- Power & Energy
- February 15, 2018
Transport owners said they would protest the implementation of the higher toll chargesThe government’s new toll policy for the 61 bridges, three toll roads and 45 ferries operated by the Roads and Highways Department (RHD) across the country will come into effect tomorrow.
According to the new toll policy, 51 of 61 bridges’ toll charges will increase from 2.27% to 1,000.25%, so that some bridge toll charges will be 10 times higher than at present.
The rate hikes will, in turn, affect transport fares.
‘The BNP led by Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman is illegal. To revive Ziaur Rahman’s BNP, here is an initative to form a new BNP’A person named Kamrul Hasan yesterday announced that a new BNP will be formed soon.
Kamrul, who is a completely unknown face in the country’s politics, yesterday made the announcement at press conference at the Lakeshore Hotel in the capital. Interestingly, only a selected few journalists from a handful of media houses were invited to the conference.
Disconnecting the capital remains the party’s primary targetDespite the BNP chief staying in virtual confinement and most of the party’s top leaders behind bars or going into hiding, the BNP remains unwavering in its determination to continue the anti-government movement and drawing up an extensive strategy for the coming months.
The party, along with other members of the 20-party alliance, plans to build momentum over the next week or so and is steadfast on continuing the movement until their demand for a midterm election is met or an environment is created to hold talks for ending the political stalemate.
A bomb was hurled at the residence of Law Minister Anisul Haque at Banani around 8pm damaging a car on the premisesIncidents of blasts, arson attacks and vandalism on the highways marked the fourth day of BNP-led 20-party’s indefinite blockade yesterday.
A bomb was hurled at the residence of Law Minister Anisul Haque at Banani around 8pm damaging a car on the premises, Banani OC Bhuiyan Mahbub said.
Miscreants blasted two bombs at Mirpur 10 area injuring two people including police constable Babul Mia. The incident took place around 6:30pm. OC Salauddin Ahmed suspected that the blockaders hurled the bombs from the foot over-bridge at the intersection.
The BNP claimed that BJP chief Amit Shah had called Khaleda over the phone and inquired about her healthConflicting information over six US congressmen’s statement and a rumoured phone conversation between India’s BJP President Amit Shah and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia dominated the country’s political arena yesterday.
On Thursday, some media reported that six US congressmen had issued a statement on Bangladesh’s political situation centring the first anniversary of 10th national election, condemning the confinement of Khaleda and the High Court’s banning of “fugitive” Tarique Rahman’s speeches in media.
A police source said at least four other hostages had been killed at a separate siege at a kosher supermarket in eastern ParisTwo brothers suspected of attacking the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo were killed when police stormed their hideout on Friday while their hostage was freed, a police official said.
The Charlie Hebdo gunmen have been identified as brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi.
A police source said at least four other hostages had been killed at a separate siege at a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris.
The supermarket hostage taker, identified as Amedy Coulibaly, was killed yesterday in a stand-off with police.
‘The government’s indiscriminate use of force, arbitrary arrests, and censorship will only inflame an already tense situation’Bangladesh government should immediately end its use of excessive force, stop arbitrary arrest of members of opposition parties and lift restrictions on media, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said.
“The government’s indiscriminate use of force, arbitrary arrests, and censorship will only inflame an already tense situation,” said HRW Director Brad Adams in a statement.
“Authorities have an obligation to protect the public, but need to do it in a way that does not throw human rights and the rule of law out the window.”
More that 100 couple will be married to day, without dowry, and in the presence of the brides’ and grooms’ familiesA mass wedding ceremony will be held at the Biswa Ijtema ground today afternoon, to be conducted by Maulana Zubair Hasan.
More that 100 couple will be married to day, without dowry, and in the presence of the brides’ and grooms’ families. A special prayer for the newly-weds will follow afterwards.
Residents of the port city said they feared sudden violence after sunset by miscreantsThe BNP-led 20-party alliance blockade in Chittagong city, largely uneventful during the daytime, has left residents in the grip of fear after nightfall.
Residents of the port city said they feared sudden violence after sunset by miscreants.
Home-bound job holders, especially ready-made garment workers and street hawkers, complained of transportation and security problems.
Ijtema began yesterday, but the BNP remained stubborn about continuing the blockade as part of its anti-government protestsAwami League leaders yesterday blasted BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia as she directed party activists to continue the countrywide blockade during Ijtema.
Ijtema began yesterday, but the BNP remained stubborn about continuing the blockade as part of its anti-government protests.
An Awami League leader also called on the government to ban blockades.
The study found that about 20-30% of the hatchlings are physically weak because of the high temperatureFishing communities are facing difficulties in catching as the number of fishes has been declining in the southwestern region because of fluctuations in temperature as a result of climate change, a study said.
The study titled “Impact of Climate Change on Fisheries in Jessore region, Bangladesh” said gonadal maturity of carps and catfishes has reduced by 40-50% and milt mobility of these groups has fallen by 30-40% due to high temperature of water.
The BNP leader was arrested by the Detective Branch of Police from his residence on Thursday nightA Dhaka court granted a five-day remand to BNP Vice-Chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury in a case filed with the Shahbagh police station for attempting to murder MP Chhabi Biswas.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Emdadul Hossain granted the remand after police produced him before the court with a 10-day remand plea on Friday afternoon.
The BNP leader was arrested by the Detective Branch of Police from his residence on Thursday night.
‘Highway buses cost between Tk70 lakh and Tk1cr. If the government compensates us for each incident, we will agree to operate buses on the highways’The government is pressing bus owners to operate their vehicles in defiance of the BNP alliance-enforced ongoing nationwide non-stop blockade of the country’s road, rail and waterways.
Those who refuse to operate their long route buses, will have their counters padlocked, State Minister for Local Government and Rural Development and Jatiya Party lawmaker, Moshiur Rahman Ranga, said yesterday at a meeting with bus owners.
On this day in 1972, Bangabandhu, the architect of the independence of Bangladesh, returned to a newly liberated Bangladesh after nine and a half months of captivity in prison in PakistanToday marks the 43rd anniversary of the historic Homecoming Day of the father of the nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
On this day in 1972, Bangabandhu, the architect of the independence of Bangladesh, returned to a newly liberated Bangladesh after nine and a half months of captivity in prison in Pakistan.
Hundreds of thousands of people gathered at Tejgaon Airport in Dhaka to welcome him back home when the British Airways flight carrying Bangabandhu landed at 1:41pm.
Ruhi fish, Katla, Rupchanda fishes were being sold at Tk180 to 160, Tk180 to 150, Tk280 to 650 per kg respectively at Karnaphuli CDA market Prices of several kitchen items, including fish, meat and rice have been soaring up in Chittagong city due to the collapse of the supply chain caused by the BNP’s indefinite blockade enforced across the country.
While visiting the city’s major kitchen markets, including Chowmuhony, Kazir Dewri and Riazuddin Bazar yesterday morning, prices of various species of fish were found up compared to the days before the blockade.
The injured journalist was Sohorab Hossain, staff reporter Jamuna Television in RajshahiPolicemen, including a sub inspector, has been closed after they allegedly beat up journalists in Rajshahi yesterday during the countrywide blockade enforced by the BNP-led 20 party alliance.
The incident ensued around 10:30am on the premises of Rajshahi Government College that left a journalist injured. The injured journalist was Sohorab Hossain, staff reporter Jamuna Television in Rajshahi. He took treatment from a private clinic.
No major incident has been took place while peoples from all walks of life took to the streets for their own jobThe blockade on the fourth consecutive day was loosely enforced in Rajshahi city.
No major incident has been took place while peoples from all walks of life took to the streets for their own job.
Peoples were also seen on the streets in large scale and a huge crowd also was noticed at bus terminal and Rajshahi railway station.
The organisation claimed the government’s motive behind establishing the universities in Rangamati is a conspiracy to grab the lands of the indigenous people in the name of better study opportunitiesPahari Chhatra Parishad (PCP) and Hill Women’s Federation (HWF) have urged the government not to set up a medical college and a Technology University in Rangamati before fully implementing the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) peace treaty.
The organisation claimed the government’s motive behind establishing the universities in Rangamati is a conspiracy to grab the lands of the indigenous people in the name of better study opportunities.
Several hundreds students from various schools and colleges took part in the Olympiads at different venuesThe National Science Olympiad can be a platform to assemble the country’s young scientists and find out the especially gifted youths. It also can help opening up the horizons of the young minds and sharpen their skills, knowledges and insights who can help building a knowledge-based society in the country.
The government should take steps to capitalize the potentials of the youths by ensuring the facilities to instil problem solving skills in them in the class rooms, and to use the skills and knowledge in their real lives.
At least five people were killed in three road accidents in the capital within six hours yesterday, while another died in hospital after getting injured in a road mishap on late Thursday night.
Yesterday’s accidents occurred in Gulshan, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar and Uttara, while Thursday’s accident took place at Hazaribagh.
The Gulshan accident took place around 6am in front of Tripti restaurant at Shahjadpur area.