Sunday February 18, 2018 07:41 AM

  • Massive transfers in civil service

    The government yesterday issued transfer orders for various posts of 104 civil service officials, including two secretaries, 26 additional secretaries, 45 joint secretaries and 31 deputy secretaries. 

    Ministry of Women and Children Affairs Secretary Tariq-Ul-Islam was transferred to the Social Welfare Ministry as a secretary. Additionally, Social Welfare Secretary Nasima Begum has been shifted to the Women and Children Affairs Ministry.

  • Khaleda and her lawyers warned for skipping court

    Dismayed, a Dhaka court warned BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia for her absence during the proceedings in two corruption cases yesterday saying that her bail might be revoked if she failed to appear before it on the next scheduled date.

    Judge Md Abu Ahmed Jamadar of the Special Judge’s Court 3 said as the court would follow local and international laws, the three-time former premier might not get bail next time.

  • Bail petition hearing of Mirza Abbas dropped

    A High Court bench dropped a bail petition of BNP leader Mirza Abbas in connection with a corruption case from its hearing list yesterday.

    The bench of Justice Md Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice JBM Hassan passed the order as Abbas’s lawyers delayed the trial by praying multiple times for deferring the date of hearing of the petition.

    The HC bench was scheduled to hear the bail petition of the BNP leader on April 21, 27, and May 4.

  • Sylhet landfill to become pollution-free

    A Tk30 crore project is going to bring the landfill of Sylhet City Corporation under scientific waste management system as early as possible.

    Consequently, people in the nearby areas would be relieved from foul stenches from the landfill.

    Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the SCC are jointly implementing the project on 10-acre area at Lalmatia in Dakkhin Surma, which is used as the SCC landfill.

  • Habiganj hospital still not functional, patients suffer

    The new 50-bed health complex at Chunarughat upazila in Habiganj, built six years ago, has yet to be inaugurated and become fully functional, keeping improved healthcare still out of reach of around 500,000 residents in the upazila.

    Talking to the Dhaka Tribune, several locals claimed that they were suffering because of the lack of a functioning modern medical facility and had little hope that the health complex would be up and running anytime soon.

  • Two suspected robbers killed in ‘gunfight’ with cops

    Two alleged robbers were killed in  ‘gunfight’ with police at Bhutgari in Panchbibi upazila early yesterday. The deceased were identified as Salam and Babu.

    Farid Hossain, officer-in-charge of Panchbibi police station said on a tip-off,a team of police conducted a drive in the area around 3am while a gang of robbers was preparing to commit a robbery at Shirtri Bazar.

    Sensing the presence of police, the hoodlums opened fire on the law enforcers, prompting them to retaliate that triggered a gun battle, he said.

  • Four to die for killing

    A court in the district yesterday sentenced four men to death for killing a Swechchhasebak League leader in 2005.

    Additional District Session Judge Mizanur Rahman handed down the verdict.

  • Academic activities of three departments come to a halt

    Academic activities of three departments at Jahangirnagar University have remained suspended for over a month as teachers and students of the departments are in a dispute over  accommodation at the newly-constructed science building.

    Campus sources said teachers and students were not obeying decision of university syndicate regarding accommodation allotment.

  • Freedom fighters’ platform, authorities face-off makes CU campus unstable

    A conflicting situation has created over allegations and counter allegations between Chittagong University authorities and a freedom fighters’ platform.

    The CU authorities yesterday denied allegations brought out by Muktijodha Odhikar Sanrakhon Parishad against the Vice-Chancellor Professor Anwarul Azim Arif.

    The authorities in a press release, signed by Md Farhad Hossain, deputy registrar (information), termed all the allegations as fabricated and baseless.

  • JnU BCL leader expelled for assaulting female teacher

    The Jagannath University authorities yesterday expelled for life Chhatra League leader Md Araz Miah for assaulting a female teacher on April 26.

    Araz, an assistant secretary of JnU unit Chhatra League, ruling party’s student wing, and a student of Islamic history and culture, was caught and handed over to police by the university authorities after he assaulted the teacher in public. But he was later released from police custody.

  • Savar bank robber admits Ansarullah ties

    A member of the gang of robbers, who looted a bank in Ashulia and killed nine people, has confessed that he is an active member of militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team.

    This is the same outfit that investigators believe are also behind the murders of secularist activists Avijit Roy, Oyasiqur Rahman, Prof AKM Shafiul Islam, Ahmed Rajeeb Haider and Ashraful Alam.

    Late Monday night, police picked up the robber, named Jasim Uddin, 22, from Daulatpur of Manikganj. Originally from the Chapainawabganj district, Jasim was hiding at his in-laws home in Daulatpur.

  • Death sentence or life in jail for killing someone after rape

    Either death sentence or life imprisonment can be awarded as the highest punishment for the rape and murder of any child or woman, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday.

    A four-member Appellate Division bench, led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, passed the judgement while disposing a writ petition.

  • Ecnec approves Tk545cr for Bagerhat airport

    The government has approved Tk545 crore for the construction of the proposed Khan Jahan Ali Airport in Bagerhat to make it operational in three years.

    However, due to a lack of funds, very little work, apart from land acquisition and earth filling, have been done since 1996.

    The airport will be strategically important especially because it is located very close to the industrial city Khulna and the Mongla seaport in Bagerhat.

  • Interest rate spread comes below 5% after 13 months

    The interest rate spread came down to 4.87% in March, below the desired level of 5%, thanks to the lending rate cut amidst excessive liquidity in the banking sector.

    The gap between the lending and deposit rates was 4.99% in January last year and since then it continued to hover above the desired level.

    The spread came down at the expected level in the last three months after it went up five month’s high level to 5.21% in December last year.

  • Dhaka ready to respond to Delhi’s call on LBA

    Bangladesh is ready to discuss the implementation of the Land Boundary Agreement with India if New Delhi seeks any help from Dhaka, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Mohammad Shahriar Alam said yesterday.

    “If India faces any temporary obstacle in implementing the agreement, due to domestic factors, it is their internal matter. But if they need any help from Bangladesh, the moment the Indian government will inform us, we will take a decision after discussion,” he told reporters at the Foreign Ministry.

  • 2 RMG factories recommended for evacuation as cracks found

    The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has recommended the review committee for evacuation of two RMG factories as its engineers found cracks in the buildings during a post-earthquake safety assessment.

    The factories are Ethical Garments Limited located in the capital and Man Trust Sweater Limited in Gazipur.

  • ‘My dream is to build the port city into a mega-city’

    ‘My dream is to build the port city into a mega-city’

    Busy with a multitude of tasks and fielding the congratulations of well-wishers and media personnel assembled for taking interviews at the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) in Mirpur in the capital, newly-elected Chittagong City Corporation Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin was making a public appearance yesterday when I caught up with him.

    He came to Dhaka on Sunday to take an oath as mayor of the CCC, and will be back in Chittagong on Thursday.

  • German envoy: Change mindset of buying garments cheap

    New German Ambassador to Bangladesh Thomas Prinz said the consumers should change their mindset of buying clothes at low prices.

    “In Berlin one can buy a T-shirt at 3 euro only and a pair trousers at 9 euro,” Thomas Prinz said describing price situation of products of Bangladesh’s largest industry which has been struggling to ensure workers’ safety after the 2013 Rana Plaza disaster. He urged the German people to pay more for the purchase of Bangladeshi garment products so standards can be maintained in the industry.

  • DCCI seeks budgetary support for unrest losses

    The Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) has urged the National Board of Revenue (NBR) to take special measures for businesses to cover up the losses incurred due to the political turmoil in the country.

    During formulation of the budget for fiscal year 2015-16, the NBR should put emphasis on a realistic budget with a guideline for business-friendly environment in the country, said the DCCI leaders.

  • BBA to seek Tk7,400 crore for Padma in next budget

    The highest allocation for a single project is going to be sought for the Padma Multipurpose Bridge Project in the upcoming budget, with the Bangladesh Bridge Authority officials saying the amount will be Tk7,400 crore.

    Bridges Division sources said the BBA would also seek Tk1,400.71 crore for the Dhaka Elevated Expressway Project.

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