No final decision on Syria strike yet: Obama

August 31, 2013

US President Barack Obama said Friday he had taken no “final decision” on striking Syria but that the world could not accept the gassing of women and children. Calling Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons a threat to US national security, Obama said the response would be “narrow” and “limited.” Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said Syrian Read more

PM seeks 2nd term

August 31, 2013

Prime Minister and president of the ruling Awami League (AL) Sheikh Hasina on Friday urged the people of her country to vote the AL to power again “to continue the ongoing pace of development”. “I am grateful to you as you have voted us to power. Now I want your votes once again to complete the developmental activities undertaken by the incumbent government,” Read more

Bloated bureaucracy eats into govt funds

August 31, 2013

A total of 443 officers on special duty (OSD) in the civil administration are virtually without work and the government has to spend Tk. 2.90 crore per month as part of their salaries and emoluments. Sources said over 7 per cent of bureaucrats out of a total of 5,739 have been approaching the public administration ministry to get postings for the last few years. These “out of work” Read more

Daulatdia-Paturia ferry movement hampered due to poor navigability

August 31, 2013

Smooth ferry communication on Daulatdia-Paturia is being hampered due to poor navigability in the river Padma causing serious problems for passengers and vehicles on this route. Vessels are getting stuck in hidden shoals frequently.
Only two small ferries are sailing on Daulatdia-Paturia Read more

BNP will repeal 15th amendment: Moudud

August 31, 2013

BNP standing committee member, Moudud Ahmed, has said that the 15th amendment to the Constitution will be repealed if his party is voted to power in the next general election. “The Awami League has destroyed the Constitution’s purity and dignity, by bringing the 15th amendment. We will annul this amendment if voted to power,” he said. He was addressing Read more

EIB to take up its first projects in Bangladesh

August 31, 2013

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is set to become a development partner of Bangladesh for the first time, providing financing in the power sector and for a water treatment plant, sources in the Economic Relations Division (ERD) said. The EIB will provide a loan of EUR 82 million, which will be equivalent to a Tk. 834.14-crore loan, for the ‘Power System Expansion and Read more

BNP does not believe in extremism, says Alamgir

August 31, 2013

The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP’s) acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said the election deposits of candidates nominated by the Awami League (AL) in the upcoming general elections would be forfeited if they are held under the oversight of a non-party caretaker government (CG). “The Awami League Read more

No case, no headway in ex-cop murder

August 31, 2013

Police could not arrest anybody in connection with the murder of Fazlul Karim Khan, a retired additional superintendent of police who was also the investigation officer in the August 21, 2004 grenade attack case, till Friday evening. The victim’s family has not filed any case even 36 hours after the gruesome murder. Fazlul Karim, 65, who retired six Read more

‘Poorest of the poor’ denied safety net programmes

August 31, 2013

Although the government is conducting the Social Safety Net Programmes (SSNPs) in the country aiming to reduce poverty, most of the ‘poorest of the poor’ are not receiving the benefit for lack of proper selection of beneficiaries, according to a recent study. On average, 14.2 percent of non-eligible households are receiving SSNP benefit Read more

Aggyan party dopes army man to death

August 31, 2013

An Army man died on early Friday after being drugged by suspected members of a city gang known as ‘Oggyan Party’, who offer food or drink laced with drugs to victims before robbing their valuables. The deceased was identified as Tajul Islam, 35, a corporal, based in Comilla Cantonment. Police said Tajul was found lying under Khilkhet Flyover Read more

AL leader held

August 31, 2013

Police arrested a local Awami League leader in Saltha upazila on Friday on charge of embazzling over Tk 30 lakh from people in the name trade and giving them various facilities. The arrested was identified as M Sirajul Islam alias Siraj, former general secretary of Ramkantapur union unit of the ruling party and son of late Abul Hasem Mollah Read more

Prosecution expects verdict on SQ Chy next month

August 31, 2013

Prosecutors are expecting the verdict on BNP lawmaker Salauddin Quader Chowdhury (SQC) next month for his participation in crimes against humanity during the Liberation War. The proceedings ended on August 14 and hopefully it will not take more than a month to get the judgment after the tribunal’s announcement of a court adjourned verdict (CAV), Read more

Garment workers oppose newly amended Labour Law

August 31, 2013

Leaders of Bangladesh Garments Sramik Oikkyo Parishad (BGSOP), on Friday, claimed that the newly amended Labour Law has failed to ensure the interest of the workers. “This newly amended Labour Law is unable to protect workers’ interests as it is more concerned with ensuring the rights of garments factory owners. Therefore, it must be amended again,” Read more

Nat’l Rabindra Sangeet convention begins

August 31, 2013

Nat’l Rabindra Sangeet convention beginsThe three-day 32nd National Rabindrasangeet Convention began at the Chhayanaut auditorium on Thursday evening.
Jatiyo Rabindra Sangeet Sammilan Parishad has organised the convention comprising an array of events like presentation of Tagore songs, discussion session, Tagore song competition and honouring a Tagore exponent with an award The programme opened with Read more

Untold stories of biranganas depicted

August 31, 2013

Untold stories of biranganas depictedBirangana: Brave Women touched the audiences with the heart-wrenching story of the suffering of the biranganas in theatre.
Staged by London-based troupe Komola Collective at the Liberation War Museum on Thursday, the play revealed the story of a birangana (war heroine), women who were tortured by Pakistani invading army during the war of independence in 1971. Read more

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