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  • BNP to march towards Nayapaltan through 10 points

    BNP to march towards Nayapaltan through 10 points

    Police took Rizvi into custody from the BNP’s Nayapaltan headquartersPolitical tension was ratcheted up a notch late yesterday with the arrest of BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi and the confinement by police of party Chairperson Khaleda Zia to her Gulshan office.

    Police took Rizvi into custody from the BNP’s Nayapaltan headquarters, following an ambulance, called because Rizvi had complained of feeling ill, into the party office premises.

    Special Assistant to Khaleda Zia Shamsur Rahman Shimul Biswas at an instant press briefing from the BNP Gulshan office late yesterday confirmed Rizvi’s arrest.

  • Awami League firm on occupying all the city streets

    Several central leaders of the ruling party have confirmed that they would take control of all the city streets from 2:30pmThe ruling Awami League and its affiliated bodies have planned rallies at 16 points including the Suhrawardy Udyan of the capital for tomorrow to observe the “Victory Day of Democracy” and resist the BNP’s counter programmes the same day.

    Several central leaders of the ruling party have confirmed to the Dhaka Tribune that they would take control of all the city streets from 2:30pm.

    Joint General Secretary Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif said they would act strongly if the BNP supporters attempted
    to create anarchy in the name of holding rally.

  • Padma Bridge project creating add-on economic benefits

    The lives of those who make their homes on the banks of the Padma River have seen their lifestyles undergo rapid change as construction of the Padma Multi-purpose Bridge at Munshiganj and Shariatpur begins. 

    Residents of the area, who never dreamt that they could make money on house rents, are now charging amounts that approach Dhaka rental prices to thousands of labourers working on the project.

  • Eid-e-Miladunnabi today

    Islamic Foundation Bangladesh will organise various programmes highlighting the significance of the dayThe birth and death anniversary of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), Eid-e-Miladunnabi, will be observed across the country today with due religious fervour and solemnity.

    On this day in 570, the 12th of Rabiul Awal of the Hijri calendar, the Prophet was born in Makkah in Saudi Arabia with divine blessings and messages of peace for mankind. He also passed away on the same day.

    The day is a public holiday.

  • Power generation capacity doubled in 6 years

    The Awami League-led coalition government has achieved a number of successes in the power sector during the past six years. Power generation capacity more than doubled from 4,942MW in 2009 to 11,265MW currently, with around 68% of the population having access to electricity.

  • Body readies eleven modalities to check irregularities

    The projects are: Padma bridge; metro rail; deep-sea port; 1,320 megawatt Rampal Power Plant; Matabari 1,200MW power plant; 1,000 MW Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant; and LNG TerminalThe government has developed several monitoring modalities to closely observe the implementation of the seven fast-track projects, involving over $16.5bn, and ensure transparency in tender processes.

    Apparently learning from the allegations of corruption raised by the World Bank regarding the Padma bridge project, the government now wants to keep the implementation of the fast-track projects spotless.

  • Trade in stolen newborns spiked in 2014

    Infant boys fetch up to Tk1 lakh, more than double the average for infant girls who are sometimes sold for just Tk30,000
     

    Child theft and kidnapping are not new, but the new monetised trade in newborns, taking place for a variety of social and economic reasons, saw an alarming spike in the closing months of 2014.

    Despite the best efforts of law enforcement agencies to stem the rise of the infant theft and resale business, it appears to be spreading.

    The newborn theft business had been reported on as early as 2009, but the numbers have seen a sharp rise in recent times.

  • Youth dies while taking selfie on flyover

    The deceased was identified as M Anwar Hossain, 22, a resident of DakkhinkhanA youth died after being hit by a motorbike while taking selfie on Mayor Hanif Flyover in the city’s Jatrabari area on Friday night.

    The deceased was identified as M Anwar Hossain, 22, a resident of Dakkhinkhan.

    His friend Mehedi Hasan said four of them on two motorbikes went to the flyover for a pleasure ride.

  • Minister: New pay scale likely from July 1

    Terming the proposed salary scale to the government employees the biggest ever, State Minister for Finance MA Mannan yesterday said the example of enhancing allowance and salary for the government employee would continue in the future.

    He hoped that the new pay scale would be implemented from July 1.

    “We want an overall national development and to use all the time for development of our motherland,” he said while addressing the 18th inter-club competition of customs, excise and VAT.

  • Trader killed in the capital

    A trader was chopped to death in the capital’s East Tejturi Bazar area yesterday afternoon.

    The dead was identified as Kalu, 37, a trader of the kitchen market.

    Police sources said a man named Munna was arrested in connection with the killing. Munna, who lives in Mohakhali, was also a kitchen market trader.

    Officer-in-Charge Mazharul Islam of Tejgaon police said primary investigation revealed that Kalu owed Tk2.8 lakh to Munna and for the last several days Munna was asking for the money.

  • Policeman held for bike theft

    Policeman held for bike theft

    n             Tarek Mahmud, Chittagong

    Police in a drive arrested five motorbike thieves and a police constable connected to the theft gang from Raozan upazila early yesterday.

    Police constable Monir Alam Joni of Sandwip upazila worked at the Public Order Management (POM) department of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP).

  • Bangladesh Chhatra League in shambles

    ‘Chhatra League is a big organisation. Two years are not enough to finish all the organisational tasks. Not just us, every previous central committee functioned even after expiry’Chhatra League’s organisational structure is in terrible disorder as the central committee as well as most of the district committees expired last year, with no sign of fresh councils.

    Many Chhatra League leaders have government jobs but are still holding their organisational positions, violating the charter.

    The present central committee led by President HM Bodiuzzaman Shohag and General Secretary Siddique Nazmul Alam – both students of Dhaka University – was formed on July 11, 2011.

  • New tactic: Smugglers put ships on autopilot

    It happened twice this week in the span of three daysSmugglers who bring migrants to Europe by sea appear to have adopted a new, more dangerous tactic: cramming hundreds of them onto a large cargo ship, setting it on an automated course to crash into the coast, and then abandoning the helm.

    It happened twice this week in the span of three days, and both episodes could have ended in tragedy if the vessels had not been intercepted at sea.

  • Israel warns Palestinians of legal steps

    The Hague-based court looks at cases of severe war crimes and crimes against humanity such as genocideIsrael is looking at ways to prosecute senior Palestinians for war crimes in the United States and elsewhere in response to Palestinian steps to join the International Criminal Court, an Israeli official said yesterday.

    The Palestinians delivered to UN headquarters in New York on Friday documents on joining the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and other global treaties, saying they hoped to achieve “justice for all the victims that have been killed by Israel, the occupying power.”

  • CPD: Low private investment, infrastructural bottlenecks, sluggish reform hindering growth

    He termed the existing 6% GDP growth as ‘Bangla Growth’ and said Bangladesh needed ‘Super Bangla Growth’ of 8% to 10%About 40% entrepreneurs did not opt for fresh investment in the current fiscal year due to political uncertainty that persisted in the country centring the January 5 election, said a new study.

    On December last year, the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), a local think-tank, carried out the study on the present state of investment by interviewing 11 entrepreneurs and businessmen from ready-made garments, pharmaceuticals, medical services, jute, IT, printing and publishing, light engineering, plastic and construction sectors.

  • Pakistan to alter constitution, form special terrorism court

    Information minister Pervaiz Rasheed said that a marathon session headed by Prime Minister Nawaz SharifPakistan’s leadership has decided to amend the constitution and the army act to form special courts for the trial of alleged terrorists, a minister said Friday.

    Information minister Pervaiz Rasheed said that a marathon session headed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and including the country’s entire civilian political and military leadership, produced a unanimous agreement to alter the constitution in order to form the alternative court system.

  • Political revolt roils Sri Lanka presidential vote

    Until just a few weeks ago, Sri Lanka’s upcoming election seemed a mere formality. Nothing, it seemed, could keep President Mahinda Rajapaksa from rolling to a third term in office.

    He was the president hailed as a king after crushing the Tamil Tiger rebels in 2009 and ending the island nation’s 25-year civil war. He is a charismatic campaigner with vast campaign funds. He has turned the government into an extended family business, with politically powerful brothers, sons and nephews who can all help his candidacy.

    But times change. Quickly.

  • Chief claims Election Commission is neutral

    Some influential political leaders have reportedly been assisting the illegal Rohingyas, living outside the two registered camps in Cox’s BazarChief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmed yesterday claimed that the commission had proved that it was neutral enough to ensure neutrality during elections.

    “We conducted the Gazipur City Corporation election. There we proved how to act neutrally and create a level-playing field for all parties,” the CEC said while visiting the server station at Bandarban district election office, our correspondent reported.

  • Dhaka sends 28.71 lakh workers abroad in 6yrs

    The country sent 4,20,612 workers along with 67,583 female workers abroad from January to December, 2014Bangladesh sent 28,71,705 workers with overseas jobs and received $ 76,604.38 million remittance between 2009 and December, 2014, said an official.

    “Manpower export is a prospective sector and the government declared it as a thrust sector,” he said adding that the government has taken a realistic plan to send workers abroad with employment.

  • Madhusudan Sangskriti University demanded in Sagordari

    The members of Madhusudan Sangskriti University Implementation Committee placed the demand at Keshabpur Press Club yesterdayResidents of Jessore have demanded a university be built in the memory of legendary poet and dramatist Micheal Madhusudan Dutt in his hometown Sagordari.

    The pioneer of Bangla drama was born on the bank of Kopotaksho River in Sagordari, a village in Keshabpur upazila of Jessore district.

    The members of Madhusudan Sangskriti University Implementation Committee placed the demand at Keshabpur Press Club yesterday.

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