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Monday November 20, 2017 03:26 AM



  • Digital services take off in 2015

    Wimax operator looking to launch 4G in a couple of monthsYears of preparation, coupled with unprecedented Internet penetration and network readiness of the mass, paved way for 2015 to take the country to the next level of data services, industry experts have said.

    In the new year, the 42.5 million people or nearly a fourth of the population using Internet in the country will get fourth generation mobile telecommunications technology, better known as 4G – the fastest mode of wireless connectivity in the world as of now.

  • Year ends with a milestone for women

    Year ends with a milestone for women

    Combat pilots Nayma and Tamanna said they believed that all females of the country should come forward to realise their own dreamsOn the eve of stepping into a new year, the country achieved a new milestone for women yesterday; when for the first time ever, a female flight cadet – Nabila Afsana Badhon – carried the national flag to lead the flag contingent in a President Parade of Bangladesh Air Force.

    Also at the same occasion, where Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina took the parade’s salute as the chief guest, two of the country’s first female combat pilots took part in the flypast – their first such participation at a major event.

  • Family members reject charge sheet, demand more investigation

    Family members of murdered college student Sohan Islam yesterday rejected the charge sheet filed with a Sylhet court. They demanded that more investigation be done in the murder case.

    Sohan's mother Shahana Begum Shanu, a former ward councilor of the Sylhet City Corporation, placed the demand at press conference in the Sylhet Press Club yesterday.

    On January 26 last year, Sohan Ahmed, 18, a class XI student of Madan Mohon College was murdered by some miscreants in Lamabazar area in Sylhet city.

  • JU 5th convocation on January 31

    The 5th convocation of Jahangirnagar University will be held on January 31, according to a press release published yesterday.

    The release sent from JU Public Relation Office said the registration process for the convocation would start from January 1 and will continue till January 15.

  • Sonali, BASIC get Tk1,500 crore recap funds

    Finance Division has provided Tk1,500 crore to Sonali Bank and BASIC Bank to meet their capital shortages and keep them afloat, said a senior official.

    “The balance sheets of the two state-owned commercial banks were so weak that it could no longer bear the impact of the banks' credit forgeries,” said Bank and Financial Institutions Division Secretary M Aslam Alam yesterday.

    According to a proposal, of the recapitalisation fund, BASIC would get Tk790 crore and Sonali Tk710 crore.

  • ‘Disappearances’ became a horror in 2014

    Disappearance, particularly, was a much-talked-about issue throughout the yearThe rising incidents of disappearance and extra-judicial killings allegedly by the law enforcement agencies and the never-ending culture of impunity were a matter of grave concern among the people in 2014, observe human rights activists.

    Disappearance, particularly, was a much-talked-about issue throughout the year.

    The country is stepping into a new year with at least 42 people still remain missing. Families of these victims are yet to know their whereabouts. Rights activists blame the government for its failure to unearth the mysterious incidents of disappearance.

  • SSC candidate killed by friends

    A candidate of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination died after being beaten by his friends due to political enmity.

    Alauddin Rakib, 15, hailing from Hingul union of Mirersorai upazila succumbed to injuries on Tuesday while undergoing treatment at the Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMHC).

    Sources said, while returning home from a fair on December 28, Alauddin was beaten up, stabbed and left on the side of Briarhaat rail line by his friends.

  • Khaleda places seven proposals to end political stalemate

    Khaleda places seven proposals to end political stalemate

    Khaleda Zia addressing a press meet at the party’s Gulshan office yesterdayBNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday placed a seven-point set of proposals to the government including ensuring level-playing field for all political parties with a view to holding an inclusive election that may resolve the current political stalemate.

    “We have given seven proposals for ensuring a fair election. Now it is the government who will have to decide whether they will sit for dialogue accepting our proposals or face a movement,” Khaleda, also the chief of 20-party alliance, said at an emergency press conference held at her Gulshan office.

  • UN team: Oil spill had ‘limited’ impact on Sundarbans

    The team also recommended the government to ensure controlled navigation through the Sela River with appropriate safeguards and mitigation measures to avoid any further disaster in the forestThere has been “limited” environmental impact to the Sundarbans and its aquatic ecosystem following last month’s oil spill in Sela River, a team of UN experts has said as part of their primary observation after surveying the mangrove forest.

  • Nobody obey any rules at the Central Public Library

    Rashed, a student of philosophy at Dhaka University, was asked by one his teachers to read a rare novel as part of a course.

    In the afternoon on December 22, he went to the Central Public Library at Shahbagh in the capital and found the book among the collection. He took it out, sat at a desk and started reading it.

    The chair was not occupied but there were several job recruitment guide books on the desk.

  • Government okays satellite orbital slot procurement

    The proposal got the final nod at the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase (CCGP) yesterday, chaired by Finance Minister AMA Muhith, as confirmed by Joint Secretary of Cabinet Division Mostafizur RahmanBangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is going to sign a final contract with Intersputnik, an orbital slot leasing company, in order to launch the country’s first satellite Bangabandhu 1.

    The proposal got the final nod at the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase (CCGP) yesterday, chaired by Finance Minister AMA Muhith, as confirmed by Joint Secretary of Cabinet Division Mostafizur Rahman.

  • 2D seismic survey in hydrocarbon block 11 begins

    This is the first joint venture operation of Australia-based Santos and Singapore-based Kris Energy as they were awarded on shallow block under the Model Production Sharing Contract 2012An Australian and a Singaporean firm yesterday initiated a two-dimensional seismic survey in the 3,000 line-kilometre area of the hydrocarbon block 11 in the shallow sea of the Bay of Bengal.

    This is the first joint venture operation of Australia-based Santos and Singapore-based Kris Energy as they were awarded on shallow block under the Model Production Sharing Contract 2012.

    “They are now gathering data and the survey will be completed by February,” a Petrobangla official said.

  • Pro-AL teachers win all DUTA posts

    Awami League backed Blue panel teachers swept the Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) election yesterday bagging all 15 posts of the executive committee.

    Its contestant BNP-Jamaat backed White panel won zero posts in the election.

    Prof Shafiq Uz Zaman of Economics Department conducted the election and announced the results around 4pm.

  • Chittagong people defy Jamaat hartal

    People from all walks of life in Chittagong defied the first phase of Jamaat-e-Islami enforced hartal yesterday.

    They came out to the streets for their daily works as any other normal days. Public transports, including buses, CNG-run auto-rickshaws, were seen plying on the streets.

    No incidence of violence was reported during hartal hours in the port city yesterday.

  • Indictment hearing against Fakhrul, 45 others deferred

    A Dhaka court yesterday deferred the indictment hearing against BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir as well as some 45 leaders and activists of 20-party alliance in a case launched on charge of setting fire to a vehicle near the Prime Ministers Office in the capital two years ago.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Md Ataul Haque announced deferral and fixed January 29 for the hearing following a time petition filed by defence counsel Md Sanaullah Miah.

  • A year of gold digging at airports

    A year of gold digging at airports

    The land ports in Bhomra and Benapole were used by smugglers to push the gold into neighboring country India Although Bangladesh is no stranger to see gold being smuggled into the country, the frequency of it reached an alarming level this year; while for the first time ever, not only the gold mules, but also high-ranking aviation officials were directly linked to the smuggling racket.

    The land ports in Bhomra and Benapole were used by the smugglers to push the gold into India, where the demand for the product was sky-high because of steep import taxes.

  • Palestinian statehood resolution fails

    ‘The United States every day searches for new ways to take constructive steps to support the parties in making progress toward achieving a negotiated settlement’The UN Security Council on Tuesday rejected a Palestinian resolution calling for an Israeli withdrawal from the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem and the establishment of a Palestinian state by late 2017.

    The resolution called for negotiations to be based on territorial lines that existed before Israel captured the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip in the 1967 Middle East war. It also called for a peace deal within 12 months.

  • ‘RAB is sincere in upholding human rights’

    ‘Not only in this case, the elite force always ensures punishment as per the existing law when any of its officials found guilty even in petty criminal act’Outgoing RAB director general (DG) Mokhlesur Rahman yesterday claimed that the police elite force’s members give their maximum efforts to uphold human rights in the country.

    He blamed human rights organisations for not practising professionalism and taking side in case of any arrest by RAB or police.

  • RAB man among 6 sued for vested property ownership fraud

    The original owner of the land was Jashoda Lalbagh Roy and it became a vested property when she moved to India at the time of partitionThe Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday lodged a case against six people, including a RAB official, in connection with dishonest exchange of Tk1.1 crore for registering a vested property in a woman’s name.

    The woman, Zinat Ara, is one of the six while the remaining five are Law Officer and Executive Magistrate of RAB Mohammed Anisur Rahman, Assistant Commissioner (land) of Dhanmondi circle Samar Chandra Sutradhar, former Kotwali circle land officer Humayun Mollah, Mohammed Ali Hossain and Mohiuddin.

  • DMP officials to start wearing body cams

    DMP officials to start wearing body cams

    ‘The camera will also help police officials to coordinate better with the common people of the country’The DMP has launched a special initiative which would see its officials carry small wearable GoPro cameras on their persons from now on, in an attempt to ensure better transparency and accountability.

    “The camera will also help police officials to coordinate better with the common people of the country,” said Benazir Ahmed, the outgoing commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), while inaugurating the body camera initiative at the capital’s Shahbagh intersection yesterday.

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