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Govt for modern, efficient forces

Govt for modern, efficient forces

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government wants to see the armed forces as disciplined, efficient, modern and well-equipped units. The government will do whatever is needed to achieve this, she told a reception at the Senakunja at Dhaka Cantonment marking the Bangladesh Armed Forces Day 2014. The armed forces, glorying in the spirit...

Hold citizens' dialogue to solve problems

Eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday called upon the government to organise a national dialogue with citizens to solve the country's problems over issues, including restoration of the 1972 constitution and independence of judiciary. Ignoring the 1972 constitution means disrespecting the three million Liberation War martyrs and rejecting the December 16, 1971 victory day, he said, asking the government to restore the constitution.  The internationally acclaimed jurist was addressing a discussion, “'72's Constitution and Independence of Judiciary”, organised by Bangladesh Gonotantrik...

HC reinstates 7yrs as highest punishment for reckless driving

HC reinstates 7yrs as highest punishment for reckless driving

The High Court today reinstated the highest punishment for reckless driving to seven years in prison from the prevailing three-year jail term. In its observation, the court recommended that the punishment for reckless driving should be increased further to ensure the right to life for the people. The highest penalty for death because of reckless...

Bangladesh at high terrorism risk: Report

Bangladesh at high terrorism risk: Report

Bangladesh is at substantial risk of terrorist activity, according to a report released by non-profit think tank Institute of Economics and Peace. The country ranked 23 among 162 nations in the Global Terrorism Index. Bangladesh is among the 13 countries listed vulnerable to high terrorism risk and the third South Asian country at such a...

7-murder: HC unhappy with slow probe

7-murder: HC unhappy with slow probe

The High Court today expressed dissatisfaction with the government over the slow progress of the investigation into the abduction and killing of seven people in Narayanganj. Today, the government filed three progress reports – of police’s inspector general, Rapid Action Battalion, and the probe body led by public administration ministry – before the court...

Hard to catch

Hard to catch

Khokon Razakar, handed down death penalty for war crimes in 1971, seems far off walking the gallows, as he remains holed up abroad. Although a prosecutor and an investigator claimed to have seen him in Sweden last year, the government said they do not have specific information on the whereabouts of the 70-year-old BNP...

Don't train Rab, police

Don't train Rab, police

Accusing police and the Rapid Action Battalion of "corruption and misdeeds", BNP chief Khaleda Zia urged the international community not to provide training or arms and ammunition to the forces. The two-time former premier also reiterated her demand that the Rab, which was created by her government in 2004, be disbanded. "The Rab has turned...

New ‘cantonment’ by Padma bridge

New ‘cantonment’ by Padma bridge

The government has decided to build a new cantonment at the Padma Bridge project site and the army has sought Tk 1,774 crore over four years to build the security installations for the bridge. The government is going to divert money from sluggish and low-priority development projects to fund the construction of the new...

Fake War Hero

Joint secy sent into retirement

Yet another top government official has lost his job for managing a fake freedom fighter certificate, bringing the number of such bureaucrats to four. The certificate of Joint Secretary Md Abul Kashem Talukder, officer on special duty, has been revoked. He was sent into retirement in “public interest”, said a notification of the public administration ministry on Sunday. According to the Public Servants Act 1974, a government official may go on voluntary retirement or the government can send him into retirement upon...

All dists to get hi-tech parks: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government would set up hi-tech parks in all 64 districts of the country with the headquarters in the capital in order to make digital services available on the doorstep of people.  The government will launch a satellite into the space to facilitate the digital services, she told “Digital Centres' Entrepreneurs Conference-2014” at the National Parade Ground. Around 11,000 young entrepreneurs of 4,547 Union Parishad digital centres, 321 municipality centres, and 407 ward-level centres in...

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