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  • BERC against power price hike for end users

    Desco’s current operating revenue in FY2014-15 will be Tk31.1 billionThe technical evaluation committee of the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) has recommended against raising power tariffs at the consumer-level by the Rural Electrification Board (REB) and the Dhaka Electric Supply Company (Desco).

    The recommendations came at a public hearing yesterday on REB and Desco proposals to hike power prices by 25.89% and 17.45%, respectively.

    The technical committee said there was no need to increase retail power prices for REB and Desco consumers since they are both profitable

  • Police perplexed, mob brave it out

    Most arsonists are hired goons who explode bombs for up to Tk1,500 eachWith the law enforcers failing to hunt down arsonists and bomb suppliers despite their joint operations common people are coming forward at the risk of their lives to catch criminals.

    Law enforces declared bounties on miscreants’ heads to encourage people while criminologists believe such initiatives by locals can permanently stop criminal acts like arson and bomb attacks on people.

    In a latest incident in the port city of Chittagong yesterday locals caught a Chhatra Shibir activist from Tin Pol area while he was fleeing after exploding a bomb.

  • PM’s visit to see Khaleda was nothing but a ‘farce’

    The prime minister cannot restrain her vengeance against opposition politicians even during their grief, says RizviThe BNP yesterday said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s condolence call to party Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s office was nothing but a “farce.”

    Hours after the official observation had been released, the party’s Standing Committee member Moudud Ahmed, however, said the party had not shown proper respect to the prime minister when she had gone to Khaleda’s Gulshan office to console her.

  • AL condoles Koko’s death, says BNP demeans PM

    The Awami League yesterday formally expressed its condolence to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia over the immature death of her youngest son Arafat Rahman Koko.

    Publicity and Publication Affairs Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud at a press conference prayed for the departed soul of Koko.

    The press conference was held at Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s political office at Dhanmondi in the capital.

    Hasan Mahmud also expressed profound sympathy for the bereaved family members.

  • Khaleda implicated in two arson cases

    A Dhaka court yesterday placed a suspect on 14-day remand in three cases filed over the Jatrabari arson attack on a bus during blockade. In two of the cases, BNP Chairperson and 20-party alliance chief Khaleda Zia has been named as mastermind.

    It is the first time Khaleda has been implicated in a case filed over political violence. Earlier, the government made several senior leaders of the BNP and its allies accused in such cases.

  • BNP announces 3-day mourning as Koko’s body arrives tomorrow

    Koko’s body would arrive in Dhaka tomorrow at 9amThe BNP has announced three days’ mourning of the death of Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s younger son Arafat Rahman Koko from today.

    BNP chief’s Special Assistant Shamsur Rahman Shimul Biswas yesterday said Koko’s body would arrive in Dhaka tomorrow at 9am.

    Meanwhile, the first Namaz-e-Janaza of Koko was held at the Masjid Negara, the national mosque of Malaysia, after Zohr prayers yesterday, BNP leader Bazlur Rahman, who lives in Malaysia, told reporters.

  • Bear hug sets tone for Obama-Modi meet

    The two leaders are expected to finalise possible agreements on climate changeSignalling his determination to take ties to a higher level, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke with protocol to meet and bear-hug US President Barack Obama as he landed in New Delhi yesterday.

    It was a remarkable spectacle given that, just a year ago, Modi was persona non grata in Washington and denied a visa to the United States.

    The apparent warmth between the two leaders is striking because Modi’s politics is considerably to the right of Obama’s.

  • Parliament blasts BNP’s behaviour with PM

    Senior lawmakers in both treasury and opposition benches yesterday agreed that the BNP violated all political etiquettes by not allowing the prime minister to convey condolence to its Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Saturday.

    During an unscheduled discussion yesterday evening, the lawmakers thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her initiative to visit Khaleda following the death of younger son Arafat Rahman Koko in Malaysia.

  • B Chowdhury: Election could be held under Hasina

    Backtracking from his stance of holding election under a non-partisan interim government, AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, President of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh, said the general election could be held under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

    “Election can be held under the incumbent Prime Minister. It is a common practice in most of the countries, but the Prime Minister needs to be impartial,” he came up with the remarks at a press conference at his Baridhara residence yesterday.

  • BCS aims 2% ICT contribution to GDP by 2018

    Bangladesh Computer Samity (BCS) has announced a road map titled “Make by Bangladesh” to ensure 2% contribution in the country’s GDP from the information and communication technology sector by 2018.

    At a programme held in its innovation centre yesterday, BCS President AHM Mahfuzul Arif made the announcement, where State Minister of the ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak was present. In the presentation, BCS president said the ICT hardware installation sector would earn $1 billion by 2017 while the figure will stand at $5 billion in the next year. 

  • Trains get more fire extinguishers

    Trains get more fire extinguishers

    Authorities are firm on operating train services during blockade at any costBangladesh Railway has decided to provide additional fire extinguishers for each passenger coach on a train with a view to ensuring passengers’ safety from arson attacks.

    The railway normally provides six fire extinguishers for the locomotive driver’s cab, the power generator compartment and the guards’ room on one train, Bangladesh Railway’s Divisional Mechanical Engineer (carriage) Salimul Haque told the Dhaka Tribune.

  • Online activists fuelling violence

    A number of little-known websites and Facebook pages have become popular among the BNP-Jamaat-led alliance supporters in the past two months by circulating false and provocative news about the government and the ruling Awami League.

    They have also been sharing posts on the now-how of making hand bombs and Molotov cocktails, and inspiring more attacks to make success the ongoing movement, which has already turned violent enough to claim the lives of over 35 people and injuries to several hundred people.

  • Matia bats for hybrid crops

    The government would produce more hybrid crops including potato and rice,  Agricultural Minister Matia Chowdhury said yesterday.

    “We will go for hybrid technology to grow more potato and rice. We cannot let people die from starving in the name of ensuring pure food,” she said while addressing a programme in the city.

    Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) organised the seminar titled “Expansion of Appropriate Agricultural Technology: Experience of PKSF” on the occasion of its 25 years at the PKSF building.

  • Bangladesh burning

    Bangladesh burning

    This month has seen almost non-stop violence and bloodshed during the 22 days of the BNP enforced blockade. Below we catalogue the incidents of violence that have taken place across the country up until January 25Dhaka

    Jan 4: 17 vehicles torched, 6 buses vandalised

    Jan 5: 7 buses torched, 6 vehicles vandalised

    Jan 6: 17 vehicles torched, 2 more vandalised

    Jan 7: 11 vehicles torched

    Jan 8: 23 vehicles torched

    Jan 9: 9 vehicles torched, 1 vandalised

    Jan 10: 11 vehicles torched, crude bombing at Mirpur, 2 injured, 2 crude bombing at Nayapaltan, another at Natunbazar

    Jan 11: Moltov cocktails exploded at BTV building, bus torched at Tejgaon, 1 injured by moltov cocktail at Mogbazar

  • The right way to protest

    Politicians must resolve to make their points without infringing the rights of othersWe applaud the citizens groups who marched silently from the Jatiya Press Club to Shaheed Minar on Saturday to protest the use of violence in political protests.

    At a time when national life is dominated by the disgraceful use of violence in the name of politics, it is vital that their message be heard.

    By making their point without infringing the rights of others, the marchers not only gave voice to ordinary citizens’  feelings, but also showed  the right way to protest.

  • Protectionism is never the answer

    Bangladeshi cinema will be promoted more effectively by investment and cultural exchange than by an outdated and ineffectual banWe sympathise with the pressures faced by filmmakers and distributors in Bangladesh.

    Lack of investment in old cinemas and lukewarm public support exacerbate the common challenges faced by most national film industries of piracy and competition from television, Hollywood, and Bollywood.

    However, this is not a sound reason to protest this month’s release of a few Hindi-language films in Bangladeshi cinema halls, on the basis that ‘’our industry will decay by importing Hindi films.’’

  • The biggest patriots of all

    The biggest patriots of all

    The blockades continue to eclipse our regular lives in a way that makes us feel like aliens in our own countryThe patriotism of the political leaders of our country is so admirable! They love our country so much that they’re about to go to war with each other on any given day now.

    It feels like I’m living in the times of Caesar – you know, the one who came to power and didn’t want to give it up because it was the best thing on Earth?

    Our leading ladies have gone so far beyond the line while pulling at each other’s leashes that the boundary of sanity must look like a dot to them right now, and they can’t even bother to care anymore.

  • Private grief, public moment

    Koko was the younger brother on whom the cameras lingered less oftenThe death of Arafat Rahman Koko was sudden and unexpected. Most of us regular citizens, not involved in either party’s politics, forgot this name for a while. Busy with our daily struggles, we were not thinking: How is Koko Rahman doing? Where exactly is he living?

    A certain invisibility (twinned with visibility) was the fate of being younger to the more prominent older brother. All eyes were on Tarique Rahman: What will Tarique say next? How will the government react? Will he come back to Bangladesh? Will the government arrest him?

  • Originality killed the copycat

    Banning better foreign productions is never a way to invigorate one’s own industryI love to walk around Dhaka city. It’s not because sometimes there is no other way, due to miles of gridlock, but once someone is on the street, the pulse of the general people can easily be felt. And when someone walks, the walls of the city, adorned with posters, especially movie posters, are hard to ignore. Bangladeshi movies, no matter what we try to state assertively, have progressed very little in the last two decades or so.

  • Greek leftists Syriza aim for landmark election win

    Greeks began voting yesterday in an election expected to bring to power the radical leftist Syriza party, which has pledged to take on international lenders and roll back painful austerity measures imposed during years of economic crisis.

    Barring a huge upset, victory for Syriza, which has led opinion polls for months, would produce the first euro zone government openly committed to cancelling the austerity terms of its EU and IMF-backed bailout programme.

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