Nation set for Amar Ekushey

February 20, 2014

The nation pays homage to the martyrs of the language movement of 1952 a minute after midnight past today by placing wreaths at shaheed minars across the country.
The Central Shaheed Minar has been decorated for the observance of Shaheed Dibas, or February 21, which has also come to be observed as Read more

97 upazilas go to polls today

February 19, 2014

Harassment against BNP, Jamaat leaders alleged
Ninety seven Upazilas in 40 districts are going to polls today (Wednesday) in the first phase of staggered Upazila Parishad elections amidst allegations of ‘attacks and harassment’ on candidates belonging to the opposition camp. Though it is a non-partisan election, both the ruling Bangladesh Awami League and opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party are taking Read more

Newspaper sector becomes industry

February 19, 2014

The industry minister, Amir Hossain Amu, on Tuesday said that the government had decided to declare newspaper sector as an industry. At a meeting with the leaders of the Newspaper Owners Association of Bangladesh at his Shilpa Bhaban office, Amu also said that the ministry would issue a gazette notification soon in this regard. Amu told the meeting that the government Read more

HC summons IO to explain headway

February 19, 2014

Sagar-Runi Murder Probe
HC summons IO to explain headway
The High Court on Tuesday summoned the investigation officer to explain what headway he could make in the probe in the sensational case twin murders of journalist couple Sagar Sarwar and Meherun Runi. A bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Mohammad Ullah also directed the Rapid Action Battalion director general to ensure the presence of Read more

Use Bangla in all spheres: HC

February 18, 2014

The High Court yesterday directed the government to take necessary steps to use Bangla, the state language, in all advertisements of electronic media, signboards, personal nameplates, and registration plates of all vehicles. The court also asked the government to introduce Bangla in all spheres within a month and submit a compliance report in this regard by April 1. Read more

BIWTA drive to restore usual flow of Shitalakhya

February 18, 2014

The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) continued its drive for the fourth consecutive day yesterday to remove sand, which was dumped illegally to fill up the bank of the Shitalakhya River at Kanchpur under Siddhirganj upazila of Narayanganj. The BIWTA along with the Narayanganj district administration is conducting the drive to free Read more

Cold to stay for 2 days

February 18, 2014

After disrupting life for the past two days, the rain has stopped, but the cold will linger for another two days, a meteorologist told The Independent on Monday.
Thankfully, the vital one-day cricket match between host Bangladesh and Sri Lanka resumed after the irritating drizzle stopped suddenly, perhaps Read more

HC directive sought

February 17, 2014

Use of Bangla in All Offices, Courts
HC directive sought
A public interest litigation writ petition filed on Sunday sought a High Court directive on the government for the enforcement of the Bengali Language Introduction Act 1987 for the use of Bangla in all offices and courts.
The petition that Supreme Court lawyer Md Eunus Ali Akond filed in Bangla also sought an interim order for authorities to frame rules, and notify them, on the use of Bangla in keeping with Read more

Mourning in all pry schools today

February 17, 2014

Picnic Bus Death
Mourning in all pry schools today
The government declared mourning in all primary schools for today after seven schoolchildren on their way back home in a bus from a picnic died in traffic accident at Chaugachha in Jessore on Saturday night.
The deceased schoolchildren were buried in graveyards at Benapole on Sunday evening.
All primary schools of Sharsha in Jessorre remained closed for Sunday, flowing Read more

7 children die as picnic bus falls into ditch

February 16, 2014

At least seven schoolchildren died and 71 others became wounded as a picnic bus carrying them headed off the road into a ditch at Chaugachha in Jessore on Saturday night.
The deceased were Akhi, 10, Suriya, 8, Shanta, 6, Mithila, 7, Shahanara, 9, Sabbir, 8 and Aakil, 7. They were student of the Gazipur Government Primary School Read more

Govt forms body to save rivers

February 15, 2014

In a major boost to conservation of natural waterways, the government has formed a five-member commission to save the country’s rivers as well as to ensure smooth navigation. The formation of the National River Protection Commission (NRPC) came seven months after Parliament passed an Act to this effect on July 14, 2013. Shipping minister Shajahan Khan Read more

Driver, conductor get life term for rape

February 14, 2014

Assault on Female RMG worker in moving bus
A Manikganj court yesterday convicted and sentenced a bus driver and its conductor each to rigorous imprisonment (RI) for life for raping a female garments worker in a running bus on the Dhaka-Aricha highway last year. The two convicted rapists are: bus driver Dipu Mia, 30, son of Astabor Ali of Gurki village, and conductor Kashem Ali, 28, son of Bindu Miah of Dulapara Read more

6 army, BGB men killed

February 13, 2014

Mortar explodes during training
Two army and four Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel were killed and 10 others injured as a mortar shell exploded accidentally during an exercise at Ghatail
Cantonment in Tangail yesterday.
The deceased were identified as Manjur, senior warrant officer, and Parvez, a junior Read more

Journos decry failure to ensure justice

February 12, 2014

The journalist community yesterday urged the government to solve the mystery behind the murders of journalist couple Sagar Sarwar and Meherun Runi and bring their killers to book. Sagar, news editor of Maasranga Television, and Runi, senior reporter of ATN Bangla, were brutally killed in their rented apartment in East Rajabazar on February 11, 2012. In the capital, leaders Read more

15 named for Ekushey Padak

February 12, 2014

Fifteen eminent personalities, including journalist Golam Sarwar, have been named for the ‘Ekushey Padak-2014’ for their outstanding contributions to the society.
The ministry of cultural affairs announced the names of the recipients in a media statement yesterday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to formally confer the honours at Read more

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