Read more

Hasina asks FM to lower certain duties

June 30, 2009

Duties on newsprint, mobiles, motorbikes, micro-buses ought to be lowered, says PM
The premier, Sheikh Hasina, on Monday asked the elected representatives and members of the administrations to work hard to implement the proposed budget for 2009-10 fiscal year, which she termed a ‘pro-people’ budget.
The premier, while taking part in the general discussion on the national budget in parliament, also requested her finance minister to Read more

Khaleda writes to Hasina, naming team to visit Tipaimukh

June 30, 2009

The leader of the opposition in parliament and BNP’s chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Monday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, naming a six-member team for visiting the site of the proposed Tipaimukh dam, in response to the latter’s request that BNP send a separate team.
The team comprises BNP’s two vice-chairmen, MK Anwar and former water resources minister Hafiz Uddin Ahmed, and four technical experts — former water resources secretary Muhammad Asafuddowlah, Dhaka University’s Read more

Why not crossfire illegal? HC asks govt to reply in four weeks

June 30, 2009

The High Court yesterday issued a rule upon the government to show cause within four weeks as to why the extra-judicial killings ‘in the name of crossfire or encounter’ by the law enforcing agencies, should not be declared illegal and without lawful authority.
The court also asked the government to explain as to why departmental and criminal actions should not be taken against those who are responsible for extra-judicial killings ‘in the name of crossfire or encounter’. Read more

It all started with the sacking in a sick unit

June 30, 2009

RMG Workers’ Mayhem in Ashulia
It all started with the sacking in a sick unit
Sacking of about 1,000 workers of a sick garment factory was at the root of yesterday’s mayhem in Ashulia. But it fanned at a stunning speed the festering anger of workers of a large number of sick garment factories. Ultimately, some 50,000 workers took part in the wholesale vandalising and damaging of about 50 garment Read more

BDR mutiny: 57 army officers among 74 killed

June 30, 2009

Home Minister Advocate Sahara Kathun told the House on Monday that a total of 74 persons, including 57 army officers, were killed in BDR mutiny at Pilkhana on February 25-26.
Replying to a question raised by treasury bench member Begum Meher Afroz, she said the other people, who were killed in the carnage, included a retired army officer, an army personnel, two wives of army officers, three section Read more

Bomb threat forces DSE to cut short trading

June 30, 2009

A telephoned threat to bomb the Dhaka Stock Exchange on Monday forced the authorities concerned to stop trading at the bourse forty-five minutes earlier than the scheduled closing time, said a senior official.
When contacted, DSE’s president Rakibur Rahman told New Age from Singapore over the phone, ‘We think the fake bomb threat was an act of sabotage. It was made to create panic and was meant to Read more

Ministers do not speak for country

June 30, 2009

Focus only on their constituencies: Suranjit
Awami League (AL) lawmaker Suranjit Sengupta criticised some ministers for speaking only about their own constituencies rather than the entire country during discussion on the proposed budget in parliament yesterday.
Suranjit, chief of the parliamentary standing committee on law, justice and parliamentary affairs ministry, also fired a broadside at Read more

BGMEA blames govt’s failure

June 30, 2009

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) yesterday blamed government ‘failure’ to ensure law and order as the main reason behind last three days’ incidents in Ashulia-Savar industrial belt near the capital, resulting in damage worth around Tk 300crore.
Leaders of the BGMEA refused to recognise the incidents as ‘labour unrest’. They claimed that these were instigated by ‘outsiders’ involved in creating troubles in the sector at different times.They however did not specify the Read more

Music talent hunt contest Sur Doriya Epar Opar

June 29, 2009

For the first time Bangladeshi satellite television channel ‘Channel i’ and Indian ETV Bangla have jointly organised a music talent hunt contest titled ‘Sur Doriya Epar Opar.’ A total of 15 contestants of each Bangla have competed in the contest.
For the first time contestants of two Banglas are found in common competition. Noted Indian singer Bappi Lahiri and Bangladeshi Tagore art-iste Rezwana Chowdhury Bonya are main judges of the contest. Mostafa Zaman Abbasi, Read more

Ashulia erupts into violence

June 29, 2009

1 more killed, 150 hurt as RMG workers clash with cops for second day
Garment workers clashed with police for hours at Ashulia near the capital yesterday, leaving a co-worker killed and over 150 people including 30 cops wounded.
The fight followed Saturday’s pitched battles that saw a worker killed and 25 others injured when Ansars fired on those agitating for higher pay.
Police shot over 200 rounds of rubber bullets and teargas shells and charged baton to Read more

AL never experienced purge like BNP: Ashraful hits back at Jalil

June 29, 2009

Awami League’s spokesman and Minister for Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday criticised the comments made by party general secretary Abdul Jalil saying that none should do anything that affect the party unity.
“It was good for him not to make such statements at this moment,” he said in an exclusive interview with the private Read more

Many RMG owners habitually bad employers: survey

June 29, 2009

At least one in every seven garment factories does not pay salaries to the workers regularly and one in every three factories could in no way be considered a good employer in view of the labour laws, an official survey reveals.
Labour rights violation is actually more widespread in garment factories than the survey has projected, said labour leaders, who alleged that factory owners had found global recession as a useful pretext for cruel exploitation of Read more

Internal feuds foil BNP revamp plan

June 29, 2009

The move to revamp the opposition BNP in a bottom-up approach faced obstacles at its initial-level as differences of opinion among grassroots leaders and activists surfaced over formation of the convening committees at district levels.
A number of district units failed to present full-fledged convening committees to the central committee for approval within the deadline that ended on June 25 and at least 10 units have sought more time to form the committees. Read more

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