Monday March 19, 2018 06:13 PM

  • Electricity works delayed by unrest

    ‘If the projects are not completed on time, many people in the rural areas will suffer’The BNP-led alliance’s action programmes have hit the power sector hard by delaying construction of  power plant, sub-station and transmission and distribution lines.

    Insiders said the unrest has slowed down implementation of projects earmarked for completion in FY2014-15, adding that hindering much-needed upgrades would have adverse consequences for economic growth.

  • Mystery blast at minister’s march

    Mystery blast at minister’s march

    BNP says Shajahan’s programme in Gulshan was part of a plan to kill Khaleda ZiaAt least seven people sustained injuries when two crude bombs went off in the middle of a procession, organised by Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan, in the highly guarded Gulshan area in the capital yesterday.

    When the bombs exploded near the Gulshan 2 intersection, the procession was on its way to lay siege to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s office, protesting the ongoing violence in the blockade and hartals.

  • No end to torment as 60 people still in pain at burn institute

    No end to torment as 60 people still in pain at burn institute

    Having worked hard for a couple of days, day labourer Md Hossain, 50, was going back home from Chittagong on a pickup van. When the van reached the Feni Sadar Police Station area, some pickets hurled petrol and crude bombs at it.

    Before Hossain could get off, the fire burned 60% of his body. The attack occurred around 7.30pm on Sunday, and Hossain was admitted to the Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) around 2am yesterday.

  • Tigers tent not tensed, but focused

    “We are well prepared for this game, since the Zimbabwe series last year”Bangladesh all-rounder Mahmudullah echoed the same old tune as the Tigers prepare to face Afghanistan, the newest member in the ICC World Cup, tomorrow. All teams batting first have registered a total of at least 300 runs and the right-handed middle-order batsman Mahmudullah relied on the top-order to set the platform for such a score.

  • Hasina: Why does civil society blame me for the political turmoil?

    Responding to claims that the government and the BNP-alliance are equally responsible for the country’s deadly impasse, the prime minister asked: “Why is civil society blaming me for the present political turmoil? It is not justified that civil society blames me and Khaleda Zia equally for the turmoil.”

  • Javed Miandad slams Pakistan selection

    Javed Miandad slams Pakistan selection

    ‘In big matches, a team field its best eleven and do not experiment’Former Pakistan cricketing great Javed Miandad yesterday slammed the Pakistan team managers over the selection of the team, which he described as “mind-boggling,”  criticising the lack of specialists on the side.

  • Revenue board, Biman to jointly tackle gold smuggling

    The National Board of Revenue (NBR) and Biman Bangladesh Airlines will take joint initiatives to stop gold smuggling into the country soon.

    The decision was agreed upon by NBR Chairman Mujibur Rahman and Biman’s Managing Director Kyle Haywood at a meeting among representatives of the NBR, Biman and the Directorate of Customs, Intelligence and Investigation (DCCI) at NBR headquarters in the capital yesterday.

    At the meeting, officials of the DCCI informed the NBR and Biman of the reasons behind the growing trend of smuggling into the country.

  • Is vomitoxic wheat headed to Bangladesh?

    A large shipment of wheat is headed to Bangladesh amid fears that it may not be fit for human consumption. It is also unclear how authorities concerned will determine the consignment’s fitness for consumption, leading to more questions.

    The consignment of 50,000 tons from Brazil is scheduled to arrive February 19. According to reports, the average vomitoxin level in Brazil’s wheat rose to 2.5ppm in 2014, leading to fears that the consignment heading Bangladesh’s way may not be fit for human consumption.

  • Iftekharuzzaman: State patronising festival of land grabbing in CHT

    Nowadays when the rights of indigenous people are widely discussed, it is said that there are no indigenous people. That is unfortunateThe state has been patronising a grand festival of land grabbing in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, said International Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission (CHTC) member Dr Iftekharuzzaman yesterday.

    Addressing a roundtable at the Dhaka Reporters Unity, he added that the state policy showed that many actions have been taking place for evicting the indigenous people from the country.

  • Foreign minister to discuss political situation with Kerry

    ‘It is our problem and we have to solve it by ourselves. It will not help us if we expect external help’Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali will discuss the volatile political situation in Bangladesh with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

    “The two political leaders will meet and discuss political issues, including the current situation in the country,” Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque told the Dhaka Tribune.

  • AL welcomes foreign, domestic concerns on violence

    Awami League has welcomed concerns from all international sources – people or organisation – expressed about the ongoing nationwide violence during the BNP-led 20-party alliance’s blockade.

    The party has also welcomed notable citizens and organisations of the country for their criticism of the BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami for burning innocent people and damaging the country’s resources; it urged the people to act against these activities.

  • SSC centre secretary suspended for mixing up exam questionnaire

    Secretary of a Secondary School Certificate examination centre in Chapainawabganj was suspended for taking a test with a wrong set of questionnaire.

    Abdul Latif, secretary of the Harimohan Govt. High School SSC exam centre and also the headmaster of the school, was relieved of his duty yesterday.

    School sources said the Rajshahi Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board issued a notice in this regard.

  • Muhith: Grameen Bank situation horrible for election

    Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said the atmosphere at Grameen Bank was horrible for appointing executives and holding an election of new directors and Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus was responsible for this.

    “The government has not caused any problem to the functioning of the Grameen Bank management. Professor Muhammad Yunus enacted every regulation of the bank and that definitely created the problems,” Muhith said.

  • Ansar member suspended for soliciting prostitute

    He was on duty at Dhaka Medical College HospitalAn Ansar member has been suspended from service a day after he was accused of engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a prostitute.

    The official was suspended as part of disciplinary action taken against him “for disrespecting the dignity of the force,” said an official order issued on Sunday, signed by Ansar and VDP’s Dhaka district Commandant M Khalilur Rahman Khan.

    M Ataur Rahman, from Gaibandha, was on duty at Dhaka Medical College Hospital from December 6 last year.

  • Blogger Rajeeb murder trial still far away

    They were inspired by the books and sermons of Jasim to kill anyone for insulting Islam and the ProphetTrial in the sensational murder case of blogger-architect Ahmed Rajeeb Haider is yet to begin even though two years have passed since the killing, perpetrated by radical Islamists apparently with an aim to stop the unprecedented Shahbagh movement of February 2013.

    Even though the government head and the law enforcers had expressed much enthusiasm after the murder to ensure justice, progress in the case proceedings has been sluggish since February last year when a Dhaka court took the charges into cognisance.

  • Security man’s body found

    Shahbagh police recovered the body of a security guard from the Language Martyr Abul Barkat Memorial Museum near Shaheed Sergeant Zahurul Hoque Hall at Dhaka University yesterday morning.  

    Museum Director, also Zahurul Haque hall provost, Professor Abu Muhammad Delwar Hossain said they rushed to the spot upon information and found the body hanging from the ceiling.

  • Rizvi placed on fresh remand, Falu sent to jail

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was also made accused as an abettor of the incidentA Dhaka court yesterday placed BNP Joint Secretary-General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on fresh three-day remand in a case charging him with arson attack in the capital’s Jatrabari area on January 23.

    Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Maruf Hossain passed the order after Md Bashir Ahmed, sub-inspector at the Detective Branch of police and the investigation officer of the case, produced him before the court seeking a 10-day remand.

  • ACC submits charge sheet against Mirza Abbas, 4 others

    The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday submitted a charge-sheet against BNP standing committee member Mirza Abbas and four
    others on charges of causing loss of around Tk15.52crore to the government through allocation of land to journalists.

    ACC Deputy Director Jatan Kumar Ray, also the investigation officer (IO) of the case, submitted the charge-sheet against the five accused to the Dhaka chief metropolitan magistrate court.

    Earlier, on February 10, the anti-graft watchdog at its regular meeting approved the charge-sheet in the case.

  • 62 CU BCL men sent to jail, probe committee formed

    All the activists were held in connection with a clash on the campus leaving four people injuredA Chittagong court yesterday sent 62 activists of Chhatra League’s Chittagong University unit to jail, who were detained from Shahjalal and Shah Amanat dormitories after a factional clash on the campus a day earlier. 

    Judge of Senior Judicial Magistrate Court Kudrat-e-Elahi sent the activists to prison after rejecting their bail petitions. 

    The court also said the next hearing would be held on February 22.

    The 62 men were produced before the court around 5:30pm, said Court Inspector Anu Mong.

  • JU teachers, students, employees protest nationwide violence

    Several hundred pro-Awami League university teachers, students, officers, and employees of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday formed a human chain at the university’s main entrance at 11:30 am, under the banner of “JU Awami Family,” protesting the nationwide general strike and ongoing blockade called by the BNP-led 20 party alliance.

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