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Latif claims he offered to quit

Latif claims he offered to quit

While the cabinet division said it was all set to have Abdul Latif Siddique fired, the minister has claimed to have tendered his resignation almost a week ago. The posts and telecommunications and ICT minister told The Daily Star over the phone from Heathrow Airport last night that he had emailed the PMO from Dallas on October 6 and the PMO acknowledged getting his email. Latif was on his way to New Delhi and he would head for Kolkata from there. He said he would stay in Kolkata for a...

Be sincere or face action, PM tells DCs

Be sincere or face action, PM tells DCs

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has warned the deputy commissioners (DCs) of taking stern action if they fail to discharge their duties sincerely. “Discharge your (DCs) duties as per the law, rising above all fear," Hasina said while inaugurating the DCs conference at the International Conference Centre at the Prime Minister's Office in the capital...

New book's claim fuels controversy

New book's claim fuels controversy

Narendra Modi, tipped to be India's next prime minister, yesterday latched onto a new tell-all book that alleges current premier Manmohan Singh was a powerless puppet during his years at the top. However, the Indian Prime Minister's Office yesterday rubbished as "baseless and mischievous" the contention of former media adviser to Indian PM Sanjaya Baru that PMO files were seen by Congress president Sonia Gandhi. "The statement being attributed to a former media adviser to the prime minister that PMO files were seen by the Congress president, Smt Sonia Gandhi is completely baseless and mischievous. It is categorically denied that any PMO file has ever been shown to Smt Sonia Gandhi,"...

PMO trying to influence Pirganj upazila poll

BNP yesterday alleged that officials of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) were trying to influence the election to the Pirganj upazila parishad of Rangpur scheduled to be held today. “Some officials of the Prime Minister's Office are staying there...a premier's relative is contesting for the chairman post,” BNP Office Secretary Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed told a press conference in BNP's Naya Paltan central office in the capital.   He said the officials were also violating the electoral code of conduct by...

PMO under revamp

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has opted to reorganise her office by inducting people with experience and a clean image to avoid controversy and speed up development activities. Already, she has dropped a few senior officials and is likely to appoint those known for clean track records and competence.   Among those dropped from the Prime Minister's Office are two of the premier's advisers Syed Modasser Ali and Alauddin Ahmed. Modasser became widely controversial for partisan appointments in the health sector during the...

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