- March 18, 2018
A detailed project programme draft has recently been finalised for setting up rail link between Dhaka and Faridpur through the Padma Bridge, for an estimated Tk17,041 crore, sources at the Railways Ministry have said.
However, the cost is likely to raise eyebrows, as it is a significant rise from an earlier Tk12,814 crore estimate prepared only five months ago.
The draft for connecting Dhaka with Bhanga through railway comes despite the fact that the ministry is yet to find any funding for this project.
The police recovered nine firearms, a lot of ammunitions and bomb making materials from Chittagong Government College and Government Hazi Mohammad Mohsin College yesterday during a 16-hour raid.
Law enforcers also nabbed 80 activists of Chhatra Shibir, student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, in possession of many Jihadi books from the Shibir-dominated colleges.
Mashrafe bin Mortaza and his side have already created history by qualifying for the quarter-finals of a World Cup for the very first time in their history and they can further enhance their reputation today when they take on defending champions India at Melbourne Cricket Ground with a semi-final berth at stake.
The expectation of the cricket-mad Bangladeshi supporters has reached fever-pitch as the Tigers displayed superb cricket throughout the tournament but the fans are dreaming of bigger things.
India has expressed its concern over Ganga barrage mega project as it might cause backflow of water and siltation, Water Resources Minister Anisul Islam Mahmud said yesterday.
“Now we are trying to address the problems and we can easily resolve it,” he said at a workshop on Multi-Stakeholder Engagement on Water Resources Management in Bangladesh at a city hotel yesterday.
The programme was organised by Water Resources Planning Organistaion and 2030 Water Resources Group of the International Finance Corporation (IFC).
Police recovered 73 crude bombs and a large number of bomb-making materials from a house in the capital’s Lalbagh on Tuesday night.
Two persons were also detained in this regard. They were identified as Badsha, 44, the caretaker of the house and guard Alam.
The ADC of Lalbagh police Abida Sultana said the bombs and the materials were recovered from the house of Md Newaz, the joint general secretary of the Juba Dal central committee. The police, however, could not find Newaz.
Terming the alliance of the BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami a platform for terrorists and militants, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged people from all walks of life to resist BNP-Jamaat’s political programmes which are killing innocent people.
Speaking at a discussion in the capital’s Bangabandhu International Conference Centre yesterday, she also called BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia the queen of militancy and said there was no place for BNP-Jamaat’s terrorist and militant activities in Bangladesh.
BNP chief Khaleda Zia was keen on seizing power in order to save herself from the corruption cases against her, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan has claimed.
Addressing a rally at Motirhat in Lakshmipur’s Komolnagar upazila yesterday, the minister added that the prime minister cannot be removed from office by violent acts such as burning people with petrol bombs.
“Khaleda is using petrol bombs to kill people with the help of Jamaat-e-Islami… Khaleda Zia has become restless to reach power,” the minister added.
The telecom regulator has once again asked mobile phone operators to update their subscribers’ information properly, to help law enforcement agencies identify and trace the real users of phone SIMs.
The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) sat in a meeting yesterday with the chief executive officers of mobile phone companies to discuss the issue and figure out a solution.
BNP chief Khaleda Zia will be tried for the deaths of every single arson victims, Gopalganj lawmaker Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim has said.
Addressing a conference of the district’s community police force, he also blamed Khaleda for trying to establish a militant and ineffective country based on the ideals of Pakistan.
Sheikh Selim, a member of the Awami League Presidium, further accused the BNP chairperson of instructing anarchists to attack and kill police personnel.
Law enforcers to start drives against listed criminals, illegal arms-holders todayPolls to the bifurcated Dhaka City Corporation and the Chittagong City Corporation would be held on April 28, Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad said yesterday.
The last date of submitting nomination papers is March 29 while the candidates would be able to withdraw candidature by April 9. The returning officers would scrutinise the applications on April 1 and 2, the CEC said at a press conference at his office.
Parliament Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury has recorded a 29-second mobile voice message advocating nutrition to reach at least four crore mobile phone users as part of a Health Ministry initiative to raise public awareness through information technology.
The voice message was launched at an event organised by the health department yesterday at the Cirdap International Conference Centre in Dhaka.
Investigation into the gruesome murder of blogger and science writer Avijit Roy is yet to see any progress as investigators have not been able to identify the killers.
The investigators suspected involvement of Islami Chhatra Shibir leader and also the leader of Ansarullah Bangla Team Redwanul Azad Rana but they have failed to trace him even after declaring a bounty of Tk5 lakh.
Even they could not make any breakthrough after placing Shafiur Rahman Farabi, the prime suspect in the murder case, on remands twice each for 10 days.
A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned indictment hearing of BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and another 24 members of the party until April 19.
Metropolitan Magistrate Muhammad Anwar Sadat passed the order in response to a petition filed by defence counsel Syed Jaynul Abedin Mejbah.
A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against Mufti Jasim Uddin Rahmani, chief of militant group Ansarullah Bangla Team, and seven of his followers for the murder of secular blogger Ahmed Rajeeb Haider in 2013.
Judge Ruhul Amin of the Fourth Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court passed the indictment order rejecting separate discharge petitions submitted by defence counsels.
After the indictment, the court fixed April 21 to start trial in the case.
The Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) is likely to discharge Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna today as his physical condition has improved.
“Manna is now quite well, has no chest pain and his blood pressure is also under control,” said Prof Dr Abdul Wadud Chowdhury, chief of the DMCH Cardiology Department.
“We have presented his health report to the six-member medical board and as per the decision of the board we are going to discharge him tomorrow (today),” said Prof Wadud yesterday.
Unidentified assailants hacked a Bkash agent to death in Savar and took away Tk5 lakh early yesterday.
Kamruzzaman, 29, son of Sekandar Ali of Rajbari, was attacked near Savar municipality along with his manager, Roman, who has been hospitalised.
Police said Kamruzzaman operated his business at a market in Savar Bazar bus stand area.
The two men were returning home around 12:30am when the attackers waylaid them and hacked them with sharp weapons before fleeing with the bag of money.
A convicted former member of Bangladesh Air Force escaped from Dhaka Medical College Hospital while under supervision of jail guards.
The fugitive, Rezaul Karim, 26, was admitted at DMCH on February 9 where he was being treated at ward 701 of unit 3 at the DMCH. Rezaul took permission to use the washroom from the jail guard around 1.30pm yesterday and fled the hospital, said DMCH police camp acting in-charge Sentu Chandra Das.
RAB Informant Ataur Rahman Geda confessed involvement in the killing of schoolboy Abu Sayeed.
Sub-Inspector Shah Mohammad Fazle Azim Patowari said during an interrogation Geda told police that he had taken part in the killing mission.
A Sylhet court on Monday placed Geda on a three-day remand in connection with the killing.
The court granted the remand after police produced him before the court with a 10-day remand prayer.
“Baruni Snan,” (Baruni bath) an age-old religious event of Hindus began in Boalmari Baruni village yesterday in Boda upazila under Panchagarh district.
A large number of devotees thronged the Korotoa River bank to take a holy bath, a symbolic gesture believed to wash away sins.
Alongside the religious event, the Boalmari Baruni Ganga Temple Committee organised a seven-day fair at the venue. Over 200 stalls at the fair displayed handicrafts, pottery, hand-made toys, and other household items.
As the dust settles on a dramatic election, the immediate questions are how Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu managed to stage such a fierce comeback, why the opposition fell short and what it means for Israel, the Palestinians and the world.
Four days before the vote, Netanyahu looked all but out for the count, with the last opinion polls giving the center-left Zionist Union a four-seat lead – enough not only to win but potentially to form a governing coalition.