Monday February 19, 2018 11:46 PM

  • Blockade delays Metro Rail project tender

    ‘It is a mega project. We are not compromising with transparency’The first tender for pre-qualification of the much-expected Line 6 (metro rail) of the Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development (DMRTD) is not likely to be floated this month as the financier is taking time endorsing a procurement proposal, officials say.

    The government struck a loan deal with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) to finance the project in the capital.

    But the Jica is yet to give approval to the purchase of locomotives and coaches.

  • Four blockade victims may never see again

    Four blockade victims may never see again

    ‘I am from a very poor family and I do not know how I will make a living now’Liton Mia never thought his eyesight would be damaged in mindless political violence but that is exactly the harsh reality he now has to face.

    It is better to die rather than to be alive if I cannot see, said the trucker yesterday, who lost his left eye after receiving splinter injuries in a crude bomb attack during the ongoing blockade on Wednesday.

    He was transporting stones to Magura from Sunamganj but came under attack at Shibganj in Chapainawabganj.

  • 14 injured in Molotov cocktail attack in the capital

    14 injured in Molotov cocktail attack in the capital

    Witnesses said as soon as the bus reached the intersection, unidentified arsonists hurled a petrol bomb at the windshield of the bus and fled the scene immediatelyAt least 14 people including five policemen were injured in two separate incidents in the capital’s Matsya Bhaban and Mohammadpur areas last evening.

    Unidentified miscreants hurled petrol bombs at a bus carrying 40 policemen in Matsya Bhaban area, leaving five of them injured.

    The policemen were heading towards Rajarbagh Police Lines after their duties at different intersections in the capital.

  • More money from budget to go into enhancing security

    The Home Ministry has placed its own demand for fund to arrange for better security during the blockadeThe government will disburse money from the budget to the various ministries and divisions for beefing up security in order to protect state assets and human lives from blockade violence.

    Sources said the Finance Division has been recently directed to release funds from the “Unexpected Fund” to meet the demands that several ministries and divisions had placed for enhancing security.

  • Justice elusive for murder cover-up victim’s family

    Justice elusive for murder cover-up victim’s family

    Sharmila Shahrin Pollen was a class XII student of Mymensingh Girls’ Cadet CollegeA 12th grade female cadet, now believed to have been murdered by the very staff at her college that claimed she had committed suicide, awaits justice as the trial of her killers remains elusive.

    The 2005 death of Mymensingh Girls’ Cadet College (MGCC) student Sharmila Shahrin Pollen was claimed by college authorities to be a suicide.

  • ‘Shed uniforms if you want to do politics’

    The BGB and RAB bosses went out of their jurisdiction when they threatened the anti-government protesters and said they would fight till the last drop of their blood in favour of the ruling force, the BNP-led 20-party alliance has alleged.

    In a statement signed by BNP Vice-Chairman Selima Rahman, the 20-party combine advised the bosses of the two security forces to leave their uniforms if they really wanted to do politics.

  • Country sees less violence on day 12 of blockade

    In the capital, a bus was set on fire in a petrol bomb attack at Rayerbazar around 8am. Four to five passengers received burn injuries in the attackLess violence was seen in Dhaka city and elsewhere in the country on the 12th day of BNP-led 20-party alliance’s blockade yesterday.

    In the capital, a bus was set on fire in a petrol bomb attack at Rayerbazar around 8am. Four to five passengers received burn injuries in the attack.

    Among the injured was Sultana Islam, a student of Jagannath University. She was now admitted to a private hospital in the old part of the capital.

  • DMP bans carrying arms around JS

    The restriction will come into effect at Sunday midnight and remain in force until the prorogation of the 5th JS session 

    Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has imposed a ban on carrying firearms, explosives and other harmful objects as well as holding any kind of rally and procession around Sangsad Bhaban to ensure smooth functioning of the 5th session of the 10th parliament.

    The 5th session of the current parliament will begin at 4pm on Monday.

  • CHTC stresses discussion to avoid tension

    ‘The Land Commission, meant for resolving the disputes, has remained totally inactive since its inception’The Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission has asked the government to take opinion of the regional council and the indigenous people before initiating any important infrastructure in the CHT area including the establishment of educational institutes.

    The commission also alleged that the government, deliberately, had not been implementing the fundamental clauses of the 1997 Peace Accord which could stop the conflicts.

  • Diplomatic zone to come under 400 CCTV surveillance

    ‘The beep will not stop until someone stops it and takes action. Officials of Gulshan division under Dhaka Metropolitan Police will supervise the whole operation’The capital’s diplomatic zone, including Gulshan, Baridhara and Niketon, will be under surveillance of 400 CCTV cameras to ensure maximum security, said police.

    The cameras, apart from functioning as regular CCTV cameras, will send beeps to the nearby police station and the control centre once any blacklisted vehicle or person or object is spotted.

    Speakers of the cameras will be set up at 11 police checkposts where the duty officers would be able to hear the beeps.

  • Govt opts for 15-year power import deal

    ‘We intend to select a potential gas- or coal-based power plant owner or supplier or trader in India for the supply of 250MW electricity for 15 years at 400kV level to Baharampur substation, Murshidabad of India’The government is set to import 250MW of electricity from India’s open market through tender on long-term basis, for 15 years.

    The existing three-year contract with the Power Trading Corporation India Limited (PTC) to import same amount electricity expires in July next year. The government has already invited tender from Indian companies so that the supply remains uninterrupted.

    NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Ltd (NVVN) has been exporting another 250MW of electricity to Bangladesh since October 2013.

  • PM: Those involved in killing, arson attacks await stern actions

    ‘Steps have also been taken to allocate lands for eight divisional headquarters office as well as in its offices of 64 districts and metropolitan areas of the country’Questioning the logic behind the BNP-Jamaat alliance’s ongoing blockade, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday issued a fresh warning that stern actions will be taken against those engaged in killing people and torching vehicles across the country.

    “We won’t tolerate any militant and terrorist acts…I’ve not yet found any issue behind their (BNP-Jamaat’s) ongoing agitation programmes,” she said.

  • Menon: Terrorist acts are being carried out in the name of blockade

    Civil Aviation Minister Rashed Khan Menon yesterday said the BNP-led alliance was carrying out terrorist activities in the name of blockade in the country. 

    The blockade, which was called by the BNP-led allinace, was only observed in their statements, he said. 

    He was speaking at a memorial meeting of Comrade Amal Sen at Bakri villahe under Bagharpara upazila in Jessore. 

    About the dialogue with the BNP-led alliance, he said: “They want the dialogue and so do we to resolve the problem. 

  • Constable killed in Chittagong road crash

    A police constable was killed and four others were injured as covered van collided head-on with police van during escorting a JBM member on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Mirsari upazila yesterday.

    The deceased is Md Ali, 30, a constable from Mirsarai police station, said its OC Imtiaz Bhuiyan.

    The identity of the other injured policemen could not to be ascertained immediately, said the OC.

  • Study: DCC division aimed at increased dominion

    Lack of coordination between two city corporations is the major obstacles for rendering satisfactory citizen serviceThe move of the Awami League government to divide Dhaka City Corporation into two separate bodies was aimed at increasing influence on the local government body rather than improving citizen services, says a study.

    The study titled “Agami Projonmer Dhaka: Amader Koronio” says the state of governance is unsatisfactory and democracy is yet to be prioritised.

    Findings of the study were unveiled at a conference organised by Bangladesh Institute of Planners (BIP) and the Centre for Development Communication at the BIP headquarters in the capital yesterday.

  • Hartal in Barisal division today

    BNP-led 20-party alliance called day-long shut down today in six-districts of Barisal division.

    Ziauddin Shikdar, joint secretary and acting secretary of Barisal city BNP, giving press statement and contacting over mobile phones, said this.

    Divisional coordinator of 20-party alliance and Barisal city BNP president Advocate Mojibor Rahman Sarwar announced this decision on Friday night after presiding a meeting in a secret place and contacting with leaders of other districts, he added.

  • Rajshahi University abuzz with former students

    The participants were seen to take snaps at Shaheed Minar, on Paris Road on the campusThe campus of Rajshahi University has turned a festive as former students of the university have started gathering there on the occasion of the 9th convocation scheduled to be held today.

    The students, many of whom came with their families, recalled their days on the campus.

    “For me, the convocation is a charm factor and a great opportunity to go back to the period when I passed some of the sweetest days of my life on the campus with friends,” said Milton Hossain Milu, now a senior judicial magistrate of Bangladesh Judicial Service.

  • One House, One Farm project in a shambles in Meherpur

    Affluent families replacing needy ones as beneficiariesLike many areas of the country, effectiveness of the government run “Ektee Bari Ektee Khamar” (One House One Farm) project is coming under scrutiny in Meherpur, as many solvent people there are reportedly replacing the deserving poor ones using political connections.

    Although the village-level cooperative association set up under the project is supposed to provide capital formation assistance to mostly poor farming families, a number of people already having fixed sources of income are becoming members and beneficiaries of the association instead.

  • Trafficked women’s ultimate destination is prostitution

    ‘There were some more girls at the house. I felt relieved that I was not the only one’Hosne Ara (not her real name) has been married for 10 years but not happily. She was facing frequent abuses by her husband for not being able to give birth to a child.

    One day Hosne Ara decided to leave home and set out for the capital in search of a better life. Because of her sewing skills, she managed a job at a garments factory in Shyamoli. There she met Sumi, another garments worker, who told Hosne Ara about job opportunities in India.

  • Padma Bridge claimants demand fair compensation

    Hundreds of people whose land have been acquired for the construction of Padma bridge staged demonstration in Madaripur yesterday demanding fair compensation.

    The people mostly from low income group formed a human chain at Kawrakndi ferry ghat in the morning.

    Speakers at the rally said before acquiring the land, the government had pledged that it would provide monetary compensation to the affected people according to size of each land, but about 1,000 familes who lived at Charjanajat and Bakharer Kandi villages were yet get any compensation.

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