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Tuesday November 21, 2017 11:58 PM



  • 1.9m tonnes fuel oil to be imported to meet demand for January-June

    Premium will be reduced for the imported furnace oil, diesel, keroseneThe government is going to import around 1.9 million tonnes of refined diesel, petroleum, kerosene, jet fuel, and furnace oil for the first half of the current year, a source at the BPC has said.

    The fuel oil would be bought from 10 international petroleum companies for the January-June period to help cover the country’s total demand of 2.703 million tonnes,  a Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) senior official told the Dhaka Tribune.

  • Nagarik Samaj denies any relation with Manna

    After Nagarik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna’s telephone conversation with former Dhaka mayor and BNP leader Sadeq Hossain Khoka was leaked, Nagarik Samaj denied its rapport with Manna.

    Former caretaker government adviser M Hafizuddin Khan said: “Manna is not with us. We do not even consult with him about our programmes. So our programme will not be hampered anyway.” 

    He, however, said the government should trace Manna’s whereabouts.

  • Muhith: BNP programmes ‘worthless’

    Saying the BNP alliance’s programme was on its last legs, Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said killings in Dhaka, which have recently increased, would soon come down as they have in the countryside.

    “I think it is a worthless topic. There is nothing to discuss,” the finance minister said about the blockade and strike programmes called by the BNP-led 20-party alliance.

    He was speaking to the press after meeting newly-appointed World Bank Vice President for South Asia Annette Dixon at his secretariat office.

  • Arrest warrant against BNP leader Mirza Abbas, 4 others

    A Dhaka court yesterday issued an arrest warrant against five people, including BNP’s Dhaka city convener Mirza Abbas, on charges of causing a loss of around Tk15.52 crore to the government through allocation of land to journalists.

    Senior Special Judge KM Imrul Kayes ordered to issue the arrest warrant against the five absconding accused, after taking cognizance of the charges.

    The court also ordered the OCs of different police stations concerned to submit progress reports on their execution of the arrest warrants before the court by March 25.

  • Editors’ Council: Government imposing restrictions on media

    Print and broadcast media in the country is going through a difficult time, as the government is interfering with the media’s right to inform, the Editors’ Council said yesterday.

  • Youth held for attempting rape

    A local youth of the Bakalia area in Chittagong was arrested on Monday for attempting to rape a college girl.

    Md Salauddin, 28, had been stalking the girl for a long time. The girl resided on Syed Shah Road in the same area, said Bakalia police station Officer-in-Charge Mohammed Mohsin.

    Quoting the girl’s relatives, the OC said, on Monday morning Salauddin went to the girl’s house and attempted to rape her. He also injured her younger brother and uncle with a knife when they came forward to stop him.

  • Probe report blames negligence for 32 deaths

    The investigation report, looking into the causes behind a series of 32 unusual deaths at Sylhet’s MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital, has been handed in by the hospital’s probe committee.

    Although there was no official comment about the contents of the report, a reliable source at the hospital told the Dhaka Tribune that negligence by on-duty doctors and nurses was mentioned by the probe committee as one of the causes leading to the deaths earlier this month.

  • Jubo Dal and Jamaat leaders held with firebombs

    A team of RAB 7 in a drive yesterday arrested a Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal leader along with three petrol bombs in Chittagong city’s Pahartali area while police held a local Jamaat leader from Double Mooring area in the city in the hours.

    The arrestees were, Md Shah Newaz, 22, son of Md Shahbuddin, hailing from Barisal’s Bakerganj and Ohidur Rahman, 65, said RAB and police sources.

    Shah Newaz is a Jubo Dal leader of Bakerganj union 4 and Ohidur is secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami in city’s Double Mooring Ward, said the sources.

  • Indian battleship INS Ranjit arrives in Ctg port

    With an aim to progress relations between the Bangladesh Navy and the Indian Navy,  an Indian battleship INS Ranjit arrived in Chittagong port yesterday on a three-day courtesy visit.

    Chittagong Naval Region’s Chief Staff Officer Captain AKMM Sherafullah welcomed the destroyer-series battleship at a jetty of Chittagong Port around 2:45pm in the presence of Indian Assistant High Commissioner Somnath Halder, said navy sources.

  • Amartya Sen unveils books on history

    Amartya Sen unveils books on history

    Two books were unveiled at a ceremony held at Bangladesh National Museum Auditorium in the capital yesterday, where prominent Nobel Laureate economist Amartya Sen was the chief guest.

    The books – “Manikganjer Shato Manik” (Hundred Jewels of Manikganj) and “Bikrampur: History and Personality” by Md Azharul Islam – were revealed at the programme.

  • Deaths of three youths in Mirpur veiled in mystery

    Deaths of three youths in Mirpur veiled in mystery

    Relatives at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital morgue yesterday identified two youths out of the three allegedly beaten to death by an angry mob in the capital’s Mirpur area on Monday.

    Police said the three were arsonists who an angry mob caught red-handed while hurling petrol bombs in the capital’s Mirpur area.

    Later police brought their bullet-hit bodies to the DMCH morgue early
    Monday.

  • Fugitive Jabbar spared death due to age

    Former Muslim League leader Mohammad Abdul Jabbar has been awarded imprisonment until his natural death, though he deserved capital punishment, for committing crimes against humanity, including killings, loot and arson, in Mathbaria of Pirojpur during the 1971 Liberation War, says a war crimes tribunal.

    In its verdict delivered yesterday, the three-member International Crimes Tribunal 1, led by Justice M Enayetur Rahim, said for the offences Jabbar, 82, had committed, he deserved death penalty. But the punishment was committed to life-term imprisonment considering his age.

  • Gayle answers critics in Canberra carnage

    Gayle answers critics in Canberra carnage

    ‘I’m really glad I gave them something to actually cheer about’When the president of your own cricket board is re-tweeting messages suggesting you should retire, you know you need to make something of a statement.

    West Indies batsman Chris Gayle made that statement in a fashion yesterday against Zimbabwe that can only be described as emphatic with the first double century in a World Cup match.

    West Indies Cricket Board President Dave Cameron will not be the only person around the world wiping large amounts of egg off his face over the next couple of days, however.

  • Ruling party leaders tightlipped

    No Awami League policymaker was ready to make any comment on the alleged “disappearance” of Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna.

    Requesting anonymity, a presidium member of the ruling party said: “The situation is different, complicated. So I should not make any comments at this point.”

    The Dhaka Tribune yesterday caught up with Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader in the lobby of the Jatiya Sangsad.

  • BCB: Al Amin not linked with bookies

    Bangladesh Cricket Board has denied the allegation of pacer Al Amin Hossain’s contact with an Indian bookmaker, saying he was withdrawn from the national World Cup squad because of breaking the team curfew last Thursday.

    “It has nothing to do with any alleged corruption,” BCB media committee Chairman Jalal Yunus was quoted by the AFP as saying. “Acsu has told us that they have nothing against Al Amin. We only took action because we have a no-tolerance policy for disobeying team orders.”

  • Vehicle inspection centres of BRTA inactive for 14 yrs

    Vehicle inspection centres of BRTA inactive for 14 yrs

    The five automatic vehicle inspection centres, installed at a cost of Tk40 crore, have been non-functional for over 14 years due to lack of skilled operator and software glitches. 

    Since Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) set them up in 2000, the centres have never been used except for a test run.

    The BRTA officials said they did not have the required technical hands to do so. Of the five centres, two are set up in Dhaka and the rest are in Rajshahi, Chittagong and Khulna.

  • BCL strikes out Manna’s name from honour lists in Ducsu, Cucsu

    Activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League struck out Mahmudur Rahman Manna’s name from the honour lists of Dhaka University Central Students’ Council (Ducsu) and Chittagong University Central Students’ Council (Cucsu) yesterday.

    At Dhaka University, some Chhatra League leaders led by its vice-president Joydev Nondee entered the DUCSU Collection Centre and removed Manna’s name from its honour board around 2pm. They also burnt his portrait.

  • Nasim: RMC to be transformed into medical university soon

    Health and Family Welfare Minister Muhammad Nasim yesterday said process to transform Rajshahi Medical College into a full-fledged medical university will start as soon as possible.

    The minister also assured the authorities of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital that his ministry would provide all necessary facilities so that the hospital could render proper healthcare services to patients.

  • Arsenic takes serious turn in a Sunamganj village

    With landscape view of long paddy fields, lush green trees, bushes and  clustered houses, the Baheratoli is truly representing a traditional village of rural Bangladesh.

    At a first sight anyone will have an experience of tranquility, serenity and peace at the village, located near the border of Indian hilly province Meghalaya and distant from Bangladesh’s Sunamganj district town.

  • Teachers’ shortage hampers education in Ali Kadam High School

    A lot of students get admission early in the year but they do not want to stay in the school due to lack of teachersAcademic activities at Ali Kadam High School in the district are being hampered seriously due to shortage of teachers.

    Sources said, at least 11 out of 16 posts in the school under Ali Kadam upazila have been lying vacant for long. The post of headmaster has been lying vacant for four years hampering the academic activities.

    Despite acute shortage of teachers, the government appears to be reluctant to fill up the posts lying vacant, local people alleged.

    Sources said the school had been nationalised in 1989. Now there are 450 students in the school.

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