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  • Government likely to extend pay-scale review committee tenure

    The government may again extend the tenure of a secretarial committee tasked with reviewing the National Pay and Service Commission recommendations as it expires today.

    The committee is likely to get one month more to submit its report to Finance Minister AMA Muhith. Earlier, its tenure was extended by one month on February 15.

    According to a cabinet division official concerned, the committee is taking time to let the recommendations of Judicial Service Commission be executed first.

  • Ashraf: Dialogue with BNP may take place if peace prevails

    Dialogue with the BNP may take place if peace prevails in the country, Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday said.

    “If today, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia holds back her terrorist group from committing terrorist acts and killing people, a congenial atmosphere will prevail in the country. Dialogue is possible in that peaceful situation,” he said at a press conference at the Awami League President’s office in the capital’s Dhanmondi neighbourhood.

  • Bus Rapid Transit fails deadline

    Over two years into the project, the design for Bus Rapid Transit is yet to be finalised.

    The project authority had fixed February 2015 as the deadline for completing detailed design of the bus lanes from Airport to Gazipur that would be used for the bus-based mass transit.

    But the failure means that the project, which began in end 2012, will be delayed further.

    However, the project authority has floated a tender for the BRT Gazipur depot recently.

  • Restaurant trader murdered in the capital

    Police recovered the body of a restaurant trader from Banani foot over-bridge rail crossing area in the capital yesterday.

    However, the wife of the deceased, Shamim Ahmed Bhuiyan, 45, claimed him a Jubo League activist who had been residing in Tejkunipara area of Tejgaon hailing from Gopalganj Sadar upazila.

    “We recovered the body around 7am and sent it to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) morgue for autopsy, where his relatives recognised the body at noon,” says Banani police station SI Mostofa Kamal.

  • Snail’s pace in the relocation move of Hazaribagh tanneries

    Despite the deadline of relocation was extended for several times, the shifting of industrial units of tanneries from Hazaribagh to Savar will not be completed by the June next year as the process is moving at snail’s pace.

    Of total 155 industrial units which were allocated plots at Savar Tannery estate, only one unit has completed the construction work of its two storied building, said Md Abdus Sobhan, executive general secretary of Poribesh Bachao Andolon (Poba).

  • Technology upgrade suggested for salinity intrusion prevention

    To stop saline water intrusion in coastal areas, new technologies must replace the age-old ones, environmentalists opined at a seminar yesterday.

    The acidic saltwater can be prevented from entering water bodies in coastal areas by building embankments. The flow needs to be stopped from spreading inwards in the low-lying areas, said Ghulam Rabbani, chairman of Climate Change Mitigation Foundation at the seminar titled “Sustainable Solutions to the Adverse Effects of Climate Change on Water Resource and Ecosystem.”

  • 23 BNP men sued for torching court room in Barisal

    Police have launched a case against 23 BNP activists including some senior local leaders on charge of arson attack on Barisal court room.

    Kotwali police station SI Mojibor Rahman lodged the lawsuit with the police station on Friday night, said Shoibal Kanti Chowdhury, Barisal Metropolitan Police Commissioner.

    Kotwali police station OC Shakhawat Hossain said SI Delwar Hossain was assigned to look into the case.

  • Made for the moon

    Made for the moon

    ‘You’ll often see news about drones being made in Bangladesh. But someone needs to commercialise these inventions and market them’Bangladeshi success stories in the fields of recycling and robotics are rare.

    Rare but not non-existent, as a few professors and students at BRAC University have recently shown.

    Following a NASA challenge that the students and their mentor took up in 2011, an unlikely combination of recycled goods and robotics has taken Bangladesh all the way to the moon – or as close to the moon as possible for most humans: NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

  • Between a rock and a hard place

    Between a rock and a hard place

    Analysts and people alike, everyone realises that the battling camps need to compromiseWith both the government and its political opposition sticking to their guns, any hopes of resolving the current crisis have been shot down.

    The BNP-led alliance continues to enforce blockade and general strike calling for the ruling Awami League to step down and announce new election.

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday brushed aside any possibility of a dialogue with Khaleda Zia’s BNP, reiterating her previous position of not engaging with someone whose hands “smelled of blood and burnt flesh.”

  • Surrender, Hasina tells Khaleda

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked her arch-rival BNP chief Khaleda Zia to surrender before the court where she is on trial for corruption. Or the government would execute the court’s warrant for her arrest, threatened Hasina, also president of the ruling Awami League.

    Hasina reiterated that there would be no dialogue with the BNP, which leads 20-party alliance.

  • Govt still clueless about Salahuddin

    The government is yet to decide what to say before a High Court bench today as the law enforcement agencies have failed to trace BNP Joint Secretary General Salahuddin Ahmed, who remains missing since Tuesday night.

    The authorities would wait until 10:30am today for the latest development regarding the whereabouts of the BNP leader, whoes family and the party claim, was picked up by people identifying themselves as detectives from a house in Uttara.

  • BNP dissidents still in Chandpur elections

    More than a dozen former and present leaders of the BNP will be contesting the March 29 Chandpur municipality elections despite the party’s district unit boycotting it. Currently the main political opposition, BNP had boycotted the national elections of January 5, 2014, which saw them thrown out of parliament.  

    Top BNP leaders of the district, comprising 15 wards, warned that anyone acting in defiance of the boycott would be reprimanded but the contestants said they would still be running for mayor and councillor.

  • Int’l Bangla literature conference begins

    50 articles include Bangla literature; Bangladesh, Bangla literature; West Bengal, written history of Bangla literature; limitation and promotionA two day-long international conference on Bangla literature and literature of other languages in Bangladesh began at Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday.

    Bangla Gobeshona Sangshad, Bangla department of Rajshahi University and Bangla Samity jointly organized the programme to promote Bangla language worldly with the slogan of ‘Boichitre Oikyer Anwesha’ (seeking unity in diversity), reports BSS.

    RU Vice-Chancellor Prof Muhammad Mizanuddin inaugurated the programme at senate building premises this morning around 10:00 am as the chief guest.

  • Shoemakers on the verge

    Shomakers of Kishoreganj are in despair. They might have to shut down the factories due to rising losses and debts said the shoe factory owners at a programme protesting the continuous blockade and general strikes.

    They said the footwear industry in Kishoreganj — boasting 7,000 factories — was on the verge of collapse leaving the livelihoods of about 200,000 people involved in the business in jeopardy.

  • Manna alleges torture during DB interrogation

    Alleging that he had been tortured while in remand, Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna has asked not to be interrogated in the custody of the Detective Branch of police (DB), his family said yesterday.

    Manna, who has been shown arrested in a sedition case, asked to be interrogated at the Jail gate instead, his family told the Dhaka Tribune.

    Manna is currently undergoing treatment at the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) after falling sick on Tuesday on the fourth day of the second phase of a 10-day remand in DB custody.

  • IGP: Khaleda to be arrested once warrant reaches police station

    Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque yesterday said BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will be arrested as soon as the arrest warrant to that end reaches the relevant police station.

    “The warrant to arrest Khaleda Zia has not yet reached the police station. We aren’t arresting her showing respect to the court. She’ll be arrested as soon as the arrest warrant reaches the police station,” he said.

  • Farabi now remanded in fresh case

    Detectives have not found any clue from Farabi in connection with blogger Avijit Roy murderA new case was filed yesterday against extremist Islamist Shafiur Rahman Farabi, detained for his alleged involvement in secular blogger Avijit Roy’s murder, under the Information and Communication Technology Act for issuing death threats on Facebook.

    The case against Farabi was lodged with Ramna police for giving death threats to bloggers Avijit, Asif Mohiuddin and Parvez Alam, and the daily Bangladesh Protidin Editor Naeem Nizam on Facebook, deputy police commissioner Masudur Rahman said.

  • Study: Alarming rise in poaching in Sundarbans

    Researcher says the oil spill may have displaced wildlife, making them more vulnerable to poachingIn the last 14 months, security forces have caught the skins of at least 10 tigers and 81 spotted deer in the Sundarbans which hints at an alarming rise in poaching in the forests.

    In the last two months alone, at least four tiger skins and 67 spotted deer skins were caught in the forest. These figures appear even more serious when told that not a single tiger skins and only five deer skins were caught in 2012 and 2013.

  • Fire breaks out at Motijheel building

    Fire breaks out at Motijheel building

    A devastating fire broke out at a building in the Dilkusha commercial district of the capital’s Motijheel area yesterday.

    Although no casualties were reported in the blaze, a fire service official fell ill while on duty. Rafiqul Islam, assistant director of the Dhaka fire service, is undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

    Twelve fire fighting units rushed to the spot around 3:20pm and were still working to extinguish the fire at 10pm yesterday, according to the Fire Service and Civil Defence control centre. 

  • 72-hour hartal called again

    The opposition alliance led by the BNP yesterday called another 72-hour nationwide hartal beginning today to press for fresh elections under a non-partisan interim government.

    The BNP’s newly assigned spokesperson, Joint Secretary General Barkatullah Bulu, announced the three-day general strike a day after party chief Khaleda Zia said the alliance’s anti-government agitation would continue.

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