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Rangpur city awaits maiden polls


A festive mood has gripped this city a day before its first city corporation polls.

Rangpur’s civic body was upgraded to a City Corporation this year. Voters are therefore expectedly enthusiastic and keen to exercise their ballot.

The city’s grapevine is abuzz with speculations about who will be Rangpur’s Mayor. However, in view of the uncertain national situation, tension prevails here and the administration says it had arranged for tight security.

Police patrols were frequent.

Public transport was barred from polling zones from Monday midnight and only police, media and mobile court vehicles are allowed. Read more →

Deadly fire toll spreads to 110: officials

Ref:  A devastating fire that swept through a garment factory in the Ashulia industrial belt near capital Dhaka on Saturday has left at least 110 people dead.

The worst ever factory blaze in Bangladesh broke out on the ground floor of the multi-storied Tazreen Fashions Limited around 7:30pm in Savar’s Nischintapur, officials said.


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Ctg flyover deaths rise to 12

Ref:  Death toll reaches 12 as rescue teams until Sunday morning recovered more bodies from under the debris of three girders of the under-construction Bahaddarhat flyover, police said.

The girders collapsed on Saturday evening.


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Egypt’s Mursi to meet judges over power grab

Ref:   Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi will meet senior judges on Monday to try to ease a crisis over his seizure of new powers which has set off violent protests reminiscent of last year’s revolution which brought him to power.

Egypt’s stock market plunged on Sunday in its first day open since Mursi issued a decree late on Thursday temporarily widening his powers and shielding his decisions from judicial review, drawing accusations he was behaving like a new dictator.


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Action under Sharia law for excesses: PM

Ref:  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday reaffirmed that there would be no let-up in the ongoing war crimes trial and that those opposing it would be dealt with under Sharia law, if need be.

“We know the alternative way if the limit is crossed. We know what we need to do. Action will be taken as per the Sharia law, if necessary. There is Qiyas (in the Islamic law),” she said at the beginning of the Awami League Central Working Committee at her official Ganabhaban residence.


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US eases import ban on Myanmar ahead of Obama trip

Ref: The United States said on Friday it will allow imports from Myanmar for the first time in nearly a decade, a move that could boost the struggling economy in the former pariah state.

The announcement came just a day before Obama departs on a trip to Asia that will include a historic stop in the resource-rich country.


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Israel prepares to invade Gaza

Ref: Israel’s cabinet authorised the mobilisation of up to 75,000 reservists late on Friday, preparing the ground for a possible Gaza invasion after Palestinians fired a rocket toward Jerusalem for the first time in decades.

Tel Aviv, Israel’s commercial centre, also came under rocket attack for the second straight day, in defiance of an Israeli air offensive that began on Wednesday with the declared aim of deterring Hamas from launching cross-border attacks that have plagued southern Israel for years.


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Mashiur won’t mind long leave

Ref:  The Economic Affairs Advisor to the Prime Minister, Mashiur Rahman, on Sunday said he will have no qualms about going on long leave for the sake of the agreement for the World Bank funding in the multi-billion dollar Padma bridge project.

He made the comments after emerging from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) headquarters, where he was questioned over his suspected involvement in the alleged corruption in the ambitious project.


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US-Bangladeshi gets 17yr jail for terror plot

Ref:  A Massachusetts man was sentenced to 17 years in prison on Thursday for a plot to attack the Pentagon and the US Capitol building in Washington with explosives loaded into remote-control model airplanes.

Rezwan Ferdaus, who was arrested in September 2011 and pleaded guilty in July to terrorism-related charges in a deal with prosecutors, told the court he has devoted a lot of time to self-reflection while in jail awaiting sentencing and that he accepted his fate.


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Anger grows over fuel shortage in storm-hit US Northeast

Ref: Tempers frayed in long gas lines and millions were still without electricity across the US Northeast on Friday as the death toll from superstorm Sandy hit 102 and crews searched for more victims in devastated communities in New York and New Jersey.

The US government moved to ease the fuel crunch by tapping strategic reserves and buying millions of gallons of gasoline and diesel to be trucked to storm-damaged areas.


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