- March 16, 2018
There will be no scarcity of drinking water in the capital this summer, Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) officials have told the Dhaka Tribune.
Similar promises made in previous years by the state-owned utility have not always been kept.
During the warm season, the capital typically suffers from water shortages and poor water quality.
Shortages of drinking water in different parts of the city in previous summers, reportedly forced residents to purchase bottled water to meet their demand for drinking water.
Hundreds of clients of Brahmanbaria municipality and adjacent areas have been facing immense sufferings due to delay in new gas connections.
According to the citizen charter of Bakhrabad Gas Distribution Company Ltd (BGDCL), which is in charge of providing new gas connections in Brahmanbaria, a consumer should get the connection within 15 working days of placing application. But the new connection remains elusive even after more than a year.
There were no worker inside the factory at the time of fireFire gutted jute bag manufacturing factory Oporajeo, which was founded in 2013 in Savar with the injured workers of Rana Plaza.
The fire broke out around 9:45pm, Chief Executive Worker of the unique-styled factory Kazi Monir Hossain Rintu said. He, however, could not confirm immediately how the fire had originated.
There were no worker inside the factory, located on the ground floor of a building in Anandapur of Thana Bus Stand area, at the time of fire, he added.
No one knows his whereabouts even after five days of the BNP leader’s disappearance Law enforcement agencies, including the police, CID and RAB, claim ignorance of BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed’s whereabouts over five days after his disappearance.
All his family is able to say is that the former state minister for communications was picked up by plainclothesmen on the night of March 10 from an Uttara appartment.
Law enforcers appear to be equally clueless. They deny ever picking up the BNP joint secretary general.
Law enforcers yesterday said they knew nothing about the whereabouts of BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed, who has been missing for five days.
In their reports submitted to the attorney general’s office yesterday, the Special Branch of police, Criminal Investigation Department, Rapid Action Battalion, Dhaka Metropolitan Police and the police headquarters all claimed that they had not detained or arrested Salahuddin.
Salahuddin’s family members have, however, complained that lawmen had picked him up from a Uttara apartment five days back.
At least 17 people including eight indigenous people were injured in a clash between a group of hill people and security forces in Babuchhara of Dighinala in the district yesterday.
The indigenous people under the banner of Dighinala Land Protection Committee were marching towards the under-construction Babuchhara battalion headquarters of the Border Guard Bangladesh. They were barred in at least four spots by the combined security forces having members of the army, BGB, police and Ansar – accompanied by a magistrate.
BNP yesterday condemned Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s comment on the disappearance of BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed as illogical, unrealistic, and cruel. It demanded that the missing leader be presented to court.
“The PM’s remark that Salahuddin might have been taken out of the capital in sacks of trash is illogical, unrealistic, and cruel; we do not have words to condemn the remark,” said a press release signed by Joint Secretary Barkatullah Bulu.
The government has lost more than $51.44m in the last five months alone following a decision to halve the international incoming call termination rate and rearrange a revenue sharing structure.
However, despite the massive losses, the telecom regulator – which earlier lobbied for the reduced rates – is now again recommending that the slashed termination rate stays in effect for six more months.
At least 50 activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir trained on technology from abroad have actively been carrying out over one hundred blog sites and Facebook pages since 2010 to promote Jamaat-e-Islami's propaganda among Bangladeshis across the world, detectives say.
All the tech-savvy operatives of Chhatra Shibir, Jamaat's student front, maintain several email accounts and Facebook profiles while act as administrators of the pages which have been involved in spreading propaganda and inciting violent attacks against the government.
The Criminal Investigation Department of West Bengal in India has recently arrested Mollah Masud, one of the top terrorists of Bangladesh and a criminal on the red-alert list of Interpol.
A press release of Bangladesh police headquarters issued yesterday said the Indian CID arrested Masud under section 14 of the Foreigner’s Act of India and a case was filed on March 8 in this connection.
The police also said India’s New Delhi Interpol confirmed the arrest of Masud.
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police yesterday declared Tk5 lakh bounty for helping them to arrest North South University student Redwanul Azad Rana, who is a fugitive accused in the killing of blogger Ahmed Rajeeb Haider and attack on another blogger Asif Mohiuddin.
“The amount will be given to the people who will help police to detain Rana or give information about his hideout,” DMP Deputy Commissioner (media and public relations) Masudur Rahman said.
The government will take $50 million credit from the Development Bank of Belarus to procure equipment and motor vehicles for construction and maintenance services needed by the country’s city corporations and municipalities, official sources said.
Bangladesh has 321 municipalities and 11 city corporations. A Local Government Division official said: “It was a long negotiation between Belarus and Bangladesh last year to finalise the $50 million credit programme.”
The closure dam on the bank of the Chhoto Feni River in Companiganj upazila was destroyed by high tides for the fourth time on Saturday, just two hours after it was adjusted.
Sandbags were placed to finish the adjustment but the structure still could not withstand the force of water.
There were three previous attempts to adjust both sides of the dam but to no avail.
In 2013, Tk49.48 crore was allocated for the project but the allocation was later increased to Tk150 crore as work could not be completed. The current allocation stands at Tk174 crore.
Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu has said BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia must surrender before the court, or else the government will be compelled to arrest her.
Speaking at a press briefing in the Secretariat yesterday afternoon, he said: “If she [Khaleda] does not show respect towards the law and refuse to surrender, the government will be compelled to arrest her.
“Her place is not at the dialogue table anymore; rather, it is in Kashimpur jail as she has killed many people with the hartal and blockade programmes,” he said.
Following several rescheduling of project deadlines, the implementation of Karnaphuli Water Supply Project is finally on its course to be finished by this October, with around 75% of the work now completed.
AKM Fazlullah, managing director of Chittagong Water Supply and Sewerage Authority, expressed hopes of achieving the October target for the project in Chittagong’s Rangunia upazila.
Tension arises at the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology again after four students belonging to a faction of the university’s Chhatra League unit beat up a member of their rival group on the campus yesterday.
Around 1pm, four students, all studying in the anthropology department of the university attacked Arif, a third semester student of Environmental Science in front of the E building inside the campus.
Panicked, many students have already left the dorms while many are passing hours in anxiety on campus.
The Berbari-Dariapur road in Sakhipur upazila of Tangail has been lying in dire state for a few years due to lack of maintenance.
Local people said the road has turned unfit for vehicular movement as no repair work was done in last 12 years.
The unpaved road dotted with numerous potholes has turned into virtually a ditch for thousands of passengers who travel on the road every day.
During the dry season, the road is covered in dust, but in rainy season, commuters’ sufferings have no bound.
First of its kind in the city, to be held every yearA unique gathering of couples named “Dampati Mela” (Couples’ Fair) took place at Bishwa Sahitya Kendra in the capital yesterday evening.
The first of its kind in Dhaka, the event was organised by Dampati Society, a newly formed organisation that aims to promote the value of marriage and development of family bonding through regular study and eventual discourse.
The fair received good response, as quite a number of couples were present at the open-for-all event, exchanging their views on marriage and how to have a happy married life.
This extract is part of a series that will run until March 25, in which we reproduce Rehman Sobhan’s contemporaneous account of the events of that momentous month in Bangladeshi history. This was first published in Forum on March 13, 1971There are few precedents for what is going on in Bangla Desh today. In a matter of one week a de facto transfer of power from the Islamabad government to the people’s representatives has been effected.
This has not been achieved by any spectacular victory on the battle front or by foreign intervention, or a formal surrender of power by the rulers, but largely by peaceful means.
One says this in spite of the massive death toll in the last week because these deaths were at the cost of the people of Bangla Desh and the forces of oppression.
The exciting quarterfinal clash between neighbouring rivals Bangladesh and India is still three days away, but the social medias are already heating up with videos uploaded by fans of the respective nations.