Archive for: November 2013

Rizvi detained

REF: BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi has been detained.Police nabbed the BNP leader from the party headquarters at Naya Paltan early Saturday morning.


Rizvi had been staying in the party office for the last few days. He had been holding press conferences and taking part on live television shows from there.

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72-hr blockade again

REF: The BNP and its allies have called yet another 72-hour blockade of roads, railways and waterways across Bangladesh starting at 6am Saturday.


Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said at a press briefing at 10pm on Friday that the blockade would last until 6am on Tuesday.
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Obama goes on offensive

REF:  Almost two weeks ago, President Barack Obama, looking down, walked into the White House briefing room and apologized for the flawed rollout of his healthcare reform law.


That picture of a chastened leader now appears to be gone.During a three-day Western swing through Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles, Obama touted the accomplishments of his signature law, popularly known as Obamacare, and promised the glitches were going away.

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Maritime dispute hearing Dec 9

REF:  UN’s Permanent court of Arbitration will hold its final hearing on the India-Bangladesh maritime dispute at the Hague on Dec 9.


Indian ministry of external affairs officials say the dispute over a huge patch of sea at the mouth of the Hariabhanga river has been up for arbitration for four decades now.


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13 TV channels await approval

REF:Owners and promoters of these channels seeking approval include a minister, an advisor to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, several lawmakers and the son of the chief of business conglomerate Bashundhara Group.

The Awami League government had earlier approved 18 TV channels during its tenure.


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BNP threatens to cripple Bangladesh

REF:  Bangladesh will be crippled the moment the schedule for the 10th parliamentary election is announced without constituting a non-party government to oversee the polls, the BNP has warned.


The party’s acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir warned this while addressing an 18-Party alliance rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital on Friday.
He also urged the Opposition supporters to “come down onto the streets”.

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Afghanistan rejects US call for quick security deal

REF:  The future of US troops in Afghanistan remained in doubt on Friday after a spokesman for President Hamid Karzai rejected Washington’s call to sign a security pact by the end of the year rather than after next year’s presidential election.


The United States has repeatedly said it will not wait until after the April 2014 vote to seal the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) and rejected Karzai’s suggestion for the signing to take place next year “properly and with dignity”.


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Khaleda wants Hamid’s initiative for talks

REF:  Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia has sought President Md Abdul Hamid’s intervention to get a dialogue started with the government.


The President assured her of doing everything possible within the parameters of the Constitution, the BNP’s acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told reporters after Tuesday’s meeting at the Bangabhaban.


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Bombings kill 23 near Iran embassy in Beirut

REF:  Two suicide bombings rocked Iran’s embassy compound in Lebanon on Tuesday, killing at least 23 people including an Iranian cultural attaché and hurling bodies and burning wreckage across a debris-strewn street.


A Lebanon-based al Qaeda-linked group, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, claimed responsibility and threatened further attacks unless Iran withdraw forces from Syria, where they have backed President Bashar al-Assad’s 2-1/2-year-old war against rebels.
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Khaleda-Hamid ‘meeting’ Tuesday

REF:  Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia will meet President Md Abdul Hamid on Tuesday, a day after an ‘all-party’ cabinet formed to oversee the 10th parliamentary election took oath.


Her meeting with the President will take place after the government went ahead with the all-party interim government formation ignoring the Opposition’s long-time demand for a non-party polls-time government.


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