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Ministers Resign to form All-party Govt PM invites new controversy

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s move to set up an all-party polls-time government has triggered a constitutional debate over the resignation of her ministers for paving the way for forming an interim administration. The government announcement that the premier will decide on the ministers’ resignation sparked the controversy, as there is no constitutional provision for the […]

Philip Green, the CEO of the Arcadia Group which owns Topshop, has said that many commentators and critics used his business as a “battering ram” following the factory collapse in Bangladesh earlier this year.   Rana Plaza, an eight-storey textile factory building in a Dhaka suburb, collapsed due to shoddy construction in April, killing 1,129 […]

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A fire gutted Qatar Airways Dhaka office housed at a six-storey commercial building in Gulshan on Monday night. Fire fighters said the fire broke out at the Taj Casilina Apartments around 10pm and engulfed the entire top floor of the block. However, an airline official said it would not hamper their operations since the fifth […]

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The Opposition will withdraw its 84-hour general strike if the government initiates moves to end the current political crisis, Abdul Kader Siddiqui has said. The Bangladesh Krishak-Sramik Janata League President said this on Monday night after meeting BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan residence. He was accompanied by Bikalpadhara Bangladesh Secretary General Abdul Mannan. […]

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With almost his entire body burnt and bandaged, Montu Paul lies motionless at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday. Doctors there believe only a miracle can save Montu, a victim of a petrol bomb hurled inside a human haulier in Laxmi Bazar Sunday night. Photo: Palash Khan Hartals have always been violent, […]

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The state-owned Bangladesh Development Bank Limited (BDBL) will not sue Beximco Ltd as it has repaid the loan after a bdnews24.com report. The BDBL on Saturday said it had decided to sue Beximco, one of Bangladesh’s largest business conglomerates, to realise defaulted loans. The Dhaka Stock Exchange posted the news on its website. One of […]

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M AMIR-UL ISLAM Renowned jurist and one of the framers of the constitution Barrister M Amir-Ul Islam said the ministers could hold their offices and enjoy state facilities until their resignation letters were sent to the president. He said the letters were given to the prime ministers, who had not forwarded them to the president, […]

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It is the practice that an outgoing government will refrain from making any controversial decision or legal provision to avert public wrath ahead of a general election. But the Awami League-led government proved this wrong on Sunday when it made a controversial legal provision to protect civil bureaucrats from graft charges. Close to the end […]

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  The Government on Monday rejected a media report on disrupting food and water supply to the residence of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.   “The news over disrupting food and water supply to opposition leader Khaleda Zia’s residence published in some newspapers, including the Daily Inqilab, is false, fabricated, ill-motivated and confusing. Nothing like this […]

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  Election Commissioner Md Shah Nawaz on Monday said the Election Commission has the constitutional obligation to hold the general election in due time even if any major political party boycotts it.   “The Election Commission is a constitutional body. The commission will have to arrange the election in line with the Constitution even if […]

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“One shirt. That’s all I’m asking for”: The BBC hears survivors’ stories The Philippine President Benigno Aquino has declared a state of national calamity to speed relief efforts for victims of Typhoon Haiyan. In a statement, he said the two worst affected provinces, Leyte and Samar, had suffered massive destruction and loss of life. Thousands […]

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BNP always comes to power with evil design, she says   Taking a swipe at the opposition for enforcing frequent hartals inflicting sufferings on the common people, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday alleged that BNP only talks in the language of arms.   “They (BNP) only know the language of arms…they don’t want peace […]

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