PM returns today

September 30, 2013

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, left New York Sunday morning for home after wrapping up her eight-day official visit to the United States to attend the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly. An Emirates flight carrying the prime minister and members of her entourage took off from John F Kennedy International Airport at 11:20am (local time). Bangladesh Read more

Khaleda vows to resist poll under Hasina

September 30, 2013

Urges govt to cancel Rampal Thermal Power Plant project
Leader of the main opposition and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Sunday sought the cooperation of people from all walks of life, including the civil and military administration, to force the government to quit if it does not accept the demand for a non-party poll-time government.
Addressing a mammoth rally in Khulna city, Read more

Next polls will be held by Jan 25, says PM

September 30, 2013

She requests UN chief to send poll observers
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reiterated that general election will be held in the country by January 25 and urged the people to vote her party to a second term in government for the sake of democracy and continuity. “We will hold general election by January 25 next year under the existing Constitution,” the Prime Minister told a reception given in her honour by Read more

Level playing field to ensure free and fair polls: TIB

September 30, 2013

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has said that it is not possible to create a level playing field for all political parties if Parliament remains functional during the 10th general election. “Considering our political perspective, a level playing field is not possible while keeping the Parliament functional during the general elections. If the elections are held, Read more

100 injured in countrywide protests by polytechnic students

September 30, 2013

Angry students of several polytechnic institutes across the country, including Dhaka, Comilla, Chittagong, Patuakhali, Barisal, Faridpur and Bogra, on Sunday engaged in clashes with law-enforcers, injuring about 100 people. They also vandalised about 40 vehicles and torched at least three vehicles while staging demonstrations across the country for immediate Read more

HC asks govt not to release Bt brinjal before independent research

September 30, 2013

The High Court (HC) on Sunday directed the government not to release the Bt Brinjal in markets till independent research is conducted on whether the vegetable species is harmful to public health and the environment. It directed the government not to take any further initiative before independent research is carried out in accordance with international Read more

Half of RMG factories risky for non-compliance: BIDS

September 30, 2013

More than a half of about 6,300 factories in the apparel sector are risky because of non-compliance being outside the purview of international buyers that do not import directly from them, according to a study. The Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies on Sunday shared its primary findings of the report, Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations in the Read more

Muhith says he does not care about ultimatum

September 30, 2013

Rampal Project
Muhith says he does not care about ultimatum
Cabinet committee okays eight more power plants
Finance minister AMA Muhith said Sunday that he didn’t care about the ultimatum from the National Oil and Gas Committee for dropping the coal-fired power plant near the Sunderbans.
‘I don’t care,’ Muhith told reporters at his office emerging from cabinet committee meetings on economic affairs and purchase, a day after the Read more

Fresh writ petition over Rampal power plant

September 30, 2013

A fresh writ petition was filed with the High Court on Sunday seeking a stay on the government’s move to start construction of the Rampal power plant till an assessment of the environmental impact of the project is carried out.  Apart from this petition, four separate writ petitions relating to the matter were pending before the High Court for disposal. Read more

BRAC Bank man robbed of Tk 1 crore in Sylhet

September 30, 2013

Miscreants robbed a BRAC Bank officer of Tk 1 crore after stopping the bank’s car he was in at Dakkhin Surma on the Sylhet–Dhaka Highway, some 5km off the city centre, on Sunday afternoon. Bank officials said that Gawhar Altaf Chowdury, assistant manager of the
bank’s branch at Bishwanath was carrying Read more

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