- Power & Energy
- February 15, 2018
Truthfully, the World Cup will be the realistic platform to prove the authenticity of Shakib’s ranking as the leading ODI all-rounderIf I were Mashrafe and his band of brothers, I would not want to put too much emphasis on Bangladesh’s year-ending wins against Zimbabwe and would also put behind the painful results of 2014 including the memory of the ignominious loss to Afghanistan in the Asia Cup played in home conditions. A total of 18 ODIs in the year resulted in only 5 wins, all of which were against the touring Zimbabweans, a team that was in total disarray, which saw them being comprehensively beaten in both the ODI and Test series. Kudos to Bangladesh, nevertheless!
Leaders of the ruling 14-party alliance have rebuffed a citizen platform’s calls for an Awami League-BNP dialogue, saying such a demand was unrealistic, unacceptable and unconstitutional.
Claiming that the country was not in a situation where the government should hold a dialogue with the BNP, the leaders said there can be no compromise with “terrorists.”
The BNP-led 20-party alliance has extended its 72-hour hartal, which ended at 6am today, for another 48 hours.
Salahuddin Ahmed, joint secretary general of the BNP, issued a press release yesterday afternoon, announcing that the countrywide general strike will now continue until 6am on Friday.
The opposition combine had called the 72-hour hartal from Sunday, ignoring calls for sparing the ongoing SSC and equivalent examinations.
About 1.5 million students are taking the exams this year.
At least 11 people, including a trucker and his helper, suffered burn injuries in separate petrol bomb attacks in Noakhali, Feni and Netrakona last night.
In Feni’s Dagaonbhuyan, nine people, including a woman, were burned as hartal supporters hurled a petrol bomb at their Noakhali-bound bus at Chironia Bazar on the Feni-Noakhali highway around 9pm, said local ASP Saidul Haque.
Within only a span of 24 hours, at least 32 people including ten children have died at the Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital – a number that doctors themselves admitted was “unusual” for a single day.
The relatives of the deceased blamed the “negligence” of the doctors for the deaths; but the hospital authority said all of the deaths since Monday morning were natural – with many of the fatalities being caused by chronic life-threatening conditions.
The Anti-Corruption Commission is set to file charge sheet against five people, including former housing and public works minister Mirza Abbas and state minister Alamgir Kabir, in a case filed over causing the state loss worth Tk16 crore.
The ACC findings reveal that the duo during 2001-2006 made the loss to the state by allocating a Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) land to a journalists’ cooperative society at a rate lower than the actual price.
The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday approved the charge sheet against Patuakhali 4 lawmaker and former water resources state minister Mahbubur Rahman, nearly six months after filing of the case for accumulation of huge wealth illegally.
The charge sheet, okayed by a regular meeting of the commission, would be submitted to the court very soon, Public Relation Officer Pranab Kumer Bhattacharya said.
BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed was placed on a five-day fresh remand yesterday in a case filed over torching a bus in Jatrabari, the third remand since his arrest on January 31.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Aminul Haque passed the order after Md Siddiqur Rahman, a DB sub-inspector and investigation officer of the case, sought 10 days’ remand.
AdilShakhawat, a reporter at Dhaka Tribune, was mugged at Hemayetpur in Savar near Dhaka last night when he was returning home from work. The muggers took his Bajaj Discover motorbike, wallet and two mobile phones. He is unharmed.
AdilShakhawat said the muggers came in an old white Toyota Corolla. They were following from Boliarpur. When he reached near the Lalon pump, the car cornered him to a stop and four people cordoned him knives and sticks. Then they took away his belongings; one fled on his motorbike and the others on car.
Real estate businesses claim Tk800 crore losses due to blockadeBorrowers have started seeking loans rescheduling facility from the state-owned banks and financial institutions, saying their businesses have been affected by the current political unrest.
“Businessmen have estimated losses incurred during this period and on the basis of their estimates they may have sought rescheduling of their loans,” Bank Division Secretary M Aslam Alam yesterday told the Dhaka Tribune.
The secretary held a coordination meeting with the managing directors of the state banks and financial institutions yesterday.
The third day of the ongoing nationwide hartal, enforced by BNP-led 20-party alliance, went relatively peacefully in the capital without any reports of major incidents.
In the capital, traffic movement was as usual; the number of vehicles on the streets increased as the day progressed. Shops, businesses and offices ran as usual too.
Launches and trains left their stations as per schedule, but only a small number of long-haul buses left the city for different parts of the country.
The government has offered stipends to poor higher secondary-level students, in an effort to curb dropout rates, particularly of female students.
As many as 1.7 million underprivileged students, of whom 40% are female and 10% male, will be eligible for this stipend, to be provided in two categories – science and other sections.
Under the Tk513 crore project, a science student will receive a monthly stipend of Tk175 and tuition fee of Tk50, along with a one-time allocation of Tk1,600 for book purchases and examination fees.
Police yesterday arrested two alleged razakar leaders from Baniachong upazila of the district for their involvement in crimes against humanity including killings and rape in the area during the 1971 Liberation War.
A special team of Habiganj police arrested Mozibur Rahman alias Angur Miah, 52, chairman of Khagaura union of the upazila, and his elder brother Mohibur Rahman alias Boro Miah, 55, a former BNP leader, at their houses in the morning, Police Superintendent Joydev Kumar Bhadra told reporters.
Mohibur is the former chairman of the same upazila.
The Rapid Action Battalion, investigation agency of journalist couple Sagar Sarwar and Meherun Runi murders, has claimed that they found DNA identity of two yet unrecognised male persons, who were present at the crime scene.
Although the development is nothing significant three years after the killing, RAB is considering it as a lead to resolve the mystery.
A listed criminal was bullet-hit and two police constables were injured during a gunfight between a local terrorist group and police at Raozan upazila of Chittagong early yesterday.
The injured criminal Kamrul Islam Titu, 38, is the second-in-command of local terrorist group Fajal Haque Bahini of Raozan.
Kamrul was admitted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) and police constables Rubel and Towhid were admitted to Upazila Health Complex, said Sub-Inspector Md Monsur Ali of Raozan police station.
A Dhaka court yesterday issued an arrest warrant against three leaders and activists of BNP’s youth and student wings as they did not appear before the court in a case filed over torching, vandalism and assault in the capital last year.
Metropolitan Magistrate Tareq Mainul Islam Bhuiyan passed the order against Jubo Dal General Secretary Saiful Islam Nirob, Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal former president Sultan Salahuddin Tuku and BNP activist Abul Mansur Khan Dipak.
Commerce minister points at Tk15 crore increase in exports, blames politicsThe Dhaka International trade fair ended yesterday as unhappy stall owners packed-up their pavilions having failed to generate expected returns.
The commerce minister, however, pointed to higher export orders than previous years, and claimed had the BNP-Jamaat alliance not pressed their political programmemes, the initiative would be even more successful.
The necessary paperworks behind building a hi-tech park in Rajshahi is nearing its end, to the delight of locals.
On April 3 last year, the government approved a proposal to set up three information technology villages in Dhaka and Rajshahi, and a hi-tech park in Sylhet, according to the authorities concerned.
The cabinet committee on economic affairs then gave its nod to the ICT division’s proposals to set up an IT village at Karail in the capital, two in Rajshahi, and a hi-tech park in Sylhet under the Public Private Partnership.
Authorities of Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College have asked students to leave hostel following a recent collapse of some parts of the female students hostel building.
All the resident students have been asked to leave the hostel within yesterday afternoon.
Dr Bhaskar Saha, principal of the college, said the decision was taken in a meeting of the academic council to ensure safety and security of the students.
Alternative residential arrangements for 75 final-year girl-examinees were made, he said.
This is common scenario of the office, we are struggling to do the new enrollment task of aspirant Saudi workersThe workers who want to go to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with job have been struggling to end the registration process as the local Manpower and Employment office lacks of necessary staff and logistics facility.
Consequently the workers had to visit the office for several times due to the odds, many of whom were from remote areas of the district