Archive for: September 2013

Polytechnic agitation sparks urgent meetings

REF:  The government has rushed meetings with the teachers and students of polytechnic institutes on Monday in the wake of the violent agitations by the students across the country.


The Ministry of Housing and Public Works and the Ministry of Education will sit separately with the representatives of Bangladesh Polytechnic Teachers Association, Diploma Engineers Institute Association, Diploma Peshajibi Chhatra Sangram Parishad and Karigari Chhatra Parishad.

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Khaleda threatens foiling unilateral polls

REF:  Opposition chief Khaleda Zia has renewed the threat that they will not only boycott the general election if it is held under an administration headed by Sheikh Hasina but also will stop it from being taking place altogether.


This government had no right to stay on after Oct 24 if it did not pass the bill for holding the polls under a nonpartisan government, she told an 18-Party alliance rally at Khulna Circuit House ground on Sunday.

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PM urges for GSP suspension withdrawal

REF:  Urging the US Chamber of Commerce to pursue their government to withdraw the suspension of GSP facility to Bangladesh, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has alleged that the GSP suspension in the name of safety, compliance and welfare of the RMG workers was not justified as it would affect the workers.
“The suspension of GSP (Generalized System of Preferences ) in the name of safety, compliance and welfare of the RMG workers doesn’t justify it…the GSP suspension instead of ensuring safety compliance will affect the workers,” she said on Thursday.


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Mamata not to oppose LBA

REF:  Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh will have a face-saving ‘good news’ to convey to Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina when the two meet in midtown Manhattan on Saturday.

He will tell Hasina of his government’s resolve to introduce the 119th constitutional bill to operationalise the land boundary agreement between the two countries during the winter session of the parliament in December.

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Egypt bans Brotherhood ‘activities’

REF:  A court in Egypt has banned “all activities” by the Muslim Brotherhood.The Cairo administrative court had been asked to review the Islamist movement’s application for non-governmental organisation status in March, reports BBC.

The military authorities have launched a crackdown on the group since ousting President Mohammed Morsi on 3 July.”The court bans the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood organization and its non-governmental organization and all the activities that it participates in and any organization derived from it,” said the presiding judge Mohammed al-Sayed.

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Huda abolishes BNF

REF:  Former BNP leader Barrister Nazmul Huda and founder of much discussed political party Bangladesh Nationalist Front (BNF) declared its abolishion.

He declared it at a press conference at his chamber in Paltan on Monday afternoon.Nazmul Huda said, “It is me who formed this party and I am declaring its abolition”


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BSF uses excessive force in Fellani killing

REF:  The Border Security Force (BSF) on Saturday admitted one of its soldiers used excessive force in Fellani Khatun Killing.
BSF has already ordered a revision trial in the fatal shooting of a minor Bangladeshi girl, Felani Khatun by one of its troopers, Saturday admitted use of “excessive force” in the case and said it was difficult to justify the shooting, India TV reports.

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RMG unrest rocks Gazipur again

REF:  For the third day, Gazipur has been hit by workers protest.They are demanding a minimum monthly wage of Tk 8000.The management of more than 100 RMG factories have shut down the plants to avoid damage.

Vehicular traffic on the Dhaka-Tangail and Dhaka-Mymensingh highways have been disrupted since 8am on Monday.Workers from RMG factories in Boardbazar,Barabari,Bhogra,Signboard and Telipara and other adjoining areas hit the streets to back their demand for minimum wage around 8am, Mobarak Hossain of Joydevpur Police station told

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Syria sends chemical weapons data

REF:  Syria gave details of some of its chemical weapons to the OPCW arms watchdog at The Hague on Friday but needs to fill in gaps by next week to launch a rapid disarmament operation that may avert US air strikes.


At the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the UN-backed agency which is to oversee the removal of President Bashar al-Assad’s arsenal, a spokeswoman said: “We have received part of the verification and we expect more.”


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Delhi lines up to woo Dhaka

REF:  Meanwhile, Bangladesh Foreign Ministry has confirmed Hasina will meet her Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh on Sept 28 in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

Unresolved issues would top the agenda during the talks, officials in the ministry say.

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