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Wednesday November 22, 2017 01:21 AM



  • Greater Faridpur to get on gas grid

    ‘Investment in the region is not increasing for lack of gas, despite various facilities including cheap labour and land’The government plans to supply natural gas to the greater Faridpur region, despite projections that the natural resource will be depleted rapidly beginning in 2018.

    According to a recent decision of the Energy and Mineral Resources Division, a 30-inch diameter 6.5 kilometre-long transmission pipeline will be built alongside the Padma Multipurpose Bridge, currently under construction, to facilitate the supply, officials said.  

  • Ansarullah planning silent assassination squads

    Ansarullah planning silent assassination squads

    Together with aggressive members of banned Islamist outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), extremist outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team is planning to form a new platform to commit silent killings using sleeper cells.

    The planned outfit, “Al-Jamah,” will see Ansarullah members giving the lead but will employ a brand new modus operandi. It will be led by spiritual leader Jashim Uddin Rahmani.

    The outfit’s target is to carry out silent assassinations with poison even if machetes and other weapons are used in the attacks.

  • Facebook faceoff

    Social media brought on the Arab Spring. It was credited for Narendra Modi’s thumping success in the Indian elections, as well as his party’s embarrassing defeat against Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi.

    At home, people remember how social media managed to galvanise the popular sentiments that eventually led to the month-long vigil at Shahbagh, giving birth to the Gonojagoron Moncho.

    Now with the city elections in just under a month (April 28), Facebook has again become a tool to reaching out to people.

  • Money makes not the man, unless he wants to be councilman

    Wealth overruled both experience and seniority in earning the Awami League’s blessings for the Dhaka Ward 11 councillor nomination, claimed the aspirants who failed to win their party’s endorsement.

    Despite never having attended a political programme nor ever having led the party rank and file, one Awami League-backed hopeful for Dhaka ward councillor won his party’s backing solely on the strength of his wealth, other councillor hopefuls in his party alleged. 

  • Haji Salim extends support to Sayeed Khokon for Dhaka South

    Haji Salim extends support to Sayeed Khokon for Dhaka South

    Dhaka City Unit Awami League Joint General Secretary Haji Mohammad Salim has extended his support to Sayeed Khokon, the party-backed mayoral candidate for Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC).

    Salim, also an independent lawmaker, yesterday took lunch with Khokon and said he was preparing to campaign for Sayeed Khokon, son of first DCC mayor Mohammad Hanif.

    Salim collected nomination form to contest the DSCC polls but he was apparently forced to step aside.

  • AL: Khaleda’s conspiracy cannot foil city polls

    Awami League senior leaders yesterday said BNP Chief Khaleda Zia cannot foil the elections to city corporation polls in Dhaka and Chittagong in the name movement.

    The ruling party leaders made the statement while addressing separate programmes in the capital yesterday.

    Health Minister and Awami League presidium member Mohammad Nasim said Khaleda Zia could never be able to thwart the city corporation polls by hatching conspiracy and burning people alive. Public will give a befitting reply to such anarchism through their verdicts in the polls, he said.

  • Noman: BNP will go for mass revolt if EC fails to provide level playing field

    BNP’s Vice Chairman Abdullah Al Noman yesterday said they are monitoring the activities of the election commission closely, adding that they would be forced to take alternative decision if the EC fails to provide a level playing field.

  • Five candidates, one supporter fined for electoral code violation

    Five councillor aspirants and a supporter of mayoral candidate Annisul Huq were fined a total of Tk66,000 yesterday for violating electoral code of conduct.

    Of them, four are general ward councillor aspirants – Md Hasan Ali (Tk10,000), Nazrul Islam Munmun (Tk10,000), Ibrahim Khan (Tk8,000) and Md Rafiqul Islam (Tk8,000) – and the other, Parvin Hossain Maya (Tk10,000), is a reserved woman ward councillor candidate.

  • Heedless of cost concerns, government opts for LNG

    Failing to develop domestic coal or offshore gas, the government is now opting for an even costlier method of generating electricity than either gas or coal.

    It plans to generate 8,125MW of electricity by installing seven power plants run on imported re-gasified liquefied natural gas (LNG).

    Importing LNG is now on the cards because the country is reeling from an acute gas crisis because of the fast depletion of current reserves and a lack of new discoveries of sources where fuel might be extracted.

  • Four more bodies recovered, death toll rises to 16

    Four more bodies were recovered yesterday following the trawler capsize incidents
    in Buriganga and Meghna rivers on Thursday, raising the death toll in the two incidents
    to 16.

    Officer-in-Charge of South Keraniganj police station Jamal Uddin Mir said three bodies were recovered from Buriganga during the second day of rescue operation. But, the operation was postponed around 8pm as it became risky for the rescue team to operate due to unsuitable weather conditions, he added.

  • Suspect still untraced despite his phone being switched on

    One of the mobile phone connections used by the prime suspect in the killing of college teacher Krishna Kaberi Biswas – was found turned on yesterday, even though the police had earlier claimed that all phones used by the suspect and his family were switched off.

    However, despite repeated attempts by the Dhaka Tribune yesterday evening, KM Jahirul Islam, the suspected murderer, did not pick up the phone that he reportedly used for official purposes.

    The personal contact number used by Jahirul, on the other hand, was found switched off.

  • Movement set to ensure justice over former RU student’s death

    A series of events have been declared to ensure justice over the death of former Rajshahi University student Wahida Shefat who was killed allegedly by her husband and in-laws for dowry on March 29.

    The movement’s programme feature silent procession, human chain, rally and submission of memorandum to police authorities.

    However, the events will be held on Rajshahi University campus as well at the Rajshahi city’s Shaheb Bazar intersection, said Meherul Sujon, a classmate of the deceased and a key organiser of the events.

  • Movement set to ensure justice over former RU student’s death

    A series of events have been declared to ensure justice over the death of former Rajshahi University student Wahida Shefat who was killed allegedly by her husband and in-laws for dowry on March 29.

    The movement’s programme feature silent procession, human chain, rally and submission of memorandum to police authorities.

    However, the events will be held on Rajshahi University campus as well at the Rajshahi city’s Shaheb Bazar intersection, said Meherul Sujon, a classmate of the deceased and a key organiser of the events.

  • CDA evicts 18 illegal structures in Chittagong

    Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) in a drive yesterday morning evicted several shops of a “market” which was illegally built on a foothill at GEC intersection area in Chittagong city.

    The CDA conducted the drive at Blossom Garden and Restaurant area around 10am.

    CDA Chief Town Planner Engineer Shaheen Ul Islam said the owner of Blossom Garden had constructed nearly 18 shops, extending the building of his restaurant and making it a market. The owner only had permission to construct three shops, he added.

  • RHD canal being filled for truck stand in B’baria

    RHD canal being filled for truck stand in B’baria

    A canal belonging to the Roads and Highways Department is being filled up with sand allegedly by members of the local truck owners’ association for a truck stand in Brahmanbaria town.

    The canal, which runs along the Brahmanbaria-Sorail-Madhappur highway and connects to the Titas river, is adjacent to the town’s Medda bus stand in front of Kokil Spinning Mill. The mill’s Managing Director Faruk Hossain Bepari had filed a written complaint with the executive engineer of RHD divisional office and the officer in charge of the area’s main police station.

  • AL leader held for demolishing school building

    AL leader held for demolishing school building

    Police have detained an Awami League leader of Narail on charge of knocking down an old two-storey school building.

    Nazmul Hasan Togor, an Awami League leader of Itna union, was held for demolishing Itna Secondary Girls School building and taking away 28 doors and 31 windows from the site.

    Police detained Nazmul, also the president of the school’s management committee, from Lohagara upazila parishad premises on Thursday night, a day after he pulled down the structure built on a government land.

  • Iranian islands a torture ground for duped migrants

    Small islands on the Strait of Hormuz are where dreams of many Bangladeshi expatriates are brought to be killed.

    When hard-working Bangladeshi migrants arrive in the UAE looking for jobs, they are steered by dreams of turning their own lives around, while they seize every opportunity before them to earn a little extra for their loved ones back home.

    But that leaves them vulnerable to exploitation by unscrupulous opportunity seekers.

  • 1,000kg gold seized in 22 months

    1,000kg gold seized in 22 months

    At least 1,000 kilograms of smuggled gold was seized at two international airports in Dhaka and Chittagong in the last 22 months, according to the customs.

    Addressing a press briefing at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Moinul Khan, director general of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate, said smugglers had been forced to come up with innovative and risky ideas to smuggle gold into Bangladesh in the last two years because of the strict surveillance by the customs.

  • Youths rescue girl from rapists, then rape her themselves

    Two youths rescued a schoolgirl from three rapists on Thursday only to rape her themselves in Gazipur.

    Rapists Rajib, 24, son of Abdul Jabbar of Taltoli in Sripur upazila of the district, and Rubel, 26, son of Abdul Baten of the same area, fled the scene when locals went to the place hearing the victim.

    According to the 16-year-old girl, daughter of a farmer and a student of class IX, she was on the way home from her maternal grandparents’ by an autorickshaw.

  • Iranian hardliners criticise nuclear deal

    Iranian hardliners criticise nuclear deal

    Iran’s hard-liners yesterday criticised a tentative nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers — saying the deal was a bargain for the West and a disaster for Iran. Meanwhile supporters of the deal compared Iran’s conservative opposition to the Israeli government — which remains heavily critical of the agreement.

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