Sunday February 25, 2018 02:01 PM

  • RMG in concert with $50bn export target

    PM urges sector stakeholders to remain alert about conspiraciesDespite recent tragedies and existing obstacles, Bangladesh is still regarded as a popular global apparel sourcing destination and have the potential to hit the top of buyers’ priority lists.

    There are also predictions that at the 17% average annual growth rate achieved in the last 25 years, Bangladesh need only to elevate its current global market share to 7% from the existing 5% to reach the self-righteous target of $50bn yearly apparel export 2021.

  • Joydebpur-Mymensingh 4-lane project half-done

    Joydebpur-Mymensingh 4-lane project half-done

    In February, Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader told reporters that the project would be finished by December this yearAlmost half of the construction work in much-hyped Joydebpur-Mymensingh four-lane upgrading project is yet to be completed with only six months to go before inauguration of the 87km-long highway.

    In February, Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader told reporters that the project would be finished by December this year. In the middle of June, he had said: “The four-lane project work will be completed by March 2015.”

  • Sluggish progress in solving Prof Shafiul’s murder

    Soon after the incident, the police arrested 11 people who were actively involved with the politics of Jamaat-ShibirInvestigation into the gruesome murder of Rajshahi University Professor AKM Shafiul Islam is going on at a sluggish pace, with no significant development in the case since the arrests of five people by the RAB two weeks ago

    The Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP), the authority in charge of investigating the murder, claimed that they were still analysing the RAB findings which were disclosed on November 23, but were yet to get any lead or confirmation.

  • Tribunal probe body submitted ‘flawed’ report

    ‘Their have been some contractions in the case documents and also in the deposition of witnesses. In an application, we have asked them to reinvestigation the case and provide more information’The prosecution, for the first time, has found some “serious inconsistency” in the investigation process of the war crimes tribunal’s probe agency in the case of two alleged razakar siblings of Kishoreganj.

    Claiming that it is “harmful” for the case, they sent back all the documents regarding the case to the agency for re-investigation.

  • ‘Those were the worst days of my life’

    Tale of a child trafficked to India for work in the sex tradeA 14-year-old child with olive skin and big black eyes sits in a chair, speaks briefly with her lawyer, and then turns to me.

    “My name is Rinku. I am a victim of trafficking. I was sent to there to be forced into prostitution,” she says, her eyes wet with tears.

    She described how she was taken to India illegally to be forced into prostitution and how she managed to escape.

    Rinku’s lawyer, Advocate Shahin Momtaz of the Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers’ Association, said her client had been traumatised by her

  • ‘Poor infrastructure major barrier to industrialisation’

    ‘We have fixed our goals. In the ready-made garments sector, our plan is to achieve $50bn business target, and it is possible by 2021’The lack of infrastructural facilities – which is a by-product of bureaucratic tangles – was one of the major barriers to the industrialisation of the country, speakers at a programme said yesterday.

    They also observed that the complexity of getting bank loans, insufficient road and rail services, political instability and lack of proper planning were some of the other barriers for the development of business in the country.

  • ‘Govt probing Khaleda’s meeting with public servants’

    BNP denies having any meeting with former or current government officials on December 4The December 4 meeting of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia with a number of government officials at her office would be “illegal” if they had discussed political matters, State Minister of the Public Administration Ministry Ismat Ara said yesterday.

    According to the constitution, government official cannot be involved with any political party directly or indirectly when he/she is in service, she said.

  • President seeks support from Bhutan for regional connectivity

    President seeks support from Bhutan for regional connectivity

    The Bhutanese premier expressed hope for more cooperation between the two countries and extended an invitation to Abdul Hamid to visit BhutanPresident Abdul Hamid sought support from Bhutan in improving regional connectivity within and beyond South Asia.

    The president also stressed on Bhutan's active and effective role in the regional cooperation in water resources management, and electricity and hydro-power connectivity, BSS quoted his Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim as saying.

    Abdul Hamid spoke on these issues when the visiting Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay called on him at Bangabhaban yesterday.

  • BNP: Non-stop programmes if gas and power prices are hiked

    The Power Development Board (PDB) has proposed the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) to raise electricity tariff at bulk level by 18.12% or Tk0.81 per unitThe BNP-led 20-party alliance has threatened of waging non-stop programmes if the government decided to go ahead with its plan to hike the prices of gas and electricity.

    “Non-stop programmes will be announced from the day the gas and electricity prices are hiked. The type of programmes that would take place will be informed later,” Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, acting secretary general of the party, said yesterday.

  • Typhoon howls through Philippines

    Typhoon howls through Philippines

    More than 1 million fleeA powerful, slow-moving typhoon pounded through the central Philippines on Sunday, bringing howling winds that toppled trees and power lines and cut off communications to areas still scarred by a super-storm just over a year ago.

    Typhoon Hagupit did not appear to have wreaked devastation on the same scale as last year’s deadly Typhoon Haiyan, but officials cautioned that the picture remained incomplete with many of the first areas to feel the storm’s force still cut off.

  • Chokehold death protest gets violent in California

    Chokehold death protest gets violent in California

    A Berkeley police officer received hospital treatment for a dislocated shoulder after being hit with a sandbagMostly peaceful protests of a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man continued around the country, but authorities said a march in California turned violent when demonstrators smashed windows and threw bricks and rocks at police.

    A Berkeley police officer received hospital treatment for a dislocated shoulder after being hit with a sandbag, while another sustained minor injuries, police spokeswoman Jenn Coats said.

  • At least 13 killed in failed US bid to rescue hostages in Yemen

    US special forces raided the village of Dafaar in Shabwa provinceA woman, a 10-year-old boy and a local al Qaeda leader were among at least 11 people killed alongside two Western hostages when US-led forces battled militants in a failed rescue mission in Yemen, residents said on Sunday.

    US special forces raided the village of Dafaar in Shabwa province, a militant stronghold in southern Yemen, shortly after midnight on Saturday, killing several members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

  • Mamata: ‘BJP are men of riots’

    The Lotus party only loves the Lotus religion and spews out venom about all other religionsLaunching a scathing attack on the BJP, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Saturday that the BJP leaders were “men of riots.”

    Addressing a rally organised by the TMC’s minority cell to observe “Babri Masjid demolition day,” she slammed the BJP for playing communal politics and said, “The Lotus party only loves the Lotus religion and spews out venom about all other religions.”

  • Asia Energy could shut its doors soon if mining deal not reached

    We are yet to take decision on whether Asia Energy will stay or notAmid resistance to its proposed open pit mining project at Phulbari, Asia Energy Corporation, Bangladesh subsidiary of the UK-based GCM Resources, may wrap up its business within two or three years, company sources said.

    The company has reduced its capitalised project-related expenditure this year to £0.8 million from £1.9 million in the last financial year and minimised its Dhaka office, the company’s 2014 annual general meeting (AGM) will be told tomorrow in London.

  • DU admission seekers submit memo to PM

    DU admission seekers submit memo to PM

    The rest of the students tried block the entrance road of DU in front of the National MuseumStudents demanding the restoration of a system that allowed admission seekers to sit for entrance exams for a second time at Dhaka University (DU) yesterday submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.  

    Mohammad Nizam Uddin, an official at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), received the memorandum around 2:00pm.

    Earlier around 11:00am, some 100 to 150 agitating students gathered in front of the Raju Monument on the university campus and later marched towards the PMO to submit the memorandum.  

  • N Korea denies ‘righteous’ Sony hack

    North Korea released a statement Sunday that clearly relished a cyberattack on Sony Pictures, which is producing an upcoming film that depicts an assassination plot against Pyongyang’s supreme leader.

  • Significant war sites in need of preservation

    ‘We demand immediate preservation of these sites and memorials connected to the Liberation War’Many historical sites in Barisal, which bear witness to the tumultuous times of the Liberation War in 1971, are in shambles and in urgent need of restoration and preservation, freedom fighters and concerned locals said on the occasion of the “Liberation Day” of Barisal today.

    “We demand immediate preservation of these sites and memorials connected to the Liberation War,” said Mokhlesur Rahman, commander of Barisal Sadar Upazila Muktijoddha Parishad.

  • Three college killed in Rajshahi road accident

    Three college killed in Rajshahi road accident

    The bodies were sent to hospital morgue for a post-postmortem examinationThree female students were killed and 30 others injured as a bus fell into a roadside ditch after a head-on collision with another bus on the Dhaka-Rajshahi Highway in Rajshahi city yesterday.

    The deceased were identified as Mahmuda Akter Tania, a 1st year student of the Social Work department of Rajshahi College, Shima and Sharmin, 2nd year students of the History and the Management departments of the college.

  • Great power, zero responsibility

    The relationship that exists between Lutfur Rahman Badal and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is hard to explain“With great power comes great responsibility” is a very popular quote derived from Hollywood movie Spiderman, but sometimes the responsible people tend to forget that. Dhaka Premier League – the most (?!) prestigious and the lone 50-over domestic tournament of the country – is considered as the platform for the future cricketers. But, has the team officials acted according to the spirit of cricket in recent times? 

  • Dense fog disrupts ferry services on Kawrakandi, Daulatdia routes

    Dense fog forced nine ferries left from both ghats to anchor in the middle of the river causing about 200 vehicles to spend the night in the middle of the riverFerry services on the Daulatdia-Paturia and Shimulia-Kawrakandi routes came to a halt yesterday for several hours because of dense fog.

    The ferry services between the Shimulia-Kawrakandi route along the Padma River resumed after five hours, causing tailback on both sides of the river, our Munshiganj correspondent reported.

    Hundreds of vehicles, including perishable goods-laden truck, waited in long queues in the morning.

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