Govt revises power generation target

July 31, 2009

7,000MW within 4yrs, 3,000MW more to come
The government has raised its power generation target to 10,000 megawatts (mw) to meet a growing demand stoked by the country’s economic Read more

Save water bodies

July 31, 2009

PM asks authorities
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked the authorities concerned to ensure preservation of all types of water bodies in case of construction of buildings and setting up of industries for protecting natural breeding places of Read more

Two judges forced into retirement

July 31, 2009

The government has forced Dhaka District and Sessions Judge Abdul Gafur and Gazipur Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal judge Shahjahan, who led an agitation in secretariat earlier this week, into Read more

Minister rules out demand for judicial powers

July 31, 2009

Executive Magistrates
Minister rules out demand for judicial powers
Executive magistrates will not be given any judicial powers, said Law Minister Shafique Ahmed even though deputy commissioners, during the final day of their conference at Bangladesh Secretariat, asked the government for some Read more

Selection process reflects lack of democracy in party: analysts

July 31, 2009

Political thinkers and academics have said the selection procedure of the Awami League’s new presidium with the party chief enjoying absolute authority reflects lack of democratic practice within the Read more

DCs asked to work in coordination with local body reps

July 31, 2009

The three-day annual conference of deputy commissioners concluded on Thursday with a call for ensuring smooth service to the public by working in a coordinated manner with local representatives.
The government has rejected Read more

Stagnant rain water damages goods worth Tk 1b

July 31, 2009

Damages caused by Monday night’s torrential rains to goods stored in the city’s submerged warehouses could be a billion taka, affected businessmen estimate.
Rice, leather footwear and paper were among the major items damaged by rainwater that submerged ground floor and basement shops Read more

Teenager brutally murdered

July 31, 2009

Criminals in broad daylight brutally murdered a teenager at Boubazar in the city’s Kadamtoli yesterday.
The victim, Mohammad Rony, 18, son of Javed of Darogabari road at Jurain, was a hawker selling toys and handicrafts in front of schools in Read more

Full Committee

July 31, 2009

President
Sheikh Hasina
Presidium Members
Syeda Zohara Tajuddin, Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury MP, Ataur Rahman Khan Kaiser, Yusuf Hossain Humayun, Matia Chowdhury MP, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim MP, Dr Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir, Kazi Zafarullah, Razi Uddin Ahmed Razu, Read more

Indian man sacrifices girl for male child

July 31, 2009

A rural Indian witch doctor beheaded a five-year-old girl as part of a bizarre ritual to help a villager produce healthy male heirs, the police said Read more

Money-whitening scope pushes flat sales up

July 31, 2009

Apartment sales have soared around 15 percent in the first month of the new financial year, as the government announced that buyer’s source of income would not be questioned under black money whitening scope.
Housing sector people say the scenario was reverse during January-March of 2009. The realtors blamed the ongoing global recession fallout for about 30 percent drop in sales at that time.
“The sector has overcome that bad time in July and now it enjoys around 15 percent growth in Read more

Tigers target whitewash

July 31, 2009

Bangladesh might opt for a couple of changes when they go into the final one-day match against the West Indies at Warner Park in St Kitts today.
Having already clinched the three-match series by winning the double-header in Dominica, the Tigers might drop their two pace bowlers Syed Rasel and Rubel Hossain, who failed to make any impression in the first two ODIs at Windsor Park where Bangladesh won the first game by 52 runs and the high-scoring second match by three wickets on Read more

AL drops stalwarts from exec body

July 31, 2009

The ruling Awami League have dropped heavyweights dominating the party for decades from the central executive committee presumably for their controversial role during the early 2007 political changeover as it announced the key committee positions on Thursday, five days after its triennial council session.
A number of young politicians have been named to top party ranks in consultation with the party’s grassroots Read more

Dhaka seeks evidence from int’l community

July 31, 2009

War Crime Trial
Dhaka seeks evidence from int’l community
The government yesterday sought cooperation from the international community to provide evidence of genocide during the Liberation War in 1971 to help maintain international standard in trying war criminals.
Stating that the government is proceeding to try the perpetrators of the crimes against humanity, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed said, “What is needed now is the support from the international community.”
Addressing as the chief guest at Read more

At least 3 death caused by toxic syrup: probe body member

July 31, 2009

PARACETAMOL ADULTERATION
At least 3 death caused by toxic syrup: probe body member
The official investigation committee have confirmed that the death of at least three children was caused by the administration of toxic paracetamol syrup produced by Rid Pharmaceuticals, said a committee member.
Health experts and rights activists have differed on the government move to sue Rid Pharma on charge of violating rules in drug production instead of suing the company on charges of causing the death of children by producing toxic Read more

SC dismisses ACC plea for appeal against HC stay order

July 31, 2009

Niko scam case against Khaleda Zia
SC dismisses ACC plea for appeal against HC stay order
The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) plea for leave to appeal against the High Court orders concerning the quashing of Niko scam case against former Prime Minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.
On July 9 last year, the High Court upon a quashing petition stayed the proceedings of the Niko graft case and issued a rule upon the Read more

Mixed reaction in CHT over big army pullout

July 31, 2009

The government’s decision to withdraw a brigade of the army and their 35 temporary camps from Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) by September this year, drew quite opposing reactions from the local indigenous communities and Bangalee settlers.
The indigenous people are welcoming the government move that came in line with the CHT peace treaty of 1997 while many Bangalee settlers of Khagrachhari are critical of the decision expressing concerns about their security in Read more

India won’t divert water from Tipai

July 31, 2009

Bangladesh team assured in 2nd day’s talks; site visit today
India yesterday assured Bangladesh that there would be no diversion of water flow due to the Tipaimukh hydropower project on the Barak river in Manipur.
The assurance came during a meeting between Indian Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and the 10-member Bangladesh parliament delegation at the Shram-Shakti Bhawan that houses the Indian power ministry. India also said no construction work has started at the dam site in Manipur.
During the nearly 45-minute meeting, Indian officials shared with the Bangladeshi lawmakers data regarding water flow in the Read more

JS panel wants Matin to be sued for shady deal in CPA

July 31, 2009

A parliamentary panel on Thursday recommended legal measures against a former adviser to the military-backed interim government, MA Matin, and eight shipping ministry officials for their alleged involvement in hastily awarding a contract for container handling at Chittagong Port to an obscure company in a fishy manner.
‘We have suggested that cases be filed against the former adviser and a few other officials who were involved in the shady deal. Administrative Read more

Total withdrawal of troops from CHT ‘depends on situation’

July 31, 2009

The withdrawal of the rest of the troops from the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) will depend on law and order there, the state minister for CHT affairs said Thursday, reports bdnews24.com.
“The withdrawal of the remaining army troops will depend on the improvement of law and order in the region,” Dipankar Talukder said after a meeting with the deputy commissioners at the Secretariat on the concluding day of the conference of DCs.
The government Wednes-day announced the “biggest withdrawal” of army troops from the CHT since a peace accord was signed over a Read more

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