Monday February 19, 2018 11:47 PM

  • Annisul: Khaleda’s participation in canvas to mar level-playing field

    Mayoral hopeful for Dhaka North City Corporation Annisul Huq yesterday said Khaleda Zia’s participation in polls campaign would mar the prospect for a level-playing field.

    If BNP Chief Khaleda Zia takes part in the campaign will there be a level-playing field in the upcoming city polls?” Annisul questioned while exchanging views with journalists at Lotus Kamal Tower in Nikunja of the capital.

  • NBR promotes 51 officials under three ranks

    The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has promoted 51 of its official to the ranks of additional commissioner, joint commissioner, and deputy commissioner under Custom and Value Added Tax (VAT) offices.

    The NBR, through three separate orders signed by its Second Secretary Md Shamsuddin on April 9 made the decision with immediate effect.

  • Ambassador to Qatar pays for conflicts among ruling party leaders

    The recently recalled Bangladesh ambassador to Qatar, Syed Masud Mahmood Khundoker, has reportedly paid the price of conflicts among Awami League leaders in Doha.

    Several leaders from the Awami League’s Qatar unit claimed that the decision to recall the ambassador was an injustice to him despite having many achievements in his diplomatic role there.

    In a rare incident, the Prime Minister’s Office in a written directive asked the Foreign Ministry in the first week of this month to recall the Bangladesh envoy.

  • Four die in road accidents in Dhaka

    Four die in road accidents in Dhaka

    At least four people died yesterday in separate road accidents across the capital. Two injured were admitted to the Dhaka Medical Hospital.

    The casualties were Shakila Israt Jhumur, 30, her son Amin, 6, and Farida Yasmin, 33; another person has yet to be identified.

    Jhumur and her son Amin were killed after a pick-up van hit their rickshaw in front of Matuail Institute of Child & Mother Health in capital's Jatrabari yesterday morning.

  • Kamaruzzaman lives to see another day

    The death row convict seeks time for the third time to decide his next courseA two-hour-long drama outside the Dhaka Central Jail last evening – occasioned by a remark by State Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal – kept everyone in anticipation of developments inside the prison with respect to the execution of convicted war criminal Muhammad Kamaruzzaman.

    Until then, it was official that Kamaruzzaman had not given a final decision on seeking presidential mercy when two magistrates visited him in the morning.

  • 11 return home from Yemen

    11 return home from Yemen

    The first group of 11 Bangladeshis including eight women and children stranded in Yemen arrived Bangladesh yesterday from Djibouti by an Emirates flight.

    Those 11 Bangladeshis reached the Shahjalal International Airport at 5:30pm yesterday, an SMS from State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam confirmed the news of their arrival.

    Later, a Foreign Ministry press release said, Additional Foreign Secretary Mizanur Rahman received them at the airport. Senior officials of the ministry were also present on the occasion.

  • ‘Insult to victims of 26/11’: Lakhvi walks free from Pak jail, angering India

    India has lodged a strong protest after the main accused in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks case, Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, was released from Adiala Jail in the garrison city of Rawalpindi on Friday following the Lahore high court’s dismissal of his detention orders issued by Punjab government in mid-March.

    The operational head of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), parent organization of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), Lakhvi, 55, was released from prison early on Friday morning after furnishing Rs 20 lakh in surety bonds.

  • Rehab in-charge found dead

    Police recovered a man’s body from a drug rehabilitation centre named Help Life in the capital’s Khilgaon yesterday.

    The deceased, Md Bashir, 35, was the in-charge of the rehab and lived in Basabo area.

    Police discovered his body in the almost deserted centre after raiding the establishment following an early-morning tip-off, said Saiful Islam, sub-inspector at Khilgaon police station.

  • Salma Bani and Rubaiyat Ahmed win Gemcon Literary Award 2015

    Salma Bani and Rubaiyat Ahmed win Gemcon Literary Award 2015

    Two litterateurs, Salma Bani and Rubaiyat Ahmed, were given Gemcon Literary Award 2015 for their works ‘Immigration’ and ‘Ekjon Sub-Editorer Chhenra-Khonra Din’ respectively.

    Dr Kazi Anis Ahmed, litterateur and director of Gemcon Group, handed over the awards to them yesterday evening at Bangla Academy’s Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad Auditorium.

    “It is a matter of great joy and pride to give away the award to deserving candidates every year. We are indeed delighted and inspired,” said Dr Anis during his welcome speech.

  • PM says Iron fist to grip firmly until BNP-Jamaat’s subversion vanishes

    AL will try restricting BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia from campaigning for BNP-supported candidatesThe government will continue to take the hard-line against the subversive activities of the BNP-Jamaat led 20-party alliance, warned Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina before going on to chair an Awami League Advisory Committee meeting at the Gonobhaban yesterday evening.

  • Most BNP-backed candidates facing cases

    68% BNP-backed candidates are businessmen, with renting house a major source of incomeMost of the candidates included in BNP’s list of lone ward councillor contenders published yesterday are facing more than one cases and many of them are on the run.

    The list is not complete because the party has not managed to reach consensus regarding who to back in at least seven wards in the capital city. The party kept wards 15, 20, 24, 39, 49 and 54 in the south open for candidates and ward 26 in the north.

  • Mayor candidates get their poll symbols

    The Election Commission yesterday allocated symbols for the mayoral candidates in the elections to Dhaka north and south and Chittagong city corporations.

    In Dhaka North, Awami League-backed mayoral candidate Annisul Huq got table clock as his symbol and BNP-backed candidate Tabith M Awal got bus after a lottery as both had wanted table clock.

    Returning Officer Shah Alam distributed the symbols among the candidates at his office at Agargaon.

  • Quader: Change mindset to improve traffic flow

    Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday said eight or twelve lane highways would not resolve traffic congestion if people did not change their mindset.

    “The problem is with traffic management, which is not possible if people do not follow traffic rules properly.”

    The minister made these comments while visiting the newly constructed Mawna flyover at Gazipur’s Sripur area yesterday noon.

  • Atia Mosque in a run-down state

    Atia Mosque in a run-down state

    The 400-year old Atia Mosque in Tangail’s Delduar upazila, known best for being featured in a previous version of the Tk10 note, has been lying in a dilapidated condition for years.

    Locals blamed the lack of any renovation initiative from authorities concerned as the reason why the historical mosque was falling apart.

    Constructed under the patronage of zamindar Syed Khan Panni in 1608, the Atia Mosque was built in the architectural style of the Sultani and Mughal eras featuring intricate terracotta designs on its wall.

  • Sylhet-Chhatak train service suspended for 3 months, commuters suffer

    The passenger train service between Sylhet city and Chhatak has remained suspended for more than three months, causing immense suffering to the local commuters.

    The train service was put on hold for security reason on January 5, when the BNP-led 20-party alliance enforced an indefinite transport blockade around the country, said Kazi Shahidur Rahman, station master at Sylhet railway station.

    The railway authorities also appointed Bangladesh Ansar members at vulnerable points along the route to avoid untoward incidents, he told the Dhaka Tribune.

  • 320km coastal embankment at risk

    The embankment spanning 320 kilometres in four upazilas of Khulna is in dire condition. Built in the 60s, many sections of this embankment have sunk in or worn away due to lack of restoration. The upazilas are Dacope and Koira of Khulna, Sharankhola of Bagerhat, and Shyamnagar of Satkhira

    According to the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) these embankments could not be repaired or restored as there is not sufficient funding.

  • Tk7cr haul shows gold runners preferring waterways

    With Wednesday’s haul of gold worth Tk7 crore at a river jetty in Chittagong, police  believe that smugglers are increasingly favouring water routes for smuggling gold into the country instead of the previously popular but now heavily monitored air routes.

    Police seized 120 gold bars and 16 pieces of gold jewellery from Anu Majhir Ghat in the port city’s Sadarghat area on Wednesday. Two people were arrested.

  • Deadlock ends at Kazi Farms Thakurgaon factories

    The intervention of Thakurgaon’s Deputy Commissioner Mukesh Chandra Biswas broke the deadlock at the factories of Kazi Farms Limited in the district as workers returned to their workplaces yesterday.

    Thousands of workers of the factories in the district heaved a sigh of relief as a satisfactory compromise was reached between the factory authorities and the three groups – Thakurgaon Motor Paribahan Sramik Union, Thakurgaon Kuli Sramik Union and Thakurgaon Truck-Tank-Lorry-Covered Van Sramik Union.

  • No primary school in 485 Sunamganj villages

    Schools in urban areas in Sunamganj have admitted students more than two to three times their capacities in the face of an acute shortage of government primary schools in villages.

    There is no publicly-funded primary school in 485 villages under 11 upazilas, which is particularly depriving students of remote haor areas of quality education. The number of such villages in Sunamganj Sadar upazila is 157. 

    Each of the villages having no primary school is home to 1,000-2,000 people, according to district primary education office sources. 

  • 8 deer poachers held in Sundarbans, 2kg venison seized

    Forest guards arrested eight members of a deer poaching gang along with two kg of venison from Nandabala area of the Sundarbans under Mongla upazila early yesterday.

    The arrestees were identified as Mohsin Sheikh, 45, his son Yeasin Sheikh, 25, M Badsha Sheikh, 40, Saiful Mallick, 30, Rafique Sheikh, 36, Hasibur Rahman, 32, all hailing from Shikir Danga village in

    Rampal upazila of the district, Ibrahim Mallick, 30, a resident of Borodia village, and Shahadat Moral, 35, of Perikhali village in the same upazila.

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