Archive for: January 2014

Syria peace talks take tentative step forward

REF:  Talks aimed at ending the war in Syria took a first tentative step forward on Wednesday as both sides agreed to use the same document as the basis of discussions, although they disagreed about how the negotiations should proceed.


Both sides said they agreed to use the “Geneva communique”, a document agreed at a previous international conference in Geneva in June 2012, and which sets out the stages needed for an end to the fighting and a political transition.


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Chittagong arms haul verdict Thursday

REF:  The verdict in the sensational 10-truck arms haul case will be pronounced on Thursday, nearly 10 years after the seizure took place.


Chittagong Metropolitan Sessions Judge and Special Tribunal-1 judge SM Mojibur Rahman had set the date to deliver the verdict on Jan 13 after hearing the closing arguments of the counsels.


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Bangladesh buys Russian combat training jets

Ref: Bangladesh ordered 24 Russian Yak-130 light fighter jets worth $800 million in the final quarter of last year, a Russian newspaper reported Tuesday, says RIA Novosti.
The deal was paid for with a loan extended by Moscow to the country a year ago, the director of Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said in a separate interview published by Kommersant on Monday, without disclosing the deal’s price tag. Read more →

Chhatra Dal leader dies in ‘gunbattle’

REF:  A local leader of the BNP’s student front has been killed in an ‘encounter’ with police in Satkhira of southern Bangladesh.

Police identified the deceased as Azharul Islam, 28, son of Sirajuddin Sarder of Kathi Union. He was Chatra Dal vice president of Tala Upazila unit.


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Israeli troops kidnap son of Hamas leader

সুত্র: Israeli forces have arrested the son of Hamas leader Gamal Abul-Haigaa in Jenin in the northern West Bank, according to a Tuesday statement by the resistance group, reports World Bulletin news.
“Israeli Special Forces this afternoon kidnapped Emad Abul-Haigaa from a shop on Haifa Street in Jenin,” read a statement by Hamas leader Wasfi Qabha. Read more →

Anisul Haque law, Nasim health minister

REF:  The 49-member Cabinet sworn in on Sunday afternoon has 23 new faces, while most members of the previous Cabinet have retained their earlier portfolios.


JP Chairman Anwar Hossain Manju has been given the Environment and Forests portfolio in the new Sheikh Hasina-led government.Awami League leader Mohammad Nasim, who was in Hasina’s ministry in 1996, has been made the Health Minister.

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Turkish PM in Tokyo- Assad must leave for Syria peace

Ref: A UN-hosted peace conference on Syria must work to remove President Bashar al-Assad from power because of his culpability for tens of thousands of deaths, Turkey’s Prime Minster said in Tokyo on Tuesday, JapanToday reports.
“In Geneva 2, we must make sure that… all the measures will not fail…so that we can (bring) in an era without Bashar al-Assad,” he said, referring to peace talks planned later this month in Switzerland. Read more →

‘Leave Jamaat, come to consensus’

REF:  Sheikh Hasina has asked the BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to give up terrorism and the Jamaat-e-Islami and work towards a dialogue for the next election.


“I continually urged them to leave violent ways and work towards a political consesus. I again urge the leaders of the Opposition to leave violence, war criminals and terrorists,” she told reporters at Ganabhaban on Monday.

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Violence unacceptable: UN Chief

REF:  Instead of following the US in debunking the recent Bangladesh elections as ‘not credible’, the UN has chosen to lambast the violence witnessed during it.


UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said that the violence during polls was ‘unacceptable’ and has appealed to political parties to initiate dialogue.

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BNP lawmakers to meet Speaker

REF:  BNP MPs will meet Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury on Thursday morning.Shairul Kabir Khan, a BNP press functionary, said that the meeting had been scheduled at 10.30am at the Speaker’s office.


He, however, declined to disclose what the delegation, led by Opposition chief whip Joynul Abdin Farroque, will discuss with the Speaker.