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HC orders ignored

Public Interest Litigations

HC orders ignored

Five years ago, the High Court ordered the government to dredge and clean the four rivers around Dhaka and remove illegal structures from their banks, in efforts to save these lifelines of the capital. A series of government actions followed, but not for long. The consequences have been terrible -- the rivers continue to...

No transparency in PM's relief fund for Rana Plaza victims

The government has failed to show transparency in collecting and distributing money for the victims of the Rana Plaza building collapse, a BNP leader said yesterday. “There was no transparency and accountability in dealing with the Prime Minister's relief fund. It is still unclear who received how much money from the relief fund and who contributed to the fund,” said Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury who is also an adviser to the BNP chairperson. Chowdhury's comment came at a dialogue --BBC Bangladesh...

US is not a democracy

A new scientific study from Princeton university researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn't a democracy any more. And they've found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy. An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well...

Abduction Of Siddique

Khaleda sees govt link

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday accused the government of involvement in the recent abduction of businessman Abu Bakar Siddique. The husband of green activist Syeda Rezwana Hasan was released in fear of severe consequences for the Hasina administration, she said. "The government understood that if Siddique was not released, BNP would wage tougher agitation to oust it. So, it had to free him. He would otherwise have had the same fate as missing BNP leader Ilias Ali.” Khaleda was addressing the...

Phase out quick rental plants

The World Bank has recommended phasing out the quick rental power plants and stopping payment to firms out of production to ease the government's subsidy burden as it has started renewing the contracts with the firms. “To date some contracts have been renewed on a 'no power no payment' basis, while some rental prices have come down, more should be done to reduce the cost of rental power and eventually phase it out,” said the bank in its latest Bangladesh...

Govt freed Siddique fearing consequence: Khaleda

Govt freed Siddique fearing consequence: Khaleda

Blaming the government for the abduction of Abu Bakar Siddique, husband of environmental lawyer Syeda Rizwana Hasan, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia today alleged that it freed the victim sensing dire consequence for the act. "The government was responsible for this abduction. An oust government movement could have started had Bakar not freed immediately," the...

Govt ready to offer subsidy to renewable energy: minister

The government stands ready to provide subsidies to the renewable energy sector to encourage exploring alternatives to costly fossil fuels, State Minister for Energy and Power Nasrul Hamid said yesterday. "We have to take a decision on it. We have to decide about subsidies in rural and urban areas. Otherwise, there might be wastages," he said.    The state minister spoke at a roundtable on the revised renewable energy policy, at Bidyut Bhaban in the capital. The Energy and Power magazine...

Govt asks Facebook to remove 3 contents

Govt asks Facebook to remove 3 contents

Bangladesh government has asked the Facebook authorities to remove three contents from its website, published between July and December 2013, a report by the social media giant says. Facebook published its second transparency report on April 11 this year. The first transparency report published in June 2013 said that Bangladesh government had asked for personal...

Grameen Bank

Directors protest

The Grameen Bank (GB) board of directors has protested the government's move to elect a new board of the microlender by October 5, terming it "a conspiracy to destroy" the bank. "We, the elected directors, strongly protest the current government's conspiracy to destroy the Grameen Bank and demand that the existing system, through which the members of the bank have been electing their directors for more than three decades, be retained," said a GB statement signed by one of its...

Govt to revive social campaign against militancy

Govt to revive social campaign against militancy

The government today decided to reinvigorate its socio-cultural and religious campaign to fight militancy by involving cross-section of people. “We discussed how to tackle militancy other than using force. We laid more importance on creating mass awareness against the evils of it,” State Minister for Home Asaduzzaman Khan said after chairing a meeting of...

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''Modi sent emissaries to separatist leader''

'Modi sent emissaries to separatist leader'

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Gujarat model a myth

Gujarat model a myth

Congress leader Beni Prasad Verma .....

Clone candidates clutter polls

Clone candidates clutter polls

Voters in a parliamentary ....