Tuesday February 20, 2018 05:51 AM

  • No LBA proposal from India yet

    The agreement has languished for four decades because of Indian delays in ratifying the pactIndia is yet to share a proposal with Bangladesh about the partial or staggered implementation of the land boundary agreement.

    The agreement has languished for four decades because of Indian delays in ratifying the pact and, more recently, opposition from its state governments.  

    “We did not receive any proposal from the Indian government,” said State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam yesterday.

  • Cabinet ratifies draft of nuclear plant act

    The estimated cost of setting up the plant is Tk5,087.81 crore that includes project aid of Tk4,000 crore from the Russian governmentThe cabinet yesterday approved the draft of the Nuclear Power Plant Act 2015 and also a proposal for setting up the first nuclear power plant company in the country.

    The company, Nuclear Power Company of Bangladesh, will operate the proposed nuclear power plant in Pabna’s Rooppur, and will be set up according to the act.

    The proposal and the draft act got the nod at the weekly cabinet meeting held at the Secretariat and chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

  • PM orders sending 10,000 mts rice to Nepal

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday directed the authorities concerned to send 10,000 tonnes of rice and adequate water to Nepal for its earthquake-hit people.

    “The prime minister has asked the authorities concerned to send the rice and water to Nepal on an emergency basis,” said PM’s Press Secretary AKM Shameem Chowdhuri.

    He said the rice and water would be transported to Nepal through air and by road in phases.

  • Parties, not candidates, on voters’ minds

    In the current political landscape, the electorate still cannot think outside Awami League and BNP. People still consider the party when voting, not the candidates.

    The fact that the Jatiya Party (JP), being the opposition in parliament, still has not earned a political standing in the people’s mind was evident from the recently held city corporation polls.

  • Police officer accused of torturing wife sent to jail

    He used to regularly torture his wife for dowry, according to the complaint A police official of Kawnia police station in the district was suspended and sent to jail yesterday after being accused of torturing his minor-aged third wife. 

    Barisal Police Lines Inspector (reserved force) Abu Zafar said that Sub-Inspector Abdul Wares, 40, had been suspended following the filing of a case against him on March 10 for regularly torturing his 14-year-old third wife Habiba Akhter Marufa, confining her to his house, for dowry.

  • Muhith fed up with climate fund abuse

    After five years of allocating funds, the Finance Minister expressed his doubt about the necessity of the Bangladesh Climate Change Trust Fund.

    Abul Maal Abdul Muhit, who has been allocating moneys for the trust fund since 2010, expressed his frustration over the projects as he suspected abuse and malpractices. He said he did not want to allocate more of Bangladesh’s own resources from the next fiscal.

    Bangladesh is one of the worst victims of climate change and the money was allocated to reduce its negative impacts.

  • Fugitive owner arrested in Comilla

    After almost two months of running from the law, the Jubo League leader accused of illegally building a rickety two-storey house that collapsed and killed 12 people last April, was arrested in Comilla yesterday.

    A RAB team detained Moniruzzaman Chowdhury, the information and research secretary of Dhaka North Jubo League unit, from a house at Nischintopur village in the district.

    RAB 3 Commanding Officer Lt Col Golam Sarwar said: “A RAB team led by Major Kabir arrested him from his brother-in-law’s house in the area.

  • HC orders to stop filling up Gomti River

    The High Court has ordered authorities concerned to take action to stop the filling up of and constructing a dam across the Gomti River at Comilla’s Muradnagar upazila within 24 hours.

    The bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman passed the order yesterday following a writ petition filed by Muradnagar inhabitants Monir Hossain, Taslim and Farhadul Alam.

    The deputy commissioner of Comilla was asked to submit a report on the implementation of the order in seven days.

  • No trucks at Sonamasjid land port, Indian goods stuck

    Truck owners have stopped sending trucks to the Sonamasjid land port in Chapainawabganj in protest of extortion and harrassment by the facilitators, labour coordinators, and Panama Port Link.

    Goods coming from India are now stuck at the port since Sunday morning as a result of the protest by the truck owners’ group and the truck and motor workers’ union in the district.

  • Snatcher held with Tk14 lakh

    Police arrested an alleged thief yesterday while he was trying to flee after snatching Tk14 lakh from a pharmaceutical company official in the Darshandeuri area in the district.

    The detained is Khaled Hassan Robiul, 27, the son of Mahmud Hassan of Hanif Nagar under the Horinath upazila of Khulna district.

    Police also seized chili power and sharp weapons from him.

  • Bribes the only motivation for Kashiani primary education office

    No work is carried out without a bribe at the Department of Primary Education Kashiani upazila office in Gopalganj.

    With hundreds of thousands of takas taken as bribes for all kinds of paperwork related to the primary school teachers, the education office has been turned into a money making machine. The teachers are being made to pay bribes for transfers, due bill approvals, travel approvals, etc and have become hostages to the Kashiani education office.

  • Freedom fighters demand removal of CU VC

    A group of freedom fighters in Chittagong yesterday demanded immediate removal of Chittagong University (CU)’s Vice-Chancellor (VC) Professor Anwarul Azim Arif for his alleged corruptions and anomalies.

    Muktijodha Odhikar Sangrokhon Parishad, a platform of freedom fighters in Chittagong city, came up with the demand at a press conference held at Chittagong Press Club around 11:00am. They also sought intervention of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in this regard.

  • Another baby stolen from hospital

    Another baby stolen from hospital

    People caught a woman while she was fleeing with newborn from Dholpur Brac Hospital in the capital yesterday afternoon.

    Giving her a good beating, people handed her over to Paltan police station.

    Police said Guljaan, 55, was traveling on a bus with a newborn baby in the afternoon, but noticing her suspicious activities passengers of the bus challenged her.

  • Family likely to file case against flying academy

    Family members is likely to file a case against the Bangladesh Flying Academy over the death of Tamanna Rahman Hridi, a female trainee pilot who died on April 1 after an aircraft of Bangladesh Flying Academy and General Aviation Limited crashed on the runway and caught fire while making an emergency landing at Shah Makhdum Airport in Rajshahi.

    The family members of Tamanna alleged that she had died due to negligence of flying academy.

    They made the allegation at a press briefing held at a restaurant in Rajshahi city yesterday afternoon.

  • Penalty sought for Aug 21 grenade attack case accused

    Two prosecution witnesses yesterday sought exemplary punishment for the accused in two cases launched for conducting horrific grenade attack on an Awami League rally on Bangabandhu Avenue on August 21, 2004.

    Dr Hasan Mahmud, publicity affairs secretary of AL, and Abdul Matin, former driver of PM Sheikh Hasina, gave the depositions before a court of Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal 1 judge Shahed Nuruddin in the attack that left 24 people killed and scores inured. The judge also recorded it.

  • Indian detectives in Dhaka

    Arrest of 3 fugitive JMB men charged in Burdwan blast case on agendaA team of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) of India has arrived in Dhaka, the second time in six months, to discuss with Bangladeshi law enforcers regarding the arrest of three individuals absconding in the Burdwan blast case.

    Apart from arrest of the fugitives, all leaders and activists of banned militant group Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), the three-member NIA team will also discuss militancy, security in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, human trafficking and cattle smuggling with different agencies, said sources in the police headquarters.

  • Bad news for Dhaka water supply

    Third phase of Saidabad water treatment plant expected to miss July deadlineThe third phase of the Saidabad water treatment plant that could have done a world of good to Dhaka’s acute summer water crisis is likely to miss the July deadline for a start because a Danish fund is not yet available.

    There are also fears that the water of the Shitalakkhya, the prime source of Dhaka’s water supply, may no longer be treatable because of heavy industrial contamination.

    These alarming facts were revealed at a recent meeting of the evaluation committee of the Saidabad phase three water treatment plant project, sources said.

  • ‘What authority does the mayor lack?’

    ‘What authority does the mayor lack?’

    Well-wishers and hangers-on start swarming the grey lakeside mansion on Banani Road 11 from before noon, when the Dhaka south mayor generally makes his public appearance.

  • Sense of the sacred being used to put an end to public urination

    Sense of the sacred being used to put an end to public urination

    A two-minute video circulating on social media sites has captured a novel and effective way to get public urination, the scourge of Dhaka city, to stop.

    Using an intervention that relies on psychology, illiteracy and religious devotion, the Ministry of Religious Affairs is using a sense of the sacred to get people to stop dirtying the streets and footpaths.

  • New basic pay to cost exchequer Tk15,000cr

    The government would need more than Tk15,000 crore to implement the pay commission’s recommendations for raising the basic salaries of public servants, sources at the Finance Division has said.

    The amount, however, does not include allowances for around 21 lakh government employees.

    An official of the Finance Division, who was involved in estimating the costs, told the Dhaka Tribune: “Extra funds will be needed for salaries of the armed forces, as it was not calculated.”

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