‘Team is in a good shape’

August 31, 2012

All members of the Bangladesh team will leave together today for Trinidad after captain Mushfiqur Rahim along with Tamim Iqbal and Nasir Hossain returned home yesterday after playing the Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL). Vice-captain Mahmudullah Riyad and Mohammad Ashraful earlier returned home as their teams made an early exit from the competition. The three other Read more

Three mobile cos deposit Tk 2,372cr in fees, VAT

August 31, 2012

Licence renewal fee installment 
Three mobile cos deposit Tk 2,372cr in fees, VAT
Mobile companies Grameenphone, Robi and Banglalink on Thursday gave a total sum of Tk 2,372 crore to the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission as the second instalment of licence renewal fee, spectrum charge and VAT.
However Citycell submitted an application to the BTRC on the day, seeking extension of the Read more

17 Sonali Bank officials suspended

August 31, 2012

Hallmark Loan Scam
17 Sonali Bank officials suspended
State-owned Sonali Bank Limited on Thursday suspended 17 officials for their alleged links to the biggest financial forgery in recent times by Hallmark Group.
The suspended officials include six officers of the Rupashi Bangla branch of Sonali Bank from which Hallmark Group siphoned off more than Read more

ACC grills five more Sonali Bank officials

August 31, 2012

Hallmark Loan Scam
ACC grills five more Sonali Bank officials
The Anti-Corruption Commission on Thursday interrogated five more officials of Sonali Bank about the alleged misappropriation of Tk 3,500 crore by the Hallmark Group.
They are Sonali Bank’s deputy general managers Hadayet Ullah, Sabita Seraj, HM Ghulam Nabi Manik, Ashraf Ali Patwari, and senior executive Read more

Hallmark thrived on Sonali loan

August 31, 2012

An ex-manager found to be in thick of scam
Sonali Bank’s Agargaon branch in Dhaka has helped Tanvir Mahmud to turn Hallmark into a business giant through misappropriating the bank’s money, bank officials have said.
M Khairul Alam, manager of the branch for 2004-08, gave Tanvir, his associates and a cooperative society of Agargaon over Tk 5 crore loans without the required documents. More than half the Read more

Strengthen Nam for lasting peace

August 31, 2012

Urges Hasina at summit plenary
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called for a strong and effective Non-Aligned Movement (Nam), saying the 120-member alliance today needs to be a united, strong and effective body to ensure sustainable global peace and security.
“The founding fathers of Nam envisaged a world order based on mutual respect, sovereign Read more

Court accepts Limon’s mother’s objection

August 31, 2012

Police bid to prove RAB innocent
Court accepts Limon’s mother’s objection
A Jhalakathi court on Thursday, after accepting ‘no-confidence’ (Naraji) petition of the complainant vis-à-vis the police report declaring RAB innocent of maiming Limon, asked the police to submit the case documents.
The same court, while correcting a previous order, asked for fresh investigation before the registering of the ‘murder case’ against Limon’s Read more

BNP wants to go to power with people’s mandate: Khaleda

August 31, 2012

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Thursday said her party did not want to go to power by enforcing ‘arson and oar-and-scull programmes’ like that of Awami League but with people’s mandate after a democratic movement against the government’s ‘misdeeds’.
But, she warned, her party would give a befitting reply to whatever language the Awami League Read more

WB still silent

August 31, 2012

Padma Bridge Project
WB still silent
Co-financier ADB extends time for loan, Jica not yet
Since hope is still there regarding the World Bank’s taking the lead in the financing of the Padma bridge project, the Asian Development Bank has extended its loan effectuation deadline by another month.
Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica), another partner of the project’s finance, is expected to extend its loan effectuation deadline as Read more

Power price to go up again from Sept 1

August 31, 2012

The Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday decided to raise both the bulk and retail prices of electricity for the third time this year with effect from 1 September, said officials.
The BERC, however, has not yet fixed the new rate.
It will announce the new price of electricity between September 7 and September 10 with Read more

Citizens seek fresh probe

August 31, 2012

A citizens and right activists’ group on Thursday demanded an immediate, fresh impartial investigation of the Limon Hossain episode and justice for him with the withdrawal of cases filed against him and the family to set an example of the rule of law in society.
Limon was shot at by the Rapid Action Battalion when he was grazing cattle in his Read more

120 Bangladeshi students face deportation from UK

August 31, 2012

LMU license for non-EU students revoked
Some 120 Bangladeshi students would have to drop out of London Metropolitan University and face deportation in 60 days after the UK Border Agency revoked the university’s license to teach non-European Union students, a Bangladesh high commission official in London told New Age on Thursday.
The agency gave the students, whose documents were perfect, 60 days to find a new Read more

Survivor confirmed Kamaruzaman’s role in Mostafa killing: witness

August 31, 2012

The fifth prosecution witness against the detained assistant secretary general of Jamaat, Mohammad Kamaruzzaman, on Thursday told the International Crimes Tribunal-2 that though he did not personally hear Kamaruzzaman’s order to abduct and kill his freedom-fighter
brother Golam Mostafa Talukdar, he was told of it by Read more

South Korea introduces skills test

August 31, 2012

Migrant Workers
South Korea introduces skills test
South Korea has introduced a skills test aimed at assessing and improving the competence of Bangladeshi migrants to that country, officials of the country’s human resources development (HRD) said yesterday.
The test involves evaluating Bangladeshi workers at three different levels — intelligence, physical fitness and language competence Read more

Withdrawal of case against 13 RU students demanded

August 31, 2012

Rajshahi University teachers and students observed “Student-Teacher Repression Day” yesterday, calling upon the government and authorities concerned to withdraw the case filed against 13 RU students over the August 22, 2007 unrest on the campus.
That day, law enforcers assaulted RU teachers, students and staff who were protesting Read more

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