Archive for: December 2013

Nation purged of a curse: PM

REF:    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has accused the BNP of being a pro-war criminals party and said its not joining general elections has ‘purged’ the country of a curse.

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She made the scathing remark at a meeting of the ruling Awami League-led alliance held amid countrywide protest against the resolution passed in Pakistan’s Parliament expressing concern over the hanging of war criminal Abdul Quader Molla.The BNP-led Opposition has announced a boycott of the Jan 5 polls.

 

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South Sudan clashes ‘kill 400-500′

Ref: Hundreds of people are believed to have died in clashes between rival South Sudan army factions, the UN says, quoting unconfirmed reports.
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UN diplomats said they had been told by sources in the capital, Juba, that the death toll was between 400 and 500. Read more →

Nation observes Intellectual Martyrs Day

REF: The nation pays homage to the intellectuals who were assassinated by Pakistani occupation forces and their local collaborators in the last days of the 1971 Liberation War.

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14th December is observed as Intellectual Martyrs Day in Bangladesh in memory those bright souls who fall victim to a brutal military regime.

 

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‘Solution possible if Hasina steps down’

REF:  Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad has said the only solution to the ongoing political deadlock is for Sheikh Hasina to resign.

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“The BNP might decide to join the polls if Sheikh Hasina steps down as Prime Minister. Because, the BNP feels the election will be rigged if Hasina remains at the helm of the executive,” the former military dictator told the BBC Bengali Service in an interview on Sunday.

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Thai PM calls snap election, protesters press on

REF:  Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved parliament on Monday and called a snap election, but anti-government protest leaders pressed ahead with mass demonstrations seeking to install an unelected body to run Thailand.

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Protesters have been on the streets of the capital for weeks, clashing with police and vowing to oust Yingluck and eradicate the influence of her self-exiled brother, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The clashes petered out last week as the nation celebrated the revered king’s birthday, but political hostilities are set to resume in earnest.

 

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Khoka ‘arrested’

REF:  Police have arrested BNP Vice-Chairman Sadeque Hossain Khoka at Uttara, his aide has claimed.Khoka had been staying at an undisclosed location since he was implicated in three cases of arson last month.

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The former Dhaka City Mayor’s aide Monirul Islam told bdnews24.com that detectives had picked Khoka up from a house in Uttara on Wednesday night.

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Polls as planned with Hasina at helm, decides AL

REF:  The Awami League has decided that its chief Sheikh Hasina will remain the Prime Minister during the general election, rejecting the Opposition’s demand for her resignation.

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The ruling party’s Central Working Committee has also decided to go by Election Commission’s roadmap to the Jan 5 balloting.

 

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Protest leader must surrender, no talks: Thai govt

REF:  The Thai government said on Wednesday the leader of violent protests aimed at ousting the prime minister should surrender and face charges against him, including insurrection, ruling out further talks until he did so.

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Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, a former deputy prime minister, has dismissed the charges and vowed to press on with the protests after a pause out of respect for the 86th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Thursday.

 

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PADMA BRIDGE GRAFT CONSPIRACY: Bangladesh businessman surrenders in Canada

Ref: A Bangladeshi businessman accused of conspiring with employees of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc to bribe the country’s officials concerned to secure a contract for Padma bridge project surrendered before Canadian authorities yesterday.
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Zulfiquar Ali Bhuiyan, 48, surrendered to the RCMP’s national division of Canada, according to a report of The Globe and Mail. Read more →

Deadly bomb blast in Damascus

Ref: A bomb blast in the centre of the Syrian capital, Damascus, has killed at least two people, reports BBC.

Syrian state news agency Sana said a suicide bomber had blown himself up in al-Jisr al-Abyad district. Read more →