Deal ‘as soon as feasible’

August 30, 2012

Manmohan assures Hasina of Teesta waters; Nam summit starts today
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday assured his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina of India’s firm commitment to ink the proposed Teesta water-sharing deal “as soon as feasible”.
During their meeting at Grand Azadi Hotel in Tehran ahead of the Non-Aligned Movement (Nam) Summit, Manmohan also said the land boundary agreement would happen at the same Read more

Enforced disappearance goes unabated

August 30, 2012

Int’l Day of the Disappeared today
Enforced disappearance keeps taking place, with 67 cases reported in Bangladesh after the assumption of office by the Awami League-led government.
International Day of the Disappeared will be observed today in Bangladesh as elsewhere in the world.
According to rights group Odhikar, although the number of people who disappeared is Read more

Adviser’s shadow in Hallmark scam

August 30, 2012

Modasser Ali denies allegation; anti-graft body quizzes 5 Sonali Bank officials
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has information that Syed Modasser Ali, an adviser to the prime minister, allegedly influenced Sonali Bank authorities into granting a huge amount of loan to the controversial Hallmark Group illegally, said ACC sources.
“The information came from different sources and we are examining it. However, we do Read more

SC’s no to Hallmark industrial park

August 30, 2012

The Supreme Court yesterday upheld a High Court order that had directed Hallmark Group not to set up an industrial park in Savar for the next four months.
Chamber judge of the Appellate Division of the SC passed the order after hearing a petition filed by the firm seeking stay on the HC’s July Read more

ACC to quiz Abul

August 30, 2012

Padma Graft
ACC to quiz Abul
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will quiz former communications minister Syed Abul Hossain on September 3 on the alleged corruption and irregularities regarding appointment of a consultant for the Padma bridge project.
The ACC issued a notice on Sunday asking him to appear before its two-member investigation Read more

Mashiur must go

August 30, 2012

Padma Bridge Loan Revival
Mashiur must go
WB may tell govt today if it can give time until primary probe into graft allegation completes; US envoy upbeat; Muhith tight-lipped
Mashiur Rahman, adviser to the prime minister, has to resign to meet the conditions the World Bank has laid down to revive its credit for Padma bridge, a highly placed government source said yesterday.
Today, the bank may convey to the government its decision on whether he can stay in office until the preliminary investigation into a graft allegation is complete, the source Read more

DU students continue protests

August 30, 2012

Several hundred Dhaka University students, in the wake of the death of a fellow in a traffic accident on Tuesday, continued holding protests on Wednesday.
A bus of Rajdhani Express hit Tawhiduzzaman, a second-year student of international relations and resident of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall, on Tuesday afternoon and he died in Read more

16 Rohingyas held at airport

August 30, 2012

Fake Passports
16 Rohingyas held at airport
12 Bangladeshis also held
Law enforcers yesterday arrested 16 Rohingya refugees from Shahjalal International Airport. They were trying to go abroad with fake Bangladeshi passports.
With this, the law enforcers have arrested 38 Rohingyas this month alone. They were all trying to go abroad with machine readable as well as forged Bangladeshi Read more

Grameen Bank owners demand cancellation of ordinance amendment

August 30, 2012

Members of the Grameen Bank’s board and shareholders on Wednesday demanded cancellation of the amendment to the Ordinance which has stripped the board of its power to appoint the managing director.
They said that since the inception of Grameen Bank, all changes in laws and regulations concerning it were aimed at empowering the women, but the latest amendment to the 1983 Ordinance Read more

Witness says his brother was killed by Kamaruzzaman

August 30, 2012

War crimes trial
Witness says his brother was killed by Kamaruzzaman
A prosecution witness on Wednesday testified that the detained assistant secretary general of Jamaat, Mohammad Kamaruzzaman, and his Al-Badr thugs caught his freedom-fighter brother and killed him on 23 August, 1971. Mosharraf Hossain Talukdar, who is the fifth prosecution witness against Kamaruzzaman, told the International Crimes Tribunal-2 that Kamaruzzaman was an organizer of the Read more

1.3m children engaged in most hazardous jobs

August 30, 2012

NHRC workshop told
Around 7.4 million children in the country are labourers, of which 1.3 million are engaged in the most hazardous work, said country director of Save the Children at a human rights review workshop yesterday in the capital. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) organised the workshop on child labour and trafficking as part of reviewing state of human rights at the capital’s Read more

Enforcement deadline now Sept 15

August 30, 2012

10-Sec Pulse
Enforcement deadline now Sept 15
The telecom regulator yesterday said it extended the deadline to enforce its 10-second pulse directive for all carriers to September 15.
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) said it extended the deadline by one month following appeals from the Read more

Bangladeshi woman tortured by BSF at Benapole

August 30, 2012

A Bangladeshi woman was badly injured from beating allegedly by Indian Border Security Force in the no-man’s-land at Petrapole border in Jessore on Tuesday evening.
The victim was identified as Achhia Khatun, 42, wife of Swapan of Jhikargachha upazila.
Achhia said she entered the area to buy fruits when the BSF jawans of Petrapole camp caught Read more

Eminent citizens stand by Limon

August 30, 2012

A group of 19 eminent citizens started for Jhalakathi last night to show sympathy and solidarity for Limon Hossain, who was shot and maimed by Rab last year.
A brick kiln worker and college student, Limon had to have his left leg amputated from thigh after Rab shot him without caring to verify his identity on March 23, 2011. He was “mistaken” for Read more

New horizon opens for drug makers

August 30, 2012

$50m research institute to accelerate pharma exports
A new international clinical research institute will be set up in Bangladesh within a year, paving the way for further research in medical science and increased exports of pharmaceuticals.
Bangladesh Clinical Research Organisation (BCRG) will help develop innovative life-saving drugs and give globally-accepted certification to exportable Read more

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