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  • Falling oil price a boon for Bangladesh

    Falling oil price a boon for Bangladesh

    Benefits at retail level depends on domestic price adjustment, which is unlikely anytime soonThe country’s economy is expected to benefit from the dramatic fall in oil prices that continued to zoom out as of yesterday, economists said. 

    But, they said, the consequent consumer benefit depends on the price adjustment at the domestic market commensurate with the international price.

    The cash-strapped Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC), the country’s lone state-owned oil importer, is expecting to become a profitable entity soon, as it does not require any subsidy at present, its chairman told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

  • Bangladesh secure Men’s Jr Asia Cup slot

    Bangladesh secure Men’s Jr Asia Cup slot

    Bangladesh are top of the group standings with nine points from three matchesBangladesh confirmed their berth in the final round of the Men’s Junior AHF Cup in Malaysia next year following their 7-0 rout of Oman at Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

    With this win, Bangladesh sealed their place as one of the two teams from this group and will now join the six teams who have already qualified for the final round. The final round will feature eight teams.

  • Satisfied Nazmul lifts Shakib’s overseas league ban

    ‘What we have observed is that he is a good human being and there are lots of changes in him which we are very happy to observe,’ said NazmulNational all-rounder Shakib al Hasan’s overseas league ban has finally been lifted by Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan. Nazmul announced this decision upon his arrival at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport yesterday. 

  • Land Boundary Agreement gets Mamata’s assent

    The LBA, ratified by Bangladesh in 1974, has been held up by political wrangling in IndiaObstructed by opposition and regional parties in India for four decades, the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) is likely to be implemented now that West Bengal’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) has withdrawn its objection to it.

    “We have informed the central government that we have no objection to the exchange of enclaves on the basis of the Land Boundary Agreement with Bangladesh. This is our official stand and I convey it to you today,” BBC Bangla yesterday quoted TMC boss Mamata Banerjee as saying at a programme in the Cooch Behar district of India.

  • BCB comes out heavily against LRB

    The BCB went on to say the comments thrown towards it’s directors are defamatory and expression of sick mentalityThe Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday, through a press release, vehemently condemned the statement of Legends of Rupganj owner Lutfur Rahman Badal terming it indecent, ill-motivated and derogatory.

  • Siddikur 54th in Indonesia Open after first round

    • Golf
    • December 04, 2014

    Bangladesh golfer Siddikur Rahman continued to struggle in the Asian Tour circuit following his return from a back injury as he concluded round one of the Indonesia Open yesterday at joint 54th position with 20 other golfers.

    Siddikur came to the Damai Indah Golf Course in Jakarta on the back of a disappointing finish in the King’s Cup where he ended at joint 110th position alongside six others. In the opening round of the $750,000 tournament yesterday, the 30-year-old golfer from Madaripur carded one-over-par 72, nine shots behind leader Kalem Richardson from Australia.

  • ‘Sk Jamal stood beside me during my bad times’

    ‘Sk Jamal stood beside me during my bad times’

    When the list of the Bangladeshi football coaches is prepared, Maruful Haque’s name will no doubt feature at the very top. Following a treble-winning campaign with Sheikh Russel two seasons back, Maruf recently came up trumps for Sheikh Jamal clinching the King’s Cup title in Bhutan. 

  • Carriers owe BTCL nearly Tk2,000cr

    ‘Sometimes we have found that officers do not carry out their duty towards the company’s money. They are not willing to collect the money’The outstanding bills of various international call carriers to the state-owned telecommunications company BTCL have stacked up to a staggering Tk1,959.86 crore against a bank guarantee of only Tk168.36 crore.

    Of the figure, some 53 post-paid foreign carriers owed as much as Tk994.91 crore as of May this year to the Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL).

    BTCL seeks bank guarantee only from the post-paid carriers; no national foreign carriers have any bank guarantees although their total outstanding amounts are higher than the foreign carriers.

  • Ton-up Anamul guides Kalabagan CA

    Ton-up Anamul guides Kalabagan CA

    Brothers Union rode on Avishek Mitra’s unbeaten ton as they defeated Kalabagan Krira Chakra by four wickets while Abahani registered a comfortable eight-wicket victory over VictoriaAnamul Haque’s brilliant century guided Kalabagan Cricket Academy to a huge 197-run win over Partex in the eighth round of the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League yesterday. With this win, Kalabagan CA moved to third position in the points table.

  • Ex-BTCL MD sent straight to jail from court for contempt

    According to the court order, he had committed contempt ‘by refusing to comply with this court’s order’ in connection with refunding a non-government company’s security moneySetting a very rare example, the High Court yesterday sent a former government official from court straight to jail on contempt charges.

    The HC sentenced SOM Kalimullah, former managing director of the state-owned Bangladesh Telecommunication Company Limited (BTCL), to four months simple imprisonment after finding him guilty of contempt on the basis of an arbitration application.

  • Walton V-day rugby begins today

    Walton V-day rugby begins today

    The Walton Home Appliance Victory Day Rugby with the participation of four male and equal number of female teams will begin at the Paltan ground today. Through this tournament, it will be the first time that female rugby will take place in Bangladesh.

    In a press conference held at the Bangabandhu National Stadium conference room yesterday, Mousum Ali, the general secretary of
    the Rugby Union, said he is extremely happy to introduce the game to the women.

  • Tofail: Newspaper owners need not show clean image

    ‘Newspaper owners have excessive wealth too, but are not compelled to declare it like the politicians. The government will monitor influential persons on corruption allegations’Commerce Minister and senior Awami League leader, Tofail Ahmed yesterday categorically said that newspaper owners did not require to have clean image, but politicians do.

    “Newspaper owners have negative sides; if their circulation is 100 copies, they claim 20,000 to get the newspaper allocation and ultimately sell them at Nayabazar,” the minister told querying reporters at the Secretariat.

  • ‘Dead’ woman comes back to life

    ‘Dead’ woman comes back to life

    ‘When we declared her dead, we could not feel a pulse. Her body had become like a dead person…It was a misunderstanding. The patient is now well’Morgue attendants at the Dhaka Medical College came to pick up a dead woman’s body from a ward of the hospital. As they moved to pick her up, the “deceased” woman started moving her feet.

    Three hours earlier, around 2pm, Dr Nilufa Nila, an honorary physician at one of Bangladesh’s most important public hospitals, had declared her dead. A death-certificate was issued and a ward boy named Belal went to the morgue with the certificate.

  • Brilliant Aguero playing like one of the gods

    Brilliant Aguero playing like one of the gods

    He has scored 19 goals in all competitions already this season Manchester City’s Argentine striker Sergio Aguero was named Player of the Year in a vote by 250,000 English fans this week – and it probably won’t be the last honour he picks up this season.

    The 26-year-old, who won the Premier League title with City in May and reached the World Cup final with Argentina in July, topped the Football Supporters Federation poll, ahead of City team mate Yaya Toure, Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling, Morgan Schneiderlin of Southampton and the Chelsea duo of Eden Hazard and Branislav Ivanovic.

  • BNP chief denies meeting with government officials

    Some other officials skipped the programme because of intelligence surveillance, said sourcesA group of incumbent and former government officials held a meeting with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan office yesterday.

    Around 20 government functionaries, mainly OSDs (Officers on Special Duty) and BNP-minded officials, were asked to form a Janatar Mancha-like platform to mount pressure on the government, meeting sources said.

    The former premier reportedly asked the visiting officials to launch an anti-government platform like that of 1996.

  • Chelsea march on, Aguero keeps City in the mix

    Chelsea march on, Aguero keeps City in the mix

    Chelsea’s inexorable Premier League title march continued with a consummate 3-0 triumph over Tottenham Hotspur and champions Manchester City stayed second with a 4-1 canter at Sunderland on Wednesday.

    Southampton’s challenge suffered further deflation with a 1-0 defeat at Arsenal, but the pacesetters took full advantage with Chelsea making it 21 games unbeaten this season thanks to goals from Eden Hazard, Didier Drogba and Loic Remy.

  • Moosa Bin Shamsher asked to appear before ACC

    Moosa Bin Shamsher asked to appear before ACC

    Many international media reported Moosa’s activities terming him an ‘arms dealer’The Anti-Corruption Commission issued a notice yesterday to controversial and featured businessman Moosa Bin Shamsher, a suspected arms dealer, to appear before it on December 18 to face interrogation.

    ACC Senior Deputy Director Mir Zainul Abedin Shibli issued the notice and sent it to Moosa’s Gulshan residence and his firm Datco’s Banani office addresses. He is the chairman of Datco, a manpower recruiting agency.

  • ‘$1 each for Syrian refugees’

    The WFP warned the suspension would force many Syrian families who fled to Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt to go hungry
    The World Food Program launched an unusual campaign Wednesday to raise $1 contributions from 64 million people around the world so it can restore food vouchers to Syrian refugees who won’t be getting any UN help in December.

    The 72-hour campaign effort comes two days after the UN food agency announced it was forced to suspend food vouchers to 1.7 million Syrians refugees because it doesn’t have the $64m to cover the cost. The WFP warned the suspension would force many Syrian families who fled to Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt to
    go hungry.

  • Body formed to probe Barisal police action; protests continue

    Body formed to probe Barisal police action; protests continue

    Police claim that they were forced to charge batons as students turned violentA three-member body was formed yesterday to investigate the merciless baton charge on agitating students of Barisal Institute of Health Technology on Wednesday that sparked massive criticism.

    The probe body led by a deputy commissioner of the police headquarters was asked to submit report within three days, Barisal Metropolitan Police Commissioner SK Chowdhury told the Dhaka Tribune.

  • Cases filed against policemen for alleged extortion

    The accused police men are Assistant Sub-Inspector Majnu, Constable Robiul and Ansar VDP member AnjanA Dhaka court yesterday ordered the Detective Branch (DB) of police to investigate against two police men and one Ansar member of Khilgaon police station for their alleged involvement in extorting, hijacking and assaulting a pick-up van driver.

    Dhaka Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ali Masud Sheikh issued the order after the pick-up van driver Md Solaiman Sheikh yesterday filed a case with the court.

    The court also directed the DB to submit the investigation report within January 25.

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