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  • Arson victims writhing in agony

    Arson victims writhing in agony

    The four critical patients have already been shifted to Intensive Care Unit of the burn unit
    He was heading for Mirpur without the slightest shadow of doubt about the lurking danger on his way but as the bus reached near Shahbagh the unthinkable happened.

    Something flew in and the bus burst into flames in the twinkling of an eye flames leaping, fire crackling, intense heat singing his face, skin and everything, and finally his vision blurred.

  • NBR chief blasts poor ADR performance

    NBR chief blasts poor ADR performance

    He advocates for setting up own legal wing to expedite settlement of disputes
    National Board of Revenue chairman Ghulam Hussain on Saturday expressed dissatisfaction over the performance of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), saying there are discretions in any part of NBR for which thousands of tax disputes have been filed with courts.

    He said the NBR is established with law and there are minimum chances of discretion at the revenue body. “But why a huge number of cases have become disputed?” he questioned.

  • Gazipur factory fire hits livelihood of RMG workers

    Gazipur factory fire hits livelihood of RMG workers

    With their only source of income burnt to ashes, they see an uncertain future ahead
    Ranjhana, 28, who is currently seven months pregnant, was left distraught on Friday as some unruly workers set fire to her workplace, a Standard Group garment factory in Konabari industrial area of Gazipur.

    She had been working with the garment factory for over 10 years, but now, her livelihood and the future of her children is in tatters following Friday’s fire.

  • 6 more die in 2nd spell of blockade

    6 more die in 2nd spell of blockade

    Speeding vehicles trying to escape arson attacks cause deaths of three
    At least six people were killed and over 200 others injured on the first day of 72-hour blockade enforced by the BNP-led 18-party alliance, only 25 hours after the completion of a similar three-day programme.

    On Saturday’s blockade, which started at 6am demanding cancellation of the polls schedule and protesting filing of “false” cases, was also marked by violent incidents of arson attacks and vandalism of vehicles, and use of crude bombs in various places of the country.

  • HIV-AIDS prevalence survey stopped since 2011

    HIV-AIDS prevalence survey stopped since 2011

    Last year, a total of 338 new HIV patients were identified in the country, more than 45% of who were migrant workers
    The internal and external migrant workers have been the biggest threats for spreading HIV-AIDS in Bangladesh as around 50% of the new AIDS patients were identified as migrant workers.

    Last year, a total of 338 new HIV patients were identified in the country, more than 45% of who were migrant workers.

    Though Line Director of National AIDS/STD Programme (NASP), Dr Abdul Wahed, admitted the high prevalence of HIV infection among migrant workers, he refused giving any details.

  • Standard garment factory attack pre-planned?

    Standard garment factory attack pre-planned?

    The apparel makers’ trade body made the comments at a press conference on Saturday
    The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has blamed the law enforcement agencies and the government for their failure and unwillingness to prevent the recent wave of subversive activities against the sector, including Friday’s arson attack on the garment factories of Standard Group in Gazipur.

    The apparel makers’ trade body made the comments on Saturday at a press conference held in the wake of the incident, which it alleged was carried out by a group of unruly workers and people with an interest in damaging the sector.

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    Rely on own climate funds, suggest activists

    Bangladesh should design its own national climate plan for the future in line with the national five-year plan, opine experts
    The government should formulate future climate action plan with its own resources and capacity as developed countries undermined the interest of climate vulnerable countries like Bangladesh at the last climate talks in Warsaw, conservationists and civil society members say.

    They made the call at a press conference titled “COP19 Outcomes: Interest of Climate Victim Countries are Really Vulnerable” held at the National Press Club, jointly organised by eight civil society networks working on climate change.

  • Rizvi arrested in dramatic pre-dawn raid

    Rizvi arrested in dramatic pre-dawn raid

    Police climbed on to the balcony on the first floor of the building by using a ladder, broke the lock and stormed into the building in the middle of the night to arrest Rizvi
    At 4 o’clock in the morning on Saturday, around 10 people – including joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi – inside the BNP’s Nayapaltan office were fast asleep when suddenly there was a break in.

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    PM offers home ministry to BNP

    ‘A nation can never bow down to the terrorist force and unholy alliances which are out to destroy democracy by killing people,’ she said
    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said the opposition leader is trying to make way for undemocratic rule. But, it will never happen and the election will be held at the right time.

    Urging Khaleda Zia to join the all-party polls-time government, Sheikh Hasina said, she is even ready to give the ministry of home affairs to BNP if they desire.

    A nation can never bow down to the terrorist force and unholy alliances which are out to destroy democracy by killing people, she said.

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    UN chief reiterates call for consensus

    Ban Ki-moon urged political leaders to reach a mutually agreed consensus through “constructive dialogue”
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has encouraged Bangladesh’s two major political parties – Awami League and BNP – to reach a mutually agreed consensus through “constructive dialogue” to hold an inclusive and non-violent election.

    AK Abdul Momen, ambassador and permanent representative of Bangladesh to the UN, shared the content of the UN chief’s letter sent to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

  • Afghans stand in Tigers’ way to World T20 finals

    Afghans stand in Tigers’ way to World T20 finals

    Bangladesh to play against Afghanistan, Nepal and Hong Kong in first round groups

    The first round groups and fixtures of the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 have now been confirmed after the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2013 concluded at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

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    An unhappy cancellation of exams

    This was the second time that the Religious Studies examination was postponed
    Wrapping up the last-minute preparations for the exam scheduled for on Saturday, Sadman Sakibuzzaman Tahsin, a student of class II at Birshreshtha Munshi Abdur Rouf Public School and College went to his bed around 9:30pm on Friday.

    Howeverafter waking up on Saturday morning he was surprised to see his father not pushing him to get ready for school, which is a rare scenario for Sadman.

    Puzzled, Sadman asked when they would go to school. His father replied he did not have to go to school that day as the exam had been postponed.

  • President flies to Singapore for medical check-up

    President flies to Singapore for medical check-up

    The president is likely to return home on December 6
    President Abdul Hamid is flying to Singapore Sunday night on a five-day visit for his follow-up medical treatment.

    A regular flight of Singapore Airlines will be carrying the president.

    The flight would take off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10:15pm, President’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told UNB on Saturday.

    The president is likely to return home on December 6. This is the second time the president is visiting Singapore.

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    Petition challenges polls schedule

    Petitioner lodged the petition because the Appellate Division, in its verdict that scrapped the caretaker government system, gave a ‘direction’ to dissolve the parliament 42 days before the general elections
    A writ petition was filed on Saturday with the High Court seeking its direction to annul the schedule of the forthcoming parliamentary elections, which were declared by the Election Commission, before the dissolution of the parliament.

    Petitioner, Eunus Ali Akond, a Supreme Court lawyer, said he lodged the petition because the Appellate Division, in its verdict that scrapped the caretaker government system, gave a “direction” to dissolve the parliament 42 days before the general elections.

  • Back stage parleys underway, hints Obaidul

    Back stage parleys underway, hints Obaidul

    It is beyond the etiquette of politics. We have to shun such type of political violence
    Efforts are on behind the scenes to reach a consensus with the opposition with a view to resolve the ongoing political impasse, Communications Minister Obaidul Quader said on Saturday.

    “Awami League is trying to negotiate with the BNP over the current political situation behind the scenes. No one [BNP leaders] will remain behind the bars once the parties reach a consensus,” he told reporters at his office, reports UNB.

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    Tribunal prosecutors fail in election nomination bid

    Some of them blame the media for their failure
    No prosecutors or investigators of the International Crimes Tribunal have been nominated by the ruling Awami League to contest the next parliamentary polls. Some of them blame the media for their failure.

    Five prosecutors and top two officials from the tribunal’s investigation agency bought nomination papers from the Awami League. However, the party did not include any of them in its 300-strong list of candidates published on Friday.

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    EC might consider rescheduling of polls

    Election Commissioner made the statement while speaking to journalists
    The Election Commission would consider rescheduling the 10th parliamentary polls if it received a specific proposal with regard to obtaining a political consensus, Election Commissioner Mohammad Abu Hafiz said on Saturday.

    He made the statement while speaking to journalists at the EC Secretariat in the afternoon.

  • Ireland win World Twenty20 qualifier

    Ireland win World Twenty20 qualifier

    Trent Johnston’s superb all-round show helped Ireland beat Afghanistan
     

  • Misery for commuters as blockade resumes

    Misery for commuters as blockade resumes

    No bus left the capital for the long route
    Commuters suffered severely on the first day of opposition enforced 72-hour road, rail and waterway blockade programme on Saturday due to shortage of public transports.

    During the second spate of the blockade, roads in the capital were almost out of the vehicles causing immense suffering to commuters who came out of their homes in spite of the blockade programme as they had go to their work.

    No bus left from the capital on the long route though several bus counters were open at Sayedabad bus terminal.

  • Miscreants cash in on easy availability of explosives

    Miscreants cash in on easy availability of explosives

    Pickets are importing bomb-making materials as the monitoring system is very weak
    With law enforcers trailing the perpetrators of arson and bomb attacks there have been reports of escalating violence claiming innocent lives and maiming others.

    According to register of the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) around 129 people have so far been admitted to the hospital since the recent spate of violence flared.

    Of them, nine people were killed and several others, including two minors, became psychically disabled.

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