Wednesday February 21, 2018 02:58 AM

  • Government initiates ‘data bank’ for public transport drivers

    ‘A directive has already been issued to law enforcement bodies to check the appointment letter of drivers’The Road Transport and Highways Division will be taking an initiative to maintain a data bank for drivers, conductors and helpers of the public transport system to help identify them following road accidents.

    Most often drivers run away following an accident and often police also fail to identify them.

  • Resolve crisis or face blockade

    Resolve crisis or face blockade

    Hartal likely in Dhaka division including capital, Khulna division; Khaleda will not leave Gulshan office until convinced she has not been confinedIn a sudden press conference at her Gulshan office last night, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia said the blockade enforced by the 20-party alliance would continue until the government took the first step to resolve the prevailing political crisis.

    BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi late yesterday evening told journalists that the BNP-led 20-party alliance would likely announce a 48-hour hartal today, to be enforced from 6am on Wednesday in Dhaka division, including the capital, and Khulna division.

  • WhatsApp, mypeople, LINE blocked too

    BTRC also extended the bar on Viber and Tango until January 21 midnightA day after blocking Viber and Tango, the government yesterday directed operators to block similar services WhatsApp, mypeople and LINE.

    BTRC yesterday also extended the bar on Viber and Tango until January 21 midnight, an official said.

    BTRC Secretary Sarwar Alam confirmed this to the Dhaka Tribune without giving any details or making any further comment.

    Political sources said the moves follow days of violence during the non-stop countrywide blockade enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance.

  • Chinese venture to build Maheshkhali LNG power plant

    This type of power plant will be built under the private sector power generation policy for the first time in the country’s historyMPC-Bangla Power, a joint venture of Meiya Power Company Limited and Trade Matrix Venture Limited, will build a 1,075MW Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)-based combined cycle power plant at Maheshkhali in Cox’s Bazar.

    This type of power plant will be built under the private sector power generation policy for the first time in the country’s history. Construction of the plant will take 46 months.

    A PDB official, asking not to be named, said the Prime Minister’s Office approved the proposal of the consortium to set up the power plant.

  • Foreign diplomats condemn political violence and arson attacks

    Foreign diplomats stationed in Dhaka strongly condemned the political violence and arson attacks in the country, calling the situation destructive and saying these acts go against democratic culture.

    The diplomats expressed their remarks during a diplomatic briefing held at state guesthouse Padma, where representatives of the US, Japan, China, South Korea, North Korea, Brazil, Australia and the UN were present. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali briefed the diplomats about the current situation of the country.

  • Law enforcers asked to update list of attackers

    The government has directed the law enforcement agencies to update the list of people involved in bombing and other forms of violence and carry out drives against them as part of the government’s zero tolerance for terrorists.

    A meeting of the state minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal with the high officials of the ministry and law enforcement agencies yesterday also decided to free the major highways, including the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway, from terrorist attacks and ensure safety of vehicles.

  • RAB boss Benazir says the country is passing through bad times

    ‘We said nothing against political figures or political parties. We spoke against murder, terrorism and sabotage’Chief of Rapid Action Battalion Benazir Ahmed has stressed that unity is needed amongst administration, people and law enforcement agencies to save the country from the ring involved in “anti-state” activities and killings.

    At a press conference yesterday in Chittagong, the RAB director general said the country was passing through bad times.

  • Jamaat man killed in ‘crossfire’ was wanted in Narail

    Alleged Jamaat leader Imrul Kayes, killed in a “gunfight” with detectives in Dhaka yesterday, came to the capital recently because he was wanted in his home district Narail in connection with blockade-related violence.

    Police said he had been living in a mess near the Dakkhin Musuddi Government Primary School in the capital’s Wari area and was planning to carry out subversive activities in the city.

  • AL leaders term Khaleda’s remarks confusing

    Leaders of the ruling Awami League have claimed that BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is trying to confuse the people by making false statements.

    Immediately after Khaleda’s press conference yesterday evening, Mahbub-Ul-Hanif, a joint general secretary, said they would give the party’s formal reaction at a press conference today.

  • DB: IS planning high visibility attacks in Bangladesh

    DB: IS planning high visibility attacks in Bangladesh

    The statement comes after the arrest early yesterday of four local IS membersIslamic State, the transnational jihadist movement that has established a state in parts of Syria and Iraq, was planning major attacks on important Bangladeshi establishments and personalities, the Detective Branch (DB) of police said yesterday.

    The statement comes after the arrest early yesterday of four local IS members, including its chief coordinator in the country.

  • Cabinet okays draft Youth Organisation Act

    Youth organisation chiefs who fail to register their groups with the government could face six months’ imprisonment or a Tk50,000 fine according to a draft law approved by Cabinet yesterday.

    The draft bill covers the obligations of youth organisations to register with the government and names penalties for violating the law.

    Violators may face abolition in some circumstances, Cabinet Secretary M Musharraf Hossain said.

  • BNP Special Secretary Nadim placed on remand

    A Dhaka court yesterday granted a four-day remand against BNP Central Committee Special Secretary Advocate Md Nadim Mostafa – who was arrested earlier in the day – in a case filed for blasting crude bombs in the capital’s Gulshan area.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Md Asaduzzaman Noor passed the order when Sub-Inspector Md Abdul Barik of Gulshan police station produced Nadim – the BNP’s Rajshahi district unit president – before the court seeking a 10-day remand.

  • Hajj pilgrims can pay in instalments starting Feb 5

    Under package A, the pilgrims will pay Tk296,206 while under package B they will pay a total of Tk354,745Muslim devotees intending to perform Hajj have to submit one-third of the registration fee by February 5, while being allowed to pay the rest of the amount of the whole package in installments, according to a decision of the cabinet committee.

    Hajj performers going under government management (category A) will have to deposit Tk51,690 while those going through government managements (category B) will have to pay Tk48,331 by February 5.

    The rest of the amount will be due by June 10.

  • Government mulls president-mediated talks with BNP

    Awami League to stay firm against proposals on midterm pollsThe government is reportedly considering to hold a president-mediated dialogue with the BNP-led alliance to discuss how an election might take place in 2019; however, it would continue to stand firm against any suggestion of going for a midterm election, a senior leader of the party has told the Dhaka Tribune.

    Seeking anonymity, the top-tier leader who is also a former state minister said the move that was being planned was part of the government’s technique to “stop” the ongoing indefinite blockade of the alliance.

  • Hanif asks Khaleda to stop siege drama

    Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif yesterday asked BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to immediately stop her siege drama keeping herself willingly under siege.

    “Immediately stop your siege drama and killing people in the name of movement. Call off your siege programme. You were prime minister for two terms. If you have minimum obligation to the people of the country, then do not murder people by torching them,” he said, referring to the BNP chief.

  • BNP enforces fresh hartal in Rajshahi and Chittagong today

    The non-stop hartal would continue till 6pm tomorrowThe BNP-led 20-party alliance yesterday called a 36-hour hartal in Chittagong district beginning from 6am today.

    A written statement issued by the BNP Chittagong city unit President Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury said the shutdown was called protesting the “confinement” of the party chief Khaleda Zia and rampant arrest of the alliance men across the country.

    The statement, released yesterday afternoon, further said the programme had been called as per the directive of the central committee.

    The non-stop hartal would continue till 6pm tomorrow.

  • PM takes responsibility for 3 blockade victims’ treatment

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday took the responsibility for the treatment of SSC examinee Shahriar Rhidoy and executive magistrate Abdul Quader Mia, and asked the authorities concerned to send them abroad for better treatment.

    PM’s Deputy Press Secretary Ashraful Alam Khokan said the prime minister asked one of the PMO directors, Dr Zulfiqar Lenin, to ensure their better medical treatment.

    Both the injured are now undergoing treatment at the National Institute of Ophthalmology for their treatment.

  • Ban on Jamaat-e-Islami politics demanded

    The Barisal unit of Ekatturer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee yesterday demanded restoration of the original constitution of 1972 and banning of Jamaat-e-Islami without delay. 

    The demands were voiced at a human chain formed in front of Ashwini Kumar Hall in the city to mark the 23rd anniversary of the platform.

    The programme was presided over by Akkas Hossain, noted cultural activist of the city.

  • One held with 100,000 yaba pills

    Rapid Action Battalion members arrested a person along with 100,000 pieces of yaba tablet worth Tk4 cr from Shahporir Dweep in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar on Sunday night.

    Being informed, a team from RAB 7 conducted a drive on the residence Abdul Amin, 26, in Jaliapara area of the island around 10:25pm and recovered the contraband items from his possession, said RAB 7 Assistant Director Sohel Mahmud.

    A case was launched against Abdul Amin.

  • Blockade cripples Magura vegetables growers

    Wholesale traders said about 50-truck vegetables were sent to different parts of the country every day during Robi season, but this year was exceptional because of lack of transportationVegetable growers in Magura are facing hardship as they cannot transport their agri-produces due to BNP-led 20-party alliance’s blockade that started on January 5.

    According to the Agricultural Extension Department (DAE), Magura, a total of 3,870 hectares of land have been brought under vegetables cultivation with a production target of 11,500 tonnes of vegetables this winter season.

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