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

Dhaka stocks surge on WB loan hope

August 30, 2012

Dhaka stocks surged on Wednesday after a two-day fall amid optimism that complexities over the World Bank’s $1.2 billion loan for the Padma bridge project would end soon.
DGEN, the benchmark general index of Dhaka Stock Exchange, gained 3.76 per cent, or 161.56 points, to close the day at 4,453.43 points Read more

ONE Bank to introduce e-banking

August 30, 2012

ONE Bank on Wednesday said it will introduce the e-Banking in three phases within November this year.
Farman R Chowdhury, managing director of the ONE Bank, said three kinds of new products of his bank under the e-Banking would extend the banking services to the clients.
As part of the move, the bank will firstly open one of the world class internet banking services Read more

StanChart Bangladesh wins FinanceAsia award

August 30, 2012

Standard Chartered Bank has recently been named the “Best Foreign Commercial Bank in Bangladesh 2012” by FianaceAsia, a financial publication in the region.
The bank received the award as part of FinanceAsia 2012 Country Awards for Achievement, the bank said in a statement yesterday.
The award was handed over to Abrar A Anwar, managing director and Read more

Kaspersky 2013 launched in Bangladesh

August 30, 2012

Kaspersky Lab has launched its latest 2013 editions of anti-virus and internet security software in Bangladesh on Tuesday.
The launch event took place at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre and was hosted by Officextracts – the distributor for Kaspersky Lab in Bangladesh and Bhutan, sai Read more

No quick fix, says Pybus

August 30, 2012

ICC World Twenty20, Srilanka 2012
No quick fix, says Pybus
Urges realism ahead of T20 World Cup
The Bangladesh cricket team will enter the last stage of their preparation for the upcoming T20 World Cup, when they leave for Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday. The unofficial tour, which begins on September 6, will see the Tigers play Barbados and Afghanistan, apart from the hosts. Having already toured Africa and Europe, this will be Bangladesh’s third Read more

Pybus lodges complaint against powerful BCB director

August 30, 2012

Humiliated by director Dewan Shafiul Arefin Tutul, national cricket team head coach Richard Pybus has submitted a written complaint to Bangladesh Cricket Board president AHM Mustafa Kamal this week, it was learnt on Wednesday.
Pybus made the complaint as Tutul, known as most powerful among the BCB directors, Read more

A landmark deal

August 29, 2012

BCB issues first-class contracts
In a move to bring more professionalism and improve the standard of the country’s first-class cricket, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have brought one hundred and twenty first class cricketers under central contract. Earlier in April, fifteen national cricketers received contracts in five categories and now 105 more active first class cricketers got the Read more

Oil production in Kailashtila gas-field from next August

August 29, 2012

Petrobangla, the state-run oil, gas and mineral resources corporation, has decided to start commercial oil production in Kailashtila gas-field from August next year, said Mohammad Enamul Haque, state minister for power and energy, on Tuesday.
‘We hope we’ll be able to start drilling a well in the gas-field in January next year and Read more

Electronics sales go sluggish

August 29, 2012

Sales of electronic appliances could not meet expectations of the companies this Ramadan, one of the peak seasons. Leading brands have failed to achieve their sales targets due to a drop in people’s disposable incomes amid higher inflationary pressures.
The companies also blamed a sluggish stockmarket and a long Eid vacation for the poor Read more

DU marks ‘Black Day’

August 29, 2012

The Dhaka University authorities on Tuesday observed ‘Black Day’ commemorating repression on its teachers and students during the army-backed caretaker government in 2007.
Teachers, students, officials and employees of the university wore black badges marking the day. Classes at the university remained suspended from 11:00am to 1:00pm as part of observance of the Read more

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