- March 18, 2018
Hearing on the proposal of Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd will be held on TuesdayGas transmission charges should not be increased, the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) technical evaluation committee has recommended, in light of the profitability for several years of the Gas Transmission Company Ltd (GTCL).
GTCL proposed fixing the transmission charge at Tk0.47, an increase of Tk0.15, per cubic meter of gas transmission. The state-run transmission company currently receives Tk0.32 for per cubic meter from gas distribution companies.
The change in tone among Awami League leadership appears to come after widespread calls for a dialogueThe government might be willing to hold a dialogue with the BNP if the party quits its destructive politics and stops killing innocent people, senior Awami League leaders have said.
Urging BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to refrain from ordering subversive acts, Awami League leaders from separate programmes in the capital yesterday also called upon the party to stop its nationwide violence.
‘We are lucky today because we were able to have lunch. Yesterday we spent the entire day and night on the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway. There was no time for lunch or dinner’The Home Ministry is seeking Finance Ministry consent to release Tk20.8cr – from the police’s own food fund – to give blockade-duty police daily allowances to buy snacks.
Under normal circumstances police authorities provide catering trucks or ferry services for on-duty staff to have a meal, but this has proved impossible during blockade duty.
A Finance Division official said the Home Ministry proposal did not provide a timetable but the Finance Ministry wanted a timetable.
Arson attack victims need long-term rehabilitation to help them return to normal lifeMicrobus driver Harun Rashid, 35, injured during the countrywide violence in 2013 is still bearing the brunt of a petrol bomb attack. Burn injuries on his two hands and parts of his body tell the tale of the hell he has had to endure.
The burns almost damaged the tissues of his both hands and some portions of his legs making it difficult for him to move with ease.
Doctors advised him not to return to work for at least two years.
A petition case was filed yesterday against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and three other leaders over the killing of at least 42 people during the ongoing blockade and hartal programmes.
Khaleda was earlier named a mastermind in three other arson cases lodged in Dhaka and Comilla for her role in violence that marked the blockade
enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance.
‘Biman staff will be grilled; it is impossible to do such things without their help’Customs Intelligence yesterday recovered more than 60kg from a Biman flight coming in from Dubai at the Shahjalal airport in Dhaka.
Looking at the way the precious metal was hidden inside the aircraft, intelligence officials suspect that national flag career Biman’s staff were involved with the smuggling.
“Customs officials searched the BG-048 flight after it landed at the airport around 8:15am. It came from the United Arab Emirates via the Chittagong airport,” said Moinul Khan, director general of Customs Intelligence.
A locomotive and three bogies of a Chittagong-bound train derailed in Mirsarai yesterday, allegedly after miscreants removed fastening clips from the railway tracks.
The alleged act of sabotage caused rail communications between Chittagong and the rest of the country to be suspended for around 12 hours, until the rail links were finally restored yesterday afternoon.
After listening to some leaked audio clips, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday ordered the authorities concerned to find out the persons who had been directed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia over the phone to prolong hartal and blockade programmes.
Hasina also asked the shipping and local government ministers to ensure smooth movement of vehicles and water vessels across the country during the BNP-led 20-party alliance’s agitation programmes.
The BNP yesterday said that the government will have to shoulder the responsibility if the democratic process in the country gets hampered.
“The government has been encouraging extremism and blocking all paths of systematic movement and objective media reporting. As a result, confined democracy has reached the verge of extinction,” Salahuddin Ahmed, joint secretary general of the party, said in a press release.
Salahuddin also said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will also have to appear before court someday for “genocide.”
High levels of arsenic (over 50 ppb) has been detected in 29% of the deep tube-wells tested in 271 upazilas of the country, LGRD and Cooperative Minister told the parliament yesterday.
The figure means close to one third of the deep tube-wells tested across the country produce water that is not safe for drinking.
‘21st century Silk Road means connectivity within the country and among the countries featuring mutual partnership’Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali yesterday said Bangladesh-China relations are multidimensional encompassing the areas of cooperation in diverse fields, and pledged to continue work in the coming years to deepen the ties.
“Recent years have witnessed a remarkable progress in our relationship, and we pledge to continue our work in the coming years,” he said while addressing a function in the city.
Assistant Consular Officer of Pakistan High Commission Mohammad Mazhar Khan left Dhaka on Saturday as the Foreign Ministry asked the mission to send him back home.
“We came to know about the illegal activities committed by Mazhar with certain evidence. We instructed the Pakistan mission to send him back,” a senior ministry official told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday, asking not to be named.
Asked whether Mazhar was declared a persona non-grata, the official said: “He was not even a diplomat, so we don’t need to declare him PNG.”
The cabinet has approved the draft of National Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Policy 2015, aiming to develop and promote the country’s ICT sector and ensure its effective use to achieve the nation’s development goals.
The draft was approved in a cabinet meeting at the Secretariat yesterday, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan told the reporters.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina chaired the meeting.
Mosaddek Ali Falu and Md Shamsuzzaman Dudu, advisers to the BNP chief, were remanded yesterday for interrogation in connection with arson cases.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Hasibul Haque granted police five days to quiz Falu, who also owns private TV channel NTV, in a case filed with Khilgaon police for torching a bus on January 30.
Arrested on Sunday, Falu was produced before the court by Sub-Inspector Md Billal Hossain with a 10-day remand prayer.
Police on Monday recovered an abandoned anti-tank cannon shell at Baizid area in Chittagong.
Officer-in-Charge (OC) Babul Chandra Banik of Baizid police station said around noon yesterday, locals spotted an abandoned shell in Debarpar at Banglabazar area and informed police.
Upon receiving information, police rushed to the spot and took the shell into custody and informed the Bangladesh Army, he said.
The bullet-riddled body which police claimed to have had recovered from a slope of an embankment in the capital’s Rupnagar on Friday was identified as a Chhatra Dal leader of Bhola yesterday.
Tawhidul Islam, who introduced himself as the victim’s maternal uncle, identified the body as Md Ariful Islam, 20, an LLB student at International Islamic University’s Dhanmondi campus in Dhaka.
Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain yesterday said the government will fix the immigration cost to be charged by recruiting agencies for sending workers to Saudi Arabia.
“The government will form a framework for charging fees in this regard and the private recruiting agencies will send workers as per the government-fixed rate,” he said while speaking at a press briefing at his ministry.
Earlier on Sunday, the Saudi government reopened its manpower market to Bangladeshi jobseekers lifting a seven-year embargo.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday claimed that the government was not treating the ongoing series of hartals and blockade as a political matter any more, but considering them as criminal activities.
“We are now treating hartals and blockade as a criminal issue,” he said during a meeting with a six-member delegation of the Confederation of Asia -Pacific Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), led by its visiting Chairman Jemal Inaishvili.
Nipah virus has claimed the lives of three people, including two children, in Manda upazila of the district in nine days untiul Friday.
The victims are Apel Mahmud, 11, son of Moklesur Rahman, and Kawser Ali, 13, son of Abdul Kasem of Bhalain village, and Hafizul Islam, 25, son of Alimuddin of Balubazar village in the upazila.
There is no precedent that politically influential students have ever been punished for violent incidents, including murderJahangirnagar University students have demanded capital punishment for the persons who killed Zubair Ahmed in January 2012 so that no one else dares committing such crime in the future.
More than a hundred students formed a human chain in front of the new Arts Faculty building under the banner of “Shontrasher Biruddhe Jahangirnagar” yesterday.
Criticising the administration for its alleged patronisation of some of the accused, the agitating students demanded that the police arrest the six accused who have been on the run since February last year.