Tuesday February 20, 2018 05:56 AM

  • Poor revenue may delay public servants’ pay hike

    Review committee faces difficulties accommodating commission’s proposalsThe government is going to extend the  tenure of a secretarial committee tasked with submitting  a report on ways to execute the recommendations of the pay commission.

    The committee was supposed to submit its report to Finance Minister AMA Muhith on February 15 at the end of the six-week time given to it
    for the task.

    “We have already sought the finance minister’s consent for giving a four-week extension to the secretarial committee,” a Finance Division official associated with the committees work told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

  • Santu Larma slams government for directives on CHT

    The government is trying to tighten grip on the indigenous people of the Chittagong Hill Tracts through the recent directives of restricting communication by any local or foreign person or an organisation with the adivasis, PCJSS President Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma alias Santu Larma has said.

    Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti (PCJSS) and the Awami League government struck the accord in 1997 to end a decade-long armed struggle.

  • PM: People won’t be defeated by monsters

    Hinting at the BNP-led alliance, the prime minister yesterday said the government will not spare the monsters who have been burning people for
    no reason.

    The BNP-Jamaat alliance had been creating anarchy at a time when the country was moving forward, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, adding that the people will not lose out to these fiends.

    She made the remarks while addressing the 35th national parade of the Ansar and VDP forces at the Ansar-VDP Academy at Shafipur in Gazipur’s Kaliakair upazila.

  • Tk6.5cr compensation for transport sector pledged

    The government has decided to pay Tk6.5 crore to 674 transport owners who suffered losses due to the non-stop blockade and hartal enforced in the country by the BNP-led 20 party alliance.

    “The prime minister has decided to initially pay Tk6.5 crore to the affected transport owners, which has been sanctioned already and will be disbursed soon,” said Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader during a press briefing at the Secretariat yesterday.

  • Non-stop hartal after Feb 14 if demands not met

    BNP-led alliance to hold demos across the country on that dayThe BNP-led 20-party alliance yesterday issued a fresh ultimatum, asking the government to either accept the mid-term polls demand by February 14 or face a countrywide nonstop strike in addition to the ongoing blockade.

    In a statement, BNP Joint Secretary Salahuddin Ahmed said the 20-party combine would hold peaceful demonstrations in all upazilas, municipalities, district headquarters and cities across the country on February 14.

  • Cricket World Cup officially under way

    The 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup opened on a whimsical note on a golden evening in Christchurch yesterday.

    An estimated crowd of 10,000 gathered at North Hagley Oval in the heart of the city to soak up an irreverent mix of music, dance and cricket two days out from the action getting under way.

    A similar crowd gathered at Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl for the tran-Tasman ceremony.

    Cricket Australia Chairman Wally Edwards unveiled the cup, declaring “may the best team win.”

  • Moody’s forecasts weaker economic growth

    Export growth, which had been immune to political turmoil in the past, has begun to weakenThe prolonged political unrest is weighing on the export growth and hindering the country’s investment environment, says Moody's, a global credit rating agency.

    “Export growth, which had been immune to political turmoil in the past, has begun to weaken,” said Moody’s in its latest forecast released yesterday.

    This is the first time in five years the agency has forecasted the poor state of the country’s economy.

  • ACC approves charge sheet against eight Bismillah Group officials

    The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has approved the charge sheet in a case against 14 people, including Managing Director of Bismillah Towel Limited Khaja Solaiman Anwar Chowdhury, filed on charges of swindling about Tk58 crore out of five commercial banks.

    The anti-graft watchdog at its regular meeting yesterday approved the charge sheet, said ACC Public Relations Officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya.

  • Education UK Exhibition 2015 begins in capital

    Education UK Exhibition 2015 begins in capital

    A two-day Education UK Exhibition 2015 began at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in the capital yesterday. 

    The British Council has arranged the 17th annual event to help Bangladeshi students who are interested to get higher education in the United Kingdom. 

    With entry fee of Tk50, students could get the opportunity to make direct contact with representatives of 38 renowned educational institutions of the UK at the exhibition, which will remain open for all from 12 noon to 6pm till today. 

  • Obama asks Congress to authorise IS war

    US President Barack Obama sent Congress his long-awaited formal request to authorise military force against Islamic State yesterday, meeting swift resistance from Republicans as well as his fellow Democrats wary of another war in the Middle East.

    Republicans, who control Congress and say Obama’s foreign policy is too passive, want stronger measures against the militants than outlined in the plan, which bars any large-scale invasion by US ground troops and covers the next three years.

  • Students unwilling to return to RU

    Political crisis, police harassment discourage students from attending classesAbout 75% Rajshahi University (RU) students are yet to come back to campus although authorities have decided to hold classes and examinations amid the hartals and blockades which have been ongoing for over a month now.

    The attendance of students in class remain low due to tensed situation on campus as a result of frequent cocktail explosions. Consequentially, exams of about 30 departments at the university continue to be rescheduled.

  • Food for Khaleda’s staff stopped

    The police yesterday reportedly twice barred a van, carrying food for the BNP chief’s staff and party leaders who had been accompanying Khaleda Zia since January 3, from entering the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office.

    However, law enforcers did not stop Khaleda’s relatives, who brought food for the three-time prime minister, from sending the nourishments inside.

  • Five students of Jahangirnagar University expelled for assaulting assistant proctor

    A five-member committee led by Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Abul Hossain was formed to investigate the assault The Jahangirnagar University (JU) authorities have temporarily expelled five students of marketing for their involvement in assaulting the assistant proctor of the university. 

    The five – Faisal Rabbi Riyad, Anik Shovon Bala, Aminur Rahman Toki, Md Sumon and Arif Ahmed Mafi – were in their third year of study.

    The decision to expel them was taken at an emergency meeting of the university syndicate held at the residence of the vice-chancellor yesterday night. 

  • Burn unit at SBMCH to start functioning next week

    The 300-bed SBMCH as the only specialised public hospital under the college started functioning on November 2, 1970As burn patients are increasing day by day for the political unrest, the authorities of Barisal Sher-E-Bangla Medical College Hospital has decided to start functioning of a burn unit following an order of the higher authority.

    Hospital sources said a 16-bed burn unit is ready to start operation next week, almost 45 years after the establishment of the hospital. 

    Dr Kamrul Hasan Selim, director of the hospital, said of the 16 beds, eight beds would  be reserved for men while rest of the beds will be for women burn patients.

  • War crimes suspects Mohibur, Mujibur land in jail

    The International Crime Tribunal 2 yesterday sent detained war crimes-suspects Mohibur Rahman Bara Mia and his younger brother Mujibur Rahman Angur Mia to jail.

    Passing the order, the tribunal asked the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the SP of Habiganj district to explain as to how the duo-detainees were not produced before it within 24 hours of their arrest, defying the prescribed rules.

  • Quamrul: Civil Society instigates Khaleda to burn people

    Describing it as a “cancer of society,” Food Minister Quamrul Islam yesterday said civil society members are now instigating BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to burn people.

    “Civil Society members inspire Khaleda Zia to kill people. I feel ashamed of speaking about them. Fie! Are they conscience of the nation? They’re a cancer of society. They instigate Khaleda Zia in burning people,” he said while addressing a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club in the city.

  • Political unrest a blow to Moulvibazar tourism

    Like many other sectors hit by the ongoing political unrest, a massive blow has also been dealt to the tourism businesses in Moulvibazar, popular to vacationers for its tea gardens and protected forests.

    As the indefinite blockade continues to limit movement on highways and railways across the country, the hotels and resorts in Moulvibazar – especially in Sreemangal upazila – are seeing almost no clients check in for the past month.

  • 1 killed, 15 hurt as train hits bus in Ctg

    1 killed, 15 hurt as train hits bus in Ctg

    One person was killed and 15 others were injured when a train rammed a minibus at Ispahani rail crossing gate in AK Khan area of Chittagong city yesterday.

    The deceased could not be identified when the body was sent to Chittagong Medical College morgue for autopsy, said Officer-in-Charge of Chittagong railway station police outpost Himangshu Das Rana.

    He said it could not be known whether the dead was a passenger of the train or the minibus.

  • Loss-incurring cinema business faces extinction in Narsingdi

    Constant incurrence of losses are pushing the cinema theatre business in Narshingdi towards extinction, with two-thirds of the cinemas in the district already out of business.

    The business used to be thriving in Narsingdi – there were 18 cinema theatres running successfully in the district’s six upazilas, said sources at the district information office. But a fall in the quality of films beginning in the 90s started repelling cinema-goers from visiting the theatres. Piracy made it worse.

  • Ceasefire agreed for eastern Ukraine

    The leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine have agreed a deal to end fighting in eastern Ukraine, participants at the summit talks
    said yesterday.

    The deal reached after all-night negotiations in the Belarussian capital Minsk included a ceasefire that would come into effect on Feb. 15, followed by the withdrawal of heavy weapons.

    The news came as Ukraine was offered a $40-billion lifeline by the International Monetary Fund to stave off financial collapse.

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