• Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Government

No action till Sunday

The High Court yesterday ordered the government not to take any legal action till Sunday against the green activists who had been demonstrating to press their demand that Dhanmondi playground be opened to public. The order came hours after four environmentalists sued for protesting occupation of the playground surrendered before a lower court and secured bail. Green activists earlier filed a writ petition seeking HC directives on the government to stop construction of illegal structures on the playground. Hearing on the...

No bargaining chip in govt's hands

BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday said the incumbent government would not be able to realise its due share of the Teesta water, as it had given "everything" to India, and did not have any bargaining chip left. "The government has given transit, corridor to India, and let it use the Chittagong port," Fakhrul told a rally at Azampur of the capital's Uttara during the inauguration the party's two-day long march towards Teesta Barrage in Lalmonirhat, demanding...

Government reshuffles civil admin

The government has given 17 joint secretaries and deputy secretaries to new postings and made five joint secretaries officer on special duty (OSD), said gazette notifications of the public administration ministry on Monday and yesterday.    Those made OSD are Abul Kashem Talukder of the liberation war ministry, Mizanur Rahman, director of Bangladesh Betar, Abdul Khaleque, secretary to the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission, Ikramul Haque and Syed Nazmul Huda, project directors of the two projects taken for establishing silos. One of...

BNP's Teesta long march starts today

BNP begins its two-day long march towards the Teesta Barrage in Nilphamari today amid a warning by the government that stern action will follow if the party creates anarchy during the programme.   State Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan yesterday issued a note of warning, saying those who would cause anarchy would face legal action. The government will extend its support if BNP holds the programme peacefully, he said while talking to reporters at his office at the secretariat. In...

Public Interest Litigations

HC orders ignored

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...

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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 .....

Modi vows to put away corrupt politicians

Modi vows to put away corrupt politicians

Narendra Modi yesterday ....

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