Monday February 19, 2018 11:46 PM

  • Government against spending cut

    The government is against reducing its planned annual spending for the Padma Bridge project in the current fiscal year, in order to make sure that foreign investors are not discouraged by any curtailed expenditure plans.

    Sources told the Dhaka Tribune that the authorities concerned were alert not to create any negative image surrounding the project that might turn away investors.

  • Terror funding channels under scan

    Terror funding channels under scan

    BB identifies 100,000 mobile accounts behind financing arson and violenceThe government has decided to bring the existing mobile banking services in the country under close watch to identify the sources financing the countrywide arson and violence.

    Law enforcement agencies, banks, financial institutions and mobile phone operators have been directed to bring the popular on-the-go service under strict surveillance so that suspicious transactions can be traced and legal actions can be taken.

  • Forgers arrested while trying to steal Tk90cr

    Forgers arrested while trying to steal Tk90cr

    Eleven people were arrested yesterday for allegedly using fake documents to attempt to withdraw Tk90 crore from the Gulshan branch of Brac Bank.

    Gulshan police station Inspector (Investigations) Firoz Kabir said the gang had attempted to use forged papers to withdraw money from an account belonging to a Bangladeshi expatriate living in the United States. 

  • Tigers on verge of making history

    History will beckon the Bangladesh cricket team when they take on England today at Adelaide Oval at 9:30am BST. The Tigers, bidding to qualify for the knockout stages of a multinational event for the very first time, can ensure their progress to the quarterfinals with a win against a demoralised England side.

  • AL-led 14-party’s road march begins today

    The countrywide three-day road march of the Awami League-led 14-party alliance begins today, protesting the mindless violence unleashed by the BNP-Jamaat-led opposition combine.

    The road march will be staged at all unions, upazilas, municipalities, districts, cities and divisional headquarters across the country.

    The showdown will end on March 11.

  • Traffic diversion for metro rail project yet to be fixed

    Traffic diversion during the construction work of the elevated metro rail project in the capital has yet to be fixed, even though the geotechnical surveys and soil testing in the project area have already begun.

    Workers have been digging in different places between Uttara and Motijheel for the testing, which is creating traffic gridlock in the areas.

    The Road Transport and Highway Division had earlier said they would ensure an alternative route for easier traffic movement before starting the work, forming a committee for this purpose.

  • BNP: PM renders judiciary useless

    The BNP has alleged that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had passed a verdict herself against Khaleda Zia from an open rally that virtually rendered the country’s judiciary ineffective.

    “But still BNP will deal with all the lawsuits filed against Khaleda Zia through legal procedure,” said BNP Joint Secretary General Salahuddin Ahmed in a statement yesterday.

    Addressing a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on Saturday, the prime minister said Khaleda would be tried and punished for the violence that had killed more than 100 people.

  • Bicycle bomb plot foiled in Dhaka

    Bicycle bomb plot foiled in Dhaka

    RAB yesterday recovered a large cache of explosives in Dhaka and arrested three people who were planning to use an improvised bicycle bomb to launch a large-scale attack.

    Initially, Rakibul Islam Mandal, 25, was arrested by RAB 2 during a drive at the capital’s Karnophuli Garden City; based on his information, the team also arrested Aminul Islam Rana, 30, and Riazul Islam, 22, from a house at Koltabazar in Sutrapur.

  • Another arson victim dies

    Another firebomb victim who sustained burn injuries on February 19 died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.

    Subhash Som, who got 25% of his body burnt in the attack, succumbed to his injuries at the hospital’s burn unit around midday, said Inspector Mozammel Haque, in-charge of DMCH police outpost.

    Dr Partha Shankar Paul, resident surgeon of the burn unit, said the bomb attack burnt Subhash’s face.

    Eight people, including Subhash, were injured when petrol bombs were hurled at a minibus in Chittagong’s Tiger Pass area.

  • Indictment order in blogger Rajeeb murder March 18

    A Dhaka court yesterday fixed March 18 for passing order on whether to indict the accused in blogger Rajeeb Haider murder case.

    Dhaka’s 4th Additional Sessions Judge Ruhul Amin yesterday a heard on charge framing matter from both defence and prosecution.

  • Violence against women rising in Rajshahi

    Violence against women rising in Rajshahi

    Repression against women has increased alarmingly in and around Rajshahi city with torture of 191 women in last 12 months.

    A research conducted by the Association for Community Development (ACD), a human rights group, yesterday disclosed the statistics over violence against women on the occasion of the International Women’s Day.

    The study say crimes against women has risen to great extent due to lax monitoring by the law enforcement agencies, delay in getting justice and lack of social awareness programmes.

  • 10 instigators of Avijit murder identified

    The FBI team assisting the probe into the Avijit Roy killing, also suspects that fanatics were behind the murder.

    The Detective Branch (DB) of police has prepared a list of 10 people who had threatened to kill Avijit on the internet.

    “FBI detectives are collecting evidence. They said it would be difficult to come to a conclusion so early but strongly suspect militant groups,” DB boss Monirul Islam said.

    “They have not yet asked us to arrest anyone nor sought information on any suspect.”

  • CID asked to submit Rana Plaza probe report

    A Dhaka court yesterday once again asked the Criminal Investigation Department to submit probe report by April 15 in three cases filed over the 2013 Rana plaza collapse.

    Dhaka’s Additional Senior Judicial Magistrate Nazmul Haque Shyamal set the date as CID officer Bijoy Krishna Kar failed to submit the report yesterday.

    On February 1, the court asked CID to submit the reports by Sunday, March 8.

  • Chhatra League showdown sparks tension at SUST

    On November 20 last year, a BCL man named Sumon Das died during a clash between two rival factions over establishing supremacy at the universityDespite a ban on political activities, two rival factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student wing of the ruling Awami League, yesterday flexed their muscles at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) in Sylhet.

    This has created tension at the campus leading to deployment of extra law enforcers, said Officer in-Charge of Jalalabad police station Akhter Hossain.

  • Case booked over arson attack on shuttle train

    Bangladesh Railway (BR) authorities yesterday lodged a case in the incident of the arson and crude bomb attacks on the Chittagong University-bound shuttle train.

    “Sholashahar Railway Station Assistant Master AKM Farhaduzzaman filed the lawsuit with Government Railway Police (GRP) outpost accusing unidentified miscreants around 11:30 am,” said its OC Himangsu Das Rana.

    However, none were arrested in the case until yesterday evening, the OC went on.

    When contacted, Farhaduzzaman said he filed the same on the behalf of the BR.

  • Development projects go at snail’s pace in Madaripur

    Different schemes of Public Works Department involving Tk150 crore may miss deadlineDifferent development projects under the local public works department have been struggling to get pace as there is no supervision from the authorities concerned.

    Consequently, the project works is going on at snail’s pace amid a great apprehension of low quality because of not having any such type of move.

    Besides the under-construction projects estimated about Tk150 crore may miss the deadline as well.

  • Tension grows in Bandarban over opposing programmes

    Tension is mounting in Bandarban ahead of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) leader Santu Larma’s visit and the general strike imposed by Jago Parbatyabashi, a Bangali association.

    Santu is scheduled to visit the district on March 12 while Pahari Chhatra Parishad will hold its district council the next day. 

    Protesting Santu’s visit, Jago Parbatyabashi has called a 36-hour strike for March 12 and 13.

  • 30kg lead worth Tk54 lakh seized at Chittagong airport

    Chittagong Customs House authorities at Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong city yesterday seized 30kg of lead from luggage in a cargo plane which arrived from Dubai on March 5.

    Chittagong Customs House Assistant Commissioner (AC) Selim Reza, who is deployed at the airport, told Dhaka Tribune they started rummaging through the cargo of an Emirates Airlines plane following a tip-off, and found the banned imported items after scanning the luggage.

  • Laal Bridge point in Pechar Dwip a safe haven for human traffickers

    After a long hiatus, human traffickers in Cox’s Bazar have recently become active thanks to the ongoing political unrest.

    Hundreds of people have allegedly been trafficked to Malaysia through the Laal Bridge point of Khuniapalong union of Ramu upazila in recent times.

    Locals said the Laal Bridge point has become the choice of departure for the human traffickers due to lax security.

  • ACC summons BDBL DGM

    The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday summoned Deputy General Manger (DGM) of Bangladesh Development Bank Limited (BDBL) Safiqul Islam in connection with his alleged involvement in recruitment irregularities and illegal wealth accumulation.

    The ACC yesterday served a notice, signed by its assistant director Saiful Islam, on Shafiqul to be present at the ACC head office at 9:30am on March 12 to face questioning, said ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya to the Dhaka Tribune.

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