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Half of interest waived, IPO quota for affected investors

The finance minister, Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, on Sunday announced a 50 per cent waiver on the past year’s margin loan interest and a 20 per cent quota in IPOs for the next two years for small-scale investors who suffered because of the 2011 stock plunge. Full story

Most DCs, UNOs held no meetings in 3 years: JS body

Most of the deputy commissioners and upazila nirbahi officers did not hold a single meeting, particularly meeting of the ICT committees in their respective areas, in last three years over the government’s plan for building a ‘digital Bangladesh’, said a parliamentary standing committee. Full story

Govt relies on bank borrowing for foreign loan dearth: Muhith

The finance minister, Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, on Sunday said that the government depended heavily on bank borrowings to meet the budget deficit in the first quarter of the current financial year. Full story

BOU VC, nine others sued

Dhaka University pro vice-chancellor Harun-or-Rashid on Sunday filed a case against 10 persons, including the VC of Bangladesh Open University, on charge of reprinting textbooks without the authors’ permission. Metropolitan magistrate Kamrunnahar Rumi asked the accused to appear in the court before April 5. Full story

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Arms depot blast kills 200 in Congo

Soldiers are deployed to secure the area where series of explosions took place at a munitions depot in the Congolose capital of Brazzaville on Sunday. — AFP photo
Around 200 people were killed on Sunday when an arms dump exploded in Brazzaville, capital of the Congo Republic, a senior official in the presidency said, citing hospital sources. Full story

PM for scientific utilisation of resources

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, has urged the engineers, technologists and scientists to come forward for the development of the country and its people through scientific utilisation of limited resources. ‘Technology-based development would take Bangladesh to the highest peak,’ ... Full story

Stern action if terror unleashed on March 12: AL

The Awami League joint general secretary, Mahbubul Alam Hanif, on Sunday warned that the government would deal severely with any attempts to disrupt peace in the name of political programme on March 12. Full story

AL started politics of vengeance: BNP

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Sunday told a discussion that the politics of vengeance was at the root of all the evil in the society. Full story

Menon wants ruling, opposition parties to sort out interim govt issue

Rashed Khan Menon, president of the Workers Party of Bangladesh that is a partner of the Awami League-led ruling alliance, in the parliament on Sunday urged the government and the main opposition BNP to immediately work out a formula for an ‘interim government’ which could hold the next general elections. Full story

16 dead in Polish train wreck

Rescue workers Sunday combed the wreckage after two trains crashed head-on in southern Poland, killing 16 people including a US citizen, with scores wounded. A southbound train from Warsaw slammed head-on into another train headed north at Szczekociny, some 200 kilometres from the capital, late Saturday in the country’s worst rail disaster since 1990. Full story

Local factories working for Adidas, Nike, Puma ‘abuse’ workers: report

A UK-based charity organisation claimed that workers of Bangladeshi factories producing sportswear for Adidas, Nike and Puma that supply products for the Olympic Games were being abused by managers and senior colleagues. Full story

Mozena says US has no base in Bangladesh

The US ambassador to Bangladesh Dan W Mozena on Sunday refuted recent media reports saying he was unaware about the existence of any military base of his country in Bangladesh. Full story

Abed Khan defends Samakal report on Sayedee

Prosecution witness, journalist Abed Khan on Sunday defended a report carried by Bangla daily Samakal in February 2007 on detained Jamaat nayeb-e-amir Delwar Hossain Sayedee. At that time, Abed told the International Crimes Tribunal that he was the editor of Samakal. Full story

Tender by mid-April

A joint-venture company formed by Bangladesh Power Development Board and Indian National Thermal Power Corporation is likely to float tender for the installation of a 1,320 megawatt coal-fired power plant at Rampal in Bagerhat by mid-April. Full story

Tender by mid-April

A joint-venture company formed by Bangladesh Power Development Board and Indian National Thermal Power Corporation is likely to float tender for the installation of a 1,320 megawatt coal-fired power plant at Rampal in Bagerhat by mid-April. Full story

NRBs seek justice for Sagar, Runi

Expatriate Bangladeshis, some Germans and many other European and Asian nationals living in Germany have demanded a quick conclusion to the case involving murders of journalist couple Sagar Sarwar and Mehrun Runi. They said they would draw the attention of the European Parliament and United Nations if the Bangladesh government fails to bring the killers to justice within a deadline. Full story

1 killed, 50 hurt in B’baria clash

A man was killed and over 50 people were injured in a clash between two rival groups over establishing supremacy at Bhoirabnagar village in Nabinagar upazila of Brahmanbaria on Sunday. Full story

Pakistan seeks Interpol help over Musharraf arrest

The Pakistani interior minister, Rehman Malik, Sunday said he had formally asked Interpol to issue an arrest warrant for former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over the murder of ex-premier Benazir Bhutto. Full story

One killed over land dispute in Madaripur

A man was killed and 10 others were injured in a clash between two rival groups over a land dispute at Beparikandi village in Shibchar upazila of Madaripur on Sunday. The deceased was Fazlu Akhand, 57, of the village. Full story

3,000 sued over private univs students clash

The police on Sunday sued about 3,000 unnamed people in connection with a clash among the students of two private universities at Banani in the capital on Saturday. Full story

US defence official due today

The US deputy assistant secretary of defence, James A. Schear, is due in Dhaka on a four-day official visit starting from today, the US embassy in Dhaka said in a news release. Schear and his delegation will observe the opening of Shanti Doot-3 exercise on Thursday, where he will deliver a keynote speech. Full story

Lalon fest foiled in Magura, 20 injured

At least 20 people were injured as suspected militants attacked Lalon festival at Pulum High School ground in Shalikha upazila of Magura on Saturday night. Organisers of the festival alleged that a gang of 25 to 30 people, suspected to be militants and equipped with sharp weapons, swooped on the devotees and organisers of the festival at 10:00pm. They said the attackers beat up devotees, spectators and organisers leaving at least 20 people injured. Full story


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