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Biman sitting idle with large planes

Published Date: July 28, 2014
Biman sitting idle with large planes

All six Boeing 777s of Biman remain underutilised for lack of long-haul flights and pilots, causing the national carrier to lose crores of taka every year. “More than 20 percent of the operational capacity of the planes remain unutilised, as we could not open routes in line with their capacity,” an official at Biman's...

Published Date: July 28, 2014
Eid joy all around

Eid joy all around

After a month of fasting, people in their thousands were trying to get transport home from the capital on the last working day yesterday ahead of the Eid holidays. If the new moon is sighted today, Eid will be celebrated tomorrow (Tuesday). If not, it will be celebrated the day after. People thronged Kamalapur Railway...

Published Date: July 28, 2014
Eid truce ignored

Eid truce ignored

A 24-hour ceasefire proposed by Hamas in Gaza to mark the Muslim holiday Eid appears to have broken down after Israel said the militants could not be trusted. In a weekend where both sides offered each other truces only to see them rejected, yesterday evening saw a return to the rocket fire and missile...

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Impeachment of Judges

Published Date: July 28, 2014
Did Gen Zia abolish Sangsad's power?

The way Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday spoke about the introduction of the Supreme Judicial Council seems to have put the blame squarely on military ruler General Ziaur Rahman for abolishing parliament's authority to impeach the apex court's judges by introducing the new system. She pointed out that after seizing power General Ziaur Rahman brought in the Supreme Judicial Council by amending the constitution through a martial law proclamation in 1978. This part of her statement is true.   But it...

Published Date: July 28, 2014
Most garment makers clear wages, bonuses

After much dilly-dallying by owners, most workers of around 500 garment factories finally got their wages and bonuses yesterday. Once the fruit of their sweat was in their hands with Eid only a day or two away, they set out in no time to celebrate the biggest religious festival with their near and dear ones back home away from the capital. “I received 15-days' salary of this month and bonus,” said Mohammad Tamijuddin, a senior operator of a Narayanganj-based knitwear factory,...

Published Date: July 27, 2014
Gaza death toll tops 1,000

Gaza death toll tops 1,000

Thousands of people in Gaza have ventured out from homes and shelters during a 12-hour ceasefire to find that whole streets and neighbourhoods have been destroyed in the last week. Israel and Hamas both agreed to a UN request to stop fighting from 8am until 8pm yesterday. An Israeli cabinet minister said last night...

Published Date: July 27, 2014
With joy, Eid home rush at peak

With joy, Eid home rush at peak

Travel on the country's highways, waterways and rail were largely trouble-free yesterday even though a large number of people headed home for the Eid holidays. Bus tickets were pricey but the highways were free of congestion. Trains and launches were overcrowded. Second-grader Ashfaq Rakin was sparkling with excitement at Mohakhali bus terminal yesterday just before...

Published Date: July 27, 2014
PM's firm no to dialogue

PM's firm no to dialogue

The Gono Bhaban yesterday denied The Daily Star reporter access to cover the prime minister's press conference without giving any reason. We are, however, carrying the report based on information obtained from secondary sources. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday rejected outright any dialogue with the BNP on the next general election. “Why do I have...

Published Date: July 27, 2014
Wait for salaries, bonus gets longer

With Eid only a day or two away, thousands of garment workers did not receive their salaries and bonuses even yesterday, the deadline earlier set by the garment owners. The owners have sought one more day, which is today, to pay the workers before the Eid festival. This means the workers are going to have an Eid they never expected, if they are not paid by today, the last banking day before the Eid holidays begin. And even if they do...

Published Date: July 27, 2014
GDP growth to hover around 6.5pc

Bangladesh Bank has forecast the country's economic growth will remain between 6.2 percent and 6.5 percent in the current fiscal year, though the government has set the growth target at 7.3 percent. The central bank in its half-yearly monetary policy also aims to bring the inflation rate down to 6.5 percent, which the government says would be 6 percent. The BB plans to keep the ceiling for private sector credit growth at 14 percent by December this year, against 15 percent in...