Archive for: November 2013

All-party interim cabinet sworn in

REF:  Three Jatiya Party leaders, two Awami League stalwarts and the chief of the Workers Party have been sworn in as ministers in the all-party interim cabinet headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

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Two Jatiya Party leaders have taken oath as ministers of state.

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Didn’t get Fakhrul’s call: Ashraf

REF:  The Awami League General Secretary has rebuffed his BNP counterpart’s claim that the latter had called him over the past several days.

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Syed Ashraful Islam on Friday night told bdnews24.com that he did not receive any calls from BNP’s acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

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Abdul Awal Minu and Shimul Biswas arrested

REF:  BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Advisor Abdul Awal Mintu and her Special Assistant Advocate Shimul Biswas

 

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werearrested by DB police at around 1:05 a.m. on Saturday.BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Advisor Abdul Awal Mintu and her Special Assistant Advocate Shimul Biswas were arrested by DB police at around 1:05 a.m. on Saturday.

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Arrests after strike call heats sreets up

REF:  In a surprise crackdown on the strike-happy Opposition, police have arrested BNP’s three top leaders and its Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Advisor Abdul Awal Mintoo and Special Assistant Shamsur Rahman Shimul Biswas.

In a surprise crackdown on the strike-happy Opposition, police have arrested BNP’s three top leaders and its Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Advisor Abdul Awal Mintoo and Special Assistant Shamsur Rahman Shimul Biswas.

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Malala and Nabila: worlds apart

Ref: On October 24, 2012 a Predator drone flying over North Waziristan came upon eight-year old Nabila Rehman, her siblings, and their grandmother as they worked in a field beside their village home. Her grandmother, Momina Bibi, was teaching the children how to pick okra as the family prepared for the coming Eid holiday.
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However on this day the terrible event would occur that would forever alter the course of this family’s life. In the sky the children suddenly heard the distinctive buzzing sound emitted by the CIA-operated drones – a familiar sound to those in the rural Pakistani villages which are stalked by them 24 hours a day – followed by two loud clicks. The unmanned aircraft released its deadly payload onto the Rehman family, and in an instant the lives of these children were transformed into a nightmare of pain, confusion and terror. Seven children were wounded, and Nabila’s grandmother was killed before her eyes, an act for which no apology, explanation or justification has ever been given. Read more →

Yasser Arafat may have been poisoned

Ref: Former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat may have been killed by radioactive polonium, tests on his body have reportedly revealed, reports Sky news.
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A Swiss team asked to examine samples taken from his corpse when his grave was exhumed last November allegedly said their tests “moderately support” claims he was poisoned with polonium-210. Read more →

Journos caught up in Dhaka violence

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Bombs were lobbed from a procession of Swechchasebak Dal in Dhaka’s Bongshal on the first day of the nationwide 60-hour shutdown enforced by BNP-led 18-Party opposition alliance.

But when journalists rushed to cover the explosions, they were beaten up by Sramik League (Awami League’s labour front) activists who were manning a side of the street to keep strikers at bay.

Police rescued the journalists, said Bongshal Police Station SI Khoda Newaz.

Private television channel ATN Bangla senior cameraperson Kabirul Islam Pintu told bdnews24.com the Swechchasebak Dal exploded several hand bombs from the procession around 9am on Monday.
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3 vehicles torched in Gazipur

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Strikers have torched three vehicles in Gazipur at the beginning of the Opposition-sponsored 60-hour countrywide shutdown.

This is the second BNP-led shutdown within a fortnight.

Strikers set ablaze a covered van at Chandana Chourasta in front of Gazipur National Law College around 10am on Monday.

Joydebpur police Inspector Jahidul Islam said driver Ramjan Ali, 55, was injured while getting out of the vehicle.

But his son Moniruzzaman, 20, was severely burnt.

Both have been rushed to hospital.
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Commodities dearer

REF:  The recent shutdown and political unrest over a polls-time government have impacted the commodity prices.

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Traders said, though prices of several commodities including rice, lentil, sugar and edible oil were stable for last several weeks, they started rising following the opposition-sponsored Oct 27-29 nationwide general strike.

 

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Bangladesh on verge of political anarchy

REF:  arations for forming a poll-time interim government headed by Prime minister Sheikh Hasina and hold the election by mid-January even sans opposition while the opposition BNP is preparing to stage blockade, hartal and civil disobedience to thwart the planned election.

The ray of hope raised through the Hasina-Khaleda telephonic talks for resolution of the political stand-off through dialogue is fading fast as the dialogue itself now looks a distant dream with both sides resorting to tricks over it.

 

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