Monday March 19, 2018 06:35 PM

  • Deal signed with Singapore-based firm for Moheshkhali LNG terminal

    Five years after an initiative to build a floating storage and re-gasification unit (FSRU), Petrobangla has finally signed an agreement with a Singapore-based firm to set up the country’s first FSRU – popularly known as an LNG terminal.

    Petrobangla and Excelerate Energy Limited Partnership signed the term sheet, under the Speedy Supply of Power and Energy (Special Provision) Act 2015, to set up the terminal at Moheshkhali island in the Bay of Bengal.

  • Senior lawyers not present during court ruling

    Only four defence counsels were present at the court yesterdayMost of the senior lawyers representing BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia were not present in the court when a judge issued an arrest warrant against her yesterday.

    However, soon after news spread that the court had ordered law enforcers to arrest the BNP chief, pro-BNP lawyers rushed to the court of Special Judge Court 3 – which has been set up temporarily in the capital’s Bakshibazar area.

  • Court orders Khaleda’s arrest

    Court orders Khaleda’s arrest

    Counsel also asked to produce Tarique in court in graft cases on March 4The Dhaka Special Judge’s Court 3 yesterday issued a warrant for the arrest of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and two other accused in two graft cases for not appearing in court during a hearing.

    Before issuing the order, the court rejected a bail petition for the three-time former prime minister and separate adjournment petitions filed by the defence in the Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust cases.

  • Manna placed on a 10-day remand

    Manna placed on a 10-day remand

    A Dhaka court yesterday placed Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna on a 10-day remand in a case filed for his alleged involvement in inciting the army to grab power.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Mahbubur Rahman yesterday granted the remand prayer after Investigation Officer Abdul Barik, also a sub-inspector of Gulshan police station, producing Manna at the court sought the remand.

    In the remand prayer, the IO mentioned that they wanted to know who Manna talked to and the address of the unnamed Bangladeshi expatriate.

  • No clue to Manna’s 20-hour disappearance

    It remains a mystery as people are still in the dark about where Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna had been for long 20 hours since the midnight of Tuesday.

    Law enforcers too have given no satisfactory answer to the question about Manna’s disappearance for those long hours.

    Manna was handed over to Gulshan police around 12:25am yesterday by Rapid Action Battalion (RAB).

    People identifying themselves as detective officials picked Manna up from the residence of his niece at Banani around 3:30am on Tuesday, said his family members.

  • Dying Padma threatens to turn Boro lands barren

    A vast stretch of land in the country's northwest region, that produces a major portion of crop of the country, may end up barren unless farmers switch to low-irrigation varieties or there is enough water in the Padma and its tributary Mahananda.

    For years, farmers in the Barind tract – covering parts of the Chapainawabganj, Rajshahi and Naogaon districts – have had to rely on underground water for growing irrigation-intensive Boro paddy.

  • Tigers up against familiar foes at The G

    Although Bangladesh will be playing at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the very first time today, their opponents are anything but new to them. The Tigers, bidding to qualify for the quarterfinals of a World Cup for only the second time in their history, will be up against a familiar south Asian opposition in Sri Lanka in what will be both the sides’ third Pool A game.

  • Stop terrorism, PM tells Khaleda Zia

    Prime Minister and Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina yesterday reiterated her call to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to stop killing and terrorism, terming these type of acts as crimes amounting to capital punishment.

    “Stop killing and terrorism, otherwise we would take stern action against all concerned as per laws of the land. These type of activities are crimes amounting to capital punishment,” she warned.

  • Facebook post of Myanmar Air Force taken down

    Facebook post of Myanmar Air Force taken down

    A photo post, shared by the national Facebook page of Myanmar Air Force, that triggered ire among Bangladeshi citizens, has been taken down.

    The photo, showing a South Asia regional map with Bangladesh as part of Myanmar, was posted on the Facebook page on February 20. Its caption said Bangladesh should be part of a future “Myanmar empire".

    However, the photo was not found at the same address at 8pm on Wednesday.

    Myanmarese national daily Burma Times acknowledged the page as the “national Facebook page of the Myanmar Air Force".

  • Left alone, 4 years old killed in slum fire

    Left alone, 4 years old killed in slum fire

    A four-year-old boy was killed, a woman sustained injuries while at least 70 shanties burnt to ashes after a fire broke out at a slum adjacent to the Islamic Foundation office in the capital’s Agargaon yesterday.

    Asma Begum, mother of the deceased named Sajib, said she had gone to a nearby shanty leaving him inside the house sleeping. Seeing the fire that broke out around 11:25am she came back but found her shanty burnt down.

  • Russian firm to conduct Rooppur engineering survey

    Orgenergostroy, a Russia-based company, has won the tender to conduct an engineering survey, monitor the environment, and develop project documents for the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant site.

    The tender was floated by Atomenergoproekt, a sister concern of Russia’s state nuclear corporation – Rosatom, in December last year on their procurement website, said a press release of Rosatom yesterday.

    The initial contract value is $18.2m including 18% VAT, and the work is expected to be completed by September 15 this year.

  • Cabinet committee approves fuel oil import for January-June ‘15

    The Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase has approved the proposal of importing fuel oil from 10 foreign companies to meet the country’s oil demand for the first half of the year.

    The committee gave its nod to the proposal yesterday, placed by the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, at a meeting that was presided over by Finance Minister AMA Muhith.

  • Youth, claimed a robber by police, beaten dead by mob in Jessore

    A youth, whom police claimed to be a robber, was lynched to death in Jessore early yesterday.

    The deceased is Dollar, 27, the son of the late Moslemuddin of Jessore city’s Ashram Road.

    Sakhina Begum, the mother of the youth, said some locals – Golam Mostafa, Zakir, Faruk and others – picked up Dollar from his house on Tuesday night. After an hour or so, she was informed about his death at a hospital.

    She claimed her son was killed because of a previously rivalry.

  • Private investment, policy development can uplift social enterprises

    Bangladesh needs to promote innovative finance model for social enterprises to unlock investment from the private sector, said Durreen Shahnaz, managing director of Shujog, a social enterprise.

    She spoke at a programme titled “Social Enterprise: policy and practice” organised by British Council Bangladesh in partnership with Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation at Bangabandhu International Conference Center yesterday.

  • EC introduces online application system

    The Election Commission yesterday introduced an online application system which aims to make easier new registrations and correcting wrong details in NIDs. 

    The online system will allow new voters an opportunity to enroll their names on the voter list and also apply for a new national identity card, if lost, among other services.

    Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad officially inaugurated the online voter registration service at the EC secretariat auditorium.

  • KCC renovation work stalled for political turmoil

    The repair work of 20 major roads of Khulna City Corporation (KCC) are disrupted due to the on going countrywide blockade and hartals enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance.

    Contractors said they usually hire various equipment and machinery needed for the road repair work from the city corporation. But KCC has not been renting out its expensive machines fearing arson and vandalism.

    Moreover, they are also not being able to bring the machines from other parts of the country. Hence they cannot but suspend the repair work and face huge loss due to delay.

  • Call to save children from political unrest

    Save the Children has urged the government and all political parties to protect children from the ongoing political violence and to give them a chance to sit for exams.

    Save the Children, an international organisation that works with children worldwide, also expressed deep concerns at the impact of the ongoing political unrest and violence on children in Bangladesh.

    A press release sent by Save the Children says that several children have been killed and injured as a result of arson attacks on transport vehicles, crude bomb attacks, and other forms of violence.

  • Cuta: Cancel Manna’s CU graduation certificate

    Chittagong University Teachers Association (Cuta) yesterday called for the cancellation of Mahmudur Rahman Manna’s graduation certificate from Chittagong University (CU), following his recent controversial phone calls.

    According to our CU correspondent, Cuta President Professor Benu Kumar Dey and General Secretary Professor Mustafizur Rahman Siddique made the demand in a signed press statement addressed to CU authorities.

  • Forest officer suspended over hill-cutting in Mirsarai

    The Forest Department suspended a forest officer on Monday for hill-cutting, unsanctioned by the department, at Mirsarai upazila in Chittagong.

    Sources said the accused, Jahangir Alam, forest beat officer in Jorarganj area, was constructing a car park area by cutting a hill near the Mahamaya  project in Durgapur area in the upazila even though the government had already allocated land for said car park.

  • Indiscriminate stone lifting posing great threat to water sources

    Indiscriminate stone lifting posing great threat to water sources

    Thousands of people living in Bandarban of Chittagong Hill Tracts are facing an acute crisis of safe drinking water as the sources are being destroyed by rampant stone lifting.

    Various streams and springs that run along the hilly regions of Bandarban have been the traditional sources of water for the residents. Rolling stones of these streams usually play a crucial role in purifying the water and thus making it suitable for everyday use. 

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