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Prices of essentials rise further

Anisul Islam Noor The prices of vegetables, ginger, garlic fish, egg and rice increased further in the city’s kitchen markets last week to the dismay of the consumers. The retailers have blamed the wholesalers for increase of price while the wholesalers shift the responsibility on the mill owners, who say that crushing of rice has been largely hampered due to ... Read More »

BNP blames govt for inflation

Senior BNP leader Tariqul Islam on Friday blamed the government’s recent decision to hike fuel oil prices as being responsible for the rising inflation in the country and called for a rollback. “The inflation is going up. The World Bank’s report has also said the inflation will rise more because of the government’s decision to hike the fuel oil prices,” ... Read More »

Movement for MPO postponed

Agitating teachers and employees of non-government educational institutions postponed their agitation for three month following assurance from Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid Friday. A 10-member delegation of the agitators sat with Nahid at 3:00 pm at his residence at Mintu Road. Meeting sources said Nahid pleased the teachers of resolving the issue after consultation with the Prime Minister and Finance ... Read More »

200 charged for Rajshahi clashes

A case has been filed against 200 activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir charging them for vandalising police vehicle, attacking police and indulging in arson during the latest half-day strike enforced in Rajshahi.Police Sub Inspector Enamul Haque filed the case at the Motihar Police Station on Tuesday night naming 40 activists. The Jamaat had enforced the ... Read More »

Teachers’ fast-unto-death at TSC

Non-MPO teachers and employees declared to stage fast-unto-death strike at TSC on Dhaka University campus demanding inclusion of their educational institutions in the monthly payment order (MPO) list President of ‘Non-MPO Shikkha Protishthan Shikkhak Karmachari Oikya Jote’ Professor Esharat Ali made the announcement Tuesday. Read More »

Stand by us or face strikes, Tariqul tells business

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Explosions, clashes mark Rajshahi strike

Bombs explosions and clashes with police marred the half-day strike enforced by the Jamaat-e-Islami on Tuesday in eight districts of Rajshahi. The strike, that began at 6.00 am , was to protest against the arrest of the Jamaat’s’s Assistant Secretary General Mojibur Rahman and all Jaamat affiliates , including the student front Islami Chatra Shibir, supported it . Officials said ... Read More »

Jamaat declares to besiege IC

Jamaat-e-Islami declared to besiege International Crimes tribunal (ICT) demanding release of detained Jamaat leaders. Jamaat leaders made the announcement in front of Supreme Court during 18-party’s human wall programme Tuesday. Earlier in the day, Jamaat-Shibir men staged showdown in the area. At that time assistant secretary of city Jamaat Selim Uddin, Office secretary Atikur Rahman and acting president of Dhaka ... Read More »

Teacher rescued after taken hostage

Five students have been arrested for taking a college lecturer hostage for ransom, an official of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) said Tuesday. The five were arrested from the office of a courier company where they had gone to receive the ransom sent through a registered packet, he said. RAB-4 Savar Camp Commander Captain Tahsin Salehin Rana told that ... Read More »

Journalists are politically motivated: Musa

Veteran journalist ABM Musa categorically on Monday said the degree of torture on journalists has been increased due to different political opinion among the journalists. The senior journalist of the country also opined many journalists are also politically motivated. He came up with the up with the observation while addressing a commemoration programme of journalist Nirmal Sen at the National ... Read More »

Obaidul transfers 2 Ctg BRTC officials

Communications Minister Obaidul Quader ordered to transfer two officials of Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) for their involvement in graft and irregularities. The minister came up with the order in a whirlwind visit to Chittagong BRTC office on Monday morning. The transferred officials are assistant traffic officer Kamruzzaman and office attendant Nuruzzaman. Warning others, Obaidul Quader said, “I have many ... Read More »

BGB DG says: Border killings unacceptable

Director General (DG) of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Major General Aziz Ahmmed categorically said border killings can be accepted in no way. He came up with the observation in a view exchange meeting with journalists at BGB Headquarters on Monday morning. Aziz Ahmmed said, “We expressed protest to India for each and every border killing, but the killings occurred due ... Read More »

RAJUK chairman’s resignation letter not accepted

The resignation letter of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartipakkha (RAJUK) Chairman Engineer M Nurul Huda was not accepted finally on Monday. Confirming the matter to journalists, Nurul Huda said, “I submitted the resign letter as doctor told me to take full rest.” Earlier in the day, Nurul Huda sat in a meeting with state minister for Housing and Public Works Abdul Mannan ... Read More »

Ex-Jamaat MP Mojibur arrested

Rapid Action Battalion have detained Assistant Secretary General Mojibur Rahman on charges of ‘conspiring against the government’. Jamaat Assistant Secretary General from Khulna’s Zero Point area on Sunday,” RAB’s intelligence wing chief Ziaul Ahsan told He alleged the former Rajshahi MP was visiting Khulna to organise his party activists. Rahman had threatened Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a Nov ... Read More »

Illegal set up in Ijtema venue: HC asks to submit list by Jan 30

The High Court on Sunday asked the government to submit the list of all illegal structures in Biswa Ijtema venue with it within January 30. An HC bench comprising of Justice Mirza Hossain Haider and Justice Khurshed Alam came up with the order in response to a writ petition. The court asked Tongi Municipality mayor to submit the list with ... Read More »

3 held over Tazreen fire

Criminal Investigation Department (CID) detained three persons for their alleged connection with Ashulia’s Tazreen fashions fire. Law enforcers held them in several drives in Ashulia early Sunday. The detainees are security-in-Charge Anis, 30, Security Guard Rana, 32 and Store-Keeper Al Amin, 33. CID held them for interrogation, said Senior ASP Munsur Ali Mondol. He said the detainees were involved in ... Read More »

ICT whips against reporting sub-judice matter

Court Correspondent International Crimes Tribunal-1 (ICT-1) on Sunday asked all mass media to refrain from reporting sub-judice matter. The 3-judge ICT-1 led by its chairman Justice ATM Fazle Kabir also warned ATN News reporter Mashudul Haque,  a director and reporter Sujan Halder of Bangladesh Television (BTV) as they earlier telecast reports on sub judice matter. ICT Prosecutor (Administration) Zead-Al-Malum told ... Read More »

Purchasing laptop for MPs uncertain!

The decision of purchasing laptop computers for the Members of Parliament before the next winter session has become uncertain as the laptop supplying organization is not finalized. Parliament Secretariat sources said a decision was taken to buy laptop computers for the lawmakers involving Tk 2.28 crore and the project began in September, 2012. Sources also said it was decided to ... Read More »

Ershad calls on Biswajit’s family

Jatiya Party Chairman Hussain Mohammad Ershad on Saturday called at the residence of Biswajit Das, the Old Dhaka youth who was hacked to death allegedly by ruling Awami League activists. He offered his condolences to the family at Shankharibazar and gave them a cheque of Tk 50,000. Later he attended a meeting at Victoria Park premises, where Biswajit was hacked ... Read More »

Ijtema enters day-2: Dowry-free mass marriage in afternoon

From Ijtema Ground: Mass wedding without dowry is set to be also held after Asr prayer on the second day of the first phase of the Ijtema on Saturday. More than 100 marriages will be held between brides and grooms in presence of both sides’ family members. The first phase of Biswa Ijtema will come to an end on Sunday ... Read More »

Nahid tells teachers ‘not now’

The minister, speaking to journalists in Sylhet, urged protesting teachers to call off their demonstrations and assured them to look into their grievances. “It is under our consideration … schools will be listed gradually,” he said. The minister was inaugurating the 42nd National School and Madrassa Sports Competition at Sylhet stadium. Private school teachers seeking listing under the MPO programme ... Read More »

Ex-CEC MA Syed passes away

Former Chief Election Commissioner MA Syed passed awayat his residence at Gulshan in the city on Saturday morning. He was 76. Public Relations Director of Election Commission Secretariat M Assaduzzaman told banglanews that he died at his residence at 6:00am. MA Syed had conducted the 2001 national elections of the country. He had served as the chief of the election ... Read More »

Muhith leaves for Kolkata

Finance Minister AMA Muhith left Dhaka on Saturday for Kolkata of India on a four-day visit, said a press release. During the visit, the finance minister will attend the annual get together of South Kolkata Sylhet Association and All India Federation of Sreehatta Sammilanis scheduled to be held on January 12-13 at Jodhpur Park Boy’s Ground. On Monday, the minister ... Read More »

Waterways strike lifted

Ending a three-day impasse, the water transport workers on Friday called off their indefinite strike upon assurance of a 20 percent hike in their wages in a meeting with the Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan. The strike was lifted at night following a tripartite meeting between the government, water vessels’ owners and workers. Chowdhury Ashiqul Alam, General Secretary of the Noujan ... Read More »

Tributes paid to Nirmal Sen

DHAKA: People from all walks of life Thursday paid their last tributes to veteran journalist and politician Nirmal Sen at the premises of Jatiya Press Club (JPC) and Central Shaheed Minar in city. Read More »

BSD-CPB shutdown on Jan 16

Jan 9: The Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) and the Bangladesher Shamajtantrik Dal (BSD) will enforce the general strike from 6am to 12pm across the country on that day. CPB chief Mujahidul Islam Selim made the announcement on Wednesday in front of the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission here. Earlier on Sunday, the opposition alliance had enforced a countrywide daylong shutdown ... Read More »

3 power plant projects okayed: Controversial Chinese company gets work

Jan 9: The government purchase body Wednesday approved the tender proposals for three power plant projects, including one with Barapukuria 250-MW power plant. The other proposals include 300-400-MW power plant in Ghorashal and 300-MW in Shahji Bazar. The approval to the proposals came from a meeting of the cabinet committee on government purchases with Finance Minister AMA Muhith in the ... Read More »

BD newspaper editor at risk: AI

Jan 9: The Bangladeshi authorities must refrain from harassing and prosecuting newspaper editor Mahmudur Rahman, Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday. Mahmudur Rahman has been threatened with prosecution for publishing a Skype conversation between the then chairman of the Bangladeshi court, the International Crimes Tribunal and a Bangladeshi legal expert. After being warned that he could be arrested anytime he has ... Read More »

26,193 Pry schools nationalized: PM for improving education

Jan 9: Citing on different programmes taken by her government for development of the country’s education sector, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said they are giving highest priority on education. “Her government gave highest allocation in the sector. Universal Education Policy was enacted during the tenure of her government and implement of policy already started, she added. The premier also made ... Read More »