Sunday February 18, 2018 07:44 AM

  • Driven: The story of Bangladesh’s first-ever Formula racer

    Driven: The story of Bangladesh’s first-ever Formula racer

    With no racing infrastructure here, Tushar must go abroad to drive practice lapsSitting down for a chat with the Dhaka Tribune, Bangladesh’s first-ever Formula race driver tells me: “There’s this thing about speed. Speed-lovers need to have a speedometer in front of them. They go mad. They just have one thing going on in their heads: How far they can push their limits. How far they can bend the speed mark.”

    He is calm, composed. He speaks as though madly watching the speedometer in search of breakneck thrills isn’t a sort of benign madness. He assures me it is the most natural thing he has ever felt.

  • BNP in, but movement to continue

    The party to announce its stand over city corporation polls in a day or two; Mintoo being considered for Dhaka North, Bulu or Goyeshwar or Rizvi for Dhaka SouthThe BNP will most likely participate in the upcoming Dhaka and Chittagong city corporation elections, but it will also continue its ongoing campaign to topple the government.

    The official announcement on joining the race is expected within a day or two.

    Party insiders say the party has been planning to back heavyweight candidates for the mayoral races in the two city corporations in Dhaka and another in Chittagong.

  • All quiet at Langham Hotel

    The Tigers’ den – the Langham Hotel – was absolutely quiet yesterday. A day after their painful exit in the quarter-final stage of the 2015 ICC World Cup against India, the Bangladesh cricketers were finding it extremely difficult to put their thoughts into words.

    The cricketers looked very disappointed yesterday and their pain, agony and anger was quite visible for all to see. However, they were unable to express their true feelings and emotions to the media due to the International Cricket Council’s Code of Conduct.

  • Hyped renewable energy plant left flapping in the wind

    Ten months after the power purchase agreement was signed, there still has been no tangible progress in the construction of the country’s first 60MW wind turbine power plant in Cox’s Bazar.

    The agreement to build the renewable energy plant, signed amid much fanfare, was touted as a major move forward for Bangladesh. 

    Energy Adviser to the Prime Minister Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, when the deal was inked, called the project a “milestone in the country’s power generation history.”

  • 1 held with 16 gold bars at Chittagong airport

    A person was arrested with 16 gold bars yesterday in the morning by customs officials at the Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong city.

    The arrestee, Jahangir Alam, 37, of Charati under Satkania upazila in Chittagong, arrived at the airport at 9:55am through an Air Arabia flight from Ras Al Khaimah province of UAE, said airport sources.

  • ICC slams own president for criticising umpires

    The International Cricket Council (ICC) has backed match officials criticised by the governing body’s own president over a controversial no-ball decision in Thursday’s World Cup quarter-final between Bangladesh and India.

    India opener Rohit Sharma was caught in the deep off a delivery from paceman Rubel Hossain that umpire Aleem Dar deemed was an above waist-height no-ball, but replays contradicted his opinion, showing the delivery was fair.

  • Family meets Manna

    Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna’s wife and daughter met him at Dhaka Central Jail yesterday, a day after he was shifted there from Dhaka Medical College Hospital. 

    Manna, who was suffering from blood pressure and cardiac problem, is under care of the central Jail hospital. 

    The jail authorities permitted Manna’s wife Meher Nigar and daughter Niloy Manna to meet him around 2pm.  

  • Cuta election yet to be held

    Chittagong University Teachers Association is yet to hold its annual poll 74 days after the scheduled date of December 31 passed.

    Cuta members alleged that the expired executive committee is still conducting organisational activities without holding a general meeting in a bid to approve their additional time in tenure.

  • BNP activist held with 40 bombs in city

    A BNP activist was detained with 20 petrol bombs and 20 crude bombs from Jatrabari area in the capital yesterday. 

    A RAB 10 team raided a house in the area and arrested Rezaur Rahman Fahim, 31, said RAB Media Wing Deputy Director Rumman Mahmud. The bombs were found in a bag the youth was carrying, he added. 

    The RAB official said Fahim was also a key suspect in the bomb blast incident at a recent procession led by Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan near BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office. 

  • Battery-run rickshaw ban in Chittagong from Monday

    The Chittagong Metropolitan Police announced a ban to be placed on battery-run rickshaws in the port city again on Thursday.

    The owners and rickshaw pullers have been given three days to remove the electric motors and batteries from their rickshaws. After the deadline, CMP would start a drive against the battery-run rickshaws from March 23.

  • New buildings on acquired land for added compensation

    The construction work of Khulna-Mongla railway project is underway. The only thing left before the rail lines are laid down is the compensation for the acquired lands. However, owners of those lands are allegedly constructing new buildings in the areas demarcated for acquisition in the hopes of getting increased compensations.

  • 24 hours ultimatum given to arrest rapists

    Leaders and activists of Hindu, Budhhist, Christian Oikya Parishad formed a human chain in front of the Bagerhat press club yesterday, demanding exemplary punishment of the rapists, who raped a widow confining her in a house for six days.

    Moreover, the community leaders gave 24 hours ultimatum to district administration to arrest the criminal, otherwise they would go on tougher movement. Later, the agitators brought out a procession from the spot that paraded main thoroughfares of the town.

  • Irregularities in teachers’ reqruitment test

    A high school headmaster and its management committee president has been accused of leaking question paper to two persons applying to become teachers at the school.

    Naima Akter, one of the candidates for a teaching position at the school under Karimganj upazila, made the allegation to Kishoreganj Deputy Commissioner (DC) SM Alam yesterday. Besides, she also attached a leaked copy allegedly written by Kandail High School Headmaster Musfiqur Rahman with her complaint.

  • Zillur Rahman’s 2nd death anniversary observed

    The second death anniversary of veteran politician and former Bangladesh president Zillur Rahman was observed with various programmes in Kishoreganj yesterday.

    In observance of the anniversary, a memorial meeting and milad mahfil was organised at the Kishorganj Press Club.

    Meanwhile, local Awami League, its associate bodies also organised various programmes including, laying floral wreath at the portrait of Zillur Rahman, memorial meeting and distributing foods among poor people in the town.

  • Hasina Ahmed: I want my husband back

    A glimmer of hope flashed in the minds of family members when it was aired on the news on Thursday night that BNP leader Salauddin Ahmed was found in an inaccessible part of Fulchhari under Gaibandha.

    But very soon their hope was shattered as Gaibandha police said it was just a rumour.

    When contacted, Hasina Ahmed, Salauddin’s wife yesterday told this correspondent: “Everything has happened before your eyes and you media people know all about it. I just want my husband back.”

  • Ajoy Roy unhappy with progress in Avijit murder probe

    Even though almost a month has passed since the killing of Avijit Roy, there has been no visible progress in the investigation, the father of the slain author has claimed.

    Avijit’s father Ajoy Roy, a former professor of the Dhaka University, said he had given the probe team many documents regarding who might have been involved in the killing, but seen no progress since.

  • Titas proposes piped-LPG pilot project

    The state-owned gas company, Titas Gas, is proposing to pipe Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) to houses that are off the natural gas grid, in a bid to deal with the shortage of natural gas.

    The aim of the project is to distribute cooking gas at an affordable price.

    “We have prepared a proposal to distribute piped gas to new areas under a pilot project based on LPG,” the general manager of Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company, Mir Moshiur Rahman, told the Dhaka Tribune.

  • Farabi placed on fresh four-day remand

    A Dhaka court yesterday placed Shafiur Rahman Farabi, the prime suspect in the murder of writer and blogger Avijit Roy, on a fresh four-day remand in a case filed under the ICT Act.

    Metropolitan Magistrate Ashok Kumar Dutta passed the order when the Detective Branch of police produced Farabi before his court, seeking a seven-day fresh remand following the completion of a five-day remand in the case.

    On March 14, another Dhaka court placed Farabi on the five-day remand for interrogation in the case filed against him with Shahbagh police station.

  • March 1971 Diary (Part 13)

    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 20, 1971The movement for Bangla Desh is completing its third week. By now the transfer of power within Bangla Desh to the people’s representatives is total. The opposite side of the coin, non-cooperation with Islamabad, continues.

  • Cotton summit builds confidence in RMG future

    An important vote of confidence when the industry faces huge pressuresWe welcome the holding of this week’s two-day Global cotton summit in Dhaka for international buyers and suppliers.

    As the first time this event was held in Bangladesh, it represents recognition of the growing importance and scale of the nation’s RMG industry.

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