Archive for: December 2013

Khaleda vows to press on with agitation

REF:  An irate Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia has returned home saying the Opposition’s agitation will continue, having failed to address the much-hyped rally she called.

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She had waited for nearly an hour in her car on the compound of her residence to go to the BNP’s Naya Paltan rally but the police barred her way.

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Bombs seized in Dhaka

REF:  Police have seized large number of locally-made bombs from Dhaka’s Mohammadpur area on Monday.Mohammadpur Police Station’s Sub-inspector Nayan Mia said that 3 persons have been arrested for possessing the bombs that were recovered from a house around 4am early on Monday.

 
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Defy ban, make rally success: Khaleda

REF:  BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Friday urged countrymen to join her planned Sunday rally at capital Dhaka’s Naya Paltan, braving “all barriers and hurdles” and even if she herself failed to join.

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“I am with you and will be with you always. You carry the movement even if I cannot be there (on Sunday),” she said in a video message, hours after police denied permission for the rally.

 

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Dhaka-bound transports grounded in districts

REF:  Local administrations have allegedly ordered that long-route buses, trucks and ferries to the capital from the districts be grounded until further orders two days ahead of the Opposition’s march to Dhaka and its rally in the capital. Launch-tm Transport strikes have also been called in places.Since Friday morning, transports from many southern districts including Barisal to Dhaka was put off.   Read more →

Fire at Garment factory

REF:   A readymade garment’s factory in Savar’s Ashula is engulfed by fire.Dhaka Export Processing Zone’s (DEPZ) fire station official Abdul Hamid Mia said the fire broke out at the 7-storey building around 8am on Thursday.

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Two units of the fire service are trying to put out the fire.He said they suspect an electrical malfunction at the store-room on the factory’s sixth floor may have caused the fire.

 

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Police on detention spree

REF:  Police were on a roll to detain leaders of the BNP on Wednesday night around the office and residence of the party’s chief Khaleda Zia in capital Dhaka.

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Police presence around those two spots in Gulshan has been reinforced after she on Tuesday announced the ‘March for Democracy’, urging all to converge on Dhaka to thwart the Jan 5 parliamentary election.

 

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Army on poll duty from Dec 26

REF:  The Election Commission (EC) has decided to deploy the army for 15 days – from Dec 26 to Jan 9 – to ensure a ‘peaceful, free and fair’ parliamentary election.

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Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad informed the reporters about the decision on Friday evening after a law and order meeting.

 

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EU halts deployment of polls monitoring mission

REF:  The European Union (EU) has decided to halt ‘for now’ the preparations for the deployment of an Election Observation Mission in Bangladesh as main political parties here could not create the necessary conditions for transparent, inclusive and credible elections.
“The High Representative regrets that the main political forces in Bangladesh have been unable to create the necessary conditions for transparent, inclusive and credible elections, despite many efforts, including most recently under UN auspices,” said a statement issued from Brussels on Friday.

 

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“Wipe out all oppositions including Khaleda”

REF: “Let us also vow to wipe out their sympathizers and collaborators in Bangladesh once and for all. Please report all Jamaati’s to law enforcement or your local Awami League leaders.

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We will take action against them. It is most unfortunate that this also includes our Leader of the Opposition, who has repeatedly met with ISI agents and has been directly funded by them in past elections. Shame on Khaleda Zia”, said Sajeeb Wazed Joy, the ICT Adviser to and son of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a Facebook status today(Wednesday).

 

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Eight to die for Biswajit murder, 13 get life

REF:  A Dhaka court has sentenced eight accused in the Biswajit Das murder case to death.Dhaka’s Speedy Trial Tribunal-4 also awarded life sentence to 13 others for the role in the murder of the tailor in Old Dhaka during a blockade of the Opposition.

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The tribunal’s judge ABM Nizamul Haq delivered the verdict on Wednesday against the 21 accused, most of whom are students of Jagannath University.

 

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